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205 Best Book Trivia Questions For All Readers (In 2023)

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If you are a book enthusiast and enjoy a good game of trivia, these book trivia questions will challenge the entire family to put their knowledge to the test.

How many of these book trivia answers do you know? Let’s find out!

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What are some good book trivia questions?

We know that people who read a lot are more likely to become successful.

In fact, Warren Buffet says the key to success is to, “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.” (source)

And while you may not have the time to read quite that much each day, if you have a passion for reading, book trivia questions will sharpen your book knowledge.

On this list, you will find book trivia for kids and adults with both classic and modern books mentioned.

Play to the end for more interesting book trivia facts that will surprise you! Use the Table of Contents to skip around to different sections.

Fun Book Trivia For Kids

First, adults and kids will have fun answering these book trivia questions on classic children’s literature AND modern books. These also make great questions for teachers to use in the classroom.

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Classic Children’s Book Trivia Questions and Answers

1. What did the monsters do with their teeth in Where the Wild Things Are?

Gnashed their terrible teeth

2. Where do the Berenstain Bears live?

Bear Country

3. What did Alexander have for dinner in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?

Lima Beans

4. In The Cat in the Hat, what type of pet does Sally have?

A fish

5. Who is Curious George’s best friend?

The Man in the Yellow Hat

6. In Charlotte’s Web, what is the name of the piglet?

Wilbur

7. What was the name of the main character in the Roald Dahl book about a chocolate factory?

Charlie

8. In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, how many siblings travel to Narnia?

4

9. What type of animal is Black Beauty?

A horse

10. What is the name of the donkey in the Winnie the Pooh books?

Eeyore

11. What 1935 American novel begins with Pa Ingalls and family moving out of the “House in the Big Woods”?

Little House on the Prairie

12. This insect is “very hungry” and turns into a butterfly.

The caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar book

13. What does the hen in The Little Red Hen bake when the other animals won’t help?

Bread

14. Who has “terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws”?

The Gruffalo

15. What classic book features a “comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush”?

Goodnight Moon

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16. If you give a mouse a cookie, what will he ask for next?

Milk

17. What happens to the town of Chewandswallow in the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs?

Large food weather causes everyone to leave the town.

18. Where does the Wizard live in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

The Emerald City

19. What story features the characters Tweedledee and Tweedledum?

Alice Through the Looking Glass

20. Who wrote Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG, all of which were made into movies?

Roald Dahl

21. In How The Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the town the Grinch steals from?

Whoville

22. “I think I can, I think I can” is the phrase the little blue engine says in this classic book.

The Little Engine That Could

23. Who gets gobbled up by a crafty fox after being chased by a baker, his wife, and others?

The Gingerbread Man

24. What is the name of a popular 25-foot-tall red dog?

Clifford

25. Complete the title: “One fish, two fish, red fish, ______ _______.”

blue fish

26. Complete the phrase: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear _____________?”

What do you see?

27. What are the colors of Dr. Seuss’s hat?

red and white

28. This book series is based on the story of the three Baudelaire orphans and the problems they endure.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

29. Chicken Little is a classic children’s story about a chicken that becomes convinced of what after an acorn falls on his head?

That the sky is falling.

30. This stowaway bear is discovered by the Brown family at the train station.

Paddington

31. This famous mischievous rabbit has an adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden.

Peter Rabbit

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32. The main characters in the popular Captain Underpants series were named after two children’s book heroes. What are their names?

Harold (from Harold and the Purple Crayon) and George (from the Curious George books)

33. What popular cat has groovy buttons and white shoes?

Pete the Cat

34. What popular author wrote The Tale of Despereaux?

Kate DiCamillo

35. What popular books written by Mo Willems feature two animals?

Elephant and Piggie books

36. In this book, a young boy takes a train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The Polar Express

37. Jack and Annie are siblings that go on time-traveling adventures in this book series.

Magic Tree House

38. This girl from a popular book series is known for her adventures in Kindergarten and first grade.

Junie B. Jones

39. Written by Katherine Applegate, this book tells the story of a silverback gorilla named Ivan.

The One and Only Ivan

40. Readers love the series Diary of a _________ ________.

Wimpy Kid

41. This popular character is the son of the sea god Poseidon.

Percy Jackson

42. When a young boy is stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness, he only has one tool (that is also the title of the book). What is this book?

Hatchet

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43. In this story, Meg and Charles adventure through space and time.

A Wrinkle in Time

44. In A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, what food does Camilla love?

Lima beans

45. What is the name of the teacher from the Black Lagoon?

Mrs. Green

46. This loveable but mischievous pig drives a car in one book in the series he is featured in.

Mercy Watson

47. This book turned movie features a boy named Auggie.

Wonder

48. Alphabet letters, a coconut tree, and fun rhymes make this book a favorite.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

49. The fictional town of Stoneybrooke, Connecticut is the setting for this book series based on a group of girls that form a club. What is this series called?

The Baby-Sitters Club

50. A popular movie is based on this 1981 fantasy picture book by Chris Van Allsburg which features an enchanted board game that is played in real life.

Jumanji

51. What sort of animal is Gerald, the laughingstock of the jungle dance?

A Giraffe

52. What does Little Blue Truck say in his popular series?

Beep-Beep-Beep

Harry Potter Trivia Game: Questions and Answers

You’ve read the books and watched the movies. Now it’s time to figure out who knows the most about these wizards.

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Written by author J.K. Rowling, this popular series has sold over 500 million copies. It is the best-selling series of all time and a popular book quiz category.

These Harry Potter quiz questions and answers will start out easy and get more challenging.

Caution! If you have not finished this epic series yet, this may contain spoilers!

53. What is the term in the book for a nonmagical person?

Muggle

54. Who did Harry Potter live with before going to Hogwarts?

His aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley

55. Where was the address for the house he lived in with his aunt and uncle?

Number 4 Privet Drive

56. Where was Harry Potter born?

Godric’s Hollow

57. What Hogwarts house did Harry Potter and his friends live in?

Gryffindor

58. How are Hogwarts students placed in their houses?

With the sorting hat

59. What is the name of the pub at the entrance to Diagon Alley?

The Leaky Cauldron

60. What is Harry’s pet?

An owl named Hedwig

61. Who is the Headmaster of Hogwarts when Harry arrives?

Albus Dumbledore

62. Who is Harry’s godfather?

Sirius Black

63. How did Harry get the scar on his forehead?

Voldemort tried to kill him when he was a baby.

64. What other student is Harry’s nemesis at Hogwarts?

Draco Malfoy

65. Where in Kings Cross Station does the Hogwarts Express stop?

Platform 9 and 3/4

66. What famous game do the young wizards play?

Quidditch

67. What position does Harry play on his team?

Seeker

68. How is mail delivered to the wizards?

By owl post

69. What is Voldemort’s real name?

Tom Marvolo Riddle

70. What is the name of the popular drink served in Hogsmeade?

Butterbeer

71. What is Professor McGonagall’s animagus?

A cat

72. What year do Hogwarts students take O.W.L.s?

Fifth year

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73. How many Weasley children are there?

Six

74. What is the name of the Gryffindor ghost?

Nearly Headless Nick

75. Who sends Harry his father’s Invisibility Cloak on Christmas?

Albus Dumbledore

76. What is the name of Hagrid’s dog?

Fang

77. What potion gives good luck to those who drink it?

Felix Felicis

78. What potion allows you to disguise yourself?

Polyjuice Potion

79. What does the Imperius Curse do?

Controls the actions of another person

80. How do you ward off a Dementor?

With the Patronus Charm

81. How many Horcruxes did Voldemort intentionally create?

Six

82. Who is the half-blood prince?

Severus Snape

83. Why does Snape protect Harry?

He was in love with Lily, Harry’s mother.

84. What is the main ingredient of Harry’s wand?

A phoenix feather

85. What is the core of Draco Malfoy’s wand?

Unicorn hair

86. What is the color of Crookshank’s fur?

Orange

87. Where are the vaults kept in Gringotts Bank?

Deep underground

88. Who are the employees of the Department of Mysteries?

The unspeakables

89. What magical talent does Harry share with Voldemort?

He’s a Parselmouth- a wizard that can speak to snakes

90. Who tells Harry about the Room of Requirement?

Dobby

91. While learning to Apparate, what are the “three D’s” everyone must remember?

“Destination, determination, deliberation”

92. What is Harry’s Patronus?

A stag

93. Which Weasley dies during the final battle of Hogwarts?

Fred Weasley

94. Before the Harry Potter Series, which series was the best-selling series of all time?

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series

Classic Literature Trivia For Adults

Next up we have classic literature questions and book trivia for adults.

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95. What is the best-selling novel of all time?

Don Quixote

96. Which of Ernest Hemmingway’s books dealt with bullfighting?

Fiesta

97. What famous museum is the scene of the murder that opens the book The Da Vinci Code?

The Louvre

98. What Stephen King novel takes place mostly in the Overlook Hotel?

The Shining

99. What story has the character Ichabod Crane?

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

100. Santiago, a shepherd boy, is the protagonist of which book written by Paulo Coelho?

The Alchemist

101. What classic written by Homer tells the adventures and life of Odysseus?

The Odyssey

102. Who starred as the lead character in the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved?

Oprah Winfrey

103. What is the name of the narrator in The Great Gatsby?

Nick Carraway

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104. What author created Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?

Mark Twain

105. In The Lord of the Rings series, how many rings were given to the race of Men?

Nine rings

106. She is the most translated author of all time and a famous English detective novelist and playwright.

Agatha Christie

107. Which author wrote the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

Harper Lee

108. Wuthering Heights details the tragic romance of which two characters?

Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw

109. In The Hobbit, what sort of creature is a Smaug?

Dragon

110. What Dickens character says, “Please sir, I want some more”?

Oliver Twist

111. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel featuring which fictional detective?

Sherlock Holmes

112. Who is the protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye?

Holden Caulfield

113. Which tragic character lived in her wedding dress and stopped all her clocks at the time she was jilted?

Miss Havisham

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114. What 1995 comedy set in California is loosely based on Jane Austin’s 1815 novel Emma?

Clueless

115. What 2014 Liane Moriarty novel is set in Australia, but its TV adaptation is set in California?

Big Little Lies

116. Which novelist is known for his sparse use of punctuation and once claimed that to use quotation marks is to “blot the page up with weird little marks?”

Cormac McCarthy

117. Katniss Everdeen is a character in which trilogy?

The Hunger Games

118. The Punisher is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by which company?

Marvel Comics

119. This book, set in Mississippi in the 1960s, tells the stories of black maids working for white families.

The Help

120. In this suspense thriller by Gillian Flynn, Nick’s wife Amy goes missing and he is the main suspect.

Gone Girl

121. Janet Evanovich is famous for her mystery series featuring this smart-mouthed New Jersey bounty hunter.

Stephanie Plum

122. This popular HBO series is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones

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123. Laura Hillenbrand wrote this book about Louie Zamperini, a prospect for the 1940 Olympics in track and field.

Unbroken

124. The book Where the Crawdads Sing was made into a major motion picture in 2022. “Crawdad’ is an American slang word for what?

crayfish

125. This 1990 non-fiction book follows the story of the Permian High School Panthers football team as they make a run for the Texas State championship.

Friday Night Lights

126. Which book won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category?

The Nickel Boys

127. In which language was the first book in Steig Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, published?

Swedish

128. Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See is set in which war?

World War II

129. 50 Shades of Grey was written by whom?

E.L. James

130. Who won the Booker Prize in 2009 and again in 2012?

Hilary Mantel

131. Who wrote No Country for Old Men and The Road?

Cormac McCarthy

132. Piscine Molitor Patel and Richard Parker are the main characters in which novel?

Life of Pi

133. This American author created the character Michael Bennett in his detective novels.

James Patterson

Book Trivia Quiz on Authors and Books

How well do you know authors and book titles? Find out!

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134. The series A Song of Ice and Fire was written by?

George R.R. Martin

135. Published in 1937, who was Of Mice and Men written by?

John Steinbeck

136. What writer has more than 70 different pen names?

Lauran Bosworth Paine

137. Sense And Sensibility was written by what author?

Jane Austen

138. Who introduced the phrase, ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’?

William Shakespeare

139. Who wrote The Da Vinci Code?

Dan Brown

140. What is the name of Stephen King’s first published novel?

Carrie

141. What is the name of the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy?

War And Peace

142. What is the title of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Edith Wharton?

The Age of Innocence

143. Who wrote the novel The Godfather?

Mario Puzo

144. Who wrote 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

Jules Verne

145. Who wrote The Fellowship of the Ring?

J.R.R. Tolkien

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146. What author wrote Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities?

Charles Dickens

147. What author wrote The Little Mermaid?

Hans Christian Anderson

148. Oakland, California has a neighborhood named after what author of The Call of the Wild?

Jack London

149. What English writer works include The Voyage Out and The Waves?

Virginia Woolf

150. What book was written by Truman Capote about murders in a small Kansas town?

In Cold Blood

151. Based on his works, what writer had a new dinosaur species named after him?

Michael Crichton

152. Which Victor Hugo book was adapted as a musical?

Les Misérables

153. What is the most sold book?

The Bible

154. Who wrote the book A Brief History of Time?

Stephen Hawking

155. Who wrote the young adult vampire-romance novel Twilight?

Stephenie Meyer

156. This best-selling author is known for writing about romance like in his book The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks

157. This novel by Colleen Hoover was the bestselling book in 2022.

It Ends With Us

Multiple Choice Book Quiz Questions

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158. According to the Guinness World Records, which one author has the most published works?

A. James Patterson

B. L. Ron Hubbard

C. J.K. Rowling

D. Stephen King

Answer: B- L. Ron Hubbard

159. Which book holds the record of being the most stolen book from public libraries?

A. Guinness Book of World Records

B. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

C. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway

D. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Answer: A- Guinness Book of World Records

160. In 2023, this book by Prince Harry broke the record for the fastest-selling nonfiction book ever.

A. Life Beyond the Palace

B. Second In Line

C. Spare

D. Why I Left

Answer: C- Spare

161.

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Answer: B- The Dust Bowl Era

162. Which of these books was not written by George Orwell?

A. Animal Farm

B. Brave New World

C. 1984

D. Coming Up For Air

Answer: B- Brave New World

163. Where is Charles Dickens said to have found his inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge?

A. A friend

B. A gravestone

C. A newspaper

D. a dream

Answer: B- a gravestone

164. What was the first American novel to sell over 1 million copies?

A. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

B. Moby-Dick

C. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

D. To Kill a Mockingbird

Answer: A- Uncle Tom’s Cabin

165. What year was the first bookmobile in the world launched?

A. 1900

B. 1925

C. 1857

D. 1800

Answer: C- 1857

166. What city has the biggest number of libraries per capita?

A. Seoul

B. Brussels

C. Tokyo

D. Warsaw

Answer: D- Warsaw

Book Trivia: Famous First Lines

In this section of book trivia, name the book that begins with each famous first line.

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167. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

A Tale of Two Cities

168. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Anna Karenina

169. “It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

1984

170. “In the beginning”

The Bible

171. “My Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday. I don’t know.”

The Stranger

172. “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

173. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

The Great Gatsby

174. “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

The Old Man and the Sea

175. “All children, except one, grow up.”

Peter Pan

176. “It was a pleasure to burn.”

Fahrenheit 451

177. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

178. “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”

The Princess Bride

179. “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

180. “It was love at first sight.”

Catch-22

Random Book Trivia Facts

True or False? Test your knowledge of totally random book and literature-related facts.

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181. The oldest person to learn to read was 116.

True- Her name was Mary Walker and she lived to the age of 121.

182. The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in literature and journalism.

True

183. Theodore Roosevelt was reading an average of a book a day, even while President.

True

184. The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is the world’s largest library.

True

185. Manga are a type of comics from Australia.

False- Japan

186. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

True

187. According to Forbes magazine in 2004, Stephen King was the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.

False- J.K. Rowling was the first person

188. The longest sentence ever printed is 212 words.

False- The longest sentence ever printed is 823 words from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

189. The first book ever written using a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

True

190. Swedish people read more than anyone.

False- India is the country that spends the most time reading.

191. One in four adults around the world can’t read or write.

False- It’s actually one in five adults

192. The word “bookworm” originated from insects who live in and eat the binding of books.

True

193. If you publish a book in Norway, the government will buy 100 copies to distribute to libraries.

False- The government will buy 1000 copies to distribute to libraries. They will purchase 1500 if it’s a children’s book.

194. In the Harvard Library, there are three books suspected to be bound in human skin.

True (read more about this here)

195. There are more McDonald’s in the United States than public libraries.

False- Whew! That should make you feel relieved.

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196. A Shakespearean sonnet consists of 12 lines.

False- It consists of 14 lines.

197. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest book in the world weighs over 4,000 pounds.

False- It does however weigh over 3,000 pounds.

198. The word for loving the smell of old books is Bibliosmia.

True

199. The word ‘google’ originated from the book Gulliver’s Travels.

False- The word “yahoo” originated from this book.

200. Stephen King has written a children’s book.

True- He used an alias and then reviewed it as himself!

201. The first printed books did not have the name of the author or title on the covers.

True

202. There are “human libraries” around the world where you can check out humans as a living book and listen to their stories.

True- The Human Library is an international organization focused on addressing people’s prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet.

203. Truman Capote wrote standing up only.

False- He wrote and thought laying down.

204. The youngest published author was 5 years old.

False- Dorothy Straight wrote her book How the World Began when she was 4 year 3 months old.

205. John Steinbeck’s dog ate the original manuscript for Of Mice and Men.

True

To Consider With Book Trivia For Kids & Adults

So, how many questions did you get right?

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