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'Continental Literature' Previous Question- 2017 with Answer



Subject code: 241117

Continental Literature

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

(a) How does Sofya Marmeladov earn her living?

(b) What is the name of Raskolnikov’s sister?

(c) How many rounds of shot does Meursault fire at the Arab?

(d) Why was Meursault remorseless for the murder he committed?

(e) What did Gregor do for a living before turning into an insect?

(f) What does the monstrous insect symbollze in The Metamorphosis?

(g) Who are the shipwrecked people in A Doll’s House?

(h) What work did Nora do to earn money?

(i) Name the sons and daughters of Mother Courage.

(j) How did Gregor die?

(k) What does Mother Courage decide to do at the end of the novel?

(l) What does Gregor refuse to let anybody take away?


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Why does Raskolnikov decide to confess his crime?

3. Write a short note on Dostoevsky’s use of coincidence.

4. What obstacles does Gregor face after turning into an insect?

5. How is Gregor’s metamorphosis similar to Grete’s and how does it differ?

6. Describe the situation that leads Kattrin to death.

7. How does Torvald react when he finds out about Nora’s debts? Why?

8. Write a short note on Meursault’s realisation of the absurdity of life.

9 Discuss briefly the relationship between maternity and war as illustrated in Mother Courage and Her Children.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Consider Brecht as an innovative playwright with special reference to Mother Courage and Her Children.

11. Write elaborately on Albert Camus’ treatment of alienation in The Outsider.

12. Is Kafka in his Metamorphosis cynical? Give reasons for your answer.

13. Discuss how Ibsen provides suspense in A Doll’s House.

14. Consider Crime and Punishment as a story of sin, suffering, and redemption.

15. How do the songs in Mother Courage and Her Children relate to the play and Brecht’s conception of the epic theatre?

16. Discuss the techniques applied by Kafka in writing The Metamorphosis.

17. Consider A Doll’s House as a modern tragedy.