Ultimate Quiz On American Literature

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American Literature Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In Walden, who urges people to simplify their lives and look to nature for meaning?
    • A. 

      Robert Frost

    • B. 

      Walt Whitman

    • C. 

      Henry David Thoreau

    • D. 

      Herman Melville

  • 2. 
    Black Boy is an autobiographical account of whose Southern boyhood?
    • A. 

      Thomas

    • B. 

      Pynchon

    • C. 

      John Dos Passos

    • D. 

      Saul Bellow

  • 3. 
    Which American writer won the Nobel Prize in 1930?
    • A. 

      Sinclair Lewis

    • B. 

      Upton Sinclair

    • C. 

      John Steinbeck

    • D. 

      Raymond Chandler

  • 4. 
     Which of Washington Irving's characters falls asleep for twenty years?
    • A. 

      Tom Buchanan

    • B. 

      Tom Joad

    • C. 

      Philip Marlowe

    • D. 

      Rip van Winkle

  • 5. 
     Which of Upton Sinclair's books is about the meat-packing industry?
    • A. 

      Main Street

    • B. 

      Arrowsmith

    • C. 

      Elmer Gantry

    • D. 

      The Jungle

  • 6. 
    In general, before 1830 American painting was less obviously imitative of European styles than was American literature.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Henry David Thoreau believed that the Mexican War was immoral because it advanced the cause of slavery.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Nathanial Hawthorne was America's leading transcendentalist thinker.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    "The Scarlet Letter" perfectly reflected transcendentalist themes of mystery,fright, and the occult.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The romantic movement in early nineteenth-century literature was a reaction against the Age of Reason.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False