Book Trivia: Real Literature Fans Will Get All 121 Right

Oluwatosin Michael
May 03, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Jan 12, 2021
Edited by Joan Agie
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A stack of vintage leather-bound books on a wooden table, with one open displaying fanned pages, in a library setting for book trivia.

Ready to find out who's the bookworm champion among your friends? This fun quiz has all the best bits of literature, from Sherlock Holmes to Shakespeare and everything in between.

Books can take you on amazing adventures! So grab your favorite book lovers, get comfy, and see who knows their literary trivia the best.

Classic Literature Trivia

A shelf filled with classic literature, featuring worn and textured hardcover books.

Everyone loves a good classic novel! They can take you on incredible journeys with amazing characters, big ideas, and beautiful writing. From the most famous writers to those lines you'll never forget, this classic literature trivia will put your knowledge to the test.

1. Question: What is believed to be the first fiction novel published in English?

Answer: 'Robinson Crusoe'.

2. Question: Elizabeth Bennet is a famous character from which book?

Answer: 'Pride And Prejudice'.

3. Question: In which country was the book 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' banned?

Answer: China.

4. Question: In the book, 'The Once And Future King', what is the name of Merlin's owl?

Answer: Archimedes.

5. Question: What is used as the portal to Narnia in CS Lewis' children's fantasy series?

Answer: A wardrobe.

6. Question: What is the name of the first published Stephen King novel?

Answer: 'Carrie'.

7. Question: In George Orwell's 'Animal Farm', which animal is Boxer?

Answer: A horse.

8. Question: Who is the protagonist in Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'?

Answer: Philip Pirrip, also known as Pip.

9. Question: Which renowned author wrote the classic novel 'A Brave New World'?

Answer: Aldous Huxley.

10. Question: What is the title of the last book that Jane Austen authored?

Answer: 'Persuasion'.

11. Question: Who wrote the book, 'Lord Of The Flies'?

Answer: William Golding.

12. Question: What is the protagonist's name in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'?

Answer: Hester Prynne.

13. Question: Which classic novel by Jane Austen tells the story of the Dashwood sisters?

Answer: 'Sense And Sensibility'.

14. Question: What are the names of the three musketeers in the book written by Alexandre Dumas?

Answer: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

15. Question: Which renowned character from literature is known for giving the wise counsel, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"?

Answer: Polonius.

16. Question: In which century was the first 'Curious George' book published?

Answer: the 20th century.

17. Question: What classic book written by Oscar Wilde has to do with immortality?

Answer: 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'.

18. Question: Which science fiction author wrote 'Starship Troopers'?

Answer: Robert A. Heinlein.

19. Question: What is the name of the poem John Keats wrote to a singing bird?

Answer: 'Ode To A Nightingale'.

20. Question: How many of Ernest Hemingway's novels were published after his death?

Answer: Three.

21. Question: What is the name of Tom Sawyer's best friend in 'The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer'?

Answer: Huckleberry Finn.

22. Question: Which famous book features a chapter title that inspired the U2 song 'Shadows And Tall Trees'?

Answer: 'Lord Of The Flies'.

23. Question: In which novel would you find the character Phileas Fogg, who attempts to circumnavigate the world?

Answer: 'Around The World In Eighty Days' by Jules Verne.

24. Question: What is the name of the fictional estate where 'Wuthering Heights' is set?

Answer: Wuthering Heights.

25. Question: Which 19th-century poet penned 'Because I Could Not Stop For Death'?

Answer: Emily Dickinson.

26. Question: In 'Pride And Prejudice', who is Elizabeth Bennet's proud and wealthy suitor?

Answer: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

27. Question: Which Shakespearean play features the line "To thine own self be true"?

Answer: 'Hamlet'.

28. Question: In 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, what is the first name of the character known as Gatsby?

Answer: Jay.

29. Question: Which classic children's book begins with the line "All children, except one, grow up"?

Answer: 'Peter Pan' by J.M. Barrie.

Modern Literature Trivia

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Modern books have a special kind of magic, don't they? The best authors create stories that feel personal and relatable. So, if you love a good fantasy adventure or simply adore a great book, get ready! This trivia will test your knowledge of the best modern stories.

30. Question: Which year was the first Harry Potter book published?

Answer: 1997.

31. Question: 'The Kite Runner' is the first published book of which author?

Answer: Khaled Hosseini.

32. Question: In which book by Paulo Coelho is Santiago, a shepherd boy, the protagonist?

Answer: 'The Alchemist'.

33. Question: What is the name of the author who wrote 'The Book Thief'?

Answer: Markus Zusak.

34. Question: Which Harry Potter book is the best-selling in the series?

Answer: 'Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone'.

35. Question: How many novels are in the 'Twilight' series written by Stephenie Meyer?

Answer: Four.

36. Question: Which book by Khaled Hosseini has Mariam and Laila as the main characters?

Answer: 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'.

37. Question: What is the name of the memoir written by Michelle Obama in 2018?

Answer: 'Becoming'.

38. Question: What is the protagonist's name in John Green's 'Looking For Alaska'?

Answer: Miles Halter.

39. Question: Who wrote 'The Da Vinci Code'?

Answer: Dan Brown.

40. Question: Which fantasy book series does 'A Game Of Thrones' by George R. R. Martin belong to?

Answer: 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'.

41. Question: What genre of books is Agatha Christie, the best-selling author, famous for writing?

Answer: Detective and mystery.

42. Question: Who is the author of 'The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind'?

Answer: Joseph Murphy.

43. Question: In which book series was the word 'muggles' popular?

Answer: Harry Potter.

44. Question: How many books did Stieg Larsson write in 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' series?

Answer: Three.

45. Question: What is the title of the third book in the 'Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy' series?

Answer: 'Life, The Universe And Everything'.

46. Question: In the book 'Freaky Friday', Annabel changes bodies with whom?

Answer: Her mother.

47. Question: Who wrote the bestselling novel 'The Fault In Our Stars'?

Answer: John Green.

48. Question: In 'The Hunger Games' series, what is the name of the nation where the story is set?

Answer: Panem.

49. Question: What is the title character's real name in the novel 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'?

Answer: Christopher John Francis Boone.

50. Question: Who wrote 'The Time Traveler’s Wife'?

Answer: Audrey Niffenegger.

51. Question: What is the pseudonym used by the author Robert Galbraith, who wrote 'The Cuckoo’s Calling'?

Answer: J.K. Rowling.

52. Question: The novel 'White Teeth' was the debut work of which British author?

Answer: Zadie Smith.

53. Question: Which novel by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two young boys named Amir and Hassan?

Answer: 'The Kite Runner'.

54. Question: 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' is a translation of a book originally published in which language?

Answer: Swedish.

55. Question: In the novel 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn, what is the name of Nick Dunne's missing wife?

Answer: Amy.

56. Question: Who wrote the dystopian novel 'Never Let Me Go', which was later adapted into a film?

Answer: Kazuo Ishiguro.

Book Adaptations Trivia

Books have a way of coming to life on the screen. Many amazing stories start on the page, from the shows you binge-watch to the movies you love. Ready to find out how much you know about book-to-screen adaptations?

57. Question: Which actor played the role of Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby', adapted from the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

Answer: Leonardo DiCaprio.

58. Question: What type of animal is Bagheera in Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'?

Answer: A panther.

59. Question: In what year was the first Harry Potter movie released?

Answer: 2001.

60. Question: Who directed the movie adaptation of Yann Martel's 'Life Of Pi'?

Answer: Ang Lee.

61. Question: Who played the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 movie based on Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice'?

Answer: Keira Knightley.

62. Question: What is the name of the trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson, based on JRR Tolkien's fantasy novels?

Answer: 'The Lord Of The Rings'.

63. Question: Which actor played the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series?

Answer: Emma Watson.

64. Question: Who played the role of Edward Cullen in 'The Twilight Saga'?

Answer: Robert Pattinson.

65. Question: In what year was the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 'The Notebook' released?

Answer: 2004.

66. Question: 'Thirteen Reasons Why' is a series based on which author's book?

Answer: Jay Asher.

67. Question: Who directed the 2019 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women'?

Answer: Greta Gerwig.

68. Question: Which character from famous novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been adapted in various works the most?

Answer: Sherlock Holmes.

69. Question: Which William Golding novel inspired the TV series 'Lost'?

Answer: 'Lord Of The Flies'.

70. Question: Which of Shakespeare's dramas served as a loose inspiration for the movie 'The Lion King'?

Answer: 'Hamlet'.

71. Question: Which actor plays the role of Jon Snow in the TV series 'Game Of Thrones', adapted from George RR Martin's novels?

Answer: Kit Harington.

72. Question: Which actor portrayed the character of Nick Carraway in the film adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby'?

Answer: Tobey Maguire.

73. Question: Who played the role of Emma Morley in the movie adaptation of David Nicholls' 'One Day'?

Answer: Anne Hathaway.

74. Question: How many seasons are there in the TV show 'The Vampire Diaries', which is adapted from a book series?

Answer: Eight.

75. Question: In the film adaptation of 'The Martian', who plays the astronaut Mark Watney?

Answer: Matt Damon.

76. Question: Which Jojo Moyes novel, featuring the character Louisa Clark, was adapted into a film starring Emilia Clarke as the lead?

Answer: 'Me Before You'.

77. Question: Who directed the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel 'It'?

Answer: Andy Muschietti.

78. Question: What is the name of the character portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' novels?

Answer: Katniss Everdeen.

79. Question: Which actor played the character of Robert Langdon in the movie adaptations of Dan Brown's novels?

Answer: Tom Hanks.

80. Question: What is the title of the movie series adapted from the 'Bourne' novels by Robert Ludlum?

Answer: The 'Bourne' series.

81. Question: Which Philip K. Dick novel is the movie 'Blade Runner' based on?

Answer: 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?'

82. Question: Who is the author of the novel 'Room', which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film featuring Brie Larson?

Answer: Emma Donoghue.

83. Question: Which book by Orson Scott Card was adapted into a 2013 film starring Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin?

Answer: 'Ender's Game'.

Author Trivia Questions

A close-up portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, known for his contributions to classic literature.

Wouldn't it be fascinating to learn more about the people behind your favorite books? This quiz is your chance to do just that! From famous names to those incredible authors you might not know as well, this quiz takes you on a journey through their lives. You might even find a new favorite author along the way!

84. Question: What is the pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling when writing crime fiction?

Answer: Robert Galbraith.

85. Question: How old was Mary Shelley when she started writing 'Frankenstein'?

Answer: 18 years old.

86. Question: Who introduced the phrase, "wear your heart on your sleeve"?

Answer: William Shakespeare.

87. Question: How many books were written by Agatha Christie?

Answer: 66 novels and 14 short story collections.

88. Question: What year did Charles Dickens pass away?

Answer: 1870.

89. Question: Which author's last words were, "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go"?

Answer: Oscar Wilde.

90. Question: What is the name of Jane Austen's last unfinished novel?

Answer: 'Sanditon'.

91. Question: Who wrote the line: "The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive"?

Answer: John Green in 'Looking For Alaska'.

92. Question: George Eliot is the pen name of which author?

Answer: Mary Ann Evans.

93. Question: How many times was JK Rowling's pitch for Harry Potter rejected by publishers?

Answer: 12.

94. Question: Nicholas Sparks is a writer famous for writing books in which genre?

Answer: Romance.

95. Question: What is the title of Leo Tolstoy's first published novel?

Answer: 'Childhood'.

96. Question: When was Stephen King born?

Answer: September 21, 1947.

97. Question: How many siblings did Jane Austen have?

Answer: Seven (six brothers and one sister).

98. Question: What was Emily Brontë's age when she passed away?

Answer: 30 years old.

99. Question: Who is the author of the renowned book often regarded as one of the best-selling novels of all time, 'Don Quixote'?

Answer: Miguel de Cervantes.

100. Question: Who is the author of the popular children's book 'Charlotte's Web'?

Answer: E.B. White.

101. Question: As of 2022, which two writers have achieved the distinction of winning both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize in Literature?

Answer: Bob Dylan and George Bernard Shaw.

102. Question: Which American author wrote the short story 'The Masque Of The Red Death'?

Answer: Edgar Allan Poe.

103. Question: Sir Walter Scott is known for his historical novels about which country?

Answer: Scotland.

104. Question: What Spanish author wrote more than 5,000 novels?

Answer: Corín Tellado.

105. Question: What is the subtitle of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'?

Answer: 'The Modern Prometheus'.

106. Question: 'A Dance With Dragons' is the fifth book in the 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' series. Who is the author?

Answer: George R.R. Martin.

107. Question: What was the full name of British novelist CS Lewis?

Answer: Clive Staples Lewis.

108. Question: What author wrote his last novel in crayon?

Answer: James Joyce.

109. Question: Who was the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize For Literature?

Answer: Gao Xingjian.

110. Question: Which famous novelist once dated the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill?

Answer: JD Salinger.

111. Question: Which Stephen King novel takes place mostly in the fictional Overlook Hotel?

Answer: 'The Shining'.

112. Question: Which British author coined the term 'utopia' in the title of a book published in 1516?

Answer: Thomas More.

113. Question: Who is the Nigerian author of the acclaimed novel 'Things Fall Apart'?

Answer: Chinua Achebe.

114. Question: Which author, known for legal thrillers, wrote the novel 'The Firm'?

Answer: John Grisham.

115. Question: Which American poet is known for her collections 'Ariel' and 'The Colossus'?

Answer: Sylvia Plath.

116. Question: Which Russian-American novelist wrote 'Atlas Shrugged' and developed the philosophical system known as Objectivism?

Answer: Ayn Rand.

117. Question: Which Irish-born playwright wrote 'Pygmalion', the play that 'My Fair Lady' is based on?

Answer: George Bernard Shaw.

118. Question: Which French author is known for the series of adventure novels featuring the character Arsène Lupin?

Answer: Maurice Leblanc.

119. Question: Which poet wrote the classic pieces 'The Raven' and 'Annabel Lee'?

Answer: Edgar Allan Poe.

120. Question: Who is the author of the classic novel 'To The Lighthouse'?

Answer: Virginia Woolf.

121. Question: Who wrote the gothic horror novel 'Dracula'?

Answer: Bram Stoker.


Why are book trivia games so fun?

They put your book knowledge to the test and let you and your friends share your love of reading. It's a great way to have fun while learning!

How can book trivia help my child learn?

Book trivia can spark a child's interest in reading by introducing them to new books and authors. It's also a fun way to learn new things and practice their memory skills.

Does this trivia cover books for all ages?

Yes! You'll find questions about books for kids, teens, and adults. Everyone who loves a good book can enjoy it.

Can I use these trivia questions for a family game night?

Definitely! It's a great way to have fun together. Just pick some questions and see who's the biggest bookworm in the family!

Do I have to be a big reader to enjoy this trivia?

Not at all! Even if you don't read a lot, you'll still have fun and might even discover a new book you'll love.

Are the trivia questions only about classic books?

No, there's a mix! You'll find questions about classic books, modern favorites, and books from all sorts of genres.

Congratulations, book lovers! You've reached the end of this fun trivia challenge.

Whether you answered every question perfectly or learned a few new things along the way, the most important part is the joy of discovery. Keep exploring the wonderful world of books, share what you've learned, and never stop reading!

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