The Do You Read Me? Quiz: Ninth Edition

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Do You Read Me Quizzes & Trivia

Another round of ABC's fiendishly tricky quiz, though this one is a tad easier than previous editions, since the cleverest person we know still hasn't been able to get 100%. ;-) For more quizzes, trivia, book news and reviews, see The American Book Center's Blog!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How do Harry and Ron arrive at Hogwarts for the start of term in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
    • A. 

      On the Hogwarts express

    • B. 

      By dragon

    • C. 

      By chimney

    • D. 

      By car

  • 2. 
    In The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy, after Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are thrown into deep space by the Vogons. They seem to be inescapably headed towards death.. But then they are suddenly rescued by the starship Heart of Gold. Phew! What's the name of the much-abused plot device that Douglas Adams was parodying in this scene?
    • A. 

      Dénouement

    • B. 

      Deus Ex Machina

    • C. 

      MacGuffin

    • D. 

      Red herring

  • 3. 
    Marjane Satrapi, the graphic novelist who created Persepolis, was born in which country?
    • A. 

      Iran

    • B. 

      Iraq

    • C. 

      Tehran

    • D. 

      France

  • 4. 
    Which author, who originally bristled at the idea of having an Oprah sticker on their book's cover when their novel was selected as an Oprah's Book Club pick in 2001, and then went on to refuse to be on her TV show, had their latest novel selected as an "Oprah Book?" in September 2010, making them one of the rare authors to be picked more than once?
    • A. 

      Jonathan Franzen

    • B. 

      James Frey

    • C. 

      Eckhart Tolle

    • D. 

      Cormac McCarthy

  • 5. 
    True or False?: The American Book Center started off by selling porn by the pound in a cellar next to Madame Tussaud's chamber of horrors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Theo. LeSieg is the pseudonym of which author?
    • A. 

      Dr. Seuss

    • B. 

      Sigmund Freud

    • C. 

      Ayn Rand

    • D. 

      Spike Milligan

  • 7. 
    Which book opens with the lines:"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
    • A. 

      Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

    • B. 

      Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

    • C. 

      Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

    • D. 

      The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • 8. 
    Which classic children's book character eats though chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, a cherry pie, a single sausage, a cupcake, and a whole slice of watermelon before getting a tummy ache?
    • A. 

      The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    • B. 

      Augustus Gloop

    • C. 

      Billy Bunter

    • D. 

      Peter Rabbit

  • 9. 
    Which fictional rifleman was written about in books by Bernard Cornwell, and played on TV by Sean Bean?
    • A. 

      Tom Jericho

    • B. 

      Jack Aubrey

    • C. 

      Matthew Dodd

    • D. 

      Richard Sharpe

  • 10. 
    Who plays Elizabeth Gilbert in the film version of bestseller Eat, Pray Love?
    • A. 

      Meg Ryan

    • B. 

      Carrie-Anne Moss

    • C. 

      Julia Roberts

    • D. 

      Emily Watson