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Great Works of Literature

written by: Gilligan
Take this quiz on literary milestones.

Question 1:

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) probably began this work in 1306. Its first canto begins with: "Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost."
The Divine Comedy
Troilus and Cressida
Gargantua and Pantagruel
The Decameron

Question 2:

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer. It recounts the tales told by individuals on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Which of the following was not a character in this work?
Tax Collector

Question 3:

In the novel Don Quixote by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who is the witty squire and companion to Alonso Quixano?
Sancho Panza
Aldonzo Lorenzo
Che Guevara
Antonio de la Gandara

Question 4:

In this tragic play by William Shakespeare, three witches tell a general in the army of King Duncan that he will "never be vanquish'd until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him".
The Tempest
Titus Andronicus

Question 5:

This 1971 novel by Anthony Burgess relates the story of a fifteen-year-old boy named Alex, who, with his gang members (known as "droogs") roam the streets at night, committing violent crimes for enjoyment.
Fahrenheit 451
A Clockwork Orange
Helter Skelter
Catcher in the Rye

Question 6:

The famous line "In the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo" is from the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by this influential 20th century poet.
Robert Frost
Robert Browning
T. S. Eliot
W. H. Auden

Question 7:

This great work of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoevsky features the character Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg student who kills an unscrupulous pawnbroker.
And Quiet Flows the Don
Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
Dead Souls

Question 8:

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This author penned the macabre tales The Fall of the House of Usher in 1839 and The Masque of the Red Death in 1842.
Marcel Proust
Edgar Allan Poe
C. Auguste Dupin
Oscar Wilde

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Question 9:

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Folk musician Woody Guthrie said this 1939 novel of the Great Depression "shows the banker men that broke us and the dust that choked us, and comes right out in plain old English and says what to do about it."
Far From the Maddening Crowd
The Keep on the Borderlands
The Grapes of Wrath
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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Question 10:

This novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1850, is considered his most autobiographical. It begins with: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." Characters include Wilkins Micawber and Uriah Heep.
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Bleak House
A Tale of Two Cities

Question 11:

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect" is the opening line to this famous work of German fiction by Franz Kafka.
The Metamorphosis
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
As I Lay Dying
Heart of Darkness

Question 12:

This novel by Charlotte Brontë includes the character Mr. Rochester, whose wife is a violent lunatic.
A Room with a View
Wuthering Heights
Jane Eyre
The Turn of the Screw

Question 13:

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In a 17th century play by Christopher Marlowe a necromancer sells his soul to the devil. What is the name of this character who conjures Lucifer?

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Question 14:

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest— Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!" is a famous line from Treasure Island, a novel by this author published in 1883.
James Fenimore Cooper
Robert Louis Stevenson
William Makepeace Thackeray
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Question 15:

"Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so" is a portion of a work by this poet who lived from 1572-1631.
John Donne
William Blake
Lord Byron
John Milton

Question 16:

In what 1851 novel would you find the characters Ishmael, Captain Ahab, Queequeg and Starbuck?
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Question 17:

This early Anglo-Saxon work, possibly from the 800's, features the antagonist Grendel, a descendant of Cain who invades the mead-hall of the Danes and eats the men within. The title character ultimately beheads Grendel and keeps it as a trophy.
Epic of Gilgamesh
Oedipus Rex
Morte Arthure


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