2018 July UGC NET English Literature Question Paper 2 With Answers

Which narrative poem by Lord Tennyson presents the story of a fisherman turned merchantsailor who, after a shipwreck, is marooned on a desert island ?
In “Memorial Verses” Matthew Arnold pays tribute to three great poets. Who are they ?
Who among the following English playwrights wrote screenplays on novels such as Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, John Fowles’s French Lieutenant’s Woman, and Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale ?
The years in English literary history between 1649 and 1660 are known as __________.
In R.K. Narayan’s Swami and Friends, which game offers Swami the best kind of emotional release from the strains and pressures of disagreeable circumstances ?
. William Blake expressed the importance of the particular when he said that “To Generalize is to be __________. To particularize is the alone Distinction of Merit.” Fill in the blank.
Which of the following was not a dialect of Old English ?
Anthony Burgess’s last novel, published in 1993, is called A Dead Man in Deptford. Who is the central character to whom the title refers ?
Choose the correct chronological order :
What does the phrase ut pictura poesis from Horace’s Art of Poetry mean ?
Who among the following is the author of Account of the Augustan Age in England (1759) ?
In how many parts did Cervantes publish his novel, Don Quixote ?
Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians carries biographical sketches of writers and public figures. Identify the list below that correctly mentions those Eminent Victorians
One of the following statements about the eponymous saint of Dryden’s “Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” is incorrect. Identify that statement.
Which of the statements on Michael Roberts’s Faber Book of Modern Verse (1936) is not true ?
Who among the following proposed that the First Gulf War had never taken place, it was simply a hyperreal, media-generated spectacle ?
Sir Thomas Browne’s Urn Burial was prompted by __________.
Identify from among the following list those that cannot be called War Fiction.

(a) A Modern Instance
(b) Catch - 22
(c) The Age of Innocence
(d) The Naked and the DeadDeselect Answer

Who among the following writers was not the one identified with The Movement of the 1950’s England ?
Which of the following novels does not belong to Nuruddin Farah’s Blood In the Sun Trilogy ?
In the following series, which one has all the poets correctly matched with their poems ?
From among the following, identify the incorrect observation regarding Ferdinand de Saussure’s seminal distinction between langue and parole.
John Heywood wrote a farcical interlude called The Four P’s.

Who were the Four P’s ?Deselect Answer

In the mechanical drill method of second language acquisition :

(a) The learner has the freedom to choose from many responses.
(b) The learner’s response is totally controlled.
(c) Comprehension of the item by the learner is not required.
(d) Comprehension of the item by the learner is obligatory.
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Thou wilt not wake

Till I thy fate shall overtake;
Till age, or grief, or sickness must
Marry my body to that dust
It so much loves; and fill the room
My heart keeps empty in thy Tomb.
Stay for me there; I will not fail
To meet thee in that hollow Vale.
And think not much of my delay;
I am already on the way.
Which of the following readings do you find appropriate to the spirit of the lines above ?Deselect Answer

Match the characters with the novels :

(a) Arthur Seaton               (i) Top Girls
(b) Marlene                         (ii) The Golden Notebook
(c) Anna Wulf                     (iii) The Swimming Pool Library
(d) Beckwith                       (iv) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Code :
(a) (b) (c) (d)Deselect Answer

The very last passage of a novel is given below. Identify the novel.

“Welcome, O life, I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to
forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
April 27. Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead.”Deselect Answer

Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis is about a utopian state called __________.
The 1950’s saw the rise of backlash against modernism and against New Romanticism that became known as The Movement. Which of the following little magazines came to be associated with The Movement ?

(a) Departure
(b) New Verse
(c) London Mercury
(d) New Poems
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

The error of interpreting a literary work by referring to evidence outside of itself, such as the design and purpose of the author is called __________.
A.R. Ammons parodies a famous poem in his “Swoggled”

I’d rather
suckled by
outworn pagan
get my horn
wreathed in
old triton.
Which poet, which poem ?Deselect Answer

Fanny Burney’s Evelina carries the subtitle :
What does Philip Sidney call poet-haters in his Defence of Poesie ?
Who, among the following, raises the following painful question of longing and belonging ?

“Where shall I turn, divided to the vein ?
I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love ?”Deselect Answer

In the 1940’s, a critic and a philosopher produced two influential and controversial papers called “The Intentional Fallacy” and “The Affective Fallacy”.

Identify them.
(a) Cleanth Brooks                     
(b) Monroe C. Beardsley
(c) William K. Wimsalt Jr.       
(d) R.P. Blackmur
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Philip Larkin’s “Sad Steps” notices “The way the moon dashes through clouds that blow Loosely as cannon-smoke to stand apart....”

The poem alludes to :Deselect Answer

Match the following opening lines with their respective titles :

(a) “I leant upon a coppice gate” (i) “Thirteen Blackbirds”
(b) “A sudden blow : the great wings beating still....” (ii) “Sympathy”
(c) “Among twenty snowy mountains” (iii) “The Darkling Thrush”
(d) “I know what the caged bird feels, alas...” (iv) “Leda and the Swan”
Code :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

Identify the titles that were published in the 1920’s.

(a) Look, Stranger!
(b) The Tower
(c) The Waste Land
(d) The Road to Wigan Pier
Code :Deselect Answer

This novel is dedicated “To the railroad of bones” and has as its epigraph the line, “I am the woman they give dead women’s clothes to” from Christine Gelineau’s “Inheritance”.

Identify the novel.Deselect Answer

An English poet couldn’t help the excitement that an historical event caused in his life-time :

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven.
Which poet ? What “dawn” ?Deselect Answer

Which novel by John Banville tells the story of a group of travellers who arrive on a small island and stumble upon the house of Prof. Kreutznaer whose relationship to a painting entitled The Golden World by a fictional Dutch artist named Vaublin plays a central role ?
Identify the two plays, usually paired for their critique of the politics of language and acts of police interrogation.
Semiotics originated mainly in the works of two theorists. They are :

(a) Charles Sanders Peirce
(b) Mikhail Bakhtin
(c) Ferdinand de Saussure
(d) Valentin Voloshinov
The right combination according to the code is __________.Deselect Answer

Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy was published in 1621 and expanded and altered in __________ subsequent editions.
Which of the following magazines self-consciously created an identity for Vorticists, a group of painters, sculptors and writers ?
“In every cry of every Man, In every Infant’s cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban...”

The figure of speech characterized by repetition of words or group of words at the beginning
of consecutive sentences is called __________.Deselect Answer

At whose behest does the Redcrosse Knight undertake his quest in The Faerie Queene ?
In which city did John Ruskin see a paradigm for Victorian Britain ?
Which novel of Kazuo Ishiguro is narrated by a Japanese widow living in England and draws on the destruction and rehabilitation of Nagasaki ?
Which novel opens thus :

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held
by anyone else, these pages must show.”Deselect Answer

Traces of the Morality plays are discernible in a play like Dr. Faustus, traces such as __________.
The branch of philosophy that asks the question, ‘How do we know what we know ?’ is __________.
The eighteenth century practice in England of bookselling was midway between direct patronage and impersonal sales. A patron paid half the cost of a book before publication and half on delivery. The author of the book received these payments directly. The patron’s name appeared in the preface for the book published in this manner.

This practice was known as __________.Deselect Answer

Oxford India has published a volume of Premchand translations in English, The Oxford India Premchand. Who among the following is not one of the translators ?

This practice was known as __________.Deselect Answer

Which of the two novels of Jane Austen have the spa town of Bath as a primary location ?

(a) Emma
(b) Pride and Prejudice
(c) Northanger Abbey
(d) Persuasion
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

In the communicative approach to ELT, the development of language learning or teaching involves a shift :

(a) from form-based to a meaning-based approach.
(b) from an eclectic approach to a rigid method.
(c) from teacher-centred to learner-centred classes.
(d) from broad-based competence to specific needs.
The right combination, according to the Code is :Deselect Answer

The four Moral Essays of Alexander Pope are addressed to carefully selected figures. Identify the correct group.
Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children presents the war-torn Europe as its protagonist as she follows troops with her canteenwagon.

What is the real name of Mother Courage ?Deselect Answer

From among the following, identify the journal that publishes articles on English language teaching and learning.
Arrange the following elegies in English in chronological order
Who is the only one of Milton’s contemporaries to be mentioned by name in Paradise Lost ?
K.S. Maniam is a major writer of Indian origin, writing in English, born and living in Malaysia. Identify two of his novels from the following list.

(a) The Rice Mother
(b) The Return
(c) Touching Earth
(d) Between Lives
The right combination according to the code is :Deselect Answer

What did Thomas Percy collect in his Reliques ?
Nirad Chaudhuri’s Autobiography of an Unknown Indian concludes with an essay on the course of Indian history. But in the penultimate chapter Chaudhuri concludes the account of events in his life. How does this narrative end ?
In John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, Amans, the lover makes his confession to the priest named __________.
In Eugene Ionesco’s Chairs, the absurdity is not so much in the banal words that are uttered as __________.
A half-sentence in Purchas his Pilgrimage triggered off “Kubla Khan”. Whose work was Purchas his Pilgrimage ?
Based on the life of a thirteenth-century troubadour, from among the following identify the work, that marked a catastrophic failure in Robert Browning’s poetic career, earning him a reputation for impenetrable difficulty ?
In Tristram Shandy, the Author’s preface __________
Evelyn Waugh once complained that T.S. Eliot’s Poems, 1909-1925 was “marvellously good, but very hard to understand.” The most pessimistic novel Waugh wrote was called __________ and he owed the title to __________.
During the years 1830 to 1850, the illusion of peace in Victorian England was broken by such incidents as ___________.
Gulliver receives the following response when he boasts about his countrymen :

“... the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon
the face of the earth.” Whose response ?Deselect Answer

In the Inferno Dante, as he travels through the various circles of the hell finds Judas who is unable to speak. What is the reason behind this ?
Assertion (A) : Our reality is linguistic, a language mediated reality.

Reason (R) : Our perception and understanding of reality are largely constructed by the words and other signs we use.
In the light of the statements above,Deselect Answer

In his book, In Theory, Aijaz Ahmed works out the relations between the three entities :
In 1660, a group of 12 people including Robert Boyle and Christopher Wren formed what they called the Royal Society. In 1663, it became The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. What was the Society’s motto ?
Of whom did W.B. Yeats say that “We were the last Romantics” ?
Who wrote The Wandering Jew, a poem in four cantos and the short lyric, “The Wandering Jew’s Soliloquy” ?
Where, according to T.S. Eliot, are we likely to find “not only the best, but the most individual parts of a poet’s work” ?
Which of the following is true of The Canterbury Tales ?
During the reign of Norman Kings, it was fashionable to speak __________ in upper-class circles in England.
Who, among the following, collaborated with Purohit Swami in translating the Ten Principal Upanishads into English ?
What unique distinction does Ben Jonson’s “To Penshurst” have in the English literary canon ?
It is well known that in many of his plays, Tom Stoppard has consciously drawn upon earlier, often reputed, works. Match the following Stoppard plays with earlier works whose spirit seems to have informed them.

(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (i) Hamlet
(b) Indian Ink (ii) A Passage to India
(c) Inspector Hound (iii) The Mousetrap
(d) Travesties      (iv) Importance of Being Earnest
Code :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Deselect Answer

After discovering the truth about his heinous crimes committed in the past, what does Oedipus request as his punishment ?
How does Women in Love open ?
Samuel Johnson has the following to say about an English poet :

“These images are marked by glittering accumulations of ungraceful ornaments : they strike,
rather than please. The images are magnified by affectation : the language is laboured into
harshness. The mind of the writer seems to work with unnatural violence - ‘Double, double,
toil and trouble’. He has a kind of strutting dignity, and is tall by walking on tiptoe. His art
and his struggle are too visible, and there is too little appearance of ease and nature.”

Identify the poet.Deselect Answer

“Take the smoking disclaimer issue” begins Vishal Bharadwaj. “Putting a disclaimer every time somebody smokes on screen is not an answer. If M.F. Hussain had painted a man with a cigar, would you have asked him to put the disclaimer, ‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health’ on the painting” ?

The point Bharadwaj makes with his rhetorical question is the following :Deselect Answer

According to __________, certain verbs actually ‘perform’ an act when they are uttered.
Haunted castles, strange noises, and an acceptance of the supernatural with all its trappings mark __________.
.... sure it waits upon

Some god o’ th’ island. Sitting on a bank,
Weeping again the King my father’s wrack,
This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. Thence I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather....
Which of the following statements on this passage are true ?
(a) These lines, spoken by Edgar in King Lear, are part of a long speech delivered on the
(b) These lines, spoken by Ferdinand in The Tempest, describe Ariel’s music.
(c) The passage reappears in an altered and ironic version in T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land.
(d) The passage reappears verbatim in W.H. Auden’s Sea and the Mirror.
The correct answer according to the code is :Deselect Answer

Arrange the following plays of Shakespeare according to their periods (early, middle, late...) of composition.
Who among the following is not a reader-response critic ?
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina’s closing lines present...
Which of the following novels begins with a Prologue under the title “The Storming of Seringapatam”, saying “I address these lines written in India - to my relatives in England” ?
In “Gerontion”, T.S. Eliot says :

“__________ has many cunning passages, contrived corridors / And issues, deceives with
whispering ambitions, / Guides us by vanities.”
What is Eliot’s subject ?Deselect Answer

Read the following poem and answer questions 97 to 100.

My students look at me expectantly.
I explain to them that the life of art is a life
of endless labor. Their expressions
hardly change; they need to know
a little more about endless labor.
So I tell them the story of Sisyphus,
how he was doomed to push
a rock up a mountain, knowing nothing
would come of this effort
but that he would repeat it
indefinitely. I tell them
there is joy in this, in the artist’s life,
that one eludes
judgment, and as I speak
I am secretly pushing a rock myself,
slyly pushing it up the steep
face of a mountain. Why do I lie
to these children? They aren’t listening,
they aren’t deceived, their fingers
tapping at the wooden desks -
So I retract
the myth; I tell them it occurs
in hell, and that the artist lies
because he is obsessed with attainment,
that he perceives the summit
as that place where he will live for ever,
a place about to be
transformed by his burden: with every breath,
I am standing at the top of the mountain.
Both my hands are free. And the rock has added
height to the mountain.

97. Whose poetic voice is triggered right from the beginning ?Deselect Answer

The speaker brings up the story of Sisyphus specifically by way of glossing __________.
In its context, the words “their fingers / tapping at the wooden desks”, best represent the students’ __________.
Why does the speaker say that “the rock has added height to the mountain” ?

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