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  • 1. What do we remember?
    (other than what happened last weekend)
  • 2. 1066-1515
    The answer is: B
    The Anglo-Saxon period was from :
  • 3. A) an oral art
    B) a written art
    C) very romantic
    D) Christian in nature
    The answer is A
    Anglo-Saxon poetry was essentially:
  • 4. A) Beowulf
    B) Unferth
    C) Herot
    D) Hrothgar
    The answer is D
    The king of the Danes is:
  • 5. A) simile
    B) oxymoron
    C) caesura
    D) kenning
    The answer is: D
    The quotation: “He whose word was obeyed” contains an example of:
  • 6. A) unknown
    B) anonymous
    C) Chaucer
    D) German
    The answer is: A
    The author of “Beowulf” is:
  • 7. A) Stern and judgemental
    B) Sophisticated and worldly
    C) Robust and merry
    D) Naive and simpleminded
    The answer is: C
    In the role of narrator, Chaucer portrays himself as:
  • 8. A) amused tolerance
    B) polite detachment
    C) marked scorn
    D) Weary reproachfulness
    The answer is: A
    Which best describes Chaucer’s attitude toward the Nun?
  • 9. A) furnish realistic detail
    B) imply moral corruption
    C) suggest slovenly habits
    D) provide comic relief
    The answer is: B
    Chaucer describes the Pardoner’s hair as “rat-tails” primarily to:
  • 10. A) “The lad of fire”
    B) “a proper forrester”
    C) “Epicarus’ very son”
    D) “a prelate fit for exhibition”
    The answer is: A
    The squire is described as:
  • 11. A) angry
    B) vulgar
    C) studious
    D) healthy
    The answer is: C
    In “The Prologue”Chaucer shows the Oxford Cleric to be:
  • 12. A) lyric
    B) epic
    C) narrative
    D) sonnet
    The answer is: C
    What type of poem is a ballad?
  • 13. A) Couplets
    B) Quatrains
    C) heroic couplets
    D) sestets
    The answer is: B
    Ballads are written in:
  • 14. A) lying
    B) cheating
    C) regret
    D) stealing
    The answer is: C
    What is the theme of “Barbara Allen”?
  • 15. A) A church service
    B) A time of year
    C) a way of talking
    D) something to eat
    The answer is: B
    Martinmas is:
  • 16. A) His friends
    B) The church bells
    C) Barbara’s mother
    D) John’s ghost
    E) The P.A. System
    The answer is: E
    OK....the answer really is:B
    What announces Sir John’s death to Barbara Allen?
  • 17. A) an elegy
    B) a ballad
    C) a parable
    D) a romance
    The answer is: D
    “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is:
  • 18. A) conceit
    B) kenning
    C) rhyming
    D) alliteration
    The answer is: D
    “Such plain penance at the point of my ax” uses the poetic technique:
  • 19. A) Gawain’s own king
    B) The Green Knight
    C) Gawain’s self-conscience
    D) the queen
    The answer is: B
    In SGGK, the host is actually
  • 20. A) The misery of loss
    B) the sport of hunting
    C) The difficulties of love
    D) love of possessions
    The answer is: C
    What is the theme of “Whoso List to Hunt”
  • 21. A) himself and Anne Boleyn
    B) Ann Boleyn and Caesar
    C) Himself and Henry VIII
    D) Henry VIII and Caesar
    The answer is: D
    In “Whoso List to Hunt”, Wyatt draws a comparison between
  • 22. A) Celebration
    B) Adventure
    C) Ambition
    D) Courtship
    The answer is: D
    “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” centres on:
  • 23. A) a slimeball
    B) a smooth-talker
    C) a monkey
    D) a wall-flower
    The correct answer is: B
    The shepherd can best be described as
  • 24. One reason “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” is characteristic of a pastoral poem is that it:
    A) idealizes the country
    B) makes references to pastures
    C) was written to be set to music
    D) involves a love relationship
    The answer is: A
  • 25. A) Promises cannot be trusted.
    B) Love is blind.
    C) Youth and love fade.
    D) Country life can be hard.
    The answer is: C
    What is the theme of “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”
  • 26. A) tape
    B) scissors
    C) a photocopier
    D) a desk
    That was a great discussion in Wednesday’s class! I hadn’t been expecting a shouting match, but it seems we are all passionate as shepherds.
    If the nymph were an office item, what would she be?
  • 27. A) an octave an a sestet
    B) three quatrains and a rhyming couplet
    C) 14 lines with internal rhyme
    D) four quatrains and a rhyming couplet
    The answer is: B
    A Shakespearean sonnet is comprised of:
  • 28. A) an anti-Petrarchan poem
    B) not a sonnet
    C) critical of the monarch
    D) Shakespeare’s best-known sonnet
    The answer is: A
    Sonnet #130 “My mistress’ eyes” is
  • 29. A) A man who should have been a figure skater, what with all the tights and everything
    B) Just as good as Elmo.
    C) One hot jalapeno.
    D) A guy who wrote books.
    The answer is: B
    Erin Blackaby describes Shakespeare as:
  • 30. A) “Death, thou shalt not die”
    B) “Like gold to airy thinness beat”
    C) “So let us melt and make no noise”
    D) “Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss”
    The answer is: A
    Which of the following is an example of a paradox?
  • 31. In Donne’s “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” separation of the lovers is compared to:
    A) a dying fire
    B) sunset fading
    C) a singing lark
    D) gold expanding
    The answer is: D
  • 32. A) Time
    B) Virgins
    C) Rosebuds
    D) The sun
    The answer is: C
    In “To the Virgins”, Hershey’s kisses are used to represent
  • 33. A) Friendship
    B) Youth
    C) Horticulture
    D) Old age
    The answer is: B (c’mon...horticulture?!)
    So what are the rosebuds about?
  • 34. A) a poem about death.
    B) A speech at a funeralC) A brief memorial statement
    D) A tombstone.
    The answer is: C
    What is an epitaph?
  • 35. The driver of the carriage in “Because I Could not Stop for Death” is:
    A) Death
    B) Life
    C) Life in Death
    D) God
    The answer is.....................A!
  • 36. A) over.
    The answer is: A
    It is time for this practice to be: