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WHY ARE YOU SO SAD? by Jason Porter Quiz

Raymond Champs, the main character of Why Are You So Sad? is trying to determine whether or not the world needs saving. It comes to him in the midst of a losing battle with insomnia — everybody he knows, and maybe everybody in the world, is the product of a grieving planet. Are you?

The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew

Take this quiz based on facts from The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew

Which Duke Ellington Song Are You?

Take this quiz based on facts from Duke, a major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

The Slimed! Quiz

Test your Nickelodeon knowledge by taking this quiz.

You Are Now Less Dumb

You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality--except we're not. 

The Little Book of Heartbreak Quiz

Ah, matters of the heart. So distressing. So complex. So…entertaining. The Little Book of Heartbreak tells tales of woe from history, literature, culture, art, and music from the beginning of time until today. So if you think your life’s greatest expert on the broken heart, take this quiz and find out!

Map Quest

Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.


How Well Do You Know Penn Jillette?

No one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette—the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller—whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

Plutocrats: True or False

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically.

It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be)

The “Modern Day Matchmaker” presents a refreshingly optimistic and plainspoken dating guide to finding romance—both on- and off-line.

The Law of Superheroes

Could you pass the Super-Bar? Evaluate your abilities as a comic multiverse lawyer!

Neil Young Quiz

Test your knowledge of  the life and career of Neil Young, a singular figure in the history of rock and roll, who continues to be a universally admired innovative force today.

How Not to Read

Better Book Titles: How Not to Read presents... Am I reading enough/correctly?

Are you ready for the End of Men?

Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the first to notice that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: They have pulled decisively ahead.

How to Look Expensive Quiz

Are you a fashionista on a budget? Take this quiz to find out if you have what it takes to get the expensive look you want without breaking the bank! Tips and more available in Andrea Pomerantz Lustig’s new book HOW TO LOOK EXPENSIVE.

How much do you know about Slouching Toward Adulthood?

Millions of American parents sit down to dinner every night, wondering why fully grown children are joining them—or, more likely, grunting good-bye as they head out for another night of who knows what. Sally Koslow, a journalist, novelist, and mother of two "adultescents" digs deep to reveal what lies behind the current generation’s unwillingness—or inability—to take flight.

Johnson's Life of London Quiz

London is still the mother ship for Americans, many of whom share the opinion of its tousle-headed, bicycle-riding mayor - that indeed it's the best city in the world. And as the capital takes center of the world stage with the 2012 Olympics, who better than Boris (as he is known) to convey how London became one of the most exciting and influential places on Earth?

How well do you know Yo La Tengo?

The first biography of Yo La Tengo, the massively influential band who all but defined indie music.

Rules of Civility 1930's Slang Quiz

Test your 1930’s slang to find out!

Dumb History: The Quiz

If there’s one thing we love to do it’s revel in other people’s mistakes. And you won’t be able to get enough of the brainless blunders in Dumb History by former National Lampoon contributing editor and bestselling author Joey Green. Think you’ve mocked it all? Test your knowledge of history’s most epic fails with this quiz!

How well do you know your comic books?

Think you know all there is to know about comic books? In WHY DOES BATMAN CARRY SHARK REPELLENT? Brian Cronin teams up with some of the top comic book writers and artists of today to give you 100 trivia lists about everything (and everyone) from Batman to Spider-Man, Aquaman to the X-Men, and so much more. Go on and take this quiz…see if we can stump you!


Have the sneaking suspicion that you’re working for a psychopath? You’re not alone; find out how well your boss fits the profile!
Take this quiz inspired by Jon Ronson’s bestseller The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry—now in paperback from Riverhead Books. The Psychopath Test is a must-read to learn how to spot and deal with a psychopath, at the bar, in the boardroom, or in your family tree.
Disclaimer: For amusement purposes only. The Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) is a diagnostic tool used by health professionals to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial tendencies in a variety of areas, and a diagnosis should only be made by a highly-trained professional. But this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun here!

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Which Little House on the Prairie Character are You?

In THE WILDER LIFE, Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder—a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places she’s never been to, yet somehow knows by heart.

Merchants of Culture

How much do you know about the publishing world? Test your knowledge with this quiz!

Werewolf Compatibility Quiz

You may be drawn to the idea of hooking up with a rich and sexy werewolf, but before you take the plunge, find out if you’re destined for a howling good time or a relationship disaster. Circle one answer for each question and check out your score below.

How well do you know Rachel Dratch?

You may remember Rachel Dratch from her time on Saturday Night Live…she was hilarious!  So, what happened to her?  Rachel recounts all her adventures after SNL in her new book GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR…
Take this quiz to find out how well you know Rachel Dratch and be sure to check out her new book!

Wherever I Wind Up

The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues.

An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.

Gods of Gotham

You’re invited to visit this time by the talented hand of author Lyndsay Faye in her highly anticipated upcoming book, THE GODS OF GOTHAM. Michael Connelly raves “I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave.”
1845 is the year New York City forms its first police force, and also the year the great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.  Test your skill with the Flash terminology and see if you could have a life of crime in the world of THE GODS OF GOTHAM!

Why Women Need Fat

Why do women struggle so much with weight? Can women ever lose weight and keep it off? An anthropologist and a public health doctor team up to answer those questions.

Think you know what it takes to be as fabulous as Simon Doonan? Take this quiz to find out!

In Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, Simon Doonan, the style icon, bestselling author, and creative genius behind Barneys New York effortlessly and hilariously illustrates why the gays know how to work, play, and dress better than anyone else, and dishes out practical counsel so you can start doing the same.

How well do you know Moby-Dick?

Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest of the Great American Novels, yet its length and esoteric subject matter create an aura of difficulty that too often keeps readers at bay.

You Are Not So Smart: True or False Quiz

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us.

While you may think these questions are opinion based, the answers are actually based in fact, FYI.

How well do you know your MTV? Part 2

The final quiz in our month long I WANT MY MTV extravaganza! Take it or be square.

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How well do you know your MTV? Part 1

It was a pretty radical idea—a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos.

Want more MTV? Don't forget to "Like" I Want My MTV on Facebook.

Which Music Video Are You?

Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in "Jump"?

Want more MTV? Don't forget to "Like" I Want My MTV on Facebook.

How Well Do You Know Christopher Columbus?

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history.

The Sibling Effect

How much do you know about your siblings? Take this quiz with fun facts from The Sibling Effect and test your knowledge!

Are You a Mick or a Keith?

Are you a Mick or a Keith? Methodical frontman or wild guitar slinger? Or perhaps a little of both? Take this quiz created by Penguin and discover which member of this iconic duo you are.

What's Your Font Personality Type?

What does your favorite font say about you?
Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy.

How Well Do You Know Sookie Stackhouse?

Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and has become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional-and otherworldly- life of Sookie Stackhouse. Now, in her own words...

Does a Bear Sh*t in the Woods? Quiz

Answers to Rhetorical Questions

Simon Pegg Super Fan Quiz

Nerd Do Well is the unique life story of Simon Pegg, one of the most talented and inventive comedians and star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek.

The Secret History of Balls Quiz

Quiz from The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat by Josh Chetwynd

The Indispensable Book of Useless Information Quiz

Bone up on some interesting (useless) facts and impress your friends!

Blooomsday Finish the James Joyce Quote Quiz

So you're a James Joyce Fan? There's no better day than Bloomsday to prove it. Finish these quotes are prove that you're a true scholar.

Are you friends with a financial zombie?

Spot the symptoms...before it's too late!

How Educated Are You in Jane Austen?

A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION looks at life lessons author William Deresiewicz gleaned from studying Austen's works. See if you can figure out, which book teaches which lesson.

Do you think you’re a Geek Dad?

The wildly popular DIY dad follows up his instant New York Times bestseller with a fresh batch of geeky weekend science projects for the whole family to enjoy.

The Morrissey Quiz

How well do you know Morrissey? Take this quiz and find out!