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The three volumes of which medieval work depict a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise?
The Divine Comedy.
Which ancient Greek city was famous for its warrior citizens?
Sparta.
Which pair of Shakespearean characters does NOT belong together?
Pyramis and Thisbe
Cordelia and the King of France
Benedict and Beatrice
Viola and Oliver
Theseus and Hippolyta
Viola and Oliver.
Viola is a character from Twelfth Night; Oliver is from As You Like It.
Which of the following depicts a violent canoe trip down a Georgia river?
Deliverance was written by James Dickey.
The following illustration is representative of what form of architecture?
The true arch was developed in Mesopotamia and is constructed upward from two sides that frame the opening. At the top of the arch, wedge-shaped blocks hold one another in place through pressure.
The Gothic style of architecture prevails in all of the following buildings EXCEPT:
St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
Abbey Church of St. Denis in Paris
St. Paul's Cathedral in London
Chartres Cathedral in Paris
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City
St. Paul's Cathedral, by Christopher Wren, is Neoclassical and Baroque. It was finished in 1710.
St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
Abbey Church of St. Denis in Paris
St. Paul's Cathedral in London
Chartres Cathedral in Paris
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City
Which play is NOT by Shakespeare?
Love's Labor's Lost
Romeo and Juliet
The Winter's Tale
Tamburlaine
Cymbeline
Tamburlaine was written by Christopher Marlowe.
Who is NOT involved in modern dance as a performer or choreographer?
Merce Cunningham
Martha Graham
Beverly Sills
David Parsons
Paul Taylor
Beverly Sills is as an opera singer, while the others are all modern-dance artists. Cunningham and Taylor were once dancers in the Graham company, and Parsons was a dancer in Paul Taylor's company.
Which is NOT a symphony in the modern sense?
Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.
Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.
Mahler's First Symphony.
Handel's Pastoral Symphony from The Messiah.
Brahms's First Symphony.
Handel's Pastoral Symphony is NOT a symphony in the modern sense in that this symphony was used as an interlude within a vocal work. The modern symphony is a large-scale orchestral composition often with four movements.
The lunar discovery of a large monolith with mysterious properties leads man into the exploration of deep space. This is the plot of:
2001: A Space Odyssey is based on a book written by Arthur C. Clarke
1. Our two souls, therefore, which are one,
2. Though I must go, endure not yet
3. A breach, but an expansion
4. Like gold to airy thinness beat.
5. If they be two, they are two so
6. As stiff twin compasses are two;
7. Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
8. To move, but doth, if the other do.
From what period is the poem containing these two verses?
The poem is "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning", dated 1633, written by John Donne. It is considered a metaphysical poem
1. Our two souls, therefore, which are one,
2. Though I must go, endure not yet
3. A breach, but an expansion
4. Like gold to airy thinness beat.
5. If they be two, they are two so
6. As stiff twin compasses are two;
7. Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
8. To move, but doth, if the other do.
Line 1 implies that the two people are:
The two are married and, therefore, according to doctrine, their souls are one.
1. Our two souls, therefore, which are one,
2. Though I must go, endure not yet
3. A breach, but an expansion
4. Like gold to airy thinness beat.
5. If they be two, they are two so
6. As stiff twin compasses are two;
7. Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
8. To move, but doth, if the other do.
Lines 3 and 4 include what figure of speech?
It is a simile (a comparison using like or as, emphasizing the unity of the two things compared). Because of its surprising juxtaposition of beaten gold and the human soul, this kind of metaphor became known as a metaphysical image. The same applies to the phrase twin compasses.
1. Our two souls, therefore, which are one,
2. Though I must go, endure not yet
3. A breach, but an expansion
4. Like gold to airy thinness beat.
5. If they be two, they are two so
6. As stiff twin compasses are two;
7. Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
8. To move, but doth, if the other do.
In the second stanza, we have an alternate rhyme scheme (ABAB). In the first stanza, however, we do not seem to have a rhyme between yet and beat. What might be the reason for this?
In the seventeenth century many of the vowel sounds had not been differentiated by usage. One can still hear such similar sounds in the isolated speech of Wales or Scotland and the north of England.
Match the detective and spy story with the author.

Agatha Christie
First published in 1934, Murder on the Orient Express, is one of a series of books by Christie featuring protagonist Hercule Poirot.
Match the detective and spy story with the author.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
Published in 1976, Saving the Queen is the first of eleven novels by Buckley featuring CIA agent Blackford Oakes as the protagonist.
Match the detective and spy story with the author.

John Dudley Ball
Published in 1965, Ball’s first novel In the Heat of the Night is not only a murder mystery but also and examination of racial prejudice.
Match the detective and spy story with the author.

Earl Derr Biggers
Charlie Chan is the detective in a series of novels by Earl Derr Biggers
Match the detective and spy story with the author.

John Bucan
Published in 1915, The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of Buchan best known novels and his first featuring protagonist Richard Hannay
Which of the following is NOT a Gothic romance?
Castle of Otranto—by Horace Walpole
The Mysteries of Udolpho—Anne Radcliffe
The Monk—Matthew Lewis
Emma—Jane Austen
Edgar Huntley—Charles Brockden Brown
Emma is a comedy of manners
Which group of composers belongs in the Baroque period?
John Dunstable, Thomas Campion
Giovanni Gabrielli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn
Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky
Gabrielli, Vivaldi, and Bach are all Baroque composers. Choice A is incorrect because Dunstable and Campion belong to the Elizabethan era. Choice C is incorrect because Mozart and Haydn were Classical-period composers. Choice D. is incorrect because Verdi and Wagner were composers of the Romantic period. Choice E is incorrect because Debussy and Stravinsky were twentieth-century composers (Debussy belonged to the Impressionists).
Which Florentine genius of the early Renaissance built the dome of Florence Cathedral, the Pazzi Chapel, and was instrumental in developing geometrical perspective in painting?
Brunelleschi completed the dome in 1436 and the Pazzi Chapel in 1433.
Whereas in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then, methinks, how sweetly flows.
That liquefaction of her clothes.
Robert Herrick
I know a woman, lovely in her bones
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them.
Theodore Roethke
Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
Andrew Marvell
All in green went my love riding
On a great horse of gold
Into the silver dawn
e. e. cummings
Accused by the Athenian courts of corrupting the young and neglecting the local gods, which philosopher defended himself by declaring that the unexamined life is not worth living?
Socrates was accused in 399 B.C.E.
The virtuoso Honi Coles is associated with what dance form?
Honi Coles was a member of the Copascetics, a Harlem-based fraternal organization of black showmen established in 1949 to pay homage to Bill Robinson and preserve the old tap traditions.
Which is NOT an antiwar work?
The Trojan Women—Euripides
Lysistrata—Aristophanes
War and Peace—Leo Tolstoy
A Rumor of War—Philip Caputo
Armies of the Night—Norman Mailer
War and Peace is part of Tolstoy's universal vision.
Ernest Hemingway's first book.
This was Hemingway's first book.
Theodore Dreiser wrote of the harsh realities of urban life.
An American Tragedy
This book is a comment on the single-minded pursuit of the American Dream.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby.
The modern traditions of romantic love are first seen in?
the Provenal poets of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Sometimes these conventions of love are referred to as the courtly love tradition.
In which Greek tragedy was the hero's father murdered in his bath after returning from Troy?
The The Oresteia, by Aeschylus, is usually dated around 468 B.C.E.
Which modern American poet is associated with Paterson, New Jersey?
William Carlos Williams was a doctor who observed the everyday and gave it universal meaning through his poetry.
Which play does NOT include a significant mother-son relationship?
Antigone. The relationship here is brother-sister.
Who is the chief exponent of so-called Old Comedy?
Aristophanes
Who wrote this line about Helen of Troy: "Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?"
Christopher Marlowe, in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.
Who is Barbara Cartland?
An English writer of historical romantic biographies. Barbara Cartland's writing is the forerunner of the Romantic genre that focuses on a woman of virtue seeking the love of the perfect man.
The Roman Republic favored which of the following philosophies?
Stocisim reflects the hand that Fate plays in human life. It is often characterized by a strong, silent attitude that accepts life as it is. This attitude led the Romans to rule the world because they saw such rule as their Fate—such belief was championed by Virgil's The Aeneid.
Imitative counterpoint was a popular method of composition during which period?
European Renaissance. Near the beginning of the seventeenth century (European Renaissance), Joseph Fux, a leading theorist, formulated a set of rules in the art of counterpoint. One of these rules included imitative counterpoint, which was employed to make complex music more comprehensible and give the listener a sense of structure.
Which of the following has nothing to do with Scott Joplin?
"Nearer My God to Thee" has nothing to do with Scott Joplin. In fact, it is a Gospel song composed by Lowell Mason, with words by Sarah Adams. Scott Joplin was an American composer best known for ragtime music, an early form of jazz.
Which civilization used volcanic ash in its concrete to build on a new scale?
The Romans used volcanic ash from the area of Pozzuoli in their concrete, which made it dry slowly and was very durable.
Who wrote The Cat in the Hat?
Dr. Seuss was a prolific writer of children's books in the middle of the twentieth century. Green Eggs and Ham is another of his books.
Which work does NOT include a Christ figure?
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. This work is by Dylan Thomas.
The author of some of the finest lyric poetry of this century, including Fern Hill, Poem in October, and Over Sir Johns Hill, is?
The anomaly of Dylan Thomas is his popularity and the obscurity of his work. This Welsh poet wrote of life and its intensity, but his poetry is considered difficult to read.
Which of the following is a Romanesque cathedral?
St. Sernin, Toulouse
Notre Dame, Paris
St. Paul's, London
Pantheon, Rome
St. Sernin has a large barrel-vaulted interior with thick masonry walls.
Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse
Notre Dame de Paris
St. Paul's Cathedral
Pantheon, Rome
The trivium and the quadrivium were important to which aspect of medieval life?
The trivium consisted of grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic and the higher study. The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Which biblical pair are NOT brothers?
Cain—Abel
Jacob—Esau
Moses—Aaron
Shem—Ham
David—Absalom
David and Absalom were father and son
Who wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter?
American author Carson McCullers' debut novel in 1940.
Who wrote The Death of the Heart?
a 1938 novel by Elizabeth Bowen set between the two world wars.
Who wrote The Thorn Birds
1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author
The History Man
A 1975 campus novel by the British author Malcolm Bradbury
Who wrote this poem?

So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens
William Carlos Williams was one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century.
What type of poem is it?

So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens
A concrete poem, also called a picture poem, creates a picture or form of what the poem is about. If one views the lines of each line pair as graphics, the poem appears as four wheelbarrow outlines created by the lines of each line pair. The long first line of each pair creates the top and handle of the wheelbarrow, while the short, one-word second line of each pair creates the bottom, or barrel, of the wheelbarrow.
What is the title?

So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens
The title of this poem is The Red Wheelbarrow, and it was written by William Carlos Williams.
Which of the following is a likely theme?

So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens
Basic mechanics (wheel and lever) place man in the cycle of existence. Williams was fond of using common objects to carry larger themes. Man and nature are involved in the cycle of life, and man has increased his stake by inventing tools to grow and then haul food from fields, to domesticate animals for food, also, and then to carry managed waste back to the fields to complete the cycle.
The main theme of Homer's Iliad is the?
anger of Achilles. It is indicated by the first line of the poem, "I sing the wrath of Achilles".
In what Alfred Hitchcock film was a secret message passed by means of a musical tune?
The Lady Vanishes
An original and experimental German filmmaker in the 1960s and 1970s was?
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1946-1982) made more than forty films. He has portrayed post-World War II German life in an original and experimental style.
Archaeologists in the twentieth century found the tomb of the father of a famous Macedonian conqueror. Who is his famous son?
Alexander conquered most of Europe, North Africa, and the Mideast, bringing Greek culture and political structure. He died just before turning 30. His father was Philip of Macedonia.
Which is NOT true about Moses?
He crossed the Jordan River. Because of failures to follow God's command, Moses was denied the right to cross over into the promised land.
Which is NOT one of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Catholic tradition?
Anger
Avarice
Pride
Humility
Envy
Humility is a virtue to be emulated.
During medieval festivals, cycles of sacred plays were performed?
on wagons, and they were called pageants. These plays had recurring characters and symbols that carried the drama performed by traveling players.
Which of these cities became the center for the Mannerist and early Baroque style?
Rome. Many of the artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were centered in Venice, and their influence was soon felt throughout Europe
Who is NOT considered a Romantic poet?
John Donne. while quoted by lovers everywhere, wrote in the seventeenth century. He made use of sensual arguments with complicated images and conceits
These painters wanted to capture the momentary brilliance of light interfused with nature:
The Impressionists were interested in the effects of light and its changing color.
Which opera is based on a medieval romance?
La Boheme is a tragic, romantic opera by Giacomo Puccini. The opera is based on a romance between Lucia (also known as Mimi), a seamstress suffering from consumption, and Rodolfo, a young poet.
Which of the following has nothing to do with ballet?
The Breaking Point. This is a John Garfield movie. Both The Red Shoes (1948) and The Turning Point (1978), are films about ballet dance and dancers. Swan Lake and Giselle are both Romantic ballets.
Why would the director of a concert hall insist that coats be checked in the cloakroom before a concert?
Coats over the backs of chairs influence the acoustics of the hall. The science of sound is used to calculate the design of music halls with people in seats, yet the addition of cloth disturbs the calculations by absorbing the waves of sound.
Rock and sacred music were united in?
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar! unites rock and sacred music in this modern version of the story of Christ.
"April is the cruellest month" is the opening line of which influential poem of the twentieth century?
The Waste Land—T. S. Elliot. Eliot once remarked that nothing is really original in art. The artist merely recreates what is already there. This line harkens back to a similar observation by Chaucer centuries before.
Who was the first black actor to star in the role of Emperor Jones?
Paul Robeson. Robeson did not gain much fortune from his fame or talent in this country because of his leftist political views, but he led the way for many artists of his race.
In Chinese landscape painting, the human figure is barely noticeable. Why?
It shows the proper relation of man to nature in Chinese thought. The resurgence of Eastern thought today conflicts with Western thought that Nature is to serve man.
Rembrandt van Rijn created sixty
self-portraits. Rembrandt was the first artist to show his state of mind and feelings in his self-portraits. They record more than forty years of his life.
The philosophy of Zen Buddhism tries to promote serenity through?
the attainment of satori. The unity with all is at the center of each person's endeavors.
Gianlorenzo Berninis famous sculpture The Ecstasy of St. Theresa comes from which period?
The Baroque qualities are extreme dramatic action caught, as in a photograph; an elaborate harmony achieved by spiral or zigzag interplay of lines; and fullness, and even sensuality, of the conception.