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

Harold Bloom on Authors
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Pick the author about whom Harold Bloom* is writing.
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George R.R. Martin Or Just Made Up?

More Recent Games

Twilight Saga Books
These books are probably best read...after dark.
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Hogwarts Professors A-Z
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Can you name a known Hogwarts professor (by LAST name) for each letter of the alphabet?
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Shakespeare Monologue Word Clouds
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Name the Shakespeare character who speaks the monologue represented in each word cloud.
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'B' Authors
These authors may be 2nd in the alphabet, but they are first in our hearts.
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Lord of the rings: tops 3
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Name the 3 most mentioned characters of 'The lord of the rings' in each of these categories .
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Wildean Witticisms
The Internet might be made up of at least 25% Oscar Wilde quotes, the rest of it is cat pictures.
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Authors Sharing Names
Aspiring authors out there - if you create a pen name, you can join this list!
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Literary Sixes
If good things come in threes, we can only imagine what must come in sixes.
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Name a Shakespeare Play...
There seems to be a lot of quizzes about this Shakespeare guy!
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A is for ? and then what happened? (Gashlycrumb Tinies)
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Pick the correct child's name for each letter; and then pick the word that is missing from the rhyme? (from the story The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey) (*read note).
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Harry Potter Characters in Chapter Titles
These Harry Potter characters just get all the recognition don't they?
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Most Common Animals - ABC Books
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Name the most common animals used in a sampling of 50 ABC animal books.
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'The Heroes of Olympus' Books
This Riordan must have accumulated a small fortune writing numerous books about teenagers saving the world.
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A Clash of Kings POV Characters
Part 2: Which of these characters are still alive?
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Aesop's Fables Illustrated (Slideshow)
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Can you provide the missing word for the titles, shown below each image depicting a story by Aesop or another fabulist?*
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Penguin Classics Book Covers
These are both great books as well as great covers, we're sure this is somehow creating a paradox.
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Characters in Literature II
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Name these characters in literature II.
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Lord of the Rings Limericks
There once was a hobbit named Frodo...
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Triple Bond Images - Writers
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Name the Triple Bond Images - Writers.
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ASOIAF: most mentioned dead characters
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Name the 10 most mentioned characters who died before and during 'A song of ice and fire' (SPOILERS!).
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Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
It's like speed-reading for lit freaks!
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Click the Poet
They wrote some poems but do you know 'em...s?
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'R' Literature Match
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Match the works of literature starting with the letter 'R' to their authors.
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Missing Words Missing Spaces: Books
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Pick the missing word from these book titles when no space is provided to let you know where the word goes.
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Author & Character Matchmaker II
These authors could have easily pursued a second career in matchmaking if their writing didn't work out.
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Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet
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Name the books in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet.
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Book by Audiobook (Clips)
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Name the book by an excerpt of its audiobook.
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Allegorical Authors
We're beginning to think there might be a double-meaning here.
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Second Sentence: Famous Plays
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Pick the Second Sentence of these famous plays.
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Working Titles?
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Pick the (FAKE) working titles for these various literary works.
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Literature Editor: MovieGuru

Recent popular comments in Literature

  1. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    In what universe is Game Of Thrones children's books?
  2. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    @Shawnee123 I will admit that Sporcle's Literature quizzes are completely biased towards pop Lit, but that by no means makes them crap lit. The Song of Ice and Fire Series and the Harry Potter Series can definitely be analyzed in a serious and formal context and have been praised for their themes and the intelligence in their writing. Also, Charles Dickens was very much the equivalent of J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin in his time as his literature was the "pop" lit of his time.
  3. Literary Sixes
    23
    What about Shakespeare's gay lovers, Titus and Ronicus?
  4. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    In fact, there's very little "classic" literature that wasn't "pop" lit. If it wasn't popularized, it tended not last long enough to become "classic".
  5. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    Game of Thrones is one book I certainly wouldn't want my child to read.
  6. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    @Dmitri: why are you talking about George Martin when you've made it abundantly clear that you've absolutely never opened one of his books and, it seems, don't actually know who he is. I'm not going to get into an argument about Dickens vs. Rowling, although both are obviously fantastic authors, because you've made it impossible to take you seriously. Anyway, good quiz. I also managed 100% without knowing more than a couple Dickens characters. I don't think it's as easy as one might suggest to pick it out based on naming conventions, though. Some of the names could fit any of the three.
  7. Literary Characters Sorting Blitz
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    Anything currently popular is clearly not highbrow enough to exclude the hoi polloi, which, as all respectable literary snobs know, is what demarcates all true literature. Even referring to literature in any broader sense offends my delicate sensibilities so that I am compelled to remind you all that your greasy, be-Cheetoed, paperback children's romance novels are unworthy of the title. Perhaps you find me harsh, but understand that this is all I have left. If you take this away, how else could I inform you of my superiority? By complaining about the ease of quizzes or shouting my scores from the rooftops? *scoffs*
  8. Literary Sixes
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    You might put whatever ASOIAF stands for in your instructions.
  9. Penguin Classics Book Covers
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    Loved the penguin one! Most of the others I just got from the authors, but still enjoyed the covers.
  10. Literary Sixes
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    I tried both Tigger and Christopher Robin for "Pooh's Animal Friends." Neither counted because Tigger came in Book 2 and because Christopher is a human, not an animal. The category wasn't animals in Book 1, so Tigger should count. And last I saw, humans were of the animal kingdom (except for certain politicians who clearly are vegetables), so it should count, too.
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