2008 Jai Narain Vyas University M.A English M.A. (Pre) 2008 Question paper
From Shakespeare To Restoration
Note:All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following passages,adding critical comments where necessary;-
(a) Now might I do it but,now he is praying;
And now I"ll do't: and so he goes to heaven;
And am I revenged.
(b) O Regan Gonerill!
Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all!
O,that way madness lies;let me shun that;
No more of that.
(c) She is too subtle for thee;and her smoothness,
Her very silence and her patience,Speak to the people, and they pity her.
Thou art a fool;
(d) I find my Zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star, whose influence
If now I count not, but omit, my fortunes
will ever after drop.
(e) ...The silver ore of pure charity is an expensive
article in the catalogue of a man's good qualities;
whereas the sentimental French plate I use instead
of it makes just as good as a show, and pays no tax.
(f) Come, woo me, woo me; for now i am in a holiday
humour, and like enough to consent, what would
you say to me now, an I were your very very Rosalind?
(g) ...Lord, what is a lover, that it can give?Why,
one makes lovers as fast as one pleases, and they
live as long as they pleases; and they die as soon
as one pleases; and then if one pleases one makes more.
(h) This was the noblest Roman of them all;
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
2. Dr. Faustus embodies"the new inquiring and aspiring spirit of the age of the
renaissance". Discuss and illustrate.
The Duchess(in The Duchess of Malfi) becomes 'a lofty and solemn figure in her despair
3. Discuss briefly the controversy regarding the problem of delay in Hamlet, offering your own
For some The Tempest is a charming fairy tale, for others it is a profound expression of
a mature mind.
4. Sheridan is known as the master of striking situations.Illustrate this point with reference
to any two appropriate scenes from The School for Scandal.
How does Shakespeare present opposition of court life and pastoral world in As you Like It?
5. Write short note on any two of the following:-
(a) Use of dramatic irony in the plays of Shakespeare
(b) Comedy of manners
(c) Characteristic features of Restoration Comedy
(d) Comedy of Errors
(e) Julius Caesar as a historical play
(f) Wit in Congreve.
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