Cryptography and Conspiracy: Dan Brown Books Quiz


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The books of Dan Brown extend well beyond "The Da Vinci Code." Take our quiz to see how much you know about Brown and his books.

How many copies of "The Da Vinci Code" were sold around the world?

Brown sold more than 80 million copies of "The Da Vinci Code." The 2006 film version of the book brought in $758 million worldwide.


True or false: The "Angels & Demons" book is a sequel to "The Da Vinci Code."

"Angels & Demons" is actually the first book in the Robert Langdon series and a prequel to "The Da Vinci Code."


True or false: When it was made into a film, "Angels & Demons" was transformed into a "Da Vinci Code" sequel.

Hollywood flipped the order of the first two Robert Langdon books, transforming "Angels & Demons" from a prequel to a sequel.


Which of these books does NOT feature Robert Langdon?

Brown released "Digital Fortress," a stand-alone thriller, in 1998. It is not part of the Robert Langdon series.


Who is the lead character in "Digital Fortress"?

National Security Agency (NSA) head cryptographer Susan Fletcher is the lead character in the 1998 novel.


What is the name of the supercomputer in "Digital Fortress"?

Susan Fletcher steps in to help solve the puzzle when even the TRANSLTR computer can't crack the code.


Who created the unbreakable code in "Digital Fortress"?

Former NSA employee Ensei Tankado came up with the tricky code, which was dubbed "Digital Fortress."


What is found in the Arctic Circle in "Deception Point"?

Brown's 2001 novel "Deception Point" tells the story of a meteorite found in the Arctic Circle.


Why is the meteorite such a big deal?

The meteorite becomes a major focus of the novel because it contains material that might prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.


Who is Rachel Sexton's father in the novel?

Rachel Sexton is the daughter of Sen. Sexton, a man known for his extramarital affairs.


What year was "Angels & Demons" released?

Though the first book in the Robert Langdon series came out in 2000, it didn't get much attention until "The Da Vinci Code" hit it big a few years later.


What does Leonardo Vetra have written on his chest in "Angels & Demons"?

The CERN physicist has an ambigram of the world "Illuminati" on his chest in the novel.


What do the Illuminati steal in "Angels & Demons"?

The novel centers around the desperate attempt to recover stolen antimatter, a weapon with the same destructive potential as nuclear weapons.


Where is the antimatter hidden?

Langdon and company scramble to save Vatican City from a devastating explosion.


Where does the opening scene in "The Da Vinci Code" take place?

The 2000 bestselling novel opens with the murder of Jacques Sauniere at the Louvre in Paris.


Who drew the Vitruvian Man?

In "The Da Vinci Code," a dying Jacques Sauniere arranges his body to resemble da Vinci's sketch of the Vitruvian Man.


What is the holy grail, according to the novel?

"The Da Vinci Code" suggests that the holy grail is actually the bones of Mary Magdalene, who was the wife of Jesus.


Where does Robert Langdon believe the holy grail is buried?

Langdon pays tribute to Mary Magdalene by kneeling at the base of the inverted glass pyramid at the Louvre.


Who is "the Teacher" in "The Da Vinci Code"?

Langdon's friend, Leigh Teabing, turns out to be the Teacher, a man who has secretly been directing Silas to find the grail at all costs.


What group does Silas belong to?

Silas is an albino monk who belongs to a religious order called Opus Dei.


Where is the novel "The Lost Symbol" set?

The 2009 novel "The Lost Symbol" takes place in Washington, where Robert Langdon is invited to give a lecture at the Capitol.


What does Mal'akh leave on the floor in the Capitol in "The Lost Symbol"?

After kidnapping Peter Solomon, Mal'akh leaves Solomon's severed hand on the floor of the Capitol rotunda.


Whose lab gets destroyed in "The Lost Symbol"?

After Peter is kidnapped, his sister Katherine's lab — where she studies the paranormal — is destroyed.


Where is Robert Langdon at the start of "Inferno"?

Langdon awakens in a Florence, Italy, hospital with no memory in the 2013 novel.


What is the cylinder that Robert finds in his pocket in "Inferno"?

Robert finds a bone cylinder in his pocket, which is actually a miniprojector that projects Botticelli's Map of Hell.


What does Robert steal in "Inferno"?

Robert steals Dante's death mask from the Palazzo Vecchio in Italy.


Where does Robert find a bag containing a deadly plague?

Robert finally locates the plague — which is designed to reduce the world population — at Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.


True or false: Dan Brown's books get praising reviews from almost all critics.

Despite the huge commercial success of Brown's work, his books usually get mixed reviews from critics.


Who played Robert Langdon in the movie version of "The Da Vinci Code"?

In the film version of Brown's books, Tom hanks took on the role of Langdon, with Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu in "The Da Vinci Code."


How many books has Dan Brown sold?

Worldwide, Dan Brown has sold more than 200 million books in at least 54 languages.


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