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Pen Names

written by: Eve
Many authors have chosen to write under a pen name. Some of them want to conceal their identities, others use pen names when writing in different genres. Check how many pen names of famous authors you know.

Question 1:

What is the real name of the American author and humorist whose nickname was a common riverboat phrase, meaning the water is two fathoms?
Eric Blair
Samuel Clemens
William Porter
Theodore Geisel

Question 2:

What was the pen name of Eric Blair, the author of the novel "Animal Farm", which satirizes totalitarian government and human stupidity?
Daniel Defoe
O. Henry
Lewis Carroll
George Orwell

Question 3:

This Polish-born novelist, whose surname was Korzeniowski, wrote the influential work "Heart of Darkness" that inspired the movie "Apocalypse Now".
George Eliot
Ayn Rand
Joseph Conrad
George Orwell

Question 4:

Which of these is not the pen name of a female author?
George Eliot
Carson McCullers
George Sand

Question 5:

What prominent Victorian author began his career writing humorous sketches for The Morning Chronicle, using the pen-name Boz?
Thomas Hardy
D. H. Lawrence
Charles Dickens
Oscar Wilde

Question 6:

How were the authors, writing under the pen names Ellis Bell, Acton Bell and Currer Bell, related?
They were not related.
They were brothers.
It was the same person.
They were sisters.

Question 7:

Which of these is both the name of a fictional character and a pseudonym used by two co-writers of detective fiction?
Mary Westmacott
Rosamund Smith
Jack Higgins
Ellery Queen

Question 8:

Which of the following is one of the six novels by Agatha Christie, written under the pen name Mary Westmacott?
Absent in the Spring
Death on the Nile
Murder on the Orient Express
The Body in the Library

Question 9:

What is the pen name of the Russian-born American novelist known for her best-selling novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged"?
Edith Van Dyne
Ayn Rand
Silence Dogood
Pearl S Buck

Question 10:

Which of these is a pseudonym used by Theodor Geisel, the iconic American author of over 60 children's books including "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat"?
All of these
Dr. Seuss
Rosetta Stone
Theo. LeSieg


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