A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 29


A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers

  1. The sub-title of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience is ‘showing the two contrary states of the human soul.’
  1. Tales in Canterbury Tales which are Chaucer’s own: Tale of Malibeus and The Parson’s Tale.
  1. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley.
  1. The three principles of the French Revolution are ‘liberty, equality, and fraternity’.
  1. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria means ‘literary biography’.
  1. Coleridge’s play – Remorse.
  1. Shakespeare performed in The Globe.
  1. Elizabethan revenge tragedies – Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy.
  1. Poets mentioned in Dr. Johnson’s lives of the poets –Dryden, Gay, Cowley.
  1. Who founded “Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood”?
Ans:- In 1848 D.G. Rosette along with the English artists William Holman Hunt, Ford Maddox Brown, and the painter Millais formed the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to replace the academic style of painting by a return of simplicity, truthfulness and the spirit of devotion, and these came to be the attributes of the Italian artists and painters before the time of Raphael (1483-1520).

11. Name two blank verse tragedies of the Restoration Period.

Ans:- The two tragedies written in blank verse are John Crown’s Caligula and Thyestes.

  1. Another blank verse tragedy is Dryden’s All for Love or, The World Well Lost.
  1. Name a prose work by Milton.
Ans:- Areopagitiea is an important prose work by Milton.

  1. What is the first extant English Comedy?
Ans:- Ralph Roister Doister, written by Nicholas Udall is the first extant English Comedy.

  1. Name a drama of Mathew Arnold.
Ans:- Empedocles on Etna is a drama of Mathew Arnold.

  1. Who is the author of ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’?
Ans:- Elizabeth Barrett Browning is the author of ‘sonnets from the Portuguese’.

  1. What is ‘An Essay on Man’?
Ans:- “An Essay on Man” is a poem writer by pope.

  1. Give the full name of Mrs. Browning.
Ans:- The full name of Browning’s wife is Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

  1. Who is the author of ‘The Earthly Paradise?
Ans:- William Morris is the author of ‘The Earthly Paradise’.

  1. Which Victorian woman novelist wrote only one novel?
Ans:- Emily Bronte wrote only one novel ‘Weathering Heights’.

  1. How many sisters the Bronte’s were?
Ans:- The Bronte’s were three sisters.

  1. Who is the author of ‘The Earthly Paradise’?
Ans:- William Morris is the author of ‘The Earthly Paradise’.

  1. When was the Battle of Hastings decided?
Ans:- Battle of Hastings was decided in the year 1066 A.D.

  1. Give the alternative title of Dryden’s play ‘All for love’?
Ans:- The alternative title for the play ‘All for love’ is ‘The World well lost’.

24. Which of the English philosopher and statesman of the 16th century imagined an ideal state? Why was he executed?

 Ans: The English philosopher and statesman of the 16th century Thomas More imagined an ideal state in Utopia which satirized British life in a story of a mythical, perfect society. More’s moral beliefs later cost him his life; after failing to support King Henry VIII’s break from Rome, More is executed.

25. who Pioneered Elizabethan Drama in true sense?

Ans: English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe is his innovative use of blank verse and tragic subjects in plays that will be fully developed by Shakespeare is considered Pioneer of Elizabethan Drama. 

26. Write the history of publication of King James Version of Bible?

Ans: In 1611 King James Version of Bible is Published. James I of England commissions a revision of the English Bible, a 14th-century translation by John Wycliffe. The King James Version, as it is called, is completed in 1611.

Ref: 1. History of English Literature- Albert, 
      2. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature

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