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Cultural Literacy Test - World Literature I

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1. Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov are novels by
Leo Tolstoy
Aleksandr Pushkin
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nikolai Gogol
2. Which of the following plays is not by George Bernard Shaw?
Man and Superman
Major Barbara
Antony and Cleopatra
3. The poems of William Wordsworth can best be described as
comic and rhetorical
lyrical and romantic
epic and didactic
sentimental and dramatic
4. James Joyce created which of the following characters?
Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus
Little Nell and Samuel Pickwick
Adam Bede and Dorothea Brooke
Jean Valjean and Fantine
5. A cave wherein prisoners see only shadows cast by a fire is a central simile in a work by
6. Which of these poets is associated with Irish national­ism and Celtic mythology?
William Butler Yeats
John Dryden
Rudyard Kipling
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
7. "Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree" is the opening to
The Fairie Queene by Edmund Spenser
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
The Vision of Delight by Ben Jonson
Paradise Lost by John Milton
8. Which of these characters does not appear in David Copperfield?
Uriah Heep
Mr. Micawber
9. Gothic novels generally feature
romantic settings and happy endings
gloomy settings and supernatural occurrences
exotic settings and a young boy's coming-of-age
historic settings and characters based on real people
10. Beowulf is the oldest existing English
historical document
11. Who was Jorge Luis Borges?
a Spanish novelist of the sixteenth century
a Mexican poet and diplomat
an Argentine short-story writer
a Chilean playwright
12. The hero of Gulliver's Travels
visits a land of tiny people and a land of philosophers
is shipwrecked on an island with only one inhabitant
travels around the world in a hot-air balloon
has a series of comical adventures in America
13. Who wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan?
Edgar Allan Poe
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Edward Fitzgerald
Robert Burns
14. Marcel Proust is famous for writing
a collection of poems called The Flowers of Evil
a hymn to the joys of unconventionality and sexuality
a seven-part novel about memory and time
all of the above
15. What do Alfred, Lord Tennyson; T. H. White; and Sir Thomas Malory have in common?
They all wrote during the Victorian era.
They all left England to live in France.
They all wrote poetry on mythical subjects.
They all wrote about the Arthurian legend.
16. Which of these works is not by Samuel Beckett?
the novel Malone Dies
the play Waiting for Godot
the play Endgame
the play The Maids
17. Which of these plays are by Anton Chekhov?
Ghosts, The Master Builder, When We Dead Awaken
The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard
Miss Julie, The Dance of Death, The Father
Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Arms and the Man
18. John Locke, Voltaire, and Jean Jacques Rousseau were
seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers
nineteenth-century politicians
sixteenth- and seventeenth-century novelists
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poets
19. Among the themes in Franz Kafka's work are
divine love and the achievement of mystical union with God
war and hope expressed through the earth's return to a natural state
alienation and the impossibility of human intercon­nection
sexual dependence and the role of women in society
20. Which British poet is not matched correctly with his work?
William Blake, "To a Mouse"
George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan
Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ozymandias"
John Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci"
21. Who wrote Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim?
E. M. Forster
Rudyard Kipling
Joseph Conrad
Sir Walter Scott
22. Who was Victor Hugo?
a leader of the French Protestants in the sixteenth century
a leading playwright in Victorian England
the deformed hero of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
a key figure in the Romantic movement in France
23. Alan Paton, Nadine Gordimer, and Athol Fugard are
South African writers
founders of the school of New Criticism
twentieth-century black dramatists
journalists who have received Pulitzer Prizes
24. The Epic Theater of Bertolt Brecht attempts to
shock the audience and force them to react
involve the audience intellectually rather than emo­tionally
create a sustained illusion that arouses pity and terror
convey the meaningless of existence through illogical dialogue
25. Miguel de Cervantes' most important work was
El Cid
Life Is a Dream
"The Death of a Bullfighter"
Don Quixote
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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