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'American Literature: Fiction and Drama' Previous Question- 2013 with Answer



Subject code: 1187

American Literature: Fiction and Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

1.   Answer any ten questions:                                                                                     1´10 = 10

      a.  What type of story is "Yung Goodman Brown"?

           Ans:  "Yung Goodman Brown" is an allegory.

      b.  Who was 'Goody Cloyse'?

           Ans: Goody Cloyse was Young Goodman's Brown's Sunday School teacher and spiritual guide when he was young.

      c.  What does I.W.W. stand for?

           Ans: I.W.W. stand for Industrial Workers of the World.

      d.  Where is Douglas ship going?

           Ans: Douglas ship is going to Europe.

      e.  Who is the narrator of the novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’?

           Ans: The narrator of the novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ is Jake Barnes.

      f.  What is novella?

           Ans: A novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.

      g.  Who were the friends of Robert Cohn in Europe?

           Ans: The narrator of the novel and Braddocks were the friends of Robert Cohn in Europe.

      h.  Where was Tommy Wilhelm living?

           Ans: Tommy Wilhelm was living in Hotel Gloriana in New York.

      i.   What was the real cause of Wilhelm’s leaving the job?

           Ans: The real cause of Wilhelm's leaving the job was his scandal with a Catholic girl in Roxbury.

      j.  What was Dr. Tamkin’s physical structure?

           Ans: Dr. Tamkin’s physical structure is described in animal terms. He had a bald head, a gull’s nose, a pair of handsome eyebrows and a vain mustache.

      k.  Who was Baby Suggs?

           Ans: Baby Suggs was Sethe’s mother-in-law.

      l.   Where is 124 located?

           Ans: 124 is located just Outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. What does the forest represent in the story “Young Goodman Brown”?

3. What do the pink ribbons signify?

4. “You are all a lost generation.” --Explain.

5.  Write a short note on Hotel Gloriana.

6. Analyze the character of Mildred Douglas.

7. What are the reasons for Wilhelm’s failure in the modern competition?

8. Describe Beloved as an allegorical figure.

9. What do you know about Mr. and Mrs. Garner?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Discuss The Hairy Ape as a social satire.

11.  What ideas haVe you formed about the character of Goodman Brown from your study of the story “Young Goodman Brown”?

12. What is the significance of the title of The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway?

13. How has Saul Bellow depicted American life and society in Seize the Day?

14. Evaluate Tommy Wilhelm as the hero of the novel Seize the Day.

15. Is Shethe’s murder of her own child justified? Discuss in the light of your reading of Beloved by Toni Morrison.

16. “The Sun Also Rises” reflects some of the problems left behind by the First World War.-Illustrate.

17. Discuss the idea of isolation and identity in the play The Hairy Ape.

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