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History’s Greatest Authors Quiz

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What is the name of the woman who generated much abolitionist sentiment throughout the young United States with her book Uncle Tom's Cabin?
Emily Dickinson
Charlotte Bronte
Harriet Tubman
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The immortal classic known as The Iliad is renowned throughout the world for its impressive form and ability to tell the story of the Trojan War. What Greek author wrote The Iliad?
Plato
Homer
Socrates
Sophocles

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What American author, known for his eccentricity and ability to describe multiple human perspectives, was the writer of The Catcher in the Rye?
J .D. Salinger
Ernest Hemingway
Rudyard Kipling
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The book Utopia, written in the 16th century, served as one of the first literary interpretations of a perfect society and influenced politics as some countries tried to become Utopia. What man wrote this Renaissance master-work?
Thomas More
William Shakespeare
Walter Scott
Ben Johnson

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What renowned author and political activist of Italy was responsible for writing The Divine Comedy, a story that took readers on a journey through Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory?
Plato
Socrates
Dante
Virgil

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What is the name of the English author and social critic who pointed out the flaws in modern society with such works as Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities?
Charles Dickens
John Milton
Augustus Comte
Upton Sinclair

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What poet, considered one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote such works as "The Weary Blues," "Mother to Son," and "Dreams"?
Amiri Baraka
Vachel Lindsey
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Langston Hughes

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What is the name of the American Transcendentalist who was also the author of the philosophical tale Walden?
Ernest Hemingway
Robert Frost
Henry David Thoreau
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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What is the name of the 18th century French political thinker and philosopher who penned The Social Contract to explain political theory to the world?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Augustus Comte
Guy de Maupassant
Montesquieu

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The famous Brothers Grimm wandered throughout Europe collecting fairy tales and compiling them in a book. What were the first names of the Brothers Grimm?
Jacob and Wilhelm
Klein and Peter
Thomas and Michael
Cameron and Gilbert

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The tale of the hunt for the great white whale Moby Dick is a maritime classic that was written by what author?
George Bernard Shaw
Herman Melville
Jules Verne
Mark Twain

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In the vast realm of fantasy epics, The Lord of the Rings series stands out as perhaps the most iconic of all time. What is the name of the man who wrote these books?
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Robert Jordan
J. R. R. Tolkien
Arthur Conan Doyle
Stephen King

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What famous English playwright is credited with having crafted such works as Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Hamlet?
Thomas More
John Milton
Ben Johnson
William Shakespeare

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What American Gothic writer is credited as the first author of a detective story and also wrote such works as "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"?
H. P. Lovecraft
Mary Shelly
Edgar Allen Poe
William Faulkner

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The legends of the fictional King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were compiled and recorded by what English writer in Le Morte d'Arthur?
Thomas Malory
Thomas Raleigh
William Shakespeare
Thomas More

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What French novelist captivated the world with his tales of adventure like the Three Musketeers and his dark tragedy The Count of Monte Cristo?
Victor Hugo
Albert Camus
Guy de Maupassant
Alexandre Dumas

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What American author and social critic generated much sympathy for the harshly treated migrant farmers in his day with his books The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Steinbeck
Ernest Hemingway
Robert Frost

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What Enlightenment thinker and philosopher wrote "A Letter Concerning Toleration" and other works on the value of government that were reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Hobbes
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Calvin
John Locke

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What Russian author and playwright wrote such classics as The Seagull, Ivanov, and Uncle Vanya?
Leo Tolstoy
Anton Chekov
Alexander Pushkin
Maxim Gorky

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Dr. Seuss may have been one of the most famous children's authors of all time, but Dr. Seuss was merely a pen name the man used. What was his true name?
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Martin Rokholov
Francis Roethke
Theodor Geisel
Glenn Otis

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What was the name of the playwright who wrote such works as The Picture of Dorian Gray and Lady Windermere's Fan?
Oscar Wilde
Anton Chekov
Arthur Miller
Henrik Ibsen

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What was the name of the poet who came up with such classics as "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Road Less Traveled"?
Robert Frost
William Faulkner
J. D. Salinger
E. E. Cummings

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What author actually managed to start an investigation of the shady meat industry of his day because of his book The Jungle?
Johnathan Swift
Ernest Hemingway
Henry David Thoreau
Upton Sinclair

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What political philosopher and author wrote the intellectual staple Man and Superman?
Aristotle
Friedrich Nietzsche
George Bernard Shaw
G. K. Chesterton

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The revolutionary work of governmental philosophy known as Republic was written by what brilliant Greek philosopher?
Aristotle
Plato
Socrates
Homer

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At this point in time, the Harry Potter series is the highest grossing book series in history. What author from England wrote this series that has delighted children and adults alike?
Virginia Woolf
Jane Austen
Charlotte Bronte
J. K. Rowling

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The epic poem "Paradise Lost" was written by what English poet hoping to express his interpretation of the fall of man in Christian teachings?
John Milton
Robert Louis Stevenson
Lewis Carroll
Victor Hugo

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What famed poet wrote such 20th century classics as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "Recovery"?
Maya Angelou
Gwendolyn Brooks
Nikki Giovanni
Phillis Wheatley

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What American writer was responsible for such classics as The Sound and the Fury as well as Absalom, Absalom! ?
E. E. Cummings
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
William Faulkner
Ambrose Bierce

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What author is credited with reviving the world's interest in Gothic Literature with her book Frankenstein ?
Charlotte Bronte
Mary Shelley
Emily Dickinson
Jane Smiley

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Many readers have found enjoyment from the peculiar horror stories of what author who wrote such works as "The Call of Cthulhu"?
Bram Stoker
Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allen Poe
H. P. Lovecraft

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What is the name of the brilliant poet who was responsible for the masterpieces "We Wear the Mask" and "If I Could but Forget"?
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Paul Laurence Dunbar
Langston Hughes
Claude McKay
Robert Hayden

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What is the name of the man who captured the essence of his life on the rivers of America with his works "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn"?
William Faulkner
Mark Twain
Henry David Thoreau
Alfred Noyes

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The world of science fiction was greatly expanded by what man who wrote such pieces as "I, Robot" and The "Foundation" Series?
H. P. Lovecraft
James Patterson
Isaac Asimov
Michael Crichton

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What Russian author was the writer of the beloved masterpiece known as War and Peace?
Anton Chekov
Maxim Gorky
Alexander Pushkin
Leo Tolstoy

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What English novelist was responsible for such ground-breaking books as Pride and Prejudice as well as Emma?
Jane Austen
George Eliot
Emily Bronte
Charlotte Bronte

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What is the name of the author who wrote about his disillusionment with the modern world in such novels as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms?
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Alexandre Dumas
Ernest Hemingway
E. E. Cummings
E. A. Robinson

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What French author wrote about his homeland in such books as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables?
Victor Hugo
Guy de Maupassant
Rafael Sabatini
Alexandre Dumas

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What American writer was so ashamed of his ancestor's involvement in the Salem Witch Trials that he wrote The Scarlet Letter in order to forsake his Puritan ties?
Michael Shaara
Stephen Crane
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ambrose Bierce

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The beloved books of the Sherlock Holmes series are among the most celebrated detective stories of all time. What author wrote the original Sherlock Holmes stories?
G. K. Chesterton
Arthur Conan Doyle
A. A. Milne
Charles Dickens

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