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Books by Country Quiz

For each selected book, name the modern-day country where the majority of it took place.
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Last updated: February 6, 2015
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First submittedDecember 9, 2012
Times taken29,553
Average score59.1%
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Book
Country
Don Quixote
Spain
Pride and Prejudice
United Kingdom
The Count of Monte Cristo
France
War and Peace
Russia
Romeo and Juliet
Italy
The Great Gatsby
United States
Heart of Darkness
D. R. Congo
Hamlet
Denmark
The Tin Drum
Germany / Poland
Shantaram
India
Angela's Ashes
Ireland
Book
Country
Memoirs of a Geisha
Japan
Cry, the Beloved Country
South Africa
The Kite Runner
Afghanistan
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Colombia
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Sweden
The Last King of Scotland
Uganda
The Illiad
Turkey / Greece
On the Beach
Australia
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Netherlands
Angels and Demons
Vatican City
Everything is Illuminated
Ukraine
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Level 25
Dec 10, 2012
Great quiz idea!
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Level 82
May 4, 2015
cool quiz. I made this one that is similar, but for U.S. states.
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Level 71
Aug 13, 2020
I also made one

that's kinda the opposite, where I give the setting (time and place) and you have to guess the book. I'd love it if everyone checked it out!

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Level 55
Mar 5, 2024
Sadly missing now. But i bet it was a great quiz in its day.
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Level 27
Dec 23, 2012
Last King of Scotland... is that the movie starring Forest Whittaker? I should watch it.
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Level 77
Feb 8, 2014
Yeah. I knew it was somewhere in Africa. I kept trying Somalia and Ethiopia.
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Level 44
Jan 18, 2015
yes. It is a good movie.
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2014
Missed "Heart of Darkness" because the film "Apocalypse Now" claimed to be based on it. So I got stuck in Southeast Asia.... :-/
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Level 82
May 4, 2015
It is based on it, they just changed the time and location.
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Level 48
Jan 21, 2023
This was also exactly my reaction. I tried every country I could think of in or around the South-East Asian peninsula!
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Level 66
May 22, 2014
Cry, the Beloved County is probably my favorite book, along with Camus' The Stranger. Good quiz!
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Level 91
Feb 20, 2015
Roughly half of "Everything Is Illuminated" takes place in Poland. It switches back and forth between two stories, one of which takes place there. Maybe Ukraine would edge it out 51-49% or so, but if you want a clear-cut single nation, you should probably choose a different book. Might I suggest "The Beach" by Alex Garland (Thailand)?
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Level 57
May 4, 2015
Similarly, "Angels and Demons", while it is a clever choice which makes you think when "Italy" is not the answer, I would guess at least as much occurs in Rome as the Vatican (then there's the Swiss part, but you did say most...)
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Level 74
May 4, 2015
I kept trying Poland.
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Level 76
Feb 23, 2015
The Iliad is spelt with one L.
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Level 67
Aug 17, 2015
My Latin teacher, Miss Rosebrook, liked to tell us that it made her ill if we spelled Iliad with two "L"s. And she thought that it was odd to spell Odyssey with two "D"s.
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Level 56
May 4, 2015
I know that for most Jetpunk quizzes England is counted as UK. But for such a classic as Pride and Prejudice, which could never have been set in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, surely England should be an acceptable answer?
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2017
Depends on the time period. Before the unification of Scotland and England I might agree with you. But I think this is set much later - so its United Kingdom.
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Level 86
Jun 1, 2018
It specifically asks for modern day countries. There was no country called "Italy" when Romeo and Juliet took place, for example.
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Level 70
May 4, 2015
Too bad just the correct continent doesn't count. I'd have had two more...
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Level 86
Jun 1, 2018
There's only seven continents, so I would hope that it would have improved your score by more than 2 . . .
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
Why? Maybe it was the only 2 they didnt get.
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Level 55
May 4, 2015
I hoped I'd just heard "Everything is Illuminated" wrongly, confused a song with the title and optimistically put...

...Legoland.

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Level 86
Jun 1, 2018
Everything is illuminated when you're part of a team!
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Level 77
Sep 2, 2018
That is "awesome"!
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Level 60
May 5, 2015
Great quiz thanks!
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Level 65
May 20, 2015
what meant to put for tin drum? tried just germany
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Level 82
Oct 11, 2016
Gdansk/Danzig is now in Poland
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Level 68
Feb 10, 2017
Not an actual error with the quiz, but the answer Germany/Poland doesn't have spaces between the slash, while Turkey / Greece does: and it bugged me during the whole rest of the quiz
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Level 71
Feb 10, 2017
Find something worthwhile to worry about.
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Level 57
Oct 9, 2017
For the Iliad, it took place in Troy, which, according to mythology, was set in Asia Minor (near Turkey), so technically, Greece isn't a correct answer.
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2017
Shout-out for Shantaram!

Major favorite of mine. Recommended.

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Level 52
Mar 10, 2018
Why go out of your way to specify modern-day country when you take the L and say Tin Drum is set in Germany/Poland and the Iliad is set in Turkey/Greece
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Level 86
Jun 1, 2018
*types "England" for Pride and Prejudice*

"Oh, hmm, that didn't work. But I know Pride and Prejudice took place in England. What to do . . . what else could I try?"

*hurls computer out window in frustration*

"THERE IS NO ANSWER."

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Level 67
May 23, 2019
For "Heart of Darkness," I initially thought Ukraine/Russia because Joseph Conrad was born in Russia, then I corrected my mistake
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Level 74
Nov 30, 2021
Because I like complaining, I will point out that this quiz is entirely Eurocentric even for non-Western countries. That is, the non-Western countries of Uganda, Japan, Congo, and India are all represented in literature through the eyes of Western novelists. There are plenty of well-regarded Indian and Japanese novelists that could have their works included on this quiz. Maybe I will make my own quiz in response to this, actually.
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Level 74
Mar 17, 2022
Hey kid, where is that quiz hmmmm
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Level 48
Jan 21, 2023
As the only think I know from "Hearts of darkness" is its relation to the film Apocalypse Now, I unsuccessfully tried every conceivable country in the south-east Asia... Oh, well.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2023
Doesn't "Iliad" only have one L?
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Level 83
Nov 16, 2023
This quiz went over a decade without anyone pointing this out?? Woah. Good eye!
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Level 73
Apr 9, 2024
Excellent quiz! One thing that's potentially confusing though is that a big part of Angela's Ashes takes place in the US