MCQs on English Literature - 1

1. The period of Queen Victoria’s reign is

(A) 1830–1900
(B) 1837–1901
(C) 1830–1901
(D) 1837–1900



2. Who of the following was not a contemporary of Wordsworth and Coleridge?

(A) Robert Southey
(B) Sir Walter Scott
(C) William Hazlitt
(D) A. C. Swinburne



3. Who, among the following is credited with the making of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language?

(A) Bishop Berkeley
(B) Samuel Johnson
(C) Edmund Burke
(D) Horace Walpole


4. Identify the work below that does not belong to the literature of the eighteenth century:

(A) Advancement of Learning
(B) Gulliver’s Travels
(C) The Spectator
(D) An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot



5. Which, among the following, is a place through which John Bunyan’s Christian does NOT pass?

(A) The Slough of Despond
(B) Mount Helicon
(C) The Valley of Humiliation
(D) Vanity Fair


6. Which of the following statements about The Lyrical Ballads is NOT true?

(A) It carried only one ballad proper, which was Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
(B) It also carried pastoral and other poems.
(C) It carried a “Preface” which Wordsworth added in 1800.
(D) It also printed from Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.



7. One of the following texts was published earlier than 1955. Identify the text:

(A) William Golding, the Inheritors
(B) Philip Larkin, the Less Deceived
(C) William Empson, Collected Poems
(D) Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot


8. Who among the poets in England during the 1930s had left–leaning tendencies?

(A) T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington
(B) Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke
(C) W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day Lewis
(D) J. Fleckner, W. H. Davies, Edward Marsh


9. Name the theorist who divided poets into “strong” and “weak” and popularized the practice of misreading:

(A) Alan Bloom
(B) Harold Bloom
(C) Geoffrey Hartman
(D) Stanley Fish



10. In the Rape of the Lock Pope repeatedly compares Belinda to

(A) The sun
(B) The moon
(C) The North Star
(D) The rose

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