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English Literature MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

 Que- He wrote a journal about his expedition in northern Florida _____________? 

a. De Vaca  

b. Johnathan Edwards  

c. Cortez  

d. Vasco de Gama 

Answer- De Vaca

Que- Maria Stewart is associated with what major American literary movement ? 

a. Idealism  

b. Slavery  

c. Romanticism  

d. Nationalism 

Answer- Nationalism

Que- Over which river does Eliza make her miraculous crossing ? 

a. The Mississippi  

b. The Colorado  

c. The Ohio  

d. The Danube 

Answer- The Ohio

Que- Which of the following is NOT a feature or characteristics of Emily Dickinson's poetry ? 

a. Mysterious  

b. Slant Rhymes  

c. True Rhymes  

d. No titles 

Answer- True Rhymes

Que- The 'fearful trip' is a recall of________________? 

a. The Civil war  

b. Voyage  

c. Abraham Lincoln  

d. Trip form England to the United States 

Answer- The Civil war

Que- The first part of American History dwells of the_________________? 

a. Discovery of America by Columbus  

b. Discovery and settlement of the Western continent  

c. early English settlers  

d. missionaries settled in America 

Answer- Discovery and settlement of the Western continent

Que- The house of this Puritan poet burned down_____________? 

a. Elizabeth Browning  

b. Eliza Snow  

c. George Elliot  

d. Anne Bradstreet 

Answer- Anne Bradstreet

Que- About the Iroquois_______________? 

a. Dekonawidah planted the Tree of Great Peace  

b. Powerful enemy of the Delaware tribe  

c. The tribe drafted a constitution to define the governance of their society  

d. All the above 

Answer- All the above

Que- What writing describes the death of two settlers at the hands of 300 bowmen ? 

a. General History of Virginia  

b. Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves  

c. Walum Olum  

d. Beowulf 

Answer- General History of Virginia

Que- Which statement best describes literary significance of William APess ? 

a. Indian Autobiography  

b. Father of free verse  

c. Father of American poetry  

d. Both A and B 

Answer- Both A and B

Que- What job does Uncle Tom perform at the St. Clare plantation ? 

a. Cook  

b. Groomsman  

c. Head Coachman  

d. Valet 

Answer- Head Coachman

Que- The black language holds great importance for the_____________? 

a. Black community in America  

b. identity of Blacks in The United States  

c. Survival and continuation of the Black community  

d. restoration of a language 

Answer- Survival and continuation of the Black community

Que- Define trickster tale ? 

a. A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.  

b. The struggle found in fiction  

c. Giving human qualities to animals or objects  

d. A story about a mischievous, supernatural being 

Answer- A story about a mischievous, supernatural being

Que- This is the name of the report by Cotton Mather about the trial accusing Martha Carrier of witchcraft_______________? 

a. The Burning of Our House  

b. The Story of Plymouth Plantation  

c. Sinners in the Hand  

d. The Wonders of the Invisible World 

Answer- The Wonders of the Invisible World

Que- A good definition of American Realism is________________? 

a. An examination of life as it actually is.  

b. A romantic portrayal of life.  

c. An examination of the countryside versus the city.  

d. A sad and depressing view of reality. 

Answer- An examination of life as it actually is.

Que- How do the Shelby's treat their slaves ? 

a. Kindly but firmly  

b. Set them all free  

c. Beat them everyday  

d. They do not have slaves 

Answer- Kindly but firmly

Que- This quote comes from what writing: "God holds you over the pit of Hell much as one holds a spider over the fire________________"? 

a. Spiders of the World  

b. Hands of Satan  

c. Hell and Salem  

d. Sinners in the Hand… 

Answer- Sinners in the Hand…

Que- Who wrote "The waste land" ? 

a. Langston Hues  

b. William Faulkner  

c. Wallace Stevens  

d. T.S. Elliot 

Answer- T.S. Elliot

Que- Which of the following is NOT considered a write for the Transcendentalism Movement ? 

a. Emerson  

b. Hawthrone  

c. Thoreau  

d. Stewart 

Answer- Hawthrone

Que- Whitman uses line length and word choice to represent________________? 

a. a wide range of emotion from joy to sorrow  

b. His style of writing  

c. the joyous moment  

d. a feeling of excitement 

Answer- a wide range of emotion from joy to sorrow

Que- As a boy, Frederick Douglass witnesses a scene that mortifies him and brings him face to face for the first time with the horrors of slavery. What is it ? 

a. Seeing his mother die  

b. Watching a slave get beaten to death  

c. Watching his aunt get whipped  

d. Watching his dad beat his mother 

Answer- Watching his aunt get whipped

Que- Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" took place in_______________? 

a. The Rocky Mountains.  

b. The Appalachian Mountains.  

c. The Sierra Nevada Mountains.  

d. The Sierra Madre Mountains. 

Answer- The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Que- Gradually light returns to the street means_______________? 

a. life resumes to normal routine  

b. it is day break  

c. streets are bright  

d. life is unpredictable 

Answer- life resumes to normal routine

Que- What event provides the motivation for Shelby to release all the slaves ? 

a. Tom's death  

b. Eliza's escape  

c. Tom's daughter's wedding  

d. Tom saving Eva 

Answer- Tom's death

Que- Who "haunts" the evil Simon Legree when he is drunk ? 

a. Cassy  

b. Eliza  

c. George  

d. Uncle Tom 

Answer- Cassy

Que- The pervading metaphor in the story is___________________? 

a. a clean well-lighted place  

b. the old waiter  

c. the old man  

d. liquor 

Answer- a clean well-lighted place

Que- This mode of discourse relates a story________________? 

a. Fiction  

b. Narration  

c. Exposition  

d. Persuasion 

Answer- Narration

Que- After Hare had destroyed all the bad animals what did he decide to do next ? 

a. He decided to prepare some animals for humans to eat  

b. He decided to go on his way and start a family of his own  

c. He decided that there were more bad animals and set out to destroy the rest of them  

d. The tale ended and the reader is not certain about what happened to bear 

Answer- He decided to prepare some animals for humans to eat

Que- As I lay die_________________? 

a. Sherwood Anderson  

b. Langston Hugues  

c. William Faulkner  

d. Robert Lee Frost 

Answer- William Faulkner

Que- Which statement below best defines the genre of Indian autobiography ? 

a. Genre that details life exerpeinces of white americans in early america and critiques american society to native americans.  

b. Genre that details life experiences of native Americas in early America and critiques American society to native Americans.  

c. Both A and B  

d. None of the above 

Answer- Genre that details life experiences of native Americas in early America and critiques American society to native Americans.

Que- All works of the highest art are meant to______________? 

a. tingle our senses  

b. stir our intellect  

c. restore our skills for the art  

d. instill in us the sense of the art 

Answer- stir our intellect

Que- In Talbot county, Eastern Shore, Maryland, near Easton, the county town of that country, there is a small district of country, thily populated, and remarkable for nothing that I know of more than for the worn-out, sandy, deserts-like appearance of its soil, the general dilapidation of its farms and fences, the indigent and spiritless character of its inhabitants, and the prevalence of ague and fever. What does dilapidation mean ? 

a. Hunger or famine  

b. Decrease  

c. Derivation  

d. Neglect or decray 

Answer- Neglect or decray

Que- In which state is Legree's plantation located ? 

a. Georgia  

b. Florida  

c. Louisiana  

d. Vermont 

Answer- Louisiana

Que- Thoreau through this essay tries to portray_______________? 

a. Transcendentalism  

b. Imperialism  

c. Socialism  

d. Naturalism 

Answer- Imperialism

Que- Black English is the creation of the____________________? 

a. Linguistics Society  

b. Unites States of American -English  

c. Black Diaspora Association  

d. Black Diaspora 

Answer- Black Diaspora

Que- Which American President reportedly referred to Harriet Beecher Stowe as "the little lady who made this big war" ? 

a. George Washington  

b. John Adams  

c. Abraham Lincoln  

d. John. F. Kennedy 

Answer- Abraham Lincoln

Que- Thoreau was part of the Transcend lists, which were founded by________________? 

a. Mark Twain.  

b. Herman Melville.  

c. Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

d. Walt Whitman. 

Answer- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Que- This Puritan author wrote a persuasive speech ? 

a. William Bradstreet  

b. Mather Edwards  

c. John Williams  

d. Johnathan Edwards 

Answer- Johnathan Edwards

Que- Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman was appeared in _______________? 

a. 1945 

b. 1947 

c. 1949 

d. 1950 

Answer- 1949

Que- Which character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" directly opposes the Fugitive Slave Law ? 

a. Senator Bird  

b. Mrs. Bird  

c. St. Clare  

d. Haley 

Answer- Mrs. Bird

Que- I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search — search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber. I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. The narrator is________________? 

a. Helping Robin to search for his uncle  

b. A detective  

c. Leading the police to the scene of a crime  

d. Helping the police to look for a letter 

Answer- Leading the police to the scene of a crime

Que- The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism – and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides. There are two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven. What is "antinomianism" ? 

a. Doctrine of Stoicism  

b. Doctrine of Gnosticism  

c. Doctrine of Materialism  

d. Doctrine of salvation by faith alone 

Answer- Doctrine of salvation by faith alone

Que- When there was a momentary calm in that tempestuous sea of sound, the leader gave the sign, the procession resumed its march. On they went, like fiends that throng in mockery around some dead potentate, mighty no more, but majestic still in his agony. On they went, in counterfeited pomp, in senseless uproar, in frenzied merriment, trampling all on an old man's heart. This is______________? 

a. Historical fiction  

b. A fairy tale  

c. An autobiography  

d. A detective story 

Answer- Historical fiction

Que- ________________is known as the 'friendly innkeeper of the town' ? 

a. Stephen  

b. Parker J  

c. Goodman Parker  

d. Stephen J Parker 

Answer- Goodman Parker

Que- It was about this time that I conceiv'd the bold and arduous Project of arriving at moral Perfection. I wish'd to live without committing any Fault at any time; I would conquer all that either Natural Inclination, Custom, or Company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other. But I soon found I had undertaken a Task of more difficulty than I had imagined. … I included under Thirteen names of Virtues all that at that time occurr'd to me as necessary or desirable, and annex'd to each a short Precept, which fully express'd the Extent I gave to its Meaning ? 

a. Samson Occcum  

b. John Winthrop  

c. Benjamin Franklin  

d. Mayflower Compact 

Answer- Benjamin Franklin

Que- For a time the narrator comforts Roderick by reading and painting with him; one of Roderick's paintings is described as follows: "A small picture presented the interior of an immensely long and rectangular vault or tunnel, with low walls, smooth, white, and without interruption or device. Certain accessory points of the design served well to convey the idea that this excavation lay at an exceeding depth below the surface of the earth." What later event in the story does this picture foreshadow ? 

a. The narrator and Roderick bury Madeline alive in a stone tomb beneath the mansion.  

b. The narrator and Roderick drown Madeline in the tarn next to the mansion.  

c. Roderick and Madeline escape the house via an underground tunnel.  

d. The narrator and Roderick become trapped in catacombs beneath the mansion. 

Answer- The narrator and Roderick bury Madeline alive in a stone tomb beneath the mansion.

Que- The purpose of placing 'fallen cold and dead' at the end of each section is to_____________? 

a. remind the leader of the tragedy  

b. repeat the lines for the rhyming  

c. keep the readers aware of what is to come  

d. clarify his idea 

Answer- remind the leader of the tragedy

Que- The Weary Blues______________? 

a. William Faulkner  

b. Carl Sandburg  

c. Langston Hues  

d. Sherwood anderson 

Answer- Langston Hues

Que- Who is addressed as "you" in the poem ? 

a. a romantic achiever  

b. a frustrated romantic idealist  

c. an under achiever  

d. an accomplished royal 

Answer- a frustrated romantic idealist

Que- I was somewhat unmanageable when I first went [to Master Covey's], but a few months of this discipline tamed me. … I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon men, and behold a man transformed into a brute!" ? 

a. Fredrick Douglass  

b. John Winthrop  

c. Benjamin Franklin  

d. William Apess 

Answer- Fredrick Douglass

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