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QOTW - Quiz of the Week... 12/19/97

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Subject: QOTW - Quiz of the Week... 12/19/97

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  Can you match these first lines with titles of their famous literary sources?

The First Lines:

 1. "Call me Ishmael."
 2. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
 3. "To anyone who has ever been owned by a cat, it will come as no surprise
    that there are all sorts of things about your cat you will never, as long
    as you live, forget."
 4. "Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the big woods
    of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs."
 5. "Arma virumque cano, I sing of arms and of men ."
 6. "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.''
 7. "The gales tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that
    if they did not make landfall in three days they would all be dead."
 8. "Claudia knew she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running
 9. "What dire offense from an am'rous causes springs, what mighty contests
    rise from trivial things."
10. "The mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning
    his little home."
11. "It was not a dark and stormy night."
12. "I was an only child -- and so I became an only man."
13. "The courtship and remarriage of an old widower is always made more
    difficult when middle-aged children are involved -- especially when there
    are unmarried daughters."
14. "'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying
    on the rug."
15. "Last night l dreamt I went to Manderley again."
16. "'Who is John Galt?'"
17. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth."
18. "At supper that night, as many times before, his father said,"Well,
    s'pose we go to the picture show.'"
l9. "Life is difficult."
20. "There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire,
    one Mr. Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his
    head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young
    enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had
    wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken
    him for the same reason."
21. "When l stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the
    movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride
22. "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when
    caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were."
23. "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle
    everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen."
24. "High upon the long hill they called the Saddle Back, behind the ranch
    and the county road, the boy sat his horse, facing east, his eyes dazzled
    by the rising sun."
25. "'We're going through!' the commander's voice was like thin ice breaking."
26. "Once upon a time..."

The Titles:

A. "The Secret Garden" (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
B. "Moby Dick" (Herman Melville)
C. "Aeneid" (Virgil)
D. "Little Women" (Louisa May Alcott)
E. "The Rape of the Lock" (Alexander Pope)
F. "A Summons To Memphis" (Peter H. Taylor)
G. "The Outsiders" (S.E. Hinton)
H. "Atlas Shrugged" (Ayn Rand)
I. "Gone With The Wind" (Margaret Mitchell)
J. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (James Thurber)
K. "Nicholas Nickleby" (Charles Dickens)
L. "Tenth Commandment" (Lawrence Sanders)
M. "My Friend Flicka" (Mary O'Hara)
N. "From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" (E.L. Konigsburg)
O. "A Death in the Family" (James Agee)
P. "Rebecca" (Daphne DuMaurier)
Q. "Shogun" (James Clavell)
R. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (George Orwell)
S. "Cinderella"
T. "Little House in the Big Woods" (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
U. "The Bible" (various authors)
V. "I Capture The Castle" (Dodie Smith)
W. "The Road Less Traveled" (M. Scott Peck)
X. "The Cat Who Came For Christmas" (Cleveland Amory)
Y. "Wind In The Willows" (Kenneth Grahame)
Z. "Celery Stalks At Midnight" (James Howe)

The Answers:

 1=B  2=R  3=X  4=T  5=C  6=V  7=Q  8=N  9=E 10=Y 11=Z 12=L 13=F
14=D 15=P 16=H 17=U 18=O 19=W 20=K 21=G 22=I 23=A 24=M 25=J 25=S

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