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How Well Do You Know Famous Literary First Lines?

Do you know literary classics like the back of your hand? Do you think you can identify the book with its first line? Take this quiz and put your novel knowledge to the test!

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Which book features the famous first line, "Call me Ishmael?"
Moby Dick
The Old Man and the Sea
The Sun Also Rises

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Which famous novel features the opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife?"
Emma
Pride and Prejudice
The Awakening

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Which iconic novel features the first line, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way?"
Gravity's Rainbow
Anna Karenina
Finnegan's Wake

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Which novel features the first line, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen?"
1984
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange

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Which classic novel features the first line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?"
Invisible Man
A Tale of Two Cities
Miss Lonelyhearts

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Which coming of age novel features the first line, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born?"
A Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Which novel features the first line, "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else?"
All Quiet on the Western Front
David Copperfield
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Which novel featured the simple opening line, "Mother died today?"
The Stranger
Waiting
Beloved

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Which novel featured the opening line, "All this happened, more or less?"
Cat's Cradle
Slaughterhouse Five
Paradise

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Which novel featured the iconic opening line, "It was a pleasure to burn?"
Fahrenheit 451
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Illustrated Man

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Which novel boasts the opening line, "It was love at first sight?"
Catch-22
Walden
Middlemarch

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Which novel featured this iconic first line, " It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York?"
Girl, Interrupted
The Bell Jar
Infinite Jest

C+, Book Brainy

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You are book brainy! When it comes to famous first lines, you're pretty intelligent! Remember, it's not easy to recall the famous first lines out of hundreds of books, but you did an amazing job. Well done!

B+, Book Brilliant

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You are brook brilliant! Out of the thousands upon thousands of books in the world, it can be tricky to remember the first lines of a few. But you didn't let that hold you back! You aced this quiz of first lines with ease and skill!

A+, Book Worm

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You are a total book worm! We get the feeling that reading is your passion and hobby. Books fill you the way nothing else can. Because of that you tend to hold onto memorable first lines and excellent quotes. Needless to say, you aced this famous first lines quiz!
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1
Which book features the famous first line, "Call me Ishmael?"
Moby Dick
The Old Man and the Sea
The Sun Also Rises
2
Which famous novel features the opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife?"
Emma
Pride and Prejudice
The Awakening
3
Which iconic novel features the first line, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way?"
Gravity's Rainbow
Anna Karenina
Finnegan's Wake
4
Which novel features the first line, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen?"
1984
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange
5
Which classic novel features the first line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?"
Invisible Man
A Tale of Two Cities
Miss Lonelyhearts
6
Which coming of age novel features the first line, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born?"
A Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
Breakfast at Tiffany's
7
Which novel features the first line, "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else?"
All Quiet on the Western Front
David Copperfield
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
8
Which novel featured the simple opening line, "Mother died today?"
The Stranger
Waiting
Beloved
9
Which novel featured the opening line, "All this happened, more or less?"
Cat's Cradle
Slaughterhouse Five
Paradise
10
Which novel featured the iconic opening line, "It was a pleasure to burn?"
Fahrenheit 451
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Illustrated Man
11
Which novel boasts the opening line, "It was love at first sight?"
Catch-22
Walden
Middlemarch
12
Which novel featured this iconic first line, " It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York?"
Girl, Interrupted
The Bell Jar
Infinite Jest

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