Symbols and Secrets: Robert Langdon Books Quiz


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Despite its huge success, "The Da Vinci Code" was more than a one-hit wonder. In fact, it's just one in a series of books starring the brilliant Robert Langdon. Take our quiz to see how much you know about Dan Brown's thrilling series.

What was the first book Dan Brown released in the Robert Langdon series?

Forget what you learned from Hollywood. While filmmakers released "Angels & Demons" as a sequel to "The Da Vinci Code," Brown actually intended "Angels & Demons" as the first Langdon book.


What mysterious group features prominently in "Angels & Demons"?

At the start of "Angels & Demons," physicist Leonardo Vetra is found dead with an ambigram for "Illuminati" written on his chest.


Who is Langdon's love interest in "Angels & Demons"?

As Robert and Vittoria work to race to solve the mystery, they eventually become lovers, leaving Robert's devotion to his bachelor lifestyle up in the air.


Where is the canister of antimatter hidden in "Angels & Demons"?

Langdon is in a race against the clock to locate a can of dangerous antimatter that could trigger a nuclear-like explosion hidden somewhere in Vatican City.


Where does Langdon finally get to visit during his quest in "Angels & Demons"?

Scholar Langdon is thrilled to finally set foot in the Vatican Archives during his search for the antimatter and the four missing Preferiti.


Which of these symbols is used in the deaths of the four Preferiti?

Each of the Preferiti is killed in a manner related to one of the four primordial elements: earth, fire, water and air.


Where does the opening scene of "The Da Vinci Code" take place?

"The Da Vinci Code" opens in Paris with the murder of Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere.


Who pulled the trigger in Sauniere's murder?

A devoted Catholic monk named Silas murdered Sauniere in his quest to locate the holy grail.


Who is the mysterious Teacher in "The Da Vinci Code"?

Langdon's friend Sir Leigh Teabing — who also happens to be an expert on the holy grail — is the Teacher pulling Silas' strings.


What is the holy grail, according to "The Da Vinci Code"?

"The Da Vinci Code" focused on the quest for the holy grail — the eternal resting place of Mary Magdalene.


Who is Langdon's love interesting "The Da Vinci Code"?

Sophie Neveu, cryptologist and granddaughter to Jacques Sauniere, falls for Robert over the course of the novel.


What university does Langdon work for?

Langdon is a professor of symbology at Harvard University.


Where does Langdon believe the holy grail is buried?

At the conclusion of "The Da Vinci Code," Langdon visits the inverted pyramid at the Louvre to pay tribute to Mary Magdalene.


According to "The Da Vinci Code," who sits next to Jesus in "The Last Supper"?

"The Da Vinci Code" makes the bold claim that the person sitting to the right of Jesus is his wife Mary, not John.


Where does "The Lost Symbol" take place?

In "The Lost Symbol," Langdon is invited to give a speech at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.


What group does Peter Solomon belong to?

Peter Solomon is a 33rd degree Freemason and the head of the Smithsonian Institution.


What gruesome object does Langdon find on the floor of the Capitol rotunda?

Peter Solomon's kidnapper Mal'akh leaves Peter's severed hand on the floor of the rotunda for Langdon to find.


What does Mal'akh want Langdon to find?

Mal'akh kidnaps Peter Solomon to entice Langdon into a hunt for the fabled Mason's Pyramid.


What does Mal'akh use to nearly kill Langdon?

Mal'akh leaves Langdon to drown in a sensory deprivation tank. Fortunately, our hero survives to continue the quest to rescue Peter Solomon.


What structure is actually the famed Mason's Pyramid?

In "The Lost Symbol," Langdon learns that the Washington Monument — with a Bible as its cornerstone — is the true Mason's Pyramid.


Where does Langdon find himself at the start of "Inferno"?

When the novel opens, Langdon finds himself in a Florence hospital with a head wound and no memory of how he got there.


What does Langdon find in his pocket after waking up at the hospital?

In "Inferno," Langdon discovers a cylinder labeled with a biohazard symbol in his pocket. He later discovers that it's actually a high-tech projector.


What does Robert steal in "Inferno"?

Robert sees a video of himself stealing Dante's famous death mask from the Palazzo Vecchio.


Who created a dangerous plague in "Inferno"?

Wealthy geneticist Bertrand Zobrist crafted a plague to curb issues with global population.


What group does Zobrist pay to protect the biohazard cylinder before it ends up in Langdon's hands?

Led by The Provost, the Consortium is responsible for protecting the cylinder until it's time for Zobrist's plot to unfold.


Where is Zobrist's plague hidden?

Langdon discovers a bag containing the plague hidden at the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.


Who played Robert Langdon in the movie adaptation of Brown's books?

Tom Hanks played the brilliant symbologist and professor Robert Langdon in the movie versions of Brown's best-sellers.


True or false: Brown always planned to end the Langdon series after just four books.

In a 2014 interview, Brown admitted to having countless ideas for new Robert Langdon titles and never put a limit on how long he would continue the series.


What piece of jewelry is Langdon never without?

Langdon is known for his Mickey Mouse watch, which he received from his parents on his ninth birthday.


True or false: Langdon suffers from a serious case of claustrophobia.

After falling down a well as a child, Langdon became extremely claustrophobic. Quite the problem when you spend your time diving into old tombs and dealing with master criminals.


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