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Previous Question of 'ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN DRAMA'- 2012 (with answer)



Subject Code: 1172
(Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama)

Time: 4 Hours                                                                                                       Full Marks: 80


1. Answer any ten of the following questions                                                           1 × 10 = 10

(a) Who was Mephistophilis?

Ans: Mephistophilis was derived by Christopher Marlow from German Folklore where he was considered a demon. Marlow has presented him as an assistant to Lucifer.

(b) Who is the peerless dame of Greece?

      Ans: Helen of Troy is the peerless dame of Greece.

(c) What is the aim of satire?

      Ans: The aim of satire is to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles.

(d) What is the full title of the play Doctor Faustus?

      Ans: The full title of the play Doctor Faustus is The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.

(e) Name the Seven Deadly Sins in Doctor Faustus.

      Ans: The Seven Deadly Sins in Doctor Faustus are Pride, Covetousness, Wrath, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth and Lechery.

(f) Who are the members of Volpone’s house?

      Ans: The members of Volpone's house are Nano, Castrone, Androgyne, Mosca and Volpone.

(g) Who is Icarus?

      Ans: Icarus was the son of Daedalus. He, in escaping from Crete on artificial wings, flew so close to the sun that the wax with which his wings were fastened melted, and he fell into the Aegean Sea.

(h) What is an epistle?

      Ans: An epistle is a formal or didactic letter sent to a person or a group of people.

(i) What does ‘The Forest of Arden’ signify?

(j) What does the name Voltore mean?

      Ans: The name Voltore means ‘vulture’.

(k) What is soliloquy?

      Ans: Soliloquy is an artificial dramatic device in which the actor stays alone on the stage and utters his thoughts aloud simply to inform the audience indirectly of what is going on in his mind.

(l) What is Renaissance?

      Ans: The Renaissance means the revival or "rebirth" of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries.



Answer any five of the following questions:                                                               4 × 5 = 20

2. How do the evil-doers get their punishment at the end of the play Volpone?

3. Write a short note on ‘Comedy of Humours’.

4 Give in detail the seven stages in a man’s life in As You Like It.

5. Write on the significance of disguise used in As You Like It .

6. What effect does the murder of King Duncan have on Macbeth?

7. Comment on the Opening scene of Valpone.

8. “All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players.”

-identify and explain.

9. What was the last piece of advice of the Duchess to Cariola, regarding her children?


Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. Is Faustus’ damnation justified? Discuss

11. Show how the sufferings of the Duchess transfigure her into a noble character.

12. To what extent do the Witches influence Macbeth’s decision and action? Discuss.

 l3. Sketch the role of Bosola as a Machiavellian villain in The Duchess of Malfi.

14. Justify Volpone as a beast fable.

15. What characteristics of a ‘Romantic Comedy’ do you get in As You Like It?

16. Discuss Macbeth as a tragic hero.

17 “Doctor Faustus has only beginning and end but no middle”-Discuss.