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Only A Classic Book Expert Will Get 10/12 On This Quiz

It's time to put your high school English classes to good use.

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  1. 1.

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

    From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "wife"!

    This quote, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, goes: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

    It's "wife"!
    Via Penguin Classics
  2. 2.

    So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the ____.

    From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "past"!

    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" is the iconic last line from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

    It's "past"!
    Via Scribner
  3. 3.

    Shoot all the ______ you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

    From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "bluejays"!

    This quote from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird reads: "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

    It's "bluejays"!
    Via HarperCollins
  4. 4.

    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking ______.

    From 1984 by George Orwell

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "thirteen"!

    "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" is the first line in George Orwell's novel 1984.

    It's "thirteen"!
    Via Signet
  5. 5.

    _____ at a distance have every man's wish on board.

    From Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "ships"!

    The first line of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."

    It's "ships"!
    Via Harper Perennial
  6. 6.

    It was a pleasure to ____.

    From Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "burn"!

    "It was a pleasure to burn" is the first line of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

    It's "burn"!
    Via Simon & Schuster
  7. 7.

    Everything was ______ and nothing hurt.

    From Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "beautiful"!

    This quote from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five reads: "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

    It's "beautiful"!
    Via Dial Press Trade Paperback
  8. 8.

    And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be ____.

    From East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "good"!

    This line from John Steinbeck's East of Eden goes: "And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good."

    It's "good"!
    Via Penguin Books
  9. 9.

    Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is ___.

    From Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "war"!

    This quote from Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer reads: "Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war."

    It's "war"!
    Via Harper Perennial
  10. 10.

    Isn't it _____ to think so?

    From The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "pretty"!

    This line from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises goes: "Isn't it pretty to think so?"

    It's "pretty"!
    Via Scribner
  11. 11.

    Love is or it ain't. ____ love ain't love at all.

    From Beloved by Toni Morrison

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "thin"!

    This quote from Toni Morrison's Beloved is "Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all."

    It's "thin"!
    Via Vintage
  12. 12.

    I would always rather be happy than _______.

    From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's "dignified"!

    This line from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre reads: "I would always rather be happy than dignified."

    It's "dignified"!
    Via Penguin
 
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