Quiz: Do you know from which books these extracts are??? Updated!

  • 1. Charles had frightened her badly. And if he had recognized her, so had she recognized him. He was the only person she had ever met who played it her way. (Difficulty: **) (East of Eden/ Steinbeck) (got by professor)
  • 2. (...) I did feel sometimes that the industry went too far in its preference for midgets. To me anybody under six foot is a midget. The reader is more than likely a midget. I am surrounded by midgets. Their midgetry is enviable. (Difficulty: ****)
  • 3. They woke up, all four at once, in the morning light. Tom was moving about the room whistling like a starling. (Difficulty: **) (The Fellowship of the Ring/ Tolkien) (got by spoky)
  • 4. Kino awakened in the near dark. The stars still shone and the day had drawn only a pale wash of light in the lower sky to the east. The roosters had been crowing for some time, and the early pigs were already beginning their ceaseless turning of twigs and bits of wood to see whether anything to eat had been overlooked.(Difficulty: ***) (The Pearl/ Steinbeck) (got by lukeprog)
  • 5. The studio was filled with the rich odour or roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. (Difficulty: **) (The Picture of Dorian Gray/ Wilde) (got by Penny)
  • 6. Agnes said nothing to me after the visit. When I got into bed next to her that night she remained silent, though she did not turn her back to me. She lay gazing at the ceiling. Once I had blown out the candle it was so dark I could see nothing. (Difficulty: ***)
  • 7. The man in charge of overseeing our justice system is a man who has opposed all abortion, even in cases of rape or incest; who is against providing jobs discrimination protection for homosexuals ... (Difficulty: *) (Stupid White Men/ Moore) (got by AJDaGreat)
  • 8. I spent the following day roaming through the valley. I stood beside the sources of the Arveiron, which take their rise in a glacier, that with slow pace is advancing down from the summit of the hills, to barricade the valley. (Difficulty: **) (Frankenstein/ Shelley) (got by jpthompson)
  • 9. FRANK (looking along the shelves) Where the hell ...? Eliot? (He pulls out some books and looks into the bookshelf) No. (He replaces the books) 'E' (He thinks for a moment) 'E', 'e''e' ... Suddenly he remembers) Dickens. (Jubilantly he moves to the Dickens section and pulls out a pile of books to reveal a bottle of whisky. (Difficulty: ***)
  • 10. The police could prevent others entering the square; they were powerless to clear the square of the survivors and the first-comers. The doctors were too busy to attend to the dead, and so the dead were left to their owners, for one can own the dead as one owns a chair. (Difficulty: ***)
  • 11. Alread it was deep summer on roadhouse toofs and in front of wayside garages, where new red petrol-pumps sat out in pools of light, and when I reached my estate at West Egg I ran the car under its shed and sat for a while on an abandoned grass roller in the yard. (Difficulty: ***) (The Great Gatsby/ Fitzgerald) (got by openstacks)
  • 12. Another one had him dangling again, but he blocked a third and came firing back. This gave him time to get up, but when he did, I was there to meet with a chair across the back. (Difficulty: ****)
Author Comments: 

Please indicate:
the title of the book
the name of the author
the number of the page where these passages can be found... no, that's a joke. :)

Degrees of difficulty:
* = easy
** = average difficulty
*** = quite difficult
**** = just for experts

three-Grapes of Wrath?

Unfortunately that's wrong.
Nevertheless I give you a tipp:
The extracts 1 and 4 are both from books by John Steinbeck.

After your tip(s), my geuss for extract 1 is East Of Eden.


Most of these are too tough for me, but I'll try the one you have labelled as the easiest. Is #7 Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country?

The extract is out of a book by Michael Moore, but it's not "Dude, Where's My Country?".

Stupid White Men?

Yes, that's right!

I would guess that #3 is from Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, but for the rest I have no clue.

That's right!!!

#4 is the opening line to The Pearl.

Oh, and is #5 from Of Human Bondage?

No, but the extract is from a novel by a very famous English (!) writer.

You got it!

#1 Travels with Charley?

No, but I'll give you a tipp:
the two main characters are brothers. One of them is Charles and the other one is called Adam.

11 is The Great Gatsby.


#5 - The Picture of Dorian Gray?

Of course! :)

Is #2 the autobiography of some famously tall Hollywood actor?

You are on the right way...

... and was he born in 1922 ? (I think AJ already got it)

Hehe... yes, the actor was born in 1922.
I think now you only have to find the name of his autobiography...

Hmm... My Autobiography? My Life as Lee? Lee = Me? I Did Other Stuff Besides Saruman, Ya Know?

Haha... great titles, but none of them is correct. Well, you have already guessed the author.
Clue (?): Actually there are two titles for the autobiography.

#8 is from Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein. And I think #10 is Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'. Was going to take a wild guess on #2 and say 'The Day Of The Locust' but you mention autobiography.

#8 is correct.
No, #10 is not Huxley. It is another well-known writer (clue: British!) of the 20th-century.
#2 is an autobiography.