04/02/2014 07:19 am ET Updated Jun 02, 2014

QUIZ: Can You Find The Mistakes In These Sentences?

There is nothing authors enjoy more than receiving letters from readers informing them of grammatical or rhetorical errors in their published work. Each time a book of Mr. Snicket's is published, he receives many such letters, and as his official representative I always wish I could meet these correspondents in person so I might explain that Mr. Snicket purposefully litters his work with textual mistakes in order to test their acumen. Why not challenge yourself now, grammarians and other policers? Here are thirteen sentences from Mr. Snicket's new work, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents [Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $12.00], which some say has a punctuation error in the title and others say contains a set of bewildering mysteries which will lead young readers alarmingly astray.

Read each sentence carefully, and then choose from the two suggested improvements so that the book might be more beneficial to people less wise and discerning than yourselves.

Lemony Snicket's Writing Quiz


If you chose more As than Bs:
Grr! It's "'A's' and 'B's!'"

If you chose A's and B's equally:
Literature is a slithery beast, which slips from the grasp of rule and ethic, like life.

If you chose more B's than A's:
You have the feeling this isn't a quiz with any educational merit whatsoever, but some sort of goofy piece serving to promote a book, thus besmirching the reputations of both Lemony Snicket and the Huffington Post. From now on, you will rely only on J. K. Rowling and BuzzFeed.

Art by Seth.