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Cultural Literacy Test - World Literature II

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1. What is the legend of Faust?
the story of a woman who unleashed a box full of evil on the world
the story of a king whose three daughters betray him
the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for youth, knowledge, and power
the story of a deformed man whose love for a gypsy is set against the backdrop of medieval Paris
2. In what genre did the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson chiefly write?
fairy tales
novels of social protest
one-act plays
3. What happens in the play Romeo and Juliet?
A Moorish general kills his wife in the belief that she was his lieutenant's lover.
A leader of the state is murdered in a political conspiracy.
A troubled prince plots against the king to avenge his dead father.
A boy and girl from feuding families fall in love and die while trying to flee together.
4. Who is the author of Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, and The Wild Duck?
Henrik Ibsen
Bertolt Brecht
Emile Zola
August Strindberg
5. Which siblings wrote Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights?
William and Henry James
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Emily and Charlotte Bronte
Thomas and Heinrich Mann
6. Who created the characters of the Wife of Bath, the Prioress, and the Pardoner?
Geoffrey Chaucer
William Shakespeare
Chretien de Troyes
Thomas Malory
7. Which of these novelists created the desperate, senti­mental housewife, Madame Bovary?
Honor de Balzac
Victor Hugo
Gustave Flaubert
8. A modern novelist for whom man's rediscovery of sexual vitality was the clue to his salvation is
D. H. Lawrence
Thomas Mann
E. M. Forster
Giinter Grass
9. Who was the author of Jude the Obscure, The Return of the Native, and The Mayor of Casterbridge?
L. P. Hartley
Peter Handke
Thomas Hardy
Winifred Holtley
10. Who was George Eliot?
a novelist; she wrote Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda
a poet; he wrote "Gerontion" and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
a novelist; he wrote Parktilden Village and Muriel
a novelist; she wrote Indiana and Consueio
11. Who wrote the story of Ulysses, a sailor who faced danger and adventure on his way home from the Trojan War?
James Joyce
12. Who is the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who wrote Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, and Death in Venice?
Thomas Mann
Anton Chekhov
Nikolai Gogol
Isak Dinesen
13. What happened to Robinson Crusoe?
He was orphaned and forced to steal for a living.
He fought for the freedom of the Jewish maiden, Rebecca.
He was shipwrecked on a deserted island.
He roamed the world, surviving misadventures, with Dr. Pangloss.
14. Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Malraux, and Martin are all
15. Which characters were created by Henry Fielding?
Felix Krull and Gustav von Aschenbach
Roderick Random and Humphrey Clinker
Pamela Andrews and Clarissa Harlowe
Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews
16. For which novels is Jane Austen known?
Villette and Shirley
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion
Felix Holt, Silas Marner, and Adam Bede
Cousin Bette and Lost Illusions
17. Which Russian novelist wrote sweeping sagas of his­torical and moral crises?
Leo Tolstoy
Ivan Turgenev
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Isaac Babel
18. A British novelist and critic who experimented with stream of consciousness and interior monologue was
Malcolm Lowry
D. M. Thomas
Virginia Woolf
Lytton Strachey
19. A Renaissance poet who wrote of a trip through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven was
Geoffrey Chaucer
John Milton
Dante Alighieri
Giovanni Bocaccio
20. Of what is this poem an example? Snow, softly, slowly, settles at dusk in a dance of white butterflies. -Harry Behn
a sonnet
a haiku
an epic
a ballad
21. Which of these plays is not by August Strindberg?
A Dream Play
Miss Julie
The Dance of Death
Six Characters in Search of an Author
22. Which of these authors made the year 1984 famous?
George Orwell
Aldous Huxley
H. G. Wells
all of the above
23. Who created the characters of the Cheshire Cat, Tweed­ledee and Tweedledum, and the Mad Hatter?
Joseph Jacobs
Charles Dodson
J.R.R. Tolkien
Edward Lear
24. For what is Ovid primarily known?
his poetry and discourses on love and art
his tragic plays
his epic poem about Aeneas
his philosophy of government
25. Which of these plays is not a Greek tragedy?
Oedipus the King
The Clouds
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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