Literature by Letter - S

Identify these literary things that start with the letter S.
Quiz by Kestrana
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Last updated: December 22, 2016
First submittedDecember 19, 2016
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Generally considered the most significant of English playwrights
William Shakespeare
Heroine of "Gone with the Wind" (first name)
Scarlett O'Hara
Creator of The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax
Dr. Seuss
Astronomer and author of "Cosmos"
Carl Sagan
Hemingway novel that features the running of the bulls
Sun Also Rises, The
The "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (first name)
Sweeney Todd
Knighted Scottish author who wrote "Ivanhoe" and "Rob Roy"
Sir Walter Scott
Book by Rachel Carson that documents the negative effects of DDT
Silent Spring
Kurt Vonnegut novel about the firebombing of Dresden
Slaughterhouse-Five
Maya Angelou knows why the caged bird does this
Sings
Sci-fi book by Robert A. Heinlein featuring fascist humans fighting bug-like aliens
Starship Troopers
Irish playwright who wrote "Pygmalion" and "Man and Superman"
George Bernard Shaw
Baghdadi sailor who went on seven naval adventures
Sinbad
His archnemesis was Professor Moriarty (first name)
Sherlock Holmes
Mystical Tibetan paradise first mentioned in James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon"
Shangri-La
Dragon that inhabited the Lonely Mountain in Middle Earth
Smaug
Abolitionist author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Creator of the "Goosebumps" children's series and adult horror novels
R.L. Stine
Writer of children's poetry who knows where the sidewalk ends
Shel Silverstein
He wrote "Treasure Island"
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2016
Made me sad that Robert Heinlein made the list, but not his magnum opus, Stranger in a Strange Land.
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Level 90
Jan 3, 2017
Completely agree with this. Stranger was by far the superior story, and book.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2017
I think The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is better written, but Stranger is better plotted.
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Level 62
Jan 22, 2020
Never occurred to me that Starship Troopers was based on a book, let alone a sci fi author I knew wrote reasonable books. If I'd had to, I'd have guessed a schlocky children's book that I would have steered my children away from. Another example of films completely avoiding the book the rights were bought for when the script was drawn up?
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2021
Nope, more like a satirical adaptation that seeks to question the ambiguous militarism of the book.
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2016
Typo in the clue to the penultimate question. Should be "writeR"
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Level 61
Dec 22, 2016
Fixed, thanks.

The wording of your comment threw me for a minute. I kept rereading the clue list for one that had the word "penultimate" in it :P

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Level 75
Jul 11, 2017
Given how the question is phrased, "Sing" should be an acceptable answer to the Angelou Q
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Level 62
Jan 22, 2020
She knows why the caged bird sing?
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2017
Please accept "Slappy" as an answer to the dragon question. I know it's wrong, but it would be cool if it worked.
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Level 87
Jul 12, 2017
Huh. Found this one surprisingly easy.
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Level 37
Apr 13, 2018
Some of these seem a bit forced; e.g. Sun Also Rises (The) and "Stowe", as far as I can determined she was always known as Beecher-Stowe.
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Level 84
Jan 19, 2019
It's not hyphenated. Beecher was her maiden--and then later middle--name.
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Level 75
Feb 4, 2019
It makes perfect sense to put 'Sun Also Rises, The' in an S quiz. Otherwise T Literature would have to be its own quiz series.
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Level 52
Oct 20, 2018
too many brain freezes for me on this... don't you just hate it when you KNOW you know the answer, but it just eludes you...til the time up closes the screen and then.. enlightenment
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Level 75
Feb 4, 2019
This is my favourite literature quiz thus far! Glad to see Rachel Carson, Vonnegut, Sidewalk, Maya Angelou, and Carl S on the same quiz.