Tipo di esercizi
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Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Victorian literature
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Victorian poetry
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Victorian poetry tackled many trivial issues, and aimed at expressing the moral and intellectual debate of the age. One of the two major themes was the myth of the queen of England; the other was characterised by anti-myth and disbelief, and set out to examine the ethical dilemmas of revolution and progress. Poets started to be seen as saints and philosophers, and readers believed in their ability to reconcile faith and progress. Some people even sought through poetry a gothic view of modern life. The most important poets of the period were Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Gerard Manley Reeve and Matthew Arnold.
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Victorian drama
Match the correct pieces of information.

1. They were smaller and more comfortable than the ones built in the previous century: ________
2. They were much longer and more detailed, and served various purposes: ________
3. They helped to transform the viewer's experience from individual to communal: ________
4. The most popular were music hall, pantomime, farce, and melodrama with a sensational and romantic plot: ________
5. He was the author of brilliant comedies with dialogues full of humour and wit intended to expose the faults and hypocrisy of his age: ________
6. He considered drama as a means for presenting his views on social institutions and human experience in a provocative way: ________
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The dramatic monologue
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. In the dramatic monologue ________ character may address one or more listeners.
2. The dramatic monologue has some similarities with the soliloquy used in ________ plays.
3. The dramatic monologue catches the speaker in a moment of ________.
4. In the dramatic monologue there is great interest in the character's ________.
5. The dramatic monologue may justify many points of view, so the reader has the impression of the ________ of a unique truth.
6. The speaker in a dramatic monologue is ________ the poet himself.
7. The presence of a non-speaking ________ can be inferred from clues in the monologue.
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Features of the Victorian novel
Complete the text with the correct information.

Victorian writers and readers had many ________ in common, partly thanks to the enormous growth of the middle classes. In fact, they were usually both from the same social class. Literacy levels in Britain were very ________ during the Victorian Age. However, Victorian readers were all avid consumers of books, which they ________ from circulating libraries or read in periodicals. Writers were in constant ________ with their public because their work appeared in serial form. Victorian novels had an ________ narrator who commented on the plot and judged the characters' behaviour. The ________ of many novels was the city, which was a symbol of industrial civilisation. The characters were realistic, so that the public could ________ with them.
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Types of Victorian novels
Match the types of Victorian novels with the correct information.

1. A novel describing a particular class or situation: ________
2. A work where the social rules and conventions are disintegrated, and time and space lose their functions: ________
3. A realistic exploration of the life and values of women: ________
4. A novel following one character's development: ________
5. A novel combining humour with a moral stance: ________
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Victorian Women writers
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Women writers
A: were active in the mid-Victorian period.
B: often used a male pseudonym.
C: found it difficult to write because they did not have time to spend at home.
D: wrote fairy tales and war stories.
E: counted among their best authors the Brontë sisters and George Eliot.
F: always lived in a state of subjection.
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Victorian poetry and the Victorian novel
The following features relate either to Victorian poetry or to the Victorian novel. Choose the correct alternative.
A: The author was seen as a prophet and a philosopher.
B: The writer saw literature as a vehicle to correct the vices of the age.
C: Among its main authors were William M. Thackeray, Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters and Lewis Carroll.
D: It marked the debut of several important women writers.
E: One of its most relevant features was the dramatic monologue.
F: Many works featured a non-speaking listener, whose presence had to be inferred from clues.
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The late Victorian novel
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The late Victorian novel reflected the growing moral and religious ________ of the time.
2. Thomas Hardy focussed on strong individuals and ________ phenomena in contrast with the social forces of history and civilisation.
3. George Eliot explored the ________ and moral complexity of men and women.
4. Hardy's main characters are socially ________ from their communities.
5. Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece described the ________ nature of the society he lived in.
6. The back door of Dr Jekyll's house seems to be a ________ for the evil behind the outward appearance of civilisation.
7. The works of Rudyard Kipling were much influenced by ________ and praised British imperial power as a sacred duty.
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Colonial literature
Tick the words or phrases which are not related to colonial literature.
A: British imperialism.
B: Pity for the colonised peoples.
C: Rudyard Kipling.
D: Sentimental narrative.
E: Savages.
F: Black man's burden.
G: Sacred duty.
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The English Aesthetic Movement
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The origins of this movement can be traced back to John Keats and Dante Gabriele Rossetti.
B: John Ruskin was the forerunner of Walter Pater's ideas, because he too was interested in the beauty of life and art.
C: James McNeill Whistler was the main theorist of the Aesthetic Movement in England.
D: Walter Pater's books were at first ignored by young people for being too conservative.
E: According to Walter Pater, art had no reference to life, so it had nothing to do with morality.
F: Walter Pater's masterpiece was Gautier the Epicurean.
G: Pater's works influenced Oscar Wilde and the other decadent authors who contributed to The Yellow Book.
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