Do You Remember the Authors of the Books You Read in High School?

By: Allison Lips
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Which author wrote about the Maycomb lawyer Atticus Finch?
Charlotte Bronte
Harper Lee
In 1961, "To Kill a Mockingbird" received a Pulitzer Prize. A sequel called "Go Set a Watchman" was released in 2015.
Jane AUstin
Emily Bronte

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Who wrote "The Great Gatsby," which explores the decadence present during the Roaring Twenties?
Kurt Vonnegut
William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose full name is Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, was named after Francis Scott Key. "The Star Spangled Banner" lyricist was Fitzgerald's second cousin three times removed.

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Which author wrote about British boys stranded on an uninhabited island?
Charles Dickens
William Golding
In 1983, Sir William Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature. "Lord of the Flies" was his first published novel.
Tennessee Williams
Robert Frost

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Which author wrote about the dangers of totalitarian rule in "1984?"
Kurt Vonnegut
Aldous Huxley
George Orwell
George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair. His first book was called "Down and Out in Paris and London."
Oscar Wilde

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Who chronicled the lives of the Joads as they fled the Dust Bowl in "The Grapes of Wrath?"
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Joseph Conrad
Ray Bradbury
John Steinbeck
In 1962, John Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature. His first three novels were "Cup of Gold," "The Pastures of Heaven" and "To a God Unknown."

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Who wrote about Charles Marlow's journey up the Congo River in "Heart of Darkness?"
John Steinbeck
Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in modern-day Ukraine. His other novels include "Lord Jim," "Nostromo" and "The Secret Agent."
George Orwell
Oscar Wilde

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Which author wrote "Great Expectations" about an orphan?
C.S. Lewis
George Orwell
Charles Dickens
On February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was born. During his life, he wrote at least 20 novels and novellas .
Arthur Conan Doyle

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Who wrote about Janie Crawford's experiences?
Alice Walker
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston published her first novel in 1934. It was called "Jonah's Gourd Vine."
Maya Angelou
Octavia E. Butler

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Who wrote the story of Gene Forrester and Phineas during their days at Devon?
Ray Bradbury
Mark Twain
Ernest Hemingway
John Knowles
John Knowles wrote a sequel to "A Separate Peace" called "Peace Breaks Out." It was published in 1981.

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Which author wrote about Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice?"
Mary Shelley
Margaret Atwood
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Austen
Jane Austen lived from December 16, 1775 to July 18, 1817. During her lifetime, she published "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park," and "Emma."

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Who wrote about Ponyboy Curtis and his gang of greasers?
S.E. Hinton
In 1967, S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" was published. Since then, she has written "That Was Then, This Is Now," "Rumble Fish," "Tex" and "Taming the Star Runner."
H.G. Wells
Ernest Hemingway
Kurt Vonnegut

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Which author wrote about his experiences as a soldier during the Vietnam War in "The Things They Carried?"
Ernest Hemingway
Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien's first book was "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home." It was published in 1973.
Henry David Thoreau
Walt Whitman

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Who told the story of Captain John Yossarian in "Catch-22?"
Tennessee Williams
Ernest Hemingway
Kurt Vonnegut
Joseph Heller
In 1994, Joseph Heller published "Closing Time," which was a sequel to "Catch-22." His other novels include "Something Happened," "Good as Gold" and "God Knows." Heller's memoir is called "Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here."

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Which famous English playwright wrote "Julius Caesar," "Hamlet" and "Othello?"
William Shakepeare
It is believe that William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays. He wrote 17 comedies, which include "The Merchant of Venice" and "Much Ado About Nothing."
Oscar Wilde
Harold Pinter
Noel Coward

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Who wrote "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Ernest?"
James Joyce
W.B. Yeats
Samuel Beckett
Oscar Wilde
In 1884, Oscar Wilde married Constance Lloyd. They had two children: Cyril and Vyvyan.

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Which Greek author is responsible for "The Iliad" and the "Odyssey?"
Euripides
Sophocles
Homer
Not much is known about Homer. There are also doubts that the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" were written by the same person.
Aristotle

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Who wrote "The Scarlet Letter," which tells the story of Hester Prynne?
Edgar Allan Poe
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was published in 1850. He also wrote "The Blithedale Romance" and "The Marble Faun."
John Steinbeck
Charles Dickens

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Who told the story of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?
Mark Twain
In 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United Kingdom. The following year, it was released in the United States.
Ernest Hemingway
Ray Bradbury
S.E. Hinton

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Which American author wrote "Fahrenheit 451," which is about Guy Montag and Clarisse McClellan?
John Knowles
Tennessee Williams
Mark Twain
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920. "Fahrenheit 451" was originally published in 1953.

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Who published "Jane Eyre" under the pen name "Currer Bell?"
Anne Bronte
Emily Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre was originally published in 1847. Charlotte Bronte's last work, "Villette" was published in 1953.
Jane Austen

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Who authored the dystopian novel "Brave New World?"
Aldous Huxley
"Brave New World" was first published in 1932. In 1958, Huxley wrote "Brave New World Revisited" in which he analyzed how his book held up.
H.G. Wells
George Orwell
Joseph Heller

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Who wrote the story of a scientist who created a creature that became animated?
H.G. Wells
Mary Shelley
In 1812, Mary Shelley married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. After her husband died in 1822, Shelley published his poems as "Posthumous Poems."
Charlotte Bronte
Ray Bradbury

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Which author wrote "The Hobbit" about Bilbo Baggins?
Mark Twain
H.G. Wells
Ray Bradbury
J.R.R. Tolkien
"The Hobbit" was originally published on September 21, 1937. The story was nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

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Who wrote "The Canterbury Tales" in Middle English?
William Shakespeare
Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer was born around 1340 and died on October 25, 1400. His other works include "The Book of the Duchess," "The House of Fame," and "Troilus and Criseyde."
J.R.R. Tolkien
Joseph Conrad

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Which American author told the story of Billy Pilgrim in "Slaughterhouse-Five?"
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Herman Melville
Ray Bradbury
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut's first novel was "Player Piano," which was published in 1952. "Slaughterhouse-Five" was originally published in 1969.

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Whose autobiography is called "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?"
Sylvia Plath
Zora Neale Hurston
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. In 1969, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was published.
Louisa May Alcott

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Who wrote the tale of Ishmael and Captain Ahab?
Tennessee Williams
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Herman Melville
In October 1851, "Moby-Dick" was originally published in London as "The Whale." A month later, the book was published in the United States as "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale."
Mark Twain

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Which Irish writer wrote the satire on human nature called "Gulliver's Travels?"
Jonathan Swift
In 1726, Gulliver's Travels was published anonymously as "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World." In 1996, a TV movie starring Ted Danson was made.
James Joyce
Bram Stoker
Samuel Beckett

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Which author tells the story of Nora and Torvald Helmer in "A Doll's House?"
Henrik Ibsen
On March 20, 1828, Henrik Ibsen was born. His works include "Catilina," "Peer Gynt," "A Doll's House," and "Ghosts."
Stieg Larsson
Tennessee Williams
James Joyce

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Which Irish author wrote "Pygmalion?"
Brahm Stoker
George Bernard Shaw
"Pygmalion" was published in 1912. In 1925, George Bernard Shaw received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oliver Wilde
James Joyce

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Who wrote "The Joy Luck Club," which tells the story of Chinese American immigrants?
Amy Tan
Amy Tan was born in February 1952. Her second novel is called "The Kitchen God's Wife."
Zora Neale Hurston
Charlotte Bronte
Harper Lee

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Which author wrote about the Italian campaign of World War I in "A Farewell to Arms?"
Mark Twain
George Bernard Shaw
Tim O'Brien
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway's debut novel was "The Sun Also Rises." It was published in 1926.

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Who wrote about Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind?"
Amy Tan
Harper Lee
S.E. Hinton
Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell's estate authorized a sequel called "Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind." It was published in 1991.

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Which French philospher wrote the novella "Candide?"
Jean-Paul Sartre
Rene Descartes
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Voltaire
In 1759, "Candide" was published. Voltaire died on May 30, 1778.

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Which author wrote about Blanche DuBois, Stella, and Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire?"
Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams. In 1947, Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for "A Streetcar Named Desire."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde

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