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English Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) and Answers | English Quiz Set 5

Questions
1 A half-sentence in Purchas his Pilgrimage triggered off “Kubla Khan”. Whose work was Purchas his Pilgrimage ?
1 Robert Herrick, the poet’s
2 John Hakluyt’s, the collector of traveller’s tales
3 Samuel Purchas, the London Parson’s
4 Edward Purchas, the globe-trotter’s

Answer: Samuel Purchas, the London Parson’s
2 Based on the life of a thirteenth-century troubadour, from among the following identify the work, that marked a catastrophic failure in Robert Browning’s poetic career, earning him a reputation for impenetrable difficulty ?
1 Paracelsus
2 Sordello
3 The Ring and The Book
4 Pauline

Answer:Sordello
3 Evelyn Waugh once complained that T.S. Eliot’s Poems, 1909-1925 was “marvellously good, but very hard to understand.” The most pessimistic novel Waugh wrote was called __________ and he owed the title to __________.
1 Black Mischief - “Sweeney among the Nightingales”
2 Scoop - “Morning At the Window”
3 Prancing Nigger - Ash Wednesday
4 A Handful of Dust - The Waste Land

Answer:A Handful of Dust - The Waste Land
4 During the years 1830 to 1850, the illusion of peace in Victorian England was broken by such incidents as ___________.
1 the Revolution in France and the Chartist Movement in England
2 the General Strike of 1835 and the Rail Tragedy of 1847
3 the visionary libertarianism of poets and the lawless embodiment of revolution
4 the disaster of the Indian Mutiny and the incompetent bungling of the Crimean War

Answer: the disaster of the Indian Mutiny and the incompetent bungling of the Crimean War
5 Gulliver receives the following response when he boasts about his countrymen :

“... the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the face of the earth.” Whose response ?

1 The King of Lilliput’s
2 The King of Brobdingnag’s
3 The Governor of Glubbdubrib’s
4 The first of the Houyhnhnms’s he meets

Answer:The King of Brobdingnag’s
6 In the Inferno Dante, as he travels through the various circles of the hell finds Judas who is unable to speak. What is the reason behind this ?
1 His tongue is transformed into a coiled snake.
2 His head is battered and so he cannot open his mouth.
3 Lucifer is chewing on his head.
4 His tongue is pulled out and nailed on the tree of sin.

Answer:Lucifer is chewing on his head.
7

Assertion (A) : Our reality is linguistic, a language mediated reality.

Reason (R) : Our perception and understanding of reality are largely constructed by the words and other signs we use.

In the light of the statements above,

1 Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A).
2 Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A).
3 (A) is true but (R) is false.
4 (A) is false but (R) is true.

Answer:Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A).
8 In his book, In Theory, Aijaz Ahmed works out the relations between the three entities :
1 Classes, Nations, Literatures
2 Regions, Nation, Languages
3 State, Religions, Gender
4 Literature, Print, Theory

Answer: Classes, Nations, Literatures
9 In 1660, a group of 12 people including Robert Boyle and Christopher Wren formed what they called the Royal Society. In 1663, it became The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. What was the Society’s motto ?
1 “In Him we trust”
2 “In the words of no one”
3 “Lighted to lighten”
4 “Love conquers all”

Answer: “In the words of no one”
10 Of whom did W.B. Yeats say that “We were the last Romantics” ?
1 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
2 The Imagiste poets
3 His Friends in the Irish Literary Revival
4 Himself and his lady love, Maud Gonne

Answer: His Friends in the Irish Literary Revival
11 Who wrote The Wandering Jew, a poem in four cantos and the short lyric, “The Wandering Jew’s Soliloquy” ?
1 S.T. Coleridge
2 Lord Byron
3 Thomas Gray
4 P.B. Shelley

Answer: P.B. Shelley
12 Where, according to T.S. Eliot, are we likely to find “not only the best, but the most individual parts of a poet’s work” ?
1 in the poet’s juvenilia or rejected drafts.
2 in the best anthologies and scrap-books.
3 in those parts where the dead poets assert their immortality.
4 in those parts where the living poets depart from their ancestors.

Answer:in those parts where the dead poets assert their immortality.
13 Which of the following is true of The Canterbury Tales ?
1 Chaucer, the pilgrim, narrates Sir Thopas’ Tale only.
2 Chaucer, the pilgrim, narrates The Tale of Melibee only.
3 Chaucer, the pilgrim, narrates both Sir Thopas’ Tale and The Tale of Melibee.
4 Chaucer, the pilgrim does attempt to narrate an unnamed tale but abruptly stops due to the intervention of the other pilgrims.

Answer:Chaucer, the pilgrim, narrates both Sir Thopas’ Tale and The Tale of Melibee.
14 During the reign of Norman Kings, it was fashionable to speak __________ in upper-class circles in England.
1 Norse
2 Latin
3 Danish
4 French

Answer: French
15 Who, among the following, collaborated with Purohit Swami in translating the Ten Principal Upanishads into English ?
1 Christopher Fry
2 Aldous Huxley
3 Lawrence Durrell
4 W.B. Yeats

Answer:W.B. Yeats

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