English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test

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English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test
English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test

English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test

1- The phrase, ”William suspension of disbelief” is associated with

A- Coleridge                  B- Wordsworth          C- Keats                      D- Byron

2- Who wrote plays that were all tragedies?

A- Marlowe                 B- Ben Johnson                    C-Shakespeare                   D-None

3-Who was the first translator of the Bible into English?

A- John Wycliff                B-Sir Thomas More                C- Chaucer             D-None4

4- Which is the month in which groups of pilgrims used to match towards the Canterbury?

A- April               B-March                      C-January                D- None

5-Who was known as the morning star of Reformation?

A- John Wycliff                 B-Langland            C-Pope John Paul               D-None

6-Arnold’s Judgement of Chaucer is that Chaucer was

A- Not as great as the classicists          B- A great classic         C- As great as the classists          D-None

7- Who was the first Poet Laureate in England?

A- Ben Jonson            B- Alexander Pope            C- William Wordsworth            D- Lord Tennyson

8- The character, Mike Lambourne in Kenilworth is a creation of

A- Walter Scott           B-Jane Austin               C- Robert Southey                D- None

9- Arbuthnot in Pope’s ”Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot” is

A- An adversarial              B-The Satiric voice that addresses       C- The writer in first person singular        D-None

10- Who among the following can be considered the ‘Mouth Piece’ of Dryden in his ‘Essay of Dramatic Poesy’ that as written in a dialogue form?

A- Neander              B- Critics                C-Lisideius               D- Eugenius

11- Rudyard Kipling is considered an

A- Anglo- Indian writer          B- Indo-Anglian Writer           C- Indologist             D- None

12-Which of T.S Eliot’s poem is based on a musical pattern?

A- Four Quartets               B- The Roc                 C- Ash Wednesday             D- The Waster Land

13-In which of the following do we come across these lines? ”Things fall apart: the center cannot hold mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”

A- The Second Coming           B- No Second Troy             C- Adam’s Course             D-None

14- Whom did Oliver Goldsmith refer to by saying ”He has nothing of the bear but his skin”

A- Samuel Johnson           B-Richard Steel              C-Joseph Addison             D-David Garrick

15- Which was Samuel Johnson’s last literary work

A- Lives of English Poets            B- Preface to Shakespeare      C- Life of Poet Savage         D-English Dictionary

16- Who helped Pitt informing the literary club?

A- Samuel Johnson           B-Boswell            C- Reynolds             D-Gibbon

17- ”A book should help us either to enjoy life or to endure it” is used by

A- Dr. Johnson         B-Philip Sidney              C-T.S Eliot                  D- Burke

18- In which language did Issac Bashevis Singer originally write?

A- Yiddish                  B-Hebrew             C- German                   D- Polish

19- Who was Eric Blair?

A- George Orwell            B- Aldous Huxley             C- Anthony Burgers              D- Arthur Koestler

20- What was the real profession of Anton Checkov?

A- Carpenter                    B- Engineer                 C- Teacher                   D- Doctor

21- Who was the winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize?

A-Miguel Angel Asturias                 B- Henrich Boll             C- Seamus Heaney           D- T. S Elit

22- Which of the following poetess had a fascination for Cigars?

A- Amy Lowell             B- Elizabethan Browning          C- Alice Meynell             D- Marianne Moore

23- How many prizes does Sahitya Academy give every year?

A- 22                 B-15               C-12                   D-13

24- By what name is Keki N. Daruwalla’s book of short stories called?

A- Crossing of Rivers          B- Apparition in April           C- Under Orion           D- Sword and Abyss

25- Who is the author of the novel ‘Bend in the Ganges’

A- Roja Rao              B- Anita Desai              C- V.S Naipaul             D- Ruskin Bond

26- ”Winter is come and gone, but grief returns with the revolving year ” are from

A- In Memorium           B- Adonais               C- Daffodils                 D- Lake Isle of Innisfree

27-Who introduced Petrarchan sonnet form into English?

A- Sidney                  B-Spenser               C-Shakespeare          D-Chaucer

28- Who coined the critical term ‘Objective Correlative’?

A- I. A Richard         B- F. R Leavis                  C-William Empson            D- T. S Elit

29- Who said ‘An unexamined life is not worth living”?

A- Socrates              B-Plato             C-Zeno                 D-Aristotle

30- Who introduced the stream of Consciousness mode of fiction writing?

A-Dorothy Richardson       B-Virginia Woolf               C- Edward Dujardin       D-Jane Austen

31- The New Critics believe in

A- The vie of autonomy of literature        B- Psychological approach        C-Both A and B           D-None

32- The First Labour Government in England was formed in

A-1924                  B-1918                    C-1945                         D-1940

33-The Archetypal Approach is associated with

A- Northrop Frye                B-William Empson                   C-W.K Wimsat                D-None

34- Who pronounced Dryden as ”the Father of Modern English Criticism”?

A- Dr. Johnson                        B- Pope                  C-T.S Eliot                     D- M. Arnold

35- Dryden’s ‘The Medal ‘ a personal satire is aimed at

A- Shaftesbury                 B-Charkes 1                   C-James                   D-Tories

36- The Rape of the Lock includes epic qualities

A- A heroic battle between the sexes             B-Supernatural Machinery          C- A Voyage onboard ship      D-None

37-Who is known as a  ‘Ploughman poet?

A- Robert Burns               B- William Blake                C- Thoman Gray             D- None

38- Dicken’s ‘The Tale of Two Cities ‘ has an influence of Carlyle’s

A- French Revolution          B-The Life of Schiller          C-Sarter Resartos            D-Chartism

39- Who is the poet that spoke of Nature as ”Red in Tooth and Cla” which means nature is no longer kindly?

A- Tennyson                 B-Jhon Keats               C- Wordsworth                  D-None

40- The character Mrs. Malaprop was created by

A- Richard Sheridan            B-Samuel Jonson               C-Witcherly                 D- None

41- A picaresque novel is

A- Realistic in manner           B-Episodic in structure             C-Satiric in aim              D-All these three

42- Browning dedicated his ‘Men and Women to

A- His wife              B-His friend                C-Dryden                 D-Tennyson

43- The incident of ‘Wife Auction’ takes place in ————-by Thomas Hardy.

A- The Mayor of Casterbridge        B-Desperate Remedies           C-A Pair of Blue Eyes            D-Tess of the D’Urbervilles

44-Who was it that defined Romanticism as ”addition of strangeness to beauty”?

A- Walter Peter             B- Graham Hough             C- Wordsworth              D- None

45- Many victorian writers were drawn towards

A- Italy                     B-Greek                    C-France                   D-None

46- The novels of the ‘Three Sisters’ are mainly preoccupied with the representation of

A- The feminine life and soul         B-The politics of the period       C-The victorian social life     D-None

47- Who was the first noteworthy poet of Romantic Revival?

A- Thomson             B-Gray               C-Goldsmith             D-Green

48- In Which year did Oliver Goldsmith die?

A-1774                B-1772                   C-1771                D-1770

49- Which as William Cowper’s last poem?

A- The Castaway             B- Olney Hymns              C- The Task                D- John Gilpin

50- When was Henry Fielding’s famous work ‘Joseph Andrews published?

A –1742                      B-1740                       C-1749                           D-1750


PPSC Exam Syllabus For English Lecturer

  • English- 80 Marks
  • General Knowledge- 20 Marks
  • Mark of Each Question- 01
  • Negative Marking- 0.5
  • Total Mark – 100

PPSC English Language and Literature Syllabus 

  1. Basic English Grammar
  2.  History of English Literature
  3. Non-British Literature
  4. Non-Fiction
  5. Poetry
  6. Drama
  7. Literary Term
  8. Literary Criticism
  9. Indian English Literature
  10. Essays


1- Basic English Grammar

  • Very
  • Unseen Passage
  • Noun
  • Pronoun
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Intonation
  • Stress
  • Tense
  • Subject-Verb and Agreement
  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Vocabulary
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Idioms
  • Adjective

2- History of English Literature

  • Old English Literature (450-1066)
  • Age of Chaucer (1300 to 1400)
  • Age of Revival (1400-1500)
  • Elizabethan Age (1550-1600)
  • Jacobean and Carolina Age (1600-1640)
  • Restoration (1660-1700)
  • Enlistment Age (1700-1800)
  • Romantic Age (1800-1850)
  • Victorian Age (1850-1900)
  • Modern Age (1900-1950)
  • Post Modernism (1950-2000)

3- Non-British Literature

  • Early American Literature
  • American Literature of Romantic Age
  • American Literature of Victorian Age
  • American Literature of Modern Age

4- Non-Fiction

  • Aristotle- The Poetics
  • Francis Bacon- On Studies
  • Charles Lamb- Chimney Sweeper
  • Dale Spender- Man Made Language


  •  William Shakespeare- Sonnet 30
  • John Keats- Ode to Nightingale
  • William Wordsworth- Ode to Immorality
  • Samuel Coleridge- Kubla Khan
  • W.B Yeats- The Second Coming
  • S. Eliot- The Waste Land
  • Sylvia Plath- Morning Song
  • Robert Frost- The Road Not Taken

6- Drama

  • Sophocles – Oedipus Rex
  • William Shakespeare- The Tempest and Romeo Juliet
  • B. Shaw- Pygmalion
  • John Osborn- Look Back in Anger
  • Eugene O’ Neil- The Hairy Ape
  • Arthur Miller- Death of a Salesman

7- Literary Term

  • Allegory
  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Anaphora
  • Antithesis
  • Apostrophe
  • Bathos
  • Conceit
  • Chiasmus
  • Hyperbole
  • Irony
  • Metaphor
  • Oxymoron
  • Pathetic Fallacy
  • Simile
  • Zeugma

8- Literary Criticism

  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Horace
  • Longinus
  • Philip Sidney
  • John Dryden
  • Alexander Pope
  • Samuel Johnson
  • T.S Eliot
  • Henry James
  • George Eliot
  • John Keats
  • S.T Coleridge
  • Adam Smith
  • John Locke
  • Edmund Buker
  • Edward Gibbon

9- Indian English Literature

  • Charter Act of 1813
  • Mulk Raj Anand
  • R. K Narayan
  • Ruskin Bond
  • Anita Desai
  • Kiran Desai
  • Arun Joshi
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • Toru Dutt
  • Nissim Ezekiel

10- Essays

  •  History of Greek Civilization
  • Homer
  • Sophocles
  • Euripides
  • Aesop
  • Pindar

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English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test

English Literature MCQ For PPSC Test

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