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1. The writer of the first English comedy"Ralph Roister Doister" is -

(A) William Surrey
(B) William Shakespeare
(C) Nicholas Udall
(D) John Fletcher

2. Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne of England in ----

(A) 1603
(B) 1558
(C) 1588
(D) 1437

3. __is not a Middle English Romance.

(A) The Pearl
(B) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(C) The Wanderer
(D) Cleanness

4. The fall of __was a significant event in the rise of Renaissance ..

(A) Normandy
(B) Constantinople
(C) Italy
(D) Lancanshir

5. The Norman conquest took place in _

(A) 1066
(B) 1032
(C) 1040
(D) 1050

6. Chaucer's poetry falls into ... _

(A)· Two periods
(B) Three periods
(C) Four periods
(D) Five periods

7. "Juliana" is written by _

(A) Thomas More
(B) Francis Bacon
(C) William Shakespeare

 There are four poems which bear the runic signature of Cyewulf. These are - The Christ, Juliana, The Fates of the Apostles and Elene

The poems which are attributed to Cynewulf are-

Andreas, The Phoenix, The Dream of the Rood, Guthlac and the Riddles, ]

Caedmon (675)

He is remembered for 'Paraphrases', Geneses, Exodus, Daniel, Judith, Christ and Satan,

8. Who among the following wrote "The Parliament of Fowls" ?

(A) W'illiam Shakespeare
(B) Geoffrey Chaucer
(C) Christopher Marlowe
(D) Thomas Nash ..

9. 'Everyman' is a _

(A) Morality play
(B) Mystery play
(C) Problem play
(D) Historical play

10. __established the first printing press in England.

(A) William Caxton
(B) Surrey
(C) Wyatt
(D) Marlowe

11. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a notable poem is written in the ----

(A) East Midland dialect
(B) West Midland dialect
(C) Northwest Midland dialect
(D) Modem English

12. Chaucer's first narrative poem, "The Book of the Duchess" is a ----

(A) Allegory
(B) Epic
(C) Ballad
(D) Dream Allegory
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13. "The Parliament of Fowls" was composed in the verse form, known as

(A) Blank verse
(B) Rhyme Royal
(C) Alexandrine
(D) None of the above
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14. The Devil is a stock character from ---

(A) Mystery plays
(B) Morality plays
(C) Interludes
(D) Miracle plays

15. "The Seafarer" is ----

(A) An elegy
(B) A play
(C) An epic
(D) An Interlude

16. The influence of Dante's "Divina Commedia" was felt in Chaucer's ----

(A) Canterbury Tales
(B) The Book of Duchess
(C) The House of Fame
(D) The Wife of Bath's Tale

17. An example of old English personal elegy is -

(A) The Owl and the Nightingale
(B) Everyman
(C) Gorbaduc
(D) The Wife's Lament

18. Beowulf is ----

(A) An Old English elegy
(B) An Old English epic
(C) An Old English religious poem
(D) An Old English prose work

19. Who among the following was associated with Anglo-Saxon prose ?

(A) King James
(B) King Ethelbert
(C) King Alfred
(0) KingJohn

20. The "Four P's" was written by ----

(A) Thomas Haywood
(B) Thomas Nash
(C) Thomas Lodge
(0) Thomas Kyd

21. Who among the following is not a University Wit?

(a) John Lyly
(b) William Shakespeare
(c) George Peele
(d) Robert Greene

University Wits-

John Lyly, Thomas Kyd, George Peele, Thomas Lodge, Robert Greene, Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe.]

22. 'Juliana' is written by-

(A) Thomas More
(B) Francis Bacon
(C) Alfred
(0) Cynewulf

23. Holy Sonnets' is written by-

a. John Milton
b. John Donne
c. Shakespeare
d. Henry Vaughan

24. The original inhabitants of England before the Anglo-Saxon invasion are called —

(A) Titans 
(B) Jutes
(C) Danes
(D) Celts

25. During the Norman conquest William of Normandy was opposed by —

(A) Alfred
(B) Aiden
(C) Harold
(D) Arthur

26. Roman Empire collapsed in England in — 

(A) A.D. 410
(B) A.D. 405
(C) A.D. 415
(D) A.D. 420

27. The Area of England controlled by the Danes was known as —

(A) Danelaw
(B) Danemark
(C) Northumbria
 (D) Wales

28. Anglo-Saxon word for ‘Fate' is —

(A) Doom
(B) Fortune
(C) Luck
(D) Wyrd

29. The conversion of the English people began with the arrived of Augustine in
Kent in —

(A) 597 A.D.
(B) 587 A.D.
(C) 585 A.D.
(D) 580 A.D.

30. Arthur, the legendary hero of the Middle English Romances, came from —

(A) Greece
(B) Germania
(C) Celtic Britain
(D) Anglo-Saxon England

31. Chaucer translated the same Latin book that King Alfred Translated previously.

It is —
(A) Historicie adversum Paganos .
(B) Cura Pastoralis
(C) Historia Ecclesiastica
(D) De Consolatione Philosophiae

32. The oldest Germanic epic is —

(A) Odyssey
(B) Beowulf
(C) Aeneid
(D) Waltharius

33. The first English historian Bede wrote his history in —

(A) Anglo-Saxon language
(B) Germanic Language
(C) Latin
(D) Greek

34. ‘The Fates of the Apostles’ was written by —

(A) Bede
(B) Cynewulf
(C) Casdmon
(D) Aiden

35. The Anglo-Saxon chronicle continues to —

(A) 1056
(B) 1154
(C) 1168
(D) 1174 

36. King Alfred ruled over —

(A) Sussex 
(B) Wessex 
(C) Essex
(D) Middlesex

37. The Anglo-Norman rule of Normandy ended in —

(A) 1100
(B) 1104
(C) 1204
(D) 1304

38. Chaucer translated the same Latin book that King Alfred Translated previously.
It is —

(A) Historicie adversum Paganos .
(B) Cura Pastoralis
(C) Historia Ecclesiastica
(D) De Consolatione Philosophiae

39. The middle English poem Orrmulum was entitled as it was written

(A) about the saint Orm
(B) about the hero Orm ,
(C) in the place Orm
(D) by the poet Orm

40. The first example of the debat (the contest in verse) in English is-

(A) Troilus and Criseyde
(B) Gude and Godlie Ballads
(C) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(D) The Owl and the Nightingale

41. French was the court language in England for the period —

(A) 1086-1360
P) 1076-1361
(C) 1066-1362
P) 1070-1363

42. Geoffery of Monmouth wrote the ‘first full-dress story of the exploits of King Arthur’ in —

(A) Anglo-Saxon chronicle
P) Historia Regum Britanniae
(C) De Nugis Curialium
P) Historiae adversum Paganos


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43. What is the period of Queen Elizabeth’s reign?

(A) 1550-1600
(B) 1545-1590
(C) 1567-1599
(D) 1558-1603

44. Sir Thomas More’s Utopia is —

(A) a tragic history of King Hemy VIII
(B) a political essay romance describing an imaginary commonwealth
(C) a sonnet sequence
(D) a hymn sung at the court of King Henry VII
Utopia is a work of fiction and socio-political satire by Thomas More (1478–1535), written in Latin and published in 1516. The book is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social, and political customs. ]

45. Which one is the first important English treatise on education?

(A) The Castle of Health (1534)
(B) The Scholemaster (1570)
(C) Supplycacyon of Soulys (1529)
(D) The Boke named Governour (1531)

46. Globe Theatre was built in —

(A) 1599
(B) 1589
(C) 1579
(D) 1591

47. Which of the following arrangement of Ben Jonson’s dramas is written by him?

(A) The Poetaster—Every Man in his Humour — Bartholomew Fayre—
Epicoene, or the Silent Woman

(B) Epicoene, or the Silent Woman—Everyman—ThePoetaster—Bartholomew Fayre

(C) Every Man in his Humour—The Poetaster—Epicoene, or the Silent
Woman— Table Talk

(D) Epicoene, or the Silent Woman—Every Man in His Humour—The
Poetaster— The history of World

48. Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella was published in —

(A) 1582
(B) 1587
(C) 1591
(D) None of the above

👉[Astrophel and Stella, an Elizabethan sonnet sequence of 108 sonnets, interspersed with 11 songs, by Sir Philip Sidney, written in 1582 and published posthumously in 1591.]

49. The First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays was printed in —

(A) 1622
(B) 1623
(C) 1624
(D) 1625

50. Idea's Mirror, a sonnet sequence is written by —

(A) Sir Thomas North ,
(B) Raphael Holinshed
(C) Michael Drayton
(D) Stephen Gosson

Major Works of Michael Drayton (1563-1631)
* The Shepherd's Garland 
* Idea's Mirror, 
* Peirs Gaveston 
* Matilda 
* The Owl 
* The Man in the Moon 
* The legend of Thomas Cromwell 
* The of Essex 
* Poly-Olbion

51. Who is the author of The Unfortunate Traveller ?

(A) Thomas Campion
(B) Samuel Daniel
(C) Thomas Nashe
(D) Walter Raleigh

52. Who began the tradition of Revenge Tragedy in English drama?

(A) George Peele
(B) Samuel Daniel
(C) Phineas Fletcher
(D) Norton and Sackville

53. The chief characteristic of the Renaissance was its — 

(A) emphasis on Traditionalism
(B) emphasis on Humanism
(C) emphasis on Classicism
(D) emphasis on Individual Talent

54. The Praise of Folly is written by —

(A) James Ussher
(B) Desiderius Erasmus
(C) Sir Thomas Overbury
(D) Joseph Hall

55. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night also has a title —

(A) What you wish ?
(B) What you like ?
(C) What you will ?
(D) What you speak ?

56. King James I who ascended the throne of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth belonged to —

(A) Lancastrian Dynasty
(B) Tudor Dynasty
(C) Hanoverian Dynasty
(D) Stuart Dynasty

57. Which of the following Shakespeare’s play is a dramatization of Greene’s

Pandosto ?
(A) Antony and Cleopatra
(B) Cymbeline
(C) The Winters Tale
(D) Pericles

Pandosto: The Triumph of Time is a prose romance written by the English author Robert Greene, first published in 1588.  The work's plot was an inspiration for that of Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale.]

58. Novum Organum is a work by —

(A) Richard Hooker
(B) Francis Bacon
(C) John Earle
(D) Robert Burton

The first English tragedy, Gorboduc (1561), by Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton

59. 'Confessio Amantis' by John Gower was written in-

A. English
B. French
C. Norman French
D. Latin

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(2) Earnest Hamingway has written

(a) For Whom the Bell Tolls✔

(b) Mr. Chips

(c) Pride and Prejudice

(3) Who wrote Tale of the Tub?

(a) Charles Dickens

(b) Chaucer

(c) Jonathan Swift✔

 (4) Which of the following is not a dramatist?

(a) Ben Johnson

(b) Byron✔

(c) Eliot

(5) Which of the following is not a play by Shakespeare?

(a) Hamlet

(b) Richard II

(c) Edward II✔

(6) E. M. Foster is a

(a) Novelist✔

(b) Poet

(c) Playwright

(7) “The Pickwick Papers” is a novel by:

(a) Jane Austen

(b) Charles Dickens✔

(c) Thackery

(8) Who wrote “Jane Eyre”?

(a) Charlotte Bronte✔

(b) Emile Bronte

(c) Anne Bronte

(9) After whom is the Elizabethan Age named?

(a) Elizabeth-I✔

(b) Elizabeth-II

(c) Elizabeth Browning

(10) What is the name of Wordsworth’s long poem?

(a) The Canterbury Tales

(b) Recluse

(c) The Prelude✔

(11) Which of the following is not a tragedy written by Shakespeare?

(a) Macbeth

(b) Othello

(c) Merchant of Venice✔

(13) Who wrote “The Second Coming”?

(a) E. Spencer

(b) Eliot

(c) W. B. Yeats✔

(14) What period in English Literature is called the “Augustans Age”?

(a) Early 16th Century

(b) 17th Century

(c) Early 18th Century✔

(15) Which play among the following plays is not blank verse?

(a) Hamlet

(b) The Jew of Malta

(c) Pygmalion✔

(16) Which one of the following writers is not woman?

(a) Emily Bronte

(b) George Eliot

(c) T.S.Eliot✔

(17) Who is the villain in “Hamlet”?

(a) Horatio

(b) Edmund

(c) Claudius✔

(18) Who kills Macbeth in the play “Macbeth”?

(a) Duncan

(b) Bonquo

(c) Macduff✔

(19) Which is the last of Shakespeare’s great tragedies?

 (a) Macbeth

(b) King Lear

(c) Othello✔

(20) Who is the heroine of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”?

(a) Cordelia✔

(b) Desdemona

(c) Portia