Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Alfred Tennyson
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Alfred Tennyson: life
Match the event with the correct date.

1. Tennyson was given the title of Baron: ________
2. Alfred Tennyson was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire: ________
3. Tennyson published his long autobiographical work: ________
4. Tennyson's first important collection of verse was published: ________
5. Tennyson was buried in Westminster Abbey: ________
6. His friend Arthur Hallam died in Vienna:________
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Alfred Tennyson: key words
Tick the words or phrases which are related to Alfred Tennyson.
A: Dramatic monologues.
B: Melancholy.
C: Elegy.
D: Sentimentality.
E: Love.
F: Social issues.
G: Double.
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Alfred Tennyson: life
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Tennyson's father was a clergyman and a saintly figure.
B: Tennyson was rather grumpy and lived a solitary life.
C: Tennyson's long autobiographical work, In Memoriam A.H.H., voices his regret for Hallam's death.
D: After William Wordsworth's death, Tennyson was made Poet Laureate.
E: Tennyson died in poverty in a mental asylum.
F: Tennyson sat in the House of Commons, and for some time he considered himself as a politician.
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Alfred Tennyson: works
Complete the sentences with the titles of Tennyson's works.

1. ________ was Tennyson's first important collection of verse.
2. Tennyson's long autobiographical work was called ________.
3. The title of Tennyson's remarkable collection of dramatic monologues in two volumes was simply ________.
4. ________ was an allegorical poem where Tennyson wondered about the existence of outstanding values in his age.
5. The poem ________ was centred on Tennyson's personal version of the legend of a famous Greek hero.
6. Tennyson's poem ________ champions women's right to education.
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Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The poem In Memoriam
A: was published in 1850.
B: is one of the finest love poems in English literature.
C: was composed over many years.
D: consists of 5 sections of different stanzas.
E: is all written in a single meter.
F: has many sections, which are all interdependent.
G: is about death and life.
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Alfred Tennyson: Morte d'Arthur and Ulysses
The following features relate either to Morte d'Arthur or to Ulysses. Choose the correct alternative.
A: In this poem Tennyson creates his personal legend of a famous Greek hero.
B: The inspiration for this dramatic monologue came in part from Dante.
C: In this poem the poet wonders about the obsessive materialism in his own age.
D: Tennyson does not succeed in finding an answer to the question posed in this poem.
E: This poem has an allegorical meaning.
F: Tennyson uses the two main characters of this poem to represent two different kinds of life.
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Ulysses: characters
The following features relate either to Ulysses or to Telemachus. Choose the correct alternative.
A: He is an overreacher who pursues knowledge at any cost.
B: He is qualified to implement the policy in which Tennyson believed.
C: He greatly appeals to Tennyson's and Darwin's age of 'terrible muses', that is, astronomy and geology.
D: He stands for an active, adventurous life, rich in imagination.
E: He stands for an uneventful life, devoted to responsibilities and social duties.
F: He embodies the typical Victorian man.
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Alfred Tennyson: values and ideas
Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

The poet Alfred Tennyson mirrored the spirit of his age in that he possessed the typical national ________ and love of order of his ________. Even though he expressed an ________ belief in the progress of man, he expressed doubt about the existence of God and the meaning of life and ________. So he aimed at a compromise between science and religion, considering faith more as a ________ than as a permanent possession. He was against ________, since he saw nature from a scientist's point of view. He worried about nature's indifference to man's suffering and mortality, but found some hope in a better future in Darwin's natural ________.
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Alfred Tennyson: style
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Tennyson's style was typical of his class. Balance and fragmentation were two of the main characteristics of his style. He used many figures of speech, such as oxymoron and kennings, a kind of pictorial description. Tennyson's linguistic images are banal and more complex than the old Anglo-Saxon ones. Moreover, his images derive from his wish to protect homogeneity, richness and variety. Reading Tennyson's poems, the writer has to take the time to analyse them carefully.
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Ulysses: plot
Put the following sentences related to the plot of Ulysses in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 5.

________ Aware of his imminent death, Ulysses turns to his mariners and proposes to them a voyage into the unknown.
________ Ulysses thinks that his son Telemachus is ideally qualified to implement the gradual civilisation of 'rugged people'.
________ Ulysses is dissatisfied with his present life, which he finds boring and meaningless.
________ One line sums up Ulysses's desire for a life of action.
________ Ulysses leaves home without fear that anarchy would prevail in his island after he leaves.
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