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English Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) and Answers | English Quiz Set 6

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1 What unique distinction does Ben Jonson’s “To Penshurst” have in the English literary canon ?
1 It is the only distinguished poem in English addressed to the Lords of Penshurst.
2 It celebrates Philip Sidney’s elevation to knighthood, Sidney being the youngest scion of the family.
3 It is one of the first English poems celebrating a specific place, a forerunner to Cooper’s Hill and Windsor-Forest.
4 It is the first poem in an elegiac series that late Elizabethan poets began on the demise of the Lord of Penshurst.

Answer: It is one of the first English poems celebrating a specific place, a forerunner to Cooper’s Hill and Windsor-Forest.
2 After discovering the truth about his heinous crimes committed in the past, what does Oedipus request as his punishment ?
1 exile
2 castration
3 decapitation
4 blindness

Answer:exile
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3 How does Women in Love open ?
1 Rupert Birkin, Lawrence’s alter ego, is taking a walk in the English Countryside
2 The Brangwen sisters, Ursula and Gudrun, are “working and talking.”
3 The wedding party gathers at shortlands, the Criches’s home.
4 The last lesson is in progress, “peaceful and still” in Ursula’s classroom.

Answer:The Brangwen sisters, Ursula and Gudrun, are “working and talking.”
4 Samuel Johnson has the following to say about an English poet :

“These images are marked by glittering accumulations of ungraceful ornaments : they strike, rather than please. The images are magnified by affectation : the language is laboured into harshness. The mind of the writer seems to work with unnatural violence - ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’. He has a kind of strutting dignity, and is tall by walking on tiptoe. His art and his struggle are too visible, and there is too little appearance of ease and nature.”

Identify the poet.

1 Thomas Gray
2 John Dryden
3 John Milton
4 Thomas Wyatt

Answer: Thomas Gray
5 “Take the smoking disclaimer issue” begins Vishal Bharadwaj. “Putting a disclaimer every time somebody smokes on screen is not an answer. If M.F. Hussain had painted a man with a cigar, would you have asked him to put the disclaimer, ‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health’ on the painting” ?

The point Bharadwaj makes with his rhetorical question is the following :

1 The smoking disclaimer is ineffectual because M.F. Hussain’s painting wouldn’t have carried it.
2 The smoking disclaimer on objects perceived as ‘art’ is simply superfluous.
3 The smoking disclaimer is ineffectual because ‘art’ entertains but does not instruct.
4 The smoking disclaimer on screen or on an M.F. Hussain painting distracts us from enjoying art.

Answer:The smoking disclaimer on objects perceived as ‘art’ is simply superfluous.
6 According to __________, certain verbs actually ‘perform’ an act when they are uttered.
1 Speech Act theorists such as Austin and Searle.
2 Russian Formalists such as Shklovsky and Propp.
3 Language theorists such as Sapir and Whorf.
4 Cognitive linguists such as Lakoff and Johnson.

Answer:Speech Act theorists such as Austin and Searle.
7 Haunted castles, strange noises, and an acceptance of the supernatural with all its trappings mark __________.
1 metafiction
2 fantasy fiction
3 epistolary fiction
4 gothic fiction

Answer:gothic fiction
8 Arrange the following plays of Shakespeare according to their periods (early, middle, late...) of composition.
1 As You Like It, Love’s Labours Lost, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream
2 Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labours Lost, As You Like It
3 Love’s Labours Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest
4 Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, As You Like It, Love’s Labours Lost

Answer: Love’s Labours Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest
9 Who among the following is not a reader-response critic ?
1 Maud Bodkin
2 Hans-Robert Jauss
3 Stanley Fish
4 Wolfgang Iser

Answer: Maud Bodkin
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10 Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina’s closing lines present...
1 a sad reflection on the unfortunate suicide of Anna which should have been averted.
2 the enlivening freshness of a rain which has been threatening to break out.
3 Levin’s affirmation that whatever happens to him, life is not meaningless but unquestionably meaningful.
4 Vronsky’s lament over the death of Anna which ends on a positive note, affirming the human tendency to pass over the tragic events with hope.

Answer: Levin’s affirmation that whatever happens to him, life is not meaningless but unquestionably meaningful.
11 Which of the following novels begins with a Prologue under the title “The Storming of Seringapatam”, saying “I address these lines written in India - to my relatives in England” ?
1 The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farell
2 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
3 The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4 The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott

Answer: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
12 In “Gerontion”, T.S. Eliot says :

“__________ has many cunning passages, contrived corridors / And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, / Guides us by vanities.”

What is Eliot’s subject ?

1 History
2 Politics
3 State
4 Religion

Answer:History
13 In Frances Burney’s novel, Evelina, the eponymous heroine comes out in society in two locations. They are :

(a) Bath

(b) Bristol

(c) Leeds

(d) London

The right combination according to the code is :

1 (a) and (b).
2 (b) and (c).
3 (a) and (d).
4 (b) and (d).

Answer:(b) and (d).
14 Which of the following lines by Shakespeare is repeated several times in Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway ?
1 “If music be the food of love, play on”.
2 “Fear no more the heat of the sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages”.
3 “Those are pearls that were his eyes”.
4 “There is a tide in the affairs of man”.

Answer: “Fear no more the heat of the sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages”.
15 Identify the important theatres of the Elizabethan period :

(a) Peacock

(b) Globe

(c) Swan

(d) Grand

The right combination according to the code is :

1 (a) and (b)
2 (b) and (c)
3 (b) and (d)
4 (a) and (d)

Answer:(b) and (c)

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