American Literature 1 - Answers

Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015
  1. Which US playwright wrote both "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible"? Arthur Miller.
  2. Who wrote the best-selling self improvement book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People"? Dale Carnegie.
  3. Which American author did Edgar Allan Poe accuse of plagiarism? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. Which novel opens with the line "Call me Ishmael….."? Moby Dick.
  5. What was the title of Stephen King’s first novel? Carrie.
  6. In which war was Ernest Hemingway’s "For Whom the Bell Tolls" set? The Spanish Civil War.
  7. How long did Jack Kerouac take to write "On the Road"? Three Weeks.
  8. Which author was responsible for the Alex Cross series of books? James Patterson.
  9. What was the title of F Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished last novel? The Last Tycoon.
  10. Which writer’s novels include "The Big Sleep" and "The Long Goodbye"? Raymond Chandler.
  11. Which John Steinbeck novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1940? The Grapes of Wrath.
  12. Which work of Mark Twain is often referred to as The Great American Novel? The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  13. Holden Caulfield features as a character in which novel? Catcher in the Rye.
  14. Whose most famous novel is "The Carpetbaggers"? Harold Robbins.
  15. Who wrote the novel "The Colour Purple"? Alice Walker.
  16. How are the sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy described in the title of a novel? Little Women.
  17. Which US author wrote the Rabbit Tetrology? John Updike.
  18. In which play is Blanche DuBois a major character? A Streetcar Named Desire.
  19. Which author inspired the names of rock bands Steely Dan and Soft Machine? William Burroughs.
  20. What was the title of Harper Lee’s first novel published in 1960? To Kill a Mockingbird.

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