This week’s brainteaser is about the first lines of books, poems, etc. Need help? Try Credo Reference.
1. Which novel by Jane Austen starts with this line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”?
2. Name the author of the poem “Slough” with its notorious first line: “Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!”
3. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” is the first line of a sonnet by which writer?
4. Which novel by Daphne du Maurier begins with the line “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”?
5. Which 1872 novel by Thomas Hardy used as its title the first line of a song in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”.
6. “She dwelt among the untrodden ways” is the first line of part of a poem called “Lucy”. Who wrote it?
7. Which book by Kenneth Grahame begins: “The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home”?
8. “I sing the body electric” is the first line of a poem by Walt Whitman. Can you name the US writer who used that line as the title of a 1969 collection of short stories ?
9. Which novel by Leo Tolstoy begins: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”?
10. Who wrote the 1840 poem “Sordello” which begins: ‘Who will, may hear Sordello’s story told”?
Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)