Ben Jonson MCQs [English Literature & Famous Authors]

Benjamin jonson info
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Collection of important MCQs on Ben Jonson

A critic says, “Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour begins a new chapter in the

history of English drama.” Who is that critic?

(A) Saintsbury

(B) Bradley

(C) George Sampson

(D) T. S. Eliot

Question’s Answer: George Sampson

In the Prologue to one of his comedies, Jonson says, “A comedy would show an Image

of the time. And sport with human follies, not with crimes.” The prologue of which


(A) The Fountain of Self-love

(B) Every Man out of His Humour

(C) Every Man in His humour

(D) The Poetaster

Question’s Answer: Every Man in His humour

Ben jonson books names
Ben jonson books names

The Alchemist is

(A) an attack on tricksters and gulls

(B) a satire on his rivals

(C) an attack on cheats of London

(D) None of these

Question’s Answer: an attack on tricksters and gulls

Ben Jonson was born in which year?

(A) 1570

(B) 1573

(C) 1575

(D) 1577

Question’s Answer: 1573

Ben Jonson was basically:

(A) A Poet

(B) A Satirist

(C) An Essayist

(D) A Dramatist

Question’s Answer: A Dramatist

The first play written by Ben Jonson was:

(A) Every Man in his Humour

(B) The Alchemist

(C) Every Man out of his Humour

(D) None of these

Question’s Answer: Every Man in his Humour

How many ‘Humours’ are there in human mental make up?

(A) 1

(B) 2

(C) 4

(D) 3

Question’s Answer: 4

What is Ben Jonson’s ‘Sejanus His Fall”?

(A) A Comedy

(B) A Historical Play

(C) A Satire

(D) A Tragedy

Question’s Answer: A Tragedy

Which authors was not a contemporary of Ben Jonson ?

(A) Chapman

(B) Dryden

(C) Marston

(D) Dekker

Question’s Answer: Dryden

The Alchemist was played at Which theatres ?

(A) The Bankside Theatre

(B) The Hope Theatre

(C) The Globe

(D) The Queen’s Revels

Question’s Answer: The Globe

Which plays of Ben Jonson was left unfinished?

(A) Catiline His Conspiracy

(B) Sejanus His Fall

(C) The Arraignment

(D) The Sail Shepherd

Question’s Answer: The Sail Shepherd

The first play written by Ben Jonson was:

(A) The Case is Altered

(B) The Sad Shepherd

(C) The Portuster

(D) Sejanus His Fall

Question’s Answer: The Case is Altered

Ben Jonson belonged primarily to which age?

(A) Jacobian Age

(B) The Elizabethan Age

(C) Caroline Age

(D) Restoration Age

Question’s Answer: The Elizabethan Age

What is Ben Jonson’s ‘Sejanus His Fall” ?

(A) A Comedy of Humours

(B) A Satirical Play

(C) A Tragic Portrait

(D) A Roman Tragedy

Question’s Answer: A Roman Tragedy

Volpone the Foxe is:

(A) A Roman Tragedy

(B) A Comedy

(C) A Satire

(D) A Romance

Question’s Answer: A Comedy

Shakespeare himself played a leading role in one of Ben Jonson’s plays. In which play?

(A) The Alchemist

(B) Volpone the Foxe

(C) Every Man Out of His Humour

(D) Every Man in His Humour

Question’s Answer: Every Man in His Humour

Which plays of Jonson is written wholly in prose?

(A) The Sad Shepherd

(B) Bartholomew Fair

(C) Humours Reconciled

(D) The Divell is an Asse

Question’s Answer: Bartholomew Fair

Which plays is not created and written by  Ben Jonson?

(A) The Silent Woman

(B) The Alchemist

(C) The Maid’s Tragedy

(D) Volpone

Question’s Answer: The Maid’s Tragedy

Why Ben Jonson is famous?

(A) because of  Comedies of Satire

(B) because of  Comedies of Humours

(C) because of  Comedies of Multiple Love Conflicts

(D) because of  Tragi-Comedies

Question’s Answer: because of  Comedies of Humours

Which is a Roman Tragedy?

(A) The Arraignment

(B) Catiline His Conspiracy

(C) The Spanish Tragedy

(D) The Case is Altered

Question’s Answer: Catiline His Conspiracy

Ben Jonson info

Full Name Benjamin Jonson
Birthdate c. June 11, 1572
Birthplace London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Playwright, poet, actor
Notable Works “Every Man in His Humour,” “Volpone,” “The Alchemist”
Literary Style Satirical, classical, neoclassical
Influences Classical Roman literature, particularly the works of Horace and Martial
Contemporaries William Shakespeare, John Donne, Francis Bacon
Achievements First poet laureate of England (appointed in 1616), influential figure in English Renaissance drama
Death Date August 6, 1637
Death Place Westminster, London, England

Ben Jonson books names

Every Man in His Humour 1598
Volpone 1606
The Alchemist 1610
Bartholomew Fair 1614
The Devil is an Ass 1616
Epicoene, or the Silent Woman 1609
Sejanus His Fall 1605
The Poetaster 1601
Cynthia’s Revels 1601
The Staple of News 1626
The Magnetic Lady 1632
The Sad Shepherd 1641

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