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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
Theodore Geisel
Samuel Clemens
William Porter

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

Question 6:

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

Question 7:

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

Question 8:

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

Question 9:

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