Books & Authors Quiz-2

Books & Authors Quiz-2

Books & Authors Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Quiz for State and UPSC Civil Services Examinations. Objective Questions on Books & Authors for competitive examinations.

    21. Who is the author of “Business @ Speed of Thought” ?

    (1) Dick Francis
    (2) John Gray
    (3) Bill Gates
    (4) David Baldacci
    Answer:
    21. (3) Business @ the Speed of Thought is a book written by Bill Gates and Collins Hemingway in 1999. It discusses how business and technology are integrated, and shows how digital infrastructures and information networks can help getting an edge on the competition. Gates asserts cyberspace and industry can no longer be separate entities, and that businesses must change to succeed in the Information Age.

    22. Who wrote the play “Uttararamacharita” ?

    (1) Harsha 
    (2) Tulsidas
    (3) Bhavabhuti 
    (4) Sudraka
    Answer:
    22. (3) Bhavabhuti was an 8th century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. His plays are considered equivalent to the works of Kalidasa. Bhavbhuti was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family of Padmapura, Vidarbha, central India, in Gondia district, on Maharashtra and MP border. His real name was SrikanthaNilakantha, and he was the son of Nilakantha and Jatukarni. He received his education at ‘Padmapawaya’, a place some 42 km South-West of Gwalior.

    23. Who is the author of the best seller “My Life” ?

    (1) Nelson Mandela
    (2) Bill Clinton
    (3) Hillary Roddham Clinton
    (4) Margaret Thatcher
    Answer:
    23. (2) My Life is a 2004 autobiography written by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, who left office on January 20, 2001. It was released on June 22, 2004. The book was published by the Knopf Publishing Group; the book sold in excess of 2,250,000 copies. Clinton had received what was at
    the time the world’s highest book advance fee, believed to have been worth US$12 million; at the
    announcement of media personality Oprah Winfrey’s future weight loss book, it was said that her
    undisclosed advance fee had broken this record.

    24. Who is the author of book “Is New York Burning” ?

    (1) John Gresham
    (2) Lapiere and Collins
    (3) Christopher Paolini Knaul
    (4) Michael Moor
    Answer:
    24. (*) Dominique Lapierre is a French author. One day in the cafeteria he met a young American corporal, Larry Collins, a Yale graduate and draftee. They became friends instantly. When Collins was discharged he was offered a job with Procter & Gamble. Two days before reporting to the new job, the United Press offered him a job as caption writer at their Paris office, for much less money than offered by Procter & Gamble. Collins took the offer from United Press and was soon picked up by Newsweek to be their correspondent in the Middle East. When Lapierre was discharged, he found work as a reporter for the magazine Paris Match. Collins became the godfather of the Lapierre’s first child, Alexandra. On several occasions, Collins and Lapierre met while on assignment. In spite of their friendship they had to compete with each other for stories. But they decided to join forces to tell a big
    story which would appeal to both French and anglophone audiences. Their first bestseller is Paris burning sold close to ten million copies in thirty languages. In this book they mixed the modern
    technique of investigation journalism with the classical methods of historical research.

    25. Who is author of the book ‘Apprenticeship of a Mahatma’ on which the film called ‘The Making of the Mahatma’ is based ?

    (1) Arundhati Roy
    (2) Shyam Benegal
    (3) Shobha De
    (4) Fatima Meer
    Answer:
    25. (4) Fatima Meer was a South African writer, academic, screenwriter, and prominent anti-apartheid activist. She was born in Durban, the largest city in what is now KwaZulu-Natal Province, into a family of nine, where her father, a newspaper editor, instilled in her a consciousness of the racial discrimination that existed in the country. She completed her schooling at the Durban Indian Girls High School and subsequently attended the University of the Witwatersrand where she was a member of a Trotskyist group and the University of Natal, where she completed a Masters degree in Sociology.

    26. Which from the following was authored by Mulk Raj Anand ?

    (1) The Village
    (2) A Stranger Called I
    (3) Dark Room
    (4) My God Died Young
    Answer:
    26. (1) Mulk Raj Anand (12 December, 1905 – 28 September, 2004) was an Indian writer in English,
    notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. One of the pioneers of Indo-Anglican fiction, he, together with R. K. Narayan, Ahmed Ali and Raja Rao, was one of the first India-based writers in English to gain an international readership. His work includes poetry and essays on a wide range of subjects, as well as autobiographies and novels. Prominent among his novels are The Village (1939).

    27. Who is the author of the book Long Walk to Freedom?

    (1) Nelson Mandela
    (2) Louis Fischer
    (3) Aung Sang Su Kyi
    (4) Mao Tse Tung
    Answer:
    27. (1) Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

    28. ‘Indica’ was written by

    (1) Justin
    (2) Megasthenese
    (3) Pliny
    (4) Strabo
    Answer:
    28. (2) Lucius Flavius Arrianus ‘Xenophon’, known in English as Arrian, and Arrian of Nicomedia, was a Greek historian, a public servant, a military commander and a philosopher of the Roman period.
    Indica is also the name of a similar book by Megasthenes that also describes the history of India and was a major source from which Arrian drew. Megasthenes (ca. 350 – 290 BCE) was a Greek ethnographer and explorer in the Hellenistic period, author of the work Indica. He was born in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and became an ambassador of Seleucus I of the Seleucid dynasty possibly to Chandragupta Maurya in Pataliputra, India. However the exact date of his embassy is uncertain. Scholars place it before 298 BC, the date of Chandragupta’s death.

    29. Who among the following has been awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his outstanding achievement in their field and fostering understanding of India abroad ?

    (1) Vikram Seth
    (2) Ms. Indira Nooyi
    (3) Laxmi Mittal
    (4) Sunil Mittal
    Answer:
    29. (1) He got Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2005. Vikram Seth (born 20 June, 1952) is an Indian author and poet. Vikram Seth was born on 20 June, 1952 in a Punjabi family to Leila and Prem Seth in Calcutta (now Kolkata). His family lived in many cities including the Bata Shoe Company town of Batanagar, Danapur near Patna, and in London. Having lived in London for many years, Seth now maintains residences near Salisbury, England, where he is a participant in local literary and cultural events, having bought and renovated the house of the Anglican poet George Herbert in 1996,and in Delhi, where he lives with his parents and keeps his extensive library and papers.

    30. The author of the book “Environmental Jurisprudence” is—

    (1) Justice Y.V. Chandra-chud
    (2) Justice Ashok A. Desai
    (3) Justice A. K. Sood
    (4) Justice Prem Nagar
    Answer:
    30. (2) The second edition of the book, “Environmental Jurisprudence” written by Chief Justice of
    Uttaranchal High Court, Justice Ashok Desai, was released recently. This book deals with the legislative aspects of the conservation of biodiversity, of sustainable development, of population explosion, of global environmental regulations.

    31. Which of the following is correctly matched ?

    (1) “Do or die” — Jawahar Lal Nehru
    (2) “Dilli Chalo” — Mahatma Gandhi
    (3) “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” —Lal Bahadur Shastri
    (4) “Swaraj is my birthright” — Swami Dayanand
    Answer:
    31. (3) Jai Jawan Jai Kisan was a slogan given to India by the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965. It means hail the soldier and hail the farmer. Soon after Shastri took over the prime ministership of India after Nehru’s death. India was attacked by Pakistan. At the same time there was scarcity of foodgrains in country. Shastri gave the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan to enthuse the soldiers to defend India and simultaneously cheering farmers to do their best to increase the production of food grains to reduce dependence on import. It became a very popular slogan. After Pokaran tests in 1998 Atal Bihari Vajpayee added Jai Vigyan (Hail knowledge) to the slogan to underline the importance of knowledge in India’ progress.

    32. Who is the author of Harry Potter Book Series ?

    (1) Charles Dickens
    (2) Nick Middleton
    (3) J. K. Rowling
    (4) Edward Klein
    Answer:
    32. (3) Joanne “Jo” Rowling(born 31 July, 1965), pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history, and been the basis for a popular series of films, in which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment. Rowling conceived the idea for the series on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. 

    33. Who is the author of the book Argumentative Indian ?

    (1) V. S. Naipaul
    (2) Vikram Seth
    (3) Shashi Tharoor
    (4) Amartya Sen
    Answer:
    33. (4) The Argumentative Indian is a book written by Nobel Prize winning Indian economist Amartya Sen. It is a collection of essays that discuss India’s history and identity, focusing on the traditions of public debate and intellectual pluralism. Martha Nussbaum says the book “demonstrates the importance of public debate in Indian traditions generally.”The Argumentative Indian has brought together a selection of writings from Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India in the light of its long argumentative tradition. The understanding and use of this argumentative tradition are critically important, Sen argues, for the success of India’s democracy, the defence of its secular politics, the removal of inequalities related to class, caste, gender and community, and the pursuit of sub-continental peace.

    34. The book “Unto the Last” which influenced Gandhi was authored by

    (1) Boris Yeltsin 
    (2) John Ruskin
    (3) Pushkin 
    (4) Ruskin Bond
    Answer:
    34. (2) John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, water-colourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin’s political ideas, and Unto This Last in particular, later proved highly influential, praised and paraphrased in Gujarati by Gandhi, a wide range of autodidacts, the economist John A. Hobson and many of the founders of the British Labour party.


    35. Which of the following books is written by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam ?

    (1) Developing India
    (2) Science is Today’s India
    (3) Defence set up in India
    (4) Guiding Soul
    Answer:
    35. (4) Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam usually referred to as Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, studied physics at the St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai. Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life reveals his spiritual side. He has written poems in Tamil as well. It has been reported that there is considerable demand in South Korea for translated versions of books authored by him. Kalam has also patronized grassroots innovations. He is closely associated with the Honey Bee Network and The National innovation Foundation. The NIF is a body of Government of India and operates from Ahmadabad, Gujarat.

    36. “Gita Govinda” the famous poem was written by

    (1) Jayachandra 
    (2) Jayadeva
    (3) Jayasimha 
    (4) Jayant
    Answer:
    36. (2) Jayadeva was a Sanskrit poet circa 1200 AD. He is most known for his composition, the epic poem Gita Govinda, which depicts the divine love of Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, and his consort, Radha. This poem, which presents the view that Radha is greater than Hari, is considered an important text in the Bhakti movement of Hinduism. Jayadeva was born to a Hindu Brahmin family. It describes the relationship between Krishna and the gopis (female cow herders) of Vrindavana, and in particular one gopi named Radha. This work has been of great importance in the development of the bhakti traditions of Hinduism.

    37. With which of the following books is Hobbes associated ?

    (1) Lectures on Jurisprudence
    (2) Social Contract
    (3) Republic
    (4) Leviathan
    Answer:
    37. (1) Leviathan is a sea monster referred to in the Bible. The word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In literature (e.g., Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick) it refers to great whales, and in Modern Hebrew, it means simply “whale.” It is described extensively in Job 41 and mentioned in Isaiah 27:1.Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 588 – 4 December, 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.

    38. The book ‘Truth, Love and A Little Malice’ is written by

    (1) Tarun Tejpal
    (2) Vikram Seth
    (3) Khushwant Singh
    (4) Nirad C. Chaudhuri
    Answer:
    38. (3) Khushwant Singh is an Indian novelist and journalist. Singh’s weekly column, “With Malice
    towards One and All”, carried by several Indian newspapers, is among the most widely-read columns
    in the country. An Indo-Anglican novelist, Singh is best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor,
    and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners
    and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as editor of several literary and news magazines, as well
    as two broadsheet newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. He is a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan
    the second highest civilian award in India.

    39. The book ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ has been written by

    (1) Salman Rushdie
    (2) Arundhati Roy
    (3) Anita Desai
    (4) Kiran Desai
    Answer:
    39. (4) Kiran Desai (born 3 September 1971) is an Indian author. She is a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States. Her novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss, won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. The Inheritance of Loss is the second novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. It was first published in 2006. It won a number of awards, including the Man Booker Prize for that year, the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007,and the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award. It was written over a period of seven years after her first book, the critically acclaimed Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. Among its main themes are migration, living between two worlds, and between past and present.

    40. Who is the author of Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan ‘Vaishnava jana to tene kahiye’?

    (1) Purandar Das
    (2) Shyamal Bhatt
    (3) Narsi Mehta
    (4) Sant Gyaneshwar
    Answer:
    40. (3) Narsinh Mehta also known as Narsi Mehta or Narsi Bhagat (1414– 1481) was a poet-saint of Gujarat, India, and a member of the Nagar Brahmins community, notable as a bhakta, an exponent of Vaishnava poetry. He is especially revered in Gujarati literature, where he is acclaimed as its AdiKavi (Sanskrit for “first among poets”). His bhajan, Vaishnav Jan To is Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite and has become synonymous to him. Vaishnavajana to is one of the most popular Hindu Bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. It is in the Gujarati language. The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayer.

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