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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 is the meaning of ‘Mac Flecknoe?

b) Who is Umbriel?

     Ans: Umbriel is an earthy gnome that flies down to the “Cave of Spleen” and brings sobs and tears for Belinda.

c) Who is Foible?

     Ans: Foible is Lady Wishfort's maid.

d) Name the Pet of Belinda.

     Ans: The name of Belinda’s Pet is Shock.

e) What is an epitaph?

f) Who is Young Marlow?

     Ans: Young Marlow is the son of Mr. Hardcastle's old friend, Charles Marlow.

g) What is Belinda’s lock of hair turned into?

     Ans: Belinda’s lock of hair is turned into a constellation of stars.

h) Why does Mrs. Hardcastle want her son to marry Miss Neville?

     Ans: Mrs. Hardcastle wants her son to marry Miss Neville for acquiring her jewellery.

i) Who is Selima?

j) What type of play is ‘The Way of the World”?

     Ans: “The Way of the World” is the comedy of manners.

k) What does the black box contain in the play ‘The Way of the World’?

     Ans: In the play 'The Way of the World' the black box contains all the documents of the estate of Waitwell. 

1) What is Dryden’s purpose in writing ‘Mac Fleckone’?



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

2. Describe the scene of Belinda’s waking up from sleep.

3. What are the features of Restoration Comedy?

4. Write a short note on ‘Lady Wishfort’.

5. How was the life of the dead forefathers as depicted in ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"?

6. Give a description of the coronation ceremony in Mac Flecknoe.

7. Explain the following:

Not louder shrieks to pitying Heaven are cast.

When husbands, or when lap-dogs breathe their last.

8. Why did Hastings and Miss Neville plan to elope?

9. How does Thomas Gray admonish the rich not to look down upon the rustic villagers?



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. How does William Congreve treat the theme of love, marriage and money in ‘The Way of the World’?

11. Evaluate ‘Mac Flecknoe’ as a satire.

12. Consider ‘The Rape of the Lock’ as a mock-heroic poem.

13. Consider ‘Elegy Written in a Century Churchyard’ as an elegy.

14. Comment on the theme of duel identities in ‘She Stoops to Conquer’.

15. Sketch the character of Belinda.

16. Discuss the significance of the proviso scene in ‘The Way of the World’.

17. Thomas Gray ridicules some aspects of the society in the poem ‘Death of a Favourite Cat’-Justify.