English Paper IV English Literature 2 Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. I. Read the passages given below and answer the ques¬tions that follow :

(A)

(a) Antony : Say to me,
Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Caesar’s or mine ?
Soothsayer : Caesar’s.
Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side :
They demon, that thy spirit which keps theee, is Noble, cou¬rageous, high, unmatchable,
Were Caesar’s is not. But near him, thy angle Becomes afeard; as being o’erpower’d, therefore Make space enough be¬tween you.

(i) Explain the context of these lines. 3
(ii) Critically comment on the qualities of Antony being mentioned here which make him a weak contender to Cae¬sar. 8

Or

(b) Comment on the barge scene especially the representa¬tion of the Egyptian way of life. 11

(B)

(a) 1 Pilgrim : Here’s a strange turn of state : who Would have thought
So great a lady would have match’d herself
Unto so mean a person ? Yet the Cardinal
Bears himself much too cruel.
2 Pilgrim : They are banish’d
1 Pilgrim : But I would ask what power hath this state
Of Ancona, to determine of a free prince ?
(i) Explain the context of these lines. 3
(ii) Critically comment on the personal, political and religious implications of the Duchess’s marriage as being discussed here. 8

Or

(b) Critically comment on the change in Bosola’s character in the last two acts of the play. 11

(C)

(a) Comment on Willmore’s encounter with Florinda in the garden. 11

Or

(b) Hellena : Madam, ’tis to entreat you (oh unreasonable) You would not see this stranger.
For if you do, she vows you are undone;
Though nature never made a man so excellent,
And sure he’ad been a god, but for inconstancy.

(i) Explain the context of these lines. 3
(ii) What does the speaker intend to achieve by these revelations ? 4
(iii) Comment on the theme of masking and unmask¬ing with reference to the lines given above.
Answer :

Q. 2. (a) Of whom does Jesus say, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven : for she loved much”‘ and why ? How does he differentiate between those who “love much” and those who “love little” ? (Luke)

Or

What, according to Bacon, is the true purpose and manner of reading books ? How do different branches of learning endow people with different qualities ? 6

(b) Write a short note on :
Socio-political and theatrical developments in Jacobean England.

Or

Milton’s views on divorce and marriage. 6
Answer :

Q. 3. Eve raises important questions pertaining to virtue, submission, freedom and the nature of marital bonds both before and after her trangression.” Elaborate and discuss with reference to Book IX of Paradise Lost

Or

“In his desire for Eve, Adam reveals his own narcissistic needs.” Critically examine this statement with reference to Book IX of Paradise Lost. 15

Q. 4. In ‘Discourse concerning satire’, Oryden states that, “we have no moral right on the reputation of other men”. Examine Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe in the light of statement given above.

Or

In The Rape of the Lack, Pope presents a world where objects and commodities have taken over the human. Discuss with reference to the poem. 15
Answer :

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