101. Why did Henry VIII quarrel with the Pope?

(a) Because of the Pope’s corrupt and high­handed practices

(b)Because the Pope spied for other em­pires

(c) Because the Pope did not grant him divorce from queen Catherine


(d)Because of the general anticlerical sen­timent

102. Calvin, whose followers in England have been called “the spiritual ancestors of the great puritan movement of the 17th century”, was a

(a) German physician

(b) Italian reformer


(c) Spanish physician

(d) French reformer

103. Moore’s Kingdom of Nowhere was inspired by

(a) Machiavelli’s The Prince


(b) Plato’s Republic

(c) The Bible

(d) Virgil’s Adenoid

104. Who has been called the first of the modern pacifists?


(a) Tyndale (b) Ascham

(c) More (d) Surrey

105. Who is known for The Schoolmaster, which contains his advice to teachers on the teach­ing of Latin?

(a) Roger Ascham (b) Thomas Wyatt


(c) Martin Luther (d) John Wycliffe

106. Who completed the translation of the Bible begun by William Tyndale?

(a) Roger Ascham (b) Thomas Cranmer

(c) Erasmus (d) Miles Coverdale


107. The English Prayer Book, adopted as the official prayer book in 1549, was largely the work of

(a) Wycliffe (b) Tyndale

(c) Cranmer (d) Erasmus

108. Who introduced the sonnet form to England?

(a) Petrarch (b) Wyatt

(c) Spenser (d) Shakespeare

109. Besides the sonnet form, what else was introduced by Wyatt to England?

(a) The Italian terse rime

(b) The octave rime

(c) The elegy

(d) Both (a) and (b)

110. Who made the first use of the unrhymed ten- syllable line in English poetry through his translations of Virgil?

(a) Thomas Wyatt

(b) Thomas Sackville

(c) The Earl of Surrey

(d) None of the above

111. Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne of England in

(a) 1545 (b) 1556

(c) 1558 (d) 1561

112. Which church was made a reality by Eliza­beth in England?

(a) The Anglican

(b) The Catholic

(c) The Protestant

(d) None of the above

113. The rhetoric exuberance associated with John Lyly and his contemporaries owed its inspiration ultimately to

(a) Machiavelli (b) Plato

(c) Virgil (d) Cicero

114. Galveston, a mixture of Machiavelli and Tamburlaine, is a character from

(a) Dr. Faustus (b) Edward II

(c) Fairy Queen (d) Arcadia

115. The term ‘euphuism’ owes its origin to the famous character of Euphuism of

(a) Marlowe (b) Sidney

(d) Lyly (d) Nash

116. An alternative name for Lyly’s Euphuism is

(a) Bestiary

(b) The Unfortunate Traveler

(c) The Winter’s Tale

(d) The Anatomy of Wit

117. Which Reason poet was killed at the battle of Stephen?

(a) Sidney

(b) Sackville

(c) Lyly

(d) Nash

118. One of the dominant characteristics of Sidney’s Arcadia is

(a) pathos

(b) pathetic fallacy

(c) euphuism

(d) concrete imageries

119. The Elizabethan love for picturesque descrip­tion was inherited from

(a) Greece (b) Germany

(c) France (d) Italy

120. One of important critical and prose works of the Elizabethan period is Sidney’s Apology for Poetry, published posthumously in

(a) 1585 (b) 1586

(c) 1595 (d) 1596

121. The Defense of Rime (1503) was written by

(a) Philip Sidney (b) Samuel Daniel

(c) Robert Greene (d) Thomas Dekker

122. Pando to, which supplied the plot of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, is one of the best romances of

(a) Cicero (b) Marlowe

(c) Greene (d) Nash

123. Who among the following is best known as the creator of a new genre, the picaresque novel?

(a) Lily (b) Greene

(c) Delaney (d) Nash

124. Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity has been said to be “one of the first masterpieces of En­glish prose”. Who was its author?

(a) Wycliffe

(b) Richard Hooker

(c) Thomas Dekker

(d) Bishop Andrews

125. The Authorized Version of The Bible (1611) was the work of

(a) Tyndale and Coverdale

(b) Bishop Andrews

(c) Forty-seven scholars

(d) Richard Hooker

126. The great essayist who had once said that the vernaculars “would one day play the bankrupt with books” is

(a) Bacon (b) Johnson

(c) Steele (d) Raleigh

127. In Bacon’s New Atlantis, the place where scientists devote themselves to the advance­ment of knowledge is

(a) Wimberley

(b) Solomon’s House

(c) the Royal Society

(d) Spain

128. Bacon had borrowed the term Essay from the French writer

(a) De Menu (b) Goethe

(c) Montague (d) De Lorries

129. Bacon published the first edition of this Essays in

(a) 1589 (b) 1597

(c) 1612 (d) 1625

130. “Virtue is like precious odors, more fragrant when they are incensed or crushed”. This is a typical extract from

(a) Pope (b) Lamb

(c)Johnson (d) Bacon

131. The greatest demerit of Bacon as an essay­ist, when compared to Montaigne or Lamb, is

(a) his excessive indulgence in himself

(b) his over pragmatic notions

(c) his lack of personal touch

(d) disjointed thoughts

132. “Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as in body.” This statement is an example of Bacon’s

(a) immorality

(b) prudence

(c) philosophical bent

(d) love for attire

133. Who is called the first great stylist in En­glish prose ?

(a) Lyly (b) Sidney

(c) Bacon (d) Dryden

134. The Civil Wars published in 1595 and based on the War of the Roses is the most char­acteristic work of

(a) Samuel Daniel

(b) Michael Drayton

(c) Edmund Spenser

(d) Earl of Surrey

135. Drayton is regarded as the first to poetize geography in his

(a) The Baron’s War

(b) Polyolbion

(c) New Atlantis

(d) Miscellany

136. Who is the hero in Spenser’s Fairy Queen?

(a) Prince Arthur

(b) Prince Edward

(c) Henry VII

(d) Spenser himself

137. The knights undertake dangerous adventures in each book of the Fairy Queen in order to

(a) protect their religion

(b) protect their countrymen

(c) win the favor of their lady love

(d) usurp the throne

138. The Fairy Queen apparently follows the style of

(a) Homer’s Odyssey

(b) Virgil’s Adenoid

(c) Dante’s Divine Comedy

(d) Ariosto’s Orlando Furies

139. Which of the following had the aim “to fash­ion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline” ?

(a) The Baron’s War

(b) The Fairy Queen

(c) Shepherd’s Calendar

(d) Essays (1612)

140. The first book of The Fairy Queen is believed to be an allegory of the struggle between the protestant church and the Roman Catho­lic church, Lady Unna in it represents

(a) Queen Elizabeth

(b) Queen Catherine

(c) Queen Mary of Scots

(d) None of the above

141. In The Fairy Queen, Elizabeth and the Red-Cross Knight stand for

(a) the Protestant Church

(b) the Catholic Church

(c) the Protestant and the Catholic Church respectively

(d) the Catholic and the Protestant Church respectively

142. Sans Foy and Sans Loy in The Fairy Queen are

(a) all powerful knights

(b) holy knights

(c) wicked knights

(d) friends of the Red-Cross Knight

143. Error and Rogelio in The Fairy Queen are

(a) holy angels

(b) fallen angels

(c) sorcerers

(d) monsters

144. Which character of Spenser represents Queen Mary of Scots?

(a) Lady Unna

(b) Dues’

(c) Abbess

(d) Archimego

145. Who called Spenser, “the poets’ poet”?

(a) Bacon (b)Johnson

(c) Lamb (d) Arnold

146. Who praised Spenser in the words, “no man was ever born with a greater genius or more knowledge to support it”?

(a) Milton (b) Dryden

(c) Fletcher (d) Byron

147. Though Wyatt had imported the Sonnet from Italy, and Surrey had invented the English form of it, the Sonnet proper remained ne­glected till the publication of Sidney’s

(a) Arcadia

(b)Apology for Poetry

(c) Strophe and Stella

(d)None of the above

148. Name the book which contained 88 sonnets of Spenser.

(a) Miscellany

(b)Shepherd’s Calendar

(c) Arcadia


149. Three quatrains followed by a couple, linked together by an artistic arrangement of lines. This is the description of a

(a) Petrarch an sonnet

(b)Spenserian sonnet

(c) Shakespearean sonnet

(d)All of the above

150. Who among the following is not one of the “silver poets” of 16th century, referred to thus by Gerald Bullet?

(a) Wyatt (b) Sidney

(c) Davies (d) Spenser

Chaucer to Shakespeare

Multiple Choice Questions


101. (c)

102. (d)

103. (b)

104. (c)

105. (a)

106. (d)

107. (c)

108. (b)

109. (d)

110. (c)

111. (c)

112. (a)

113. (d)

114. (b)

115. (c)

116. (d)

117. (a)

118. (b)

119. (d)

120. (c)

121. (b)

122. (c)

123. (d)

124. (b)

125. (b)

126. (a)

127. (b)

128. (c)

129. (b)

130. (d)

131. (c)

132. (b)

133. (c)

134. (a)

135. (b)

136. (a)

137. (c)

138. (d)

139. (b)

140. (c)

141. (a)

142. (c)

143. (d)

144. (b)

145. (a)

146. (b)

147. (c)

148. (d)

149. (b)

150. (d)