History of English language-1

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History of English language

 

Q1. What are the defining characteristics of the period of Renaissance?

Q2. Write an essay on the Restoration Age.

Q3. The major poets of British Romanticism are often divided up into two generations. Elaborate.

Q4. Voices of the Victorian authors were loud against the evils of materialism, mechanisation, social and moral injustices. Comment.

Q5. How did Old English differ from Modern English? Can you explain this with reference to both grammar and vocabulary?

Q6. Characterise the influence of Scandinavian on the English language?

Q7. Discuss the characteristics of English Language

Q8. Explain the term Morphology ?

 

Case Study

It was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. Its influence affected literature, philosophy, art, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual enquiry. The scholars employed the humanist method in study, and searched for realism and human emotion in art. Humanism was not a philosophy per se, but rather a method of learning. In contrast to the medieval scholastic method, which focused on resolving contradictions between authors, humanists would study ancient texts in the original, typically written in Latin or ancient Greek, and appraise them through a combination of reasoning and empirical evidence. Scholars scoured Europe’s monastic libraries, searching for works of classical antiquity which had fallen into obscurity.

Q1. Which period does the above paragraph mention?

Q2. Name the author belonging to this period

Q3. Who is popular dramatist from this period

 

Assignment – C

 

Question 1: who wrote Dramatic Lyrics (1842), Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845), Men and Women (1855), Dramatis Personae (1864), Dramatic Idylls (1879-80)

  1. Sir Walter Scott
  2. Jane Austen
  3. Horace Walpole
  4. none of these

 

Question 2: ………………. was one of the greatest prose-writer of the period. He was imbued with the spirit of Puritanism. To him goes the credit of being the precursor of the English novel. His greatest work is The Pilgrim’s Progress.

  1. John Bunyan
  2. Dryden
  3. John Milton
  4. none of these

 

Question 3: ………………… dealt with themes of epic magnitude. The heroes and heroines possessed superhuman qualities. The purpose of this tragedy was didactic-to inculcate virtues in the shape of bravery and conjugal love. It was written in the ‘heroic couplet’ in accordance with the heroic convention derived from France that ‘heroic metre’ should be used in such plays. In it declamation took the place of natural dialogue. Moreover, it was characterised by bombast, exaggeration and sensational effects wherever possible.

  1. Mystery Plays
  2. Mock Epic
  3. Comedy Of Manners
  4. Heroic Tragedy

 

Question 4: ………………………………………………………who worked in collaboration, were the originators of the periodical essay.

  1. The Bronte sisters.
  2. Keats and Shelly
  3. Coleridge and Shelley
  4. Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele

 

Question 5: He was a poet from the Romantic age who was addicted to Opium and made supernatural his special domain which was an important aspect of the Romantic Movement. Who is this poet?

  1. keats
  2. Wordsworth
  3. Coleridge
  4. Southey

 

Question 6: He was an invalid, of small sature and delicate constitution, whose bad nerves and cruel headaches made his life, in his own phrase, a ‘long disease’. Moreover, being a Catholic he had to labour under various restrictions. But the wonder is that in spite of his manifold handicaps, this small, ugly man has left a permanent mark on the literature of his age. He was highly intellectual, extremely ambitious and capable of tremendous industry. The Rape of the Lock, is in some ways his masterpiece.

  1. Addison
  2. Alexandar Pope
  3. John Gay
  4. Jonathan Swift

 

Question 7: He was an invalid, of small sature and delicate constitution, whose bad nerves and cruel headaches made his life, in his own phrase, a ‘long disease’. Moreover, being a Catholic he had to labour under various restrictions. But the wonder is that in spite of his manifold handicaps, this small, ugly man has left a permanent mark on the literature of his age. He was highly intellectual, extremely ambitious and capable of tremendous industry. The Rape of the Lock, is in some ways his masterpiece.

  1. Addison
  2. Alexandar Pope
  3. John Gay
  4. Jonathan Swift

 

Question 8: It was in this time period that the novel began its rise in popularity. The availability of cheap paper made mass publication possible. Serialized novels and magazines were popular with the masses. Contrived plot twists such as strained coincidences and romantic triangles were often utilized. This time period also saw a heightened conflict between the rich and the poor. In poetry elegies were extremely popular. what is the name of the time period ?

  1. romatic era
  2. victoran age
  3. Renaissance
  4. modern period

 

Question 9: Lamb, Hazlitt and De Quince are prose writers from which age?

  1. Victorian age
  2. Romantic Age
  3. Elizabethan Era
  4. Modern Age

 

Question 10: Lyrical Ballads is written by……………………………………………………………?

  1. keats
  2. Shelley
  3. Wordsworth
  4. Coleridge

 

Question 11: Pick out the odd one.

  1. Christabel
  2. Kubla Khan
  3. The Solitary Reaper
  4. The Ancient Mariner

 

Question 12: Pick out the odd one.

  1. Hard Times
  2. lolita
  3. vanity fair
  4. Jude The obscure

 

Question 13: Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen belong to which group of modern poets?

  1. War Poets
  2. Lake Poets
  3. Georgian Poets
  4. none of these

 

Question 14: The gothic Novels The Mysteries of Udolpho and the Italian are written by……………………………………………………………

  1. Bram stoker
  2. Mrs. Ann Radciffe
  3. Mary Shelley
  4. Horace Walpole

 

Question 15: The Lake Poets belonged to which period?

  1. Romantic Age
  2. Victorian age
  3. Elizabethan Era
  4. none of these

 

Question 16: The major theme of …………… was nature. The authors from this period saw patterns and meaning in the natural world around them. This was a time of lyrical ballad. Also, this period brought to popularity the gothic horror novel.

  1. Neo classical period
  2. Romantic period
  3. Elizabethan Era
  4. Victorain period

 

Question 17: The name ‘restoration’ comes from the crowning of …………….., which marks the restoring of the traditional English monarchical form of government following a short period of rule by a handful of republican governments

  1. James II
  2. Charles II
  3. Queen Elizabeth
  4. King Lear

 

Question 18: The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1777) are famous comedies written by……………………………………………………………?

  1. Richard Brinsely Sheridan
  2. Henry Fielding
  3. Ben Jonson
  4. Daniel Defoe

 

Question 19: These were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. What are we talking about?

  1. Restoration Comedies
  2. Theatre of the Absurd
  3. Naturalistic Plays
  4. All of these

 

Question 20: what is the time span of the Victorian Era?

  1. 1500-1642
  2. 1832-1900
  3. 1500-1660
  4. 1900-1980

 

Question 21: what was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans?

  1. Lewis Caroll
  2. Emily Dickenson
  3. Mary Shelley
  4. George Elliot

 

Question 22: which one among the follwing is not a novel by Thomas Hardy

  1. Under the Greenwood Tree
  2. Middlemarch
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd
  4. The Mayor of Casterbridge

 

Question 23: which one of the follwing is not a lake poet?

  1. Wordsworth
  2. Keats
  3. Coleridge
  4. Southey

 

Question 24: which one of the follwing is not a poet from the Victorian Era?

  1. T.S. Elliot
  2. Robert Browning
  3. Alfred Tennyson
  4. Thomas Hardy

 

Question 25: who among the following is a Bronte?

  1. charlotte
  2. Emily
  3. Anne
  4. All of these

 

Question 26: Who defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling”

  1. Wordsworth
  2. Coleridge
  3. Keats
  4. Shelley

 

Question 27: Who ruled England during the Protectorate/ Commonwealth period?

  1. Queen Elizabeth I
  2. Henvy VIII
  3. King Charles I
  4. Oliver Cromwell

 

Question 28: Who wrote A thing of beauty is a joy for ever?

  1. John Keats
  2. George Gordon Byron
  3. William Wordsworth
  4. Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Question 29: Who wrote Childe Harold Pilgrimage ?

  1. `Lord George Gordon Byron
  2. William Wordsworth
  3. Thomas Campbell
  4. Sir Walter Scott

 

Question 30: who wrote the poem The Wasteland?

  1. A.E.Housman
  2. T.S. Elliot
  3. Mathew Arnold
  4. Ezra Pound

 

Question 31: Who wrote the poems The Secong Coming and like The Wanderings of Oisin?

  1. T.S. Elliot
  2. W. B Yeats
  3. Alfred Tennyson
  4. Alfred Edward Houseman

 

Question 32: Find the odd one out.

  1. Hard Times.
  2. lolita
  3. vanity fair
  4. Jude The obscure

 

Question 33: They tried to reform society through the medium of the periodical essay. They performed this work in a gentle, good-humoured manner, and not by bitter invective. They made the people laugh at their own follies and thus get rid of them. So they were, to a great extent, responsible for reforming the conduct of their contemporaries in social and domestic fields. Their aim was moral as well as educational.

  1. Coleridge and Wordsworth
  2. Keats and Shelly
  3. Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele
  4. All of these

 

Question 34: :………………………………………………………is the earliest literary journalist in the English language. He wrote on all sorts of subjects-social, political, literary, and brought out about 250 publications. He owes his importance, in literature, however, mainly to his works of fiction which were simply the offshoots of his general journalistic enterprises. As a journalist he was fond of writing about the lives of famous people who had just died, and of notorious adventurers and criminals. At the age of sixty he turned his attention to the writing of prose fiction, and published his first novel-Robinson Cruso-the book by which he is universally known.

  1. Daniel Defoe
  2. Alexandar Pope
  3. John Gay
  4. Jonathan Swift

 

Question 35: Who wrote Gulliver’s Travel?

  1. John Milton
  2. Alexandar Pope
  3. John Gay
  4. Jonathan Swift

 

Question 36: ………………………………………………………… is a popular author from the Victorian Era.

  1. Charles Dickens
  2. william Langland
  3. Virginia Woolf
  4. wordsworth

 

Question 37: …………………………… is a Victorian dramatist.

  1. William Congreve
  2. Ben Jonson
  3. Oscar Wilde
  4. Samuel Beckett

 

Question 38: ………………………………… is credited with the writing of the first modern novel-Pamela or Virtue Rewarded.

  1. Henry Fielding
  2. Samuel Richardson
  3. Jonathan Swift
  4. Daniel Defoe

 

Question 39: Doctor Faustus is a play written by ….. ?

  1. William Shakespeare
  2. John Milton
  3. Ben Jonson
  4. Christopher Marlowe

 

Question 40: During his first five or six years of novel-writing Scott confined himself to familiar scenes and characters. The novels which have a local colour and are based on personal observations are Guy Mannering, The Antiquary, Old Mortality and The Heart of Midlothian. His first attempt at a historical novel was Ivanhoe (1819) followed by Kenilworth (1821), Quentin Durward (1823), and The Talisman (1825). He returned to Scottish antiquity from time to time as in The Monastery (1820) and St. Ronan’s Well (1823). who are we talking about here?

  1. Sir Walter Scott
  2. Jane Austen
  3. Horace Walpole
  4. none of these