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1. In  Langlands‘ "Piers  the  Plowman", Piers appears  finally as  : 

(A) Charity 

(B) The  Holy  Trinity 

(C) Jesus 

(D) The  Good Samaritan 

Answer:  C 

2. It is  decided  that each  Canterbury pilgrim would  tell  in  all  : 

(A) One  story 

(B) Two stories 

(C) Three  stories 

(D) Four stories 

Answer:  D 

3. Venus  and  Adonis  is  a long narrative poem  by : 

(A) Shakespeare 

(B) Marlowe 

(C) Drayton 

(D) Sydney 

Answer:  A 

4. The  total  number  of  poems  in Shakespeare‘s  Sonnets  is  : 

(A) 123 

(B) 142 

(C) 104 

(D) 154 

Answer:  D 

5. Which  of  the  following plays  has  a Machiavellean  hero  ? 

(A) Tamburlaine  Part  I 

(B) Dr. Faustus 

(C) Jew  of  Malta 

(D) Edward II 

Answer:  C 

6. Which  of  the  following is  written  by Samuel  Butler  ? 

(A) Religio Laici 

(B) David  Simple 

(C) Hudibrus

D) Journal of the Plague Year 

Answer: C 

7. Which of the following poems did Milton write in Octosyllabic Couplets ? 

(A) IL Penseroso 

(B) On His Blindness” 

(C) On the Late Massacre in Piedmont” 

(D) Lycidas 

Answer: A 

8. Which of the following plays is not written by Congreve ? 

(A) The way of the World 

(B) The Old Bachelor 

(C) Love for Love 

(D) The Relapse 

Answer: D 

9. Dryden‘s All For Love is an adaptation of : 

(A) Philaster 

(B) Romeo and Juliet 

(C) Antony and Cleopatra 

(D) Edward II 

Answer: C 

10. Which of the following books proposes a political theory ? 

(A) Principia 

(B) Leviathan 

(C) Anatomy of Melancholy 

(D) Liberty of Prophesying 

Answer: B 

11. Which of the following books is written by a woman ? 

(A) A Vindication of the Rights of Women 

(B) Social Contract 

(C) A Treatise of Human Nature 

(D) The Wealth of Nations

 Answer: A 

12. Which of the following books by Jonathan Swift is a religious allegory ? 

(A) The Battle of the Books 

(B) A Modest Proposal 

(C) Gulliver‟s Travels

(D) A Tale of a Tub 

Answer: D 

13. Which of the following is a ―Visionary‖ work by William Blake ? 

(A) The Song of Los 

(B) Songs of Experience 

(C) Poetical Sketches 

(D) The Vision of the Daughters of Albion 

Answer: D 

14. Pope‘s An Essay on Man is based on the ideas of : 

(A) Lord Petrie 

(B) Theobald 

(C) Lord Bolingbroke 

(D) Lord Harvey 

Answer: C 

15. Which of the following works by Johnson is an imitation of the tenth satire of Juvenal ? 

(A) London 

(B) Vanity of Human Wishes 

(C) The Life of Savage 

(D) Rasselas 

Answer: B 

16. The final version of Wordsworth‘s The Prelude appeared in : 

(A) 1798 

(B) 1806 

(C) 1850 

(D) 1860 

Answer: C 

17. ―To Suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite‖ is written by : 

(A) Shelley 

(B) Wordsworth 

(C) Keats 

(D) Byron 

Answer: A 

18. "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" occurs in : 

(A) “Ode on a Grecian Urn” 

(B) “Ode to Autumn” 

(C) “Ode to Psyche”

(D) None of the above

Answer: D 

19. Which of the following novels is a satire on the Gothic novel ? 

(A) Pride and Prejudice 

(B) Emma 

(C) Sense and Sensibility 

(D) Northanger Abbey 

Answer: D 

20. Who distinguished between "the literature of Knowledge" and ―"the literature of power" ? 

(A) Coleridge 

(B) De Quincey 

(C) Hazlitt 

(D) Lamb 

Answer: B 

21. Who among the following Victorian poets is the most sensitive to the conflict between the old and the new ? 

(A) Tennyson 

(B) Rossetti 

(C) Browning 

(D) Swinburne 

Answer: A 

22. Under the Greenwood Tree is written by : 

(A) Mrs. Gaskell 

(B) George Eliot 

(C) Thomas Hardy 

(D) Emily Bronte 

Answer: C 

23. The Office of Circumlocution occurs in : 

(A) Little Dorrit 

(B) Bleak House 

(C) Great Expectations 

(D) Hard Times 

Answer: A 

24. The novel Mary Barton is written by :

 (A) Mrs. Gaskell 

(B) George Eliot 

(C) Emily Bronte 

(D) Dickens 

Answer: A 

25. The line"Poetry is a criticism of life" occurs in : 

(A) Culture and Anarchy 

(B) Modern Painters 

(C) The Study of Poetry 

(D) Sartor Resartus

 Answer: C 

26. Martha Quest was written by : 

(A) Jean Rhys 

(B) Doris Lessing 

(C) Iris Murdoch 

(D) Nadine Gordimer

 Answer: B 

27. The term ―"Stream of Consciousness" was taken from the book : 

(A) The Human Mind 

(B) The Principles of Psychology 

(C) The Mind of Man 

(D) Modes of Human Behaviour 

Answer: B 

28. G.S. Fraser‘s The Golden Bough focusses on : 

(A) Images 

(B) Metaphors 

(C) Symbols 

(D) Archetypes 

Answer: D 

29. Arthur Miller‘s Death of a Salesman relies for its tragic seriousness on the fate of : 

(A) Willy Loman 

(B) Estragon 

(C) Vladimir 

(D) Lucky 

Answer: A 

30. The character Leopald Bloom makes an appearance in the novel : 

(A) The Sound and the Fury 

(B) Ulysses 

(C) To the Lighthouse 

(D) The Europeans 

Answer: B 

31. Who of the following authors represents the Sri Lankan diaspora ? 

(A) Cyril Dabydeen 

(B) Michael Ondaatje 

(C) Arnold H. Itwaru 

(D) M.G. Vassanji 

Answer: B 

32. Australian aborigines receive a sympathetic treatment in : 

(A) Les Murray 

(B) Gwen Harwood 

(C) Judith Wright 

(D) A.D. Hope 

Answer: C 

33. Margaret Atwood‘s Survival makes a case for : 

(A) Canadian literary studies 

(B) Canadian nationalism 

(C) The future of Canadian literature 

(D) The past of Canadian literature 

Answer: C 

34. V.S. Naipaul‘s latest book is : 

(A) The Mystic Masseur 

(B) A Bend in the River 

(C) Among the Believers 

(D) Half a Life 

Answer: D 

35. Which of the following books by Salman Rushdie refers to the 15th Century Spain as a starting point ? 

(A) Haroun and the Sea of Stories 

(B) The Moor's Last Sigh 

(C) Shame

(D) Grimus 

Answer: D 

36. Who‘s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is written by : 

(A) Arthur Miller 

(B) Engene O Neil 

(C) Edward Albee 

(D) Tennessee Williams 

Answer: C 

37. Imamu Amiri Baraka is : 

(A) A Carribean writer 

(B) An American writer 

(C) An Arab writer 

(D) A Sri Lankan writer 

Answer: B 

38. The Miscellany was published from : 

(A) Sahitya Akademi 

(B) The Writers Workshop 

(C) PEN 

(D) Dhwanyalok 

Answer: B 

39. Who of the following writers recreates the life of the Yoruba/Ibo community ? 

(A) Derek Walcott 

(B) Wole Soyinka 

(C) Chinna Achebe 

(D) Okot 

Answer: B 

40. Who of the following White female authors are sympathetic to the cause of the Blacks ? 

(A) Margaret Drabble 

(B) Nadine Gordimer 

(C) Muriel Spark 

(D) Jean Rhys 

Answer: B 

41. New Criticism considers text as a : 

(A) Cultural construct 

(B) Historical construct 

(C) Linguistic construct 

(D) Autotelic 

Answer: D 

42. Mythologies was written by : 

(A) Roland Barthes 

(B) Jacques Derrida 

(C) Homi K. Bhabha 

(D) Ernest Dowson 

Answer: A 

43. The word ―'Catharsis' signifies-

(A) Pontification 

(B) Personification 

(C) Purgation 

(D) Publication 

Answer: C 

44. The rejection of ―'Universalism' is a mark of : 

(A) Deconstruction 

(B) New Historicism 

(C) Structuralism 

(D) Postcolonial criticism 

Answer: D 

45. Eliot‘s theory of ―'objective correlative' appeared in his essay entitled : 

(A) Three voices of Poetry 

(B) Tradition and the Individual Talent 

(C) The Metaphysical Poets 

(D) Hamlet 

Answer: D 

46. Sprung Rhythm is an example of : 


(B) Syllable 

(C) Stress 

(D) Meter 

Answer: D 

47. ―"More is thy due than more than all can pay" is an example of : 

(A) Weak – ending 

(B) Inversion 

(C) Alexandrine 

(D) Extra Syllable 

Answer: B 

48. Unrhymed metrical composition consisting of five iambic measures in each line is called : 

(A) Rhyme royal 

(B) Run-on-lines 

(C) Blank verse 

(D) Spenserian stanza 

Answer: C 

49. Verse stories dealing with chivalry, Knight, errantry, enchantments, and love are  known  as  : 

(A) The  epic 

(B) The  ballad 

(C) The  ode 

(D) The  metrical  romances 

Answer:  D 

50. ―He  is  a citizen  of  no mean  city‖ is  an example  of  : 

(A) Periphrasis 

(B) Tautology 

(C) Prolepsis 

(D)  Litotes 

Answer:  D