English Literature – Practice Questions 51

Q1. ‘The General Prologue’ to The Canterbury Tales describes the meeting of the pilgrims in 

(a) the Westminster Abbey 

(b) the Tabard Inn 

(c) the Hyde Park 

(d) the Inns of Court 

Q2. Match the following :

 (Browning’s poems) (Type of Character)
IAbt Vogler1A Medieval Knight
IIAndrea del Sarto2A Musician
IIIChilde Ronald to the Dark Tower Came3A Poet
IVCleon4An Artist

The right combination is:

(a) I-4, II-2, III-3, IV-1

(b) I-2, II-4, III-1, IV-3

(c) I-3, II-1, III-2, IV-4

(d) I-1, II-3, III-4, IV-2

Q3. Which of the following plays contains a play (The Mouse-Trap) within it? 

(a) The Duchess of Malfi 

(b) Pygmalion 

(c) A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

(d) Hamlet 

Q4. Which one of Brecht’s works was intended to lampoon the conventional sentimental musical but the public lapped up the work’s sentiment and missed the humour?

(a) Man is Man

(b) Three Penny Opera

(c) The Mother

(d) Life of Galileo

Q5. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth who is Ross referring to when he uses the description “Bellona’s  Bridegroom”? 

(a) Banquo

(b) MacDonald 

(c) Macbeth

(d) Fleance 

Q6. Apparently a musical treatise, The Anatomy of Melancholy is a reflection on human learning and endeavor published under the pseudonym

(a) Vox Populi

(b) Epicurus Senior

(c) Democritus Junior

(d) Jesting Pilate

Q7. Milton’s On His Blindness ends with an expression of the poet’s 

(a) Faith in God’s way 

(b) Questioning of the Justice of God 

(c) Pessimism 

(d) Resentment at the loss of his talent 

Q8. Horace Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto tells the story of

(a) A defiant and heartless tyrant who kills his own son mercilessly.

(b) An usurper and a tyrant who kills his own daughter by mistake.

(c) A castle that collapses and crushes the young and sickly prince to death.

(d) A tyrant who retires to a monastery at the end and lives happily ever after with his queen.

Q9. Dryden’s All for Love was written in imitation of Shakespeare’s 

(a) Antony and Cleopatra 

(b) Romeo and Juliet 

(c) The Merchant of Venice 

(d) Twelfth Night

Q10. Which one of the below poem illustrate the theme of visions experienced in dreams, in nightmares and other altered states?

(a) Kubla Khan

(b) The Waste Land

(c) The Solitary Reaper

(d) Paradise Regained

Q11. Who, of the following, is the writer of Aurang-Zebe? 

(a) Mushir-ul-Hasan

(b) Kamila Shamsie 

(c) Charles Lamb

(d) John Dryden 

Q12. The book was for many years banned for obscenity in Britain and the United States. The central character is a Catholic Jew in Ireland. The author claimed that the book is meant to make you laugh. Which is this book?

(a) The Picture of Dorian Grey

(b) Herzog

(c) Portnoy’s Complaint

(d) Ulysses

Q13. Who said “Learn hence for ancient rules a just esteem; To copy Nature is to copy them”?

(a) Pope

(b) Sidney 

(c) Dryden

(d) Matthew Arnold 

Q14. In ____ A.S. Byatt contrasts past and present involving a search for a Victorian poet’s past illuminating a contemporary university researcher’s life and times.

(a) The Virgin in the Garden

(b) Possession

(c) Babel Tower

(d) Still Life

Q15. After Wordsworth, the poet Laureateship passed to 

(a) Coleridge

(b) Tennyson 

(c) Shelley

(d) Browning 

Q16. Which of the following statements best describes JM Coetzee’s Disgrace ?

(a) It is a murder mystery set in post-apartheid South Africa.

(b) It is a complex narrative of sin and redemption which involves both White and Black South Africans.

(c) The protagonist David Lurie is a priest who brings disgrace to his calling.

(d) Coetze has a schematic and reductive view on the relations between Whites and the Blacks in South Africa.

Q17. Wordsworth’s Prelude was published in 

(a) 1805

(b) 1844 

(c) 1825

(d) 1850 

Q18. Which of the following statements is not true of Mahesh Dattani’s Final Solutions ?

(A) The play centres around a middle class Hindu family during a communal riot.

(B) It challenges communalism.

(C) It is concerned with homosexual relationship.

(D) It promotes religious pluralism in South Asia.

Q19. Adonais is a pastoral elegy written on the death of- 

(a) Byron

(b) Keats 

(c) Scott

(d) Coleridge 

Q20. Which of the following statements is not true of Patrick White ?

(a) He is remembered today for his epic and psychological narrative art.

(b) He is the only Australian to receive the Nobel Prize in literature.

(c) He pioneered a new fictional landscape and introduced a new continent in literature.

(d) His style is noted for lucidity and simplicity.

Q21. The very idea of The Canterbury Tales is believed to have been taken from Boccaccio’s 

(a) Polychronicon

(b) Filostrato

(c) Confessio

(d) Decamerone

Q22. Conventional scholarship dates ‘Early Modern English’ as beginning around

(a) 450

(b) 1066

(c) 1500

(d) 1800

Q23. Which poem of P.B. Shelley contains this line “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought“? 

(a) Ode to the West Wind

(b) Song to the Men of England

(c) Ozymandias

(d) To a Skylark

Q24. “Every demon carries within him unknown to himself, a tiny seed of self-destruction and goes up in thin air at the most unexpected moment.” To which of R.K. Narayan’s characters the above statement applies?

(a) Raju – The Guide

(b) Jagan – The Sweet Vendor

(c) Vasu – Man Eater of Malgudi

(d) Margayya – The Financial Expert

Q25. Porphyro and Madeline are lovers in

(a) The Eve of St. Agnes 

(b) La Belle Dame Sans Merci 

(c) Isabella 

(d) The Eve of St. Mark 

Q26. Which of the following statements is not true of Wole Soyinka’s The Swamp Dwellers?

(a) It talks about the family, the extended family in the African society.

(b) It is a confrontation between the traditional and modern society.

(c) It talks about the migration of people, crossing of borders and diasporic anguish.

(d) It is a comment about the city, urban, modern and the country rural, the swamp, the ancient.

Q27. Keats’s tombstone reads: 

(a) “Here lies One Whose name was writ in Poetry.” 

(b) “Here lies One Whose name was writ in Words.” 

(c) “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in the Hearts.” 

(d) “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.”

Q28. Arrange the following English literary periods in the order in which they appeared.

I. Elizabethan                II. Caroline

III. Anglo Norman        IV. Early Tudor

(a) III, II, IV, I

(b) III, IV, II, I

(c) II, III, IV, I

(d) III, IV, I, II

Q29. Choose the option that would fit into the blanks 

Man for the field and woman for the ____  ; Man for the sword and for the____  she; Man with the head and woman with the____  ; Man to command and woman to ____ 

(a) home; kitchen; soul; permit 

(b) city; sceptre; hand; agree 

(c) school; spear; foot; free 

(d) hearth; needle; heart, obey 

Q30. Which of the following plays is not written by Rabindranath Tagore?

(a) Sacrifice

(b) Chandalika

(c) Muktadhara

(d) Eknath

For Practice Questions in PDF, Click TGT/PGT/NET English Quiz 51

Answer-key:

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3d18c
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6c21d
7a22c
8b23d
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10a25a
11d26c
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