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#1. Which fictitious British intelligence organization appears in John le Carré's spy novels?

Several of John le Carré’s spy novels from the sixties featured the fictitious British intelligence organization, The Circus, and its agents George Smiley and Peter Guillam.

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#2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a novel by:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. It tells the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

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#3. What nationality was Mikhail Sholokhov, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature?

Mikhail Sholokhov was a Soviet/Russian novelist and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in Veshenskaya, Russian Empire, which later became Soviet Union.

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#4. Who wrote In His Own Write, a book first published in 1964?

In His Own Write is a book written by John Lennon and first published in 1964. It consists of poems, short stories, and line drawings. With the Beatles success at the time, an initial printing in England sold 50,000 copies the first day. In 1965, it was followed by a second book by Lennon, A Spaniard in the Works.

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#5. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone is about which famous person?

The Agony and the Ecstasy is Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo.

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#6. Which of these is a novel by Leonard Cohen?

Beautiful Losers is the second and final novel by Canadian writer and musician Leonard Cohen. It was published in 1966, before he began his career as a singer-songwriter.

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#7. Which author and Nobel Prize winner wrote Waiting for Godot?

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature. Beckett lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French.

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#8. Up the Down Staircase is a 1960s novel by:

Up the Down Staircase is a novel written by Bel Kaufman, published in 1964. In 1967 it was released as a film starring Sandy Dennis, Patrick Bedford, and Eileen Heckart.

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#9. Which of the following is a 1960s novel by Kurt Vonnegut?

Slaughterhouse-Five is Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel, first published in 1969.

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#10. The film Breakfast at Tiffany's is based on a novella by which author?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. The novella was loosely adapted into the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn and directed by Blake Edwards.

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#11. The film Doctor Zhivago is a drama film based on a novel by which author?

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 epic romantic drama film directed by David Lean and based on the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel Doctor Zhivago.

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#12. Which fictional character lives in the village of St. Mary Mead?

Miss Marple is a fictional character in Agatha Christie’s crime novels and short stories. She lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead.

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#13. Captain John Yossarian is the main character in which of these novels?

Catch-22 is a novel by Joseph Heller. It is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier.

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#14. Felix Leiter is a fictional character created by which author?

Felix Leiter is a fictional character created by Ian Fleming in the James Bond series. The character is an operative for the CIA and Bond’s friend.

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#15. The Outsiders is 1960s novel by:

The Outsiders is a novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school.

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#16. In what country was Nelly Sachs, the 1966 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, born?

Nelly Sachs was a Jewish German poet and playwright. She was born in Schöneberg, Germany. In 1940, she fled to Sweden and lived there to her death in 1970.

She shared the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature with Shmuel Yosef Agnon.

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#17. Who is the fictional character Oliver Mellors?

Mellors is the gamekeeper on Clifford Chatterley’s estate and the lover of Lady Chatterley in the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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#18. The fictional character William Fisher is also known as:

William Fisher is the main character in Keith Waterhouse’s novel Billy Liar.

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#19. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography by:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.

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#20. Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1970?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature. He was a critic of Soviet totalitarianism. Through his writing, he helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system. His most famous novels are The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, August 1914, and Cancer Ward.

Solzhenitsyn could not receive the prize personally in 1970. Instead, he received his prize at the 1974 ceremony after he had been deported from the Soviet Union.

William Faulkner was awarded the prize in 1949. It has not been awarded to C. S. Lewis or Anton Chekhov.

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1960s Literature Quiz

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1960s Literature Quiz

This quiz about Books from the Sixties

This hard quiz has 20 questions about classic literature published in or describing the 1960s. How well do you know authors, books, themes, and characters?

The quiz has questions about some of the selling novels in the 1960s, but also about those novels that became classics later on.

You should also know your Nobel Prize in Literature from the 1960s to get a full score on this quiz.

Let us say this from the beginning: it is a hard quiz, unless you love reading and love to talk about books, especially the classics.

Literature in the 1960s

Just like the music of 1960s evolved, literature was also inspired by the special turbulence of this decade. 1960s phenomenon like the Civil Rights Movement, antiwar protests, teenage counterculture, and minority activism found their way into literature and attracted new readers.

Ken Kesey made his debut in 1960s with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.

The well-known To Kill a Mockingbird by the American author Harper Lee is also a classic that was first published in 1960.

Catch-22, the anti-war novel by Joseph Heller, was first published in 1961.

In 1963, book lovers could get their hands on The Bell Jar, the only novel written by poet Sylvia Plath.

Other authors that med their debut during the sixties include Jacqueline Susann (Valley of Dolls), Emmanuelle Arsan, S. E. Hinton (The Outsiders), and John le Carré (Call for the Dead).

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