Opening Lines Quiz

Quiz 145 – Round 6 – Art and Literature

Opening lines quiz – Of which famous works of literature are these the opening lines?

1. “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

2. “Dr. Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse.”

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

3. “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.”

The Stranger – Albert Camus

4. All children, except one, grow up.”

Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

5. “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.”

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

6. “It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

7. “Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

8. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

9. “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York…”

Richard III – William Shakespeare

10. “One thing was certain, that the white kitten had nothing to do with it: – it was the black kitten’s fault entirely.”

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll


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