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English Literature Mcqs for Lecturer & Subject Specialist Exams

English Literature Mcqs For Lecturer & Subject Specialist Exams

1. Which poem ends ‘I shall but love thee better after death’?
a. How do I love thee
b. Ode to a Grecian urn
c. In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes
d. Let me not to the marriage of true minds

2. Which poet is considered a national hero in Greece?
a. John keats
b. Lord Byron
c. Solan
d. Sappho

3. Which kind of poem is Edward Lear associated with?
a. Nature
b. Epics
c. Sonnets
d. Nonsense

4. In coleridge’s poem ‘The rime of the Ancient Mariner’where were the three gallants going?
a. A funeral
b. A wedding
c. Market
d. To the races

5. Harold Nicholson described which poet as ‘Very yellow and glum. Perfect manners’?
a. e. e. Cummings
b. T. S. Elliot
c. John Greenleaf Whittier
d. Walt Whitman

6. What was strange about Emily Dickinson?
a. She rarely left home
b. She wrote in code
c. She never attempted to publish her poetry
d. She wrote her poems in invisible ink

7. Rupert Brooke wrote his poetry during which conflict?
a. Boer War
b. Second World War
c. Korean War
d. First World War

8. Which Poet Laureatewrote about a church mouse?
a. Betjeman
b. Hughes
c. Marvel
d. Larkin

9. Which American writer published ‘A brave and startling truth’ in 1996
a. Robert Hass
b. Jessica Hagdorn
c. Maya Angelou
d. Micheal Palmer

10. Who wrote about the idyllic ‘Isle of Innisfree’?
a. Dylan Thomas
b. Ezra Pound
c. W. B. Yeats
d. e. e. cummings

answer

How do I love thee
Lord Byron
Nonsense
A wedding
T. S. Elliot
She rarely left home
First World War
Betjeman
Maya Angelou
W. B. Yeats

A pattern of accented and unaccented syllables in lines of poetry
rhyme scheme
meter
alliteration
2. The repetition of similar ending sounds
alliteration
onomatopoiea
rhyme
3. Applying human qualities to non-human things
personification
onomatopoeia
alliteration
4. The repetition of beginning consonant sounds
rhyme
onomatopoeia
alliteration
5. A comparison of unlike things without using a word of comparison such as like or as
metaphor
simile
personification
6. The comparison of unlike things using the words like or as
metaphor
simile
personification
7. Using words or letters to imitate sounds
alliteration
simile
onomatopoeia
8. a description that appeals to one of the five senses
imagery
personification
metaphor
9. A poem that tells a story with plot, setting, and characters
lyric
free verse
narrative
10. A poem with no meter or rhyme
lyric
free verse
narrative
11. A poem that generally has meter and rhyme

answer
lyric
free verse
narrative

meter
rhyme
personification
alliteration
metaphor
simile
onomatopoeia
imagery
narrative
free verse
lyric

 

1. Sylvia Plath married which English poet?
a. Masefield
b. Causley
c. Hughes
d. Larkin

2. Carl Sandburg ‘Planked whitefish’ contains what kind of imagery?
a. Sea scenes
b. Rural Idyll
c. War
d. Innocent childhood

3. Which influential American poet was born in Long Island in 1819?
a. Emily Dickinson
b. Paul Dunbar
c. John Greenleaf Whittier
d. Walt Whitman

4. In 1960 ‘The Colossus’ was the first book of poems published by which poetess?
a. Elizabeth Bishop
b. Sylvia Plath
c. Marianne Moore
d. Laura Jackson

5. In his poem Kipling said ‘If you can meet with triumph and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ‘?
a. Glory
b. Ruin
c. Disaster
d. victory

6. Which of the following is not a literary device used for aesthetic effect in poetry?
a. Assonance
b. Onomatopaea
c. Rhyme
d. Grammar

7. True or false: Writing predates poetry.
a. True
b. False

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

9. Which of the following is not a poetic tradition?
a. The Epic
b. The Comic
c. The Occult
d. The Tragic

10. What is the study of poetry’s meter and form called?
a. Prosody
b. Potology
c. Rheumatology
d. Scansion

answer

Hughes
War
Walt Whitman
Sylvia Plath
Disaster
Grammar
False
The Homeric epic
The Occult
Prosody

Shakespeare composed much of his plays in what sort of verse?
a. Alliterative verse
b. Sonnet form
c. Iambic pentameter
d. Dactylic hexameter

2. Which poet invented the concept of the variable foot in poetry?
a. William Carlos Williams
b. Emily Dickinson
c. Gerard Manly Hopkins
d. Robert Frost

3. Who wrote this famous line: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate‚Ķ’
a. TS Eliot
b. Lord Tennyson
c. Charlotte Bronte
d. Shakespeare

4. From what century does the poetic form the folk ballad date?
a. The 12th
b. The 14th
c. The 17th
d. The 19th

5. From which of Shakespeare’s plays is this famous line: ‘Did my heart love til now?/ Forswear it, sight/ For I never saw a true beauty until this night’
a. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
b. Hamlet
c. Othello
d. Romeo and Juliet

6. What is a poem called whose first letters of each line spell out a word?
a. Alliterative
b. Epic
c. Acrostic
d. Haiku

7. Auld Lang Syne is a famous poem by whom?
a. Sir Walter Scott
b. William Butler Yeats
c. Henry Longfellow
d. Robert Burns

8. How has Stephen Dunn been described in ‘the Oxford Companion to 20th Century Poetry?
a. A poet of middleness
b. Capturing a sense of spiritual marooness
c. One of the leading prairie poets
d. Has some distinction as a critic

9. ‘The Cambridge school’ refers to a group who emerged when?
a. The 1900’s
b. The 1960’s
c. The 1920’s
d. The 1930’s

10. Margaret Atwood was born in which Canadian city?
a. Vancouver
b. Toronto
c. Ottowa
d. Montreal
answer

Iambic pentameter
William Carlos Williams
Shakespeare
The 12th
Romeo and Juliet
Acrostic
Robert Burns
A poet of middleness
The 1960’s
Ottowa

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