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Tennyson’s Poetry

Further Study


Further Study Quiz

1. Which of the following is Tennyson least likely to have read before 1850?

2. “The Apostles” was the name of:

3. Which university did Tennyson attend as an undergraduate?

4. The inspiration for “Mariana” comes from which of the following Shakespearean plays?

5. Which of the following famous phrases did Tennyson pen?

6. For which of the following poems is classical mythology not the primary inspiration?

7. Which of the following poems includes a choric song?

8. “The Epic” was written as a frame for which of the following poems?

9. Which of the following historical events does “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describe?

10. Which of the following is true of each of the four parts of “The Lady of Shalott”?

11. Where did Tennyson conceive of the idea for “Tears, Idle Tears”?

12. The final section of “In Memoriam” describes the marriage between which two people?

13. To which of the following poetic genres does “In Memoriam” belong?

14. The characters in “The Epic” include all of the following except:

15. All of the following poems mention bells EXCEPT:

16. Which Romantic poet was still alive when Tennyson published his 1842 collection?

17. The notion of “crossing the bar” is a metaphor for

18. Tithonus is loved by the goddess of what?

19. In which of the following poems did Tennyson intend to discuss the relationship between men and women in Victorian England?

20. Which of the following best characterizes the mood of “Mariana”?

21. Which of the following poems is NOT written in blank verse?

22. In contrast to his earlier poetry, Tennyson’s later poetry can be characterized as:

23. In which of the following periods was Tennyson least respected in the English-speaking world?

24. The poetic form of the dramatic monologue is characterized by which of the following?

25. Which of the following is true of each section of “In Memoriam”?