American Literature Test
What countries competed with each other in exploring and exploiting the natural resources of the USA?
Who were the native Americans?
What are Americanisms?
Name a figure of universal dimensions, being printer, writer, philosopher, scientist, economist and statesman.
Name his famous periodical, a sort of calendar.
What is Jefferson’s best book?
What were Paine’s famous works written before and during the Revolution? What were they about?
Who was Philip Freneau?
Why can Freneau be considered the father of American poetry?
When did the literary trend of Romanticism appear in America?
What was the most characteristic feature of Romanticism?
What period of Romanticism did Longfellow’s works belong to?
Who was the founder of the genre of historical novel in the USA?
Who represented romantic poetry?
Name Herman Melville’s masterpiece.
Who wrote romantic poems during the 3rd period of Romanticism in America?
With what story did Washington Irving start the American tradition of short-story writing?
What was Cooper’s contribution to American national literature?
Who were the abolitionists?
Who was the representative of the abolition literature?
What is her famous novel?
What was the new attitude of realistic writers towards the various aspects of American life?
What was the real name of Mark Twain?
What was one of his first stories?
Name some of his greatest works.
What was O.Henry’s real name?
What was his first collection of short stories?
What was his credo?
What was O.Henry famous for?
Finish the sentence:”O.Henry can be called a biographer of…”
Where was Jack London born?
Name all his jobs.
How many books did he publish?
What was he the founder of?
Name his most famous works.
Answers to the test (11th form)
Spain, Holland, France, England.
The Red Indians.
The new words and combinations of words which have appeared in American English and have not been accepted in Britain.
“Poor Richard’s Almanac”
“Notes on the State of Virginia”.
“The American Crisis”, pamphlets, about religion, relations between Britain and colonies.
The leading poet.
Thanks to him American poetry remained true to democratic ideas.
In the years of social unrest which followed the Revolution of 1775-1783.
This is the great gap between reality and the ideal – the dream of the poet, artist or writer.
Edgar Allan Poe.
“Rip Van Winkle”
He had created a man who had the heart of a dove in the body of a lion.
People who struggle for the abolition of slavery.
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
The realists saw man on the background of social conflicts of the day and analysed human nature and human emotions in relation to this background. They draw life truthfully.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
“Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn”, “The Prince and the Pauper”, “The Gilded Age”.
William Sydney Porter.
“Cabbages and Kings”
Art should be true and democratic.
His short stories of city life.
Newspaper salesperson; at a factory; a sailor; at a laundry; writing for magazines; gold rusher.
Of the American socialist literature.
“Love of Life”, ”Martin Eden”, “White Fang”.