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'Twentieth Century Novel' Previous Question- 2015 with Answer



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Twentieth Century Novel

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

a) Where was the Bridge Party held?

Ans: The Bridge Party is held in the garden of the club of the British officers in Chandrapore.  

b) Mention one of the major themes of ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

c) What was Kurtz’s mission in Congo?

      Ans: Kurtz's mission was to civilize the natives, to educate them, to improve their way of living and to bring the light into their lives and into that dark territory. 

d) Who is Adela Quested?

Ans. Adela Quested is a young woman who has recently come to India with Mrs. Moore from England desiring to be the fiancĂ©e of Ronny Heaslop, the city magistrate of Chandrapore.

e) Why does Clara love Paul?

Ans: Clara, being all flesh, loves Paul only to satisfy her physical hunger.

f) Whom did Septimus marry?

      Ans: Septimus married Lucrezia.

g) How was Rhodesia divided by the British?

      Ans : Rhodesia was divided by the British between the blacks and the white settlers.

h) Why was the manager envious of Kurtz?

      Ans: Kurtz’ plenty of supply of ivory and his success as the company’s agent makes the Manager envious of Kurtz

i) Why did Mary hate her father?

      Ans : Mary hated her father because of his drinking habit.

j) What does ivory stand for?

      Ans : 'Ivory' stands for the ever-lasting greed and evil of white men.

k) What kind of novel is ‘Sons and Lovers’?

      Ans : ‘Sons and Lovers’ is a psychological novel.

l) How does Mary face her death?

      Ans: Moses puts his hand on her mouth and stabs her.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. What is the significance of Paul-Miriam episode?

3. Briefly describe the Marabar Caves in ‘A Passage to India’.

4. What are the reasons for isolation of Mrs Clarissa Dalloway?

5. Write a short note on stream of consciousness technique used in modern novels in your syllabus.

6. Comment on the setting of the novel ‘Heart of Darkness’.

7. Why did the friendship fail between Dr. Aziz and Mr. Fielding?

8. What is Lawrence’s idea about the man-woman conflict in ‘Sons and Lovers’?

9. What does the word, ‘horror’ signify in the novel ‘Heart of Darkness’?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. How does Conrad treat the theme of imperialism in ‘Heart of Darkness"?

11. Justify the title of the novel ‘A Passage to India’.

12. Discuss the treatment of love and marriage in ‘Sons and Lovers’.

13. Portray the character of Mary in ‘The Grass is Singing’.

14. Critically examine the theme of feminism from the novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

15. Comment on Conrad’s narrative technique in ‘Heart of Darkness’.

l6. Illustrate the term ‘Oedipus Complex’ in the context of ‘Sons and Lovers’.

17. ‘A Passage to India’ is a novel of the clash of culture.-Discuss.

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