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ENGLISH LITERATURE, PAPER - I

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: (i) Attempt FIVE questions in all including question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry EQUAL marks.
(ii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered
(iii) Candidate must draw two straight lines (==================) at the end to separate each question attempted in Answer Books.

PART – I

1. One can distinguish in Wordsworth’s poetry a marked transition from the realm of pathos to that of ethos. Do you agree? Discuss.

2. Mathew Arnold describes Shelley “a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain”. What does he mean? Elaborate.

3. “Keats had no religion save the religion of beauty, no God save Pan; the Earth was his great consoler, and so passionately did he love her, with a love far more concrete and personal than that of Wordsworth or even Shelley”. Discuss.

PART - II

4. Hardy is neither a feminist, nor a misogynist, but a realist. How far is this statement true? Discuss.
5. Dickens’ novels reflect the contemporary Victorian urban society with all its conflicts and disharmonies, both physical and intellectual. Discuss.

6. In what way do we consider George Eliot as the first modern novelist in the English Literature? Discuss.

7. Write critical notes on any TWO of the following
(a) Swift as a satirist
(b) Byron’s attitude towards nature
(c) Salient features of Blake’s poetry
(d) Ruskin’s prose style


COMPULSORY QUESTION

8. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.


(1) ‘Songs of Experience’ was written by:
(a) Blake
(b) Wordsworth
(c) Keats
(d) Shelley
(e) None of these

(2) ‘The Prelude’ was composed by:
(a) Keats
(b) Wordsworth
(c) Blake
(d) Byron
(e) None of these

(3) Which writing includes the manifesto of Romantic poetry?
(a) The Prelude
(b) Lyrical Ballads
(c) The Ancient Mariner
(d) Songs of Innocence
(e) None of these

(4) Who does consider ‘love’ as a transcending power handling all things into beauty?
(a) Wordsworth
(b) Keats
(c) Shelley
(d) Byron
(e) None of these

(5) Who did write an epic on the growth of his own mind?
(a) Blake
(b) Tennyson
(c) Browning
(d) Wordsworth
(e) None of these

(6) Who was more under the influence of Godwin’s philosophy of life?
(a) Byron
(b) Browning
(c) Shelley
(d) Keats
(e) None of these

(7) “The Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter” appear in:
(a) Ode to Autumn
(b) Ode on a Grecian Urn
(c) Ode to a Nightingale
(d) Ode on Melancholy
(e) None of these

(8) Lord Byron was born in:
(a) 1788
(b) 1789
(c) 1790
(d) 1791
(e) None of these

(9) Tennyson talks about the equality of women in:
(a) The Princess
(b) In memoriam
(c) Maud
(d) Lackslay Hall
(e) None of these

(10) Pauline was written by:
(a) Browning
(b) Keats
(c) Byron
(d) Blake
(e) None of these

(11) Which Victorian Poet is called the psychologist?
(a) Rossetti
(b) Morris
(c) Browning
(d) Swinburne
(e) None of these

(12) ‘The last Essays of Elia’ was written by:
(a) Carlyle
(b) Lamb
(c) Hunt
(d) Ruskin
(e) None of these

(13) Hazlitt’s intellectual awakening had been stimulated by:
(a) Shakespeare
(b) Coleridge
(c) Wordsworth
(d) De Quincey
(e) None of these

(14) Paul David and Pip are the three notable descriptions of sensitive, nervous childhood in the works of:
(a) Thackery
(b) Kingsley
(c) Dickens
(d) Austin
(e) None of these

(15) Which of the following novelists is known for his Satore in the Victorian literature?
(a) Charlotte Bronte
(b) Thackery
(c) Hardy
(d) Meredith
(e) None of these

(16) Amongst the following, who is considered to be the “pioneer of the novel of female emancipation”?
(a) Jane Austin
(b) Charlotte Bronte
(c) Emily Bronte
(d) Virginia Woolf
(e) None of these

(17) The world of “Lady Shallot” belongs to the:
(a) Medieval era
(b) Greek era
(c) Victorian era
(d) Romantic era
(e) None of these

(18) Egden Heath forms the back-drop of which of the following novels by Hardy?
(a) Jude the Obscure
(b) Hard Times
(c) Return of the Native
(d) Tess
(e) None of these

(19) “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty” This line has been taken from:
(a) Ode to Autumn
(b) Ode to a Nightingale
(c) Ode on a Grecian Urn
(d) La Belle Dame Sans Merci
(e) None of these

(20) Upon Wartminister Bridge, written by Wordsworth is:
(a) Ballad
(b) Pastoral poem
(c) Sonnet
(d) Lyrical poem
(e) None of these
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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
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ENGLISH LITERATURE, PAPER - II

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: (i) Attempt FIVE questions in all including question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry EQUAL marks.
(ii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered
(iii) Candidate must draw two straight lines (==================) at the end to separate each question attempted in Answer Books.

1. ‘Hamlet touches on many problems, that troubled the protagonists, soul, like vengeance, suicide, love, without offering a solution for anyone.’ Discuss.

2. Jane Austen’s clear sighted eyes read through the inner minds of those who live around her, just as if those minds were transparent. Comment on her art of characterization.

3. “His poetry possesses an imaginative mysticism, an essential attribute of Celticism, he has the ability to efface the outlines of material objects in a dreamy mistiness.” Dilate upon Yeats’ poetry, in the light of this remark.

4. Portray the character of Santiago; do you find a combination of the actual and the symbolic in it?
5. Give a critical appreciation of Robert Frost’s following poems:
(a) After Apple Picking
(b) Mending Walls
(c) The Tuft of Flowers

6. In D. H. Lawrence’s work men and women of our times have found their own restlessness most accurately mirrored. Discuss.
7. It is said that, Shaw tears off veils, and lays bare the half-voluntary illusions of complacently blind souls. How far is it true?


COMPULSORY QUESTION

8. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) B. Shaw confessed to be a disciple of:
(a) Ibsen
(b) Swift
(c) Butler
(d) Wells
(e) None of these

(2) Arms and the Man, Candida and Man and Super Man are written by:
(a) Shaw
(b)Butler
(c) Moris
(d) Wells
(e) None of these

(3) Which of the following was written by Shakespeare?
(a) The Rape of Lucrece
(b) The Rape of the Lock
(c) Endymion
(d) Fairie Queene
(e) None of these

(4) Who wrote Samson Agonistes and Paradise Lost?
(a) Spenser
(b) Milton
(c) Byron
(d) Pope
(e) None of these

(5) The Rape of the Lock is a:
(a) Parody
(b) Elegy
(c) Romance
(d) Sonnet
(e) None of these

(6) The Dunciad, Essay on Man, Epistles are all written by:
(a) Shakespeare
(b) Dryden
(c) Pope
(d) Shaw
(e) None of these

(7) Who said … “expression ought to be the dress of the ought”?
(a) Pope
(b) Dryden
(c) Locke
(d) Coleridge
(e) None of these

(8) What kind of books are Robinson Crusoe and Mall Flanders?
(a) Travel-books
(b) Tragedy
(c) Romance
(d) Comedy
(e) None of these

(9) Who believed that Shakespeare did much better in Comedy than in tragedy?
(a) Dryden
(b) Bradley
(c) Johnson
(d) L. C. Knight
(e) None of these

(10) Who wrote The Vicar of Wake Field?
(a) Richardson
(b) Fielding
(c) Defoe
(d) Goldsmith
(e) None of these

(11) ‘Cervantes’ is a character in:
(a) Don Quixote
(b) Pamele
(c) Tristram Shandy
(d) Tom Jones
(e) None of these

(12) Parson Adams and Squire Western are creations of:
(a) Richardson
(b) Sterne
(c) Fielding
(d) Smollett
(e) None of these

(13) Mr. Bennet is one of Jane Austen’s characters in:
(a) Emma
(b) Persecution
(c) Pride and Prejudice
(d) Sense and sensibility
(e) None of these

(14) The Prelude is written in:
(a) Couplets
(b) Blank Verse
(c) Terza rima
(d) None of these

(15) In whose poetry do we find – ‘a love of nature, simplicity and faith in the dignity of the humblest’?
(a) Coleridge
(b) Southey
(c) Wordsworth
(d) Burns
(e) None of these

(16) Who among the Romantic poets chores the ‘Super natural’ as his theme?
(a) Coleridge
(b) Shelley
(c) Byron
(d) Keats
(e) None of these

(17) Which poet is not always bound up with the reformer?
(a) Wordsworth
(b) Coleridge
(c) Pope
(d) Tennyson
(e) None of these

(18) The Common Sojourn of Byron, Shelley, Keats was:
(a) Lake district
(b) Hampshire
(c) Wessex
(d) Utopia
(e) None of these

(19) Childe Harold was written by:
(a) Byron
(b) Shelley
(c) Tennyson
(d) None of these

(20) Pleasure and joy in Beauty become a feast of the scenes in the poetry of:
(a) Shelley
(b) Keats
(c) Byron
(d) None of these

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Was going over these older MCQs in anticipation of the exam. Thought I'd post the answers.

Paper-II:

1.ibsen.2.shaw.3.none.4.milton.5.parody.6.dryden.7 .pope.8.none (it's picaresque).9.none (christopher marlowe in dr.faustus).10.goldsmith.11.don quixote.12.fielding.13.pride and prejudice.14.blank iambic pentameter, like most of wordworth's other mature poetry.15.wordsworth.16.coleridge.17.pope.18.lake district.19.byron.20.keats (i think the question is misspelt: it's "feast of senses" not "feast of scenes"
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Paper-I:
1.blake.2.wordsworth.3.lyrical ballads.4.wordsworth (99% sure).5.wordsworth.6.shelley (who else but godwin's poet-daamad).7.grecian urn.8.1788.9.princess.10.browning.11.browning again.12.lamb.13.coleridge.14.dickens.15.none (misspelt: satire not satore)16.charlotte.17.victorian.18.tess.19.grecia n.20.sonnet
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