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'Classics in Translation' Previous Question- 2016 with Answer



Subject code: 1188

Classics in Translation

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

      a.  Why did Thetis disguise her son Achilles?

           Ans : Thetis disguised her son Achilles to keep him away from the Trojan war where he was fated to die.

      b. Why did Hippolytus become a Misogynist? 

           Ans : Hippolytus became a Misogynist because of his whole hearted devotion to Artemis.

      c.  How does Media become the symbol of all suffering women of all ages?

           Ans :

      d. Why was Phaedra angry with Theseus?

           Ans : Phaedra was angry with Theseus because he has broken his vow of giving her regular company.

      e.  Who are the eminent Eleusinian deities?

           Ans : Persephone, Demeter and Iacchus are the major Eleusinian deities.

      f.  Between which countries was the Trojan War fought?

           Ans : The Trojan War was fought between Greece and Troy.

      g.  What is Cassandra's belief about the fate of all men?

           Ans :

      h. What suspicion did Creon have against Media?

           Ans : Creon had the suspicion against Medea that she might do harm to her daughter.

      i.   What was Hippolytus's attitude towards women in the city?

           Ans : Hippolytus attitude to women in the city is very negative. He considered them to be the cause of all wickedness. He also considered their adulteries to be the cause of the burning of the cities and the fighting between nations.

      j.  What is Lethe?

           Ans : In classical mythology, Lethe is a river of forgetfulness in Hades.

      k. Why did Clytemnestra kill Agamemnon?

           Ans : Clytemnestra killed Agamemnon with three blows of an axe.

      l.   Why did Dionysus decide to go to the Hades?

           Ans : Dionysus decided to go to the Hades to bring a dead playwright back from the Underworld to restore quality to Greek drama and show beleaguered Athens how to become great again.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Write a note on Homeric similes.

3. Discuss the importance of the opening scene of Agamemnon.

4. Why did Jason marry Glauce, the Princess of Corinth?

5. Justify the title of the play The Frogs.

6. What drives Phaedra to welcome death?

7. What do you know about the Trojan Horse?

8. How did Dionysus resolve the dispute between Aeschylus and Euripides?

9. How does Neptune fulfil Theseus’s prayer?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Write on Homer as a realist with reference to his epic poem “The Iliad”.

11. Evaluate Agamemnon as a tragic hero.

12. Discuss the dramatic significance of the death-scene of Glauce.

13. In “The Frogs” Aristophanes criticises the intellectuals of his own period.--Discuss.

14. How does the Chorus contribute to the development of the plot in Seneca’s “Phaedra”?

15. Consider Medea as a revenge tragedy.

16. How does Aristophanes blend satire and fantasy in “The Frogs”?

17. Give an account of Dionysus’s journey to Hades.

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