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While I long considered myself an avid reader, I tended to read stuff that didn’t make the book lists: fantasy, science fiction, horror, beach reading, graphic novels — you get the idea.

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When I was young, I used to write to pen pals (remember pen pals? Those were the days pre-email.) I liked to regale my pen pal in England with tales that made Seattle seem way more exotic and exciting than it was. And, eventually, our exchange turned toward reading. I told her my reading list at the time: Christine, Pet Sematary, and so forth.

She did not seem amused.

She wrote back that she didn’t tend to “read things like that,” and told me her reading list: Austen, Hardy. So I decided to elevate myself a bit and found that I liked the classics.

Still, even many years later, I tend to turn toward books that don’t end up on the lists. And still, even so many years later, I think I “should” read the books that are.

TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Novels: A Trivia Quiz, and a Reading Challenge

In 2005, Time Magazine published a list of what their critics agreed to be the best 100 English-language novels since 1923 — the year that Time started.

Click here if you’d like to read their list, but don’t peek if you plan to take the quiz!

The list goes up until about 2010 — so book in the last ten years won’t be on it. A few years ago, I set an intention to myself to read through the titles on the list that I read and write about each one. I had already read many, but so many years ago that they warranted a reread.

Starting at A, I wrote and posted a lengthy essay that I, now, hope I can find somewhere in my digital files.

Because I’m committing myself to that challenge again.

Starting…well, starting when I finally finish the Wheel of Time series! And taking a break if ever a new Outlander book comes out or if ever Patrick Rofthuss finishes Doors of Stone or Martin completes The Winds of Winter!

But today, I amused myself by creating a trivia quiz about the books on the list instead. The quiz is an experiment and has a dual (or, perhaps, triple) purpose: amuse myself and get trivia questions on this site and research trivia WordPress plugins for a post I’m writing elsewhere.

So play along and find out how much you know about (some of) Time’s 100 best novels. There are more specifics at the beginning of the quiz.

Here’s the Quiz:

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How Much Do You Know About TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Novels?

In 2005, Time Magazine published a list of what they considered to be the 100 best novels in the English language since 1923 (the year that TIME magazine began.) That’s a difficult task to do, but critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo set their minds to this task.

You might agree or disagree with some of the picks. Maybe you have a favorite that you think should have been on the list. Still, it remains a good list of books to inform your reading choices. And a good list to create a quiz from, as well!

Some of the questions are about the list itself, which you can find here. But don’t peek!

You’ll get twenty questions selected randomly from a database of questions. You may get questions about what’s on the list, about characters in the books…some may be multiple-choice, some fill-in-your-own-answer.

If you take the quiz more than once, you may get different questions — and we’re continuing to add to the database as not all books on the list are represented in our questions as of yet.

At the end of the quiz, you’ll be confronted with an email form. But know that it’s not one of those things where you have to fill it out to view your results! I hate that! But, if you want to be emailed a nifty certificate at the end (if you pass; passing is 75% and I don’t think this quiz is too easy) that you can put in with all of your other participation medals, you can get one. You’ll also be opted into our email list for newsletters and post notifications. But you can opt-out any time you’d like.

You can take this quiz three times, and the number you can take it shall be three!

Anyway, have fun. And maybe, like me, you’ll get inspired to start doing some “serious” reading again.

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Who wrote the book “Under the Volcano?”

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Many good novels have taken the approach of focusing on either minor or villain characters from other stories. This novel on Time’s 100 best novels list focuses on the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

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Which novel on Time’s 100 best novels list featured the characters Pork, Miss Pittypat, and Prissy?

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Oedipa Maas is the name of a character in this book that is on Time’s 100 best novels list?

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Which novel on Time’s 100 best novels list is set at Edinburgh’s Marcia Blaine School for Girls?

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The Crying of Lot…

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Which one of these novels is NOT on Time’s 100 best novels list? You can choose all that apply

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April, the main character in Yates’ Revolutionary Road is obsessed with moving where?

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This book on Time’s 100 best novels list features a book within the story with the same title as the novel.

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Which Kurt Vonnegut novel is on Time Magazine’s 100 best novels list?

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This is the opening line of a book from Time’s 100 best novels list:

I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.

Which book is it from?

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Time’s 100 best novels list has limited sci-fi and fantasy titles. Which of the following are some of the titles that did make the list (ones that are actually on there, not ones that you think should have been on there)?

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Which character in a book that is on Time’s 100 best novels list is haunted by the baseball mitt of his dead brother, Allie?

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Randle McMurphy and Chief Bromden were characters in this novel on Time’s 100 best novels list?

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Some authors have more than one novel represented in Time’s 100 best novels list. Who are they? Choose all that apply.

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Which novel on Time’s 100 best novels list has a Dr. Aziz being put on trial for assault?

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What is the main character’s name in Neal Stephenson’s science fiction novel Snow Crash?

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Which musical was adapted from The Berlin Stories?

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Who wrote The Berlin Stories?

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New Years Day in Orwell’s Dystopia

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