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'History of English Literature' Previous Question- 2016 with Answer



Code: 221107

History of English Literature

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                                    Marks: 80

Part -A

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

(a) Who is called the father of English poetry?

      Ans: Geoffrey Chaucer is called the father of English poetry.

(b) Who wrote Utopia in Latin, since English had no prestige outside England?

      Ans: Sir Thomas More wrote Utopia in Latin because English had no prestige outside England.

 (c) Which royal dynasty was established in the resolution of the so-called War of the Roses and continued through the reign of Elizabeth I?

      Ans: The royal dynasty which was established in the resolution of the so-called War of the Roses and continued through the reign of Elizabeth I is Tudor.

(d) Name four plays written by William Shakespeare.

      Ans: As You Like It, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth are the four plays by William Shakespeare.

(e) What is Milton’s purpose behind writing “Paradise Lost”?

      Ans: Milton’s purpose behind writing “Paradise Lost” is to justify the ways of God to men.

(f) What is The Pilgrim’s Progress?

      Ans: The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegorical novel written by John Bunyan.

(g) What is Satire?

      Ans: Satire is a literary genre in which follies, foibles, defects etc. of the individual and the institution are ridiculed for correction and reformation.

(h) Why is Alexander Pope famous in English literature?

      Ans: Alexander Pope is famous in English literature for his satirical verse and for his use of the heroic couplet. He is the translator of Homer and the most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare. 

(i) In which year did French Revolution take place?

      Ans: The French Revolution took place during the period from 1789 to 1799.

(j) Who defined poetry as ‘Spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings"?

      Ans: William Wordsworth defined poetry as the ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’.

(k) What signifies the Victorian ‘Age?

      Ans: Stability, progress, social reforms along with great problems such as poverty, injustice and social unrest signify the Victorian Age.

 (l) Who are called the Brontes?

      Ans: The Brontes are three sisters—Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                             ´ 5 = 20

2.     What do you know about Beowulf?

3.     Write a short note on Reformation.

4.     Why is Bacon’s prose style significant?

5.     Write a short note on ‘English Renaissance’.

6.     Who is Sir Roger de Coverly?

7.     What is ‘Pantheism’?

8.     What do you know about The Origin of Species?

9.     What is Absurd Drama?



Answer any five questions:                                                                                           10 ´ 5 = 50

10.   What do you know about Renaissance drama?

11.   How did Chaucer represent his Age?

12.   Describe Comedy of Manners.

13.   How would you portray the 18th century as the Age of Satire?

14.   How did the French Revolution influence the Romantic poetry?

15.   How would you regard Matthew Arnold as a Victorian poet?

16.   What social picture do you notice in the Modern poetry?

17.   Discuss the major differences between the novels of the Victorian Age and those of the Modern Period.