Opening Lines Quiz

Quiz 4 – Round 1 – Art and Literature

This week’s Art and Literature questions are all based upon famous opening lines of classic literature. We shall give you the opening line, you give us the name of the work it is from.

1. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

2. Call me Ishmael.

Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

3. Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing. 

Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)

4. Now is the Winter of our Discontent.

Richard III (Shakespeare)

5. I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho’ not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull…

Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

6. When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.

The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

7. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

8. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

9. It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.

The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)

10. 1801 – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)


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