Monday, November 18, 2019

A tough quiz on John Donne poems

 1.Busy old fool, unruly sun...' Which group of people does Donne NOT suggest as more suitable objects of the sun's intrusion than the lovers in 'The Sun Rising'?

 Country ants
 Idle princes
 Court huntsmen
 Late schoolboys
2. 'Come live with me and be my love' is the first line of 'The Bait'. Which other poet began a poem with this line?

 William Shakespeare
 Ben Jonson
 John Dryden
 Christopher Marlowe
3. Possibly Donne's most explicit poem is 'To His Mistress Going To Bed' - the title says it all! Can you complete the line?
'License my roving hands and let them go before, behind, between, above, below. O my America! My...'

 new world
4. Donne wrote a number of poems addressed to individuals. One, to Mr I.L. includes the line 'Your Trent is Lethe'. Who, or what, are Trent and Lethe?

5. Donne wrote several 'epithalamions'. What sort of poem is an 'epithalamion'?

 A funeral poem
 A long poem
 A poem with a specific complex rhyme structure
 A marriage poem
6. Probably the best known section of Donne's writing is not actually poetry. What famous novel stole its title from Donne's 'Meditation 17'?

 The Sun Also Rises
 For Whom the Bell Tolls
 Farewell to Arms
 To Have and Have Not
7. Donne also wrote some beautiful religious poetry. On what day did he compose the lines
'But that Christ on this Crosse did rise and fall,
Sinne had eternally benighted all.
Yet dare I'almost be glad, I do not see
That spectacle of too much weight for mee.
Who sees Gods face, that is selfe life, must dye;
What a death were it then to see God dye?'

 Easter Sunday
 Good Friday
8. Which season's face did Donne prefer?

9. Donne wrote 'Hymne to God, my God, in my Sickness' just eight days before his death, according to Isaak Walton. He speaks with great hope and certainty about the home to which he is going. Which of these places does he NOT mention?

 New England

10. In 'The Will' Donne leaves some unusual legacies. What does he bequeath to the planets?

 His reputation
 His constancy
 His patience
 His steadfastness

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