The Christmas prize quiz

Here’s some fun for the festive season. Test out your knowledge of the Romantic poets in this quiz –the five answers to each of the following questions relate to either Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats or Shelley. Can you tell which is which?
Each question has five answers except Question 7, which has one.

1. Who as a child:
a) Sent a cat up in a kite in the midst of a storm
b) Lost his father at the age of eight when he died falling from his horse
c)Stole ravens’ eggs from a nest
d) Was bullied by his eight older brothers
e) Played in the very first Eton versus Harrow cricket match at Lord’s

2.  Who:
a) Left a Cambridge college to enlist in the army under the name ‘Silas Comberbache’
b) Made a tour of the Alps during his Cambridge college vacation
c) Wrote part of his first major work in an Oxford college
d) Kept a bear in a Cambridge college
e) Has a memorial in an Oxford college

3.  Who had:
a) A wife who was the daughter of a tavern-owner
b) A wife whose father went bankrupt
c) A wife who was the daughter of a colliery owner
d) A wife he first met in primary school
e) No wife at all

4.  Who:
a) Swam the Hellespont at the age of 22
b) Wrote of how he would swim naked as a child and make “one long bathing of a summer’s day”
c) Was accused of pickpocketing as a child when acting out the swimming of the Hellespont
d) Said “I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top”
e) Could not swim

5.  Who has been portrayed on screen by:
a) Hugh Grant
b) Ben Whishaw
c) Julian Sands
d) John Hannah
e) Linus Roache

6.  Who had:
a) No children
b) Two children (one illegitimate)
c) Four children
d) Six children (one illegitimate)
e) Six children (two illegitimate)

7.  The poem ‘Julian and Maddalo’ was inspired by the relationship between:
a) Keats and Shelley
b) Byron and Keats
c) Wordsworth and Coleridge
d) Shelley and Byron
e) Coleridge and Keats

8.  Who said:
a) “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination”
b) “If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad”
c) “A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds”
d) “No man was ever yet a great poet without being at the same time a profound philosopher”
e) “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity”

9.  Who wrote a poem to:
a) A skylark
b) A nightingale
c) Another nightingale
d) A green linnet
e) A newfoundland dog

10.  Who was the author of:
a) The Bride of Abydos
b) The Complaint of Ninathoma
c) The Witch of Atlas
d) The Eve of St Agnes
e) The White Doe of Rylstone

11.  Who died of:
a) Fever
b) Drowning
c) Heart failure
d) Consumption
e) Pleurisy

12.  Who provoked the following contemporary reviews:
a) “He is unhappily a disciple of the new school of what has been somewhere called Cockney poetry, which may be defined to consist of the most incongruous ideas in the most uncouth language”
b) “His effusions are spread over a dead flat, and can no more get above or below the level, than if they were so much stagnant water”
c) “Above all the poems with which we are acquainted in any language, it is a poem to be felt, cherished, mused upon, not to be talked about, not capable of being described, analysed, or criticised. It is the wildest of all the creations of genius”
d) “This will never do! It bears no doubt the stamp of the author’s heart and fancy: But unfortunately not half so visibly as that of his peculiar system”
e) “We have spoken of [his] genius and it is doubtless of a high order; but when we look at the purposes to which it is directed, and contemplate the infernal character of all its efforts, our souls revolt with tenfold horror…”

13.  Who died at the age of:
a) 25
b) 29
c) 36
d) 61
e) 80

14.  Who has a memorial or gravestone that says:
a) “Here lies one whose name was writ in water”
b) “But there is that within me which shall tire Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire”
c) “Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea change, into something rich and strange”
d) “Stop, Christian passer-by! Stop, Child of God, And read with gentle breast, Beneath this sod A poet lies”
e) “Blessings be with them – and eternal praise, Who gave us nobler loves and nobler cares, The poets – who on earth have made us heirs of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays”
Each question has five answers except Question 7, which has one.
Picture: Victorian clip art courtesy of Averyl’s Attic.