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B.A.-English-(hons.)-IInd year
(paperIII)-2001

Q.1 (a) ‘’Blessed be god that I have wedded tyre,
Of which I have pyked out the heste.
Both of here nether purs and of here cheste”
In the light of these lines discuss the wife of bath’s attitude to marriage.

or

Discuss how the wife of bath challenges the authority of the church’s teaching on marrage and the conduct of windows.

(b) Donne wrote both secular and devotional verse. Compare the types of passion expressed in the flea and batter My Heart.

or

Compare and contrast the equations between the lover and the beloved in sindey’s astrophen and stella and spenser’s epithalamion.

(c) ‘’I follow him [othello] to serve my turn upon him”, says lago in othello. How does lago entangle othello,cassio and other characters? Why are his methods so effective?

or

Comment on the use of dramatic irony in othello and show how it is used to further the development of the plot.

Q.2(a) what does Pico Della Mirandola mean when he calls man ‘’a creture of undeterminate nature’’ in the oration on the Dignity of Man?

or

How does Sidney support his claim that nature’s ‘world is brazen, the poets only deliver a golden’’?

(b) write a note on the courtly tradition in renaissance poetry.

or

Briefly trace the development of English comedy upto Shakespeare.

Q.3(a) Unable to live within the framework of the christian theology,Faustus was equally unable to live without it.’’Discuss.

(b) Analyse the function of the comic elements in Marlowe’s doctor Faustus.

Q.4 ‘’The harmony of the ending finally includes more than the joining of the sexes in marriage; it involes a full restoration of social order in the broadest terms.’’In the light of the statement, discuss the comic vision of a As You Like it.

or

‘’As You Like It both celebrates and ridicules the traditional concept of romantic life.’’ Eloborate.

B.A-English- (Hons.)- IInd year
(Paper-IV)- 2001

Q.1 Answer all three parts A,B and C:

(PART –A)

(a) Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:

The misery of us that are born great!
We are forced to woo, because none dare woo us;
And as a tyrant doubles with his word,
And fearfully equivocates, so we
Are forced to express our violent passions
In riddles and in derams, and leave the path
Of simple virtue, which was never made
To seem the thing it is not. Go, go brag
You have left me heartless; mine is in your boson
I hopo ‘twill multiply love there. You do tremle:
Make not your heart so dead a piece of flesh
To fear more than to love me. Sir be confident:
What is’t distrects you? This is flesh and blood, Sir:
Tis not the figure cut in alabaster
Kneels at my husband’s tomb. Awake, awake, man!
I do here put off all vain ceremony,
And only do appear to you a young wisow,
I use but half a blush in’t.

(i) Give the context of these lines.
(ii) What assumptions about widows are apparent in this passage?
(iii) Does this speech make us sympathetic to: or critical of the speaker?

or

(b) Write a note on the dance of madmen in the Duchess of malfi.

(PART-B)

(a) Identify the context, explain and comment on the following lines:

He sought them both, but wished his hap might find
Eve separate, he wished, but not with hope
Of what so seldom chanced, when to his wish,
Beyond his hope, Eve separate he spies,
Viled in a cloud of fragrance, where she stood
Half spied in so thick the roses bushing round
About her glowed, oft stopping to support
Each flower of of slender stalk, whose head though gay
Carnation, purple, azrure or specked with gold,
Hung drooping unsustained, them she up stays
Gently with myrtle band , mindless the while, Herself,through fairest unsupported flower Fromm her best prop so far, and storm so nigh.

or

(b) Read the passage and answer the questions below:
…sad task, yet argument
Not less but more feroic than the wrath
Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued
Thrice fugitive bout Troy wall; or rage
Of Turnus for Lavinia dis espoused,
Or Netune’s ire or Juno’s, that so long
Perplexed the Greek and Cytherea’s son;
If answerable style I can obtain
Of my celestial patroness, who deigns
Her nightly visitation unimplored,
And dictates tome slumbering or inspires
Easy my unpremeditated verse:
Since first this subject for heroic song
Pleased me long choosing, and beginning late;
Not sedulous by nature to indite
Wars, hitherto the only argument
Heroic deemed …..

(i) Give the context of these line.
(ii) Explain the allusions to Achilles, Neptune’s ire or Juno’s and Cytherea’s son.
(iii) Who is the ‘’celestial patroness’’ and in what ways is the poem she inspires different from its predecessors?

(PART-C)

(a) Identify, explain and comment on:

Hold, hold, no bug words, child. Priest and Hymen? Prithee add a hangman to ‘em to make up the consort. No, no, we’ll have no vows but love, child, nor witness but the lover: the kind deity enjoins naught but love and enjoy. Hymen andpriest wait still upon portion and jointure; love and beauty have their own ceremonies. Marriage is as certain a bane to love as lending money is to friedship.

or

(b)Comment on Florinda’s encounter with Eillmore in the garden at night.

Q.2 Answer all two Part (A) and Part (B).

(A)

Write any one of the following:

(i) Bacon writes on marriage from the male point of view only. Comment.
(ii) According to Dryden what should be the object of a satirist’s attack,and how can he be most effective?
(iii) Identify and comment on these lines from Lukechapter 1:

My soul both magnify the Lord,
And my spirit rejoiceth in God my saviour.
For he hath regarded, the low estate of his
Handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth, all
Generations shall call me blessed.

(B)

Write a short note on one of the following:

(i) The term ‘’Jacobean’’
(ii) Milton’s views on divorce and marriage
(iii) ‘Machiavellian’’ behavior in any characters in Antony and Cleopatra or The Duchess of Malfi
(iv) The effectiveness of the heroic couplet for satire
(v) Criticism of commercial values in Pope or Aphra Behn.

Q.3 (a) ‘’The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra is above all the tragedy of Antony.’’ Comment.

(or)

(b)‘’The play of Shakespeare’s that most exalts sexual love is also the play that least idealises love.’’ Comment on Antony and Cleopatra in the light of this remark.

(or)

(c)‘’Shakespeare is clear-sighted about the shortcomings of the Romans as well as their virtues.’’ Discuss

Q.4 (a) ‘’How easy is it to call rogue and villain, and that wittily! But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a block-head or a knave without using any of those opprobrious terms!’’
(Dryden).

How far has Dryden been Successful in making a fool of Shadwell without using ‘’ opprobrious terms’’?

(b) How far can we accept Clarissa’s speech as the moral’ of the poem The Rape of the Lovk?

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II year
(Paper—Vb) –2001

Q.1 Critically comment on:
(a) The death of Petrocles

(Or)

The status of Helen

(b) The Dramatic function of the ring in Abhijnana Shakuntalam.

(Or)

The King’s painting of Shakuntala.

(c) …He would glare at me and say, ‘Back to your waving, woman or you’ll have a headache for a month. ‘’Go and attend to your work; war be the care of the menfolk.’’

(Or)

The two choruses on Lysistrata.

Q.2 (a) What are the eight rasas according to the Natyashstra? Discuss any two.

(Or)

Comment of Plato’s notion that the art of representation is far removed from the truth.’

(b) Discuss epic conventions in the Iliad or The Mahabharata.

Q.3 (a) ‘She is Just such a woman as the audience would expect a foreign princess to be !’ Discuss Medea’s dramtic representation in the light pof this remark.

(Or)

(b) The clash between Medea and Jason is an embodiment of larger conflicts in the lay. Discuss.

Q.4 Discuss the structural and thematic relevance of the dice game in The Mahabharata.

(Or)

Comment on the question posed by Draupadi after the dice game.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—IInd year
(Paper—III) –2002

Q.1 (a) Discuss the theme of self-fashioning in the poetry of Sidney, Spenser and Done.

(Or)

The beloved is just incidental to the poetry of Sidney and Spenser. Elaborate.

(b) Discuss the significance of the pageant of the seven deadly sins in relation to the from of Doctor Faustus.

(Or)

Discuss the problem of time in Doctor Faustus’s last speech.

(c) Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul;
Even now, very now an old black ram
Is topping your white ewe; arise, arisen
Awake the snoring citizens with the bell,
Or else the devil will make a grand sire of you.

Questions:
(i) Who says this and to whom?
(ii) In what way do these words play on the racial anxieties of the listener?

(Or)

Write a brief note on Emilia in precipitating Othello’s tragedy.

(Or)

The theme of self-fashioning in the poetry of Sidney, Spenser and Donne.

Q.2. (a) Discuss Mirandola’s ideas of man’s position in the chain of being in the Oration on the Dignity of Man.

(Or)

Outline Calvin’s argument about Man’s presumptuous temerity’ in robbing God of all his honors in Predestination and Free Will.

(b) Write a note on the miracle and morality plays.

(Or)

What were the changing ideas of love and marriage from the middle Ages to the Renaissance?

Q.3. Is there any co-relation between the story of Alyson, the wife of Bath, as sketched out by her in the Wife of Bath’s prologue, and the story of the old and ugly hag in The wife of Bath’s Tale? Give reason for your answer.

(Or)

(Outline the Wife of Bath’s justification for a woman entering into matrimony more than once in her lifetime. To what extent do you think her marital experiences were undertaken for pure pleasure or for pure profit?)

Q.4. Comment on Rosalind as Ganymede in As You Like It, and elaborate how she copes with being a man and a woman at the same time.

(Or)

While the question posed by Shakespeare in As You Like It are real and serious, the answers provided are unreal and comic. Do you agree? Elaborate.

B.A—English—(hones.)—II Year
(Paper—IV)—2002

Part (A)

(a) Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:

Fortunate lady!
For you have made your private nuptial bed
The humble and fair seminary of peace.
No question but many an unbenefic’d scholar
Shall pray for you for this deed, and rejoice
That some preferment in the world can yet
Arise from merit. The virgins of your land
That have no dowries shall hope your example
Will raise them to rich husbands. Should you want?
Soldiers, twould make the very Turks and Moors
Turn Christians, and serve you for this act.
Last, the neglected poets of your time,
In honour of this trophy of a man,
Rais’d by that curious engine, your white hand,
Shall thank you, in your grave for’t;

(i)Identify the speaker and state the context of these lines.
(ii) What do the ‘’unbenefic’d scholar,’’ ‘’virgins’’ with ‘’no dowries’’ and ‘’the neglected poets’’ have in common? Way should they praise and rejoice in the act of the ‘’fortunate lady’’?
(iii) What light do these lines throw on the character of the ‘’lady’’? Is the speaker honest and sincere in his/her praise? What is the speaker’s attitude to her?

(Or)

Q.1. A. (b)Comment on the significance and dramatic effectiveness of Webster’s presentation of the Cardinal’s resignation ceremony and the Duchess’s banishment from Ancon take into account also the public reaction to these events.

Part(B)

(a) Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow:

Sing heavenly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai didst inspire
That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,
In the beginning how the heavens and earth
Rose out of chaos: or if Sino hill
Delight thee more, and Silo’s brook that flowed
Fast by the oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above the Aonian mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
And chiefly thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know’st…..

(i) State the context of the given lines.
(II)Explain the allusions to ‘’that shepherd,’’ ‘’Sion hill,’’ ‘’Siloa’s brook,’’ and Anonian mount’’.
(III)How does Milton make an implicit distinction between earlier epics and his own?

(Or)

Q.1. B. (b)Analyze and comment on Eve’s arguments in favour of her working alone on the fateful day. What light do they throw on her personality?

Part (C)

Q.1. C. (a)Identify the context and critically comment on the following lines:

So spoke the Dame but no applause ensu’d;
Belinda frowned, Thalestris called her prude.
To Arms, to A
Rms! The fierce Virago cries,
And swift as Lightning to the Combated fies.
All side in Parties, and begin tm’ Attack;
Fans clap, Silks russle, and tough Whalebones crack;
Heroes’ and Heroines’ shouts confusedly rise,
And base, and treble voices strike the3 Skies.
No common Weapons in their Hands are found,
Like goods they fight, nor dread a mortal Wound,
So when bold Homer makes the Gods engage,
And heavenly Breasts with human passions rage;
‘Gainst Poles, Mars; Latonia, Hermes arms;
And all Olympus rings with loud Alarms.
Jove’s Thunder roars, Heav’n trembles all around;
Blue Neptune storms, the bellowing Deeps resound;
Earth shakes her nodding Tow’rs the Ground
And the pale Ghosts start the Flash of Day!

(Or)

Q.1.C. (b)Read the passage below and answers the following questions:

Great Fletcher never treads in Buskins here,
Nor greater Johnson dares in Socks appear.
But gentle Simkin just reception finds
Amidst this Monument of vanish’t minds:
Pure clinches, the suburban Muse affords;
And Panton waging harmless War with words.
Here Fleck no, as a place to Frame well known,
Ambitiously design’s his Sh—s’ Throne,
For ancient Decker prophesied long since,
That in this Pile should Reign a mighty Prince,
Born for a scourge of Wit, and flayle of Sense:
To whom true dullness should some psyches owe?
But worlds of Misers from his pen should flow’
Humorists and Hypocrites it should produce,
Whole Raymond families and Tribes of Bruce.

(I)State the context. What is ‘’Monument of vanish minds’’?
(II)Explain the reference to ‘’gentle Simkin,’’ ‘’Misers,’’ ‘’Raymond families’’ and ‘’Tribes of Bruce.’’

Q.2. Attempt parts A and B.

Answer any one of the following:

2. A. (I) Write a note on Jesus’ resurrection as told in Luke

Q.2. A. (II) Why, according to Machiavelli, does a prince need to have a ‘’flexible disposition, varying as fortune and circumstances dictate’’?

Q.2. A. (III) How do studies ‘’serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability’’? Ideally, according to Bacon, to use should books be put?

Q.2. A. (IV) How does Hobbes distinguish between fancy and discretion? In what ways is one superior to the other?

Part (B)

Q.2. Write a short note on any one of the following:

(I) Women and cross-dressing in Jacobean England.

(II) Figures of speech effective in mock-epics.

(III) The sense of closure in comedies.

(IV) Religious Nonconformity in the seventeenth century.

(V)Freedom of choice in marriage for women and their right of inheritance in the seventeenth century.

Q.3. (a) Discuss the view that in the Rover, there is an under-current of predatory violence against women and an attempt by men to appropriate their fortune.

Q.3. (b) What are the defining characteristics of Helena and Florida which enable them to gain their objectives despite the inevitable obstacles they encounter in a patriarchal society?

Q.4. (a) ‘’The world of Antony and Cleopatra is not a simple arena where Romans can hack their way to glory with swords; instead, it is a place where politic bargaining often prevails.’’ Discuss the play in the light of this statement.

Q.4. (b) Discuss the view that in Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare invests Antony with ambivalence and continually sustains the complexity of our reaction to him.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—IInd Year
(Paper—V)/(B)—2002

Q.1. Critically comment on:

(a) The shield of Achilles

(Or)

The meeting between Priam and Achilles in Book.
Q.1. (b) Lysistrata’s use of the metaphor of the wool in Act I.

(Or)

When that the swallows escape from the hopes and Gather together.
Keeping away from the cock-birds, then trouble and Sorrow will perish.

Q.1.(C) Karma’s allegiance to Duryodhana

(Or)

The absence of Krishna from the game of dice.

Q.2. (a) Discuss Plato’s notion that poetry ‘’has a terrible power to corrupt’’.

(Or)

‘’Draupadi’s troubles were brought on by the people of this world, particularly by her own husbands.’’ Discuss

Q.2. (b) Comment on the notion of the Heroic in Greek Drama.

(Or)

The Springhare Rasa in Indian drama.

Q.3. Discuss the nature and the relevance of the curse in Abhijnana Shakuntalam.

(Or)

‘’The two worlds of the play, the green world of the woods and the gilded world of the royal court, are never reconciled.’’ Discuss Abhijnana Shakuntalam in the light of the above state meant.

Q.4. The tragedy of media centers upon her contradictory impulses that push her towards her destruction. Discuss.

(Or)

Would you agree with the view that the ending of Media is unsatisfactory as it leaves the tragic conflict unresolved? Give a reasoned answer.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—IInd Year
(Paper—III)— 2003

Q.1. (a) The Wife of Bath ‘’does her best to subvert the traditional hierarchy of husband over wife.’’ Discuss.

(Or)

Bring out ‘’the existence of a sustained and balanced argument across Prologue and Tale’’ in Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath: Prologue and Tale.

(B) Discuss the patriarchal context of Sidney’s ‘Astrophel and Stella and Spenser’s Amoretti.

(Or)

Donne’s poems are overtly patriarchal and imperialist. Discuss with reference to any two of Donne’s poems in your course.

(C) I ago succeeds ‘’in infecting an essentially noble man with his own jealousy’’. Discuss.

(Or)

‘’Let husbands know
Their wives have sense like them.’’

Critically-examine Emilia’s transformation from a common maid into a heroic individual, in the light of this statement.

Q.2. (a) Mirandola locates human dignity in man’s capability and freedom to choose what he wants to be. Critically examine this view.

(Or)

What are Calvin’s views on predestination and free will?

(B) Write are a note on the Puritan reaction to theatre.

(Or)

Write a note on Renaissance Humanism.

Q.3. Is Faustus ‘damnation’ dramatically convincing? Give a reasoned answer.

‘’The structure of Dr. Faustus, inherited from the morality from, negates what the play experientially affirms—the heroic aspiration of Renaissance man. ‘’Discuss.

Q.4. ‘’Ganymede’s role is a device which allows Rosalind a freedom of comment impossible in a conventional love affair.’’ Discuss.

(Or)

‘’The play’s principal characters, Rosalind, Jacques and Touchstone, share with us their knowledge that life seldomaffordsthe beautiful fulfillment that the play’s conclusion depicts.’’ Discuss As You Like It in the light of the above statement.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—IV)– 2003

Q.1. (a) Read the passage and answers the questions that follow:

Thus saying, from her husband’s hand her hand
Soft she withdrew, and like a wood-nymph light
Oared or prayed, or of Delia’s train,
Betook her to the groves, but Delia’s self
In gait surpassed and goddess like deport,
Though not as she with bow and quiver armed,
But with such gardening tools as art yet rude,
Guiltless of fire had formed, or angels brought.
To pales, or Pomona thus adorned,
Likeliest she seemed, Pomona when she fled
Vertumnus, or to Ceres in her prime,
Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove.
Her long with ardent look his eye pursued
Delighted, but desiring more her stay.

(i)State the context of these lines.

(ii)Explain the full implication of the allusion to Delia. What does ‘Guiltless of fire’ imply?
(iii)What is the significance of the references to Pomona, Ceres and Proserpina? Take into account the suggestions of rape, incest and abduction implicit in these similes.
(iv)Describe the relationship between Adam and Eve as suggested in the passage. How does the poet indicate the possibility of a change in their relationship?

(Or)

(a)Write a critical note on the invocation (BK I) in Paradise Lost.

(B)

(a)Read the passage below and answers the questions that follow:

Some such flashes superficially hang on him, for form: But observe his inward character: he is a melancholy churchman. The spring in his face is nothing but the engender’ ring of toads: where he is jealous of any man, he lays worse plots for them, than ever was imposed on Hercules: for he strews in his way flatterers, panders, intelligence’s, atheists: and a thousand such political maunders: he should have been Pope: but instead of coming to it by the primitive decency of the Church he would have carried it away without Heaven’s knowledge.

(i)Identify the speaker and state the context of the lines. To whom is the speaker referring?
(ii)Explain fully the implications of ‘’The spring…….. Toad.’’. Does the reference to ‘toads’ anticipate a later act of the person described?
(iii)How accurately are the later actions of the ‘’Churchman’’ described in ‘’he strews in his way……… monsters’’? Does the comment also cast light on the system which the individual described represents?
(iv)How does the practice of ‘bestowing bribes’ reflect on the ‘Churchman’s character? And how does ‘he manipulate the church to serve his own interest later?

(Or)

(B) Comment on the significance of the scene at the shrine of Loretta where the Duchess and Antonio are banished by the state of Ancon a.

(C)(A) Read the passage below and answers the questions that follow:

The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
Burn’s on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were love-sick with them: the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke and made
The water which they beat to follow faster
As amorous of their strokes For her own Person,
It beggared all description: she did lie in her pavilion—
Cloth-of-gold of tissue—O’ err-picturing that Venus where we see
The fancy outwork nature: on ach side her Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids With divers-colored funs, whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
And what they undid did.
(I)Identify the speaker and state the context of the lines. Whom is he describing?
(II)How does the immediate setting of the action? In the light of this sconce comment on the polarities of Rome and Egypt in the play.
(IIILocate the various reference which emphasize the motif of love in the passage. How does the meticulously arranged show contend with ‘nature’? What light does the show throw on the individual who masterminds it?
(IV)What does this lyrical vision suggest about the speaker? This characteristic style of narration?

(Or)

Q.2. Attempt both A and B.
(A)
(I)Of whom does Jesus say ‘’Her sins, which are many, are forgone: for she loved much’’ and why? How does he elucidate the difference between those who ‘’love much’’ and those who ‘’Lovett little?’’ (Luke)

(II)Why, according to Bacon, should one read books and how should she read them? How do different drenches of learning endow people with different qualities?

(III) Why is it especially necessary for a prince to have flexibility of disposition to meet the demands of circumstance?

(IV)Dryden says of his portrait of Zarma ‘’I avoided the mention of great crimes, and applied the mention of blindsides, and little extravagances’’. Is this the right objective of satire?

(B) (I) Widow Remarriage in the first half of the seventeenth century.

(II)Social mobility in Jacobean England.

(III)Appropriateness of violence in comedies.

(IV)Radical religious sect’s before the Civil Watt in the seventeenth century.

(V)Heroism in the Christian epic.

Q.3.(a)How far does a commercial ethic underlie the surface structure of the romantic comedy in The River?

(Or)

(b)How do Flerinda and Hellena gain their objectives in love despite all the obstacles self forth by a patriarchal society?
Q.4.(a)Dryden differentiates between the ‘’slovenly butchering of a man, and the fineness of a stroke that separates the head from the body, and leaves it standing in its place.’’ What do we see in ‘’MacFleknoe?’’ Discuss with reference to Dryden’s objective, satiric technique use of language and versification.

(b)How does Pope’s portrayal of the beau monde and Belinda in particular in The Rape of the Lock seek to please while it corrects the ‘’little unguarded follies’ of ‘’good humoredly’’ young ladies’’ like Arable Farmer?

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II year
(Paper—V)(B)—2003

Q.1. Critically comment on:

(a)Media’s Children

(Or)

The death of Jason’s royal bride

(b)The role of the Magistrate

(Or)

‘And if so much as said, ‘Darling why are you carrying on with this silly policy?’’ he would glare at me and say, ‘’Back to your weaving, woman, or you’ II have a headache for a month. Go and attend to your work; let war be the care of the men folk.’’

(b) The role of Vidur

(Or)

The significance of Krishna’s intervention to save Draupdi’s honors.

Q.2.(a) Show how Plato distinguishes between the three. Skills of the user, the maker and the arties.

(Or)

According to lavation Karce the questions that draupadi posed to her elders in the assembly were foolish and fatal and contributed to her suffering. Do you agree?

(b)Comment on the concept of Rasa in Indian Drama.

(Or)

Discuss the heroic ideal in Greek Epics.

Q.3. (a)The Iliad explores the ‘’god-like, lonely, heroic fury of Achilles.’’

(Or)

(b) Using the themes of war and peace as background. Homer’s The Iliad explores the destructive and creative aspects of human nature. Discuss with illustrations from the text.

Q.4.(a) In the character of Dushyanta Kailas subjects the ideal of the ‘’hero’’ and the ideal of kingship to ironic scrutiny do you agree? Give a reasoned answer.

(Or)

(b)‘’It looks as if you have turned the penance-grove into a pleasure-garden.’’ Kalidasa explores the dramatic tension between the ascetic and erotic elements in Abijnanasa-Kuntalam.’’ Discuss.

>B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—III)/2004

Q.1. (a) ‘The Wife of bath is both a weaver of cloth and the weaver of fascinating text. Discuss.

(Or)

Bring out the existence of a sustained and balanced argument in the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale.

(Or)

(b)Discuss Doctor Faustus as a text which embodies the contradiction of its age.

(Or)

In Doctor Faustus, Marlowe puts ‘the morality formula in the service of a devastating cultural critique’. Comment.

(C) ‘In the Amoretti Spenser is transforming as well as challenging Petrarch an conventions.’ Discuss with reference to the poems in your course.

(Or)

Bring out the patriarchal and expansionist overtones in Donne’s poetry.

Q.2.(a)How does Castiglione prove that ‘old men can love not only blamelessly but sometimes more happily than the young’?

(Or)

What are Calvin’s views on predestination and free will?

(b) Write a note on:

(I)Renaissance humanism

(Or)

(II)Control and censorship in Renaissance drama.

Q.3. Do you think that Othello’s racial identity is marginal to his tragedy? Discuss.

(Or)

Do you think that Iago’s villainy is sheer ‘motiveless malignity’? Discuss.

Q.4.‘Through the ironic commentary of its fools and malcontents, Shakespeare’s As You Like It exposes their pastoralist as a shallow pretense. Discuss.

(Or)

As You Like It is a play that challenges accepted notions of gender and identity. Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—IV) – 2004

Q.1. (a) Read the passage and answers the question that follows:
Adam well may lab our still to dress
This harden, still to tend plant, herb and flower,
Our pleasant task enjoined, but till more hands
Auld us, the work under our lab Our grows,
Luxurious by restraint; what we by day
Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind,
One night or two with wanton growth derides
Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise
Or hear what to my mind forts thoughts present,
Let us divide our lab ours, thou where choice
Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind
The woodbine round this arbors, or direct
The clasping ivy where to climb, while I
In yonder sprint of roses intermixed
With myrtle, find what to redress till noon:
For while so near each other thus all day
Our task we choose, what wonder if so near?
Casual intervene and smiles, or object new
Our day’s work brought to little, thought begun
Early, and the hour of supper comes unearned.

(i)Explain and comment on the phrases ‘’our pleasant task enjoined,’’ ‘’luxurious by restraint’’, and the reference to the woodbine and the ivy.

(ii)What ominous foreshadowing’s of later events can be seen in this passage.
(iii)Is there significance between Eve’s concept of proper ‘work’ and Adam’s?

(Or)

(b) ……sad task, yet argument
Not less but more heroic than the wrath
Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued
Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage
Of Turn us for Lavonia disespooused,
Or Neptune’s ire or Juno’s that so long
Perplexed the Greek and Cytherea’s son;
If answerable style I can obtain
Of my celestial patroness, who deigns
Her nightly visitation unimplored,
And dictates tome slumbering or inspires
Easy my unpremeditated verse:
Since first this subject for heroic song
Pleased me long choosing, and beginning late;
Not sedulous by nature to indite
Wars, hitherto the only argument
Heroic deemed …..

(i)Give the context of these line.
(ii)Explain the allusions to Achilles, Neptune’s ire or Juno’s and Cytherea’s son.
(iii)Who is the ‘’celestial patroness’’ and in what ways is the poem she inspires different from its predecessors?

(Part-B)

(a)Identify, explain and comment on the following passage:

Pray tell me sir, are not you guilt of the same mercenary crime?
When lady is proposed to you for a wife, you never ask how fair, discreet or virtuous she is, but what’s her fortune; which, if but small, you cry ‘’She will not do my business, ‘’ and basely leave her, though she languish for you. Say, is not this as poor?

(Or)

(b) Read the following passage and answer the question:

WILLMORE: My times as precious to me as thinned can be. Therefore, dear creature, since we are so well agreed, let’s retires to my cumber; and if ever thou wert treated with such savory love! Come, my bed’s prepared for such a guest all clean and sweet as thy fair self. I love to steal a dish and a bottle with a friend and hate long graces. Come, let’s retire and fall to. HELLENA. This but getting my consent and the business is soon done. Let you old gaffer Hymen and his priest say Amen to it, and I dare lay my mother’s daughter by as proper a fellow as your father’s son, without fear or blushing.

(I) Give the context of the passage.
(II)Explain and comment on the phrases in italics.
(III)Does the passage show Wilmore and Helena as ‘’well agreed’’ in personality or is there an essential difference between them?

(Part-C)

(a) When did his Muse from Fletcher scenes purloins,
As thou whole Eth’ ridge dost transfuse to thane?
But so transfused as Oils on Waters glow,
His always floats above sinks below.
This is thy Province, this thy wondrous way,
New Humors to invent for each new Play:
This is the boosted Bays of thy mind,
By which one way, to dullness, ‘tis inclined,
Which makes thy writings lean in one side still?
Nor let thy mountain belly make pretence
Of likeness; thane’s a tympani of sense.
A Ton of Man in thy large Bulk is writ,
But sure thiu’rt but a Killdeer kin of nwit.
Like min thy gentle numbers feebly creep;
Thy Tragic Muse gives smiles, thy Comics sleep.

(I) Name the speaker and the person being addressed in these lines.
(II)Explain the terms ‘’Humors’’ ‘’tympani’’ and Kilderkin.’’
(III)What allusions to Ben Jon sin are found in these lines and why are they incused?
(IV)Show how Dryden in these lines satirizes is victim’s failure to observe Augustan principles of good writing.

(Or)

Write a critical note on the significance of the card in The Rape of the Lock.

Q.2. Write on one of the following:

(I)Machiavelli assumes that the prime aim of princes is to retain power, and he shows them how to do it. Illustrate.

(II)”A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. ‘’How does Bacon illustrate this in ‘’Of Truth’’? Is there any Pleasure in Truth?

(III) What do men according to Hobbes persistently seek power and find themselves constantly on the brink of ‘’Contention, Enmity and War’’?

(IV) Give reasons for the Scribes’ and the Pharisees’ resentment of Jesus.

(Part—B)

Write a brief note on any one of the following:

(I)Suggest reasons for the opposition to widow remarriage in Webster’s time.

(II)What social changes lie behind Satire’s attacks on bad writing?

(III)The Restoration Stage and its conventions.

(IV)‘’The history of Protestantism is in part the history of controlling the expectations it raised in women.’’ Elucidate.

(V) The role of allusion mock –epic.

Q.3. Do you agree that the Duchess of Malfi provides an example of ‘’the dangers of unchecked individualism’’?

(Or)

‘’Theatrical’s used to be made a criticism of Webster; in truth it is his excellence.’’ Discuss this comment with special reference to The duchess of Malfi.

Q.4. ‘’Better to be Antony and lose, than Caesar and win.’’ Do you agree that Antony’s qualities, despite his disgrace, are preferable to Caesar’s?

(Or)

How does the presence of Enobarbus in the play affect our perception of the chief protagonists in Antony and Cleopatra?

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—V)/(b)—2004

Q.1. Critically comment on:

(a) O Zeus, and Earth, and light
Do you hear the chanted prayer?
Of a wife in her anguish?

(Or)

‘’Take ship, or chariot, any means you can, but escape!’’

(b) The significance of Vikarna’s protest.

(Or)

The ritual of Rajsuya Yajna.
(c)The significance of the prologue in Abhijnana Shakuntalam.,

(Or)

Madhavya, the court jester.
Q.2. (a) ‘’The end of the Mahabharata is the end of a yoga’’, says Iravati Karve. Do you agree?

(Or)

On what basis does Plato argue that ‘’poetry has no serious value or claims to truth’’?

(b) Write a note on war and destruction in the Greek epic.

(Or)

‘’Indian dramas evokes an aesthetic emotion through the use of mime, gesture, music, dance, and costume.’’ Explicate.

Q.3. ‘’Aristophanes explores the comic dimensions of the serious theme of war and peace.’’ Discuss the comic devices used by Aristophanes in Lysistrata in the light of the above statement.

(Or)

Discuss the role and significance of the two choruses in Lysistrata.

Q.4.‘’The Iliad explores the co-relation between divine intervention and independent human action.’’ Discuss.

(Or)

‘’In her beauty, her power to enchant men, and her willful action. Helen is a human Aphrodite.’’ Discuss.

.A—English—(Homes.)—II Year
(Paper—III)—2005

Q.1. (a) “Marriage is an event which concerns the community as well as the individual.’’ Discuss how Spencer blends images from classical mythology with realism to represent marriage, in his poem Epithalamion.’’

(Or)

Donne’s poems are ‘overtly patriarchal’ and explicitly imperialist’. Discuss with reference to any two of Donne’s poems in your course.

(b)‘’The ending of As You Like It has been made interesting by the epilogue.’’ Discuss.

(Or)

‘’The wisest of Shakespeare’s characters are often detached from the action of the play in which they appear.’’ How far is this true of Jacques in As Like It? Discuss.

(c)Discuss the significance of the pageant of the Sven deadly sins in relation to the from of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

(Or)

Discuss the theme of time and the dramatic presentation of it in the scene of the last speech of Doctor Faustus.

Q.2.(a) ‘’To him it was granted, to have what he chooses, to be what he wills.’’ Discuss Miranools’a view of man in the light of this statement.

(Or)

‘’Salvation is freely offered to some and others are prevented from attaining it. ‘’ Elaborate Calvin’s on predestination and free will?

(b) Write a note on the Elizabethan stage.

(Or)

Trace the growth of tragedy from Marlowe to Shakespeare.

Q.3.‘’I ago destroys Othello and Desdemona without lifting a finger; he used his tongue along. And it s a brilliant one.’’ Discuss.

(Or)

Both Othello and Desdemona get what they deserve. Do you agree? Discuss.

Q.4.‘’Marriage is more than just a game—it is a financial transaction.’’ Discuss the wife of Bath’s narratives in the context of the social conditions of her time.

(Or)

Is there any co-relation between the story of the wife of Bath, as sketched out in The prologue, and the story of the old and ugly hag in the Tale? Give reasons for your answer.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—IV) 2005

Q.1. (a) Read the passage given below and answer the question that follow:
Cleopatra: With they sharp teeth this knot intrinsic ate
Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool,
Be angry, and dispatch. A, could’st thou speak,
That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass Unsolicited!
Chairman: O eastern star!
Cleopatra: Peace, peace!
Dost thou not see my baby at m breast?
That sucks the nurse asleep?
(I)Explain ‘’ass unsolicited’’? Does Cleopatra succeed in her intention of making Caesar an ‘’ass unsolicited’’?
(II)Critically comment on ‘’Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, that sucks the nurse asleep’’?

(Or)

(b)Critically comment on the barge scene in Antony and Cleopatra.

(B)

(a)Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

(I)Critically comment on the Duchess’s statement ‘’I am Duchess of Malfi still”

(II)Explain the simile ‘’Glories like glow-worms afar off shine bright, But look’s to near have neither heat no light.”
(III)What is Boole’s “trade” at trios point? Identify the medieval tradition Webster is drawing upon in this scene in the exchange between Boole and the Duchess.
(Or)

(b)Maltese describes Boole as “thou wretched thing of blood”. Is this an adequate summing up of his character and role in The Duchess of Malfi?

(C)

(a)Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

(I) What do “portions” and “jointures” refer to?
(II)What is the distinction made between love and Hymen?
(III)Does the speaker manage to convince the addressee?

(Or)

(b)One of the issues addressed in The Rover is the projection of blame from the perpetrators of violence onto their victims. How appropriately does this sum up Willmore’s attitude to women in the play?

Q.2.(a)What is Bacon’s concept of knowledge? Discuss with reference to the extracts in your course.

(Or)

How does Bobbles distinguish between “wit” and “judgments” in ‘On wit and Judgments’?

(c)Write a short note on:
The Machiavelli in 17th century English drama.

(Or)

Epic smile

Q.3.What understanding do you form of Milton’s views on the man-women relationship from your reading of book IX of Paradise Lost?

(Or)

Discuss the portrayal of Satan in Book IX of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Q.4.“Pope depicts Belinda as a meddles consumer, representative of the women of her class in the early eighteenth century London.” Do you agree with this view? Give reasoned answer.

(Or)

Is MacFlecknoe a lampoon or satire on bad writing? Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—V) / (B) – 2005

Q.1. Critically comment on:

(a) Aphrodite
(Or)

“Big though Prim was, he came in unobserved, went up to Achilles, grasped his knees and kissed his hands, the terrible, man killing hands that had slaughtered many of his sons.”

(b)There are three who own no property
A student, a slave, a dependent woman;
The wife of a slave, you are his now my dear;
A master less slave wench, your are now slave wealth!

(Or)

T
he significance of Draupadi being dragged to the court by her hair.

(c)The Cinesias-Myrrhine episode as illustrating Lysistrata happy idea of sex-strike.

(Or)

The seizure of the acropolis in Lysistrata.

Q.2. (a)How does Plato argue that poets “have no grasp of truth”?

(Or)

Bring out the significance of Draupadi reminiscing about her marriage to the five Pandavas.
(b)Write a note on Comedy in the Athenian city state?

(Or)

Briefly define the concept of Dharma.

Q.3.Critically comment on Euripides’ depiction of Media’s tragedy as reaction to her status as a foreign woman in Athens.

(Or)

“And they tell us, we at home
Live free from danger, they go out to battle; fools!”

How and why does Media foreground marriage as an arena for tragedy?

Q.4.Critically examine the representation of female sexuality and motherhood in Abhijana Shakuntalam.

(Or)

Abhijana Shakunatalam dramatizes the conflict between desire and duty. Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—IInd Year
(Paper—III)—2006

Q.1.(a) (I) ‘Faustus’ agony during the final scene of the play expresses the complexity if the contradiction and subversion that are at the heart of the play. Discuss.

(Or)

(II)The structure of Doctor Faustus inherited from the morality plays negates what the play experientially affirms—the hers ion aspirations of Renaissance man. Discuss.

(b) (I)Time plays a significant role not only in Epithalamion’s temporal structure but is one of the major symbols in the poem. Discuss.

(Or)

(II)What areas of experiment in the poetry of John Donne do not conform to our expectations of metaphysical poetry?

(C) (I)Cross-dressing helps Rosalind to subvert the social construction of women that confines them to passive roles in society. Discuss.

(Or)

(II)The Forest of Arden functions as much more than a mere idyllic background to the action of the play As You Like it. Discuss.

Q.2. (a) (I) The young lovers are rebellious against reason; those who are mature in age can control their senses with the help of reason. How would this advice help the young courtiers? Discuss Castiglione’s views.

(II)“Nature’s world is brazen; the poets only deliver a golden. Discuss Sidney defense of poetry.

(b)Write a note on:

(I) The miracle and morality plays.

(Or)

(II) Renaissance humanism.
Q.3.(a)“The Wife of Bath’s Tale should be understood in the context of her Prologue rather than as a wishful alternative to it.” Discuss.

(Or)

(b)“Marriage is more than just a game—it is a financial transaction.” Discuss the wife of Bath’s narratives in the context of the social conditions of her times.

Q.4.(a) Iago’s way of evil consists in finding the weaknesses in others and using them to their own destruction. Discuss Iago’s machinations on Casio and Othello.

(Or)

(b)The handkerchief becomes a powerful device of exposing the hollowness of relationship and the politics of power in Shakespeare’s Othello. Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—IV)—2006

Q.1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

(a) Antony: say to me,
Whose fortunes shall raise higher, Caesar’s or mine?
Soothsayer: Caesar’s.
Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side:
Thy demon that thy spirit which keeps thee, is
Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable,
Where Caesar’s is not. But near him, thy angel
Becomes a feard; as being p’erpower;’d, therefore
Make space enough between you.

(I)Explain the context of these lines.
(II)Critically comment on the qualities of Antony being mentioned here which make him a weak contender to Caesar.

(Or)

(b)Comment on the barge scene especially the representation of the Egyptian way of life.

(B)

(a) 1 Pilgrim: Here’s a strange turn of state: who Would have thought
So great a lady would have match’s herself
Unto so mean a person? Yet the Cardinal
Bears himself much too cruel.
2 Pilgrim: they are banished
1 Pilgrim: But I would ask what power hath this state
Of Ancon a, to determine of a free prince?

(I)Explain the context of these lines.
(II)Critically comment on the personal, political and religious implications of the Duchess’s marriage as being discussed here.

(Or)

(b)Critically comment on the change in Boole’s character in the last two acts of the play.

(C)

(a)Comment on Wilmore’s encounter with Florin a in the garden.

(Or)

(b)Hellene: Madam, ties to entreat you (oh unreasonable)
You would not see this stranger.
For if you do, she vows you are undone;
Though nature never made a man so excellent, And sure he’ ad been a god, but inconstancy.
(I)Explain the context of these lines.
(II)What does the speaker intend to achieve by these revelation?
(III)Comment on the theme of masking and unmasking with reference to the lines given above.

Q.2.(a)Of Whom does Jesus say, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven: for she loved much” and why? How dies he differentiate between those who “lover much” and those who “love little”? (Luke)

(Or)

What, according to Bacon, is the true purpose and manner of reading books? How do different branches of learning endow people with different qualities?

(b)Write a short note on:

Socio-political and theatrical developments in Jacobean England.

(Or)

Milton’s views on divorce and marriage.

Q.3. “Eve raises important questions pertaining to virtue, submission, freedom and the nature of marital bonds both before and after her transgression.” Elaborate and discuss with reference to Book IX of Paradise Lost.

(Or)

“In his desire for Eve, Adam reveals his own narcissistic needs.” Critically examine this statement with reference to Book IX and Paradise Lost.

Q.4.In ‘Discourse concerning satire’, Dryden states that “we have no moral right on the reputation of other men.” Examine Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe in the light if the statement given above

(Or)

In The Rape of the Look, Pope presents a world where objects and commodities have taken over the human. Discuss with reference to the poem.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—V)/ (B)—2006

Q.1. (a)(I) Greeks believed that people really do not have much control over their destinies and thus transferred this control on to the Gods. Discuss the role of gods in The Iliad.

(Or)

(II)Does Homes’ Iliad glorify or condemn war? Discuss

(b) (I)What is the most striking aspect of Medias by Euripides? Is it the rescue of Media at the end, her vengeful acts or the way Jason denies responsibility? Discuss.

(Or)

(II)‘There should have been some there means for mankind to reproduce itself, without the need of the female sex; this would rod the world of all its troubles.’ How far is Jason justified on expressing such hatred for women? Discuss.

(C) (I)In Aristophanes Lyristrata ‘women exploit their stereotypical female identity as a source of power. Discuss.

(Or)

(II)Does Lyristrata follow the convection of the Greek Old Comedy? Discuss.

Q.2. (a) (I) Write a note on Aristotle’s definition of tragedy.

(Or)

(II)How does Irawati Crave compare and contrast Draupadi with Sita?

(b)Write note on:
(I)Absence of tragedy in Abhijnansakuntalam.

(Or)

(II)Epic conventions in Iliad or Mahabharata.

Q.3.(a)Discuss the representation of female sexuality in Abhijnansakuntalam.

(Or)

(b)‘Abhijnansakuntalam is a celebration of romantic life, where the woman before she is acknowledged as a wife, exercises the freedom to choose and to act.’ Do you agree? Discuss.

Q.4.(a)Examine the role of Shakuni in the Game of Dice, with special reference to the structures of power that operate in this context.

(Or)

(b)‘The world of ‘Mahabharata when seen from the point of women is one of power structures controlled by men. How do the prescribed parts of the book bring this our? Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—III)—2007

Q.1. (a) (i) ‘If the renaissance mind was aflame with thoughts of the splendor of life and of knowledge and power, it was also imbued with the knowledge that these flames were the flames of hell.’ Critically examine Faustus’ dilemma in the light of this statement.

(II) Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is a morality play with a difference. Discuss.

(b) (i)‘Through a consciously selective use of language, logo distorts reality and manipulates others so that they unwittingly play into his hands.’ Discuss.

(Or)

(i)Othello is a Moor. How far do you think his cooler and race contribute towards his tragedy?

(C) (I)While Sidney and Spencer highlight the piranha ideals women, Dunne ignores them completely. Discuss.

(Or)

(ii) Epithalamion situates the discourse of love both in the temporal well as spiritual worlds. Discuss.

Q.2. (a) (I) Poetry depicts a golden world whereas nature’s is brazen. Consider Sidney’s defense of poetry in the light of this statement.

(ii) Old men love not only blamelessly but some ties more happily than the young. What arguments does Castiglione give to prove this?

(b) (i) Write a note on the miracle and Morality plays.

(Or)

(II) Write a note on the Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences.

Q.3. (a) (I) ‘By God, if women headed written stories’ says Alyson and she does write. How would you interpret her motivation for writing and the narrative strategies she uses in The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale?

(Or)

(II) The Wife of Bath’s market-oriented in her narratives, both the prologue and the Tale, is conditioned by the social realities of her tome.

Q.4. (a) (I) Disguise for Rosalind is both a game and a serious experience. Discuss.

(Or)

(II) Jacques’s rejection of the merry community seems to challenge the closure achieved at the end of the comedy and question the pastoral idyll. Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—IV)—2007

Q.1. Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:

(A)

(a)
Cleopatra Ah, dear, if be so.
From my cold heart let heaven engender hail.
And poison it in the source, and the first stone
Drop in my neck: as it determines, so Dissolve my life; the nest Caesarian smite Till by degrees the memory of my womb, Together with my brave Egyptians all, By the descending of this palliated storm, Lie grave less, till the files and gnats of Nile Have buried them for prey!

(I)Explain with reference to the context the reason why the speaker is delivering these curses upon herself.
(II)Comment on the language and imagery of the passage.
(III)How does the passage foreshadow some of the events of the play?

(Or)

(b)Critically evaluate Shakespeare’s endorsement of Machiavellian ideals in Antony and Cleopatra.

(B)

(a)Or will God incense his ire
For such a petty trespass, and not praise Rather your dauntless virtue, whom the pain Of death denounced, whatever thing death be,
Deterred not from achieving what might lead
To happier life, knowledge of good and evil;
Be real, why not know, since easier shunned?

(I)Analyses the persuasive logic of the speaker of these lines.
(II)Bring out the irony in the speaker’s allusion to evil.
(III)How does the passage connect with the theme ‘OF man’s first disobedience’?

(Or)

(b) Comment on the dramatic element of Book IX of Paradise Lost.
(C)

(a) Busload. A politician is the devil’s quilted anvil,
He fashions all sins on him, and the blows
Are never heard; he may work in a lady’s chamber,
As here for proof. What rests, but I reveal
All to my lord? Oh, this rests, but I reveal
OF intelligencer! Why, every quality Itch’ world
Prefers but gain, or commendation:
Now for this act, I am certain tic be raids,
And men that paint weeds, to the life, are praised.

(I)Explain the context of these lines.
(II)How does the inward reflection contained in these lines enhance our understanding of this character?
(III)Comment on the thematic significance of the passage.

(Or)

(b)Discuss the critique of aristocracy contained in the play.

Q.2. (I) (a)“A witty man is tickled while he is hurt in this manner, and a fool feels it not.” To which manner is reference being made? (Dryden in A Discourse Concerning the Origin and Progress of Satire). Comment

(Or)

(b)“Princes who have achieved great things have been those who have given their word lightly.” Explain with reference to the relevant extract from Machiavelli’s Tie Prince.

(II) Write a short note on:

(a) The motivation and from characteristic of satire.

(Or)

(b)Experimentations with tragic from in Jacobean theater.

Q.3. (a)The title ‘MacFlecknoe’ initiates the theme of familial succession which is carried forward in The poem thorough several father son pairs. Discuss its political and literary implication with reference to the text.

(Or)

(b) How does Alexander Pope parody the epic conventions of the western literary tradition in his The Rape of the Look.

Q.4. (a) Hellene’s daring quest for liberty dwindles into conformity as she chooses to marry, although a lover of her choice. Discuss with reference to Amphora Behan’s The Rover.

(Or)

(b)Despite the conventional comic resolution, Amphora Behan, in her play The Rover, succeeds in unmasking the paradoxes of gender relations. Discuss with references to the play.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—V) / (B)—2007

Q.1.(a) (I) Is there a heroic code that guides the decisions of the characters in Iliad?

Discuss the values of the Homeric hero with particular reference to Achilles, Odysseus and Hector.

(II)‘Homeric similes and shorter comparisons brig out war’s rightful place in the natural order’. Discuss.

(b) (i)‘In Kalidasa’s Ahijnanasakuntalam the curse acts as an impediment to the action, the ring as a token of recognition resolves the problem’. Discuss.

(Or)

(II)Critically analyze the case and gender norms governing love and marriage in Ahijnanasakuntalam.

(C) (I)‘The speeches of Euripides’ characters strike us as being highly intellectual’. Discuss some of the speeches in Media pointing out the persuasive techniques used to convince their hearers.

(Or)

(II) ‘There should have been some other means for mankind to reproduce itself, without the need of the female sex; this would rid the world of all its troubles’. How far is Jason justified in expressing such hatred for Women? Discuss.

Q.2. (a) (I)Critically comment on Aristides’s theory of catharsis.
(II)How does Irawati Karce compare Draupadi with Site?
(b) Write a note on one of the following:

(I)Srinagar Rasa in Indian drama
(II)Origins of Greek tragedy

Q.3.(a) (I) ‘Aristophanes explores the comic dimensions of the serious theme of war and peace’. Discuss the comic devices used by Aristophanes Lysistrata in the light of the above statement.

(Or)

(II)Women exploit their stereotypical female, identity as a source of power in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Discuss.
Q.4. (a) (I)What role does Sakuni play in the dice game? Discuss.

(Or)

‘Although women gain status through husbands and sons, they create a remarkable space for themselves within the limits set for them almost subverting the patriarchal order’. Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—III)–2008

Q.1. (a)‘Marriage is the key to survival and that is what the Wife of Bath seeks and finds. Critically examine this is statement.

(Or)

The Wife of Bath’s Tale enforces important lessons about the nature of marriage.’ Comment.

(b)‘The metaphysical conceit consists of “the most heterogeneous ideas yoked by violence together”. Illustrate your answer with reference to any two love poems by Donne.

(Or)

‘The Petrarch an poets sought love that was inspiring but not achievable. Elaborate.

(a)‘As drama Dr. Faustus falls somewhere between humanist tragedy and morality play’. Discuss.

(Or)

‘If the consequences of Faustus’s bargain with the devil are inevitable an alterable, it does not matter what one puts in as filler’. Analyze the comic scenes in the light of this statement.

Q.2.(a) What unique ability separates human being from all other created creatures according to Pico Della Marandola?

(Or)

“While some are granted salvation, others are doomed” Discuss the implications of Calvin’s idea.

(b)Write a note on Shakespeare’s stage.

(Or)

Discuss the social and cultural changes brought about by the Renaissance.

Q.3 ‘Othello both validates and undermines racist and anti women stereotypes’. Discuss.

(Or)

‘I am not what I am’. Examine Shakespeare’s depiction of logo in light of this statement.

Q.4.‘In As You Like It one notices an uneasy co-existence of two contradictory images of women.’ Discuss.

(Or)

By giving Jacques, an unsentimental confirmed bachelor, the last word, As You Like It strains the limits of the romantic comic convention’. Comment.

B.A—English—(Hones.) – II Year
(Paper—IV)—2008

Q.1.Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow—

(A)

(I)Explain the context of the above lines.

(II)Comment on the theme of wedded love in the light of the lines given above.

(III)How does the given passage point to the consequence of the fall?

(Or)

(b) Discuss the concept of Free Will as does described in BK. IX of Paradise Lost.
(B)
(I) Explain the context of these lines.
(II) Comment on how love has stripped Angelical of the power she wielded till now.
(III) Compare Florida’s experience of love with Angelica’s experience of love.

Discuss Hellene’s attitude to matrimony.

(C)
(C)

(a)Examine how satire has been used an instrument of social comment in MacFlecknoe.

(I)Comment on Tapestries’ influence on Belinda.
(II) Bring out the mock-epic characteristics of the passage.

Q.2. (a) Write notes on one of the following—

(I) Hobbes’ views on conflict as a natural condition of mankind.

(Or)

(II)Bacon’s views on importance of studies.

(b)Write notes on one of the following—

(I)The women as playwright, actress and character in Restoration theater.

(Or)

(II)The Puritan revolution.

Q.3.(a)Cleopatra is both a victim of male domination as well as a subverted of male authority in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Discuss.

(Or)

(b)Discuss Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra as the depiction of the conflict between public and private spheres.

Q.4. (a) Discuss the Duchess of Malfi as a tragic figure mentioning the kind of heroism she embodies in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.

(Or)

(b)Discuss the scrutiny of aristocracy undertaken by Webster in his play The Duchess of Malfi.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—V) / (B)—2008

Q.1.Critically comment on:

(a)The status of Helen.

(Or)

The shield of Achilles.

(b) Birth V/s Ability of karna.

(Or)

Karan’s allegiance to Duryodhana.

(c)Media in the mould of tragic ‘hero’.

(Or)

‘If only children could be got some other way, without the female sex! If women didn’t exist, Human life would be rid of all its miseries”. Analyze Jason’s comment.

Q.2.(a) Discuss the erotic and comic sentiment of Bharat Natyashastre.

(Or)

Who, according to Private Crave, is responsible for Draupadi’s condition and why?

(b) Show how Plato distinguishes between the three skills of the user, the creator and the painter.

(Or)

Comment on the importance of Rasa’s in Indian drama.

Q.3. Why do you think that the men in Lysistrata carry fire and logs and the women carry water? What do they symbolize? Give more such examples from the play.

(Or)

Discuss the role of two choruses in Lysistrata.

Q.4.“It looks as if you have turned the penance grove into a pleasure garden”. Kalidasa explores the dramatic tension between the ascetic and erotic elements in Abhijnana Shakuntalam. Discuss.

(Or)

Discuss the nature and the relevance of the curse in Abhijnana Shakuntalam.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—III) – 2009

Q. 1. (a) Shakespeare in his ‘Sunny Comedy’ presents a heroine whose grit, intelligence and rebelliousness stand in marked contrast to the more conventionally ‘romantic’ qualities of the hero. Examine the validity of this statement.

(Or)

Examine the role of disguise as a metaphor of class and gender issues in As You Like It.

(b)“”Courtly Love’ attempts to realize a synthesis in which love’ is human in its actualities, but exalted and ‘spiritual’ in its from and expression.” Discuss, illustrating your answer with examples from any two poem in your course.

(Or)

“In the Amoretti cycle, Spenser was attempting a ‘Petrarch an’ reworking of the Elizabethan sonnet convention.” Comment.
(C) “The crisis in Othello stems from Desdemona’s marital choice.” Do you agree? Give reasons.

(Or)

Would you agree that the republic of Venice ends up ultimately victimizing its marginal’s—whether these are moors or women?

Q.2. (a) “Calvin’s Predestination and Free Will and Pico’s Oration represent two spectacularly contrasting views on the problem of ‘Man.’” Write brief interpretive essay.

(Or)

“Castiglione’s ideal of the courtier, though beginning in externalities, does not confine itself to externals.” Comment.

(b) The popularity of the Elizabethan drama could be gauged by the virulence of attack against it by the Puritans. Elucidate.

(Or)

Discuss the changed emphasis imparted by the Renaissance tragedies to the idea of the tragic flaw.

Q.3.Does the presence of ‘anti-feminist’ elements in the Wife of Bath’s portrait strain her claim to independence? Give reasons for your answer.

(Or)

Examine the shifts and continuities from Prologue to Tale in the Wife of Bath text.

Q.4.“Underlying the most pressing concerns and anxieties in Doctor Faustus is an awareness of the workings of time.” Elaborate.

(Or)

“Marlowe’s suggestion regarding an ‘internal’ hell is part of the play’s troubling vision of human possibilities.” Discuss.

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—IV) – 2009

Q.1. Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:

(A)

(a) He is dead, Caesar,
Not by a public minister of justice,
Nor by a hired knife, but that self hand
Which write his honors in the acts it did?
Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend
Splinted the heart. This is his sword.
I robbed his wound of it: behold it stained
With his most noble blood.

(1) Give the context of the lines.
(2) Who is being referred to when the speaker says, “He is dead.” And who is the speaker?
(3) Explain the phrase “writ his honors” and “the courage which the heart lend it.”
(4) What does the phrase “I robb’d his wound” mean and why does he do it?

(Or)

(B) Write a character sketch of Octavia’s Caesar.

(B)

(a)
Close to the walls which fair Augusta bind, (The fair Augusta must be fears inclined)
An ancient fabric, raised to inform the sight,
There stood of yore and Barbican it height:
A watch Tower once, so fate ordains,
Of all the Pile an empty name remains.
From its old Ruins Brothel houses rise,
Scenes of lewd loves, and polluted joys,
Where their vast Courts the Mother-Strumpets keep,
And, undisturbed by watch, in silence sleep.

(1) Identify the poem and the poet.
(2) Explain the reference to “Augusta” and “the fears inclined”.
(3) Explain the reference to “Barbican”, and “so fate ordains”.
(4) Explain the line “undisturbed by watch, in silence sleeps”.

(Or)

(B) Write a note on The Toilette Scene in Canto I in The Rape of the Look.

(C)

(a)Ambition, Madam, is a great man’s madness,
That is not kept in chains, and close-pent rooms,
But in fair light some lodgings, and in girt
With the wild noise of prattling visitants,
Which makes it lunatic, beyond all care?
Conceive not, I am so stupid, but I aim
Whereto your favors’ tend. But he is a fool
That, being a cold, would thrust his hands I’d’ fire
To warm them.

(1) Give the context of the lines.
(2) Who is the speaker, who is he addressing?
(3) Explain the line “Ambition…….. Great man’s sameness”.
(4) Explain the lines, “conceive not…… favors’ tend”, and what do they reveal of the speaker’s character?

(Or)

(B)Write a note on the role of Basal in the play The Duchess of Malfi.

Q.2 (a) Bacon’s view on marriage.

(Or)

How easy is it to call rogue and villain, and that witt
But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead,
Or A knave without using any of those opprobrious terms!
In the light of the above statement discuss Dryden’s view on satire.

(B)Jacobean Drama.

(Or)

Position of women in the 17th century.

Q.3.(a) “Adam’s disobedience surpasses the virtue of the most fallen men. “do you agree with the above statement, or do you find Adam a weak character?

(Or)

(B)Discuss the portrayal of Satan in Book IX of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Q.4. (a)Discuss Helena as the female Rover, in the play The Rover.

(Or)

(B)Analyze the attitude towards matrimony in the play The Rover.

B.A—English—(Hones.)—II Year
(Paper—V) / (B) –2009

Q.1.Critically comment on:

(a) (i) The shield of Achilles

(Or)

(ii)Sons of Atreus

(b) (i)The Magistrate in the play, Lysistrata.

(Or)

(II)The seizure of the Acropolis in the play, Lysistrata.

(C) (I) Madhavya

(Or)

(II)The recognition scene in Abhijnanasakuntalam.

Q.2. (a)How does Aristotle define tragedy? What is catharsis?

(Or)

Write a short note on the origin and evolution of ancient Greek drama.

(B)What according to Irawati Carve, were the mistakes that Draupadi committed? What was her greatest mistake?

(Or)

Write a critical note on the narrative structure of the Mahabharata.

Q.3.Discuss the significance of the depiction of ‘nature’ in Abhijnanasakuntalam.

(Or)

Abhijnanasakuntalam is a dramatization of the conflicts of the private and the public and of desire and duty. Discuss.

Q.4. Discuss the theme of exile in the play Media.

(Or)

The Mahabharata is often referred to as a ‘Dharmasastra’. What moral issues were raised during the dicing and the sequel to dicing sections of the epic?

B.A.—English—(hons.)—II Year
(Paper—III)—2010

Q.1. (a) “The Wife of Bath is an engagingly and even vibrantly ‘liberative’ figure of her time, but the tendencies she embodies are not blemish-free or unproblematic.” Comment.

(Or)

Examine the proposition that in the narratives such as that of the Wife of Bath Chaucer gives intimations of the coming world of the novel.

(B)“The Forest of Arden allows for a freedom that is missing in the world of the court.” Elaborate.

(Or)

Critically examine the following line
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely Players;
They have their exit and entrance,
And one man in his time plays many parts.

(C)Write a note on patterns of symbolism in Spenser’s Epithalamion.

(Or)

Comment on the diverse connotation of love in the poetry of Donne.
Q.2. (a)“Mirandola’s views on human dignity are located in man’s capability and freedom to choose.” Comment.

(Or)

Comment on Castiglione’s impact on courtly ideals in different spheres of life.

(B)Both actors and women were characterized as deceitful and treacherous during the Renaissance. Why?

(Or)

Write a short note on Miracles and Moralities.

Q.3. “Othello may be ‘the devil’ in appearance; but it is the ‘fair logo who gives birth to the dark realities of sin and death in the play.” Discuss Othello in the light of this statement.

(Or)

“Desdemona is complicit in her own undoing”. Critically examine the validity of this claim.

Q.4. Would you agree that Marlowe’s depiction of the transgressor’s punishment targets not so much the ‘sinner’ as the punishing framework? Justify your answer.

(Or)

“Marlowe brings in all the elements of the Morality play ‘achinery’, but without any of the consolations of the Merahysion.” Elaborate.

B.A – English – (Hones.) – II Year
(Paper—IV) 2010

(A)

Q.1. (a) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow—
This is thy Province, this thy wondrous way, New Humors to invent for each new play: This is the boasted Bays of thy mind, By which one way, to boldness, ‘its inclined Which makes thy writings lean on one side still, And, in all changes that way bends thy will. Nor let thy mountain belly make pretence Of likeness; thane’s tympani of sense. A Tuna of Man in thy large Bulk is writ, But sure thou’rt but a Kilderkin of wit. Like mine thy gentle numbers feeble creep; Thy Tragic Muse gives smiles, thy Comic sleep.

(I)Name the speaker and the person being addressed in this line, and give the context.
(II)Explain the terms “Humors” “tympani” and “kilderkin”.
(III)Comment on the way these lines satirize bad writing.

(Or)

(B) Bring out the importance of the game of Umber in The Rape of the Lock.

(Or)

(a)Read the passage and answer the questions that follow—
How can I live without thee, how forgo Thy sweet converse and love so dearly joined, To live again in these wild woods forlorn? Should never from my hart; no no, I feel The link of nature draw me: flesh of flesh, Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state Mine shall never be parted, bliss or woe”

(I)Name the speaker and briefly give the context.
(II)Explain “Bone of my bone thou art”.
(III)Critically comment on the speaker’s character and the decision he makes here.

(Or)

(B)The arguments Satan uses to tempt Eve.

(C)

(a)Identify, explain and critically comment on the passage below—
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety, other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies, for vilest things Become themselves in her, that the holy priests Bless her when she is priggish.

(Or)
(Or)

“How easy is to call rogue and villain, and that wittily!
But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead, or
A knave without using any of those opprobrious terms!”
In the light of the above statement discuss Dryden’s views on satire.

(B) The term “Jacobean”.

(Or)

Women and the Restoration stage.

Q.3. (a) Discuss Willmore’s attitude towards women and matrimony in the play The Rover.

(Or)

(B) Show how violence is a content background threat to the characters in The Rover.

Q.4. (a) Boole is a Machiavellian with an articulate conscience.” Discuss the character of Boole in the above statement.

(Or)

(B)“I am Duchess of Malfi still.” Does the Duchess’ statement confirm that “greatness” is linked to aristocratic status, or does it overturn this idea? Discuss

B.A—English—(Hons.)—II Year
(Paper—V) / (B) – 2010

Q.1. Critically comment on:

(a) The Homeric simile

(Or)

Hector and Andromache

(B) Marico’s ashrama.

(Or)

The Prologue in Abhijnanasakuntalam.

(C) Lysistrata’s use of the metaphor of the wool in Act I.

(Or)

……He would glare at me and say, “Back to your weaving, woman or you’ll have a headache for a month. Go and attend to your work; let war be the care of the men folk’.

Q.2. (a) Irawati Carve holds Draupadi’s husbands primarily responsible for her troubles. Would you agree?

(Or)

Comment on Plato’s notion that “the art of representation is far removed from the truth.”

(B) Write a note on the concept of dharma.

(Or)

Discuss the absence of tragedy in Kalidass’s Abhijnanasakuntalam.

Q.3. (a) “She is just such a woman as the audience would expect a foreign princess to be!” Discuss the dramatic representation of Media in the light of this remark.

(Or)

(B) Does the ending of Media leave the tragic conflict unresolved? Give reasons for your no pinion.

Q.4. (a) Would you agree that the episode of the dicing game offers a critique of the heroic ideal in the Mahabharata?

(Or)

(B) Critically comment on the implications of draupadi’s question and responses of those present.

B.A—English—(Hones.) – II Year
(Paper—III)—2011)

Q.1. (a) Bring out the significance of Jan kin’s “Book of Wicked Wives”.

(Or)

“My love?” Quod he, “Nay my dampnacioun!
Alas! That any of my nation
Should every so foul disparaged be!”
But all for night, the ends is this, that he
Constrained was: he nodes most hire wade,
And teeth his oldie way and Goth to bade,

(B) Identify, explain and comment on:
Oh my America, my new-found-land,
My Kingdom, safeliest when with one amn manned,
My mine of Precious stones, my empery,
How blest am I in this discovering thee!

(Or)

“In the Amoretti Spenser is transforming as
Well as challenging Patrician
Poems on your course.

(C) Identify explain and comment on:

And what’s he thenthat says I play the villain.
When this advice is free I give, and honest,
Probal to thinking, and indeed the cause
To win the Moor again?

Q.2 Identify and critically examine the following lines:
For they are not all created with a similar destiny;
But external life is foreordained for some, and eternal damnation for other. Every man therefore, being created for one or the other of these ends, we sat, he is predestined either to life or to death.

(Or)

…..while the courtier is young he may be allowed to love in a sensual manner; but if in more mature years he should be inflamed with this anonymous desire, he must proceed with circumspection and take care not to deceive himself or let himself experience the distress which in young men deserves compassion rather then blame but in old men blame rather than compassion.

(B) Write a note on control and censorship in Renaissance Drama.

(Or)

Write a short essay on the Elizabethan stage conventions.

Q.3. “ Dr. Faustus examines the dilemma of a hero whose ambitions and prospects are darkened and ultimately doomed by the shadow of ‘Calvinist’ despair.” Comment

(Or)

“Underlying the most pressing concerns and anxieties in Dr. Faustus is an awareness of the workings of time.” Elaborate.

Q.4. “As You Like It is a play that challenges accepted notions of gender and identity.” Elaborate.

“The wisest of Shakespeare’s characters are often detached from the play in which they appear.” How far would this be true of Jacques in As You Like It?

B.A—English—(Hones) – 2nd Year
(Paper—IV)—2011

Q.1 Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:

(A)

(a)The King himself the sacred Unction made
As King by Office, and as Priest by Trade;
In his sinister hand, instead of Ball,
He Placed a mighty Mug of potent Ale,
Love’s Kingdom to his right he did convey,
At once his Sceptre and his rule of Sway,
Whose righteous lore the Prince had Practis’d young
And from whose Lyons recorded Psyche sprung.

(1) Identify the poem and the poet who is the king being referred to.
(2) Explain the references to ‘Love’s Kingdom’ and ‘Psyche’.
(3) Critically comment on the passage.

(b) Write a critical note on the Umbriel’s Journey to the Cave of Spleen on The Rape of the Lock.

(B)

(a) A virtuous mistress? Deathou hast found out for me!
Why, what the devil should I do with a
Virtuous woman, a sort of
Ill-natured creatures that take a pride to
Torment a lover. Virtue is but
An infirmity in woman, a disease that
Renders even the handsome
Ungrateful; whilst the ill-favored, for want
Of solicitations and address
Only fancy themes elves so. I have lain with a
Woman of quality who has
All the while been railing at whores.

(1)Contextualize the passage and identify the speaker.
(2)‘’What the devil should I do with a virtuous woman’’? Explain this line with reference to the character of the speaker.
(3)Comment on this passage as a satire on society’s double standards.

(Or)

(b)Discuss the character of Angelica keeping in view her own words ‘’My virgin heart’’.

(C)

(a) Husband, I come:
I ma fire and air; my other elements
I give to baser life. So have you done?
Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.
Farewell, kind Chaemian, Iras, long farewell.

(1)Identify the speaker and give the context of the lines.
(2)Explain the two phrases in italics.
(3)Critically comment on the passage.

(Or)

(b) Do you agree that Octavius Caesar is a Machiavellian character?

Q.2 (a) Machiavelli is fully aware of the importance of a Prince’s image’ or reputation. Illustrate.

(Or)

Witty man is tickled while he is hurt in this manner and a fool feels it not.’’ Discuss Dryden’s views on the importance has on its victims.

(b) Write a short note on the term “Jacobean”.

(Or)

The Heroic Couplet.

Q.3. Brint out the tragic elements in Book IX of paradise Lost.

(Or)

Eve raises important question pertaining to virtue submission freedom and the nature of marital bonds both before and after her transgression.” Elaborate and discuss with reference to Book IX of Paradise Lost.

Q.4. (a) Do you agree that The Duchess of Malfi provides an example of “the dangers of unchecked individualism”?

(Or)

(b)Bosola is a complex and intricate character and remains so till the end. Discuss.

Paper V(a)
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year-2011

All questions are compulsory. Each part of each question has to be answered.

Q.1. (a) “He was no longer his own master… He needed that woman to live as one needs to eat and drink.”
What theory did Zola espouse in these lines in order to justify human beings’ attraction and reaction towards each other?

(Or)

What stylistic devices does Zola adopt in Therese Raquin to make it a dramatic success?

(b) “There are fifty thousand young fellows facing the same problem: how to make a fortune and make it fast… you’ll have to eat each other, like spiders in a chamber pot.”

In what way does Vautrin’s comment echo Balzae’s reactionary and often contradictory positions on the importance of money and success in the new world of capitalism? Discuss with reference to Pere Goriot.

(Or)

Contrast the two characters of Rastingac and Vautrin in Pere Goriot- the former as the naïve inexperienced outsider, and the latter as the experienced and worldly-wise Parisian.

(c) “In his conversations with Anna Sergeyevna he went out of his way to pour quiet scorn on everything which he was alone he recognized with indignation a romantic stain in himself.
What contrasting sides of Bazarov has been shown here, and what do you think is the author’s purpose for doing so?

(Or)

In Fathers and Sons, the older and the younger generation illustrate the conflicting political positions of contemporary Russia. Discuss.

Q.2. (a) With reference to any two authors and their novels in your course, analyse the difference in their style of representing realism.

(Or)

Do the 19th century European novels come across as full of profound pessimism and forebodings about society and culture?

(b) With reference to Georg Luckac’s essay in your course assess the two diametrically opposed approaches of Balzae and Stendhal.

What according to Emile Zola is an ‘experimental novel’?

Q.3. Would you agree that Emma’s psychological condition is the result of the anguishing gulf that separates her fantasy universe from the twardy realities of 19th century France? Discuss.

Q.4. In Crime and Punishment, what is Dostoevsky’s fundamental idea on happiness and suffering?

(Or)

Discuss Raskolnikov’s conception of himself as a ‘superman’ and how far is this responsible for his nihilism and alienation from the society he lives in?

Paper-V (B)
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year-2011

Attempt all the four questions. The first question has three parts and the second two. Each of the three parts in the first question and two parts in the second question are to be answered.

1. Critically comment on:
(a) “If your husband is won to a new love-
The thing is common; why let it anger you?”

(Or)

The Aegeus Episode in Medea

(b) “Ladies, if we want to force our husbands to make peace, we must give up- (She hesitates)…. Very well then, We must give Up-sex”

(Or)

The Magistrate in Lysistrata.

(c)“The Ancients bequeathed us the rules of the game, There is no evil in it, nor blows.”

(Or)

Yushisthira as he appears during the game of dice in the Mahabharata.

Q.2. (a) Why does Plato argue that art is removed from reality.

(Or)

Write a short note on vira rasa.

(b) Write a short note on the rise of Tragedy in Greece.

(Or)

Write a short note on the concept of Dharma.
Q.3. “Anger-sing goddess, the anger of Achilles…” Analyze The Illiad’s critique of Achilles’s anger.
Critically comment on the representation of Aphrodite in The Iliad.

Q.4. “Why are you out to sully your family’s honour,
And to make me fally you are like a river
That crumbles its banks to muddy its crystal stream….

Critically comment on King Duhsanta’ judgement in Act V OF Abhijnamasakuntalam.

Paper V(C)
B.A. (Hons.) English II year-2011

Attempt all the four questions. Question No.1 has three parts and Question No.2 has two parts Each of these parts must be answered.

Q.1. (a) Comment on the choice of detective(s) in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

(Or)

Examine the importance of King’s Abott in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

(b) Historian William R. Taylor, in Cavalier and Yankee- The Old South and American National Character (1961) describes the Southern ‘plantation mistress’ as the “heart and soul” of the plantation. Does the representation of Scarlett fit this type?

(Or)

To what extent doeas Mitchell critique the ‘War and the ‘Cause’ in Gone with the Wind?

(C) Comment on Fleming’s note on From Russia With Love.

Comment briefly on the representation of women in From Russia with Love.
Q.2. (a) Examine Paulin’s account of the Popular/Elite dichotomy (‘formulaic’ versus ‘mimetic’) in literary studies.

(Or)

Umberto Eco talks about Manichean ideology in his essay ‘The narrative structure of in Fleming’/ Explain with reference to From Russia With Love.

(b) Popular literature is less literature and more ‘mass product’. Comment.

(Or)

Intertexuality and popular literature.

(Or)

Much of children’s literature is intended to alert (scare) children about the horrors of sin and wrongdoing. What is your opinion regarding the impact of such literature?

Q.3. (a) To what extent does Alice’s ‘Coronation Feast’ represent an attempt to recategorise the division between human and animal in Through the Looking Glass?

(b) Examine instances in Through the Looking Glass that parody logic and reasoning (or indeed logic reasoning). What in your opinion is the significance of this?

Q.4. Asimov’s Foundation is a science fictional novel that is concerned less with science and more with political. Do you agree? Provide a reasoned answer.

(Or)

(b) Is Asimov’s Foundation a ‘deterministic’ novel, structured by Hari Seldon’s prophecies and the science of psychohistory?

Paper-III
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year 2012

Q.1 (a) Would you agree that the republic of Venice ends ultimately victimizing its marginals-whether these are moors or women?

Lago is convincing not because he is ‘vupherhumanly in genious but because he is the voice of commonsense. Would you agree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer.

Q.1(b) ‘Sovereignty over men is a woman’s ambition.’ Discuss the wife of Bath’s views on marriage in the light of this statement.

(Or)

Comment on the theme of violence that underlines the wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.

Q.1.(C) ‘Spenser’s Epithalamion situates the discourse of love both in the temporal and spiritual worlds.’ Discuss.

‘Donne’s poetry is marked by a dramatically honest conformation of the challenges of love and faith.’ Elaborate.

Q2. (a) ‘Pico and Culvin illustrate the two extremes with regard to the understanding of human nature and human possibility that emerged from the ferment of the age’. Discuss.

What line of argument does Castiglione adopt to prove that old men can be happier in love that the young?
Q.2.(b) Write a short note on the Globe.

(Or)

Elizabethan stage conventions.

Q.3. ‘In As You Like it the pastoral is a medium through which serious socio-political issues are clarified and resolved’. Comment.

Examine the role of disguise as a metaphor of class and gender issues in As You Like It.

Q.4. ‘Poignance, pathos and compassion for Faustus’ fate temper and problematise moral judgement in the final phase of Marlowe’s drama.’ Discuss.

(Or)

In Dr. Faustus the slapstick scenes which tickled the groundlings’ fancies unite with the seemingly fragmented action to form a subtly ironic tragic design.’ Discuss.

>Paper-IV
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year 2012

Q.1. (A) Identify, explain and critically comment on the passage given below:
(a) All human things are subject to decay, And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey: This Flecknoe found, who, like Augustus, young. Was call’d to empire, and had govern’d long: In prose and verse, was own’d, without dispute. Through all the realms of Non-sense, absolute. This aged prince now flourishing in peace. And blest with issue of a large increase, Worn out with business, did at length debate To settle the succession of the state:
(b) Write a short note on the Cave of Spleen in The Rape of the Lock.

(B) Identify, explain and critically comment on the passage given below:
(a) Nay, but this dotage of our general’s
O’ erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
That oler the files and musters of the war
Have glowed like plated Mars, now bevel, now turn
The office and devotion of the view
Upon a tawny front. His captain’s heart,
Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
The buckles on his breast reneges all temper
And is become the bellows and the fan
To cool a gipsy’s lust.

(Or)

(b) By this marriage
All little jealousies, which now seen great.
And all great fears, which now import their dangers,
Would then be nothing. Truths would be tales,
Where now half tales be truths. Her love to both
Would each to other and all loves to both
Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke,
For’ tis a studied, not a present thought
By duty ruminated.

(C) Identify, explain and critically comment on the passage given below:
(a) But God left free the will, for what obeys
Reason, is free; and Reason he made right,
Lest, by some fair-appearing good surprised.
She dictate false; and mis-inform the will
To do what God expressly hath forbid.

(b) ….innocence, that as a veil
Had shadowed them from knowing ill, was gone;
Just confidence; and native righteousness,
And honour, from about them, naked left
To guilty shane; he covered but his robe
Uncovered more. So rose the Damite strong,
Herculean Samson, from the harlot-lap
Of Philistean Dalilan and waked
Shorn of his strength

Q.2. Write a note on any one of the following:

(a) Generosity in a prince is not necessarily a virtue, according to Machiavelli. Why not?

(Or)

Dryden’s views on satire.

(b)The court as patron and censor of the drama.

(Or)

Comment on the ideas of marriage in the seventeenth century.

Q.3. (a) Discuss the role of the Cardinal in Webster’s play. The Duchess of Malfi.

(b) The Duchess of Malfi is filled with animal imagery and disease imagery. Explain the significance of these images in terms of Webster’s skill in portraying character.

Q.4. The social class of the women in The rover affects the amount of sexual liberty they are allowed and the way the men treat them. Elaborate.

(Or)

There is nothing ideal about the love between Hellena and Wilmore; sexual attraction and money are it driving force. Do you agree?

Paper V (a)
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year 2012

Q.1. (a) A ‘tragic’ novel is one in which the main character is brough to run especially as a consequence of a ‘tragic flaw’, or a moral weakness. Could the novel Madame Bovary be considered a tragic novel? Way or why not?

(Or)

‘Restrictive social boundaries force the individual to transgress? Would this statement be correct in summing up the fate of Emma?

(b) What are Zola’s views on heredity, environment and temperament, and how do they reflect in his novel Therese Requin?

(Or)

Zola claims Therese Raquin to be based on scientific experimentation, but it largely comes out to be a macabre, non realistic nightmare. Do you agree? Give a reasoned answer.

(C) Balzae is a great observer of people and their surroundings. Elaborate Balzae’s presentation of the Parisian society with reference to Pere Goriot.

Write an essay on Pere Goriot as bildungsroman.

Q.2. (a) With reference to Tolstoy’s essay, explain the distinction that he makes between Man’s individual life and his predestined place in history.

(Or)

Q.1 © Medea’s status as a foreigner in Corinith.

(Or)

‘The use of mythic elements in Euripedes’ Medea.

Q.2.(a) Write a critical note on drama and the Athenian Polis.

Write a critical note on the ideas of Dharma.

(b) Why does Plato argue athat art is removed from reality?

Who, according to Iravati Karve, is responsible for Draupadi’s condition and why?

Q.3. Critically analyse the Iliad as an epic of war.

(Or)

Homer’s anthropomorphisra in the Iliad reduces the immortals to the level of mortals. Do your agree? Give a reasoned answer.

Q.4. Abhijnanasakuntalam has been hailed as “the icon of classical civilization and an image of Indian womanhood from the past.” Discuss.

Critically comment on Dushyant’s repudiation of Shakuntala in his court.

Paper-V (b)
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year 2012

Q.1. Critically comment on:-
(a) The metaphor of wool in Lysistrata.

(Or)

The structure of Lysistrata as a Greek old comedy.

Q.1(b) The role of Sakuni

(Or)

The representation of Bhima in the Dicting Scene.

Q.1.(c) Medea’s status as a foreigner in Corinith.

(Or)

‘The use of mythic elements in Euripedes’ Medea.

Q2 (a) Write a critical note on drama and the Athenian Polis

center>(Or)

Write a critical note on the ideas of Dharma.

(b) Why does Plato argue a that art is removed from reality?

Who, according to Iravati Karve, is responsible for Draupadi’s condition and why?

Q.3 Critically analyse the Iliad as an epic of war.

(Or)

Homer’s anthropomorphisra in the Iliad reduces the immortals to the level of mortals. Do you agree? Give a reasoned answer.

Q.4. Abhijnanasakuntalam has been hailed as “the icon of classical civilization and an image of Indian womanhood from the past.” Discuss.

(Or)

Critically comment on Dushyant’s repudiation of Shakuntala in his court.

Paper V (C)

Q.1. Write short notes on the following:
(a) ‘The ‘time vault’ in Foundation.

(Or)

“All quotations from the Encyclopedia Galactica here reproduced are taken from the 116th Edition published in 1020 F.E. by the Encyclopeida Galactica Publishing Co., Terminus, with permission from the publishers.’
[footnote to Encyclopedia Galactica as it appears on page one of the novel]

(b) Women characters (at least two) in, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

(Or)

The choice of Dr. James Sheppard as the narrator in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

(C) ‘The fight between the gypsy women in From Russia with Love.

(Or)

‘For the moment’, Rasa Klebb put on her official voice, ‘I will be brief…. You will be taught certain foreign customs. You will be equipped with beautiful clothes. You will be instructed in all the arts of allurement… you will meet this man. You will seduce him… Your body belongs to the State. Since your birth, the State has nourished it. Now your body must work for the State.’

Q.2.(a) Christopher Pawling argues is it important to analyse popular literature with the same academic rigor one applies in studying canonical literature. Do you agree?

(Or)

Discuss Felicity Hughes’ views on the significance of fantasy in Children’s Literature.

(b) Write a note on bestsellers, examining in particular the reasons for their popularity.

(Or)

Should children be subjected to moral education, especially through the medium of children’s fiction?

Q.3. (a) Examine how Carroll uses fantasy to disrupt and rearrange the assumptions of the adult world in Through the Looking Glass.

(Or)

(b) Attempt an analysis of Lewis Carroll’s use of language in Through the Looking Glass.

Q.4. (a) Elizabeth Hanson comments : “In that rich network of contacts between the two female character, Mitchell reveals the good side of Melanie.” Discuss with reference to Gone with the Wind.

(Or)

(b) Sidney Howard who adapted Gone with the Wind for the screen, wrote to Margaret Mitchell in 1936, requesting her to examine his outline and to help out, especially with the African American characters-“the best written darkies, I do believe, in all literature…. They are the only ones I have ever read which seemed to come through uncolored by white patronizing”. Do you agree with Howard’s views? Provide a reasoned answer.

Paper-III
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year-2013

Q.1. (a) ‘As a drama Dr. Faustus falls somewhere between a morality play and a humanist tragedy’. Elucidate.
When all is done, divinity is best;
Jerome’s Bible, Faustus, view it well……
The reward of sin is death. That’s hard….
If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and
Mere’s no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and
So consequently die,
Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
What doctrine call you this, Che sera sera,
What will be shall be? Divinity adieu!
What has compelled Faustus to alter his faith in “Divinity” in
The short span of these lines?
Critically examine his reasons for his rejection of it.

(b) Comment on the role of the lover as poet in Sidneys ‘Astrophil and Stella’.

(Or)

Discuss the treatment of women in Donne’s poetry. Illustrate your answer with examples from the poems in your course.

(Or)

Write a short note on the significance of the handkerchief in Othello.

Q.2. (a) Why, according to Mirandola, is man “the most fortunate creature”?

(Or)

‘The Courtier is the quintessential Renaissance gentleman’. Consider this statement in the light of your reading of The Courtier by Castiglione.

The Courtier: Baldassre Castiglione

(b) Write a brief note on Boy Actors on the Elizabethan Stage.

(Or)

Briefly trace the features of Shakespearean comedy.

Q.3. Do you think that the wife of Bath’s views in her Prologue and Tale present a feminist critique of male authority? Answer with reference to the prevalent attitudes to women during Chaucer’s time.

(Or)

‘ The Wife of Bath is the weaver of cloth as well as the weaver of a fascinating text.’ Discuss.
Q.4. ‘Through the ironic commentary of its fools and malcontents, pastoralism in As You Like It is exposed a shallow pretence.’ Elucidate.

(Or)

As You Like It is a play that challenges the accepted notions of gender and identity.’ Elaborate.

Paper-IV
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year-2013

Q.1. (a) (i) Identify, explain and critically comment on the following:
“The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
Burn’d on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
It beggar’d all description: she did lie
In her pavilion-cloth-of gold of tissue-
O’er-picturing that Venus where we see
The fancy outwork nature: on each side her
Stood preetty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
With divers-colour’d fans, whose wind did seem
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
And what they undid did.”

(ii) Discuss Enobarbus’s relationship with Antony. Is his defection justified?
(b) (i) Analyse the significance of Ferdinand’s madness in the plays The Duchess of Malfi.

(Or)

(ii) “Iam Duchess of Malfi still. “Critically comment on this assertion with reference to the qualities and experience of this character.

(C) (i) Identify, contextualize, explain and critically comment on the following:
“But when to Mischief Mortals bend their Will,
How soon they find fit Instruments of Ill!
Just then, Clarissa drew with tempting Grace
A two-edg’d Weapon from her shining Case;
So Ladies in Romance assist their Knight,
Present the Spear, and arm him for the Fight.,
He takes the Gift with rev’rence, and extends
The little Engine on his Finger’s Ends;
This just behind Belinda’s, neck he spread,
As o’er the fragrant Streams sh bends her Head,
A thousand Wings, by turns, blow back the Hair,
And thrice they twitch’d the Diamond in her Ear,
Thrice she look’d back, and thrice the Foe drew near”

(ii) In MacFlecknoe instead of virulence Dryden uses good humoured contempt as the satirical stance. Critically comment on this method of the satirist.

Q.2.(a) (i) What, according to Bacon, is the true purpose and manner of reading books? How do different branches of learning endow people with different qualities?

(ii) Critically comment on Hobbes’ views on conflict as a natural condition of mankind.

(b)(i) Discuss why the mock epic lent itself so well to the age of Dryden.

(Or)

(ii) Write a note on the Machiavellian characters in Jacobean drama.

Q.3.(i) Despite the conventional comic resolution. Aphra Behn, in The Rover, succeeds in unmasking the paradoxes of gender relations. Discuss with reference to the play.

(ii) How far does a commercial ethic underlie the surface of the romantic comedy, The Rover? What is the irony displayed regarding this in the role of Angellica Bianca?

Q.4. (i) Discuss the portrayal of Satan in Book IX of Paradise Lost.

(Or)

(ii) Eve raises important questions pertaining to virtue, submission, and individual freedom in Book IX of Paradise Lost. Elaborate and discuss.

Paper-V (b)
B.A. (Hons.) English II Year-2013

Q.1.(a) With reference to the Game of Dice write a short note on one of the following:
Duryodhana

(Or)

Karna
(b) Identify and critically analyse following lines:
“They’ve seized our own Acropolis,
With bars they’ve shut the gate!
They hold the image of the Maid,
Protectress of our state!”

(Or)

Comment on Lysistrata’s verbal duel with the Magistrate.

(C) The Nurse in the play Medea.

(Or)

The appearance of Aegeus in Medea.

Q.2. (a) (i) Do you agree with Irawati Karve’s views on Draupadi’s behavior in the assembly hall? Discuss.

(Or)

(ii) Discuss Plato’s views on art ad mimesis.

(b) (i) Concept of dharma in classical Sanskrit literature.

(ii) The structure of old Greek comedy.

Q.3. Marriage, not love is the central issue Abhijnasakuntalam. Do you agree?

(Or)

Can Kanva’s heritage and Duhsanta’s court be considered entirely opposite spaces in Kalidasa’s Abhijnanasakuntalam? Discuss.

Q.4. Agamemnon and Achilles embody varying notions of heroism. Discuss with reference to Homer’s Iliad.

(Or)

In the Iliad, the representation and treatment of women characters and goddesses alike subscribes to gender stereotypes. Discuss.

B.A. (Hons.) /II Year-2014

Q.1. (a) Discuss the significance of Jankin’s Book of Wikked Wyves.

(Or)

Comment on the Wife of Bath’s privileging of “Experience” over “auctoritee”.

(b) Discuss the diverse connotations of love in the poetry of Donne.

(Or)

“The Petrarchan poets sought love that was inspiring but unachievable.” Elaborate.

(C)“Disguise for Rosalind in As You Like It is both a game and a serious affair.” Comment.

(Or)

Justify the significance of the Epilogue in As You Like It.

Q.2 (a) What according to Pico della Mirandola are the unique qualities that distinguish human beings from all other creatures?

(Or)

How does Sidney supports his claim that nature’s “world is brazen that poets only deliver a golden”?
(b) Write a brief note on Shakespeare’s stage.

(Or)

Renaissance Humanism.

Q.3. ‘Would you agree that ‘Iago’s actions are based on a duality of motives-private revenge and public status’?

(Or)

“Othello both validates and undermines racist and antiwomen stereotypes.” Elaborate.

Q.4. Discuss the significance and implications of the comic scenes in Dr. Faustus.

(Or)

“Faustus’s tragedy stems from the conflict between his magnificent aspirations and the claims of Christian Philosophy”. Comment.

B.A. (Hons.)/II Year-2014

Q.1. (a) (i) Identify, explain and critically comment on the following:
“Is’t not enough you make a nun of me, but you must cast my sister away too, exposing her to a worse confinement than a religious life?

(Or)

(ii) Discuss Willmore’s attitude towards women and matrimony in the play The Romer.

(b) (i) Identify, explain and critically comment on the following:
“How can I live without thee, how forgo
Thy sweet converse and love so dearly joined,
To live again in these wild woods forlorn?
Should God create another Eve, and I
Another rib afford, yet loss of thee
Would never from my heart; no, no, I feel
The link of nature draw me: flesh of flesh,
Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.”

(Or)

(ii) “Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits,
Though kept from man, and worthy to be admired,
Whose taste, too long forborne, at first assay
Gave elocution to the mute, and taught
Thy tongue not made her speech to speak thy praise:
Thy praise he also who forbids thy use,
Conceals not from us, naming thee the Tree
Of Knowledge, knowledge both of good and evil;
Forbids us then to taste, but his forbidding
Commends thee more, while it infers the good
By thee communicated, and our want:
For good unknown, is as not had at all.”

(C) (i) “The misery of us that are born great-
We are forc’d to twoo, because none dare woo us:
And fearfully equivocates, so we
Are forc’d to express our violent passions
In riddles, and in dreams, and leave the path
Of simple virtue, which was never made
To seem the thing it is not. Go, go brag
You have left me heartless-mine is in your bosom,
Make not your heart so dead a piece of flesh
To fear, more than to love me: sir, be confident-
What is’t distracts you? This is flesh, and blood, sir;
‘Tis not the figure cut in alabaster
Kneels at my husband’s tomb. Awake, awake, man!
I do here put off all vain ceremony,
And only do appear to you a young widow
That claims you for her husband, and like a widow,
I use but half a blush in’t”.

(ii) Write a note on the role of Bosola in the play The Duchess of Malfi.

Q.2. (a) (i) “How easy is it to call rogue and villain, and that wittily! But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead, or a knave without using any of these opprobrious terms!.” In light of the above statement discuss Dryden’s views on satire.

(Or)

(ii) Why, according to Machiavelli, is it especially necessary for a prince to have flexibility of disposition to meet the demands of circumstances?

(b) Write a brief note on:

(i) Heroism in the Christian epic.

(Or)

(ii) The woman as playwright, actress and character in Restoration theater.

Q.3. (I) Discuss how, in The Rape of the Lock, Pope uses a mock-epic framework to imaginatively portray the world of feminine sensibility.

(Or)

(ii) Critically comment on how The Rape of the Lock satirizes the displaced values of a world that sets more stock on appearances than realities.

Q.4. (i) ‘The presiding theme of Antony and Cleopatra is not love but success. Do you agree? Give a reasoned answer.

(ii) Cleopatra is both a victim of male dominance as well a subverter of male authority in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Discuss.

B.A. (Hons.)/II Year-2014

Q.1. (a) (i) Identify, explain and critically comment on the following:

“Is’t not enough you make a nun of me, but you must cast my sister away too, exposing her to a worse confinement than a religious life?

(Or)

(ii) Discuss Willmore’s attitude towards women and matrimony in the play The Rover.

(b) Identify, explain and critically comment on the following:

“How can I live without thee, how forgo
Thy sweet converse and love so dearly joined,
To live again in these wild woods forlorn?
Should God create another Eve, and I
Another rib afford, yet loss of thee
Would never from my heart; no, no, I feel
The link of nature draw me: flesh of flesh,
Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.”

(ii) “Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits,
Though kept from man, and worthy to be admired,
Whose taste, too long forborne, at first assay
Gave elocution to the mute, and taught
Thy tongue not made for speech to speak thy praise:
Conceals not from us, naming thee the Tree
Forbids us then to taste, but his forbidding
By thee communicated, and our want:
For good unknown, sure is not had, or had
And yet unknown, is as not had at all.”
(C) (i) “The misery of us that are born great-
We are forc’d to woo, because none dare woo us:
And as a tyrant doubles with his words,
And fearfully equivocates, so we
And forc’d to express our violent passions
In riddles, and in dreams, and leave the path
To seem the thing it is not. Go, go brag
You have left me heartless-mine is in your bosom,
I hope ‘twill multiply love there. You do tremble:
Make not your heart so dead a piece of flesh
What is’t distracts you? This is flesh, and blood, sir;
‘Tis not the figure cut in alabaster
Kneels at myy husband’s tomb. Awake, awake, mann!
I do here put off all vain ceremony,
And only do appear to you a young widow
That claims you for her husband, and like a widow,
I use but half a blush in’t”.

(ii) Write a note on the role of Bosola in the play The Duchess of Malfi.

Q.2. (a) (i) “How easy is it to call rogue and villain, and that wittily!But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead, or a knave without using any of these opprobrious terms!, “In light of the above statement discuss Dryden’s views on satire.

(Or)

(ii) Why, according to Machiavelli is it especially necessary for a prince to have flexibility of disposition to meet the demands of circumstances?
(b) Write a brief note on:
(i) Heroism in the Christian epic.

(Or)

(ii) The woman as playwright, actress and character in Restoration theatre.

Q.3. (I) Discuss how, in The Rape of the Lock, Pope uses a mock-epic framework to imaginatively portray the world of feminine sensibility.

(ii) Critically comment on how The Rape of the Lock satirizes the displaced values of a world that sets more stock on appearances than realities.

Q.4. (i) The presiding theme of Antony and Cleopatra is not love but success. Do you agree? Give a reasoned
answer.

(Or)

(ii) Cleopatra is both a victim of male dominance as well as a subverter of male authority in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Discuss.

B.A. (Hons.)/II Year-2014

Q.1. (a) The role of Madhavya in Abhijnanasakuntalam.

(Or)

Anasuya and Priyamvada.

(b) Comment on the figure of Reconciliation in Lysistrata.

(Or)

Q Identify and critically comment on the following lines:

‘If once we let these women get the semblance of a start
Before we know, theyy’ll be adept at every manly art.
They’ll turn their hands to building ships, and then they’ll
Make a bid
To fight our fleet and ram us, just like Artemesia did.”

(C) Andromache

(Or)

The shield of Achilles

Q.2. (a) (i) How does Aristotle compare epic with tragedy? Which, according to him, is the superior of the two?

(Or)

(ii) Why does Plato condemn art and banish artists from his Republic?

(b) (i) Srinagar Rasa

(ii) The structure of old Greek comedy

Q.3 “Bharata, whom did you lose first? Yourself or me?” Draupadi’s experiences as well as the actions and words
of those present in the sabha, reveal the impossibility of finding justice in the world of the Bharatas. Do you agree?

(Or)

Do you agree that the Gme of Dice functions as a microcosmic preview of the great war of the Bharatas? Discuss.

Q.4. Do you think Euipedes succeeds in portraying Medea as a truly heroic character? Give reasons for your answer.

(Or)

The Chorus in Euripides’ Medea demonstrates the civic and moral ambivalences of ancient Greek society. Do you agree? Discuss with reference to the play.

 

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