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Can you name the authors of these autobiographies and memoirs?
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My Life in France
Reaching for the Moon
Faith of My Fathers
The Story of My Life
Up From Slavery
An American Life
The Way I Am
Dreams from My Father
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
The Measure of a Man
My Grandfather's Son
Always Looking Up
Long Walk to Freedom
Up Till Now
Losing My Virginity
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Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:24 GMT
What about Me and Sporcle: A Rousing Legacy, about MovieDynamic?
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:35 GMT
Wow. This is hard.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:42 GMT
First name that popped into my head for "My Life" was Billy Joel.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:44 GMT
This was hard, but fun for being challenging. Great idea!
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:46 GMT
glad we know more about hitler than presidential candidates and their autobiographies
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:53 GMT
lol missed adolf hitler, but got barbara walters. epic fail
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:53 GMT
I should've gotten the Branson one. Damn.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 04:57 GMT
Got 22 out of 24, but only because I worked in a bookstore until recently. Good quiz. Please bring more Literature quizzes!
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:00 GMT
Losing My Virginity: the upcoming Jamie Lynn Spears autobiography.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:01 GMT
I knew Kiedis but coulndt spell it. Damnit.
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Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:10 GMT
Needs more Million Little Pieces. :-P But for a serious one, should've had the Child Called It trilogy.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:12 GMT
I love Kitchen Confidential, I totally recommend it even if you're not a foodie.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:20 GMT
I can't be the only one who thought of Madonna crawling around in a wedding dress singing "Like a Virgin" when I saw "Losing My Virginity" on this quiz.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:41 GMT
arrrrrgh! I saw that William Shatner one at Barnes and Noble today; it even inspired a fascinating discussion on the different ways in which attractive men age... and I still missed it!
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:45 GMT
@starfish: Nope. Not the only one. I typed her in too...
Aug 11th, 2009 at 05:54 GMT
I liked Kitchen Confidential a lot too, but I'm not sure if it really qualifies as an autobiography.
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Aug 11th, 2009 at 06:12 GMT
I only got eminem. that was hard.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 06:20 GMT
Wonderful idea for a quiz. Can't help loving diminutive Michael J Fox's double entendre, among other clever titles
Aug 11th, 2009 at 06:48 GMT
very good quiz, love the variety. though I can't help but notice the absence of the diary of a young girl (aka the diary of anne frank). isn't that an autobiography?
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:00 GMT
The composer Richard Wagner should be an acceptable answer for "My Life". His autobiography was title "Mein Leben" in German. I suspect there are others as well.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:17 GMT
Hope we get a sequel with Craig Ferguson's book, "American on Purpose", after its release.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:22 GMT
How about: Me, Myself and my Poorly Rated Comments (featuring MovieDynamic)? ;)
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:23 GMT
@windsword that is one of the greatest sporcle comments I've ever seen.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:49 GMT
I was going to make a comment about how Bill Clinton really stretched his imagination on coming up with the title of his autobiography; then I realized just how much stuff he has been able to get away with and that made it all okay. He may have lived in Little Rock, but he sure has a big set of stones swinging around.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:56 GMT
I only got "My Life in France" because I thought the person was for "Kitchen Confidential". Sometimes you get lucky.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 10:20 GMT
This is probably going to be shot down but the only ones I got were the obvious astronaut/red hot chilli/german/freedom. i want a version with well known autobiographies by british people, that we actually would have heard of!
Aug 11th, 2009 at 11:40 GMT
A quiz like this has to be very careful on the title selection. If the title doesn't give a clue to the identity of the person, then it's a shot in the dark with no hope of getting the answer - you either know it or your don't. So "My Life" - bad clue, and wouldn't have scored nearly as well had it not been given as an example on the Suggestion page. "Mein Kampf" - good clue, because even if you weren't familiar with it from history, it's a German title, so you have a reasonable chance. "My Grandfather's Son" - C'mon, that covers the entire male half of the human race. (Except for Jesus, Adam, Cain & Abel, if that's your thing.) "Reaching For The Moon" - got it on my third guess, the first two being Armstrong and Lovell (of Apollo 13). "Losing My Virginity" - excellent clue, since it refers to Branson's founding of Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, Virgin Radio, etc. I kicked myself for missing it. And that's how it should be. When answers are revealed, there should be more "D'oh!" and less "Meh..." -- I've rated quiz as this as 2 stars, but a 4 star quiz in the category, with lots of research, is certainly possible.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 12:31 GMT
@rockgolf - sounds like you're basically saying you wanted it to be easier. If you get 100% in a quiz every time, then what's the point? It'll be too easy, and you won't learn a thing. That said, I have to agree that the My Life clue should either be removed, or more answers allowed. Too many significant people have released autobiographies under that name for it to be included (Wikipedia: Castro, Golda Meir, Oswald Mosely, Trotsky, Magic Johnson, Burt Reynolds, Wagner...)
Aug 11th, 2009 at 14:08 GMT
Losing my Virginity wasn't Madonna? Branson makes sense too. @y2jdilemma I did the same thing.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 14:36 GMT
I have Mein Kampf (translated of course) - It's such a hard read. Best Autobiography: Russell Brand - My Booky Wook
Aug 11th, 2009 at 14:58 GMT
I confess that I tried both Ron Jeremy and John Holmes for "The Measure of a Man" *blushes*
Aug 11th, 2009 at 15:53 GMT
I LOVED that tagline on the main page for this quiz. Can I quote that on my syllabi for my composition classes, please?
Aug 11th, 2009 at 18:27 GMT
@chrispaz: Not quite. I don't want "easy" quizzes, but I want it to be
(with some mental juggling) to get the answer from the clue. As written, unless you already know the answer to too many of these books, you have zero possibility of working out the answer. That's perfectly ok with a finite list such as NBA champions or elements or countries of the world. But on a list that must have well over 100,000 entries, there should be a higher bar for clue inclusion. Sure, it should be tough, but with selecting the right clues (in this case titles), players who see a missed answer should do a facepalm more often than shrug in indifference. Example: "Memoirs Vol 1: Year of Decisions" is a lousy clue. "RN" is a good clue. Both are Presidential autobiographies. Which one could you solve? Alternatives: add a hint that give the birthyear (and where applicable) death year of the author, or split the quiz into subcategories: politicians, artists, etc. --- Sorry, this is really wordy. My intent is to make Sporcle fun, but not necessarily easier. I'm submitting some quizzes along those lines.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 18:28 GMT
Mein Kampf is a scary, scary book.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 20:45 GMT
@rockgolf: What you say is perfectly reasonable. I look forward to taking your quizzes because I imagine they'll be constructed very thoughtfully.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 21:09 GMT
ahaha Bill Clinton's is the least creative title ever.
Aug 11th, 2009 at 21:44 GMT
@wistfulabacus: I have two already up, more in the pipeline. They are in the two basic categories of Sporcle quizzes. The first is the "
" - everything that
fit the category is included. My example is top 5 US singles where the title is 5 letters or fewer (http://www.sporcle.com/games/4lettersongs.php). The second is "
" where there can be any number of clue/answers and only a subset is listed. My example of that is the Four Word Movie Review, where I picked 30 reviews out of 300,000. (No, I did not go exhaustively thru FWFR.com site. - http://www.sporcle.com/games/4wordmoviereviews.php )
Aug 11th, 2009 at 23:23 GMT
I only got My Life in France because I saw the movie Julie and Julia this weekend.
Aug 12th, 2009 at 00:04 GMT
If "The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Writen By Himself" was a clue, I totally would have gotten it.
Aug 12th, 2009 at 00:27 GMT
Omg how did i miss hitler!
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