John Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). Written in blank verse, Paradise Lost is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of literature. Let's know more about John Milton!
1. John Milton worked as a civil servant during the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. True or false?
2. In which of the following works did Milton promote freedom of speech and oppose licensing and censorship?
A. Colasterion (1645)
B. Eikonoklastes (1649)
C. Areopagitica (1644)
D. De Doctrina Christiana (1823)
3. By what age had Milton become totally blind?
4. John Milton's theological views could be described as heterodox. True or false?
5. Milton's Paradise Lost was originally published in 1667 in ten books. The second edition of the text (1674) was composed of how many books?
6. Paradise Lost is written in blank verse, a form that was frequently used in Elizabethan theatre. Is blank verse rhymed or unrhymed?
7. The language of Paradise Lost is influenced by the lexis and syntax of Latin. True or false?
8. What is the missing word from the following description of Adam and Eve in Book IV? "He for …… only, she for …… in him"
9. The term "attrition" refers to repentance because of love of God. True or false?
10. How old was Milton when he wrote 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity'?
11. Which of the following works was NOT written by John
B. Absolom and Achitophel
C. Il Penseroso
12. 'Areopagitica' was which kind of work?
A. A novel
B. A poem
C. A tract
D. A play