Books Quiz - Author - John Grisham (Questions)

John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1955. He studied at Mississippi State University and in 1981 gained a degree in law. He practiced as a lawyer and also became a politician, being elected as a Representative for Mississippi, a role which he stayed in for seven years. As well as being a politician and a lawyer, Grisham was also writing in his spare time.

Grisham gave up his other occupations when his books began to be published. His most famous works are thrillers set in the world of law, but he has also written some non-fiction. He has now written over thirty novels, nine of which have topped the bestsellers list and fourteen have, or are about to be, made into films.

Are you a John Grisham fan? Test your knowledge on the life and works of this American thriller writer by playing this quiz.

1. What is Grisham's middle name?
[ ] Ray
[ ] Reece
[ ] Roy
[ ] Royce
2. What is the title of Grisham's first novel, published in 1989?
[ ] A Time to Die
[ ] A Time to Kill
[ ] A Time to Run
[ ] A Time to Worry
3. Who starred as Mich McDeere in the 1993 film verdion of Grisham's novel The Firm?
[ ] Tom Cruise
[ ] Johnny Depp
[ ] Tommy Lee Jones
[ ] Brad Pitt
4. What is the title of Grisham's 1992 novel that opens with the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices?
[ ] The Parrot Brief
[ ] The Pelican Brief
[ ] The Penguin Brief
[ ] The Puffin Brief
5. In which US state was Grisham born?
[ ] Alabama
[ ] Alaska
[ ] Arizona
[ ] Arkansas
6. As a child, Grisham was greatly influenced by the work of which writer?
[ ] William Faulkner
[ ] Ernest Hemingway
[ ] John Steinbeck
[ ] Mark Twain
7. Which 1993 Grisham novel features a young boy who witnesses a suicide?
[ ] The Brethren
[ ] The Chamber
[ ] The Client
[ ] The Summons
8. Who is being sued in Grisham's 2003 novel The Runaway Jury?
[ ] An airline
[ ] A drug company
[ ] A nuclear power plant
[ ] A tobacco company
9. In 1983 Grisham was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, representing which state?
[ ] Maine
[ ] Massachusetts
[ ] Mississippi
[ ] Missouri
10. What sport is the subject of the 2004 film Mickey, for which Grisham wrote the screenplay?
[ ] Baseball
[ ] Basketball
[ ] Golf
[ ] Tennis

 

Books Quiz - Author - John Grisham (Answers)
1. What is Grisham's middle name?
[x] Ray
[ ] Reece
[ ] Roy
[ ] Royce
His full name is John Ray Grisham, Junior
2. What is the title of Grisham's first novel, published in 1989?
[ ] A Time to Die
[x] A Time to Kill
[ ] A Time to Run
[ ] A Time to Worry
A Time to Kill was rejected by many publishers before 5,000 copies were finally printed. When Grisham's later works became bestsellers A Time to Kill was published again and it too became a bestseller
3. Who starred as Mich McDeere in the 1993 film verdion of Grisham's novel The Firm?
[x] Tom Cruise
[ ] Johnny Depp
[ ] Tommy Lee Jones
[ ] Brad Pitt
The Firm is Grisham's second novel and was written in 1991. It was his first success and has sold over 1.5 million copies
4. What is the title of Grisham's 1992 novel that opens with the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices?
[ ] The Parrot Brief
[x] The Pelican Brief
[ ] The Penguin Brief
[ ] The Puffin Brief
The Pelican Brief was also made into a film, this one starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Waskington
5. In which US state was Grisham born?
[ ] Alabama
[ ] Alaska
[ ] Arizona
[x] Arkansas
He was born in Jonesboro in 1955
6. As a child, Grisham was greatly influenced by the work of which writer?
[ ] William Faulkner
[ ] Ernest Hemingway
[x] John Steinbeck
[ ] Mark Twain
He admired Steinbeck's clarity
7. Which 1993 Grisham novel features a young boy who witnesses a suicide?
[ ] The Brethren
[ ] The Chamber
[x] The Client
[ ] The Summons
The Client was another of Grisham's books to be made into a film. This one starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones
8. Who is being sued in Grisham's 2003 novel The Runaway Jury?
[ ] An airline
[ ] A drug company
[ ] A nuclear power plant
[x] A tobacco company
The Runaway Jury was first published in 1996. It was reissued in 2003 to coincide with the release of the film version starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz
9. In 1983 Grisham was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, representing which state?
[ ] Maine
[ ] Massachusetts
[x] Mississippi
[ ] Missouri
He remained in the post until 1990 when his writing career was taking off
10. What sport is the subject of the 2004 film Mickey, for which Grisham wrote the screenplay?
[x] Baseball
[ ] Basketball
[ ] Golf
[ ] Tennis
It's about a Little League team