English Paper V (b) Classical Literature Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. 1. (a) (i) Greeks believed that people really do not have much control over their destinies and thus transferred this control on to the Gods. Discuss the role of gods in The Iliad.

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(ii) Does Homer’s Iliad glorify or condemn war ? Discuss. 10

(b) (i) What is the most striking aspect of Medea by Euripides ? Is it the rescue of Medea at the end, her vengeful acts or the way Jason denies responsibility ? Discuss.

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(ii) ‘There should have been some other means for mankind to reproduce itself, without the need of the female sex, this would ride the world of all its troubles.’ How far is Jason justified in expressing such hatred for women ? Discuss. 10

(c) (i) In Aristophanes Lysistrata ‘women exploit their stereotypical female identity as a source of power. Discuss.

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(ii) Does Lysistrata follow the conventions of the Greek Old Comedy ? Discuss. 10
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Q. 2. (a) (i) Write a note on Aristotle’s definition of trag¬edy.

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(ii) How does Irawati Karve compare and contrast Draupadi with Sita ? 7

(b) Write notes on :
(i) Absence of tragedy in Abhijnansakuntatam.

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(ii) Epic conventions in Iliad or Mahabharata.
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Q. 3. (a) Discuss the representation of female sexuality in Abhijnansakuntalam.

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(b) Abhijnansakuntalam is a celebration of romantic love, where the woman before she is acknowledged as a wife, exercises the freedom to choose and to act.’ Do you agree ? Discuss.
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Q. 4. (a) Examine the role of Sakuni in the Game of Dice, with special reference to the structures of power that operate in this context.

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(b) ‘The world of Mahabharata when seen from the point of view of women is one of power structures controlled by men.’ How do the prescribed parts of the book bring this out ? Discuss.
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