This contains 15 questions about the life and works of P B Shelly. Press the link below to attempt online or else scroll down to attempt pen paper mode.

Contributed by Smt Suneela Jyotsna, MA, M.Ed, NET

  1. Which Romantic poet had died similar to the twentieth century novelist Virginian Woolf, by drowning himself?
    a) Wordsworth
    b) Keats
    c) Byron
    d) Shelley
  2. Shelly was greatly influenced by Greek mythology. Which of Shelley’s poems has a story from Greek mythology?
    a) Queen Mab
    b) Alastor
    c) The Revolt of Islam
    d) Prometheus Unbound
  3. What is the second name for the poem ‘Alaster’ written by PB Shelley?
    a) Proetheus Unbound
    b) The Spirit of solitude.
    c) The mask of Anarchy
    d) None of the above.
  4. Shelly’s theories of economics and morality had a profound influence on many famous personalities including____________.
    a) Robert frost
    b) Lenin
    c) Karl Marx
    d) Jamshadji Tata
  5. Mary Shelly, who was the writer of Frankenstein ( a scientific fiction) was _ in relation to Shelley.
    a) Sister
    b) Mother
    c) First wife
    d) Second wife
  6. Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound is classified as _
    a) A lyrical drama
    b) An epic
    c) An elegy
    d) A collection of stories
  7. “Hell is a City much like London” Who holds this idea about London?
    a) Byron
    b) Thomas Love Peacock
    c) P B Shelley
    d) William Wordsworth
  8. According to Shelley’s Adonais, who hastened the death of Keats?
    a) His beloved
    b) The wars
    c) The Government
    d) The brutal reviewers.
  9. Who among the given is praised as “ a Greek’ for his preoccupation with Hellenism in poetry by Shelley?
    a) Byron
    b) Thomas Love Peacock
    c) John Keats
    d) William Wordsworth
  10. “O Wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind!” This famous quote of Shelley is taken from……..
    a) Ode to the West wind
    b) Isebella
    c) The cloud
    d) The necessity of Atheism
  11. Identify the essay(phamplet) which caused Shelley’s rustication from the Oxford University.
    a) A Defence of Poetry.
    b) Necessity of Atheism
    c) The Philosophical View of Reform.
    d) The Cenci
  12. Who called Shelley ‘a perfect singing god’.
    a) Mathew Arnold
    b) Aristotle
    c) A.C.Swinburne
    d) William Wordsworth
    Note: Algernone Charles Swinburne
  13. What is the unfinished work of Shelley, written in the year 1822, before his death?
    a) The Indian Serenade
    b) Julian and Maddalo
    c) Lines to an Indian Air
    d) Truimph of Life
  14. Shelley’s ‘Adonais’, elegy written on the death of Keats is written in ………………..
    a) Lyric
    b) Spenserian Sonnet
    c) Blank verse
  15. “O world! O life! O time!
    On whose last steps I climb” . These poetic lines written in Iambic foot by Shelley is taken from……….
    a) A Lament
    b) Ozymandias
    c) Necessity of Atheism
    d) Frog and the Nightingale

Answer key along with explanations is appended below.



2.Prometheus Unbound
Note: Prometheus Unbound’ -1820, is considered to be Shelley’s master piece. Prometheus who defies the gods and gives fire to humanity is subjected to eternal punishment and suffering at the hands of Zeus. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)
3.The Spirit of solitude.

  1. Karl Marx
    Note: Shelly’s theories of economics and morality had a profound influence on Karl Marx (1818-1883); his early—perhaps first—writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Leo Tolstoy, whose writings on the subject in turn influenced Mahatma Gandhi and through him Martin Luther King Jr. and others practicing nonviolence during the American Civil rights movement (Courtesy –Wikipedia).
    5.Second wife
    Note: Mary Shelley was the daughter of famous writer William Godwin, author of ‘ Things as they are’ and celebrated feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, author of ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’.
  2. A lyrical drama
  3. P B Shelley
    8.The brutal reviewers.
    Note: Shelley’s Adonais is a pastoral elegy written for John Keats in 1821. The poem is in 495 lines and in 55 Spenserian stanzas.
    “ A portion of the loveliness
    Which once he made more lovely”. (famous lines from the elegy)
  4. John Keats
  5. Ode to the West wind
    11.Necessity of Atheism
    Note: The Necessity of Atheism, published by Shelley in 1811( and the cause for the expulsion from Oxford of it’s author and his roomamte Thomas Jefferson Hogg) was reproduced and enlarged in 1813 as one of the notes of his poem Queen Mab.
    (Courtesy: knarf.english.upenn.edu)
    Note: Algernone Charles Swinburne
  6. Truimph of Life
  7. Spenserian Sonnet

Note: The poem, is in 495 lines in 55 Spenserian stanzas, was composed in the spring of 1821 immediately after 11 April, when Shelley heard of Keats’ death. It is a pastoral elegy

  1. A Lament
    Note: ‘A Lament’ poem is written in two stanzas with 5 lines in Iambic foot. Each stanza is of five(5) lines. The rhyme scheme of the poem is aabab.
    O world! O life! O time!
    On whose last steps I climb,
    Trembling at that where I had stood before;
    When will return the glory of your prime?
    No more—Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight;
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar,
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more—Oh, never more!

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