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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.
Frederick and Ishmael
Exodus
The Odyssey
Moby-Dick


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Question 2:

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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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Question 3:

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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.
A Tale of Two Cities
Hercules Unbound
Oliver Twist
David Copperfield


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


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Question 5:

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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;"?
The Killer
Howl
Tropic of Cancer
On The Road


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Question 6:

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


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Question 7:

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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.
Seven Days in September
The Winds of August
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
Major Tom


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Question 8:

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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?
Unforgiven
Gone with The Wind
McClintock
Anne of Green Gables


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Question 9:

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


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Question 10:

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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.
Reelin' in the Years
Butterfly Stories
Purple Haze
Gravity's Rainbow


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Question 11:

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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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Question 12:

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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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Question 13:

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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.
L.A. Woman
The Israelites
Waiting for the sun
Many Rivers to Cross


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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?
1984
Motorcycle Diaries
The Trial
Long Day's Journey Into Night


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