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'History of English Literature' Previous Question- 2013 with Answer



Code: 1165

History of English Literature

Time: 4 hours Marks: 80

Part -A

1. Answer any ten of the following: 1 * 10 = 10

(a) Which poem is considered as the first English epic?

(b) What is the masterpiece of Geoffrey Chaucer?

Ans: The Canterbury Tales is the masterpiece of Geoffrey Chaucer.

(c) What is 'Humanism'?

Ans: 'Humanism' is a system of thought that focuses on humans, their interests, values, capacities, dignity and worth. It emphasizes human potential to attain excellence and equal treatment of everyone irrespective of religion and belief.

(d) Who wrote Gorboduc?

Ans: Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton wrote Gorboduc.

(e) When was The Preface to the Lyrical Ballads published?

Ans: The Preface to the Lyrical Ballads was written by William Wordsworth in 1800 and enlarged with the second edition of the Lyrical Ballads in 1802.

(f) What kind of movement was 'English Renaissance“?

Ans: 'English Renaissance' was a cultural and artistic movement in England dating from the late 15th to the early 17th century.

(g) Who popularized 'the comedy of manners'?

Ans: William Congreve popularized the Comedy of Manners.

(h) Who was known as 'the father of English Dictionary'?

Ans: Dr. Samuel Johnson was known as the father of English Dictionary.

(i) Who were the metaphysical poets?

Ans: The poets like John Donne, Marvel, Herbert, Cowley, Carew and Vaughan who, according to Johnson, yoked heterogeneous ideas by violence are called the metaphysical poets.

(i) What is Victorian conflict?

Ans: Victorian conflict is the conflicts of faith and doubt, science and religion, and also democracy and monarchism.

(k) When did the Modern Era begin in English literature?

Ans: The Modern Age in English literature begins shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century.

(l) Name the university wits?

Ans: University wits are Christopher Marlowe, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe, John Lyly, Thomas Lodge and George Peele. Thomas Kyd is also included in this group though he was not a university student.


Answer any five questions: 4 * 5 = 20

2. Describe the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

3. Write a short note on "Canterbury Tales".

4. Why was the 18th century often called an age of satire?

5. What is the contribution of Sir Thomas More?

6. Name the non-dramatic verse-writers and their literacy works of the Elizabethan period.

7. What is the impact of Puritanism on English l1terature?

8. What are the chief characteristics of Restoration literature?

9. Write a note on the women novelists of the Victorian age.


Answer any five questions: 10 * 5 = 50

10. Discuss Shakespeare's contribution to English Drama.

11. How did religio and politics affect puritan literature? Write with reference t0 John Milton.

12. What social and political aspects of the Restoration period are reflected in the play of William Congreve?

13. Why is the Neo-classical age called the "Age of prose and Reason"?

14. Discuss the salient features of Modern drama, with reference to G.B. Shaw.

15. Write an essay on major Victorian poets.

16. Why is Chaucer called the father of English poetry?

17. Examine the influence of the French Revolution on Romantic Poetry?