Matthew Arnold MCQs [English Literature & Famous Authors]

Collection of important MCQs on Matthew Arnold

For Matthew Arnold “a poetry of revolt against moral ideas” is:

(A) Pure poetry

(B) A poetry advocating immoral values

(C) A poetry of revolutionary ideas

(D) A poetry of revolt against life

Question’s Answer: A poetry of revolt against life

Matthew Arnold Basic info
Matthew Arnold Basic info

In chapter _____ , Culture and Anarchy does Arnold mention Hebraism and Hellenism?

(A) Chapter IV

(B) Chapter III

(C) Chapter V

(D) Chapter VI

Question’s Answer: Chapter IV

Hearing of the death of Arnold in an accident, a certain critic remarked __.

(A) There goes our greatest scholar

(B) There goes the greatest poet of our generation’

(C) There goes our last Greek’

(D) There goes our Scholar-Gipsy

Question’s Answer: There goes our last Greek’

“Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.”

In which poem of Arnold’s does this line occur?

(A) Sohrab and Rustum

(B) Scholar-Gypsy

(C) Thyrsis

(D) Rugby Chapel

Question’s Answer: Sohrab and Rustum

Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy deals with the subject of which of the following?

(A) Religion

(B) Victorian culture

(C) Education

(D) Theology

Question’s Answer: Theology


Matthew Arnold be

Matthew Arnold Books names
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gin his career as _______ .

(A) Inspector of Schools

(B) An Editor of a critical journal

(C) A teacher at Rugby School

(D) An Assistant to a publisher

Question’s Answer: Inspector of Schools

Matthew Arnold’s Thyrsis is an elegy on the death of which of the following?

(A) Edward Young

(B) Arthur Hallam

(C) John Keats

(D) A.H. Clough

Question’s Answer: A.H. Clough

What is the basic idea/theme  of Arnold’s Literature and Dogm?:

(A) Contemporary literary Criticism

(B) Art and Literature as applied in life

(C) Social changes in the Victorian Age

(D) Theology and Religion

Question’s Answer: Theology and Religion

Philistines in Culture and Anarchy stand for ___.

(A) The English aristocracy

(B) The English Middle class

(C) The English working class

(D) The English Jews

Question’s Answer: The English Middle class

The story of Sohrab and Rustum is taken from:

(A) Omar Khayyam

(B) Folk Literature

(C) Firdausi

(D) The Arabian Nights

Question’s Answer: Firdausi

Arnold calls a certain poet “a beautiful but ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.” This line taken from which of the following poet?

(A) Keats

(B) Shelley

(C) Tennyson

(D) Byron

Question’s Answer: Shelley


In which university, Matthew Arnold rose to the position of Chairmanship of Poetry?

(A) Edinburgh University

(B) Cambridge University

(C) Oxford University

(D) Leeds University

Question’s Answer: Oxford University

For which poem, Arnold won a prize at Rugby School ?

(A) Poor Matthias

(B) Balder Dead

(C) Kaiser Dead

(D) Alaric at Rome

Question’s Answer: Alaric at Rome

As said by Arnold, ______ is the next to Shakespeare and Milton?

(A) Coleridge

(B) Dryden

(C) Pope

(D) Wordsworth

Question’s Answer: Wordsworth

“Poetry is a criticism of life, under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.”

Where does Arnold  give this definition of poetry?

(A) Essay on The Function of Criticism

(B) Essay on Wordsworth

(C) Essay on The Study of Poetry

(D) Essay on Shelley

Question’s Answer: Essay on The Study of Poetry

“Others abide our question. Thou art free.

We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,

Out-topping knolwedge.”

In these lines written by Arnold, Thou’ refers to:

(A) Shakespeare

(B) Spenser

(C) Milton

(D) Wordsworth

Question’s Answer: Shakespeare

Empedocles on Etna is a-

(A) Narrative poem

(B) An adventurous tale in Verse

(C) A Verse Tale

(D) A Dramatic poem

Question’s Answer: A Dramatic poem

Arnold said about a poet, “His poetry is the reality his philosophy is the lilusion About Which poets does he make this observation?

(A) Shelley

(B) Spenser

(C) Chaucer

(D) Wordsworth

Question’s Answer: Wordsworth

Who is of the view that “Matthew Arnold thinks too much of the uses of literature andtoo little of its pleasure”?

(A) A.C. Ward

(B) Albert

(C) Lionel Trilling

(D) H.W. Garrod

Question’s Answer: H.W. Garrod

Which type of work is Arnold’s Merope?

(A) A narrative love tale

(B) A Memorial Verse

(C) A verse tale

(D) A dramatic poem

Question’s Answer: A dramatic poem

Which type of work is Arnold’s The Strayed Reveller?

(A) A dramatic poem

(B) A poem in Free Verse

(C) A poem in Rhyming Verse

(D) A poem through dialogues

Question’s Answer: A poem through dialogues

“Wandering between two worlds, one dead,

The other powerless to be born,

With nowhere yet to rest my head.”

This line is taken from which of the following  poem? ?

(A) Grande Chartreuse

(B) Scholar-Gipsy

(C) Dover beach

(D) Empedocles on Etna

Question’s Answer: Grande Chartreuse

Arnold said about a poet: “With him is born our real poetry.” Who is the poet referred to?

(A) Shakespeare

(B) Milton

(C) Shelley

(D) Chaucer

Question’s Answer: Chaucer

Who says Arnold “a propagandist of literature” and “an over-worked school-

inspector” ?

(A) W.H. Auden

(B) LA. Richards

(C) FR. Leavis

(D) TS Eliot

Question’s Answer: TS Eliot

“For what wears out the life of mortal men?

Tis that from change to change their being rolls;

Tis that repeated shocks, again, again,

Exhaust the energy of the strongest souls.”

This line is taken from which of the following  poem?

(A) The Scholar-Gipsy

(B) Dover Beach

(C) Heine’s Grave

(D) Obermann Once More

Question’s Answer: The Scholar-Gipsy

“And we are here as on a darkling plain,

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.” This line is taken from which of the following  poem?

(A) Balder Dead

(B) Dober Beach

(C) Sohrab and Rustum

(D) The New Sirens

Question’s Answer: Dober Beach

Which poem won Arnold the Oxford Prize?

(A) Alaric at Rome

(B) Cromwell

(C) A Southern Night

(D) Requiescat

Question’s Answer: Cromwell

“Who saw life steadily, and saw it whole; The mellow glory of the Attic stage,

Singer of sweet Colonus, and its child.”

This line is taken from which of the following  poem? ?

(A) Quiet Work

(B) Requiescat

(C) In Harmony with Nature

(D) To a Friend

Question’s Answer: To a Friend

“Why faintest thou? I wandered till I pass away,

Roam on! The light we sought is shining still, Dost thou ask proof? Our tree yet crowns the hill, Our scholar travels yet the loved hill.”

This line is taken from which of the following  poem?

(A) Rugby Chapel

(B) Scholar-Gipsy

(C) Thyrsis

(D) Obermann Once More

Question’s Answer: Thyrsis

Matthew Arnold Basic info

Full Name Matthew Arnold
Born December 24, 1822
Died April 15, 1888
Nationality English
Occupation Poet, Critic, Essayist
Literary Period Victorian
Famous Works “Dover Beach”, “Culture and Anarchy”, “The Scholar Gipsy”, “Thyrsis”, “Essays in Criticism”
Notable Themes Culture, society, morality, education, religion
Literary Style Reflective, meditative, elegiac, critical
Influences Romanticism, Classical literature, German philosophy

Matthew Arnold Books names

The Strayed Reveller and Other Poems 1849
Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems 1852
Poems: A New Edition 1867
Culture and Anarchy 1869
Essays in Criticism 1865, 1888
On Translating Homer 1861
Literature and Dogma 1873
God and the Bible 1875
Irish Essays 1882

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