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Victorian & Modern (Matthew Arnold & T. S. Eliot) Criticism - MCQ
MCQ Sample Exam
By Mohamed Zayed
Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d in the following sentences:
1) Mathew Arnold is considered the father of English criticism in . . .
a) Renaissance b) Victorian Age c) Restoration d) Modern-Day Literature
An Outline of Modern Criticism & T. S. Eliot's Tradition
Overview & Summary Victorian Criticism & Matthew Arnold
Victorian Criticism: Matthew Arnold
Complied by Mohamed Zayed
The Victorian Age was an age of skepticism and the loss of religion as a result of scientific and industrial revolution. Matthew Arnold is considered the father of modern English criticism.
Arnold and “The Function of Criticism”:
He is famous for his essay “The Function of Criticism”. That essay seeks to redefine the main responsibilities of criticism. In it, Arnold believes that creative power—the power to criticize—is the highest function of man. Arnold believes that a literary work doesn’t revolve around analysis and discovery but around creativity and proper explanation of such creativity “synthesis and exposition”. A literary work must be inspired by certain conditions and spiritual atmosphere. The aim or the function of a literary work is to express these ideas in an effective and attractive combination in a beautiful form. Hence, the function of criticism is to establish an order of ideas and to make the best ideas get control. It is through literary criticism that we can see the object or the work as it really is. Arnold wishes to apply scientific methods and reason to literary criticism.
Old English literature
The Old English language, also called Anglo-Saxon, was the earliest form of English. It is difﬁcult to give exact dates for the rise and development of a language, because it does not change suddenly; but perhaps it is true to say that Old English was spoken from about A.D. 600 to about 1100. The greatest Old English poem is Beowulf, which belongs to the seventh century.
Introduction to Neo-Classicism
Neo-Classicism refers to a broad tendency in literature and art enduring from the early seventeenth century until around 1750. While the nature of this tendency inevitably varied accross different cultures, it was usually marked by a number of common concerns and characteristics. Most fundamentally, neo-Classicism comprised a return to the classical models, literary styles and values of ancient Greek and Roman authors. In this, the neo-Classicists were to some extent heirs of the Renaissance humanists.
Synopsis of the Play: It is 41 B.C. when the play starts. The setting of the play is located in Egypt and Rome. The two main protagonists of the play are Mark Anthony—the great Roman hero and conqueror—and Cleopatra—the Queen with captivating beauty of Ancient Egypt. Mark Anthony is one of the three rulers—the others being Octavius Caesar and Lepidus— of the Roman Empire.
(1) Themes of The Great Gatsby
Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.
(1) Theme of The American Dream as represented in the novel
In the organisation of your answer, you should bear in mind the following outline suggested by our dear doctor:
- The Definition of the American Dream.
- Criticism of the American Dream
- Is the American Dream Corrupted: (1) Importance of Work, (2) High Moral Sense, (3) Egalitarianism [equality], (4)Class [East and West egg and the Valley of Ashes and what they represent], (5) Racism [Tom’s Racism].
Richard Bean's England People Very Nice: Critical Thinking Questions & AnswersCompiled and Prepared by Mohamed Zayed, MA, Linguist and Legal Translator
1) Discuss the theme of multiculturalism in Richard Bean’s England People Very Nice.
Discuss how Richard Bean tackled the theme of immigration and multiculturalism in the four acts of England People Very Nice, especially how he deals with Muslims.
First of all, multiculturalism refers to the multiplicity of nationalities in one single place and the fragmented depiction of the different ethnical groups. It can be explained as a representation of the separate yet parallel existence of the immigrants on the one hand and the native people on the other hand. The theme of multiculturalism is closely related to the theme of immigration since there would be no multiculturalism without immigration.