Book Quiz: How Many Opening Lines Do You Know?

Literature nerds, rejoice!

  1. 1. Which books opens with this line?

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

    1. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen.
    2. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë.
    3. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott.
    1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.
    2. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott.
    3. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen.
  2. 2. Which book opens with this line?

    “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.”

    1. The Stranger, Albert Camus.
    2. Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre.
    3. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka.
    1. Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho.
    2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.
    3. The Causal Vacancy, J. K. Rowling.
  3. 3. Which book opens with this line?

    “All children, except one, grow up.”

    1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl.
    2. Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss.
    3. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie.
    1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis.
    2. Ann of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery.
    3. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  4. 4. Which book opens with this line?

    “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”

    1. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood.
    2. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel.
    3. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje.
    1. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga.
    2. Life of Pi, Yann Martel.
    3. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel.
  5. 5. Which book opens with this line?

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

    1. Big Brother, Lionel Shriver.
    2. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë.
    3. Via
      Animal Farm, George Orwell.
    1. The Bell Jar, Slyvia Plath.
    2. Sapphire, Katie Price.
    3. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy.
  6. 6. Which books opens with this line?

    “Call me Ishmael.”

    1. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.
    2. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville.
    3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.
    1. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates.
    2. Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf.
    3. A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah.
  7. 7. Which book opens with this line?

    “It was 7 minutes after midnight.”

    1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley.
    2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon.
    3. Dracula, Bram Stoker.
    1. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson.
    2. The Giver, Lois Lowry.
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
  8. 8. Which books opens with this line?

    “You better not never tell nobody but God.”

    1. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker.
    2. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodie Picoult.
    3. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro.
    1. Via
      Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor.
    2. Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson.
    3. The Help, Kathryn Stockett.
  9. 9. Which book opens with this line?

    “The boy’s name was Santiago.”

    1. Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho.
    2. The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho.
    3. Brida, Paulo Coelho.
    1. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo Coelho.
    2. The Alchemist, Paule Coelho.
    3. The Zahir, Paulo Coelho.
  10. 10. Which book opens with this line?

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…”

    1. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
    2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe.
    3. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.
    1. Watership Down, Richard Adams.
    2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain.
    3. Catch-22, Joseph Heller.
  11. 11. Which book opens with this line?

    “I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair - it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal.”

    1. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James.
    2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.
    3. Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis.
    1. An American Dream, Normal Mailer.
    2. How to be a Woman, Caitlin Moran.
    3. Paper Aeroplanes, Dawn O’Porter.
  12. 12. Which books opens with this line?

    “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chobsky.
    2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
    3. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger.
    1. Are you there, God? It’s me, Maragaret., Judy Blume.
    2. The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson.
    3. Lord of the Flies, William Golding.
  13. 13. Which book opens with this line?

    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

    1. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley.
    2. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood.
    3. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin.
    1. Kallocain, Karin Boye.
    2. 1984, George Orwell.
    3. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
  14. 14. Which book opens with this line?

    “I’d never given much thought to how I would die - though I’d had reason enough in the last few months - but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.”

    1. Vampire Diaries: The Awakening, L.J. Smith.
    2. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer.
    3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson.
    1. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman.
    2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling.
    3. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer.
  15. 15. Which book opens with this line?

    “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

    1. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier.
    2. Middlemarch, George Eliot.
    3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde.
    1. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
    2. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton.
    3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  16. 16. Which book opens with this line?

    “A screaming comes across the sky.”

    1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou.
    2. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.
    3. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens.
    1. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell.
    2. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon.
    3. The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe.
  17. 17. Which book opens with this line?

    “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

    1. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk.
    2. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez.
    3. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie.
    1. Brick Lane, Monica Ali.
    2. Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy.
    3. Murder of the Orient Express, Agatha Christie.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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