Quiz: Classic Latin American Novels

Do you want to have access to the finest minds of previous generations? Read the classics. And why not start at home, with some iconic Latin American and Spanish novelists. Reading classic novels is like having a glimpse into the past, and as proven by history, when we know about the past we work towards a better future.

Take the quiz below to be inspired by literary geniuses! Want to know more? Don’t be afraid to pick a random name from the multiple choices and go further with some research of your own because you might be surprised at the amazing life stories behind these familiar names.



1. This classic novel, was written by an iconic Spanish novelist whose date of death is the same as William Shakespeare’s. Sancho Panza is one of these novels most recognizable characters. Don Quixote was written by–

() Gustavo Doré

() Miguel de Cervantes

() Carlos Fuentes


2. A Chilean writer whose works often contain touches of “magic realism”, for this reason she has been compared to Gabriel García Márquez. In her debut novel she tells the story of four generations of the Trueba family, mostly told from the perspective of Esteban and Alba. The House of Spirits / La Casa de los Espíritus was written by—

() Isabel Allende

() Magda Bogin

() Laura Esquivel


3. One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered this authors masterpiece and made him worthy of the highly acclaimed Nobel Prize for Literature. His masterpiece has been described by critics “as the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.” One Hundred Years of Solitude / Cien Años de Soledad was written by—

() Gabriel García Márquez

() Luisa Valenzuela

() Gonzalo Lira

4.  In her debut novel, this Mexican novelist tells the story of how a family tradition impedes Tita of marrying the love of her life. The novel is characteristic for using magical realism and embedding it to everyday life story lines. Like Water for Chocolate / Como Agua Para Chocolate was written by—

() Carol Christensen

() Laura Esquivel

() Nicolasa Mohr

5.  In 1948 this Argentinian writer published a dark and psychological novel about a man, Juan Pablo Castel, who was obsessed with a women. Famous novelist and philosopher, Albert Camus, supported this novel. The Tunnel / El Túnel was written by—

() William Golding

() Graham Greene

() Ernesto Sabato

6. Through his writing this Brazilian novelist inspires many of his readers to never abandon their dreams. His writings range from psychological dramas to self-improvement books. The Alchemist / El Alquimista was written by—

() Paulo Coehlo

() Georgi Parvanov

() Luan Santana

7. This 1878 novel explores worlds complexities from a moral perspective. Overtime this Spanish classic has been adapted into plays, movies and teleno velas. Marianela was written by—

() Benito Pérez Galdós

()  Blanco Reyes

()  Javier Escajedo

8. Published in the year 1499, this text was written in dialogue form with the intention to critique the servants of the low nobility. The novels main characters are Celestina and Melibea. La Celestina was written by—

() Pedro Calderón

() Fernando de Rojas

()  Tirso de Molina


9. This Spanish play was first published in Madrid in the year 1619. In addition, A popular Soviet play titled, Laurencia was influenced by this playwright. Fuenteovejuna was written by—

() Mauricio Vega

( )  Felix Cruz

() Lope de Vega


10. A Spanish language play, published in 1635. The play is a philosophical allegory that explores life’s mysteries through its iconic characters of Rosaura, Segismundo and Clotaldo. Life is A Dream/La Vida es Sueño was written by—


( )  Milo Vladimir

() Pedro Calderón

( )  Leo Caro


Answer Key:
1. Miguel Cervantes
2. Isabel Allende
3. Gabriel García Márquez
4. Laura Esquivel
5. Ernesto Sabato
6. Paulo Coehlo
7. Benito Pérez Galdós
8. Fernando de Rojas
9. Lope de Vega
10. Pedro Calderón


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