Saturday, April 28, 2012

First Lines Quiz - Answers!

These are the answers to the First Lines Quiz that I posted last week. 

I was so pleased to see how many of my readers were quite familiar with the first lines of classic literature, especially the first lines of the classic children's books I included.
Thanks for playing everyone! :)

Classic First Lines:

#1. "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, Jane Austen

#2. "One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it - it was the black kitten's fault entirely." - Through The Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll

#3. "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that situation will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." - David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

#4. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." - Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

#5. "The weather door of the smoking-room had been left open to the North Atlantic fog, as the big liner rolled and lifted, whistling to warn the fishing-fleet." - Captains Courageous, Rudyand Kipling

#6. "When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance from his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun." - Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

#7. "Call me Ishmael." - Moby Dick, Herman Melville

#8. "It's time to go to the station, Tom." - An Old-Fashioned Girl, Louisa May Alcott

#9. "A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of being that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate." - The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

#10. "To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood." - Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell

#11. "About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas..." - Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

#12. "The house in the hollow was "a mile from anywhere" - so Maywood people said. It was situated in a grassy little dale, looking as if it had never been built like other houses but had grown up there like a big, brown mushroom." - Emily of New Moon, Lucy Maud Montgomery

#13. "I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house." - Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson

#14. "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it." - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis

#15. "Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking people to stay with him." - The Young Visiters, Daisy Ashford

#16. "Cedric himself knew nothing whatever about it. It had never been even mentioned to him." - Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett

#17. "1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with." - Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

#18. "Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter." - Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

#19. "Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning. Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner. But to-day she was hurrying - actually hurrying." - Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter

#20. "In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in." - Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens

#21. "If anybody cares to read a simple tale told simply, I, John Ridd, of the parish of Oare, in the county of Somerset, yeoman and churchwarden, have seen and had a share in some doings of this neighborhood, which I will try to set down in order, God sparing my life and memory." - Lorna Doone, R.D. Blackmore

#22. "All children, except one, grow up." - Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

#23. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. - Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

#24. "Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress." - Middlemarch, George Eliot

#25. "'Edith!' said Margaret, gently, 'Edith!' But, as Margaret half suspected, Edith had fallen asleep. - North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

10 Titles Not Used: 
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett ~ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ~ Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery ~ Bleak House by Charles Dickens ~ Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott ~ Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ~ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain ~ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ~ Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Players Scores
Jillian - 96 points
Scullery Maid - 88 points
Lydia - 84 points 
Miss Dashwood - 84 points
Anne-girl - 72 points
Sarah Grace - 68 points
Emily - 64 points
Mary Beth - 52 points
Hayden - 50 points
Jemimah - 45 points
Melody - 38 points
Ella - 24 points
Jen - 24 points
Miss Woodhouse - 20 points
Charity - 18 points

New game will be up soon!

Very Truly Your's,


Hayden said...

ugh!!! I knew 10 sounded way too familiar....I'm reading W&D right now :)

Little Lady said...

Miss Laurie, please come to my blog (Sunshine & Shadows) and collect your blogger award! We featured your blog yesterday, and would love for you to come comment and receive it yourself! :)

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