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English Literature MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

 Que- 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 


Answer- everlasting shame


Que- 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 


Answer- Dante's Divine Comedy


Que- 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. 


Answer- She is the first known woman writer in the English vernacular.


Que- Who would be called the English Homer and father of English poetry ? 

a. Sir Thomas Malory  

b. Geoffrey Chaucer  

c. Caedmon  

d. John Gower 


Answer- Geoffrey Chaucer


Que- 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. Chr´tien de Troyes 


Answer- the Gawain poet


Que- To what did the word the roman, from which the genre of \romance\emerged, initially apply ? 

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 


Answer- a work written in the French vernacular


Que- Who was the first English Christian king ? 

a. Alfred  

b. Richard III  

c. Richard II  

d. Ethelbert 


Answer- Ethelbert


Que- 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. 


Answer- The church was among the greatest of oppressive landowners.


Que- 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 


Answer- the morality play


Que- 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. being buried alive 


Answer- everlasting shame


Que- 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 


Answer- Romantic love is a guiding principle of moral conduct.


Que- Which of the following languages did not coexist in Anglo-Norman England ? 

a. Latin  

b. Dutch  

c. French  

d. Celtic 


Answer- Dutch


Que- The use of \whale-road\for sea and \lifehouse\ for body are examples of what literary technique, popular in Old English poetry ? 

a. symbolism  

b. simile  

c. metonymy  

d. kenning 


Answer- kenning


Que- Which of the following best describes litote, a favorite rhetorical device in Old English poetry ? 

a. embellishment at the service of Christian doctrine  

b. repetition of parallel syntactic structures  

c. ironic understatement  

d. stress on every third diphthong 


Answer- ironic understatement


Que- 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. Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People  

d. a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert 


Answer- a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert


Que- 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. 


Answer- admiration and elegiac sympathy.


Que- Who is the author of Piers Plowman ? 

a. Sir Thomas Malory  

b. Margery Kempe  

c. Geoffrey Chaucer  

d. William Langland 


Answer- William Langland


Que- 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 


Answer- the Anglo-Saxons


Que- 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 


Answer- the clergy


Que- 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. a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert 


Answer- a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert


Que- Toward the close of which century did English replace French as the language of conducting business in Parliament and in court of law ? 

a. tenth  

b. eleventh  

c. twelfth  

d. fourteenth 


Answer- fourteenth


Que- 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 


Answer- Romantic love is a guiding principle of moral conduct.


Que- 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  

d. none of the above 


Answer- lady-in-waiting to Queen Philip pa of Hainaut


Que- Chaucer became a member of Parliament in_______________? 

a. 1386 

b. 1300 

c. 1343 

d. none of the above 


Answer- 1386


Que- 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 


Answer- Dante's Divine Comedy


Que- How did Henry II, the first of England's Plantagenet kings, acquire vast provinces in southern France ? 

a. the Battle of Hastings  

b. Saint Patrick's mission  

c. the Fourth Lateran Council  

d. his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine 


Answer- his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine


Que- 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. Edward III 


Answer- Henry II


Que- Which twelfth-century poet or poets were indebted to Breton storytellers for their narratives ? 

a. Geoffrey Chaucer  

b. Marie de France  

c. Chr├ętien de Troyes  

d. b and c only 


Answer- b and c only


Que- 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 War of the Roses 


Answer- the War of the Roses


Que- To what did the word the roman, from which the genre of "romance"emerged, initially apply ? 

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 


Answer- a work written in the French vernacular


Que- how many children chaucer had ? 

a. 4 

b. 1 

c. 0 

d. 2 


Answer- 4


Que- 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 


Answer- A and C only


Que- 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 


Answer- parchment made of animal skin


Que- The use of "whale-road"for sea and "lifehouse" for body are examples of what literary technique, popular in Old English poetry ? 

a. symbolism  

b. simile  

c. metonymy  

d. kenning 


Answer- kenning


Que- Which hero made his earliest appearance in Celtic literature before becoming a staple subject in French, English, and German literatures ? 

a. Beowulf  

b. Arthur  

c. Caedmon  

d. Augustine of Canterbury 


Answer- Arthur


Que- Which of the following languages did not coexist in Anglo-Norman England ? 

a. Latin  

b. Dutch  

c. French  

d. Celtic 


Answer- Dutch


Que- in which year chaucer was imprisoned by the French ? 

a. 1360 

b. 1357 

c. 1378 

d. none of the above 


Answer- 1360


Que- 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. 


Answer- She is the first known woman writer in the English vernacular.


Que- 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  

d. none of the above 


Answer- Miss Cecily Chaumpaigne


Que- Words from which language began to enter English vocabulary around the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 ? 

a. French  

b. Norwegian  

c. Spanish  

d. Hungarian 


Answer- French


Que- How did Henry II, the first of England's Plantagenet kings, acquire vast provinces in southern France ? 

a. the Battle of Hastings  

b. Saint Patrick's mission  

c. the Fourth Lateran Council  

d. his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine 


Answer- his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine


Que- Which people began their invasion and conquest of southwestern Britain around 450 ? 

a. the Normans  

b. the Geats  

c. the Anglo-Saxons  

d. the Danes 


Answer- the Anglo-Saxons


Que- 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 Peasant Uprising of 1381.  

c. the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.  

d. the wave of contempt for manuscripts that followed the beginning of printing in 1476. 


Answer- the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.


Que- Which king began a war to enforce his claims to the throne of France in 1336 ? 

a. Henry II  

b. Henry V  

c. Louis XIV  

d. Edward III 


Answer- Edward III


Que- Which twelfth-century poet or poets were indebted to Breton storytellers for their narratives ? 

a. Geoffrey Chaucer  

b. Marie de France  

c. Chr´tien de Troyes  

d. b and c only 


Answer- b and c only


Que- 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 


Answer- the reign of King Arthur


Que- 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 


Answer- a and c only


Que- Which hero made his earliest appearance in Celtic literature before becoming a staple subject in French, English, and German literatures ? 

a. Beowulf  

b. Arthur  

c. Augustine of Canterbury  

d. Alfred 


Answer- Arthur


Que- Who is the author of Piers Plowman ? 

a. Sir Thomas Malory  

b. Margery Kempe  

c. Geoffrey Chaucer  

d. William Langland 


Answer- William Langland


Que- 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. a prized ink used in the illumination of prestigious manuscripts 


Answer- parchment made of animal skin

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