Thursday, May 14, 2020

Quiz on Tennyson

1. What was the profession of Tennyson's father who was plagued by excessive drinking and a violent, moody temper?

2. What happened to Edward, one of Alfred Tennyson's brothers?

 died in a railway accident
 died while operating a railway
 died in a private mental asylum
 became a famous journalist
3. What name did the American poet Walt Whitman call Tennyson?

 the Melancholy Saxon
 the Dulcet Songster
 the Boss
 the Trumpeter of Empire
4. In which year did Queen Victoria make Tennyson the Poet Laureate of Britain?

5. Where did Tennyson attend university?

 Exeter College, Oxford University
 Trinity College, Cambridge University
 St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University
 King's College, Cambridge University
6. Who was Tennyson's intimate college friend who inspired the confessional autobiographical poem "In Memoriam"?

 Arthur Henry Hallam
 Thomas Henry Huxley
 Charles Edgewood Sellwood
 Charles Henry Rutherford
7. For what illness did Tennyson seek a series of visits to a sanatorium with diet and body wraps?

 brain tumors
8. Which of Tennyson's poems ends with these lines?

"Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil, the shore than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and wave and oar/ oh rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more"?

 The Kraken
 The Lotus-Eaters
9. Which of Tennyson's poems was written on the sea between the south coast and the Isle of Wight, where he and his wife had made their home (called Farringford) since 1853?

 Crossing the Bar
 The Lady of Shalott
10. Thomas Edison made sound recordings of Tennyson reciting his own poems late in Tennyson's life. Among others, which poem did Tennyson include in his recording?

 In Memoriam
 The Kraken
 The Charge of the Light Brigade
 The Lotus-Eaters

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