English Literature 5 Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IsT Year

Q. 1. (a) With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern ?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is ?
Was there another Troy for her to burn ?

Explain and comment on how Yeats links beauty with destruction in these lines from No Second Troy?


The nightingales are singing near
The convent of the Sacred Heart,
And sang within the bloody wood
When Agamemnon cried aloud,
And let their liquid siftings fall
To stain the stiff dishonoured shroud

Comment on the literary and mythical allusions in these lines from Sweeney Among the Nightingales.

(b) “The importance of Jimmy lies in his being seen and understood as a spokesperson for his generation of youngmen.” Comment.


Estragon : (very insidious) But what Saturday? And is it Saturday? Is it not rather Sunday? (Pause) Or Monday (Pause) Or Friday?
Examine the above statement and comment on the presentation of Time in Waiting for Godot.

(c) Write a critical note on any one of the following :
(i) Heart of Delayed decoding as a narraitve technique.
(ii) Mariow as narrator.
(iii) Marlow’s lie to the Intended.
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Q. 2. (a) “Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.” Discuss with special reference to Camus1 views on the myth of Sisyphus.


What are Eliot’s views on the creative process ?

(b) Write a biref note on modernism with reference to any one text in your course.


Briefly examine the connexion between “Existentialism” and “The Theatre of the Absurd”.
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Q. 3. In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf captures “the fragmented consciousness that has come to be considered symptomatic of life in the twentieth century ? Comment.


On not receiving an invitation to Lady Bruton’s party Clarissa felt “suddenly shrivelled, aged, breastless……..”

In the light of the above statement, critically examine the role that parties play in Clarissa’s life.
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Q. 4. With reference to the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Morel, do you agree that “in seeking to make him nobler than he couid be, she destroyed him.” Give a reasoned answer. 15

“The Paul-Miriam chapters are central to our understanding of Sons and Lovers.”Do you agree ? Give a reasoned answer.
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