Multiple Choice Questions English Literature

1. “Triumph, my Britain, thou hast one to show/To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe./ He was not of an age, but for all time”. Who wrote the above lines for Shakespeare:
a) Jonson
b) Bacon
c) Wordsworth
d) none of above

2. Seven Ages of Man appears in “As you like it”. which character’s speech it is?
a) Amiens
b) Orlando
c) Oliver
d) Jaques

3. “To be or not to be that is the question”, is a famous line of which of Shakespeare’s plays?
a) Othello
b) Macbeth
c) Hamlet
d)King Lear

4. “Under the green wood tree” is a song in
a) Love’s labor’s lost
b) As you like it
c) A mid Summer night’s dream
d) Much ado about nothing


5. In addition to Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, the flowering’ of Middle English literature is evident in the works of which of the following writers?
a) Geoffrey of Monmouth
b) the Gawain poet
c) the Beowulf poet
d) Chrétien de Troyes
e) Marie de France

6. Why did the rebels of 1381 target the church, beheading the Archbishop of Canterbury
a) Their leaders were Lollards, advocating radical religious reform.
b) The common people were still essentially pagan.
c) They believed that writing, a skill-largely confined to the clergy, was a form of black magic.
d) The church was among the greatest of oppressive landowners.
e) a and c only

7. Which influential medieval text purported to reveal the secrets of the afterlife?
a) Dante’s Divine Comedy
b) Boccaccio’s Decameron
c) The Dream of the Rood
d) Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women
e) Gower’s Confessio Amantis

8. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?
a) Sir Thomas Malory
b) Margery Kempe
c) Geoffrey Chaucer
d) William Langland
e) Geoffrey of Monmouth

9. Who said ‘Keats was a Greek?
(A) Wordsworth
(B) Coleridge
(C) Lamb
(D) Shelley

10. What event resulted from the premature death of Henny V?
a) the Battle of Agincourt
b) the Battle of Hastings
c) the Norman Conquest
d) the Black Death

e)the War of the Roses


11. What is the earliest surviving European poem?
a. The Homeric epic
b. The Gilgamesh epic
c. The Deluge epic
d. The Hesiodic ode


12. What is the study of poetry’s meter and form called?
a. Prosody
b. Photology
c. Rheumatology
d. Scansion
13. Which ruler’s reign marks the approximate beginning and end of the Victorian era?

a) King Henry VIll
b) Queen Elizabeth
c) Queen Victoria
d) King John

14. Which city became the perceived center of Western civilization by the middle of the nineteenth century?
a) Paris
b) Tokyo
c) London
d) Amsterdam
e) New York

15. Which method of narration has been employed by Dickens in his novel “Great Expectations”?

(A) Direct or epic method

(B) Documentary method

(C) Stream of Consciousness technique

(D) Autobiographical method

16. Who said ‘Keats was a Greek?
(A) Wordsworth
(B) Coleridge
(C) Lamb
(D) Shelley

17. D. G. Rossetti was a true literary descendant of?
(A) Keats
(B) Byron
(C) Shelley
(D) Wordsworth