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'American Literature: Fiction and Drama' Previous Question- 2014 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 scene in the middle of the forest disillusions Young Goodman Brown?

           Ans : The evil ceremony participated by various respected members of the community, along with more disreputable men and women and Indian priests in the middle of the forest disillusions Young Goodman Brown.

      b.  Whom does Hemingway present as ‘Lost Generation’ in his The Sun Also Rises?

           Ans : Hemingway present Belmonte as a symbol of ‘Lost Generation’ in his The Sun Also Rises.

      c.  Where is Hotel Gloriana located?

           Ans : Hotel Gloriana is located on the Upper West Side of New York City.

      d.  What is flashback?

           Ans : A flashback is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point in the story.

      e.  Who is Sethe?

           Ans : Sethe, the protagonist of Beloved, is a proud and independent woman who is extremely devoted to her children.

      f.  Who disturbs Sethe and Paul D’s relationship?

           Ans : Beloved disturbs Sethe and Paul D’s relationship.

      g.  What is Yank’s physical structure?

           Ans : Yank is an ugly, squat, aggressive, almost simian figure. He is beastly, filthy and coarse.

      h.  Where was Yank imprisoned?

           Ans : Yank was imprisoned at Blackwell’s Island.

      i.   Mention one distinctive quality of Hemingway’s narrative technique. 

           Ans : One distinctive quality of Hemingway’s narrative technique is his observance of the Iceberg Theory.

      j.  What particular Christian faith does Hawthorne criticize in ‘Young Goodman Brown’?

           Ans : In ‘Young Goodman Brown’, Hawthorne criticize the faith of the Puritans who take the words of Bible without interpretation.

      k.  What was Mildred’s first reaction at the sight of Yank in the stokehole of the ship?

           Ans : Mildred’s first reaction at the sight of Yank in the stokehole of the ship is that of terror. She says, “Take me away! Oh, the filthy beast!”

      l.   Who is Denver?

           Ans : Denver, a eighteen years old girl, is the grown up daughter of Sethe who was born during Sethe's flight to the North.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. How is Young Goodman Brown’s wife an allegorical figure in terms of her name?

3. How does Brown’s experience in the forest affect his interactions with his community?

4. Why does Dr. Adler see his son Tommy as a failure?

5. How does Beloved quickly become a dominant force in Sethe’s house?

6. How does Yank meet his tragedy?

7. Do you think that Brett is a sympathetic character? Give reasons.

8. “On’y I couldn’t get in it, see? I couldn’t belong in dat.” --Explain

9. How does Beloved help Denver gain an independent identity?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. How was Young Goodman Brown taken in the world of evil?

11. Compare and contrast Jake Barnes with Robert Cohn.

12. Discuss in brief about the human regression by industrialization in ‘The Hairy Ape’.

13. Critically discuss the role of Paul D in Beloved.

14. Do you consider Wilhem a victimized hero in ‘Seize the Day’?

15. Evaluate ‘The Hairy Ape’ as a modern tragedy.

16. Discuss Hamingway’s treatment of religion in The Sun Also Rises.

17. Give a pen picture of the house in Morrison’s Beloved.

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