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  • 1. 

    When was the Printing Press first introduced in England by William Caxton?

    • A.

      1476

    • B.

      1467

    • C.

      1576

    • D.

      1567

    Correct Answer
    A. 1476
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1476. This is the year when the Printing Press was first introduced in England by William Caxton. The invention of the Printing Press revolutionized the way information was disseminated, allowing for the mass production of books and the spread of knowledge. Caxton set up the first printing press in Westminster, London, and began printing books in English, making them more accessible to the general public. This marked a significant milestone in the history of printing and played a crucial role in the development of literature and education in England.

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  • 2. 

    Which dynasty brought political stability to England from 1485 to 1603?

    • A.

      Stuart

    • B.

      Tudor

    • C.

      Hannover

    • D.

      Windsor

    Correct Answer
    B. Tudor
    Explanation
    The Tudor dynasty brought political stability to England from 1485 to 1603. Under the rule of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, England experienced a period of relative peace and stability. The Tudor monarchs implemented reforms, strengthened the monarchy, and established England as a major European power. This period is also known for the English Renaissance, cultural advancements, and the establishment of the Church of England. Overall, the Tudor dynasty played a crucial role in bringing stability and prosperity to England during this time.

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  • 3. 

    Henry VII reigned over England during which period?

    • A.

      1485 - 1509

    • B.

      1485 - 1490

    • C.

      1485 - 1520

    • D.

      1485 - 1515

    Correct Answer
    A. 1485 - 1509
    Explanation
    Henry VII reigned over England from 1485 to 1509. This period is known as the Tudor period and marked the beginning of the Tudor dynasty. Henry VII came to power after defeating Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field and ended the Wars of the Roses. His reign brought stability to England and he implemented various economic and administrative reforms. Henry VII is also known for his successful foreign policy, including the establishment of diplomatic relations with other European powers.

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  • 4. 

    Mary I reigned from 1553 to 1558. Who succeeded her?

    • A.

      Mary Queen of Scots

    • B.

      Elizabeth II

    • C.

      Elizabeth I

    • D.

      Edward VI

    Correct Answer
    C. Elizabeth I
    Explanation
    Mary I reigned from 1553 to 1558, and the question is asking who succeeded her. The correct answer is Elizabeth I. After Mary I's death, Elizabeth I ascended to the throne and became the Queen of England. Elizabeth I is known for her long and successful reign, which lasted from 1558 to 1603.

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  • 5. 

    Who was Poet Laureate to Henry VIII?

    • A.

      Edmund Spenser

    • B.

      Philip Sidney

    • C.

      Thomas Wyatt

    • D.

      John Skelton

    Correct Answer
    D. John Skelton
    Explanation
    John Skelton was the Poet Laureate to Henry VIII. Skelton was a renowned English poet and tutor to the young prince, later King Henry VIII. He was known for his satirical and critical poetry, often targeting the political and religious figures of his time. Skelton's works were influential and widely read during the reign of Henry VIII, making him a fitting choice for the position of Poet Laureate.

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  • 6. 

    Thomas Wyatt was particularly influenced by sonneteers from which country?

    • A.

      Holland

    • B.

      Italy

    • C.

      Spain

    • D.

      France

    Correct Answer
    B. Italy
    Explanation
    Thomas Wyatt was particularly influenced by sonneteers from Italy. This can be inferred from the fact that Italy is known for its rich tradition of sonnet writing during the Renaissance period. Italian sonneteers, such as Petrarch, had a significant impact on the development of the sonnet form in English literature. Wyatt, as one of the earliest English sonneteers, was greatly influenced by the Italian style and structure of sonnets. His poems often reflected the themes and techniques popularized by Italian poets, making Italy the most plausible answer.

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  • 7. 

    Who was Thomas Wyatt’s protégé?

    • A.

      Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

    • B.

      Philip Sidney

    • C.

      William Shakespeare

    • D.

      Ben Jonson

    Correct Answer
    A. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
    Explanation
    Thomas Wyatt's protégé was Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the publisher of the first printed anthology of English poetry, Miscellany (1557)?

    • A.

      Richard Bottel

    • B.

      Richard Tottel

    • C.

      Richard Mottel

    • D.

      Richard Pottel

    Correct Answer
    B. Richard Tottel
    Explanation
    Richard Tottel was the publisher of the first printed anthology of English poetry, Miscellany (1557). He is known for his work in compiling and publishing various collections of poetry during the Renaissance period. Tottel's Miscellany was a significant contribution to the development of English literature, as it brought together works from various poets and helped popularize the printing of poetry in England.

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  • 9. 

    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was the first English poet to publish blank verse in his translation of the second and fourth books of which Latin epic poem?

    • A.

      Walther von Châtillon’s Alexandreis

    • B.

      Publius Papinius Statius’ Achilleid

    • C.

      Publius Vergilius Maro’s Aeneid

    • D.

      Joseph of Exeter’s Antiocheis

    Correct Answer
    C. Publius Vergilius Maro’s Aeneid
    Explanation
    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was the first English poet to publish blank verse in his translation of Publius Vergilius Maro's Aeneid. Blank verse is a form of poetry that does not rhyme but follows a specific meter, and Surrey's translation of the Aeneid was the first time this form was used in English poetry. This innovation marked a significant development in English literature and set a precedent for future poets to experiment with different forms and structures in their works.

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  • 10. 

    Why was Henry Howard sentenced to execution by Henry VIII?

    • A.

      Adultery

    • B.

      Treason

    • C.

      Alchemy

    • D.

      Blasphemy

    Correct Answer
    B. Treason
    Explanation
    Henry Howard was sentenced to execution by Henry VIII for treason. Treason is the act of betraying one's country or sovereign, and in this case, Henry Howard was accused of plotting against the king and the crown. This was a serious offense during the reign of Henry VIII, as he feared threats to his power and authority. Therefore, Henry Howard's involvement in treasonous activities led to his sentencing and ultimately his execution.

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  • 11. 

    During the reign of which monarch did “High” Renaissance Poetry flourish? 

    • A.

      Henry VII

    • B.

      Mary I

    • C.

      Henry VIII

    • D.

      Elizabeth I

    Correct Answer
    D. Elizabeth I
    Explanation
    During the reign of Elizabeth I, "High" Renaissance Poetry flourished. This period, also known as the Elizabethan era, was a time of great cultural and artistic achievement in England. Elizabeth I was a patron of the arts and literature, and her reign saw the rise of renowned poets such as Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney. These poets embraced the ideals of the Renaissance, focusing on themes of love, beauty, and humanism. Elizabeth I's support and encouragement of the arts created a fertile ground for the development and flourishing of Renaissance poetry during her reign.

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  • 12. 

    Who of the following was not part of the group of “High” Renaissance poets?

    • A.

      Sir Thomas Wyatt

    • B.

      Philip Sidney

    • C.

      Edmund Spenser

    • D.

      William Shakespeare

    Correct Answer
    A. Sir Thomas Wyatt
    Explanation
    Sir Thomas Wyatt was not part of the group of "High" Renaissance poets. The High Renaissance period in literature occurred during the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy, and it is characterized by the works of prominent poets such as Petrarch, Dante, and Boccaccio. Sir Thomas Wyatt, on the other hand, was an English poet who lived during the early 16th century and is known for introducing the sonnet form to English literature. While Wyatt made significant contributions to English poetry, he was not part of the High Renaissance movement that primarily took place in Italy.

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  • 13. 

    Which is the title of the first work ever written in Spenserian stanza? 

    • A.

      The Faerie Countesse

    • B.

      The Faerie Princesse

    • C.

      The Faerie Godmothere

    • D.

      The Faerie Queene

    Correct Answer
    D. The Faerie Queene
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Faerie Queene." The Faerie Queene is an epic poem written by Edmund Spenser in the late 16th century. It is considered one of the greatest works of English literature and is written in a unique verse form known as the Spenserian stanza, which consists of nine lines with a rhyme scheme of ABABBCBCC. The poem tells the story of several knights on a quest and explores themes of virtue, chivalry, and the idealized vision of Elizabethan England.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is a typical rhyme scheme of the Petrachan sonnet?

    • A.

      A sestet (aba aba) and octet (cddc cddc)

    • B.

      An octet (abba abba) and sestet (cde cde)

    • C.

      Abab cdcd efef gg

    • D.

      Abab bcbc cdcd ee

    Correct Answer
    B. An octet (abba abba) and sestet (cde cde)
    Explanation
    The Petrarchan sonnet typically follows an octet (abba abba) and sestet (cde cde) rhyme scheme. This means that the first eight lines (octet) have a specific rhyme pattern, where the first and fourth lines rhyme with each other (a), and the second and third lines rhyme with each other (b). The same pattern is repeated in the next four lines. The sestet, on the other hand, has a different rhyme pattern, where the first, fourth, and fifth lines rhyme with each other (c), and the second, third, and sixth lines rhyme with each other (d). The rhyme scheme helps to create a structured and balanced flow in the sonnet.

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  • 15. 

    What is the typical rhyme scheme of the English or Shakespearian sonnet? 

    • A.

      Abab bcbc cdcd ee

    • B.

      Abab cdcd efef gg

    • C.

      Abba cddc effe gg

    • D.

      Abbc cdde effg aa

    Correct Answer
    B. Abab cdcd efef gg
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "abab cdcd efef gg". This answer refers to the typical rhyme scheme of the English or Shakespearian sonnet. In this rhyme scheme, each line is assigned a letter, and lines with the same letter at the end rhyme with each other. The pattern of the rhyme scheme in this answer is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, where each letter represents a different rhyme sound.

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  • 16. 

    What is the typical rhyme scheme of the Spenserian sonnet? 

    • A.

      Abab cdcd efef gg

    • B.

      Abab bcbc cdcd aa

    • C.

      Abab bcbc cdcd ee

    • D.

      Abba cddc effe ff

    Correct Answer
    C. Abab bcbc cdcd ee
    Explanation
    The typical rhyme scheme of the Spenserian sonnet is abab bcbc cdcd ee. This means that the first four lines (quatrain) have an alternating rhyme scheme of ABAB, the next four lines (quatrain) have a different alternating rhyme scheme of BCBC, and the final quatrain has a rhyme scheme of CDCD. The final couplet (ee) provides a concluding rhyme that is different from the rest of the poem. This rhyme scheme allows for a structured and organized flow of the sonnet, while also providing a sense of closure with the final couplet.

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  • 17. 

    What is the name of an extended poetic treatment of a single theme? 

    • A.

      A sonnet circle

    • B.

      A sonnet round

    • C.

      A sonnet series

    • D.

      A sonnet cycle

    Correct Answer
    D. A sonnet cycle
    Explanation
    A sonnet cycle is the name given to an extended poetic treatment of a single theme. It consists of a series of sonnets that are interconnected and explore different aspects of the same topic. Each sonnet within the cycle contributes to the overall narrative or exploration of the theme, creating a cohesive and comprehensive poetic work.

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  • 18. 

    What is the name of a sonnet series linked by repeating the last verse of one sonnet in the first verse of the next, until the circle is closed by using the first verse of the first sonnet as the last verse of the last sonnet? 

    • A.

      A sonnet band

    • B.

      A sonnet crown

    • C.

      A sonnet throne

    • D.

      A sonnet cap

    Correct Answer
    B. A sonnet crown
    Explanation
    A sonnet crown is a series of sonnets in which the last line of one sonnet is repeated as the first line of the next sonnet, and this pattern continues until the final sonnet, where the first line of the first sonnet is repeated as the last line. This creates a circular structure, resembling a crown, hence the name "sonnet crown".

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  • 19. 

    Henry Howard and Sir Thomas Wyatt both based sonnets on which of Petrach’s poems about unrequited love?

    • A.

      Rime 110

    • B.

      Rime 120

    • C.

      Rime 130

    • D.

      Rime 140

    Correct Answer
    D. Rime 140
    Explanation
    Henry Howard and Sir Thomas Wyatt both based sonnets on Petrarch's poem Rime 140 about unrequited love.

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  • 20. 

    Wyatt frequently used an exaggerated figure of speech in which intellectual cleverness figured at least as largely as real emotion. What is the name of this device?

    • A.

      Conceit

    • B.

      Conceal

    • C.

      Concave

    • D.

      Comparison

    Correct Answer
    A. Conceit
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Conceit". Conceit is a literary device where there is an extended metaphor or comparison between two seemingly unrelated things. In this case, the exaggerated figure of speech used by Wyatt, where intellectual cleverness is given equal importance to real emotion, fits the definition of conceit.

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  • 21. 

    Words from which semantic field can be found in the fourth verse of Wyatt’s The long love that in my thought doth harbour

    • A.

      Mythological

    • B.

      Animal

    • C.

      Military

    • D.

      Religious

    Correct Answer
    C. Military
    Explanation
    In the fourth verse of Wyatt's "The long love that in my thought doth harbour," words from the semantic field of military can be found. The verse mentions "warrior," "armour," and "fight." These words are associated with the military and suggest a theme of conflict and battle.

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  • 22. 

    Sweet is the death that taketh end by love is the last verse of which of the following sonnets?

    • A.

      Sir Thomas Wyatt’s “The long love that in my thought doth harbour”

    • B.

      Henry Howard’s “Love, that doth reign and live within my thought”

    • C.

      Edmund Spenser’s “Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde”

    • D.

      Philip Sidney’s “Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”

    Correct Answer
    B. Henry Howard’s “Love, that doth reign and live within my thought”
  • 23. 

    What do Wyatt’s following verses refer to? Into my face presseth with bold pretense And therein campeth, spreading his banner. 

    • A.

      A blush

    • B.

      A punch

    • C.

      A rash

    • D.

      A kiss

    Correct Answer
    A. A blush
    Explanation
    The given verses by Wyatt refer to a blush. The phrase "Into my face presseth with bold pretense" suggests that something is coming close to the speaker's face with a confident manner, and "And therein campeth, spreading his banner" implies that this thing is making itself known or visible. A blush fits this description as it is a physical reaction that appears on the face, often associated with embarrassment or shyness.

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  • 24. 

    In which year were Wyatt’s The long love that in my thought doth harbour and Howard’s Love, that doth reign and live within my thought both published?

    • A.

      1556

    • B.

      1557

    • C.

      1558

    • D.

      1559

    Correct Answer
    B. 1557
    Explanation
    In 1557, Wyatt's "The long love that in my thought doth harbour" and Howard's "Love, that doth reign and live within my thought" were both published.

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  • 25. 

    The first verse of Edmund Spenser’s Sonnet 34 (Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde) is an example of which rhetorical device?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Epithet

    • D.

      Allusion

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The first verse of Edmund Spenser's Sonnet 34 compares something (possibly a person or a concept) to a ship that sails through the wide ocean. This comparison is made using the word "like" or "as," which is a key indicator of a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using "like" or "as" to create a vivid and imaginative comparison. In this case, the simile helps to create a visual image and convey the idea of movement and exploration.

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  • 26. 

    What would be a modern translation of the word “carefull”, which appears in the penultimate verse of Spenser’s sonnet 34? 

    • A.

      Angry

    • B.

      Cautious

    • C.

      Worried

    • D.

      Sad

    Correct Answer
    C. Worried
    Explanation
    The word "carefull" in Spenser's sonnet 34 can be translated to "worried" in modern language. This is because "carefull" implies being full of care or concern, which aligns with the modern interpretation of being worried.

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  • 27. 

    In which of the verses of Spenser’s sonnet 34 is the problem of unrequited love resolved?

    • A.

      Final couplet

    • B.

      Final quintet

    • C.

      Final octet

    • D.

      Final sestet

    Correct Answer
    D. Final sestet
    Explanation
    In Spenser's sonnet 34, the problem of unrequited love is resolved in the final sestet. The sestet is the last six lines of the sonnet, and it often serves as a conclusion or resolution to the themes and conflicts presented in the earlier parts of the poem. Therefore, it can be inferred that the resolution to the problem of unrequited love is found in the final sestet of Spenser's sonnet 34.

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  • 28. 

    What does the reference to a storm in verse 9 of Spenser’s sonnet 34 show us?

    • A.

      Rage

    • B.

      Pessimism

    • C.

      Optimism

    • D.

      Destruction

    Correct Answer
    C. Optimism
    Explanation
    The reference to a storm in verse 9 of Spenser's sonnet 34 shows us optimism. In the context of the sonnet, the storm represents a temporary obstacle or challenge. However, the speaker remains optimistic, believing that the storm will pass and that brighter days will come. This suggests a positive outlook and a belief in the power of hope and resilience.

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  • 29. 

    In which of the following sonnets is the female protagonist given a voice?

    • A.

      Edmund Spenser’s sonnet 75

    • B.

      Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella 7

    • C.

      Edmund Spenser’s sonnet 34

    • D.

      Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella 1

    Correct Answer
    A. Edmund Spenser’s sonnet 75
    Explanation
    In Edmund Spenser's sonnet 75, the female protagonist is given a voice. This means that she is able to express herself and communicate her thoughts and feelings within the context of the poem. This is in contrast to the other options, where the female protagonist may not have a voice or may not be given the opportunity to speak.

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  • 30. 

    In sonnet 75, the woman’s name is written upon the “strand”. What is a “strand”?

    • A.

      Parchment

    • B.

      Stone

    • C.

      Shore

    • D.

      Tree bark

    Correct Answer
    C. Shore
    Explanation
    In sonnet 75, the woman's name is written upon the "strand". A "strand" refers to the shore, which is the land along the edge of a body of water, such as a sea or ocean. This suggests that the woman's name is written on the shore, symbolizing its permanence and immortality. The shore is a fitting place for the woman's name to be written as it represents stability and endurance, just like the love being expressed in the sonnet.

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  • 31. 

    Edmund Spenser’s sonnets 34 and 75 were published in 1595 as part of which collection?

    • A.

      Amoretto

    • B.

      Amaretto

    • C.

      Amoretti

    • D.

      Amaretti

    Correct Answer
    C. Amoretti
    Explanation
    Edmund Spenser's sonnets 34 and 75 were published in 1595 as part of the collection called "Amoretti".

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  • 32. 

    What was the name of Edmund Spenser’s second wife, who inspired many of his sonnets?

    • A.

      Elizabeth Doyle

    • B.

      Elizabeth Boyle

    • C.

      Elizabeth Coyle

    • D.

      Elizabeth Foyle

    Correct Answer
    B. Elizabeth Boyle
    Explanation
    Edmund Spenser's second wife, Elizabeth Boyle, inspired many of his sonnets.

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  • 33. 

    Spenser’s sonnet 75 demonstrates the influence of which philosophy in Renaissance poetry?

    • A.

      Neonomianism

    • B.

      Nominalism

    • C.

      Neovitalism

    • D.

      Neoplatonism

    Correct Answer
    D. Neoplatonism
    Explanation
    Neoplatonism is the correct answer because Spenser's sonnet 75 reflects the influence of this philosophy in Renaissance poetry. Neoplatonism emphasized the idea of the soul's ascent to a higher spiritual realm, which is evident in the sonnet's theme of immortality and the speaker's desire to immortalize his beloved through poetry. This philosophy also emphasized the concept of beauty as a pathway to the divine, which is reflected in the sonnet's use of elaborate imagery and language to describe the beloved's beauty.

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  • 34. 

    Which of the following is said to have had an important influence on Edmund Spenser’s works?

    • A.

      Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    • B.

      Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso

    • C.

      Heroic epic tales of Charlemagne

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above options are said to have had an important influence on Edmund Spenser's works. Ovid's Metamorphoses, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and the heroic epic tales of Charlemagne all played a significant role in shaping Spenser's literary style and themes. These works provided inspiration for Spenser's use of mythology, epic storytelling, and exploration of chivalry and heroism in his own poetry.

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  • 35. 

    The final couplet of Spenser’s sonnet 75 makes reference to what?

    • A.

      The author’s secret sorrow

    • B.

      The apocalypse

    • C.

      A summer’s day

    • D.

      The woman’s beauty

    Correct Answer
    B. The apocalypse
    Explanation
    The final couplet of Spenser's sonnet 75 makes reference to the apocalypse. The speaker in the sonnet is trying to immortalize his love through poetry, but acknowledges that even his words will eventually be destroyed by the "ravenous ocean." The reference to the apocalypse suggests that the speaker's love will endure even beyond the end of the world.

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  • 36. 

    How does Spenser’s use of the “volta” differ from that of the Italian sonneteers, who tended to introduce a new idea in verse 9?

    • A.

      Although he often starts verse 9 with “But” or “Yet”, the real turn normally occurs in the final couplet

    • B.

      Although he often starts verse 9 with “But” or “Yet”, the real turn normally occurs in the final quintet

    • C.

      Although he often starts verse 9 with “But” or “Yet”, the real turn normally occurs in the final verse

    • D.

      Although he often starts verse 9 with “But” or “Yet”, the real turn normally occurs in the final quartet

    Correct Answer
    A. Although he often starts verse 9 with “But” or “Yet”, the real turn normally occurs in the final couplet
    Explanation
    Spenser's use of the "volta" differs from that of the Italian sonneteers in that while he does often introduce a contrasting idea in verse 9 with words like "But" or "Yet," the real shift or turn in the poem typically happens in the final couplet. This means that Spenser's sonnets tend to have a delayed resolution or conclusion compared to the Italian sonnets, where the turn usually occurs in verse 9.

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  • 37. 

    In the following verse from Spenser’s sonnet 75, what does the word “rare” mean? My verse your virtues rare shall eternize

    • A.

      Strange

    • B.

      Never

    • C.

      Extraordinary

    • D.

      Bizarre

    Correct Answer
    C. Extraordinary
    Explanation
    In this verse from Spenser's sonnet 75, the word "rare" means extraordinary. The speaker is expressing that their verse will immortalize the exceptional qualities or virtues of the person they are addressing.

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  • 38. 

    The Defence of Poesie, by Sir Philip Sidney, is considered the first work of literary criticism in English literature. What is the text also known as?

    • A.

      An Apology for Poetry

    • B.

      A Vindication of Poetry

    • C.

      In Support of Poetry

    • D.

      An Excuse for Poetry

    Correct Answer
    A. An Apology for Poetry
    Explanation
    The text is also known as "An Apology for Poetry" because it defends and justifies the value and importance of poetry as a form of literature. The word "apology" in this context means a defense or justification, rather than an expression of regret or apology. Sidney's work argues against the common criticisms of poetry and asserts its ability to inspire, educate, and elevate the human spirit. It is considered the first significant piece of literary criticism in English literature because it analyzes and evaluates the nature and purpose of poetry.

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  • 39. 

    In what year was the MS. of The Defence of Poesie published for the first time?

    • A.

      1595

    • B.

      1472

    • C.

      1500

    • D.

      1600

    Correct Answer
    A. 1595
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1595. This is the year in which the manuscript of The Defence of Poesie was published for the first time.

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  • 40. 

    In the following phrase from The Defence of Poesie, who or what is the referent of “her”?   Her world is brazen, the poets only deliver a golden 

    • A.

      The moon

    • B.

      The poet’s lover

    • C.

      Nature

    • D.

      Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt

    Correct Answer
    C. Nature
    Explanation
    In this phrase, "her" refers to Nature. The phrase is stating that Nature's world is brazen, while the poets only deliver a golden world.

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  • 41. 

    Which word is missing in the following phrase from The Defence of Poesie?   Poetry is an art of imitation, for so Aristotle termeth it in the word .................. 

    • A.

      Logos

    • B.

      Mimesis

    • C.

      Anamnesis

    • D.

      Diairesis

    Correct Answer
    B. Mimesis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mimesis." The phrase from The Defence of Poesie states that poetry is an art of imitation, which is how Aristotle referred to it using the term "Mimesis." Mimesis is the concept of imitating or representing reality in art, which aligns with the idea that poetry imitates or reflects aspects of the world.

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  • 42. 

    In The Defence of Poesie, Sidney states that literature communicates deep and important truths through what?

    • A.

      Lies

    • B.

      Paradoxes

    • C.

      Biblical references

    • D.

      Facts and figures

    Correct Answer
    A. Lies
    Explanation
    In The Defence of Poesie, Sidney argues that literature communicates deep and important truths through lies. He believes that fiction and poetry have the power to reveal profound insights about the human condition and convey moral lessons by creating imaginative and fictional narratives. Through the use of lies, authors can explore universal truths and provoke emotional responses in readers, ultimately leading to a greater understanding of the world and ourselves. Sidney's perspective challenges the notion that only factual information can convey truth, emphasizing the unique power of literature to illuminate profound realities through imaginative storytelling.

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  • 43. 

    What is Sidney’s standpoint in the debate over whether art needs social commitment?

    • A.

      Art exists solely for art’s sake

    • B.

      Aesthetic contemplation should be balanced with morality in art

    • C.

      Art should provide moral grounding and disregard aesthetics

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Aesthetic contemplation should be balanced with morality in art
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Sidney's standpoint in the debate over whether art needs social commitment is that aesthetic contemplation should be balanced with morality in art. This means that Sidney believes that while art should be aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to contemplate, it should also have a moral dimension and contribute to the betterment of society. This viewpoint emphasizes the importance of both the aesthetic and ethical aspects of art, rather than prioritizing one over the other.

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  • 44. 

    Who is thought to be the inspiration for “Stella” of Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence?

    • A.

      Penelope Devereux, Lady Rich

    • B.

      Penelope Debereux, Lady Rich

    • C.

      Penelope Depereux, Lady Rich

    • D.

      Penelope Delereux, Lady Rich

    Correct Answer
    A. Penelope Devereux, Lady Rich
    Explanation
    Penelope Devereux, Lady Rich is thought to be the inspiration for "Stella" in Sidney's Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence.

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  • 45. 

    In which year was Astrophil and Stella published?

    • A.

      1430

    • B.

      1591

    • C.

      1600

    • D.

      1491

    Correct Answer
    B. 1591
    Explanation
    Astrophil and Stella was published in 1591.

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  • 46. 

    In the second stanza of Astrophil and Stella 1, what does the reference to “turning others’ leaves” mean?

    • A.

      Starting afresh

    • B.

      Getting inspiration from others

    • C.

      Gathering leaves in the autumn

    • D.

      Stealing books

    Correct Answer
    B. Getting inspiration from others
    Explanation
    The reference to "turning others' leaves" in the second stanza of Astrophil and Stella 1 means getting inspiration from others. This phrase suggests that the speaker is seeking ideas and inspiration from the works of other writers, just as one would turn the pages of a book. It implies that the speaker is not content with their own thoughts and desires to draw inspiration from the experiences and writings of others.

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  • 47. 

    The term “feet” in the verse “And others feet still seemed but strangers in my way” from the third stanza of Astrophil and Stella 1, is an example of what?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Paradox

    • C.

      Homonym

    • D.

      Chiasmus

    Correct Answer
    C. Homonym
    Explanation
    In this line from Astrophil and Stella 1, the term "feet" is used in a way that suggests a double meaning. On one hand, it could be interpreted literally as referring to physical feet. On the other hand, it could also be understood metaphorically as representing people or individuals. This double meaning makes "feet" an example of a homonym, a word that has multiple meanings or interpretations.

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  • 48. 

    Which word is missing from the last verse of Astrophil and Stella 1?   Fool, said my Muse to me, look in thy …………, and write

    • A.

      Soul

    • B.

      Mind

    • C.

      Self

    • D.

      Heart

    Correct Answer
    D. Heart
    Explanation
    In the last verse of Astrophil and Stella 1, the missing word is "Heart". The speaker's Muse tells him to look within his heart and write. This suggests that the speaker should draw inspiration and express his emotions and feelings through his writing. The heart is often associated with passion, love, and deep emotions, making it a fitting choice for the missing word in this context.

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  • 49. 

    What is paradoxical about the poet’s frustrations in Astrophil and Stella 1?

    • A.

      The poet describes his difficulties to express himself using Italian conventions (“others’ feet”), even though the poem itself follows a classical Italianate structure

    • B.

      The poet knows that his love will never be requited so his efforts to get the woman’s attention are all in vain

    • C.

      The poet makes reference to a “muse”, when Renaissance poets did not believe in inspiration from external sources

    • D.

      Although words come flooding to the poet, their meaning is not clear to him

    Correct Answer
    A. The poet describes his difficulties to express himself using Italian conventions (“others’ feet”), even though the poem itself follows a classical Italianate structure
    Explanation
    The paradoxical aspect of the poet's frustrations in Astrophil and Stella 1 is that he is struggling to express himself using Italian conventions, even though the poem itself follows a classical Italianate structure. This contradiction arises because the poet is attempting to conform to established literary conventions while also trying to convey his own unique thoughts and emotions. He is torn between adhering to traditional forms and finding his own voice, which creates a paradoxical situation.

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  • 50. 

    In the final couplet of Astrophil and Stella 7, what reason is given for the black colour of Stella’s eyes?

    • A.

      For aesthetic effect (her black eyes complement her fair skin)

    • B.

      To protect her from the dazzling sunlight

    • C.

      To show nature’s great power by making black seem beautiful

    • D.

      To honour the deaths of the men who have died for her love

    Correct Answer
    D. To honour the deaths of the men who have died for her love
    Explanation
    The reason given for the black color of Stella's eyes in the final couplet of Astrophil and Stella 7 is to honor the deaths of the men who have died for her love.

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