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West Bengal Set 2

West Bengal Set 2

Q.1) In the thirties disillusionment resulted in a gradual retreat and general withdrawal of the literary left from commitment The revolutionary fervour gave way to a gradual change to belief or religion From the following list identify the author who did not turn to religion;

(A) Christopher Isherwood

(B) Graham Greene

(C) George Orwell

(D) Aldons Huxley

Q.2) The second tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is:

(A) The Cook’s Tale

(B) The Squire’s Tale

(C) The Miller’s Tale

(D) The Pardoner’s Tale

Q.3) At the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice though Elizabeth’s relationship with Darcy holds promise for the future, several factors seem to throw a dark shadow over the novel Here is a list Pick the odd one out

(A) Charlotte Lucas faces the grim prospect of life with the pompous and sanctimonious Mr Collins

(B) Lydia Bennet is left to reap the fruits of her reckless elopement

(C) The love-match of Jane and Bingley appears too heavenly to be true

(D) Mr And Mrs Bennet live on tied together in resentment and bitterness

Q.4) The only sonnet William Wordsworth Quoted in full in “The Preface to the Lyrical Ballads” to illustrate poetic diction is by

(A) Thomas Gray

(B) Samuel Johnson

(C) William Cowper

(D) Richard West

Q.5) Who used the pen-name ‘Michael Angelo Titmarsh”?

(A) Charles Dickens

(B) William Makepeace Thackeray

(C) John Stuart Mill

(D) Thomas Carlyle

Q.6) Who among the following is believed to have provided Sidney with the model for his “Stella”?

(A) Elizabeth Boyle

(B) Queen Elizabeth

(C) Penelope Devereux

(D) Mary Fitton

Q.7) Match the author in List A with the work in List B according to the code:

List A

(a) Edmund Spenser

(b) Christopher Marlowe

(c) Walter Raleigh

(d) Samuel Daniel

List B

(1) Hero and Leander

(2) Delia

(3) Mother Hubbard’s Tale

(4) The Nymph’s Reply Shepherd


A. (a)-2, (b)-3, (c)-4, (d)-1

B. (a)-3, (b)-1, (c)-4, (d)-2

C. (a)-4, (b)-3, (c)-2, (d)-1

D. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-3

Q.8) The career of Doctor Faustus in Marlowe’s play implies a contrast with that of

(A) St Benedict

(B) Cardinal Wolsey

(C) Martin Luther

(D) St Augustine

Q.9) The play with which Badal Sircar first moved into his Third Theatre experimentation, though having performed it earlier in the proscenium format, was

(A) Abu Hossain

(B) Evam Indrajit

(C) Sagina Mahato

(D) Bhoma

Q.10) Which of the following indicates the correct chronological order in which the following plays of Karnad appeared?

(A) Hayavadana Tughlaq Yayati – Nagamandala Yayati

(B) Tughlaq-Hayavadana-Nagamandala

(C) Nagamandala Tughlaq-Hayavadana-Yayati

(D) Tughlaq-Hayavadana-Yayati – Nagamandala

Q.11) “Book, books, book! had found the secret of the garret room) Who is the writer of these lines?

(A) Virginia Woolf

(B) Susan Gubar

(C) Charlotte Bronte

(D) Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Q.12) Match the pairs according to the codes given:

List 1

(a) Kamala Das

(b)Arun Kolatkar

(c)Jayanta Mahapatra

(d) Taru Dutt

List 2

(1) English and Oriya

(2) English and Malayalam

(3) English and French

(4) English and Marathi


A. (a)-1, (b)-4, (c)-3, (d)-2

B. (a)-3, (b)-2, (c)-4, (d)-1

C. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-3

D. (a)-4, (b)-3, (c)-2, (d)-1

Q.13) “They told me had killed the Christ

That year won the scripture prize”

The line occurs in

(A) Dom Moraes

(B) Gieve Patel

(C) Nissim Ezekiel

(D) Eunice de Souza

Q.14) There are two meanings of the word ‘history (1) the events of the past, and (2) writing a narrative based on the events of the past Which contemporary theoretical school foregrounds -the second meaning?

(A) Russian Formalism

(B) New Historicism

(C) New Criticism

(D) Structuralist Marxism

Q.15) The Iliad opens with a dispute between two leaders Who were they?

(A) Achilles and Menelaus,

(B) Hector and Patroclus

(C) Priam and Menelaus

(D) Achilles and Aganemaon

Q.16) Match the protagonist (in List A) with the moral virtue he/she represents (in List B) in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, according to the code:

List A

(a) Artegal


(c) Guyon

(d) Britomart

List B

(1) Chastity

(2) Temperance

(3) Justice

(4) Courtesy


A. (a)-2, (b)-1, (c)-4, (d)-3

B. (a)-3, (b)-4, (c)-2, (d)-1

C. (a)-4, (b)-2, (c)-1, (d)-3

D. (a)-1, (b)-4, (c)-3, (d)-2

Q.17) Why did Hector kill Turnus in the Aeneid?

(A) Turnus accused Hector of marrying Lavinia

(B) Aeneas insulted Turnus for being a Rutulian

(C) Turnus insulted Hector for being a Trojan

(D) Hector saw Turnus wearing the sword-belt of Pallas

Q.18) Given below are four statements:

(A) Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso had 46 cantos in its third and final version

(B) It depicts the campaign of Charlemagne against the Saracens

(C)The women characters Armida, Clorinda and Erminia appear in this romance s

(D)The term ‘humanism (Italian ‘umanismo’) was first coined here Indicate the correct combination according to the


(A) 1, 2 and 3 are correct

(B) 1 and 2 are correct

(C) 1,2 and 4 are correct

(D) 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all correct

Q.19) What is denoted by Bakhtin’s term ‘heteroglossia”?

(A) The discourse of the different nationalities in a multicultural society

(B) The different transcendental discourses within a society

(C) The different scientific discourses within a society

(D) The discourse of different within a society

Q.20) According to Lyotard postmodernism rejects grand narratives that self-reflexively

authenticate themselves This means that grant narratives

(A) Construct their own ideologies to justify their existence

(B) Construct baniers between social and follow a divine and rule” policy

(C)Construct modes of literary textuality that are self-reflexive

(D) Construct transnational and transcultural arguments

Q.21) The Diary of Samuel Pepys has entries for the period

(A) January 1660 – May 1669

(B) April 1660 – December 1667

(C) January 1661-September 1685

(D) August 1668-June 1690

Q.22) In Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoups to Conquer Tony Lumpkin is

(A) A friend of Mr Marlow and Mr Hastings

(B) A foundling who lived in the Hardcastle household

(C) Mrs Hardcastle’s nephew

(D) Mr Hardcastle’s step-son

Q.23) The verse structure of Dryden’s poem Annux Mirabilis is the

(A) Heroic couplet

(B) Decasyllabic Quatrain

(C) Octosyllabic couplet

(D) lambic tetrameter

Q.24) The Vanity of Human Wishes is an imitation of

(A) Horace’s Third Satire

(B) Persius’s Tenth Satire

(C) Juvenal’s Tenth Satire

(D) Horace’s Second Epistle

Q.25) I dedicate this play to those heroes who bravely stood for peace when human sacrifice was claimed for the Goddess of War. This dedication is prefixed to Tagore’s translated play rendered into English as

(A) The King and the Queen

(B) Waterfall

(C) Red Oleanders

(D) sacrifice

Q.26) Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R):

Assertion (A) “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections” is the full title of Wordsworth’s Ode

Reason (R): This stresses the importance of memory in Wordsworth’s perception of creation In the light of the above, indicate the correct option:

(A) (A) is right, but (R) is wrong

(B) Both (A) and (R) are right, and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)

(C) Both (A) and (R) are right, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

(D) Both (A) and (R) are wrong

Q.27) I live not in myself, but I become

Portion of that around me, and to me

High mountains are a feeling, but the hum

Of human cities torture

The above lines from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage are an example of

(A) Neo-Platonism


(C) Republicanism

(D) Orientalism

Q.28) Match the dramatists in List A with the plays in List B

List A

(a) Philip Massinger

(b) Thomas Dekker

(c) George Chapman

(d) Thomas Heywood

List B

(1) The Four Prentices of London

(2) Byron

(3) The Witch of Edmorton

(4) A New Way to Pay Old Debts

Indicate the correct combination according to the code give below:

A. (a)-4, (b)-3, (c)-2, (d)-1

B. (a)-3, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-2

C. (a)-1, (b)-3, (c)-4, (d)-2

D. (a)-2, (b)-1, (c)-3, (d)-4

Q.29) Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R)

Assertion (A): The metaphysical conceit remains unique for its singular blend of passion and ratiocination

Reason (R); This was possible because of the Quality of inclusiveness available in the contemporary sensibility In the light of the above, indicate the correct option

(A) Both (A) and (R) are false

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, and (R) is correct explanation of (A)

(C) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

(D) (A) is true (R) is false

Q.30) Match the real-life figures (in List A) with Dryden’s satiric characters in Absalom and Achitophel (in List B) according to the code:

List A

(a) Titus Oates

(b) Slingsby Bethel

(c) Duke of Buckingham

(d) Duke of Monmouth

List B

(1) Shimei

(2) Absalom

(3) Corah

(4) Zimri

The correct combination according to the code is

A. (a)-1, (b)-4, (c)-3, (d)-2

B. (a)-3, (b)-1, (c)-4, (d)-2

C. (a)-4, (b)-3, (c)-2, (d)-1

D. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-3

Q.31) Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R):

Assertion (A) Milton’s first wholly English poem (“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”) was written in 1629, though he had already been writing poetry in Latin by that time

Reason (R) Milton wanted to be remembered chiefly as a writer of Latin poetry

In the light of the above, indicate the correct option

(A) (A) and (R) are both true, and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)

(B) (A) and (R) are both true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false

(D) Both (A) and (R) are false

Q.32) : In Albee’s A Zoo Story the title suggests

(A) The play presents a story about a Zoo

(B) The entire human condition seems to be a Zoo

(C) A visit to the Zoo is the solution for human despair

(D) The characters in this play, Jerry and Peter pretend to be animals in a Zoo

Q.33) Which of the following features does not relate to the Harlem Renaissance?

(A) Preservation of racial identity

(B) A wave of assimilationist sentiment

(C) Disillusionment with the promises of the White Majority

(D) Growth of maturity and self-discovery

Q.34) A Dance of the Forests, which Wole Soyinka wrote to mark the independence of Nigeria, is

(1) A celebration of the past

(2) A glorification of the present

(3) A balanced critique of the past

(4) Cautiously optimistic about the future

Find the correct combination according to the code

(A) Only 1 and 2 are correct

(B) Only 2 and 3 are correct

(C) Only 1 and 4 are correct

(D) Only 3 and 4 are correct

Q.35) Which of the following novels deals with the aboriginal Stolen Generation?

(A) Benang

(B) The Tree of Man

(C) Cloudstreet

(D) For the Term of His Natural Life

Q.36) The lake is Quiet, the trees surround me, asking and giving nothing-this is the last line of

(A) Disgrace

(B) Voss

(C) A House for Mr Biswas

(D) Surfacing

Q.37) Scandinavian loan words have resulted in providing English language with

(A) Place names

(B) Names of animals

(C) Personal names

(D) Names of professions

Q.38) Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R)

Assertion (A) Despite being identified as a pirated text, the first Quarto of Hamlet is not dismissed by scholars

Reason (R): As a memorially reconstructed text it is believed to hold clues to an early Elizabethan performance of the play

In the light of the above, indicate the correct option

(A) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)

(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false

(D) Both (A) and (R) are false

Q.39) The inhabitants of the land of Houyhnhnms in Gulliver’s Travels are

(A) Wild horses and primitive humans

(B) Giant creatures and irrational humans

(C) Rational horses and humanoid creatures

(D) Dwarfish horses and filthy human beings

Q.40) Who wrote the following lines?

“Wordsworth is a poet, a most original poet He no more resembles Milton that Milton

resembles Shakespeare no more resembles Shakespeare than Shakespeare resembles

Milton: he is himself “

(A) John Keats

(B) S T Coleridge

(C) Matthew Arnold

(D) Lord Jeffrey Francis

Q.41) This Australian novel was published in 1901 The author at 16 tells a life-story expressing an intense desire to be a writer Suddenly life is transformed, one could choose between the dreams and a conventional life Which novel is this?

(A) Sally Morgans My Place

(B) Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career

(C) Mudrooroo’s Wild Cat Falling

(D) Kevin Gilbert’s The Cherry Pickers

Q.42) In which play do we get the following lines:

I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing”

(A) Major Barbara

(B) A Doll’s House

(C) Society

(D) The Importance of Being Earnest

Q.43) “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers

And linger on the shore

And the individual withers, and the world is more and more”

The above lines are Quoted from

(A) ‘Two Voices

(B) ‘Ulysses’

(C) Locksley Hall

(D) “In Memoriam

Q.44) Pick out the novel where the female protagonist is not a ‘fallen” woman

(A) Adam Bede

(B) Tess of the D’Urbervilles

(C) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

(D) Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Q.45) Killing the Angel in House’ was part of the occupation of a woman writer” What did Virginia Woolf not mean by the phase “killing the “Angel in the House”?

(A) Fighting off the spectre of Victorian respectability

(B) Getting rid of the spirit of Victorian womanhood hovering over her

(C) Fighting off the need to please her family like a self-sacrificing heroine

(D) Disregarding the standards of womanly conduct and joining the Suffragette Movement

Q.46) Which is the correct chronological order for the following books of poems by W B Yeats?

(A) The Winding Stair – Responsibilities- The Rose The Tower

(B) The Rose-The Tower The Winding Stair – Responsibilities

(C) The Rose Responsibilities The Tower The Winding Stair

(D) Responsibilities-The Tower-The Winding Stair-The Rose

Q.47) In which of the poems of the Four Quartets does Eliot strongly focus on his childhood memories of the American South?

(A) ‘Burnt Norton

(B) East Coker

(C) “The Dry Salvages”

(D) “Little Gidding

Q.48) Which of these works belongs to Roland Barthes’ structuralist period?

(A) S/Z

(B) Writing Degree Zero

(C)The Pleasures of the Text

(D) The Death of the Author

Q.49) Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R):

Assertion (A), Lacan was a structuralist

Reason (R) Lacan rewrote Freud in language of Saussure

In the light of the above, indicate the correct option:

(A)Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

(C) (A) is true but (R) is false

(D) (A) is false but (R) is true

Q.50) What is there in common between these novels Thackeray’s Henry Exmond, George Elliot’s Romola, Thomas Pynchon’s Mason and Dixon and Chaman Nahal’s Azadi

(A) They are all bildungsromans

(B) They are all psychological novels

(C) They are all novels about romance and adventure

(D) They are all historical novels

Q.51) Nagamese is a language used in Nagaland for communication It can be classified as one of the following:

(A) Creole

(B) Primitive language

(C) Written language

(D) Pidgin

Q.52) Transfer refers to

(A) The application of L rules to L, learning

(B) The use of L, vocabulary for L

(C) A mixture of L, and L rules

(D) None of the above

Q.53) Verner’s Law refers to

(A) Rules of Anglo-Norman vocabulary

(B) Systematic change of consonants in English

(C) Rules of English grammar

(D) Systematic change of vowels in English

Q.54) What type of imagery is used in the following lines from Baudelaire?

Some perfumes are as fragrant as a child Sweet as the sound of hautboys, meadow-green

Others, corrupted, rich, exultant, wild

(A) Kinaesthetic imagery

(B) Synesthetic imagery

(C) Gustatory imagery

(D) Organic imagery

Q.55) Flaubert’s Madame Bovary ends with

(A) The death of Emma

(B) Her husband’s discovery of her long faithlessness

(C) Emma’s reverie

(D) Emma’s affair with Rodolphe

Q.56) A language is best learnt by the mim-mem method or mimicry and memorization This is true for leaming

(A) Vocabulary

(B) Sentences

(C)Processes of transfer

(D) Processes of internalization

Q.57) Georgian Poetry is the title of a series of anthologies edited by

(A) Walter de la Mare

(B) Edward Marsh

(C) WH Davies

(D) Lascelles Abercrombie

Q.58) I have no belief in tradition” or a common myth-kitty, or casual allusion in poems to other poems or poets” Who is the speaker?

(A) Philip Larkin

(B) Thom Gunn

(C) Dylan Thomas

(D) Robert Graves

Q.59) Which of these is not a contemporary British author?

(A) Abdulrazak Gurnah

(B) Buchi Emecheta

(C) Diran Adebayo

(D) Cyprian Ekwensi

Q.60) Which of the following novels of Dostoevsky was originally called The Drunkards?

(A) The Possessed

(B) Crime and Punishment

(C) The Brothers Karamozov

(D) The Idiot

Q.61) Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of Brecht’s epic theatre”?

(A) The play must have an overt socio-political content

(B) The spectator should maintain a critical distance from the dramatis personae

(C) The play should be realistic

(D) The play should include elements from popular culture

Q.62) Match these British Asian authors with their works

List A

(a) Hanif Kureishi

(b) Hari Kunzra

(c) Meera Syal

(d) Ayub Khan-Din

List B

(1) Anita and Me

(2) East if East

(3) My Beautiful Laundrette

(4) Transmission

Choose the correct code

A. (a)-3, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-2

B. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-3

C. (a)-3, (b)-2, (c)-1, (d)-4

D. (a)-1, (b)-3, (c)-4, (d)-2

Q.63) A current trend in British fiction is to appropriate 19 century England in contemporary termis to dialogize modern England This is called

(A) The Neo-Historical novel

(B) The Neo-Victorian novel

(C) The Neo-Realistic novel

(D) The Neo-Dickensian novel

Q.64) Award-winning Black British Author Caryl Phillips argues that ‘Black Britishness’ should be culturally, rather than racially constructed” This is a demand for

(A) Autonomy

(B) Authoritarianism

(C) Affiliation

(D) Assimilation

Q.65) Apart from Poetics, in which other work does Aristotle discuss pity and fear?

(A) Politics

(B) Rhetoric

(C) Nicomachean Ethics

(D) Metaphysics

Q.66) Which of these, according to Longinus, is NOT an obstacle to sublimity?

(A) Everyday language

(B) Amplification

(C) Fantasy

(D) Extravagant sentiments!

Q.67) In his Essay of Dramatic Poesy, Dryden maintains that a play should aim at “the Delight and Instruction of mankind” Here he is following

(A) Plato


(C) Horace

(D) Longinus

Q.68) Match the following protagonists of four American novels with their traits of character according to the code below:

List A

(a) Ahab

(b) Frederic Henry

(c) Jay Gatsby

(d) Isabel Archer

List B

(1) A rootless character torn between war and love, defeated by forces beyond human control

(2) Madness as a kind of demoniac possession

(3) An excessively romantic nature characterised by high idealism innocence and over-confidence

(4) A shady past and a tremendous ambition to rise to prosperity


A. (a)-2, (b)-3, (c)-1, (d)-4

B. (a)-3, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-2

C. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-3, (d)-1

D. (a)-2, (b)-1, (c)-4, (d)-3

Q.69) The term ecriture feminine was first used by

(A) Luce Irigaray

(B) Helene Cixous

(C) Julia Kristeva

(D) Lisa Jardine

Q.70) The notion of intertextuality was postulated by

(A) Barthes

(B) Kristeva

(C) Lyotard

(D) Derrida

Q.71) Which one of the following does not relate to the objectives of teaching English in India?

(A) Higher Education

(B) Communication outside India

(C) Social work in slum areas

(D) Interaction among the different linguistic communities

Q.72) He is bilingual poet who writes in English and Kannada His poetry expresses an Indian sensibility sharpened by western education The name of the poet is

(A) Nissim Ezekiel

(B) A K Ramanujan

(C) Keki N Daruwalla

(D) Dilip Chitre

Q.73) Ngugi wa Thiongo’s polemical rejection of English as the medium for African literature was to a great extent due to the championing of English by

(A) Wole Soyinka

(B) Ben Okri

(C) Nuruddin Farah

(D) Chinua Achebe

Q.74) Match the critics with their works

List A

(a) Jacques Derrida

(b) Harold Bloom

(c) Edward Said

(d) Judith Butler

List B

(1) The World, The Text and The Critic

(2) Bodies that Matter

(3) Spectres of Marx

(4) The Anxiety of Influence

Indicate the correct combination according to the codes

A. (a)-3, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-2

B. (a)-3, (b)-2, (c)-1, (d)-4

C. (a)-4, (b)-1, (c)-3, (d)-2

D. (a)-2, (b)-4, (c)-1, (d)-3

Q.75) Match the critics with the critical theories with which they are associated:

List A

(a) Louis Althusser

(b) Ranajit Guha

(c) Wolfgang Iser

(d) Elaine Showalter

List B

(1) Subaltern Studies

(2) Feminist Theory

(3) Marxist Literary Theory

(4) Reader-response

Indicate the Theory correct combination according to the codes

A. (a)-4, (b)-2, (c)-3, (d)-1

B. (a)-3, (b)-1, (c)-4, (d)-2

C. (a)-2, (b)-3, (c)-1, (d)-4

D. (a)-1, (b)-4, (c)-3, (d)-2