Word Frequency Quiz: Moderns

Posted on September 27, 2007 by Steve

Our sole respondent to the Classics edition of the Word Frequency Quiz got a perfect score. Eric correctly identified these titles with their most frequently used common nouns.

Aesop's Fables: fox, lion, man, wolf, day, time, mouse, ass, way, dog
Candide by Voltaire: man, woman, world, country, master, day, baron, people, sheep, captain
Discourse on the Method by Descartes: order, being, things, time, reason, heart, others, nature, blood, truth
The Iliad by Homer: man, son, ships, spear, horses, hand, gods, armour, battle, city
The New Testament: god, man, things, lord, son, men, father, day, spirit, heaven
The Old Testament: lord, god, king, son, people, house, man, land, children, day
Plato's Republic: man, state, life, justice, soul, nature, knowledge, truth, things, world
Tales of the Brothers Grimm: king, man, time, day, home, father, door, wife, mother, head


Today's quiz requires that you pair up more recent titles with their oftenest-used nouns.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
The Encyclopedia Brittanica
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Ulysses by James Joyce

(1)
lord
king
man
duke
time
heart
queen
lady
death
hand
(2)
man
father
time
love
money
face
life
heart
moment
god
(3)
man
time
eyes
hand
street
father
day
face
night
head
(4)
time
lady
sister
family
man
day
hope
father
letter
room
(45)
time
man
way
hand
head
boy
day
night
eyes
face
(6)
time
way
men
work
place
man
head
room
air
water
(7)
time
way
moment
question
fact
eyes
father
place
face
life
(8)
work
day
francs
man
hotel
money
men
people
tramps
food
(9)
year
time
bridge
town
century
building
number
city
government
life

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Comments

Posted by Tony | September 27, 2007 | 16:36:55

I'll give a partial answer a shot:

1: Shakespeare
2: Dostoyevsky
4: Jane Austen (that's the real 4, not the 5 that's pretending to be a 4)
5: Joyce
9: Brittanica
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Posted by Tony | September 27, 2007 | 16:37:21

Forgot one: 8 is Orwell
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Posted by Steve | September 27, 2007 | 21:54:21

We do offer partial credit, but why not go for the gold? Granted, this quiz is tougher than the last one.

Thanks for pointing out the goof in numbering.
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Posted by Eric Phillips | October 15, 2007 | 14:51:19

Wow, that's much harder than the last one. I think you need to fudge it a little, and include words such as "Shaftoe" and "Bloom."

Anyway, my guesses:

1. Shakespeare
2. Dostoevsky
3. James
4. Austen
5. Dickens
6. Stephenson
7. Joyce
8. Orwell
9. Britannica
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