Eighteenth-century Prose Quiz

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  • 1. 
    In which year was Charles II restored to the throne of England?
    • A. 

      1660

    • B. 

      1670

    • C. 

      1680

    • D. 

      1690

  • 2. 
    Which of the following events is described in Pepys’ diary?
    • A. 

      The Second Anglo-Dutch War of 1665–7

    • B. 

      The Great Plague of 1665

    • C. 

      The Great Fire of London of 1666

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    As a 15-year-old schoolboy, Samuel Pepys witnessed the execution of which of the following monarchs?
    • A. 

      Charles II

    • B. 

      James I

    • C. 

      Charles I

    • D. 

      James II

  • 4. 
    What was the reaction of Samuel Pepys after having witnessed the execution of two well-known criminals?
    • A. 

      Distress

    • B. 

      Shock

    • C. 

      Rage

    • D. 

      Indifference

  • 5. 
    Pepys was an avid theatre-goer. How many theatre visits in total are mentioned in his diary?
    • A. 

      Over 50

    • B. 

      Over 100

    • C. 

      Over 200

    • D. 

      Over 300

  • 6. 
    The Spectator was a daily publication of 1711–12. Who founded it?
    • A. 

      Joseph Jonson and Richard Peele

    • B. 

      Joseph Richardson and Richard Steele

    • C. 

      Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

    • D. 

      Joseph Steele and Richard Addison

  • 7. 
    In the introductory issue of The Spectator, the goal of the publication was stated. Which word is missing from the following fragment of the statement?   “(…) to enliven morality with ………, and to temper ………. with morality”
  • 8. 
    The brain which appears fictionally dissected in issue 275 of The Spectator belongs to which of the following characters?
    • A. 

      A wit

    • B. 

      A beau

    • C. 

      A priest

    • D. 

      A coquette

  • 9. 
    The Spectator was strictly neutral between the Whigs and the Tories. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    In Samuel Johnson’s Preface to his Edition of Shakespeare’s Plays, the author defends Shakespeare’s mixing of tragic and comic elements. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False