Collection of important MCQs on John Milton
“Fame is the last infirmity of the noble mind.” In which poem of Milton does this line occur?
(B) Paradise Regained
(D) Samson Agonistes
Question’s Answer: Lycidas
How many English sonnets in all were written by Milton?
Question’s Answer: 18
What is Milton’s Comus?
(A) A poetic play
(B) A Narrative poem
(C) A masque
(D) An elegy
Question’s Answer: A masque
Who encourages his followers in these words?
Question’s Answer: Satan
What is Milton’s On the Nativity of Christ?
(A) A sonnet
(B) A lyric
(C) An Idyll
(D) An Ode
Question’s Answer: An Ode
Lycidas is a pastoral elegy written by Milton on the death of his friend’:
(A) Edward King
(C) Arthur Hallam
(D) Lord Fairfax
Question’s Answer: Edward King
Milton borrowed the idea/theme for Comus from:
(A) Homer’s Iliad
(B) Virgil’s Aeneid
(C) Homer’s Odyssey
(D) Spenser’s Fairie Queene
Question’s Answer: Homer’s Odyssey
Milton derived the title for his Areopagitica from the Greek word ‘Areopagus’. What was
(A) The Greek God of Liberty
(B) A Greek King who supported freedom of speech
(C) A Greek hill where a tribunal for liberty of speech was held
(D) A Greek statesman who championed the cause of liberty of speech
Question’s Answer: A Greek hill where a tribunal for liberty of speech was held
“A mind not to be changed by place or time,
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
These lines show the spirit of which of the following?
“Before the greatness displayed in Milton’s poem, all other greatness shrinks away. The weakest of his agents are the highest and noblest of human beings, the original parents of mankind.”
Who admires Milton’s Paradise Lost in these words?
(B) Dr. Johnson
Question’s Answer: Dr. Johnson
Who said of Milton: “Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart” ?
(A) Matthew Arnold
(C) Dr. Johnson
Question’s Answer: Wordsworth
“Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour!”
Who remembers Milton so passionately in a sonnet?
(B) Matthew Arnold
Question’s Answer: Wordsworth
Milton’s Paradise Lost is divided into the same number of Books as:
(A) Faerie Queen
(D) Divine Comedy
Question’s Answer: Divine Comedy
Milton lived through:
(A) The Caroline, Commonwealth and Restoration Ages
(B) The Jacobean and Caroline Ages
(C) The Caroline and Commonwealth Ages
(D) The Elizabethan and Jacobean Ages
Question’s Answer: The Caroline, Commonwealth and Restoration Ages
What post did Milton hold during the Government?
(A) Latin Secretary
(B) Personal Secretary to Cromwell
(C) Education Secretary
(D) Puritan Secretary
Question’s Answer: Latin Secretary
At what age did Milton becom blind?
(A) At the age of 38
(B) At the age of 44
(C) At the age of 43
(D) At the age of 48
Question’s Answer: At the age of 44
Who is next in command after Satan in the Paradise Lost?
Question’s Answer: Beelzebub
“What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support.” In which Book of Paradise Lost do these lives appear?
(A) In Book IV
(B) In Book II
(C) In Book I
(D) In Book VI
Question’s Answer: In Book I
How many Books are there in Paradise Lost?
Question’s Answer: Twelve
Milton’s Samson Agonistes is:
(A) A poetic play
(B) A poetic Biography of Samson
(C) An Epic
(D) A narrative poem
Question’s Answer: A poetic play
Milton wrote Areopagitica:
(A) to defend the cause of the Regicides
(B) to condemn the deed of the Regicides
(C) to defend people’s Freedom of Speech
(D) to propagate his faith in Puritanism
Question’s Answer: to defend people’s Freedom of Speech
Name the woman whom Samson Agonistes loved and who betrayed him:
Question’s Answer: Delilah
How many times did Milton marry?
(A) Three times
(B) Two times
(C) Only once
(D) Did not marry at all
Question’s Answer: Three times
“Though fallen on evil days,
On evil days though fallen, and evil tongues,
In darkness, and with dangers compass’d round,
In these words Milton describes a certain stage in his own life. When did such a stage
occur in his life?
(A) When Charles I had been executed
(B) When Cromwell established the Commonwealth
(C) When the Age of Restoration came
(D) When his third wife pass away.
Question’s Answer: When the Age of Restoration came
In which Book of Paradise Lost Adam and Eve meet for the first time?
(A) Book I
(B) Book IV
(C) Book III
(D) Book II
Question’s Answer: Book IV
Which Book of Paradise Lost begins with an invocation to light?
(A) Book III
(B) Book IV
(C) Book IX
(D) Book VI
Question’s Answer: Book III
Milton has written another poem entitled II Penseroso. Which is the exact meaning of the title?
(A) A very lively man
(B) A very brave man
(C) A very melancholy man
(D) A very tolerant man
Question’s Answer: A very melancholy man
In Milton’s famous Masque Comus, an significant character is Circe. Who was Circe?
(A) The beloved of Comus
(B) The Queen of fairies
(C) The mother of Comus
(D) The pastoral goddess
Question’s Answer: The mother of Comus
“Captain or Colonel, or Knight in Arms”
This is the first line of a sonnet written by Milton. What is the title of the sonnet?
(A) To the Lord General Cromwell
(B) To the Lord General Fairfax
(C) When the Assault was Intended to the City
(D) On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
Question’s Answer: When the Assault was Intended to the City
Milton wrote a sonnet on the death of his wife. The sonnet is entitled On His Deceased Wife. What was the name of his wife who was deceased?
(A) Elizabeth Minshull
(B) Mary Powell
(C) Not certain
(D) Catherine Woodcock
Question’s Answer: Catherine Woodcock
“They also serve who only stand and wait.” This is the concluding line of a sonnet written by Milton. What is the title of the sonnet?
(A) To Lord General Fairfax
(B) To Lord General Cromwell
(C) To Sir Henry Vane
(D) On His Blindness
Question’s Answer: On His Blindness
Milton wrote a large number of political pamphlets and treatises. What were they
Question’s Answer: Tracts
“Of Man’s first disobediene, and the fruit of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death in the World, and all our woe.” What fruit was this?
Question’s Answer: Apple
“What though the field be lost?
All is not lost-the unconquerable will
And study of revenge…..
In which Book of Paradise Lost does Milton discuss the principles of Free Will and Divine Justice?
(A) In Book IX
(B) In Book IV
(C) In Book VI
(D) In Book III
Question’s Answer: In Book III
Milton has written a poem entitled L’Allegro. Which is the exact meaning of the title?
(A) A very hopeful man
(B) A very melancholy man
(C) A very jealous man
(D) A very cheerful man
Question’s Answer: A very cheerful man
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