I’ve really enjoyed writing quizzes based on my Miscellany books over the last few weeks (if you have missed them you can try my museum quiz here and my library quiz here) so for my final foray please find my book lovers’ quiz! The answers are here in a separate post. Do let me know how you get on either on Twitter @nonfictioness or in the comments below. Enjoy!
1. Match the writer with their nom de plume:
Real name nom de plume
Stephen King George Eliot
Anton Chekhov O. Henry
Mary Ann Evans Mary Westmacott
William Sydney Porter Man Without a Spleen
Agatha Christie Richard Bachman
2. All three of the following series contain the same total number of books in them, but how many books are in the series (bonus point if you know the technical name)?
Olivia Manning’s Fortunes of War series
Frank Herbert’s Dune series
Anthony Trollope’s The Chronicles of Barsetshire.
3. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak was published in 1958 but was immediately suppressed by the Stalinist regime who accused him of maligning the peasants’ struggle. What year was the book finally published in Russia?
4. Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, Solo by William Boyd and Colonel Sun by Robert Markham are all continuation novels (sequels written by another author) inspired by which hugely popular series of books?
5. What was the name of the film that was based on the 2005 book Q & A by Vikas Swarup?
6. What do Sanditon by Jane Austen, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens and The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov have in common?
7. Some writers have been especially young when their debuts were published, while others were notably old. Put the following writers in order (youngest to oldest) by their age at first publication:
Bret Easton Ellis (Less than Zero)
George Eliot (Adam Bede)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (Zastrozzi)
Richard Adams (Watership Down)
Anna Sewell (Black Beauty)
Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes)
S. E. Hinton (The Outsiders)
Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)
8. Dame Barbara Cartland was an extremely prolific writer, not only penning numerous romance novels but also writing cookbooks, plays and poetry. How many books did she write during her career?
9. The longest book ever written is the 17th century romantic novel Artamene ou le Grand Cyrus by Madeleine de Scudéry, but how many words did it have?
b) 3.8 million
c) 1.3 million
d) 2.1 million
10. Which book is the all-time bestselling work of fiction?
a) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
b) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
c) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
d) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
11. To produce a Bible on vellum in the Middle Ages the skin of roughly how many calves would be required?
12. Name the writer and book title of these famous first lines:
a) ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’
b) ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’
c) ‘It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents…’
d) ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’
13. Match the classic Penguin paperback cover colour to the type of book it denoted:
Jacket colour type of book
Green travel & adventure
Dark blue crime fiction
14. How many rejections did Margaret Mitchell receive for Gone with the Wind before finally securing a publishers and going on to sell over 30 million copies?
15. The following is the last line from which famous novel?
‘And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.’
See the answers here.
If you enjoyed the quiz and are left wanting more fabulous bookish facts why not buy a copy of The Book Lovers’ Miscellany here.