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Quiz: Are You a Well-Read Person?

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Who wrote Of Mice and Men?

John Steinbeck published the novella, Of Mice and Men, in 1937... right in the heart of the Great Depression. It became one of the most beloved American pieces of literature ever written—as well as one of the most controversial.
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Which of these is NOT the title of a book in the Harry Potter series?

Harry Potter and The Wretched Curse is entirely made up... it's my proposal for the title of an 8th book in the series. Mrs. Rowling, if you're reading this: please write an 8th book.
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What is the best-selling novel of all-time?

Sometimes referred to as the very first European novel, Don Quixote (by Miguel de Cervantes) holds another distinction: with more than 500 million copies sold, it's the best-selling novel ever written.
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The giant Fezzik is a character from which book?

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman, might have a serious argument as one of the most beloved books ever written. The movie adaption, starring Robin Wright as the Princess Buttercup and featuring Andre the Giant as Fezzik, is a cult classic. If you haven't seen it... it's almost inconviebably good.
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What novel starts with this phrase: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Possibly Leo Tolstoy's greatest novel, Anna Karenina is hugely influential. Some of the greatest authors of the 20th-century, including Faulkner and James Joyce, cited it as an inspiration.
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What is the name of Ray Bradbury's famous novel which depicts a dystopian society that burns books?

If you've never read Farenheit 451, do yourself a favor: find a copy as soon as you can. More than 1984, more than Brave New World, it might just be the most terrifyingly accurate portrayal of how a democratic society can fall to pieces...
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Which of these Shakespeare plays inspired the plot of Disney's The Lion King?

Many of the plot points of The Lion King closely resemble the story of Hamlet. A "king" murdered by his jealous brother? The young prince who struggles to find himself? It's not a direct telling of the story... but close enough.
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How does Alice get to Wonderland?

That's a tough one! In the original Alice in Wonderland story, Alice reaches Wonderland by falling down a rabbit hole. However in the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, Alice visits a similarly odd world by climbing through a mirror.
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Which of these options describes the plot of William Golding's novel, The Lord of the Flies?

Lord of the Flies is a tough read. It's entertaining, exciting, and suspenseful... but also dark, brutal, and somewhat depressing. If you haven't had the time to read William Goldman's telling of a group of boys marooned on a desert island, you might want to put it on your bucket list.
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Which of these beloved young adult series was written by Philip Pulman?

Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series probably reached the height of its popularity in 2008, when New Line Cinemas released The Golden Compass... an adaption of the trilogy. The movie didn't exactly blow audiences away.
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Which book used this image for its cover?

A Clockwork Orange is a strange, upsetting, and incredible book. Written by Anthony Burgess in 1962, the book imagines a near-future British society that fetishizes extreme violence.
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This obsessive sea-captain chases a monstrous white whale in Herman Melville's American classic, Moby Dick...

Captain Ahab's compulsive hunt for the elusive white whale is at the centre of Herman Melville's American classic, Moby Dick.
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Which Cormac Macarthy book was turned into an oscar-winning film by the Coen brothers?

No Country for Old Men is one of those times when it's tough to tell if the book or the movie adaption is better. It's worth trying both.
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Who wrote the novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley was ONLY 19 YEARS OLD when she wrote arguably the most influential science-fiction story of all-time. The story of how the book came to be is incredible as well. Challenged by her husband, Percy Shelley, and his friend Lord Byron, to a ghost-story competition, Mary Shelley won easily by creating the basic outline of Frankenstein.
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Which of these options is NOT the title of a Sherlock Holmes story?

Murder on the Orient Express isn't a Sherlock Holmes story... it's the title of a murder-mystery by Agatha Christie.
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The Hunger Games is narrated by...

Katniss Everdeen is heroine of The Hunger Games, and serves as the story's narrator.
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A young boy survives the dramatic sinking of a ship at sea... only to be trapped on a lifeboat with a scared Bengal Tiger. That's the plot of...

Life of Pi is one of the greatest books of the 21st century. Seriously. At the very least, the movie adaption (directed by Ang Lee) is worth a watch.
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True or False: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was first published AFTER the author died.

It's a sad story. Stieg Larsson was only 50 years old when he died of a heart attack while climbing the stairs to his apartment. That was 2004. The next year, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took the world by storm.
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What is the first "man-made" object you'd encounter after heading through the wardrobe and reaching Narnia?

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Bill Gates bought the most expensive book ever sold for $30 million. What was it?

The Codex Leicester is a collection of Da Vinci's notes and writings which Bill Gates bought at auction in 1994.
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Who wrote the novel Les Miserables?

Victor Hugo was on the most famous authors of his time.
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Name this author:

Charles Dickens wrote many celebrated works, including A Christmas Carol, and Great Expectations.
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Who wrote Eat, Pray, Love?

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray, Love following her divorce. It's a memoir of her journey to recovery.
About This Quiz
Since 1992, the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study has been asking the American public one question: how much did you read (books specifically) last week? And after more than 25 years, we're starting to see that data prove some remarkable things. The biggest finding? People who read books of any kind for more than 30 minutes a day tend to live about 2 years longer than non-readers. So the question now is: are you a reader? Time to prove it...


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