American Literature Quizzes & Trivia

Thomas Paine, Edgar Alan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. These are just a few of the great names of American Literature.

Who was the author of “The Catcher in the rye”? Who wrote “The Grapes of Wrath”? Which one of Mark Twain’s novels is called “The Great American” novel? Which one is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel? Which genre is Edgar Alan Poe considered to have invented? All those reading assignments in high-school are about to pay off now with our American Literature trivia. Take the quiz, answer all of the questions and create another memorable work of art. Fame and fortune are very close. Can you deliver?

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  • A good definition of American Realism is:
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  • The American Renaissance overlapped the ____________ time period, in which American writers were trying to ______________. 
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  • Some of the movements that took place in the modernist time period include:
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  • The first people to migrate to North America were
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  • Which of the following statements about the Puritans is not true?
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  • The Mayflower Compact paved the way for
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  • Who wrote the book "Lamb in His Bosom"?
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  • Who authored the book "Life Begins at Forty"?
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  • Who wrote the book "Green Light"?
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  • Who wrote Mending wall?
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  • Who wrote "The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?
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  • Who wrote "Barn burning"?
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