Test Your English: A Quiz For 10th Grade

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Test Your English: A Quiz For 10th Grade

English isn’t all ‘thou’, ‘thus’ and ‘thistle’. Actually, it’s about how we communicate with words. But you knew that already. You’re a conscientious English student, after all. Can you ace this English quiz?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The creation of a fictional character is called..
    • A. 

      Personification

    • B. 

      Narrative

    • C. 

      Characterisation

    • D. 

      Autobiography

  • 2. 
    Characterisation can be accomplished through...
    • A. 

      Dialogue

    • B. 

      Description of the character

    • C. 

      Telling the reader how other characters judge or respond to the character

    • D. 

      All the above

  • 3. 
    'She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous.' - What do these lines from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudicetell the reader about Mrs. Bennet?
    • A. 

      Mrs. Bennet has a nervous condition, but is patient

    • B. 

      Mrs. Bennet is cruel and moody

    • C. 

      Mrs. Bennet is egotistical and clever

    • D. 

      Mrs. Bennet is not terribly bright and also lacks self-awareness

  • 4. 
    'This was Slim, the jerkline skinner. His hatchet face was ageless. He might have been thirty-five or fifty. His ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.' - In this passage from Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays Slim as wise. Which words convey this impression?
    • A. 

      This was Slim, the jerkline skinner

    • B. 

      His hatchet face was ageless

    • C. 

      His ear heard more than was said to him, his speech had overtones of [...] understanding beyond thought

    • D. 

      He might have been thirty-five or fifty

  • 5. 
    'I learned early on that if you tell people what you see at low tide they'll think you're exaggerating or lying when you're actually just explaining strange and wonderful things as clearly as you can.' - This is the first sentence from Jim Lynch's book, The Highest Tide. Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      The book has a first-person narrator

    • B. 

      The book has a second-person narrator

    • C. 

      The book has a third-person, limited narrator

    • D. 

      The book has an omniscient narrator

  • 6. 
    Reread the sentence in question five. What does it tell us about the protagonist?
    • A. 

      The protagonist is very clever, but people often think she is lying about the things she has seen

    • B. 

      The protagonist is most likely a fisherman

    • C. 

      The protagonist is knowledgeable about the seashore, but is not always trusted by others

    • D. 

      The protagonist is easily-angered

  • 7. 
    After hearing her former acquaintance, Benedick, declare that he loves no one, Beatrice replies: 'A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God, and my cold blood, I am of your humor for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.' - Which of the following is NOT true of this character from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing?
    • A. 

      Beatrice appears to dislike Benedick

    • B. 

      Beatrice is most likely to spend her time wishing for a husband

    • C. 

      Beatrice has no plans to fall in love with anyone

    • D. 

      Beatrice is not afraid to express strong opinions

  • 8. 
    'BIRLING: Yes, my dear, I know - I'm talking too much. But you youngsters just remember what I said. We can't let these Bernard Shaws and H.G. Wellses do all the talking. We hardheaded practical business men must say something sometime. And we don't guess - we've had experience - and we know.' - Which of the following is true of this character from J.B. Priestley's play, An Inspector Calls?
    • A. 

      Mr. Birling defers in his opinion to respectable men such as H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw

    • B. 

      Mr. Birling doesn't care about the younger generation

    • C. 

      Mr. Birling sees himself as a man of the world, whose knowledge comes from experience

    • D. 

      Mr. Birling respects thinkers and theorists

  • 9. 
    'BIRLING: And look at the way the auto-mobile's making headway - bigger and faster all the time. And then ships. Why, a friend of mine went over this new liner last week - the Titanic - she sails next week - forty-six thousand eight hundred tons - forty-six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days - and every luxury - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable. That's what you've go to keep your eye on, facts like that, progress like that - and not a few German officers talking nonsense and a few scaremongers here making a fuss about nothing.' - Considering your knowledge of Mr. Birling from the quotation in question eight, what does this speech tell us about his character?
    • A. 

      Mr. Birling is involved in ship-building

    • B. 

      Mr. Birling has a ticket for the Titanic's maiden voyage

    • C. 

      Mr. Birling is anti-progress

    • D. 

      Mr. Birling is not remotely as practical and knowledgeable as he likes to think

  • 10. 
    'Coleridge received the Person from Porlock / And ever after called him a curse, / They why did he hurry to let him in? / He could have hid in the house. / It was not right of Coleridge in fact it was wrong / (But often we all do wrong) / As the truth of it is I think he was already stuck / With Kubla Khan. / He was weeping and wailing: I am finished, finished, / I shall never write another word of it, / When along comes the Person from Porlock / And takes the blame for it.' - How does Stevie Smith characterize Coleridge in these lines from her poem, 'Thoughts about the Person from Porlock'?
    • A. 

      As someone who always hid away from visitors

    • B. 

      As someone who prefers to lay the blame for his own failings on others

    • C. 

      As someone who didn't mind being interrupted

    • D. 

      All of the above