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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?   

There are 32 quizzes and 370 trivia questions in this category.
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Literary "Firsts"

Match the book title to the first line given in the clue.
Tough (10 qns)
Mar 21 17
237 plays
The First Read

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 (10 qns)
Mar 20 17
303 plays
First in Line

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 (10 qns)
Mar 20 17
174 plays
Famous First Lines

Do you recognise these first lines from ten famous books?
Average (10 qns)
6021 plays
"The Adventures of..." Whom?

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 (10 qns)
546 plays
More (Kinda) Famous First Lines

"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 (25 qns)
1728 plays
Famous (well, kinda famous) First Lines

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 (25 qns)
2538 plays
Good Start

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 (10 qns)
4701 plays
Literary First Lines

This will deal with the first lines of ten well known books. Enjoy!
Average (10 qns)
3105 plays
Classics' First Lines

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 (10 qns)
2205 plays
First Lines of Famous Novels

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 (15 qns)
7404 plays
Famous First Words

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 (10 qns)
654 plays
First Lines of Famous Novels: Part 2

Welcome to my second quiz on the most memorable first lines in literature. Have fun and good luck!
Average (10 qns)
4734 plays
First Sentence Frenzy

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 (10 qns)
Dec 29 16
243 plays
First Lines

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 (10 qns)
495 plays
Guess the book by reading these first few lines

Here are the first lines of some of my favorite books. Can you guess the title?
Tough (10 qns)
1785 plays
Opening Lines

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 (10 qns)
2697 plays
First Lines from Famous Works of Literature

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 (10 qns)
1053 plays
The Beginning of a Classic

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 (10 qns)
840 plays
Openings of Literary Classics

I'll give you the opening of a literary classic, you name the novel.
Tough (10 qns)
2949 plays
First Lines of English Literature Novels

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 (10 qns)
582 plays
Famous First Words

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 (10 qns)
582 plays
And For Starters...

I will give you the first few lines, you pick the title and author. Multiple choice. Bonne chance!
Difficult (25 qns)
678 plays
First Lines from Famous Works of Literature 2

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 (15 qns)
711 plays
Opening Lines from Books

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 (10 qns)
1488 plays
First Lines of Recent Bestsellers

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 (10 qns)
372 plays
Timeless First Lines

'Timeless' First Lines
Tough (10 qns)
1635 plays
One Liners of Literature

Match the first line of a book to its title. Have fun!
Average (5 qns)
4251 plays
Bookshelf Scramble

The following questions give the first lines to books on my shelf. You have to analyze the lines to figure out the name of each book.
Tough (10 qns)
468 plays
First Words Part 2

Basically the same as Part are the first lines of 10 different classics. Choose the right one from four. What novel begins with the lines.....
Tough (10 qns)
825 plays
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