2015 June UGC NET English Literature Question Paper 2 With Answers

Matthew Arnold’s “touchstones” were “short passages, even single lines” of classic poetry beside which the lines of other poets may be placed in order to detect the presence or absence of high poetic quality. In his “Study of Poetry” Arnold cited “touchstones” from suck non-English poets as Homer and Dante and also from the English poets, Shakespeare and Milton. Which English poet did he disapprovingly call “not one of the great classics” in the list below ?
Samuel Pepys began his diary on .
On which of the following authors has Peter Ackroyd NOT written a biography ?
Which group of the following poets was called the Auden Group because they developed a style and viewpoint similar to that of W. H. Auden?
When one line of poetry runs into the next, with no punctuation to slow the reading, it is a case of _.
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the Victorian Age?
In The Heart of Midlothian, Walter Scott deals with real political and personal details, but notable among his characters is the depiction of .
Chaucer’s first work, The Book of the Duchess is a dream poem on the death of .
What was Charles Lamb’s connection with India?
Find the odd one among the Marxist critics below :
In the lines “With gold jewels cover every part, ƒ And hide with ornaments their want of art” (Essay on Criticism), Pope rejects
The opposite of hyperbole is .
What significance do we attack to the publication of I Am an Indian in Canada ?
What is the moral of “ The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” ?
The author of the essay "Silly Novels Lady Novelist is ______________.
The unquenchable spirit of Robinson Crusoe struggling to maintain a substantial existence on a lonely island reflects___________.
Who is the author of the collection The Celtic Twilight ?
In medieval England a __________was understood to be a trained craftsman, one who worked under a master who owned the business.
Cristopher Marlowe’s heroes are said to be larger than life, exaggerated both in their faults and in their qualities. They have a desire for everything in extreme. In one of his plays the hero wants to conquer the whole world. The name of the play is
With what does the speaker claim to be half in love in “Ode to a Nightingale”?
In which chapter of Poetics does Aristotle use the word ‘catharsis in his definition of tragedy?
Match the following :

(a)   “The Function of Criticism”


Terry Eagleton

(b)   “The Function of Criticism at


Rickard Okmann

the Present Time”

(c)    The Function of Criticism : From




Matthew Arnold

‘The Spectator’ to Post structuralism

(d)   “The Function of English at the




T. S. Eliot

Present Time”



The right matching according to the code is:

(a)    (b)   (c)   (d)

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Identify the TRUE statement on Thomas More’s Utopia.
In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” what disaster befalls the skip and the crew ?
Falstaff is a character in .

(a) Henry IV Part I
(b) The Merry Wives of Windsor
(c) The Comedy of Errors
(d) Titus Andronicus

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In her essay “Professions for Women” Virginia Woolf finds an analogy between the act of writing and _.
The ascension of King James I in _________ inaugurated the Jacobean age.
Which of the following is NOT true of the Byronic hero ?
Like many other novelists, Hardy employed language variation (dialect and standard) with a purpose. In this respect which of the following statements is correct?
“It used to be said,” began a famous English writer, “everyone had a novel in them ... Just now, though, in 1999, you would probably be obliged to doubt the basic proposition: What everyone has in them, these days, is not a novel but a memoir”. Identify the source :
The opening sixteen lines of Paradise Lost comprise:
Who among the following poets compared human tears to “love’s wine”?
Ernest Pontifex is a character in _______.
In which of the following stories does Rudyard Kipling present a newspaper editor who recounts his dealings with a couple of “loafers” ?
Trying to capture the upbeat mood of 1964-65, the poet Thom Gunn said: “they stood for a great optimism, barriers seemed to be coming down all over, it was as if World War II had finally drawn to close, there was an openness and high-spiritedness and relaxation of mood”. Who were “they” ?
In Paradise Lost Milton presents the action of the fall of man in two stages in Books______.
In Gulliver’s Travels Struldbruggs are______.
Margaret Atwood has tried a revisionist writing of a crucial scene in Hamlet called “Gertrude Talks Back”. The scene in Atwood opens with a reference to the name of an implied listener. Who is this implied listener?
Samuel Johnson wrote London in imitation of ________.
Which of the following is NOT written by Buchi Emecheta ?
Samuel Johnson’s use of the term “metaphysical” in a piece of criticism was _______.
“I am not an angel ..... And I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.” This is .
Who among the following playwrights was the son of a gardener ?
“He is the very pineapple of politeness!” This sentence is an example of .
Ferdinand de Saussure argued that meaning is generated through _______.
Identify the group known as “The Wesker Trilogy” ?
Who is the central character of Derek Walcott’s Dream on the Monkey Mountain ?
The phrase “darkness visible” (Paradise Lost, 1.63) is an example of _____.
What is common to writers suck as Sam Selvon (The Lonely Londoners), Timothy Mo (Sour Sweet), and Hanif Kureishi (The Black Album)?
F. R. Leavis and Q. D. Leavis launched a critical journal devoted to the moral centrality of English Studies. Name the Journal.
2015 June UGC NET English Literature Question Paper 3

51. When Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author opens the audience find the producer attempting to stage a play. What is the title of this play?Deselect Answer

When Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author opens the audience find the producer attempting to stage a play. What is the title of this play?
Which Canterbury pilgrim carries a brooch inscribed with the Latin words meaning “Love Conquers All”?
In his Introduction to The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse (1973), Philip Larkin underlines the importance of a native tradition with _________ seen as the major poet of the Modern Period.
Philip Sidney defended poetry against suck descriptions of it as “the mother of lies” and “the nurse of abuse.” His main argument here is_______.
Chapter III of Oliver Twist opens with a narratorial remark about Oliver being punished for “the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more.” What did Oliver ask for more?
Edmund Spenser’s Epithalamion is a carefully structured poem carrying __________ Corresponding to the __________.
Choose the right chronological sequence below :
“That woman’s days were spent

In ignorant good - will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew skill” (W. B. Yeats : “Easter 1916”)

Who is the poet referring to ?Deselect Answer

Which of the following was replaced by Communicative Language Teaching?
To whom does Francis Bacon offer the following piece of advice?

“Let Kim sequester himself from the Company of his Countrymen, and diet in suck Places, were there is good company of the Nation... Let him upon his Removes, ... procure Recommendation, to some person of Quality, residing in tke Place, whither he removeth...”

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In his masterpiece, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie, Richard Hooker affirmed the Anglican tradition as that of a “threefold cord not quickly broken.” He specifically referred to the following EXCEPT__________.
Match the following :

List – I List – II
Christina Rossetti : Goblin Market  (i)    The   tale  of   a   father  who Inadvertently destroys his son
Matthew Arnold : Sohrab and Pustom (ii)   Gently satiric account of an Oxford Student on vacation
Robert Browning : The Ping and the Book (iii)   Story of pleasure-seeking Laura And the conventionally moral Lissie who resists temptations
Arthur Hugh Clough : The Bothie of  Tober-na-Vuolich        (iv)  A sensational 17th century murder presented  through multiple Dramatic monologues 
The right matching according to the code is :
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“Beneath them sit the aged men, wise guardians of the poor; Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.” These concluding lines of William Blake’s Innocence poem called “Holy Thursday” allude to a Biblical passage. Identify the passage.
Direct Method of Language Teaching involves :

(a) the use of Target Language only
(b) repetition of exercises
(c) linguistic correctness
(d) problem solving exercises

In relation to the above which of the following is correct ?

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In which of the following works does the narrator proclaim, “either I’m nobody, or I’m the nation” ?
Like Cordelia, the Fool in King Lear is_______.
Sindi Oberoi, the narrator hero in Arun Joski’s The Foreigner says : “My foreignness lay within me and I couldn’t leave myself behind wherever I went.” Identify the countries which Sindi Oberoi went to.
Assertion (A) : The world does not become raceless or will not become unracialized by assertion. The act of enforcing racelessness in literary discourse is itself a racial act.

Reason (R) : Pouring rhetorical acid on the fingers of a black hand may indeed destroy the prints, but not the hand. Besides, what happens, in that violent, self- serving act of erasure, to the hands, the fingers, the fingerprints of the one who does the pouring ? Do they remain acid-free ? The literature itself suggests otherwise.

In the context of the statements above,


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A poet laureate said “I do not think that since Shakespeare there has been suck a master of the English language as I.” Who is the poet ?
Who among the following was a contemporary of John Milton and wrote The Worthy Communicant ? It is said that his prose “can be read easily, when Milton’s must be studied.”
In 1668, Dryden wrote Of Dramatic Poesie : An Essay which uses separate ________ characters to dramatise the conflicting viewpoints which new theatrical activity had produced.
Writing his most influential play, August Strindberg called it “My most beloved drama, tke child of my greatest suffering.” The play is :
In which essay does Virginia Woolf observe that “if a writer were a free man ]sic] and not a slave” to the conventions of the literary market-place, there would be “no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, no love interest, or catastrophe in the accepted style, and perhaps not a single button sewn on as the Bond Street tailors would have it” ?
In his famous letter to Benjamin Bailey (November 22, 1817) John Keats wrote: “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination - What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth.” Which of the following sentences follows this passage?
Which of the following pair best describes the characteristic features of Marlowe’s portrait of Tamburlaine?

(a) ambition
(b)   apathy           
(c)   cruelty             
(d)   sympathy

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Who is the author of the statement : “The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in the glass” ?
Which of the following statements about Thomas Mann’s novels is true ?

(a) Buddenbrooks is a family saga set in the early decades of the twentieth
(b) Asckenback, the writer protagonist in Death in Venice, is preoccupied with classicism, especially with classical ideals of male
(c) In his second winter at the sanatorium, Hans Castorp, protagonist of The Magic Mountain
Gets lost in a blizzard during a solitary skiing expedition.
(d) Adrian Leverkuhn, the modern day Faustus in Mann’s Doctor Faustus is a The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

To whom did Raja Ram Mohan Roy write in 1823 his letter seeking the introduction of English education in India?
Listed below are the seemingly friendly characters in The Pilgrim’s Progress who give Cristian dangerous advice. Among them is one who does not belong to this group. Identify this odd character.
Aristotle argued that poetry provides a/an __________ outlet for the release of intense emotions.
The direct French influence on the English language during the Middle English period was in the form of _________.
A significant development in 1662 was the establishment of The Royal Society in England. The main purpose of the society was________.
William Cowper wrote in The Task (IV. 681-82) about those who “Build factories with blood, conducting trade/at take swords point ...” These lines allude to:
The commedia dell`arte originated in Italy in the sixteenth century. Which of the following description are the most appropriate?

(a) Tears alternating with crude laughter
(B) Comedy of the guild or by the professionals in the "art"
(c) plautine comedy alternating with ritualistic manoeuvers
(d) Improvised comedy that follows a scenario rather than written dialogue
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“Nature and Nature’s Laws lay kid in Night, God said Let Newton be! And all was Light.”

Alexander Pope’s famous couplet impressively captures                    .

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What was the name of the experimental theater group founded in 1915 by Susan Glaspell, Eugene O’Neill and other dramatists in order to challenge Broadway’s control over American drama ?
After his return from the land of Houyknknms, Gulliver refused to let his wife and children __________ .
In which of the following volumes do you find a charming appreciation of the Wordswortk household by Thomas de Quincey?
One of the most kingly revered, scholarly, and passionate interpreters of English and world literatures, he was appointed the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London in 1967, and later as King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge in 1974, an appointment made by the Crown at the suggestion of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1991. Entitled to designate himself as “Sir,” he never did, but wrote and autobiography entitled Not Entitled in 1995. The epigraph to this book came from Coriolanus: “He was a kind of noting, title less.”

Who among the following is this writer/critic?

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Which of the following provided theoretical basis for Audio-Lingual Method of Language Teaching?
Who among the following characters of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov dies in the final scene?
In tracing the history of English poetry, Thomas Gray’s “Progress of Poesy” invokes a major poet as follows:

“Nor second He, that rode sublime
Upon the seraph-wings of Extasy,
The secrets of th’ Abyss to spy.”

Who is “He” ?

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“I suffered from impaired eye-sight, depression and poverty and left Oxford without a degree. After a period as a teacher and my marriage to a widow twice my age, I left for London, to begin writing for a magazine, I produced my own journal.” Choose the correct answer, identifying the writer, the magazine and the journal.
Which of the American novelists is associated with the series of five books about Natty Bumppo, an old hunter, also called Leatherstocking?
In John Dryden’s Essay on Dramatic Poesy Neander defends the English invention of ________.
Who wrote The History of Australian Literature in 1961?
Match the following:

(a) Bharata (i) Vakrokti
(b) Kuntaka (ii) Riti
(c) Bhamaha (iii) Dhvani
(d) Anandavardhana       (iv) Rasa
The right matching according to the code is :
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What is “Forster Collection”?
What was remarkable about the poet F. T. Marinetti’s first Futurist Manifesto in Le Figaro?
How would one best describe Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus (1833)?
An Indian English poet once remarked that his discipline and education gave him his “outer” whereas his Indian origin gave him “inner” form. Reflecting a part of this claim is a famous essay he called __________ .
In the remarkably crucial courtroom scene of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is called upon to speak. Whose voice do we hear in the narrative ?
Who is the author of the statement “A prophet is a Seer, not an Arbitrary Dictator” ?
the word order in Modern English became relatively fixed because ________.
Julia Kristeva’s ‘intertextuality’ derives from ______.

(a) Noam Chomsky’s deep structure
(b) Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogism
(c) Jacques Derrida’s differance
(d) Ferdinand de Saussure’s sign

The right combination according to the code is :

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Dylan Thomas’s famous poem “Fern Hill,” is named after_______.
“In the seventeenth century,” writes T. S. Eliot in “The Metaphysical Poets,” “a dissociation of sensibility set in, from which we have never recovered; and this dissociation, as is natural, was aggravated by the influence of the two most powerful poets of the century, and __________ .
The label ‘material feminism’ refers to the work of those thinkers who study inequality in terms of .
Identify the group of British poets who evidently draw upon new trends in literary theory (suck as poststructuralist) and wrote poems that reflect on themselves and the language used in/by them.
In Old English other grammatical classes also had the four cases that nouns had. Which were these grammatical classes?
Which of the following novels opens with the description of an accident to a kot-air balloon ?
Azizun, a courtesan from Kanpur in A Tale from the Year 1857: Azizun Nisa by Tripurari Sharma undergoing self-actualisation says: “Yes, I must complete what I’ve set out to do. I’m not a mere woman.” In order to make her impact by her attitudinal shift, she .
The hermeneutics of suspicion is a term coined by Paul Ricoeur _______.

(a) To designate the postcolonial tendency to see theory and related reading manoeuvres as a global
(b) To describe interpretive bids that challenge and seek to overcome compartmentalized cultural
(c) who, following Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, held that textual appearances are deceptive and texts do not gracefully relinquish their
(d) To describe a mode of interpretation that adopts a distrustful attitude towards texts in order to elicit otherwise inaccessible meanings or

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Which of the following is not a feminist novel ?
The term ‘poetic justice’ was coined by ______.
Which of the following novels deals with the Biafran War ?
Which of the following is not true in Dalit aesthetics as given by Sharan Kumar Limbale ?
Which of the following is not a critical study by William Empson ?
This was a path-breaking feminist essay written in the 1970s which used hybrid terms like “sext” and “chaosmos.” Identify the author.
Read the poem and answer the questions that follow (71 – 75) : The Voice

Woman muck missed, how you call to me, call to me,
saying that now you are not as what you were
When you had changed from the one who was all to me
but as first, when our day was fair

Can it be you that I hear ? Let me view you, then
Standing as when I drew near to the town
where you would wait for me : yes, as I knew you then,
Even to the original air-blue gown!

Or is it only the breeze, in its listlessness
Travelling across the wet mead to me here,
You being ever dissolved to wan witlessness
Heard no more again far or near ?

Thus I; faltering forward,
Leaves around me falling,
Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward
And the woman calling.

121. What suggestion does the opening stanza give of a woman won or a woman lost ?

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What is tantalizing about the speaker’s experience in stanza 2 ?
What phrase in the poem suggests the possibility of the woman as “dead” ?
Identify the special sound effect in the line given : Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward...
What longing does the speaker voice ?

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