Poetry of World War One

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Quiz on Poetry of World War One, created by emilyoconnell on 11/04/2014.

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Question 1

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Who wrote "We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie / In Flanders fields"?
Answer
  • Isaac Rosenberg
  • Thomas Hardy
  • John McCrae
  • Wilfred Owen

Question 2

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Who wrote - "'Jack fell as he’d have wished,' the Mother said, / And folded up the letter that she’d read. / 'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something broke / In the tired voice that quavered to a choke. / She half looked up. 'We mothers are so proud / Of our dead soldiers.' Then her face was bowed."
Answer
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • John Oxenham
  • Rupert Brooke
  • Ivor Gurney

Question 3

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Who wrote "When you see millions of the mouthless dead / Across your dreams in pale battalions go, / Say not soft things as other men have said, / That you'll remember. For you need not so"
Answer
  • Owen Seaman
  • Charles Hamilton Sorley
  • Robert Nichols
  • John Oxenham

Question 4

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One of the best known WWI poems, by Wilfred Owen, ends: My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children, ardent for some desperate glory, The old lie: _______________________________ How does the Latin phrase that follows translate into English?
Answer
  • Patriotism is the noblest form of love
  • The art of war is the most magnificent
  • Fame and fortune await the man who is brave in battle
  • It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country

Question 5

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What was the nationality of John McCrae, author of the famous lines: In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row
Answer
  • American
  • English
  • Canadian
  • Scottish

Question 6

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Wilfred Owen was killed in action in 1918 when he was 25 years old. How long was it from the end of the war when Owen was killed?
Answer
  • One hour
  • One day
  • One week
  • One month

Question 7

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Siegfried Sassoon is, perhaps, the best-known First World War poet. He wrote, in "Counter-Attack", "He crouched and flinched, dizzy with galloping fear,/Sick for escape - loathing the strangled horror/And butchered, frantic gestures of the dead." How did Siegfried Sassoon die?
Answer
  • From machine gun fire at the Battle of the Somme
  • Of tuberculosis
  • From enemy fire during the Battle of the St. Quentin Canal
  • Of old age

Question 8

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Charles Hamilton Sorley wrote the poem "When you see Millions ...": "When you see Millions of the mouthless dead/Across your dreams in pale battalions go,/Say not soft things as other men have said,/That you'll remember. For you need not so." How did Charles Hamilton Sorley die?
Answer
  • Of wounds at the Battle of the Somme
  • Shot in the head by a sniper at the Battle of Loos
  • Of gangrene
  • Of a wound turned septic after the Battle of Cambrai

Question 9

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Wilfrid Owen is one of the best-known First World War poets, and deservedly so. In his poem "Mental Cases", he writes "These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished./Memory fingers in their hair of murders,/Multitudinous murders they once witnessed./Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander,/Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter." How did Wilfred Owen die?
Answer
  • In a trench at Ypres, Belgium
  • Of pneumonia at his home in Shropshire, England
  • As a sapper at the Somme, France
  • On a bridge at Ors, France

Question 10

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Rupert Brooke wrote these lines about WWI in his poem "The Soldier": "If I should die, think only this of me:/That there's some corner of a foreign field/That is forever England." How did Rupert Brooke die?
Answer
  • From blood poisoning on a troop ship
  • Of wounds at the Battle of Basra
  • Of enteric fever at Gallipoli
  • From chlorine gas at the Second Battle of Ypres
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