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English Literature MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

 Que- Milton continued his studies at Cambridge. Which college of the university did he attend ? 

a. Pembroke College  

b. Trinity College  

c. Christ's College  

d. St. Xavier's College 

Answer- Christ's College

Que- When did John Milton die ? 

a. 4 February 1702  

b. 2 June 1700  

c. 17 April 1688  

d. 8 November 1674 

Answer- 8 November 1674

Que- In which city was Milton ? 

a. Norwich  

b. York  

c. London  

d. Canterbury 

Answer- London

Que- In 1638 and 1639 Milton traveled abroad. In which country did he spend most of the time ? 

a. Germany  

b. France  

c. Italy  

d. Spain 

Answer- Italy

Que- How many times did Milton marry ? 

a. 2 

b. 0 

c. 1 

d. 3 

Answer- 3

Que- What are the beginning and ending dates of the Elizabethan era ? 

a. 1558-1603  

b. 1500-1520  

c. 1560-1570  

d. 1575-1600 

Answer- 1558-1603

Que- Which of the following was the Tower of London used for in the Elizabethan age ? 

a. As an astronomical observation deck  

b. As a storage place for grain  

c. As a prison  

d. As a school for the royal children 

Answer- As a prison

Que- Elizabeth's reign was longer than that of any other Tudor. When she died at the age of 69 in 1603, how many years had she reigned ? 

a. 35 

b. 40 

c. 45 

d. 50 

Answer- 45

Que- Marriage was a social obligation, and for many families a topic of obsession. Betrothals were often arranged by parents, especially for the high-class. What criterion was considered the least important in deciding upon a suitable match ? 

a. Property  

b. Wealth  

c. Lineage  

d. Love 

Answer- Love

Que- Which country believed it had an "Invincible Armada" before 1588 ? 

a. France  

b. England  

c. Spain  

d. The Netherlands 

Answer- Spain

Que- Who was the mother of Elizabeth I ? 

a. Catherine of Aragon  

b. Jane Seymour  

c. Catherine Howard  

d. Anne Boleyn 

Answer- Anne Boleyn

Que- Who was the sister of Mary I ? 

a. Isabella  

b. Victoria  

c. Anne  

d. Elizabeth I 

Answer- Elizabeth I

Que- In what year did England and Spain fight a famous sea battle ? 

a. 1500 

b. 1588 

c. 1600 

d. 1575 

Answer- 1588

Que- What church did Elizabeth I establish or re-establish by law in England during her reign ? 

a. The Anglican Church  

b. The Roman Catholic Church  

c. Calvinism  

d. The Lutheran Church 

Answer- The Anglican Church

Que- Elizabethans were notoriously superstitious. They feared witches, believed in magical animals, and sought good luck charms. What "science" did they utilize in trying to predict and control the future ? 

a. Alchemy  

b. Metallurgy  

c. Geocentricity  

d. Astrology 

Answer- Astrology

Que- What type of non-rhymed poetry did Christopher Marlowe pioneer ? 

a. Blank verse  

b. The sonnet  

c. Trochaic Heptameter  

d. Free-flow verse 

Answer- Blank verse

Que- Which of the following disciplines most fascinated Elizabeth ? 

a. Philology  

b. Alchemy  

c. Zoology  

d. Astrology 

Answer- Astrology

Que- Who succeeded Elizabeth I ? 

a. Mary Queen of Scots  

b. Charles I  

c. James I  

d. Edward VI 

Answer- James I

Que- Who issued an interdict against Elizabeth ? 

a. Pope Pius V  

b. Pope Innocent III  

c. Pope Gregory XIII  

d. Pope Boniface 

Answer- Pope Pius V

Que- Elizabeth and Mary I belonged to what royal family ? 

a. Windsor  

b. Stuart  

c. Tudor  

d. Plantagenet 

Answer- Tudor

Que- Religion played a pivotal part in Elizabethan life. Protestants, Catholics, Puritans, and other religious groups jostled for power and survival in uncertain times. In 1559, an Act of Parliament was passed which determined the "supreme governor" of all things spiritual. Who was it ? 

a. The Pope in Rome  

b. Each man was his own supreme governor  

c. The Archbishop of Canterbury  

d. Queen Elizabeth I 

Answer- Queen Elizabeth I

Que- What was the nickname of Mary I ? 

a. Bloody Mary  

b. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary  

c. Mary, Queen of Scots  

d. None of the Above 

Answer- Bloody Mary

Que- Which of the following is a ceremony in which a sovereign is officially crowned ? 

a. Investiture  

b. Invocation  

c. Gala  

d. Coronation 

Answer- Coronation

Que- Staying alive was a difficult task for Elizabethans. Disease, infection, poverty, childbirth, and occupational accidents could all result in one's untimely demise. Most people never reached the age of fifty. When an Elizabethan died, intricate rituals were followed. What was NOT a funeral custom ? 

a. Long processionals  

b. Mourning clothes  

c. Strict simplicity  

d. Tolling of church bells 

Answer- Strict simplicity

Que- Which work did Edmund Spenser author ? 

a. The Castle of Perseverance  

b. The Double  

c. The Metamorphoses  

d. The Faerie Queene 

Answer- The Faerie Queene

Que- Who was the first Tudor King ? 

a. Henry VIII  

b. Henry VII  

c. George III  

d. James I 

Answer- Henry VII

Que- Everyone in Elizabethan England was born into a social class. Peasants were the unluckiest of the lot: they were denied basic comforts, security, and even the chance to dress well. Yep, the Statutes of Apparel outlined the clothes one could legally wear based on rank. Which of the following could the poor wear ? 

a. Purple silk dresses  

b. Woolen underwear  

c. Sable-lined cloaks  

d. Velvet coats 

Answer- Woolen underwear

Que- What was Elizabeth's nickname for Sir Walter Raleigh ? 

a. Waldimor  

b. Water  

c. William  

d. Winter 

Answer- Water

Que- Who was Edmund Spenser's patron ? 

a. The Earl of Leicester  

b. Elizabeth  

c. Lord Burleigh  

d. Francis Bacon 

Answer- The Earl of Leicester

Que- What was a favorite entertainment in Elizabeth's court ? 

a. Swimming  

b. Gambling  

c. Jousting  

d. Backgammon 

Answer- Jousting

Que- The complex ranking system that Elizabethans believed ordered every single thing in the universe was known as_______________? 

a. The Great Order of Life  

b. The Great Chain of Being  

c. The Great System of Shakespeare  

d. The Great Sonnet Symbolism Maker 

Answer- The Great Chain of Being

Que- Which of the following was Elizabeth known as ____________? 

a. Unintelligent  

b. Rude  

c. Stingy  

d. Fanatic 

Answer- Stingy

Que- What religion was Mary I ? 

a. Catholic  

b. Anglican  

c. Episcopalian  

d. Presbyterian 

Answer- Catholic

Que- A poem that deals in an idealized way with Shepherds and rustic life is known as____________? 

a. A Protestant Poem  

b. A Petrarchan Sonnet  

c. An extended metaphor  

d. A pastoral poem 

Answer- A pastoral poem

Que- Which English king had several of his wives killed in his obsessive quest for a male heir ? 

a. Edward VI  

b. Richard III  

c. George III  

d. Henry VIII 

Answer- Henry VIII

Que- Elizabethans had many occupational choices. One could become an apothecary, clerk, physician, or even court jester. Though there seemed to be a myriad of careers to choose from, most people still ended up being very poor. In order to survive, what illegal activity did a large number of citizens pursue ? 

a. Begging  

b. Money lending  

c. Fortune-telling  

d. Wine bottling 

Answer- Begging

Que- Which language did young Elizabeth learn in secret ? 

a. French  

b. Gaelic  

c. Esperanto  

d. Welsh 

Answer- Welsh

Que- Who was the father of the Mary I_______________? 

a. Henry VI  

b. William  

c. George III  

d. Henry VIII 

Answer- Henry VIII

Que- The term for the reaction against corruption in the Catholic Church was known as_____________? 

a. The Protestant Revolution  

b. The Protestant Reformation  

c. The Protestant Restoration  

d. The Protestant Resolution 

Answer- The Protestant Reformation

Que- The fine arts flourished in Elizabethan England. William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Edmund Spenser were some of the more famous playwrights and poets of the time. Drama, music, songs, and art were popular with noblemen and commoners alike. Exploring certain topics, however, was considered taboo in any art form. What was a strictly forbidden subject ? 

a. Sexuality  

b. Criticism of the queen  

c. Murder  

d. Witchcraft 

Answer- Criticism of the queen

Que- Elizabethan England was largely rural, with the majority of its population living in the verdant countryside. Towns and cities, however, were growing–and the most prominent of all was London. While Londoners were considered wealthy and arrogant, the city was begrimed, filthy, and infested with vermin. Where did people primarily dispose of their trash and wastes ? 

a. Dump sites in the nearby country  

b. The streets  

c. The underground drains  

d. Designated "trash" areas 

Answer- The streets

Que- What religion was Mary Queen of Scots ? 

a. Episcopalian  

b. Catholic  

c. Presbyterian  

d. Lutheran 

Answer- Catholic

Que- Crime was ardently followed by punishment. Elizabethans had devised various ways to fine, humiliate, torture, and kill offenders. Which crime was punishable by death ? 

a. Skipping church on Sunday  

b. A woman screaming at her husband in public  

c. Stealing a horse  

d. Public drunkenness 

Answer- Stealing a horse

Que- What was Elizabeth's close circle of advisers called ? 

a. The Star Chamber  

b. Parliament  

c. The Privy Council  

d. The Cabinet 

Answer- The Privy Council

Que- What is the name for a shift in tone or meaning of a sonnet______________? 

a. Octave  

b. Volta  

c. Iambic Pentameter  

d. Petrarchan 

Answer- Volta

Que- Which relative did Elizabeth I have executed ? 

a. Anne Boleyn  

b. Mary I  

c. Mary, Queen of Scots  

d. Catherine of Aragon 

Answer- Mary, Queen of Scots

Que- Which of the following acts were not passed during the Victorian era ? 

a. a series of Factory Acts  

b. the Custody Act  

c. the Women's Suffrage Act  

d. the Married Women's Property Rights Acts 

Answer- the Women's Suffrage Act

Que- What was the relationship between Victorian poets and the Romantics ? 

a. The Romantics remained largely forgotten until their rediscovery by T. S. Eliot in the 1920s.  

b. The Victorians were disgusted by the immorality and narcissism of the Romantics.  

c. The Romantics were seen as gifted but crude artists belonging to a distant, semibarbarous age.  

d. The Victorians were strongly influenced by the Romantics and experienced a sense of belatedness. 

Answer- The Victorians were strongly influenced by the Romantics and experienced a sense of belatedness.

Que- For what do Matthew Arnold's moral investment in nonfiction and Walter Pater's aesthetic investment together pave the way ? 

a. a renewed secularism in the twentieth century  

b. modern literary criticism  

c. late nineteenth-century and earlytwentieth- century satirical drama  

d. the surrealist movement 

Answer- modern literary criticism

Que- Who is the author of Aurora Leigh ? 

a. Tennyson  

b. Elizabeth Barret Browning  

c. G. Rossetti  

d. Christina Rossetti 

Answer- Elizabeth Barret Browning

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