Recognizing Literary References

The New York Times does it best, of course.

What lines from poems and plays have fueled the imaginations of more contemporary writers?

Take this 12 question, multiple choice quiz to see how you rank. And prepared to be amazed.

The thing that astonished me the most comes early on, in question 2:

Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart,” Joan Didion’s 1968 essay collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and Robert B. Parker’s 1983 thriller “The Widening Gyre” all take their titles from the same poem. What is the original poem — and who is its author?

To discover the answer to this and other questions, follow this link to the NYT. ◊

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