1. About how many books do you have in your house?
  2. Are book prices too high to buy in your hometown?
  3. Did you read books when you were a child?
  4. Do you give books to your friends as a present? If so, what was the last book you gave? Why did you choose that book?
  5. Do you have a library card? Are you a member of any public library?
  6. Do you have your own library? If so, does that mean you like books?
  7. Do you know any American writers?
  8. Do you like authors from other countries as well? If so, who?
  9. Do you like historical stories?
  10. Do you like literature from other countries as well? If so, what kind?
  11. Do you like love stories?
  12. Do you like science-fiction books?
  13. Do you like titles from other countries as well? If so, which ones?
  14. Do you like to write your own short stories? Do you keep a journal?
  15. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
  16. Do you prefer reading books or short stories?
  17. Do you think that books are a thing of the past?
  18. Has seeing a film ever made you read the book it was based on?
  19. Have you ever read a book and then seen a film of that book?
  20. Have you ever read an English translation of a book originally written in your language?
  21. Have you read a translation of any English books in your language?
  22. How do you believe literature can help you to get familiar with a culture?
  23. How many books by Charles Dickens can you name?
  24. How many books do you read per week?
  25. How many books do you read per year?
  26. How many English authors can you name?
  27. How many of Shakespeare’s plays can you name?
  28. Some people don’t read books or read very rarely, Why?
  29. Some people say that “books are best friends”. Is that true for you?
  30. Tell us a little about a book you have read recently? Did you enjoy it? How long did it take to read? Briefly, what was the story about?
  31. What about authors? Are you selective about authors?
  32. What are some of the main differences between a novel and a short story?
  33. What is your favorite “quote”?
  34. What is your favorite book?
  35. What kinds of books or which authors don’t you like?
  36. What kinds of literature do you enjoy?
  37. What literature course did you like best in college?
  38. What makes a ‘classic’ book?
  39. What sort of books do you enjoy reading?
  40. What sort of books do you enjoy reading?
  41. Which book have you read recently?
  42. Who are the most famous writers in your country?
  43. Who is your favorite author?
  44. Who is your favorite character from literature?
  45. Who is your favorite writer?
  46. Why is literature important in our lives?

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