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Jun 10th, 2012 at 17:26 GMT
"Hawkeye" to me means M*A*S*H.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 22:51 GMT
Great idea, and makes a very tough quiz. My only quibble would be that The Tempest is a play, not a book, and so doesn't really belong on here.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 23:18 GMT
Very good (and tough) quiz. One correction: "Hitchhiker" is one word. Good stuff, otherwise, Flick.
Jun 11th, 2012 at 07:02 GMT
@Stillwater100: thanx and corrected @ChileNoseJam: quibble addressed which gives me an idea, a play version next :)
Jun 11th, 2012 at 07:43 GMT
Might be better if you avoid title characters. Why not Nick Carraway or Daisy Buchanan for the Great Gatsby, say?
Jun 11th, 2012 at 16:51 GMT
@johnlk: with 70 answers the intention was to give a wide range, from the very easy to the very difficult. When I play such games my tactic is usually to take out the ones I personally find easier, and then start to panic.
Jun 11th, 2012 at 18:33 GMT
Napoleon is a character in 'War and Peace', as well.
Jun 11th, 2012 at 21:32 GMT
Maybe Snowball instead of Napoleon?
Jun 12th, 2012 at 06:02 GMT
@MrWhiplash: nice catch @NJSB: done
Jun 17th, 2012 at 21:06 GMT
Benjy is also one of the mice in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Could be easily fixed by changing to "Benjy Compson".
Jun 18th, 2012 at 15:24 GMT
@plujan: nice spot, nice solution. thanx
Jun 18th, 2012 at 16:21 GMT
Mrs. de Winter was tricky -- I thought it was a reference to Milady de Winter from Three Musketeers, which is on here as well.
Jun 19th, 2012 at 19:11 GMT
I'll second the de Winter problem. I saw it and immediately went to Three Musketeers. Perhaps if D'artagnan was first, that would be better.
Jun 20th, 2012 at 15:38 GMT
melissa andCanadianDave: I've gone for the antagonist, this should solve the problem.
Jun 21st, 2012 at 17:15 GMT
Excellent quiz. Some minor notes, offered in the spirit of helping to make a good quiz better: Much as I love Austen, including four of her books seems a bit much. Also, there are two characters that appear in many books - Sherlock Holmes and James Bond -- forcing the quiz-taker to scan through the entire list to find out whether it's "A Study in Scarlet" or "Sign of the Four" or "Hound of the Baskervilles," etc. I think it would be better if you chose characters that were clearly associated with a specific book.
Jun 22nd, 2012 at 14:37 GMT
I agree having people who were in a long series was a bit unfair.
Jun 22nd, 2012 at 15:46 GMT
@david6k: The Austen books have been somewhat trimmed, as I agree it was a bit much. As far as the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond books go, they are among the highest correct percentages so I'll let them be (for now at least). I appreciate the comment, I hope you feel it has made it a little better.
Jun 22nd, 2012 at 21:40 GMT
@tehblooguy: Well, the M*A*S*H character was named for the literary one, which is the only reason I got that one correct. (I still haven't read it.)
Jun 22nd, 2012 at 22:12 GMT
"Friday" came up and I started looking for "The Man Who Was Thursday". Oops.
Jun 24th, 2012 at 21:17 GMT
Was it actually mentioned in the book MASH he was named for the Cooper character?
Jun 24th, 2012 at 23:31 GMT
@cocky: I must admit that I haven't read that one, either, but Wikipedia says it's in the book as well.
Jun 25th, 2012 at 18:27 GMT
Fun quiz! But why did you use the series name for His Dark Materials when all the other answers use the book names? And why did you use New Moon instead of Twilight? I ran out of time even though I skipped right away for the answers I didn't know because I spent too long trying to find answers I did know, especially the ones with different formats from all the other answers.
Jul 18th, 2012 at 21:04 GMT
@geofish: His Dark Materials was used because of the duel title of the book. I've now resorted to using an asterisk, hope this helps.
Jul 28th, 2012 at 14:29 GMT
Elizabeth Bennet's surname has only one t.
Game published: Nov 25th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
Nov 25th, 2012 at 20:12 GMT
For those of you who didn't associate Jay Gatsby with "The Great Gatsby," I'm dying to know: what book did you *think* he was from?
Nov 25th, 2012 at 20:13 GMT
Since you do not include "the" when alphabetizing, it would be nice if you didn't include "A" either, making the answer, "Game of Thrones, A." I knew that one immediately, but it took me forever to find it.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 20:33 GMT
Nice quiz. I think it would've been a little more fun/challenging to use characters whose names aren't in the book titles and to keep it to one book per author, but I enjoyed it!
Nov 25th, 2012 at 21:00 GMT
A bit dispiriting that more people know a character from Twilight than Miss Havisham, Kurtz or Captain Ahab but there you go. Cracking quiz.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 21:09 GMT
The sad thing is that a lot of them I got not from the book, but because of the movie (or in the case of Les Mis, the musical).
Nov 25th, 2012 at 21:21 GMT
That picture of Winnie the Pooh really lulled me into a false sense of security on this quiz.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 21:36 GMT
Atticus Finch, Clarice Starling, I know those names, they're buried somewhere, buried too deeply. Then there are the books you do know and get 'trigger' happy and click the wrong one - so missing Captin Ahab. Sporcleitis methinks?
Nov 25th, 2012 at 23:51 GMT
Agree with ESK about perhaps one book per author. Also this is nit-picky, but the actual title is Moby-Dick (hyphenated). But that's like 0.5/10 in terms of quiz-making priorities, and all-in-all this was a very good quiz.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 00:53 GMT
Didn't do so well, but was so glad to see Game of Thrones on here!
Nov 26th, 2012 at 02:00 GMT
So annoyed! I knew them all, but my hair-trigger computer mouse went and clicked on one early and so I got it "wrong!"
Nov 26th, 2012 at 02:25 GMT
Wow, I never noticed how many books I never read.
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Nov 26th, 2012 at 02:48 GMT
I've never read the book or seen the movie, so how the hell did I know who Yossarian is?
Nov 26th, 2012 at 05:14 GMT
Once again, the greatest novel ever written finishes last in name recognition on a Sporcle quiz! Must I be assailed with fresh travesty each time I venture into literary territory on this site?
Nov 26th, 2012 at 07:21 GMT
Gotta love The Wife of Bath. She so dirty.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:56 GMT
...how on Earth is Lolita the worst answered?!
Nov 26th, 2012 at 12:23 GMT
As someone who have never read Winnie-the-Pooh books in the original language, my first instinct was that Eeyore had to be a Tolkien character. The estranged brother of Eowyn, perhaps. I would struggle to get any further off the mark, even if I tried so deliberately!
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