Only English Teachers Can Identify These Iconic Books by the Opening Line

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How does your favorite book begin?

Do you think you have what it takes to identify some of your favorite classic books by their first sentences? Take this quiz right now to find out!

 Sep 17, 2018

1 of 18Name the book:

Call me Ishmael.
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
A Tale of Two Cities

2 of 18Name the book:

All this happened, more or less.
Catch-22
Slaughterhouse-Five
Fahrenheit 451

3 of 18Name the book:

It was a pleasure to burn.
Fahrenheit 451
Animal Farm
1984

4 of 18Name the book:

All children, except one, grow up.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Peter Pan
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

5 of 18Name the book:

It was love at first sight.
The Sun Also Rises
Catch-22
The Razor's Edge

6 of 18Name the book:

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens

7 of 18Name the book:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
1984
Brave New World
Animal Farm

8 of 18Name the book:

I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be able to be a source of great comfort and support.
The Catcher in the Rye
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Diary of Anne Frank

9 of 18Name the book:

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
Wise Blood
Ariel
The Bell Jar

10 of 18Name the book:

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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Outsiders

11 of 18Name the book:

Who is John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead
The World According to Garp

12 of 18Name the book:

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
Great Expectations
A Christmas Carol
Marley and Me

13 of 18Name the book:

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

14 of 18Name the book:

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe
Lord of the Flies

15 of 18Name the book:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility

16 of 18Name the book:

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice I've been turning over in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
The Age of Innocence
Little Women
The Great Gatsby

17 of 18Name the book:

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
Lord of the Flies
To Kill a Mockingbird
In Cold Blood

18 of 18Name the book:

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'
Little Women
Pride and Prejudice
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

You know them, and we know you love them! We're talking about classic novels, and this quiz is dedicated to some of your favorites.

Before some of us even had real friends, these characters from classic books were our first pals. They were friends we related to and learned from. We cried at their losses and relished in their victories, and when we grew up, we never forgot them. We took the lessons we learned from them and integrated them into our adult lives. They made us better, smarter people. So, let's acknowledge them once more and give them a hand by taking this quiz to see how many of them we really remember. The 18 questions in this quiz will deliver the opening line of a book and ask you to identify the novel it came from. If you are a voracious reader, you'll be able to identify your favorites. Are you up for the challenge? Let's find out!

By playing a Women.com quiz, you will not only enjoy yourself, but you'll work your mind out too! You may even be exposing it to new things and while you probably know all the answers here—we believe you're a trivia wiz, after all—there is a chance you may learn something you didn't know in high school. Everyone can use a little extra knowledge, don't you think? We sure do! We believe in you, and we have no doubt you'll ace these fun but challenging trivia questions. Good luck!