Story Synopsis Quiz

10 Questions
Story Synopsis Quiz

The following two-sentence synopses represent 10 well-known stories from literature and film. If you're a fiction writer yourself, you might be interested to know that these short synopses were written in a matter of minutes using the Short Synopsis Writing Tool given on this website--give it a try. If you're a reader, you're invited to browse the bestselling novels I've written under the Books tab above and generally explore my website--there are many other quizzes listed under the Quizzes & Fun Stuff tab. Now it's time to test your knowledge!Can you identify all 10 stories that the following synopses represent? (Answers are given as you go)

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A plain, shy but dignified governess falls in love with the much older master of the estate where she is employed.  Can the two be married, or will Victorian law, and her own sense of pride, leave her alone and longing forever?    
    • A. 

      Sense and Sensibility

    • B. 

      The Sound of Music

    • C. 

      Mary Poppins

    • D. 

      Jane Eyre

    • E. 

      Pride and Prejudice

  • 2. 
    The  young daughter of a prominent and highly-principled small-town lawyer watches her father make an unpopular choice: to defend an innocent black man who has been accused of rape.  Will justice be served, or will she have to endure her father’s public desecration?    
    • A. 

      The General's Daughter

    • B. 

      To Kill a Mockingbird

    • C. 

      In Heat of the Night

    • D. 

      The Client

    • E. 

      Fathers and Sons

  • 3. 
    A young man justifies the murder of a cold-hearted landlady, but has trouble coping with the guilt.  Can he live with his crime, or will the crafty police detective eventually trick him into confession?    
    • A. 

      The Pawnbroker

    • B. 

      Psycho

    • C. 

      Hannibal

    • D. 

      Crime and Punishment

    • E. 

      ABC Murders

  • 4. 
    A young woman lives in terror as a serial killer slaughters women with names similar to her own.   Can she survive the killing machine from the future and fulfill her important destiny, or will she be brutally slain?    
    • A. 

      Son of Sam

    • B. 

      Silence of the Lambs

    • C. 

      Cape Fear

    • D. 

      Jack the Ripper

    • E. 

      The Terminator

  • 5. 
    Strategically placed gossip causes a prominent foreign general to become increasingly suspicious of his beautiful new wife's behavior.  Will he overcome his dark jealousy, or will he succumb to the venomous slander and destroy the one he loves?  
    • A. 

      Othello

    • B. 

      The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • C. 

      Madame Bovary

    • D. 

      Anna Karenina

    • E. 

      The General's Daughter

  • 6. 
    The youngest son of an aging mafia boss finds himself pressured into taking over the family business.  Can he distance himself from his relations and live the normal life he wants, or will he succumb to the endless pattern of violence and despair?    
    • A. 

      The Other Side of Midnight

    • B. 

      The Godfather

    • C. 

      Fathers and Sons

    • D. 

      In Cold Blood

    • E. 

      And Then There Were None

  • 7. 
    A shy, homely teenage girl who harbors a secret telekinetic ability is constantly tormented by her classmates for being a misfit.  Will she break out of the emotional prison imposed by her hysterically religious mother, or will she grow into a freakish old maid?    
    • A. 

      Little Women

    • B. 

      Slaughterhouse 5

    • C. 

      Brave New World

    • D. 

      Animal Farm

    • E. 

      Carrie

  • 8. 
    A cynical, neurotic big-city comedian falls in love with a small town girl whose traditional values grate on his nerves.  Can the two overcome their differences, or was their romance ill-fated from the start?    
    • A. 

      Annie Hall

    • B. 

      A Comedy of Errors

    • C. 

      Pygmalion

    • D. 

      An American Tragedy

    • E. 

      The Sound of Music

  • 9. 
    A young attorney who graduates at the top of his class is lured into working for a law firm from which no one is permitted to leave.  Will he defeat the evil that surrounds him, or spend the rest of his life held captive and participating in their dirty deeds?    
    • A. 

      The Godfather

    • B. 

      Crime and Punishment

    • C. 

      Dombey and Son

    • D. 

      The Firm

    • E. 

      A Few Good Men

  • 10. 
    A young man in charge of running the family roadside motel is torn between his sexual drive and his domineering, shaming mother.  Can he break free of her psychological hold, or will he act out his rage on the females that happen into his life?    
    • A. 

      Psycho

    • B. 

      Silence of the Lambs

    • C. 

      Jack the Ripper

    • D. 

      In Cold Blood

    • E. 

      The Hound of the Baskervilles