Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

Are you a Bad-Ass Reader? You are if you can answer the thirty trivia questions below correctly. I had fun putting this list together. Enjoy!

You’re on your honor—get a pen and paper and answer to the best of your knowledge. Scroll down the page to find the answers. Don’t cheat and look the answer up.  

Image of a pile of question marks-for the trivia game Are you a Bad-Ass Reader


  1. In J.M. Barrie’s novel, where did the Lost Boys live? 
  2. Which famous novel featured Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March? 
  3. Who wrote the poem “Paradise Lost?”
  4. Name this stringless fictional character created by Carlo Collodi over one hundred years ago.
  5. Who wrote the “Harry Potter” series?
  6. Name the French novelist and poet, born in 1802, who was exiled to Jersey and who wrote about a hunchback. 
  7. Who is Winnie the Pooh’s gloomy donkey friend?
  8. What Shakespeare play features a brooding Danish prince and his girlfriend Ophelia?
  9. Who wrote The Scarlet Letter?
  10. What was the name of the land where Gulliver met the Little People?
  11. Who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum”?
  12. In Shakespeare’s “Othello”, who is the female lead?
  13. Who pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and slept for 100 years?
  14. Name the historical prince whose name was used by Bram Stoker in his famous novel. 
  15. Who was the tallest of Robin Hood’s Men?
  16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought us which master detective?
  17. Who wrote The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire? Bonus Question: When was it published?
  18. Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
  19. Which book featured the eloi and the morlocks? 
  20. Who wrote a series of novels about orcs, hobbits, goblins and elves? 
  21. Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales — what was his first name?
  22. Which fictional character was also known as Lord Greystoke? 
  23. Who wrote the novel David Copperfield
  24. What sort of creature did St George allegedly slay?
  25. Who wrote the Nancy Drew book series? 
  26. What sort of animals feature in the children’s book, Watership Down
  27. Who is the best-selling novelist of all time? Bonus Question: How many novels is this novelist best know for?
  28. What is the best selling novel of all time?
  29. Who wrote Thumbelina?
  30. In 1934, what author wrote the Thin Man ?

Final Bonus Question

What was the first published dystopian novel?  


  1. Never Never Land
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. John Milton
  4. Pinocchio
  5. J.K. Rowling
  6. Victor Hugo
  7. Eeyore
  8. Hamlet
  9. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10. Lilliput
  11. Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Desdemona
  13. Cinderella
  14. Dracula.
  15. Little John
  16. Sherlock Holmes
  17. Howard Pyle wrote it in 1883
  18. Charles Dickens
  19. The Time Machine
  20. J.R. Tolkien
  21. Geoffrey
  22. Tarzan
  23. Charles Dickens
  24. A dragon
  25. Thirteen ghostwriters wrote various books in the series, all under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Mildred Wirt Benson wrote 23 of the original 30 books and is credited as the series’ primary writer under than pen name.
  26. Rabbits
  27. Dame Agatha Christie is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Bestselling Author. Her books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44 languages. Royalties are about $4 million per year. She wrote at least 72 books but is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap.(J. K. Rowling has certainly set records of her own. She’s Great Britain’s richest woman in the entertainment industry. She has sold 500 million books.)
  28. With over 500 million copies sold, Don Quixote is the best selling novel of all time. The first book in J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.
  29. Hans Christian Anderson
  30. Dashiell Hammett

Answer to Final Bonus Question

 Written between 1920–1921 by the Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin, We was the first dystopian novel.

Thomas More’s Utopia, published in 1516 was the first utopian novel. The book was originally published in Latin, under the title Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia. 

Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

How’d you do? Are you a bad-ass reader and got all 30 answers? Are you a super bad-ass reader and answered all the bonus questions correctly, too? Whether you answered one correctly or all of them correctly, I hope you had fun. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my series of reader interviews or my book reviews. In the comments, tell us what book(s) you are reading this week.

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