English Language and Literature Quiz Bee Average Questions

Average Category. You can use the sample questions below for an English Language and Literature Quiz Bee. Answers are also provided. Depending on the level of the quiz bee participants, you can modify the questions, hence the other types such as multiple choice or alternative response.

  1. He was the first of the free-verse poets and his “frankness of expression” disturbed many literary critics. (Walt Whitman)
  2. It is the oldest complete prophetic book in the Bible which voices a stern and uncompromising warning to the Kingdom of Israel; a warning of utter annihilation unless social reforms are immediately affected. (Amos)
  3. What novel of Chinua Achebe documents the disintegration of a rural community under the impact of Westernization and is a classical statement of this archetypal theme? (Things Fall Apart)
  4. Which American philosopher, and often-quoted advocate of individualism, published essays on Self-Reliance, Love, Heroism, Character and Manners in his Collections of 1841 and 1844? (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  5. He is the most distinguished name in English literature of the Medieval Period whose brilliant character portrayals made his Canterbury Tales an enduring literary legacy. (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  6. The medical term “PAP SMEAR” means a test usually done on females for detecting cancer of the cervix. What word formation takes place if the traceable original term for this is PAPPENICOLAOU?(Clipping)
  7. It is an Egyptian pessimistic literary work that describes a topsy-turvy world in which everything is awry, the poor usurping the land and place of the rich, the foreigners invading the land, no respect and no virtue anywhere, yet redeemer is at hand. (The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage)
  8. The nucleus of this Indian epic concerns the battle between two rival bands of brothers, both descendants of a common grandfather who came to war over their heritage. (Mahabharata)
  9. Which of these statements best describes a KICKER in a campus paper?
    • It is a line giving the source of the story or illustration, as “reprinted from the Manila Times.”
    • A tagline placed above but smaller than the headline, also known as teaser. If it is bigger than the headline, it is called hammer.
    • The beginning of a news story
    • The title of any news story.
    • (A tagline placed above but smaller than the headline, also known as teaser. If it is bigger than the headline, it is called hammer)
  10. In the play Much Ado About Nothing, noted playwright William Shakespeare’s character Dogberry says, “Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons.” Instead, what the character means to say is “Our watch, sir, have apprehended two suspicious persons.” What trick is used to ensure that the two words sound similar enough for the reader to catch onto the intended switch and find humor in the result? (Malapropism)
  11. In Greek mythology, it is described as a monster, shaped half like a man and half like a bull, confined in the labyrinth built by Daedalus for King Minos. It is given a periodic tribute of youths and maidens as food until slain by Theseus. (Minotaur)
  12. What controversial novel begins: “[a person’s name], light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul,”? (Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita)
  13. In Philippine literature, what religious poetry in octosyllabic quintillas penned by Gaspar Aquino de Belen in1704 which has become entrenched in the Filipino’s commemoration of Christ’s agony and resurrection at Calvary? (Ang Mahal na Passion ni Jesus Christong Panginoon natin na tola)
  14. What type of literary plot presents a change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hatred between the persons, destined by the author for good or bad fortunes? (Anagnorisis)
  15. In the dictionary of newsroom terms, what term best applies to an apprentice to a printer? (Devil)
  16. Which of these best classifies Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull?
    • A novel about seagulls
    • A fable in a short story
    • A fable in a novella
    • A biographical sketch
    • (A fable in a novella)       
  17. Complete the statement with an appropriate conjunction. “My goal is to become a doctor; _____, I work especially hard in my science classes (nevertheless, however, but, therefore).” (therefore)
  18. A three-headed dog that in Greek mythology, guards the entrance to Hades: (Cerberus)
  19. It is an examination of the morphemic structure of words; an appreciation of the fact that words with common roots share common meanings, and the affixes change words in predictable and consistent ways. (Morphology)
  20. It concerns Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) and his wife Sita; Rama’s exile; Sita’s faithfulness when tempted by Ravana, an evil spirit; and Rama’s eventual destruction of Ravana. (Ramayana)