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1. In which of the following novels Harikatha is strategically used as a medium of 'consciousness raising'?
2. Identify the text in the following list which offers a fictionalised survey of English Literature form Elizabethan times to 1928
3. Match the following
1.London Labour and the London Poor
2. The Golden Bough
3. Unto the Last
4. The Principles of Geology
A.. John Ruskin
B. Henry Mayhew
C. Sir Charles Lyell
D. Sir James George Frazer
4. Which of the following poems does not begin in the first person pronoun?
5. In his 'Anatomy of Melancholy' Robert Burton proposes the following two principal kinds
6. Listed below are some English journals widely read by professionals: Screen, Critical Quarterly, Review of English, Wasafiri. One of the above founded by C B Cox and now being edited by Colin MacCabe, carries not only critical and scholarly essays in English Studies, but reviews film, culture, language and contemporary political issues. Identify the Journal
7. In Marvell's 'A Dialogue between Soul and Body', who/which of the following has the last word?
8. In Blake's poem 'A Poison Tree' the speaker's anger grows and becomes...
9. Assertion (A) For deconstructive critics how human beings read and interpret signs they receive will determine their modes of knowing and being, whether those signs come in the form of literary texts or bank statements. Reason (R) The fact of the matter is that human beings use signs to function in the world and are always likely to do so.
10. Ian Mcewan's 'Saturday' spans one day in the life of
11. ' Open Forum' as applied to poetry, is the same as... It is poetry that is not written according to traditional fixed patterns.
12. The author of the book observes "I have attempted, through the medium of biography, to present some Victorian visions to the modern eye". The four main characters in this book are Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold and General Golden. Who is this author?
13. In his attack deliverd on the theatre "A Short View of the Immortality and Profaneness of the English Stage", Jeremy Collier specially arraigned.... and.... .
14. I A Richards' 'Practical Criticism' (1929) inaugurated a new phase in the history of English critical thought. What was this book's subtitle?
15. Which of the following arrangements is in the correct chronological sequence?
16. Select from among the following place, the one at best suits the description below. A. Alyque Padamsee invited its author to write it. B. The play had communalism as its theme.C. This play was banned from the 'Deccan Herald' Theatre Festival for dealing with a sensitive issue.D. The play, however, was produced by Playpen in Bangalore on July 1993.
17. I have known 3rd generations of John Smiths. The type breeds true. John Smith II and III went to the same school, university and learned professions as John Smith I. Yet John Smith I wrote pseudo-Swinburne; John Smith II wrote pseudo- Brooke and John Smith III is now writing pseudo-Eliot. But unless John Smith can write John Smith, however, unfashionable the result, why does he bother to write at all? Surely, one Swinburne; one Brooke; and one Eliot are enough in any age? (Robert Graves, "The Poet and his Public) 1. Graves is critical of blind adulation and imitation of successful poets. 2. Graves is critical of blind conformity to standards set by Swinburne, Brooke and Eliot. 3. Swinburne, Brooke and Eliot represent the movements: Decadence, the Georgian and Modernist respectively. 4. The poets in question are Algernon Charles Swinburne, Stopford Brooke and Thomas Stearns Eliot.
18. During the colonial era, the British used to call the Indian languages ' vernaculars'. We do not use this word for our 'bhashas' beacause
1. we consider English to be equally vernacular. 2. verna is, literally a home- born slave. 3. not all Indian languages are languages of the Indo-European family and therefore, not all vernacular. 4. the natives of India were never slaves.
19. More's 'Utopia' displays strong influence of
1. The Arthurian legends. 2. Plato's Republic 3. Amerigo Vespucci's account of the travels 4. The teachings of john Wycliffe.
20. By 'language transfer' is meant
21. Which of the following descriptions is not true of Peter Carey's 'The True History of the Kelly Gang'?
22. Identify the poem that opens with the lines
I walk through the long classroom questioning; A king old none in a white hood replies; the children learn to cipher and to sing....
23. Which of the following statements is not true of Foucault's position in ' History of Sexuality'?
24.The following is an exchange between two characters, husband and wife, in a famous play. The lines appear at the very end of an emotionally- charged sequence of the last scene "....I've stopped believing in miracles." "But I'll believe. Tell me! Transform ourselves to the point that...?" "That our living together could be a true marriage". (She goes out down the hall.) Which play? Name the characters
25. The following statements relate to the early history of the English language. Identify the set that gives incorrect statements.
1. English has borrowed words such as sky, give, law, and leg form Norse. 2. English has also borrowed some pronouns like they, their, them from Norse. 3. in grammar, Modern English is much more highly inflected than Old English. 4. after the Norman Conquest, French became the language of the court, the language of nobility and polite society and literature. 5. following the Norman Conquest, French virtually replaced English as the language of the people. 6. Among the French words that came into English are: study, logic, grammar, noun etc.
26. Choices of linguistic forms in using a language or how a language is actually spoken or written, especially one that differs from its prescribed grammar, is called
27. Jamaica Kincaid's narrative 'a Small Place'
28. Which of the following correctly matched poets and their works?
29. William Wordsworth had a deep influence on Thomas Hardy. According to Hardy, a particular poem by Wordsworth was his "best cure for despair". Which is that poem?
30. In Henry James's 'Ambassadors', there is a character who never appears in the novel. We get to know about this significant person, however, from the other characters. Who is this character?
31. Why are Scott's novels called "Waverley Novels"?
32. Which of these descriptions/ statements best suits the idea of the "Renaissance Man"?
1. A fop, a scoundrel, who enjoys enormous power in Renaissance courts and aristocratic families. 2. A near-mythical figure: a knight, courtier, musician, poet, scholar and statesman. 3. One who ploughs a lonely furrow and keeps away from politicking and scandals. 4. Someone like Sir Philip Sidney best suits the idol of Renaissance Man.
33. Maxim Gorky, the great Russian writer of fiction and drama, was in real life a man called...
34. After the prediction of the oracle that he was destined to kill his father, Oedipus could have avoided patricide
1. had he not determined in horror never to return to the only parents he knew. 2. had he been a man of unusual self-control. 3. had he remembered the prediction and had he been more cautious having recognised that possibly after all Polybos was not his father. 4. had he never struck any man who was older than himself saying at the moment of provocation "This insolent man is grey- haired; let him have the road".
35. Identify the Post-Apartheid novel by Nadine Gordimer.
36. The Duchess of Malfi married her steward, Antonio. For the Elizabethan audience her marriage was a triple offence. Which of the following is not one?
37. Who among the following has written the essay. 'The Indian Jugglers'?
38. How would you best describe George Meredith's 'Modern Love' (1862)?
39. The play was written in 1881 when its author was in Italy. This is considered to be his most remarkable intellectual effort. The softening of the brain as a result of a disease inherited from his father is the subject. Which is the play?
40. In many ways, grammatical categories remain mysterious. What does it mean to speak a language that in every sentence requires you to locate yourself in time or specify your source of knowledge or the shape of what you are talking about? We still don't know. But putting the question like this suggests a clear and limited way of interpreting the idea that different languages represent different words. Which of the following statements on this passage interprets it most accurately?
41. Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' carries a lengthy discussion of determinism and free will in....
42. Which from among the following is not true of 'Nagmandala'?
43. Arrange the following literary journals chronologically
44. Pick out the two relevant and correct descriptions of Caryl Churchill's 'Serious Money' (1987).
1. This play proposes the foundation of a monastery for the education of British gentlewomen. 2. This narrative deals with children who are sick of their 'enforced idleness'. 3. This play is subtitled 'City Comedy'. 4. In this play, the state of the British Economy is symbolised by a takeover bid by an international cartel. 5. This narrative details the adventures of and Anglo- Indian orphan. 6. Money is the only criterion for success for the players in this play's share-market.
45. Identify from among the following false statements
1. Eric Arthur Blair became the famous British novelist, George Orwell. 2. Orwell was conversant in Hindustani and fond of Indian food. 3. young Eric Blair lived in Myanmar's trading town, Katha. 4. This town gave him the model for the fictional district of Kyauktada in 'Burmese Days'. 5. Orwell was born on 25th June, 1903 in Motihari, Bihar. 6. The Orwell Commemorative Committee in Motihari has been demanding a restoration of Orwell's workplace as a heritage site. 7. Orwell never returned to his birthplace. 8. The British journalist Ian Jack was mainly responsible for our knowledge of Orwell's antecedents relating to Katha and Motihari.
46. Virginia Woolf borrowed the idea of the common reader from Doctor Johnson. To which particular work of Johnson's does she remain indebted?
47. JM Coetzee was the first writer to be awarded the Booker Prize twice. He won the Prize for
48. After the Norman Conquest England became a three-language nation for at least two centuries. The three languages were .
49. Assertion (A) In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George and Martha's blue and green eyed son in a myth. Reason (R) He is a creation of the couple's imagination originating from that sense of sterility and vacuum in life.
50. In the word 'rapidly', 'ly' is an adverbial suffix indicating manner while rapid is a..., ly is a....
Directions (Q Nos. 51-55) Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow. It's Your Own Fault Of course you can play with them. > There's no harm in them. > They are only words.> Words alone are certain good, said someone.> And someone also said> Unlike sticks and stone> Words will never break your bones.> (That is called Rhyme. A rhyme is nice to play with too from time to time.) What? They've turned nasty?> They've clawed you and bitten you?> Dear me, there's blood all over the place. > And broken bones.> They were perfectly tame when I left them. > Something they ate might have> disagreed with them.> You mean you fed them on meaning?> No wonder then. >Line Break
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51. The Poet's remark on 'rhyme' is... Dj Enright.
52. The poem is cast in the form of a...
53. What is the 'fault' to which the speaker refers here?
54. What tone is most appropriate for reading this poem?
55. 'No Wonder then'. Explain
56. "Nothing odd will do long.. did not last long." Dr Johnson had this to say about one of the 18th century novels. Identify it from the following list
57. Identify the sonnet upon sonnet by William Worsworth
58. Who among the following women writers has written Novel on Yellow Paper?
59. In most people, the first language/ dialect acquired is 'mother tongue'. Among the commonly used terms for mother tongue, one of the following is avoided. Identify the one term not applied to mother tongue.
60. Identify the group of critical concepts that parenthetically aligns with their respective theorists.
61. What was the mandate of the Stationer's Company incorporated in London in 1557?
62. One of the following was described by its author as 'a poem including history'. Identify the poem
63. Arrange the following groups of English writers in chronological order.
64. Which Bible is the earliest English version printed with verse divisions?
65. EM Forster's "Passage to India" begins with a description of the city of Chandrapore. It has an old Indian part and a new part consisting of the British civil station. Which of the following descriptions of the city is not found in the text?
66. In which of the following books would you find the following arguments/ observations? Escapist fiction lacks serious fiction's apocalyptic experience of finality. The two versions of literary experience are qualitatively different; every novel fits one category or the other, not both. Serious fiction, however, compels our attention by representing improvements (the 'world of potency) has been achieved (a 'world of act') and by showing narrative movement "through time to an end, we must sense even if we cannot know it."
67. Philip Larkin's "The Whitsun Weddings"
1. describes a long train journey 2. establishes a 'we' voice of collective outlook 3. traces the disfigurement of a sunny landscape on an advertising poster 4. gives an account of a drug pusher
68. Match the following
Row- Last lines of the poem, Column Title of the poem
'Death, be not proud.."
'The Great Lover'
'Dover Beach'
'To his Coy Mistress
And we are here as on a darkling plain> Swept with confused alarms of struggle and light, Where ignorant armies clash by night
Thus, though we cannot make our Sun Stand still, yet we will make him run.
One short sleep past we wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, though shall die
This one last gift I give: that after men Shall know and later lovers far- removed, Praise you, "All these were lovely;" say, "He loved"
69. The Oxford Companions are handy reference volumes for teachers and students of English. Identify the one volume that has not yet appeared in this series.
70. While writing or printing scholarly use prefers titles in Italics. Which of the following is the correct way of writing or printing?
Directions (Q Nos. 71-75) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.
Somewhere, on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each one of us within our hearts knows 'that is not me'. In America, this norm is usually defined as white, thin, male, young, heterosexual, Christian and financially secure. It is with this mythical norm that the trappings of power reside within the society. those of us who stand outside that power often identify one way in we are different and we assume that to be the primary cause of all oppression, forgetting other distortions around difference, some of which we ourselves maybe practising. By and large within the women's movement today, white women focus upon their oppression as women ignore difference of race, sexual preference, class and age. There is a pretense to a homogeneity of experience covered by the word sisterhood that does not in fact exist.
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71 .A mythical norm is endemic to socities
1. where racial myths are prevalent and widely respected and perpetuated through utterances that establish 'we' and 'they' groups 2. where the superiority of one's own culture and nation no longer emphasized openly or straightforwardly. 3. where 'difference' has been a preoccupation in the representation of people who are radically, ethnically and in terms of gender and sexual preference different from an assumed majority. 4. that believe that the norm is part of their right to defend the ways of life enjoyed by a dominant group, their traditions and customs against outsiders-not because these outsiders are inferior, but because they belong to other cultures.
72. How does the author mark her difference from other writers on similar issues and underscore her radical style typographically?
1. By her use of parataxis 2. By italicising 'mythical norm' and 'sisterhood' 3. by using lower case for proper and common nouns. 4. by using phrases like, 'Those of us who stand outside...'
73. That there are levels and grades of powerlessness in societies entertaining a 'mythical norm' is indicated
1. by the overall tone and tenor of the passage 2. by the suggestion that a mythical norm is responsible for the unequal distribution of power among people. 3. by referring to 'other distortions around difference'. 4. by referring to white women who narrow down operation directed only at white women.
74. Why is the author dismissive about 'sisterhood'?
1. Because it is italicised 2. Because it does not exist in principle 3. Because it assumes that all 'sisters' are alike 4. Because it assumes that all 'sisters' are unique
75. Does the author absolve all women from the 'distortions around difference'?
1. Yes 2. No 3. Not sure 4. Yes, in a qualified manner though
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