2011 - June

1. Little Nell is a character in Dickens’s

(A) Hard Times

(B) Great Expectations

(C) Oliver Twist

(D) The Old Curiosity Shop

2. Who, among the following Indian writers in English, has created an identifiable imagined locale ?

(A) Mulk Raj Anand

(B) Raja Rao

(C) R.K. Narayan

(D) Anita Desai

3. Who among the following is not a formalist critic ?

(A) Allen Tate

(B) Cleanth Brooks

(C) Stanley Fish

(D) William Empson

4. The rhyme scheme of the Spenserian sonnet is

(A) abab bcbc cdcd ee

(B) abab cdcd efef gg

(C) abba cddc effe gg

(D) abba abba cde cde

5. Who among the following Marlovian characters is consumed by greed ?

(A) Barabas

(B) Tamburlaine

(C) Doctor Faustus

(D) Mephistopheles

6. The plan of Arthurian stories has influenced the composition of Tennyson’s

(A) In Memoriam

(B) Idylls

(C) “Maud”

(D) “Locksley Hall”

7. There are two lists given below.Match the authors in List – I withtheir nationality in List – II by choosing the right option against the code.

(I) Patrick White

(II) Nadine Gordimer

(III) Margaret Atwood

(IV) Keri Hulme

(1) Canada

(2) New Zealand

(3) Australia

(4) South Africa

Code :

(I) (II) (III) (IV)

(A) (2) (1) (4) (3)

(B) (4) (3) (2) (1)

(C) (3) (4) (1) (2)

(D) (3) (2) (4) (1)

8. A Shakespearean sonnet has the following rhyme scheme





9. “The future of poetry is immense, because in poetry…. our race, as time goes on, will find an ever surer and surer stay.” – This claim for poetry is made in

(A) Arnold’s “The Study of Poetry”

(B) Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry”

(C) Sidney’s “An Apology for Poetry”

(D) Eliot’s of Poetry and Poets

10. Which of the following is not about a dystopia ?

(A) George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

(B) Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

(C) William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

(D) R.M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island

11. Who among the following is not associated with the translation of the Bible ?

(A) Miles Coverdale

(B) William Tyndale

(C) John Wycliffe

(D) Thomas Browne

12. Arrange the following stages in a sequence in which all Shakespearean tragedies are structured. Use the code given below :

I. Denouement

II. Conflict

III. Exposition

IV. Climax

Code :

(A) III, II, IV, I

(B) III, IV, II, I

(C) II, IV, III, I

(D) II, IV, I, III

13. The term, ‘curtal sonnet’, was coined by

(A) John Milton

(B) William Blake

(C) Gerald Manley Hopkins

(D) Matthew Arnold

14. The author of the pamphlet Short View of Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698) was

(A) John Bunyan

(B) Jeremy Collier

(C) William Wycherley

(D) John Vanbrugh

15. Identify a play in the following list that is not written by Oscar Wilde :

(A) A Woman of No Importance

(B) The Importance of Being Earnest

(C) Saints and Sinners

(D) An Ideal Husband

16. Put the following novels by Charles Dickens in a sequential order with the help of the code :

1. Great Expectations

2. Hard Times

3. Bleak House

4. A Tale of Two Cities

Code :

(A) 3, 2, 4, 1

(B) 2, 4, 3, 1

(C) 1, 2, 4, 3

(D) 4, 2, 1, 3

17. Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy was influenced by

(A) Seneca

(B) Tertullian

(C) Virgil

(D) Plautus

18. In its final published version, Eliot’s The Waste Land contains a total of

(A) 334 lines

(B) 433 lines

(C) 373 lines

(D) 423 lines

19. Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea is set in

(A) The Congo region

(B) The Niger Delta

(C) The Caribbean

(D) The African Savannah

20. Hamlet, lying wounded, says to his friend, “Horatio, I am dead.” This is an example of

(A) protasis

(B) anacrusis

(C) prolepsis

(D) pun

21. The Castle of Otranto is an example of

(A) Gothic fiction

(B) Romance

(C) Comic fiction

(D) Bildungsroman

22. “The City of Dreadful Night”, a long poem depicting the late Victorian sense of gloom and despondency, is written by

(A) Matthew Arnold

(B) Robert Browning

(C) James Thomson

(D) John Davidson

23. Which of the following novels by V.S. Naipaul is set in Africa and carries echoes of Joseph Conrad ?

(A) The Mystic Masseur

(B) A Bend in the River

(C) A House for Mr. Biswas

(D) The Mimic Men

24. In The Rape of the Lock, Belinda’s lapdog is named

(A) Luck

(B) Shock

(C) Pluck

(D) Muck

25. You Can’t Do Both is a novel by

(A) John Fowles

(B) Doris Lessing

(C) Kingsley Amis

(D) Irish Murdoch

26. The character, Nathan Zuckerman, is associated with the fiction of

(A) Norman Mailer

(B) Saul Bellow

(C) Philip Roth

(D) Bernard Malamud

27. Plato censured poetry because he believed it

(A) eliminates the ego.

(B) promotes sensuality.

(C) distorts reality.

(D) cripples the imagination.

28. Which of the following Tennyson poems is a dramatic monologue ?

(A) In Memoriam

(B) “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

(C) “Crossing the Bar”

(D) “Tithonus

29. The character Giovanni features in one of the following texts :

(A) John Cleland’s Fanny Hill : Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

(B) John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

(C) John Braine’s Room at the Top

(D) John Evelyn’s Diaries

30. Which of the following poems features the phrase, “the still, sad music of humanity” ?

(A) “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”

(B) “Michael : A Pastoral Poem”

(C) “The Solitary Reaper”

(D) “Tintern Abbey”

31. Molly Bloom is a character in James Joyce’s

(A) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

(B) Dubliners

(C) Ulysses

(D) Exiles

32. Eliot uses the term “objective correlative” in his essay.

(A) “The Metaphysical Poets”

(B) “Hamlet

(C) “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

(D) “Dante”

33. Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in the year

(A) 1995

(B) 1996

(C) 1997

(D) 1998

34. The pamphlet on the Irish condition, “An Address to the Irish People” was composed by

(A) W.B. Yeats

(B) P.B. Shelley

(C) Jonathan Swift

(D) G.B. Shaw

35. Which of the following arrangements of English novels is in the correct chronological sequence ?

(A) Kim, A Passage to India, Sons and Lovers, Brave New World

(B) Sons and Lovers, A Passage to India, Kim, Brave New World

(C) Kim, Sons and Lovers, A Passage to India, Brave New World

(D) Brave New World, Kim, Sons and Lovers, A Passage to India

36. “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift” is written by

(A) Alexander Pope

(B) Samuel Johnson

(C) John Gay

(D) Jonathan Swift

37. Widowers’ Houses was written by

(A) Oscar Wilde

(B) T.S. Eliot

(C) John Galsworthy

(D) G.B. Shaw

38. Who among the following Marxist critics has reconsidered the classic problem of ‘base and superstructure” in relation to literature ?

(A) Edmund Wilson

(B) Raymond Williams

(C) Lucien Goldmann

(D) Walter Benjamin

39. “Heteroglossia” refers to

(A) the multiple readings of a text.

(B) the juxtaposition of multiple voices in a text.

(C) the comments on the margins of a text.

(D) the gloss or commentary relating to a text.

40. Margaret Drabble is the author of

(A) The Memoirs of a Survivor

(B) The Witch of Exmoor

(C) The Service of Clouds

(D) The Godless in Eden

41. MacFlecknoe is an attack on Dryden’s literary rival,

(A) Richard Flecknoe

(B) Thomas Shadwell

(C) John Wilmot

(D) Matthew Prior

42. Eighteenth century writers used satire frequently for

(A) attacking human vices and follies.

(B) inciting the reading public.

(C) glorifying the culture of the upper classes.

(D) pleasing their women readers.

43. Byron’s “The Vision of Judgement” is a satire directed against

(A) Charles Lamb

(B) John Keats

(C) Henry Hallam

(D) Robert Southey

44. Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man was published in

(A) 1790

(B) 1791

(C) 1792

(D) 1793

45. Andrew Marvell’s “An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland” was written in

(A) 1647

(B) 1649

(C) 1650

(D) 1648

46. “The Rime of Ancient Mariner” is about

(A) a perilous adventure in the sea

(B) the accidental killing of an octopus

(C) the curse of a sea God

(D) the guilt and expiation of the Ancient Mariner

47. “To Daffodils” is a poem, written by

(A) Robert Herrick

(B) William Wordsworth

(C) John Keats

(D) P.B. Shelley

48. Which of the following novels reconstructs the historical events of the Indian Mutiny ?

(A) The Jewel in the Crown

(B) The Siege of Krishnapur

(C) The Day of the Scorpion

(D) The Towers of Silence

49. “England, my England” is a poem by

(A) W.E. Henley

(B) A.E. Housman

(C) R.L. Stevenson

(D) Rudyard Kipling

50. Shelley was expelled from the Oxford University due to the publication of

(A) The Revolt of Islam

(B) The Necessity of Atheism

(C) The Triumph of Life

(D) The Masque of Anarchy


1. Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery is written by

(A) William Wordsworth

(B) Robert Southey

(C) John Clare

(D) Thomas Gray

2. Hemingway’s novel A Farewell Arms is divided into to

(A) two books

(B) three books

(C) four books

(D) five books

3. “Panopticism” is the title of achapter in a well-known book by

(A) Roman Jakobson

(B) Jacques Lacan

(C) Michel Foucault

(D) Jacques Derrida

4. The lines, “She was a worthywoman al hir lyve:/ Housbondes atcherche dore she hadde five”, are an example of

(A) blank verse

(B) clerihew

(C) heroic couplet

(D) free verse

5. Who, among the following women writers, famously imagined the plight of Shakespeare’s sister ?

(A) George Eliot

(B) Virginia Woolf

(C) Irish Murdoch

(D) Frances Burney

6. Read the following statement and the reason given for it. Choose the right response.

Assertion(A) : Dickens’s novels are called ‘Newgate Novels’.

Reason (R) : They are called so, because Dickens adulates in these novels the careers and adventures of criminals.

(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and(R) is the correct explanation.

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation.

(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false.

(D) (A) is false, but (R) is true.

7. Who among the following writers does not belong to the group, the University Wits ?

(A) John Lyly

(B) Thomas Nashe

(C) George Peele

(D) Thomas Kyd

8. Which of the following characters of Webster’s The White Devil utters the memorable words : Oft gay and honour’d robes those tortures try : We think cag’d birds sing, when indeed they cry.

(A) Vittoria Corombona

(B) Bracciano

(C) The Cardinal

(D) Flamineo

9. “All great literature is, at bottom, a criticism of life” – this statement is attributed to

(A) Thomas Carlyle

(B) Matthew Arnold

(C) J.S. Mill

(D) John Ruskin

10. Who amongst the following is not a Jewish-American novelist ?

(A) J.D. Salinger

(B) Henry Greene

(C) William Faulkner

(D) Philip Roth

11. Which among the following plays by Christopher Marlowe has epic features ?

(A) Doctor Faustus

(B) Edward II

(C) Hero and Leander

(D) Tamburlaine

12. Sir Fopling is a character in

(A) Wycherley’s The Plain Dealer

(B) Congreve’s The Way of the World

(C) Etherege’s The Man of Mode

(D) Davenant’s The Platonick Lovers

13. Who famously said, “Three or four families in a Country Village is the very thing to work on” ?

(A) Clara Reeve

(B) Maria Edgeworth

(C) Frances Burney

(D) Jane Austen

14. Ikemefuna is a character in the novel

(A) When Rain Clouds Gather

(B) The Mimic Men

(C) Things Fall Apart

(D) The Interpreters

15. A foot consisting of a strong syllable followed by a weak syllable is called

(A) Trochee

(B) Iambic

(C) Spondee

(D) Terza Rima

16. What is it that Chaucer focuses on in the depiction of the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales ?

(A) Meekness

(B) Defiance

(C) Chastity

(D) Experience

17. Put the following books of Pope in a sequence of publication. Answer the question with the help of the Code given below :

(i) The Dunciad

(ii) The Rape of the Lock

(iii) An Essay on Man

(iv) An Essay on Criticism

Code :

(A) (ii), (iii), (i), (iv)

(B) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)

(C) (iv), (ii), (i), (iii)

(D) (ii), (i), (iv), (iii)

18. Dinah Morris is a character in George Eliot’s novel

(A) Middlemarch

(B) Silas Marner

(C) Daniel Deronda

(D) Adam Bede

19. The Booker Prize is awarded by a panel of judges to the best novel by a citizen of

(A) the United Kingdom

(B) the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland

(C) the United Kingdom or the British Commonwealth

(D) the United Kingdom or the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland

20. A ‘curtal sonnet’ consists of

(A) 11 lines

(B) 12 lines

(C) 13 lines

(D) 14 lines

21. The Unfortunate Traveller has been authored by

(A) Robert Greene

(B) Thomas Deloney

(C) Thomas Nashe

(D) Thomas Lodge

22. Who, among the following, is not a practitioner of Jacobean tragedy ?

(A) George Villiers

(B) John Marston

(C) John Webster

(D) Thomas Middleton

23. The author of Nation and Narration is

(A) Edward Said

(B) Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

(C) Frantz Fanon

(D) Homi Bhabha

24. Which of the following novels has a great impact on the formal experimentation in contemporary fiction ?

(A) Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller

(B) Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

(C) Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy

(D) Samuel Richardson’s Pamela

25. The phrase ‘Only Connect’ is associated with

(A) D. H. Lawrence

(B) James Joyce

(C) E. M. Forster

(D) Virginia Woolf

26. Which of the following books is by Margaret Atwood ?

(A) The Stone Angel

(B) No Fixed Address

(C) The Edible Woman

(D) Halfbreed

27. The expression “murderous innocence” is an example of

(A) Oxymoron

(B) Zeugma

(C) Chiasmus

(D) Pun

28. Read the following statement and the reason given for it. Choose the right response :

Assertion (A) : Othello killed Desdemona.

Reason (R) : Because Desdemona committed infidelity.

(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R)is the correct explanation.

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation.

(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false.

(D) (A) is false, but (R) is true.

29. The Enlightenment believed in the universal authority of

(A) Religion

(B) Tradition

(C) Reason

(D) Sentiments

30. Which of the following works of John Milton is an elegy ?

(A) Lycidas

(B) L’Allegro

(C) Camus

(D) Paradise Lost

31. Which of the following poem by Keats uses the Spenserian stanza ?

(A) Endymion

(B) The Fall of Hyperion

(C) The Eve of St. Agnes

(D) Lamia

32. Match the following authors with their respective works with the help of the code given below :

1. The Vanity of Human Wishes

2. The Vicar of Wakefield

3. She Stoops to Conquer

4. The Beggar’s Opera

I. Oliver Goldsmith

II. John Gay

III. Samuel Johnson

IV. Richard Sheridan

Code :


(A) 1 4 3 2

(B) 2 4 1 3

(C) 3 2 1 2

(D) 4 3 2 1

33. The term “egotistical sublime” was coined by

(A) S.T. Coleridge

(B) John Keats

(C) William Wordsworth

(D) William Hazlitt

34. Put the following novels of George Eliot in a sequential order. Answer the question with the help of the code :

(i) Middlemarch

(ii) Daniel Deronda

(iii) Felix Holt, the Radical

(iv) Romola

Code :

(A) (i), (iii), (iv), (ii)

(B) (ii), (i), (iii), (iv)

(C) (iv), (iii), (i), (ii)

(D) (iv), (i), (iii), (ii)

35. Who, among the following writers, is known for his unforgettable sense of humour and comedy ?

(A) D.H. Lawrence

(B) P.G. Wodehouse

(C) Thomas Hardy

(D) John Galsworthy

36. Which of the following is not an apocalyptic novel ?

(A) Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City

(B) L.P. Hartley’s Facial Justice

(C) Anthony Burgess’s The Wanting Seed

(D) V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas

37. Identify the author of the following lines :

Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,

Let Maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown

Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

(A) Shakespeare

(B) George Herbert

(C) John Donne

(D) Henry Vaughan

38. In the summer of 1712, The Spectator published a series of essays on “The Pleasures of Imagination,” written by

(A) Richard Steele

(B) John Dennis

(C) John Locke

(D) Joseph Addison

39. Read the following statement and the reason given for it. Choose the right response.

Assertion (A) : Gulliver’s Travels earned Jonathan Swift the bad name of being a misanthrope.

Reason (R) : Swift in the novel was neutral to the image of man.

(A) Both (A) and (R) are true, and (R)is the correct explanation.

(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation.

(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false.

(D) (A) is false, but (R) is true.

40. Who, amongst the following, does not belong to the ‘Great Tradition’, enunciated by F. R. Leavis ?

(A) Joseph Conrad

(B) James Joyce

(C) Jane Austen

(D) George Eliot

41. Isaac Bashevis Singer is an

(A) African-American writer

(B) American-Jewish writer

(C) American-Indian writer

(D) American-Asian writer

42. Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot has

(A) three Acts

(B) five Acts

(C) four Acts

(D) two Acts

43. James Joyce’s Exiles is a

(A) Short Story

(B) Poem

(C) Play

(D) Novel

44. “It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen” – is the opening sentence of

(A) Ulysses

(B) Nostromo

(C) Chrome Yellow

(D) Nineteen Eighty-Four

45. The subtitle of William Godwin’s Caleb Williams is

(A) Man As He Is Not

(B) Man As He Is

(C) Things As They Are

(D) The Pupil of Nature

46. Who amongst the following belongs to the group of radical feminists ?

(A) Helene Cixous

(B) Monica Wittig

(C) Simone de Beauvoir

(D) Luce Irigaray

47. “On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth” is a longer essay by

(A) G. Wilson Knight

(B) A. C. Bradley

(C) Thomas De Quincey

(D) F. R. Leavis

48. The expression, “dreaming house” is an example of

(A) Zeugma

(B) Transferred epithet

(C) Chiasmus

(D) Apostrophe

49. The term ‘Practical Criticism’ is coined by

(A) William Empson

(B) W. K. Wimsatt, Jr.

(C) I.A. Richards

(D) F. R. Leavis

50. Victor Shklovsky’s name is associated with

(A) Post-modernism

(B) New Historicism

(C) Reader Response Theory

(D) Russian Formalism

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