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What was the life span of Thomas Occleve, a consistent follower of Chaucer?

(a) 1360-1440

(b) 1390-1395

(c) 1370-1450

(d) 1380-1440

MCQ Answer: 1370-1450


Regement of Princes is a work of

The regiment of princes was a Book by _____.

(a) Thomas Hoccleve

(b) John Lydgate

(c) John Walton

(d) Alexander Barclay

Thomas Hoccleve


Who of the following poets wrote a famous poem mourning the death of Chaucer?

(a) James I of Scotland in “The King’s Quair”

(b) Lydgate in “Falles of Princes”

(c) Occleve in “The Governail of Princes”

(d) William Dunbar in The “Thistle and the Rose”

Occleve in “The Governail of Princes”


The life span of Alexander Barclay is

(a) 1470-1547

(b) 1475-1552

(c) 1465-1550

(d) 1480-1555



The use of the pastoral of satire for court life, etc. was first used by

(a) Stephen Hawes

(b) Barclay

(c) John Skelton

(d) None of A, B, and C



Who translated the work of the German poet Sebastian Brant entitled

The Ship of Fools?

(a) John Skelton

(b) Thomas Occleve

(c) Alexander Barclay

(d) None of A, B, and C

Alexander Barclay


______was the poet who introduced “Eclogues” (pastoral poems) to England.

(a) John Skelton

(b) Alexander Barclay

(c) Gawin Douglas

(d) Robert Henryson

Alexander Barclay


Who was the first English poet to choose a German subject?

(a) Stephen Hawes

(b) Alexander Barclay

(c) John Skelton

(d) None of A, B, and C

Alexander Barclay


The Ship of Fools, a translation from German has been written by

(a) Alexander Barclay

(b) Robert Henryson

(c) Stephen Hawes

(d) Thomas Occleve

Alexander Barclay


Who is the author of “Example of Virtue “?

(a) William Nevill

(b) William Caxton

(c) Stephen Hawes

(d) Alexander Barclay

Stephen Hawes


______ was the English Chaucerian has written The Pastime of Pleasure.

(a) Thomas Occleve

(b) Stephen Hawes

(c) John Skelton

(d) Alexander Barclay

Stephen Hawes


Who is the author of “The Fall of Prince”

(a) John Skelton

(b) Occleve

(c) Alexander Barclay

(d) John Lydgate

John Lydgate


Who made frequent use of tag phrases (like ‘sothly to telle) in his work?

(a) John Skelton

(b) John Lydgate

(c) William Dunbar

(d) Stephen Hawes

John Lydgate


Who has the credit of being the most voluminous poet of medieval England?

(a) Thomas Occleve

(b) John Lydgate

(c) Stephen Hawes

(d) Alexander Barclay

John Lydgate


The life span of John Skelton is

(a) 1450-1519

(b) 1455-1524

(c) 1465-1534

(d) 1460-1529



“The Bowge of Court” has been written by

(a) John Skelton

(b) Lydgate

(c) Alexander Barclay

(d) Hawes

John Skelton


Which work of Skelton is an elaboräte set piece in praise of himself?

(a) “Magnificence”

(b) “The Book of Philip Spanuw”

(c) “Garland of Laurel”

(d) “The Bowge of Court”

“Garland of Laurel”


“The Court of Sapience” which dates from about 1470 has been written by

(a) Anonymous author

(b) Lydgate

(c) Dunbar

(d) Occleve

Anonymous author


William Nevill’s “Castell of Pleasure” was published in “

(a) 1516

(b) 1517

(c) 1519

(d) 1518



Robert Henryson is a Scottish poet of the

(a) 13th century

(b) 15th century

(c) 14th century

(d) 16th century

15th century


Who is the author of the “King’s Quair”

(a) Robert Henryson

(b) James I of Scotland

(c) Gavin Douglas

(d) Willem Danbar

James I of Scotland


Who is known as the Chaucer of Scotland?

(a) Robert Henryson

(b) William Dunbar

(c) John Lydgate

(d) Gavin Douglas

William Dunbar


Who is considered to be the greatest of the Scottish Chaucerians?

(a) Gavin Douglas

(b) Robert Henryson

(c) William Dunbar

(d) King James I

William Dunbar


Which work of Dunbar deals with the union of two countries – England and Scotland?

(a) “The Golden Targe”

(b) “The Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins”

(c) “The Thistle and the Rose”

(d) “The Two Married Women and the Widow”

“The Thistle and the Rose”


Which work of the Scottish Chaucerian imitates Chaucer’s Mouse of Fame?

(a) Douglas” “King Hart”

(b) Henryson’s “Treatment of Cresseid”

(c) Dunbar’s “The Thistle and the Rose”

(d) Douglas’ “The Palace of Honour”

Douglas’ “The Palace of Honour”


Which poem by the Scottish. Chauceriand was inspired by Chaucer’s Hous of Fame?

(a) James’ “The Kings Quair”

(b) Dunbar’s “The Golden Targe”

(c) Douglas’s “The Palace of Honour”

(d) Henryson’s “Robeae and Makyne”

Douglas’s “The Palace of Honour”


Who was the first Chaucerian to translate the whole of Virgil into English verse

(a) King James 1

(b) Robert Henryson

(c) William Dunbur

(d) Gavin Douglas

Gavin Douglas


The poem “The Cuck and the Nightingale has been written by

(a) An anonymous writer

(b) John Skelton

(c) Stephen Hawes

(d) William Dunbar

An anonymous writer


In the poem “The Flower and the Leaf’ stands for what?

(a) Sweet smell

(b) Happiness

(c) Pleasures of life

(d) Colour

Pleasures of life


Why “Lord Randal” was famous?

(a) Ballad

(b) Allegory

(c) Lyric

(d) Epic



The word ‘Ballad’ is derived from the word______which means ‘to dance’.

(a) Ballare

(b) Balled

(c) Ballade

(d) Ballere



“The Nut Brown Maid” is a well known

(a) Ballad

(b) Lyric

(c) Satire

(d) Sonnet



John Fortescue mainly wrote in

(a) French

(b) English

(c) Latin

(d) Spanish



Fortescue praises the constitution of his country in

(a) “De Laudibus Legum Anliae”

(b) “The Governance of England”

(c) “De Natura Lagis Naturae”

(d) None of A, B, and C

“De Laudibus Legum Anliae”


Name the first English printer?

(a) John Dewey

(b) Holinshed

(c) William Caxton

(d) None of A, B, and C

William Caxton


When Caxton’s printing press was started?

(a) 1530

(c) 1476

(b) 1480

(d) 1478



William Caxton who invented the printing press was basically a

(a) Writer

(b) Doctor

(c) Businessman

(d) Merchant



The printing press fixed forever the as the national language of England.

(a) East-midland dialect

(b) Southern dialect

(c) Northern dialect

(d) West-midland dialect

East-midland dialect


Which was the first printed English book?

(a) The Recuyell of the of Jason Historye of Troye

(b) The Boke of Historyes of Jason

(c) Morte d’ Arthur

(d) The Foure Sonnes of Aymon

The Recuyell of the of Jason Historye of Troye


Which book, published by Caxton, had the largest circulation of all his publications?

(a) The Historye of Reynart

(b) The Lyf of Charles the Gredte

(c) Translation of the Golden Legend

(d) Morte d’ Arthur the Foxe

Translation of the Golden Legend


Sir Thomas Malory wrote Morte d’ Arthur in

Malory wrote Le Morte Darthur (The Death of Arthur) during ______ .

(a) 1469

(b) 1490

(c) 1485

(d) 1495



Who has written most of his stories in prison?

(a) Chaucer

(b) Langland

(c) Skelton

(d) Malory



Guenevere is the name of a character who appears in

(a) Morte d’ Arthur

(b) Piers the Plowman

(c) The Canterbury Tales

(d) Vox Clamantis

Morte d’ Arthur


Which is the first book in English in poetic prose?

(a) Confessio Amantis

(b) Nun’s Priest’s Tale

(c) Morte d’ Arthur

(d) Vox Clamantis

Morte d’ Arthur


“Praise of Folly” is a famous piece of satire written by

(a) Desiderius Erasmus

(b) Roger Ascham

(c) Sir Thomas More

(d) William Tyndale

Desiderius Erasmus


In Cambridge, the teaching of Greek was given impetus by

(a) Desiderius Erasmus

(b) William Latimer

(c) John Colet

(d) Richard Croke

Desiderius Erasmus


Which work is considered to be ‘the true prologue to the Renaissance”?

(a) Tottel’s Miscellany

(b) More’s Utopia

(c) Aschern’s The Schoobnaster

(d) None of A, B, and C

More’s Utopia


Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (the Kingdom of Nowhere) was originally written in

(a) English

(b) French

(c) Latin

(d) Spanish



Who is the writer of  “The Schoolmaster”?

(a) Roger Ascham

(b) William Tyndale

(c) Sir Thomas More

(d) Desiderius Erasmus

Roger Ascham


English Prayer Book which was adopted as the official prayer book in 1549 was proudly written by

(a) Tyndale

(b) Roger Ascham

(c) Thomas Cranner

(d) None of A, B, and C

Thomas Cranner


The earliest version of Bible is ___.

(a) William Tyndale’s English New Testament

(b) Miles Coverdales’s English Bible

(c) Cromwell’s Great Bible

(d) King James’ Authorised Version of the Bible

William Tyndale’s English New Testament


Sir Thomas Wyatt, a young courtier of the court of Henry VIII was deeply influenced by which of the following tradition?

(a) French tradition

(b) Latin tradition

(c) Italian tradition

(d) English tradition

Italian tradition


The vogue of the lyric was inaugurated by:

(a) Wyatt

(b) Henry Howard

(c) Thomas Sackville

(d) Sir Thomas Moore



Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey divided his sonnet into

(a) Three quatrains and a couplet

(b) Two quatrains and a sestet

(c) An octave and three couplets

(d) None of A, B, and C

Three quatrains and a couplet


Who is known as the connecting link between Chaucer and Spenser?

(a) Henry Howard

(b) Thomas Sackville

(c) Roger Ascham

(d) Sir Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Sackville


The works of Wyatt and Surrey were published in Tottel’s Miscellany in

(a) 1553

(b) 1558

(c) 1563

(d) 1568



The Licensing Act for closing of all theatres except Drury Lane and Covent Garden was passed in

(a) 1734

(b) 1735

(c) 1736

(d) 1737



The characters stand in for immaterial traits in ____.

(a) Morality plays

(b) Mystery plays

(c) Miracle plays

(d) Interludes

Morality plays


In subject, the miracle plays were essentially

(a) Historical

(b) Social

(c) Theological

(d) Political



Betraying of Christ is a

(a) Miracle play

(b) Morality play

(c) Social play

(d) Political play

Morality play


The Castle of Perseverance is a significant

(a) Morality play

(b) Interlude

(c) Miracle play

(d) None of A, B, and C

Morality play


The morality play Everyman belongs to the

(a) 14th century

(b) 13th century

(c) 15th century

(d) 16th century

15th century


John Rastell is a famous writer of which kind of plays?

(a) Interludes

(b) Miracle plays

(c) Morality plays

(d) None of A, B, and C



Who is the writer of “The Merry Play”?

(a) John Heywood

(b) John Rastell

(c) Sir Thomas Moore

(d) None of A, B, and C

John Heywood


Miracle plays were based on

(a) Stories from the Bible

(b) Stories from the lives of the Saints

(c) Concepts of Christian Theology

(d) None of A, B, and C

Stories from the Bible


Blank verse is used for the first time for dramatic purposes in

(a) Jocasta

(b) Gorboduc

(c) Spanish Tragedy

(d) None of A, B, and C



Britain’s first playhouse ‘The Theatre’ was built in Finsbury Fields, London in which year?

(a) 1574

(b) 1575

(c) 1576

(d) 1577



Ralph Roister Doister, the first regular comedy in English was proudly written by

(a) Nicholus Udall

(b) Thomus Norton

(c) Geoffrey of Monmouth

(d) John Heywood

Nicholus Udall


Gorboduc, the first regular tragedy in English was proudly written by

(a) Thomas Sackville

(b) John Heywood

(c) Thomas Norton

(d) Sackville and Norton

Thomas Norton


The book Revelations of Divine Love has been written by

(a) Julian of Norwich

(b) Richard Rolle

(c) William Langland

(d) John Gewer

Julian of Norwich


The Birth of Jesus is a famous

(a) Morality play

(b) Miracle play

(c) Mystery play

(d) Interlude

Miracle play


The Play of the Sacrament is a well known

(a) Miracle play

(b) Interlude

(c) Morality play

(d) Mystery play

Miracle play


The earliest known religious play is

(a) Noah

(c) Adam

(b) Nativity

(d) None of A, B, and C



The Four Elements, a well known morality play has been written by

(a) Sir John Lyndsay

(b) John Skelton

(c) John Bales

(d) None of A, B, and C

None of A, B, and C


In Lyndsay’s morality play The Satire of the Three Estates, three estates are

(a) King, minister and clergy

(b) The clergy, bishop and the King

(c) The nobility, the clergy and the merchants

(d) The nobility, the clergy and the hishap

The nobility, the clergy and the merchants


Real and allegorical characters mingled freely for the first time in

(a) King Jehan

(b) Magnificence

(c) The Four Elements

(d) The Satire of the Three Estates

King Jehan

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