Literary Quizzes

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Complete the titles or authors’ names of the following works: 

I Know Why the ___ ___ Sings by Maya Angelou

The ___ Land by T. S. Eliot

Moby Dick by ______ _____

___ Lost by John Milton

“The ___ Speaks of ___ ” by Langston Hughes

Little Women by _____ ________

The ___ Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Le Morte d’Arthur by _____ _____

A Rose for Emily by ______ _____

Pick the right answer for the ending of each of these stanzas:

From William Blake’s “The Tyger”:

What the hammer? what the chain,

In what furnace was thy brain?



  1. And when thy heart began to beat, / What dread hand? & what dread feet?
  2. What the anvil? what dread grasp, / Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
  3. What immortal hand or eye, / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

From Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death”

We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –


  1. We passed the Setting Sun –
  2. My Tippet – only Tulle –
  3. The Cornice – in the Ground –

From Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

 And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;



  1. Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door— / Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
  2. Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;— / This it is and nothing more.
  3. And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor / Shall be lifted—nevermore!

Guess the work and author the following summaries come from:

Emotionally damaged young adult boy drops out of school, consistantly rants about adults being a bunch of fakes, befriends a prostitute and a couple of nuns and keeps nagging everybody else about the ducks from Central Park asking them where the hell do they all go in the winter. Last but not least, he desires to preserve a child’s innocence. 

Answer: ________________________

Young prince deals with an existential crisis while his widowed mother marries his uncle (who we don’t like by the way) and his father’s ghost visits him every now and then to spook him into avenging his death. And of course, his solution to it all is (drumroll please) to pretend to go all nuts, procrastinating on killing his uncle, accidently stabbing the wrong dude, dramatically harassing his mom, driving his ex to insanity, and talking to himself instead of taking action. 

Answer: ________________________

** Scroll down to see the answers :)


First quiz:

  • Caged Bird
  • Waste
  • Herman Melville
  • Paradise
  • Negro ; Rivers
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Canterbury
  • Thomas Malory
  • William Faulkner

Second quiz:

  • For Blake’s “The Tyger” : 2.
  • For Dickinson’s poem: 6.
  • For Poe’s “Raven”: 9.

Last quiz:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Which English Department Staff Member are You Most Like?


Image: © Lex Rodriguez

Authors: Oscar Jordan & Lex Rodriguez



I think all English students will agree when MUSE says that the English Department wins the “who has the best Unil staff?” competition ;) If you want to know which staff member’s tastes resemble yours the most, take this quiz to find out! If your curiosity still asks for more, fear not, you can always check our two previous quizzes with other fabulous staff members here: part 1 and part 2. Enjoy!

Which English Department Staff Member Are You Most Like?

We all know the English department staff members as lecturers… but what about as people? We here at MUSE have crafted this quiz based on answers from a series of staff members in order to help you decide.

Find out which one you are most like by taking our quiz now!

We hope you enjoy it, and that your favourite colour is blue ;)

… and to those disappointed their favourite professor wasn’t on the list, don’t worry, there will be another quiz in the next edition.

MUSEfeed quiz 2018- what should you study in the English department?

Image: Studying © Sarel Kromer. Source – CC Licence

Author: Sorcha Walsh

As one of the Lettres faculty’s biggest departments, the English department offers a wealth of different classes. We here at MUSE have crafted this quiz to help you decide- should you orient yourself towards Medieval literature, Early Modern and modern literature, American literature and culture, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies or English Linguistics?

Head right on over to BuzzFeed to find out.

MuseFeed Quiz Winter 2017

An image of a typewriter

Image: “Typewriter” by Nathan Oakley.  Under CC License.

As anyone who’s ever been an English student knows, many influential authors have shaped the world around them with their revolutionary ideas and brilliant new ways of expressing them. But just for the time it will take you to do this quiz, how about you forget all that and just focus on what’s really important here- their sense of style? This expertly constructed quiz will help you find who your  literary soulmate is… from a strictly sartorial point of view.

Click here to take the quiz!

MUSEfeed Quiz!

Image: “Typewriter” by Lane Pearman. SourceCC License

Do you like answering absurd questions where the result pretends to know who you are as a person? Do you like to imagine to which kind of household appliance or, even better, to which English language writer your personality matches best?

MUSE has created THE quiz for you! We have carefully concoted a quiz of 10 obviously scientific questions that will help you figure out who your alter ego writer is!


To take the test, just click here!

English Department Quiz

Books Books Books

Our partner, Books Books Books, the only English bookshop in Lausanne, and ourselves are launching a quiz that will allow you to win awesome coupons for the bookstore! All you have to do is complete the quiz and send it to (please indicate in the subject “Books Books Books contest”) until the 15th January, and we will choose three lucky winners by drawing lots from the people who have successfully answered the questions.

The first prize will get a 50 CHF coupon, the second one a 30CHF coupon and the third winner will get a 20CHF coupon. Isn’t this great? Think about all the books you’ll be able to buy – this is paradise!

Good luck!

(Hint: you will find all the answers on the department’s website, so start browsing!)


English Department Quiz 

  1. Who edited Kathleen Jamie’s poems?

a. Kirsten Stirling

b. Rachel Falconer

c. Enit Steiner

  1. Who worked on a volume called Essential Grammar in Use?

a. Boris Vejdovsky

b. Roelof Overmeer

c. Martine Hennard Dutheil

  1. Who is in charge of the department’s Language Lab?

a. Louise Gladwin

b. Marie Emilie Walz

c. Alexandre Fachard

  1. Who, amongst others, is working on late medieval religiosity in England?

a. Camille Marshall

b. Mary Flannery

c. Diana Denissen

  1. Who directed a Mémoire on “urban sprawl and the hip hop revolution”?

a. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

b. Alexandre Fachard

c. Marco Nievergelt

  1. Who wrote a volume on Hell in contemporary literature?

a. Philip Lindholm

b. Patricia Ronan

c. Rachel Falconer

  1. Who studied at the University of Vienna?

a. Anita Auer

b. Marije van Hattum

c. Najat Zein

  1. Who is working on contemporary Colombian television?

a. Rachel Nisbet

b. Isis Giraldo

c. Tino Oudesluijs

  1. Who is in charge of the Advanced Essay-Writing Workshop?

a. Kader Hegedüs

b. Denis Renevey

c. Marie Walz

  1. Who published a book on Jane Austen in Switzerland?

a. Valérie Cossy

b. Kader Hegedüs

c. Jurg Schwyter