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William Blake: The Prophet Poet

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William Blake The Prophet Poet game quiz
"Questions are primarily concerned with Blake's poetry, but a few biographical facts are inserted for good measure."

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1. Which of the following is not one of Blake's major prophetic books?
    Jerusalem
    The Four Zoas
    Songs of Innocence
    Milton


2. Which of these poems is probably about sexually transmitted disease?
    The Garden of Love
    The Sick Rose
    Little Girl Lost
    The Chimney Sweep


3. William Blake received formal education in only one subject. Which?
    Art
    Greek
    Literature
    Blacksmithing


4. Which book is subtitled "Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul"?
    Jerusalem
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    Songs of Innocence and Experience
    Poetical Sketches


5. Whose mother died when he "was very young," and who was sold before his "tongue / Could scarcely cry"?
    The Little Black Boy
    The Chimney Sweeper
    The Little Boy Lost
    The School-Boy


6. Did Blake teach his wife to read?
    Yes
    No


7. Who says, "And then I'll stand and stroke his silver hair, / And be like him, and he will then love me"?
    The Little Girl Lost
    The Little Black Boy
    The Little Boy Found
    The Chimney Sweeper


8. Blake once pushed a soldier out of his garden and all the way to a nearby inn, where the soldier was quartered. The soldier then charged Blake with what?
    Sedition
    Battery
    Assault
    Blasphemy


9. Complete this line from "The Tyger": "Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the ____ make thee?"
    World
    Brain
    Heart
    Lamb


10. Blake was a rousing success not only as a poet but also as a painter, with his one-man show drawing enormous crowds. Is this statement true or false?
    True
    False


11. Which work contains a title page depicting a naked man throwing himself upon a scantily clad woman, while another woman looks on?
    The Book of Thel
    Visions of the Daughters of Albion
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    The Four Zoas


12. When he died, Blake had been working on illustrations for the writing of which author?
    Boccacio
    Byron
    Dante
    Shelley


13. Whose sigh "runs in blood down Palace walls"?
    The Little Black Boy's
    The Happless Soldier's
    The Little Vagabond's
    The Chimney Sweep's


14. Which of the following books, according to Blake, contained all he knew?
    The Inferno
    The Canterbury Tales
    The Talmud
    The Bible


15. Who was "binding with briars" the poet's "joys and desires" in "The Garden of Love"?
    His Wife
    Christ
    The Constable
    Priests


16. Who are the daughters of Albion?
    Mermaids
    Prostitutes
    Nuns
    Englishwomen


17. In what portion of "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" do we find: "Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead"?
    A Memorable Fancy
    Proverbs of Hell
    A Song of Liberty
    The Voice of the Devil


18. In "To Autumn," Blake describes Autumn as "laden with fruit, and stained / With the blood of the ___." What belongs in the blank?
    Grape
    Innocent
    Martyrs
    Lovers


19. Whom does Blake tell to "Mock on, Mock on"?
    Christ
    Shelley
    Satan
    Voltaire


20. What monk said of William Blake: "As for the other Romantics: how feeble and hysterical their inspirations seem next to the tremendously genuine and spiritual fire of William Blake"?
    Thomas Merton
    St. Thomas Aquinas
    Thomas Mann
    Thomas Cruise


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Compiled Jun 28 12