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Cultural Literacy Test - World Literature II
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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
In what genre did the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson chiefly write?
novels of social protest
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.
Who is the author of Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, and The Wild Duck?
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
Who created the characters of the Wife of Bath, the Prioress, and the Pardoner?
Chretien de Troyes
Which of these novelists created the desperate, sentimental housewife, Madame Bovary?
Honor de Balzac
A modern novelist for whom man's rediscovery of sexual vitality was the clue to his salvation is
D. H. Lawrence
E. M. Forster
Who was the author of Jude the Obscure, The Return of the Native, and The Mayor of Casterbridge?
L. P. Hartley
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
Who wrote the story of Ulysses, a sailor who faced danger and adventure on his way home from the Trojan War?
Who is the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who wrote Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, and Death in Venice?
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.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Malraux, and Martin are all
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
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
Which Russian novelist wrote sweeping sagas of historical and moral crises?
A British novelist and critic who experimented with stream of consciousness and interior monologue was
D. M. Thomas
A Renaissance poet who wrote of a trip through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven was
Of what is this poem an example? Snow, softly, slowly, settles at dusk in a dance of white butterflies. -Harry Behn
Which of these plays is not by August Strindberg?
A Dream Play
The Dance of Death
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Which of these authors made the year 1984 famous?
H. G. Wells
all of the above
Who created the characters of the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the Mad Hatter?
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
Which of these plays is not a Greek tragedy?
Oedipus the King
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.