British History 2:
From the French Revolution to World War II
Topic: "Majesties and Royal Highnesses"

by Laura Cenicola & Mareike Aumann

4.1) Quiz

  1. Does the sonnet follow the traditional Petrarchan setup or not? If not, what is different about it?
  2. What kind of picture of England does the sonnet convey?
  3. Over the years there were six kings who carried the name George. Which of them do you think the poem refers to?
  4. Who or what do yout think the 'glorious Phantom' could be? Could it be related to an event on Europe's mainland, and if so to which one?
  5. How does the author feel about the overall situation? Find literal devices.
  6. Do you think Shelley was in favour of political power, or was he rather an advocate for liberty? Have a look at his bibliography to find out.