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Choose the best answer for each blank.
1. ________, the “father of English poetry” and one of the greatest narrative poets of England, was born in London about 1340.
A. Geoffrey Chaucer B. Sir Gawain
C. Francis Bacon D. John Dryden
2. Chaucer died on the 25th October 1400, and was buried in ________.
A. Flanders B. France
C. Italy D. Westminster Abbey
3. The progress in industry at home stimulated the commercial expansion abroad. ________ encouraged exploration and travel, which were compatible with the interest of the English merchants.
A. Henry V B. Henry VII
C. Henry VIII D. Queen Elizabeth
4. Except being a victory of England over ________, the rout of the fleet “Armada” (Invincible) was also the triumph of the rising young bourgeoisie over the declining old feudalism.
A. Spain B. France
C. America D. Norway
5. At the beginning of the 16th century the outstanding humanist ________ wrote his Utopia in which he gave a profound and truthful picture of the people’s suffering and put forward his ideal of a future happy society.
A. Thomas More B. Thomas Marlowe
C. Francis Bacon D. William Shakespear
6. Absolute monarchy in England reached its summit during the reign of Queen ________.
A. Mary B. Elizabeth
C. William D. Victoria
7. English Renaissance Period was an age of ________.
A. prose and novel B. poetry and drama
C. essays and journals D. ballads and songs
8. From the following, choose the one which is not Francis Bacon’s work: ________.
A. The Advancement of Learning B. The New Instrument
C. Essays D. The New Atlantics
E. Venus and Adonis
9. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” This is the beginning line of one of Shakespeare’s ________.
A. songs B. plays
C. comedies D. sonnets
10. The heroines of Shakespeare’s great comedies, ________ are the daughters of the Renaissance, whose images and stories will remain a legacy to readers and audiences of all time.
A. Portia B. Roseland
C. Viola D. Beatrice
11. Choose the four great tragedies of Shakespeare from the following ________.
A. Hamlet B. Othello
C. Macbeth D. King Lear
E. Timon of Athens
12. Which play is not a comedy? ________
A. A Midsummer Night’s Dream B. The Merchant of Venice
C. Twelfth Night D. Romeo and Juliet
E. As You Like It
13. “Denmark is a prison”. In which play does the hero summarise his observation of his world into such a bitter sentence? ________
A. Charles I B. Othello
C. Henry VIII D. Hamlet
14. The works of ________ and the Authorised Version of the English Bible are the two great treasuries of the English language.
A. Geoffrey Chaucer B. Edmund Spenser
C. William Shakespeare D. Ben Johnson
15. In which play does the hero show his profound reverence for man through the sentence: “What a piece of wok is a man! How nobel in reason! How finite in faculty!” ________
A. Romeo and Juliet B. Hamlet
C. Othello D. The Merchant of Venice
16. In 1649, ________ was beheaded. England became a commonwealth.
A. James I B. James II
C. Charles I D. Charles II
17. The revolution of 1688 meant three of the following things: ________.
A. the supremacy of Parliament
B. the beginning of modern England
C. the triumph of the principal liberty
D. the triumph of the principle of political liberty
E. the Restoration of monarchy
18. Who of the following were the important metaphysical poets? ________
A. John Donne B. George Herbert
C. John Milton D. Richard Lovelace
19. Which work was NOT written by John Milton? ________
A. Paradise Lost B. Paradise Regained
C. Samson Agonistes D. Volpone
20. Paradise Lost is ________.
A. John Milton’s masterpiece
B. a great epic in 12 books
C. written in blank verse
D. about the heroic revolt of Satan against God’s authority