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  What colour was almost always worn by Emily Dickinson? See if you know the answer
Answered: 655 times
Correct: 333 times (36.6%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 322 times (35.3%)
Skipped: 256 times (28.1%)
  Who said that "great geniuses have the shortest biographies?" See if you know the answer
Answered: 426 times
Correct: 167 times (27.8%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 259 times (43.2%)
Skipped: 174 times (29.0%)
  Fill in the missing word in these lines by Emily Dickinson: "Much _______ is divinest sense / To a discerning eye".
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Answered: 255 times
Correct: 192 times (59.8%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 63 times (19.6%)
Skipped: 66 times (20.6%)
  Which Emily Dickinson poem became the title of a novel by Jean Rhys? See if you know the answer
Answered: 656 times
Correct: 323 times (28.3%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 333 times (29.1%)
Skipped: 487 times (42.6%)
  Who kindly stopped for Emily Dickinson because she could not stop for him? See if you know the answer
Answered: 6672 times
Correct: 5807 times (65.5%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 865 times (9.8%)
Skipped: 2199 times (24.8%)
  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: 623 times
Correct: 196 times (22.0%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 427 times (47.9%)
Skipped: 268 times (30.1%)
  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: 166 times
Correct: 96 times (40.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 70 times (29.8%)
Skipped: 69 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: 145 times
Correct: 92 times (43.4%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 53 times (25.0%)
Skipped: 67 times (31.6%)
  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: 374 times
Correct: 150 times (30.2%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 224 times (45.2%)
Skipped: 122 times (24.6%)
  Who was called the “Myth of Amherst”? See if you know the answer
Answered: 510 times
Correct: 412 times (53.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 98 times (12.8%)
Skipped: 255 times (33.3%)
  Who was painted as the “angel of the house”?
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Answered: 427 times
Correct: 332 times (49.0%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 95 times (14.0%)
Skipped: 251 times (37.0%)
  Whose baking was a winner? See if you know the answer
Answered: 296 times
Correct: 125 times (22.7%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 171 times (31.0%)
Skipped: 255 times (46.3%)
  "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"

Who wrote it?
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Answered: 492 times
Correct: 409 times (57.2%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 83 times (11.6%)
Skipped: 223 times (31.2%)
  Whose words are the following?

"Hope is the thing with feathers..."
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Answered: 4522 times
Correct: 3254 times (50.8%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 1268 times (19.8%)
Skipped: 1879 times (29.4%)
  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: 2091 times
Correct: 783 times (17.7%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1308 times (29.5%)
Skipped: 2336 times (52.8%)
  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: 143 times
Correct: 84 times (44.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 59 times (31.6%)
Skipped: 44 times (23.5%)
  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: 31501 times
Correct: 27190 times (74.4%)
Difficulty: easy
Incorrect: 4311 times (11.8%)
Skipped: 5054 times (13.8%)
  "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: 3092 times
Correct: 1520 times (31.8%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1572 times (32.9%)
Skipped: 1683 times (35.2%)
  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: 278 times
Correct: 83 times (21.8%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 195 times (51.2%)
Skipped: 103 times (27.0%)
  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: 2421 times
Correct: 1465 times (33.5%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 956 times (21.9%)
Skipped: 1954 times (44.7%)
  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: 2245 times
Correct: 1030 times (23.8%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1215 times (28.1%)
Skipped: 2074 times (48.0%)
  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: 2246 times
Correct: 609 times (14.2%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1637 times (38.3%)
Skipped: 2033 times (47.5%)
  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: 173 times
Correct: 95 times (43.0%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 78 times (35.3%)
Skipped: 48 times (21.7%)
  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: 172 times
Correct: 104 times (43.9%)
Difficulty: medium
Incorrect: 68 times (28.7%)
Skipped: 65 times (27.4%)
  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: 155 times
Correct: 82 times (38.1%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 73 times (34.0%)
Skipped: 60 times (27.9%)
  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: 2317 times
Correct: 1143 times (38.0%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1174 times (39.1%)
Skipped: 687 times (22.9%)
  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: 9 times
Correct: 5 times (33.3%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 4 times (26.7%)
Skipped: 6 times (40.0%)
  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: 2244 times
Correct: 1062 times (25.0%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 1182 times (27.8%)
Skipped: 2003 times (47.2%)
  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: 173 times
Correct: 73 times (32.6%)
Difficulty: difficult
Incorrect: 100 times (44.6%)
Skipped: 51 times (22.8%)
  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: 2304 times
Correct: 820 times (19.1%)
Difficulty: very difficult
Incorrect: 1484 times (34.7%)
Skipped: 1978 times (46.2%)
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