English 101: English Literature Final Exam

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1. What is Geoffrey Chaucer's most famous work?

2. In prose, conflict can be generated between:

3. Pride and Prejudice has what large symbol?

4. In Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' in the scene with two lovers beneath a tree, why don't they kiss?

5. The last line of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel 'The Great Gatsby' reads as follows: 'So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.' Given our discussion, what point-of-view does this line's narrator have?

6. When was E.M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, published?

7. In terms of poetry, Shakespeare is probably most known for what form?

8. In the final stanza of Shelley's 'Ode to the West Wind,' what are the 'dead thoughts' that the speaker compares to 'wither'd leaves'?

9. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, who kills Tybalt?


The following lines are from what poem?

'Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold'

11. Prospero is one of the main characters in what work?


'Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey' is a poem by William Wordsworth. The lines below represent one of the Romantic ideals. Which ideal is represented here?

'...and again I hear

These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs

With a soft inland murmur.-Once again

Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,

That on a wild and secluded scene impress

Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect

The landscape with the quiet of the sky.'

13. What are some recurring themes or tropes in Tennyson's poetry?


The lines below are from what poem?

When old age shall this generation waste,

Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe

Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'

15. Which is NOT an element of Romanticism?

16. What time period was George Eliot writing in?

17. In Wuthering Heights, why doesn't Catherine marry Heathcliff even though she loves him?

18. Though many of Virginia Woolf's works deal with women's issues, which is an essay specifically targeting inequality in access to education?


What poem are the following lines from:

'Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,

As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,

Am now enforst a far unfitter taske,

For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,

And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds;

Whose prayses hauing slept in silence long,

Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds

To blazon broad emongst her learned throng:

Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song.'

20. In Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' whom does Satan directly tempt (while in the form of a serpent) to get revenge on God and mankind?

21. What two literary styles did Philip Sidney most importantly contribute to?

22. What poetic form is Robert Browning most known for?

23. What is one device Mary Shelley uses to write Frankenstein?

24. Who is the protagonist in Heart of Darkness?


What poem are the following lines from?

'One after one, by the star-dogg'd Moon,

Too quick for groan or sigh,

Each turn'd his face with a ghastly pang,

And cursed me with his eye.

Four time fifty living men

(And I heard nor sigh nor groan),

With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,

They dropp'd down one by one.

The souls did from their bodies fly-

They fled to bliss or woe!

And every soul, it pass'd me by

Like the whizz of my crossbow!'

26. Lord Byron is rumored to have had affairs with all of the following women EXCEPT:

27. In the Nun's Priest's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the name of the protagonist rooster, Chauntecleer, means what?

28. Who was NOT a famous Renaissance writer?

29. The line 'Theirs not to reason why / Theirs but to do or die' comes from what work?


What play are the following lines from?

'Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life…'

31. What legendary literary character is included in Scott's 'Ivanhoe'?

32. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth constantly sees blood on her hands even though there really isn't blood there. What literary device is this?


The lines below are from what epic poem?

'In ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land

Men called him Mulciber; and how he fell

From Heaven they fabled, thrown by angry Jove

Sheer o'er the crystal battlements: from morn

To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve....'

34. Why did the Bronte sisters use pseudonyms when they published their collection of poetry?

35. What is the theme of Chaucer's Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale?

36. All of the following are important elements of Gothic literature EXCEPT:

37. Who is best known for her essay, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman?

38. All of the following are themes of Yeats' 'The Second Coming' except:

39. What two Romantic poets published the famous book of poetry called Lyrical Ballads?

40. Jonathan Swift is famous for this satire. What English novelist is also well-known for writing satire?

41. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the main character makes a deal with the devil. What other English writer addressed a similar bargain in his/her work?

42. Which of the following is NOT one of Eliot's Four Quartets (1942)?

43. If we were going to use postcolonial theory to analyze Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, what might we say?

44. If we were to analyze Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice using feminist theory, what might we say?

45. Which of the following women was Percy Shelley's second wife?

46. In Keats' Ode on Melancholy, all of the following are suggestions for what to do when you feel sad EXCEPT:

47. Who wrote the novel Ulysses?

48. Throughout Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, there are many images of ice, coldness, and frost. What literary device is Bronte using here?

49. What literary technique is Jonathan Swift most known for?

50. Who wrote the poem My Last Duchess?

51. All of the following were common themes of Wordsworth's poetry except:

52. When was Old English spoken?

53. Aphra Behn is noted as being...

54. What does 'Renaissance' mean?

55. George Bernard Shaw and E.M. Forster both explored in their work.

56. One Romantic writer and artist had an especially large impression on the post-World War II world. This writer is know for his book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and his engravings and paintings. What writer is this?

57. Most of the poems in Blake's Songs of Innocence are about:

58. When Wordsworth visited Tintern Abbey, the site was

59. In 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer,' why does Keats compare himself to Cortez?

60. In Byron's 'Don Juan,' with whom does Don Juan have his first affair?

61. When was Wuthering Heights published?

62. Pope was known for embracing what poetic style?

63. How did Coleridge financially support himself?

64. What is Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock about?

65. What style of poem is Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'?


What character is described below:

She wears her old wedding dress and never leaves the house. She only wears one shoe and all of the clocks in her house are stopped. The author calls her the 'witch of the place.'

67. The lasting success of Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' can be contributed to...


The following lines are taken from what poem?

'I cannot rest from travel: I will drink

Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed

Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those

That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when

Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades

Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name;

For always roaming with a hungry heart

Much have I seen and known; cities of men

And manners, climates, councils, governments,

Myself not least, but honoured of them all;

And drunk delight of battle with my peers,

Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.'

69. In Beckett's Waiting for Godot, which of the following are Vladimir and Estragon NOT confused about?

70. When you're interested in analyzing a text through the lens of economically driven relationships, you're PRIMARILY practicing which branch of literary criticism?

71. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Yorick's skull is used to represent death. What literary device is this?

72. James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre are both what genre (type) of novel.

73. What English writer helped to popularize aestheticism?

74. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe is a Gothic novel. What other English novel has Gothic elements?

75. 'Caedmon's Hymn' is written in which type of verse?

76. Who was NOT a member of the Modernist movement?

77. How is the plot in George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' different from the common Victorian 'marriage plot'?

78. What is one theme of E.M. Forster's novel, Howard's End?

79. Alexander Pope is known for translating what Greek poet?

80. In Beckett's Waiting for Godot, who is waiting for Godot?

81. In Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bingley takes an immediate liking to which Bennet sister?

82. In his poem, The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot makes a reference to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. What literary device is this?

83. In what style are most of Shakespeare's lines written?

84. What genre was most popular during the 18th century?

85. What from Wordsworth's formative years inspired his appreciation of nature?

86. D.H. Lawrence was a part of what literary movement?

87. In 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the knight is charged with figuring out what women most want in the world as a punishment for which crime?

88. What narrative device does Virginia Woolf use in To the Lighthouse?

89. Writer Oscar Wilde was influenced by this English critic, whose most famous work is the series Modern Painters.

90. Who wrote Doctor Faustus?

91. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which character says, 'Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar'?

92. Who wrote Robinson Crusoe?

93. Which Wordsworth poem is about John Milton?

94. This author's novels were sometimes idealized representations of Victorian life in which characters who worked hard would eventually succeed or overcome any obstacle.

95. What is the moral of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

96. In Byron's 'Don Juan,' Don Juan is viewed as a hero for which nation in the Battle of Ismail?

97. In Virginia Woolf's novel, Orlando, the title character is an Elizabethan man who is transformed into:

98. What is the period after 1660 called in English literature?

99. Modernist Virginia Woolf once said, 'The magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people,' about George Eliot's most well-known novel. What novel is this?

100. Lord Byron was a member of what literary movement?

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