Famous First Lines Quiz

Are you a voracious reader? Do you think you have the classics down? This quiz tests your knowledge of famous first lines in literature. Some of the questions are pretty easy, while others get tricky.

Show your book smarts. Dazzle us with your knowledge, intellect, and memory. Beat these questions and prove that you have what it takes to be Teacher's Pet!

Created by: Anniina of Luminarium
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1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
3. It was a pleasure to burn.
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
1984 by George Orwell
Summer by Edith Wharton
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Stranger by Camus
4. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
5. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
6. 124 was spiteful.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
7. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1984 by George Orwell
8. Call me Ishmael.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
9. Nothing to be done.
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
10. All children, except one, grow up.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
11. Mother died today.
Deliverance by James Dickey
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
The Stranger by Albert Camus
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
12. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Forever by Judy Blume
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
13. O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Richard II by William Shakespeare
14. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
15. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Aeneid by Virgil
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
16. It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agit
Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
17. All this happened, more or less.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
18. Once upon a time...
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
The Wolf and the Lamb by Aesop
The Six Swans by Brothers Grimm
The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Nibelungenlied by Anonymous

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