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Dead Poets Society Quiz


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  • Q1

    It was school as usual, until Mr. Keating’s class.  This was where they read poetry in the foyer and Mr. Keating expressed to them, “CarpeDiem!” This means what?

    All of the above

    “Seize the day!”

    “Stop trying!”

    “Be in a hurry!”

  • Q2

    Mr. Keating had student Neil Perry read the introduction to their poetry textbooks during his class and then ordered all of the boys to do what?

    Run a lap around the school

    Highlight all the pages containing the introduction

    Rip out the entire introduction

    None of the above

  • Q3

    “Excrement,” Mr. Keatingsaid. “That’s what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard. We’re not laying pipe. We’re talking about poetry.” Why did he say this?

    All of the given answers.

    Because others have said there is a formula to creating poetry and fail to experience some of the benefits of poems which are “to savor words and language.”

    Because poetry expresses “words and ideas that can change the world.”

    Because particular poems can influence societies and cultures, not merely expressing science, but explaining the human condition.

  • Q4

    (Complete the sentence)Mr. Keating goes on to say, “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute…” What?

    “…a dollar.”

    “…a verse.”


    All of the above.

  • Q5

    Some of his students found an old senior annual (yearbook) with Mr. Keating’s picture in it. He was voted, “Most likely to do anything,” and was a member of what club?

    Higher Learning Society

    Study Group Club

    Dead Poets Society

    None of the above

  • Q6

    (Complete the sentence)Mr. Keating spoke, “Boys you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to...” What?

    All of the above.

    “…sing in a church choir.”

    “…find it at all.”


  • Q7

    Neil becomes inspired and tries out for the play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He gets one of the main roles, but he still had to ask his father for permission. What does his father say?

    “It’s bad enough, that you have wasted your time with this, this absurd acting business.”

    All of the given answers.

    “Don’t you dare talk back to me.”

    “Now, tomorrow, you go to them and tell them that you’re quitting.”

  • Q8

    Charlie published an article about “Dead Poets Society” in the school newspaper (Welton Honor). How did the school respond?

    The headmaster shook Charlie’s hand and thanked him.

    All of the students laughed when they heard Charlie’s response to the headmaster’s announcement.

    The headmaster severely spanked Charlie and told him to name all the members of Dead Poets Society and apologize to the school or be expelled.

    Both the students laughing and the punishment by the headmaster

  • Q9

    “Tradition, John. Discipline,” the headmaster spoke to Mr. Keating. What was one of JohnKeating’s main reasons for teaching?

    None of the answers.

    To be lazy and do nothing.

    To correct papers and not enjoy any free time.

    To prepare his students for life, by educating them to think for themselves.

  • Q10

    Neil wants so badly to be in the play but cannot find a way because of his father. “I’m trapped,” Neilconfesses to Mr. Keating. What was Mr. Keating’s response?

    “Sorry, I can’t help you.”

    Both "No..." and ..."the part of the dutiful son".

    “You’re playing the part of the dutiful son. I know this sounds impossible but you have to talk to him.”

    “No, you’re not.”

  • Q11

    After performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and receiving a standing ovation, Neil returned home with his father who chastised him for participating in theater. Later that night, Neil committed suicide. Who does the school ultimately blame for this?

    None of the anwers.

    Todd Anderson

    Mr. Keating

    Neil Perry

  • Q12

    As Mr. Keating is gathering his personal effects from his classroom, all of his boys defy the headmaster and climb on top their desks to say goodbye, “Captain, my captain!”as Mr. Keating responded:

    “Good riddance!”

    None of the answers.

    “Bye, bye.”

    “Thank you, boys. Thank you.”

  • Q13

    What do you feel the important aspects of open and honest communication between family, friends and other members of society are? And, how much of an impact, do you think, language has on a person’s emotions?

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