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Restoration and 18th century Fiction



Subject Code: 1175

(Restoration and 18th century Fiction)

Time: 4 Hours                                                                                                       Full Marks: 80


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

(a) Why was Mrs. Tom-Wouse about to hit Betty with a rod?

(b) What was the original title of the book Rasselas?

(c) How did Oroonoko learn humanity?

      Ans: Oroonoko learned humanity from the old general, the father of Imoinda, who sacrificed his life for the sake of Oroonoko.

(d) What was the original Sin of Crusoe according to him?

      Ans: The act of ignoring his father’s advice was Crusoe's original sin.

(e) Why did a female Yahoo attack Gulliver during his bathing in the river?

      Ans: A female yahoo attacked Gulliver during his bathing in the river to gratify her sexual desire.

(f) What did Joseph borrow from one of his servants?

(g) When does Oroonoko see Imoinda for the first time?

      Ans: Oroonoko sees Imoinda for the first time at his grandfather's court.

(h) How long was Crusoe in Brazil with his plantation?

      Ans: Crusoe spend four years in Brazil with his plantation.

(i) Where was Gulliver kept as a captive in Lilliput?

      Ans: Gulliver was kept as a captive in a deserted ancient temple in Lilliput.

(j) Who is compared to a tigress in the novel Joseph Andrews?

(k) Who were the Picts?

      Ans: The Picts were a tribal confederation of peoples who lived in what is today eastern and northern Scotland during the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval periods.

(1) Why did the people of Gulliver s country drink wine?

      Ans: The people of Gulliver’s country drank wine because it made them merry by putting them out of their senses.



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

2. How does Johnson portray the life of the inhabitants in the Happy Valley?

3. How did Imoinda die?

4. Describe the stage-coach scene.

5. Comment on the custom of the Royal Veil in Oroonoko.

6. Evaluate the significance of the foot-print episode in “Robinson Crusoe”.

7. How was Gulliver taken to the capital city from the sea-shore?

8. How did Crusoe attack the savages and rescue the European?

9. How did the king react when Gulliver proposed him to produce gunpowder to be more powerful?



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. What do you mean by a ‘Picaresque novel’? To what extent is Joseph Andrews a picaresque novel?

11. Discuss the symbolic significance of the ‘Happy Valley’ in Rasselas.

12. How did Swift satirize the contemporary politics of England through his voyages to Lilliput and Brobdingnag?

13. Discuss Fielding’s treatment of the theme of charity and good nature in Joseph Andrews.

14. Why is Oroonoko considered to be an anticolonial novel?

15. Trace the spiritual progress of Robinson Crusoe as depicted by Defoe in his novel.

16. Sketch the character of Imoinda.

17. “Swift was a great humanist in spite of his being a misanthropist” Give your reasons in favour or against this comment according to the novel Gulliver’s Travels.