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A bestseller is a book or other media noted for its top selling status, with bestseller lists published by newspapers, magazines, and book store chains. Some lists are broken down into classifications and specialties. An author may also be referred to as a bestseller if their work often appears in a list.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the first name of the famous Beat Generation author Kerouac?

    • A.

      Jack

    • B.

      Anthony

    • C.

      Joseph

    • D.

      Lawrence

    Correct Answer
    A. Jack
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Jack because Jack Kerouac is a famous Beat Generation author and his first name is Jack.

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  • 2. 

    What's the first name of the best-selling author Bradbury?

    • A.

      Maurice

    • B.

      D. H.

    • C.

      Virginia

    • D.

      Ray

    Correct Answer
    D. Ray
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ray because Ray Bradbury is a well-known and best-selling author. He is famous for his science fiction and fantasy novels, such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles." Therefore, Ray is the first name of the author Bradbury.

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  • 3. 

    What is the first name of the Irish novelist whose last name is "Joyce", and who is the author of "Portrait of the Author as a Young Man"?

    • A.

      C. S.

    • B.

      James

    • C.

      Vladimir

    • D.

      Samuel

    Correct Answer
    B. James
    Explanation
    The correct answer is James because the question asks for the first name of the Irish novelist whose last name is "Joyce" and who is the author of "Portrait of the Author as a Young Man." The only option that matches this description is James Joyce.

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  • 4. 

    What is the best-selling author Rushdie's first name?

    • A.

      Joseph

    • B.

      Edgar Rice

    • C.

      Salman

    • D.

      John K.

    Correct Answer
    C. Salman
    Explanation
    Salman Rushdie is a well-known and highly acclaimed author, known for his novels such as "Midnight's Children" and "The Satanic Verses." Therefore, the correct answer is Salman, as it is the first name of the best-selling author Rushdie.

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  • 5. 

    What is the best-selling author Woolf's first name?

    • A.

      Henry

    • B.

      Richard

    • C.

      Virginia

    • D.

      John K.

    Correct Answer
    C. Virginia
    Explanation
    The best-selling author Woolf's first name is Virginia. This can be inferred from the question, which asks for the first name of the author Woolf, and the answer option "Virginia" matches this criteria.

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  • 6. 

    Who is the author of the book "The Exorcist"?

    • A.

      Peter Couomo

    • B.

      William P. Blatty

    • C.

      Agnes Newton Keith

    • D.

      Ernest Hemingway

    Correct Answer
    B. William P. Blatty
    Explanation
    William P. Blatty is the author of the book "The Exorcist." This is evident from the fact that his name is listed as one of the options and no other author's name is mentioned.

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  • 7. 

    Who wrote the book "Mommie Dearest"?

    • A.

      Ely Culbertson

    • B.

      Gail Sheehy

    • C.

      Christina Crawford

    • D.

      Alex Comfort

    Correct Answer
    C. Christina Crawford
    Explanation
    Christina Crawford is the correct answer because she is the author of the book "Mommie Dearest". This book is a memoir that details her troubled relationship with her adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford. It became a bestseller and was later adapted into a film.

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  • 8. 

    Who wrote the 1984 book "The Sicilian"?

    • A.

      Meredith Nicholson

    • B.

      Mario Puzo

    • C.

      James Herriot

    • D.

      Henry Robinson

    Correct Answer
    B. Mario Puzo
    Explanation
    Mario Puzo wrote the 1984 book "The Sicilian."

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  • 9. 

    Who wrote the book "The Runaway Jury"?

    • A.

      John Grisham

    • B.

      Tom Kavanaugh

    • C.

      Irving Wallace

    • D.

      Betty MacDonald

    Correct Answer
    A. John Grisham
    Explanation
    John Grisham is the correct answer because he is a well-known author and "The Runaway Jury" is one of his popular novels. Grisham is known for his legal thrillers, and this book follows a jury trial involving a major tobacco company. His name is synonymous with legal fiction, making him the most likely author of this book.

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  • 10. 

    Who wrote the book "The Partner"?

    • A.

      John Grisham

    • B.

      Alex Haley

    • C.

      John Gunther

    • D.

      James A. Michener

    Correct Answer
    A. John Grisham
    Explanation
    John Grisham is the correct answer because he is a well-known author who has written numerous bestselling books, including "The Partner." Grisham is known for his legal thrillers and his books often revolve around legal themes and courtroom drama. "The Partner" is one of his popular novels that tells the story of a lawyer who fakes his death and goes on the run with stolen money. Grisham's writing style and his ability to create suspenseful and gripping plots have made him a favorite among readers.

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  • 11. 

    Who was the author of the book, "Angela's Ashes"?

    • A.

      Frank McCourt

    • B.

      Alex Comfort

    • C.

      James A. Michener

    • D.

      Frank Norris

    Correct Answer
    A. Frank McCourt
    Explanation
    "Angela's Ashes" is a memoir written by Frank McCourt. The book tells the story of McCourt's childhood and early adulthood in poverty-stricken Ireland. McCourt's powerful and poignant writing style captures the struggles and hardships he faced growing up, making "Angela's Ashes" a highly acclaimed and widely read book.

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  • 12. 

    The book "The Greatest Generation" was penned by whom?

    • A.

      Tom Brokaw

    • B.

      Eugene Brieux

    • C.

      Billy Graham

    • D.

      Frederick Forsyth

    Correct Answer
    A. Tom Brokaw
    Explanation
    "The Greatest Generation" is a book written by Tom Brokaw. This book explores the lives and experiences of the generation who grew up during the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II. Tom Brokaw, a renowned American journalist and television anchor, conducted extensive research and interviews to capture the stories and contributions of this generation. Through his book, Brokaw pays tribute to the resilience, courage, and sacrifices made by these individuals, highlighting their lasting impact on American society.

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  • 13. 

    Which bestseller is about murder clues left at the Louvre?

    • A.

      Lost City

    • B.

      The Da Vinci Code

    • C.

      Memorial Day

    • D.

      Red October

    Correct Answer
    B. The Da Vinci Code
    Explanation
    "The Da Vinci Code" is the correct answer because it is a bestseller that revolves around murder clues that are left at the Louvre. The novel follows the protagonist, Robert Langdon, as he tries to solve a murder mystery that involves hidden messages and symbols related to Leonardo da Vinci's artwork. The story takes place in various locations, including the Louvre Museum in Paris, where the murder and the subsequent investigation begin. The book gained immense popularity due to its blend of art, history, and conspiracy theories, making it a worldwide sensation.

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  • 14. 

    What best selling book is about Harry at age 16, encounters danger, death, love, betrayal and sacrifice?

    • A.

      Assassin

    • B.

      Pirate

    • C.

      Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

    • D.

      Day Of The Dead

    Correct Answer
    C. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
    Explanation
    "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" is the correct answer because it is a best-selling book that focuses on Harry at the age of 16. In this book, Harry encounters various challenges including danger, death, love, betrayal, and sacrifice. The story delves into the complexities of Harry's journey as he navigates through these intense experiences, making it a compelling and popular read.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following best sellers is about cures for more than 50 diseases?

    • A.

      Natural Cures

    • B.

      From Pieces To Weight

    • C.

      The Five People You Meet In Heaven

    • D.

      New Rules

    Correct Answer
    A. Natural Cures
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Natural Cures" because it is the only option that suggests a book about cures for diseases. The other options do not mention anything related to diseases or cures. Therefore, "Natural Cures" is the best choice for a book about cures for more than 50 diseases.

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  • 16. 

    What is the name of the wizard's game in "Harry Potter"?

    • A.

      Snapper

    • B.

      Broom Basketball

    • C.

      Quidditch

    • D.

      Mugglein

    Correct Answer
    C. Quidditch
    Explanation
    Quidditch is the correct answer because it is the name of the wizard's game in the "Harry Potter" series. Quidditch is a popular sport played on broomsticks, involving two teams who try to score points by throwing a ball called the Quaffle through hoops while also dealing with other balls like the Bludgers and the Golden Snitch. It is a significant part of the magical world in the "Harry Potter" books and movies, with matches often being intense and exciting.

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  • 17. 

    What is the best-selling author Tyler's first name?

    • A.

      Anne

    • B.

      John

    • C.

      Flannery

    • D.

      Don

    Correct Answer
    A. Anne
    Explanation
    The given question is asking for the first name of the best-selling author Tyler. Among the options provided, the only name that matches is Anne. Therefore, the correct answer is Anne.

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  • 18. 

    Who is the author of the book "The Deep"?

    • A.

      Elia Kazan

    • B.

      Peter Benchley

    • C.

      James Hilton

    • D.

      Louis J. Vance

    Correct Answer
    B. Peter Benchley
    Explanation
    Peter Benchley is the author of the book "The Deep". This can be inferred from the question itself, which asks for the author of the book. Therefore, the correct answer is Peter Benchley.

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