There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book and losing yourself in another world. If you’re an avid reader, check out these fun literature trivia questions and answers and see just how well-read you really are!
Literature Trivia Quiz
Question 1: What was the name of Sherlock Holmes’ arch enemy?
Question 2: What is the name of the villain who commands a gang of boy pickpockets in Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist?
Question 3: What was the colorful surname of the family who took in Paddington Bear?
Question 4: In Edward Lear’s poem, what was the color of the boat in which the Owl and the Pussycat went to sea?
Question 5: Which author wrote the spy novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”?
Question 6: Which Irish poet, born in 1865, was instrumental in the founding of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin?
Question 7: What is the name of the dead court jester in Shakespeare’s Hamlet?
Question 8: How many lines does a Haiku poem have?
Question 9: Which leading English poet of World War One was killed in action one week before the end of the war?
Question 10: In Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’, the pilgrims are travelling to visit the shrine of which saint?
Question 11: The author Daniel Handler is best known for his children’s books published under which pseudonym?
Question 12: Which Russian author wrote the classic novel “Anna Karenina”?
Question 13: Atticus Finch is the name of the narrator’s father in which classic novel, first published in 1960?
Question 14: In the novel by Cervantes, what is the name of the simple farmer who Don Quixote recruits to be his squire?
Question 15: Which Charlotte Bronte novel was first published in October, 1847 under the pen name “Currer Bell”?
Question 16: What nationality is the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famed for his 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”?
Question 17: Which French novelist wrote the seven volume novel “In Search of Lost Time” (often also translated as “Remembrance of Times Past”)?
Question 18: Which James Joyce novel chronicles a day in the life of Leopold Bloom?
Question 19: Holden Caulfield is the antihero of which 1945 classic book?
Question 20: In Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, what is the name of the pompous clergyman who marries Elizabeth’s elder sister Charlotte?
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Question 21: Which war novel follows the life of Captain John Yossarian?
Question 22: How is the author Eric Arthur Blair better know?
Question 23: Charles Marlow is the narrator of which Joseph Conrad novella?
Question 24: Which George Eliot novel is set in a fictitious Midlands town in the UK between 1829 and 1832?
Question 25: Which F. Scott Fitzgerald novel follows the lives of characters living in the fictitious Long Island towns of West Egg and East Egg during the summer of 1922?
Question 26: What is the name of Captain Ahab’s whaling ship in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”?
Question 27: Humbert Humbert is the protagonist and narrator of which controversial novel?
Question 28: In William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, what is the name of the King of the Fairies?
Question 29: Which former Prime Minister of Great Britain was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953?
Question 30: In Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”, what is the name of the island inhabited by tiny people that Gulliver is washed up on after his first voyage is shipwrecked?
Question 31: Which 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks begins with an old man called Noah Calhoun reading to a woman in a nursing home?
Question 32: What was Mark Twain’s sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”?
Question 33: What was the name of the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series?
Question 34: Which American author wrote the novel “The Color Purple”?
Question 35: Which semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin tells the story of John Grimes, a Harlem teenager in the 1930s?
Question 36: What is the name of Emily Bronte’s only completed novel?
Question 37: Which American writer and poet’s only novel was “The Bell Jar”?
Question 38: “Leaves of Grass”, first published in 1855, is a poetry collection by which American poet?
Question 39: Which writer was the author of the 1976 book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”?
Question 40: Snowball and Napoleon are pigs who appear in which George Orwell novel?