Classic Literature Quiz

1. This novels protagonist, Holden Caufield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion.

2. Subtitled A Romance of Many Dimensions, this 1884 satirical novella used a fictional two-dimensional world to offer pointed observations on the social heirarchy of Victorian culture.

3. This novel alternates between the title character describing his journey by wagon train to California with commentary by his father, a Scottish doctor whose judgement is often clouded by his weakness for drinking and gambling.

4. This controversial book by MacKinley Kantor – set during the Civil War – is about a Confederate prisoner of war camp.

5. This novel, based on the Beilis trial of 1913, is about Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman, who is arrested on suspicion of murder when a Christian boy is killed during Passover.

6. This novel follows Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-52 Bombardier.

7. This novel by Theodore Dreiser is about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream; first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior and later as a famous actress.

8. This novel, published in 1920, is a sequel to the author’s earlier novel, The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula.

9. This debut novel by John Cheever – the first novel selected for the Book of the Month Club to include the word “fuck” in the narrative – is about an eccentric family who live in a Massachusetts fishing village.

10. The narrator of this novel is Nick Carraway.

Answers:
1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
2. Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott
3. The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
4. Andersonville by MacKinley Kantor
5. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
7. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
8. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
9. The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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