First Lines Quiz

Identify these famous novels by their first lines. Leave a comment with the number, title and author (5 points each).  No googling this week.

Here are the rules… 1. Open to everyone.  Play once or every week, that’s okay.  I’m happy to have you here today.

2. No cheating.  No looking at other commenter answers or Googling!  Yes, we’re going by the honor system

3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.

Last week’s answers here.  Current leaderboard here.  Submit your answers by Thursday at midnight. 

1. ”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.”    The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

2. ”It was a pleasure to burn.”  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

3. “Going to Ford’s Theatre to watch a play is like going to Hooter’s for the food.”  Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. ”A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.”  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

5. ”You better not never tell nobody but God.”  The Color Purple by Alice Walker

6. “The small boys came early to the hanging.”  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

7. “Howard Roark laughed.”  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

8. “All happy families are alike; each is unhappy in its own way.”  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

9. “It’s hard being left behind.”  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

10. I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster.”  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

22 thoughts on “First Lines Quiz

  1. Kathy says:

    YAY!!! You know how I LOVE first lines!!!

    1. Catcher in the Rye… Salinger
    2.Farenheit 451… Bradbury
    6. The Pillars of the Earth… Follettt (this is one of the BEST firstences ever!
    7. The Fountainhead.. Ayn Rand

    Those are the ones I know but, because I love first lines so much… I googled the rest. I really like #3

    • stacybuckeye says:

      40 points 🙂 I haven’t read #3 but with the movie coming out I thought a few people might recognize it. It’s a great line.

  2. Nise' says:

    1. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
    2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    3. ?
    4. ?
    5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (I checked my own copy, so this answer may not count)
    6. Shoot, it is either Pillars of the Earth or World Without End
    7. ?
    8. ?
    9. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (again I checked my own copy so this may not count)
    10. ? But am going to google as this is a great first line.

    Thanks for a fun quiz! Looking forward to the answers.

  3. Bumble says:

    1 = The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
    2 = Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    8 = Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    10 = The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    That’s all I’ve got. Figures that my answers encompass the classics and memoirs. So I gather the rest are more modern fiction that are languishing on my to read shelf!

    I always liked the opening lines of A Million Little Pieces myself – truth or fiction – there’s no denying that they are gripping.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      40 points. I have A Million Little Pieces around here somewhere. I’m going to have to go check out the first line.

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