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Paper 2- December 2004

1. In Langlands’ Piers the Plowman, Piers appears finally as :

(A) Charity

(B) The Holy Trinity

(C) Jesus

(D) The Good Samaritan

Answer: C

2. It is decided that each Canterbury pilgrim would tell in all :

(A) One story

(B) Two stories

(C) Three stories

(D) Four stories

Answer: D

3. Venus and Adonis is a long narrative poem by :

(A) Shakespeare

(B) Marlowe

(C) Drayton

(D) Sydney

Answer: A

4. The total number of poems in Shakespeare’s Sonnets is :

(A) 123

(B) 142

(C) 104

(D) 154

Answer: D

5. Which of the following plays has a Machiavellean hero ?

(A) Tamburlaine Part I

(B) Dr. Faustus

(C) Jew of Malta

(D) Edward II

Answer: C

6. Which of the following is written by Samuel Butler ?

(A) Religio Laici

(B) David Simple

(C) Hudibras

(D) Journal of the Plague Year

Answer: C

7. Which of the following poems did Milton write in Octosyllabic Couplets ?

(A) IL Penseroso

(B) On His Blindness”

(C) On the Late Massacre in Piedmont”

(D) Lycidas

Answer: A

8. Which of the following plays is not written by Congreve ?

(A) The way of the World

(B) The Old Bachelor

(C) Love for Love

(D) The Relapse

Answer: D

9. Dryden’s All For Love is an adaptation of :

(A) Philaster

(B) Romeo and Juliet

(C) Antony and Cleopatra

(D) Edward II

Answer: C

10. Which of the following books proposes a political theory ?

(A) Principia

(B) Leviathan

(C) Anatomy of Melancholy

(D) Liberty of Prophesying

Answer: B

11. Which of the following books is written by a woman ?

(A) A Vindication of the Rights of Women

(B) Social Contract

(C) A Treatise of Human Nature

(D) The Wealth of Nations

Answer: A

12. Which of the following books by Jonathan Swift is a religious allegory ?

(A) The Battle of the Books

(B) A Modest Proposal

(C) Gulliver’s Travels

(D) A Tale of a Tub

Answer: D

13. Which of the following is a “Visionary” work by William Blake ?

(A) The Song of Los

(B) Songs of Experience

(C) Poetical Sketches

(D) The Vision of the Daughters of Albion

Answer: D

14. Pope’s An Essay on Man is based on the ideas of :

(A) Lord Petrie

(B) Theobald

(C) Lord Bolingbroke

(D) Lord Harvey

Answer: C

15. Which of the following works by Johnson is an imitation of the tenth satire of Juvenal ?

(A) London

(B) Vanity of Human Wishes

(C) The Life of Savage

(D) Rasselas

Answer: B

16. The final version of Wordsworth’s The Prelude appeared in :

(A) 1798

(B) 1806

(C) 1850

(D) 1860

Answer: C

17. “To Suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite” is written by :

(A) Shelley

(B) Wordsworth

(C) Keats

(D) Byron

Answer: A

18. “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever” occurs in :

(A) “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

(B) “Ode to Autumn”

(C) “Ode to Psyche”

(D) “Endymion”

Answer: D

19. Which of the following novels is a satire on the Gothic novel ?

(A) Pride and Prejudice

(B) Emma

(C) Sense and Sensibility

(D) Northanger Abbey

Answer: D

20. Who distinguished between 11the literature of Knowledge” and “the literature of power” ?

(A) Coleridge

(B) De Quincey

(C) Hazlitt

(D) Lamb

Answer: B

21. Who among the following Victorian poets is the most sensitive to the conflict between the old and the new ?

(A) Tennyson

(B) Rossetti

(C) Browning

(D) Swinburne

Answer: A

22. Under the Greenwood Tree is written by :

(A) Mrs. Gaskell

(B) George Eliot

(C) Thomas Hardy

(D) Emily Bronte

Answer: C

23. The Office of Circumlocution occurs in :

(A) Little Dorrit

(B) Bleak House

(C) Great Expectations

(D) Hard Times

Answer: A

24. The novel Mary Barton is written by :

(A)Mrs. Gaskell

(B) George Eliot

(C) Emily Bronte

(D) Dickens

Answer: A

25. The line”Poetry is a criticism of life” occurs in :

(A) Culture and Anarchy

(B) Modern Painters

(C) The Study of Poetry

(D) Sartor Resartus

Answer: C

26. Martha Quest was written by :

(A) Jean Rhys

(B) Doris Lessing

(C) Iris Murdoch

(D) Nadine Gordimer

Answer: B

27. The term “Stream of Consciousness” was taken from the book :

(A) The Human Mind

(B) The Principles of Psychology

(C) The Mind of Man

(D) Modes of Human Behaviour

Answer: B

28. G.S. Fraser’s The Golden Bough focusses on :

(A) Images

(B) Metaphors

(C) Symbols

(D) Archetypes

Answer: D

29. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman relies for its tragic seriousness on the fate of :

(A) Willy Loman

(B) Estragon

(C) Vladimir

(D) Lucky

Answer: A

30. The character Leopald Bloom makes an appearance in the novel :

(A) The Sound and the Fury

(B) Ulysses

(C) To the Lighthouse

(D) The Europeans

Answer: B

31. Who of the following authors represents the Sri Lankan diaspora ?

(A) Cyril Dabydeen

(B) Michael Ondaatje

(C) Arnold H. Itwaru

(D) M.G. Vassanji

Answer: B

32. Australian aborigines receive a sympathetic treatment in :

(A) Les Murray

(B) Gwen Harwood

(C) Judith Wright

(D) A.D. Hope

Answer: C

33. Margaret Atwood’s Survival makes a case for :

(A) Canadian literary studies

(B) Canadian nationalism

(C) The future of Canadian literature

(D) The past of Canadian literature

Answer: C

34. V.S. Naipaul’s latest book is :

(A) The Mystic Masseur

(B) A Bend in the River

(C) Among the Believers

(D) Half a Life

Answer: D

35. Which of the following books by Salman Rushdie refers to the 15th Century Spain as a starting point ?

(A) Haroun and the Sea of Stories

(B) The Moor’s Last Sigh

(C) Shame

(D) Grimus

Answer: D

36. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is written by :

(A) Arthur Miller

(B) Engene O Neil

(C) Edward Albee

(D) Tennessee Williams

Answer: C

37. Imamu Amiri Baraka is :

(A) A Carribean writer

(B) An American writer

(C) An Arab writer

(D) A Sri Lankan writer

Answer: B

38. The Miscellany was published from :

(A) Sahitya Akademi

(B) The Writers Workshop


(D) Dhwanyalok

Answer: B

39. Who of the following writers recreates the life of the Yoruba/Ibo community ?

(A) Derek Walcott

(B) Wole Soyinka

(C) Chinna Achebe

(D) Okot

Answer: B

40. Who of the following White female authors are sympathetic to the cause of the Blacks ?

(A) Margaret Drabble

(B) Nadine Gordimer

(C) Muriel Spark

(D) Jean Rhys

Answer: B

41. New Criticism considers text as a :

(A) Cultural construct

(B) Historical construct

(C) Linguistic construct

(D) Autotelic

Answer: D

42. Mythologies was written by :

(A) Roland Barthes

(B) Jacques Derrida

(C) Homi K. Bhabha

(D) Ernest Dowson

Answer: A

43. The word “Catharsis” signifies :

(A) Pontification

(B) Personification

(C) Purgation

(D) Publication

Answer: C

44. The rejection of “Universalism” is a mark of :

(A) Deconstruction

(B) New Historicism

(C) Structuralism

(D) Postcolonial criticism

Answer: D

45. Eliot’s theory of “objective correlative” appeared in his essay entitled :

(A) Three voices of Poetry

(B) Tradition and the Individual Talent

(C) The Metaphysical Poets

(D) Hamlet

Answer: D

46. Sprung Rhythm is an example of :


(B) Syllable

(C) Stress

(D) Meter

Answer: D

47. “More is thy due than more than all can pay” is an example of :

(A) Weak – ending

(B) Inversion

(C) Alexandrine

(D) Extra Syllable

Answer: B

48. Unrhymed metrical composition consisting of five iambic measures in each line is called :

(A) Rhyme royal

(B) Run-on-lines

(C) Blank verse

(D) Spenserian stanza

Answer: C

49. Verse stories dealing with chivalry, Knight, errantry, enchantments, and love are known as :

(A) The epic

(B) The ballad

(C) The ode

(D) The metrical romances

Answer: D

50. “He is a citizen of no mean city” is an example of :

(A) Periphrasis

(B) Tautology

(C) Prolepsis

(D) Litotes

Answer: D