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what do you call a book that only contains questions and answers, no other stuff. Maybe "questionnaire" is one but I think questionnaires only contain questions.

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a study guide.. – Jim Sep 21 '13 at 7:38
a book of quizzical nature – user51029 Sep 21 '13 at 7:53
A question book with answers. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 21 '13 at 8:48
A Question Bank usually includes the respective correct answers as well, not just questions. – Kris Sep 21 '13 at 13:03
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Possible terms include:

  • quiz book - Implies that it's a book containing quizzes or tests.
  • workbook - Often accompanies a student textbook, and contains supplementary questions/problems to answer/solve.
  • puzzle book - Contains a bunch of puzzle problems/questions for entertainment.

A study guide or prep guide also often contains questions and answers, but not exclusively.

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I'd call it a catechism, in the same non-religious way they speak of "Java Developer's Bible".

The other option could be a handbook (the option brought by O'Henry's The Handbook Of Hymen).

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Informally, a "Q & A". Otherwise, I'd be inclined towards "catechism" as well, except for the religious connotations: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catechism

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