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    W.B.C.S Main 2003 Optional Question Paper English Literature.

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    W.B.C.S Main 2003 Optional Question Paper English-PAPER -1

    1.  Attempt an appreciation of the following poem after briefly and clearly bringing out its main idea :

    A slumber did my spirit seal,

    I had no human fears :

    She seem’d a thing that could not feel

    The touch of earthly years.

    No motion has she now, no force;

    She neither hears nor sees,

    Roll’d round in earth’s diurnal course

    With rocks and stones and trees!

    2.  Write an essay on one of the following :

    (a) Nature in Romantic and Victorian poetry,

    (b) Comic devices in Shaw’s major plays,

    (c) Hardy’s attitude to life.

    3.   (a) Of the two odes- Ode to the West Wind and Ode to Autumn—

    which do you like more and why ?

    (b) Examine the view that Matthew Arnold is essentially an intellectual poet. Give illustrations from at least two of his poems.

    (c) Hopkins’s poetry cannot be adequately described as nature poetry; it is to be found in the presentation of an experience of great spiritual intensity and complexity. Discuss with appropriate examples.

    4.  (a)  Select any one of Scott’s novels and say why it appeals to modern readers.


    (b)  Assess the value of George Eliot’s contrihution to the English novel.


    (c)  Write/a critical note on one of the following :

    (i) Hard Times      (ii)  Tess of the D ‘Urbervilles    (iii) The Importance of Being Earnest   (iv) Candida.


    (d)  What does Galsworthy mean by ‘naturalistic technique  ? How successful was he in employing this technique in his plays ? Select one play for detailed discussion.

    W.B.C.S Main 2003 Optional Question Paper English-PAPER -2


    1.   Examine the three principal phases of the development of Chaucer’s poetry with special reference to one major work in each phase.

    2.  Discuss the main features of Restoration Drama with special reference to Dryden and Congreve.

    3.  Write in essay on the growth of the English novel in the eighteenth century with special reference to Richardson and Fielding.

    4.  In what sense can the English Romantic Movement be called the “Romantic revolt” ? Writs with special reference to any two of the following author : Wordsworth,  Scott,  Hazlitt,  Shelley.

    5.  Assess the importance of any two of the following in the history of English literature :

    Rudyard Kipling;  J.M.Synge;  Virginia Woolf;  Dylan Thomas.

    6.  Write short critical notes on any two of the following :

    (a) Beowulf    (b) Jacobean tragedy    (c) Gulliver’s Travels    (d) The Pre-Raphaelites    (e) The poetry the first World War    (f) Look Back in Anger.


    7.  “The Latin influence on the English language has been something between a help and a hindrance”. Discuss.

    8.  Describe the two great phonetic changes affecting the Germanic languages and discuss their relative importance in English.

    9.  Write philological notes on any eight of the following :

    assassin,   bighty,   boycott,   cab,   clerk,   dainty,   ecclesiastical,  egg,  father,  handkerchief,  its, scientist,   tandem,  tram,  window.

    Group – C

    10.  How do deceptions and self-deceptions generate comic effects in Shakespeare’s comedies ? Discuss with special reference to As You Like It and Twelfth Night.

    11.  Comment on the role the wirches in Macbeth.

    12.  With reference to any two of Shakespeare’s comedies, discuss the conflict between patriarchal control and the revolts against it.

    13.  Attempt a critical assessment of any one of the following :

    (a)  The usr of songs in Shakespeare’s comedies

    (b)  Shakespeare’s use of comic reliefs in tragedies

    (c)  The mixture of prose and verse in the dialogues of Shakespeare’s plays

    (d)    The First Folio.

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