ENGL 201 Pre Quiz / Practice Quiz

ENGL 201 Practice Quiz / Pre Quiz Colonial Period

  1. The following is a genre of American literature of the colonial period: sermons
  2. Cotton Mather called this author the “American Nehemiah.”
  3. Edward Taylor authored “The Day of Doom”
  4. The following is not a genre of American literature of the colonial period: exploration literature
  5. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” uses the Ministerial Three Method.
  6. In his writings, Captain John Smith portrayed English North America as a desert.
  7. Thus stands the cause betweene God and us. We are entered into Covenant with Him for this worke. Wee have taken out a Commission. The Lord hath given us leave to drawe our own articles. Wee have professed to enterprise these Actions, upon these and those accounts, upon these and those ends, wee have hereupon besought Him of favour and blessing. Now if the Lord shall please to heare us, and bring us in peace to the place wee desire, then hath hee ratified this Covenant and sealed our Commission, [and] will expect a strict performance of the Articles contained in it; but if wee shall neglect the observation of these Articles which are the ends wee have propounded, and, dissembling with our God, shall fall to embrace this present world and prosecute our carnall intentions, seekeing greate things for ourselves and our posterity, the Lord will surely breake out in wrathe against us; be revenged of such a perjured people and make us knowe the price of the breache of such a covenant. This is an excerpt from
  8. Calvinistic aesthetics suggest that in life as in art, obscurity and complexity should be preferred.
  9. English colonization did not really take hold until early 1850
  10. Christopher Columbus was the leader of the first English settlers called the Pilgrims.
  11. Another name for the Pilgrims is Separatists.
  12. “The Day of Doom” was authored by Michael Wigglesworth.
  13. Literature of the Colonial Period may be defined as a literary record of the period called the Age of Reason or Revolution.
  14. Anne Bradstreet’s poetry was considered as “grateful entertainments unto the ingenious” by
  15. John Winthrop authored Meditation 38
  16. The following are genres of American literature of the colonial period: travel and exploration records

ENGL 201 Pre-Quiz: American Renaissance/Romantic Period

  1. Poe was a literary critic who offered a criteria for a successful poem.
  2. “Rip Van Winkle” exhibits elements of fairytale and folk tales.
  3. Moby-Dick thematizes a whaling voyage
  4. We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground –
    The Roof was scarcely visible –
    The Cornice – in the Ground – The “Swelling of the Ground” is a metaphor for
  5. “Thanatopsis” was written when William Cullen Bryant was 31 years old.
  6. Wrote “Typee”
  7. A major characteristic of Romanticism is the exaltation of reason over emotion.
  8. Intuition and transcendentalism are key characteristics of Romanticism
  9. Washington Irving authored “The Piazza Tales.”
  10. Washington Irving authored “To a Waterfowl.”
  11. In his “The American Scholar,” Emerson calls for American intellectual independence.
  12. William Cullen Bryant’s “To A Waterfowl” celebrates a beautiful woman
  13. These three influenced Emily Dickinson:
  14. A major characteristic of the American Renaissance is an interest in nature.
  15. Describes books as the great tool of the past.
  16. Initially wrote imitative, trite, moralizing works
  17. To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language;These lines are from a poem written by
  18. “The Melville Revival” occurred during the 1620’s and 1630’s.


ENGL 201 Pre-Quiz: Age of Reason/Revolutionary Period

  1. Established the blueprint for the rag-to-riches narrative.
  2. Author of “Silence Dogood”
  3. Phillis Wheatley adopted an abstruse language and a personal voice in her poetry.
  4. Wrote Leaves of Grass
  5. Thomas Paine’s works such as the “Crisis Series” are considered a form of propaganda.
  6. The new philosophy of the Age of Reason aligned with Calvinism.
  7. Thomas Paine is considered the first African-American to publish a book of poetry.
  8. Isaac Newton perceived God deistically as First Cause, as the creator of the Universe, and as one who works through unchangeable laws of nature.
  9. Phyllis Wheatley’s first poem was published in Rhode Island Newspaper.
  10. In “Common Sense” Thomas Paine recommended reconciliation with King George II.
  11. The 13 virtues of self-improvement course that Benjamin Franklin expounded included the Love of God.
  12. The Tea Act of 1773 lifted duties on printed materials.
  13. Harvard was founded in 1618 in Puritan New Haven to offset rationalism at Yale.
  14. Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin authored books titled The Autobiography.
  15. John Locke and Thomas Jefferson co-authored the draft of “The Declaration of Independence.”
  16. In “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine uses a dignified, formal language.
  17. The 13 virtues of self-improvement course that Benjamin Franklin expounded included moderation, order, and justice.
  18. In “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine argued for independence solely on the issue of taxes.
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