2015 December UGC NET English Question Paper 2 With Answers

Who, among the following, advanced the theory that the mind is a tabula rasa at birth, and acquires all ideas by experience?
Which of the following authors wrote Studies in the History of the Renaissance?
Whom does Harriet Smith finally marry in one of Jane Austen’s novels?
A poet once referred to an old man as “A tattered coat upon a stick”. That is an example of __________.
Which of these is NOT a pastoral elegy ?
In Beckett’s Waiting for Godot the characters often use dislocated, repetitious and clicked speech primarily to :
Which of the following sixteenth-century poets was NOT a courtier ?
Patrick White published two novels in the 1950s giving the eras of pioneering and exploration in Australian history an epic, ironic and psychological dimension. The novels are :

a. A Fringe of Leaves
b. The Tree of Man
c. Voss
d. The Aunt’s Story

The right combination according to the code is:

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In which of the following works did Bakhtin propose his widely cited concept of the ‘Carnivalesque’?
Match the columns :

(Author)         (Text)
Sebastian Faulks (i)      Amsterdam
Peter Ackroyd  (ii)     Changing Places
Ian McEwan (iii)    Hawksmoor
David Lodge    (iv)    Birdsong
(a)     (b)     (c)     (d)
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In New Criticism, the key term ‘tension’ is associated with :
While compiling what sort of book did Samuel Richardson conceive of the idea for his Pamela or Virtue Rewarded?
Who among the war Poets gained notoriety in 1917, when disenchanted with the way the war was being conducted he drafted his letter of “wilful defiance of the military authority” which captured attention in the House of Commons, and was forcibly admitted to the war hospital at Craiglockhart, primarily to avoid his being court-martialled ?
If you cannot understand an argument and remark, “It’s Greek to me”, you are quoting __________.
Which of the following works did Walter Scott compile?
Which of the following is NOT written by Wole Soyinka ?
In the Defense of Poesy Sidney says: “Now as in geometry the oblique must be known as well as right and in arithmetic, the odd as well as the even, so in the actions of our life who seeth not the filthiness of evil wanteth a great foil to perceive the beauty of virtue”. Which of the following forms of poesy offers a foil that kelps us perceive the beauty of virtue?
John Dryden described a major English poet as “a rough diamond, and must first be polished ere he shines ” Identify him :
In a remarkably proleptic insight, a critic wrote the following, anticipating Benedict Anderson’s definition of the nation as “an imagined political community” : “Most novels are in some sense knowable communities. It is part of a traditional metkod - an underlying stance and approach - that a novelist offers to show people and their relationships in essentially knowable and communicable ways”. Name the critic and the reference :
“Fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair; her brow-shades frown, although her eyes are sunny”. The above lines are characterized by :
In his “Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot” Pope tells us that as a poet he had benefited from “This saving counsel, ‘keep your piece nine years’” - which enjoins on writer’s patience and great care before they rusk to print. Whose “counsel” is Pope referring to ?
An English architect and stage-designer - Beginning 1605, joined Jacobean court to design masques - contributed significantly to the spectacular theater which succeeded the commonwealth after his death - the first designer to use revolving screens to indicate scene- changes on the English stage.

Identify this artist/designer.

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________May be defined as any departure from the rules of pronunciation or diction, for the sake of rhyme or metre, or an unjustifiable departure from fact.
That Humanities and the sciences were in fact “two cultures” was suggested by_________.
Chaueer satirizes the Monk because the Monk :
Divided into three sections this ground-breaking work published in 1953 uses as the frame of the spiritual and moral awakening of a fourteen-year-old during a Saturday night service in a Harlem churck. Identify the work.
Chartism, a political movement that took its name from the People’s Charter had six points. Identify the one point on the following list that was NOT Chartist :

(a) universal manhood sufferage
(b) equal electoral districts
(c) comprehensive insurance scheme for labour
(d) vote by secret ballot
(e) payment of MPs
(f) no property qualifications for MPs
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These beauteous forms,

Through a long absence, have been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye...

                   (“Tintern Abbey Lines”)

Which of the following rhetorical terms best suits these lines ?

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The ‘monster’ in Frankenstein is NOT responsible for the death of :
Which of the following plays of William Shakespeare is NOT directly referred to in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land?
Identify the group below which is known as the “Sons of Ben”.
Christopher Marlowe was one of the first major writers to affirm what can be identified as a clearly homosexual sensibility. Which drama of his deals with it ?
“When true silence falls we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness”. Identify the playwright who underlines the significance of silence thus.
The determining feature of syllabic verse is neither .............. nor ........... but the number of syllables in a line.
In Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue, which painter does Andrea del Sarto compare himself to? What does he find lacking in his own work in comparison?
In which of the following does Robert Southey detail the Indian superstitions as an idolatry to be suppressed by a civilizing protestant form of colonialism?
The following is the classic ending of a celebrated novella in English:

“I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder. ‘I’ve got out at last’, said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the papers, so you can’t put me back !”

Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time !”

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Harriet B. Stowe had wanted to write a work based on the life of an Afro-American writer which was later published as:
Samuel Johnson’s “Dissertation upon Poetry” is part of which of his following works?
A new series called “New Accents” was launched by Methuen in 1977. The first title to be published in the series was:
“Humble and rustic life was generally chosen, because, in that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language... The language, too, of these men has been adopted... because suck men hourly communicate with the best objects from which the best part of language is originally derived”. Which of the following groups of the author’s poems in the Lyrical Ballads (1800) contradict this statement in the “Preface to the Lyrical Ballads”, as pointed out by S.T. Coleridge ?
A remarkable novelist of the English Modernist phase who wrote a short book on what the novel is (and why it matters) remarked, “Ok dear, yes - the novel tells a story”. Identify the novelist :
What is the name of the angel, who, of those who owed allegeance to Satan, dared to protest against his impious doctrine and left his company to return to God (Paradise Lost, Book V)?
Which of the following is NOT a school associated with Romantic period in English literature?
The idea of “new ethnicities” in post-war Britain was advanced by _________.
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse begins in a piece of dialogue:

“Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow”, said Mrs. Ramsay. “But you’ll have to be up with lark”, she added.

Present among the listeners of her remark is                    .

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Match the phrase with character:


(a)     “motiveless malignity”




(b)     “Reason in Madness”




(c)     “Supp’d full of horrors”




(d)     “To be, or not to be”



Codes :

(a)     (b)     (c)     (d)

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In Tristram Shandy the narrator’s presentation of his life and opinions is _______.
The famous sonnet of John Milton beginning “When I consider now my light is spent...” ends with ______.
Her vision was of several caves. She saw herself in one, and she was also outside it, watching its entrance, for Aziz to pass in. She failed to locate him. It was the doubt that had often visited her, but solid and attractive, like the kills. “I am not -” speech was more difficult than vision. “I am not quite sure”.

The above extract from A Passage to India is about Adela’s cave experience. Who is questioning Adela?

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2015 December UGC NET English Literature Question Paper 3

51. Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler`s edition of The Family Shakespeare gave rise to the word "Bowdlerize". What does it mean ?Deselect Answer

First follow _______ and your judgement frame. By her just ______, which is still the same. Supply the appropriate words to fill in the blanks.
Preparation of vocabulary list for the purpose of English language teaching was carried out by ___________.
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri prefer to use “Empire” rather than imperialism. According to them :
Who among the following critics discerned in the Shelleyan Lyric the signs “of adolescence”?
Two among the following critical journals became strongly associated with New Criticism.

(a) Partisan Review        (b)   Southern review

(c)   Kenyon review         (d)   Hudson review  
The right combination according to the code is :

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Match the columns :

Robert Burton   (i) Urn Burial
Rickard Hooker (ii) The Unfortunate Traveller
Thomas Browne (iii) The Anatomy of Melancholy
Thomas Nashe (iv) Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Politie
(a)     (b)     (c)     (d)
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Which of the following characters in The White Devil describes the glory of great men as : “Glories, like glow worms a far off shine bright / But looked to near have neither heat nor light”.
In which of Philip Larkin’s poem does he refer to “long uneven lines” of men waiting to be enlisted for the war?

(“Never suck innocence again” concludes the poem)Deselect Answer

In Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa one morning found himself changed in his bed to a monstrous kind of vermin. The most difficult thing for Samsa was :
Identify the individual who is a nihilist from the following :
Which of these works in nineteenth-century Russian fiction originated the type of a Superfluous Man?
What is Gilgamesh ?

(a) a Babylonian epic poem
(b) a Series of gnomic verses
(c) a classical play
(d) the story of a harsh rulerDeselect Answer

American Dictionary of the English Language was the work of __________ published in __________.
Which of the following texts of Amitav Ghosh is based on the refugee occupation of an island in the Sundarvans ?
Which of the following is described by Robert Browning as “A Child’s Story”?
Identify the New Critic who served as the cultural attack at the American Embassy in London from 1964 to 1966 :
“The Gilded Age” refers to a period of American history between 1870 and the first decades of the twentieth century.

Who among the following American writers is credited with the coining of the term?Deselect Answer

The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire in six volumes was a great achievement by Edward Gibbon. It was published between 1776 and 1788, two significant dates that.
Being so caught up, so mastered by the brute __________ of the air, did she put on his knowledge with his power, before the ________beak could let her drop.

Yeats, “Leda and the Swan”.
Choose the right words for the blanks:

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Match the following :

Terms     Description
(a) Ambiguity  (i) A term coined by Julia Kristeva to refer to the fact     That texts are constituted by a “tissue of citations”.
(b) Aporia  (ii) A term used by Mikhail Bakhtin to describe the variety of languages and voices within a
(c) Intertextuality (iii) An irresolvable internal contradiction or logical Disjunction in a text, usually associated with deconstructive thinking.
(d) Heteroglossia (iv) A term made famous by William Empson to            Indicate that a word, phrase, or text can be interpreted in more than one way.
(a)    (b)   (c)   (d)
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Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?

Which nineteenth-century work bears these lines from Paradise Lost as epigraph?

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A literary researcher now faced with choosing between a print text and its digital counterpart chooses the latter mostly to:
Which of the following statements on Hudibras are true?

(a) It is a novel written by Matthew
(b) It is a satirical poem published in 3
(c) Hudibras was written by Samuel
(d) Hudibras discusses complex issues of justice, politics andDeselect Answer

The formalist critic __________ mocked the character - based criticism of by Posing a famous question, “How many children had Lady Macbeth”?
Which of the following pair of words does not have two different vowel glides?
Assertion (A): Arts will often work obliquely, by myth or symbol. They may make their best ‘criticism of life’ simply by being; they may best state by not stating.

Reason (R): It follows, if even only part of all this is true, that the arts do have an important social function. ]...] Arts can give greater depth to a society’s sense of itself. ]. ] A country without great art might be a powerful collection of thriving earthworms but would be a sorry society.

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Which of the following is NOT an example of derivational morpheme?
Which of these statements is incorrect about presentism and its basic premises?
“Where there is leisure for fiction, there is little grief”, was Samuel Jonson’s criticism of a famous poem. Which poem was it?
The story is grounded in the forbidden nature of Aschenback’s Obsession with a young boy; its author ultimately links the obsession with death, disease and esthetic disintegration.

The author of the story is:

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Which of the following novels of Joseph Conrad is set in Malay ?
Nuruddin Farak’s Maps tells the story of _________.
One of the most quoted statements on poetry by John Keats is reproduced with blanks below. Complete the statement with correct words.

“If Poetry                    as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it                     at all”.

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Manohar Malgonkar was a hunter, a lieutenant colonel in the British army, and a tea-planter. He also wrote a memorable novel about the Sepoy Mutiny, especially Peskwa Baji Rao II. What is that novel ?
Who wrote the screenplay for the film version of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman?
“How all their plays be neither right tragedies, nor right comedies, mingling kings and elowns, not because the matter so carrieth it, but thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters”.

What term does Philip Sidney use to characterize suck plays and wic of the unities of Aristotle do they violate ?

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There is a large number of religious poems in Old English Poetry. One of the finest is the Dream of the Rood. The words ‘the Rood’ in the title means:
Identify from among the following, the one incorrect statement on M. Anantanarayanan’s Silver Pilgrimage (1961) :
Listed below are the titles of some influential books by Frank Kermode. Identify which one of the titles that does NOT belong to the set.
Identify the one erroneous statement on Neoclassicism listed below :
In his Poems of Love and War, a collection of classic Indian poems in English translation, A.K. Ramanujan sought to revive an ancient __________ poetic tradition. Choose the right word.
Arrange the following sentences in the order in which they appear in Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”:

(a) To be great is to be
(b) Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.
(c) If it so bad then to be misunderstood!
(d) It is a right fool’s
(e) Misunderstood!Deselect Answer

X ... Do you know it is nearly seven?

Y (irritably) Ok! it always is nearly seven. X well, I’m hungry.
Y I never knew you when you weren’t...
X What shall we do after dinner? Go to a theater? Y Ok no! I loathe listening.
X Well, let us go to the club? Y Ok no! I hate talking.
X Well, we might trot round to the Empire at ten?
Y Ok no! I can’t bear looking at things.
It is so silly.
X Well, what shall we do? Y Nothing!
X It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don’t mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.

Identify the speakers in this dialogue:

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Which of these Greek plays was a source for The Winter’s Tale ?
Sweet is the lore which nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things : We murder to dissect.

                                                                          - Wordswortk

Which of the following best summarises the speaker’s position?

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(a) Jean Baudrillard tells us that postmodern societies are marked by simulacra.

(a) Jean Baudrillard tells us that postmodern societies are marked by simulacra.
(b) By simulacra he means non-representations of
(c) Simulacra artificially produce a mediated world masquerading as
(d) It was not Jean Baudrillard but his interpreters who coined the term “simulacra”.

Which of the above statements are true?

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Which of the following is correct as the natural order of language acquisition?
Which of the following is NOT TRUE regarding the poems of Derek Walcott?
In Shakespeare’s time who owned the rights to a theatrical script?
Which of the following sentences uses more than three cohesive devices?
Match the columns :

Indian Text    English Translator
(a) The love of Kamarupa and Kamalata (i) William Jones
(b) Ramayana    (ii) Nathaniel Halhed
(c) Upanishads  (iii) Franklin
(d) Abhijnan Sakuntalam   (iv)  H. Griffith
(a)    (b)   (c)   (d)
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Which of the following is NOT TRUE of the New Bolt Report, “The Teaching of English in England”?
This revenge tragedy opens with the long soliloquy of the protagonist carrying the skull of his poisoned fiancé' and swearing vengeance for the old Duke who has committed the vicious act. Identify the play.
What did Anthony Trollope seek to criticize through the character Mr. Slope?
“To refer to symbols as ‘Lacanian symbols’, to dub self-doubt as ‘Lacanian self-doubt’, and to call reflections in a mirror ‘Lacanian reflections’ is not to read the mind from a perspective informed by Lacan. Nor do parenthetical references to Barthes’ hermeneutic code and Foucault’s analysis of sexual discourse constitute an interpretation necessarily different from that of traditional humanist criticism”.

The author of the passage is objecting to critics who                   .

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Peter Ackroyd’s first novel, The Great Fire of London, picks up the historical echoes and artfully deploys a Dickens novel as an intertext. Identify the source Dickens text.
Which of the following plays by Henrik Ibsen deals with the perils that await the emancipated woman in a society which is not ready to accept her?
“Yet it is the masculine values that prevail”, observed a famous writer “Speaking cruelly”, she continued, “football and sport are ‘important’, the worship of fashion, the buying of clothes ‘trivial’.”

Name the author and the text.

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According to coleridge, the “secondary imagination” “dissolves, diffuses, __________, in order to recreate...”.

Choose the right word for the blank.

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Beginning 1996, an Indian publisher commenced the publication of a series of modern Indian novels in English translation. By 2003, it had published eighty novels of repute from almost all Indian languages. Identify the publisher.
William Dunbar’s Lament for the makers is about :
Who among the following protagonists of Thomas Hardy feels his lot as akin to Job’s?
Edward Brathwaite’s poem “Calypso” assumes that you are familiar with .
Which of the modern plays by a British playwright actually puts Shakespeare as character on stage?
A famous challenge to the neoclassical tenets of form and reason in aesthetic considerations came from Edmund Burke. His work was titled :
Match the following :

List-A    List-B
(a) The Grammar - Translation Method (i) comprehensible input
(b) The Direct Method        (ii) strategic use of mother tongue
(c) Total Physical Response  (iii) shuns mother tongue
(d) The Natural Approach              (iv) oral input
(a)    (b)   (c)   (d)
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Which of these works by Indian writers does NOT have the Naxalite Movement as a background?
“So when the last and dreadful hour This crumbling pageant shall devour, The trumpet shall be heard on high, The dead shall live, the living die, And music shall untune the sky”

These are the closing lines of a famous poem.
Identify the poem.

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This eighteenth-century English poem imitates Spenser in stanza form and in allegorical narrative : passers - by are lured by an enchanter with promises of ease, luxury, and aesthetic delight, then consigned to a dungeon where they languish in apathy and impotence until the Knight of Arts and Industry dissolves the spell. Identify the poem.
Which of the following statements on the Hogarth press is FALSE?
Read the below passage and answer questions 72 to 75 that follow:

THE ANTIGUA THAT I knew, the Antigua in which I grew up, is not the Antigua you, a tourist, would see now. That Antigua no longer exists. That Antigua no longer exists partly for the usual reason, the passing of time, and partly because the bad-minded people who used to rule over it, the English, no longer do so. (But the English have become suck a pitiful lot these days, with hardly any idea what to do with themselves now that they no longer have one quarter of the earth’s human population bowing and scraping before them. They don’t seem to know that this empire business was all wrong and they should, at least, be wearing sackcloth and askes in token penance of the wrongs committed, the irrevocableness of their bad deeds, for no natural disaster imaginable could equal the harm they did. Actual death might have been better. And so all this fuss over empire - what went wrong here, what went wrong there - always makes me quite crazy, for I can say to them what went wrong: they should never have left their home, their precious England, a place they loved so muck, a place they had to leave but could never forget. And so everywhere they went they turned it into England; and everybody they met they turned English. But no place could ever really be England, and nobody who did not look exactly like them would ever be English, so you can imagine the destruction of people and land that came from that. The English hate each other and they hate England, and the reason they are so miserable now is that they have no place else to go and nobody else to feel better than.)

122. To whom is the passage directly addressed?Deselect Answer

The English feel extremely miserable because:
Do the British realize that colonizing countries was a bad practice, according to the narrator?
Which of the following best describes the content of the extract?

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