Australian Bush Poetry MCQs with Answer

Who is considered the “Banjo” in Banjo Paterson?
A) His middle name
B) His nickname
C) His surname
D) His favorite horse
Answer: B) His nickname

Which famous Australian poem begins with the line “There was movement at the station?
A) “The Man from Snowy River
B) “Clancy of the Overflow”
C) “Waltzing Matilda”
D) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
Answer: A) “The Man from Snowy River”

In “Clancy of the Overflow,” Clancy is described as a:
A) Swagman
B) Drover
C) Poet
D) Stockman
Answer: B) Drover

Who wrote the poem “Waltzing Matilda”?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) Henry Lawson
C) Dorothea Mackellar
D) C.J. Dennis
Answer: A) Banjo Paterson

The poem “The Man from Ironbark” was written by:
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: C) Henry Lawson

What is the main theme of “The Man from Snowy River”?
A) Patriotism
B) Adventure
C) Love
D) Nature
Answer: B) Adventure

Which poem depicts the story of a swagman who steals a sheep and then drowns himself?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “Clancy of the Overflow”
D) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
Answer: B) “Waltzing Matilda”

What is the famous opening line of Dorothea Mackellar’s poem “My Country”?
A) “I love a sunburnt country”
B) “Once a jolly swagman”
C) “There was movement at the station”
D) “Out of the night that covers me”
Answer: A) “I love a sunburnt country”

Which poet is known for his creation of the “Sentimental Bloke” character?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: B) C.J. Dennis

In which poem does a character exclaim, “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me”?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “Clancy of the Overflow”
D) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
Answer: B) “Waltzing Matilda”

What is the term used for a person who moves from place to place with a swag (bedroll) in Australian bush poetry?
A) Swagman
B) Stockman
C) Digger
D) Drover
Answer: A) Swagman

Which poem is known for its opening line “I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better, knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan years ago”?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Clancy of the Overflow”
C) “The Man from Ironbark”
D) “The Loaded Dog”
Answer: B) “Clancy of the Overflow”

In “Waltzing Matilda,” what does the swagman do with the jumbuck?
A) He eats it
B) He shears it
C) He steals it
D) He trades it
Answer: C) He steals it

What is the name of the protagonist in “The Man from Snowy River”?
A) Jim Craig
B) Banjo Paterson
C) Clancy
D) Mulga Bill
Answer: A) Jim Craig

“The Man from Ironbark” is known for its humorous portrayal of:
A) A city slicker visiting the bush
B) A stockman’s life
C) A swagman’s journey
D) A drover’s struggle
Answer: A) A city slicker visiting the bush

Which poem describes the misadventures of a cyclist who meets with humorous disasters?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
C) “Clancy of the Overflow”
D) “Waltzing Matilda”
Answer: B) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”

The character “Mulga Bill” is known for his:
A) Riding skills
B) Poetic abilities
C) Bush survival skills
D) Swagman lifestyle
Answer: A) Riding skills

Which poem famously describes the Australian landscape as “a sunburnt country”?
A) “My Country”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “The Man from Snowy River”
D) “Clancy of the Overflow”
Answer: A) “My Country”

What is the name of the town where the events of “The Man from Snowy River” take place?
A) Ironbark
B) Gundagai
C) Snowy River
D) Kosciuszko
Answer: C) Snowy River

In “Waltzing Matilda,” what does the swagman do after being confronted by the troopers?
A) Surrenders peacefully
B) Runs and hides
C) Jumps into the billabong and drowns
D) Fights them off
Answer: C) Jumps into the billabong and drowns

Which poet is often associated with depicting the struggles of rural life in his works?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: C) Henry Lawson

The term “jumbuck” in Australian bush poetry refers to:
A) A type of tree
B) A type of bird
C) A type of sheep
D) A type of kangaroo
Answer: C) A type of sheep

What is the name of the poem that describes the escapades of a character named “The Sentimental Bloke”?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “The Sentimental Bloke”
D) “Clancy of the Overflow”
Answer: C) “The Sentimental Bloke”

Which Australian poet wrote about the hardships faced by miners in the outback?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: C) Henry Lawson

Which poem is known for its famous line “I love a sunburnt country”?
A) “My Country”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “The Man from Snowy River”
D) “Clancy of the Overflow”
Answer: A) “My Country”

In “The Man from Snowy River,” what happens to the rider who goes after the valuable colt?
A) He catches the colt
B) He loses sight of the colt
C) He falls and injures himself
D) He rides triumphantly back to the station
Answer: C) He falls and injures himself

What is the name of the river where the swagman camps in “Waltzing Matilda”?
A) Murray River
B) Darling River
C) Billabong
D) Snowy River
Answer: C) Billabong

Which poem revolves around a digger struggling with the harshness of life in the bush?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
C) “Clancy of the Overflow”
D) “The Loaded Dog”
Answer: D) “The Loaded Dog”

What is the primary emotion expressed in “Waltzing Matilda”?
A) Joy
B) Sorrow
C) Fear
D) Anger
Answer: B) Sorrow

What is the name of the horse that Clancy rides in “Clancy of the Overflow”?
A) Banjo
B) Jim
C) The name is not mentioned
D) Matilda
Answer: C) The name is not mentioned

Which poet wrote about the experiences of soldiers during World War I?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: A) Banjo Paterson

Which poem uses Australian slang such as “Waltzing Matilda” and “jumbuck”?
A) “The Man from Snowy River”
B) “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle”
C) “Waltzing Matilda”
D) “Clancy of the Overflow”
Answer: C) “Waltzing Matilda”

In “The Man from Ironbark,” what does the barber do to the city man as a prank?
A) Shaves half his head
B) Cuts off his beard
C) Paints his face
D) Gives him a terrible haircut
Answer: A) Shaves half his head

Which poem is known for its description of the Australian landscape as “wide and grand”?
A) “My Country”
B) “Waltzing Matilda”
C) “The Man from Snowy River”
D) “Clancy of the Overflow”
Answer: A) “My Country”

What is the occupation of the protagonist in “Clancy of the Overflow”?
A) Swagman
B) Drover
C) Poet
D) Miner
Answer: C) Poet

In “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle,” what is the outcome of Mulga Bill’s encounter with the bicycle?
A) He becomes an expert cyclist
B) He decides to never ride a bicycle again
C) He falls and hurts himself
D) He teaches others to ride bicycles
Answer: C) He falls and hurts himself

Which poet is known for their patriotic ode to Australia titled “Core of My Heart?
A) Banjo Paterson
B) C.J. Dennis
C) Henry Lawson
D) Dorothea Mackellar
Answer: D) Dorothea Mackellar

What is the name of the dog in the poem “The Loaded Dog”?
A) Rover
B) Tommy
C) Bully
D) Nugget
Answer: D

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