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. It was a pleasure to burn.
  2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
  3. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
  4. 124 was spiteful.
  5. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
  6. Call me Ishmael.
  7. Nothing to be done.
  8. All children, except one, grow up.
  9. Mother died today.
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. All this happened, more or less.
  16. Once upon a time...

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