50 Literature Quiz Questions and Answers

Is curling up with a good book your idea of heaven? Do you marvel at the literary greats and love finding a new classic?

If you answered an enthusiastic yes to the above, we’ve put together the perfect rainy day activity for you (apart from reading, of course!), with our 50 literature quiz questions and answers.

Through our literature quiz, we’ll test your knowledge of all the classics – both modern and old-school – as well as quiz you on all the hottest books right now. We take a look at authors, sagas and all the good stuff that makes reading so magical.

There’s something for everyone in our literature quiz questions and answers, and who knows, maybe you’ll even find some new inspiration for your reading bucket list while you’re at it…

Literature Quiz Questions and Answers


  1. Who wrote the classic novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’?
  2. Winston Smith is the protagonist of which George Orwell novel?
  3. What magazine does Stieg Larsson’s character Mikael Blomkvist work at, and part own in ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and its subsequent novels?
  4. Which small Yorkshire town inspired the setting for Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’?
  5. Where does Connell move to in the conclusion of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’?
  6. Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit are characters from which Charles Dickens novel?
  7. In ‘Gone Girl’, what type of “girl” does Amy pretend to be when she first meets Nick?
  8. Answering to the nearest 100, how many pages long is Stephen King’s ‘IT’?
  9. James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ is loosely based on which epic poem?
  10. What job does Louisa take on a whim after being fired as a waitress in ‘Me Before You’?
  11. Who wrote the critically acclaimed 2015 novel ‘A Little Life’?
  12. In which mythical land are the ‘Lord of the Rings’ books set?
  13. In ‘Pride and Prejudice’, what is the full name of Elizabeth Bennet’s love interest?
  14. Co-written with John Fletcher, what is the last surviving play written by William Shakespeare, before his subsequent retirement and death two years later?
  15. How many books are there in the Harry Potter series?
  16. In whose thriller series do we follow Oslo detective Harry Hole, as he investigates violent crimes in the Norwegian capital?
  17. In ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, which of the Pevensie siblings first enters Narnia?
  18. On which African river is Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel set?
  19. What is the name of Harper Lee’s debut novel?
  20. Who controversially won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, making him one of only two songwriters to ever win the prestigious literary award?
  21. Natasha Rostov is the heroine of which classic Russian novel?
  22. In ‘The Great Gatsby’, what is located at the end of Daisy Buchanan’s dock?
  23. Which astronomically popular series of books, released in the 2000s, begins with a teenage girl moving to the small town of Forks, Washington?
  24. Where in Spain is ‘Don Quixote’ set?
  25. What do George Eliot, George Sand and Acton Bell all have in common?
  26. ‘Good Omens’, ‘American Gods’ and ‘Coraline’ are all books written by which author?
  27. What is the title of the first book to feature the character Sherlock Holmes?
  28. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ was written by which British author?
  29. In ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’, who does Alex fall in love with?
  30. In ‘The Kite Runner’, how are Amir and Hassan related?
  31. What genre of book does Danielle Steel primarily write?
  32. Anastacia Steele is the main protagonist in which series of books?
  33. As of August 2023, whose autobiography was the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever?
  34. Humbert Humbert is the unreliable narrator and main character of which book by Vladimir Nabokov?
  35. What is the main character and narrator called in Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’?
  36. What literary movement does Ryū Murakami belong to?
  37. Which Bronte sister wrote the novel ‘Villette’?
  38. How many books are there in ‘The Hunger Games’ series of novels?
  39. The Republic of Gilead is a totalitarian and theocratic state in which dystopian novel published in 1985?
  40. Who wrote the novel ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’?
  41. Which book by Mary Shelley is often regarded as the first science fiction novel?
  42. What kind of ‘phile’ is somebody who loves to read regularly?
  43. Which of the following is NOT a book by John Green; ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘Paper Towns’, or ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’?
  44. Who is attributed to the following quote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”?
  45. How many husbands did Evelyn Hugo have?
  46. Which of the following pieces of literature was NOT a book in its original format; ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ or ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’?
  47. Elio and Oliver are the main characters in which LGBTQ book?
  48. Answering to the nearest five, what year was ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath originally published?
  49. Which of the following detective characters features in Jefferey Deaver’s novels; Alex Cross, Lincoln Rhyme, or Myron Bolitar?
  50. What is the most printed book of all time?


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  1. D. Salinger
  2. 1984
  3. Millenium
  4. Haworth
  5. New York
  6. A Christmas Carol
  7. A cool girl
  8. 1138
  9. The Odyssey
  10. Carer/Caretaker
  11. Hanya Yanagihara
  12. Middle-earth
  13. Fitzwilliam Darcy
  14. The Two Noble Kinsmen
  15. Seven
  16. Jo Nesbø
  17. Lucy
  18. River Nile (for ‘Death on the Nile’)
  19. To Kill A Mockingbird
  20. Bob Dylan
  21. War and Peace
  22. The Green Light
  23. Twilight
  24. La Mancha
  25. They are male pseudonyms used by female authors
  26. Neil Gaiman
  27. A Study in Scarlet
  28. Mark Haddon
  29. Prince Henry
  30. They are half-brothers
  31. Romance
  32. Fifty Shades of Grey
  33. Prince Harry
  34. Lolita
  35. We never learn her name
  36. Postmodernism
  37. Charlotte Bronte
  38. Four
  39. The Handmaid’s Tale
  40. John le Carré
  41. Frankenstein
  42. Bibliophile
  43. The Sun Is Also a Star
  44. George R. R. Martin
  45. Seven
  46. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  47. Call Me By Your Name
  48. 1963
  49. Lincoln Rhyme
  50. The Bible


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