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'American Literature: Fiction and Drama' Previous Question- 2015 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 is an allegory?

     Ans : An allegory is a story in verse of prose with a double meaning: a primary or surface meaning ; and a secondary or under-the-surface meaning. 

b) Whom did Young Goodman Brown first meet in the forest?


c) What animal does Mildred compare herself to?

      Ans : Mildred compares herself to a leopard.

d) Why did Robert Cohn want to go to South America?


e) What is the meaning of the title Seize the Day?

     Ans : 'Seize the Day' means ‘Carpe Diem’ or enjoy the present day.

f) What does the burning pine tree symbolize in the story Young Goodman Brown?


g) Who is the writer of The Purple Land?

     Ans. William Henry Hudson is the writer of The Purple Land.

h) What is Yank’s last realization?

     Ans : Yank's last realization is that he has had nothing to look back on, and nothing to bring forth as a position of superiority.

i) Why is nothing carved on the tombstone of Brown?

     Ans : Nothing is carved on the tombstone of Brown because “his dying hour was gloom”.

j) What brings a great change in Wilhelm?


k) How many children did Sethe have with Halle?

     Ans : Sethe had two boys and a girl with Halle.

l) What amount of dollar did Robert Cohn’s father leave?

     Ans : Robert Cohn's father had left fifty thousand dollars.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. What is the symbolic importance of the character Goody Cloyse in Young Goodman Brown?

3. Compare and contrast the two characters Jake and Cohn.

4. What influence does Dr Tamlin have on Wilhelm?

5. Write on the theme of memory in Beloved.

6. What is the significance of the final scene of Seize the Day?

7. What conflicts do we find in The Sun Also Rises?

8. Does the character Faith really bear faith? Does Brown have true faith on her?

9. “Chrest, where do 1 gett off at? Where do I fit in?”-explain.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. The inherent tendency to evil of human nature has been depicted in the story ‘Young Goodman Brown’-discuss.

11. Evaluate The Sun Also Rises as a fictional chronicle of a ‘lost generation’.

12. What is American Dream? How does Wilhelm become the victim of American Dream?

13. Consider The Hairy Ape as a social satire.

14. What picture of racial violence do you find in Beloved?

15. Justify the title of The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

16. Comment on the crisis of identity and isolation in the novel The Hairy Ape.

17. “Life becomes meaningless if it is ruled only by the love of money”.Discuss.

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