Authors

This skill says a literary title and you respond with the author.

Launching the skill

These phrases will open the quiz. Alexa will then ask for a category:
  • "Alexa, launch quiz bowl authors"
  • "Alexa, open quiz bowl authors"
  • "Alexa, quiz bowl authors"
You may also jump to the list selection prompt by providing the category:
  • "Alexa, launch quiz bowl authors and give me European"
  • "Alexa, open quiz bowl authors and ask me Young Adult"
  • "Alexa, launch quiz bowl authors and I want American"
  • "Alexa, ask quiz bowl authors about World"

If at any time you want to return to the beginning, say "Start Over".

Alexa asks for a category

There are currently five choices. If you need Alexa to repeat the list, say "I need help".

Click on a category to see the data file Alexa uses.

The Young Adult category has titles that come up most often in middle school competitions. However, a high school player will also find value in the list as Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, and Rudyard Kipling are certainly asked at that level. Conversely, middle school players will want to know some of the easiest titles in the other lists.

Alexa asks for a list number

Say a number between "1" and the number of available lists.

Each list has 20 titles. In general list "1" contains the most-frequently asked title in quizbowl, and successive lists increase in difficulty. However, some authors' works have been "spread out" so as to not appear all in the same list.

The data include both individual works and also collective titles. For example, both Dante's Inferno and also The Divine Comedy.

Alexa gives you a title

You will respond with the author's name. If you have no idea, you may say "I don't know" or "I pass".

Alexa will accept a variety of responses. For example, if Alexa gives you The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you may respond with any of:

  • "Twain"
  • "Mark Twain"
  • "Clemens"
  • "Samuel Clemens"

As another example, for The Chronicles of Narnia, you may say:

  • "Lewis"
  • "C. S. Lewis"
  • "Clive Staples Lewis"

When the list is over

  • Say a number to get a list in the same category
  • Say "Start Over" to return to the category prompt and change the topic area

Helpful hints...

  • If Alexa rules you wrong, listen to how Alexa says the name, and next time try to say the author's name in the same way.
  • If you repeat a syllable or answer, Alexa may rule you wrong.
  • Good diction is helpful. You can open up the Alexa app and look at what Alexa thought you said. If Alexa heard "berry", it won't credit you with a correct answer on Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
  • If you need help with a particular author or title, send me a note and I can look at the log and offer advice.
  • On Fire tablets, the lock screen can interrupt your session.

Let me know about missing authors and titles!

There will be periodic revisions to the data. If you have an author or a title you would like to see included, or you find an error in the data, please send me a note.