AMERİKAN EDEBİYATI

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Here is a challenge for American Literature students.

Can you match the following famous opening sentences in American fiction with the authors and the books they come from.

[You might like to know they are all from the required reading lists which were set for the courses I took at the University of Manchester some forty years ago.]

 

 

List # 1

 

 
 

01 - The writer, an old man with a white mustache, had some difficulty in getting into bed.

A)  Joseph Heller, Catch-22             B)  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

C)  Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                D)  Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

                            E)  Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  


[BE & CnE: "moustache"; AE: "mustache"]

02 - 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)  Joseph Heller, Catch-22             B)  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

C)  Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                D)  Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

                            E)  Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  


03 - The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.

A)  Joseph Heller, Catch-22             B)  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

C)  Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                D)  Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

                            E)  Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  


04 - The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods.

A)  Joseph Heller, Catch-22             B)  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

C)  Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                D)  Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

                            E)  Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  


05 - It was love at first sight.

A)  Joseph Heller, Catch-22             B)  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

C)  Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                D)  Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

                            E)  Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  

 

 

List # 2

 

06 - Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

A)  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby               B)  Kurt Vonnegut, A Cat's Cradle

C)  Herman Melville, Moby Dick                    D)  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

                            E)  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  


07 - A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.

A)  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby               B)  Kurt Vonnegut, A Cat's Cradle

C)  Herman Melville, Moby Dick                    D)  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

                            E)  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  


08 - In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

A)  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby               B)  Kurt Vonnegut, A Cat's Cradle

C)  Herman Melville, Moby Dick                    D)  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

                            E)  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  


09 - Call me Ishmael.

A)  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby               B)  Kurt Vonnegut, A Cat's Cradle

C)  Herman Melville, Moby Dick                    D)  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

                            E)  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  


10 - Call me Jonah.

A)  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby               B)  Kurt Vonnegut, A Cat's Cradle

C)  Herman Melville, Moby Dick                    D)  Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

                            E)  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  

 

 

List # 3

 

11 - Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.

A) Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises      B) Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

C) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath      D) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                       E) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

  


12 - To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.

A) Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises      B) Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

C) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath      D) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                       E) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

  


13 - 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, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

A) Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises      B) Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

C) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath      D) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                       E) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

  


14 - All this happened, more or less.

A) Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises      B) Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

C) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath      D) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                       E) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

  


15 - 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.

A) Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises      B) Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

C) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath      D) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                       E) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

  

 

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