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Restoration and 18th century poetry and drama



Subject Code: 1176

(Restoration and 18th century poetry and drama)

Time : 4 Hours                                                                                                     Full Marks : 80


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

(a) What does the owl symbolize in Dryden’s poem “Mac Flecknoe”?

(b) Who is Singleton?

(c) What is a cabal night?

      Ans: ‘Cabal night’ is an evening party attended by a group of women from higher class society to make and spread intrigues and scandals.

(d) Who is Witwould?

      Ans: Witwould is the half-brother to Sir Wilfull Witwoud and a suitor of Ms. Millamant in 'The Way of the World’.

(e) Why has Mr Fainall married Mrs. Fainall?

      Ans: Mr. Fainall has married Mrs. Fainall because of her property.

(f) Who were waiting on the goddess of Spleen?

      Ans: Two hand maidens named Ill-Nature and Affectation were waiting on the goddess Spleen.

(g) What do the scales show in “The Rape of the Lock”?

      Ans: In "The Rape of the Lock", the scales show that women's hair is heavier than the wits of men and so the women should win.

(h) What is an elegy?

(i) Why could not the rustics have access to education?

(j) Who was Milton?

(k) What happened to Selima?

(l) What does Mr. Hardcastle love?

      Ans: Mr. Hardcastle loves everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, and old wine.



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

2. What is satire?

3. What is comedy of manners?

4. How does Congreve deal with the various themes in “The way of the World”?

5. Comment on the opening of “The Rape of the Lock”.

6.  What might the dead rustics become if they got proper opportunities?

7. What kind of life did the Villagers lead?

8. Describe the Screen Scene in “She Stoops to conquer”.

9 Explain the following:

I like her with her faults, I like her for her faults.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. Write a note on the literary and Biblical allusions in “Mac Flecknoe”.

11. What picture of Restoration England do you find in “The Way of the World”?

12. Sketch the character of Lady Wishfort.

I3. Comment on Umbriel’s journey to the cave of Spleen.

14. Comment on “The Rape of the Lock” as a social satire.

15. How does Gray meditate on the death of the ordinary people and the vanity of human pretensions in his “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”?

16. Discuss “She stoops to conquer” as an anti-sentimental comedy.

17. Comment on the use of wit and humour in “She. Stoops to Conquer?”