Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Quiz on English Short Story

1.Some of the earliest short stories can be found in the Bible. But the short story, as a form, took a major shift in the 14th century, thanks in part to this writer.
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 Boccaccio
 Washington Irving
 Cervantes
 Mark Twain

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2. When did the English short story begin to take the form of prose rather than verse?

 15th century
 17th century
 14th century
 20th century

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3. This short story writer had a theory about the form. He believed a true short story required a "single effect" and insisted that "[i]n the whole composition there should be no word written of which the tendency, direct or indirect, is not to the one pre-established design."

 Chaucer
 Edgar Allan Poe
 Washington Irving
 Mark Twain

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4. This short story writer, however, considered the story to be nothing more than "a frame on which to stretch [his] materials," and he aimed at a "familiar and faithful exhibition of scenes in common life."

 Washington Irving
 Mark Twain
 Chaucer
 Edgar Allan Poe

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5. Which of the following short story writers turned out his works during the 19th century?

 Cervantes
 William Faulkner
 Chaucer
 Nathaniel Hawthorne

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6. His tales include a cast of strange characters. One involves a minister who inexplicably dons a black veil. An even stranger tale tells of a man who one day walks out of his house on the pretence of taking a journey. Instead, he takes up lodging one block away. There he lives for twenty years, unknown to his wife, until one day he finally returns and simply resumes his domestic life.

 Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Edgar Allan Poe
 Washington Irving
 Herman Melville

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7. He wrote a short story about a copyist who, when asked to do any work by his employer, always replied, "I prefer not."

 Washington Irving
 Edgar Allan Poe
 Herman Melville
 Nathaniel Hawthorne

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8. This naturalist writer gave us "The Open Boat."

 Herman Melville
 Ernest Hemingway
 Henry James
 Stephen Crane

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9. Which of the following is _not_ a short story writer who wrote all of their works in the twentieth century?

 Mark Twain
 Sherwood Anderson
 Franz Kafka
 James Joyce

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10. The incidents that occur in short stories by this German-language writer are so surreal that a term has even been developed from his name to describe strange experiences.

 Sherwood Anderson
 Franz Kafka
 James Joyce
 Nathaniel Hawthorne

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11. Literary critic Forest Ingram introduced the term "short story cycle" to describe a collection of stories with recurring themes, symbols, and characters united by a setting or chronology. Which of the following is _not_ a short story cycle?

 "Go Down Moses," William Faulkner
 "Winesburg Ohio," Sherwood Anderson
 "Twice Told Tales," Nathaniel Hawthorne
 "Dubliners," James Joyce

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12. This short story cycle focuses on Esperanza Cordero, who is both the protagonist and the narrator.

 Twice Told Tales
 The House On Mango Street
 Winesburg Ohio
 Dubliners

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13. His story, "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes," gave us the phrase "to eat crow."

 Rudyard Kipling
 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
 Franz Kafka
 Henry James

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14. His stories have three basic plots: (1) someone is buried alive, or (2) someone is alive who should have been dead, or (3) someone dies.

 Edgar Allan Poe
 Franz Kafka
 Rudyard Kipling
 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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15. In a short story by this author, society, in an attempt to make everyone equal, was forced to make pretty people ugly and graceful people clumsy. One day, Harrison Bergeron attempted to break free of these confines, but he was quickly brought back into line.

 George Orwell
 Franz Kakfa
 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
 Ray Bradbury
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