History Quiz: Eighteenth Century Prose

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How much do you know about eighteenth-century prose? This quiz may be of assistance. This quiz was created for you to learn which year Charles II was restored to power in England, what is in Pepys’s diary, how Pepy responded to witnessing an execution, and who founded The Spectator. This quiz is all about eighteenth-century prose. Make sure you procure your certificate when you have finished the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In which year, was Charles II restored to the throne of England?

    • A.

      1660

    • B.

      1670

    • C.

      1680

    • D.

      1690

    Correct Answer
    A. 1660
    Explanation
    Charles II was restored to the throne of England in 1660. After the death of his father, Charles I, in 1649, England was ruled by Oliver Cromwell and the country was under a period of Commonwealth. However, in 1660, the monarchy was restored and Charles II became the king of England. This event is known as the Restoration and it marked the end of the Interregnum period.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that all three events, the Second Anglo-Dutch War of 1665-7, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of London of 1666, are described in Pepys' diary. The diary of Samuel Pepys, a prominent English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, is known for its detailed accounts of these significant events in 17th century England.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Charles I
    Explanation
    As a 15-year-old schoolboy, Samuel Pepys witnessed the execution of Charles I. This event took place during the English Civil War, when Charles I was put on trial and ultimately executed in 1649. Pepys, who later became a famous diarist, would have been a witness to this significant historical event at a young age.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Indifference
    Explanation
    Samuel Pepys' reaction to witnessing the execution of two well-known criminals was indifference. This suggests that he did not have a strong emotional response to the event. It is possible that Pepys was desensitized to violence and death due to the frequent executions that took place during that time period. Alternatively, he may have had a lack of sympathy or empathy towards the criminals, which led to his indifferent reaction.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Over 300
    Explanation
    Pepys' diary mentions over 300 theatre visits, indicating that he was a frequent and enthusiastic theatre-goer. This suggests that he had a strong interest in the performing arts and enjoyed attending plays and performances regularly. His diary provides valuable insights into the cultural and social life of the time, as well as his personal experiences and interests.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
    Explanation
    Joseph Addison and Richard Steele founded The Spectator. The Spectator was a daily publication that was active from 1711 to 1712. It was a highly influential periodical during the early 18th century and played a significant role in shaping public opinion. Addison and Steele were both prominent writers and intellectuals of their time, and their collaboration on The Spectator helped establish it as a leading publication of its era.

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  • 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”

    Correct Answer
    wit
    Explanation
    In the given fragment of the statement, the word "wit" is missing. The statement is saying that the goal of The Spectator is to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality. This suggests that The Spectator aims to bring humor and cleverness to discussions of moral topics, while also ensuring that wit is balanced and guided by moral principles.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. A beau
    Explanation
    In issue 275 of The Spectator, the brain that is fictionally dissected belongs to a beau.

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  • 9. 

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

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Spectator was a publication that was known for its impartiality and neutrality in political matters. It aimed to provide fair and balanced coverage of both Whig and Tory viewpoints, without favoring one over the other. This neutrality allowed The Spectator to gain a wide readership and maintain its credibility as a reliable source of information. Therefore, the statement that The Spectator was strictly neutral between the Whigs and the Tories is true.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The correct answer is true because in Samuel Johnson's Preface to his Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, the author indeed defends Shakespeare's mixing of tragic and comic elements. Johnson argues that this combination adds depth and complexity to the plays, making them more realistic and relatable to the audience. He believes that Shakespeare's ability to seamlessly blend tragedy and comedy showcases his genius as a playwright. Therefore, the statement is true.

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