English Paper IV English Literature2 Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IInd Year

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Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

‘ Cleopatra : With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate –
Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool,
Be angry, and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
That I might her thee call great Caesar ass Unpolicied!
Chairmain : O estern star!
Cleopatra : Peace, peace !
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
That sucks the nurse asleep ?

(i) Explain “ass unpolicied” ? Does Cleopatra succeed in her intention of making Caesar an “ass unpolicied” ? 4
(ii) Critically comment on “Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, That sucks the nurse asleep” ? 7

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(b) Critically comment on the barge scene in Antony and Cleopatra.

(B)

(a) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
Duchess : I am Duchess of Malfi still,
Bosola : That makes thy sleeps so broken :

Glories like glow – worms afar off shine bright,
But-look’d to near, have neither heat or light.
Duchess : Thou art very plain.
Bosola : My trade is to flatter the dead, not the living;

(i) Critically comment on the Duchess’s statement “I am Duchess of Malfi still”. 5
(ii) Explain the simile “Glories like glow-worms afar off shine bright. But look’d to near have neither heat nor light.”
iii) What is Bosola’s “trade” at this point ? Identify the medieval tradition Webster is drawing upon in this scene in the exchange between Bosola and the Duchess. 3

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(b) Malateste describes Bosola as “thou wretched thing of blood”. Is this an adequate summing up of his character and role in The Duchess of Malfi ?

(C)

(a) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
“Hymen and priest wait upon portions and jointrues; love and beauty have their own ceremonies. Marriage is as certain a bane to love as lending money is to friendship.”
(i) What do “portions” and “jointures” refer to ?
(ii) What is the distinction made between love and Hymen?
(iii) Does the speaker manage to convince the addressee?

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(b) One of the issues addressed in The Rover is the projection of blame from the perpetrators of violence onto their victims. How appropriately does this sum up Wilimore’s attitude to women in the play?
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Q, 2. (a) What is Bacon’s concept of knowledge ? Discuss with reference to the extracts in your course. 6

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How does Hobbes distinguish between “wit” and “judgement” in ‘On Wit And Judgement’ ?
(b) Write a short note on : 6
The Machiavel in 17th century English drama.
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Epic simile.
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Q. 3. What understanding do you form of Milton’s views on the man-woman relationship from your reading of book IX of Paradise Lost ? 15

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Discuss the portrayal of Satan in Book IX of Milton’s Paradise Lost. 15
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Q. 4. “Pope depicts Belinda as a mindless consumer, representative of the women of her class in the early eighteenth century London.” Do you agree with this view ? Give a reasoned answer.

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Is MacFlecknoe a lampoon or a satire on bad writing ? Discuss.
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