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'Introduction to Drama' Previous Question-2011 with Answer



Code: 1162

Introduction to Drama

Time: 4 hours Full Marks: 100


1. Answer any twenty questions. 20 * 1 =20

(a) What sort of book is Aristotle’s Poetics!

(b) What are the three unities?

(c) Who are Oedipus’ foster parents?

Ans: Oedipus's foster parents are Polybus, the King of Corinth and Queen Merope.

(d) Who are the chorus in Oedipus Rex?

Ans: In Oedipus Rex the chorus is a group of elder citizens of Thebes.

(e) What is hamartia or tragic flaw?

(f) Whom does Demetrius love at the end of the play?

(g) What do the fairies do after the palace goes to sleep?

(h) Who are the ‘Riders’ mentioned in the play Riders to the Sea?

Ans: In "Riders to the Sea", the riders are Maurya’s husband, six sons and her father in law. But on broader sense all the fishermen of the Aran Islands are the ‘riders’.

(i) Why did Bartley go to the Galway fair?

Ans: Bartley want to go to the Galway fair to sell two horses: his red mare and Michael’s grey pony.

(j) How does Maurya console herself at the end of the play?

Ans: Maurya consoles herself at the end of the play by saying that “No man at all can be living forever”.

(k) Who is the man in the title of the play Arms and the .Man?

Ans: Bluntschli is the man in the title of the play "Arms and the Man.

(l) What was written at the back of the photograph of Raina?

Ans: “Raina, to her Chocolate Cream Soldier: a Souvenir” was written at the back of the photograph of Raina.

(m) What is a cavalry charge?

Ans: Cavalry charge means the attack by the mounted Soldier on horseback.

(n) Whom did Captain Bluntschli call Don Quixote?

Ans: Captain Bluntsclihi called Sergius Don Quixote.

(o) What kind of tragedy is Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex"?

(p) What is the meaning of the word ‘Oedipus’?

Ans: The meaning of the word “Oedipus’ is “swollen-foot”.

(q) Why was Delphi famous for?

Ans: Delphi was famous for its prediction of the future which has accuracy.

(r) What is Sphinx?

Ans: Sphinx is a creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. It asks riddle and those who cannot answer its riddle suffer a fate. Oedipus solved the riddle of Sphinx.

(s) Where was Laius killed?

Ans: Laius was killed by Oedipus at the place called Phocis.

(t) What is the setting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

(u) Write the title of the title of the play-within-the play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

(v) Who is the Duke of Athens? Whom is he going to marry?

(w) Why did Hermia and Lysander escape from the City?

(x) Who is Puck?

(y) Why did Sergius challenge Captain Bluntschli to a duel?


Answer any five questions: (4+4) * 5 = 40

2. (a) Why did the people of Thebes respect Teiresius, the blind prophet?

(b) What made Oedipus call Teiresius to his royal palace?

3. (a) What are the differences between epic and tragedy?

(b) Why is tragedy superior?

4. (a) What is a comedy?

(b) Why is Arms and the Man called an anti-romantic comedy?

5. (a) What is the complaint of Egeus against Lysander?

(b) What was the law of Athens regarding the marriage of the daughters?

6. (a) Discuss the quarrel between Oberon and Titania.

(b) How does Puck intervene in their quarrel?

7. Explain with reference to the context: -

(a) There is an unclean thing.

Born and nursed on our soil, polluting our soil,

Which must be driven, not kept to destroy us.

(b) Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

8. Explain with reference to the context. -

(a) All of them, dear lady, all of them believe me. It is our duty to live as long as we can.

(b) They’re all gone now, and there isn’t anything more the sea can do to me.

9. (a) How does the sea in Riders to the Sea represent fate?

(b) Write a short note on Maurya.


Answer any four questions. 10 * 4 = 40

10. Write a note on Aristotle’s idea of a tragedy.

11. Comment on Sophocles’ use of dramatic irony in Oedipus Rex.

12. Discuss the role and function of chorus in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

13. Discuss A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a romantic comedy.

14. Discuss Riders to the Sea as a modern tragedy with a classical setting.

15. Give a description of the event that took place in the bed chamber of Raina.