How Well Do You Know Mr. Keats?

October 31st was a very special day. No, I’m talking about Halloween. I’m also not talking about getting ready for All Saint’s Day, or even All Soul’s Day. I am, in fact, talking about a birthday. Next year, you might just consider dressing up as John Keats to pay the man a little respect on his big day; he always gets forgotten in the rush for candy. What. a. travesty. So, in honor of his birthday, I’ve made up a quiz for you all. No looking up answers, all you cheaters out there! Honor system, please. And then, find out where you rank and what your score indicates about you.

1. Keats was:
A. Irish
B. Scottish
C. English
D. Welsh

2. The lady with whom he was in love when he wrote Bright Star was:
A. Fanny Brawne
B. Fanny Price
C. Fanny Dashwood
D. His mom

3. The disease which claimed him (and several of his family members) was:
A. Typhoid
B. Tuberculosis
C. Tendonitis
D. Love

4. Before he gave himself over to the muse of poesy, Keats studied to be a(n):
A. Apothecary
B. Barrister
C. Librarian
D. Farrier

5. At the age of 25, Keats died in a small apartment in Rome overlooking the:
A. Roman Forum
B. Tiber River
C. Vatican Gardens
D. Spanish Steps

Name that poem!
6. “Silent, upon a peak in Darien.”
A. Ode to a Nightingale
B. Ode on a Grecian Urn
C. On first looking into Chapman’s Homer
D. Endymion
E. Bright Star
F. When I have fears that I may cease to be

7. “Forever wilt thou love, and she be fair.”
A. Ode to a Nightingale
B. Ode on a Grecian Urn
C. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
D. Endymion
E. Bright Star
F. When I have fears that I may cease to be

8. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. . . it will never pass into nothingness.”
A. Ode to a Nightingale
B. Ode on a Grecian Urn
C. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
D. Endymion
E. Bright Star
F. When I have fears that I may cease to be

9. “Darkling I listen, and for many a time I have been half in love with easeful death. . .”
A. Ode to a Nightingale
B. Ode on a Grecian Urn
C. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
D. Endymion
E. Bright Star
F. When I have fears that I may cease to be

10. “. . . before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain. . .”
A. Ode to a Nightingale
B. Ode on a Grecian Urn
C. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
D. Endymion
E. Bright Star
F. When I have fears that I may cease to be

Extra Credit: Arguably what he is most remembered for, he developed the poetic technique of (fill in the two blanks), something he discussed in detail in one of his letters to his brothers George and Tom: “… that is, when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason” (21 Dec 1817).

So, how did you do?

Answer key:
1-C; 2-A; 3-B; 4-A; 5-D; 6-C; 7-B; 8-D; 9-A; 10-F

Extra Credit: Negative Capability

And what does your score mean?

0-1: Go back to kindergarten!
2-3: You’re lazy, but passably intelligent.
4-6: You passed high school English
7-10: You either were an English major or should have been one.
11: Grad school isn’t good enough for you.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Boy.

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