PPSC Lecturer English Important MCQs
1). Who said of Chaucer’s characters: ‘it is sufficient to say, according to the proverb,
that here is God’s plenty?
2). Which poem begins with these lines:
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day
The lowing herd win slowly o’er the lea
The plowman homeward plots his weary way”?
Ans). Elegy written in a Country Churchyard
3). “To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears”
In which poem of Wordsworth would you come across these lines?
Ans). Ode: Intimations of Immortality
4). Which novel of Joyce begins with these words: “once upon a time and very good time
it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was
coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo….?
Ans). A Portrait of an artist as a Young Man.
5). In which novel would you come across this line: “Ralph wept for the end of
innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise
friend called Piggy’?
Ans). Lord of the Flies
6). Name the first novel of Dorris Lessing.
Ans). The Grass is Singing (1950)
7). Which novel of D.H.Lawrence ends with these words: “But no, he would not give in.
Turning sharply, he walked towards the city’s gold phosphorescence. His fists were
shut, his mouth set fast. He would not take that direction, to the darkness, to follow
her. He walked towards the family humming, glowing town, quickly.”
Ans). Sons and Lovers.
8). “They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once
Who makes this observation in Waiting for Godot?
9). “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
For what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
Ans). Whitman form Song of Myself
10). In which novel do you come across Starbug and Queequeq?
Ans). Moby Dick
13). In which play of Arthur Miller do you come across the line
“A man is not an orange. You can’t eat the fruit and throw the peel away”?
Ans). Death of Salesman (Willy to Howard)
14). Which poem of Elizabeth Bishop begins with these lines:
“The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
So many things seem filled with the intent
So be lost that their loss is no disaster”?
Ans). One Art (first three lines)
15). In which novel would you come across the Shepherdsons and the Grangerfords?
Ans). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
16). Who wrote the essay “The Art of Fiction”?
17). Who wrote ‘The Awakening’?
Ans). Kate Chopin
18). Which poem of Sylvia Plath opens with these lines?
“I have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it-“?
Ans). Lady Lazarus
19). Name the author of Gravity’s Rainbow?
Ans). Thomas Pynchon
20). What is the title of the second section of The Waste Land?
Ans: A Game of Chess
21). In which poem of Owen would you come across the following lines?
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
– only the monstrous anger of eth guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons?
Ans). Anthem for the Doomed Youth
22). Who, among the following poets, was a precursor to Romantic Poetry?
Ans). Robert Burns
23). Which novelists is widely known for his use of the stream-of –consciousness technique?
Ans). James Joyce
24). Which year in the social history of England is associated with the Restoration?
25). Which British dramatist attempted to reform English spelling?
26). How many pilgrims figure in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
26). In which year was Henry VIII acknowledged the Supreme Head on the Earth of the English church?
27). Identify the tragedy written by Ben Jonson
28). Who, among the following poets, was a precursor to Romantic Poetry?
Ans). Robert Burns
29). “…though we cannot make our sun / stand still, yet we will make him run”. Identify
the source of these lines from Marvell.
Ans). To His Coy Mistress
30). Which book of Paradise Lost opens with these lines:
‘Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world?
Ans). Book I
31) . Which African American spoke about ‘Double-Consciousness’?
Ans). W.E.B.Du Bois
32). I too, sing America
I am the darker brother
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes”
Whose words are these?
Ans). Langston Hughes
33). Who is the author of Invisible Man?
34). Who wrote In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens?
Ans). Alice Walker
35). Who is the first African American to be named poet laureate of USA?
Ans). Rita Dove
36). You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise
Whose words are these?
Ans). Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise.
37). Who is the young man in Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux”?
38). “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to
us with a certain alienated majesty.”
Ans). Emerson from Self –Reliance
39). What, according to Poe in ‘The Philosophy of Composition’, is the ‘proper length’ of a poem?
Ans). About one Hundred Lines
40). When was Uncle Tom’s Cabin published as a book
41). Name the author Oleanna.
42). How many songs does Gitanjali Contain?
42). Which British novelist was instrumental in getting a publisher for R.K.Narayan’s first four books?
Ans). Graham Green
43). Which poem of A.K.Ramanujam begins with the following lines?
City of temples and poets,
Who sang of cities and temples,
Ans). A River
44). In which Indian drama would you come across Om and Jaya?
Ans). Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan
45). Among the following which novel has NOT won the Booker Prize?
Ans). Fasting, Feasting (but shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999)
46). In which of the novel of Anita Desai would you come across Nanda Kaul and Raka?
Ans). Fire on the Mountain
47). In which poem of Ezekiel would come across these words?
“A poet rascal-clown was born,
The frightened child who would not eat
Or sleep, a boy of meager bone.
He never learnt to fly a kite”.
Ans). Background, Casually
48). “We cannot write like the English. We should not. We cannot write only as Indiams.
…. Our method of expression therefore has to be a dialect which will someday prove
to be as distinctive and colourful as the Irish or the American”
Ans). Raja Rao’s in the preface to ‘Kanthapura’.
49). Which play of Dattani deals with the hijras?
Ans). Seven Steps Around the Fire
50). Which is Kamala Markandaya’s first novel?
Ans). Nectar in the Seive
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