A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 81

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers


1. One important feature of Charles Lamb’s style is humour and pathos. Lamb's literary career included the writing of poetry, plays, essays (Essays of Elia in 1823 and Last Essays of Elia in 1833)., stories(Tales from Shakespeare in 1807) and literary criticism (Specimens of English Dramatic Poets who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare in 1808). Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    

2. The title of the poem The Second Coming is taken from The Bible (Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28).

3. The main character in Paradise Lost Book I and Book II is Satan.

4. Feminist critiques of To the Lighthouse have drawn very different conclusions about its gender politics. Elaine Showalter suggests that the novel is a retreat from feminism into mysticism, while Toril Moi argues that it is a radical feminist attack on the logic of patriarchal male society.

5. In Sons and Lovers, Paul Morel’s mother’s name is Mrs. Gertrude Morel.
Other characters: (Paul Morel)  ,(Clara Dawes) ,(Miriam Lievers) ,(William) ,(Baxter Dawes) ,(Pappleworth) ,(Henry Hadlock) ,(Miriam's Mother) ,(Mrs. Leivers) ,(Mrs. Radford)  ,(Mrs. Bonner) ,(Rose) ,(Arthur) ,(Dr. Ansell) ,(Betty) ,(Fanny) ,(Polly) ,(Collie)
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6. Most of the Golding’s novels are religious myths or parables, stories written to illustrate a moral point. Lord of the Flies symbolically relates Golding's idea of what happens when human beings refuse to deal with the destructive forces in their own nature.

 7. Mr. Jaggers, in Great Expectations, is a lawyer. Other charters:
(Pip Pirrip),
(Estella, her mother) ,(Joe Gargery) ,(Miss Havisham) ,(Abel Magwitch) ,(Herbert) ,(Wemmick) ,(Mrs. Gargery) ,(Bentley Drummle) ,(Biddy) ,(Uncle Pumblechook) ,(Compeyson) ,(Aged parent) ,(Sarah Pocket) ,(Mr. Wopsle) ,(Mrs. Wopsle) ,(Mike) ,(Night porter) ,(Mrs. Whimple) Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    
8. Which is the correct sequence: Thackeray> Bronte Sisters> George Eliot> D. G. Rossetti. During the last two-thirds of the 19th century, the Victorian era produced an amazing number of popular novelists and poets. Perhaps the most famous author of this time was Charles Dickens( hardships of the working class while criticizing middle-class life) , George Eliot( intense, moral novels), William Makepeace Thackeray( humorous portrayals of middle- and upper-class life) the Brontë sisters—Charlotte, Emily, and Anne( autobiographical) Anthony Trollope( observer of politics and upper Victorian society), Robert Louis Stevenson( children’s books, adventure stories, and poetry) The most popular  Victorian poets : Alfred, Lord Tennyson. , Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, and Robert Browning and his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

9. Shakespeare’s The Tempest has an epilogue. Henry IV, Pt I, Hamlet, Twelfth Night

10. Hamlet’s famous speech ‘To be,or not to be; that is the question’ occurs in Act III, Scene I.

11. Gonzalo in The Tempest   is referred to as an honest old counselor.

12. The sub-title of the play Twelfth Night is Or, What you Will. Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    

13.   Shakespeare’s Hamlet, according to T. S. Eliot, is ‘artistic failure’.

14.  Thomas Percy in Henry IV, Pt I is Earl of Northumberland. Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    

15. R.K. Narayan’s Swami and Friends (1935)-experiences as a village schoolteacher;

The English Teacher (1945) and The Vendor of Sweets (1967)- a gently humorous, elegantly crafted picture of daily life in a fictitious southern Indian town. 

Waiting for the Mahatma (1955) _ Ghandhian philosophy;

The Guide (1958)- a saint born;

The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), and A Tiger for Malgudi (1983)- a fictitious adventure.

A Horse and Two Goats (1970), Malgudi Days (1982), and Grandmother's Tale (1994) - collections of Narayan's short stories

The Ramayana (1972) and The Mahabharata (1978)_epic retold in modern surroundings.

16. Anita Desai's

In Custody(1984) - a college lecturer seeking to meet the great poet who has been his hero since childhood

Journey to Ithaca (1995)-a Western couple traveling in India in search of spirituality;

Fasting, Feasting (1999)- three children in an Indian family who take different paths in life.

 17.   The first recipient of the Sahitya Academi Award for English literature: R.K. Narayan.

18. The line “A man can be destroyed but not defeated” appears in:  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It is   about an elderly fisherman’s efforts to catch an enormous marlin. The old man faces the elements and his own fears as he tries to land the fish.

19.Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq (1964), a modern experimental and avant-garde political satire based on the life of a sultan of medieval Delhi.( same in the genre   Vijay Tendulkar’s Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe (Silence! The Court Is in Session, 1978); and Badal Sircar’s   Evam Indrajit (1962; And Indrajit, 1979). Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    

20. The Fakir of Jhungheera was written by one of the first Indo-Anglian poets. The poem is often hailed as a "Competent narrative verse with Byronic echoes." -  Henry Derozio

 21. He is a Sahitya Akademi Award Winner and he loves to write for children. ..Ruskin Bond

22.Arthur Symons :   literary critic and poet:  The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899)   Charles Baudelaire (1920),  Days and Nights (1889) and Silhouettes (1892), The Romantic Movement in English Poetry (1909), Studies in the Elizabethan Drama (1920), and the autobiographical Confessions (1930). Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    23. The gap-toothed character in “prologue” to The Centerbury Tales is :

the Wife of Bath.

“Wommen desiren to have sovereynetee
As wel over hir housbond as hir love.”

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343? - 1400)

English poet.

The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Tale"

24.  Dalit (Oppressed) writing:  In Dalit writing, men and women of marginalized and low-caste communities write poetry and fiction about their own lives and communities. Poisoned Bread (1992), edited by Arjun Dangle, is an important anthology of Dalit writing.  Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    

25. Nirad C. Chaudhary’s Autobiography of an Unknown Indian (1950) is about the clash of British and Indian civilizations. His A Passage to England (1959) is real account of his visit.

26. Ruth Jhabvala’s Heat and Dust (1975), which was awarded Britain's highest literary award, the Booker Prize, in 1975, sets the experiences of a young English woman in modern India against the affair of her grandfather's first wife with an Indian prince in the 1920s.


Ref: 1. History of English Literature- Albert     

2. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature