The Romantic Age (1760-1837) The Historical Background

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The Romantic Age (1760-1837) The Historical Background
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The Romantic Age (1760-1837)
The Historical Background
1 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
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1 Which king reigned for sixty years during this period (1760-1820)?
……a) George III
……b)George II
2 Who helped the king rule?
……a)Parliament
……b)the prime minister
3 When did Napoleon declare himself Emperor of France?
……a) in 1792
……b)in 1804
4 Who defeated Napoleon’s fleet when it attacked England?
……a) Ned Ludd
……b)Horatio Nelson
5 When is the approximate date of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution?
……a)1760
……b)1790
6 What were conditions like for workers at the beginning of industrialization?
……a) very bad, they lived in slums and were exploited
……b)not too bad when compared with their previous way of life
7 When did the American War of Independence begin and end?
……a)1775-1783
……b)1789-1793
8 Why is the Declaration of Independence important?
……a) it lists the laws that must be respected in the USA
……b)it was the first formulation of human rights
9 Who was the first president of the USA?
……a) George Washington
……b)Benjamin Franklin
10 Britain was the first country in Europe to
……a) abolish slavery
……b)give more rights to women
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The Literary Context
2 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 Which movement came before English Romanticism?
……a) the Italian Pre-romanticism
……b)the German movement Sturm und Drang
2 Was the autobiographical element important in Romanticism?
……a)yes
……b)no
3 How did the poet see himself in the Romantic age?
……a) he saw himself as a leader
……b)he saw himself as a prophet and a teacher
4 What was the most popular literary genre in the Romantic age?
……a)poetry
……b)the novel
5 What were the main features of Romantic literature?
……a) mysticism and fantasy
……b)childhood and nature
6 Who wrote the Manifesto of English Romanticism?
……a) William Blake and William Wordsworth
……b)William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
7 Who was the creator of the historical novel?
……a) Walter Scott
……b)Jane Austen
8 What type of novel became popular in this period?
……a) the psychological novel
……b)the gothic novel
9 When did the rise of American literature begin?
……a) in the second part of the 18th century
……b)in the first part of the 19th century
10 What were the most important themes in American literature?
……a) the ‘self-made man’ and his environment
……b)relationships and feelings
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Thomas Gray
3 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
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1 Thomas Gray wrote
……a) ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’
……b)‘The Tyger’
2 What is the main theme in Thomas Gray’s poem?
……a)death
……b)art
3 Gray focuses on the lives of the
……a) middle class
……b)lower class
4 The general mood of Gray’s poem is
……a) cheerful and lively
……b)melancholic and meditative
5 Which Italian poet was inspired by Gray’s poetry?
……a) Giacomo Leopardi
……b)Ugo Foscolo
Literature Around the World
Gray and Foscolo
4 Rispondi alle seguenti domande.
1 Do the Graveyard poets belong to the first or the second half of the 18th
century?
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2 This type of poetry is a meditation on … what?
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3 What profession did many of the Graveyard poets have?
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4 What were the main subjects of this poetry?
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5 What other literary genre did Graveyard poetry influence?
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6 What Italian poet was influenced by Graveyard poetry?
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7 What is the title of his most famous poem which reflects this influence?
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William Blake
5 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 William Blake was not only a poet but also a/an
……a)novelist
……b)artist
2 In most of his poems William Blake adopted a style which was
……a)simple
……b)complicated
3 William Blake wrote
……a) The Lyrical Ballads
……b)Songs of Innocence and Experience
4 His poetry has a
……a) strong visionary quality and recurrent symbolism
……b)complex vocabulary and a particular sensitivity
5 What does the lamb represent in the poem of that name?
……a) innocence and goodness
……b)passion and beauty
6 Which qualities does ‘The Tyger’ embody?
……a) strength, power and evil
……b)corruption and innocence
7 How does Blake describe the city in his poem ‘London’?
……a) he describes it as a beautiful place
……b)he describes it as a terrible place for poor people
8 What is Blake’s attitude towards London?
……a) extremely critical
……b)indifferent
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William Wordsworth
6 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
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1 Where was William Wordsworth born?
……a)London
……b)the Lake District
2 What is the title of his main work?
……a) Lyrical Ballads
……b)Songs of Innocence and Experience
3 What are the main themes of Wordsworth’s poetry?
……a) nature, religion, human relationships
……b)childhood, nature and emotions
4 In ‘Sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge’, how does Wordsworth
describe London?
……a) as a fascinating place
……b)as a terrible place
5 In ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ which of the 5 senses dominates the poem?
……a)smell
……b)sight, the visual
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
7 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a
……a) poet and painter
……b)poet, journalist and literary critic
2 What had a great influence on Coleridge’s poetry?
……a) his initial sympathy for the French revolution
……b)his friendship with William Wordsworth
3 How can we define The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?
……a) an epic poem
……b)a long poem written in the form of a ballad
4 What are the main themes of Coleridge’s poetry?
……a) nature and the supernatural
……b)social themes
5 In the poem, what is the albatross the symbol of?
……a)good
……b)evil
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Lord Byron
8 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 Lord Byron had
……a) a difficult life
……b)an adventurous life
2 His tales are rich in
……a) romantic and gothic elements
……b)social elements
3 Choose the best definition for the Byronic hero.
……a) intelligent, mysterious and rebellious
……b)sensible, rich and creative
4Byron’s Don Juan is a
……a) short poem
……b)long poem
5 Don Juan is the symbol of
……a) a warrior
……b)a sexual libertine
Percy Bysshe Shelley
9 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 Shelley embodies the characteristics of a
……a) Romantic hero
……b)Romantic poet
2 His poetry is
……a) lyrical and passionate
……b)ironic and amusing
3 His poems have been criticised for being too
……a)symbolic
……b)sentimental
4 What is the main theme of Shelley’s poetry?
……a)childhood
……b)nature
5 In Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’ the remains of the statue symbolize
……a) mortality and the passing of time
……b)the great empires of the past
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John Keats
10 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
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1 John Keats
……a) died at a young age
……b)had a very long life
2 What are Keats’s greatest achievements?
……a) his epic poems
……b)his odes
3 Which of the following is a central theme in his poetry?
……a) the contemplation of beauty
……b)supernatural elements
4 ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ is a perfect example of
……a) Keats’s search for truth
……b)the Romantic gothic
5 The atmosphere Keats created in this poem is
……a) optimistic and light-hearted
……b)supernatural and mystical
Sir Walter Scott
11 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 What nationality was Sir Walter Scott?
……a)Scottish
……b)Irish
2 He wrote essentially
……a)poetry
……b)novels
3 Which of the following is a common characteristic of his works?
……a) a detailed historical background
……b)a very simple plot
4 What type of narrator does he always use?
……a) a first person narrator
……b)an omniscient third person narrator
5 When is Ivanhoe set?
……a) in ancient times
……b)in the Middle Ages
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Jane Austen
12 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 Jane Austen never travelled. Where did she always live?
……a) in England
……b)in Ireland
2 What was Jane Austen interested in?
……a)experimentation
……b)human relationships
3 In her time Jane Austen was
……a)unknown
……b)quite famous
4 Define Jane Austen’s style.
……a) polished and refined
……b)clear and direct
Mary Shelley
13 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 What relation to the poet Shelley was Mary Shelley?
……a) she was his daughter
……b)she was his wife
2 Where did she write Frankenstein?
……a) in Switzerland
……b)in England
3 What is the main theme of Frankenstein?
……a)madness
……b)the search for knowledge
4 How successful was Frankenstein when it was first published?
……a) it was very successful
……b)it had very little success
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Edgar Allan Poe
14 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
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1 Edgar Allan Poe died
……a) from tuberculosis
……b)when only 40 years old
2 He became famous for his
……a) short stories
……b)novels
3 What is the main theme of ‘The Black Cat’?
……a)solitude
……b)guilt
4 Poe’s short stories are about
……a)love
……b)terror
Today’s Perspective
British and American Lifestyles
15 Rispondi vero (V) o falso (F).
1 There has been a reduction in divorce in Britain and America.
2 All women in America and Britain want to get married.
3 Most people live in apartments in Britain and America.
4 A detached house is a house with one bedroom.
5 British people are not interested in having a garden.
6 British people never eat Chinese food.
7 Coffee is now the most popular hot drink in Britain.
8 One of the most popular American foods is the doughnut.
9 20% of Americans are obese.
10 Swimming is a popular sport in Britain and America.
11 Cricket is an American game.
12 The most popular free time activity is watching TV.
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Today’s Perspective
London and the Thames
16 Indica l’alternativa corretta.
1 London has
……a) 8 million
……b)10 million inhabitants
2 Most immigrants come from
……a)Asia
……b)Africa
3 More than
……a)100
……b)300 languages are spoken in London
4 The Tower of London was built
……a) in 1066
……b)in 1186
5  a) The Prime Minister
……b)The Queen
lives in Buckingham Palace
6 The London Eye is situated
……a) on the South bank of the river Thames
……b)in the East End
7 Covent Garden is
……a) in the West End
……b)in the East End
8 Soho is generally considered
……a) a poor district with old houses
……b)an entertainment district with beautiful restaurants and media offices
9 The City is
……a) the nation’s artistic centre
……b)the nation’s financial centre
10 Wimbledon Village is home of
……a) one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world
……b)the stadium of the city
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