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English Literature MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

 Que- Aldous Huxley was a poet, but was better known as what ? 

a. Politician  

b. Dramatist  

c. Novelist  

d. Architect 

Answer- Novelist

Que- 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 

Answer- The Surrealist Exhibition

Que- How old was Rupert Brooke at the time of his death ? 

a. 24 

b. 31 

c. 21 

d. 28 

Answer- 28

Que- Where did T. S. Eliot spend most of his childhood? 

a. Denver  

b. St Louis  

c. Cuba  

d. Toronto 

Answer- St Louis

Que- 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 

Answer- A game of knowledge

Que- 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 

Answer- William Wordsworth

Que- Which is an exaggeration ? 

a. Alliteration  

b. Haiku  

c. Hyperbole  

d. Prose 

Answer- Hyperbole

Que- Which of the following is a Japanese poetic form ? 

a. Jintishi  

b. Villanelle  

c. Ode  

d. Tanka 

Answer- Jintishi

Que- Which culture is known for their long, rhymic poetic verses known as Qasidas ? 

a. Hindu  

b. Celtic  

c. Arabic  

d. Arameic 

Answer- Arabic

Que- Which figure of speech is it when a statement is exaggerated in a poem ? 

a. Onomatopeia  

b. Metonymy  

c. Alliteration  

d. Hyperbole 

Answer- Hyperbole

Que- 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 

Answer- A poem of fourteen lines

Que- Which is not a poetry form ? 

a. epic  

b. tale  

c. ballad  

d. sonnet 

Answer- tale

Que- What is the imitation of natural sounds in word form ? 

a. Personification  

b. Hyperboles  

c. Alliteration  

d. Onomatopoeia 

Answer- Onomatopoeia

Que- 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. 

Answer- A simile uses as or like to make a comparison and a metaphor doesn't.

Que- Which of the following is not a Shakespeare tragedy ? 

a. Titus Andronicus  

b. Othello  

c. Macbeth  

d. None of the above 

Answer- None of the above

Que- 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 ? 

a. Paradise Lost  

b. Paradise Regained  

c. Samson Agonistes  

d. Divorce Tracts 

Answer- Paradise Lost

Que- Which of the following is not a work of John Keats ? 

a. Endymion  

b. To some ladies  

c. To hope  

d. None of above 

Answer- None of above

Que- Who wrote "Ten Little Niggers ?" 

a. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  

b. Irvine Welsh  

c. Agatha Christie  

d. None of above 

Answer- Agatha Christie

Que- ____________is a late 20th century play written by a woman ? 

a. Queen Cristina  

b. Top Girls  

c. Camille  

d. The Homecoimg 

Answer- Camille

Que- Who wrote "The Hound of the Baskervilles ?" 

a. Agatha Christie  

b. H Ryder-Haggard  

c. P D James  

d. Arthur Conan Doyle 

Answer- Arthur Conan Doyle

Que- Which Welsh poet wrote "Under Milk Wood ? " 

a. Anthony Hopkins  

b. Richard Burton  

c. Tom Jones  

d. Dylan Thomas 

Answer- Dylan Thomas

Que- Margaret Atwood was born in which Canadian city ? 

a. Vancouver  

b. Toronto  

c. Ottowa  

d. Montreal 

Answer- Ottowa

Que- 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 

Answer- A poet of middleness

Que- 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  

b. Hamlet  

c. Othello  

d. Romeo and Juliet 

Answer- Romeo and Juliet

Que- 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  

d. Shakespeare 

Answer- Shakespeare

Que- Shakespeare composed much of his plays in what sort of verse ? 

a. Alliterative verse  

b. Sonnet form  

c. Iambic pentameter  

d. Dactylic hexameter 

Answer- Iambic pentameter

Que- Which of the following is not a poetic tradition ? 

a. The Epic  

b. The Comic  

c. The Occult  

d. The Tragic 

Answer- The Occult

Que- 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 

Answer- Sylvia Plath

Que- Carl Sandburg 'Planked whitefish' contains what kind of imagery ? 

a. Sea scenes  

b. Rural Idyll  

c. War  

d. Innocent childhood 

Answer- War

Que- Who wrote about the idyllic 'Isle of Innisfree' ? 

a. Dylan Thomas  

b. Ezra Pound 

c. Yeats  

d. E. E. cummings 

Answer- Yeats

Que- Which Poet Laureate wrote about a church mouse ? 

a. Betjeman  

b. Hughes  

c. Marvel  

d. Larkin 

Answer- Betjeman

Que- 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 

Answer- She rarely left home

Que- In coleridge's poem 'The rime of the Ancient Mariner'where were the three gallants going ? 

a. A funeral  

b. A wedding  

c. Market  

d. To the races 

Answer- A wedding

Que- Which poet is considered a national hero in Greece ? 

a. John keats  

b. Lord Byron  

c. Solan  

d. Sappho 

Answer- Lord Byron

Que- 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 

Answer- theme, purpose, form, and mood.

Que- Auld Lang Syne is a famous poem by whom ? 

a. Sir Walter Scott  

b. William Butler Yeats  

c. Henry Longfellow  

d. Robert Burns 

Answer- Robert Burns

Que- chaucer was imprisoned during_______________? 

a. hundred years' war  

b. Black death  

c. Peasant revolt  

d. none of the above 

Answer- hundred years' war

Que- 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  

c. both A and B  

d. None of these 

Answer- To the shrine of saint thomas becket at canterbury cathedral

Que- Which represents an example of alliteration ? 

a. Language Arts  

b. Peter Piper Picked Peppers  

c. I like music  

d. A beautiful scenery with music 

Answer- Peter Piper Picked Peppers

Que- A poem that generally has meter and rhyme______________? 

a. lyric  

b. free verse  

c. narrative  

d. none of the above 

Answer- lyric

Que- a description that appeals to one of the five senses____________? 

a. imagery  

b. personification  

c. metaphor  

d. none of the above 

Answer- imagery

Que- The comparison of unlike things using the words like or as_____________? 

a. metaphor  

b. simile  

c. personification  

d. none of the above 

Answer- simile

Que- The repetition of beginning consonant sounds_____________? 

a. rhyme  

b. onomatopoeia  

c. alliteration  

d. none of the above 

Answer- alliteration

Que- The repetition of similar ending sounds_______________? 

a. alliteration  

b. onomatopoiea  

c. rhyme  

d. none of the above 

Answer- rhyme

Que- Which of the following is not a literary device used for aesthetic effect in poetry ? 

a. Assonance  

b. Onomatopaea  

c. Rhyme  

d. Grammar 

Answer- Grammar

Que- What poison does Claudius pour into the ear of Hamlet's father, causing his death ? 

a. Burdock  

b. Hebenon  

c. Baneberry  

d. Hemlock 

Answer- Hebenon

Que- How does Queen Gertrude die ? 

a. Accidentally stabbed by Laertes.  

b. Drowns in the river outside the castle.  

c. Suffers a fatal heart attack while watching Hamlet fight Laertes.  

d. Poisoned by drinking from Hamlet's cup. 

Answer- Poisoned by drinking from Hamlet's cup.

Que- Who says, "Good night, sweet prince,/And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." ? 

a. Fortinbras  

b. Marcellus  

c. Chorus  

d. Horatio 

Answer- Horatio

Que- How are Polonius and Laertes related ? 

a. Father/son  

b. Uncle/nephew  

c. Cousin/cousin  

d. Brother/brother 

Answer- Father/son

Que- Who is Voltimand ? 

a. Ambassador to the King of Norway from the King of Denmark  

b. Hamlet's cousin  

c. Ambassador to the King of Denmark from the King of Norway  

d. Assassin in the service of Fortinbras 

Answer- Ambassador to the King of Norway from the King of Denmark

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