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The Ultimate Ray Bradbury Quiz
by Staff
He wrote outlandish stories that taught concrete lessons in critical thinking and morality. How much do you know about Ray Bradbury?

Which writer was the first one that Bradbury attempted to copy?

  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Jules Verne

The author's middle name was Douglas, in honor of whom?

  • Douglas Fairbanks
  • his grandfather
  • his uncle

In what year was Bradbury born?

  • 1920
  • 1925
  • 1930

Bradbury has said that if he hadn't become a writer, he would have instead pursued what career?

  • stand-up comedian
  • magician
  • astronaut

Bradbury was best known for which work of fiction?

  • "The Martian Chronicles"
  • "Moby Dick"
  • "Fahrenheit 451"

In which novel does the character Mr. Dark appear?

  • "The Halloween Tree"
  • "A Graveyard for Lunatics"
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

What was the name of the sword-wield carnivaling actor who helped to change Bradbury's path in life?

  • Mr. Electrico
  • The Flamebringer
  • Sir Shocks

In his book "Fahrenheit 451," what has society outlawed?

  • scientific research
  • critical thought
  • books

How long did Bradbury say it took him to write "Fahrenheit 451?"

  • nine days
  • nine weeks
  • nine months

Bradbury called "The Martian Chronicles" what kind of fiction?

  • fantasy
  • science fiction
  • adventure fiction

When did Bradbury decide that he wanted to become a writer?

  • at age 8
  • at age 12
  • at age 24

What was the name of his first collection of short stories?

  • "The Golden Apples of the Sun"
  • "The October Country"
  • "Dark Carnival"

What did Bradbury call the Internet?

  • old-fashioned
  • dangerous
  • revolutionary

Why did Bradbury give up playwriting for 20 years?

  • He didn't like seeing his work performed live.
  • His plays were awful.
  • He hated it.

What was Bradbury's first paid writing gig?

  • joke writer
  • poem
  • short story

In which high school organization was Bradbury NOT involved?

  • drama club
  • poetry club
  • speech team

Why did Bradbury never get his driver's license?

  • He was scared of cars.
  • He thought pollution was a problem.
  • He was too broke to buy one for many years.

Where did Bradbury say he received his college education?

  • local library
  • University of Illinois
  • School of Hard Knocks

In what year was "Fahrenheit 451" published?

  • 1953
  • 1972
  • 1981

About how many books did Bradbury publish during his lifetime?

  • 80
  • 60
  • 30

For how long was Bradbury married to his wife?

  • 56 years
  • 62 years
  • 71 years

What was the name of the self-published magazine that Bradbury created right out of high school?

  • Storytellers of Science
  • Sci-Fi Fanhouse
  • Futuria Fantasia

What was the length of the first draft of "The Fireman," which became "Fahrenheit 451?"

  • 10,000 words
  • 25,000 words
  • 40,000 words

What was the name of Bradbury's breakthrough piece of writing?

  • "The Martian Chronicles"
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
  • "The Halloween Tree"

What's the name of the fictional town in "Dandelion Wine?"

  • Smithton
  • Green Town
  • Libertyville

Why was Bradbury not allowed to serve in the military during World War II?

  • He was a Communist sympathizer.
  • heart problems
  • poor vision

What does Bradbury's headstone have engraved on it?

  • "Kill Your TV"
  • "Author of Fahrenheit 451"
  • "Place Dandelions Here"

About how many short stories did Bradbury publish?

  • 300
  • 600
  • 800

What was a motivating factor for Bradbury to finish "Fahrenheit 451" so quickly?

  • He was using a rented typewriter.
  • He was late on rent.
  • He couldn't even afford food.

How old was Bradbury when he sold his first story?

  • 15
  • 22
  • 28