John Dryden MCQs [English Literature & Famous Authors]

Collection of important MCQs on John Dryden

Dryden said in one of his critical treatises:

“Our numbers (Versification) were in their nonage till these two appeared.” Whom does

Dryden refer to in this observation?

(A) Samuel Butler and Cowley

(B) Milton and Donne

(C) Herrick and Taylor

(D) Waller and Denham

Question’s Answer: Waller and Denham

John dryden Basic info
John dryden Basic info

Between which sets of years did Dryden live ?

(A) 1625-1700

(B) 1628-1700

(C) 1635-1700

(D) 1631-1700

Question’s Answer: 1631-1700

Dryden’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy in

(A) A long poetical work

(B) A play in Five Acts

(C) A critical treatise on dramatic art developed through dialogues

(D) A long essay on the art and craft of English dramatists

Question’s Answer: A critical treatise on dramatic art developed through dialogues

Dryden’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy develops through dialogues amongst four interlocutors. One of the following is not one of those interlocutors. Identify him:

(A) Eugenius

(B) Crites

(C) Neander

(D) Leslie

Question’s Answer: Leslie

John dryden Books names
John dryden Books names

One of the following interlocutors in Dryden’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy respresents

Dryden himself. Identify him:

(A) Eugenius

(B) Crites

(C) Lisidelus

(D) Neander

Question’s Answer:  Neander

Which plays is not created and written by  Dryden?

(A) All For Love

(B) Conquest of Granada

(C) Love’s Labour’s Lost

(D) Tyrannic Love

Question’s Answer: Love’s Labour’s Lost

“Here is God’s plenty ” Who is Dryden referring to in this remark?

(A) Chaucer

(B) Marlowe

(C) Shakespeare

(D) Spenser

Question’s Answer: Chaucer

Dryden’s All For Love is based on:

(A) Samson Agonistes.

(B) Antony and Cleopatra

(C) Caesar and Cleopatra

(D) Romeo and Juliet

Question’s Answer: Antony and Cleopatra

The central idea/theme  of Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther is:

(A) Defence of Puritanism

(B) Defence of Protestantism

(C) Defence of Roman Catholicism

(D) Defence of Anglicanism

Question’s Answer: Defence of Roman Catholicism

Dryden’s The Medal is a personal satire on:

(A) Charles 1

(B) James II

(C) Shaftesbury

(D) John Bunyan

Question’s Answer: Shaftesbury

“Here lies my wife, here let her rest!

Now she is at rest, and so am I.”

This was a proposed epitaph to be engraved on the tomb of his wife. Who was this poet?

(A) John Dryden

(B) Ben Jonson

(C) Alexander Pope

(D) Samuel Butler

Question’s Answer: John Dryden

Dryden was hailed as “The Father of English criticism.” Who hailed him thus ?

(A) Coleridge

(B) Pope

(C) Addison

(D) Dr.Johnson

Question’s Answer: Dr.Johnson

What special epithet is given to Dryden’s plays in general?

(A) Horror plays

(B) Historical Tragedy

(C) Revenge plays

(D) Heroic plays

Question’s Answer: Heroic plays

Zimri, Duke of Buckingham, is a character

that appears in Dryden’s:

(A) MacFlecknoe

(B) The Rehearsal

(C) The Medal

(D) Absolem and Achitophel

Question’s Answer: Absolem and Achitophel

Dryden’s Alexander’s Feast is:

(A) A play

(B) A satire

(C) A narrative poem

(D) An ode

Question’s Answer:  An ode

One of the following odes is written by Dryden. Which one?

(A) A Hymn to God the Father

(B) Anne Killigrew

(C) On the Nativity of Christ

(D) None of these

Question’s Answer: Anne Killigrew

Dryden has written an elegy on the death of Cromwell. What is its title?

(A) In Memory of Cromwell

(B) Cromwell

(C) Heroic Stanzas on the Death of Cromwell

(D) A Tribute to Cromwell

Question’s Answer: Heroic Stanzas on the Death of Cromwell

Whom does Dryden satirise in MacFlecknoe?

(A) Thomas Shadwell

(B) Pope

(C) Duke of Buckingham

(D) Shaftesbury

Question’s Answer: Thomas Shadwell

Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel is a very powerful:

(A) Personal satire

(B) Social satire

(C) Religious satire

(D) Political satire

Question’s Answer: Political satire

Dryden’s The Wife of Bath Her Tale is:

(A) A mock-poem

(B) A verse tale

(C) A satirical poem

(D) A Fable

Question’s Answer: A Fable

Dryden’s elegy On the Death of Amyntas is a:

(A) Pastoral elegy

(B) Conventional elegy

(C) Non-serious elegy

(D) An elegy of personal grief

Question’s Answer: Pastoral elegy

In Dryden’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy Neander speaks for:

(A) French Dramatists

(B) Modern English Dramatists

(C) Ancient Dramatists

(D) Greek Dramatists

Question’s Answer: Modern English Dramatists

Dryden has written a play on a Mughal Emperor. On Which Emperors?

(A) Shahjahan

(B) Aurang-Zebe

(C) Bahadur Shah

(D) Akbar

Question’s Answer: Aurang-Zebe

Which plays is written by Dryden?

(A) The Traitor

(B) The Maid’s Revenge

(C) Revenge

(D) The Rival Ladies

Question’s Answer: The Rival Ladie

Dryden’s Love Triumphant is a:

(A) Heroic play

(B) Tragi-comedy

(C) Comedy

(D) Satircal plays

Question’s Answer: Heroic play

john Dryden  Book names

Heroic Stanzas on the Death of Cromwell 1659
Astraea Redux 1660
Annus Mirabilis 1667
Absalom and Achitophel 1681
Mac Flecknoe 1682
The Hind and the Panther 1687
Fables Ancient and Modern 1700
All for Love, or, The World Well Lost 1678
The Conquest of Granada 1670
The Spanish Friar 1681
Aureng-Zebe 1676
Tyrannick Love 1669
The Indian Emperor 1665
Don Sebastian 1690
Love Triumphant 1694


John Dryden Basic info

Full Name John Dryden
Birth Date August 19, 1631
Birthplace Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Occupation Poet, Playwright, Critic
Notable Works “All for Love”, “Absalom and Achitophel”, “The Conquest of Granada”
Literary Period Restoration Period
Spouse Lady Elizabeth Howard (m. 1663; d. 1714)
Death Date May 12, 1700
Place of Death London, England
Education Trinity College, Cambridge
Awards First Poet Laureate of England (1668)
Literary Style Neoclassical, Satirical, Heroic Couplet

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