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A strong opening sentence is said to be one of the signs of good writing, and often leaves a lasting impression on the reader. How many of these do you recognise?   

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trivia quiz  Famous First Lines cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, MotherGoose, Sep 24 02

Do you recognise these first lines from ten famous books?
Average
MotherGoose editor
6114 plays
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trivia quiz  More (Kinda) Famous First Lines cool 25 questions
Tough, 25 Qns, agony, Oct 13 04

"Call me Ishmael" and "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." were already taken, but you should be able to recognize the opening passages of most of these well-known stories and books.
Tough
agony editor
1749 plays
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trivia quiz  "The Adventures of..." Whom? cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, Apr 30 14

According to Ernest Hemingway, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.'" Huck told his own story... can you determine who is telling these by their first lines?
Average
reedy gold member
564 plays
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trivia quiz  It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Mar 28 17

Another literature first line quiz? Yes, but with a twist. All of these stories mention some aspect of the weather in their first line.
Easy
PDAZ gold member
Mar 28 17
558 plays
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trivia quiz  Famous (well, kinda famous) First Lines cool 25 questions
Average, 25 Qns, agony, Mar 22 03

The first lines of "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Moby Dick" were used in other quizzes, so I had to dig a little deeper. Nothing too obscure, though, I promise.
Average
agony editor
2568 plays
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trivia quiz  Good Start cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, fringe, Aug 18 02

Here are the the first lines of well-known books. Would they make you want to continue reading, and do you know what they are? All multiple choice.
Average
fringe gold member
4854 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary First Lines 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, mrbell, Jun 20 09

This will deal with the first lines of ten well known books. Enjoy!
Average
mrbell
3150 plays
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trivia quiz  Classics' First Lines 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Scrambledegg90, Sep 13 09

My old English teacher always said the opening line can make or break a piece of writing. This quiz explores the opening line of some of mankind's greatest literary works.
Average
Scrambledegg90
2223 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines of Famous Novels 15 questions
Easy, 15 Qns, freddy_krueger, Jul 16 03

Welcome to my quiz about the opening lines of some of the most famous novels in the world. I'll give you the first line of a famous book and all you have to do is tell me which book it is from. Have fun and good luck!
Easy
freddy_krueger
7449 plays
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trivia quiz  Famous First Words 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Onionsauce, Jun 26 12

Okay, maybe these opening lines are not all that famous, but I tried to pick books that you should have heard about, even if you never read them. Just name the title of the book from which they come.
Average
Onionsauce
675 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines of Famous Novels: Part 2 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, freddy_krueger, Oct 13 03

Welcome to my second quiz on the most memorable first lines in literature. Have fun and good luck!
Average
freddy_krueger
4860 plays
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match quiz  First in Line 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Mar 20 17

The Amazing Trivia Race has almost reached its end, but there is still time for beginnings! Here are some opening lines from famous books, courtesy of the Last Ones In: can you match them to the book they belong to?
Easy
LadyNym gold member
Mar 20 17
567 plays
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trivia quiz  First Sentence Frenzy 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, NielD, Dec 29 16

First sentences are one of the most important lines in a book and often draw the reader in. Let's see how many opening lines of classic books you know. This is my first quiz so hopefully you enjoy it.
Average
NielD
Dec 29 16
270 plays
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trivia quiz  Guess the book by reading these first few lines 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, lck423, Jan 10 03

Here are the first lines of some of my favorite books. Can you guess the title?
Tough
lck423
1788 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, ArthurR, Feb 28 11

First lines are important in any book; they are there to grab you, and to leave you wanting more. In this quiz, I will give you the first line, or lines; all you have to do is give the book's title. O.K. I'll name the writer as well. Makes it easy, yes
Tough
ArthurR
504 plays
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trivia quiz  The First Read 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Abby_91, Mar 20 17

The first page always grabs your attention. Let us take a flip through some great classics. Part of the Amazing Race with Running for Our Lives.
Average
Abby_91 gold member
Mar 20 17
615 plays
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trivia quiz  Opening Lines 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, LadyMacbeth, Apr 30 00

I hope you love literature as much as I do. In this test I give you the line and you tell me the novel it comes from.
Tough
LadyMacbeth
2697 plays
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trivia quiz  It Was the Blurst of Times 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, PhillyRex, Aug 19 17

A Blurst is a word change or a word typo. Identify the novel/story from these famous opening lines. Each line has a blurst in it. Some questions are Multi Choice, and some Fill in the Blank
Easy
PhillyRex gold member
Aug 19 17
369 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines from Famous Works of Literature 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, saturnchick23, Apr 02 03

Here's a pretty easy quiz for all you literature fans. I will provide the first line from a famous work of literature (novel, poem, or short story), and you decide where it comes from. Have fun and good luck!
Tough
saturnchick23
1056 plays
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trivia quiz  The Beginning of a Classic 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, rapcoregirl, Jul 25 03

I'll give you the first sentence of a classic novel. You chose the novel it comes from and who it was written by.
Tough
rapcoregirl
843 plays
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trivia quiz  Openings of Literary Classics 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, oink, Mar 06 00

I'll give you the opening of a literary classic, you name the novel.
Tough
oink
2949 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines of English Literature Novels 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, bracklaman, Nov 09 05

The challenge is for you to identify the novel from which the following opening line or lines may have been taken. A key word or two may be omitted from the quotation where this might have identified the novel too easily.
Tough
bracklaman gold member
585 plays
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trivia quiz  Famous First Words 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, smulgje, May 27 06

In the beginning was the word... All great books and stories start with a great first sentence. Can you recognise which books, all written before 1900, start with these sentences? To help, a stingy hint is given.
Average
smulgje
582 plays
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match quiz  Literary "Firsts" 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Shadowmyst2004, Mar 21 17

Match the book title to the first line given in the clue.
Average
Shadowmyst2004 gold member
Mar 21 17
516 plays
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trivia quiz  And For Starters... 25 questions
Difficult, 25 Qns, tuckersma, Oct 03 01

I will give you the first few lines, you pick the title and author. Multiple choice. Bonne chance!
Difficult
tuckersma
681 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines from Famous Works of Literature 2 15 questions
Difficult, 15 Qns, saturnchick23, May 07 03

Here's another quiz for all you literature fans. I tried to make it a little more challenging than the last. Once again, I will provide the first line from a famous work of literature (novel, poem, play, or short story), you decide where it comes from.
Difficult
saturnchick23
711 plays
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trivia quiz  Opening Lines from Books 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, shermanator7, Jul 17 03

Do you love reading as much as I do? Do you think you remember the opening lines from some of your favorite books? Test your knowledge here with every kind of book from classic children's books, to modern best-sellers and everything in between.
Tough
shermanator7
1488 plays
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trivia quiz  First Lines of Recent Bestsellers 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, clg18057, Jan 27 05

Do you read all the latest bestsellers? All these books were published between 2000 and 2004 and spent some time on a bestseller list. Match the first lines with the book they came from.
Average
clg18057
375 plays
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trivia quiz  Timeless First Lines 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, rachellis, Nov 11 00

'Timeless' First Lines
Tough
rachellis
1635 plays
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trivia quiz  One Liners of Literature 5 questions
Average, 5 Qns, Skippygirl, Jul 15 00

Match the first line of a book to its title. Have fun!
Average
Skippygirl
4260 plays
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