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World Literature Masterpieces Quiz

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What early English tale by an unknown author relates the deeds of a great Geatish king who slew the monster Grendel?
Le Morte D'Arthur
Gotterdammerung
The Aeneid
Beowulf

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What definitive Virginia Woolf novel introduced many to the Modernist concept of stream-of-consciousness as it told of a single day in the life of an English woman?
Mrs. Dalloway
The Spy
Lady Windermere's Fan
Pride and Prejudice

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What book by Cervantes told the tale of a mad nobleman who went off on ridiculous quests because he thought of himself as a knight of legend?
Paradise Lost
A Confederacy of Dunces
Don Quixote
Burning Dreams

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What famous collection of stories accredited to the author Scheherazade tells of a number of famous Middle Eastern myths?
The Book of Sands
Paradise Lost
Crime and Punishment
The 1,001 Nights

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What is the name of the famous book of poetry by Walt Whitman which contained his masterpiece "Song of Myself"?
Looking Glass
Days Gone By
Leaves of Grass
Lonely Brooke

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What George Orwell story told a broad allegorical story which likened Stalinist Russia to a farmyard taken over by a selfish pig?
Animal Farm
1984
Beasts of Burden
Metamorphosis

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What American novel by Willa Cather told of a young frontier boy as he grew up alongside a young Bohemian immigrant girl who helped him open up his horizons?
The Oregon Trail
Go West
My Antonia
Little House on the Prairie

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What is the name of the famous Shakespeare play about a Prince of Denmark who embarks on a quest of revenge following his father's assassination?
Julius Caesar
Richard I
King Lear
Hamlet

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What horror tale by Irish author Bram Stoker helped reintroduce and popularize the concept of a vampire into western culture?
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Frankenstein
Sturm
Dracula

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What philosophical text by Camus examined the human condition as it told the story of a land beset by terrible disease?
The Plague
Toxic
Contagion
Quarantine

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What famous drama by Samuel Beckett helped bring postmodernism to the stage by featuring a plot of two characters merely discussing their plans for the future rather than performing any noteworthy actions?
Waiting for Godot
Ulysses
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Agony of Expectation

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What influential text by Vladimir Nabokov related the tale of a disturbed man who romantically pursued a young girl through sinister machinations?
Lolita
La Metamorphoses
The Odyssey
Of Mice and Men

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What book by Charlotte Bronte was a coming-of-age story about a governess who fell in love with her mysterious employer Mr. Rochester?
Madeline Fenway
Colette
Jane Eyre
Sarah, Plain and Tall

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What famous Sophocles drama related the legend of a myth0logical king who unknowingly wed his mother after slaying his father?
Oedipus Rex
Theseus Rex
Antigone
Heracles

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What American comedy novel related the tale of a fictional flight squadron during World War Two as military bureaucracy and their own eccentricities brought them to the breaking point?
All Quiet on the Western Front
Platoon
Catch 22
Heart of Darkness

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What book by John Milton outlined a fictionalized interpretation of the biblical history of Satan's downfall?
Saints and Sinners
Atonement
The Divine Comedy
Paradise Lost

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Luo Guanzhong wrote what historical fiction that chronicled the massive Three Kingdoms Era of China's past?
The End of the Three Kingdoms
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Life and Death in the Three Kingdoms
What was Learned in the Three Kingdoms

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What book by Herman Melville told of the disastrous voyage of Captain Ahab in his hunt for the White Whale?
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Moby Dick
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Deep Blue Sea

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The Iliad is one of the masterpieces of what Ancient Greek poet?
Sophocles
Homer
Pericles
Aristophanes

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What novel by Leo Tolstoy described the divisions in Napoleonic-Era Russia as class and the pressures of imperialism bring about major shifts in the country's social structure?
Childhood's End
War and Peace
Prison Days
The Dogs Feast

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What trio of texts by Dante catalogue a fictional version of himself's journey through the Christian afterlife?
The Divine Comedy
The Wreck of the Hesperus
Bolero
The Pentecost

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What book by James Joyce was a major step in Modernist literature because of its stream-of-consciousness narrative regarding an Irish artist trying to find his place in the world?
Learn from Me
Rain On
Ulysses
Watt

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What story by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe told the classic story of a mad scholar who made a deal with a devil for greater knowledge?
Robb
Faust
Maldona
Voltaire

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What story by Rudyard Kipling told the tale of a young boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves?
The Jungle Book
The Sea Wolf
The Wilds of India
The Call of the Wild

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Alexandre Dumas wrote what classic novel about a betrayed fisherman who avenges himself on his enemies after discovering a vast fortune?
Scaramouche
Captain Blood
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Man in the Iron Mask

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The famous dramatic writing A Streetcar Named Desire was written by what major American playwright?
Tennessee Williams
Ernest Hemingway
Arthur Miller
Randolph Hess

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Lu Xun's Diary of a Madman was a work of transformative fiction that heavily criticized what country that was Lu Xun's homeland?
Vietnam
Thailand
China
Japan

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What author wrote the famous piece of English fiction The Canterbury Tales?
Geoffrey Chaucer
Thomas Moore
William of Orange
Ira Gladstone

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The fantasy trilogy of masterpieces The Lord of the Rings series was written by what man?
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C. S. Lewis
J. R. R. Tolkien
Arthur Conan Doyle
George Bernard Shaw

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What horror story by Mary Shelley described the actions of a mad scientist who attempted to bring dead bodies back to life?
Frankenstein
The Night of the Living Dead
ReAnimator
The Fall of the House of Usher

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