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Test your knowledge of English Poetry Canon

Posted on: December 28, 2006

The Oxford University Press offered three little quizzes to test our knowledge of the poetry drummed into (some of) us in school, courtesy of Michael and Diane Ravitch (The English Reader). The second quiz is very easy but I found the other two a bit…testy. My excuse is that I only ever studied a fair collection of William Blake’s and Shakespeare’s poetry. Others were represented by one or two poems in an anthology and the rest was left to me to discover. Which I preferred really, I’m just overly defensive because my ego was bruised. Badly.

I’ll share my scores if you will. 😉

Quiz One

Quiz Two

Quiz Three

Quiz Four (Another!)

Nary a full score among them. Is it my fault no one taught me Emily Bronte? (Why is she given as a possible answer so many times? They did it on purpose. :grumpy: )

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37 Responses to "Test your knowledge of English Poetry Canon"

Ewww….I did poorly on the first — only 2/5! Redeemed myself on the 2nd with 5/5. Don’t know Emmeline Pankhurst, so 4/5 on the last. The second was definitely easier than the first.

Hello there,
So glad you liked the quizzes. Come back and try the last one! http://blog.oup.com/oupblog/2006/12/the_english_rea_3.html
Good luck!

Cam at least you got a full score on quiz two (the easy one)! *sniffle* 2/5, 4/5, 3/5 and 4/5 were my scores.

Rebecca thanks for linking me to the fourth one. I did enjoy them.

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