REEL LIT GETS BUZZED: CLASSIC OPENING LINES

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How do you feel about BuzzFeed quizzes? Me? I LOVE them! I will admit that I sometimes spend way too much time on BuzzFeed taking quizzes that range from great to weird. Today I’m taking a crack at a quiz from a few months ago of some classic opening lines. Keep reading to see what I know and what I don’t know!

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Death in the Family by James Agee

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

“A screaming comes across the sky.”

White Noise by Don DeLillo

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

“It was love at first sight.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Persuasion by Jane Austen

“All this happened more or less.”

Molloy by Samuel Beckett

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Murphy by Samuel Beckett

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

“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.”

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Emma by Jane Austen

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

“This is the saddest story I have ever heard.”

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

“They shoot the white girl first.”

The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Paradise by Toni Morrison

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Má rquez

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“124 was spiteful.”

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.”

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Verdict

You got 5 out of 12 right! Not bad, but you can definitely do better. Looks like someone might need to hit the books!

Your Turn

So…BuzzFeed played me y’all! But they are totally right. I need to step my reading game up! Can you do better than me? Test your skills! Let us know in the comments! |RL

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