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John Keats Previous Year UGC-NET | GATE Questions

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“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever” occurs in :
(A) “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
(B) “Ode to Autumn”
(C) “Ode to Psyche”
(D) “Endymion”
Ans: (D)

What superstition around the Eve of St. Agnes is crucial to an understanding John Keat’s famous poem ?
(A) If a virgin performed the proper ritual on St. Agnes’ Eve, she would dream of her future husband.
(B) If a virgin performed the proper ritual on St. Agnes’ Eve, she would marry her lover.
(C) If a married woman performed the proper ritual on St. Agnes’ Eve, she would be reunited with her husband.
(D) If a woman performed the proper ritual on St. Agnes’ Eve, she would dream of her future lover.
Ans: (A)

“Thou wast no born for death immortal Bird.”
In what sense is the Bird “immortal” as compared to mortal man ?
I. Here man as an individual is unfairly compared to a bird as a species.
II. The word “Bird” stands for the nightingale’s song.
III. When considered as a species man is equally “immortal” as the “Bird”.
IV. The “Bird” is “Immortal” because songs of birds have given pleasure to man through the ages.
Find the correct combination according to the code :
(A) Only I and III are correct
(B) Only IV is incorrect
(C) Only II and IV are correct
(D) Only I and IV are incorrect
Ans: (C)

One of the most quoted statements on poetry by John Keats is reproduced with blanks below. Complete the statement with correct words. If Poetry __________ as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it __________ at all.
(A) does not come; hid better not come
(B) comes not; might come not
(C) come not; had better not come
(D) come not; did not come
Ans: (C)

Match the phrase to the ode :
(a) beechen green
(b) gathering swallows
(c) globed peonies
(d) green altar
(i) “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
(ii) “Ode on Melancholy”
(iii) “Ode to a Nightingale
(iv) “To Autumn”
Code :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) (iii) (ii) (iv) (i)
(B) (iv) (ii) (iii) (i)
(C) (iv) (iii) (ii) (i)
(D) (iii) (iv) (ii) (i)
Ans: (D)

What would help a reader recognize Keats’s “To Autumn” as a poem from the Romantic period?
(A) Its logical succession of images
(B) Its concise use of couplets
(C) Its lavish natural imagery
(D) Its use of iambic pentameter
Ans: (C)

Assertion (AST) : Literary and historical periodization often has nothing to do with the lifetime of writers. Thus we see two writers born in the same year belonging to two separate periods.
Reasoning/ (R) : Thomas Carlyle and John Keats were born in 1795. In standard literary histories, Example: Keats is a Romantic and Carlyle, a Victorian.

(A) (AST) and (R) are correct
(B) (AST) is correct; (R) is incorrect
(C) (AST) and (R) are incorrect
(D) (R) does not follow from (AST)
Ans: (A)

In a letter to his brother George in September 1819, John Keats had this to say about a fellow romantic poet : “He describes what he sees – I describe what I imagine – Mine is the hardest task.” The poet under reference is
(A) Wordsworth
(B) Coleridge
(C) Byron
(D) Southey
Ans: (C)

In Keats’ poetic career, the most productive year was
(A) 1816
(B) 1817
(C) 1820
(D) 1819
Ans: (D)

Which of the following poem by Keats uses the Spenserian stanza ?
(A) Endymion
(B) The Fall of Hyperion
(C) The Eve of St. Agnes
(D) Lamia
Ans: (C)

___ the very word is like a bell
To toll me back from thee to my sole self!
Which word?

(A) Bird
(B) Immortal
(C) Forlorn
(D) Fancy
Ans: (C)

The island setting of Latmos figures in Keats’s
(A) Endymion
(B) The Eve of St. Agnes
(C) Lamia
(D) Hyperion
Ans: (A)

Who defined poetry as ‘the best words in the best order’?
(A) Wordsworth
(B) Coleridge
(C) Keats
(D) Shelley
Ans: (B)

 In the Fall of Hyperion Keats’s Muse figure is
(A) Thea
(B) Moneta
(C) Lamia
(D) Calliope
Ans: (B)

“A rosy sanctuary will I dress With the wreathed trellis of a working brain.” The above lines are quoted from
(A) ‘Adonais’
(B) ‘Ode to Psyche’
(C) ‘Eve of St. Agnes’
(D) ‘Endymion’
Ans: (B)

With what does the speaker claim to be half in love in “Ode to a Nightingale”?
(A) the nightingale’s haunting melody
(B) the scented flavour of early summer
(C) the night sky and all the stars
(D) the peace that comes with death
Ans: (D)

Which Keat’s poem was originally intended to be part of a collection of verse-tales based on stories by Boccaccio?
(A) The Eve of St. Agnes
(B) Lamia
(C) Isabella
(D) Hyperion
Ans: (C)

In The Fall of Hyperion : A Dream Keats sees a ladder leading upwards and is addressed by a prophetess in the following words : “None can usurp this height … / But those to whom the miseries of the world / Are misery, and will not let them rest.” Who is the prophetess ?
(A) Urania
(B) Moneta
(C) Melete
(D) Mneme
Ans: (B)

Keats’s “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” combines two poetic forms
I. Lyric
II. Dramatic Monologue
III. Ballad
IV. Sonnet
The right combination according to the code is
(A) II and III
(B) I and IV
(C) I and III
(D) II and IV
Ans: (C)

Match the poem with the opening lines :
(a) “Ode to Psyche”
(b) “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
(c) “Ode to a Nightingale”
(d) “Ode on Melancholy”

(1) “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense, as though of Hemlock I had drunk,”
(2) “No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its Poisonous wine,”
(3) “Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of silence and Slow time,”
(4) “O Goddess ! hear these tuneless numbers, by sweet enforcement and Remembrance dear,”

(A) (a)-(4), (b)-(1), (c)-(3), (d)-(2)
(B) (a)-(3), (b)-(4), (c)-(2), (d)-(1)
(C) (a)-(4), (b)-(3), (c)-(1), (d)-(2)
(D) (a)-(1), (b)-(3), (c)-(2), (d)-(4)
Ans: (C)

Which interpretation of Keats’s “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” best represents the mimetic perspective?
(A) The line is an ironic quotation, the equation of “beauty” and “truth” as “all we know on earth” suggests that reality is an illusory concept and that the primary function of art is to construct a world within an aesthetic reality of its own.
(B) Those aspects of reality which we perceive to be “beautiful” are the only worthy subject matter of the artist, and it is the artist’s job to observe closely and isolate those sublime elements from the flux of the mundane.
(C) The author’s arbitrary imposition of order upon the chaotic impressions of reality constitutes the only “truth” in a work of art.
(D) A work of literature is “beautiful” insofar as it offers an accurate representation of its subject matter, with fully realized characters and vivid description of events.
Ans: (D)

Who among the following is celebrated in John Keats’s Lines on the Mermaid Tavern?
(A) Jack, the Ripper
(B) Bryson of the Park
(C) Jack, the Giant-Killer
(D) Robin Hood
Ans: (D)

Which two of the following poems can be categorized as poems belonging to the neo-classical period of English literature.

  1. “The ring and the book”
  2. “The Vanity of human wishes”
  3. “Cato”
  4. “Lamia”

Choose the correct option:

A) (a) and (b)

B) (b) and (c)

C) (c) and (d)

D) (a) and (d)

Ans: (B)

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