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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

l. Answer any ten of the following questions:                                                 1x10=10


a) What are the three roles played by a wife in different stages of life?

     Ans:  The three roles played by a wife in different stages of life are:

             i. a mistress to a young husband,

             ii. a companion for a middle aged husband and

             iii. a nurse to an old man

b) What is the most ordinary cause of single life?

     Ans:  The most ordinary cause of a single life is personal liberty.

c) What kind of writing is ‘The Guardian' by Cowley?

     Ans:  'The Guardian' by Cowley is a comedy.

d) What type of composition is The Life of Cowley?

     Ans: The Life of Cowley by Samuel Johnson is a biography and critical work on Cowley.

e) What is Magna Carta?

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

f) What is the aim of the Spectator?

     Ans: The aim of the Spectator is to “enliven morality with wit and to temper wit with morality”.

f) What were the East India Company’s officials formally called?

h) What is the Tatler?

     Ans: The Tatler was a periodical launched in London by the essayist Sir Richard Steele in April 1709.

i) What is meant by the freedom of the press?

j) Why did Milton write Areopagitica?

k) Why is not an unmarried man a good citizen?

     Ans:  According to Bacon, an unmarried man is not a good citizen because he is “light to run away’ and turn into a fugitive.

l) Who are the metaphysical poets?

     Ans:  According to Johnson, the metaphysical Poets are a group of 17th-century British poets including John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell and Henry Vaughan.


Answer any five questions:


2. Describe Bacon’s concept of truth.

3. “Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects”. Justify.

4. Comment on Addison’s use of wit and humour in his essays.

5. How does Addison want to reform the society?

6. How does Dr. Johnson assess Cowley as a poet?

7. What' is your impression about Cowley’ spindarism?

8 “A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond.” Explain with reference to the context

9. How is the East India Company character different from other character?


(Answer any five questions)


10. Comment on Bacon’s prose style with reference to his essays.

11. Write a note on Addison’s prose style.

12. What does Milton say about the nature, function and importance of books in Areopagitica?

13 How does Burke criticize Hasting and his Lieutenants in his Speech on the East India Bill?

14 What are epic qualities found in David’s written by Cowley?

15 Evaluate the influence of Renaissance in Areopagitica.

16. How will you support Bacon’s ideas in his essays from moral point of view?

17. Comment on Steele’s art of characterization with reference to “The Spectator’s Club”.