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The Ursula K. Le Guin Quiz
by Staff
Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has penned numerous novels, short stories, poems and children's books. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of all things Le Guin.

Which literary genre is the author Ursula K. Le Guin best known for?

  • romance
  • nonfiction
  • science fiction

When was Le Guin born?

  • 1927
  • 1929
  • 1931

True or false: Le Guin's mother was a writer.

  • true
  • false

In which city was Ursula K. Le Guin born?

  • Berkeley, California
  • Denver
  • Portland, Oregon

When did Ursula K. Le Guin receive a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College?

  • 1949
  • 1950
  • 1951

From which college did Ursula K. Le Guin receive a Master of Arts?

  • Columbia University
  • Yale University
  • Stanford University

Which prestigious fellowship was Ursula K. Le Guin awarded?

  • Rhodes
  • Fulbright
  • Watson

Where did Ursula K. Le Guin meet her future husband?

  • on the Queen Mary
  • at the Eiffel Tower
  • at the Louvre

Where was Le Guin's first teaching job?

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Emory University
  • Mercer University

Which subject did Le Guin teach at Mercer University?

  • philosophy
  • French
  • American literature

Which institution did Le Guin teach at from 1956 to 1958?

  • University of Idaho
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University

How many children did Le Guin have?

  • none
  • one
  • three

How old was Le Guin when she wrote her first science fiction story?

  • 7 years old
  • 9 years old
  • 11 years old

Which science fiction magazine published Le Guin's story "April in Paris"?

  • Fantastic
  • Weird Tales
  • Space and Time

What is the title of Le Guin's first published novel?

  • "The Dispossessed"
  • "Rocannon's World"
  • "The Telling"

What is the name of the main character in the novel "A Wizard of Earthsea"?

  • Jed
  • Ked
  • Ged

True or false: In the novel "A Wizard of Earthsea," Ged's use-name is Wolf.

  • true
  • false

How many books are in the "Earthsea" series?

  • six
  • four
  • two

Which 1969 Le Guin novel won the Hugo Award?

  • "Heart of Darkness"
  • "Rulers of Darkness"
  • "The Left Hand of Darkness"

Which novel was the first book in the "Hainish Cycle" series?

  • "Planet of Exile"
  • "Rocannon's World"
  • "City of Illusions"

Which novel is NOT in the "Hainish Cycle" series?

  • "The Lathe of Heaven"
  • "Planet of Exile"
  • "City of Illusions"

True or false: "Rocannon's World" was originally published by Bantam Spectra.

  • true
  • false

What is the name of the enemy race featured in the book "City of Illusions"?

  • the Ferengi
  • the Shing
  • the Borg

When was the book "City of Illusions" first published?

  • 1967
  • 1970
  • 1973

Who is the main character of the book "The Dispossessed"?

  • Tehanu
  • Erreth-Akbe
  • Shevek

Which Le Guin novel describes the culture of the Kesh people?

  • "Always Coming Home"
  • "The Telling"
  • "The Lathe of Heaven"

Who is locked in a closet in the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

  • an elderly woman
  • a middle-aged man
  • a young child

Where does Le Guin live?

  • Seattle
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Eugene, Oregon

True or false: Le Guin's agent submitted one of Le Guin's stories to Playboy magazine under the name U.K. Le Guin.

  • true
  • false

How many novels has Le Guin published?

  • 10
  • 16
  • 22