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Previous Question of 'ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN DRAMA'- 2016 (with answer)






Subject Code: 231101

(Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama)

Time: 4 Hours                                                                                                       Full Marks: 80


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

a) What is a prologue in a play?

     Ans: A prologue is a speech, often in verse, addressed to the audience by one or more of the actors at the opening of a play to establish the context and to give background details and necessary information.

b) From what animal does the play Volpone take its name?

     Ans: The play 'Volpone' takes its name from the animal ‘fox’.

c) 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.

d) What is Inverness?

     Ans: Inverness is the name of Macbeth's castle.

e) What gift does Voltore bring for Volpone?

     Ans: Voltore brings an antique plate of gold for Volpone.

f) Why did Shylock break the agreement with Antonio?

     Ans: Shylock broke the agreement with Antonio because he was unable to separate a pound of Antonio’s flesh without shedding blood.

g) Who is the peerless dame of Greece?

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

h) Who is Wagner?

     Ans: Wagner is Faustus’s servant who uses his master’s books to learn how to summon devils.

i) Why does Bassanio want to Marry Portia?

     Ans: Bassanio wants to marry Portia for her wealth and beauty.

j) Where did the three witches meet?

     Ans: In the midst of thunder and lighting, the three witches meet on a lonely hearth.

k) What message does Delio give the audience in his last words?

     Ans: The message that Delio gives the audience in his last words is that Delio and the courtiers will raise the eldest son of Duchess as a legacy to his parents.

l) Why did Bosola give some apricots to the Duchess?

     Ans: Bosola gave some apricots to the Duchess to be sure whether she was pregnant or not.



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

2. What is the dramatic significance of Good Angel and Evil Angel in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus‘?

3. What melodramatic elements do you get in The Duchess of Malfi?

4. How naturally does Shakespeare handle the supernatural elements in Macbeth?

5. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

6. How does Antonio accuse Cariola of betraying him and the Duchess?

7. Do you find any poetic justice in “The Merchant of Venice”?

8. Draw a pen-picture of Volpone’s morning prayer.

9. What were the things Dr. Faustus asked Mephistophilis to give him after signing the contract with the devil?


Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10 What are the Renaissance elements you find in Doctor Faustus?

11. Evaluate Macbeth as a tragic hero.

12. Narrate the trial scene of The Merchant of Venice in brief.

13. Discuss Volpone as a satire on the contemporary English Society.

14. How has the personality of the Duchess been glorified through her sufferings? Discuss. 15. Justify Volpone as a beast fable.

16. Analyse the role of Portia in the play, “The Merchant of Venice”.

17 What is the function of the comic senses of Dr Faustus?