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Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Non-fictional Prose


[According to the New Syllabus]
Subject Code: 1174
(Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Non-fictional Prose)
Time--4 hours       Full marks---80

Part A

(Answer any ten of the following questions in complete sentence)


1. (a) What is regarded as the “precious life-blood of a master spirit” by Milton?

(b) Who is the believer of the maxim--‘A penny saved is a penny got”?

      Ans: Sir Andrew Freeport is the believer of the maxim – "A penny saved is a penny got".

(a) “The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together”-who wrote this and why?

      Ans: Johnson wrote the sentence 'The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together' to describe the conceits used by the metaphysical poets.

(d) What kind of odes did Cowley write?

      Ans: Cowley wrote Pindaric Odes.

(e) Who was the editor of "The Spectator’?

      Ans: Richard Steele was the editor of “The Spectator”.

(f) To whom does Milton compare the Star Chamber?

(g) What does the word ‘Areopagitica’ mean?

(h) What is Pragmatism?

      Ans: Pragmatism means considering only the practical consequences of an action as the basis for judging its value.

(i) What type of region according to Bacon should be selected for new colonization?

      Ans: According to Bacon, pure region where people are not displanted should be selected for new colonization.

(j) When, according to Bacon, should a man marry?

      Ans: According to Bacon, a young man should not marry now and an elder man should not marry at all.

(k) Why does Milton compare book to a bad piece of meat?

(l) What is ‘Magna Carta’?

      Ans: Magna Charta is a charter agreed by King John of England at Runnymede on 15 June 1215.


(Answer any five of the following questions)


2. "Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants; but not always best subjects.” – Justify.

3. What is Milton's concept of books as reflected in Areopagitica?

4. Comment on Dr Johnson's attitude to the use of conceits in metaphysical Poetry from your reading of The Life of Cowley.

5. Mention the four objections raised in speech on East India Bill against the Charter of the East India Company.

7. Show your familiarity with the members of spectator club.

8. What autobiographical elements do you notice in Areopagitica?

9. How does Dr. Johanson compare Cowley and Milton as poets?



(Answer any five of the following questions)


10. Consider Dr. Samuel Johnson as a critic and biographer with special reference to “The Life of Cowley”.

11. Was Edmund Burke opposed to colonial rule? Comment on his view about India as exposed in “Speech on East India Bill”.

12. Depict the contemporary social picture portrayed in the Coverley Papers.

13. “Areopagitica is a plea for the liberty of unlicensed priting.” - Discuss.

14. How far is Bacon a practical moralist? Why do you think he could not die as a moralist?

15. Discuss Coverly Papers as the first sketch of English novel.

16. What, according to Milton, are the harmful effects of the Licensing Act of 1643?

17. Write a note an Addison as a social Satirist.


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