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English Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) and Answers | English Quiz Set 14

Questions
1 Which novel by Joseph Conrad presents a young captain who like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner is haunted by the “vision of a ship drifting in calm and swinging in light airs, with all the crew dying slowly about her decks” and who feels “the sickness of my soul... the weight of my sins... my sense of unworthiness” ?
1 Under Western Eyes
2 The Shadow Line
3 Victory
4 The Rescue

Answer: The Shadow Line
2
“Our almost-instinct almost true :
What will survive of us is love.”
Identify the poem by Philip Larkin that ends with the above lines :
1 “This Be the Verse”
2 “An Arundel Tomb”
3 “High Windows”
4 “Next, Please”

Answer:“An Arundel Tomb”
3
In the epilogue to Congreve’s Way of the World there is a warning :
Others there are whose malice we’d prevent,
Such, who watch plays, with scurrilous intent To
mark out who by characters are meant.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These, with false glosses feed their own ill - nature, And
turn to libel, what was meant a satire.
What does this warning mean ?
1 Critics should not be ill-natured and malicious
2 Critics should not look for portrait of real people in the play’s characters and remember that the play is a social satire
3 Critics should avoid writing malicious reviews, lest they be charged with libel
4 Critics should try to identify the real-life equivalent for each character

Answer:Critics should not look for portrait of real people in the play’s characters and remember that the play is a social satire
4 Which of the following is an elegy on John Donne’s wife, who died in 1617 ?
1 “Death, be not proud”
2 “Thou hast made me”
3 “Holy Sonnet 17”
4 “At the round earth’s imagined corners”

Answer: “Holy Sonnet 17”
5 Identify from the following the work Nirad C. Chaudhuri called “the finest novel in the English language with an Indian theme”.
1 Kim
2 A Passage to India
3 Train to Pakistan
4 Private Life of an Indian Prince

Answer:Kim
6 Who is the author of the poem “The Defence of Lucknow” dealing with the siege of Lucknow, one of the terrible incidents of the Indian Mutiny ?
1 Rudyard Kipling
2 Edward Lear
3 Alfred Lord Tennyson
4 Robert Browning

Answer:Alfred Lord Tennyson
7 Who among the following theorists holds that metaphor and metonymy are the two fundamental structures of language ?
1 Ferdinand de Saussure
2 J.L. Austin
3 Roman Jakobson
4 Victor Shklovsky

Answer:Roman Jakobson
8 From among the following, who are the Dashwood sisters in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility ?

I. Elinor

II. Marianne

III. Mary

IV. Amanda

The right combination according to the code is :

1 I and III
2 I and II
3 II and III
4 III and IV

Answer: I and II
9 Which among the following texts can be characterised as a lesbian Bildungsroman ?
1 Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop
2 Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
3 Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
4 Ruth Pawar Jhabvala, Heat and Dust

Answer: Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
10 Identify the correct chronological sequence of publication :
1 Paradise Lost – The Advancement of Learning – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – MacFlecknoe
2 The Advancement of Learning – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – MacFlecknoe – Paradise Lost
3 The Advancement of Learning – Paradise Lost – MacFlecknoe – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
4 Paradise Lost – MacFlecknoe – The Advancement of Learning – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Answer: The Advancement of Learning – Paradise Lost – MacFlecknoe – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
11 Poe’s “The Raven” mourns the death of Poe’s
1 lost Lenore.
2 lost Abigail.
3 pet animal.
4 lost heritage.

Answer: lost Lenore
12 In Shakespeare’s Macbeth who was “untimely ripped” from his mother’s womb ?
1 Macbeth
2 Macduff
3 Duncan
4 Malcolm

Answer: Macduff
13 Alexander Pope revised The Rape of the Lock three times. In the final revision of the poem in 1717 he inserted a speech by
1 Belinda
2 Clarissa
3 Betty
4 Thalestris

Answer:Clarissa
14 Identify, from the following list, two plays written by John Webster :

I. A Woman Killed with Kindness

II. The Revenger’s Tragedy

III. The White Devil

IV. The Ducchess of Malfi

The right combination according to the code is

1 I & IV
2 II & IV
3 III & IV
4 I & III

Answer: III & IV
15 Which of the following works by David Malouf tells the story of the Roman poet, Ovid, during his exile in Tomis ?
1 Remembering Babylon
2 The Great World
3 The Conversations at Curlow Creek
4 An Imaginary Life

Answer:An Imaginary Life

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