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Restoration and 18th century poetry and drama



Subject Code: 231109

(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) Who are the ladies that first enter into St. James Park in “The Way of the World”?

     Ans: In The Way of the World, the ladies who first enter into St. James Park are Mrs. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood.

b) What is Popish Plot?

     Ans: Popish Plot is a totally fictitious but widely believed plot in which it was alleged that Jesuits were planning the assassination of King Charles II in order to bring his Roman Catholic brother, the Duke of York, to the throne.

c) Whom does Pope address as the muse in “The Rape of the Lock”?

     Ans: Pope addresses Caryll, a friend of Alexander Pope, as the muse in The Rape of the lock.

d) What is the Three Pigeons?

     Ans: The Three Pigeons is the name of an inn where Tony visits regularly.

e) What is Sir Wilfull?

f) Who arms the Baron with a pair of scissors?

     Ans: Clarissa arms the Baron with a pair of scissors.

g) ‘I stooped to conquer’-who says this and why?

     Ans:  Kate says, ‘I stooped to conquer’.

h) Who is Shimei?

     Ans: In the Hebrew Bible, Shimei was the second son of Gershon and grandson of Levi. In Absalom and Achitophel, Shimei refers to Sligsby Bethel, the Sheriff of London.

i) Why did Mr. Fainall agree to marry Mrs. Fainall?

     Ans: Mr. Fainall agrees to marry Mrs. Fainall because of her property.

j) What is the alternative title of the play She Stoops to Conquer?

     Ans: The alternative title of the play “She Stoops to Conquer” is “The Mistakes of a Night”.

k) What was the last condition of Mirabell in the ‘Proviso Scene’?

     Ans: The last condition of Mirabell in the ‘Proviso Scene’ was about drinking. According to Mirabell, Millamant’s drinks should not be stronger than tea, chocolate and coffee. She will not be allowed to drink any of the foreign drinks which are treated as additional items on tea-table.

1) What does the bag given by the goddess Spleen to Umbriel, contain?

     Ans: The bag given by the goddess Spleen to Umbriel contains “sighs, sobs, and passions”.



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

2. What view of life do Mirabell and Millament present through the ‘Proviso Scene’?

3. Describe the two hand maidens of goddess Spleen-Ill-Nature and Affectation.

4. How did Achitophel manage to unite all the ‘malcontents’ in the land?

5. How does Marlow confess his modesty to Hastings?

6. How does Belinda set off for Hampton Court Palace?

7. Who are the political personages in the poem ‘Absalom and Achitophel’?

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

9. Write short note on any one of the followings.

(i) Comedy of Manners. (ii) Comedy of Intrigues.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. Belinda’s exposure of female pride is best seen in the Toilette scene. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.

11. Discuss She Stoops to Conquer as an anti-sentimental Comedy.

12. Write a note on Dryden as a satirist in the light of his poem Absalom and Achitophel.

13. “Lady Wishfort in “The Way of the World” is more pathetic than comic.” Comment.

14. How does Goldsmith handle the theme of dual identities in “She Stoops to Conquer”? Discuss.

15. Comment on Congreve’s deft handling of his major themes of love, marriage and money in “The Way of the World”.

16. Consider “The Rape of the Lock” as a mock heroic poem.

17. Write a note on the Biblical and political allusions in Absalom and Achitophel.