English Literature – Practice Questions 52

Q1. Tennyson’s poem _____is not merely a pastoral elegy but also a deeply philosophical reflection on religion, science and immortality. 

(a) Locksley Hall 

(b) Maud 

(c) In Memoriam 

(d) The Princess 

Q2. The purpose of the Pre-Raphaelites was primarily to promote

(a) complexity and ambivalence in art and literature.

(b) simplicity and naturalness in art and literature.

(c) symbolic and classical modes in art and literature.

(d) psychological and mythic modes in art and literature.

Q3. Matthew Arnold worked as a: 

(a) pastor

(b) school inspector 

(c) librarian

(d) rugby coach

Q4. Which one of the following plays does not use the device of “the play within the play”?

(a) Hamlet

(b) The Spanish Tragedy

(c) A Midsummer Nights’ Dream

(d) Romeo and Juliet

Q5. Which of the following observations are true about Beatrice Culleton’s April Raintree ?

I. It is a fictional account of the lives of two metis sisters growing up in Winnipeg.

II. April has a darker complexion and identifies herself with Metis population.

III. The two sisters have been removed from their parents’ home and placed with a series of foster families.

IV. Cheryl has a lighter complexion and identifies herself with white population.

(a) I and III are correct.

(b) I and II are correct.

(c) II and III are correct.

(d) III and IV are correct.

Q6. Which of the following work does not mention Dover Beach

(a) Fahrenheit 451

(b) Catch 22 

(c) I Capture the Castle

(d) Things Fall Apart 

Q7. “She dwells with beauty – Beauty that must die”, – wrote Keats in one of his odes, referring to

(a) Indolence

(b) Autumn

(c) Melancholy

(d) Psyche

Q8. Oliver Twist is also known as: 

(a) The Undertaker 

(b) The Parish Boy’s Progress 

(c) The Trials and Tribulations of Oliver 

(d) Twists of Fate 

Q9. Match the following lists :

 Phrases from poems Titles of poems
ISound of stick upon the floor1Byzantium
IIHade’s bobbin bound in mummy cloth2Sailing to Byzantium
IIIWith beauty like a tightened bow3Coole and Ballylee, 1931
IVA tattered coat upon a stick4No Second Troy

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

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

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

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

Q10. What is the subtitle of the novel Tess of the d ‘Urbervilles? 

(a) A Pure Woman Faithfully Represented 

(b) An Impure Woman Faithfully Presented 

(c) A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented 

(d) A Pure Woman Unfaithfully Presented 

Q11. “For nature then / The courser pleasures of my boyish days, / And their glad animal movements all gone by / To me was all in all”. In these lines from Tintern Abbey Revisited, Wordsworth is talking about:

(a) the second stage in his relationship with Nature.

(b) the first stage in his relationship with Nature.

(c) both the first and second stages in his relationship with Nature.

(d) the third stage in his relationship with Nature.

Q12. Which words describe the emotion and tone of the neurotic woman in The Waste Land when she says,  “My nerves are bad tonight. Yes, bad. Stay with me.”  “Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.”  “What are you thinking of? What thinking?  What?”  “I never know what you are thinking. Think.” 

(a) Calm, peaceful 

(b) Urgent, anxious 

(c) Whining, monotonous 

(d) Angry, nervous

Q13. “A Tun of Man in thy large Bulk is writ, / But sure thou’rt but a Kilderkin of wit” In the above lines what does Dryden mean by ‘Kilderkin’?

(a) a trivial instance

(b) a small barrel of wine

(c) kith and kin

(d) a small amount, as contrasted with ‘tun’

Q14. The title `A Game of Chess’ has been taken from Women Beware Women by

(a) Shakespeare

(b) Middleton 

(c) Pound

(d) Marlowe 

Q15. Which of the following statements is not true of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day novel?

(a) uses a butler as a pivotal character.

(b) uses the classic English detective story form.

(c) refers to England in the 1930s.

(d) became a very successful film.

Q16. The account of the experiences of Lancelot Smith a generous but wayward youth, and his relationships to a variety of “humor” characters is given in the novel 

(a) Yeast (1848) 

(b) Alton Locke (1850) 

(c) Hypatia (1853) 

(d) Westward Ho (1855) 

Q17. “Lightly, O lightly, we bear her along, / She sways like a flower in the wind of our song; / She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream, / She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream” These lines occur in the poem

(a) Palanquin bearers

(b) The Illusion of Love

(c) Indian Love Song

(d) Cradle Song

Q18. Who is the exponent of the ‘Life force’ theory? 

(a) Galsworthy                       

(b) Ibsen 

(c) Brecht                               

(d) Shaw 

Q19. Which among the following novels of Anita Desai is a children’s book?

(a) Fire and The Mountain

(b) Fasting, Feasting

(c) The Zig zag Way

(d) The Village by the Sea

Q20. With which of the following political movements was G.B. Shaw associated– 

(a) The Fourth International 

(b) The New Left 

(c) Fabian Society 

(d) Labour Party 

Q21. Who among the following writers describes novels as “not form which you see but emotion which you feel”?

(a) D.H. Lawrence

(b) Jean Rhys

(c) Virginia Woolf

(d) Joseph Conrad

Q22. Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) was written by 

(a) T.S. Eliot

(b) Dylan Thomas 

(c) George Orwell

(d) Sylvisa Plath 

Q23. In Paradise Lost, Milton invokes his ‘Heav’nly Muse’, ‘Urania’ at the beginning of:

I. Book one          II. Book four        III. Book nine      IV. Book seven

(a) I and II are correct

(b) I, III and IV correct

(c) II and III are correct

(d) I and IV are correct

Q24. In his ‘Foreword’ to Kanthapura, Raja Rao describes Kanthapura as a

(a) historical novel 

(b) political novel 

(c) work of magic realism 

(d) Sthalapurana (legend of a place) 

Q25. Which one of the following best describes the basic principle of New Criticism?

(a) an emphasis on the distinctive style and personality of the authors.

(b) stressing the virtues of discipline, order and the ethical mean.

(c) locating the meaning of a literary work in the internal relations of the language that constitute a text.

(d) evaluating a literary text against a backdrop of historical events.

Q26. Who, of the following, wrote ‘The Serpent and the Rope’? 

(a) Mulk Raj Anand              

(b) R.K. Narayan 

(c) Raja Rao                           

(d) Anita Desai 

Q27. Match the following lists:

 Title of poem Poet
II hear a fly Buzz1Wallace Stevens
IIBirches2Emily Dickinson
IIISunday Morning3Allen Ginsberg
IVA Supermarket in California4Robert Frost

(a) I-2, II-4, III-3, IV-1 

(b) I-2, II-1, III-3, IV-4 

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

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

Q28. The subtitle of Apology for Heroism is 

(a) An Autobiographical Note 

(b) An Autobiography of Ideas 

(c) An Autobiographical Essay 

(d) An Autobiography 

Q29. The following writers are involved in social activism in addition to their practice of creative writing:

I. Mahasweta Devi                 II. Shashi Deshpande

III. Arundhati Roy                 IV. Shobha De

(a) I and II are correct

(b) III and IV are correct

(c) I and III are correct

(d) II and IV are correct

Q30. In the Night of the Scorpion Ezekiel says that the scorpion first crawled 

(a) into his mother’s mattress 

(b) beneath a sack of rice 

(c) up his mother’s leg 

(d) into the room’s thatch

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