Friday, December 27, 2013

How Well Do You Know the Classics? A Quiz

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to make my way through the classics of literature, re-reading some, introducing myself to others

So as I make my list, I thought it would be fun to see how many of these you recognize.


See if you can match the picture and quote to the classic book.




1.


"Such helpfulness was found in her - so much power to do and power to sympathize - that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant 'able' so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength."






2.



"Fiddle-dee-dee. I'll think about that tomorrow."








3. 


"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"







4. 

"If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved, it is because your love redeems me."








5.


"I told you! No wire hangers, ever!"








6.


"Hardworking folks only smell bad to people who have nothing better than [to} stick their noses in the air. Well, whenever you stick your nose in the air, Nellie Oleson, it's going to get punched!"








7.


"I must be crazy to be in a loony-bin like this."








8. 

Elwood P. Dowd:"I've never heard Harvey say a word against Akron."








9. 

"I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes."







10. 


"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"



How did you do?


Here are the answers.

1.  The Scarlet Letter

2.  Gone with the Wind

3.  Treasure Island

4.  Phantom of the Opera

5.  Mommy Dearest

6.  Little House on the Prairie

7.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

8.  Harvey

9.  Great Expectations

10.  Romeo and Juliet


You may disagree with me on what constitutes a classic, but these are definitely "classic" reads, guaranteed to amuse, delight or enlighten.

I plan to read the classics this coming year. 

Why don't you join me?

(All of these titles should be available at your local library).

What recommendations do you have?


 
 
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2 comments :

  1. Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and All The Kings Men would be four quick off-the-top-of-my-head recommendations. Read them all in the last year, and couldn't believe I'd not read them before. They all reminded me why classic books are classic books.

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    1. Good recommendations. I have read those but long ago. You are so right about why these books are classics, Tamara. The writing is so extraordinary that it withstands the test of time.

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