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'Modern Drama' Previous Question- 2016 with Answer



Subject code: 1184

Modern Drama

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

1. a. What type of play is "The Importance of being Earnest"?

       Ans. “The importance of Being Earnest” is a comedy of manners.

    b. Who are the tramps in "Waiting for Godot"?

       Ans. Estragon and Vladimir are the tramps in Waiting for Godot,

    c. When was Harold Pinter awarded Nobel Prize?

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

    d. How many characters are presented in The Caretaker?

   Ans. Only three characters namely Aston, Mick and Davies are presented in The Caretaker.

    e. Who is Helena Charles?

       Ans. Helena Charles is Alison’s true and intimate friend, an actress by profession. She comes to Jimmy’s house to stay with them for some days.

    f. What do Jimmy and Alison Call each other?

       Ans. Jimmy and Alison call each other Squirrel and Bear respectively.

    g. Who is Miss Prism?

       Ans. Miss Prism, a middle-aged woman, is Cecily Cardew’s governess.

    h. How does Pozzo address Lucky?

       Ans. Pozzo addresses Lucky either as ‘pig’ or as ‘hog’.

    i. Who utters the Words nothing to be done at the opening of waiting for Godot?

       Ans. Estragon utters the words “nothing to be done” at the opening of “Waiting for Godot”.

    j.  Who helped Jimmy start a sweet stall?

       Ans. Hugh Tanner’s mother helped Jimmy to start a sweet stall.

    k.  How is Aston disturbed by Davies from going to sleep?

       Ans. Aston is disturbed from going to sleep by the snorting and the noise made Davies.

    l.  In what away has Jack a double indentity?

       Ans. In London city, Jack is Earnest and in the countryside, Jack is himself. Thus, Jack has a double identity


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Explain Beckett’s view of human condition as presented in Waiting for Godot.

3. Why does Jimmy dislike religious practices?

4. How did Mick want to decorate his room?

5. Discuss the beast imagery in Look Back in Anger.

6. In what way is The Importance of Being Earnest trivial comedy for serious people?

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

8. How is Jack’s identity revealed in The Importance of Being Earnest?

9. Identify and explain with reference to the context: “I’m awfully glad. It’s awfully nice to meet you’.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Elucidate The Importance of Being Earnest as a social satire.

11. Describe Davies-Aston relationship.

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

13. Who is Godot? What purpose does he serve in Beckette’s play?

14. Sketch the character of Lady Bracknell.

15. Write a note on Beekett as a social critic on the basis of your reading of “Waiting for Godot”.

16. Describe the role of Jimmy Porter in the play “Look Back in Anger” .

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

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