107 Important Mcqs of English literature for exam


1. The basic theme of Arnold’s Literature and Dogma is 

(a) Contemporary literary criticism (b) theology (c ) Social changes in the Victorian Age

(d) Art and Literature

2. Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy deals with the subject of:

(a) religion (b) theology (c )education (d) civilization

3. What is meant by ‘Wessex”?

(a) The home town of George Eliot (b) The region where the Bronte sister lived

© The region in which Hardy’s novels are set in (d) the name of a country in Scotland

4. Darwin’s The Origin of Species by Natural Selection challenges:

(a) Discoveries in the field of zoology (b) Discoveries in the field of botany

(c ) Biblical concept of the creation of the world (d) Doctrines of Christianity 

5. George Eliot’s novel Romola s a :

(a) Historical novel (b) Picaresque novel (c ) Gothic novel

(d)Autobiographical novel

6. “Geroge Eliot” was the pen name of 

(a) Clara Reeve (b) Mary Ann Evans (c ) Lara Evans (d) Mary Collins 

7. Charles Dickens’s left one novel unfinished .Which of these?

(a) Edwin Drood (b) Our Mutual Friend (c ) Dombey and Son (d) Little Dorrit

8. Tennyson was appointed Poet-Laureate after:

(a) Robert Southey (b) William Wordsworth (c) S T Coleridge (d) Robert Browning

9. In ‘In Memoriam’ Tennyson mourns the death of:

(a) Keats (b) Arthur Hallam (c ) Hugh Clough (d) Lord Byron

10. Matthew Arnold’s Thyrsis is an elegy written on the death of:

(A) Hugh Clough (b) Arthur Hallam (c ) Edward King (d) Milton

11. Who defines poetry thus : “Poetry is a criticism of life, under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty”?

(a) Wordsworth (b) Coleridge (c ) Arnold (d) Shelley

12. The Dynasts is an epic drama written by Hardy. It deals with:

(a) Queen Victoria’s reign (b) The Napoleonic Wars (c ) The Industrial Revolution

(d)Science and Religion 

13. In which of Hardy’s novels the scene of a wife’s auction takes place?

(a) Tess (b) Jude the Obscure (c ) The Mayor of Casterbridge (d) Return of the Native

14. The phrase ‘Stormy Sisterhood’ is applied to:

(a) Charlotte Bronte (b) Emily Bronte (c ) Anne Bronte

(d) Collectively to all the three

15. What award was given to Hardy as a great novelist?

(a) Noble Prize

(b) The Chancelory Award (c ) Order of Merit (d) Knighthood

16. In one of his novels, Hardy says: “Happiness is an occasional episode in the general drama of pain.” In which of the following novels?

(a) Jude the Obscure (b) Tess (c ) The Mayor of Casterbridge (d) The Return of the Native

17. Hardy believed in the philosophy of:

(a) Immanent will (b) Character is destiny (c ) Free will (d) man as the master of his own life

18. Which of the following poets speaks of Nature as “Red in Tooth and Claw”?

(a) Thomas Hardy (b) Tennyson (c ) W E Henley (d)Rudyard Kipling

19. Which of the following novels of Charles Dickens is most autobiographical?

(a) A Tale of Two Cities (b) David Copperfield (c ) Hard Times (d) Pickwick Papers 

20. Who is the author of “Unto This Last”?

(a) Macaulay (b) Caylyle (c ) Ruskin (d) R L Stevenson

21. In Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities the two cities referred to are:

(a) Rome and Paris (b) London and Paris (c ) Athens and Paris (d) Berlin and Paris

22. The theme of Tennyson’s Idylls of the king is:

(a) The story of King Arthur and His Round Table (b) Helen and the Great Kings

(c ) Roman Emperors and their Victories (d) Kings of England after the Restoration of Charles II

23. Tennyson’s Queen Mary is a:

(a) verse tale (b) novel (c ) drama (d) Novelette 

24. How many years did Tennyson take in brooding over and finishing In Memoriam?

(a)Two years (b) Seven Years (c ) Seventeen Years (d) ten years 

25. Which poem of Browning’s begins with the lines: “Grow old along with me ! The best is yet to be”:

(a) Lost Leader (b) Home Thought from Abroad (c ) Rabbi Ben Ezra

(d) The Last Ride Together

26. “God in his heaven- All’s right with the world !” in Which poem do these lines occur?

(a) Evelyn Hope (b)Life in Love (c ) Pippa Passes (d) The Patriot 

27. “Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.” In which poem of Matthew Arnold’s poem this line occurs:

(a) Rugby Chapel (b) Scholar Gypsy ( c) Thyrsis (d) Sohrab and Rustum 

28. “Other abide our question. Thou art free.

We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art sill,

Out topping knowledge.”

In these lines from a poem written by Matthew Arnold, Thou  refers to:

(a) Milton (b) Spencer (c ) Shakespeare (d) Wordsworth 

29. Which of the following ruler’s reign marks the approximate beginning and end of the Victorian era?

(a) Queen Elizabeth (b) King John ( c) King Henry VIII (d) Queen Victoria

29. Which of the following periods is called the Victorian era?

(a) 1559-1625 (b) 1832-1890 (c ) 1798-1832 (d) 1660-1700

30. Which of the following was the most popular form of literature during the Victorian age?

(a) Poetry (b) drama (c ) novel (d) essay 

31. Which of the following features doesn’t belong to the Victorian age?

(A) Licentiousness (b) peace (c ) Morality (d) compromise 

32. Which medal did Tennyson win for a poem on Timbuctoo?

(a) The President’s Medal (b) The Chancellor’s Medal (c ) The Royal Medal (d) none

33. Who is considered as the master of dramatic monologue?

(a) Lord Tennyson (b) Robert Browning (c ) Edward Fitzegerald (d) none

34. ……………deals with a seaman, supposedly drowned, who returns and finding his wife happily married to another man, regretfully retires without making himself knows

(a) In Memoriam (b) Enoch Arden (c) The Lotus Eaters (d) None

35. Robert Browning, the master of dramatic monologues, was particularly interested in …………..people, and was able to project himself into their mind and to lay bare their feelings and motives.

(a) normal (b) abnormal (c ) sick (d) healthy

36. The characters – Maggie and Tom Tullivers- belong to-

(a) The Mill on the Floss (b) Middlemarch (c ) Adam Bede

(d) Daniel Deronda

37. Which of the following is George Eliot’s last novel?

(a) The Mill on the Floss (b) Middlemarch (c ) Adam Bede

(d) Daniel Deronda

38. The story of George Eliot’s ……………….is set in medieval Florence.

(a) Middlemarch (b) Romola (c) Daniel Deronda (d) Adam Bede

39. Charles Dickenss Sketches by Boz appeared in…………

(a) The Morning Chronicle (b) True Sun (c ) The Monthly Magazine

(d ) Fraser’s Magazine

40. Which of the following term does not reflect the theme of Arnold’s “Dover Beach”?

(a) pessimism (b) Human Misery ( c) melancholy (d) learning

41. Phrases like ‘eternal note of sadness’ and human misery’ belong to –

(a) Dover Beach (b) Love among ruins (c ) Ulysses (d) none

42. The speaker of “Dover Beach” experiences the thing which was long ago felt by—

(a) Socrates (b) Milton (c ) Sophocles (d) Horace

43. …………..refers to the theme of human being’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge and wandering.

(a) Dover Beach (b) Ulysses ( c) Love among the Ruins (d) In Memoriam 

44. Phrases like ‘eternal silence’ and ‘sinking star’ belong to the poem—

(a) Ulysses (b) Love among the Ruins (c ) Dover Beach (d) none

45. Where does Jane Eyre stay with Mrs Reed in the beginning?

(a) Gateshead Hall (b) Brocklehurst Hall (c ) Thornfield Hall (d) Lockwood Hall

46. What is the name of school where Jane Eyre got education?

(a) Templewood (b) Lowood (c )Crystalwood (d) Rosewood

47. Who is the owner of the Thornfield Hall?

(a) Mrs Fairfax (b) Miss Adele ( c) Robert Leaven (d) Mr Rochester 

48. What is Bertha Antoinette Mason to Mr Rochester?

(a) wife (b) nieghbour (c ) servant (d) watchman

49. At last Jane Eyre gets married to………..

(a) St John (b) Mr Brocklehurst (c ) Mr Briggs (d) Mr Rochester

50. Jane Eyre was published in……………

(a) 1825 (b) 1837 ( c) 1847 (d) 1850

51. Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy, which propounds progressive and educative changes, was written in

(a) 1840s (b) 1850s (c ) 1860s (d) none

52. Hardy’s creation of a character, Sue Bridehead, an adultress figure in?

(a) Tess (b) The Mayor of Casterbridge (c ) Return of the Native

(d) Jude the Obscure

53. George Eliot is a :

(a) Religious novelist (b) moral novelist (c ) Gothic novelist (d) none

54. In which poem we come across these lines?

“For men may come and men may go but I go on forever”:

(a) Daffodils (b) Ode to a Nightingale (c ) The Brooke (d) None

55. Browning dedicated his Men and Women to

(a) Tennyson (b) Dryden (c) His friend (d) his wife

56. The Victorian Age can be called the age of:

(a) Faith (b) Doubt (c ) Revolution (d) Romance 

57. Which of the following pairs of Tennyson’s poems is appropriate:

(a) Ulysses and Morte d’Arthur (b) The Lotos Eaters and The Lady of Shalott

(c ) Ulysses and The Lotos Eaters (d) Locksley Hall and The Palace of Art

58. Who is the most representative poet of the Victorian age?

(a) Arnold (b) Browning (c ) Swinburne (d) Tennyson

59. “Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers” appears in the work of:

(a) Shakespeare (b) Milton (c ) Wordsworth (d) Tennyson

60. Which of the following is Browning’s earliest work?

(a) Pauline (b) Paracelsus ( c) Pippa Passes (d) Bells and Pomegranates

61. Which of the following volumes of Browning is best known?

(a) Dramatic Lyrics (1842) (b) Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845)

( c) Men and Women (1855) (d) The Ring and the Book (1869) 

62. Which of the following “dramatic monologue” is best known?

(a) The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Prassed (B) Fra Lippo Lippi (c ) Rabi Ben Ezra

(d) My Last Duchess

63. Love is the best themes in the best poems of:

(a) Browning (b) Hardy (c ) Tennyson (d) Arnold

64. “A Grammarain’s Funeral” was written by

(a) Dryden (b) Johnson (c ) Hopkins (d) Browning

65. The predominant mood in Arnold’s poetry is that of:

(a) joy (b) melancholy ( c) optimism (d) pessimism 

66. Empedocles on Etna (1852) by Arnold is a poem on a

(a) Roman Theme (b) English theme (c ) Greek Theme (d) Love Theme

67. Sohrab and Rustum by Arnold is on:

(a) An Irish Theme (b) An Indian Theme (c ) A Persian Theme (d) A Puritan Theme

68. Arnold’s Dover Beach is a poem on

(a) Ancient Greece (b) Modern condition (c ) Medieval life (d) Dover City

69. Arnold’s Memorial Verses mourns the death of:

(a) Wordsworth, Goethe, Byron (b) Byron, Shelley, Keats

(c ) Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley (d) Wordsworth, Goethe, Keats

70. Literature and Dogma (1873) Arnold deal with

(a) Literary dogmas (b) Religious dogmas (c ) poetry and politics (d) Poetry and religion

71. Arnold’s The Function of Criticism at Present Time’ makes out a case for-

(a) The importance of critical activity for the creative output

(b) The value of criticism for market economy (c) The function of criticism as aesthetic experience

(d) The function of criticism as “touchstone”

71. Arnold’s “Touchstone” method values

(a) All literary pieces (b) Only the best thing (c ) Only English Writers

(d) Only Greek Writers 

72. Scholar Gypsy of Arnold is largely based on the life of:

(a) Clough (b) Wordsworth (c ) Chaucer (d) Spencer

73. Arnold read which of the following Indian books most?

(a) Ramayan (b) Mahabharata (c) Akbarnama (d) Bhagvad Gita 

74. Arnold’s view of culture is best described by

(a) light and dark (b) sweet and dark (c ) light and sweetness

(d) dark and sweet

75. Dickens is best known for his

(a) Tragic novels (b) Farcical comedy (c ) Plot construction (d) Character portraits

76. Dickens Hard Times (1854)is a critique of

(a) Romanticism (b) law courts (c ) Public schools

(d) science and industry

77. Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (1850) is modeled on:

(a) Thackeray (b) Tennyson (c) Dickens’s father (d) Dickens himself

78. Who among the following is not Bronte sisters?

(a) Emily (b) Mary (c ) Charlotte (d) Anne

79. Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte deals with

(a) The plight of woman (b) Corruption in education (c ) condition of prison

(d) injustice in courts

80. Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Bronte is called a “Sport”  by which of the following critic 

(a) David Cecil (b) Walter Allen (c ) F R Leavis (d) Arnold Kettle 

81. Scenes of clerical Life (1857) is written by

(a) Dickens (b) Thackeray (c ) George Eliot (d) George Meredith 

82. George Eliot’s first novel was

(a) Adam Bede (b) The Mill on the Floss (c) Silas Marner (d) Daniel Deronda

83. George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-72) is called an epic novel, comparable to War and Peace, by which of the following critics?

(a) Raymond Williams (b) F R Leavis (c ) T E Hulme (d) I A Richards

84. “A Study of the Provincial Life” is the subtitle to which of the following novels?

(a) Far From the Madding Crowd (b) The Woodlanders (c) The Mayor of Casterbridge

(d) Middlemarch 

85. Which of the following works of Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell is about industrial workers?

(a) Marry Barton (1848) (b) North and South (1855) ( c) Cranford (1853)

(d) Sylvia’s Lovers (1863) 

86. Her Teufelsdrock is a central figure in which of Carylyle’s works?

(a) Past and Present (b) Sartor Resartus (c ) The French Revolution

(d) On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroine in History

87. Which of the following works of Ruskin is on economics?

(a) Modern Painters (b) Munera Pulveris (c ) Unto This Last

(d) Sesame and Lillies 

87. Pathetic fallacy is a coinage by

(a) Carlyle (b) Beardsley (c ) Wimsatt (d) Ruskin

88. Studies in the History of the Renaissance was written by

(a) Macaulay (b) Carlyle (c ) Pater (d) Rossetti

89. “Art for Art’s Sake” was advocated b

(a) Ruskin (b) Pater (c) Carlyle (d) Newman

90. Pater’s Appreciations came out in

(a) 1889 (b) 1879 (c ) 1880 (d) 1859

91. The Way of All Flash was written by:

(a) Oscar Wilde (b) William Congreve (c )  G B Shaw (d) Samuel Butler

92. Tess of the d’ Urbervilles (1891) has for its subtitle which of the following:

(a) A poor woman (b) A Country Maid (c ) A Pure Woman (d) A Tainted Woman 

93. The title of Hardy’s Under the Greenwood  Tree is derived from

(a) Shakespeare (b) Wordsworth (c) Chaucer (d) Spencer

94. Hardy left writing fiction after hostile public response to his last novel, namely

(a) Tess of the D’Urebervilles (b) The Mayor of Casterbridge (c ) Jude the Obscure

(d) The Return of the Native

95. Which of the following poem handles the theme known as ‘The New Woman’?

(a) Idylls of the King (b) Timbuctoo (c ) Enoch Arden (d) The Princess

96. Which of the following is not a historical tragedy of Tennyson?

(a) The Cup (b) Becket (c ) Queen Mary (d) Harold

97. ‘Oliver Twist’ (1837) appeared in parts in:

(a) Bentley’s Miscellany (b) The Morning Chronicle (c ) True Sun

(d) The Monthly Magazine

98. ‘Culture and Anarchy’ was published in:

(a) 1849 (b) 1859 (c ) 1869 (d) 1879

99. Carlyle’s ‘On Heroes, Hero Worship, and the Heroic in History is a collection of ……….letters?

(a) four (b) six (c ) five (d) seven 

100. Modern Painters by Ruskin was originally published in ……………volumes.

(a) four (b) five (c ) six (d) seven 

101. “The Faultless Painter” is the subtitle of which of the following poems?

(a) Fra Lippo Lippi (b) Andrea del Sarto (c ) The Stones of Venice (d) My Last Duchess

102. Which  of the following poems of Robert Browning is addressed to his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning?

(a) My Last Duchess (b) Last Ride Together (c ) Love Among the Ruins (d) One Word  More

103. Old John is a character in Dickens:

(a) Little Dorrit (b) Oliver Twist c ) Hard Times (D) Barnby Rudge 

104. The character of Mr Lockwood is the creation of

(a) Emily Bronte (b) Charlotte Bronte (c ) Anne Bronte (d) George Eliot

 105. Who is called a ‘Victorian Prophet’?

(a) John Ruskin (b) Charles Dickens (c ) Thomas Carlyle (d) Benjamin Disraeli

106. Who among the following writers belongs to the Aesthetic School of Criticism?

(a) Walter Pater (b) Thomas Macaulay (c ) Matthew Arnold (d) Tennyson

107. Which of the following poems of Tennyson is not written in “blank verse”?

(a) Idylls of the King (b) Ulysses (c) Tithonus

(d) The Charge of the Light Brigade


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