English 101: English Literature Final Exam

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1. What English writer helped to popularize aestheticism?

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

3. In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which member of the Rude Mechanicals wants to play every part?

4. Which of the following is of concern with sprung rhythm?

5. Which of these is NOT a novel by Beckett?

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

7. Under Mill's harm principle (as described in 'On Liberty') ONLY, which is not acceptable?

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

9. Which major Coleridge poem is featured in 'Lyrical Ballads'?

10. Shakespeare's The Tempest can be read as an allegory for colonialism. What other Renaissance work is a well-known allegory?

11. Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a part of which theatrical movement?

12. In examining author style and language, what is it that you need to already have a working knowledge of?

13. Which two poets are credited with launching the Romantic poetry movement in England?

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


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'

16. What is the first step for all test-takers when answering multiple-choice questions for literature?


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.'

18. In Dickens' Great Expectations, who turns out to be Pip's mysterious benefactor?

19. In Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, which of the following is NOT a chapter-ending 'triumph' for Stephen?

20. Which of the following is NOT a major novel by Jane Austen?

21. With what creature is the tiger of Blake's Songs of Experience contrasted in Songs of Innocence?

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

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

24. In the Nun's Priest's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chauntecleer is comforted after a bad dream by his favorite wife, named:

25. Which T.S. Eliot poem contains the famous lines, 'This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper'?

26. 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?


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.'

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

29. When was Wuthering Heights published?

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

31. Who wrote Doctor Faustus?

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

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

34. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, why is Romeo upset at the start of the play?

35. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, after the couple's wedding night, why are the nightingale and lark referenced?


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.'


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.'

38. Which D.H. Lawrence novel does Modern Library rank as #9 in its list of the 100 Best Books of the 20th Century?

39. What does 'Renaissance' mean?

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

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. 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?

43. Which is NOT an element of Romanticism?

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

45. During what literary period did Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin write?

46. What was Spenser's main political purpose in writing The Faerie Queene?

47. Keats' phrase 'still unravish'd bride of quietness' in 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' refers to:

48. What event signaled the beginning of the Middle Ages in England?

49. 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?

50. What historical event was one of the main sparks for the birth of Romantic poetry?


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…'

52. What time period was George Eliot writing in?


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....'

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

55. What role did opium play in Coleridge's Kubla Khan?

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

57. Shakespeare was known for writing primarily in what style?


'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.'

59. Though fairly disjointed in many respects, what unifies all the cantos of Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.'?

60. Who wrote Robinson Crusoe?

61. Who wrote the novel Ulysses?

62. Victorian literature refers to:

63. All of the following are among Coleridge's conversation poems EXCEPT:

64. What popular musical did Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' inspire?

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

66. Who is the protagonist in Heart of Darkness?

67. In the English Civil War, Milton supported...


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!'

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

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

71. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was written by whom?

72. Why does Philip Sidney say poetry (and all fictionalized arts) is better than other disciplines in his tract The Defense of Poesy?

73. Milton's 'Paradise Lost' explicitly offers up a silver lining of sorts... an eventual redemption... that results from Adam and Eve getting cast out of the Garden of Eden. What is it?

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

75. When was Old English spoken?

76. Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess' is written in what form?

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

78. Who is the protagonist of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion?

79. T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' was one of the works published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf's publishing house, called:

80. Who wrote the poem My Last Duchess?

81. 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.

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

83. In The Pardoner's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, two of the friends send the third to town for supplies and plot to kill him when he returns, in order to increase their share of the prize. Meanwhile, he's plotting to kill them by:

84. What were Angria and Gondal?

85. In Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,' who steers the ship towards home?

86. Ruskin's ideal social system, as described in 'Unto the Last,' would include:

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

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

89. In Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, who is the character Robinson Crusoe based on?

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

91. Analyzing a poem for its rhythm and meter is known as

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

93. Sidney's work can rightfully be said to have influenced, at least in part:

94. Most accurately, Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock' is written using what type of rhythm?

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

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

97. All of the following characters in Dickens' Oliver Twist are lower class criminals EXCEPT:

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

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

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

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