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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?
34 quizzes and 390 trivia questions.
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  It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... top quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Another literature first line quiz? Yes, but with a twist. All of these stories mention some aspect of the weather in their first line.
Easier, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Mar 28 17
Easier
PDAZ gold member
Mar 28 17
1256 plays
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  First in Line popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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?
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Mar 20 17
Easier
LadyNym gold member
Mar 20 17
1259 plays
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  First Lines of Famous Novels popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 5 mins
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!
Easier, 15 Qns, freddy_krueger, Feb 18 12
Easier
freddy_krueger
7865 plays
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  Famous (well, kinda famous) First Lines great trivia quiz - 25 questions - 6 mins
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, Dec 14 20
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11
Average
agony editor
Dec 14 20
2998 plays
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  Famous First Lines top quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Do you recognise these first lines from ten famous books?
Average, 10 Qns, MotherGoose, Dec 01 14
Average
MotherGoose editor
6570 plays
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  Literary First Lines great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
This will deal with the first lines of ten well known books. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, mrbell, Sep 25 14
Average
mrbell
3408 plays
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  More (Kinda) Famous First Lines great trivia quiz - 25 questions - 8 mins
"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, Sep 30 17
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11
Tough
agony editor
Sep 30 17
2049 plays
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  The First Read - 10 questions - 4 mins
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 21 17
Average
Abby_91
Mar 21 17
1112 plays
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  "The Adventures of..." Whom? great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Apr 30 14
Average
reedy gold member
726 plays
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  It Was the Blurst of Times - 10 questions - 4 mins
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
Easier, 10 Qns, PhillyRex, Sep 22 22
Easier
PhillyRex
Sep 22 22
607 plays
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  Good Start great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Dec 10 21
Average
fringe gold member
Dec 10 21
5142 plays
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  First Lines of Famous Novels: Part 2 - 10 questions - 5 mins
Welcome to my second quiz on the most memorable first lines in literature. Have fun and good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, freddy_krueger, Feb 19 19
Average
freddy_krueger
Feb 19 19
5057 plays
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  Chapter Two: Opening Lines - 10 questions - 3 mins
Everyone is familiar with quizzes about opening lines, but the first lines of Chapter Two often give just as many hints about the titles. From the following opening lines in Chapter Two, identify the novel.
Easier, 10 Qns, imahogg, Apr 05 19
Easier
imahogg gold member
Apr 05 19
407 plays
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  Literary "Firsts" - 10 questions - 4 mins
Match the book title to the first line given in the clue.
Average, 10 Qns, Shadowmyst2004, Mar 21 17
Average
Shadowmyst2004
Mar 21 17
878 plays
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  Classics' First Lines popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Sep 21 22
Average
Scrambledegg90
Sep 21 22
2406 plays
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  The Beginning of a Classic - 10 questions - 6 mins
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, May 06 16
Tough
rapcoregirl
May 06 16
867 plays
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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, Jan 19 13
Average
Onionsauce
748 plays
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  First Sentence Frenzy - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jan 17 17
Average
NielD
Jan 17 17
314 plays
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  First Lines - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Mar 12 11
Tough
ArthurR
533 plays
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  Take this Famous First Words Quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jan 03 11
Average
smulgje
616 plays
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  First Lines from Famous Works of Literature - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Feb 26 06
Tough
saturnchick23
1080 plays
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Here are the first lines of some of my favorite books. Can you guess the title?
Tough, 10 Qns, lck423, Feb 26 06
Tough
lck423
1812 plays
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  Opening Lines - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, May 15 11
Tough
LadyMacbeth
2724 plays
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  First Lines of English Literature Novels - 10 questions - 7 mins
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, Feb 26 06
Tough
bracklaman
599 plays
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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, Jul 05 13
Difficult
saturnchick23
732 plays
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  Opening Lines from Books - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jul 17 21
Tough
shermanator7
Jul 17 21
1506 plays
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  First Lines of Recent Bestsellers - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jan 16 15
Average
clg18057
393 plays
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  And For Starters... - 25 questions - 9 mins
I will give you the first few lines, you pick the title and author. Multiple choice. Bonne chance!
Difficult, 25 Qns, tuckersma, Jun 10 17
Difficult
tuckersma
Jun 10 17
708 plays
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  Openings of Literary Classics - 10 questions - 5 mins
I'll give you the opening of a literary classic, you name the novel.
Tough, 10 Qns, oink, Feb 26 06
Tough
oink
3008 plays
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  One Liners of Literature - 5 questions - 3 mins
Match the first line of a book to its title. Have fun!
Average, 5 Qns, Skippygirl, Jun 07 20
Average
Skippygirl
Jun 07 20
4441 plays
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  First Words Part 2 - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Sep 25 14
Tough
bookworm2711
841 plays
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  Bookshelf Scramble - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jun 16 18
Tough
Potter07
Jun 16 18
484 plays
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  First Words - 10 questions - 6 mins
Can you spot which classics these famous first lines come from? Some are from pre-twentieth century literature and others are from famous children's classics.....
Tough, 10 Qns, bookworm2711, Feb 04 11
Tough
bookworm2711
928 plays
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  Novel's Opening Lines - 10 questions - 6 mins
Match up the novels with their opening lines. Some are hard, some are easy, but if you read a lot you shouldn't have too hard of a time.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Ressas, Feb 26 06
Difficult
Ressas
1095 plays
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