Am Lit Practice Questions

Short Stories
Which of the following was NOT common in early Puritan literature?

Sarcasm
Which of the following is NOT a literary device typical of Native American literature?

His fellow Puritans
To whom was William Bradford referring to when he used the term “Saint” to describe some of his fellow voyagers at sea?

Charles Brockden Brown
Who has earned the nickname “The Father of the American Novel”?

Olaudah Equiano
Who wrote the first American slave autobiography after obtaining his freedom?

Protestants
Censorship by which of the following helped to determine the content of early American literature?

faith in science causes him to try to improve on nature
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story The Birthmark, Aylmer commits a fatal error when his

In plain sight
How was the envelope in the story The Purloined Letter hidden?

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Herman Melville
The former viewed nature as comprehensible and a source of divine inspiration and a new spirit of American individualism, while the later saw it as a savage force—beautiful but alien and perilous.

Herman Melville
I am a rather elderly man. The nature of my avocations for the last thirty years has brought me into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men of whom as yet nothing that I know of has ever been written:—mean the law-copyists or scriveners.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Which author’s polemical anti-slavery novel was first published as episodes in the weekly The National Era?

Emerson
All of the following are known primarily as poets active during the American Romantic period EXCEPT (Lowell, Longfellow, Whitman, Dickinson)

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Which Boston Brahmin poet published The Courtship of Miles Standish in 1858?

A path in the forest
What is the setting for the protagonist’s walk with the devil in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown?

Margaret Fuller
Which of the following was the preeminent female essayist of the transcendentalist period in American literature?

Typee
Which of the following is set among a cannibalistic tribe in the Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific?

The Raven
Which poem describes the narrator’s “sorrow for the lost Lenore”?

Naturalists
Stephen Crane, Jack London, and Theodore Dreiser are best categorized as

An American Tragedy
Considered one of Theodore Dreiser’s greatest works, this book tells the story of a poor young man’s futile effort to achieve social and financial success; the attempt ends in his execution for murder.

He controls Huck’s money.
In Mark Twain’s novels, what role does Judge Thatcher play in Huck Finn’s life?

Edna Pontellier
The main character of Chopin’s The Awakening is

The Yellow Wallpaper
Which of the following stories portrays a woman’s descent into insanity while being given a “rest cure” after the birth of her child?

Henry James
A novel is in its broadest definition a personal impression of life; that, to begin with, constitutes its value, which is greater or less according to the intensity of the impression. But there will be no intensity at all, and therefore no value, unless there is freedom to feel and say.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Which of the following stories concerns an execution carried out during civil war?

William Dean Howells
Which novelist and critic wrote the successful play The Mouse Trap in 1889 that was set in the Boston Back Bay neighborhood?

increased regional nature of American fiction in the 1800s
desire to realistically expose the problems caused by modern living
a reaction to the homogenizing effect of industrialization
wider magazine circulation, greater female readership

Massachusetts
The fictional village of Starkfield, setting of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, is located in which state?

Emma Goldman
Which of the following was a political radical who argued for women’s rights and against capitalism?

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which author associated manhood and maturity with nonconformity?

wrote of heroes wandering the open roads
James Fenimore Cooper
Walt Whitman
Jack Kerouac
John Steinbeck

Muckraking, Theodore Dreiser
And now he died. Perhaps it was the smoked sausage he had eaten that morning – which may have been made out of some of the tubercular pork that was condemned as unfit for export. At any rate, an hour after eating it, the child had begun to cry with pain, and in another hour he was rolling about on the floor in convulsions. Little Kotrina, who was all alone with him, ran out screaming for help, and after a while a doctor came, but not until Kristoforas had howled his last howl. No one was really sorry about this except poor Elzbieta, who was inconsolable. Jurgis announced that so far as he was concerned the child would have to be buried by the city, since they had no money for a funeral; and at this the poor woman almost went out of her senses, wringing her hands and screaming with grief and despair. Her child to be buried in a pauper’s grave!

T. S. Elliot’s “The Waste Land”
influential epic poem symbolizes Western civilization as a dry desert needing the rain of spiritual renewal

William Carlos Williams
Which writer who described his poetic style as objectivist aimed to bring an almost photographic clarity to his work with concrete images?

Wallace Stevens
modern poet wrote poetry while working as an insurance executive

William Carlos Williams
Which poet wrote the epic poem “Paterson” about his/her hometown of Paterson, NJ?

e.e. cummings
in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee and eddy and bill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring

moral and social decay
What is symbolized by “the valley of ashes” in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gastby?

William Faulkner
Yoknapatawpha county appears in the works of

Langston Hughes
Which African-American poet integrated the rhythms of blues and jazz into his/her poetry?

All the King’s Men
Which of the following novels traces the rise and fall of a Southern politician?

Republicans, Spanish Civil War
John Dos Passos, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, and others campaigned against the growth of fascism in Europe by volunteering to help

Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire
Conflicts between characters with traditional Southern values and the aggressive, rapidly-changing world of modern America forms one of the major themes in

Long Day’s Journey into Night
Which Eugene O’Neill play is an autobiographical account of his Irish-American family?

Babbitt
Sinclair Lewis’s tale of a middle class businessman’s discontent is entitled

The Adventures of Augie March
Which of the following novels traces the development of a young Jewish boy growing up in Chicago during the Great Depression?

Invisible Man
In which novel are African-American boys cruelly tormented in the “Battle Royal”?

Allen Ginsberg
The Beat poet who revolutionized American poetry with Howl was

end to separation between the races
In his work Fire Next Time, James Baldwin argues for

Nobody Knows My Name
In which of the following novels does the protagonist Tyrone Slothrop undergo physiological conditioning to be able to detect things others cannot?

John Cheever
Which author is known as “the Chekhov of the Suburbs” for his writings about the social mores and emotional yearnings of upper-middle class suburban families?

J. D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield is the creation of which author?

Song of Solomon
Which Toni Morrison novel tells of Milkman Dead’s search for identity?

John Gardner
Which author wrote Grendel, a retelling of the Old English epic Beowulf from the monster’s point of view?

Rabbit Run
Harry Angstrom is the protagonist of which of the following works?

Vladimir Nabokov
Which author wrote the semi-autobiographical Pnin about an ineffectual professor?

known for their work after World War II
John Berryman
Anne Sexton
Sylvia Plath
Theodore Roethke

William Faulkner
Which of the following authors wrote the screenplay for The Big Sleep?

adultery
Hester Prynne commits the sin of

Jonathan Edwards
O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.

popular support for the proposed Constitution
The authors of The Federalist Papers hoped to increase

John Steinbeck
Which author described the migration of the Joad family to California during the Great Depression?

Walden, Thoreau
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

Sylvia Plath
Which of the following poets was influenced by the “confessional” style of her teacher Robert Lowell?

The Awakening
Which of the following books was poorly received because of its frank discussion of female sexuality?

Edith Wharton
Which of the following authors is known for his/her character portraits contrasting Americans and Europeans?

Salem
Which of the following is the setting for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible?

Carl Sandburg
Which of the following poets was a member of the “Midwestern” or “Chicago School” that challenged East Coast dominance of poetry prior to World War I?

F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise was the first novel of

Ernest Hemingway
Who wrote these novels?
The Sun Also Rises
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Green Hills of Africa

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Which novel follows an American volunteer fighting for the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil war?

e. e. cummings
The poem In Just was written by

Robert Frost
These poems were written by
“The Road Not Taken”
“Mending Wall”
“Home Burial”
“After Apple-Picking”

resignation
Why should Tamenund stay? The pale faces are masters of the earth, and the time of the red men has not yet come again. My day has been too long. In the morning I saw the sons of Unamis happy and strong; and yet, before the night has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans.
What is Tamenund’s attitude?

Mark Twain
Which author used the literary conceit of time travel to lampoon religion and society?

Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis
A sensational event was changing from the brown suit to the gray the contents of his pockets. He was earnest about these objects. They were of eternal importance, like baseball or the Republican Party.

Horatio Alger Myth
Through hard work, anyone can succeed in America.

mistress had already set him free
At the conclusion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim discovers that

Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
Which of the following is a semi-autobiographical account of early twentieth-century life in the American South?

secret affair
The main character of All the King’s Men is undone when

slavery
The following were critical of:
Mark Twain
Frederick Douglass
W. E. B. DuBois
Toni Morrison

John Dos Passos
wrote the three books of the USA trilogy: The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money.

Native American
Author of this was probably a?
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be integrated. We don’t want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don’t want power, we don’t want to be congressmen, or bankers….we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here. The white man says there is freedom and justice for all. We have had “freedom and justice,” and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this.

Roger Williams
What colonial governor of Rhode Island was author of A Plea for Religious Liberty ?

Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let s so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Who’s the author?

Anne Bradstreet’s Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America
The first published book of American poetry

stream of consciousness
The opening section of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury uses which narrative style?

paint
What business makes the principal character of The Rise of Silas Lapham wealthy?

Sarah Orne Jewett
Which of the following authors is known for her stories of New England?

The Gilded Age
Which book co-authored by Charles Dudley Warner and Mark Twain attacked sentimental American myths of financial success?

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Which of the following poets was the author of Renascence and Other Poems?

sentenced to death
Richard Wright’s Native Son ends with the principal character Bigger Thomas

child
All told from the perspective of a ?
To Kill a Mockingbird
Black Boy
Catcher in the Rye
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

muckrakers
American journalists or novelists who exposed corruption in big business and government during the progressive era were known as

Mark Twain
Which of the following 19th century authors wrote the critical piece titled “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses”?

French and Indian War
The Last of the Mohicans takes place during which war?

honor of struggle, defeat, and death
Which of the following is an important theme in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea?

Call it Sleep
Which of the following was hailed by Alfred Kazin as “the most profound novel of Jewish life by an American”?

Edgar Allan Poe
A valet, of stealthy step, thence conducted me, in silence, through many dark and intricate passages in my progress to the studio of his master.

August Wilson
chronicles several decades of the African American experience in a thematically connected series of plays?

Laura
The beautiful, delicate glass animals in Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie are symbolic of

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The aspect of the venerable mansion has always affected me like a human countenance, bearing the traces not merely of outward storm and sunshine, but expressive, also, of the long lapse of mortal life, and accompanying vicissitudes that have passed within. Were these to be worthily recounted, they would form a narrative of no small interest and instruction, and possessing, moreover, a certain remarkable unity, which might almost seem the result of artistic arrangement. But the story would include a chain of events extending over the better part of two centuries, and, written out with reasonable amplitude, would fill a bigger folio volume, or a longer series of duodecimos, than could prudently be appropriated to the annals of all New England during a similar period.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walt Whitman was most influenced by which of the following American writers?

Seneca Falls Convention
organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, launched the women’s rights movement in the United States

Edgar Allan Poe
Which of the following authors is considered a member of the American Romantic movement?

Herman Melville
Queequeg, Peleg, and Starbuck are characters from the writings of which of the following authors?

Stephen Crane
Which author based his story of four men stranded in a dinghy on his own experience during an ill-fated trip to Cuba?

concrete images from everyday life
Which sentence best describes the poetry of William Carlos Williams?

inspires Edna toward self-sufficiency
How does Mademoiselle Reisz influence Edna in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening?

The Harlem Renaissance
They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.

cannibals and missionaries
The principal characters of Melville’s Typee lived among

Ezra Pound
Which of the following writers is most closely associated with Italian Fascism?

Winterbourne
The “central observing consciousness” of Henry James’ Daisy Miller is

killed by escaped convicts
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” a family vacation to Florida ends when the family is

James Baldwin
Which of the following authors wrote Go Tell It on the Mountain based in part on his or her experience as a teenage preacher?

Theodore Dreiser
Which of the following authors was heavily influenced by reading of T. H. Huxley and Herbert Spencer?

nihilist
The principal character of John Barth’s The Floating Opera is best described as a

Oedipa
The principal character in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 is

Malcolm Cowley
Which of the following authors recorded the life and times of the “lost generation” in the book Exile’s Return?

the Civil War
Which of the following was most important in ending the Romantic era in American literature?

Edward Taylor
Upon a Spider Catching a Fly

line Thou sorrow, venom elf.
Is this thy play,
To spin a web out of thyself
To catch a fly? For why?

I saw a pettish wasp
Fall foul therein,
Whom yet thy whorl pins did not clasp
Lest he should fling
His sting.

“The Song of Hiawatha”
a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Sketch Book
work by Washington Irving first established him as a Romantic author

journalist
These writers all worked as a ?
Margaret Fuller
Ernest Hemingway
Louisa May Alcott
John Dos Passos

Jonathan Edwards
Which of the following was known as a revivalist and “theologian of the heart”?

Realistic
Rebecca Harding Davis’ writing is considered by most critics to be

Mark Twain
Which of the following authors wrote several novels containing the unusual combination of realism and elements from fairy tales?

Gertrude Stein
Which of the following poets described his/her work as applying the cubist technique of Pablo Picasso to writing?

The Waste Land
Which of the following poems draws inspiration from Dante’s Inferno?

T. S. Eliot
Wrote The Waste Land

William Faulkner
Which of the following authors is most known for experimenting with viewpoint and voice?

Cask of Amontillado
In which story of Edgar Allan Poe is the unfortunate Fortunato walled up inside an underground crypt?

Booker T. Washington
The race relations philosophy of which African American is implicitly criticized in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man?

her sexuality
For the first time, she recognized the symptoms of infatuation which she had felt incipiently as a child, as a girl in her early teens, and later as a young woman. The recognition did not lesson the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability. The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she had held, she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded.

immature and steals from his employers
Willy Loman’s son Biff is unable to keep a job because he

Henderson the Rain King
Which of the following is the title of Saul Bellow’s novel in which a middle-aged millionaire is driven to Africa by his unsatisfied ambitions?

Jane Addams
Which woman was a leader of the Settlement House movement and author of Twenty Years at Hull House?

Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
Which of the following novels describes urban life during turn-of-the-century America without moralizing about the failures of its major characters?

Jack London
Which of the following authors was most influenced by 19th-century ideas of Social Darwinism?