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'Introduction to Drama' Previous Question-2015 with Answer



Code: 221101

Introduction to Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Full Marks: 80


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

a) What is the moral lesson in the play, “Oedipus Rex”?

     Ans: The moral lesson in the play Oedipus Rex is that one cannot escape fate, no matter how hard one tries.

b) What does Baroka foresee about the village?

     Ans: Baroka foresees about the village that he will not be able to exploit his power over others if the village is modernized. He also foresees that he will not be able to mitigate his lust for village girls.

c) 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.

d) How old is Captain Bluntschli?

     Ans: Captain Bluntschli / the Chocolate-cream Soldier is 34 years old.

(e) Who was regarded as Touchstone’s rival in love?

(f) What is cavalry charge?

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

(g) Of which village Baroka was the village chief?

     Ans: Baroka is the chief of the village of Ilujinle in the play Lion and the Jewel.

(h) What is the theme of Amiens’ song “Blow, blow thou winter wind”?

(i) “What an army!”-Who says this?

     Ans: Captain Bluntschli says this.

(j) Where did Michael buy the stick for his mother?

     Ans: Michael bought the stick from Connemara for his mother.

(k) Where was the infant Oedipus left?

     Ans: The infant Oedipus was left on Mount Cithaeron.

(l) Who were the surviving children of Maurya at the beginning of the play?

     Ans: Bartley, Nora and Cathleen were the surviving children of Maurya at the beginning of the play.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                                4 ´ 5 = 20

2. How are both Oedipus and Jocasta guilty of Pride?

3. Was Bluntschli really a gentleman? How?

4. Is the sea in the “Riders to the Sea” the representative of fate?

5. What is ‘higher love’? Comment on Shaw’s conception as ' expressed in his play, “Arms and the Man.”

6. What was the logic of Oedipus for blinding himself?

7. What supernatural elements do you find in the play, “Riders to the Sea”?

8. Describe the seven stages in a man’s life.

9. Who or what is being satirized in Wole Soyinka’s “The Lion and the Jewel”?



Answer any five questions.                                                                                           10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Comment on Shakespeare’s use of disguise in “As You Like It.”

11. Discuss the role and function of Chorus in King Oedipus.

12. Comment on the first meeting scene between Raina and Bluntschli in Shaw’s play “Arms and the Man”.

13. Evaluate “Riders to the Sea” as a modern tragedy with a classical setting.

14. Wole Soyinka’s play “The Lion and the Jewel” is about the victory of traditional values over western ones. Discuss.

l5. Rosalind is a brilliant woman character-Do you agree? Give reason.

16. Consider the protagonist of “Oedipus Rex” as a tragic hero on Sophoclean concept.

17. Write on the character of captain Bluntschli on the basis of your reading “Arms and the Man”.