'Poetry Of Surrey And Wyatt' And 'Astrophil And Stella Sonnets' Trivia Quiz

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Poetry Of Surrey And Wyatt And Astrophil And Stella Sonnets Trivia Quiz - Quiz

This is a trivia quiz on poetry on Surrey and Wyatt and Astrophil and Stella Sonnets. These two works help a learner get a proper understanding of literature and see the different techniques that one can use. Have you had time to check out the two? Take up this quiz and get to refresh your memory. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Like Wyatt, Surrey is often called 'the father of the English sonnet,' but he also introduced a meter used for translating classical poetry that later English poets like Shakespeare used frequently. What is the name of this meter? 2 words, lower case.

    Explanation
    Surrey introduced blank verse, a meter used for translating classical poetry, which later became popular among English poets like Shakespeare. Blank verse is characterized by unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter, with each line consisting of five pairs of unstressed and stressed syllables. This meter allows for a more natural and conversational flow in poetry and drama, making it a favored choice for many English writers.

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  • 2. 

    Surrey was Henry VIII's last victim.

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During Henry VIII's reign, he had a total of six wives. Surrey, also known as Henry Howard, was not one of his wives but rather a close friend and courtier. However, Surrey did fall out of favor with the king and was accused of treason. He was eventually convicted and executed in 1547, making him one of Henry VIII's victims. Therefore, the statement "Surrey was Henry VIII's last victim" is true.

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  • 3. 

    Unlike Wyatt, Surrey did not imitate Petrarch.

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Surrey did imitate Petrarch, contrary to Wyatt.

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  • 4. 

    "O Happy Dames that May Embrace" is unusual especially for this reason.

    • A. 

      An unusual conceit

    • B. 

      It's not a sonnet

    • C. 

      The protagonist is a woman

    • D. 

      It has a happy ending

    Correct Answer
    C. The protagonist is a woman
    Explanation
    The given correct answer states that "O Happy Dames that May Embrace" is unusual because the protagonist is a woman. This suggests that the poem deviates from the norm, as many poems during the time period may have focused on male protagonists. This uniqueness adds to the poem's distinctiveness and may provide a fresh perspective on the themes and ideas explored within the poem.

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  • 5. 

    Rhetorical language is a common feature of the English sonnet, and writers have their favorites. They love metaphors and similes and they also like to juxtapose opposite ideas, like "I freeze and yet am burned." What is the name for this rhetorical figure? one word, lower case.

    Correct Answer
    oxymoron
    Explanation
    The rhetorical figure described in the question is called an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms or ideas, creating a paradoxical or ironic effect. In this case, the phrase "I freeze and yet am burned" juxtaposes opposite ideas of coldness and heat, creating a vivid and contradictory image.

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  • 6. 

    Sidney believed that great poetry should do these three things. Check all that apply.

    • A. 

      Move

    • B. 

      Rhyme

    • C. 

      Delight

    • D. 

      Instruct

    • E. 

      Endure

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Move
    C. Delight
    D. Instruct
    Explanation
    Sidney believed that great poetry should have the ability to move the reader emotionally, bringing about a deep and meaningful response. It should also be able to delight the reader, providing enjoyment and pleasure through its language and imagery. Additionally, great poetry should be instructive, offering insights, lessons, or moral teachings. Therefore, the correct answers are "Move," "Delight," and "Instruct."

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  • 7. 

    What's Sidney's claim to fame?

    • A. 

      First to make classical allusions in sonnets

    • B. 

      First to write a sonnet sequence in English

    • C. 

      First not to imitate Petrarch in sonnets

    Correct Answer
    B. First to write a sonnet sequence in English
    Explanation
    Sidney's claim to fame is that he was the first to write a sonnet sequence in English. This means that he was the first poet to create a series of sonnets that were connected thematically or told a story when read together. This innovation in English literature made Sidney a pioneer in the genre and contributed to the development of sonnet writing in the English language.

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  • 8. 

    This Latin word (lowercase) describes a quality of 'originality' or 'creativity' that Sidney believes a good sonnet should have.

    Correct Answer
    inventio
    Explanation
    Inventio is a Latin word that refers to the quality of 'originality' or 'creativity'. Sidney believes that a good sonnet should possess this quality, implying that the poet should demonstrate innovative and imaginative thinking in their work. By using inventio, the poet can bring fresh ideas and perspectives to their sonnet, making it stand out and captivating for the readers. This term highlights the importance of creativity and originality in creating a successful sonnet.

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  • 9. 

    Sonnet 1 of Astrophil and Stella is 'inventive' for these reasons.

    • A. 

      Direct speech (i.e. quotations and quotation marks)

    • B. 

      Humor

    • C. 

      The change-up of the meter (i.e. using iambic hexameter)

    • D. 

      The difference of the rhyme scheme (AB, AB, AB, AB, CD, CD, EE)

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Direct speech (i.e. quotations and quotation marks)
    B. Humor
    C. The change-up of the meter (i.e. using iambic hexameter)
    D. The difference of the rhyme scheme (AB, AB, AB, AB, CD, CD, EE)
    Explanation
    The sonnet 1 of Astrophil and Stella is considered 'inventive' because it incorporates direct speech through the use of quotations and quotation marks. This adds a sense of immediacy and authenticity to the poem. Additionally, the poem includes elements of humor, which adds an entertaining and light-hearted tone. The poet also experiments with the meter by using iambic hexameter, which creates a unique rhythmic pattern. Finally, the poem deviates from the traditional rhyme scheme, using AB, AB, AB, AB, CD, CD, EE, which adds to its originality and innovation.

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  • 10. 

    Even though Sidney is creative in his handling of the English sonnet, he still falls back on the conventions of the genre.

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sidney's creative approach to the English sonnet suggests that he deviates from traditional conventions. However, the statement also mentions that he "still falls back on the conventions of the genre." This implies that while Sidney may experiment with the form, he ultimately adheres to the established rules and structures of the English sonnet. Therefore, the answer is true.

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