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Dickens Tale of __ Cities + Dumas' __ Musketeers
Hanff's __ Charing Cross Road - Clancy's Rainbow __
Marquez's ___ Years of Solitude / Tolkien's __ Towers
Heller's Catch-__ x Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse __
Bradbury's Fahrenheit ___ - Pynchon's Crying of Lot __
Hawthorne's House of __ Gables x Albom's __ People You Meet in Heaven
Orwell's ____ + Verne's _____ Leagues Under the Sea
Christie's __ Little Indians + by Verne's Around the World in __ Days
Kesey's __ Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest + Hornby's __ Songs
Hosseini's ___ Splendid Suns / by Shakespeare's The __ Gentlemen of Verona
Mortenson's __ Cups of Tea + Hunt's Across ___ Aprils
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Literary Math Quiz
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May 3rd, 2010 at 23:49 GMT
taking suggestions on this one as it could use more... just had a hard time finding books that people knew with numbers in it
May 4th, 2010 at 00:36 GMT
Very clever idea. How about One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the 39 Steps, 2001, 1001 Arabian Nights, Sherlock Holmes Sign of Four, Three Men in a Boat. Maybe even Gr-eight Expectations.
May 4th, 2010 at 02:57 GMT
You should have to click to guess specific ones, otherwise typing in "500" gives you "50," etc, and it's too easy. Great quiz otherwise.
May 29th, 2010 at 14:43 GMT
Really good quiz! I'm trying to think of other novels with numbers in them, but it's difficult.
Jun 2nd, 2010 at 03:00 GMT
Fun quiz! As for more suggestions, if you go a little more modern/popular, you've got series by authors like James Patterson and Janet Evanovich which include numbers in their titles.
Jun 2nd, 2010 at 20:47 GMT
I like the idea of combining literature and math; I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that it took me some time to do the arithmetic portions, but I suppose that's why I majored in English. As for suggestions, for novels, you could use Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (perhaps using zero would be too easy, though?) or The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (if you're considering ordinal numbers). You don't have any poetry included in the quiz, but you could consider The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot or Easter, 1916 by W.B. Yeats.
Jun 3rd, 2010 at 17:00 GMT
you could also use Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 3 Lives by Gertrude Stein and Nine Songs by JD Salinger.
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Sep 2nd, 2010 at 23:59 GMT
Really fun quiz.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 00:15 GMT
Someone, somewhere, missed the two cities/three musketeers one but got something else. But only one. Whoever you are, I hope you feel unique.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 00:35 GMT
@Golden: Actually as I write this (1477 takers) up to 14 people may have missed it. So, perhaps they could start a club. I just hope they don't try to name it after how many of them there are.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 01:00 GMT
# of Plato's Dialogues = # of Sporcles awarded
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Sep 3rd, 2010 at 01:11 GMT
A lot of these are WAY too esoteric.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 01:25 GMT
The only one I found esoteric was Hanff. I've never heard of that one. All the others I've at least heard of although I couldn't hink of how many songs Hornby wrote or how many people you met in heaven. There might be too much time on this quiz. I finished with enough time to just start plugging sequences of numbers into the ones I had no hope of figuring out
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 01:58 GMT
Would be nice if a hidden third column gave us the two numbers!
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 02:39 GMT
@kromclovinfasho: which ones are esoteric? hunt's was the only one i'd never heard of, and there's only one or two others i'd call sort of obscure (like hornby, but that's only because it isn't one his best known books; he's a well-known writer). all the rest i'd at least run across at some point or another.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 02:41 GMT
How original! And fun. :)
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 02:59 GMT
A balanced mix of authors and an original idea. Especially liked the new titles, diverging from the same tired old classics. Super quiz.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 09:38 GMT
Got so cross on the first one trying 6, then six, then 8, then eight and repeated numerous times thinking quiz is broken.....ended up giving up and realised that is was a plus sign not a multiplication eign.... :-S
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 09:39 GMT
@Golden....yeah that would be me!
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 13:40 GMT
This was a fun quiz. Possibly too much time, though. I got all of them correct, but there were several that I had absolutely no idea on, but with some fast ten-key action, I just motored thru entering consecutive numbers until I hit the right answer.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 16:21 GMT
Great fun. Got caught out a couple of times by not checking what the operator was.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 23:14 GMT
it was pretty annoying. i knew one of the two for about half but not what the other one was. so i only got two. still fun tho.
Sep 4th, 2010 at 17:33 GMT
Glad to see Mortensen make it on, wonderful man he is.
Sep 4th, 2010 at 19:43 GMT
I kept misreading "Hornby" as "Hornsby" & wondering "What do Bruce Hornsby songs have to do with literature?"
Sep 8th, 2010 at 02:06 GMT
I feel deeply stupid for missing the Orwell one now. I just never think of that as number!
Sep 8th, 2010 at 05:55 GMT
@aherlowbogs operator? i barely know her!
Sep 21st, 2010 at 02:36 GMT
My initial thought was Hawthorne's "House of Green Gables," but you can't multiply green by five.
Apr 10th, 2011 at 18:42 GMT
it really would have helped if I didn't think that they were all addition
Jun 18th, 2011 at 21:24 GMT
@golden: Guess I'll have to join the club :(
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Feb 22nd, 2012 at 18:10 GMT
Nov 6th, 2012 at 17:39 GMT
@RomanDrake: Sure you can, if you're synesthetic.
Dec 13th, 2012 at 14:11 GMT
Is there an 11 or 41 you can pair with 451F for a divide?
Dec 14th, 2012 at 07:54 GMT
Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:45 GMT
I doubt 99.7% got the first one. Probably most who missed that are not on stats because they got zero.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 11:13 GMT
Still have 1:52 on the clock. But I might as well comment, since I ain't getting any more.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 14:56 GMT
Too much math for this English major.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 15:39 GMT
Good quiz. There was only one I didn't know either answer for, so I did try a little going through multiplication tables or subtracting continuously from the point I knew and stuff like that, but it felt cheap so I gave up instead. I thoroughly enjoyed it though.
May 20th, 2013 at 21:02 GMT
I failed to notice the author of "Ten Little Indians"; though the version I read was entitled
And Then There Were None
, I do recall the original title as being that used above. If only I had remembered this earlier…
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