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Paper 2- December 2007

Paper 2- December 2007

1. The author of The Provok’d Husband was :

(A) Etherege

(B) Colley Cibber



Answer: B

2. Who among the boys in Golding’s Lord of the Flies is associated with Christ ?

(A) Piggy

(B) Ralph

(C) Jack

(D) Simon

Answer: D

3. The complete title of Laurance Stern’s novel Tristram Shandy is:

(A)The Strange and Surprising Adventures of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

(B)A True Account of The Life of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

(C)The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

(D)The Strange and Surprising Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Answer: C

4. Feminine ending refers to :

(A) a stressed final syllable in a line of verse

(B) the ending of a poem in a stressed syllable

(C) the ending of a poem in an unstressed syllable

(D) an unstressed final syllable in a line of verse

Answer: C

5. The essay ‘The Death of the Author’ is written by :

(A) Michel Foucault

(B) Jacques Derrida

(C) Roland Barthes

(D) Alvin Kernan

Answer: C

6. Salman Rushdie’s Shame is set in :

(A) East Pakistan

(B) India and Pakistan

(C) Pakistan

(D) None of the above

Answer: C

7. Choose the correct chronological sequence in :

(A) Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs of the life of Colonel Hutchinson – Milton’s Paradise Lost – Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress – Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther

(B) Hutchinson’s Memoirs – Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress – Dryden’s Hind and the Panther- Milton’s Paradise Lost

(C) Milton’s Paradise Lost – Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress – Dryden’s Hind and the Panther- Hutchinson’s Memoirs

(D) Dryden’s Hind and the Panther – Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Hutchinson’s Memoirs- Milton’s Paradise Lost

Answer: C

8. The Little Minister is a novel by :

(A) John Galsworthy

(B)H.G. Wells

(C) James M. Barrie

(D)Rudyard Kipling

Answer: C

9. Which Augustan writer’s epitaph reads : “one who strove with all his might to champion liberty” ?

(A) Alexander Pope

(B) Jonathan Swift

(C) Henry Fielding

(D) Daniel Defoe

Answer: B

10. In which of the following novels incidents relating to the declaration of Emergency in India in 1975 figure?

(A) Farrukh Dhondy’s Bombay Duck

(B) Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

(C) Upamanyu Chatterjee’s English August : An Indian Story

(D) Rohinton Mistry’s Such Long Journey

Answer: D

11. Identify the matching pair :

(A) Edward II : Zenocrate

(B) The Jew of Malta : Barabas

(C) The Spanish Tragedy : Horatio

(D)Tamburlaine : Gaveston

Answer: C

12. The future ruin of Troy and the murder of Agamemnon are referred to by W.B. Yeats in :

(A) The Second Coming

(B) Circus Animals Desertion

(C) When You Are Old

(D) Leda and Swan

Answer: A

13. Inscape refers to :

(A) The indwelling presence of God in nature

(B) The universal character of a natural thing

(C) The individuating character of a natural thing

(D) The moment of release from the material world

Answer: C

14. In which of these plays does Edward Albee use the ‘success’ myth ?

(A) A Zoo Story

(B) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

(C) American Dream

(D) The Death of Bessie Smith

Answer: C

15. “The voice of poetry comes from a region above us, a plane of our being above and beyond our personal intelligence”. Who among the following is the author of the above lines?

(A) Rabindranath Tagore

(B) A.K. Coomaraswamy

(C) Sri Aurobindo

(D) Sisir Kumar Ghose

Answer: C

16. The number of poems in Sidney’s sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella is :

(A) 99

(B) 47

(C) 112

(D) 108

Answer: D

17. J.M. Coetzee’s Foe is a postmodern retelling of :

(A) Ivanhoe

(B) Evelina

(C) Robinson Crusoe

(D) The Moonstone

Answer: C

18. Johnson’s edition of Shakespeare appeared in :

(A) 1752

(B) 1765

(C) 1791

(D) 1760

Answer: B

19.The main character in Gogol’s Dead Souls is :

(A) Oblomov

(B) Bazarov

(C) Alyosha

(D) Chichikov

Answer: D

20. After Shakespeare made his debut as a London playwright, he was described as an’upstart crow’ by :

(A) Robert Greene

(B) Thomas Lodge

(C) Christopher Marlowe

(D) John Lyly

Answer: A

21. What was the first play of Mrs. Dalloway called ?

(A) Clarissa

(B) Hours

(C)The Big Ben

(D)The Party

Answer: D

22. Which of the following Caribbean novels makes inter textual references to Jane Eyre ?

(A) No Telephone to Heaven

(B) Wide Sargasso Sea

(C) Crick Crack Monkey

(D) Between Two Worlds

Answer: B

23. The term ‘metaphysical poets’, was first used by :

(A) Ben Jonson

(B) Dr. Johnson

(C) Helen Gardner

(D) Dryden

Answer: B

24. “Only connect” is the epigraph to a novel by :

(A) George Orwell

(B) Joseph Conrad

(C) D.H. Lawrence

(D) E.M. Forster

Answer: D

25. The expression “Thy hand, great Anarch” occurs in a satire by :

(A) Dryden

(B) Pope

(C) Johnson


Answer: B

26. In which of the following novels by Graham Greene does the little girl Brigitta appear ?

(A) The Heart of the Matter

(B) The Power and the Glory

(C) Brighton Rock

(D) The Quiet American

Answer: B

27. The author of ‘A Satire Against Reason and Mankind’ is :




(D) Swift

Answer: A

28.’Anagnorisis’ is a term used by Aristotle for describing :

(A) The moment of discovery by the protagonist

(B) The reversal of fortune for the protagonist

(C) The happy resolution of the plot

(D) The convergence of the main plot and the sub plot

Answer: A

29. In which play by Shakespeare do we find widowed queens questioning the assumptions of male politics ?

(A) Henry V

(B) Richard III

(C)Anthony and Cleopatra

(D) Hamlet

Answer: B

30. Which of the following feminist critics used the expression ‘Gynocriticism’for the first time ?

(A) Kate Millet

(B) Simone de Beauvoir

(C)Elaine Showalter

(D) Mary Ellmann

Answer: C

31. John Keats’s poem ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ was composed in :

(A) 1818

(B) 1819

(C) 1820

(D) 1821

Answer: B

32. The Female Quixote was written by :

(A)Henry Fielding

(B)Tobias Smollett

(C) Charlotte Lennox

(D) Aphra Behn

Answer: C

33. Which contemporary British poet has translated Beowulf ?

(A) Thom Gunn

(B) Alan Lewis

(C)Edward Thomas

(D) Seamus Heaney

Answer: D

34.’The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers’ is :

(A) A poem by William Blake an essay by Charles Lamb

(B) An elegy by William Wordsworth

(C) An essay by Charles Lamb

(D) An essay by William Hazlitt

Answer: C

35. The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner is a novel by :

(A) Kingsley Amis

(B) Alan Sillitoe

(C) John Braine

(D) John Osborne

Answer: B

36. In ‘Black Venus’ Angela Carter takes elements from the poetry of a famous French poet and places them in a very different paradigm. Who is the French poet ?





Answer: A

37. Strophe, antistrophe and epode form a three-part structure in :

(A) a classic ode

(B) a Greek chorus

(C)a medieval ballad

(D) a Petrarchan sonnet

Answer: A

38. The words “where are the songs of spring ? Ay, where are they ?” occur in :

(A) Ode to the West Wind

(B) The Seasons

(C) Ode to Autumn

(D) Resolution and Independence

Answer: C

39. “Music that gentler on the spirit lies than tired eyelids upon tired eyes” the above lines occur in Tennyson’s :

(A) Tears, Idle Tears

(B) In Memoriam

(C) Maud

(D) The Lotus Eaters

Answer: D

40. Which of the following pairs is correctly matched ?

(A) Robert Southey : Lady of the Lake

(B) T.S. Eliot : Lake Isle of Innisfree

(C) A.C. Swinburne : The Lady of Shallott

(D)Thomas De Quincey : Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets

Answer: D

41. Which famous English novel opens with a young woman who is ‘handsome, clever and rich’ ?

(A) Middlemarch

(B) Wuthering Heights

(C) Moll Flanders

(D) Emma

Answer: D

42. It appears that in Paradise Lost Book I “Milton belongs to the Devil’s party without knowing it”. Who among the following made this statement ?

(A) Frank Kermode

(B) William Empson

(C) C.S. Lewis

(D) William Blake

Answer: D

43. Live Like Pigs is :

(A) a humorous poem by Pope

(B) an allegorical narrative by Orwell

(C) a play by Arden

(D) a satirical sketch by Swift

Answer: C

44. ‘A woman drew her long black hair out tight And fiddled whisper music on those strings’. From which section of Eliot’s The Waste Land are the above lines taken ?

(A) A Game of Chess

(B) What the Thunder Said

(C) Burial of the Dead

(D) Fire Sermon

Answer: B

45. Which is the correct sequence of Achebe’s African Trilogy ?

(A) Things Fall Apart – Arrow of God – No Longer At Ease

(B) No Longer At Ease – Arrow of God – Things Fall Apart

(C) Things Fall Apart – No Longer At Ease – Arrow of God

(D) Arrow of God – Things Fall Apart – No Longer At Ease

Answer: C

46. Which are the figures of speech used in the following lines by Blake

“Tyger, tyger, burning bright

In the forest of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry ?”

(A) simile and personification

(B) irony and synecdoche

(C) apostrophe and synecdoche

(D) metonymy and apostrophe

Answer: C

47. In which of the following American novels does ‘the Valley of Ashes’ occur ?

(A) Huck Finn

(B) The Red Badge of Courage

(C) Invisible Man

(D) The Great Gatsby

Answer: D

48. To whom is Chaucer referring when he says ‘He knew the tavern well in every town’ ?

(A) Pardoner

(B) Monk

(C) Squire

(D) Friar

Answer: D

49. “Poetry is a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty”. Who, among the following, made the above statement ?

(A) Dr. Johnson

(B) Sidney

(C) Matthew Arnold

(D) Wordsworth

Answer: C

50. “She is inspired but diabolically inspired”. Who is this lady ?

(A) Candida

(B) Major Barbara

(C) Saint Joan

(D) Ann

Answer: C