UP GIC Lecturer English Practice Questions – Set 1

Q1. The Lyrical Ballads was published in

a. 1795                          

b. 1797                

c. 1798                          

d. 1801

Q2. What was the real name of Belinda in Pope’s The Rape of the Lock?

a. Cynthia Fermor

b. ArabellaFermor

c. Maria Fermor

d. Lucy Fermor

Q3. Dryden’s All for Love is written in

a. Free Verse

b. Blank Verse

c. Terza Rima

d. Heroic Couplet

Q4. Geoffrey Chaucer belongs to the

a. 14th Century

b. 16th Century

c. 15th Century

d. 13th Century

Q5. The word ‘Conceit’ has much significance in

a. Elizabethan poetry

b. The Poetry of the Restoration Period

c. 18th Century poetry

d. Metaphysical poetry

Q6. ‘Negative Capability’ is a phrase coined by

a. Coleridge                            

b. Shelley

c. Keats                        

d. Wordsworth

Q7. Who enunciated the concept of the ‘Touchstone Method’?

a. Matthew Arnold

b. John Dryden

c. Ben Johnson

d. F R Leavis

Q8. Who is the real benefactor of ‘Pip’ in Dickens’ Great Expectations?

a. Jaggers                      

b. Miss Havisham

c. Stella                         

d. Magwitch

Q9. ‘Gabriel Oak’ is a character in Hardy’s

a. A Pair of Blue Eyes

b. Far From the Madding Crowd

c. The Return of the Native

d. The Mayor of Casterbridge

Q10. G. B. Shaw propounds the philosophy of ‘Life Force’ in

a. Arms and the Man

b. Pygmalion

c. Candida

d. Man and Superman

Q11. Ezekiel’s poem Background Casually is written about

a. himself                      

b. his friends

c. his adversaries          

d. his country

Q12. The statement ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal’ occurs in

a. Nineteen Eighty-Four

b. Brave New World

c. Animal Farm

d. Lord of the Flies

Q13. ‘Here is God’s plenty’. For whom did Dryden make this statement?

a. Chaucer                    

b. Shakespeare

c. Marlowe                   

d. Spenser

Q14. The basic theme of The Tempest is

a. Revenge

b. Revenge and freedom

c. Freedom

d. Forgiveness and freedom

Q15. A ‘rough beast that slouches towards Bethlehem’ in The Second Coming signifies

a. Birth of a new species – Half man half animal

b. Second coming of Christ

c. The arrival of a more bleak and brutal world

d. Rebirth of human civilization

Q16. Which of the following statements about The Canterbury Tales is true?

a. The General Prologue was appended to the Canterbury Tales

b. The Canterbury Tales remained unfinished at the time of its author’s death

c. In all Chaucer tells thirty tales in his work

d. The Wife of Bath, The Clerk, Sir Gwain and the Franklin are characters and tale in this work

Q17. Which of the following novels of Mulk Raj Anand narrates one day in the life of Bakha?

a. Untouchable

b. Coolie

c. Two Leaves and a Bud

d. The Village

Q18. In Absalom and Achitophel, who is King David?

a. Duke of Monmouth

b. James II

c. Duke of Buckingham

d. Charles II

Q19. “Men of England, wherefore plough / For the lords who lay ye low?

Wherefore weave with toil and care / The rich robes your tyrants wear?”

The above lines are from a poem of

a. Wordsworth

b. Keats

c. Shelley

d. Tennyson

Q20. “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, / But to be young was very heaven!”

The above lines are from a poem of

a. Shelley

b. Wordsworth

c. Arnold

d. Keats

Q21. Who among Charles Dickens’ characters say – “your humble servant ___”?

a. Uriah Heep

b. Master Humphrey

c. Barkis

d. Mrs. Gamp

Q22. In which among the following poems is there a reference to Maud Gonne?

a. Bazantium

b. The Hake Isle of Innsfree

c. The Second Coming

d. Prayer for My Daughter

Q23. Which of the following plays of G. B. Shaw fell victim to censorship?

a. John Bull’s other Island

b. The Philanderer

c. Candida: A Mystery

d. Man and Superman

Q24. Which of the following is the correct sequence of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land?

a. What the Thunder Said, Death by Water, A Game of Chess, Fire Sermon, The Burial of the Dead

b. A Game of Chess, Fire Sermon, What the Thunder Said, The Burial of the Dead, Death by Water

c. The Burial of the Dead, A Game of Chess, Fire Sermon, Death by Water, What the Thunder Said

d. The Burial of the Dead, What the Thunder Said, Fire Sermon, Death by Water, A Game of Chess

Q25. In his poem A Morning WalkNissim Ezekiel talks about a

Barbaric City sick with slums / Deprived of seasons, blessed with rains

Its hawkers, beggars, iron-hinged / Processions led by frantic drums.”

Identify the city

a. Mumbai

b. Kolkata

c. Benares

d. Chennai

Q26. Which of the following is the correct form of the sentence?

The more they earn, more they spend.

a. The more they earn, more they spend.

b. More they earn, the more they spend.

c. The more they earn, the more they spend.

d. No improvement

Q27. Give the antonym of ‘pragmatic’.

a. Vague

b. Pessimistic

c. Confused

d. Idealistic

Q28. Choose the correct figure of speech:

He passed a sleepless night

a. Transferred epithet

b. Antithesis

c. Synecdoche

d. Oxymoron

Q29. Give one word for the following:

A collection of sparrows

a. Flocks

b. Team

c. Host

d. Bunch

Q30. The word ‘flair’ is followed by the preposition

a. in

b. to

c. towards

d. for

Q31. Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.

Rajini was deprived ___ her ancestral property.

a. of                     

b. from

c. away                

d. after

Q32. The expression ‘gift of gab’ means

a. power of learning

b. power of eloquence

c. blessing

d. treasure

Q33. Give one word for the expression ‘Hard to please’

a. Fastidious                 

b. Brittle

c. Irrevocable               

d. Persevere

Q34. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’, is an example of

a. Litotes

b. Conceit

c. Hyperbole

d. Metonymy

Q35. What is the Indirect form of the following sentence?

My teacher often says to me that if I don’t work hard I shall fail.

a. My teacher often says to me, “If you don’t work hard, you will fail.”

b. My teacher tells me, “If I don’t work hard, I will fail.”

c. My teacher often says, “If you don’t work hard you might fail.”

d. My teacher advises me, “Work hard otherwise I will fail.”

Q36. Choose the incorrect sentence:

a. His T-shirts are loose.

b. My books are polished.

c. The cattle is grazing in the field.

d. Her hair is thick.

Q37. Correct the following sentence.

She entered into the room without knocking at the door.

a. She entered in the room without knocking at the door.

b. She entered in the room without knocking on the door.

c. She entered into the room without knocking on the door.

d. She entered the room without knocking at the door.

Q38. Who coined the phrase ‘theatre of the absurd’?

a. Martin Esslin            

b. Franz Kafka

c. Ibsen                         

d. G B Shaw

Q39. Who called Hamlet a dramatic failure?

a. Dryden                     

b. T S Eliot

c. G M Hopkins           

d. F R Leavis

Q40. Point out the Passive Voice of the given sentence:

Rain disrupted the last day’s play between India and Sri Lanka.

a. The last day’s play of India and Sri Lanka were disrupted by rain.

b. India’s and Sri Lanka’s play of the last day was disrupted by rain.

c. The last day’s play between India and Sri Lanka was disrupted by rain.

d. The last day’s play between India and Sri Lanka were disrupted by rain.

Q41. “The President of the Immortals had ended his sport with…”

The above line is taken from Thomas Hardy’s novel

a. The Mayor of Casterbridge

b. The Return of the Native

c. Far from the Madding Crowd

d. Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Q42. On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth is an essay by

a. G Wilson Knight               

b. F R Leavis

c. Thomas De Quincey         

d. A C Bradley

Q43. Which of the following is not true about the source of the plot of Hayavadan a play by GirishKarnad?

a. The plot of Hayavadan comes from Kathasaritsagar an ancient collection of stories in Sanskrit.

b. The story of Padmini from Natyashastra

c. The central story draws heavily from Thomas Mann’s The transposed Heads

d. The story of Devadatta and Kapil is based on a tale from VetalaPanchavimshati

Q44. “The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him.” The name of the old man in Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea is

a. Santiago

b. Sebastian

c. Antonio

d. Ferdinand

Q45. John Dryden in his heroic tragedy All for Love takes the story of Shakespeare’s

a. Troilus and Cressida

b. The Merchant of Venice

c. Measure for Measure

d. Antony and Cleopatra

Q46. When Chaucer describes the Friar as a ‘Noble Pillar of order’, he is using

a. Simile                       

b. Irony

c. Understatement       

d. Personification

Q47. The phrase ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ is associated with

a. Wordsworth             

b. Arnold

c. Coleridge                            

d. Shelley

Q48. Milton’s Paradise Lost is divided into

a. 8 books                     

b. 6 books

c. 10 books                   

d. 12 books

Q49. “Poetry is emotions recollected in tranquility” was said by

a. Wordsworth             

b. Coleridge

c. Shelley                      

d. Arnold

Q50. To which literary age did Dickens belong?

a. The Elizabethan age

b. The Augustan age

c. The Victorian age     

d. The Romantic age



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