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Quiz: Guess the author from famous opening lines from novels

1.       Call me Ishmael. Answer    DVD

2.        It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Answer  AudioBook

3.        Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. Answer

4.        Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.  Answer   DVD

5.       It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Answer

6.       It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Answer  AudioBook

7.       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. Answer

8.       Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.  Answer    DVD

9.       Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.  Answer   AudioBook

10.   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. Answer

11.   I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson… Answer

12.   It was love at first sight. Answer

13.   In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.  Answer    DVD

14.   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.  Answer   DVD

15.    When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. Answer

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Quiz: Classic last lines

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