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Get your Soundings out… it’s a secondary school English test

Do you know your sonnets from your soliloquies?

Image: Gill and Macmillan

THIS MIGHT BE a tricky one, seeing as some of you might have studied English in school donkeys years ago, some of you might have taken the ‘old syllabus’ up to the year 2000, and some of you have done the new one, with the fillums.

Give it a go though, and see how much you know/remember…

1. What poet wrote about two roads diverging in a wood?

2. Who was the main character in Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry?

3. From which Yeats poem does the line ‘that is no country for old men’ come from?

4. Who is this poet (well, statue of a poet) chatting with Jeffrey Archer?

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5. Which Austin Clarke poem contained the line ‘and oh she was the Sunday in every week’?

6. What colour were Tich Miller’s glasses in Wendy Cope’s poem?

7. Who wrote the play The Field?

8. In Macbeth, who says “out out damn spot”?

10. Which poem does the line ‘through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder’ come from?

11. In what form did Shylock want payment in the event of Antonio not paying up in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice?

12. Use the words your and you’re correctly in a sentence. Post those sentences in the comments section below.

15. Who is this poet? He wrote Digging and Mid Term Break…

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16. What is Romeo’s cousin’s name in Romeo and Juliet?

17. What is a simile?

18. The film Strictly Ballroom what song is played when Scott and Fran dance on the roof?

19. How many lines are usually in a sonnet?

20. Name King Lear’s three daughters

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