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#1. Which actor’s autobiography was called ‘My Wicked, Wicked Ways’?

#2. The writer Virginia Woolf was born on 25th January 1882. What was her real first name?

#3. The author who wrote ‘Tales of the City’ and ‘The Night Listener’ was ‘Armistead’ who?

#4. Lieutenant Pinkerton and Cio Cio San are characters in the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’. Who wrote it?

#5. What was the surname of Alice who is remembered as the subject of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ stories?

#6. What ‘A’ wrote ‘Ice Station Zebra’?

#7. Which of the following was not written by actor and playwright Alan Bennett?

#8. Which Shakespeare play is the 1956 film ‘Forbidden Planet’ loosely based on?

#9. In 2004, well-known baby photographer Anne Geddes collaborated with which Canadian songstress on music and a photographic project entitled ‘Miracle’?

#10. Which 1878 opera was alternatively entitled ‘The Lass That Loved A Sailor’?

#11. Who wrote the novel The Camomile Lawn?

#12. Artists such as John Sloan, William Glackens and several others were collectively known as The what?

#13. In which country was the children’s author Roald Dahl born?

#14. Which of these is the title of a novel by Joseph Conrad?

#15. Spiderman (Peter Parker) works for which newspaper?

#16. The Burial of the Dead’, ‘A Game of Chess’, and ‘What the Thunder Said’ are parts of which poem by T.S. Eliot?

#17. Which fictional pirate had the nicknames ‘Barbecue’ and ‘The Sea Cook’?

#18. What was the title of the famous WH Auden poem used in the 1994 film ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’?

#19. Who wrote the 1904 novel ‘The Sea Wolf’?

#20. The phrase coined to describe a British cultural movement of the 1950s was?

#21. Which English author wrote The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book?

#22. Eric Arthur Blair wrote under the name?

#23. In 1954 Kingsley Amis released his academic satire?

#24. First published in 1953, which was the first of Ian Fleming’s “James Bond” novels?

#25. Kathy, Ruth and Tommy discover what disturbing fact about themselves in the 2005 novel “Never Let Me Go”?

#26. Who wrote the 1938 novel “Rebecca”?

#27. Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” begins with which famous question?

#28. The first novel by Nobel-Prize-winning author Guenter Grass was “Die Blechtrommel,” which translates into English as what?

#29. Who received an Oscar nomination for playing the teenaged Briony Tallis in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2002 novel “Atonement”?

#30. A so-called “whiskey priest” is being pursued in which country in Graham Greene’s 1939 novel “The Power And The Glory”?

#31. Which famous novel includes the characters of Philip Pirrup, who is better known by a three-letter nickname, and Miss Havisham?

#32. Which real event in history is depicted in the 1969 Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novel “Slaughterhouse-Five”?

#33. Which famous Australian novel begins, “On December 8th,1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday”?

#34. William Golding’s 1954 novel “Lord Of The Flies” involves a group of schoolboys who are where?

#35. Which novel is NOT one of John Updike’s novels featuring his character Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom?

#36. What classic novel was given many titles before publication, among them “Trimalchio in West Egg”?

#37. What protagonist of a story by Washington Irving falls asleep in the Catskill mountains and remains so for twenty years?

#38. What letter is “The Scarlet Letter”?

#39. The film version of what novel by Harper Lee stars Gregory Peck as a lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama?

#40. Which American poet whose works include ” The Song of Hiawatha” was one of the five “Fireside Poets”, the first American poets whose popularity rivalled that of British poets?

#41. Who took the road less travelled by?

#42. Who of the following is NOT an author of “Beat” literature?

#43. In “The Lottery”, a short story by Shirley Jackson, Tessie Hutchinson pulls a slip of paper with a black spot on it from a black box. What will now occur?

#44. Lazarus Long is a character “so in love with the time that he became his own ancestor”. Who wrote the novels in which he appears?

#45. William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, wrote a short story in which the character Della sells her hair to buy a watch chain for her husband’s Christmas gift. What does she receive as a gift from her husband in return?

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