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Marks: 100

Time: 3 hours


1. The Spanish Tragedy is important because it foreshadows Shakespeare’s
(a) King Lear (b) Hamlet (c) Macbeth (d) Othello

2. One of the University Wits who was killed in a tavern brawl at the age of 29 was
(a) Kyd (b) Greene (c) Lyly (d) Marlowe

3. Who among the following wrote only tragedies?
(a) Shakespeare (b) Thomas Kyd (c) Christopher Marlowe (d) Ben Jonson

4. “Good friend for Jesus’s sake forebear To dig the dust enclosed here; Blest be the man that spares these stones, And
curst be he that moves my bones”. On whose tombstone are these lines inscribed?
(a) Marlowe’s (b) Sidney’s (c) Shakespeare’s (d)Milton’s

5. “…the error of evaluating a poem by its effects – especially its emotional effects – upon the reader” is:
(a) Affective Fallacy (b) Intentional Fallacy (c) Pathetic Fallacy (d) Effective Fallacy

6. Thomas Hardy’s life and career are obliquely depicted in
(a) The Return of the Native (b) Jude the Obscure (c) Tess of the d’Urbervilles (d) The Mayor of Casterbridge

7. Who of the following is known as the “father of the English essay”?
(a) Ben Jonson (b) Francis Bacon (c) Addison and Steele (d) Dr. Johnson

8. The Chinese writer who won the Nobel Prize in 2012 is
(a) Mo Yan (b) Han Suyin (c) Ba Jin (d) Mao Dun

9. The 2012 Booker Prize went to
(a) Martin Amis (b) Hillary Mantel (c) Arvinda Adiga (d) Alice Munro

10. The meaning of alliteration is
(a) how well a person can read, write, and speak
(b) repeating first words of a sound in a series
(c) speaking clearly or using the right words in writing
(d) sounds in the words that are spelled like they sound

11. The meaning of personification is
(a) the main character in the story (b) the person in the story is telling the story
(c) giving lifelike qualities to inanimate objects (d) none of the above

12. The plot in a short story or novel is best described as
(a) the high point or turning point in the story (b) the events or action of the story
(c) the main tension or issue in the story (d) the brief encounter of extra characters in the story

13. A narrative in literature is best described as
(a)a story that is told, written, or acted out (b) a time and place different than imagined
(c) a representation of something else (d) a point of interest or turning point

14. Structure for a story, novel, or poem is best described as
(a) the central message or insight in a literary work (b) the main thoughts or themes in a literary work
(c) the time and place of the action in a literary work (d) the pattern of organization in a literary piece

15. Every story has a conflict to resolve, and this is best described
(a)the tension, problem, or issue to be solved (b) the high point of interest in the story
(c) the events or movement in the story (d) the representation of other things in the story

16. Which phrase best describes what theme is in a story or poem?
(a) the time and place in which a story takes place (b) the reason behind the writing of a story or poem
(c) the big ideas or central messages in a story or poem (d) the imitation of a work of literature

17. Which social philosophy, dominant during the Industrial Revolution, dictated that only the free operation of economic
laws would ensure the general welfare and that the government should not interfere in any person’s pursuit of their
personal interests?
(a) economic independence (b) the Rights of Man
(c) laissez-faire (d) enclosure

18. Who applied the term “Romantic” to the literary period dating from (roughly) 1785 to 1830?
a) Wordsworth b) English historians half a century after the period ended
c) Byron, Percy Shelley, and their followers d) Harold Bloom

19. Which poets collaborated on the Lyrical Ballads of 1798?
a) Mary Wollstonecraft and William Blake
b) Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley
c) William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
d) Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt

20. Which of the following best defines Utilitarianism?
a) a farming technique aimed at maximizing productivity with the fewest tools
b) a moral arithmetic, which states that all humans aim to maximize the greatest pleasure to the greatest number
c) a critical methodology stating that all words have a single meaningful function within a given piece of literature
d) a philosophy dictating that we should only keep what we use on a daily basis.

21. Which of the following discoveries, theories, and events contributed to Victorians feeling less like they were a uniquely
special, central species in the universe and more isolated?
a) geology b) evolution
c) discoveries in astronomy about stellar distances d) all of the above

22. What was the relationship between Victorian poets and the Romantics?
a) The Romantics remained largely forgotten until their rediscovery by T. S. Eliot in the 1920s.
b) The Romantics were seen as gifted but crude artists belonging to a distant, semi-barbarous age.
c) The Victorians were strongly influenced by the Romantics and experienced a sense of belatedness.
d) The Victorians were aware of no distinction between themselves and the Romantics; the distinction was only created
by critics in the twentieth century.

23. Which best describes the imagist movement, exemplified in the work of T. E. Hulme and Ezra Pound?
a) a poetic aesthetic vainly concerned with the way words appear on the page
b) an effort to rid poetry of romantic fuzziness and facile emotionalism, replacing it with a precision and clarity of imagery
c) an attention to alternate states of consciousness and uncanny imagery
d) the resurrection of Romantic poetic sensibility

24. Which phrase indicates the interior flow of thought employed in modernist literature?
a) automatic writing b) free association c) total recall d) stream of consciousness

25. If we define postocolonialism as coming historically after the era of England’s large-scale imperialism, who among the
following is a postcolonial writer?
a) Salman Rushdie b) Joseph Conrad c) Rabindranath Tagore d) All of the above


26. Write a paragraph on any ONE of the following topics in not more than 200 words:
(a) a memorable journey (b) a funny incident (c) an autumn morning

27. Write an essay on any ONE of the following in not more than 300 words.
(a) Nature and literature (b) a modern novel (c) Fiction and life

28. Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow.

I know why the caged bird sings
A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange sun’s rays
And dares to claim the sky.

But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.

(a) What is the theme of the poem? 2
(b) How does the poet bring out the contrast between a free bird and a caged bird? 4
(C) What does the sentence “And dares to claim the sky” mean in the poem? 2
(d) Explain the meanings of the following expressions: 2×4=8

(i) Bar of rage; (ii) fearful trill; (iii) sighing trees; (iv) grave of dreams

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