Eighteenth-century Poetry Quiz

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  • 1. 
    In 1757, Thomas Gray was offered the post of Poet Laureate, but he rejected the honour. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    In which year was Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard first published?
    • A. 

      1751

    • B. 

      1761

    • C. 

      1771

    • D. 

      1781

  • 3. 
    Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard is written in rhymed quatrains. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    What is the name of Gray’s friend, who popularised Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard among London literary circles?
    • A. 

      Horace Jenson

    • B. 

      Horace Walpole

    • C. 

      Horace Smith

    • D. 

      Horace Nelson

  • 5. 
    Even though Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard can be classified as a pastoral elegy, the poem lacks many of the standard features of this genre. Which of the following cannot be found in the text?
    • A. 

      An invocation

    • B. 

      Mourners

    • C. 

      Shepherds

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    The narrator of Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard is cold and distant, like most Augustan narrators. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Fill in the gaps from the following verses of Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard. Full many a ………….. of purest ray serene,  The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:  Full many a ………… is born to blush unseen,  And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
  • 8. 
    Gray frequently uses a poetic device whereby letters or sounds within certain words are omitted (e.g. “glimm'ring”). What is this device called? 
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Symploce

    • C. 

      Syncope

    • D. 

      Synecdoche

  • 9. 
    In The Deserted Village, by Oliver Goldsmith, rural life is idealised. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    In The Village, by George Crabbe, rural life is idealised. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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