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Quiz: The 50 States of Literature

  How much do you know?

How much do you know?

Take a literary trip through the 50 states by setting. Listed below are 50 books with their authors. Some books change settings, but the primary settings for each of these works are in a specific state. Test your knowledge and see how many books you can correctly match to their primary setting. How many have you read?

1. Pembroke by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

2. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winter

3. The Interestingsby Meg Wolitzer

4. American Pastoral by Philip Roth

5. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

6. Chesapeake by James A. Michener

7. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

8. Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzo

9. The Truth According to Us Annie Barrows

10. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

11. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

12. All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

13. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

14. Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger

15. FlightBehavior by Barbara Kingsolver

16. The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber

17. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

18. Two Cities by John Edgar Wideman

19. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey

20. The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

21. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

22. American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

24. The Round House by Louise Erdich

25. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

26. The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

27. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

28. A River Runs Through it & other stories by Norman MacLean

29. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

30. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

31. Tomcat in Love by Tim O’Brien

32. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

33. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

34. The Man who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

35. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

36. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

37. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

38. Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham

39. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by MohjaKahf

40. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

41. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

42. I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

43. The Border Legion by Zane Gray

44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

45. Democracy by Joan Didion

46. The Shining by Stephen King

47. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

48. Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

49. Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

50. True Justice by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Answers: 1. Massachusetts 2. New Hampshire 3. New York 4. New Jersey 5. Rhode Island 6. Maryland 7. Wyoming 8. Wisconsin 9. West Virginia 10. Washington 11. Virginia 12. Vermont 13. Utah 14. Texas 15. Tennessee 16. South Dakota 17. South Carolina 18. Pennsylvania 19. Oregon 20. Oklahoma 21. Ohio 22. New Mexico 23. Nebraska 24. North Dakota 25. North Carolina 26. Nevada 27. Louisiana 28.Montana 29. Missouri 30. Mississippi 31. Minnesota 32. Michigan 33. Maine 34. Kentucky 35. Kansas 36. Alaska 37. Iowa 38. Alabama 39. Indiana 40. Arizona 41. Illinois 42. Arkansas 43. Idaho 44. California 45. Hawaii 46. Colorado 47. Georgia 48. Connecticut 49. Florida 50. Delaware

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