Which Era Of British Literature "Are You"?

14 Questions
Which Era Of British Literature "are You"?

This quiz is designed to help students determine which of the six major eras of British literature studied this year most resonates with them personally.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How do you feel about love, women, and romantic relationships?
    • A. 

      A man is only worth the love and devotion he can show to a woman—well, so long as she happens to be beautiful.

    • B. 

      I love women in general, but they are usually too uptight and are always playing hard to get.

    • C. 

      Marriage is a useful social construct and, of course, necessary for propagation of the species.

    • D. 

      Love is a beautiful emotional and spiritual connection, governed by the mysterious and tempestuous feelings of the human heart.

    • E. 

      The love between a man and a woman may just be the only solace a person can have in this gloomy, uncertain world. . . . maybe.

    • F. 

      "Love" is just a psychological or even chemical desire that those who cannot bear to brave this world alone cling to; marriage is a tyrannical social imposition -- we mustn't fool ourselves into believing the illusion that there can be any truth, meaning, or permanence in a mere physical attraction.

  • 2. 
    What are your religious views?
    • A. 

      I don't believe in God and/or I am disenchanted with the idea of organized religion.

    • B. 

      I follow the One True Faith and will fight the Infidels to reclaim the Holy Land and promote Christian virtues wherever I go.

    • C. 

      "God" is everywhere—in the mountains, rivers, lakes, the wind. It is a spirit that moves in all things and is all things.

    • D. 

      I believe in God. Of course, there's a lot in the world that seems to contradict or to challenge His existence, but I choose to believe anyway.

    • E. 

      I'm a Protestant, and/or I believe the secular realm and the political realm should be kept separate.

    • F. 

      Religion serves a practical role in our world. It shapes a man and helps him to function as a valuable member of society. However, I don't always see God's presence or intervention in my daily life.

  • 3. 
    What is your ideal political situation?
    • A. 

      I’d like to think that a democratic government could provide for the needs of the people, but I have my concerns. The government is susceptible to corruption, and poverty remains as a serious problem in the world. Though I’d like to think that one, great nation could take on the responsibility of caring for the entire world, I’m not sure it’s possible.

    • B. 

      Democracy! A government by the people, for the people!

    • C. 

      I favor a strong monarchical figure, though I think there should be a democratic component to any government.

    • D. 

      The government should be a catalyst for change and, above all else, owes a responsibility to its people to defend basic human rights.

    • E. 

      No one should rely on the government for anything. The individual must take control of his own life and be the change he wishes to see in the world, if the world is even capable of changing.

    • F. 

      Absolute monarchy. It’s simpler that way—unless there’s a jealous younger brother involved.

  • 4. 
    If you could write about anything, what would it be?
    • A. 

      I’d write a play—or a slightly racy love poem.

    • B. 

      I’d write of heroic deeds and heroes—every society needs its ideal to show them the way to greatness.

    • C. 

      I’d write an autobiography or satire— these works can be very entertaining, but more importantly, there’s always a lesson for society to learn.

    • D. 

      I’d be realistic and write about life just as it is—random, boring, at times profound, but, most importantly, psychological—the mind and its impressions of the world. I wouldn’t worry too much about adhering to a specific genre.

    • E. 

      I’d write about my emotional and spiritual experiences—or a creepy ghost story.

    • F. 

      I’d write about the concerns of my society—maybe in the form of a long novel or a dramatic poem.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following quotes most appeals to you?
    • A. 

      “I know no lord that is alarmed by thy loud words here. / Give me now thy guisarm, in God’s name, sir, / and I will bring thee the blessing thou hast begged to receive.”

    • B. 

      “His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”

    • C. 

      “How oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee, / O sylvan Wye! thou wanderer thro' the woods, / How often has my spirit turned to thee!”

    • D. 

      "I can think of no one objection, that will possibly be raised against this proposal, unless it should be urged that the number of people will be thereby much lessened in the kingdom."

    • E. 

      “And we are here as on a darkling plain / Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, / Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

    • F. 

      “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, / So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

  • 6. 
    Which of the following would you most like to do with your life?
    • A. 

      Whatever I do, I’d like to be practical and make money, but I would still like to lead a meaningful life.

    • B. 

      Be involved in governmental affairs—or just be an important public figure of some sort.

    • C. 

      Pursue a career on the stage or in the music business; or be commissioned to make my art by someone far wealthier than I am.

    • D. 

      Travel the world, see beautiful places, fight for justice, and find spiritual peace.

    • E. 

      Serve the Church, stand up to the lions of injustice, ingratiate myself to a beautiful lady, and advocate a code of honor wherever I go.

    • F. 

      I’ve thought about doing several things; but basically, I’ve settled on the fact that it doesn’t really matter what I do, so long as I can get by in life and try to maintain my sense of autonomy from what society would have me become.

  • 7. 
    Which of these paintings most appeals to you?
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      E

    • F. 

      F

  • 8. 
    With which of these lads would you be least embarrassed associating yourself?
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      E

    • F. 

      F

  • 9. 
    Which do you see as being the least severe of the following deadly sins?
    • A. 

      Lust

    • B. 

      Wrath

    • C. 

      Gluttony

    • D. 

      Sloth

    • E. 

      Greed

    • F. 

      Pride

  • 10. 
    What will most likely be your major or concentration in college?
    • A. 

      Science, math, engineering, computer science, politics, journalism, or philosophy

    • B. 

      Business, marketing, economics, medicine, education, pre-law, international studies, communication, or accounting

    • C. 

      English, art history, environmental studies, sociology, or creative writing

    • D. 

      Theology, or maybe the seminary, the military, or a trade school

    • E. 

      Studio art, psychology, independent study, or gender studies

    • F. 

      History, music, theater, a foreign language, humanities, or general studies

  • 11. 
    Imagine you want to go on a road trip unchaperoned with your friends. All of your friends' parents are allowing their children to go. Your parents, however, are not at all in favor of the idea and seem unwilling to yield in their position on the matter. What do you do?
    • A. 

      I'm not going to allow my life to be defined by what my parents think is best for me. Grown ups have been wrong before. I'll go behind their backs and do what I want.

    • B. 

      I honor my father and mother and respect their decisions as being in my best interest.

    • C. 

      I will make an emotional, heartfelt appeal—cry, scream, lie prostrate on the floor; I know their fragile hearts cannot bear to see me in misery. And if that doesn't work, I can always pout.

    • D. 

      I will use my endearing wit to get my way. If I can get them to see the folly and futility of their ways, they will come around eventually.

    • E. 

      I will offer myself to their services and come up with a program of chores and sacrifices that I am willing to endure in exchange for their generosity.

    • F. 

      I will take a logical and argumentative approach to reveal to them how irrational and fallacious their reasons for denying me are. I will essentially wield my rhetorical powers so that they figuratively paint themselves into a corner.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following modern day causes or social justice issues is most important to you?
    • A. 

      Workers' rights and fair trade

    • B. 

      Poverty and/or environmental issues

    • C. 

      Pacifism—unjust wars, terrorism, or genocide awareness

    • D. 

      Education and/or civil rights

    • E. 

      Religious rights, freedom to worship and/or the pro-life movement

    • F. 

      Freedom of speech

  • 13. 
    If you're on the computer, what are you most likely doing?
    • A. 

      Taking a stupid personality quiz.

    • B. 

      6 letters: MMORPG.

    • C. 

      Watching Colbert Report or Jon Stewart--something of that nature.

    • D. 

      I just surf the web. I look at random stuff, listen to music, network socially.

    • E. 

      Homework. I avoid wasting anymore time on the computer than I have to.

    • F. 

      Movies, music, music lyrics.

  • 14. 
    Who are you in your group of friends?
    • A. 

      The well-intentioned critic: "With a little more practice, you won't suck so much."

    • B. 

      The leader: "Hey guys, let's *insert bad idea here*!"

    • C. 

      The social recluse: “Yeah, well, you see *sniff* I feel *sniff* kind of sick today.”

    • D. 

      The drama king: “That vocabulary quiz was the most difficult thing I've encountered or ever will encounter in my entire life!”

    • E. 

      The paranoid, unwilling follower: “Dude, we are so going to get caught *insert bad idea here*.”

    • F. 

      The daredevil: “Bet I won't *insert bad idea here*!”