Edmund Spenser MCQs [English Literature & Famous Authors]

Collection of important MCQs on Edmund Spenser

Who is the main character hero of Spenser’s Faerie Queene?

(A) King Arthur

(B) Phoebus

(C) Morpheus

(D) Archimago

Question’s Answer: King Arthur

Edmund spenser basic info
Edmund spenser basic info

When Sidney pass away, Spenser wrote an elegy on his death. Which?

(A) Amoretti

(B) Epithalamion

(C) Astrophel

(D) Shepheard’s Calendar

Question’s Answer: Astrophel

The Faerie Queene is an allegory. In this Queen Elizabeth is allegorized through the character of which of the following?

(A) Duessa

(B) Charissa

(C) Una

(D) Gloriana

Question’s Answer: Gloriana

Who says Spenser the Poets’ Poet?

(A) Charles Lamb

(B) Sidney

(C) Hazlitt

(D) Matthew Arnold

Question’s Answer: Charles Lamb

Edmund spenser books name
Edmund spenser books name

To ____ ,  Spenser dedicate his Faerie Queene?

(A) To Sir Walter Raleigh

(B) To King James I

(C) To Queen Elizabeth

(D) To Lord Leicester

Question’s Answer: To Queen Elizabeth

In which work did Spenser use the Spenserian stanza?

Queen Elizabeth is allegorically represented through:

(A) Una

(B) Gloriana

(C) To Lord Leicester

(D) Fidessa

Question’s Answer: Gloriana

Prince Arthur in the Faerie Queene symbolizes which of the following;

(A) Truth

(B) Knighthood

(C) Magnificence

(D) Mercy

Question’s Answer: Magnificence

Spenser’s Faerie Queene was planned to be completed in twelve Books. But he was able

to complete only:

(A) One Book

(B) Four Books

(C) Ten Books

(D) Six Books

Question’s Answer: Six Books

Spenser’s primary purpose or motto in writing the Faerie Queene was:

(A) To please and honour Queene Elizabeth

(B) To justify Holiness as the greatest virtue

(C) save the honour of womanhood

(D) To fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline

Question’s Answer: To fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline

A critic says that the Faerie Queene is “downright flattery-gross, shameless, lying

flattery” of Queen Elizabeth?

(A) Faerie Queene

(B) Amoretti

(C) The Shepheard’s Calendar

(D) Epithalamion

Question’s Answer: Faerie Queene

How many Cantos are there in Book 1 of the Faerie Queene?

(A) Six

(B) Twelve

(C) Four

(D) Ten

Question’s Answer: Twelve

In the Dedicatory Letter, Spenser says that the real beginning of the allegory in the Faerie Queene is to be found in:

(A) Book XII

(B) Book I

(C) Book X

(D) Book VI

Question’s Answer: Book XII

Who is this critic?

(A) Dean Church

(B) I. A. Richards

(C) FR Leavis


Question’s Answer: Dean Church

The Faerie Queene is basically a moral allegory. From whom did Spenser derive this

concept of moral allegory?

(A) Plato

(B) Walter Pater

(C) Homer

(D) Aristotle

Question’s Answer: Aristotle

“Spenser writ no language.” Who said this?

(A) Ben Jonson

(B) Dr. Johnson

(C) Dryden

(D) Matthew Arnold

Question’s Answer: Ben Jonson

To ____ ,  Spenser write a complimentary letter explaining the plan and purpose of

his Faerie Queene?

(A) To Sir Walter Raleigh

(B) To Queen Elizabeth

(C) To Lord Leicester

(D) To Lord Ormond

Question’s Answer: To Sir Walter Raleigh

Spenser’s Epithalamion is _______ .

(A) an elegy

(B) a narrative poem

(C) a wedding hymn

(D) A sonnet

Question’s Answer: a wedding hymn

Spenser’s Amoretti is _______ .

(A) A collection of his love lyrics

(B) A collection of his miscellaneous songs

(C) A collection of his love sonnets

(D) An elegy on the death of Sidney

Question’s Answer: A collection of his love sonnets

Spenser wrote a series of sonnets in honour of his lady love, Elizabeth Boyle, whom he married later. What title did he give to this series?

(A) Amoretti

(B) Venus and Adonis

(C) Epithalamion

(D) Astrophel and Stella

Question’s Answer: Amoretti

Why did Spenser give the title Astrophel to his elegy written on the death of Sidney?

(A) Because Astrophel is a poetical name

(B) Because Sidney wrote a sonnet series under the title Astrophel and Stella

(C) Because Astrophel was the Christian name of Sidney

(D) Because Sidney loved Stella under the name of Astrophel

Question’s Answer: Because Sidney wrote a sonnet series under the title Astrophel and Stella

How many ethical Virtues have been highlighted by Spenser in the Faerie Queene?

(A) Twelve

(B) Ten

(C) Eight

(D) Four

Question’s Answer: Twelve

Spenser divided his Shephearde’s Calendar into twelve Eclogues because ______ .

(A) he designed to divide his Faerie Queene also into twelve Books

(B) twelve was supposed to be a standard number for a long allegory

(C) there are twelve months in a year

(D) Its design so required

Question’s Answer: there are twelve months in a year

To whom does Spenser dedicate his Shephearde’s Calendar?

(A) Sir Philip Sidney

(B) Queen Elizabeth

(C) Sir Walter Raleigh

(D) Prince Arthur

Question’s Answer: Sir Philip Sidney

Which poems of Spenser is a pastoral ?

(A) Amoretti

(C) The Shephearde’s Calendar

(B) Epithalamion

(D) Astrophel

Question’s Answer: The Shephearde’s Calendar

Edmund Spenser basic info

Full Name Edmund Spenser
Born 1552
Died January 13, 1599
Nationality English
Occupation Poet, Writer
Literary Period Elizabethan
Famous Works “The Faerie Queene”, “Amoretti”, “Epithalamion”, “The Shepherd’s Calendar”
Notable Themes Allegory, chivalry, love, morality, religious and political commentary
Literary Style Elaborate allegory, Spenserian stanza (nine lines with a rhyme scheme of ababbcbcc), pastoral elements
Influences Classical literature, Italian Renaissance poetry, Arthurian legends

Edmund Spenser books name

The Shepheardes Calender 1579
The Faerie Queene 1590, 1596
Complaints 1591
Colin Clouts Come Home Againe 1595

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