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163 questions in this category
Question: Whose treasure was buried in Treasure Island?

With thanks to David Keen for pointing out a typo
Question: What experimental novel by an Argentine author invited the reader to choose between a linear and a non-linear reading of the chapters?
Question: Which novel features the character Alec Leamas?
Question: What was the name of the sequel to 'Angela's Ashes'?

With thanks to Keith Woodcock from Chippenham for pointing out a typo in the question
Question: Who is Patricia Reichardt better known as in the 'Peanuts' cartoon strip?

With thanks to Keith Woodcock from Chippenham for correcting the question
Question: Who gave directions to his home as 'second to the right and straight on till morning'?

With thanks to Yvonne Steyn from Somerset West, South Africa for fine-tuning the question
Question: Which writer established the three laws of robotics?

With thanks to Chris Wilkins for correcting this question
Question: Captain Yossarian is the main character in which twentieth century novel?
Question: What was the title of the first Harry Potter book?

With thanks to Matt Jones for fine tuning the answer
Question: Which Shakespeare play has the subtitle 'Or what you will'?
Question: Which novel, published in 1949 and originally to be called 'The Last Man in Europe' has the opening line: 'It was bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'?
Question: Which literary character has a landlady named Mrs Hudson?
Question: Which car did Commander Caractacus Potts drive?
Question: From whom did Della Street take dictation?
Question: Which books make up the Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle?
Question: Which author used the pseudonyms Isaac Bickerstaffe and Lemuel Gulliver among others?
Question: Which Dubliner wrote 'Dracula'?
Question: Who was the first Irishman to receive a Nobel prize?
Question: Which Irish Nobel Prize winning author wrote most of his work in French?
Question: What day is June 16th in literary circles?
Question: What's the name of a collection of fifteen stories by James Joyce that depict Irish middle class life in and around Dublin at the beginning of the 20th century?
Question: Which famous playwright won an Oscar as well as a Nobel Prize?
Question: What is the name of the main hobbit character in "The Hobbit"?
Question: Who "simply hates society" in the Wind in the Willows?
Question: Who taught children to fly using "lovely thoughts" and fairy dust?
Question: Which Nobel prize winner, born in Bombay, was named after a lake in Staffordshire where his parents had originally met?
Question: What is the name of the French valet and the Indian Parsi princess who accompany Phileas Fogg on his trip around the world?
Question: Who is Kanga's son in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories?
Question: Which fictional doctor created by Hugh Lofting lived in Puddleby-by-the-Marsh?
Question: Who created Noddy?
Question: Which twentieth-century novel was set in the Year of Our Ford 632?
Question: How many circles of hell does Virgil guide the author through in Dante's Inferno?
Question: According to Edward Lear's poem, how long was the sailing trip undertaken by the Owl and the Pussycat?
Question: Which of the Musketeers' real identity is Comte de la Fère?
Question: Which epic poem by Homer is set in the Trojan War?
Question: In which country is the home port of the fisherman in Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'?
Question: Who wrote Corelli's Mandolin?
Question: What was the name of the ship sailed by Jason when he searched for the Golden Fleece?
Question: Which character was described as 'faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound'?
Question: For which organisation did Winston Smith work in the novel Nineteen Eighty Four?
Question: He's known as Charlie in France, Walter in Germany, Willy in Norway, Waldo in the United States and Canada, and Effy in Israel. What's his name in Spain (and in the UK)?
Question: For what kind of stories is Louis L'Amour famous?
Question: What is the name of Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper?
Question: According to the bible, who was the first Christian Martyr?
Question: The band Steely Dan was named after something in William Burrough's novel 'Naked Lunch'. What?
Question: In the book by Henry Williamson, what kind of creature is Tarka?
Question: Who created the fictional town of Middlemarch?
Question: In P.G. Wodehouse's series of books, what is Jeeves' first name?
Question: The Brontë sisters had a brother who was a poet and painter. What was his name?
Question: Which Shakespeare play concerns the two old friends Valentine and Proteus' love for the beautiful Julia?
Question: What is the name of the Eugene O'Neill play set in Harry Hope's bar?
Question: In which book would you find the exceedingly strong drink called the 'Pan-galactic Gargle Blaster'?
Question: For which Ministry did Winston Smith work in 1984?
Question: Which French poet born in 1821 was described by Rimbaud as 'The first seer, king of poets, a true god"?
Question: Whose first play is called 'Catalina'?
Question: In the New Testament, Zacharias was the father of whom?
Question: Mustardseed is a character from which Shakespeare play?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Who wrote the short novel 'San Martín Bueno, mártir'?
Question: What is the name of the Harry Potter book first published in June 2005?
Question: In which famous novel would you find the character 'Dolores Haze'?
Question: Which book, later made into a classic 40s film, would you find the villain 'Casper Gutman'?
Question: Greater love hath no man than this.... . Complete.
Question: Bob Kane died on November 3rd 1998. What was he best known for?
Question: Evidence suggests that one of Shakespeare's 'lost' plays was a comedy written as a companion piece to "Love's Labours Lost". What is the title of the lost play?
Question: Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. What follows?
Question: How many lines are there in a sonnet?
Question: How many syllables in Haiku?
Question: In which book would you find a Hefalump?
Question: Jane Austen had five brothers but only one sister. What was her name?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Name one of the bullfighters Hemingway wrote about in "The Dangerous Summer".
Question: One of Shakespeare's tragedies is called "The Scottish Play" by superstitious actors. Which?
Question: Ruritania is an imaginary country which was invented as a setting for two novels. Now the name is used to describe any state where the intrigues of a reactionary court dominate politics. Name either of the two books in which it first appeared.
Question: Several of Dickens' novels take their main character's name as their title: "Oliver Twist" or "David Copperfield" for example. Name the missing surname in "Martin...".
Question: What did Professor Challenger bring back from the "Lost World" to prove that it existed?
Question: What is Sherlock Holmes' seven percent solution in "The Sign of Four"?
Question: What is the last word in the New Testament?
Question: What is the Rosy Crucifixion?
Question: What new-born animal did Fern save from the hatchet?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question What was the name of George Orwell's book on his Spanish Civil War experience?
Question: What were the "golden apples" of Greek mythology?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Which American author wrote "Tales of the Alhambra"?
Question: Which American poet was brought back from Italy to the US in a cage in 1945?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Which bi-lingual Spanish-French author was held in Buchenwald during the Second World War?
Question: Which British Prime Minister makes an appearance in "The London Embassy" by Paul Theroux?
Question: Which French writer who later won the Goncourt Prize twice, fought as an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain?
Question: Which Henry James novel was recently filmed by Jane Campion (of "The Piano" fame)?
Question: Which novel opens with this sentence "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", but that ain't no matter".
Question: Which poem ends: And you each gentle animal to you for life may bind and make it follow at your call if you are always kind
Question: Who is David John Cornwell better known as?
Question: Who is Karen Blixen better known as?
Question: Who was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Who was the first Spanish author to win the Nobel Prize for literature?
Question: Who writes the "Discworld" novels?
Question: Who wrote The Threepenny Opera?
Question: Who wrote: The moving finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
Question: The depiction of the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland" reflected a poisoning of 19th century hatmakers from what?
Question: In Washington Irving's story published in 1819, which war did Rip van Winkle sleep through?
Question: Who is the Lord of the Rings in J.R.R. Tolkien's book of the same name?
Question: In the Old Testament, whose wife was Zipporah?
Question: What were Vladimir and Estragon doing in famous twentieth century play?
Question: In E.M. Forster's 'Room With A View', which city could they not view?
Question: What do 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' by Dickens, 'The Silmarillion' by J.R.R. Tolkien, and 'The Love of The Last Tycoon' by F. Scott Fitzgerald have in common?
Question: Which trilogy of five books has Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect as their main characters?
Question: In George Orwell's novel '1984', what is 'Airstrip One'?
Question: Who wrote the poem that ends with the line: 'You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!'?
Question: Who owns Winnie-the-Pooh?
Question: 'Workers of the world, unite!' is the last line of which work?
Question: Which book, subtitled 'Life Among the Lowly', was the best selling novel of the 19th century?
Question: Mma Precious Ramotswe is a fictional private detective based where?
Question: Edmond Dantès is the protagonist and title character of which Alexandre Dumas (père) novel?
Question: Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot for which magazine?
Question: Who lived the last few years of his life in Paris under the pseudonym 'Sebastian Melmoth'?
Question: After whom is the term 'Masochism' named, and what is his most famous work?
Question: Which French writer and philosopher, author of 'Nausea' among many others, declined the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964?
Question: Who was the first English language Nobel Prize winner in Literature and also (to 2008) the youngest of any nationality?
Question: What are the first two lines of the famous poem whose next lines are 'Where Alph, the sacred river, ran; Through caverns measureless to man; Down to a sunless sea.'?
Question: Don Diego de la Vega is a fictional character in books, TV series, cartoons, and over forty films. He is the secret identity of which hero?
Question: In which novel were the Eloi living above ground and the Moorlocks below?
Question: What is Winnie short for in Winnie-the-Pooh?
Question: Graham Greene's 'The Human Factor' is about a British MI6 officer who thinks he is leaking secrets to which country?

With thanks to Damian Considine for correcting this question
Question: What real-life Soviet organisation is James Bond's nemesis in the early novels?
Question: Where does the Third Man die?
Question: Who wrote around 500 BC: 'There are five sorts of spies: native, internal, double, doomed and surviving'.
Question: This is a Spanish-based question 'Biscuter' is the inseparable partner of which fictional detective?
Question: Which novel features the character Jim Wormold?
Question: What novel, and by whom, is based on a conspiracy to blow up the Greenwich Observatory?
Question: According to the bible, Adam and Eve had three named sons: Cain, Abel and?
Question: Which book tells the story of the Joad family going to California during the Depression?
Question: Four Irishmen have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Who?
Question: According to the bible, Cain was banished to the Land of Nod. Where was it located?
Question: Which character describes his wife as 'She who must be obeyed'?
Question: In which fictional city would you find the Unseen University?
Question: Which twentieth century Welsh poet wrote 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'?
Question: What was Scrooge's first name?
Question: Estragon and Vladimir are the two main characters of which play, voted in a Royal National Theatre poll as the most significant English language play of the 20th century?
Question: Which controversial novel's main characters are Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha? The novel was the 1988 Whitbread Award winner and Booker Prize finalist.
Question: Which famous children's book character was created by Michael Bond?
Question: Which famous book title translated means "no place" or "place that does not exist"?
Question: William of Baskerville is the main character of which famous novel, later filmed?
Question: In which novel, first published in 1912, are the main characters called John Clayton and Jane Porter who, eventually, have a son called Jack?
Question: Who wrote Pinocchio?
Question: Miguel de Cervantes died on the 23rd of April 1616 and William Shakespeare died on the 23rd of April 1616. However, they did not die on the same day. Why not?
Question: "Lyrical Ballads" is a collection of poems which first appeared in the year 1798. It was a joint effort by two of England's most famous poets. Which two?
Question: In the poem "The Song of Hiawatha", what is the name of the river?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Which novelist wrote "Miau", "Fortunata y Jacinta", "Torquemada en el purgatorio", and "El amigo manso"?
Question: In "The Taming of the Shrew", what was the name of the girl known as the shrew?
Question: "In truth I know not why I am so sad; it wearies me; you say it wearies you." The opening lines of which Shakespeare play?
Question: Where was Casanova from?
Question: Which author's first names were John Ronald Reuel?
Question: At what age do Adrian Mole's diaries start?
Question: In which novel does the character Major Major Major Major appear?
Question: Which book, published in 1816, was subtitled 'The Modern Prometheus'?
Question: Becky Sharp is a character in which famous novel?
Question: Which 1940s novel was originally titled 'The Last Man in Europe'?
Question: Who wrote the novel 'The Brothers Karamazov'?
Question: In Milton's 'Paradise Lost', the word 'Pandemonium' is used for the first time. What does he refer to?
Question: In Mary Shelley's novel, what is Dr Frankenstein's first name?
Question: Boccaccio's tales of the Decameron take place in the vicinity of which city?
Question: Who said: 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all'?
Question: Which 1971 novel written by William Peter Blatty was turned into a classic horror film?
Question: Which Italian author wrote the classic 'The Leopard' (Il Gattopardo)?
Question: General Lew Wallace wrote which book about the Roman Empire (which was later made into a Hollywood classic)?
Question: Which Pulitzer prize-winning American author wrote the Rabbit series of books?


Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Whitaker's Almanac, The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Collins Gem Fact File, Diccionario Enciclopédico Espasa 1 and Wikipedia.. This page layout was last updated on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 @ 1:28pm CEST (Europe/Madrid).

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