Literature Quizzes

Literature at Sporcle is much more than just a Shakespeare quiz. If your style is more Quidditch than King Lear, you can test your knowledge of Hogwarts with a Harry Potter quiz a thousand times over. Whether you've read all the Lord of the Rings books or are looking for a good Twilight quiz , or you prefer the work of a more classical author, there is an online game for you. It's time to put down that novel and test your knowledge with a book quiz. There are hundreds of literature quizzes to choose from, so your hardest question may be where to start.

Today's Featured Game

Books by Reading Level
If only the authors knew the standards we judge them by...
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More Recent Games

Shakespearean 'B' Scramble
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Can you unscramble the 'B' words found in Shakespeare?
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19th Century Literary Characters Match-up
Just because these characters are old doesn't mean they're old-fashioned.
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A Face from the Book
We give you the face, you give us the book. Simple as that!
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Henry James Novels
One of the important figures behind literary realism.
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'XYZ' Literature Match
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Match the works of literature starting with the letters 'X,' 'Y' or 'Z' to their authors.
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Female Literary Characters Shooting Gallery
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Match the female characters* to their authors in this shooting gallery.
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'G' Books by Opening Lines
First lines of novels probably feel a lot of pressure to perform well.
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Multi-Category Literature Blitz
We're going to need a librarian for this quiz, and preferably a mean one.
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Missing Word: For Dummies Books
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Name the missing words in these actual ''...for Dummies'' book titles.
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Game of Thrones Houses Sorting Gallery
Kind of like the Sorting Hat and the houses at Hogwarts, only you're more likely to get hurt.
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Political Books by Political Women
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Pick the female politician authors of these books.
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Books by Subtitle
Subtitles let us know that these books are for smart people.
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'Love's Labour's Lost' Characters (Clickable)
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Pick the named characters in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost'.
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Novels by Map II
Getting lost in a book is encouraged.
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'D' Literary Characters (Clickable)
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Pick the authors based on the 'd' characters.
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Criteria Characters: Harry Potter
Accio quiz answers!
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10 to 1 American Literature
These are some of the most prolific authors of all time.
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Beginning Book Titles II
You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but you can FOR SURE judge it by its title.
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ASOIAF: Most mentioned 'Under 18' characters
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Name the 'A song of Ice and Fire''s characters who are under 18 years old at the beginning of 'A Game of Thrones'.
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Postmodern Literature Fill-in-the-Blank
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Name the missing word in each postmodern book title.
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Profile: Johanna Mason
Don't go underestimating Johanna.
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'The' Books A-Z
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Match the literary works* to the author.
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The Hobbit First 200 Words
J. R. R. Tolkien got it all started in the right way with these 200 words.
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Literal Literary Characters
You could call this the Spark-Notes method of memorizing literary characters.
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Famous Books: First Pages (Slideshow)
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Name the famous books from their first page.
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The Last Word: Classic Authors IV
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Name the missing final word from the titles of these books.
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1950s Novel Best Sellers (matching)
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Match the authors to their 1950s best-selling fiction.
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Friends in books
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Match the two halves of the literary friendship with their author.
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Funny Books by Funny Women
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Name the comedians who wrote these funny books.
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The Last Word: Classic Authors VI
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Name the missing final word from the titles of these books.
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Literature Editor: khands

Recent popular comments in Literature

  1. Harry Potter: Find the 'British' Word
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    I still think that changing certain elements of lexicon for the sake of the American market is a disgusting one. The US is more than aware that the books represent a character living in England and so many individuals I have asked always enjoyed the quirky elements of language which the British version possesses. After all, American texts aren't altered for the European market...
  2. Most Common Animals (ABC Books)
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    Octopus? No. Ostrich? Nope? Otter? Guess again. Ox? Still wrong. Orangutan? DAMMIT!!
  3. Most Common Animals (ABC Books)
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    Is there really not a more common N animal than a nightingale? Wouldn't have guessed that in a million years
  4. Literal Literary Characters
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    Thanks to the archived comments, I can rest assured I was not the only person to try Guy Smiley.
  5. Harry Potter: Find the 'British' Word
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    I'll still never understand why 'Philosopher's Stone' was changed to "Sorcerer's Stone' in the US. It seems a lot of the interesting little British quirks of the original books were, dare I say, lost in translation. Shame!
  6. Most Common Animals (ABC Books)
    27
    Unicorn!? What are we teaching these poor children? I know there aren't any really common 'u' animals, so how about the Umbrella Bird? It's a description that kids could relate to AND it is REAL.
  7. Author Riddles
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    Depending on which direction Jules Verne pointed his slingshot, he could have also gone Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
  8. Most Common Animals (ABC Books)
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    Bear, pig, rabbit, tiger, owl, kangaroo... Poor Eeyore, left out again.
  9. Most Common Animals (ABC Books)
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    Color me surprised that hippopotamus is more common than horse.
  10. Harry Potter: Find the 'British' Word
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    Never having read Harry Potter in either Rowling-English or American English, I would cite some of these as just being corrections of Ms Rowling's grammar (eg just like Harry's did). The US is more strict than we are about singular verbs with collective nouns, to the extent that they look wrong to us (the Gryffindor one, for example). Some changes alter the meaning (eg disused = not being used any more, unused = not being used at the moment). Very interesting quiz.