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'Classics in Translation' Previous Question- 2015 with Answer



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Classics in Translation

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

a) What is an epic?

     Ans : An epic is a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.

b) What was the most vulnerable part of Achilles body?

     Ans : Achilles’ heel was the most vulnerable part of his body.

c) Why did Medea decide to kill her own children?

     Ans : Medea decided to kill her own children to take revenge on Jason.                                        

d) What type of a comedy is The Frogs?

     Ans : The Frogs is a comedy of ideas.

e) What were Molossians?

     Ans : Molossians were Cretan and Spartan hounds.

f) What are the rules of the contest as announced by Dionysus?


g) When did Phaedra confess her sin?


h) Who guarded the “Golden Fleece”?

     Ans : A never sleeping dragon guarded the Golden Fleece.

i) Why did Achilles withdraw himself from the battlefield?

     Ans : Achilles withdraw himself from the battlefield because he grew angry with Agamemnon who demanded for Briseis, Achilles' battle prize.

j) Who is the paramour of Clytemnestra?


k) Who made the shield for Achilles?

     Ans : Hephaestus made the shield for Achilles.

l) Who are the three masters of Greek tragedy?

     Ans : Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides are the three masters of Greek tragedy.                        


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Write a short note on Cassandra as you have found in Agamemnon.

3. What was Hector’s attitude to Pairs?

4. What happened when Phaedra tried to embrace Hippolytus?

5. What was Aristophane’s attitude to women?

6. Why does Hippolytus feel a strong dislike for women folk?

7. What was Queen Hecuba’s dream when she had conceived Pairs?

8. Who are the intellectuals in The Frogs?

9. “Medea is more sinned against than sinning”--Justify the statement.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What epic elements do you find in Homer’s Iliad?

11. Consider Seneca’s “Phaedra” as a tragedy of unrequited love.

12. How far is Agamemnon responsible for his tragedy?

13. Frogs as comedy evokes laughter, it has no malice. Elucidate.

14. Is Jason fully responsible for the tragedy of Medea?

15. Write a note on the use of dramatic irony in Agamemnon.

16. ‘In the Iliad the immortals behave like the mortals. ‘Do you agree the statement? Give reasons for your answer.

17. Discuss the role of the Nurse in Seneca’s “Phaedra”.

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