TRIVIAL Waste of Time

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  1. Who wrote The Deerslayer and Last of the Mohicans?
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  2. What story did Randy Newman write about Louisianna governor Huey Long?
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  3. What Kurt Vonnegut novel begins with "Call me Jonah"?
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  4. What Herman Melville novel begins with "Call me Ishmael"?
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  5. What is the nom de plume (pen name) of author Sidonie Gabriella Claudine?
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  6. Who wrote the novel Shogun?
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  7. What poet wrote "How do I love thee"?
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  8. Upton Sinclair wrote this novel to chronicle unsafe working conditions and exploitation of immigrant laborers at the turn of the century.
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  9. What was the nationality of the title character in Ernest Hemingway's book The Old Man and the Sea?
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  10. What job did author Herman Melville hold for the last 19 years of his life?
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  11. Name the title character in a Richard Bach novel about the experiences of a transcendental sea bird.
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  12. What historical event provides the context for Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities?
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  13. This author of science fact and science fiction earned the distinction of being the most prolific author in history.
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  14. Whose novels of American life in the 1920's include Babbit, Main Street, and Elmer Gantry?
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  15. Name the novel for which mystical German author Herman Hesse was awarded a Nobel prize for literature in 1946.
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  16. American author Stephen Crane is best known for this novel about a young recruit's experiences in the US civil war.
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  17. This English novelists major works include Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, Jude the Obscure , and Tess De'Ubervilles.
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  18. This American novelists novels include The Secret Sharer, Lord Jim, and Heart of Darkness, upon which the movie Apocalypse Now was based.
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  19. His massive English novels were originally published as serials in newspapers, including Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers, and David Copperfield
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  20. This American author's books include For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sun Also Rises.
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  21. Who wrote Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, and The Magician?
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  22. This English author and poet wrote Captains Courageous, Kim, and The Jungle Book.
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  23. Who was the heroine who wore a Scarlet Letter in the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of the same name?
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  24. This 19th century English mystery writer's novels include The Moonstone, and The Woman in White?
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  25. This 19th century Russian novelists books include The Brothers Karamazov , Crime and Punishment, and The Possessed?
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  26. This author's tragic stories about the American South won him a Nobel prize for literature in 1949, and a Pulitzer prize in 1955.
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  27. Hemingway called this author's novel about a boy's adventures along the Mississippi river the basis for all american literature.
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  28. His stories about life in the Yukon and Alaska include White Fang and The Call of the Wild.
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  29. His adventure novels set in outer space included The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starship Troopers, and Farmer in the Sky.
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  30. This Hemingway hero never appears in a novel, but shows up in dozens of short stories, starting with his young life in northwestern Michigan.
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  31. His classic Science Fiction novels include Against the Fall of Night, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rendezvous with Rama.
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  32. This German author's novels include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and Beneath the Wheel.
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  33. What biologically engineered advantage did Nancy Kress propose for her heroine in Beggars in Spain.
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  34. This French author's classic novels include Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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  35. This French author's books include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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  36. Name the classic English novels by each of the Bronte sisters.
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  37. Who wrote Pride and Prejudice?
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  38. This speculative novel by Mary Shelly was subtitled The Modern Prometheus.
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  39. In what army would you find George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara?
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  40. What did the title character in Sinclair Lewis novel Elmer Gantry do before he became an evangelist?
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  41. What was the pen name of short story writer William S. Porter?
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  42. What poet always signed his name in lower case?
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  43. In what Spanish novel would you find the hero 'tilting at windmills'?
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  44. What is the name of Mary Chase's six-foot-tall rabbit, who befriended Jimmy Stewart in a movie of the same name?
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  45. What was Charles Dickens' last novel?
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  46. Who invented the character Rip Van Winkle?
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  47. What book, written by John F. Kennedy, won a Pulitzer Prize?
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  48. Who wrote The Catcher in the Rye?
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  49. What James Jones novel is set in Hawaii during World War II?
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  50. What poet said "Into each life, a little rain must fall?"


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  51. In what play does Shakespeare mention America?
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  52. What was the name of the Merchant of Venice?
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  53. Was Romeo a Capulet or a Montague?
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  54. Who was Cymbeline?
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  55. How long was Robinson Crusoe stranded alone on a deserted island?
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  56. Who wrote The Ugly Duckling?
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  57. Who wrote The Prince, advocating that power should be achieved by any means?
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  58. Name King Lear's three daughters.
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  59. In what city is Sinclair Lews' novel Babbitt set?
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  60. What English author received the Nobel prize for The Forsyte Saga?
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  61. Who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?
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  62. What meter are all of Shakespeare's poems and plays written in?
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  63. What novel did John Steinbeck write about life in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl during the Great Depression?
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  64. Who was the brooding hero of Wuthering Heights?
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  65. Who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's?
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  66. What book did Erich Maria Remarque write about World War I?
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  67. Who wrote Sonnets from the Portuguese?
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  68. What rythm and meter is poet e e cummings noted for?
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  69. Who created the character Tarzan?
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  70. Who wrote The Prince and the Pauper?
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  71. Who won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Humboldt's Gift?
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  72. Who wrote Watership Down?
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  73. When were Emily Dickenson's poems first published?
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  74. Who were Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters?
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  75. What sport was Bernard Malamud's The Natural about?
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  76. Who wrote Robinson Cursoe?
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  77. Who wrote Little House on the Prarie?
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  78. In what church would you find the Poet's Corner?
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  79. Who wrote Black Beauty?
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  80. Who wrote the Federalist papers?
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  81. Who was Hiawatha's wife?
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  82. Who wrote Bury my heart at Wounded Knee?
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  83. Who was the hero in James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer?
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  84. What was The Scarlet Letter and what did it stand for?
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  85. Who wrote The Winds of War and War and Remembrance ?
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  86. Which of Shakespeare's characters speaks the most lines in a single play?
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  87. Who wrote the poem The Road Not Taken?
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  88. What playwright wrote Long Day's Journey into Night?
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  89. What English author wrote the Tales of Narnia, begining with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?
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  90. This English futurists novels include The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.
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  91. What author created James Bond?
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  92. Who won a pulitzer prize for The Grapes of Wrath?
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  93. What famous butler did P.G. Wodehouse create?
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  94. Name the British Master spy character created by novelist John Le Carre.
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  95. Who was the captain of Jules Verne's Nautilus submarine?
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