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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?
Theodore Geisel
William Porter
Samuel Clemens
Eric Blair

Question 2:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

Question 6:

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

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
Mary Westmacott
Rosamund Smith

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
Murder on the Orient Express
Death on the Nile
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"?
Pearl S Buck
Silence Dogood
Ayn Rand
Edith Van Dyne

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"?
Rosetta Stone
Theo. LeSieg
All of these
Dr. Seuss


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