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Works of Mathew Arnold( English Literature)

  1. Who wrote the sonnet ‘Shakespeare’?
    a) Arthur Hugh Clough
    b) Mathew Arnold
    c) H.W.Longfellow
    d) Elizabeth Barrett
    The poem begins with a short sentence “Others abide our question. Thou art free”, shows Mathew Arnold’s love for Shakespeare . This sonnet is written in 4 stanzas. The octave is of 2 quatrains and the sestet is of two stanzas of three lines each.
  2. Mathew Arnold is the poet of _
    a) Elizebethan period
    b) Jacobean Period
    c) Romantic period
    d) Victorian period
    Mathew Arnold was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools for 35 years, and supported the concept of state-regulated secondary education.
  3. Who is the father of Mathew Arnold?
    Thomas Arnold

Rugby Chapel is an elegy written by Mathew Arnold on the death of his father. Thomas Arnold was the headmaster of Rugby School. He was a historian, Liberal protestant and also a leader in the church.

  1. Whom did Mathew Arnold called “a beautiful but ineffectual angel, beating in the void his humorous wings in vain”?
    Charles lamb
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    George Gordon Byron
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Arnold’s assessment of Shelley, mainly appeared in two essays, one on Byron and the second on Shelley, published successively in his Essays in Criticism, Second Series (1888)
  2. When was Mathew Arnold born?
    24 December 1822
    24 November 1833
    24 October 1844
    24 August 1855
    Mathew Arnold was born in the same year when PB Shelley was drowned to death (1822) and died in (1888), the same year in which T.S.Eliot was born.
  3. Arrange the following elegies in English in Chronological order.
  4. On the praise and lament of the great writer Wordsworth, Arnold wrote an elegy called ‘Memorial Verses’, 1850.Who were the other poets mentioned in the poem?
    Goethe, Byron
    Byron , Shelley,
    Colridge, Goethe
    Colridge, Shelley
  5. Culture and Anarchy 1869, written by Mathew Arnold was __
    FB : Culture and Anarchy is a series of periodical essays by Mathew Arnold, first published in Cornhill Magazine 1867-68 and collected as a book in 1869.The book contains most of the terms – Culture, Anarchy, Barbarian, Philistine, Hebraism, Hellenism, Sweetness and light. The preface to this book is written in the year 1869.
  6. Which phrase was taken by Mathew Arnold from Jonathan Swift’s ‘The Battle of the Books’?
    Barbarian and Philistine
    Hebraism and Hellenism
    Sweetness and light
    Culture and Anarchy
    Sweetness and light is first used by Jonathan Swift in his mock heroic prose satire, ‘The Battle of the Books’
  7. Mathew Arnold was considered the third great Victorian poet, next to?
    Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert browning

Mathew Arnold is considered to be the sage writer. Sage writer is the one who instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.

  1. Identify the two great poems of Mathew Arnold which were published under ‘A New Edition,’ published in the year 1853.
    A. Sohrab and Rustum and The Scholar Gypsy
    Note: Shorab and Rustum is based on the episode from Shahnama, written by Ferdowsi’ a Persian epic. In this Arnold imitated Homer’s grand style.
    ‘The Scholar Gypsy’ is about a university student who joins the gypsies.
  2. What was the speciality of Mathew Arnold as professor of poetry in Oxford university.
    He delivered his lectures on poetry in Vernacular language, for the first time.
    He delivered his lectures on poetry in Latin language, for the first time.
    A. He delivered his lectures on poetry in English language, for the first time.
    None of the above
    Note: Prior to Mathew Arnold the lectures were delivered in Latin. He was the first to deliver his lecture in English
  3. When was the critical essay ‘The Study of Poetry’ published?
    A. 1888
  4. What is the Complete title of Culture and Anarchy?
    A. An Essay In Political And Social Criticism.
    Arnold contrasts culture, which he defines as “the study of perfection, ‘ with anarchy, the prevalent mood of England’s then new democracy, which lacks standards and sense of direction. live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light.
  5. What is the religious criticises of Mathew Arnold from the works mentioned below?
    Dover Beach
    Shorab and Rustum
    Literature and Dogma
    Note: Literature and Dogma was published in the year 1875. Arnold’s concern is primarily with “the spread of skepticism” and the “contemptuous rejection of the Bible”.This is an essay towards a better apprehension of the bible by Arnold..
  6. What is the most important word coined by Mathew Arnold in relation with criticism in his work ‘ The Study of Poetry’?
    Objective Co-relative
    Intentional fallacy
    Authorian fallcy.
    Touchstone method is a comparative method of criticism. According to him, Poetry is criticism of life, Poetry can replace the religion. Both Arnold and Aristotle believed that poetry is superior to history. In this method Arnold recommends certain lines of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Milton as touchstones for testing the presence or absence of high poetic quality in samples chosen from other poets.
  7. According to Mathew Arnold who lacks high seriousness?
  8. According to Arnold who is prose classics?
    Dryden and Shelley
    Pope and Shelley
    Dryden and Pope
    Pope and Wordsworth
  9. Who denounces the romantic poets for ignoring Classical works?
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Auther Hugh Clough
    Robert Browning
    Mathew Arnold
    Note: According to Arnold, Homer is the best model of simple grand style, Milton is best for serious grand style and Dante is the example of both. He believes in return to Classics value as Arnold believes that art is for art’s sake.
  10. Identify the work of Mathew Arnold in which these lines occur?
    ‘And we are here as on a darkling plain/
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/
    Where ignorant armies clash by night”./
    Sohrab and Rustum
    Dover Beach
    Balder dead
    On Translating Homer.
    Note: Dover Beach is first published in 1867, is a lyrical poem by Mathew Arnold. The poem is a melancholic poem. The main theme is “how the world used to be protected by faith and trust and there is nothing left but lies”. This is dramatic monologue. the speaker is poet himself and the listener is his newly wed mistress. It is a pathetic fallacy.

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