MCQ: Novel, Society & The History - 2


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QUESTION: 1

The first novel in English was :

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QUESTION: 2

Why could the authors in the 18th century experiment with different literary styles?

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QUESTION: 3

Serialised novel is :

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QUESTION: 4

The reasons for the novel’s popularity was/were that :

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QUESTION: 5

An ‘Epistolary’ novel is :

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QUESTION: 6

The novel is considered a modern form of literature because :

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The following points may help you:
a. Novels emerged as new form of literary work , that incited people's interest.

b. As middle class became prosperous, women got time to read and started writing novels.

c. Rise in literacy rate among women also contributed to such a development.

d. Novels like  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen defined and gave new identity to women, representing  women of strength, with a powerful and independent thinking.

e. Novels  became important piece of literary work  and connected people.

f. Many novels in the 19th century focussed on the harsh conditions of the modern industrial society that divided the society between the capitalist and the working class. They focussed on the terrible conditions and plight of the workers , and how they were subjected to exploitation.

g. Novels also became an important source of leisure and recreation for people both in India and abroad. 

h. Novels depicted images of society.

i. Novels which were written in India, in hindi or any other vernacular languages became an important source of information for the British about India’s culture, society.

j. Many novels in India  served as engine of social change targetting many real life situations like caste oppression, women discrimination and encouraged modern rational thinking among the people.Novels aimed at social progress and challenged age old customs and traditions.

QUESTION: 7

The serialised stories of the 19th century (1836 onwards) are compared to television soaps. Why?

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QUESTION: 8

New readership for the novel in the 18th century consisted of :

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QUESTION: 9

What actions of the hero of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe make us see him as a typical coloniser?

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QUESTION: 10

The involvement of women in the writing of the novels led to :

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QUESTION: 11

Give the pen-name and real name of the writer of the following lines and explain their significance. “Fiction is a department of literature in which women can alter their kind, fully equal men .... No educational restrictions can shut women from the materials of fiction, and there is no species of art that is so free from rigid requirements.”

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QUESTION: 12

The first novel to be serialised in English was :

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QUESTION: 13

In his novel Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy mourns :

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QUESTION: 14

Identify the writer and state in which book the quotation given was written, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

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QUESTION: 15

The novels of Jane Austen portray the world of :

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QUESTION: 16

Name two novels, written for boys, which became a great hit in the late 19th century.

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QUESTION: 17

Which of the following statements is not true about the themes of novels for young boys?

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QUESTION: 18

“People think you a good woman, but you are bad – you are deceitful. I will never call you aunt as long as I live.” From which novel are the above lines taken and why are they significant?

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QUESTION: 19

Ramona and What Katy Did were :

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QUESTION: 20

Who was the first novelist to portray the darker side of colonial occupation?

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