English 101: English Literature Final Exam

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Question 1 1. The genre of literary criticism evolved alongside which movement?

Question 2 2. In The Knight's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, cousins Arcite and Palamon end up staging a battle for the heart of which lady?

Question 3 3. Which of the following works of Ben Jonson's did Samuel Taylor Coleridge refer to as one of the most perfect plots in all of literature?

Question 4 4. In Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the Brobdingnagians are primarily characterized by what trait?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT an element of Gothic literature?

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Question 6 6. Which one of the following is a major negative force in Blake's Songs of Experience?

Question 7 7. Which of the following is NOT a theme related to Yeats' 'The Second Coming'?

Question 8 8. Who do critics consider the most important figure of the English Renaissance?

Question 9 9. In Woolf's To the Lighthouse, what kind of artist is Lily Briscoe?

Question 10 10. In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, why doesn't Catherine marry Heathcliff even though she loves him?

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Question 11 11. Which of Marlowe's plays do critics consider a turning point for thematic and plot complexity in Elizabethan theater?

Question 12 12. Which of the following is a poem in dedication to something that has passed?

Question 13 13. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' is a line from what Victorian novel?

Question 14 14. Which of the following is the BEST description of Byron's poem Beppo?

Question 15 15. In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Jane accepts a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall after leaving where?

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Question 16 16. _____ is an example of a Shakespearean _____, typically categorized by a happy ending, in comparison to _____, which is known as a tragedy because of the deaths of most of the characters.

Question 17 17. Which of the following describes Byron's Don Juan?

Question 18 18. In Dickens' Oliver Twist, which character removes Oliver from the workhouse?

Question 19 19. A narrator who describes the main character using the word, 'you,' is a _____ person narrator.

Question 20 20. Charles Dickens became well-known for consistently utilizing what theme throughout his writings?

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Question 21 21. What is the reason for Charles Darnay changing his name?

Question 22 22. How did the Romantic period differ from the Age of Enlightenment?

Question 23 23. How is the set in Waiting for Godot different from the kinds of sets one sees in the traditional theater of the time?

Question 24 24. In which type of novel would one most likely see a red herring?

Question 25 25. Why might someone write an elegy?

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Question 26 26.

In T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, the following lines are an example of which Modernist device?

'What are you thinking of? What thinking? What? / I never know what you are thinking. Think.' I think we are in rats' alley / Where the dead men lost their bones.'

Question 27 27. In Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn, in the scene with two lovers beneath a tree, why don't they kiss?

Question 28 28. Which of the following is the best description of dramatic irony in British drama?

Question 29 29. Which of the following is NOT a strategy to answer multiple-choice literature questions?

Question 30 30.

The following lines is from what Romantic text?

'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.'

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Question 31 31. Why did magical realism originate in Latin America?

Question 32 32. What is the most important take-away from Coleridge's Kubla Khan?

Question 33 33. In Tennyson's poem, why does Ulysses (the narrator) hunger for adventure?

Question 34 34. In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, how do Viola and Sebastian end up on Illyria?

Question 35 35. In Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, why does Septimus tries to kill himself after seeing his psychiatrist, Dr. Bradshaw?

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Question 36 36. Why is Sir Walter Scott's genre (the modern historical novel) is still popular today?

Question 37 37. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, how do Chauntecleer and the fox's actions depict the moral of the story -- Don't trust a flatterer?

Question 38 38. Which line (or lines) from T. S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' may offer an explanation of the poem's disjointed structure and inclusion of countless snippets of other texts?

Question 39 39. How would you describe Mark Antony's funeral speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

Question 40 40. William Langland's Piers Plowman is which an allegorical poem, which differs from other kinds of poems because allegorical poems are _____.

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Question 41 41. In a surprise twist in Dickens' Great Expectations, which character is revealed to be the child of Magwitch?

Question 42 42. The reason that songs many times can be made out of poems is because of the _____.

Question 43 43. In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, what does Malvolio want Sir Toby to stop doing?

Question 44 44. How does E. M. Forster's A Passage to India differ from his other novels?

Question 45 45. In Dickens' David Copperfield, who acts as an early mother figure for David?

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Question 46 46. What is the rhythm of a poem?

Question 47 47. Both Great Expectations and David Copperfield are what kind of novels?

Question 48 48. In Dickens' Great Expectations, why does Magwitch gives Pip money?

Question 49 49. What is the moral of 'The Nun's Priest's Tale?'

Question 50 50. In The Miller's Tale of 'The Canterbury Tales', when Absalon arrives at the window to ask for a kiss, Alisoun presents her _____.

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