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In which poem does the following line appear ? ”Our birth is but a sleep and aforgetting.” :
(A) “Michael”
(B) “Immortality Ode”
(C) “Rejection : An Ode”
(D) “Tintern Abbey”
Ans: (B)

The final version of Wordsworth’s The Prelude appeared in :
(A) 1798
(B) 1806
(C) 1850
(D) 1860
Ans: (C)

What a mockery this.
Of history, the past and that to come !
Now do I feel how all men are deceived,
Reading of nations and their, in faith,
Faith given to vanity and emptiness …
The prelude

The above extract is from
(A) Book 9 Residence in France
(B) Book 7 Residence in London
(C) Book 3 Residence in Cambridge
(D) Book 4 Summer Vacations
Ans: (A)

Sweet is the lore which nature brings; Our meddling intellect, Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things : We murder to dissect- Wordsworth Which of the following best summarises the speaker’s position ?
(A) Nature is incomplete without a human witness to attest to its beauty
(B) Human endeavours will succeed only if the laws of nature are taken into account
(C) Nature yields a pleasure superior to that derived from intrusive human inquiry
(D) He flaws inherent in human nature are also evident in the natural world
Ans: (C)

Antagonised by what he considered to be the provinciality of the Lake Poets, Byron wrote the preface to which of his works as a rebuke to Wordsworth’s own introduction to “The Thorn”?
(A) The Prisoner of Chillon
(B) Don Juan
(C) Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
(D) The Vision of Judgement
Ans: (B)

‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven’. This occurs in a poem by :
(A) William Wordsworth
(B) S. T. Coleridge
(C) Byron
(D) Shelley
Ans: (A)

Which of the following poems features the phrase, “the still, sad music of humanity” ?
(A) “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”
(B) “Michael : A Pastoral Poem”
(C) “The Solitary Reaper”
(D) “Tintern Abbey”
Ans: (D)

Which famous elegy closes with the following lines ?
“In the deserts of the heart/Let the healing fountain start,/In the prison of his days,/ Teach the free man how to praise.”
(A) In Memoriam
(B) Thyrsis
(C) “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”
(D) “Verses on the Death of T.S. Eliot”
Ans: (C)

In Wordsworth’s Prelude the Boy of Winander is affected by
(A) Blindness
(B) Deafness
(C) Muteness
(D) Lameness
Ans: (C)

The Prelude although begun as early as 1799 and finished in its first version in 1805, was not published until ……………..
(A) 1815
(B) 1820
(C) 1830
(D) 1850
Ans: (D)

In Book 5 of prelude, Wordsworth dreams of an Arab in the desert after reading which great work?
(A) Cervantes’s Don Quixote
(B) Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
(C) Euclid’s Elements
(D) Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Ans: (A)

Which British University figures in William Wordsworth’s Prelude ?
(A) Durham
(B) Glasgow
(C) Cambridge
(D) Oxford
Ans: (C)

In the opening book of The Prelude Wordsworth mentions famously that he was “fostered alike by __________ and __________”. Pick out the right pair.
(a) nature
(b) fear
(c) imagination
(d) beauty
The right combination according to the code is :
(A) (a) and (c)
(B) (d) and (b)
(C) (d) and (c)
(D) (a) and (d)
Ans: (B)

An English poet couldn`t help the excitement that an historical event caused in his life-time:
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven

Which poet? What ‘dawn’?
(A) W.H Auden; the Spanish Civil War
(B) Lord Tennyson; the Jubilee of Queen Victoria`s reign
(C) William Wordsworth; the French Revolution
(D) William Blake; the Industrial Revolution
Ans: (C)

Which version of the Lyrical Ballads was the first one to have the Preface by Wordsworth?
(A) 1798
(B) 1800
(C) 1802
(D) 1804
Ans: (B)

What is being described by Wordsworth in the following lines from his poem, The Thorn?
I’ve measured it from side to side;
’Tis three feet long and two feet wide.

(A) Fallen bough
(B) A cradle
(C) A small cot
(D) An Infant’s grave
Ans: (D)

Match the poet with the opening line of the poem.

a) Shelly

b) Coleridge

c) Keats

d) Wordsworth

i. I cry your mercy – pity love! Aye, love!

ii. The world is too much with us

iii. O world, O life, O time

iv. When true love burns desire is Love’s pure flame

Choose the correct option:

A) (a)-(iii), (b)-(iv), (c)-(i), (d)-(ii)

B) (a)-(iv), (b)-(iii), (c)-(ii), (d)-(i)

C) (a)-(ii), (b)-(iii), (c)-(iv), (d)-(i)

D) (a)-(i), (b)-(ii), (c)-(iii), (d)-(iv)

Ans: (A)

Who among the following believed that rhyme is not an integral part of poetry?
A. William Wordsworth
B. Horace
C. Samuel Daniel
D. Philip Sidney

Choose the most appropriate answer from the options given below
a) A and C only
b) B and D only
c) A and D only
d) D and C only
Ans: (B)

 Arrange the following critical works in their chronological order of publication:
A. “Preface to Lyrical Ballads”
B. “A Defence of Rhyme”
C. “Life of Cowley”
D. “The Frontiers of Criticism”

Choose the correct answer from the options given below:
a) A, C, B and D
b) B, A, C and D
c) B, C, A and D
d) C, A, D and B
Ans: (c)

Which of the following statements about The Lyrical Ballads is NOT true?
(A) It carried only one ballad proper, which was Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
(B) It also carried pastoral and other poems.
(C) It carried a “Preface” which Wordsworth added in 1800.
(D) It also printed from Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
Ans: (D)

A.R. Ammons parodies a famous poemin his “Swoggled”
I’d rather
suckled by
outworn pagan
get my horn
wreathed in
old Triton.

Which poet, which poem ?
(A) John Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”
(B) John Milton, “On His Blindness”
(C) William Wordsworth, “The World is Too Much with Us”
(D) Elizabeth B. Browning, “How do I Love Thee…?”
Ans: (C)

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