37 Interesting Literature Trivia Questions and Answers

Welcome to our interesting literature trivia questions and answers, the trivia to sort the geniuses from the rest, and to see who was really paying attention at school! 

If you love losing yourself in a good book, then this is the trivia for you! 

If you don’t, then this is the trivia where you will certainly learn a thing or two to impress your friends and family at your next trivia game night! 

Ready to find out how much you know?

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General Literature Trivia Questions and Answers 

General Literature Trivia

We will begin our literature trivia with a general knowledge section. 

Here you will learn about authors, best-selling genres, language, and some fun facts too. 

This section is suitable for all players and a great one to learn a few facts to impress your friends. 

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1: Who has been the highest-paying author since 2001?
James Patterson.
2: Agatha Christie is one of the world's best-selling novelists of all time; what has outsold her?
Shakespeare and The Bible.
3: Pam Ferris played the formidable principle in the movie adaptation of which best-selling Roald Dahl children's book?
4: John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, focused primarily on the lives of which 2 characters?
2 migrant workers, George and Lennie.
5: Who is the author behind Harry Potter?
J. K. Rowling.
6: Based on the best-selling novel, the movie 50 Shades of Grey made how much at the box office worldwide?
$570 million.
7: Who penned the quote: 'To be, or not to be, that is the question.'
William Shakespeare.

Literature Throughout History Trivia Questions and Answers 

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The origins of literature can be dated back to 3400 B.C, where the Sumerian civilization first made markings on clay tablets. 

The history of literature is wide, varied, and diverse, but fundamentally it has always been to entertain or to educate readers. 

This section will take you briefly through literature throughout history.

Are you sitting comfortably?

Then we shall begin!

1: Which country was the first to print books?
2: In what year were book covers first introduced?
3: What were Penny Dreadful books?
First rewrites of gothic horror stories, published in the USA and UK, costing a penny apiece.
4: What makes 'The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye' by William Caxton worthy of a place in history?
It was the first book to be printed in English.
5: Who was the first author to win the Booker Prize?
PH Newby, in 1969 with 'Something to Answer For.'
6: What was the first-ever mass-printed book?
The Gutenberg Bible.

Modern Day Literature Trivia Questions and Answers

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Even with the masses of technology we have in the modern-day, literature still very much has its place in society. 

This section of our literature trivia will look at some of the best modern-day authors and books we have today. 

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Let’s start!

1: When did Dan Brown's novel 'The Davinci Code' first hit shelves in the US?
2: Steig Larsson's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' received mixed reviews from American critics when it was released in 2005. What position did it debut on The New York Times Best Seller list?
3: How many books are there in Oprah Winfrey's book club?
4: How many copies of J. K. Rowlings' Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone have been sold globally?
Over 150 million.
5: Which US country star is behind The 'Imagination Library'? A book gifting club, providing free books to all registered children birth to five years.
Dolly Parton.
6: How many consecutive best-sellers has Arkansas-born author John Grisham written?
7: What is the author's name who wrote the best-selling adult novel '50 Shades of Grey'?
E. L. James.
8: Which American singer-songwriter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016?
Bob Dylan.
9: 'Green Lights' is the number-one New York Times best-seller autobiography by which Hollywood legend?
Matthew McConaughey.

Shakespeare Literature Trivia Questions and Answers

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Is thou ready to test thous knowledge on all things Shakespeare?

To play, or not to play, that is the question.

Players, players, where art thou players?

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Let’s start!

1: What year do we estimate Shakespeare's first play to have been written?
2: How many plays did Shakespeare write?
3: How many descendants are there of Shakespeare today?
None, his heir died out with the death of his childless Granddaughter in 1670.
4: How old was Shakespeare at the time of his death?
5: How many suicides were in Shakespeare's plays?

Children’s Literature Trivia Questions and Answers

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Whether you’re reading to your parents, or you’re the parents doing the reading, children’s books can bring some of the greatest memories of childhood. 

From adventures and thrillers to woodland tales and fairy stories, children’s literature has a large selection of genres to delight children with all preferences. 

Our final literature trivia section is all about children’s literature, a nostalgic walk down memory lane for some, and hopefully some great book ideas for others. 

Let’s see how much you know about children’s literature.

1: Who wrote 'The Cat in the Hat,' 'Oh the Places You'll Go,' and 'The Grinch'?
Dr. Suess.
2: Which Belgium book series became a globally loved TV series and 3 successful movies around the world about tiny blue forest-dwelling creatures that loved mischief?
The Smurfs.
3: What had to be written into the story of Peter Pan for health and safety reasons?
Fairy dust; to stop children attempting to fly!
4: What is the name of the author behind 'Stuart Little,' 'Charlotte's Web,' and 'The Trumpet of the Swan'?
E. B. White.
5: What was the occupation of Mr. Wormwood in the children's classic 'Matilda'?
Car salesman.
6: What relatives did James have to stay within Roald Dahls' James and the Giant Peach'?
His Aunts.
7: What children's series did C. S. Lewis write?
Chronicles of Narnia.
8: In what children's novel would you find Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum?
Alice Through the Looking Glass.
9: 'The Faraway Tree' is a children's series written by which famous English author?
Enid Blyton.
10: Who is Hermione Noris's best friend?
Harry Potter.

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