10 most difficult literature riddlesLiterature quiz
Who is the author of the shortest horror story?
Edgar Allan Poe
He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. His short story called "Knock" has only two sentences: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."
Who is the author of the "De Materia Medica", a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine?
Hippocrates from Kos
Pedanius Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD) was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author of De Materia Medica - a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances (a pharmacopeia), that was widely read for more than 1,500 years. He was employed as a physician in the Roman army.
According to the Greek mythology, how many rivers were found in Hades?
In Greek mythology, Styx is a deity and a river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (the domain often called Hades, which also is the name of its ruler). There are five rivers in Hades: Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron, Lethe, and Cocytus. All these rivers converge at the center of the underworld on a great marsh, which sometimes, also is called the Styx.
What country did the writer Brian W. Aldiss come from?
Brian Wilson Aldiss, OBE (1925 -2017) was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells. He was co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. He received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He wrote the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" (1969), the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
What number is the pattern for the construction of Dante Alighieri's song "Divine Comedy"?
The Divine Comedy is composed of 14,233 lines that are divided into three canticas – Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) – each consisting of 33 cantos . The number "three" is prominent in the work, represented in part by the number of canticas and their lengths. Additionally, the verse scheme used, terza rima, is hendecasyllabic with the lines composing tercets according to the rhyme scheme aba, bcb, cdc, ded,
Who wrote the Roman epic poem Annales?
Ennius was a writer and poet who lived during the Roman Republic. He is often considered the father of Roman poetry. Although only fragments of his works survive, his influence in Latin literature was significant, particularly in his use of Greek literary models. Annales is his most famous work, and the first epic poem that covered the early history of the Roman state.
What was the real name of George Orwell?
Eric Arthur Blair
Herbert George Wells
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Eric Arthur Blair (1903 –1950 better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Who has been referred to as the "Stephen King of children's literature"?
H. P. Lovecraft
R. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence Stine, sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric Affabee, is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor. He is the author of hundreds of children's horror fiction novels, including the books in the Fear Street, Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, and The Nightmare Room series.
Who developed the modern literary pornography?
Pietro Aretino (19 or 20 April 1492 – 21 October 1556) was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist and blackmailer, who wielded influence on contemporary art and politics and developed modern literary pornography.
Who wrote the prose poem "Desiderata"?
Edwin John Pratt
"Desiderata" (Latin: "things desired") is an early 1920s prose poem by the American writer Max Ehrmann. Although he copyrighted it in 1927, he distributed copies of it without a required copyright notice during 1933 and c. 1942, thereby forfeiting his US copyright. Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, its use in devotional and spoken word recordings in 1960 and 1971 called it to the attention of the world.