Literature Quiz Questions

Literature quiz questions are often a good way to separate “the men from the boys” so to speak. While many people can glean a lot of general knowledge from television and other passive sources, only people who actively read books will stand out in the literature rounds.

From old classics to modern best sellers, here’s a batch of questions to challenge the bookworms in your audience.

Q] Richard Hannay hero of the 39 steps is which nationality?
A] Canadian

Q] The sequel to which famous novel was called 20 years after?
A] The Three Musketeers

Q] According to J K Rowling what are muggles?
A] Ordinary people no magic

Q] Abel Magwitch and Biddy appear in which Dickens book?
A] Great Expectations

Q] Which novel opens and closes with the letters of Robert Walton?
A] Frankenstein

Q] Which books chief rival is the Encyclopaedia Galactica?
A] Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Q] The opening lines of which classic Russian novel are in French?
A] War and Peace eh bien mon prince

Q] In TS Elliot’s book of practical cats name the mystery cat?
A] Macavity

Q] In his will who left his wife his second best bed?
A] William Shakespeare

Q] Walter Wagers novel 58 minutes was the basis for which film?
A] Die Hard 2

Q] In the Dr Dolittle stories what type of creature was Dab-Dab?
A] Duck

Q] Name the lion in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?
A] Aslan

Q] The Dogs of War took its title from which other work?
A] Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Q] Who wrote the Science Fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness?
A] Ursula LeGuin

Q] In the Dr Dolittle stories what type of creature was Gub-Gub?
A] Pig

Q] O’Henry created which western character in a short story?
A] The Cisco Kid

Q] Hitchcock appears in a newspaper in Lifeboat who wrote book?
A]John Steinbeck

Q] Which detective dies in The Final Problem?
A] Sherlock Holmes

Q] In which novel did we meet Jack, Ralph and asthmatic Piggy?
A] Lord of the Flies

Q] Queequeg, Daggoo, Tashteego had what job on the Peaquod?
A] They were harpooners in Moby Dick