Opening Lines - Novellas Quiz Stats

Quiz Updated Aug 28, 2012

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Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.Animal Farm
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.The Old Man and the Sea
Marley was dead: to begin with.A Christmas Carol
A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hill-side bank and runs deep and green.Of Mice and Men
The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.Heart of Darkness
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous vermin.The Metamorphosis
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's...The War of the Worlds
Mother died today.The Stranger
I am always drawn to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.Breakfast at Tiffany's
A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: 'Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!'The Awakening
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I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.Ethan Frome
A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
It is a sin to write this.Anthem
As usual, at five o'clock that morning reveille was sounded by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff quarters.One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Gustav Aschenbach, or von Aschenbach, as his official surname had been since his fiftieth birthday, had taken another solitary walk from his apartment...Death in Venice
I am a rather elderly man.Bartleby, the Scrivener
Hazel Motes sat at a forward angle on the green plush train seat, looking one minute at the window as if he might want to jump out of it...Wise Blood
A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honor of Rum Alley.Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
During the winter of 1927-28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth.The Shadow Over Innsmouth
What determined the speech that startled him in the course of their encounter scarcely matters, being probably but some words spoken by himself quite without intention...The Beast in the Jungle

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