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
A Tale of Two Cities
Moby Dick

2 of 18Name the book:

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

3 of 18Name the book:

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

4 of 18Name the book:

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

5 of 18Name the book:

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

6 of 18Name the book:

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

7 of 18Name the book:

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

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.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
The Catcher in the Rye
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.
The Catcher in the Rye
The Outsiders
To Kill a Mockingbird

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.
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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.
Lord of the Flies
Robinson Crusoe
Treasure Island

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.
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Wuthering Heights

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."
Little Women
The Age of Innocence
The Great Gatsby

17 of 18Name the book:

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

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?'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Pride and Prejudice
Little Women
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!