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1. Which poem ends ‘I shall but love thee better after death’?
a. How do I love thee
b. Ode to a Grecian urn
c. In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes
d. Let me not to the marriage of true minds
2. Which poet is considered a national hero in Greece?
a. John keats
b. Lord Byron
3. Which kind of poem is Edward Lear associated with?
4. In coleridge’s poem ‘The rime of the Ancient Mariner’where were the three gallants going?
a. A funeral
b. A wedding
d. To the races
5. Harold Nicholson described which poet as ‘Very yellow and glum. Perfect manners’?
a. e. e. Cummings
b. T. S. Elliot
c. John Greenleaf Whittier
d. Walt Whitman
6. What was strange about Emily Dickinson?
a. She rarely left home
b. She wrote in code
c. She never attempted to publish her poetry
d. She wrote her poems in invisible ink
7. Rupert Brooke wrote his poetry during which conflict?
a. Boer War
b. Second World War
c. Korean War
d. First World War
8. Which Poet Laureate wrote about a church mouse?
9. Which American writer published ‘A brave and startling truth’ in 1996
a. Robert Hass
b. Jessica Hagdorn
c. Maya Angelou
d. Micheal Palmer
10. Who wrote about the idyllic ‘Isle of Innisfree’?
a. Dylan Thomas
b. Ezra Pound
c. W. B. Yeats
d. e. e. cummings
11. A pattern of accented and unaccented syllables in lines of poetry
1. rhyme scheme
12. The repetition of similar ending sounds
13. Applying human qualities to non-human things
14. The repetition of beginning consonant sounds
15. A comparison of unlike things without using a word of comparison such as like or as
16. The comparison of unlike things using the words like or as
17. Using words or letters to imitate sounds
18. a description that appeals to one of the five senses
19. A poem that tells a story with plot, setting, and characters
2. free verse
20. A poem with no meter or rhyme
2. free verse
21. A poem that generally has meter and rhyme
2. free verse
22. Sylvia Plath married which English poet?
23. Carl Sandburg ‘Planked whitefish’ contains what kind of imagery?
a. Sea scenes
b. Rural Idyll
d. Innocent childhood
24. Which influential American poet was born in Long Island in 1819?
a. Emily Dickinson
b. Paul Dunbar
c. John Greenleaf Whittier
d. Walt Whitman
25. In 1960 ‘The Colossus’ was the first book of poems published by which poetess?
a. Elizabeth Bishop
b. Sylvia Plath
c. Marianne Moore
d. Laura Jackson
26. In his poem Kipling said ‘If you can meet with triumph and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ‘?
27. Which of the following is not a literary device used for aesthetic effect in poetry?
28. True or false: Writing predates poetry.
29. What is the earliest surviving European poem?
a. The Homeric epic
b. The Gilgamesh epic
c. The Deluge epic
d. The Hesiodic ode
30. Which of the following is not a poetic tradition?
a. The Epic
b. The Comic
c. The Occult
d. The Tragic
31. What is the study of poetry’s meter and form called?
32. Shakespeare composed much of his plays in what sort of verse?
a. Alliterative verse
b. Sonnet form
c. Iambic pentameter
d. Dactylic hexameter
33. Which poet invented the concept of the variable foot in poetry?
a. William Carlos Williams
b. Emily Dickinson
c. Gerard Manly Hopkins
d. Robert Frost
34. Who wrote this famous line: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate…’
a. TS Eliot
b. Lord Tennyson
c. Charlotte Bronte
35. From what century does the poetic form the folk ballad date?
a. The 12th
b. The 14th
c. The 17th
d. The 19th
36. From which of Shakespeare’s plays is this famous line: ‘Did my heart love til now?/ Forswear it, sight/ For I never saw a true beauty until this night’
a. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
d. Romeo and Juliet
37. What is a poem called whose first letters of each line spell out a word?
38. Auld Lang Syne is a famous poem by whom?
a. Sir Walter Scott
b. William Butler Yeats
c. Henry Longfellow
d. Robert Burns
39. How has Stephen Dunn been described in ‘the Oxford Companion to 20th Century Poetry?
a. A poet of middleness
b. Capturing a sense of spiritual marooness
c. One of the leading prairie poets
d. Has some distinction as a critic
40. ‘The Cambridge school’ refers to a group who emerged when?
a. The 1900’s
b. The 1960’s
c. The 1920’s
d. The 1930’s
41. Margaret Atwood was born in which Canadian city?
42. Which of the following words describe the prevailing attitude of High-Modern Literature?
e.Both a & c
43. Which Welsh poet wrote “Under Milk Wood?”
44. Who wrote Canterbury Tales?
d.King Richard II
45. Who wrote “The Hound of the Baskervilles?”
c.P D James
d.Arthur Conan Doyle
46. Wlliam Shakespeare is not the author of:
b.Taming of the Shrew
47. ___________is a late 20th century play written by a woman?
48. Which of the following writers wrote historical novels?
a.Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte
b.Sir Walter Scott and Maria Edgeworthc
d.Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley
49. Who wrote “Ten Little Niggers?”
a.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
d.None of above
50. Which of the following are Thomas Hardy books?
a.The Poor Man and the Lady
b.The Return of Native
d.None of the above
51. Which of the following is not a work of John Keats?
b.To some ladies
d.None of above
52. Who wrote the poems, “On death” and “Women, Wine, and Snuff?”
53. “Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our
woe, With loss of Eden.”
This is an extract from:
54. William Shakespeare was born in the year:
55. Which of the following is not a Shakespeare tragedy?
e.None of the above
56. Who wrote ‘The Winter’s Tale?’
a.George Bernard Shaw
57. What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?
a) No difference. Simply two different ways in referring to the same thing.
b) A simile is more descriptive.
c) A simile uses as or like to make a comparison and a metaphor doesn’t.
d) A simile must use animals in the comparison.
58. What is the word for a “play on words”?
59. Which represents an example of alliteration?
a) Language Arts
b) Peter Piper Picked Peppers
c) I like music.
d) A beautiful scenery with music
60. What is the imitation of natural sounds in word form?
61. The theme is …?
a) a plot.
b) an character
c) an address
d) the point a writer is trying to make about a subject.
62. Concentrate on these elements when writing a good poem.
a) characters, main idea, and theme
b) purpose and audience
c) theme, purpose, form, and mood.
d) rhyme and reason
63. Which is not a poetry form?
64. Which is an example of a proverb?
a) Get a “stake” in our business.
b) You can’t have your cake and eat it, too
c) The snow was white as cotton.
d) You’re driving me crazy.
65. Which is an exaggeration?
66. Which of the following is not a poet?
a) William Shakespeare
b) Terry Saylor
c) Elizabeth B. Browning
d) Emily Dickinson
67. Who has defined ‘poetry’ as a fundamental creative act using languages?
a. H. W. Longfellow
b. Ralph Waldo Emerson
c. Dylan Thomas
d. William Wordsworth
68. What is a sonnet?
a. A poem of six lines
b. A poem of eight lines
c. A poem of twelve lines
d. A poem of fourteen lines
69. What is study of meter, rhythm and intonation of a poem called as?
70. Which figure of speech is it when a statement is exaggerated in a poem?
71. There was aware of her true love, at length come riding by – This is a couplet from the Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington. Whatfigure of speech is used by the poet?
72. Which culture is known for their long, rhymic poetic verses known as Qasidas?
73. Complete this Shakespearan line – Let me not to the marriage of true minds bring:
74. Which of the following is a Japanese poetic form?
75. What is the title of the poem that begins thus – ‘What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’?
76. Which of the following is not an English poet (i. e. from England)?
a. Victor Hugo
b. Alexander Pope
c. John Milton
d. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
77. Who was often called as the Romantic Poet as most of his poems revolved around nature?
a. William Blake
b. William Shakespeare
c. William Morris
d. William Wordsworth
78. What is a funny poem of five lines called?
79. How did W. H. Auden describe poetry?
a. An awful way to earn a living
b. A game of knowledge
c. The soul exposed
d. An explosion of language
80. Sassoon and Brooke wrote what kind of poetry?
a. Light verse
c. Political satire
d. War poems
81. Where did T. S. Eliot spend most of his childhood?
b. St Louis
82. Ted Hughes was married to which American poetess?
a. Carolyn Kizer
b. Mary Oliver
c. Sylvia Plath
d. Marianne Moore
83. How old was Rupert Brooke at the time of his death?
84. In what form did Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ first become known?
a. Book of poetry
b. A radio play
c. A stage play
d. a short film
85. The magazine ‘Contemporary Poetry and Prose’ was inspired by which exhibition?
a. The Festival of Britain
b. The Surrealist Exhibition
c. People of the 20th Century
d. Drawing the 20th CEntury
86. Why did ‘Poetry Quarterly’ cease publication in 1953?
a. Owner convicted of fraud
b. Fall in Sales
c. Rise in taxation on magazines
d. Shortage of paper
87. Aldous Huxley was a poet, but was better known as what?
88. Of which poet was it said ‘Even if he’s not a great poet, he’s certainly a great something’?
1.which of these is magnum opus of chaucer?
A. Troilus and criseyde
b. House of fame
c. The canterbury tales
d. Parliament of fowls.
89. Where were the pilgrims going in the canterbury tales?
A. To the shrine of st. Peter at canterbury cathedral
b. To the shrine of saint thomas becket at canterbury cathedral
90.in which language the stories of canterbury tale are written?
c. Middle english
91.chaucer’s franklin was guilty of which sin?
92. How many languages did chaucer know?
93.from which language the name ”chaucer” has been driven?
94. Where did chaucer bury?
c.chapel at windsor
95.chaucer was imprisoned during———————-?
A.hundred years’ war
b. Black death
c. Peasant revolt
96 .how many children chaucer had?
97. Which people began their invasion and conquest of southwestern Britain around 450?
a) the Normans
b) the Geats
c) the Celts
d) the Anglo-Saxons
e) the Danes
98. Words from which language began to enter English vocabulary around the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066?
99. Which hero made his earliest appearance in Celtic literature before becoming a staple subject in French, English, and German
d) Augustine of Canterbury
100. Toward the close of which century did English replace French as the language of conducting business in Parliament and in
court of law?
101. Which king began a war to enforce his claims to the throne of France in 1336?
a) Henry II
b) Henry III
c) Henry V
d) Louis XIV
e) Edward III
102. Who would be called the English Homer and father of English poetry?
b) Sir Thomas Malory
c) Geoffrey Chaucer
e) John Gower
103. What was vellum?
a) parchment made of animal skin
b) the service owed to a lord by his peasants (“villeins”)
c) unrhymed iambic pentameter
d) an unbreakable oath of fealty
e) a prized ink used in the illumination of prestigious manuscripts
104. Only a small proportion of medieval books survive, large numbers having been destroyed in:
a) the Anglo-Saxon Conquest beginning in the 1450s.
b) the Norman Conquest of 1066.
c) the Peasant Uprising of 1381.
d) the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.
e) the wave of contempt for manuscripts that followed the beginning of printing in 1476.
105. What is the first extended written specimen of Old English?
a) Boethius’s Consolidation of Philosophy
b) Saint Jerome’s translation of the Bible
c) Malory’s Morte Darthur
d) Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
e) a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert
106. Who was the first English Christian king?
b) Richard III
c) Richard II
d) Henry II
107. In Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry, what is the fate of those who fail to observe the sacred duty
of blood vengeance?
a) banishment to Asia
b) everlasting shame
c) conversion to Christianity
d) mild melancholia
e) being buried alive
108. Christian writers like the Beowulf poet looked back on their pagan ancestors with:
a) nostalgia and ill-concealed envy.
b) bewilderment and visceral loathing.
c) admiration and elegiac sympathy.
d) bigotry and shallow triumphalism.
e) the deepest reluctance.
109. The use of “whale-road”for sea and “life-house”for body are examples of what literary
technique, popular in Old English poetry?
e) appositive expression
110. Which of the following statements is not an accurate description of Old English poetry?
a) Romantic love is a guiding principle of moral conduct.
b) Its formal and dignified use of speech was distant from everyday use of language.
c) Irony is a mode of perception, as much as it was a figure of speech.
d) Christian and pagan ideals are sometimes mixed.
e) Its idiom remained remarkably uniform for nearly three centuries.
111. Which of the following best describes litote, a favorite rhetorical device in Old English
a) embellishment at the service of Christian doctrine
b) repetition of parallel syntactic structures
c) ironic understatement
d) stress on every third diphthong
e) a compound of two words in place of a single word
112. How did Henry II, the first of England’s Plantagenet kings, acquire vast provinces in
a) the Battle of Hastings
b) Saint Patrick’s mission
c) the Fourth Lateran Council
d) the execution of William Sawtre
e) his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine
113. Which of the following languages did not coexist in Anglo-Norman England?
114. Which twelfth-century poet or poets were indebted to Breton storytellers for their narratives?
a) Geoffrey Chaucer
b) Marie de France
c) Chrétien de Troyes
d) a and c only
e) b and c only
115. To what did the word the roman, from which the genre of “romance”emerged, initially
a) a work derived from a Latin text of the Roman Empire
b) a story about love and adventure
c) a Roman official
d) a work written in the French vernacular
e) a series of short stories
116. Popular English adaptations of romances appealed primarily to
a) the royal family and upper orders of the nobility
b) the lower orders of the nobility
c) agricultural laborers
d) the clergy
e) the Welsh
117. What is the climax of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain?
a) the reign of King Arthur
b) the coronation of Henry II
c) King John’s seal of the Magna Carta
d) the marriage of Henry II to Eleanor of Aquitaine
e) the defeat of the French by Henry V
118. Ancrene Riwle is a manual of instruction for
a) courtiers entering the service of Richard II
b) translators of French romances
c) women who have chosen to live as religious recluses
d) knights preparing for their first tournament
e) witch-hunters and exorcists
119. The styles of The Owl and the Nightingale and Ancrene Riwle show what about the poetry
and prose written around the year 1200?
a) They were written for sophisticated and well-educated readers.
b) Writing continued to benefit only readers fluent in Latin and French.
c) Their readers’ primary language was English.
d) a and c only
e) a and b only
120. In addition to Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, the “flowering”of Middle English
literature is evident in the works of which of the following writers?
a) Geoffrey of Monmouth
b) the Gawain poet
c) the Beowulf poet
d) Chrétien de Troyes
e) Marie de France
121. Why did the rebels of 1381 target the church, beheading the archbishop of Canterbury?
a) Their leaders were Lollards, advocating radical religious reform.
b) The common people were still essentially pagan.
c) They believed that writing, a skill largely confined to the clergy, was a form of black magic.
d) The church was among the greatest of oppressive landowners.
e) a and c only
122. Which influential medieval text purported to reveal the secrets of the afterlife?
a) Dante’s Divine Comedy
b) Boccaccio’s Decameron
c) The Dream of the Rood
d) Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women
e) Gower’s Confessio Amantis
123. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?
a) Sir Thomas Malory
b) Margery Kempe
c) Geoffrey Chaucer
d) William Langland
e) Geoffrey of Monmouth
124. What event resulted from the premature death of Henry V?
a) the Battle of Agincourt
b) the Battle of Hastings
c) the Norman Conquest
d) the Black Death
e) the War of the Roses
125. Which literary form, developed in the fifteenth century, personified vices and virtues?
a) the short story
b) the heroic epic
c) the morality play
d) the romance
e) the limerick
126. Which of the following statements about Julian of Norwich is true?
a) She sought unsuccessfully to restore classical paganism.
b) She was a virgin martyr.
c) She is the first known woman writer in the English vernacular.
d) She made pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Rome, and Santiago.
e) She probably never met Margery Kempe.
127. Which of the following authors is considered a devotee to chivalry, as it is personified in Sir
a) Julian of Norwich
b) Margery Kempe
c) William Langland
d) Sir Thomas Malory
e) Geoffrey Chaucer
128.what was the occupation of Chaucer’s father?
a. leather merchant
c. a vintner
129. Chaucer became a page to which king’s daughter-in-law?
a. Edward III
b. Richard II
c. Henry IV
130. which of these is not certain about Chaucer?
a. his birth date
b. his death year
c. his father’s name
131. which of these kings was not served by Chaucer?
a. Edward III
b. Henry II
c. Richard II
132.what was the duration of hundred year’s war?
a.1300 to 1350
b.1337 to 1453
c. 1302 to 1343
133.what did Chaucer’s wife use to do?
a. lady-in-waiting to Queen Philip pa of Hainaut
b. nurse of royal court
c. governess to Henry IV
134.one of Chaucer’s daughter was…………?
a. a musician
b. an astronomer
c. a nun
135. in which year chaucer was imprisoned by the French?
136.chaucer was fined in 1367 or 1366 for…………..?
a. beating a friar in a London street
b. for writing poetry against the church
c. for crossing the border of Great Britain
137. Chaucer was made in-charge of many palaces,which of these was not in his charge?
a. Westminster Palace
b. Tower of London
c. St. George’s chapel at Windsor
d. Buckingham Palace
138. Chaucer acted as a controller of custom during………….?
a. 1374 to 1385
b. 1350 to 1360
c. 1360 to 1400
139. Chaucer was released from legal action by …………………… in a deed of May 1, 1380 from
rape and abduction?
a. Miss Cecily Chaumpaigne
b. Philippa de Roet of Flanders
c. Agnes de Copton
140. Chaucer became a member of Parliament in………..?
141. Chaucer buried in a corner of Westminster, which came to know as………?
a. Chaucer’s corner
b. poet’s corner
c. legend’s corner
142. what was chaucer’s profession?
a. a poet
b. a merchant
c. a civil servant
143)One of Marlowe’s earliest published works was his translation of the epic poem ‘Pharsalia’,
written by which Roman poet?
144) Marlowe’s poem ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ begins with the line “Come live with
me and be my love”; which other English author wrote a famous poem beginning with this line?
145)In Marlowe’s play, what was the name of the Jew of Malta?
146How many years of happiness was Dr Faustus promised by the Devil?
147) Which of these Kings was the subject of a play by Marlowe?
148)One of Marlowe’s most famous poems was an account of which lovers?
a)Anthony and Cleopatra
b)Hero and Leander
c)Troilus and Cressida
d)Apollo and Hyacinth
149) Marlowe’s play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ was based loosely on the life of which Asian ruler?
150)What was the title of the play by Marlowe that portrayed the events surrounding the Saint
Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572?
a)The Massacre at Berlin
b)The Massacre at Rome
c)The Massacre at Copenhagen
d)The Massacre at Paris
151)In the title of Marlowe’s play, of where was Dido the Queen?
152)Christopher Marlowe was England’s first official Poet Laureate.
153)In what country is ‘Dr Faustus’ based?
154)When, is it estimated, was ‘Dr Faustus’ first performed?
155)At what famous university is Faustus a scholar?
156)Faustus’ servant shares his name with a famous German composer. Who?
157)Faustus asks two magicians to aid him in summoning the devil. What are their names?
a)Valdes and Cornelius
b)Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
c)Troilus and Cressida
d)Pyramus and Thisbe
158)Through his magic, Faustus is visited first by which of the devil’s angels?
159)What does Faustus promise to the devil in exchange for great knowledge, riches and power
for a period of 24 years?
160)Which of the following qualities would most accurately describe Faustus’ character at the
beginning of the play?
161)Which powerful figure does Faustus ridicule with his new-found powers?
b)The Holy Roman Emperor
c)The King of England
d)The King of France
162)At the end of the play, Faustus is dragged down to hell, begging to repent.
163) “Renaissance” is a:
164) What is the meaning of “Renaissance”:
a)Rebirth, revival and re-awaking
b)Reveal, revel and reverie
c)Raillery, renunciation and recoup
165) Renaissance first came to the:
166) Which of the following are University wits:
a)John Gower and Robert Peele
b)John Skelton and Thomas lodge
c)John Lyly and Robert Greene
d)John Donne and Thomas Nashe
167) University Wits were those who:
a)Had training at two universities
b)gave curriculum of two universities
c)Erected two universities
168) Which century is known as Dawn of Renaissance:
d)14 th and 16 th
169) Who born in 1422:
170) Utopia was first printed in:
171) Who translated Utopia in English language:
172) The first complete version of Bible in English language was made by:
173) Who took Degree at fifteen from Cambridge in 1518?
174) Who wrote “Mirror for Magistrates”?
175) Philip Sidney was born on 30th November:
176) “Astrophel and Stella” is a:
177) Greville was biographer of:
c)Sir Philip Sidney
178) “The Prince Of Poets in his time”, on whom grave the inscription is given?
a)Sir Philip Sidney
179) What is Faerie Queene:
180) In whose reign Morality plays began?
b) Elizabeth one
181) Which book Edmund Spenser dedicated to the Philip Sidney:
a)The Faerie Queene
b)The shepheaedes Calendar
d)Colin Clouts come home again
182) Which poet was first who used metaphysical poetry among his contemporaries:
d)Sir Philip Sidney
183) The first regular English comedy, based on the model of the Latin comedy, is attributed to ?
184)Thomas kyd (1558-95) achieved great popularity with which of his first work?
a)The Rare Triumphs of love and fortune
b)The Spanish Tragedy
185)Marlowe born in________
186)In “the tragic history of Doctor Faustus”. Faustus was a :
a) German scholar
186)Who wrote “The Massacre at Paris”?
187)After the death of Christopher Marlowe who completed his unfinished poem “Hero and
188) Who succeeded Lyly?
189) Which of the Marlowe’s plays were written in collaboration with Thomas Nash?
a)Queen of Carthage and The passionate Shepherd.
b)The tragedy of Dido and Queen of Carthage.
c)The passionate Shepherd and The tragedy of Dido.
d)Queen of Carthage and The Massacre of Paris.
190) Who was the son of a rich London merchant and born in 1557?
191) The collection of the papers and correspondence of a well-to-do Norfolk family is known as:
a)Letters to the Margret Paston
b)Margret Paston to John Paston
c)The Paston letters
d)To John Paston
192) Who wrote “Holy Sonnets”?
193) Who wrote following lines:
“…….. I am involved in mankind: and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it
tolls for thee.”
194) “On his blindness”, a collection of sonnets is written by:
d)Sir Philip Sidney
195) “Paradise lost” was lost by:
c)Both a and b
196) In “Paradise regained” who regained the paradise?
c)Adam and Eve
197) Which of the following published in 1579 and although it placed Spencer immediately in the
highest rank of living writers?
a)Colin clouts come home again
b)Faerie queen, first three books
c)The Shepherd’s calendar
d)Faerie queen, second three books
198)Spencer married in June 11, 1594 to ————————————–?
a) Elizabeth Wilton D/O Lord Grey De Wilton
b)Elizabeth Raleigh D/O Walter Raleigh
c)Elizabeth Boyle D/O James Boyle
d)Elizabeth Boyle D/O Richard Boyle
199)John Donne’s “The Anniversaries” is a:
a)An elegy in two parts
b)An epic in three parts
c)A ballad in four parts
d) None of these
200) Who of the following is known as Child Of Renaissance?