Authors Who Give Up Their Day Job Quiz Stats

Quiz Updated Jan 18, 2013

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Clue Author % Correct
Ranch-hand, fruit picker, tour guide and caretaker at a fish-hatchery, bricklayer, sugar factory worker.John Steinbeck
79.8%
Cabin boy, whaler, Ordinary Seaman on the USS United States.Herman Melville
54.6%
Reuters journalist, stockbroker, WWII Naval Intelligence Officer.Ian Fleming
46.9%
Labourer in an industrial laundry, high school English teacher.Stephen King
46.1%
Printer, riverboat pilot, gold miner, journalist, inventor.Mark Twain
44.7%
Teacher, MI5 officer, MI6 officer, diplomat (cover for spy activities).John Le Carre
44%
Medical guinea-pig in CIA-sponsored psychoactive drug tests, assistant in a veterans hospital.Ken Kesey
41.7%
Reporter for the Kansas City Star, WWI ambulance driver, Europe-based foreign correspondent.Ernest Hemingway
40.5%
Sketch writer, hospital porter, barn builder, chicken shed cleaner, bodyguard to a wealthy Qatari family.Douglas Adams
38%
Governess, seamstress, domestic help, Civil War nurse.Louisa May Alcott
36.2%
Page, Comptroller of Customs for the Port of London, Clerk of the King's Works, Deputy Forester of North Petherton Royal Forest.Geoffrey Chaucer
32.1%
WWI volunteer nurse, pharmacy assistant.Agatha Christie
29.5%
Labourer in a canning factory, jute mill and power plant, oyster pirate, seal hunter, gold prospector.Jack London
27.3%
Labourer in a shoe-polish factory, legal clerk, court reporter.Charles Dickens
23.9%
Ship's doctor, general practitioner of medicine.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
23.8%
Cabin boy, ship's steward, gun-runner, Master Mariner in the British Merchant Navy.Joseph Conrad
20.2%
Member of the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, dishwasher in a Paris hotel, teacher, bookshop assistant, Spanish Civil war volunteer, journalist.George Orwell
18.8%
Chorus girl, nude model, WWI canteen volunteer, pension office assistant.Jean Rhys
18.7%
Weighter and gauger at the Boston Custom House, Surveyor for the District of Salem and Beverly, Inspector of Revenue for the Port of Salem.Nathaniel Hawthorne
18.6%
Clerk, printer, teacher, journalist, carpenter, Civil War male nurse.Walt Whitman
17.1%
Clue Author % Correct
Pinkerton detective, soldier, advertising copywriter.Dashiell Hammett
15.4%
Teacher, handyman, worker in the family pencil business, land surveyor.Henry David Thoreau
14.7%
Civil servant in the British Admiralty, journalist, tennis racquet stringer, fruit picker, book-keeper, WWI soldier, VP of the Dabney Oil Syndicate.Raymond Chandler
14.3%
Gas station attendant, US Merchant Marine sailor, construction worker, waiter, sports reporter, railroad brakesman and fire look-out.Jack Kerouac
12.9%
Bakery delivery boy, auto-parts warehouse clerk, Brooklyn Naval Yard labourer, box assembler in a beer factory.Arthur Miller
12.4%
Lecturer, teacher, banker at Lloyds, publishing director at Faber & Faber.T.S. Eliot
12%
Blacksmith's apprentice, messenger boy, filing clerk, WWII bombardier, creative writing tutor, advertising copywriter.Joseph Heller
11.5%
Factory lightbulb filament changer, farmer, English teacher.Robert Frost
9.5%
Tutor at Smith College, receptionist in Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatric unit.Sylvia Plath
8.4%
Draper's apprentice, chemist's assistant, teacher.H.G. Wells
8.4%
Actor, waiter, postman, bouncer, snow-clearer.Harold Pinter
8.4%
Shoe factory worker, elevator operator, theatre usher, chicken ranch caretaker.Tennessee Williams
7.8%
Milk wagon driver, bricklayer, farm labourer, hotel servant, coal heaver, journalist for the Chicago Daily News.Carl Sandburg
7.7%
Soldier, petty criminal, golf caddy.James Ellroy
7.5%
House painter, IRA member, merchant seaman, pornographic writer.Brendan Behan
6.1%
Clerk, assistant stage manager, Cadbury's chocolate factory worker.Joe Orton
5.8%
Beggar, thief, forger, male prostitute.Jean Genet
5.4%
Funeral parlour make-up artist, assistant in a mental institution, publisher.Jeanette Winterson
4.7%
Teacher, deserter from the Dutch Colonial Army, foreman of a stone quarry, Ethiopia-based merchant dealing in coffee and armaments.*Arthur Rimbaud
4.1%
Farm labourer, tavern pot boy, gardener, lime burner,John Clare
3.8%
 
Number % Answered
40 (all)
0.5%
35-39
0.9%
30-34
1.6%
25-29
2.9%
20-24
5.5%
15-19
9.1%
10-14
15.2%
5-9
24%
1-4
40.4%

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