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English Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) and Answers | English Quiz Set 34

Questions
1 Which of these statements is incorrect about presentism and its basic premises ?
1 Hugh Grady is its principal proponent.
2 Our knowledge of works from the past is conditioned by and dependent upon the ideologies of the present.
3 Presentism does not contextualize cultural production in the same way or make use of the theorists that New Historicism does.
4 Historicism itself necessarily produces an implicit allegory of the present in its configuration of the past.

Answer: Presentism does not contextualize cultural production in the same way or make use of the theorists that New Historicism does.
2 “Where there is leisure for fiction, there is little grief”, was Samuel Johnson’s criticism of a famous poem. Which poem was it ?
1 P.B. Shelley’s “Adonais”
2 Philip Sidney’s “Astrophel and Stella”
3 Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written on a Country Churchyard”
4 John Miltion’s “Lycidas”

Answer:John Miltion’s “Lycidas”
3 The story is grounded in the forbidden nature of Aschenbach’s Obsession with a young boy; its author ultimately links the obsession with death, disease and esthetic disintegration. The author of the story is :
1 Goethe
2 Mann
3 Borges
4 Proust

Answer:Mann
4 Which of the following novels of Joseph Conrad is set in Malay ?
1 Nigger of the Narcissus
2 Lord Jim
3 Nostromo
4 Heart of Darkness

Answer: Lord Jim
5 Nuruddin Farah’s Maps tells the story of __________.
1 Abida
2 Abu
3 Askar
4 Andy

Answer:Askar
6 One of the most quoted statements on poetry by John Keats is reproduced with blanks below. Complete the statement with correct words.
“If Poetry __________ as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it __________ at all”.
1 does not come; had better not come.
2 comes not; might come not.
3 come not; had better not come.
4 come not; did not come.

Answer:come not; had better not come.
7 Manohar Malgonkar was a hunter, a lieutenant colonel in the British army, and a tea-planter. He also wrote a memorable novel about the Sepoy Mutiny, especially Peshwa Baji Rao II. What is that novel ?
1 A Distant Drum
2 A Combat of Shadows
3 A Bend in the Ganges
4 The Devil’s Wind

Answer:The Devil’s Wind
8 Who wrote the screenplay for the film version of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman ?
1 Harold Pinter
2 Tom Stoppard
3 David Mamet
4 Caryl Phillips

Answer: Harold Pinter
9 There is a large number of religious poems in Old English Poetry. One of the finest is the Dream of the Rood. The words ‘the Rood’ in the title means :
1 the Cross
2 the Christian
3 the Infidel
4 the Cardinal

Answer:the Cross
10 Identify from among the following, the one incorrect statement on M. Anantanarayanan’s Silver Pilgrimage (1961) :
1 M. Anantanarayanan modelled this narrative on the well-known picaresque novels in English.
2 The Silver Pilgrimage is M. Anantanarayanan’s only foray into fiction.
3 This novel is mainly an account of the adventures of Jayasurya, a Sri Lankan prince of the sixteenth century.
4 Among the literary texts quoted by the novel are lines from Shakespeare, Donne and Rilke and classical Tamil poets.

Answer: M. Anantanarayanan modelled this narrative on the well-known picaresque novels in English.
11 Listed below are the titles of some influential books by Frank Kermode. Identify which one of the titles that does NOT belong to the set.
1 The Sense of an Ending
2 Not Entitled - A Memoir
3 The Genesis of Secrecy
4 The Great Code : The Bible and Literature

Answer: The Great Code : The Bible and Literature
12 Identify the one erroneous statement on Neoclassicism listed below :
1 Lodovico Castelvetro and Torquato Tasso greatly influenced English writers like Milton and Dryden.
2 Neoclassicism took its final form during the reign of Louis XIV (1638-1715).
3 Boilean’s L’Art poétique influenced Pope’s Essay on Criticism.
4 The English relation to Neoclassicism was one of dialogue. Most literally, this dialogue is effected in Addison’s An Essay on Dramatic Poesy.

Answer: The English relation to Neoclassicism was one of dialogue. Most literally, this dialogue is effected in Addison’s An Essay on Dramatic Poesy.
13 In his Poems of Love and War, a collection of classic Indian poems in English translation, A.K. Ramanujan sought to revive an ancient __________ poetic tradition. Choose the right word.
1 Tamil
2 Sanskrit
3 Kannada
4 Pali

Answer:Tamil
14 Arrange the following sentences in the order in which they appear in Emerson’s “SelfReliance” :

(a) To be great is to be misunderstood.

(b) Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.

(c) If it so bad then to be misunderstood!

(d) It is a right fool’s word.

(e) Misunderstood!

1 (a), (e), (d), (c), (b)
2 (e), (a), (b), (c), (d)
3 (c), (d), (a), (b), (e)
4 (e), (d), (c), (b), (a)

Answer:(e), (d), (c), (b), (a)
15 Which of these Greek plays was a source for The Winter’s Tale ?
1 Iphigeneia at Aulis
2 Alcestis
3 Medea
4 Iphigeneia at Tauris

Answer:Alcestis

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