A Literature Quiz On Poetry, Short And Old Stories!

By Judine Henriques
Judine Henriques, Principal at Gaynstead High School
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A Literature Quiz On Poetry, Short And Old Stories! - Quiz

This is a literature quiz on poetry, short and old stories. One way in which we get to improve our language skills is through the reading of poetry, short stories, and some old stories. How big are you on reading stories? Have you read some of the common ones? Why don’t you take up the quiz below and let us see if you do qualify to be in the biggest book club of all time?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which poet wrote "God's Grandeur"?

    • A.

      Gabriel Okara

    • B.

      Gerald Hopkins

    • C.

      James Berry

    • D.

      Trevor Rhone

    Correct Answer
    B. Gerald Hopkins
  • 2. 

    Which poet wrote "A Contemplation Upon Flowers"?

    • A.

      Henry King

    • B.

      James Berry

    • C.

      Langston Hughes

    • D.

      Gerald Hopkins

    Correct Answer
    A. Henry King
    Explanation
    Henry King is the correct answer because he is the poet who wrote "A Contemplation Upon Flowers."

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  • 3. 

    Which of these is NOT a major theme in the short story "Shabine"?

    • A.

      Racial Intolerance

    • B.

      A woman's challenges

    • C.

      Social-class Prejudice

    • D.

      Nostalgia

    Correct Answer
    D. Nostalgia
    Explanation
    The short story "Shabine" does not focus on the theme of nostalgia. Instead, it explores themes such as racial intolerance, a woman's challenges, and social-class prejudice. The story delves into the experiences and struggles of the protagonist, a mixed-race individual known as a "shabine," who faces discrimination and prejudice due to his racial background. It also highlights the challenges faced by women in society and the prejudices they encounter. However, nostalgia, or a longing for the past, is not a central theme in the story.

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  • 4. 

    This story traces  an encounter between a black West Indian man and white American woman. Through the woman's reaction to the black simple request for a light his cigarette, deep-seated racism is revealed. And when he stoops to pick up the cigarette she has thrown away, reveals his fierce pride in conflict with his poverty.

    • A.

      "Shabine"

    • B.

      Mom Luby and the Social Worker"

    • C.

      "Blackout"

    • D.

      "Berry"

    Correct Answer
    C. "Blackout"
  • 5. 

    Which story does the following information describe? An African American boy desperately in need of work, is sent by the agency to fill a vacancy at the children's home, the housekeeper wants to get rid of him as soon as possible, but the doctor in charge decides to keep him on. Although he is hardworking and very helpful, it takes only a small accident to give reason for him to be dismissed-without pay.

    • A.

      "Berry"

    • B.

      "Shabine"

    • C.

      "Mom Luby and the Social Worker"

    • D.

      "Blackout"

    Correct Answer
    A. "Berry"
    Explanation
    The given information describes the story "Berry". It tells the story of an African American boy who is sent to a children's home for work. The housekeeper initially wants to get rid of him, but the doctor in charge decides to keep him on. Despite being hardworking and helpful, he is eventually dismissed without pay due to a small accident.

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  • 6. 

    Which story does the following information describe? On his annual visits to his grandmother's home, the protagonist becomes fascinated with a girl in a neighbouring yard. As the 'outside child' of a high-coloured man by his black maid, the girl was rejected by her father, and turned to prostitution. She is excluded by society so the grandmother puts an end to his childish overtures of friendship with the girl.

    • A.

      "Blackout"

    • B.

      "Shabine"

    • C.

      "Mom Luby and the Social Worker"

    • D.

      "Berry"

    Correct Answer
    B. "Shabine"
    Explanation
    The given information describes the story "Shabine". The protagonist becomes fascinated with a girl who is an "outside child" of a high-colored man and his black maid. The girl is rejected by her father and turns to prostitution. Due to the girl's social exclusion, the protagonist's grandmother puts an end to his attempts at friendship with her.

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  • 7. 

    This poem is about a black boy who wishes that he could have regular things in life. Things such as a congratulatory hug, to be educated to the highest level and to travel without harassment. The persona yearns to stop fighting for the basic right to be successful and to rise above societal expectations.

    • A.

      God's Grandeur

    • B.

      Dreaming Black Boy

    • C.

      Berry

    • D.

      A Contemplation Upon Flowers

    Correct Answer
    B. Dreaming Black Boy
  • 8. 

    In this poem, the persona wishes that he could be as brave as the flowers, who are aware of their allegiance to the earth. They know their place and obey the order, or cycle, of life and death. The persona wishes that he could be this way because he is the opposite, he wants to live forever. The persona wants the flowers to teach him NOT to fear death, but to accept it.

    • A.

      God's Grandeur

    • B.

      Epitaph

    • C.

      Dreaming Black Boy

    • D.

      A Contemplation Upon Flowers

    Correct Answer
    D. A Contemplation Upon Flowers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A Contemplation Upon Flowers" because the explanation provided describes the persona's desire to learn from the flowers and their acceptance of the cycle of life and death. This aligns with the theme of the poem "A Contemplation Upon Flowers," where the persona reflects on the beauty and transience of flowers and contemplates their lessons on acceptance and fearlessness.

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  • 9. 

    This poem celebrates a slave that was hung in the past. The first stanza explains that the nameless slave was hung in the morning, and while some respect was paid to his memory, in the form of the children's actions, life essentially went on. In stanza two, the persona makes it clear that this slave's death has little relevance in the present, except as a passing memory when islanders think about what has influenced their lives up to the present.                                                

    • A.

      Epitaph

    • B.

      Dreaming Black Boy

    • C.

      God's Grandeur

    • D.

      Epic

    Correct Answer
    A. Epitaph
    Explanation
    This explanation suggests that the correct answer is "Epitaph" because the poem celebrates a slave that was hung in the past and reflects on the impact of his death on the present. The mention of the first stanza describing the slave's hanging and the second stanza discussing the relevance of his death supports the idea that this poem is an epitaph, which is a type of poem or inscription written in memory of someone who has died.

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  • 10. 

      The poet expresses that the world is full of God's glory and greatness. This greatness, however, will burn out in a dramatic manner  because of man who smears, smudges and pollutes everything without consciousness. Nature is resilient, however, and will persevere from deep in the earth and burst forth, counteracting all of man's ill.

    • A.

      A Contemplation Upon Flowers

    • B.

      Once Upon A Time

    • C.

      God's Grandeur

    • D.

      The Wonders of God

    Correct Answer
    C. God's Grandeur
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "God's Grandeur." The explanation for this answer is that the given description perfectly matches the themes and ideas presented in the poem "God's Grandeur." The poem explores the idea that despite humanity's destructive actions, the world is still filled with God's glory and power. It emphasizes the contrast between the resilience of nature and the damaging impact of human actions. The poem also suggests that despite all the smudging and polluting, God's grandeur can still be seen and experienced in the world.

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  • 11. 

    This short story is about an elderly woman who fosters two small children. The story opens with her visit to the Social Welfare office, in order to obtain monetary assistance in taking care of the children. She then returns home to find people waiting to enter the speakeasy that she runs in her back room.

    • A.

      Shabine

    • B.

      Mom Luby and the Social Worker

    • C.

      Septimus

    • D.

      Blackout

    Correct Answer
    B. Mom Luby and the Social Worker
  • 12. 

    This type of character is developing and learning in the course of the story

    • A.

      Round

    • B.

      Dynamic

    • C.

      Flat

    • D.

      Static

    Correct Answer
    B. Dynamic
    Explanation
    A dynamic character is one who undergoes significant changes and growth throughout the story. They often start off with certain traits or beliefs, but as the story progresses, they learn from their experiences and evolve as individuals. This type of character is not static or unchanging, but rather, they adapt and develop over time. They may have a transformation in their personality, beliefs, or values, which adds depth and complexity to their character arc.

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  • 13. 

    This character is characterized by one or two traits

    • A.

      Round

    • B.

      Dynamic

    • C.

      Flat

    • D.

      Static

    Correct Answer
    C. Flat
    Explanation
    A character that is characterized by one or two traits is referred to as a "Flat" character. Unlike round characters who are complex and multi-dimensional, flat characters are typically one-dimensional and lack depth. They are often used to serve a specific purpose in the story or to represent a particular stereotype or archetype. Flat characters do not undergo significant development or change throughout the narrative, and their traits and behaviors remain consistent.

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  • 14. 

    This character is unchanged from the story’s beginning to end.

    • A.

      Round

    • B.

      Dynamic

    • C.

      Flat

    • D.

      Static

    Correct Answer
    D. Static
    Explanation
    A static character is one who does not undergo any significant change or development throughout the story. They remain consistent in their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors from the beginning to the end. This character does not experience any personal growth or transformation and their role in the story remains constant. They may serve as a source of stability or contrast to the other characters who undergo changes.

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  • 15. 

    This character is complex or presented in detail. 

    • A.

      Round

    • B.

      Dynamic

    • C.

      Flat

    • D.

      Static

    Correct Answer
    D. Static
    Explanation
    A static character is one that does not undergo significant change or development throughout a story. They remain consistent in their traits, beliefs, and behaviors. This character type is often used to provide stability or contrast to the other characters in the story. They are usually presented in detail to establish their personality and characteristics, but their lack of growth or change makes them less complex compared to dynamic characters.

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  • 16. 

    A major theme in  the poem "A Contemplation Upon Flowers" is

    • A.

      Abuse of nature

    • B.

      Racial Intolerance

    • C.

      Nature

    • D.

      Loneliness

    Correct Answer
    C. Nature
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Nature. The poem "A Contemplation Upon Flowers" explores the beauty and significance of nature. The speaker reflects on the intricate details and delicate existence of flowers, highlighting their connection to the natural world. The poem celebrates the wonders of nature and invites readers to contemplate its profound essence. There is no mention or indication of abuse of nature, racial intolerance, or loneliness in the poem, making Nature the most appropriate theme.

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  • 17. 

    This is NOT a major theme in  the poem "Dreaming black Boy" 

    • A.

      Racism

    • B.

      Oppression

    • C.

      Desires

    • D.

      Beauty of Nature

    Correct Answer
    D. Beauty of Nature
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Beauty of Nature. This is because the poem "Dreaming black Boy" primarily focuses on themes of racism and oppression, rather than the beauty of nature. The poem explores the experiences and dreams of a black boy in a racially divided society, highlighting the discrimination and challenges he faces. The beauty of nature is not a major theme addressed in the poem.

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  • 18. 

    What is the pervading mood of the poem "Epitaph"?

    • A.

      Sad

    • B.

      Reflective

    • C.

      Happy

    • D.

      Dreary

    Correct Answer
    B. Reflective
    Explanation
    The poem "Epitaph" is likely to have a reflective mood because the word "epitaph" typically refers to a commemoration or tribute to someone who has passed away. This suggests that the poem may be introspective and contemplative, as it reflects on the life or memory of the deceased. The reflective mood is further supported by the somber and thoughtful tone that is often associated with epitaphs.

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  • 19. 

    Which character is being described below:
    • She fosters two young children.
    • She is a midwife, herb doctor and ordained minister of the Gospel.

    • A.

      Justine

    • B.

      Ms Osborn

    • C.

      Mom Luby

    • D.

      Ms Renfield

    Correct Answer
    C. Mom Luby
    Explanation
    The character being described is Mom Luby. She is described as fostering two young children and having multiple roles such as being a midwife, herb doctor, and an ordained minister of the Gospel.

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Judine Henriques |Principal at Gaynstead High School |
Judine Henriques serves as a Principal at Gaynstead High School, contributing her educational expertise and leadership to the institution as a dedicated teacher.

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