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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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1
Literary "Firsts"

Match the book title to the first line given in the clue.
Tough (10 qns)
Shadowmyst2004
Mar 21 17
237 plays
2
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)
Abby_91
Mar 20 17
303 plays
3
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)
LadyNym
Mar 20 17
174 plays
4
Famous First Lines

Do you recognise these first lines from ten famous books?
Average (10 qns)
MotherGoose
6021 plays
5
"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)
reedy
546 plays
6
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)
agony
1728 plays
7
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)
agony
2538 plays
8
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)
fringe
4701 plays
9
Literary First Lines

This will deal with the first lines of ten well known books. Enjoy!
Average (10 qns)
mrbell
3105 plays
10
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)
Scrambledegg90
2205 plays
11
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)
freddy_krueger
7404 plays
12
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)
Onionsauce
654 plays
13
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)
freddy_krueger
4734 plays
14
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)
NielD
Dec 29 16
243 plays
15
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)
ArthurR
495 plays
16
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)
lck423
1785 plays
17
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)
LadyMacbeth
2697 plays
18
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)
saturnchick23
1053 plays
19
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)
rapcoregirl
840 plays
20
Openings of Literary Classics

I'll give you the opening of a literary classic, you name the novel.
Tough (10 qns)
oink
2949 plays
21
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)
bracklaman
582 plays
22
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)
smulgje
582 plays
23
And For Starters...

I will give you the first few lines, you pick the title and author. Multiple choice. Bonne chance!
Difficult (25 qns)
tuckersma
678 plays
24
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)
saturnchick23
711 plays
25
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)
shermanator7
1488 plays
26
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)
clg18057
372 plays
27
Timeless First Lines

'Timeless' First Lines
Tough (10 qns)
rachellis
1635 plays
28
One Liners of Literature

Match the first line of a book to its title. Have fun!
Average (5 qns)
Skippygirl
4251 plays
29
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)
Potter07
468 plays
30
First Words Part 2

Basically the same as Part 1...here are the first lines of 10 different classics. Choose the right one from four. What novel begins with the lines.....
Tough (10 qns)
bookworm2711
825 plays
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