Classic Literature First Lines Trivia Quiz

Think you're an expert on classic literature? Test your knowledge of first lines of classic novels with this fun trivia quiz!


1. Which novel begins with the line, "They shoot the white girl first"?

Paradise
Beloved
The Color Purple
In Cold Blood

2. The following four classic novels were all penned by John Steinbeck - which one opens with the line, "A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green"?

East of Eden
Cannery Row
Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath

3. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" is the first line from which of the following literary classics?

Finnegans Wake
The Good Soldier
1984
Slaughterhouse-Five

4. Which Ernest Hemingway novel opens with "In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains"?

A Farewell to Arms
The Sun Also Rises
The Old Man and the Sea
For Whom the Bell Tolls

5. Which of the following begins with the line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"?

The Great Gatsby
Anna Karenina
Pride and Prejudice
The Age of Innocence

6. "Call me Ishmael" is the opening line from which classic work?

The Old Man and the Sea
Moby Dick
A Tale Of Two Cities
Death of a Salesman

7. Nathaniel Hawthorne penned which of the following first lines?

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
He - for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it - was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.
Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.

8. Which William Faulkner novel begins with the line, "It was just noon that Sunday morning when the sheriff reached the jail with Lucas Beauchamp though the whole town (the whole county too for that matter) had known since the night before that Lucas had killed a white man."?

The Sound and the Fury
Intruder in the Dust
As I Lay Dying
Light in August

9. "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York," is the first line from which of the following classic novels?

Slaughterhouse-Five
The Crying of Lot
The Bell Jar
Second Skin

10. Which of the following classic novels begins with the line, "In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together"?

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Adventures of Augie March
The Last Good Kiss
The Sot-Weed Factor