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Literature - First Line Quiz

Here are the first lines of famous American and British novels.
Do you know the titles and the authors' names?

(mouse over the quote to reveal the answer)

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

1984
-George Orwell


Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiing!

Native Son
-Richard Wright


It was Wang Lung’s marriage day.

The Good Earth
-Pearl Buck


A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: "Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en!"

The Awakening
-Kate Chopin


When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

To Kill a Mockingbird
-Harper Lee


It was a dark and stormy night.

Paul Clifford
-Edward Bulwer-Lytton


They’re out there.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next
-Ken Kesey


Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo…

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
-James Joyce


A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.

A Brave New World
-Aldous Huxley


The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.

Lord of the Flies
-William Golding