Saturday, March 11, 2006

First Lines Quiz #2

Here’s the next exercise in The Book Den’s First Lines Quiz.
Have fun.

1) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
A) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
B) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
C) The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

2) "It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips."
A) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
B) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
C) The Call of the Wild by Jack London

3) "It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet."
A) The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington by Mason L. Weems
B) The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
C) Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts

4) "On the 24th of February, 1815, the lookout of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and the Isle of Rion."
A) Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
B) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
C) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

5) "I was leaning against a bar in a speak-easy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when a girl got up from the table where she had been sitting with three other people and came over to me."
A) The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
B) Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
C) Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

6) "I wonder when in the world you're going to do something, Rudolf."
A) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
B) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr.
C) Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

7) "The suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged as a cloud of sunset."
A) The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
B) The King's General by Daphne du Maurier
C) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

8) "The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended."
A) Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
B) 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
C) The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

9) "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again."
A) King Solomon's Mines by H.R. Haggard
B) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
C) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

10) "My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip."
A) The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
B) Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
C) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Answers: 1) B 2) A 3) B
4) C 5) A 6) C
7) A 8) B 9) C 10) C