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As the UK is celebrating World Book Day with events across the country, here at BBC Have Your Say we hosted a quiz to test your literary knowledge.

These are the questions we asked - and their answers. Our HYS quiz participants also came with their own questions and some additional answers, so you can have some fun by reading the quiz and following their conversation.

  • Which Oscar winning films of 2009 were adapted from novels? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup, Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates.
  • Can you spot the odd one out and explain why? Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, the Country of the Houyhnhnms, The Juan Fernández Islands. The Juan Fernandez islands. All the other islands were visited by Gulliver in Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels.
  • What's the link between these people? George Sand, George Eliot, Isak Dinesen, Currer Bell. They are all women who wrote under male pseudonyms.
  • Can you name the books / plays that these films were based on? 10 Things I Hate About You, Cruel Intentions, Clueless. The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Emma by Jane Austen.
  • Who is reported to have uttered these famous last words: "Either this wallpaper goes or I do." Oscar Wilde.
  • What's the link between these novels and who wrote them? The Sound and The Fury, by the Pricking of my Thumbs, Under the Greenwood Tree. All the titles are borrowed from lines in Shakespeare. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.
  • What is the link between these novels? Honour among Thieves, The Clematis Tree, Sybil. They are all written by politicians. Honour Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer. The Clematis Tree by Ann Widdecombe. Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli.
  • Can you name which Jane Austen novels were published in her lifetime? Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816).
  • Which Agatha Christie novel takes its title from a line in Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot? The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side.
  • Can you name the three musketeers? How about the author of the novel? Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The hero of the novel was, of course, D'Artagnan. The author, Alexandre Dumas also had a novel-writing son of the same name.
  • Where is the fictional town of Macondo and which book made it famous? South America, presumably. The novel is 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Who wrote the first English detective novel and what was it? TS Eliot cited Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone as "the first and greatest of English detective novels" and Charles Dickens' Bleak House is also held to be an early example of the genre.
  • Which is the odd one out? Danny the Champion of the World, Going Solo, Fantastic Mr Fox, My Family and other Animals. My Family and other Animals, the children's book written by Gerald Durrell. The other books were written by Roald Dahl.
  • Which name links Police Academy, literary revolution, the Church and free books online? Gutenberg.
  • What's the link? John le Carré, Graham Greene, Erskine Childers. They all wrote espionage novels, but John le Carré is the only one proven to have worked in intelligence.



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