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QUIZ: Is This a Quote From Finnegans Wake, or a Sentence I Just Made Up?

Finnegans Wake is one of the most difficult books in the English language. If you hope to have a prayer of understanding it, you’ll have to give up all your free time for the foreseeable future and maybe sacrifice your firstborn child to a witch. Many have hailed it as a work of genius, and its experimental style, inconsistent punctuation, and nonlinear plot have baffled many a mind.

With that in mind, can YOU tell the difference between a sentence from the book it took James Joyce one-third of his life to write, and a sentence I just made up on the fly?

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