First Lines Quiz -- Week #1

10 Questions | Total Attempts: 33

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For each opening line, select the title of the work it corresponds to by circling the letter next to it. When finished, return a printed copy of your completed quiz to the reference desk. Patrons may only take each quiz once. Prizes will be awarded each week to those who answer each question correctly. (HINT: you may have to press start twice to begin the test)�


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    On they went, singing 'Rest Eternal', and whenever they stopped, the sound of their feet, the horses and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.
    • A. 

      War and Peace / by Leo Tolstoy

    • B. 

      Doctor Zhivago / by Boris Pasternak

    • C. 

      Little Women / by Louisa May Alcott

    • D. 

      House of Seven Gables / by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • 2. 
    “What’s it going to be then, eh?” There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter basard though dry.
    • A. 

      Less Than Zero / by Brett Easton Ellis

    • B. 

      American Gods / by Neil Gaiman

    • C. 

      Something Wicked This Way Comes / by Ray Bradbury

    • D. 

      A Clockwork Orange / by Anthony Burgess

  • 3. 
    Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery.
    • A. 

      From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / by E.L. Konigsburg

    • B. 

      The Da Vinci Code / by Dan Brown

    • C. 

      The Ruins / by Scott Smith

    • D. 

      The Jewel in the Crown / by Paul Scott

  • 4. 
    Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
    • A. 

      2666 / by Robert Bolano

    • B. 

      One Hundred Years of Solitude / by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    • C. 

      The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / by Junot Diaz

    • D. 

      Don Quixote / by Miguel Cervantes

  • 5. 
    In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
    • A. 

      For Whom the Bell Tolls / by Ernest Hemingway

    • B. 

      Tristram Shandy / by Laurence Sterne

    • C. 

      The Great Gatsby / by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • D. 

      The Good Soldier / by Ford Madox Ford

  • 6. 
    The boy with the fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.
    • A. 

      Robinson Crusoe / by Daniel Defoe

    • B. 

      Wide Sargasso Sea / by Jean Rhys

    • C. 

      Call It Courage / by Armstrong Sperry

    • D. 

      Lord of the Flies / by William Golding

  • 7. 
    This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
    • A. 

      Little Lord Fauntleroy / by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • B. 

      The Good Soldier / by Ford Madox Ford

    • C. 

      Nicholas Nickelby / by Charles Dickens

    • D. 

      The Gold Bug / by Edgar Allen Poe

  • 8. 
    This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can  achieve.
    • A. 

      Call of the Wild / by Jack London

    • B. 

      An American Tragedy / by Theodore Dreiser

    • C. 

      The Woman in White / by Wilkie Collins

    • D. 

      Germinal / Emile Zola

  • 9. 
    Mr. Tench went out to look for his ether cylinder, into the blazing Mexican sun and the bleaching dust.
    • A. 

      Far From the Madding Crowd / by Thomas Hardy

    • B. 

      The Handmaid's Tale / by Margaret Atwood

    • C. 

      The Power and The Glory / by Graham Greene

    • D. 

      Winesburg, Ohio / by Sherwood Anderson

  • 10. 
    There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it.
    • A. 

      How Green is My Valley / by John Steinbeck

    • B. 

      Cry, The Beloved Country / by Alan Paton

    • C. 

      Fathers and Sons / by Ivan Turgenev

    • D. 

      The Sorrows of Young Werther / by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe