Tuesday, June 8, 2021


A Long Quiz on English Literature NET exam 

1.The poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was first published in 1915 at the request of which other poet?

 Wallace Stevens
 Ezra Pound
 Carl Sandburg
 William Carlos Williams

2. What line follows "I grow old...I grow old..." in "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

 "I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."
 "I shall not believe all that I am told."
 "I shall cease to do as I am told."
 "I shall endeavour to be bold."

3. Poet Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach", published in 1867, is alluded to in which poem by Eliot?

 The Journey of The Magi
 Rhapsody on a Windy Night
 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
 Sweeney Among the Nightingales

4. To whom did Eliot dedicate the poem "The Waste Land"?

 James Joyce
 W.H. Auden
 Ezra Pound
 William Yeats

5. Ezra Pound gave Eliot a nickname which he used as part of the title for a book of poetry for children. What was his nickname?

 Sullen Beaver
 Blind Weasel
 Frail Mongoose
 Old Possum

6. Eliot has sometimes been charged with antisemitism due to which of his works?

 Murder in the Cathedral
 The Family Reunion
 The Elder Statesman

7. In which of Eliot's works did he actually act as a minor role in the remake as a play?

 Ash Wednesday
 The Waste Land
 Murder in the Cathedral
 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

8. Eliot's 'Ariel Poems' is a collection of poems written for Faber and Faber's series of Ariel Poems. Which of the following is not in the collection?

 Journey of the Magi
 A Song for Simeon

9. Which journal first published some of Eliot's poems?

 Jester of Columbia
 Yale Review
 Harvard Advocate
 Dartmouth Jack 'o' Lantern

10. Eliot wrote which piece in 1930, shortly after his conversion to the Anglican religion?

 The Elder Statesman
 Ash Wednesday
 The Wasteland
 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

11. Probably my favorite Eliot quote of all is "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." Which poem is this from?

 The Waste Land
 A Song for Simeon
 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
 Little Gidding (from "Four Quartets")

12. You have almost certainly heard this quote, and maybe even used it, without necessarily knowing that it was from Eliot:

"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"

 The Hollow Men
 Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service
 The Fire Sermon (in "The Waste Land")
 Chorus IX from "The Rock"

13. You might be able to figure out which poem this is without ever having read the poem before, just from the content given here.

"Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon
You have the scene arrange itself--as it will seem to do--
With 'I have saved this afternoon for you';
And four wax candles in the darkened room,
Four rings of light upon the ceiling overhead,
An atmosphere of Juliet's tomb
Prepared for all the things to be said, or left unsaid."

 Sweeney among the Nightingales
 Murder in the Cathedral
 Portrait of a Lady

14. What Eliot poem contains the popular song quote below, and shows he listened to the pop music of his day?

"O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag--
It's so elegant
So intelligent"

 A Game of Chess (in "The Waste Land")
 The Hippopotamus
 The Hollow Men
 A Cooking Egg

15. Which Eliot piece tells a story and includes this passage?

"'A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey;
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'"

Hint: this is the opening of the poem.

 Sweeney Erect
 Journey of the Magi
 Sweeney among the Nightingales
 The Elder Statesman

16. You may not know the entire quote given here, but I hope you recognize lines three and four well enough to name the poem it comes from.

"I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these images, and cling;
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing."

"Wipe your hand across your mouth and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots."

 The Dry Salvages (from "Four Quartets")
 Whispers of Immortality
 The Burial of the Dead (from "The Waste Land")

17. If you had Eliot in school, you know about his conversion to Christianity. You may not know about his fascination with eastern religions, which influenced these famous lines:

"Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged,
And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light,
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality."

 Death by Water (from "The Waste Land")
 East Coker (from "Four Quartets")
 Burnt Norton (from "Four Quartets")
 What the Thunder Said (from "The Waste Land")

18. You don't have to tell us how to answer the question in the poem. Just tell us where to find the question.

"Who turned in the hall, one hand on the door. Vacant shuttles
Weave the wind. I have no ghosts,
An old man in a draughty house
Under a windy knob."

"After such knowledge, what forgiveness?"

 Growltiger's Last Stand
 The Cocktail Party

19. You know the last line of this quatrain. Giving it in context should help you recognize the source.

"Now is my way clear, now is the meaning plain:
Temptation shall not come in this kind again.
The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason."

 The Confidential Clerk
 The Cocktail Party
 The Family Reunion
 Murder in the Cathedral

20. Ah. You wondered where these lines came from. It was from T. S. Eliot:

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

 Little Gidding (from "Four Quartets")
 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
 Journey of the Magi
21. What was the last name of the human owner that the animals ran out of the farm?


22. Which type of animal was considered the smartest and therefore the best leader?

 the dogs
 the cats
 the sheep
 the pigs

23. Which type of animal was shot and killed at the Battle of the Cowshed?

 a sheep
 a horse
 a cow
 a dog

24. What was the name of the horse that left Animal Farm?


25. The Commandment "No animal shall ever sleep in a bed with sheets" was a part of the original seven commandments.


26. What was the name of the pig who was run out of Animal Farm by Napoleon?


27. What project did Napoleon initially oppose but later adopt?

 Building an irrigation system
 Building a windmill
 Building an army to invade the neighboring farms
 Shooting Mollie.

28. Who acted as a mediator between Animal Farm and the outside world?

 Mr. Whymper
 Mr. Louis

29. Animal Farm traded with the outside world.


30. Napoleon had animals killed after they professed themselves traitors.


31. Who pulled the sheep aside to teach them "Four legs good, two legs better."?


32. What was the windmill named?

 Napoleon Mill
 Mollie's Mill
 Animal Farm Mill
 Cowshed Mill

33. How did Frederick pay for the timber he bought from Napoleon?

 with cow's milk
 with a check
 with forged bank notes
 with pennies

34. How was the windmill destroyed the second time?

 Snowball set it on fire
 Napoleon set it on fire by accident by falling asleep with a lit cigar.
 A storm caused it to fall
 Frederick and some men blew it up.

35. Whom did the pigs meet with after they were seen walking on their two hind legs?

 Mr. Whymper

36. In "Rabbit Redux", what drink does Harry's father always order when they meet at the bar after work?

 A Budweiser
 A daiquiri
 A Schlitz
 A gin and tonic

37. In "Rabbit Run", what show is Janice watching on TV when Rabbit decides to leave for the first time?

 The Ed Sullivan Show
 Laugh In
 The local weather report
 The Micky Mouse Club

38. What is the maiden name of Peggy Fosnacht?


39. What is the legal first name of Nelson's son?


40. What is the name of the Country Club Janice and Harry belong to in "Rabbit is Rich"?

 The Flying Eagle
 Mt Judge Country Club
 Peregrine Landing
 Green Valley

41. Where does Nelson attend college?

 Penn State
 The University of Maryland
 Kent State

42. In "Rabbit, Run" Harry first meets Ruth when Tothero takes him out to eat at what type of establishment?

 A bar
 A fast food restaurant
 A deli
 A Chinese restaurant

43. Charlie Stavros is mentioned to be of what ethnic background?

 American Indian

44.What kind of boat does Harry rent with his grand-daughter, Judy, in "Rabbit At Rest"?

 A yacht
 A motor boat
 A sunfish
 A pontoon boat

45. What is the name of Harry's younger sister?

 Katherine "Kathy"
 Stephanie "Stevie"
 Linda "Lynn"
 Miriam "Mim"

46.What is the title of the 1949 George Orwell novel which told of life in a totalitarian state dominated by 'Big Brother', 'Newspeak', and the 'Two Minute Hate'?

 Animal Farm
 Brave New World
 Life During Wartime

47. What is the title of the 1932 Aldous Huxley novel in which the psychedelic drug 'soma' is used to pacify the citizens and people are divided into the castes Alpha through Epsilon based on their genetic make-up?

 The World of Null-A
 Brave New World
 The Last and First Men
 The Inverted World

48. What is the title of the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel in which a Beethoven-loving juvenile delinquent convicted of murder is programmed to find both violence and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony physically repulsive?

 A Clockwork Orange
 Camp Concentration
 Time Out of Joint
 Brave New World

49. In a 1969 Ursula LeGuin novel an ethnologist visits a planet with a usually neuter population. Individuals randomly become either male or female at the peak of a periodic sexual cycle. What is the title of this Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel?

 Glen or Glenda
 The Female Man
 The Left Hand of Darkness
 The Dispossessed

50. In 1965 Frank Herbert wrote a novel set on the desert planet of Arrakis inhabited by giant sandworms. What is the title of this novel which was made into a much maligned film by David Lynch?

 Earth Abides
 The Stand
 The Way Station

51. What is the title of the 1966 Isaac Asimov novel in which a medical team is placed in a submarine, miniaturized, and injected into the body of a patient?

 The Puppet Masters
 Fantastic Voyage
 The Centauri Device

52. What is the title of a 1968 John Brunner novel about overpopulation?

 Make Room! Make Room!
 Shockwave Rider
 The Stand
 Stand On Zanzibar

53. In 1973 J.G. Ballard wrote a novel about a subculture of people who become sexually aroused by automobile accidents and recreate car crashes involving celebrities. What is the title of this novel which was made into a movie starring James Spader and directed by David Cronenberg?

 The Demolished Man
 The Car That Ate Paris
 The Soft Machine

54. What is the name of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy trilogy featuring Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, and Gandalf?

 The Lord of the Rings
 The Book of the New Sun
 The Lord of Light
 The Foundation Trilogy

55.What is the title of the 1984 William Gibson cyberpunk novel set in a world of global computer networks and virtual reality?

 The Silicon Dagger
 The Space Merchants

56.. What is the title of the 1969 Kurt Vonnegut novel which tells the story of Billy Pilgrim who survived the bombing of Dresden?

 Cat's Cradle
 Breakfast of Champions
 The Stand

57. What is the title of the 1976 Kingsley Amis alternative history novel set in modern Europe about a boy singer facing surgery to preserve his soprano voice?

 The Female Man
 The Alteration
 Childhood's End

 58.What is special about the name of the village, in 'Under Milkwood'?

 It is the name of Dylan Thomas' hometown.
 It is a real welsh word, meaning 'nothing there'.
 It is named after Thomas and his wife.
 It says something backwards.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" is set in which city?


59.. When she was a young woman, Miss Brodie's fiance died on Flanders Field in World War I. What was her fiance's name?


60. Who is the school's headmistress?

 Miss Gaunt
 Miss Blaine
 Miss Mackay
 Miss Lockhart

61.Which one of Miss Brodie's girls is famous for sex?


62. Which girl spots Miss Brodie kissing Mr. Lloyd?


63. When she becomes an adult, which girl writes a book titled "The Transfiguration of the Commonplace"?


64. What unusual physical attribute does Mr. Lloyd possess?

 He has only one eye.
 He has only one arm.
 He walks with a limp.
 He has six fingers on one hand.

65. Who lives at Cramond?

 Miss Brodie
 Miss Mackay
 Mr. Lloyd
 Mr. Lowther

66. How old is Miss Brodie when she dies?


67. Which saying does Miss Brodie NOT deliver in the novel?

 To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.
 Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.
 Beauty is greater than science. Beauty comes first, and then science.
 I am putting old heads on your young shoulders.

 68.Henry Perowne wakes in the middle of the night and looks out of his bedroom window. He sees a bright light moving across the London skyline; a plane is on fire. He ruminates on the possibilities of the event unfurling in front of him. What does the emergency he sees before him turn out to be?

 A passenger plane that crashes into the Post Office Tower as part of a terrorist attack on London
 A military aircraft that has been attacked by a surface to air missile
 A cargo plane with an engine on fire that safely lands
 A passenger plane after a bird strike that crash lands at Heathrow

69. It is a Saturday so Henry Perowne has a day off from work, though as a medical doctor he remains on call. What is his specialist area of medicine?


70. What big event is due to take place in London that particular Saturday?

 The FA Cup Final
 The anti-Iraq war march for peace
 The 7th July bomb attacks on London
 A state visit by the US President

71. As his wife is working that day, how does Henry choose to spend his Saturday?

 Visiting his mother
 Playing squash
 Going to his son's music rehearsal
 All of these

72. On his way to his Saturday morning activity, Perowne comes across Baxter, who is soon to become a large part of his day. How do they meet?

 He accidentally bumps into Baxter and knocks him to the floor
 He sees Baxter outside his house selling drugs
 They have a minor car accident
 He notices Baxter stalking his wife

73. Perowne avoids a beating at the hands of Baxter and his associates by diagnosing Baxter's illness. What is the genetic disorder that he is suffering from?

 Parkinson's disease
 Huntington's disease
 Cockayne syndrome
 Lou Gehrig's disease

74. As the day's major event gets underway, Perowne thinks back to the time that he was introduced to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. At what event did this meeting take place?

 The Queen's summer garden party
 The opening of an art gallery
 At a rugby match
 At a political rally

75. The evening's event is a family get together that is hopefully going to involve a reconciliation between Perowne's father-in-law, John, and his daughter, Daisy. The two had fallen out when John had criticised Daisy's work. What is the profession that they share?


76. Baxter unexpectedly gatecrashes the get-together and holds the family hostage at knifepoint. What does Henry discover about his daughter as a consequence of Baxter's intrusion?

 That she once dated Baxter
 That she knows kung fu
 That she is pregnant
 That she has cancer

77. Baxter's control of the situation is broken when Daisy recites a poem to him at her grandfather's suggestion. What is the poem she recites?

 "February 17th" by Ted Hughes
 "Jerusalem" by William Blake
 "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold
 "The Rolling English Road" by GK Chesterton

78.How does Miss Kenton describe Stevens' father  in the Booker Prize winning novel Remains of the Day when she sees him outside the summerhouse shortly after his fall?

 As though searching for a jewel he had dropped there
 As though he hoped to find a diamond encrusted crown
 As though searching for the hidden meaning of life
 As though he were searching for his lost youth

Next 10 questions are from Graham Green 's novel The Power and Glory 

 79.What is the whiskey priest's name?

 Mr. Tench
 His name isn't given
 Padre Jose

80. What is the whiskey priest's crime?

 None of these

81. Which of the following DOES NOT make the whiskey priest believe that he is a "bad priest"?

 He murdered the mestizo
 He is an alcoholic
 He had a daughter
 None of these

82. What is the name of the whiskey priest's home parish?

 Las Casas

83. What is the whiskey priest's daughter's name?

 He doesn't have a daughter

84. What "game" does Coral teach the whiskey priest?

 Morse Code

85. What is the name of the book that the whiskey priest leaves at the dentist's house, and what language was it written in?

 The whiskey priest is illiterate.
 "The Holy Bible" (English)
 "La Martir Eterna" (Latin)
 "Bueno Viernes y La Resureccion" (Spanish)

86. What kind of Bible does the whiskey priest critique at the Lehr's house?

 King George
 New American
 The Lehrs are Atheists

87. When the whiskey priest is taken to prison, how much money does he have? (Remember, he isn't able to pay the fine)

 50 centavos
 2 pesos
 1 peso
 25 centavos

89. The whiskey priest dies and comes back to life.


Next 10 questions are from Passage to India 

 90.Why, at the beginning of the novel, is Adela Quested dissatisfied with her visit to India?

 Because she wants to see the real India
 Because she does not get along with Mrs. Moore
 Because she wants to be engaged to Ronny
 Because she dislikes Ronny's friends

91. What is the main reason Aziz decides not to attend the Bridge Party?

 He feels sick to his stomach
 He is angry with Major Callendar
 He wants to spend time with his children
 It coincides with the anniversary of his wife's death

92. The book is divided into three sections. Mosque, Caves and ...?


93. In which city is most of the action set?


94. What makes Adela decide she does want to marry Ronny?

 The event at the caves
 Mrs Moore tells her to
 Nothing - she just decides
 The accident

95. Who misjudges the length of a prayer?

 Mrs Moore

96. Who is the magistrate at Aziz's trial?


97. Who or what attracts Adela at Aziz's trial?

 Green Bird
 Mrs Moore

98. Whose birth are the Hindus (including Godbole) waiting for?

 Shri Krishna
 Stella Moore's baby
 Adela's baby

99.Who does Aziz think Fielding married?

 Ronny Heaslop
 Stella Moore
 Adela Quested
 Ralph Moore

Next 10 questions are from Things Fall Apart 

100.The main character of "Things Fall Apart", the proud and tempestuous Okonkwo, is defined early in the novel by his relationship with his father, Unoka. Which of these best describes this relationship?

 Unoka disapproves of Okonkwo's lack of advancement in the village and is pressuring him to emulate the family's traditional success
 Okonkwo and Unoka are very close, hunting together and exercising great power in village politics
 Unoka died when Okonkwo was an infant, and Okonkwo is haunted by his memory
 Okonkwo is embarrassed by the lazy Unoka, who is widely considered a failure

101. Throughout the book, an unusual currency is used for most transactions. What is this unlikely coin of the realm?

 British shillings
 Polished agates
 Palm seeds

102. The main political unit in "Things Fall Apart" is the alliance of "nine villages", including Okonkwo's village of Umuofia. Following the murder of one of Umuofia's women (identified in the text only as "Udo's wife"), Okonkwo negotiates a peace with Umuofia's enemies, wherein they will send Udo a virgin as compensation and give up one of their young boys as well. The boy, Ikemefuna, becomes a part of Okonkwo's household, even calling Okonkwo "father". What ends up happening to Ikemefuna?

 The Oracle decrees that he must die, and Okonkwo kills him
 He turns traitor against Okonkwo and Umuofia, leading to the collapse of the alliance
 He eventually becomes king of the nine villages, leading them in revolt against the British
 He dies of malaria

103. In Chapter 8, Okonkwo is having a discussion with several of his village's men. One of them, Obierika, remarks that in two other villages (Abame and Aninta) titled men climb trees and pound food for their wives, tasks seen as women's work in Umuofia. Okonkwo replies that in some tribes the children belong to the wife and her family, a proposition a third man, Machi, dismisses as ludicrous. Obierika concludes this discussion with a tall tale he has heard, that there are ___________.

 great steel birds which soar without flapping their wings
 giant villages sculpted of red stone in a land across the sea
 huge metal canoes that carry dozens of men and tons of food
 white men, "white like this piece of chalk", who have no toes

104. Chapter 13 sees Okonkwo banished from Umuofia for killing someone. What were the circumstances of this homicide?

 Firing off a gun at the funeral of village elder Ezeudu to celebrate his great life, Okonkwo accidentally kills Ezeudu's son
 Enraged by how slowly she does her household chores, Okonkwo kills his wife
 Okonkwo kills a British colonial official, and he is banished lest the British take revenge
 Okonkwo leads a raid against another of the nine villages, incurring the wrath of even his own kinsmen
105. The first British evangelist in the area, Mr. Brown, callously disregards local customs, learning nothing of Umuofia's traditional spirituality while imposing his own. Fittingly, his church collapses, a victim of the spirits in Umuofia's taboo area, the "evil forest".


106. Mr. Brown is succeeded by Mr. Smith, who, in contrast to Brown, is much more open and understanding, making much greater allowance for native customs.


107.A recurrent motif of "Things Fall Apart" is the assumption of divine roles by the worthy men of the village. These men wear masks representing figures like the evil forest and the tree spirit, and take the collective title "egwugwu". At the annual feast of the Earth deity, a Christian convert named Enoch shows his disregard for the egwugwu by ripping off one of their masks. How do they egwugwu retaliate for this offense?

 They do not - they trust that their god, Chukwu, will deliver justice
 They kill Enoch and Mr. Smith
 They burn down Enoch's compound and the church
 They take all the sacred fixtures from the church and ritually desecrate them

108. After various legal struggles with the British administration, including the capture of several of Umuofia's leaders (including Okonkwo) and the leveling of heavy fines, a meeting is called in the marketplace to organize opposition to these depredations. Five British court messengers arrive to break up this assembly. What action does Okonkwo take?

 He leads a revolt, capturing the court messengers and ransoming them
 He negotiates as peace where the British will leave the area in exchange for an annual tribute
 He disbands the meeting and converts to Christianity
 He kills one of the court messengers, but his people allow the others to escape

109. The novel concludes with the British District Commissioner contemplating Okonkwo's life, remarking to himself that it would make for a fascinating paragraph in his upcoming book: "The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger".


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