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MA English part-1 Punjab University past papers


MA Enlish Part-1
Classical Poetry
2005        Punjab University
PAPER I: CLASSICAL POETRY
 Attempt FOUR questions, including Question No. 1, which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following passages:
 (i) `Fallen cherub to be weak is miserable,
Doing or suffering; but of this be sure
To do aught good never will be our task
 But ever to do ill our sole delight....'
 (ii) He sette nat his benefice to hyre
 And leet his sheepe encombred in the myre,
 And ran to Londoun, Unto seint poules,
To seeten hym a chaunterie for sonless.
(iii) Whatever spirit, careless of his charge,
 His post neglects, or Leaves the fair at large,
 Shall feel sharp vengeance soon O'ertake his sins
 Be stopped in vials,
 or transfixed with pins.
(iv) Or let these two, themselves, not mee decay;
 So shall I, live, thy stage, not triumph bee,
 Last thou thy love and hate and mee undoe,
To let me live, 0 love and hate me too.
 (v) "0 place of bliss, renewer of my woes,
Give me account—where is my noble fere,
Whom in thy walls thou didst each might enclose,
 To another life, but unto me most dear"
 (vi) All is possible!
 Whose list believe,
Trust therefore first and after preve;
 As men wed ladies by License and Leave;
All is possible.
 (vii) "Of the fruit of each tree in the garden we may eat,
 But of the fruit of this fair tree a midst
The garden, God hath said, `ye shall not eat
Thereof, nor shall ye touch it, Lest ye die"
(viii) And if some Lover, such as wee,
 Have heard this dialogue of one,
Let him still Markus, he shall see
 Small change, when we are to bodies gone.
 2. In “The Rape of the Lock”, the metamorphosis of the epic gains full creative freedom. Discuss.
3. Write a detailed critical analysis of two of the following poems:
(i) Prisoned in Windsor             
 (ii) On Wyatt's death
(iii) They flee from me
 4. In waiting the Paradise Lost, has Milton succeeded in justifying the ways of God to men?
 5. "Donne's Monarchy of wit was not a trick or fashion but one of the greatest achievements of the- poetic intelligence". Discuss the appropriateness of this remark by Leishman.
6. What are the salient features of Chaucer's style? Illustrate from the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

7 While Satan of the first two books of the Paradise Lost pleases the modern sensibility, Milton's concept of man woman relationship does not. Do you agree?

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Punjab University                  MA English Part-1
2005                                        PAPER II: DRAMA                                Marks:100
Attempt FOUR questions, including Question No. 1, which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks. 1.Explain, with reference to the context, any THREE of the following passages:
(i)                 The God thou serv'st is thine own appetite.
 Wherein, is fixed the love of Belzebub.
To him, I'll build an altar and a church And offer him lukewarm blood of newborn babes.
(ii)               Let every man is mankind's fraility
 Consider his last day, and let None
 Presume on his good fortune until he find
 Life, at his death, a memory without pain.
(iii)              There's some ill planet reigns:
 I must be patient till the heavbps look
 With an aspect more favourable,
(iv)               Dangerous conceits, are in their nature poisons which
 ....with a little act upon the blood
Burn like the mines of sulpher.
(v)                It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you.
 Lady Breckneill, about your nephew, but the fact is that
 I do not approve of all his moral character.
I suspect him of being untruthful.
2.      Discuss Marlowe's Faustus as an over reacher, drawing closely on the text.
3.       What in your opinion is Oedipus thamartia' and what is its relevance to the play Oedipus Rex.
4.       How far would you agree that Shakespeare's Othello is a domestic tragedy?
5.       'Shakespeare never did anything finer Matt serious more evocative of his full powers than his picture of an earthly paradise painted in the form of an English countryside'. What factors contribute to this picture of an earthly paradise?
6. In the play Othello Iago is not a character of fiendish intellectual superiority. He has been used by Shakespeare as a foil for Othello's own weaknesses. How far would you agree?

7. The play The Importance of Being Earnest has as its philosophy "that we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality". Discuss.
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MA English Part-1
Punjab University
PAPERIII: NOVEL                                         Marks: 100
 Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry Equal marks.
 1. Faithful observation, personal detachment and a fine sense of ironic comedy are among Jane Austen's chief characteristics as a writer.
 2. Trollope preferred to describe his characters before showing in action and sometimes his initial descriptions of them are more interesting than their own subsequent behaviour. Discuss.
 3. The character of Adam Bede is built up from the firm foundation of Native Sagacity and an indomitable sense of justice. Comment.
 4. Unlike Hetty, Adam Bede is a man we are called upon to understand in depth; where she is static and bewildered, he is evolving and aware. Symbolism lends additional meanings to those which are apparent on the surface. Discuss with special reference to A Tale of Two Cities.
 6. Through a series of events over which Clym has very little control, he comes to feel responsible for the deaths of his mother and wife. Discuss.
7 Write critical notes on any Two of the following topics:
(i)                   Jane Austen's limited range.
(ii)                 Trollope's art of characterization
(iii)              "Egdon Heath symbolises the whole cosmic order in which man is but an insignificant particle"


(iv)              There was a revolution in the life of Dickens which corresponded to the external revolution
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MA English Part-1

Punjab University
2005 PAPER IV: PROSE            Marks: 100
Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry Equal marks.
1. "Bacon is the most complete representative of the Renaissance in England learned worldly, ambitious, intriguing...." Elaborate with reference to his essays.
2. But for the lively humour in which he wraps his satire, Swift would have been unreadable.
3. Uphold or refute Russell's advocacy of 'World Government' in his `Unpopular Essays', especially in view of the turn history has recently taken.
4. In what sense does Edward Said refer to culture as a "soft or theatre". Explain with reference to the     literacy forms the society that engages in colonial practices.
5. How war is Seamus Heaney justified in seeking the Redress of poetry?
6. "When life is the criterion and not art, the prose of a nation is far more important than its poetry". Elaborate.
7. What function does Russell recommend for the teacher? Do you find it viable in our own society?
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MA English Part-1
Punjab University
2005 PAPER V:  American Literature                          Marks: 100
Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry Equal marks.
1. The novel 'Jazz by Toni Morrison reflects the complexities of urban life. Illustrate the statement.
2. Write a comprehensive note on the theme of Feminism as treated by Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich in their poems.
3. Critically evaluate any ONE of the following poems:
   (i) After the Last Bulletin by Richard Wilbur
     (ii) Melodic Train by John Ashbery
4. In Mourning Becomes Electra past is synonymous with fate elaborate the statement.
5. Discuss the novel ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ as a critical analysis of the behaviour of human beings under   turbulent conditions of war.
6. Do you regard Abigail Williams as a victim or vamp Base your arguments on textual evidence.


7. Discuss the major themes in the poetry of Sylvia Plath.

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MA English Part-1
Punjab University
2006 PAPER I: CLASSICAL POETRY
 Attempt FOUR questions, including Question No.1 which is COMPULSORY.
All questions carry equal marks.
 I. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following extracts:
(i) In all the possible wifne was thee noon
 That to the offerynge before hire should goon;
 And if ther dide, ceneyn so wrooth was she.
That she was out of all charitee.
 (ii) If they be two, they are two so
       As stifle twin compasses are two
(iii) 0 thoughtless mortals! Everblinclto fate,
      Too soon defected.
      and too soon elate.
      Sudden, these honours shall be snatched away
      And cursed forever this victorious day
(iv) Space may produce new worlds;
 where of so rife there went a fame in Heaven that are long.
 Intended to create, and therein plant
A generation whom his choice regard.
Should favour equal to the sons of I kaven.
(i)               Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her scat.
              Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe,
             that all was lost.
(ii)            Thou art slave to Fate,
Chance Kings and desperate men,
 And dost with poyson, warre, and sickness dwell
 And Poppie, or charms can make us sleep as well.
 And better than thy stroake;
(iii)          If it be yea, I shall be fain If it be nay, friends, as before;
You shall anther men obtain,
 And I mine own, and yours no more.
 (viii)    The stately scats, the ladies bright hue
The dances short, long tales of great delight;
 With words and looks that tigers could but sue,
Where each of us did plead the other's right.
 2.   What is major contribution of Thomas Wyatt to English Poetry of the Renaissance? Discuss with    reference to the poems you have studies.
 3. Write a critical appreciation of any TWO of the following poems.
(i) Love that doth reign....
(ii) My friend, the things...
(iii) Wyatt rested) here.....
4. Discuss and illustrate the artistic method adopted by Chaucer in the portrayal of his pilgrims in the Prologue.
 5. Milton conceived and executed the scheme of Paradise Lost in accordance with principles of classical epics. Discuss.
6. Do you agree that in The Rape of the Lock' the mock-heroic element is not the dominant interest but the brilliant picture of fashionable life? Discuss.


7. Discuss Donne as a Metaphysical poet.

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MA English Part-1
Punjab University
2006 PAPER II: DRAMA
 Attempt any FOUR Questions, including Question No.I which is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.
 I. Explain with reference to the context, any THREE of the following passages:
 (i) Ah Faustus Now has thou but one bare hour to live. And then thou must be damn’d perpetually Stand still, you ever moving spheres of heaven
 That time may cease, and midnight never come
Fair Nature's eye, rise, rise again, and make
Perpetual day: or let this hour be but A year, a month, a week, a natural day
That Faustus may repent and save his soul.
 (ii) Do not counsel me anymore.
 This punishment that I have laid upon myself is just.
 If I had eyes I do not know how I would bear the sight of my father,
 When I come to the house of Death, or my mother, for I have sinned against them both
So vilely that I could not make my peace By strangling my own life
 (iii) I had rather be a toad
And live upon the Vigor of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love for the other's uses
 (iv) They call him Doricles; and boast himself
 To have a worthy feeding; but I have it Upon his own report and I believe it; He looks like sooth He says he loves my daughter: I think so too; for never gaz'd the moon Upon the water as he'll stand and read As it were my daughter's eyes: and, to be plain
I think there is not half a kiss to choose
Who loves another best
 (v) Yes, I felt it instinctively but I couldn't wait all that time. I hate waiting even five minutes for anybody. It always makes me rather cross. I am not punctual myself, I know, but I do like punctuality in others, and waiting, even to be martial, is quiet out of the questions.
 2. Do you think that hubris plays a significant part in the fall of Oedipus?
 3. Does the speech by the Chorus in the epilogue do justice to the Character Faustus?
4. How does Othello's imagination contribute to his breakdown?
 5. Discuss the significance of language in Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
 6. Discuss the play 'The Winter's Tale' as a tragic comedy.
 7. Lago is more a catalyst who precipitates destruction than devil who causes it.
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MA English Part-1
Punjab University
Marks: 100

2006 PAPER III: NOVEL
Attempt any FOUR Questions.
 All questions carry equal marks.
 I. Jane Austen was fully alive to her limitations, as such: she nem touched a character or scene she did not thoroughly know. Discuss.
2. A Talc of Two Cities is Dickens's most impersonal novel, especially ' because of the grand objectivity of historic-al events with which it deals. Discuss.
3. Mr. Slope is a cunning and ruthless opportunist loyal to none but himself. Discuss with special reference to Barchester Towers.
 4. Clym's blindness is a physical manifestation, a symbol of his intellectual obtuseness or social maladjustment. Discuss.
 5. Being superior to Hetty both in years and in experience of the world. Arthur's responsibility is much greater for the suffering and tragedy of poor limy. Discuss.
 6. Henry lives simply by the coercive morality of the community and when this is broken, she is destroyed. Discuss.
 7. Write critical notes on any TWO of the following topics:
 (i) Jane Austen's at of characterization.
 (ii) The role of 'Fate and Destiny in Hardy's novels.
(iii) Symbolism in A Talc of Two Cities.
(iv) Gorge Eliot's art of Narration.
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MA English Paet-1
Punjab University
2006
 PAPER IV: PROSE                                       Marks: 100
 Attempt any FOUR Questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. With Bacon does the new era of English prose start. Elaborate with reference to his essays.
 2. His satire grows more and more bitter as Swift progresses from book of his *Gulliver's Travels'. Discuss.
 3. Swift devised a prose style that suited his purpose very well. Elaborate with special reference to his 'Gulliver's Travels'.
4. Can ideas, good or bad be so effective as Bertrand Russell has claimed? Make out a case for or against in the light of his Unpopular Essays'.
5. How far has Edward Said succeeded in stripping the mask from the ugly face of Imperialism? Elaborate with special reference to his 'Introduction to Culture and Imperialism'.
6. Poetry is as much relevant as ever even in this highly industrialized age of ours. Discuss with reference to Seamus Heaney.


7. Trace the development of English Prose from Bacon to Seamus Heaney.
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MA English Part-1
Punjab University                            Marks: 100
PAPER V-2006: AMERICAN LITERATURE Attempt any FOUR Questions.
 All questions carry equal marks.                  
 1. Toni Morrison has used the subject of Jan music as a metaphor for the ever changing conditions          of African-American life in the 1920s and as a reflection of the perpetual human struggle between right and wrong. Elaborate.
 2. Sylvia Plath exposes her subjectivity in terms of objectivity. Illustrate the statement with reference to her poems you have studied.
 3. Critically evaluate any ONE of the following poems:
(i) Poppies in October by Sylvia Plath.
(ii) The Painter by John Ashbery d.
4 Discuss the mother and daughters relationship in Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill.
 5. Discuss Jordan's Relationship with Maria. Do you find Maria a convincing character?
 6. John Proctor stands unique amongst Miller's creations not because of inherent  superiority but because of the intensity of his moral response. Justify it.


 7. Discuss the major themes in the poetry of John Ashbcry.
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