2017 November UGC NET English Question Paper 2 With Answers

In Frances Burney’s novel, Evelina, the eponymous heroine comes out in society in two locations. They are :

(a) Bath
(b) Bristol
(c) Leeds
(d) London
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Which of the following lines by Shakespeare is repeated several times in Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway ?
Identify the important theatres of the Elizabethan period :

(a) Peacock
(b) Globe
(c) Swan
(d) Grand
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

In which poem does Matthew Arnold express the dilemma of :

“Wandering between two worlds, one dead, The other powerless to be born” ?Deselect Answer

Who made the comment that, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn” ?
The Emblem is a poetic genre containing a symbolic picture with a text and a verse exposition popular in the early 17th century. Who popularised this kind of poetry through the work Emblems [1635] ?
Which Byron work begins thus :

“I want a hero : an uncommon want, when every year and month sends forth a new one
.........” ?Deselect Answer

The title of Sir Thomas Browne’s famous treatise, Religio Medici means :
Which among the following recent novels is a retelling of Sophocles’s Antigone ?
Identify the two important works of Paul de Man from the following list :

(a) Blindness and Insight
(b) Allegories of Reading
(c) Theoretical Essays
(d) Criticism and Ideology
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Samuel Johnson denounced the metaphysical poets saying, “About the beginning of the seventeenth century appeared a race of writers that may be termed the metaphysical poets”. In the biography of which of the following poets in his Lives of Poets did Johnson make this remark ?
The terms of the contract are not disagreeable to me.

The above sentence contains an example of :Deselect Answer

Who is the author of the following lines ?

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour...”.Deselect Answer

In Women in Love what is Winifred’s pekinese dog called ?
Which of the following New Critics put forward the idea of the ‘heresy of paraphrase’ ?
Edmund Spenser’s Colin Clout’s Come Home Again is a fine example of :
In An Essay of Dramatic Poesy whom does John Dryden refer to as “the most learned and judicious Writer which any Theater ever had” ?
This Australian poet was raised in New South Wales and grew up in rural Australian landscape. In 1946 she published her first book of poems. In 1962, she became cofounder and president of the Wild Life Preservation Society of Queensland and served as its president several times thereafter. Identify the poet.
Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko is set in __________.
Who published the first collected edition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poems in 1918 ?
Samuel Richardson named his heroine Pamela after one of the characters in __________.
Pinter once admitted that he first became aware of the dramatic power of the pause from seeing a popular American comedian. Which one ?
Charles Dickens’s Bleak House is pointedly critical of England’s :
Which of the following is NOT true of the ideal state in Thomas More’s Utopia ?
Which character created by Coleridge makes the following account of her harrowing experience ?

“Five warriors seized me yestermorn,
Me, even me, a maid forlorn :
They choked my cries with force and fright,
And tied me on a palfrey white”.Deselect Answer

Which novel of Thomas Hardy begins with the sombre description of Egdon Heath ?
The metrical form of Gower’s Confessio Amantis is :
What happens to the lock of hair at the end of Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock ?
The Bard. The Iron Lady. The King.

The above are examples of :Deselect Answer

Which of the following novels by Margaret Atwood depicts the historical event of the notorious murders committed in 1843 ?
Which of the following poems by W. B. Yeats repudiates the sensual world in favour of “the artifice of eternity” ?
Which of the following characters in Moby Dick falls overboard and turns insane as a result ?
Which of the following poems by Seamus Heaney is dedicated to the Irish poet Paul Muldoon ?
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies which of the following characters is put to death ?
In Canterbury Tales who has a red face full of sores ?
The pace of speech is called :
Match the title with the author :

(a) Sexual Politics   (i) Mary Ellman
(b) A Literature of Their Own   (ii) Elaine Showalter
(c) Thinking About Women (iii) Helene Cixous
(d) The Laugh of the Medusa (iv) Kate Millet
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

Which of the following historical events does Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describe ?
Northrop Frye’s influential work, Anatomy of Criticism includes, as the subtitle indicates, four essays. Which of the following is NOT one among them ?
In Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto”, with which of the following painters does Andrea NOT compare himself with ?
In Jonathan Swift’s Gullivers Travels Gulliver refers to William Dampier, the famous writer of two voyages, as :
Who among the following is NOT a character in Pride and prejudice ?
“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players”,
occurs in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Which character says the line ?Deselect Answer

Which of the following rivers are mentioned in Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress” ?
“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”.

The above is an example of :Deselect Answer

Which of the following images is NOT part of W.H. Auden’s poem “In Memory of W.B. Yeats” ?
Who among the following is the author of Steps to the Temple ?
Match the character with the work :

(a) Jim Dixon  (i) Room at the Top
(b) (b) Jimmy Porter (ii) Hurry on Down
(c) Joe Lampton (iii) Look Back In Anger
(d) Charles Lumley  (iv) Lucky Jim
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

In the opening book of The Prelude Wordsworth mentions famously that he was “fostered alike by __________ and __________”.

Pick out the right pair.
(a) nature
(b) fear
(c) imagination
(d) beauty
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

The title of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood is derived from a poem by Derek Walcott. Identify the poem.
2017 November UGC NET English Literature Question Paper 3

51. This Byron work revolves around a wife whose husband is presumed lost at sea and she takes a lover in his absence. Everybody behaves agreeably on the husband’s return. Byron’s technical skills in verse is in display here as the work counterpoints the colloquial and the formal. Identify the work :Deselect Answer

Who is the author of the poem, “Our Casuarina Tree” ?
In this Jacobean play the Black King and his men, representing Spain and the Jesuits, are checkmated by the White Knight, Prince Charles. This political satire drew crowds to the Globe Theatre until the Spanish ambassador protested and James I suppressed the play.

Identify the play :Deselect Answer

Frederic Jameson associated postmodern culture with __________ capitalism.
Early in Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust, while Tony and his young son, John Andrew, walk to the church, John tells his father a story he has heard from the stable manager, Ben about a mule “who had drunk his company’s rum ration” in the First World War and subsequently died. What is the mule named ?
The Oxford English Dictionary was published in twelve volumes with its current title in the year :
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is notorious for its many digressions across nine volumes and its failure to deliver a complete autobiography. In which volume does Tristram Shandy finally recount his birth ?
Miguel de Cervantes’s inimitable Don Quixote, foreshadows metafictional moorings when the novelist,

(a) says that the first chapters of the narrative are recreated from the Archive of La Mancha
(b) says that it is a faithful rendering of a Catalan text in Spanish
(c) says that part of it has been translated from the Arabic by the Moorish author Cide
Hamete Benengeli
(d) says that he is rewriting the history of a medieval knight altering the heroic vein with
a farcical mode

The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

In his theory of Mimesis, Plato says that all art is mimetic by nature; art is an imitation of life. To argue his case he gives the example of a :
The translation of Geeta into English in 1784 called Bhagvit - Geeta marked, in William Jones’s opinion, an “event that made it possible for the first time to have a reliable impression of Indian Literature”. Who was the translator ?
One of the plays among the following contains the characters Coll, Gib, Dan and Mak.

Identify the play :Deselect Answer

Tereza, in Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, troubled by Tomas’s promiscuity, falls an easy prey to jealousy, fear and nightmares. Which of the following are the terrible dreams she has ?

(a) She dreams of cats attacking her.
(b) She dreams of wolves attacking her.
(c) She dreams that she is dead and buried in a common grave where she lies with the
corpses of strangers.
(d) She dreams that she is dead, stripped of her clothes and plagued by other naked corpses.
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

The opening lines of Wordsworth’s “Immortality Ode”:

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth , and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light
The glory and freshness of a dream”,
closely resembles Coleridge’s lines :
“There was a time when earth, and sea, and skies,
The bright green vale, and the forest’s dark recess,
With all things, lay before mine eyes
In steady loveliness”.
Identify the Coleridge poem :Deselect Answer

Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”, a rare blend of allegory and fairytale world presents the story of two sisters, Laura and Lizzie. Which of the following is NOT true about the enchanted world that the poem unravels ?
In which of these prisons is Defoe’s character, Moll Flanders born ?
In which poem does Judith Wright lament the erasure of native culture in the following lines ?

“The song is gone; the dance
Is secret with the dancers in the earth,
The ritual useless, and the tribal story
Lost in an alien tale”.Deselect Answer

Years before, Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopia, Nineteen Eighty - Four got an evidence of the party’s dishonesty. What is it ?
The Indian Queen is :
In J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace David Lurie is working on an opera on the life of one of the Romantic poets. Who is the poet ?
Assertion (A) : There is no unity or absolute source of the myth

Reason (R) : The focus or the source of the myth are always shadows and virtualities which are      elusive , unactualizable, and nonexistent in the first place. Any search for the discursive unity in the myth is, therefore, misplaced.
In the context of the above statements :Deselect Answer

Which of the following landscapes of England figures prominently in the poetry of Ted Hughes ?
The title of M.C. Chagla’s autobiography is :
Who/Which among the following gave the expression, “a leopard can’t change its spots,” to English language ?
Which of the following is NOT true about Albert Camus’s novel, The Plague ?
John Lydgate begins his Siege of Thebes with a prologue of 176 lines in which he imagines himself joining Chaucer’s pilgrims in Canterbury, where he speaks with the Host and agrees to tell the first tale on homeward journey. The story that Lydgate tells as the pilgrims depart from Canterbury is meant to be a companion piece to :
Stephen Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition consists of six main hypotheses. Which of the following is NOT one of them ?
Among Derek Walcott’s plays, which one is an exploration of colonial relationships through the Robinson Crusoe story ?
‘Anti - foundationalism’ holds that :
The interaction hypothesis is a theory of second language acquisition which states that the development of language proficiency is promoted by face-to-face interaction and communication. The idea is usually credited to :
In Pinter’s Birthday Party Stanley is terrorised by two visitors to a seaside boarding house.

Identify the two
(a) McGrath                (b) Goldberg                (c) McCann                (d) Robinson
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Match the phrase to the ode :

(a) beechen green  (i) “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
(b) gathering swallows (ii) “Ode on Melancholy”
(c) globed peonies (iii) “Ode to a Nightingale
(d) green altar   (iv) “To Autumn”
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

Which 19th century novelist expressed a wish to “exterminate the race” of Indians following the 1857 Mutiny in India ?
The second part of Pilgrim’s Progress deals with the pilgrimage of Christian’s wife, Christiana. She has a companion and a guide in this journey. Pick out the pair’s names from the following list.

(a) Patience
(b) Tenderheart
(c) Mercy
(d) Greatheart
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

In which play by Eugene Ionesco do you find the grotesque image of the leg of a corpse thrusting onto the stage, and, which begins to grow larger as the play progresses in a menacing manner ?
Which of the following characters finds that complete happiness is elusive and that “while you are making the choice of life, you neglect to live” ?
Arrange the following in the chronological order of publication :
Which one of Alice Munro’s short stories is about the domestic erosions of Alzheimer’s disease ?
What work begins thus : “It befell in the days of Uther Pendragon, when he was king of all England, and so reigned, that there was a mighty duke in Cornwall that held war against him long time” ?
__________ is the subject of Asif Currimbhoy’s play, Inquilab.
Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, being metatheatrical, lays bare the constructed nature of theatrical performance. In referring to Hamlet’s end and the Elizabethan stage conditions lacking curtains one of the characters of Stoppard’s play says : “No one gets up after death - there is no applause - there is only silence and some second hand clothes, and that’s death”. Who makes this statement ?
Who among the following, has translated the classic Malayalam novel, Chemmeen ?
Which Victorian poet is the author of the following lines ?

“God himself is the best Poet,
And the Real is His song.”Deselect Answer

“You are your words. Your listeners see Written on your face the poems they hear Like letters carved in a tree’s bark The sight and sounds of solitudes endured”.

These are lines from a poem by __________ on the death of __________.Deselect Answer

Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”, a key work of the Beat Movement, was dedicated to __________.
In his views on the death of Cordelia in King Lear, which is the ground NOT specifically cited by Samuel Johnson ?
Which of the following plays by David Hare is NOT part of a trilogy of ‘state of the nation’ plays ?
Chimamanda Adichie’s last novel, Americanah (2013) centres on the romantic and existential struggles of a young Nigerian woman studying in the United States and finding success as a blogger. What is her blogging about ?
Why does Father Dolan punish Stephen with the pandybat in Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a young Man ?
Using a non - linear narrative, this American novel explores the psychic damage to a veteran of World War II and shows how a measure of healing is attained through his acceptance of Laguna myths and rituals. Identify the work :
What illusion does Lyuba Ranevsky in Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard have as she looks at the orchard ?
From which source did Swift get the idea of writing “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift” ?
Two of the following words were borrowed from French after the Norman Conquest.

(a) mutton
(b) pork
(c) sheep
(d) swine
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Which of the following is NOT true regarding the Oresteia trilogy by Aeschylus ?
The first instance of female cross-dressing with the disconcerting nuances of a boy actor dressing as a boy while playing the role of a woman in the dramatic world of Shakespeare occurs in __________.
For Coleridge, our power to perceive symbols gleaned from the world about us is related to the category of :
After independence, although English was not an Indian language, it was accorded the status of an :
Which English journal announced that it was “principally intended for the use of Politick Persons who are so publick - spirited as to neglect their own Affairs to look into Transactions of State” but failed to live up to this and amused readers with “accounts of Gallantry, Pleasure and Entertainment “ ?
The grammar-translation method of language teaching does NOT include :
Who is the narrator in Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve ?
How would a New Historicist critic interpret Derrida’s statement, “there is nothing outside the text” ?
Pick out two Austen heroines from the following list who are right-minded but neglected in the beginning but gradually are acknowledged to be correct by characters who have previously looked down on them.

(a) Elizabeth Bennet
(b) Fanny Price
(c) Emma Woodhouse
(d) Anne Elliot
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

The variety of English used between non-native speakers who do not share a first language is called :
Identify the story for which E. M. Forster wrote the libretto for its opera version :
Who, among the following Prem Chand translators has NOT translated Godan ?
“When Fred got into debt, it always seemed to him highly probable that something or other - he did not necessarily conceive what - would come to pass enabling him to pay in due time”.

Why is Fred Vincy in debt in Middle march ?Deselect Answer

William Blake has a rare elan to provide telling images in arresting phrases. Match the phrases with the poems they belong to :

(a) “mind forg’d manacles”  (i) “The Tyger”
(b) “eternal winter” (ii) “The Sick Rose”
(c) “fearful symmetry” (iii) “London”
(d) “crimson joy”  (iv) “Holy Thursday”
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

In the debate between the two birds in the Middle English poem The Owl and the Nightingale who acts as the arbiter ?
In the first scene in which Goethe’s Faust appears he is dejected by the study of Philosophy, Law, Medicine and Theology, turns to Magic art to acquire infinite knowledge. But he fails and in desperation attempts to commit suicide, but refrains at the final moment. What prevents Faust from committing suicide ?
Which novel by Joseph Conrad presents a young captain who like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner is haunted by the “vision of a ship drifting in calm and swinging in light airs, with all the crew dying slowly about her decks” and who feels “the sickness of my soul... the weight of my sins... my sense of unworthiness” ?
“Our almost-instinct almost true :

What will survive of us is love.”
Identify the poem by Philip Larkin that ends with the above lines :Deselect Answer

In the epilogue to Congreve’s Way of the World there is a warning :

Others there are whose malice we’d prevent,
Such, who watch plays, with scurrilous intent
To mark out who by characters are meant.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These, with false glosses feed their own ill - nature,
And turn to libel, what was meant a satire.
What does this warning mean ?Deselect Answer

Which of the following is an elegy on John Donne’s wife, who died in 1617 ?

Others there are whose malice we’d prevent,
Such, who watch plays, with scurrilous intent
To mark out who by characters are meant.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These, with false glosses feed their own ill - nature,
And turn to libel, what was meant a satire.
What does this warning mean ?Deselect Answer

Read the following poem and answer questions, 123 to 125 :

              Margaret Atwood
All those times I was bored
out of my mind. Holding the log
while he sawed it. Holding
the string while he measured, boards,
distances between things, or pounded
stakes into the ground for rows and rows
of lettuces and beets, which I then (bored)
weeded. Or sat in the back
of the car, or sat still in boats,
sat, sat, while at the prow, stern, wheel
he drove, steered, paddled. It
wasn’t even boredom, it was looking,
looking hard and up close at the small
details. Myopia. The worn gunwales,
the intricate twill of the seat
cover. The acid crumbs of loam, the granular
pink rock, its igneous veins, the sea-fans
of dry moss, the blackish and then the graying
bristles on the back of his neck.
Sometimes he would whistle, sometimes
I would. The boring rhythm of doing
things over and over, carrying
the wood, drying
the dishes. Such minutiae. It’s what
the animals spend most of their time at,
ferrying the sand, grain by grain, from their tunnels,
shuffling the leaves in their burrows. He pointed
such things out, and I would look
at the whorled texture of his square finger, earth under
the nail. Why do I remember it as sunnier
all the time then, although it more often
rained, and more birdsong ?
I could hardly wait to get
the hell out of there to
anywhere else. Perhaps though
boredom is happier. It is for dogs or
groundhogs. Now I wouldn’t be bored.
Now I would know too much.
Now I would know

123. “All those times” - the opening words of the poem locate the speaker in : Deselect Answer

. Which pair of words best describes the repetitive tenor of the speaker’s unpretentious yet oppressive life ?

(a) details               (b) the car
(c) the wood           (d) the minutae
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Which of the following approximates closely a thematic statement of the poem ?

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