To begin my blog, here’s a quiz about first lines. Each line below is from the beginning of a work of literature, if you’ll allow me to use the word “literature” loosely. I’ve tried to put these in order of difficulty, from no-brainer to impossible.
The answers are in the previous post, which is below, so be careful not to scroll down willy-nilly.
1) In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth.
2) In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
3) The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
4) `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…
5) You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” but that ain’t no matter.
6) In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
8) Call me Ishmael.
9) Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
10) Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…
11) Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York…
12) Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
13) Who is John Galt?
14) There are many copies. And they have a plan.
15) Hi there! I want to talk to you about ducts.
16) Squad 51, this is Rampart. Can you send us some EKG?
17) Marley was dead: to begin with.
18) Listen! We have heard of the glory in bygone days of the folk-kings of the spear-Danes, how those noble lords did lofty deeds.
19) All states, all powers, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics or principalities.
20) 3 May. Bistritz.–Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.