American Classics Literary Quiz
American authors have made enormous contributions to literature. Novels by Faulkner, Twain, and Capote are as compelling as they are diverse, and rival literary masterpieces from around the world.
Take the American Classics Literary Quiz and test your knowledge of these iconic American treasures.
1. What is George and Lennie’s big dream in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath?
(a) To have stage careers
(b) To own a farm
(c) To meet the girls of their dreams
(d) To get rich
2. In Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy what was the occupation of protagonist Clyde Griffiths’ family?
(a) Street Ministers
3. In Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper which royal prince does the impoverished London boy Tom Canty switch places with?
(a) Edward Plantagenet
(b) Edward Tudor
(c) Arthur Tudor
(d) Charles Stuart
4. What was the relationship between Dick and Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night before they became romantically involved and married?
(b) Psychiatrist and patient
(d) Priest and parishioner
5. Where did author J.D. Salinger get the idea for the name of Catcher in the Rye’s protagonist Holden Caulfield?
(a) It was the name of an acquaintance
(b) The telephone book
(c) A dream
(d) A movie marquee with the names of actors William Holden and Joan Caulfield
6. In Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s what does Holly Golightly do for a living?
(a) Flight attendant
(b) Fashion designer
(c) An American geisha
(d) Art critic
7. What did Margaret Mitchell originally want to name her heroine in Gone With the Wind?
8. In Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms for what army does Fredric Henry drive an ambulance during WWI?
(b) Great Britain
(c) United States
9. In what southern state is William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury set?
10. In The World According to Garp by John Irving what is T.S. Garp’s mother best known for?
(a) Criminal activity
(c) Nuclear Physics