Which literary classic was published first? (This or That)

[10-6-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing “This or That” Quiz Question: Which literary classic was published first?

Here are the books given in the quiz with their publication year. Compare their publication year to determine the correct answers.

  • A Christmas Carol (1843)
  • A Study In Scarlet (1887)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
  • Animal Farm (1945)
  • Catch-22 (1961)
  • Crime and Punishment (1866)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
  • Don Quixote (1605)
  • Dracula (1897)
  • Jane Eyre (1847)
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
  • Metamorphosis (1915)
  • Moby Dick (1851)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
  • Paradise Lost (1667)
  • Peter Pan (1911)
  • Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  • The Call of Cthulhu (1928)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  • The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Lord of the Rings (1954)
  • The Metamorphosis (1915)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
  • The Sun Also Rises (1926)
  • The Tale of Genji (1021)
  • The Three Musketeers (1844)
  • The Time Machine (1895)
  • The Wind in the Willows (1908)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1900)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
  • Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  • Treasure Island (1883)
  • Watchmen (1986)

Note: If your quiz does not have the books listed above, you can look into the following big list. In the following list, the books are sorted by title. Check the year when it was published first to determine the correct answers. If you still do not find the answer, check the wiki reference given at the end of this post.

List of 246 classic literature with their first published year:

120 Days of Sodom (1785)Paradise Lost (1667)
A Brief History of Time (1988)Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)
A Christmas Carol (1843)Pet Sematary (1983)
A Clockwork Orange (novel) (1962)Peter Pan (1911)
A Dangerous Fortune (1993)Phantastes (1858)
A Dream Play (1901)Philip Roth (2018)
A Farewell to Arms (1929)Pierre de Marivaux (1724)
A Hero of Our Time (1840)Poems and Ballads (1866)
A Study In Scarlet (1887)Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages (1951)
Absalom and Achitophel (1681)Red Cotton Night-Cap Country (1873)
Alessandro Manzoni (1825)Regina Maria Roche (1810)
Alexander Pushkin (1825)Repetition (Kierkegaard) (1843)
Alexandre Dumas, fils (1848)Rhinoceros (play) (1959)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)Ricardo Güiraldes (1926)
Almayer’s Folly (1895)Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1775)
Alpamysh (1899)Richard Marsh (author) (1897)
Ambrose Bierce (1891)Rob Roy (novel) (1817)
American Psycho (1991)Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976)
Aminta (1573)Rupert Brooke (1915)
Anfitriões (1587)Se Wsi Testamenti (1548)
Animal Farm (1945)Servant of Two Masters (1743)
Atheism Conquered (1607)Shogun (novel) (1975)
August Wilson (2005)Simplicius Simplicissimus (1668)
Autumn in Peking (1947)Susan Sontag (2004)
Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853)Sylvia’s Lovers (1863)
Beaumont and Fletcher folios (1679)Table Talk (Luther) (1566)
Beunans Meriasek (1504)Takeda Izumo II (1746)
Birds of America (book) (1838)Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Blood Work (novel) (1998)Tancred (novel) (1847)
Boleslaw Prus (1895)Terra Nostra (novel) (1975)
Brooklyn (novel) (2009)The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
Bryan Forbes (2013)The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
Cards on the Table (1936)The Betrothed (Manzoni novel) (1825)
Carson McCullers (1967)The Big Four (novel) (1927)
Catch-22 (1961)The Book of Disquiet (1982)
Chess (poem) (1565)The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1703)The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
Christopher Smart (1763)The Call of Cthulhu (1928)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978)The Castle of Otranto (1764)
Codex Huamantla (1592)The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
Complutensian Polyglot Bible (1520)The Cherry Orchard (1904)
Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia (1590)The Cloud (poem) (1820)
Courageous Exploits of Doctor Syn (1939)The Cowards (1958)
Crime and Punishment (1866)The Curse of Capistrano (1919)
Cuneus Prophetarum (1685)The Diary of a Country Priest (1937)
Curious George (book) (1941)The Dunciad (1728)
De humani corporis fabrica (1543)The Examiner (1710–1714) (1710)
De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (1671)The Garden Party (play) (1963)
Death of a Salesman (1949)The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2005)
Defence of the Seven Sacraments (1521)The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1971)
Denis Diderot (1757)The Golden Rump (1737)
Dennis Wheatley (1977)The Good Huswifes Jewell (1585)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991)
Doctor Syn Returns (1935)The Grandmother (1855)
Don Quixote (1605)The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
Dracula (1897)The Great Gatsby (1925)
Emblemata of Zinne-werck (1624)The Happy Hooker (1971)
Erdeniin Tobchi (1662)The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
Extinction (Bernhard novel) (1986)The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)
Fanny Burney (1778)The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Frankenstein (1818)The Invention of Morel (1940)
George Eliot (1860)The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
Gigi (novella) (1943)The Jungle Book (1894)
Girl, Woman, Other (2019)The Land of Green Plums (1994)
God Is Not Great (2007)The Leopard (1958)
Gone Girl (novel) (2012)The Life and Death of Mr Badman (1680)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934)The Lightning Thief (2005)
Graham Greene (1991)The Lord of the Rings (1954)
Green Mansions (1904)The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (1703)
H. G. Wells (1896)The Man from St. Petersburg (1982)
Hampshire (1756)The Masque of Anarchy (1819)
Hard Cash (novel) (1863)The Master and Margarita (1966)
I Modi (1524)The Maze Runner (2009)
Ian Fleming (1964)The Metamorphosis (1915)
Jane Eyre (1847)The Model of Poesy (1599)
Jean de la Fontaine (1674)The Monument of Matrones (1582)
Jesmyn Ward (2017)The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
Jez Butterworth (2017)The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
Jez Butterworth (2017)The Painted Bird (1965)
Johan Johan The Husband (1520)The Painted Veil (novel) (1925)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1774)The Palace of Pleasure (1566)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)The Peasants (1904)
Journey to the West (1592)The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (1876)The Pioneers (novel) (1823)
King Solomon’s Mines (1885)The Professor (novel) (1857)
Kingsley Amis (2000)The Raven (1845)
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (2005)The Real Thing (play) (1982)
Kobo Abe (1993)The Reform’d Coquet (1724)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964)The Return of Tarzan (1913)
Laurence Sterne (1768)The Road (2006)
Lazarillo de Tormes (1554)The Sketch Book (1819)
Le Préjugé vaincu (1746)The Stepford Wives (1972)
Leo Tolstoy (1877)The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991)
Leonard Cohen (2016)The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Les Aventures de Télémaque (1699)The Swisser (1631)
Leucippe and Clitophon (1601)The Tale of Genji (1021)
Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons (1550)The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America (1650)
Little Women (1868)The Three Musketeers (1844)
Love for Love (1695)The Time Machine (1895)
Ludovico Ariosto (1516)The Twelve Chairs (1928)
Luha ng Buwaya (1983)The Voyage of the Beagle (1839)
Mario Puzo (1999)The War of the Worlds (1898)
Marius the Epicurean (1885)The Wind in the Willows (1908)
Meditations on First Philosophy (1640)The Wizard of Oz (1900)
Memoirs (1788)The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1907)
Mervyn Peake (1968)The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Metamorphosis (1915)Thomas Carlyle (1834)
Micromégas (1752)Thomas Elyot (1531)
Middlemarch (1871)Thomas Mann (1955)
Miguel de Cervantes (1585)Three Books of Occult Philosophy (1533)
Moby Dick (1851)Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Money and Trade Considered (1705)To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Nathan the Wise (1779)Treasure Island (1883)
Nemesis (Christie novel) (1971)Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
Nicholas Rowe (writer) (1715)Uncle Vanya (1897)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)Under Western Eyes (novel) (1911)
Odd Thomas (novel) (2003)Unfinished Portrait (novel) (1934)
Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652)Upton Sinclair (1968)
On Wings of Eagles (1983)Watchmen (1986)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)Whiteout (Follett novel) (2004)
Orlando Furioso (1516)World Without End (Follett novel) (2007)
Othello (1604)Yazawin Kyaw (1520)

Today’s “Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz” has ten answers to the “This or That?” question related to classic literature. Each answer carries 5 points, and the wrong answer does not earn any points. Earn five points per question—up to 50 points total—when you answer correctly. So, select only the correct answers.

If you find other answers or wrong answers, please mention them in the comment.

Reference: 1


    • Which one did you find wrong?
      You had to use answers marked in blue ONLY IF you had the same option. If you had different options, you had to check the date to determine the correct answer.

  1. Unbelievable I got one wrong when I started because it was in the list and it said it was the correct answer this is why I don’t like coming to this website it’s never correct

    • Sometimes Bing behaves in a weird way. That’s why the answer can be wrong.
      I think you did not check the publication year even when you had different options. I put answers in BLUE only for those who have the same options in their quiz. I have clearly mentioned that you select the answer in BLUE only if you have the same options.

      I think I need to stop putting answers in Blue, as it confuses some people. Starting from the next “This or That” quiz, such a time series quiz will not have answers in blue.

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