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Quiz about Shelleys Ozymandias
Quiz about Shelleys Ozymandias

Shelley's "Ozymandias" Trivia Quiz


Dig into this poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
406,011
Updated
Dec 09 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
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Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. In what poetic form is "Ozymandias" written? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Ozymandias is the Greek name for what Egyptian Pharaoh? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "I met a traveller from ____ land." What kind of land? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The traveler in "Ozymandias" said, "Two vast and ____ legs of stone / Stand in the desert." How are the legs described?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which of the following best describes the visage of Ozymandias in Shelley's poem? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "And on the pedestal, these words appear: / My name is Ozymandias, ____." How does the inscription end? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and _____" do what? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare / The ____ sands stretch far away." How are the sands described? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Shelley wrote "Ozymandias" as part of competition with a friend of his, who also wrote a poem with the same title. Who wrote the other "Ozymandias"? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Shelley and his friend both submitted their versions of "Ozymandias" to what weekly paper founded by Leigh and John Hunt in 1808? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In what poetic form is "Ozymandias" written?

Answer: sonnet

Ozymandias is a sonnet, or a poem of 14 lines. It is written in loose iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is ABABACDC EDEFEF.
2. Ozymandias is the Greek name for what Egyptian Pharaoh?

Answer: Ramesses II

In 1817, the British Museum announced its acquisition of a sizeable fragment of a statue of Ramesses II from the 13th century BC. Some scholars argue this may have inspired Shelley's poem, although he was also inspired by a passage in the writings of the ancient Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (Book 1, Chapter 47), where the historian writes about the monument "of the king known as Osymandyas." Ramesses II was the third pharaoh of Egypt's Nineteenth Dynasty and one of the mightiest pharaohs of the New Kingdom.
3. "I met a traveller from ____ land." What kind of land?

Answer: an antique

Shelley first published "Ozymandias" under the pseudonym of Glirastes. The name comes from the Latin glīs (dormouse) and the Greek erastēs (lover). The name is a pun on his love for his wife. Shelley was married to "Frankenstein" author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who was nicknamed the "doormouse."
4. The traveler in "Ozymandias" said, "Two vast and ____ legs of stone / Stand in the desert." How are the legs described?

Answer: trunkless

The statue of Ozymandias lies in ruins. The legs stand without a trunk, while "... Near them, on the sand, / Half sunk a shattered visage lies..." One of the themes of the poem is hubris and another is impermanence. Even the great Ozymandias, one of the most powerful pharaohs during Egypt's most powerful period, eventually falls to ruins.

"Ozymandias" was included in Shelley's 1819 collection "Rosalind and Helen, A Modern Eclogue; with Other Poems."
5. Which of the following best describes the visage of Ozymandias in Shelley's poem?

Answer: He has a sneer of cold command

"Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things."

On July 1, 1822, Shelley set sail on the Don Juan and encountered a storm. The open boat was sunk, and Shelley's body washed ashore in Italy ten days later. A copy of John Keats's narrative poem "Lamia", nestled in Shelley's jacket pocket, helped to identify the body.
6. "And on the pedestal, these words appear: / My name is Ozymandias, ____." How does the inscription end?

Answer: King of Kings

The title "King of Kings" was first used by Assyrian king Tukulti-Ninurta I but is a title commonly used by Middle Eastern monarchs, similar to the title of emperor. In Judaism, the name came to be applied to God, and the New Testament frequently uses it in reference to Jesus.
7. "Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and _____" do what?

Answer: despair

Ozymandias's empire has come to ruin. The poem is a reminder that no work of man lasts forever and a warning not to become too caught up in pride. If even someone as mighty as the King of Kings could see his monument end up buried in the sand, how can the reader expect to make a permanent mark on the world?

An 1817 copy draft of Shelley's poem is housed in Oxford's Bodleian Library.
8. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare / The ____ sands stretch far away." How are the sands described?

Answer: lone and level

Shelley uses a lot of alliteration in these lines: "boundless and bare," "lone and level," and "sands stretch."

The Sisters of Mercy use this "lone and level" phrase in the songs "This Corrosion" and "Dominion."
9. Shelley wrote "Ozymandias" as part of competition with a friend of his, who also wrote a poem with the same title. Who wrote the other "Ozymandias"?

Answer: Horace Smith

Horace Smith was a friend who helped manage Shelley's finances, and he was also a poet himself. His poem on Ozymandias began:

"IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desart knows:-
'I am great OZYMANDIAS,' saith the stone... "

The poems are on the same topic, share the same title, and are both sonnets. In addition to poetry, Smith wrote a number of historical novels, including "Brambletye House", "Zillah", and "Walter Colyton".
10. Shelley and his friend both submitted their versions of "Ozymandias" to what weekly paper founded by Leigh and John Hunt in 1808?

Answer: The Examiner

"The Examiner" was a Sunday paper on, as the editors described it, "politics, domestic economy, and theatricals." In addition to these topics, the paper also published poetry by the respected writers of the day, among them Shelley, Keats, and Byron.

Both Shelley and Horace Smith submitted their sonnets on Ozymandias to "The Examiner", and both were published, Shelley's first in the January 11, 1818 issue of the paper, and Smith's later on February 1, 1818.
Source: Author skylarb

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