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'Introduction to Drama' Previous Question-2013 with Answer



Code: 1162

Introduction to Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Full Marks: 80


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

(a) What is the English word for 'mimesis'?

(b) What is 'Hamartia'?

      Ans: Hamartia or tragic flaw is the error of judgment made by the tragic character. It brings about the downfall of the tragic hero.

(c) What is the best form of 'discovery' according to Aristotle?

(d) How did Jocasta die?

      Ans: Jocasta died by hanging herself with a rope.

(e) Why did Hippolyta have to marry Theseus?

(f) What did Laius look like?

      Ans: Laius looked a lot like Oedipus. He was tall and his hair was gray.

(g) Why did G. B Shaw write Arms and the Man?

      Ans: G.B Shaw wrote "Arms and the Man" to reveal that there is no heroism or romance in war and love and to prove that marriage is nothing but a biological necessity.

(h) What is 'Love-in-Idleness'?

      Ans: 'Love in idleness' refers to a special type of white flowers that transformed into purple after being hit by Cupid’s arrow.

(i) From where did Raina derive her romantic ideas about Sergius?

      Ans: Raina derived her romantic ideas about Sergius from her reading of Byron and Pushkin and her visits to the opera.

(j) How many sons did Maurya have and who were they?

         Ans: The sons of Maurya are Stephen, Shawn, Sheamus, Patch, Michel and Bartley.

(k) How did Bartley die?

      Ans: On his way to the Galway Fair, Bartley was riding the red mare while the gray pony which was running behind him knocked him over into the strong high waves where he crashed with the rocks and died.

(1) How do Nora and Cathleen become sure about the clothes of Michale?

      Ans: Nora and Catherine could be sure of the death of Michael through identifying the stiches of the stockings of Michael.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                                4 ´ 5 = 20

2. How does Puck lead apart Demetrius and Lysender?

3. Comment on the epilogue of the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

4. Explain the vision of Maurya in Riders to the Sea.

5. What characteristics of one act play do you find in Riders to the Sea?

6. What was the prophecy of Teiresias about Oedipus?

7. Explain with reference to the context-

I am not here to be sold to the highest bidder.

8. Comment on Aristotle's idea of Tragedy.

9. What is the dramatic significance of the flirting scene of Sergius and Louka?



Answer any five questions.                                                                                           10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What is Aristotle's view on the importance of plot and character?

11. Compare epic and tragedy following the concept of Aristotle.

12. Comment on the role of chorus in Oedipus Rex.

13. How does Oedipus finally find out the real identity of the killer of Laius?

14. How does Shakespeare bring the two worlds-the human and the fairy together in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

15. How successfully did the subplots complement the main plot in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

16. Discuss the significance of the title of the play Arms and The Man.

17. Evaluate Maurya as a tragic character.