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Literature Multiple Choice #1

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about famous works of literature?
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Last updated: January 28, 2019
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1. What did the raven say in Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven"?
A pox on both your houses
Can I have some more, please?
Caw!
Nevermore
2. What is Atticus Finch's profession in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Baseball player
Doctor
Lawyer
Pastry chef
3. In the novel "Heart of Darkness", what was the profession of Kurtz?
Author
Christian missionary
Ivory trader
Soldier
4. Which of the following WASN'T written by Jane Austen?
Emma
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Wuthering Heights
5. Who was the main character of J.D. Salinger's "A Catcher in the Rye"?
Dean Moriarty
Gregor Samsa
Holden Caulfield
Humbert Humbert
6. In Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", what did the main character metamorphosize into?
A 6 inch tall person
A giant bug
A woman
An angel
7. Which of these English kings did Shakespeare NOT write a play about?
Henry VIII
Richard III
William the Conqueror
8. Which one of these authors was a man?
A. A. Milne
George Eliot
George Sand
Harper Lee
9. Who was Don Quixote's squire?
Carlos Santander
Lucrezia Borgia
Rodrigo Suerte
Sancho Panza
10. Which of these is NOT a character in "Les Misérables"?
Cosette
Inspector Javert
Jean Valjean
Madame Defarge
Madame Defarge appears in "A Tale of Two Cities"
11. What was the war in "War and Peace"?
Crimean War
Napoleon's invasion of Russia
U.S. Civil War
World War One
12. Who killed Hector?
Achilles
Helen
Julius Caesar
He killed himself
13. Who wrote "The Canterbury Tales"?
Geoffrey Chaucer
John Bunyan
Virginia Woolf
V. S. Naipaul
14. In the story "Maltilda" by Roald Dahl, what supernatural power does Matilda have?
Precognition
Telekinesis
Telepathy
Telekinesis is the ability to move objects with one's mind
15. Where did James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" take place?
Athens
Dublin
New York City
The Moon
20 Comments
+5
Level 80
Jan 29, 2019
Good mix of lit from all over the world.
+10
Level 76
Feb 23, 2019
Except for Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, that's true.
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2020
Heart of darkness was set in africa
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Level 77
Mar 20, 2021
Right, but this is about where the books were written and/or published, not where they took place.
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Level 78
Feb 24, 2019
Really? 15 questions. 1 book in Classic Greek, 1 in German, 1 in French, 1 in Spanish, 1 in Russian, 10 in English.

One could claim that this is an English speaking site and English literature should be given preference. But to pretend that this test is somehow a good representation of world's literature is just delusional.

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Level 83
Dec 7, 2023
It doesn't say anywhere that it represents world literature. Really it represents the Anglophone canon pretty well. The problem is that the Anglophone canon is terrible where translated works are concerned.
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Level 20
Jan 29, 2019
Quizmaster and some of the others can you just check out my quizzes and see if you can make it featured if not how to get it featured
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Level 69
Jan 30, 2019
Great quiz!
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Level 69
Feb 4, 2019
Great quiz! And I was pleased to see from the scores that we seem to be a literary bunch as well, as opposed to just sports, geography, and history nerds :-D
+4
Level 66
Feb 23, 2019
Somehow I managed to get all of them, even though I had to guess a few times. There's a typo in the “Maltilda” question by the way.
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Level 60
Feb 23, 2019
13/15 having read none of these books.
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Level 78
Feb 23, 2019
I did badly - but it was a very good quiz. Thanks
+1
Level 74
May 20, 2021
Quoth the raven: "CAW!!!!!"
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Level 61
Nov 7, 2021
Colonel Kurtz is not a soldier?
+5
Level ∞
Apr 25, 2022
Colonel Kurtz is from the movie "Apocalypse Now".
+1
Level 81
Jun 20, 2022
As Quizmaster points out, Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now was a soldier.

Kurtz from Heart of Darkness was neither a colonel, nor a soldier.

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Level 61
Jun 20, 2022
You may know the war from War and Peace, but did you know that the original title was "War, What is it Good For?"
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Level 65
Jun 20, 2022
Absolutely Nothing!
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Level 45
Jun 20, 2022
In question 14, "Matilda" is typoed the first time as "Maltilda".
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Level 78
Oct 10, 2023
I got the Les Mis question from reading A Tale of Two Cities, and I got the War and Peace question from the TMNT movie (1990).