General Knowledge about English Literature

1. Who wrote The Merchant of Venice and when it was published?

2. William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ was published in?

3. Who is the author of ‘Hamlet’?

4. The Golden age of English Literature is?

5. ‘As you like it’ is a famous —– of Shakespeare.

6. Who is the author of ‘Hamlet’?

7.  The Victorian period is?

8. ‘Cowards die many times before their death’- is said by?

9. Who wrote Canterbury Tales?

10.  “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is written by whom?

11. The epigraph of   The Waste Land is borrowed from?

12. T. S. Eliot has borrowed the term ‘Unreal City’ in the first and third sections from?

13. Graham Greene’s novels are marked by?

14. One important feature of Jane Austen’s style is?

15. The main character in Paradise Lost Book I and Book II is?

16. In Great Expectations, Mr. Jaggers is a?

17. Hamlet’s famous speech ‘To be, or not to be; that is the question’ occurs in?

18. Which play of Shakespeare, according to T. S. Eliot, is ‘artistic failure’?

19. Paradise Lost was originally written in?

20. The sub-title of the play Twelfth Night is?

21. Who coined the phrase ‘Egotistical Sublime’?

22. In Great Expectations, Who is commonly known as ‘Pip’?

23. Golding’s first novel is?

24. The first novel of D. H. Lawrence is?

25. Shelley’s Adonais is an elegy on the death of?

26. Who was expelled from Oxford for circulating a pamphlet?

26. The second series of Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb was published in?

27. The poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by Coleridge is a –

28. Who derided Hazlitt as one of the members of the ‘Cockney School of Poetry’?

29. Tennyson’s poem ‘In Memoriam’ was written in memory of? 

30. The Aesthetic Movement which blossomed during the 1880s was not influenced by?

31. “Faith un-faithful kept him falsely true” created by Tennyson is a figure of?

32. W. B. Yeats used the phrase ‘the artifice of eternity’ in his poem?

33. Who is Pip’s friend in London?

34. Which influential American poet was born in Long Island in 1819?

35. In 1960 ‘The Colossus’ was the first book of poems published by?

36. Shakespeare composed many of his sonnets in what sort of verse?

37. Who wrote this famous line: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate…’ and where?

38. ‘Did my heart love till now?/ Forswear it, sight/ For I never saw a true beauty until this night’ is famous line of Shakespeare’s play?

39. How has Stephen Dunn been described in ‘the Oxford Companion to 20th Century Poetry?

40. Where did T. S. Eliot spend most of his childhood?

41. How old was Rupert Brooke at the time of his death?

42. Aldous Huxley was a poet, but was better known as what?

43. The study of meter, rhythm and intonation of a poem is called?

44. What is a sonnet?

45. When any statement in a poem is exaggerated than it is called?

46. There was aware of her true love, at length come riding by – This is a couplet from the Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington. What figure of speech is used by the poet?

47. Who is called the Romantic Poet as most of his poems revolved around nature?

48. A funny poem of five lines is called?


                     Answers of the short questions


1. William Shakespeare, published in 1596

2. 1599

3. William Shakespeare

4. The Elizabethan Age (1558-1603)

5. Comedy

6. William Shakespeare

7. 19th Century 

8. Julius Caesar

9. Geoffrey Chaucer

10.  Arthur Conan Doyle

11. Homer

12. Dante

13. Catholicism

14. Humor and pathos  

15. Satan

16. Lawyer

17. Act III, Scene I

18. Hamlet

19. Eight Books

20. What you Will 

21. S. T. Coleridge 

22. Philip Pip  

23. Lord of the Flies

24. The White Peacock

25. Coleridge

26. Percy Bysshe Shelley

26. 1833

27. ballad

28. T. S. Eliot

29. A. H. Hallam 

30. Matthew Arnold

31. Oxymoron

32. Byzantium 

33. Jaggers

34. Walt Whitman

35. Sylvia Plath

36. Iambic pentameter

37. William Shakespeare in Sonnet 18.

38. Romeo and Juliet

39. A poet of middleness 

40. St Louis 

41. 28

42. Novelist

43. Prosody

44. A poem of fourteen lines

45. Hyperbole

46. Synecdoche

47. William Wordsworth

48. Limerick 

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