"Ozymandias" By Percy Bysshe - Sonnet Test

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"Ozymandias" By Percy Bysshe - Sonnet Test

"Ozymandias" is a sonnet written by the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. It was first published in the 11 January 1818 issue of The Examiner of London. The poem explores the fate of history and the ravages of time: even the greatest men and the empires they forge are impermanent, their legacies fated to decay into oblivion.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 2. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 3. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 4. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 5. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 6. 
    Ozymandias is based on the historical figure
    • A. 

      The Pharaoh Ramesses II

    • B. 

      Henry VIII

    • C. 

      Jesus Christ

    • D. 

      Joseph Stalin

  • 7. 
    Complete the first line ' I met a traveller from an ............................ land'
    • A. 

      Oriental

    • B. 

      Aged

    • C. 

      Antique

    • D. 

      Ornamental

  • 8. 
    The adjective 'antique' suggests the setting is..............?
    • A. 

       long gone just like Ozymandias' power

    • B. 

      Loved and cherished like an antique  piece of furniture

    • C. 

      A place sacred where they worship at the shrine of the dead king

    • D. 

      Old and evil

  • 9. 
    Which lines show isolation and abandonment?
    • A. 

      Half sunk, a shattered visage lies

    • B. 

      'Stand in the desert' /  ' 'Nothing else remains/ '

    • C. 

      My Name is  Ozymandias  

    • D. 

      The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed

  • 10. 
    Shelley was a Romantic poet
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The Romantic poets wrote about freedom, the power of the imagination and nature
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Which best describes Ozymandias as a ruler?
    • A. 

      Oriental, artistic and respected

    • B. 

      Weak, hated and greedy

    • C. 

      Kind, strong and respectful to his people

    • D. 

      Cruel, power-crazed and tyrannical

  • 13. 
    Which line shows Ozymandias is power-crazed and wants the power of a god?
    • A. 

      And on the pedestal these words appear

    • B. 

      My name is Ozymandias, king of kings

    • C. 

      The lone and level sands stretch far away

    • D. 

      Nothing besides remains

  • 14. 
    The poem is a 14 line sonnet- a form of poetry usually about love
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Which one do you like?
    • A. 

      Option 1

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4

  • 16. 
    What remains of the statue is described as  'lifeless things'. What does this tell us?
    • A. 

      The adjective 'lifeless' shows Ozymandias' is dead and mourned by many, 'the noun things' shows that many of his great pieces of art remain  

    • B. 

      The adverb 'lifeless' shows the poet's belief in the afterlife and the verb 'things' shows the soul does to heaven after death

    • C. 

      'The adjective 'lifeless' shows Ozymandias' power/ life is over and the noun 'things' shows the statue no longer shows greatness and is worthless

    • D. 

      The verb 'lifeless' shows Ozymandias haunts the place and the adjective 'things' shows he still has his statue complete

  • 17. 
    The poem Remains  starts 'in medias res'. What does that mean?
    • A. 

      Starting the poem with a personal account

    • B. 

      Starting the poem with a horrific event

    • C. 

      The repeating of key ideas throughout the poem

    • D. 

      Starting the poem in the middle of the action

  • 18. 
    The poem is an example of an anecdote ( a personal story used to illustrate a point)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    When a line of a poem runs on into the next line is called enjambment
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Colloquial language is  where the poet uses imagery connected to violence
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    One of the main reasons Simon Armitage wrote the poem 'Remains was to emphasise to the public how the trauma of war does not end once the soldier is back at home
    • A. 

      Option 1

    • B. 

      Option 2

  • 22. 
    Why does the first verse use the pronoun 'we' so often instead of 'I'?
    • A. 

      The soldiers are acting as 'one' with a universal order to follow as expected of them

    • B. 

      There are many soldiers and they feel confident

    • C. 

      The group of soldiers are exaggerating about their numbers

    • D. 

      It emphasises the eternal friendship the soldiers have once they have returned home

  • 23. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

  • 24. 
    When then poem shifts from the pronoun 'we' to the pronoun 'I' what does it symbolise?
    • A. 

      Option 1

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4

  • 25. 
    What is the cause of the soldier's PTSD?
    • A. 

      He feels guilt as he did not fulfill his duties as a soldier and refused to shoot 

    • B. 

      The  guilt he feels as he is unsure he  killed an unarmed, innocent man who died a slow , agonising death

    • C. 

      He saw a comrade die a slow, agonising  death and was unable to help

    • D. 

      He knew at the time of shooting the looter that he was not armed

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