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Classic Literature Quiz

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How well do you know the classics?  See if you can correctly identify the novel based on its plot summary.  Scroll down for the answers.

1.        This novel focuses on the life of vivacious Southern belle, Scarlet O’Hara.  It traces her life from the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner through the Civil War and Reconstruction and follows her love for both Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler.

2.       Charlotte Bronte wrote this novel about the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester.

3.       This novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood.

4.       Guy Montag’s job in this novel is to destroy printed books and the homes in which they are hidden.

5.       This novel is seen through the eyes of a young girl as her father, who is a local crusading lawyer, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

6.       Jane Austen created a comedy of manners in this novel that follows the love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in provincial England.

7.       Author Mary Shelly fascinates us in this novel about a young scientist who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox science experiment.

8.       In this novel, the narrator takes a journey to AD 802,701 and encounters the Eloi and their relationship with the Morlocks.

9.       This classic about the wild frontier involves Hawkeye, the beautiful Munro sisters, and the bloody battles of the French and Indian War.

10.    Written by Mark Twain, the novel is about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River who lives with his Aunt Polly and is friends with Huckleberry Finn.  

11.     In this Charles Dickens novel, which takes place during the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay, who's hiding his true identity and purpose.

12.    In this war novel, Henry Fleming flees the battlefield and is overcome with shame.  He longs for a wound to counteract his cowardice. 

13.    This Nathaniel Hawthorne classic tells the story of Hester Prynne who commits adultery, has a child, and is publicly shamed for her actions.

14.    This Jack London novel focuses on a dog named Buck who is sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska.

15.    Captain Ahab is on a quest of revenge against a white whale that bit off his leg.

16.    This is Ernest Hemingway's story about Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman, and his struggle with a giant marlin. 

1.  Gone With the Wind, 2. Jane Eyre, 3. Little Women, 4. Farenheit 451, 5. To Kill a Mockingbird, 6. Pride and Prejudice, 7. Frankenstein, 8. The Time Machine, 9. The Last of the Mohicans, 10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 11.  A Tale of Two Cities, 12. The Red Badge of Courage, 13.  The Scarlet Letter, 14.  The Call of the Wild, 15.  Moby Dick, 16.  The Old Man and the Sea


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