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Hey, have you read the fantastic poem 'London' written by William Blake? If yes, then you should try playing this 'London poem quiz' that is given below and test your knowledge. We have designed this quiz especially to check your understanding of this poem. You have to score more than 70% to pass this test. Do you think you'll be able to do it? Take up this quiz, and we'll see how well you can score. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following suggests a contrast between the innocence of youth and the sordidness of prostitution?

    • A.

      "Every black'ning church appals,/And the hapless soldier's sigh" ( lines 10-11)

    • B.

      "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)

    • C.

      "In every cry of every man,'In every infant's cry of fear (Lines 5-6)

    • D.

      "the mind-forged manacles I hear" (Line 8)

    Correct Answer
    B. "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)
    Explanation
    The answer suggests a contrast between the innocence of youth and the sordidness of prostitution by highlighting the negative impact it has on newborn infants. The phrase "youthful harlot's curse" implies that the actions of a young prostitute have detrimental effects, symbolized by the word "curse." The word "blast" further emphasizes the destructive nature of this curse, particularly on the "new-born infant's tear." This juxtaposition of youth and innocence with the harsh reality of prostitution underscores the stark contrast between the two.

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  • 2. 

    London by William Blake  is an example of

    • A.

      A dramatic monologue

    • B.

      An Epic

    • C.

      A Sonnet

    • D.

      A poem without any structure

    Correct Answer
    A. A dramatic monologue
    Explanation
    London by William Blake is an example of a dramatic monologue because the poem is presented as a speech by a single character, expressing their thoughts and emotions. The speaker in the poem is observing the city of London and expressing their feelings of despair, oppression, and corruption. The use of first-person narrative and the intense emotional tone throughout the poem contribute to its classification as a dramatic monologue.

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  • 3. 

    What type of narrator is used in the poem?

    • A.

      First person narrator

    • B.

      Third person narrator

    • C.

      Second Person narrator

    Correct Answer
    A. First person narrator
    Explanation
    The correct answer is first person narrator because the poem is written from the perspective of the speaker, using pronouns like "I" and "me" to describe their personal experiences and thoughts. This allows the reader to gain insight into the speaker's emotions and perceptions, providing a more intimate and subjective perspective.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following IS NOT TRUE of the structure of London by William Blake?

    • A.

      The narrator presents the relentless images of downtrodden, deprived people.

    • B.

      The first two stanzas focus on the people he sees and hears.

    • C.

      The focus shifts in stanza three to the institutions the speaker holds responsible for the suffering of the masses.

    • D.

      The final stanza returns to looking at the people and examines how even newborns are affected.

    • E.

      The ABAB rhyme scheme is unbroken and seems to echo the relentless misery of the city

    Correct Answer
    E. The ABAB rhyme scheme is unbroken and seems to echo the relentless misery of the city
    Explanation
    "The ABAB rhyme scheme is unbroken and seems to echo the relentless misery of the city" is the correct response because this is a comment about the FORM of the poem.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following suggest that the people are trapped not just physically, but also mentally?

    • A.

      I wonder through each chartered street" (line 1)

    • B.

      "And mark in every face I meet" ( Line 3)

    • C.

      "The mind-forged manacles I hear" (line 8)

    • D.

      "And blights with plagues the marriage hearse" (Line 16)

    Correct Answer
    C. "The mind-forged manacles I hear" (line 8)
    Explanation
    The line "The mind-forged manacles I hear" suggests that people are not only physically trapped, but also mentally trapped. The phrase "mind-forged manacles" implies that their minds are bound or constrained, indicating a sense of mental imprisonment or limitation. This suggests that the people in the poem are not only restricted physically, but their thoughts and perspectives are also constrained, emphasizing the idea of being trapped both physically and mentally.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following techniques does the poet use to emphasise the feeling of bleakness/despair that affects everyone and from which there seems to be no escape?

    • A.

      Repetition

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Reference to the French Revolution

    • D.

      Contrast

    Correct Answer
    A. Repetition
    Explanation
    The poet uses repetition to emphasize the feeling of bleakness/despair that affects everyone and from which there seems to be no escape. By repeating certain words or phrases, the poet creates a sense of heaviness and hopelessness, making the reader feel the overwhelming nature of the situation. This technique adds to the overall theme of despair and emphasizes the idea that there is no way out.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following suggests that the speaker hears prostitutes swearing but might also mean that he thinks prostitutes are a curse on the city of London?

    • A.

      "Every black'ning church appals,/And the hapless soldier's sigh" ( lines 10-11)

    • B.

      "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)

    • C.

      "In every cry of every man,'In every infant's cry of fear (Lines 5-6)

    • D.

      "the mind-forged manacles I hear" (Line 8)

    Correct Answer
    B. "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)
    Explanation
    The line "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" suggests that the speaker hears prostitutes swearing and also implies that he believes prostitutes are a curse on the city of London. The use of the word "curse" implies a negative and harmful influence, and the mention of the "new-born infant's tear" suggests that the speaker sees the impact of the harlot's curse on innocent and vulnerable individuals. This line captures both the speaker's observation of prostitutes swearing and his negative opinion of their presence in the city.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following suggests that society damages its members and innocence is lost almost immediately?

    • A.

      "Every black'ning church appals,/And the hapless soldier's sigh" ( lines 10-11)

    • B.

      "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)

    • C.

      "In every cry of every man,'In every infant's cry of fear (Lines 5-6)

    • D.

      "the mind-forged manacles I hear" (Line 8)

    Correct Answer
    B. "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)
    Explanation
    The line "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" suggests that society damages its members and innocence is lost almost immediately. This line highlights the destructive impact of the curse of a young prostitute on a newborn baby, emphasizing the corrupting influence of society on its most vulnerable members. It implies that the innocence of the infant is shattered from the very beginning, reinforcing the idea that society is responsible for damaging its members.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is an example of the poet's use of oxymoron to link the happy image of marriage with death, create a powerful image of illness and disease and suggest that everything has been destroyed?

    • A.

      I wonder through each chartered street" (line 1)

    • B.

      "And mark in every face I meet" ( Line 3)

    • C.

      "The mind-forged manacles I hear" (line 8)

    • D.

      "And blights with plagues the marriage hearse" (Line 16)

    Correct Answer
    D. "And blights with plagues the marriage hearse" (Line 16)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "And blights with plagues the marriage hearse" (Line 16). This line uses oxymoron by combining the happy image of marriage with the negative connotations of death, illness, and disease. The phrase "blights with plagues" suggests that something destructive is happening to the marriage, while the use of "marriage hearse" further emphasizes the connection between marriage and death. This powerful image conveys the idea that everything has been destroyed and highlights the negative impact of societal constraints on relationships.

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  • 10. 

    Which stanza makes the speaker's experience seem like a vivid, hellish experience because he hears so many distressing noises?

    • A.

      Stanza 1

    • B.

      Stanza 2

    • C.

      Stanza 3

    • D.

      Stanza 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Stanza 2
    Explanation
    Stanza 2 makes the speaker's experience seem like a vivid, hellish experience because it describes the haunting sounds of the "groans of the dying" and the "shrieks of despair." These distressing noises create a sense of chaos and suffering, painting a vivid picture of the speaker's harrowing experience.

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  • 11. 

    There seems to be an absence of anything positive in the poem. Which of the following does the speaker NOT refer to in the poem ?

    • A.

      The absence of freedom

    • B.

      The absence of morality

    • C.

      The absence of hope

    • D.

      The continuation of the cycle of suffering

    • E.

      The loss of children to war

    Correct Answer
    E. The loss of children to war
    Explanation
    The speaker does not refer to the loss of children to war in the poem. The poem focuses on the absence of positive elements such as freedom, morality, hope, and the continuation of suffering. However, there is no mention or reference to the loss of children specifically due to war.

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  • 12. 

    This poem teaches that people without power often feel hopeless.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The poem likely explores the theme of powerlessness and the emotions that come with it. It suggests that individuals who lack power often experience a sense of hopelessness. This could be conveyed through the poem's language, imagery, or the experiences of its characters. The poem may highlight the struggles faced by marginalized or oppressed individuals, shedding light on the despair they feel in their powerless state. Overall, the poem serves as a lesson about the feelings and experiences of those who lack power.

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  • 13. 

    The speaker seems to be removed from the suffering he witnesses. This allows him to observe and comment on the larger picture.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the speaker is detached from the suffering they witness, enabling them to have a broader perspective and make observations and comments about the larger picture. This implies that the speaker is not emotionally involved or affected by the suffering, allowing them to analyze and interpret it objectively. Therefore, the answer "True" is correct as it aligns with the explanation provided.

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  • 14. 

    The speaker's description of the  city is entirely negative. This causes the reader to question whether he is biased.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The speaker's entirely negative description of the city raises doubts about their objectivity. By only highlighting the negative aspects, the speaker may be intentionally biased or subjective in their portrayal. This suggests that the speaker's perspective may not provide a fair and balanced view of the city, prompting the reader to question the reliability of their opinion.

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  • 15. 

    The speaker uses the poem to criticise the monarchy and the church for their corruption and lack of action.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The speaker in the poem is expressing criticism towards both the monarchy and the church. They highlight the corruption and lack of action within these institutions. This can be seen as a critique of the power structures and their failure to address important issues. The poem serves as a platform to voice discontent and shed light on the flaws within the monarchy and the church.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following words is a reference to " a written grant by the sovereign or legislative power of a country, by which a body such as a borough, company, or university is created or its rights and privileges defined"

    • A.

      "chartered" (Line 1 and Line 2)

    • B.

      "Marks" (Lines 3 and 4)

    • C.

      "manacles" (Line 8)

    • D.

      "harlot" (line 14)

    Correct Answer
    A. "chartered" (Line 1 and Line 2)
    Explanation
    The word "chartered" is the correct answer because it refers to a written grant that creates or defines the rights and privileges of a body such as a borough, company, or university. This definition matches the given description of a written grant by the sovereign or legislative power of a country.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following might have two meanings - " a small area on a surface having a different colour from its surroundings, typically one caused by damage or dirt" or " a suggestion that the speaker is " writing a word or symbol on (an object) in order to give information recording what he sees as he wanders through the streets of London.

    • A.

      Wander

    • B.

      Mark

    • C.

      Charter

    • D.

      Mind-forged manacles

    Correct Answer
    B. Mark
    Explanation
    The word "mark" can have two meanings as described in the question. It can refer to a small area on a surface with a different color caused by damage or dirt. Additionally, it can also mean the act of writing a word or symbol on an object to record information while wandering through the streets of London.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following might be a suggestion that the city has robbed people of the ability to think;  people's minds are restricted and confined

    • A.

      Wander

    • B.

      Mark

    • C.

      Charter

    • D.

      Mind-forged manacles

    Correct Answer
    D. Mind-forged manacles
    Explanation
    The phrase "mind-forged manacles" suggests that the city has restricted and confined people's minds, robbing them of the ability to think freely. It implies that the city has imposed mental constraints or limitations on its inhabitants, preventing them from exploring new ideas or perspectives. This phrase conveys the idea that the city has imposed a form of intellectual oppression, restraining the minds of its residents.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following suggests that to the speaker of the poem, the future brings nothing but death and decay?

    • A.

      "Every black'ning church appals,/And the hapless soldier's sigh" ( lines 10-11)

    • B.

      "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)

    • C.

      "marriage hearse" (Line 16)

    • D.

      "the mind-forged manacles I hear" (Line 8)

    • E.

      The use of negative words such as weakness, woe, cry and fear

    Correct Answer
    C. "marriage hearse" (Line 16)
    Explanation
    The phrase "marriage hearse" suggests that to the speaker of the poem, the future brings nothing but death and decay. This metaphorical image combines the concepts of marriage, which is usually associated with joy and new beginnings, with the hearse, which is a symbol of death and the end of life. By using this phrase, the speaker conveys the idea that even something as hopeful and promising as marriage is ultimately doomed and will lead to death and decay.

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  • 20. 

    For Blake, the conditions faced by people caused them to decay physically, morally and spiritually.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Blake believed that the conditions faced by people led to their physical, moral, and spiritual deterioration. This implies that Blake saw the negative impact of societal conditions on individuals' well-being and their overall character.

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  • 21. 

    Which of the following could be used to support the claim that " Money is spent on church buildings while children live in poverty, forced to clean chimneys - the soot from which blackens the church walls. To Blake, this makes a mockery of the love and care that should characterise the Christian religion"?

    • A.

      "And the hapless soldier's sigh/Runs in blood down palace walls" ( lines 11-12)

    • B.

      "How the youthful harlot's curse/Blasts the new-born infant's tear" (Lines 14-15)

    • C.

      "In every cry of every man,'In every infant's cry of fear (Lines 5-6)

    • D.

      "the mind-forged manacles I hear" (Line 8)

    • E.

      "How the Chimney-sweeper's cry / Every blackening church appals" (Lines 9-11)

    • F.

      All of the above

    • G.

      A and B

    • H.

      A and C

    • I.

      A and E

    Correct Answer
    E. "How the Chimney-sweeper's cry / Every blackening church appals" (Lines 9-11)
    Explanation
    The line "How the Chimney-sweeper's cry / Every blackening church appals" supports the claim that money is spent on church buildings while children live in poverty. It suggests that the speaker is appalled by the fact that churches are being blackened by the soot from the chimneys that the children are forced to clean. This implies that the money that could be used to help the children is instead being used to build and maintain the church buildings. This aligns with the idea that the love and care that should characterize the Christian religion is being mocked by this prioritization of church buildings over the well-being of children in poverty.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following might be ideas that one can infer from the poem?

    • A.

      Blake sees the rapid urbanisation in Britain at the time as a dangerous force

    • B.

      The speaker presents a London where children are no longer free to enjoy childhood but ae forced to work in dangerous conditions

    • C.

      Charters restrict freedoms - even nature is restricted. This ultimately result in the restriction of thinking

    • D.

      The poem is pessimistic. It is without hope for the future

    • E.

      All of the above

    • F.

      A and B

    • G.

      A and C

    • H.

      A and D

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The poem suggests that Blake sees the rapid urbanization in Britain as a dangerous force and presents a London where children are forced to work in dangerous conditions instead of enjoying their childhood. It also implies that charters restrict freedoms, including the freedom of nature, leading to a restriction of thinking. Overall, the poem is pessimistic and lacks hope for the future. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 23. 

    Blake alludes to 1789, French revolution in London, arguably suggesting that the experience of living there could encourage a revolution on the streets of the capital

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given answer being true is that Blake's reference to the 1789 French revolution in London implies that he believes the experience of living in London could potentially lead to a revolution on the streets of the capital. This suggests that Blake sees similarities between the social and political conditions in London and those that precipitated the French revolution, indicating his belief that a revolution in London is possible.

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