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16th Century Literature Quiz

A quiz on 16th century literature and authors...

16th century Literature

Q1) Who wrote "In Praise of Folly" in 1509?

Niccolò Machiavelli

Thomas More

Desiderius Erasmus

François Rabelais

Q2) Which of William Shakespeare's play is recorded as being the first to be performed and printed?

Henry VI

Romeo and Juliet


As You Like It

Q3) Thomas More's book about a fictional island society was called...





Q4) Thomas More also wrote an historical work, which king was it a history of?

Henry VII

King Arthur

Richard III

Edward IV

Q5) Who wrote "The Book of The Courtier", which was published in 1528 and which is considered one of the most important Renaissance works of the Italian Renaissance?

Niccolò Machiavelli

Giovanni Della Casa

Stefano Guazzo

Baldassare Castiglione

Q6) Niccolò Machiavelli is famous for a political treatise in which he puts forward his views on the importance of a strong ruler who was not afraid to be harsh with his subjects and enemies, what was it called?

Il Principe



Asino d'oro

Q7) In which year is Martin Luther said to have posted his "The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences" on the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg?





Q8) This press was granted letters patent in 1534 by Henry VIII and is the world's oldest printing and publishing house.

Oxford University Press

Cambridge University Press

The Stationers' Company

London Press

Q9) Who wrote the late 16th century epic poem "The Faerie Queene"?

Philip Sidney

William Shakespeare

Edmund Spenser

Thomas Kyd

Q10) In 1544 Catherine Parr anonymously published her English translation of "Psalmi seu precationes" (Psalms or Prayers). Who wrote the original?

Thomas More

John Fisher

Thomas Wolsey

Henry VIII

Q11) In 1545, Roger Ascham, scholar and tutor to Princess Elizabeth, published his work "Toxophilus" - what was its subject?





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    this was better than the rulers, but not by much. still I enjoy seeing how much I do not know!!!

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16th Century Literature Quiz