Build a Library and We'll Guess Which Canadian Author You Are

EDUCATION

Ashley Linkletter

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you someone who thinks about what their perfect library might look like? Would it be a place to curl up with a good book on a lazy afternoon? Or would your library be better suited to writing your latest literary masterpiece? Consider the details: What would the flooring look like? Or the shelving? What kind of natural environment would your library be found in? Wall hangings, desks and who might show up in your biography section — your unique choices will reveal the overall ambiance and aesthetic of your ideal library.

Once you've built your dream library, you'll find out which Canadian author you are in terms of work values, ethics and interests. You might be familiar with this author, or you may even discover a new favourite based on your answers to this quiz. Because there is such a diverse Canadian literary culture, you'll find there's an author for every region of Canada and every personality type. Pragmatism, kindness, creativity and loyalty are just some of the inspiring traits these authors possess. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite books, get inspired and build the library you've always wanted! Which Canadian author will you end up being after you design your fantasy library?

What is your system for organizing books?

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A library isn't complete until it contains at least one biography. Whose story are you most interested in?

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There's nothing better than a good reading spot in a library. Where would yours go?

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What kind of tea would you drink in your library?

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Your surroundings are everything, literally. What would the library walls be made of?

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Which of the following famous structures would you model your library after?

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Out of the following options, what kind of weather do you think provides the right kind of ambiance for reading?

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Your library is known for its vast collection of books from a specific genre. What genre are you famous for?

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You've commissioned a portrait of your favourite fictional literary hero. Who do you pick?

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You're in the middle of a gripping book and suddenly realize you're famished. What kind of snack would you reach for?

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It's always nice to add a touch of greenery to your surroundings. What kind of houseplant would you choose for your library?

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What is the shelving made from in your library?

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What do you like to sit on while you're reading?

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Your library is hosting a book launch; what kind of food do you serve your guests?

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When you need to jot down notes as you're reading, what kind of writing utensil do you reach for?

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You might need something to climb on for those books on the top shelf. What do you use?

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What kind of windows does your library have?

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What year was your library built?

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Your library has one defining characteristic that separates it from all other libraries. What is it?

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What kind of pet lives at your library?

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What kind of flooring will you choose for your library?

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You're at an art gallery thinking of buying some art for your library (money is no object.) Which artists have you been looking at?

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What is the overall colour scheme of your library?

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The interior of your library is based on the look of your favourite movie. Which of the following films would you choose as your inspiration?

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What area of study does your library focus on?

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What kind of desk do you like to sit at when you're working at your library?

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How do you keep your library warm during the winter?

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You have a collection of books by children's authors in your library. Which book do you find yourself reaching for the most often?

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What do you have hanging from the ceiling in your library?

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What kind of tree would grow in the front yard of your library?

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