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Literary Crime

written by: Eve
Fiction dealing with crime and mystery has always enjoyed great popularity. Find out if you are familiar with these criminal cases, as described in famous novels.

Question 1:

In this novel the main character, Rodion Razkolnikov, who lives in St. Petersburg, murders an old pawnbroker and her younger sister, and later, gets overwhelmed by feelings of paranoia and self-loathing.
'Ana Karenina'
'Crime and Punishment'
'Sleeping Murder'
'War and Peace'

Question 2:

In this novel, American millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett is found stabbed to death during a journey. The case is investigated by detective Hercule Poarot, who is also among the passengers.
‘A Carribean Mystery’
‘Murder on the Orient Express’
‘Death Upon the Nile’
‘Fatal Vision’

Question 3:

In the novel ‘A Study In Scarlet’, the word ‘RACHE’ is written in blood on the wall of a deserted house beside a dead body. Name the literary detective who investigates the case.
Drury Lane
Perry Mason
Hercule Poirot
Sherlock Holmes

Question 4:

In this famous play Claudius murders his brother, the King of Denmark, and marries the widowed Queen Gertrude.
'King Lear'
‘The Tempest’
‘The Merchant of Venice’

Question 5:

In this novel, private eye Philip Marlowe is arrested on suspicion of the murder of Terry Lenox’s wife. After Marlowe is released, he finds out that Terry Lenox, himself, has committed suicide in Mexico. When Marlowe gets home, he finds a cryptic note from Lenox and a $5000 bill.
‘The Long Goodbye’
‘The Moving Finger’
‘The Purloined Letter’

Question 6:

In this book, based on a true story, Truman Capote recounts the murders of Herb Clutter, a rich farmer from Kansas, his wife Bonnie, his sixteen-year-old daughter Nancy, and his fifteen-year-old son, Kenyon.
‘Red Harvest’
‘The Glass Key’
‘In Cold Blood’
‘The Moving Target’

Question 7:

In this bestseller, based on a real case and written by Joe McGinnis, Jeffrey MacDonald is accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters.
‘The Big Knockover’
‘Fatal Vision’
‘The Thin Man’
‘Red Harvest’

Question 8:

This author wrote ‘The Road to Gandolfo’, a story in which the former General MacKenzie Hawkins makes up an outrageous plan to kidnap the Pope and to demand a ransom of $400 million – a dollar for every Catholic in the world.
Dan Brown
Robert Ludlum
Daniel de Silva
Michael Avallone

Question 9:

This novel is narrated by the fictional character Frank Chambers, a drifter who stops at a roadside diner and meets ‘femme fatale’, Cora. After starting an affair, Cora and Frank murder Cora’s husband, Nick Papadakis, who is the owner of the diner.
‘Death in the Afternoon’
‘Woman in the Dark’
‘The Partridge Family’
‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’

Question 10:

In this novel, written by Agatha Christie, the Banty family discover in their library the dead body of a young woman. Later, the remains of another dead girl are found in a nearby quarry. Which detective investigates the case?
Auguste Dupin
Father Brown
Hercule Poirot
Miss Jane Marple


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