The Ursula K. Le Guin Quiz


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Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has penned numerous novels, short stories, poems and children's books. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of all things Le Guin.

Which literary genre is the author Ursula K. Le Guin best known for?

Author Ursula K. Le Guin is best known for writing science fiction.


When was Le Guin born?

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on Oct. 21, 1929. The Great Depression began on Black Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1929, just eight days after Le Guin's birthday.


True or false: Le Guin's mother was a writer.

Theodora Kroeber, Ursula K. Le Guin's mother, was an accomplished writer and anthropologist. Kroeber was best known for her books about the last member of the Yahi tribe of California.


In which city was Ursula K. Le Guin born?

Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California. Le Guin's father was the well-known anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber.


When did Ursula K. Le Guin receive a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College?

She received her bachelor's in 1951. Radcliffe College was established by Harvard faculty in 1879 for the instruction of women.


From which college did Ursula K. Le Guin receive a Master of Arts?

Le Guin received a master's in Romance Languages from Columbia University in 1952.


Which prestigious fellowship was Ursula K. Le Guin awarded?

Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study in France.


Where did Ursula K. Le Guin meet her future husband?

Ursula K. Le Guin met historian Charles Le Guin aboard the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary provided passenger service across the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967.


Where was Le Guin's first teaching job?

Le Guin's first teaching job was at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Le Guin began teaching at Mercer in 1954.


Which subject did Le Guin teach at Mercer University?

She taught French at Mercer. Le Guin left the university in 1956.


Which institution did Le Guin teach at from 1956 to 1958?

From 1956 to 1958, Le Guin taught at the University of Idaho.


How many children did Le Guin have?

Ursula and Charles Le Guin had three children: Elisabeth, Caroline and Theodore.


How old was Le Guin when she wrote her first science fiction story?

Le Guin wrote her first science fiction story at age 11. She also received her first rejection letter at age 11.


Which science fiction magazine published Le Guin's story "April in Paris"?

In 1962, Fantastic magazine published "April in Paris." Fantastic was a science fiction digest published in the U.S. from 1952 to 1980.


What is the title of Le Guin's first published novel?

"Rocannon's World" was published in 1964.


What is the name of the main character in the novel "A Wizard of Earthsea"?

Ged is the character's true name — in the series characters have many names.


True or false: In the novel "A Wizard of Earthsea," Ged's use-name is Wolf.

Ged's use-name is Sparrowhawk. The character is also called Duny by his family.


How many books are in the "Earthsea" series?

There are six books in the "Earthsea" series; the latest is "The Other Wind."


Which 1969 Le Guin novel won the Hugo Award?

Le Guin won the Hugo Award for the 1969 novel "The Left Hand of Darkness."


Which novel was the first book in the "Hainish Cycle" series?

Le Guin's first novel, "Rocannon's World," was also the first book in the "Hainish Cycle" series. The series is based on beings from the planet Hain who have colonized distant parts of the universe in distinctly different ways.


Which novel is NOT in the "Hainish Cycle" series?

"The Lathe of Heaven" is not part of the series. It's about a character whose dreams affect the real world.


True or false: "Rocannon's World" was originally published by Bantam Spectra.

"Rocannon's World" was originally published by Ace Books. Ace Books was founded by A.A. Wyn in 1953 and is one of the oldest continuously operating science fiction publishers in the U.S.


What is the name of the enemy race featured in the book "City of Illusions"?

The Shing rule through mind control and possess the ability to lie while communicating telepathically.


When was the book "City of Illusions" first published?

"City of Illusions was first published by Ace Books in 1967.


Who is the main character of the book "The Dispossessed"?

Shevek is a physicist who travels to another planet in hopes of advancing science.


Which Le Guin novel describes the culture of the Kesh people?

"Always Coming Home" was published in 1985 by Harper & Row.


Who is locked in a closet in the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

In the short story, the prosperity and happiness of the city depends upon the misery of a child locked in a closet. The story originally appeared in "New Dimensions 3," a compilation of 11 short stories by different authors published in 1973 by Doubleday.


Where does Le Guin live?

Le Guin and her husband Charles first moved to Portland in 1958.


True or false: Le Guin's agent submitted one of Le Guin's stories to Playboy magazine under the name U.K. Le Guin.

When Playboy publishers found out she was a woman, they asked to leave the byline as U.K. Le Guin for fear of offending male readers.


How many novels has Le Guin published?

Le Guin has published 22 novels and more than 100 short stories in 11 volumes. Le Guin has also written seven books of poetry.


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