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Literary First Lines Quiz

Identify the first lines from poems & novels 15 Questions.

 
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1

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" opens which novel?

  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

2

"So we'll go no more a-roving/so late into the night" - which poet wrote these lines?

  • Shelley
  • Byron
  • Tennyson

3

"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead" opens which novel?

  • Ulysses
  • Gravity's Rainbow
  • The Sea, The Sea

4

"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" - according to which heroine?

  • Jane Eyre
  • Dorothea Brooke
  • Catherine Earnshaw

5

"Who's there?" - which play opens with this line?

  • Dr. Faustus
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Hamlet

6

"If we had but world enough and time/This coyness, lady, were no crime" - which poem?

  • Epithalamion
  • Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
  • To His Coy Mistress

7

"On an evening in the latter part of May a middle aged man was walking" - which novel?

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Adam Bede

8

"The artist is the creator of beautiful things" - which novel's opening line?

  • The House of Life
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

9

"Miss Brooke had the kind of beauty thrown into relief by poor dress" - which novel's opening line?

  • Sense & Sensibility
  • Middlemarch
  • Bleak House

10

"My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name being Philip" - which novel's opening line?

  • David Copperfield
  • New Grub Street
  • Great Expectations

11

"One need not be Chamber- to be Haunted" - is the opening line of whose poem?

  • Christina Rossetti
  • Emily Bronte
  • Emily Dickinson

12

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure dome decree" - which poet's first line?

  • Burns
  • Coleridge
  • Byron

13

"You do not do you do not do/Any more, black shoe" - which poet's opening line?

  • Sylvia Plath
  • Stevie Smith
  • Carol Ann Duffy

14

"Let us go then, you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky"- which poem?

  • The Wasteland
  • The Circus Animals' Desertion
  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

15

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked" - which poet and poem?

  • Allen Ginsberg, Howl
  • Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning
  • Frank O'Hara, Ave Maria

 

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