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English Literature MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

 Que- According to the myth, why must all things have an end ? 

a. The Earthmaker wanted the opportunity to creat a new race of people  

b. Mankind would suffer because of a lack of food if there were more people than resources to care for them  

c. Hare wished it to be so and that was how it was  

d. Grandmother wished it to be so and that was how it was 

Answer- Mankind would suffer because of a lack of food if there were more people than resources to care for them

Que- What statement below best sums up the literary significance of John Saffin ? 

a. Anti-Slavery  

b. Father of american poetry  

c. Pro Slavery  

d. Father of American Liteature 

Answer- Pro Slavery

Que- Dumas, whose father was a General in the French Army, is a Mulatto; Soulie, a Quadroon. He went from New-Orleans, where, though to the eye a white man, yet, as known to have African blood in his veins, he could never have enjoyed the privileges due to a human being. A Mulatto is a person who has one white parent and one black parent; what, then, is a Quadroon ? 

a. A person who has two black parents.  

b. A person who has one Meranto parent and one black.  

c. A person who has two Delfigo parents.  

d. A person who has one white parent and one parent who is a Mulatto 

Answer- A person who has one white parent and one parent who is a Mulatto

Que- Who inherits ownership of Tom when St. Clare dies ? 

a. Eva  

b. Marie  

c. George Shelby  

d. Haley 

Answer- Marie

Que- Who is Sharp-elbow ? 

a. A genrous village chief who is known for his kindness  

b. Hare's grandfather  

c. A god who protects and guides Hare on his many adventures  

d. A tyrannical village chief who is known for his elbow blades 

Answer- A tyrannical village chief who is known for his elbow blades

Que- Which statement below best defined Dickinson's idea of circumference ? 

a. Above and beyond  

b. limitations  

c. no limitations  

d. Eqaulity 

Answer- limitations

Que- The two main characters in The Pearl are______________? 

a. Juan Tomas and his wife.  

b. The doctor and the priest.  

c. Kino and his wife Juana.  

d. None of the above 

Answer- Kino and his wife Juana.

Que- The cautious old gentleman knit his brows tenfold closer after this explanation, being sorely puzzled by the ratiocination of the syllogism; while methought the one in pepper and salt eyed him with something of a triumphant leer. At length he observed, that all this was very well, but still he thought the story a little extravagant – there were one or two points on which he had his doubts. "Faith, sir," replied the story-teller, "as to that matter, I don't believe one half of it myself." This passage exemplifies_____________? 

a. Narrative frame  

b. Hortatory sermon  

c. Snaring  

d. Jamming 

Answer- Narrative frame

Que- Yes, when the stars glisten'd, All night long on the prong of a moss-scallop'd stake, Down almost amid the slapping waves, Sat the lone singer wonderful causing tears. What is a prong ? 

a. An edgy platform  

b. Other side  

c. A pointed, projected part of something  

d. An adumbration 

Answer- A pointed, projected part of something

Que- What was the purpose of the Mayflower Compact ? 

a. Establish a new government  

b. first agreement on self governing  

c. Religious freedom  

d. Sovereignty 

Answer- first agreement on self governing

Que- The tone of the third stanza of the poem embodies a sense of_____________? 

a. Panic  

b. Pain  

c. Calmness  

d. content 

Answer- Panic

Que- What statement below best sums up the literary significance of John Winthrop ? 

a. American myths  

b. non separating puritan  

c. City upon a hill  

d. All are correct 

Answer- All are correct

Que- What animal is personified as the trickster in the Winnebago tale ? 

a. Bear  

b. Coyote  

c. Snake  

d. Hare 

Answer- Hare

Que- But when to their feminine rage the indignation of the people is added, when the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment. What does "mow" mean in this context ? 

a. To grimace  

b. To bleat like sheep  

c. To lift heavy things  

d. To cut grass 

Answer- To grimace

Que- The children of the village, too, would shout with joy whenever he approached. He assisted at their sports, made their playthings, taught them to fly kites and shoot marbles, and told them long stories of ghosts, witches, and Indians. This work draws upon_____________? 

a. A European fairy tale  

b. A local ghost story  

c. An Indian legend  

d. A European ghost story 

Answer- A European fairy tale

Que- This person wrote about a island that he called Colba, now known as Cuba______________? 

a. John Smith  

b. Coronado  

c. Columbus  

d. De Vaca 

Answer- Columbus

Que- Who is the representative figure of the "Jazz Age" ? 

a. Sherwood Anderson  

b. F. Scott Fitzgerald  

c. Saul Bellow  

d. Wallace Stevens 

Answer- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Que-  I hear my being dance from ear to ear. Here ear to ear refers to_____________? 

a. a round about way of telling things  

b. a heart warming smile  

c. listening through an ear and pass it off through the other  

d. a complete experience 

Answer- a complete experience

Que- In which state was "Uncle Tom's Cabin" written ? 

a. Maine  

b. Massachusetts  

c. Georgia  

d. Ohio 

Answer- Maine

Que- Maria Steward believe that black woman are crucial to the uplift of black Americans. Why ? 

a. They have the power to fix things themselves  

b. Men are more powerful  

c. Both are correct  

d. None of the above 

Answer- They have the power to fix things themselves

Que- How does Eliza cross the Ohio river ____________? 

a. By ferry  

b. On a makeshift raft  

c. In a stolen canoe  

d. Hopping rafts of ice 

Answer- Hopping rafts of ice

Que- This is the title of a famous Puritan sermon______________? 

a. A Bird in the Hand  

b. Hands of Satan  

c. Sinners in the Hand…  

d. Sins of the World 

Answer- Sinners in the Hand…

Que- This checkmark diagram represents the plot structure for what genre of early American writing ? 

a. Slave narrative  

b. Indian autobiography  

c. Sermon  

d. Trancendentalism 

Answer- Slave narrative

Que- In which state is the Shelby farm located ? 

a. Tennessee  

b. Kentucky  

c. Alabama  

d. Mississipi 

Answer- Kentucky

Que- Bartolome de Las Casas wrote_____________? 

a. The devastation of the indies  

b. Flor Y Canto  

c. A Very Old Man with Enormous wings  

d. Hopskotch 

Answer- The devastation of the indies

Que- Marlowe's play 'Tamburlaine the Great' was based loosely on the life of which Asian ruler ? 

a. Zhu Yuanzhang  

b. Genghis Khan  

c. Timur  

d. Kublai Khan 

Answer- Timur

Que- In Marlowe's play, what was the name of the Jew of Malta ? 

a. Lazarus  

b. Solomon  

c. Barabas  

d. Shylock 

Answer- Barabas

Que- 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 ? 

a. William Shakespeare  

b. Thomas Kyd  

c. John Dryden  

d. John Donne 

Answer- John Donne

Que- Which of these Kings was the subject of a play by Marlowe ? 

a. Henry V  

b. Richard III  

c. Edward II  

d. John 

Answer- Edward II

Que- 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 

Answer- Hero and Leander

Que- One of Marlowe's earliest published works was his translation of the epic poem 'Pharsalia', written by which Roman poet ? 

a. Ovid  

b. Lucan  

c. Virgil  

d. Horace 

Answer- Lucan

Que- In the title of Marlowe's play, of where was Dido the Queen ? 

a. Troy  

b. Carthage  

c. Sparta  

d. Persia 

Answer- Carthage

Que- 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 

Answer- The Massacre at Copenhagen

Que- How many years of happiness was Dr Faustus promised by the Devil ? 

a. 16 

b. 20 

c. 24 

d. 28 

Answer- 24

Que- The northern Renaissance differed from the Italian Renaissance__________________? 

a. growth of religious activity among common people  

b. earlier occurrence  

c. greater appreciation of pagan writers  

d. decline in the use of Latin 

Answer- growth of religious activity among common people

Que- An important feature of the Renaissance was an emphasis on________________? 

a. alchemy and magic  

b. the literature of Greece and Rome  

c. chivalry of the Middle Ages  

d. the teaching of St. Thomas Acquinas 

Answer- the literature of Greece and Rome

Que- The "father of humanism" was_______________? 

a. Petrarch  

b. Dante  

c. Boccaccio  

d. Pico della Mirandola 

Answer- Petrarch

Que- The Prince was written to gain favor of the_______________? 

a. Pazzi  

b. Republic  

c. Medici  

d. Inquisition 

Answer- Inquisition

Que- who lost the most power during the renaissance ? 

a. Italian merchants  

b. catholic church  

c. black people  

d. king and queen of Spain 

Answer- catholic church

Que- Which of the following techniques was NOT used in the Renaissance art ? 

a. realism  

b. perspective  

c. individualism  

d. abstractioin 

Answer- abstractioin

Que- who is considered as the model of the people during the renaissance ? 

a. greek and austrian  

b. roman and french  

c. roman and greek  

d. french and greek 

Answer- roman and greek

Que- Edward King, a minor poet and a contemporary of Milton's at Cambridge, was drowned at sea in 1637. Milton wrote an elegy for him. What was the title of this poem ? 

a. lycidas  

b. Paradise Lost  

c. II penseroso  

d. none of the above 

Answer- lycidas

Que- The 20th century has been less kind to his memory. TS Eliot found his imagery distracting, and considered his work "not serious poetry", but it was another critic who accused him of "callousness to the intrinsic nature of English". Who ? 

a. FR Leavis  

b. Harold Bloom  

c. William Empson  

d. Mariella Frostrup 

Answer- FR Leavis

Que- In 1634 Milton wrote a masque. What's the name of that masque ? 

a. Il Penseroso 

b. Lycidas'  

c. Comus'  

d. The Masque of Blackness' 

Answer- Comus'

Que- Milton, thou should'st be living at this hour. England hath need of thee. Indeed. But who was it, summoning his ghost ? 

a. Horatio Herbert Kitchener  

b. William Blake  

c. William Wordsworth  

d. John Keats 

Answer- William Wordsworth

Que- the word renaissance means______________? 

a. the rebirth of learning or knowledge  

b. reading of books  

c. the time of astronauts  

d. the study of art 

Answer- the rebirth of learning or knowledge

Que- In what country did the Renaissance begin ? 

a. Italy  

b. France  

c. England  

d. Germany 

Answer- Italy

Que- John Milton was 34 when he married Mary Powell. How old was she ? 

a. 48 

b. 34 

c. 22 

d. 17 

Answer- 17

Que- When was John Milton born ? 

a. 22 April 1600  

b. 19 August 1604  

c. 6 June 1606  

d. 9 December 1608 

Answer- 9 December 1608

Que- Which of these words or usages did Milton NOT coin ? 

a. Space used to mean "outer space"  

b. Unaccountable  

c. Pandemonium  

d. Blatant 

Answer- Blatant

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