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'Modern Drama' Previous Question- 2013 with Answer

Modern Drama



Subject code: 1184

Modern Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

      a.  What blunder did Miss Prism Commit?

           Ans : Miss Prism committed the great blunder of not going back to her employers to report the loss of the child.

      b.  What is the revelation of Lady Bracknell?

           Ans : The revelation of Lady Bracknell is that Jack is the son of her late sister and is the elder brother of Algernon.

      c.  What type of play is 'The Importance of Being Earnest"?

           Ans : "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a comedy of manners.

      d.  What was the original title of the paly 'Waiting for Godot'?

           Ans : The original French title of the play Waiting for Godot is “En attendant Godot’’.

      e.  What does the word 'Godot' refer to?

           Ans : Godot may refer to God, eternal life, death or anything for which human beings wait eagerly.

      f.  What does Estragon symbolize?

           Ans : Estragon symbolizes the animal instinct in man. He is mad for physical needs.

      g.  When was Harold Pinter awarded Nobel Prize?

           Ans : Harold Pinter was awarded Nobel Prize in 2005 for literature.

      h.  Why did Davies quarrel in the cafe?

           Ans : Davies quarreled with the Scotchman in the cafĂ© because the Scotchman told him to take the bucket of rubbish outside, which he thought was not his duty.

      i.   How does Daviess react at the offer of the job of a Caretaker?

           Ans : At the offer of the job of a Caretaker Davies seems reluctant to accept the position.

      j.  Why does Jimmy in "Look Back in Anger" Hate Sundays?

Ans : Sunday is a day when some routine-bound activities are done in Jimmy’s family---reading newspaper, drinking tea, Alison’s ironing the clothes etc. Jimmy is dissatisfied with routine life. So, he hates Sundays.

      k.  How, according to Jinmay, is Alison's passion for him?

           Ans : According to Jimmy Alison’s passion is like a python that devours an animal.

      l.   What is Alison's realization of female domination?

           Ans : According to Alison, if a woman tries to dominate her husband, she is sure to be discarded like herself.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. How is Jack’s identify revealed in The Importance of Being Earnest?

3. What is the cause of Lady Bracknell’s rejection to Jack Worthing’s proposal to marry Gwendolen?

4. Write a short note on “Theatre of the Absurd”.

5. Comment on the use of time in “Waiting for Godot”.

6. Give the theme of isolation in “The Caretaker”.

7. How do Davies, Mick and Aston exhibit their love for power in “The Caretaker”?

8. What makes Jimmy Porter angry in “Look Back in Anger”?

9. Discuss the significance of bear and squirrel in the play “Look Back in Anger”.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Comment on the treatment of love and marriage in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

11. Highlight the character of Lady Bracknell.

12. What does “Waiting” signify for those who wait for him in Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”?

13. Justify “Waiting for Godot” as an absurd play.

14. How does “The Caretaker” represent the contemporary society?

15. How far is Harold Pinter’s play “The Caretaker” a drama of violence and menace?

16. Do you think that Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger” is a play of class distinction?

17. How far is Jimmy Porter a spokesman of the post-war youth in England?

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