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'History of English Literature' Previous Question- 2014 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) What is Black Death?

     Ans: The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.

b) What is a morality play?

     Ans: Morality play is a medieval dramatic form which allegorically presents an ideal Christian life on the stage.

c) Which age is called the Golden Age of English Literature?

     Ans: The Elizabethan Age is known as the 'Golden Age of English Literature’.

d) Who is called the Poet’s poet?

     Ans: Edmund Spenser is called the 'Poet's poet' in English literature.

e) Who are called “Cavalier Poets”?

     Ans: The English secular poets of the 17th century, who supported King Charles I during the English Civil War are called Cavalier poets. The best known Cavalier poets are Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, Thomas Carew, and Sir John Suckling.

f) What was the slogan of the French Revolution?

     Ans: The slogan of the French Revolution was “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”.

g) What is ‘The Oxford Movement’?

     Ans: ‘The Oxford Movement’ is a 19th century movement, centered at the University of Oxford. It sought a renewal of catholic thought and practice in opposition to the protestant.

h) Who are Pre-Raphaelites?

     Ans: Pre-Raphaelites are a secret society of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

i) What is stream of consciousness?

     Ans: Stream of consciousness refers to the continuous flow of thoughts in the conscious mind. It is a literary technique that attempts to represent the inner workings of a character’s mind.

j) What is an Absurd Drama?

     Ans: Absurd Drama refers to a kind of drama that presents the meaninglessness of human existence on earth. 

k) Name two critical essays of TS. Eliot?

     Ans: “Tradition and the Individual Talent” and “Hamlet and His Problems” are the two critical essays of T.S Eliot.

1) What is Puritanism?

     Ans: Puritanism is a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that sought to purify the Church of England.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                             ´ 5 = 20

2. Write in brief about Paradise Lost.

3. Write a note on Shakespeare’s Poems and Sonnets.

4. What do you know about Lyrical Ballads? 5. What is Victorian compromise?

6. What are the main trends of modern poetry?

7. Write about restoration Comedy of Manners.

8. Write down the remarkable events of the Middle Age.

9. What do you know about “The Coverley Papers”?



Answer any five questions:                                                                                           10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Why is the Elizabethan Age called the Golden Age for English literature?

11. What is restoration? Discuss the historical and political background of the age.

12. Write a note on Pope's works and contribution to the neoclassical age.

13. Describe the major Romantic Poets and their contribution to English Poetry.

14. Survey the prominent literary trends of the Victorian age.

15. Discuss Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy as Victorian novelists.

16. Write about the main novelists of the 20th century English literature.

17. What are the features of modern Poetry? Discuss W.B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot as outstanding modern poets.