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Can You Identify A Writer By Reading A Random Paragraph?

It's time to put your literary knowledge to the test.

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  1. Who wrote this?

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    George Pelecanos
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    Incorrect
    Stephen King
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Michael Connelly
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is a paragraph from Stephen King's The Stand.

    Via Anchor
  2. Who wrote this?

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    Zadie Smith
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Toni Morrison
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    Incorrect
    Karl Ove Knausgård
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Zadie Smith's White Teeth.

    Via Vintage
  3. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    David Foster Wallace
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dave Eggers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jonathan Franzen
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom.

    Via Picador
  4. Who wrote this?

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    Margaret Atwood
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Doris Lessing
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    Incorrect
    Don DeLillo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

    Via Anchor
  5. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Denis Lehane
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Joan Didion
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    Incorrect
    Sheila Heti
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays.

    Via FSG Classics
  6. Who wrote this?

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    Cormac McCarthy
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    Incorrect
    James Patterson
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    Incorrect
    Ernest Hemingway
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.

    Via Scribner
  7. Who wrote this?

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    Colson Whitehead
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    Incorrect
    Paul Auster
    Correct
    Incorrect
    John Grisham
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from John Grisham's The Firm.

    Via Dell
  8. Who wrote this?

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    Tom Wolfe
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bret Easton Ellis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Douglas Coupland
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction.

    Via Vintage
  9. Who wrote this?

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    Amy Tan
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Alice Walker
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    Incorrect
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Via Anchor
  10. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Donna Tartt
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chuck Klosterman
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gary Shteyngart
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Donna Tartt's novel The Secret History.

    Via Vintage
  11. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Alice Munro
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Joyce Carol Oates
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    Incorrect
    Philip Roth
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Alice Munro's short story collection The Progress of Love. Specifically, it's from "Miles City Montana."

    Via Vintage
  12. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    David Baldacci
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gillian Flynn
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    Incorrect
    John Green
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from David Baldacci's Zero Day.

    Via Vision
  13. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Chuck Palahniuk
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    Incorrect
    Charles Bukowski
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    Incorrect
    Irvine Welsh
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Chuck Palahniuk's Choke.

    Via Anchor
  14. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Jennifer Weiner
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jennifer Egan
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    Incorrect
    Sloane Crosley
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.

    Via Anchor
  15. Who wrote this?

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    Incorrect
    Jhumpa Lahiri
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Elizabeth Gilbert
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    Incorrect
    Junot Diaz
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Junot Diaz's The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

    Via Riverhead

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