Literature Trivia

There’s nothing like a set of literature trivia questions to test the book worm in you. In this set of book trivia, we cover everything from Harry Potter books, Agatha Christie, Tom Sawyer, Shakespeare’s plays, and other famous novels.

Literature Trivia

How much do you know about classic book titles from famous authors? Let’s see as you take these book quiz questions. So pick up a good book, start gearing up, and see how many points you can answer from this collection of pop to classic literature trivia.


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Who wrote the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, published in 1960?▶ Harper Lee
What phrase, often used in typing practice, includes every letter in the English alphabet?▶ The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Who is the author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy?▶ J. R. R. Tolkien
Jules Verne’s fictional submarine the Nautilus is captained by which character?▶ Captain Nemo
Who wrote “The Little Mermaid”?▶ Hans Christian Andersen
Who wrote the novel “Moby-Dick”?▶ Herman Melville
The Artful Dodger is a character from which novel?▶ Oliver Twist
The Great Gatsby was written by which author?▶ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Diana Prince is the public persona of which fictional superhero?▶ Wonder Woman
Who wrote the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling”?▶ Hans Christian Andersen
Who is the author of the book “A Brief History of Time”?▶ Stephen Hawking
Who wrote the 1936 novel “Gone with the Wind”?▶ Margaret Mitchell
What is the name of Washington Iriving’s 1819 short story about a man that fell asleep in the woods for 20 years?▶ Rip Van Winkle
Who was the author of “The Amityville Horror” published in 1977?▶ Jay Anson
Who declined the 1964 Nobel Prize for literature?▶ Jean-Paul Sartre
Cruella de Vil is a character who appeared in what novel by Dodie Smith?▶ The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Manga are a type of comics from what country?▶ Japan
Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016?▶ Bob Dylan
Cogito ergo sum, “I think, therefore I am”, is a Latin phrase by which philospher?▶ René Descartes
What musical instrument did Sherlock Holmes play?▶ Violin
What was the full name of British novelist C. S. Lewis?▶ Clive Staples Lewis
Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero, what was the name of his horse?▶ Topper
According to Guiness World Records, which author has the most published works?▶ L. Ron Hubbard
Quasimodo is a fictional character from what novel?▶ The Hunchback of Notre-Dam
Who is the author of the novella “The Metamorphosis”, first published in 1915?▶ Franz Kafka
Which Irish author wrote the avant-garde comic fiction,”Finnegans Wake”?▶ James Joyce
“Being and Time” is an ontological treatise written by which German philosopher?▶ Martin Heidegger
War and Peace, originally published in 1869, is a novel written by which Russian author?▶ Leo Tolstoy
Which British author wrote the popular children’s novel “James and the Giant Peach”?▶ Roald Dahl
Who wrote the young adult vampire-romance novel “Twilight”?▶ Stephenie Meyer
Which American author wrote the novel “The Great Gatsby”, published in 1925?▶ F. Scott Fitzgerald
And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street was the first book published by which children’s author?▶ Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
In Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, what’s Romeo’s last name?▶ Montague
Which American writer wrote the narrative poem “The Raven”?▶ Edgar Allan Poe
The novel Don Quixote was written by which famous Spanish novelist?▶ Miguel de Cervantes
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a children’s book written by which American author?▶ Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
The men’s magazine GQ was formerly known by what longer name?▶ Gentlemen’s Quarterly
Published in 1978, The World According To Garp was written by which American novelist?▶ John Irving
Who was the author of the children’s fantasy novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?▶ C.S. Lewis
“Call me Ishmael” is the opening line from what novel?▶ Moby Dick
Which American author wrote the non-fiction novel “In Cold Blood”?▶ Truman Capote
A Shakespearean sonnet consists of how many lines?▶ Fourteen
Which book holds the record of being the most stolen book from public libraries?▶ Guinness Book of World Records
First published in 1719, “Robinson Crusoe” is a novel written by which English writer?▶ Daniel Dafoe
The famous American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known by what pen name?▶ Mark Twain
In what Mark Twain novel does an engineer from Connecticut travel back in time to the age of Camelot?▶ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Sydney Carton is the central character in what Charles Dickens novel?▶ A Tale of Two Cities
Daniel Peggotty is a character from which Charles Dickens novel published in 1850?▶ David Copperfield
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel featuring which fictional detective?▶ Sherlock Holmes
Who wrote the American realist novel “The Grapes of Wrath”?▶ John Steinbeck
In what city would you find the Wizard of Oz?▶ The Emerald City
The Scarlet Letter is a historical fiction novel written by which American author?▶ Nathaniel Hawthorne
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, what was the name of the pig leader?▶ Napoleon
Published in 1906, White Fang is a novel about a wolf-dog written by which American author?▶ Jack London
In Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, on which the film is based, what color are Dorothy’s slippers?▶ Silver
Who created the comedy science fiction series, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”?▶ Douglas Adams
Oliver Twist was the second novel published by which English author?▶ Charles Dickens
Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience), is an 1849 essay written by which American author?▶ Henry David Thoreau
The fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut is the setting for which book series by Ann M. Martin?▶ The Baby-Sitters Club
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel written by which German philosopher?▶ Friedrich Nietzsche
According to Forbes magazine in 2004, who was the first person to become a billionaire by writing books?▶ J.K. Rowling
Where would one arrive at the second star to the right, and straight on till morning?▶ Neverland
Released on April 5, 1974, what was Stephen King’s first published novel?▶ Carrie
Victorian writers Charlotte, Emily, and Anne were sisters sharing what last name?▶ Brontë
Kiss Me Kate and 10 Things I Hate About You were both based on which Shakespeare comedy?▶ The Taming of the Shrew
Published in 2009, which American writer wrote the science fiction novel “Under the Dome”?▶ Stephen King
Robert Penn Warren received the 1947 pulitzer for what political fiction novel?▶ All the King’s Men
Shōgun is a 1975 novel written by which Australian novelist?▶ James Clavell
What is the name for a compound literary or narrative work that is divided into five parts?▶ Pentalogy
The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by which Irish poet and playwright?▶ Oscar Wilde
In the American comic strip Little Orphan Annie, what is the name of Annie’s dog?▶ Sandy
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story about the life of what teenage protagonist?▶ Holden Caulfield
American writer Daniel Keyes wrote what science fiction novel that was later adapted to the Academy Award-winning film Charly?▶ Flowers for Algernon
Published in 2006, The God Delusion is a book written by which English biologist?▶ Richard Dawkins
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s historical fition novel “The Scarlet Letter”, what was the letter?▶  “A” stands for adulteress
The epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, was written by which English poet?▶ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Mark Twain’s 1885 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was set along which river?▶ Mississippi River
Stag Party was the name originally chosen for what popular men’s magazine?▶ Playboy
Published in 2005, The Book Thief is a historical novel by which Australian author?▶ Markus Zusak
Who was the first man to appear solo on the cover of Playboy?▶ Hugh Hefner (after his death)
First published in 1988, The Alchemist is a best-selling novel by what Brazilian author?▶ Paulo Coelho
Mac Gargan is the alter ego of what Spider-Man villain?▶ Scorpion
In L. Frank Baum’s original 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, what color were Dorothy’s shoes?▶ Silver
The tormented love story, “Wuthering Heights”, is the only finished novel by which English writer?▶ Emily Brontë
What Danish author is considered by many to be the most prolific fairy tale writer?▶ Hans Christian Andersen
The Bonfire of the Vanities is a 1987 satirical novel by which American author and journalist?▶ Tom Wolfe
Seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is a poem by which late American-British poet?▶ T. S. Eliot
First published in 1842, “The Masque of the Red Death” is a short story by which American writer?▶ Edgar Allan Poe
The Communist Manifesto was written by which two German philosophers?▶ Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
What character is murdered by George in the John Steinbeck novella “Of Mice and Men”?▶ Lennie
The writer Eric Blair went by what pen name?▶ George Orwell
What are the first three words of the bible?▶ In the beginning
Who wrote an ancient Chinese military treatise known as “The Art of War”?▶ Sun Tzu
What is the plural of the word crisis?▶ Crises
Which book was famously rejected by 12 publishers before finally being accepted by Bloomsbury?▶ Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
What is the first book of the bible?▶ Genisis
What are the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?▶ Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, & Slytherin
In the children’s books about a 25 foot tall red dog, what is the name of the dog?▶ Clifford
In the Harry Potter series, what is the name of Harry’s pet owl?▶ Hedwig
What is the secret identity of the fictional superhero Batman?▶ Bruce Wayne
The Punisher is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by which company?▶ Marvel Comics
What is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series?▶ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
What American minister and author wrote the self-help book The Power of Positive Thinking?▶ Norman Vincent Peale

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