Literature by Letter - C

Identify these literary things that start with the letter C.
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Last updated: December 16, 2016
First submittedOctober 26, 2016
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Fairytale heroine who had a glass slipper and fairy godmother
Cinderella
Brontë sister or web-creator
Charlotte
Dickens holiday book featuring Scrooge
Christmas Carol, A
City to which Chaucer's pilgrims were headed
Canterbury
Juliet's family name
Capulet
Ancient editor (and possible author) of many classic Chinese texts
Confucius
This Joseph Heller novel's title became slang for an unwinnable situation
Catch-22
Stephen King character who had the world's worst prom
Carrie
Author who created Inspector Poirot
Agatha Christie
He wrote "Ender's Game"
Orson Scott Card
Terrifying sleeping god created by H.P. Lovecraft
Cthulhu
Dostoyevsky's most famous novel - about a murderer and his guilty conscience
Crime and Punishment
Gabriel García Márquez's home country
Colombia
In a Mark Twain story, a Yankee from this place is transported to King Arthur's court
Connecticut
A pair of lines in poetry, often rhyming
Couplet
Author of children's novels such as "Ramona the Pest"
Beverly Cleary
King Arthur's castle
Camelot
Working-class accent of Elizabeth Doolittle in "Pygmalion"
Cockney
Terrible one-eyed giant encountered in the "Odyssey"
Cyclops
Voltaire's most famous work, subtitled "The Optimist"
Candide
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Level 63
Dec 15, 2016
When did Columbia gain independence? The name sounds to Hispanic to have been born in Columbia.
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2016
I *to* agree with this statement
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Level 61
Dec 15, 2016
Ha ha. I've fixed this error.
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Level ∞
Dec 16, 2016
That was my error. Thanks for fixing it Kestrana!
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2017
After a two-year civil war in 1863, the "United States of Colombia" was created, lasting until 1886, when the country finally became known as the Republic of Colombia.
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Level 41
Mar 6, 2017
Yeah coz he's Columbian...where they speak Spanish...
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2018
No, he's Colombian. In Columbia, they speak Midwestern.
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Level 84
Dec 15, 2016
I never heard of Catch-22 but got it by typing the first letters of Catcher in the Rye...
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Level 61
Dec 15, 2016
I know and both are such seminal works that I wanted to include both and I figured Catch 22 was the easier clue. But I've changed Catcher in the Rye to another question since I hated that book :D
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Level 81
Dec 16, 2016
You should require Catch-22 answer to include the numbers. Especially because Catcher in the Rye, but otherwise too, it's too easy not to ask for them but just half the name of the novel. - In general this is a very nice series and you got varied questions. Good work.
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Level 77
Mar 4, 2017
I think if you don't know the answer, you aren't going to guess Catch as a random answer - those few who try Catcher in the Rye will get a freebie, but using just Catch is fine with me. (Not that my opinion really matters but that's my zero cents' worth.)
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Level 41
Mar 6, 2017
I think you need the numbers too...
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Level 87
Dec 16, 2016
I like these literature quizzes Kestrana, but it seems that an awful lot accept only partial answers. I understand why you would do that in many cases, but I think this is one example where less is more. Here you accepted "Catch" for "Catch 22"; my opinion is that it would be ok to require the full name. (And ditto for the "Colombia" vs. "Columbia")
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2017
it is also a movie
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Level 82
Dec 16, 2016
Wonderful quiz!
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Level 82
Dec 18, 2016
I realize that your description room is short, but I wouldn't call a Catch-22 an "unwinnable situation". That sounds like a "no-win" scenario, which is a Kobayashi Maru; it's unwinnable because the rules don't permit victory. A Catch-22 is unwinnable due to contradictory rules; it's a paradox. I'm not sure how I would rewrite the hint, but I would try to work in "contradictory rules", "paradox", or both.
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Level 61
Dec 18, 2016
1. Kobayashi Maru is from Star Trek so I wouldn't consider it literary.

2. Kobayashi Maru does not start with C.

So I don't think we need to worrying much about confusion here.

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Level 80
Feb 9, 2017
Candide wasn't subtitled "the Optimist". It was subtitled "OR, the Optimist"
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2017
If you want to be picky try "Candide, ou l'Optimisme" to be correct.
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Level 80
Jun 20, 2018
The alternate titles are "Candide" and "L'Optimisme" and the "ou" separates the two. I don't think it should technically be counted as part of a title.
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Level 91
Feb 13, 2017
"Cyclops" was the collective name for the race of one-eyed giants encountered by Odysseus (or Ulysses).

In the Odyssey the giant who actually meets Odysseus is named "Polyphemus".

Please consider changing the answer to this one or changing the question as follows:

"Terrible one-eyed giantS encountered in the "Odyssey".

By the way, thank you for the wonderful quiz :)

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Level 61
Feb 15, 2017
Since the quiz is "Literature by Letter - C" I think it should be pretty clear what the question is asking.
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Level 37
Mar 8, 2017
I didn't think it was obvious, like iuvias, I would also think it would be better if it was changed to giants, because giant obviously refers to Polyphemus, not cyclops in general.
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Level 58
Mar 4, 2017
I believe that Camelot was the name of King Arthur's kingdom, not the castle.
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Level 87
Mar 4, 2017
Wikipedia says it's both a castle and a court.
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Level 83
Jun 13, 2017
Lancelot: "Look, my liege!"

(sound of trumpets blaring)

King Arthur: "Camelot."

Galahad: "Camelot!"

Lancelot: "Camelot."

Patsy: "It's only a model."

King Aurthur: "Shh!"

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Level 60
Mar 4, 2017
100 percent
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Level 77
Mar 4, 2017
I'm really enjoying these literature by letter quizzes. Thanks!
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Level 67
Aug 11, 2017
Since Kestrana mentioned books that are hated: 30+ years later, thanks to my senior Brit lit teacher for forcing me to read "Crime and Punishment" over Christmas break. And this'll be the only time I'll ever be thankful for it. Just ugh.
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2020
Could not think of what Juliet the question referred to. Until I saw the answer of course... :doh:
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Level 58
Jun 21, 2021
These Literature by Letter quizzes are great! Loved how you put the Carrie question. Wish I'd come up with that. Well, I have a good Shining question coming up.
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Level 61
Sep 6, 2021
Really enjoying the quizzes, Kestrana. Thanks! But I do agree that Catch-22 has to be the answer; it's a catch-22 situation, not catch