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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, The Rise of the English Essay-Page 212-302.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Of Books," why does Montaigne quote other writers?
(a) To provide fanciful stories that break up the monotony of the personal essay.
(b) To show how inferior other authors' works are to his own.
(c) To include love poetry for his most important reader, his wife.
(d) To further expand upon points he is making.

2. What illness did Virginia Woolf have to deal with at several times in her life?
(a) Paranoid Schizophrenia.
(b) Scarlet Fever.
(c) Impetigo.
(d) Depression.

3. What is ironic about the Montaigne essay title, "Of a Monstrous Child?"?
(a) Montaigne is obliquely refer to gluttony, stating that it is born "of a monstrous child."
(b) The child talked about is in fact saintly and kind.
(c) Montaigne is in fact arguing that nothing is "monstrous" by nature.
(d) The "monster" is a man who only behaves like a child.

4. Beyond essays, Samuel Johnson is famous for which text?
(a) An English dictionary.
(b) A translation of the writings of Julius Caesar.
(c) "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
(d) The King James version of the Bible.

5. What is Richard Steele's message in his essay "Twenty-four Hours in London"?
(a) Hedonism, in the form of drinking and carousing, is the greatest good.
(b) Everything that should be seen in London can be seen in the span of twenty-four hours.
(c) Londoners are cruel, petty people.
(d) One's attitude toward the world should be one of simple enjoyment, rather than desire for material gain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of social company does Sei Shonagon express hatred for in "Hateful Things?"

2. In what century did Sei Shonagon live?

3. What does Montaigne have in common with Saint Augustine?

4. What subject chiefly interests George Orwell?

5. On what subject is Sei Shonagon particularly frank?

(see the answer key)

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