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'Modern Drama' Previous Question- 2015 with Answer



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Modern Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

a) What is Bunburying‘?

     Ans : Bunburying is the assumed name of countryside where Algernon goes to visit his permanent invalid friend Bunbury.

b) What is the name of Algernon’s butler?


c) Who is called ‘Pusillanimous’?


d) What is the name of Alison’s father?

Ans: The name of Alison’s father is Colonel Redfern.  

e) What name does Davies use as his identity?


f) What does Lucky symbolize?

      Ans : Lucky symbolizes slavery and labour.

g) What is a comedy of manners?

      Ans : Comedy of manners focuses on the activities, intrigues and amorous achievement of gay, frivolous and stylish type of young men and women.  This type of comedy deals with the coarseness, immorality, faithlessness, jealousy, intrigue etc. of the upper class people.

h) Where and how did Jack’s brother die?

      Ans : Jack's brother Ernest died in Paris of a ‘severe chill’.

i) Who is the antagonist in the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’?

      Ans : The antagonist of the play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is Lady Bracknell.

j) What is the subject of the song sung by Vladimir?


k) What does Estragon try to do sitting on the mound?


l) What is the Great West Road?



Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. In what way ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a play of existentialism?

3. What is the significance of room in ‘The Caretaker’?

4. What are the misfortunes in Alison’s life?

5. Why was Davies tired from his job at the Care?

6. Discuss the use of pun in the title of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’?

7. Why is ‘Waiting for Godot’ considered to be an international drama?

8. Do you think Jimny Porter in ‘Look Back in Anger’ is a Psychosomatic?

9. Identify and explain with reference to the context; “Let’s Pretend that we’re human beings and that we’re actually alive.”


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. How does Oscar Wilde treat love and marriage in “The Importance of Being Earnest”?

11. What conception of time and place is reflected in Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”?

12. Comment on the significance of the Bear-squirrel game in “Look Back in Anger”.

13. How does “Look Back in Anger’ reflect the post-first-world-war’ situation?

14. How far is ‘The Caretaker’ an absurd drama? Illustrate.

15. How does Oscar Wilde treat the theme of love in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’?

16. Consider ‘The Caretaker’ as a comedy of menace and violence.

17. What does “Waiting’ signify in Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’?

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