Dr Samuel Johnson MCQs [English Literature & Famous Authors]

Dr Samuel johnson Basic info
Dr Samuel johnson Basic info

Collection of important MCQs on Dr Samuel Johnson

The Age of Johnson covers the period:

(A) 1745-1798

(B) 1760-1770

(C) 1750-1790

(D) 1745-1802

Question’s Answer: 1745-1798

According to Dr. Johnson “Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays

down, and forgets to take up again.” Why according to Johnson?

(A) Because no reader has so much patience.

(B) Because its language is very difficult.

(C) Because its perusal is a hard duty

(D) Because there is want of human interest in it.

Question’s Answer: Because there is want of human interest in it.

Dr Samuel johnson Books names
Dr Samuel johnson Books names

Dr Johnson’s prose-style is highly ____.

(A) Obscure

(B) Idiomatic

(C) Simple

(D) Latinised

Question’s Answer: Latinised

“The Lives of the English Poets is the richest, most beautiful, and indeed most perfect production of Johnson’s pen.” Who has that opinion?

(A) Joshua Reynolds

(B) Boswell

(C) Gibbon

(D) Burke

Question’s Answer: Boswell

On what grounds does Johnson defend Shakespeare’s violation of Unities in his plays:

(A) The observation of the Unities is not possible on the stage

(B) Strict observation of the Unities spoil the dramatic effect

(C) Strict observation of the three Unities is not possible in real life

(D) The observation of the Unities is artificial

Question’s Answer: Strict observation of the three Unities is not possible in real life

“Shakespeare’s plays are neither pure Tragedies nor pure Comedies,” Which is the exact meaning of Johnson by this observation?

(A) Art is not meant to preach any philosophy of life.

(B) Real life is not entirely tragic.

(C) Real life is not entirely comic.

(D) Shakespeare’s plays are true copies of real life.

Question’s Answer: Shakespeare’s plays are true copies of real life.

Johnson’s Rambler is still relevant because the Papers published in it _____ .

(A) Contains Johnson’s principles of criticism

(B) Give a true picture of eighteenth century life

(C) Brief and interesting

(D) Non-Controversial

Question’s Answer: Contains Johnson’s principles of criticism

In 1749 Dr Samuel Johnson published Irene as a _____.

(A) A long poem

(B) A tragedy

(C) A comedy

(D) A long satire

Question’s Answer: A tragedy

Who is the writer of  Johnson’s famous Biography?

(A) Goldsmith

(B) Boswell

(C) Joshua Reynolds

(D) Gibbon

Question’s Answer: Boswell

Dr Johnson whole-heartedly belonged to which literary School?

(A) Romantic School

(B) Victorian School

(C) Augustan School

(D) Restoration School

Question’s Answer: Augustan School

Dr. Johnson’s The Vanity of Human Wishes was written in:

(A) Blank Verse

(B) Hexameter CoupleClosed

(C) Free Verse

(D) Heroic Couplets

Question’s Answer: Closed Heroic Couplets

Dr. Johnson’s most ambitious work was A Dictionary of the English Language How many

years he took in finishing it?

(A) Nine years from 1746-55

(B) Seven years from 1748-55

(C) Eight years from 1747-55

(D) None of these

Question’s Answer: Eight years from 1747-55

Another equally ambitious work of Dr Johnson was Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. The Lives of how many poets were written by him?

(A) 50

(B) 54

(C) 52

(D) 55

Question’s Answer: 52

According to Johnson, why did Milton write The Paradise Lost in Blank Verse?

(A) Because Milton had no musical sense.

(B) Because Milton could not write in rhyming ver

(C) Because it is easier to write in Blank verse than in rhyming verse.

(D) Because Blank verse was in vogue in Milton’s times.

Question’s Answer: Because it is easier to write in Blank verse than in rhyming verse.

“In this poem there is no nature, for there is no truth; there is no art, for there is nothing new” About which poem does Johnson hold this view?

(A) L’Allegro

(B) Lycidas

(C) Il Penseroso

(D) Comus

Question’s Answer: Lycidas

What is Milton’s Comus?

(A) A Masque

(B) A sonnet

(C) An allegorical poem

(D) A Pamphlet

Question’s Answer: A Masque

Dr. Johnson was a great force to continue:

(A) The Romantic Tradition

(B) The Elizabethan Tradition

(C) The Augustan Tradition

(D) The Restoration Tradition

Question’s Answer: The Augustan Tradition

Dr. Johnson was born in which year?

(A) 1708

(B) 1711

(C) 1710

(D) 1709

Question’s Answer: 1709

What was the name of the Periodical which Johnson started in imitiation of the Spectator?

(A) The Awakener

(B) The Grumbler

(C) The Rambler

(D) The Morning Star

Question’s Answer: The Rambler

Dr. Samuel Johnson books names

A Dictionary of the English Language 1755
The Vanity of Human Wishes 1749
London: A Poem in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal 1738
The Rambler 1750-1752
The Idler 1758-1760
Rasselas 1759
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland 1775
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets 1779-1781
Irene 1749

Dr Samuel Johnson Basic info

Full Name Samuel Johnson
Birthdate September 18, 1709
Birthplace Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Nationality English
Occupation Writer, lexicographer, critic, essayist
Notable Works “A Dictionary of the English Language,” “The Lives of the Poets,” “Rasselas”
Literary Style Periodic sentences, moralistic, classical influences
Education Pembroke College, Oxford (did not graduate)
Influences Classical literature, particularly the works of Shakespeare, Milton, and Dryden
Contemporaries James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith
Achievements Created one of the most influential dictionaries of the English language, significant contributions to English literature and criticism
Death Date December 13, 1784
Death Place London, England

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