William Shakespeare And John Donne! Quiz

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Welcome to Trivia Facts and Questions on William Shakespeare and John Donne! These two English writers have been credited with writing some of the best work in the English language, confusing their works. How well do you know their stories and works? Take this interesting quiz and get to find out what more you may learn from it.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In what year was Shakespeare born?
  • 2. 
    Shakespeare shows the invention in the following ways.
    • A. 

      Writing love sonnets to a young man.

    • B. 

      Expanding the subject-matter of the sonnet

    • C. 

      Criticizing the conventions of courtly love

  • 3. 
    What rhetorical device does Shakespeare use in this line: 'My Mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun.'
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 4. 
    Donne was this by profession.
    • A. 

      Glovemaker

    • B. 

      Priest

    • C. 

      Cobbler

    • D. 

      Vintner

  • 5. 
    Donne believes that sex and sexual innuendo have no place in his poetry.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What is Donne referring to in these lines: 'Thy beams, so reverend and strong / Why shouldst thou think? I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink' (two words, article, and noun).
  • 7. 
    This line by Donne is pretty conventional: 'What merchant's ships have my sighs drowned?'
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In Donne's 'The Apparition,' what does 'quicksilver' refer to?
    • A. 

      Lightning

    • B. 

      Venereal disease

    • C. 

      Soap

  • 9. 
    In Sonnet 18, Shakespeare aims to grant his love eternal life by this.
    • A. 

      High praise

    • B. 

      Writing

    • C. 

      Potion

    • D. 

      True love

  • 10. 
    Inventio for Donne involves in part his subject matter. He loves to use everyday objects in his writing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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