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Question: Harry Potter has been translated into Latin.
Answer: Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis is the Latin translation of one Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Harry Potter books have been translated into 73 languages.
Question: Peter Benchley’s Jaws, the scary novel about a man-eating shark, had no sequel.
Answer: Jaws was followed by The Deep. The villains were human, but sharks figured in the story, too.
Question: In mystery novels, a red herring is a villain.
Answer: A red herring is something that distracts the reader’s attention from the true fact. If someone in a story has been murdered with a knife, the discovery of a gun may be a red herring.
Question: The "Winnie-the-Pooh" books are about real animals.
Answer: A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh books, perennial favorites about the adventures of toys that belonged to his son Christopher Robin.
Question: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was inspired by chocolate.
Answer: The author of the beloved novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, confessed to a deep love of chocolate, which inspired him to write his story.
Question: The Old Man and the Sea is one of Aesop’s fables.
Answer: The Old Man and the Sea (1952) was Ernest Hemingway’s last full-length novel. It salvaged his fading reputation as an author and helped him win the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Question: The book Mary Poppins contains a made-up word.
Answer: P.L. Travers’s novel Mary Poppins uses real English. However, the popular movie made from it coined the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," which describes something extra beautiful.
Question: The Hobbit was written before the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Answer: Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien’s story about heroic little people with hairy toes was published in 1937, 17 years before the first of his influential Lord of the Rings trilogy of novels.
Question: In The War of the Worlds, the enemies of Earth were from Venus.
Answer: H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds is about an invasion of Earth by armies from Mars.
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