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First Lines, Great and Small

written by: JoeSmow
First lines of novels, movies, characters and songs. Any Questions? Oh yeah, that's my job!

Question 1:

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"Call me Ishmael" is the first line of this seafaring masterwork.
The Odyssey
Frederick and Ishmael

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"When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me," is the first line of this work that asks us to live well enough alone. Can you name it?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." was the first line of this masterwork about class struggle.
Oliver Twist
A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Hercules Unbound

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"I believe in America." is the first line of this masterwork about adjusting to a new country.
Coming to America
The Godfather
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Which of the following works opens with the lines:
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;"?
On The Road
The Killer
Tropic of Cancer

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"Reach for the Sky" is Sheriff Woody's first line in the 1995 film Toy Story.

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"It was the third of September, that day I'll always remember" is the first line from this masterwork about the parents' role in American society.
Major Tom
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
The Winds of August
Seven Days in September

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"She was a comely young woman and not without prospects. Therefore it was heartbreaking to her mother that she would enter into marriage with William Munny, a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition. When she died, it was not at his hands as her mother might have expected, but of smallpox. That was 1878." are the first words of this masterwork about murder and change. Can you name it?
Gone with The Wind
Anne of Green Gables

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"To infinity and beyond" was Buzz Lightyear's first line in the 1995 film Toy Story.

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"A screaming comes across the sky." is the first line of this epic masterwork which involves many different threads of narrative.
Purple Haze
Butterfly Stories
Gravity's Rainbow
Reelin' in the Years

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"Mother Mother there's too many of you crying. Brother, Brother, Brother, there's far too many of you dying." is the first line of this masterwork about life during wartime.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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"There's a lady who's sure All that glitters is gold." is the first line of this masterwork that is widely considered to be the greatest of its kind. Can you name it?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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"Well, I just got into town about an hour ago. Took a look around, see which way the wind blow. Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows" are the mysterious first lines of this masterwork from the early seventies.
Many Rivers to Cross
L.A. Woman
The Israelites
Waiting for the sun

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"Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested." are the first lines of a masterwork that is disturbingly close to our reality. Can you name it?
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Motorcycle Diaries
The Trial

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