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Posted on Nov 13, 2016

Only English Majors Will Ace This Insanely Hard Quiz

Our doubts are traitors, so trust yourself to ace this quiz!

  1. In the epic poem Beowulf, what's the name of the monster who terrorizes Heorot?

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    After Beowulf slays Grendel, the monster's mother also attacks the mead hall.

  2. Who guides Dante's journey through hell?

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    The ancient Roman poet guides Dante through hell and purgatory.

  3. Which is NOT one of The Canterbury Tales?

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    Wrong! 

    "The Servant's Tale" does not exist.

  4. Which of the following quotes actually belongs to Shakespeare?

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    Wrong! 

    The prince of Morocco speaks the line in The Merchant of Venice.

  5. Complete the sentence: "Adversity has the ___ of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have ___ dormant." —Horace, Satires

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    (1) The noun "effect" and (2) the past participle of "lie," "lain," correctly complete this sentence.

  6. Shakespearean sonnets use the following rhyme scheme:

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    The sonnets are made up of three quatrains and one couplet.

  7. Who does NOT narrate part of Wuthering Heights?

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    Heathcliff narrates no part of Wuthering Heights.

  8. In the detective fiction genre, ___ is to Edgar Allen Poe as Sherlock Holmes is to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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    Wrong! 

    Poe is considered by many to be the father of detective fiction.

  9. "A Modest Proposal" and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn both belong to which genre of literature?

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    "A Modest Proposal" and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn indeed fit the Webster definition of "hold[ing] up human vices and follies to ridicule."

  10. "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity" are famous lines from which poem?

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    The poem ends with an equally iconic line: "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

  11. Which of the following is the original cover art for The Sound and the Fury?

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    Wrong! 

    It was published in 1929.

  12. All of the following are 20th century literary movements except:

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    Transcendentalism was an early 19th century movement.

  13. Which novel begins with the line, "All this happened, more or less"?

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    Wrong! 

    Thus begins one of Kurt Vonnegut's most popular novels.

  14. Which sentence is error-free?

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    In the first sentence, "principle" should be "principal." In the second, "seconds" should be possessive, with an apostrophe after the word. And in the third, "saucy" is spelled thusly.

  15. Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon was published in:

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    Wrong! 

    It earned the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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