English Literature MCQs For UPSC Exam

English Literature MCQs For UPSC Exam-Top 100 English literature MCQs for UPSC examination. Get English literature multiple choice questions and answer pdf for free. It’s easy to get an English literature MCQ book for free. In this post, I am looking at the UPSC examination.  In UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) there are several optional subjects like polity, education, English, etc.

UPSC is one of the most top examinations in India. It is also known as IAS (Indian Administrative Service)examination. Official it is called CSE (Civil Service Examination).  This examination is basically conducted by the Government of India. Every year GOI conducts a UPSC examination in 3 tires (Prelims, Mains, Viva).

English Literature MCQs For UPSC Exam
English Literature MCQs For UPSC Exam

Top 100 MCQs on English Literature For UPSC

1- The French novelist, Emile Zola is a

A- Naturalist 

B- Realistic

C-Both A and B

D-None

 

2- Who among the following is one of the ‘University Wits’?

A- Thomas Kyd

B-Shakespeare

C-Both A and B

D-None

 

3- Darkness at Noon was written by

A- Arthur Koestler 

B-Anthony Burgess

C-George Orwell

D-William Golding

 

4- ‘Cymbeline’ was written by

A- Shakespeare 

B-Thomas Kyd

C-Jonson

D-Marlowe

 

5- Malvolio  is a character in

A- Twelfth Night

B-Two Gentleman Men of Verona

C-Romeo and Juliet

D-None

 

6- Who among the following is associated with New Criticism?

A- David Daiches 

B-I.A Richards

C-Cleanth Brooks

D-None

 

7- Which of the following novels by Lawrence has an element of autobiography?

A- Sons and Lovers 

B-The White Peacock

C-Rainbow

D-None

 

8- Name Marlowe’s work which was completed by Thomas Nash?

A- The Tragedy of Dido 

B-Edward 3

C-The Massacre

D-None

 

9- James Joyce perfected the following

A- Stream of Consciousness 

B-Magical Realism

C-Science Fiction

D-None

 

10- The Character ‘Prospero’ figure in

A- Tempest 

B-Othello

C-Twelfth Night

D-King Lear

 

11- The sonnets of Shakespeare were dedicated to

A- Mr. W.H

B-His Wife

C- His Father

D-None

 

12- Romantic Movement had its antecedents in

A- The 15th-century ballad

B-Shakespearean Comedy

C-The Poetry of Chaucer

D-None

 

13- Shelley in ‘Adonais’ implied that Keats death was  brought about by

A- Reviewers   

B- The indifferent Government

C-The Wife of Keats

D-None

 

14- The Cavelier poets interested was in

A- Love

B-War

C-Elegy

D- Both A and B

 

15-Joyce’s Ulysses is modeled on

A- Homer’s Odyssey 

B-Virgil’s Aeneid

C-Milton’s Paradise Lost

D-None

 

16- Who wrote the following? ”Stone walls do not a prison make Nor iron bars a cage”

A-Richard Lovelace   

B-Robert Herrick

C-Abraham Cowley

D-Thomas Carew

 

17- The term ”Neo-Romanticism” can be associated with

A- Dylan Thomas   

B-T.S Eliot

C-Ezra Pound

D-W.H Auden

 

18- Who did Legouis criticize as one who writes ”Charming verses on nothing’?

A- John Suckling 

B-Marvel

C-John Senalam

D-Edmund Waller

 

19- Sir William Thornhill figure in

A- The Vicar of Wakefield 

B-She Stoops to Conquer

C- Amelia

D-None

 

20- Who called Chaucer ”The father of English Poetry”?

A- Arnold   

B-Yeats

C-Spenser

D-Milton

 

21- Which one of Chaucer’s tale is in Prose?

A- The Parsons Tale 

B-The Prioress Tale

C-The Cooks Tale

D-None

 

22- Mosca is the character of which the writer

A- Thomas Kyd   

B-Shakespeare

C-Samuel   Johnson

D-Ben Jonson

 

23- Who thinks ‘Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy and dead”?

A- James Thurker

B-Spike Milligan

C-T.S Eliot

D-Ogden Nash

 

24- How many numbers of pilgrims are there in Canterbury Tales?

A-29   

B-30

C-60

D-70

 

25-Johnsons Dictionary was published in the year

A-1755 

B-1855

C-1756

D-1655

 

26- In whose works does the war of roses figure in?

A- Shakespeare   

B-Chaucer

C-Sidney

D-Legoland

 

27- Who wrote, ”We all have sufficient strength to bear other people’s misfortune?

A- La Rochefoucauld   

B-Swift

C-Montaigne

D-Bacon

 

28- When was ”Look Back in Anger” performed

A- 1956     

B-1957

C-1958

D-None

 

29- Where do the following lines occur ”Winter is come and gone, But grief returns with the revolving year”

A-In Memorium

B-Adonais

C-Both

D-None

 

30- Don Juan is a specimen of

A- Epic Satire 

B-Romantic Poem

C-Heroic Play

D-Narrative Epic

 

31- Which 20th-century poet alluded to April in one of his poems?

A-Eliot 

B-Yeats

C-Spender

D-Auden

 

32- Name of a poet who wrote ‘In Memory of W.B Yeats’?

A- Auden     

B-Spender

C-Larkin

D-Ted Hughes

 

33- Who among the following is not a noble prize winner?

A- Thomas Hardy 

B-R.N Tagore

C-Toni Morrison

D-Churchill

 

34- In which year Shakespeare born?

A-1564       

B-1965

C-1566

D-1567

 

35- Of the following which one is a Movement Poet?

A- Philip Larkin

B- Stephen Spender

C-Ted Hughes

D- W.B Yeats

 

36- Who wrote the poem ‘Light Breaks where no Sun Shines’

A-Dylan Thomas 

B-Hardy

C-D.H Lawrence

D-Kipling

 

37- Who is not the character of Jane Austen’s Emma?

A- Catherine Morland 

B-Harriet Smith

C- Frank Churchill

D-George Knightley

 

38- All About H. Hatler is written by

A- G.V Desani 

B-R.C Dutt

C-Toru Dutt

D-R.K Narayan

 

39- When was Tagore’s Gitanjali published in English?

A-1912   

B-1905

C-1921

D-1999

 

40- Who wrote Great Tradition?

A- F.R Leavis 

B-E.M Forster

C-T.S Eliot

D-I.A Richards

 

41-Who wrote, ”An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”?

A-John Locke     

B-Hobbes

C-Bentham

D-None

 

42- Who is the proponent of the geocentric theory?

A- Ptolemy 

B- Copernicus

C-Galileo

D- None

 

43- James Thomson’s death was lamented in the poem, ”In Yonder Grave a Druid Lies” who wrote this poem?

A- William Collins 

B-Gray

C-Anne Finch

D-Cowper

 

44- W. B Yeats was interested in reviving the language and literature of

A- Irland 

B-France

C-England

D-None

 

46- Which of the following is a ”Novel without a hero?

A- Vanity Fair     

B-Emma

C-Mill on the Floss

D-None

 

47- Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection’ came out in

A-1859   

B-1857

C-1887

D-None

 

48- A Papist is a

A- Roman Catholic   

B- The Followers of Pope

C-Protestant

D-None

 

49- WHich of the following deals with the ‘Popish Plot?

A-Absalom and Achitophel 

B-Essay on Man

C-Mack Flecknoe

D-None

 

50- Identify the country to which the 1994 Nobel Laureate in Literature belongs

A-Japan       

B-America

C-Egypt

D-Nigeria

 

51- Who wrote the novel ‘The Death of the Heart”?

A- Elizabeth Bower 

B-Derrida

C-D.H Lawrence

D-None

 

52- The Oxford Movement which was led by the teachers of Oxford University was essentially

A- A Religious Movement 

B-A Literary Movement

C-A political Movement

D-None

 

53- The writer of the Essay, ”Hamlet and His problems is

A- T.S Eliot   

B-F.R Leavis

C-Matthew Arnold

D-Ben Jonson

 

54- Who is talking about whom in the four brick and left of marble ”Regarding” application of classical rules to English literature?

A-Dr. Johnson about Dryden

B-Pope about Dryden

C-An Indirect Satire

D-None

 

55- The Menippean Satire is

A- An Indirect Satire 

B- A Direct Satire

C-Both

D-None

 

56- The Second Reform Bill which extends the franchise was in

A- 1867   

B-1866

C-1868

D-None

 

57- E.M Forster’s A Passage of India’ is about

A- Thre relationship between the English and the native Indians.

B- Gandhian Thought

C-Hinduism

D-None

 

58- Which of the following postulated the noble savage?

A-Rousseau 

B-Camu

C-Sartre

D-Diderot

 

59- ”Here is God’s Plenty’ who is Dryden talking about?

A- Chaucer     

B-Marlow

C-Spenser

D-Shakespeare

 

60- R.L Stevenson is popular for the hat is known as

A- Adventure Fiction

B-Epistolary novel

C-Gothic Fiction

D-None

 

61-John Ruskin praised ‘Auro Leigh; a verse novel as ”the greatest poem in the English language who wrote this poem?

A- Barrett Browning     

B-Christina Rosetti

C-Robert Browning

D-None

 

62- Who created the world-famous character called ‘Peter Pan’?

A- J.M Barrie   

B-Joseph Conrad

C-G.B Shaw

D-T.S Elit

 

63- Who wrote Edward 2?

A- Marlowe   

B-Sheridan

C-Wycherley

D-Congreve

 

64- In Which year did John Galsworthy receive Nobel Prize?

A- 1932   

B-1923

C-1929

D-1928

 

65- In Which year did Ibsen’s A Doll House appear?

A-1879 

B-1878

C-1778

D-1779

 

66- There needs no ghost, My Lord comes from the grave to tell us this is from ——–Shakespearean play

A-Hamlet   

B-Othello

C-King Lear

D- Tempest

 

67- Which Indian poet wrote, ‘The Owl’s Grammer’?

A- Harindranath Chattopadhyay

B-A.K Ramanujan

C-Sarojini Naidu

D-None

 

68-Who wrote? ”A word is dead when it said, som say, I say it just begins to live that day”

A- Emily Dickenson 

B-W.H Auden

C-Stephen Spender

D-None

 

69- Who is the author of Religio Medici Urn Burial?

A- Thomas Browne     

B-Keats

C-Cicero

D-Ibsen

 

70- Where does the action of Shakespeare Coriolanus take place?

A- Rome

B-Athens

C-Venice

D-Paris

 

71- The Fleshly School of Poetry’ comprises some of the following Name odd on

A- Browning   

B-Swinburne

C-Morris

D-Rossetti

 

72- The French novelist, Emile Zola is a

A- Naturalist 

B-Realist

C-Both

D-None

 

73- Who among the following is one of the University Wits?

A- Thomas Kyd 

B-Shakespeare

C-Both

D-None

 

74- Darkness at Noon was written by

A- Arthur Koestler

B-Anthony Burgess

C-William Golding

D-George Orwell

 

75- Cymbeline was written by

A- Shakespeare   

B-Thomas Kyd

C-Jonson

D-Marlowe

 

76- Malvolio is a character in

A- Twelfth Night

B-Romeo and Juliet

C-Two Gentle Men of Verona

D-None

 

77- Who among the following is associated with New Criticism?

A- David Diaches   

B-Sons and Lovers

C-Rainbow

D-None

 

78- Which of the following novels by Lawrence has an element of autobiography?

A- Sons and Lovers   

B- Rainbow

C-The White Peacock

D-None

 

79- Name Marlowe’s work which was completed by Thomas Nash?

A- The Tragedy of Dido   

B-Edward 2

C-The Massacre at Paris

D-None

 

80- James Joyce perfected the following

A- Stream of Consciousness   

B-Magical Realism

C-Science Fiction

D-None

 

81- The Character Prospero figure in

A- Tempest 

B-Othello

C-Twelfth Night

D-None

 

82- The sonnets of Shakespeare were dedicated to

A- Mr. W.H   

B- His Wife

C-His Father

D-None

 

83- Romantic Movement had its antecedents in

A- The 15th Century Ballad 

B-Shakespearean Comedy

C-The Poetry of Chaucer

D-None

 

84- The Setting in most of Conrad’s novel is

A- His experiences of the sea

B- His experiences of Malayan waters

C- Both

D-None

 

85- The Cavelier poets interest as in

A- Love

B- War

C-Elegy

D-Both A and B

 

86-James Joyce’s Ulysses is modeled on

A- Homer’s Odyssey 

B-Virgil’s Aeneid

C-Milton’s Paradise Lost

D-None

 

87- The term ”Neo-Romanticism can be associated with

A- Dylan Thomas

B-T.S Eliot

C-Ezra Pound

D-W.H Auden

 

88- Who did legalize criticism as one ho writes ”Charming verses on nothing”?

A- John Suclinkg   

B-John Snalam

C-Edmund Waller

D-Marve

 

89- Who called Chaucer ”The father of English Poetry?

A-Arnold   

B-Yeats

C-Spenser

D-Milton

 

90- Which one of Chaucer’s tale is in Prose?

A- The Parsons Tale 

B-The Prioress Tale

C-The Cooks Tale

D-Pardoners Tale

 

91- The phrase, Waverly novels is associated with

A- Walter Scott 

B-Jane Austen

C-Henry Fielding

D-None

 

92- The age of Restoration is called so because

A- Charles 2 as restored in that age 

B-James 2 was restored in that age

C-Both

D-None

 

93-The Game of Chess is

A- An Allegory

B-A Comedy

C-A Romance

D-None

 

94- The Well of English Undefined what quality of Chaucer does this phrase refer to

A- His avoidance of foreign influences 

B-His Diction

C-Both

D-None

 

95- Who composed the following proposed epitaph for his wife’s grave? ”Here lies my wife, here let her lie! Now she is at rest, and so am I?

A- John Dryden   

B-Alexander Pope

C-Dr.Johnson

D-None

 

96-Because of whose refusal that the post of Poet Laureate went to Robert Southey in 1813?

A- Walter Scott     

B-Henry James

C-Jane Austen

D-None

 

97- The novel of Walter Scott deal with sense in

A- Scotland 

B-Switzerland

C-America

D-None

 

98- Who is the reward suggested by Harry Baily the most of the pilgrims and judges of the stories for the best story told by the  pilgrims

A- The rest of the pilgrims were to offer a supper     

B-The Best storyteller was to be made to the poet laureate

C-Both

D-None

 

99- The following lines are from—-poem?

” Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness close boo f friend of the maturing sun”

A-Ode to Autumn

B-Ode to Spring

C-To Blossoms

D-Our Casuarina Tree

 

100- Who is the heroine in Shakespeare ‘Temple’

A- Miranda

B-Beatrice

C-Viola

D-Portia

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