American Literature Trivia Quiz

20 Questions | Total Attempts: 83

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American Literature Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The email address for our class is...
  • 2. 
    The intellectual movement that believed that the observation of nature elevates the nature of humans, that deep truths can be grasped through intuition, and that God, Nature and humanity are united in a shared universe is...
    • A. 

      Transcendentalism

    • B. 

      Communism

    • C. 

      Totalitarianism

    • D. 

      Feudalism

  • 3. 
    Henry David Thoreau lived for a while...
    • A. 

      At Lake Tahoe.

    • B. 

      At Willow Pond.

    • C. 

      At the Feather River.

    • D. 

      At Walden Pond.

  • 4. 
    Thoreau was part of the Transcendalists, which were founded by...
    • A. 

      Mark Twain.

    • B. 

      Herman Melville.

    • C. 

      Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    • D. 

      Walt Whitman.

  • 5. 
    Thoreau believed that if a government was unjust, people need to resist the government. This is called...
    • A. 

      Following orders.

    • B. 

      Resisting arrest.

    • C. 

      Civil disobedience.

    • D. 

      Mutiny.

  • 6. 
    Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Among the many jobs Mark Twain had, he was a riverboat captain.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" took place in...
    • A. 

      The Rocky Mountains.

    • B. 

      The Appalachian Mountains.

    • C. 

      The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    • D. 

      The Sierra Madre Mountains.

  • 9. 
    Jack London's "To Build a Fire" contained foreshadowing, which means...
    • A. 

      It took place at nightfall.

    • B. 

      It was a moody and spooky story.

    • C. 

      It contained clues to events yet to happen.

    • D. 

      It had descriptions of shadows in the woods.

  • 10. 
    The poetry of T.S.Eliot is an example of Modernism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    William Carlos Williams wrote the poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" which, like T.S. Eliot's poetry, contained complex images and allusions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    John Steinbeck's The Pearl was originally a folk tale.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    John Steinbeck worked for a while as a farm laborer. His experiences showed him how to survive and gave him material for his later writings like The Grapes of Wrath.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Although Steinbeck wrote about people from California, he himself was born and lived in New York City.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The novel The Pearl contains much "symbolism," which is using people, places, and things that represent ideas larger than their literal meaning.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The Pearl takes place in rural South America.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    In The Pearl, what starts off as a great opportunity later become nothing but sadness and destruction.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    The two main characters in The Pearl are...
    • A. 

      Juan Tomas and his wife.

    • B. 

      The doctor and the priest.

    • C. 

      Kino and his wife Juana.

  • 19. 
    Near the end of The Pearl, the little child, Coyotito, drowns in the river. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    The final writing assignment in this class was on each student's favorite author.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False