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English Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) and Answers | English Quiz Set 31

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1 Divided into three sections this ground-breaking work published in 1953 uses as the frame of the spiritual and moral awakening of a fourteen-year-old during a Saturday night service in a Harlem church. Identify the work.
1 Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Are Watching God
2 James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain
3 Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
4 Richard Wright’s Native Son

Answer: James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain
2 The ‘monster’ in Frankenstein is NOT responsible for the death of :
1 Clerval
2 Justine
3 Elizabeth
4 Alphonse Frankenstein

Answer:Alphonse Frankenstein
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3 Which of the following plays of William Shakespeare is NOT directly referred to in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land ?
1 Hamlet
2 King Lear
3 Coriolanus
4 Tempest

Answer:King Lear
4 Identify the group below which is known as the “Sons of Ben”.
1 Noel Coward, E.G. Craig, William Macready, Matheson, Lang
2 John Dryden, the Earl of Rochester, Samuel Butler
3 William Cartwright, Richard Corbett, Thomas Randolph
4 William Holman Hunt, John E. Millais, D.G. Rossetti, William Morris

Answer: William Cartwright, Richard Corbett, Thomas Randolph
5 Christopher Marlowe was one of the first major writers to affirm what can be identified as a clearly homosexual sensibility. Which drama of his deals with it ?
1 Edward II
2 The Jew of Malta
3 Doctor Faustus
4 Dido, Queen of Carthage

Answer:Edward II
6 “When true silence falls we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness”. Identify the playwright who underlines the significance of silence thus.
1 Samuel Beckett.
2 Harold Pinter.
3 Luigi Pirandello.
4 Joe Orton.

Answer:Harold Pinter.
7 The determining feature of syllabic verse is neither __________ nor __________ but the number of syllables in a line.
1 number, numbers.
2 sounds, silences.
3 stress, quantity.
4 gists, piths.

Answer:stress, quantity.
8 In Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue, which painter does Andrea del Sarto compare himself to ? What does he find lacking in his own work in comparison ?
1 Fra Lippo Lippi – humour
2 Raphael – Soul
3 Leonardo da Vinci – Verisimilitude
4 Botticelli – liveliness

Answer: Raphael – Soul
9 In which of the following does Robert Southey detail the Indian superstitions as an idolatry to be suppressed by a civilizing protestant form of colonialism ?
1 “Thalaba”
2 The Curse of Kehama
3 “Pitying the wolves”
4 Country Horrors !

Answer:The Curse of Kehama
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10 Harriet B. Stowe had wanted to write a work based on the life of an Afro-American writer which was later published as :
1 Uncle Tom’s Cabin
2 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
3 Cry, The Beloved Country
4 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Answer: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
11 Samuel Johnson’s “Dissertation upon Poetry” is part of which of his following works ?
1 the final section of his preface to Shakespeare
2 a chapter of his novel Rasselas
3 the epilogue of his Lives of Poets
4 one of his Rambler essays

Answer: a chapter of his novel Rasselas
12 A new series called “New Accents” was launched by Methuen in 1977. The first title to be published in the series was :
1 Deconstruction : Theory and Practice
2 Formalism and Marxism
3 Structuralism and Semiotics
4 Making and Difference : Feminist Literary criticism

Answer: Structuralism and Semiotics
13 “Humble and rustic life was generally chosen, because, in that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language... The language, too, of these men has been adopted... because such men hourly communicate with the best objects from which the best part of language is originally derived”. Which of the following groups of the author’s poems in the Lyrical Ballads (1800) contradict this statement in the “Preface to the Lyrical Ballads”, as pointed out by S.T. Coleridge ?
1 “Ode on the Intimations of Immortality”, Prelude.
2 The Tasks, Seasons.
3 “Michael”, “Ruth”, “The Brothers”.
4 “Elegy Written in a country churchyard”, “Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands”.

Answer:“Michael”, “Ruth”, “The Brothers”.
14 A remarkable novelist of the English Modernist phase who wrote a short book on what the novel is (and why it matters) remarked, “Oh dear, yes - the novel tells a story”. Identify the novelist :
1 Virginia Woolf
2 James Joyce
3 E.M. Forster
4 D.H. Lawrence

Answer:E.M. Forster
15 What is the name of the angel, who, of those who owed allegeance to Satan, dared to protest against his impious doctrine and left his company to return to God (Paradise Lost, Book V) ?
1 Michael
2 Abdiel
3 Uriel
4 Gabriel

Answer:Abdiel

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