Wednesday, April 25, 2012


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

1. The Victorian period refers to the reign of Queen Victoria of England during :

(A) 1830 - 1890
(B) 1837 - 1905
(C) 1837 - 1901
(D) 1850 – 1910

2. The Rambler appeared every :

(A) Tuesday and Saturday
(B) Sunday and Wednesday
(C) Friday and Monday
(D) Thursday and Monday

3. “Tottel's Miscellany” contained :

(A) 30 sonnets
(C) 50 sonnets
(B) 40 sonnets
(D) 60 sonnets

4.’Imagism' is associated with :

(A) T. S. Fliot
(C) E. E. Cummings
(B) D. H. Lawrence
(D) T. E. Hulme

5. The title Things Fall Apart is drawn from a poem by :

(A) W. B. Yeats
(B) Ted Hughes
(C) W. H. Auden
(D) Robert Lowell

 'Things Fall Apart' is one of the most widely read African novels ever published. It is written by one of Nigeria's leading novelists Chinua Achebe, published in 1958.

6. 'Formal Criticism' relates to the structure of :

(A) Literary devices
(B) Myths
(C) Content
(D) Form

7. A 'Foot' in prosody is a basic unit of :

(A) rhyme
(B) length
(C) rhythmic measurement
(D) height

8. Who of the following is known for aphoristic prose style ?

(A) William Hazlitt
(B) Francis Bacon
(C) John Ruskin
(D) G. K. Chesterton

9. The confessions of an English Opium Eater was written by :

(A) William Hazlitt
(B) S. T. Coleridge
(C) Landor
(D) De Quincey

10. Ireland emerges as the most important metaphor in :

(A) Seamus Heaney
(B) Elizabeth Jennigs
(C) Arnold Wesker
(D) Edward Albee

11. Which of the following Shakespearean plays is in the correct chronological order ?

(A) King Lear, Hamlet, Much Ado..., Troilus and Cressida
(B) Much Ado..., Hamlet, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida
(C) Troilus and Cressida, King Lear, Hamlet, Much Ado...
(D) Hamlet, Much Ado..., King Lear, Troilus and Cressida

Much Ado about Nothing - 1600
Hamlet -                             1603
King Lear -                        1608
Troilus and Cressida -        1609

12. The major contribution of the Restoration period is in the field of :

(A) Philosophical writings
(B) Poetry
(C) Drama
(D) Letters

13. The correct chronological order of the following poets is :

(A) Byron, Shelley, Keats, Walter Scott
(B) Shelley, Walter Scott, Keats, Byron
(C) Keats, Byron, Walter Scott, Shelley
(D) Walter Scott, Byron, Shelley, Keats

Walter Scott - 1771-1832,
Byron -           1788-1824,
Shelley -          1792-1822,
Keats -            1795-1821.

14. Where Angels Fear to Tread is a novel by :

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

15. The plays of Edward Albee deal with :

(A) problems of middle-class
(B) hypocracy of aristocracy
(C) mechanizations of politics
(D) simplicity of lower-class

16. Heptameter consists of :

(A) five metrical feet
(B) six metrical feet
(C) seven metrical feet
(D) eight metrical feet

17. In formalistic school of criticism art is :

(A) entertainment
(B) preaching
(C) matter
(D) style

18. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner is a novel by :

(A) Alan Sillitoe
(B) Paul Scott
(C) Peter Porter
(D) Muriel Spark

19. 'Rugby Chapel' is a poem by Matthew Arnold in the memory of his :

(A) mother
(B) brother
(C) father
(D) sister

20. The earliest woman novelist of significance in the 18th century is :

(A)Mary Edgeworth
(B) Aphra Behn
(C) Mary Russell
(D) Mrs Gaskell

21. 'Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight' is a line that occurs in :

(A) Dr Faustus
(B) Hamlet
(C) Macbeth
(D) The Spanish Tragedy

22. Pope's 'Essay on Man' can best be read as a poem of :

(A) classical understanding of nature
(B) anti-romantic view of life
(C) sociological estimate of man
(D) philosophical apprehension of life

23. The term 'Victorian' evokes the attitudes of :

(A) philistinism
(B) moral earnestness
(C) licentiousness
(D) transcendentalism

24. Larry slate is a character in :

(A) Desire Under the Elms
(B) The Emperor Jones
(C) The Iceman Cometh
(D) Hairy Ape
The Iceman Cometh is a play by Eugene O'Neill

25. 'Iambus' is a metrical foot consisting of :

(A) two syllables
(B) three syllables
(C) four syllables
(D) one syllable

26. The lines ''Not that he wished is greatness to create / For politicians neither love nor hate,'' occur in :

(A) The Rape of the Lock
(B) Abslam and Achitophel
(C) Mac Flecknoe
(D) Essay on man

27. 11,396 definitions of romanticism were given by :

(A) Friedrich Schlegel
(B) Victor Hugo
(C) Edger Allan Poe
(D) F. L. Lucas

28. The term 'a stream of consciousness' is derived from the writing of :

(A) Mary Sinclair
(B) Dorothy Richardson
(C) William James
(D) Gertrude Stein

29. Sean O' Casey's Juno and the Paycock is :

(A) a romantic comedy
(B) a historical tragedy
(C) a mythical reconstruction
(D) a tragi-comedy

30. The 'Reader-Response Theory' implies that :

(A) there is no one correct meaning of the text
(B) the readers of an age construct the meaning
(C) beliefs determine meaning
(D) a style is the hallmark of the text

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

(A) Walter Pater - Unto This Last
(B) Browning - The Ring and the Book
(C) M. Arnold - Idylls of the King
(D) Thackray - Bleak House

32. 'Myth Criticism' focuses on :

(A) a study of myths and mythology
(B) archetypes of spiritual experience
(C) recurrence of archetypal patterns
(D) the confluence of different traditions

33. The phrase disassociation of sensibility was first used by :

(A) Philip Sydney
(B) T. S. Eliot
(C) John Dryden
(D) Mathew Arnold

34. An Idyll is usually a poem about a :

(A) picturesque city life
(B) panoramic view of nature
(C) picture of industrial society
(D) picturesque country life

35. 'The Lost Generation' refers to the generation that came to maturity in the :

(A) 1920s
(B) 1930s
(C) 1910s
(D) 1940s

36. The French Revolution had a significant impact on :

(A) Victorian Literature
(B) Romantic Literature
(C) Neo-classic Literature
(D) Modern Literature

37. In which poem does the following line appear ? ''Our birth is but a sleep and aforgetting.'' :

(A) “Michael”
(B) “Immortality Ode”
(C) “Rejection : An Ode”
(D) “Tintern Abbey”

Read the Poem Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

38. Tale of a Tub is about :

(A) Warring political factions
(B) Struggling lower-class people
(C) Controversial philosophical documents
(D)Contending religious parties

39. Congreve's The way of the world ends with :

(A) a dance party
(B) punishment of Lady Wishfort
(C) sending of Mr Fainall to prison
(D)reconciliation of Petulant Whitwood

40. On seeing whom does Miranda exclaim, “O, father, surely that is a spirit. Lord! How  it looks about ?”

(A) Caliban
(B) Ferdinand
(C) Alonso
(D) Stephano

41. Secular influences on the early English drama were :

(A) political squabbles, religious sermons and social customs
(B) rural politicking, hypocracy of the elite and falsity of aristocracy
(C) village festivals, folk plays and minstrels
(D) middle-class life, moral beliefs and uprising of the subaltans

42. John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress was written while he was :

(A) in prison
(B) on a pilgrimage
(C) on a social mission
(D) in a church

Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress while he was in Bedford Jail.
43. In Juvenalian satire the speaker is :

(A) a political orator
(B) a propagandist
(C) a social revolutionary
(D) a serious moralist

The speaker who is a serious moralist uses a dignified and public style of utterance to decry modes of vice and error.

44. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice most clearly shows the influence of :

(A) Fielding Smollett
(B) Richardson
(C) Smollett
(D) Sterne

45.The most important of the ‘evolutionists’ during the Victorian period was :

(A) Erasmus Darwin
(B) Robert Chambers
(C) Charles Darwin
(D) Alfred Russell Wallace

46. A philosophical attitude pervading much of modern literature is :

(A) Absurdism
(B) Dadaism
(C) Imagism
(D) Surrealism

47. The term 'magic realism' was first introduced by :

(A) Hannah Arendt
(B) Franz Roh
(C) Jean Arp
(D) Peter Behrens

48. The Indian English novelist who, for the first time, addressed the question of language and indigenous experience was :

(A) Mulk Raj Anand
(B) R K Narayan
(C) Arun Joshi
(D) Raja Rao

49. G. V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr is written in the :

(A) stream-of- consciousness mode
(B) first person narrative mode
(C) picaresque mode
(D) naturalistic mode

50. The rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet is :

(A) abab, cdcd, efef, gg
(B) abba, cddc, effe, gg
(C) abab, cdcd, efef, gh
(D) aabb, ccdd, eeff, gg

Read a sonnet by Shakespeare


Suha said...

For the Question "The Earliest Woman Novelist of significance in the 18th century" u have given the answer as Aphra Behn..But she belongs to 17th century (1640–1689.Maria Edgeworth would be the correct answer.

Suha said...

Juno and Paycock is a tragic Comedy..And 31st Question's answer would b Browning's Ring and The Book..Bcoz Bleak House is A novel b Dickens

Anil said...

Thanks for the answers.But the answer for Que.31 have two options are correct as match the book -pair .B as well as D.

nirankar and manas said...

for 43 the correct answer is (d)
see M.H. Abrahms (juvenalian satire under the topic SATIRE)

Abdul Hakeem said...

It seems you didn't read the description given below Q. 43..