Can You Pass the Test?

To work in New York City’s iconic bookstore, The Strand, you have to pass the test – literally. Annie Correal includes samples of the literary matching test from The Strand’s job application in her article for a The New York Times – There Will Be a Quiz.

    Isn’t it rewarding to know The Strand requires its employees to read? From checking the list, I found myself lacking and need to catch up with The Strand standards – more potential reads for my library list.

    Here’s a sample if you’d like to try your book smarts. (Note: one pair is incorrect – The Strand’s “trick question.”)

    Match Authors:

    1. Tool
    2. Ibsen
    3. Ellison
    4. Swift
    5. Gogol
    6. McCullers
    7. Woolf
    8. Kundera
    9. Orwell
    10. Naipaul

    To Literary Work:

    • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    • Animal Farm
    • To the Lighthouse
    • A House for Mr. Biswas
    • Invisible Man
    • A Confederacy of Dunces
    • Dead Souls
    • Waiting for Godot
    • Gulliver’s Travels
    • The Unbearable Likeness of Being