Books Quiz - Poetry 1 (Questions)

Poetry is a particular kind of literature unlike any other. It uses certain qualities of language, such as rhythm and rhyme, to create beautiful works which awake emotion in their readers. It has its origins in ancient epic verses, such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, which were memorised by storytellers who recounted them to an audience. The repetitive, rhyming tales in verse form were easily remembered and passed down through generations before finally being written down. Contemporary poetry has come a long way since those first steps 3,000 years ago!

Poetry has made such a large contribution to English literature that we have devoted four quizzes to the subject. In this, the first, you are asked to recall some much-loved verses. Have a go and see how well you know the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, William Longfellow, Robert Burns, William Wordsworth and many other fine wordsmiths!

1. In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, what bird does the mariner shoot?
[ ] An albatross
[ ] A penguin
[ ] A raven
[ ] A seagull
2. Which flowers inspired William Wordsworth's poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud?
[ ] Crocuses
[ ] Daffodils
[ ] Snowdrops
[ ] Tulips
3. In the Edward Lear poem, which instrument does the Owl play while serenading the Pussy Cat?
[ ] A banjo
[ ] A guitar
[ ] A mandolin
[ ] A violin
4. In the Robert Browning poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which colours make up the Piper's costume?
[ ] Blue and Yellow
[ ] Green and Yellow
[ ] Red and Yellow
[ ] Red and Green
5. Who wrote the nonsense poem Jabberwocky?
[ ] Lewis Carroll
[ ] Edward Lear
[ ] Ogden Nash
[ ] Spike Milligan
6. How many lines are there in a standard sonnet?
[ ] 12
[ ] 14
[ ] 16
[ ] 18
7. In the Longfellow poem The Song of Hiawatha, what is the name of the title character's lover?
[ ] Minnehaha
[ ] Minnehehe
[ ] Minnehihi
[ ] Minnehoho
8. Who wrote the 1892 poem Gunga Din?
[ ] AE Houseman
[ ] Rudyard Kipling
[ ] Alfred, Lord Tennyson
[ ] Walt Whitman
9. Which animal does Robert Burns describe in a poem as a "Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie"?
[ ] A cat
[ ] A dog
[ ] A rabbit
[ ] A mouse
10. Which John Keats poem begins with the line: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness"?
[ ] To Spring
[ ] To Summer
[ ] To Autumn
[ ] To Winter

 

Books Quiz - Poetry 1 (Answers)
1. In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, what bird does the mariner shoot?
[x] An albatross
[ ] A penguin
[ ] A raven
[ ] A seagull
His action brings down a curse on the ship
2. Which flowers inspired William Wordsworth's poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud?
[ ] Crocuses
[x] Daffodils
[ ] Snowdrops
[ ] Tulips
In some anthologies it's titled The Daffodils
3. In the Edward Lear poem, which instrument does the Owl play while serenading the Pussy Cat?
[ ] A banjo
[x] A guitar
[ ] A mandolin
[ ] A violin
"The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.'"
4. In the Robert Browning poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which colours make up the Piper's costume?
[ ] Blue and Yellow
[ ] Green and Yellow
[x] Red and Yellow
[ ] Red and Green
"His queer long coat from heel to head
Was half of yellow and half of red"
5. Who wrote the nonsense poem Jabberwocky?
[x] Lewis Carroll
[ ] Edward Lear
[ ] Ogden Nash
[ ] Spike Milligan
It was a part of his sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
6. How many lines are there in a standard sonnet?
[ ] 12
[x] 14
[ ] 16
[ ] 18
Lines 1, 4, 5 and 8 rhyme with one another, as do lines 2, 3, 6 and 7, lines 9 and 12, lines 10 and 13, and lines 11 and 14
7. In the Longfellow poem The Song of Hiawatha, what is the name of the title character's lover?
[x] Minnehaha
[ ] Minnehehe
[ ] Minnehihi
[ ] Minnehoho
Longfellow's Hiawatha is purely fictional and has no connection with the 16th Century Iroquois chief Hiawatha
8. Who wrote the 1892 poem Gunga Din?
[ ] AE Houseman
[x] Rudyard Kipling
[ ] Alfred, Lord Tennyson
[ ] Walt Whitman
One line from the poem, "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!", has entered the English language as compliment to one who does an act which the speaker would not dare to
9. Which animal does Robert Burns describe in a poem as a "Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie"?
[ ] A cat
[ ] A dog
[ ] A rabbit
[x] A mouse
The poem is titled To a Mouse. He also wrote another, To a Louse
10. Which John Keats poem begins with the line: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness"?
[ ] To Spring
[ ] To Summer
[x] To Autumn
[ ] To Winter
The poem takes us through the season, from the maturing of the crops, via the harvest to the last days of autumn when winter approaches