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Famous Opening Lines in Literature

Great opening lines are very important for any work of literature. Whether you are writing a novel, a short story, a blog post or a newspaper article, a great opening line will make sure that your reader stays hooked and reads the rest of the content with interest.

Stephen King reflected on the magnitude of a novel’s introductory sentence in these words. “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”

Can you guess the literary work from which these famous opening lines have been taken.

  • Question of

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

    • Jane Eyre
    • Pride and Prejudice
    • The Bell Jar
  • Question of

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..

    • Oliver Twist
    • David Copperfield
    • A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Question of

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

    • 1984
    • Fahrenheit 451
    • Catch-22
  • Question of

    “All children, except one, grow up.”

    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    • The Hunger Games
    • Peter Pan
  • Question of

    “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

    • The Stranger
    • Anna Karenina
    • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Question of

    “Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.”

    • Rebecca
    • The Stranger
    • The Hunger Games
  • Question of

    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

    • Anna Karenina
    • Jane Eyre
    • Emma
  • Question of

    “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream”

    • Life of Pi
    • Moby Dick
    • The Old Man And The Sea
  • Question of

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

    • My Cousin Rachel
    • Rebecca
    • Jamaica Inn
  • Question of

    “First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.”

    • Bridge to Terabithia
    • The Book Thief
    • The Kite Runner

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