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Previous Question of 'ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN DRAMA'- 2017 (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 the sub-title of the play “Volpone”?

     Ans: The sub-title of the play Volpone is “The Fox”.

(b) What is Macbeth’s tragic flaw?

     Ans: Macbeth’s tragic flaw was his unchecked ambition.

(c) 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.

(d) What is Ancona?

     Ans: Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy.

(e) Who witnesses the Duchess’ remarriage?

     Ans: Cariola witnesses the Duchess’ remarriage.

(f) What do Faustus and Lucifer have in common?

     Ans: Both Faustus and Lucifer wish to achieve power exceeding the limits given by God.

(g) Who are the legacy hunters in “Volpone”?

     Ans: Voltore, Corbaccio, Corvino and Lady Politic Would-be are the legacy hunters in ‘Volpone’.

(h) Who is Bassanio?

     Ans: Bassanio is a gentleman of Venice. He is a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio.

(i) 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.

(j) Who is Portia?

     Ans: Portia is the heroine of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. She is one of the strongest and wisest characters found in William Shakespeare's plays.

(k) Who are the university wits?

     Ans: University wits are Christopher Marlowe, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe, John Lyly, Thomas Lodge and George Peele. Thomas Kyd is also included in this group though he was not a university student.

(l) Who kills Macbeth?

     Ans: Macduff kills Macbeth.


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

2. Describe the function of chorus in “Doctor Faustus”.

3. Write a short note on decadent play.

4. How do the evildoers get their punishment at the end of the play “Volpone”?

5. Describe the ‘Bond Story’ in brief in “The Merchant of Venice”.

6. Comment on Lady Macbeth’s sleep-walking scene.

7 How does Bosola become sure that the Duchess is pregnant?

8. Identify and explain.

O Soul, be changed into little water drops,

And fall into ocean, nev’r be found. 

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



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. Evaluate Macbeth as a tragedy as a portrait of a corrupt society.

11. Discuss Doctor Faustus as a tragic hero.

12. Write on “The Duchess of Malfi” as a portrait of corrupt society.

13. Discuss “Volpone” as a Comedy of humour.

14. “The Merchant of Venice” is the finest example of tragicomedy that we possess.-Discuss.

15. Depict the character of Lady Macbeth.

16. Write on the dramatic importance of the ‘Ring-episode’ in “The Merchant of Venice”.

17. Comment on the dramatic significance of the last scene of “Doctor Faustus”.