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MA English Part-1 past papers 2017 Punjab University



MA English Part-1
Punjab University

2017 PAPER 1: CLASSICAL POETRY                                                       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 Stanzas:

(a) I from the influence of thy looks receive
 Access in every Virtue, in thy sight
  More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were
 Of outward strength: while shame, thou looking on.

 (b) Thrice he assayed and thrice, in spite of scorn,
 Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth: at last
 Words interwoven with sighs found out there way:

 (c) Some secret truths, from learned pride concealed
 To maids alone and children are revealed
 What though no credit doubting wits may give!
 The fair and innocent shall still believe.

 (d) Then by her shadow, what she wears
 O perverse sex, where none is true but shee
 Who's therefor true, because her truth Kills met.

 (e) Stand who so list upon the slippers top
 Of courts estates and let me hear rejoice
 And use me quiet without let or stop.

2.     With the Summoner and the Pardoner Chaucer seems to lose patience with evil. Discuss.

3.     Write a note on the use of metaphysical conceits and imagery in Donne.

4.     What kind of a picture of the 18th century social life do we get in The Rape of the Lock?

5.     Discuss the rise and fall of Satan in Paradise Lost.

6.     Discuss in detail the distinguishing feature of Wyatt's sonnets.

7.     Write a critical appreciation of the following poems:

 (a) So Cruel Prison

 (b) Wyatt Resteth Here
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2017 PAPER II: DRAMA
 Attempt any 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:

(a)  Time alone can make it clear a man is just while you can know a traitor in a day.
Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?

(b) Till swollen with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach.
 And inciting heavens conspired his Overthrow.

(c)  If I were now to die, Twere now to be most happy, for I fear My soul hash her content so absolute
That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.

 (d) Too hot, too hot! To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods. I have tremor cordis on me: my heart dances; But not for joy; not joy.

 (e) Reputation. Reputation, reputation! 0, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.

 2. Discuss the role of fate and free will in defining the destiny of the character of Oedipus in Sophocles play Oedipus Rex?

 3. Was Faustus ethically wrong in pursuing his ambition for greater knowledge Discuss with reference to Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

 4. Is Faustus damnation tragic or an act of justice? Discuss in 'detail with reference to Christopher  Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.

2.     Critically examine the statue scene in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and elaborate its significance with reference to the overall plot of the play.
3.      
 6. Discuss the significance of the title of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Ernest.


 7. Shakespeare's Othello initially questions, but then confirms racist stereotypes. Discuss.
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MA English Part-1
Punjab University

2017 PAPER III: NOVEL                                        Marks: 100
Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks.

1.     Explore the significance or social class in Austen's Pride and Prejudice and how it impacts relationships and marriage.

2.     Is Egdon Heath a sinister force in Hardy's Return of the Native? Why or why not?


3.     'A Talc of Two Cities' by Dickens is not a history of the French Revolution, yet it is truer than history.

4.      Discuss in detail the dynamics and presentation of the Poyser family in Eliot's Adam Bede.

5.      Critically analyze Trollope's presentation of church Doctrine and reform in Barchester Tower.

6.      In Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities -The Carton-Darnay dichotomy reflects the split focus of the story suggested by the two cities of the tide." Discuss.

7.     Write critical notes on ANY TWO of the following:

(a)  Function of Minor characters in Return of the Native

(b) Mrs. Olivia Proudie characterization

(c)  Humour in Pride and Prejudice


(d) Religion in Adam Bade

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MA English Paert-1
Punjab University

Marks: 100

2017 PAPER IV: PROSE

Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks.

1.     How does "Adversity" bring the best out of us? Discuss with reference to Bacon?

2.     In Gulliver s' Travels, language is also used to manipulate power and society. What is your point of view?

 3. How does Russell deal with the paradox of violence and peace in his essays that you have read?

4. What evidence Edward Said product to condemn imperialism as an evil?

 5. What is a hackler and how does Brandy respond to him in "The Redress of Poetry"?

 6. Discuss the symbolism in Gulliver's Travels?


 7. Discuss the prose style of any of your favorite prose writer in your course?

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MA English Part-1

Punjab University                                               

2017 PAPER V: AMERICAN LITERATURE

Marks: 100

 Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks.

 1. How ‘The Arrival of Bee-Box and ‘Bee Meeting’ are confessional poems?

 2. Still Citizen Sparrow by Richard Wilbur is a satire on vanity and pride. Illustrate.

 3. Jazz by Toni Morrison exposes dark history of black slavery in American continent.

4. Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neil is a drama of revenge mid passion.

 5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a conflict between notions of dogmatic and secular morality.

 6. Melodic Trains by John Asbury is a modern parable about human existence.


 7. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway lays bare the sophisticated lace of modem civilization:

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               MA English Part-1 Punjab University Past Papers for year 2016


MA English Part-1



Punjab University



Marks: 100



2016 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 THREE of the following stanzas:



(a)  Bliss, as thou host part, to me is bliss.

 Tedious, unshar'd with thee and odious soon.

 Thou therefore also taste, that equal lot

 May joyne us, equal joy, as equal love.

 Darkened so, yet shone.



(b)  Say why beauties are praised and honoured most

 The wise man's passion and the vain man's toast?

 Why decked with all that land and sea afford

 Why angels called the angel like adored?

(c)   Wei loved he garleck, oynons and eek leeks
And for to drynken strung wyn, reed as blood

(d)  If thou find'st one, let me know,
 Such a pilgrimage were sweet:
Yet do not, I would not go.
 Though at next door we might meet;

(e)  Thc seerets groves, which oft we made resound
 Of pleasant plaint and of our ladies praise
 Recording soft what grace each one had found
 Ehat hopes of speed, what dreams of long delays?

 2. With the Summoner and the Pardoner Chaucer loses the patience of tolerating evil in human existence. What is your point of view?

 3. Do you find Satan attractive or repulsive? Draw on you reading of the text to prove your point of view.

 4. Pope exposes the follies of time in The Rape of the Lock. Discuss with reference to the poem. With reference to your reading of the poems in your course.

 5. What makes Donne a metaphysical poet? Discuss with reference to your reading of the poems in your course.

 6. Discuss Wyatt and Surrey's contribution to the development or English sonnet.

 7. The Wife of Bath in The Prologue represents secular feminist position in the l4' century English society. Discuss. 

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                                                         MA English Part-1

Punjab University 2015
 PAPER II: DRAMA                                                                            Marks: 100

 Attempt any 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:
 (a) I will wear my heart upon sleeve for claws to peck at; I am not what I am.

(b) Man of agony—that is the only name I have for you.
 that, no other—Every, ever, ever!

(c)   Hell bath no limits, nor is circumscribed in one self-place;
 but where we are is hell.
 And where hell is, there must we ever be.

(d)  But jealous souls will not be answered so;
 They are not ever jealous for the cause,
But jealous for they're jealous.
It is a monster Begot upon itself, born on itself.'

 (e) A sad tale's best for winter I have on Of sprites and goblins

 (f) "I have always been of opinion that p man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing."

 2. Comment on the theme of "ungodly pollution" with reference to 'Sophocles' play 'Oedipus Rex'?

 3. Discuss Dr. Faustus as a man of Renaissance in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus.

 4. Can you justify Shakespeare's play Othello as a tragedy?

 5. Discuss and analyze the feminist strains in Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale.

 6. Who is your favourite character in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Ernest? Justify your answer.


 7. Lago is the real hero of Shakespeare's play Othello. Discuss
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