Quiz: Can You Guess These Book Titles From A Single Sentence Summary?
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Can You Guess These Book Titles From A Single Sentence Summary?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

There's a term from screenwriting called a "logline." It refers to a script or movie summed up in just one sentence. The term comes from broadcasters' logs, back in the days before DVDs or streaming services, when television stations were the only ones to broadcast movies once they'd left the theater. 

TV logs were very concise (think of the one-line descriptions on a TV grid), so no matter how complex the film, its description had to fit in one line. Screenwriters adopted the practice of summing up their scripts and became adept at boiling their plots down. 

But books are different, right? Surely you can't sum up "Anna Karenina" or "The Hobbit" in one sentence? We're challenging that book-snob assumption with a 35-question quiz that condenses some classic novels (and also some popular potboilers) in just one sentence.

We're willing to bet they DO condense just fine. But how confident are you that your literary chops are up to the test? Do you know which book we're referring to when we say, "A boy wizard attends a magical school while the world is under threat from a powerful wizard"? Okay, that one was pretty easy. What about "A man makes a long journey home, facing monsters and more, after fighting in a war"? 

We're willing to bet that whether you ace this quiz, or just muddle through, you'll end up with a few more books on your to-read list!

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