Sunday, April 29, 2012


Note : This paper contains fifty (50) multiple-choice questions, each question carrying two (2) marks. Attempt all of them.

1. Tennyson's poem about women's rights and women's sphere is :

(A) Maud
(B) In Memoriam
(C) Idylls of the King
(D) The Princess

Read the pom Princess by Tennyson

2. 'Hymn To Adversity' is a poem by :

(A) Thomas Gray
(B) Edward Gibbon
(C) Alexander Pope
(D) William Blake

Read Hymn To Adversity
3.The King James Bible was published in :

(B) 1610
(D) 1612

4.'IL Migilor Fabro' is the expression Eliot used for :

(A) W. B. Yeats
(B) Samuel Beckett
(C) W. H. Auden
(D) Ezra Pound

Eliot calls Ezra Pound IL Migilor Fabro which means the finer craftsman in his dedication of The Waste Land because of his brilliance as an editor.

5. 'The Figure a poem Makes' is an essay by :

(A) Henry James
(B) Sylvia Plath
(C) Robert Frost
(D) Wallace Stevens
Read the Essay The Figure a Poem Makes

6. ''Ripeness is all” occurs in :
(A) King Lear
(B) Hamlet
(C) Macbeth
(D) Julius Caeser

7. A. C. Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy was published in :

(A) 1903
(B) 1904
(C) 1905
(D) 1906
8. 'Topsy' appears in :

(A) Uncle Tom's Cabin
(B) History of the United States
(C) Walden
(D) Tom Sawyer

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman. Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.

9. A poem that captures the essence of a moment in a simple image is :

(A) Lyric
(B) Ballad
(C) Ode
(D) Haiku

10. Which of the following Shakespearean plays are in the correct chronological sequence ?

(A) The Merchant of Venice - Henry IV Part I - Romeo and Juliet - Richard II
(B) Richard II - Henry IV Part I - Romeo and Juliet - The Merchant of Venice
(C) Henry IV Part I - Romeo and Juliet - The Merchant of Venice - Richard II
(D) Romeo and Juliet -Richard II - Henry IV Part I - The Merchant of Venice

Shakespearean Plays a Timeline

11. The word 'nature' in the eighteenth century literature stands for :

(A) Nature of writing
(B) External nature
(C) Human nature
(D) The Universe

12. Who is given credit for first using the term“romantic?

(A) Friedrich Schlegel
(B) Kant
(C) Coleridge
(D) Schiller

13. Gudrun is a character in a novel by :

(A) James Joyce
(B) Virginia Woolf
(C) D. H. Lawrence
(D) E. M. Forster

14. July's People is a novel by :

(A) Margaret Atwood
(B) V. S. Naipul
(C) Wole Soyinka
(D) Nadine Gordimer

15. Heroic Couplet is a pair of :

(A) Rhyming iambic pentameter lines
(B) Unrhyming iambic pentameter lines
(C) Rhyming iambic hexameter
(D) Unrhyming iambic hexameter

16. 'Gestalt' theory of literature considers text as :

(A) a structure of metaphors
(B) a unified whole
(C) an experimentation in form
(D) construction of history

17. Margaret Laurence is a novelist from :

(A) Australia
(B) The U.S.A.
(C) Canada
(D) Britain
18.Sartor Resartus is a text by :

(B) Arnold
(C) Carlyle
(D) Burke

19. Who of the following is not a university wit ?

(B) Robert Greene
(C) Kyd
(D) Marlowe

20. Bosola is a character in a play by :

(A)Ben Jonson
(B) Webster
(C) Christopher Marlowe
(D) Thomas Middleton

21. 'Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven'. This occurs in a poem by :

(A) William Wordsworth
(B) S. T. Coleridge
(C) Byron
(D) Shelley

Read the Poem here: The French Revolution

22. A Dance of the Forest is written by :

(A) Margaret Atwood
(B) Nadine Gordimer
(C) Chinua Achebe
(D) Wole Soyinka

23. The first Canadian poet is :

(A) Charles Sangster
(B) Oliver Goldsmith
(C) Charles Heavysege
(D) Alexander Machlachlan

24. Heroic quatrain is :

(A) a stanza in blank verse
(B) eight line stanza in iambic hexameter
(C) four line stanza in iambic pentameter
(D) six line stanza in iambic pentameter

25. 'Bildungsroman' translated literally means :

(A) Development novel
(B) Psychological novel
(C) Autobiographical novel
(D) Campus novel

26.A book that faithfully renders a young man's confused images of love and rejection is :

(A) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man
(B) Lucky Jim
(C) Daisy Miller
(D) The brave New World

27. Victorian Age witnessed a clash between :

(A) faith and reason
(B) tradition and modernity
(C) oriental and occidental civilization
(D) romanticism and neo romanticism

28. “For gold in Physique is Cordial/Therefore, he loved gold in special” relates to Chaucer''s

(A) Friar
(B) Monk
(C) Doctor
(D) Pardoner

29. The historical novel began in ;

(A)Restoration Period
(B) Augustan Age
(C) Victorian Period
(D) Romantic Period

30. The term 'Campus novel' is associated with :

(A) Graham Green
(B) Kingsley Amis
(C) Margaret Drabble
 (D) William Golding

31. Which of the following author-book pair is correctly matched ?

(A) Hard Times - George Eliot
(B) Heroes and Hero Worship - Walter Patar
(C) Sourab and Rustom - Matthew Arnold
(D) Ethics of the Dust- Macaulay

32. The title of William Faulkner's The Sound and Fury is derived from a play by :

(A) William Shakespeare
(B) Christopher Marlow
(C) John Webster
(D) Ben Jonson

33. The new humanism school of philosophy and literary criticism was popular in America during :

(B) 1910-1930
New Humanism, critical movement in the United States between 1910 and 1930, based on the literary and social theories of the English poet and critic Matthew Arnold, who sought to recapture the moral quality of past civilizations—the best that has been thought and said—in an age of industrialization, materialism, and relativism.

Reacting against the scientifically oriented philosophies of literary realism and naturalism, New Humanists refused to accept deterministic views of human nature. They argued that: (1) human beings are unique among nature’s creatures; (2) the essence of experience is fundamentally moral and ethical; and (3) the human will, although subject to genetic laws and shaped by the environment, is essentially free. With these points of contention, the New Humanists—Paul Elmer More, Irving Babbitt, Norman Foerster, and Robert Shafer, to name only a few—outlined an entire program and aesthetic to incorporate their beliefs. By the 1930s the New Humanists had come to be regarded as cultural elitists and advocates of social and aesthetic conservatism, and their influence became negligible.

34.Internal rhyme is :

(A) the basic rhythmic structure of a poem
(B) rhyming of two words in alternative lines
(C) rhyming of two or more words in the same line of poetry
(D) all the lines of a poem ending with the same line pattern

35. The macabre element in drama was introduced by :

(A) John Lyly
(B) Marlow
(C)Ben Jonson
(D)John Webster

36. The line “I am no Prince Hamlet nor was meant to be.......” appears in T. S. Eliot's

(A) Gerontion
(B) The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
(C) Four Quartets
(D) The Waste-Land

37. 'Fancy' deals with :

(A) Fixities and definities
(B) Imagination and Reason
(C) Judgement and Memory
(D) Structure and Superstructure

38. Swift's Modest proposal is written in the form of a :

(A) Project in political economy Social Satire
(B) Political allegory
(C) Social Satire
(D) Old-Testament history

39. The main idea of Pope's The Dunciad was taken from :

(A) Absalom and Achitophel
(B) Mac-Flecknoe
(C) The Medal
(D) An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot

40. Which of the following is not a Browning's work ?

(A) Dramatic Lyrics Men and Women
(B) Dramatic Personae
(C) Men and Women
(D) The Palace of Art

41. The most obvious feature of Johnson's The Lives of the Poets is the equipoise between :

(A) Language and form
(B) Style and content
(C) Biography and criticism
(D) Myth and archetype

42. “The Kelson of creation is love”. The line occurs in Walt Whitman's :

(A) Paumonak
(B) Passage to India
(C) O Captain, My Captain
(D) Song of Myself

43. With whom was Dr. Johnson intimately associated in his personal life ?

(A) Boswell
(B) Dryden
(C) Alexander Pope
(D) Lord Bolingbroke

44. The early religious drama is associated with :

(A) Superstitions and beliefs
(B) Mysteries and histories
(C) Interludes and mysteries
(D) Miracles and morality

45. The Tale of Two Cities has :

(A) a sentimental buffoon with a moral purpose
(B) a courageous lady in pain
(C) an optimist on verge of collapse
(D) a romantic hero with a weakness

46. Sheridan's first play was :

(A) The Rivals
(B) School for Scandal
(C) St. Patrick's Day
(D) A Trip to Scarborough

47. Anti-sentimental comedy is a criticism of :

(A) loss of moral purpose
(B) excess of emotion
(C) excess of reason
(D) loss of human feelings

48. Which of the following novel-novelist pair is correctly matched ?

(A) Bhabani Bhattacharya - All About H. Hatter
(B) Nayantara Sahgal - Cry, the Peacock
(C) Bhagwandas Gidwani - A Bend in the Ganges
(D) Arun Joshi - The Apprentice

49. The Indian English poet who addressed the question ‘of time’ in his poetry is :

(A) Nissim Ezeikel
(B) R. Parthsarathy
(C) A.K. Ramanujan
(D) Gieve Patel

50. Symbolist movement was influenced by :

(A) Poetic theory of Edgar Allan Poe
(B) Stephane Mallarme's Poetry
(C) Prose of Emerson
(D) Ezra Pound's Cantos



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