Saturday, 3 February 2018

'OPENING LINES' QUIZ by Sharon Tregenza


We all know how powerful that first sentence can be. Can you remember the book that started with these memorable words? Double marks for getting the author too. 

1. Where's Papa going with that axe?

2. In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.

3. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

4.  First of all, let me get something straight: this is a journal, not a diary.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

6. If you are interested in stories with happy endings you would be better off reading some other book.

7. The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

8. Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong.

9. All children, except one, grow up.

10. Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. 


1. 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White  2. 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  3. 'Holes' by Louis Sachar  4. 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' by Jeff Kinney  5. 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling  6. 'A series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket  7. 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss  8. 'The Little Engine That Could' by Watty Piper  9. 'Peter Pan' by J. M. Barrie  10. 'The Tiger who came to Tea' by Judith Kerr.



Abbeybufo said...

8/10! Didn't know 4 and 8, though perhaps should have guessed 8 ... Thanks; a nice diversion on a damp Saturday morning!

Lynne Benton said...

Thanks, Sharon - there's nothing like a quiz to get the weekend off to a good start!

Penny Dolan said...

A nice post to wake my mind up this morning! Thanks, Sharon.

Sharon Tregenza said...

Hi everyone, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think I may make this a regular feature as it's fun to do too.

Dotty Jo x said...

Couldn't get 8. 'The Little Engine That Could' by Watty Piper. Might run this as a competition in the school library! Jo x

Sharon Tregenza said...

That would be a lovely idea, Jo. x

Sue Bursztynski said...

I’ve heard of all of them, only read three. Oddly, I’ve read The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, but not the original. Oh, and “It was a dark and stormy night” is by Edward Bulwer Lytton, can’t recall the novel. It’s supposed to be the worst opening line ever written and inspired the Bulwer Lytton competition for awful opening lines. I entered one year...