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Classic Novels by Plot

Based on the plot, name these classic novels.
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First submittedNovember 5, 2012
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Plot
Book
Sea captain seeks revenge against white whale
Moby-Dick
Schoolboys are stranded on an island, and quickly start behaving like savages
Lord of the Flies
Adultress wears an A on her clothing
The Scarlet Letter
Lawyer defends a falsely accused man in Jim Crow Alabama
To Kill a Mockingbird
Man kills a pawn broker with an axe, is convicted, and sent to Siberia
Crime and Punishment
If you're insane, then you can get out of the army. Unfortunately, wanting to get out
proves that you're sane
Catch 22
19th century English woman bags a rich bachelor, but almost doesn't because of
her pride and tendency towards premature judgments.
Pride and Prejudice
Literature professor embarks on a sexual relationship with his 12 year old stepdaughter
Lolita
In the future, we'll have a strict caste system, and a wonderful drug called soma
Brave New World
Oklahoma sharecroppers seek a better life in California, but don't find it
The Grapes of Wrath
Animals overthrow the farmer, only to establish their own tyranny
Animal Farm
Man is stranded on an island for many years. He gets a sidekick after rescuing him
from cannibals, and eventually returns home
Robinson Crusoe
Escaped criminal establishes a new life as an upright citizen, but is hounded
by a merciless police investigator
Les Miserables
Two fast-living beatniks take road trips across America
On the Road
Mad scientist constructs a monster and brings him to life
Frankenstein
River boat captain meets an ivory trader who has gone savage in deepest Africa
Heart of Darkness
Man wakes up one day to find that he has become a giant insect
The Metamorphosis
Boy embarks on a quest for a pirate's buried treasure
Treasure Island
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level 66
Nov 4, 2012
I really like the quiz. It would be great if you make another one... or two... or... :-)
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level 52
Nov 4, 2012
Sweet quiz. I only missed two, one which I've never heard of, but which sounds interesting.
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
Which two?
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level 29
Nov 5, 2012
Got 'em all with 2:17 left.
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level 72
Nov 6, 2012
Great Quiz! Couldn't come up with the English title of the Kafka book, only know it as 'Die Verwandlung'. Could that be acceptable, after all, so is 'les Miserables'. Although I don't think that has a translated English title.
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level 71
Oct 22, 2017
I typed "Methamorphosis," which I believe is the version written by Hunter Thompson.
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level 67
Dec 1, 2018
Yeah, it isn't really comparable, since Les Misérables IS the title that's used in English printings.
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level 63
Aug 8, 2013
Enjoyed the quiz, but I take issue with the synopsis of _Pride and Prejudice_. The stumblingblocks were Elizabeth's prejudice and *Darcy's* pride. Both at fault.
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level 76
Oct 14, 2014
Really? You're putting all the blame on Elizabeth? I so agree with Goofoff, "... he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said: 'She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.'" Who can blame Elizabeth for developing prejudice against Darcy? And as far as making her sound like a goldigger by using the phrase"bagging a rich bachelor", remember that she turned him down the first time he made his pompous proposal.
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level 76
Jun 23, 2018
Exactly. Darcy had good reason not to approve of Lizzie's parents, but don't forget the times they lived in - one can almost forgive Elizabeth's silly and scheming mother because she and the five daughters would truly face a crisis when their father died if at least one of them did not marry well. Mr Collins would have them all out in the street before the flowers wilted on their father's grave.Their father is always played as a positive figure, but he really let his family down by not providing for them better, and his willingness to cast a blind eye to the antics of the younger daughters as long as he was left in peace almost cost them all dearly. Lizzie was able to see through Wickham eventually and believe Darcy's version of events but she never chased Darcy with the hope of securing a rich husband. She tried to avoid him through most of the book for good reasons, only a few of which turned out to be undeserved. They both had to change before they could truly love each other.
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level 79
Jul 18, 2018
An excellent book though I doubt many still read the classics. In my opinion, though it doesn't count for much, the 2005 movie version was a good adaptation and worth watching just for the cinematography. It was a beautifully shot film. Do you think Harry Potter will hold up as well after 200 years?
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level 76
Dec 1, 2018
It's always funny when someone delete a comment, and the replies that remain make no sense, as in my previous comments. Pooch, I've seen many versions of P&P, and my hands down favorite is the A&E miniseries from 1995 because of the excellent casting and directing. Elizabeth's mother is hilarious, Mr Collins is so unctuous I could see the oil dripping from his pores, and Wickham is the perfect rogue. There will never be another Darcy for me after seeing Colin Firth in the role, and all the Bennett sisters played their parts so well, (although I couldn't get past thinking of Caroline Bingley as Duck Face but even that worked somehow.) If you haven't seen it, spend a rainy afternoon watching the miniseries and let me know what you think. Can Potter go the distance? I don't know, but I think the series might have a shot at it. The books are so much better than the films IMO, especially the later ones.
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level 69
Oct 1, 2013
I loved this quiz. Loved it. Thanks QM.
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level 55
May 26, 2014
Is that what happened in Heart of Darkness? I was forced to read it in 12th grade...I'm thinking now maybe I didn't.
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level 58
Apr 27, 2015
Same, and I know I didn't read it. Took 12th grade English in summer school, and that book was ridiculously dense. I think I read about 30 pages.
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level 76
Apr 27, 2015
Watch the movie "Apocalypse Now." It's the same story, only updated to be set during the Vietnam war. Some of the character names are even the same!
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level 49
May 15, 2018
I read it voluntarily as an adult and absorbed very little. Whose brilliant idea is it to expect a high schooler to find anything in it?
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level 66
Apr 27, 2015
"Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt." The best opening to any book, anywhere.
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level 82
Apr 28, 2015
Should accept "miserables" without the article, after all the English "the" isn't required, ergo the French "les" shouldn't be either. - yes, I typed "miserables" first.
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level 46
Apr 28, 2015
'The average score is 10' and here was I thinking I should be ashamed with 16! guys, go and read these books!
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level 79
Apr 28, 2015
it's pedantic, but Metamorphosis does not qualify as a novel--perhaps a novella--but I believe it's only about 60 pages.
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level 73
Dec 9, 2016
Yup, Kafka wrote a couple of novels, but this one is way too short to be included here
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level 67
May 15, 2018
Yup. The Trial and The Castle are both pretty iconic. My guess is that any plot description of either would get an even lower percentage than the one for The Metamorphosis. Nothing captures the imagination like our inner cockroach, I guess.
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level 65
Apr 29, 2015
For Treasure Island I kept thinking, "No, not The Goonies. No, not Pippi Longstocking."
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level 27
May 4, 2015
spelled flies flys...
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level 65
Nov 8, 2016
Of this list I've read To Kill a Mockingbird, Robinson Crusoe, Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, the Metamorphosis, and Treasure island but got all except Les Miserables.
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level 67
Aug 29, 2018
Yup, I've read 'em all except for The Scarlet Letter. But when it came to Les Miserables, all I could think of was The Fugitive.
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level 67
Jan 6, 2017
Is there a second quiz of these? This one was really cool and there are plenty more classic novels you could use.
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level 71
Oct 22, 2017
Yes, enjoyed this quiz, and enjoyed guessing the ones I didn't know but had vaguely picked up an idea of the plot from somewhere - which was about half of them. Please make more!
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level 59
Oct 23, 2017
Don't know what I was thinking.. "Two fast-living beatniks take road trips across America" Easy Rider.
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level 76
Jun 23, 2018
Easy Rider wasn't about beatniks - they were hippie bikers. Different subcultures.
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level 67
Nov 16, 2017
I made a part 2 for this quiz, since there wasn't one.
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level 35
May 15, 2018
The Grapes of Wrath - is that really a classic novel? Heart of Darkness? I am from Europe and never heard of these two.
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level 49
May 15, 2018
"Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language." (Wikipedia) And most John Steinbeck novels qualify as classic in the U.S.
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level 76
Jun 23, 2018
Yes, and Steinbeck is also one of only eleven Americans to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1962). As the academy stated, "Dear Mr. Steinbeck - You are not a stranger to the Swedish public any more than to that of your own country and of the whole world. With your most distinctive works you have become a teacher of good will and charity, a defender of human values, which can well be said to correspond to the proper idea of the Nobel Prize..." https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/press.html
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level 49
May 15, 2018
Doesn't that fall a little short for the plot of Brave New World?
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level 67
Dec 1, 2018
I guess it's really more a description of the premise than the plot.
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level 57
Aug 29, 2018
I thought "Pride and Prejudice" was about HER pride, and HIS prejudice.
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level 67
Dec 1, 2018
No, it's really the other way around. He was haughty and stand-offish and thought LIzzie's family were beneath him, while she had formed an early dislike to him before getting to know him based on his manner and second-hand stories (that turned out to be false.)
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level 70
Jan 6, 2019
I really have to take a break between taking "chain" quizzes and others. I almost ran out of time because I was trying to find answers beginning with the last letter of the previous answer...