Literature Trivia Questions And Answers

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40 Literature Trivia Questions

Challenge your literary knowledge with these 40 literature trivia questions and answers. How many will you get right?

Question 1
What was the name of Sherlock Holmes’ arch enemy?
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Professor Moriarty.
Question 2
What is the name of the villain who commands a gang of boy pickpockets in Charles Dicken’s “Oliver Twist”?
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Question 3
What was the colorful surname of the family who took in Paddington Bear?
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Question 4
In Edward Lear’s poem, what was the color of the boat in which the Owl and the Pussycat went to sea?
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Question 5
Which author wrote the spy novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”?
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John Le Carre.
Question 6
Which Irish poet, born in 1865, was instrumental in the founding of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin?
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William Butler Yeats.
Question 7
What is the name of the dead court jester in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”?
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Question 8
How many lines does a Haiku poem have?
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Question 9
Which leading English poet of World War One was killed in action one week before the end of the war?
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Wilfred Owen.
Question 10
In Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, the pilgrims are travelling to visit the shrine of which saint?
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Saint Thomas Becket.
Question 11
The author Daniel Handler is best known for his children’s books published under which pseudonym?
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Lemony Snicket.
Question 12
Which Russian author wrote the classic novel “Anna Karenina”?
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Leo Tolstoy.
Question 13
Atticus Finch is the name of the narrator’s father in which classic novel, first published in 1960?
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To Kill a Mockingbird.
Question 14
In the novel by Cervantes, what is the name of the simple farmer who Don Quixote recruits to be his squire?
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Sancho Panza.
Question 15
Which Charlotte Bronte novel was first published in October, 1847 under the pen name “Currer Bell”?
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Jane Eyre.
Question 16
What nationality is the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famed for his 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”?
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Question 17
Which French novelist wrote the seven volume novel “In Search of Lost Time” (often also translated as “Remembrance of Times Past”)?
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Marcel Proust.
Question 18
Which James Joyce novel chronicles a day in the life of Leopold Bloom?
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Question 19
Holden Caulfield is the antihero of which 1945 classic book?
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Catcher in the Rye.
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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Mr. Collins.
Question 21
Which war novel follows the life of Captain John Yossarian?
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Question 22
How is the author Eric Arthur Blair better know?
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George Orwell.
Question 23
Charles Marlow is the narrator of which Joseph Conrad novella?
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Heart of Darkness.
Question 24
Which George Eliot novel is set in a fictitious Midlands town in the UK between 1829 and 1832?
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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?
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The Great Gatsby.
Question 26
What is the name of Captain Ahab’s whaling ship in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”?
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Question 27
Humbert Humbert is the protagonist and narrator of which controversial novel?
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Question 28
In William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, what is the name of the King of the Fairies?
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Question 29
Which former Prime Minister of Great Britain was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953?
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Winston Churchill.
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?
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Question 31
Which 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks begins with an old man called Noah Calhoun reading to a woman in a nursing home?
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The Notebook.
Question 32
What was Mark Twain’s sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”?
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Question 33
What was the name of the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series?
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Little House in the Big Woods.
Question 34
Which American author wrote the novel “The Color Purple”?
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Alice Walker.
Question 35
Which semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin tells the story of John Grimes, a Harlem teenager in the 1930s?
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Go Tell It on the Mountain.
Question 36
What is the name of Emily Bronte’s only completed novel?
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Wuthering Heights.
Question 37
Which American writer and poet’s only novel was “The Bell Jar”?
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Sylvia Plath.
Question 38
“Leaves of Grass”, first published in 1855, is a poetry collection by which American poet?
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Walt Whitman.
Question 39
Which writer was the author of the 1976 book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”?
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Alex Haley.
Question 40
Snowball and Napoleon are pigs who appear in which George Orwell novel?
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Animal Farm.

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