Monday, October 5, 2015

Fantastic Beginnings: The Contest

After an unanimous "yes, do this game" from all you, here it is: the Fantastic Beginnings Game as created by yours truly.
For those of you who didn't read my last post, here are the rules:

1: Read all story beginnings. (They would be numbered for your convenience)
2: Decide which book you think they came from. (Give a title next to the number of the story's beginning in your comment)
3. Publish your comment. (I would not publish any of the comments until the contest "time" was over.)
4: Each correct answer will be worth 10 "points".
5: Please don't look the answers up until AFTER you publish your comment. It wouldn't be fair, or fun, if all of you get 100% on this. Be honest.

And now, without further ado: here are the fantastic beginnings:

1. "A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born..."

2. "A wild, ringing neigh shrilled up from the hold of the Spanish galleon."

3. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

4. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

5. "It all began when..."

6. "In a hole in the ground there lived..."

7. "Once there were four children whose names were..."

8. "It was a dark and stormy night."

9. "I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country..."

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

11. "Once upon a time there lived a dragon. His name was..."

12. "If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the policeman at the cross-roads."

13. "As I walked through the wilderness of the world, I came to a place where there was a den."

On Monday (maybe a smidge later, depending on how busy I am) I'll post the answers as well as how many questions you got right and how many "points" you earned. Please make a comment as soon as possible or you might end up not being able to participate. Have fun coming up with answers! :)
God bless!


  1. I don't know a lot of them, but...
    3. Pride and prejudice
    4. Genesis
    5. The Silver Flower
    11. Thistle the dragon
    (I know more than I think I do...?*raised ebrows*)
    2. Black Beauty (Mom read that to us girls when we were really little, so I don't remember much about it)
    6. Peter Rabitt??
    7.Box Car Children
    8. The Legend of Sleepyhollow

  2. Yeah, so evidently I am very bad at remembering the beginning of books! This is fun anyway!
    1. I know this one! I just can't think what it is!
    2. I think this is Misty of Chincoteague
    3. Pride and Prejudice!
    4. The Bible
    5. I don't know.
    6. The Hobbit.
    7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    8. No idea
    9. Still no idea
    10. I feel like I should know this one, but I don't!
    11. Ah! Another I think I should know!
    12.This is embarrassing...I'm just hoping I haven't read these and therefore have a good excuse!
    13. This is another one I know that I know, I just can't think of it.

    Thanks for doing this Rebekah! Even if I did very poorly I enjoyed it! :)

  3. 1. Little house in the big woods?
    2. & 3.( I have no idea.)
    4. Genesis /The Bible
    5. - 7. (Don't know)
    8. The highwayman? But that's a poem so maybe not. XD
    9. I feel like I should know this.... Wild guess: Ivanhoe? (I know nothingness about that book.)
    10. (don't know)
    11. Rebekah, I know there's a story on your other blog that's about a dragon, but I haven't read all of it and I honestly can't remember he title. :)
    12. & 13. (don't know)

  4. Oh, this looks like so much fu, Rebekah! :) I love doing these kind of challenge ;) Thanks for making it up!!!! :D

    1. The Magician’s Nephew
    2. The Black Stallion?
    3. no idea :)
    4. The Bible
    5. not sure
    6. The Hobbit
    7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I think!
    8. That is a really good beginning. . .but I have no idea which book it comes from :( :P
    9. I know this one…I know this. . . Robinson Crusoe!!?
    10. no idea
    11. no idea
    12. Mary Poppins (by the way, just wondering, when you read this book, do you ever feel like trying to read it out loud in a British accent?)
    13. I don’t think I’ve read this book either. . .

    Thanks again for all the fun, Rebekah :)

    1. In answer to your question...yes, I usually read British books in a British accent. However, usually not out loud...just inside my head, because my accent is not very good. :)

  5. 1. At the Back of the North Wind
    2. Black Gold
    3. Pride and Prejudice
    4. Genesis/The Bible
    5. The Silver Flower
    6. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
    7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    8. A Wrinkle in Time
    9. David Copperfield
    10. Ben Hur
    11. Thistle. Or Prickly Pear, or something like that...I don't know the title, but my guess is that this is a book you wrote, you know which one I'm talking about.
    12. Mary Poppins
    13. No idea. (actually, several of my other answers are wild guesses too.)

  6. I was going to do this last week, and things got busy and then I forgot. So, I'll try to get it done now. :)

    1. Hmm, this sounds like it might be familiar, but I can't place it.
    2. Misty of Chincoteague
    3. Pride and Prejudice? It sounds like it should be a Jane Austin book, but, since I've never read any of them, I'm not sure. :)
    4. Genesis
    5. This could be many book! It seems to be a common opening. :)
    6. Is this The Wind in the Willows? (I'm just guessing because I don't know.)
    7. Uh, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? (It's been years since I've read any of those books.
    8. The wind howled fiercely and the rain, which had been threatening for hours suddenly let loose a terrific downpour . . . :P Okay, so I don't know this one.
    9. I feel like I should know this one, but can't recall what it's from.
    10. No idea.
    11. Don't know.
    12. Since I can't find the policeman at the cross roads, I guess I don't know this one either.
    13. Pilgrim's Progress.

  7. Wow. You all did really well! :D


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