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BCS English literature MCQ Question Analysis. This analysis is very important for the BCS exam. I hope it will be useful for your exam. This analysis is provided step by step.BCS English Literature…

Type A: Names of Writers of literary Pieces: (Who wrote what)


  1. ‘The Rape of the Lock’ by Alexander Pope is a- Mock Heroic Poem (40)
  2. Who wrote the poem ‘The Good-Morrow’-  John Donne (40)
  3. Who wrote an epic-John Milton (38)
  4. Gerontion is a poem by- T.S. Eliot  (37)
  5. Elegy written in a Country Churchyard is a poem by- Thomas Gray (37) (36)
  6. The poem ‘The Solitary Reaper’ is written by- W. Wordsworth (36)
  7. ‘Isle of Innisfree’ is written by- W. B. Yeats (35)

BCS English Literature MCQ Questions Analysis


  1. The play the ‘Spanish Tragedy’ is written by- Thomas Kyd (38)
  2. Who is the author of ‘Man and Superman’- G.B. Shaw (38)
  3. Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play. (37)
  4. Volpone is written by – Ben Johnson (37)
  5. Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ is a Comedy. (36)
  6. The play ‘Candida’ is by – G.B. Shaw (36)
  7. The play ‘Arms and the Man’ is by- G.B. Shaw (35)
  8. ‘Riders to the Sea’ is- a one act play (35)


  1.  ‘Ulysses’ is a novel written by- James Joyce (40)
  2. The short story ‘The Diamond Necklace’ is written by- Guy de Maupassant (40)
  3. The most famous satirist in English literature is – Jonathan Swift (38)
  4. Who wrote ‘Biographia Literaria’’- S.T. Coleridge (37)
  5. Thomas Hardy wrote- The Return of the Natives (36)
  6. The Sun Also Rises is written by- Ernest Hemingway (37)
  7. A Passage to India is written by- E. M. Forster (35)
  8. Famous Indian novelist is – R. K. Narayan (38)

Type B: Who/what belongs to which age

  1. Who is not an American poet- W. B. Yeats (40)
  2. Who is not a Victorian Poet: Alexander Pope (38)
  3. Which period is known as ‘The Golden Age of English Literature’ – Elizabethan Period (38)
  4. Robert Browning was a Victorian poet. (37)
  5. ‘Restoration Period’ in English Literature refers to- 1660 (37)
  6.  David Copperfield is a Victorian novel. (36)
  7. Romantic Age in English Literature began with the publication of – Preface to Lyrical Ballads (36)
  8. Who belongs to the romantic age- S.T. Coleridge (36)
  9. Poet of Nature- W. Wordsworth (36)
  10. Elizabethan writer- Christopher Marlowe (35)

Type C: Quotations

  1. “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” who said this- Lady Macbeth (40)
  2. “Sweet Helen makes me immortal with a kiss”. The sentence has been taken from the play-  Doctor Faustus (40)
  3. Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, Where are they? Think not of them, thou hast the music too .’ -Who wrote this? – John Keats (40)
  4. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Who said this- Juliet (40)
  5. “Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart, ‘Tis woman’s whole existence” – this taken from the poem of – Lord Byron (40)
  6. “The old order changeth, yielding place to new” from Tennyson’s poem- Morte d’ Arthur (40)
  7. “Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide, wide sea”- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (38)
  8. “For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love”- John Donne (38)
  9. ‘Frailty thy name is woman’ is a dialogue from- W. Shakespeare (36)
  10. ‘Child is the father of a man’ is taken from the poem of – W. Wordsworth (36)
  11. “All at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils”- Wordsworth (35)
  12. “To be, or not to be, that is the question” is a famous dialogue from – Hamlet (35)

Type D: Character Related

  1. The central character of ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte is- Heathcliff (40)
  2. Othello gave Desdemona a Handkerchief as a token of love. (37)
  3. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a Shakespearean play about- a Jew (36)
  4. ‘Othello’ is a Shakespearean play about – a moor (35)

Type E: Inter-linked contributions

  1. Who translated ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ into English- Edward Fitzgerald (40)  
  2. Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’ is an elegy on the death of – Arthure Henry Hellum (40)
  3. P.B. Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ is an elegy on the death of- John Kits (37)
  4. Gitanjali was translated by- W. B. Yeats (36)
  5. The play the ‘Spanish Tragedy’ is written by- Thomas Kyd (38)

Type F: Literary Terms & Figures of speech

  1. In literature, Euphemism means- inoffensive expression (38)
  2. The comparison of unlike things using words like or as is known to be – simile (37)
  3. The repetition of beginning consonant sound is known as- alliteration (37)
  4. The climax of a plot is what happens- at the height (36) (35)

Type G: Others

  1. William Shakespeare was born in – 1564 (40)
  2. Class relation and societal conflict is the key understanding of- Marxism (35)
  3. Who is not a Nobel Laureate- Graham Greene (35)
  4. Jacobean Period in English literature refers to – 1603-1625 (38)
  • The poem ‘Ulysses’ is written by –
  • James Joyce
  • W. B. Yeats
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • “All that glitters is not gold- often have you heard that told” is taken from Shakespeare’s play:
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • King Lear
  • The play ‘Pygmalion’ is written by-
  • Harold Pinter
  • G. B. Shaw
  • Samuel Beckett
  • William Somerset Maugham
  • “O Captain! My Captain!” is a poem written by Walt Whitman about the death of-
  • George Washington
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Edward VII
  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet was the Prince of –
  • The British Isles
  • Wales & Dublin
  • Scotland
  • Denmark  
  • ‘Sonnet 18‘is written by-
  • William Shakespeare
  • John Donne
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Michael Madhusudan Dutt 
  • The poem ‘Sands of Dee’ is written by-
  • Charles Kingsley
  • John Milton
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Charlotte Bronte 
  • A hyperbole refers to-
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Exaggerated statements
  • Contradictory words describing same thing
  • Inverted parallel clauses

List of writers:

Elizabethan Age: 1558-1603

  1. William Shakespeare
  • Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus (Play)  
  • Francis Bacon: Father of English prose. Of Truth, Of Death, Of Marriage and Single Life etc. (Essay)  

The Jacobean Age: 1603-1625

  1. Ben Jonson: Volpone (Play)
  2. John Donne: He is a metaphysical poet. List of poems- Death be not proud, The Good Morrow, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, The Canonization, The Sun Rising etc.

Caroline Age: 1625-1649

  1. John Milton: Paradise Lost (Epic), Paradise Regained (Epic), Areopagitica (pamphlet)
  2. Robert Herrick: To Daffodils (Poem)

The Restoration Period: 1660-1700

  1. William Congreve: Play- The Way of the World 

The Augustan Period: 1700-1745 (also known as The Age of Pope)

  1. Alexander Pope: The Rape of The Lock (Mock Heroic Poem, Belinda and Barron, 794 lines)

Some famous quotes from his work are:

  1. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  2. To err is human, to forgive divine.
  3. A little learning is a dangerous thing.
  4. Jonathan Swift :
  5. Deniel Defoe

BCS Monthly Affair

The Age of Sensibility: 1745-1785

  1. Samuel Johnson
  2. Thomas Gray: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (Poem)

The Romantic Period: 1798-1832

  1. William Wordsworth
  2. S. T. Coleridge
  3. P. B. Shelley
  4. John Keats
  5. Lord Byron
  6. William Blake
  7. Jane Austen
  8. Charles Lamb

The Victorian Period: 1832-1901

  1. A. L. Tennyson
  2. Robert Browning
  3. Matthew Arnold
  4. Charles Dickens
  5. Thomas Hardy
  6. Charlotte Bronte
  7. Karl Marx
  8. C. R. Darwin

The Modern Period: (Up To WWII)


  1. Joseph Conrad
  2. James Joyce
  3. Virginia Woolf
  4. D. H. Lawrence
  5. Earnest Hemingway


  1. W. B. Yeats
  2. T. S. Eliot
  3. Robert Frost


  1. G. B. Shaw
  2. Samuel Beckett
  3. Harold Pinter

BCS English Questions Analysis

BCS English Literature Preliminary Questions Analysis

BCS English Literature Preliminary Questions Analysis
BCS English Literature Preliminary Questions Analysis
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