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Sentence Work % Correct
'Call me Ishmael'.Moby-Dick
89.6%
'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.'Lolita
86.1%
'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit'.The Hobbit
86.1%
'Two households, both alike in dignity'.Romeo & Juliet
82.6%
'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do'.Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
80.9%
'Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were'Gone With The Wind
80%
'You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter'.The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
80%
'When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow'.To Kill A Mockingbird
77.4%
'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'.Nineteen Eighty-Four
77.4%
'My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip'.Great Expectations
72.2%
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife'.Pride & Prejudice
71.3%
'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like'.The Catcher In The Rye
69.6%
'Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814.'Around The World In Eighty Days
64.3%
'Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.'Mrs. Dalloway
56.5%
'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since'.The Great Gatsby
51.3%
'Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested'.The Trial
49.6%
'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
45.2%
'On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge'.Crime & Punishment
42.6%
'It was love at first sight'.Catch-22
40.9%
'Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed'Ulysses
39.1%
Sentence Work % Correct
'I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up'.On The Road
37.4%
'Howard Roark laughed.'The Fountainhead
34.8%
'1801. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with'.Wuthering Heights
33.9%
'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die''.The Satanic Verses
33.9%
'A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green'.Of Mice & Men
33.9%
'''Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.''War & Peace
33%
'Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure'.The Stranger
32.2%
'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York'The Bell Jar
29.6%
'The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor with-out a flutter of the sails, and was at rest'.Heart Of Darkness
27%
'Hale knew they meant to murder him before he had been in Brighton three hours'Brighton Rock
23.5%
'3 May. Bistritz.— Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Viennaearly next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late'.Dracula
22.6%
'What's it going to be then, eh?'A Clockwork Orange
15.7%
'The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses'.The Picture Of Dorian Gray
12.2%
'Dear God, I am fourteen years old.'The Color Purple
8.7%
'One may as well begin with Helen's letters to her sister'.Howards End
7.8%
'The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.'Murphy
6.1%
'In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains'A Farewell To Arms
5.2%
'I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods'Breakfast At Tiffany's
3.5%
'The house was named `The Cave'.'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
3.5%
'Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically'Lady Chatterley's Lover
2.6%

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