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  What colour was almost always worn by Emily Dickinson? See if you know the answer
Answered: 610 times
Correct: 306 times (35.3%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 304 times (35.1%)
Skipped: 256 times (29.6%)
  Who said that "great geniuses have the shortest biographies?" See if you know the answer
Answered: 394 times
Correct: 151 times (26.9%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 243 times (43.3%)
Skipped: 167 times (29.8%)
  Fill in the missing word in these lines by Emily Dickinson: "Much _______ is divinest sense / To a discerning eye".
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Answered: 239 times
Correct: 179 times (59.1%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 60 times (19.8%)
Skipped: 64 times (21.1%)
  Which Emily Dickinson poem became the title of a novel by Jean Rhys? See if you know the answer
Answered: 502 times
Correct: 249 times (27.7%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 253 times (28.1%)
Skipped: 397 times (44.2%)
  Who kindly stopped for Emily Dickinson because she could not stop for him? See if you know the answer
Answered: 5891 times
Correct: 5151 times (65.8%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 740 times (9.5%)
Skipped: 1932 times (24.7%)
  Of which famous woman poet (whom he greatly admired) did Edgar Allan Poe say in a review: "her poetic inspiration is the highest -- we can conceive of nothing more august. Her sense of Art is pure in itself"? See if you know the answer
Answered: 335 times
Correct: 106 times (20.9%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 229 times (45.3%)
Skipped: 171 times (33.8%)
  To whom did Emily Dickinson write a letter in 1862 which started off thus: "Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?
The Mind is so near itself – it cannot see, distinctly – and I have none to ask –
Should you think it breathed – and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude..."?
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Answered: 154 times
Correct: 86 times (39.4%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 68 times (31.2%)
Skipped: 64 times (29.4%)
  Fill in the missing word from this Emily Dickinson poem:

"A solemn thing – it was – I said –
A Woman – _________ – to be –
And wear – if God should count me fit –
Her blameless mystery –"
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Answered: 129 times
Correct: 80 times (42.3%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 49 times (25.9%)
Skipped: 60 times (31.7%)
  A certain Mrs Mitford, who knew a famous future author as a child, later recalled her as having been "the prettiest, silliest, most affected husband-hunting butterfly she ever remembers." Who is the author in question? See if you know the answer
Answered: 356 times
Correct: 141 times (29.9%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 215 times (45.6%)
Skipped: 115 times (24.4%)
  Who was called the “Myth of Amherst”? See if you know the answer
Answered: 482 times
Correct: 390 times (52.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 92 times (12.5%)
Skipped: 255 times (34.6%)
  Who was painted as the “angel of the house”?
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Answered: 415 times
Correct: 326 times (48.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 89 times (13.4%)
Skipped: 251 times (37.7%)
  Whose baking was a winner? See if you know the answer
Answered: 282 times
Correct: 119 times (22.2%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 163 times (30.4%)
Skipped: 255 times (47.5%)
  "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"

Who wrote it?
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Answered: 476 times
Correct: 396 times (56.7%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 80 times (11.4%)
Skipped: 223 times (31.9%)
  Whose words are the following?

"Hope is the thing with feathers..."
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Answered: 3943 times
Correct: 2862 times (51.1%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 1081 times (19.3%)
Skipped: 1663 times (29.7%)
  Martha Cooley's novel The Archivist concerns a research student and the curator of the literary archive of which famous poet's manuscripts?
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Answered: 1777 times
Correct: 653 times (16.9%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1124 times (29.1%)
Skipped: 2083 times (54.0%)
  What poet wrote these first lines:

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road
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Answered: 139 times
Correct: 81 times (46.0%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 58 times (33.0%)
Skipped: 37 times (21.0%)
  Who is the poet who wrote this?

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
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Answered: 28588 times
Correct: 24837 times (75.0%)
Difficulty: easy
Incorrect: 3751 times (11.3%)
Skipped: 4539 times (13.7%)
  "It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: After a heavy rainfall, poems titled 'Rain' pour in from across the nation."

Who wrote this?
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Answered: 2710 times
Correct: 1333 times (31.6%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1377 times (32.7%)
Skipped: 1502 times (35.7%)
  Fill in the name of the writer in this statement by Virginia Woolf:

"___________'s life had been an experiment from the start, an attempt to make human conventions conform more closely to human needs."
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Answered: 263 times
Correct: 76 times (21.1%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 187 times (51.8%)
Skipped: 98 times (27.1%)
  Who wrote this little poem?

"Experiment to me
Is every one I meet.
If it contain a kernel?
The figure of a nut

Presents upon a tree,
Equally plausibly;
But meat within is requisite,
To squirrels and to me."
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Answered: 2065 times
Correct: 1243 times (32.7%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 822 times (21.6%)
Skipped: 1737 times (45.7%)
  Who wrote this little poem?

"Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.
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Answered: 1913 times
Correct: 884 times (23.5%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1029 times (27.4%)
Skipped: 1848 times (49.1%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands
What water lapping the bow
And scent of pine and the woodthrush singing through the fog
What images return
O my daughter."
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Answered: 1919 times
Correct: 545 times (14.6%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1374 times (36.8%)
Skipped: 1811 times (48.6%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"Carry her over the water,
And set her down under the tree,
Where the culvers white all day and all night,
And the winds from every quarter,
Sing agreeably, agreeably, agreeably of love."
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Answered: 168 times
Correct: 92 times (43.8%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 76 times (36.2%)
Skipped: 42 times (20.0%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"She hears me strike the board and say
That she is under ban
Of all good men and women,
Being mentioned with a man
That has the worst of all bad names;
And thereupon replies
That his hair is beautiful,
Cold as the March wind his eyes."
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Answered: 164 times
Correct: 97 times (44.1%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 67 times (30.5%)
Skipped: 56 times (25.5%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"I had this thought a while ago,
'My darling cannot understand
What I have done, or what would do
In this blind bitter land.'"
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Answered: 148 times
Correct: 78 times (38.8%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 70 times (34.8%)
Skipped: 53 times (26.4%)
  Fill in the missing word from this little poem by Emily Dickinson:

"A ______ is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day."
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Answered: 1975 times
Correct: 1001 times (39.0%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 974 times (38.0%)
Skipped: 590 times (23.0%)
  Who claimed this?

"For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its saying where executives
Would never want to tamper; it flows south
From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
A way of happening, a mouth."
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Answered: 153 times
Correct: 69 times (32.5%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 84 times (39.6%)
Skipped: 59 times (27.8%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"From the ivy where it dapples
A gray ruin, stone by stone --
Do you look for grapes or apples,
Or for sad green leaves alone?
Pluck the leaves off, two or three --
Keep them for morality
When you shall be safe and gone."
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Answered: 1922 times
Correct: 921 times (24.9%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1001 times (27.0%)
Skipped: 1782 times (48.1%)
  Who wrote this poem?

"I so liked Spring last year
Because you were here; --
The thrushes too --
Because it was these you so liked to hear --
I so liked you --

This year's a different thing, --
I'll not think of you --
But I'll like Spring because it is simply Spring
As the thrushes do."
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Answered: 162 times
Correct: 69 times (33.2%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 93 times (44.7%)
Skipped: 46 times (22.1%)
  Who wrote these lines?

"Cold in the earth -- and the deep snow piled above thee,
Far, far, removed, cold in the dreary grave!
Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee,
Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave?

Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover
Over the mountains, on that northern shore,
Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover
Thy noble heart for ever, ever more?"
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Answered: 1976 times
Correct: 707 times (18.9%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1269 times (33.9%)
Skipped: 1762 times (47.1%)
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