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Cultural Literacy Test - American Literature II

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1. Washington Irving created which of the following char­acters?
Diedrich Knickerbocker and Rip van Winkle
Meg, Beth, Amy, and Jo
Little Eva and Topsy
Billy Budd and Queequeg
2. Willa Cather is perhaps best known for her
stories of life on the New England coast
novels that celebrate the American past
poems about spiritual growth and doubt
essays on the rights of women
3. The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! are two novels by
Robert Penn Warren
William Faulkner
Booth Tarkington
Katherine Anne Porter
4. What is a "tall tale"?
a short novel set on the prairie
any tale whose main characters are animals with human traits
an exaggerated anecdote about frontier life
a stream-of-consciousness story by Edgar Allan Poe
5. Herman Melville is famous for his
tales of life along the Mississippi River
poems about the simple pleasures of sport and competition
novels about sea voyages
adventure stories about explorers and pirates
6. The Waste Land and Four Quartets are poems by
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Wallace Stevens
Carl Sandburg
T. S. Eliot
7. Uncle Tom's Cabin was an important influence on
the Abolitionist movement
American isolationists
the carpetbaggers
the colonial militia
8. Which of these people wrote in prerevolutionary times?
Mary Mapes Dodge and William Dean Howells
Waldo Frank and Josephine Herbst
Sarah Orne Jewett and George Washington Cable
Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards
9. Which of these plays are by Arthur Miller?
Death of a Salesman and The Crucible
Sweet Bird of Youth and The Night of the Iguana
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wooer and The Zoo Story
Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth
10. Ernest Hemingway's writing style is characterized by
flowing imagery and poetic diction
biting wit and sarcastic humor
terseness and understatement
sentimentality and use of symbolic structure
11. Louisa May Alcott is known for her
somewhat moralistic novels for children
unique educational philosophy and ideas for school reform
illustrated children's stories about animals
strong antislavery sentiment and political speech­writing
12. Which of these works are by Richard Wright?
Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time
The 42nd Parallel and Manhattan Transfer
Native Son and Black Boy
Bronzeville Boys and Girls and The Bean Eaters
13. Which of these lines is attributable to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?
"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks."
"Life is real! Life is earnest! / And the grave is not its goal."
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear, / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere."
all of the above
14. Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle are novels by
Thomas Pynchon
Kurt Vonnegut
William Styron
Joseph Heller
15. Henry James's influence on later writers stems from his
attention to point of view and psychological realism
use of regional dialect and historical settings
emphasis on heroic traits in handicapped or impov­erished characters
all of the above
16. What do Sherwood Anderson and Edgar Lee Masters have in common?
Both wrote about small towns in the Midwest.
Both started literary magazines in Boston.
Both published tales based on Cajun legends.
Both satirized New York and European society.
17. Which of these authors are known for their science fiction?
Arthur Schlesinger, Daniel Boorstein, Frances Fitz­gerald
Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, Isaac Asimov
A. R. Gurney, Lanford Wilson, Beth Henley
Marjorie K. Rawlings, John Hersey, Pearl Buck
18. Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffens were part of
the Puritan tradition
the school of regionalism
the Transcendentalist movement
the muckraking movement
19. Walt Whitman's poetry was among the first in America to
concentrate on rural themes
eliminate regular metrical structure
apply medievalism to American art
emphasize form over emotion
20. Rabbit, Run and The Centaur are novels by
Mary McCarthy
Robert Coover
John Updike
Bernard Malamud
21. Which of these writers are associated with the Beat movement?
John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, John Gould Fletcher
Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg
Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, Robert La Follette
Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Eldridge Cleaver
22. Marianne Moore is known for her
plays satirizing "the rat race"
biographies of famous American women
ironic poems on everyday subjects
financial support of "Lost Generation" writers
23. Dorothy Parker, E. B. White, and James Thurber were all
24. Who wrote Common Sense and The Rights of Man?
Thomas Paine
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Henry Adams
25. Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire are novels by
Donald Barthelme
Edna Ferber
Vladimir Nabokov
John Barth
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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