The Classics IQ Test

Jane AustenWhether you were an English Lit major or a just a book nerd like me, you’ve probably read your fair share of classics. Today, the canon is referenced everywhere from satirical movies to instaquotes. Deep thoughts and memorable moments from the greats are tossed about in daily conversation and in our own interior monologues (Are you not silently reminding yourself, “All human wisdom is contained in these two words—Wait and Hope,” as you stand in line for coffee?). Find out how many classics you can identify from a single quote in the quiz below. If you get more than 7 right, you are hereby granted an honorary Book Nerd degree of the highest order. Less than 5? Get thee to your local Barnes & Noble! You’ve got some reading to do. But really, is there anything else you would rather be doing?

1. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

2. “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

3. “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

4. “Love her, love her, love her! If she favors you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces—and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper—love her, love her, love her!”

5. “The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

6. “Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”

7. “The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.”

8. “It is not down on any map; true places never are.”

9. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

10. “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”


1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

2. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

3. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

4. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

5. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass

6. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

7. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas

8. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

9. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

10. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes


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