Book Quiz: Identify These Famous Lines and Win a Guest Blog Post

Today’s post is a quiz with famous lines (sometimes the very first lines) from books. See how many you can identify without cheating!  No using Google or other forms of the internet.  (Or good old fashioned books…)

  1.  “Call me Ishmael.”
  2. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  3. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
  4. “I would prefer not to.”
  5. “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  6. “Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.”
  7. “Ah!  Vanitas Vanitatum!  Which of us is happy in this world?”
  8. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
  9. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
  10. “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
  11. “Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill.”
  12. “The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women.  It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States.”
  13. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
  14. “What really interests me is how two such unlike particles clung together, and under what strains, rolling downhill into their future until they reached the angle of repose where I knew them.”
  15. “Madness were easy to bear compared with truth like this.”
  16. “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”
  17. “On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field.  The sun was sinking just behind it. . . . There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.”
  18. “And Wang Lung, hearing this, felt his mouth suddenly dry and parched and his voice came from him in a whisper; ‘Silver, then!  Silver and gold!  Anything to the very price of my land!’”
  19. “I dont [sic] hate it . . . I dont hate it.  I dont.  I dont!  I dont hate it!  I dont hate it!” (303).
  20.  “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”

I will announce the answers and a winner on Thursday, September 6.  I will pick a winner randomly from everybody who leaves a comment using random.org.  The winner will then have the opportunity to write a guest blog post on my blog.  This is a fun chance for one of you to share your favorite book or to write a review of a recent book you’ve read.  It’s also an opportunity to get more readers to see your work and your blog.  I will link your post back to your blog and some 1,986 of my followers will see your work.  (I’m almost at 2,000 followers!)

So, identify as many of the above quotes as you can and leave a comment for a chance to win a guest blog post!  Ready?  Set?  Go!

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  1. Wow ~ I don’t feel very well-read. I recognize a handful, but I couldn’t say exactly what they’re from. I’m 100% positive about two and I’m also 100% confident that won’t be enough to win the quiz. But it was fun to read through them. 🙂

  2. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. I recognized several but couldn’t tie down the title. But these I got (I think): 1. Moby Dick, 2. Tale of Two Cities, 9. Pride and Prejudice (the greatest opening line in all of literature to my mind!),14. Angle of Repose, 16. Old Man and The Sea, 17. The Sun Also Rises (?), 19. As I lay Dying (?),20 Poor Richard’s Almanac.

  3. I’m not very good at these things, but I did my best:)

    1. Moby Dick
    2. Tale of Two cities
    3.
    4.
    5. Gone With the Wind
    6.
    7.
    8.
    9. Pride and Prejudice
    10. Out of Africa
    11. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    12.
    13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    14.
    15.
    16. The Old Man and the Sea
    17. The Grapes of Wrath
    18. The Good Earth
    19.
    20.

  4. Missed a few, but I think I did ok!

    1. Moby Dick
    2. A Tale of Two Cities
    3.
    4. Bartleby the Scrivener
    5. Gone With the Wind
    6.
    7.
    8. Rebecca
    9. The Great Gatsby?
    10. Out of Afrida
    11. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    12. The Awakening?
    13. Harry Potter and the Socerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone
    14. The Angle of Repose
    15.
    16. The Old Man and the Sea
    17.
    18. The Good Earth
    19.
    20.

  5. OK here goes:
    1. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
    2. A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens
    5. Gone with the Wind
    10. Out of Africa
    11. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,
    16. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    18. The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
    Do we get extra credit for giving authors?

  6. I only got a couple but here they are
    1. Moby Dick – Melville
    3. A Room of One’s Own – Woolf
    5. Gone With the Wind
    9. Pride and Prejudice – Austen
    11. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – McCall-Smith
    12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Rowling
    16. The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway
    20. Hamlet – Shakespeare (the brilliant)

  7. 1. Moby Dick
    2. Tale of Two Cities
    5. Gone with the Wind
    7. Vanity Fair
    8.Rebecca
    9.Pride and Prejudice
    11. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
    13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    20. Hamlet?

    That is a pathetic attempt and I’m now off to google the rest 🙂

  8. 1. Moby Dick
    2. A Tale of Two Cities
    3. A Room of One’s Own
    4. ?
    5. Gone With the Wind
    6. ?
    7. ?
    8. Rebecca
    9. Pride and Prejudice
    10. Out of Africa
    11. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    12. ?
    13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    14. ?
    15. ?
    16. Old Man and the Sea
    17. My Antonia
    18. The Good Earth
    19. ?
    20. ?

  9. I managed only six guesses (my excuse: non-native speaker):

    1. Moby Dick
    2. A Tale of Two Cities
    7. Ulysses? (was what I thought before reading the correct answer in the comment above)
    9. Pride and Prejudice
    13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    16. The Old Man and the Sea (not sure)

  10. 1.Moby Dick, 2.A Tale of Two Cities, 3.The Forsyte Sage, 5.Gone with the Wind, 8.Rebecca, 9.Pride and Prejudice, 10.Out of Africa, 12.The Feminine Mystique( I admit it, I had to look this one up) 16.The Old Man and the Sea, 17.The Grapes of Wrath,18.The Good Earth, 20.Hamlet. Thanks Emily, that was fun!

  11. The only ones I recognized were:
    1. Moby Dick
    2. Tale of Two Cities (A Tale? The Tale?)
    5. Gone with the Wind
    8. Rebecca
    9. Pride and Prejudice
    10. Out of Africa
    16. The Old Man and the Sea
    18. The Good Earth

    That’s it! Yikes.

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