Go Top

Previous Question of 'Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Non-fictional Prose'- 2017 (with answer)


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 questions)                                                                                   1x10=10

a) Who was Tacitus?

     Ans:  Tacitus was a senator and an historian of the Roman Empire.

b) What does Bacon mean by the term ‘Plantation’?

     Ans: By the term ‘Plantation’, Bacon means colonization.

c) Who are the impediments to great enterprise according to Bacon?

     Ans: According to Bacon, wife and children are the impediments to great enterprise.

d) Who inherited Sir Roger’s property?

     Ans:  Captain Sentry inherited Sir Roger’s property.

e) A penny saved in a penny got.- who is the believer of the maxim?

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

f) What did Sir Roger do to beautify the inside of his church?

     Ans: Sir Roger beautified the inside of his church with several lines from the Bible, given a handsome pulpit-cloth, and railed in the communion-table at his own expense.

g) What kind of odes did Cowley write?

     Ans: Cowley wrote Pindaric Odes.

h) Who first coined the term ‘metaphysical poets’?

     Ans:  Dr. Samuel Jonson coined the term 'Metaphysical Poets'.

i) Write two names of the members of the ‘Spectator’s Club’.

     Ans: Two of the members of The Spectator’s Club are Sir Roger de Coverley and Sir Andrew Freeport.

j) Who was the first governor-general of India?

     Ans:  Warren Hastings was the first governor-general of India.

k) When did Edmund Burke deliver his famous speech on Fox’s East  India Bill?

     Ans:  Burke delivered his famous Speech on Fox's “East India Bill” on 1st December 1783.

l) Who were the Tartars?


(Answer any five questions)


2. ‘Revenge is a kind of wild justice’-Explain. .

3. What are the vices of authority to be avoided according to Bacon?

4. What ironies do you find regarding Sir Roger’s religious activities?

5. What do you know about the education of Joseph Addison from “The Spectator’s Account of Himself"?

6. How does Johnson compare Cowley and Milton as poets?

7. What are the features of Metaphysical poetry?

8. What was the East India Company’s policy regarding revenue collection?

9. Mention the four objections raised by the bill against the Charter of the East India Company.



(Answer any five questions)


10. The essays of Bacon are filled with practical wisdom-Discuss.

11. Bring out the influence of the Renaissance on Bacon with special reference to his essays.

12. What according to Johnson are Cowley’s strength and limitations as a poet?

13. Depict the 18th century social pictures portrayed in ‘Coverly Papers‘.

14. Discuss Sir Roger as a fascinating and humorous character.

15. Write a note on Edmund Burke’s prose style with reference to his "Speech on East India Bill”.

16. Comment on Burke’s view about India as revealed in “Speech on East India Bill”.

17. Consider Dr. Johnson as a critic and biographer with Special reference to “The Life of Cowley”.