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Are you well-read?

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 July, 2009, 12:00am

1 The last novel you read was ...

a. on your school syllabus

b. on The New York Times best-seller list

c. in the 1990s

2 Your bookcase is ...

a. filled with CDs and games

b. filled with an eclectic mix of books

c. what does eclectic mean?

3 On a long journey, your reading material consists of ...

a. Hello magazine

b. a page-turning thriller

c. The Economist

4 You read ...

a. for pleasure

b. to pass an exam

c. to get to sleep

5 The last time you went to a bookshop was ...

a. last week

b. last year

c. to exchange your Christmas presents

6 Which is not a Shakespearean tragedy?

a. Romeo and Juliet

b. The White Devil

c. King Lear

7 Which is the correct name of a prestigious literary prize?

a. The Woman Booker Prize for Fiction

b. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction

c. The Man Book Prize for Fiction

8 The author of The Da Vinci Code is ...

a. English

b. American

c. Italian

Calculate your score:

1. a = 2, b = 3, c = 1

2. a = 1, b = 3, c = 1

3. a = 1, b = 2, c = 3

4. a = 3, b = 1, c = 2

5. a = 3, b = 2, c = 1

6. a = 1, b = 3, c = 1

7. a = 1, b = 3, c = 1

8. a = 1, b = 3, c = 1

How did you do?

8-13: Reading the back of the Cornflakes packet is about the extent of your literary journey. Come on, books aren't that boring.

14-19: Not bad. You aren't a literary genius, but you don't need to worry about making a fool of yourself.

20-24: Ooh la la! You are quite the literary buff. We wouldn't be surprised if you could quote a bit of The Bard, too.

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