20 Quiz Questions about Literature in the 1960s

1960s Literature Quiz

Literature - 60s Classics

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Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1963?

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

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What nationality was Mikhail Sholokhov, the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature winner?

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

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Up the Down Staircase is a 1960s novel by:

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Which of these is a novel by Leonard Cohen?

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

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

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

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The Outsiders is a 1960s novel by:

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

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

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

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Who is the fictional character Oliver Mellors?

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The fictional character William Fisher is also known as:

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Felix Leiter is a fictional character created by which author?

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a novel by:

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

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Doctor Zhivago is a drama film based on a book by which author?

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Which author and Nobel Prize winner wrote Waiting for Godot?

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1960s Literature Quiz


This quiz about Books from the Sixties

This challenging 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 and those that became classics later on.

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

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

Literature in the 1960s

Just like the music of the 1960s evolved, literature was also inspired by the unique 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 the 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 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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