Sonnet no 18 Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day

Sonnet No 18: “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” (M.C.Q) Multiple Choice Questions and Answers, Class XII, WBCHSE

Sonnet no 18 Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day

Sonnet No 18 – Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day by William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day MCQ

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day Questions and Answers

  1. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Is Sonnet no.-

a. 16
b. 17
c. 18
d. 19

Ans. C

  1. The word ‘temperate’ means-

a. Warm
b. Moderate
c. Friendly
d. Temporary

Ans. B

  1. The theme that Shakespeare explores in Sonnet 18 is-

a. Immortality of youth and beauty
b. Carpe diem
c. Death as an agent of nature
d. Timelessness of poetry

Ans. A

  1. Who is the sonnet addressed to-

a. Shakespeare’s wife
b. Queen Elizabeth
c. A young woman
d. A young man

Ans. D

  1. The poet compares his beloved to-

a. A summer flower
b. Summer breeze
c. A summer’s day
d. Summer tune

Ans. C

  1. Compared to a summer’s day, the poet’s friend is-

a. more lovely and temperate
b. more sweet and soothing
c. more attractive and beautiful
d. more sensuous and passionate

Ans. A

  1. The poet states that ‘fair’-

a. Is subject to change
b. Is the opposite of unfair
c. Can only diminish marginally
d. Is never subject to change

Ans. A

  1. Nature’s changing course is-

a. Dimmed
b. Temperate
c. Untrimmed
d. Lovely

Ans. C

  1. ‘But thy eternal summer shall not fade’. The word opposite in meaning to ‘eternal’ is-

a. Universal
b. Momentary
c. Temporal
d. Decayed

Ans. A

  1. Whose eternal summer shall not fade?

a. Shakespeare’s
b. The fair youth
c. The black lady
d. Queen Elizabeth

Ans. B

  1. The poet asserts that his friend will never lose possession of his-

a. Property
b. Health
c. Beauty
d. Wealth

Ans. C

  1. ‘Nor shall death brag thou wand ‘rest in his shade,’- here ‘shade’ refers to-

a. Talk loudly
b. Talk cheerfully
c. Claim boastfully
d. Take away

Ans. C

  1. The rough winds of summer-

a. Blow the flowers away
b. Shake the darling buds of May
c. Prevent the birds to fly
d. Blow a beautiful scene

Ans. B

  1. Summer has-

a. Short duration
b. Long duration
c. Constant temperature
d. Constant brightness

Ans. A

  1. ‘The eye of heaven’ in Shakespeare’s Sonnet No 18 refers to-

a. The sun
b. The moon
c. The poet
d. The clouds

Ans. A

  1. How is the gold complexion of the sun dimmed-

a. By the clouds
b. By the shade of the tree
c. By a canopy
d. By the shade of a building

Ans. A

  1. Death in the poem is personified as-

a. Kind and helpful
b. Sweet and smart
c. Calm and quiet
d. Proud and boastful

Ams. D

  1. The poet’s friend is expected to grow-

a. With time
b. With the eternal lines of the poem
c. With the love of the poet
d. With nature’s changing course

Ans. B

  1. How can eternal summer be maintained?

a. Through poem
b. Through beauty
c. Through preservation
d. Through conservation

Ans. A

  1. What is the controlling simile in the poem?

a) summers day
b) eternal summer
c) clouds
d) flowers.

Ans. A

  1. “Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” The word ‘thou’ refers to –

a) the poet’s ladylove
b) the poet’s friend
c) the poet’s mother
d) the poet himself.

Ans. B

  1. The word ‘temperate’ means

a) temporary
b) warm
c) friendly
d) moderate.

Ans. D

  1. The fair youth’s beauty surpasses the beauty of

a) nature
b) Summer
c) Autumn
d) winter

Ans. B

  1. The poet compares his beloved to a-

a) wintry day
b) summer’s day
c) sunny day.
d) spring day

Ans. B

  1. The winds that blow in summer in Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 18 are

a) warm
b) balmy
c) rough
d) slow.

Ans. C

  1. Buds of May are –

a) darling
b) tender
c) beautiful
d) green.

Ans. A

  1. What kind of complexion does the sun have?

a) golden
b) yellow
c) blue
d) red.

Ans. A

  1. Shakespeare’s young friend is more lovely and temperate than the

a) buds of May
b) eye of heaven
c) rough winds
d) Summer’s day.

Ans. D

  1. The expression ‘summers lease’ is suggestive of –

a) the brevity of the summer
b) the eternal presence of summer
c) the sporadic presence of summer
d) the silence of summer.

Ans. C

  1. The poet states that summer –

a) is not eternal
b) is hot and humid
c) is eternal
d) is constant.

Ans. A

  1. “Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines.” – The reference here is to –

a. the Mars
b. the Sun
c. the Moon
d. Jupiter.

Ans. B

  1. Rough winds in Summer days destroy

a. flowers
b. buds
c. trees
d. fruits.

Ans. B

  1. The “darling buds” are shaken by rough winds in –

a. March
b. April
c. May
d. June.

Ans. C

  1. Whose “gold Complexion” becomes dimmed sometime? –

a. the friend’s
b. the sun’s
c. nature’s
d. the poet’s.

Ans. B

  1. How is the gold-complexion of the sun dimmed?

a. by a canopy
b. by the clouds
c. by the trees
d. by the shade.

Ans. B

  1. The poet states that fair –

a. is subject to change
b. is the opposite of unfair
c. can only diminish marginally
d. is never subject to change.

Ans. A

  1. The eye of heaven in Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 18 refers to –

a. the sun
b. the moon
c. the poet
d. the clouds.

Ans. A

  1. “But thy eternal summer shall not fade.” – The opposite word of ‘eternal’ is

a. decayed.
b. universal
c. momentary
d. temporal

Ans. C

  1. Nature’s changing course is –

a. dimmed
b. temperate
c. untrimmed
d. lovely.

Ans. C


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Written by Koushik Kumar Kundu

Koushik Kumar Kundu was among the toppers when he completed his Masters from Vidyasagar University after completing his Bachelors degree with Honours in English Literature from The University of Burdwan. He also completed B.Ed from the University of Burdwan.


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