50 Astonishing Book Trivia Questions and Answers


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This page contains 50 astonishing book trivia questions and answers which can be used for pub quizzes and book groups. Or just take a look yourself and see how knowledgable you are.

All the answers are printed directly under the question, in brackets.

So without further ado, here is your first question.

1 Who wrote The Hobbit?

(J R R Tolkien)

2 What is the name of the main female character in Gone Girl?

(Amy Dunne)

3 How old was Adrian Mole in 1982?

(13 and three quarters)

4 This is the first line of which book

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”

Pride and Prejudice


Dr Seuss Question



6 Which book starts with this sentence?

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.”

(The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe)

7 What do you call a trio of books?

(A Trilogy)

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9 This is the first line of which book?

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”

(The Handmaid’sTale)

10 In what year was Shakespeare Born?


11 How many Harry Potter books are there?


12 Who was the author of ‘Catch-22’

(Joseph Heller)

13 -In ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ –
– What is the name of the Robot on board the ‘Heart of Gold’ space ship.



14 -What’s the name of the dragon in ‘The Hobbit’.


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15 -In ‘The Hobbit’ what’s the name of the leader of the elves at Rivendell.


16 -In Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, what’s the name of the Moneylender who agrees to borrow money as long as Antonio acts as guarantor and to the stipulation that he must
give up a pound of flesh if the loan is not repaid.


17-In what city is Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ set?


18 Who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird

(Harper Lee)

19 How many children did Charles Dickens have?



Harry Potter question


21 In which year did Agatha Christie die?


  • Who Wrote…
  • 21 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 22 A Room With a View – E M Forster
  • 23 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh


24 Which author said this famous quote

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

(Anton Chekhov)

25 Which author wrote…

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

( Anne Frank)

26 What is the name of the Belgian detective in Agatha Christie novel’s?

(Hercule Poirot)

27 Which famous bear loved honey

(Winnie the Pooh)


Paddington question


Which celebrity were these biographies written about?

  • 29 Lucky Man – Michael J Fox
  • 30 Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
  • 31 My Life So Far – Jane Fonda
  • 32 The Soul of a Butterfly – Muhammad Ali
  • 33 Me – Katharine Hepburn

34 Who wrote 50 shades of Grey

(E L James)

35 Which book won the Fiction Pulitzer Prize for 2018?

(Less by Andrew Sean Greer)

36 Who wrote ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’

(Edward Lear)

37 Who wrote the poem ‘Death is nothing at all’

(Henry Scott-Holland)

Death is Nothing At All Poem

38 In which English county was Thomas Hardy born?



“Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:”

These are the first four lines of a famous poem.

39 Who wrote it and

40 What is the name of the poem?

(The poem is called From a Railway Carriage, written by Robert Louis Stevenson)

41 Which book is this quote from

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them”

(Winnie The Pooh)

Winnie the Pooh Quote


42 How many lines does a sonnet have?


43 How many lines does a limerick have


44 In what year was William Wordsworth born


45 Who wrote The Famous Five novels?

(Enid Blyton)

  • Which books are these famous characters from?
  • 46 Hannibal Lecture – (The Silence of the Lambs)
  • 47 Scarlet O’Hara – (Gone With The Wind)
  • 48 Rachel Watson – (The Girl on the Train)
  • 49 Wendy Darling – (Peter Pan)
  • 50 Eeyore -(Winnie The Pooh)

Did you know some of the answers?

Maybe have a quiz at your next book club meeting or use the trivia questions in a pub quiz.

Have fun and thank you for reading

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