2019 Delhi University MA English Entrance Question Paper With Answers

1. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 2 to 5)

Mine, as becomes a woman, is a modest domestic programme merely to restore India to her true
position as supreme mistress in her own home, sole guardian of her vast resources, and sole
dispenser of her own rich hospitalities as a loyal daughter of Bharat Mata.

Therefore, it will be my lovely, though difficult task through the coming year to try to set my
mother’s house in order: to reconcile the tragic quarrels that threaten the integrity of her old
history, joint family, the life of diverse communities and creeds, and to find an adequate place,
purpose and recognition, alike for the guests and the strangers within her gates.Deselect Answer

2. 
This extract seeks to link____________.
3. 
The centrality of domestic discourse within the freedom struggle may be seen from____________.
4. 
The movement from domestic space to public space is signalled by the phrase____________.
5. 
The use of domestic idiom to reconfigure public space suggests that early Indian feminism____________.
6. 
Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate option from the choices given below: (Question 7 to 11)

“With the focus on the effect of a text on the recipient or reader, ________ (A) theory is
obviously opposed to __________ (B) dogma of affective fallacy, which demands an
interpretation free of ________(C) by the reader. Reader-centered approaches examine the
readership of a text and investigate why, where, and when it is ________ (D). They also examine
certain _________ (E) practices of social, ethnic, or national groups. Many of these
investigations also deal with and try to explain the physiological aspect of the actual reading
process.”Deselect Answer

7. 
most appropriate option for the blank D.
8. 
most appropriate option for the blank E.
9. 
most appropriate option for the blank C.
10. 
most appropriate option for the blank B.
11. 
most appropriate option for the blank A.
12. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. The passage is about the Japanese adaptation of Macbeth on screen by Akira Kurosawa. (Question 13 to 19)

The scene: 11th or 12th century Japan, a time of fire, earthquake, pestilence, banditry, war, all
the four horsemen. The movie opens with an overpowering rainstorm at the Rashomon Gate, the
main gate to the city of Kyoto. The gate is in ruins, and we are told that the city is as well. The
gate makes a powerful symbol. It is both inside and outside the city. Inside is what is supposedly
safe and civilized. Outside is the forest, a place (traditionally) of gods and demons, but also, we
are told, where “men lose their way.” The gate reminds us of civilization, but it is in a state of
ruin. A gate also symbolizes a beginning or an end—think of January and Janus, the double-faced
god of gates. Think too of a gate as a symbol for birth, in both an anatomical and a metaphorical
sense. And death. This film begins with death and ends with a baby, all at this gate. No wonder
this gate was the one hugely expensive item Kurosawa insisted on in his budget. No wonder
Kurosawa named his movie for the gate.Deselect Answer

13. 
Which of the following do not fit into the reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
14. 
The name of the adaptation of Macbeth on screen by Akira Kurosawa is____________.
15. 
The reference to Janus, the God of gates indicates____________.
16. 
Identify a possible framing device used in the narrative:
17. 
Identify the statements that do not connect Rashomon and Macbeth:
18. 
Identify the binaries alluded to in the narrative:
19. 
How was the gate used in the adaptation by Akira Kurosawa?
20. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 21 to 23)

To be sick is to enjoy monarchal prerogatives. Compare the silent tread, and quiet ministry,
almost by the eye only, with which he is served — with the careless demeanour, the
unceremonious goings in and out (slapping of doors, or leaving them open) of the very same
attendants, when he is getting a little better — and you will confess, that from the bed of
sickness (throne let me rather call it) to the elbow chair of convalescence, is a fall from dignity,
amounting to a deposition.Deselect Answer

21. 
The above extract bears the impression of____________.
22. 
Identity the type of narrator of the given extract.
23. 
Identify the tone of the passage.
24. 
Read the excerpt given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 25 to 28)

Irish poets, learn your trade,
Sing whatever is well made,
Scorn the sort now growing up
All out of shape from toe to top,
Their unremembering hearts and heads
Base-born products of base beds.
Sing the peasantry, and then
Hard-riding country gentlemen,
The holiness of monks, and after
Porter-drinkers’ randy laughter;
Sing the lords and ladies gay
That were beaten into the clay
Through seven heroic centuries;
Cast your mind on other days
That we in coming days may be
Still the indomitable Irishry.Deselect Answer

25. 
The last three lines of the stanza look to the ________________.
26. 
By referring to poetry as a “trade” the poet implies that ________________.
27. 
The lines above can be read as ______________.
28. 
The contrast in the stanza is between ______________.
29. 
Following question is based on Arthur Miller’s 1949 play “Death of a Salesman”. Select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 30 to 31)
30. 
Which category does the play belong to?
31. 
The salesman referred to in the title dies of____________.

The salesman referred to in the title dies of____________.Deselect Answer

32. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 33 to 37)

When it comes to creating poetic comparisons, there’s no match for my mother. Of course, I
know Ma loves poetry. At one time, so it is said, she used to write poetry as well. After her
marriage, she didn’t write any more. Perhaps that because of my father. Baba was a doctor.
When he was involved in World War II, he had earned the title of ‘Major’ that would be added
before his name. The war had probably drained him of all passion. He had not liked the fact that
Ma wrote poetry. Ma used to treat Baba with deference. Baba had married rather late in life, long
after he came back from the war. The difference in age between him and Ma was considerable.
Ma repeated, ‘Why, Khoka, not up yet?! I wanted you to watch the morning mist with me.’ ‘I II
be up right away Ma, in a couple of minutes.’
I kept my face covered with the quilt. All the same, I clearly saw my mother move around in the
room, a dark green shawl wrapped around her body. The half darkness of dawn enveloping her.
Ma sits down on the bed, next to me and places her moist, covered river, my dear. If only I could
have shown it to you!’
Taking my mother’s hand in my fist, I turn over on my side; ‘Don’t be upset, Ma. I’ll go see that
misty rivers of Yours.’Deselect Answer

33. 
Which of the following statement(s) allude(s) to the fact that the family is patriarchal?

(i) After her marriage, she didn’t write any more.
(ii) Ma used to treat Baba with deference.
(iii) Of course, I know Ma loves poetry.
(iv) ‘Don’t be upset, Ma. I’ll go see that misty rivers of Yours.’
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34. 
Who used to write poetry?
35. 
Identify the genre used by the author.
36. 
From the following sentences identify the one(s) that point(s) to a possible case of prejudice and identity crisis:

(i) He had not liked the fact that Ma wrote poetry.
(ii) At one time, so it is said, she used to write poetry as well.
(iii) The difference in age between him and Ma was considerable.
(iv) After her marriage, she didn’t write any more.
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37. 
‘Don’t be upset, Ma. I’ll go see that misty rivers of Yours.’ Pick the most suitable inference(s) given below.

(i) Narrator is consoling the mother.
(ii) Narrator is empathising with the mother.
(iii) Narrator’s empathy towards another woman.
(iv) Mutual understanding between the child and the mother.
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38. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 39 to 43)

The one night I found myself thinking of Cheechum and of my childhood. I remember her saying,
“ you can have anything you want if you want it bad enough.” I got up and went for a walk and
suddenly it was all so clear. I could quit if I made up my mind. I could leave and work on a farm,
I could scrub floors - anything - I didn’t have to stay here. I walked back to our room and
cleaned myself up as best as I could, and then went to a small coffee shop on West Hastings and
found a girl who had tried to befriend me once at Lil’s. She had gone straight and was on some
sort of religious kick. I told her I wanted to kick and I needed her help. She took me home and
again I went through withdrawal. Although it was worse than the first time, in a way it was
easier, because this time my Cheechum was with me the whole time. I could feel her presence in
the room with me and I wasn’t afraid.Deselect Answer

39. 
From the following sentences identify the one(s) that point to a possible case of substance abuse and attempt(s) at rehabilitation by the narrator.

(i) I told her I wanted to kick and I needed her help.
(ii) She had gone straight and was on some sort of religious kick.
(iii) She took me home and again I went through withdrawal.
(iv) I could leave and work on a farm, I could scrub floors - anything - I didn’t have to stay here.
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40. 
Identify the genre used by the author.
41. 
Identify the narrative strategy used by the author.
42. 
What kind of a novel is this?

(i) Bildungsroman
(ii) Novel of formation
(iii) Novel of education
(iv) Dystopian novel
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43. 
“You can have anything you want if you want it bad enough.” The speaker of this line is____________.
44. 
The ‘uncrossable line’ refers to the ____________.
45. 
Read the excerpt given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 46 to 48)

Under the blue skies of her native land
She languished and began to fade. . .
Until surely there flew without a sound
Above me, her young shade.
But there stretches between us an uncrossable line;
In vain my feelings I tried to awaken.
The lips that brought the news were made of stone,
And I listened like a stone, unshaken.
So this is she for whom my soul once burned
In the tense and heavy fire,
Obsessed, exhausted, driven out of my mind
By tenderness and desire!
Where are the torments? Where is love? Alas!
For the unreturning days'
Sweet memory and for the poor credulous
Shade, I find no lament, no tears.Deselect Answer

46. 
The poet is sure that the spirit has flown above him because____________.

(i) she had such deep love for him
(ii) she was a good spirit who had gone to heaven
(iii) the lover is living on the earth and there is a an uncrossable line between the dead and the
living
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47. 
In the above lines the poet expresses a man’s feelings at the death of his __________.
48. 
“And I Listened like a stone unshaken.” Identify the figure of speech used here.
49. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 50 to 52)

It is generally better to deal by speech than by letter; and by the mediation of a third than by a
man’s self. Letters are good, when a man would draw an answer by letter back again; or when it
may serve for a man’s justification afterwards to produce his own letter; or where it may be
danger to be interrupted, or heard by pieces. To deal in person is good, when a man’s face
breedeth regard, as commonly with inferiors; or in tender cases, where a man’s eye upon the
countenance of him with whom he speaketh may give him a direction how far to go; and
generally, where a man will reserve to himself liberty either to disavow or to expound.”Deselect Answer

50. 
Which one of the following assertions can be deduced from the given extract?
51. 
The above extract reminds one of the writing style of ____________.
52. 
The author of the given extract appears to be in a ____________.
53. 
Read the sonnet given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 54 to 56)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.Deselect Answer

54. 
The first six lines of the sonnet derive their force from the way in which they discuss____________.
55. 
The sonnet reveals the period of its composition in the way it____________.
56. 
The sonnet opens with a question that is____________.
57. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given in each case. (Question 58 to 61)

“So this is the little woman who made the big war! “said Abraham Lincoln, on meeting the author
of Uncle Tom's Cabin ?Deselect Answer

58. 
How, according to Lincoln, did "the little woman" make the "big war"?
59. 
Which was the "big war" that he was talking about?
60. 
Who was the " little woman" that Lincoln was alluding to?
61. 
The "big war" had a far-reaching historical impact. It resulted in ____________.
62. 
Read the passage given below and fill in the blanks with the most appropriate option from the choices given below: (Question 63 to 66)

………………… (A) criticism would say we should ask the author, and if he/she is dead, we should
read biographies, diaries, or letters, until we can guess what the author might have intended.
……………………. (B), however, disagrees. If language is not ours to process, but always
………………… (C) us and comes from outside, and if poems issue from language, not from the
ideas which are language’s ………………………….. (D), there is no final answer to the question of
what any particular example of language in action ultimately means.Deselect Answer

63. 
most appropriate option for the blank A.
64. 
most appropriate option for the blank D.
65. 
most appropriate option for the blank B.
66. 
most appropriate option for the blank C.
67. 
A supposition or proposition made at the beginning of investigation is known as____________.
68. 
Which of the following statement best describes the imagist movement?
69. 
Which of the following statements are true about the Elizabethan Revenge Tragedies?

(i) Rape, adultery and murder are prominent features of this category of plays.
(ii) Structure of world seems mysterious and it results into a lot of cynicism.
(iii) These plays underline the limitations of criminal vision.
(iv) These plays present highly formalised and rather idealised picture of divine justice.
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70. 
Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about “Tintern Abbey”?

(i) It is a central statement of the poet’s faith in the restorative and associative power of nature.
(ii) It describes the development of the poet’s own love of nature.
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71. 
Which of the following statements about Jonathan Swift are true?

(i) His style is simple, direct and colloquial.
(ii) His style is ornamental and rhetorical.
(iii) He is a satirist.
(iv) His favourite instrument is irony.
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72. 
Which of the following statement best describes Pathetic Fallacy?
73. 
Which of the following play of Shakespeare observes the three unities?
74. 
Which of the following is / are true about Brecht’s “Epic Theatre”?
75. 
Which of the following methods of instruction relies on Socratic method of questioning to get students to think logically about problems in the context in which they occur?
76. 
Which of the following is true about the Yoknapatawpha county in many of William Faulkner’s novels?
77. 
Which of the following is true about Jacobean Drama?
78. 
Which one of the following is a closet drama?
79. 
Which among the following is not a Gothic novel?
80. 
Which among the following is the most appropriate statement about Formalist Critics?
81. 
Pick the odd one out
82. 
In Jonson’s Comedy of Humours, humour is used to suggest____________.

(i) obsession
(ii) quirk of character
(iii) a disease
(iv) madness
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83. 
Identify the novel that outlines a feminist utopia
84. 
Wordsworth in his 'Preface to Lyrical Ballads' advocates the choice of rustic life on the grounds that____________.

(i) in rural life the essential passions of heart find a better soil to attain maturity
(ii) in it our elementary feelings co-exist in a state of greater simplicity
(iii) the passions of men are incorporated with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature
(iv) rural life can be easily comprehended
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85. 
Metaphysical conceit is _________ .
86. 
“Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism” is the book by Bell Hooks which argues that black women have, historically, been wary of the feminist movement. Among the following statements what is the appropriate reason for the problematic relationship of black women and feminism.
87. 
________________is a controversial alternative way of analyzing literature created by literary scholar Franco Moretti.
88. 
Charles Lamb’s essays are famous for ____________.

(i) presenting a peculiar blend of humour and pathos
(ii) their objective assessment of the subject
(iii) autobiographical element
(iv) their ornamental language
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89. 
Who, among the following artists, was associated with Third Theatre ?
90. 
Who among the following English poets has written a poem on 1947 Partition of India?
91. 
Synaesthesia is a rhetorical figure in which____________.
92. 
In literature, ___________means a sudden and often spiritual awakening, like when a character suddenly sees with clarity the way out of a predicament or a dilemma.
93. 
Any utterance in a language consists of an arrangement of the phonemes of that language; at the same time, any utterance in a language consists of an arrangement of the morphemes of that language. This is what we mean by ………………….of language.
94. 
Choose the code which matches the following writers with their short stories:

Writers                                      Titles of the short stories
i. Alice Munro                               a. Boys and Girls
ii. E.T.A. Hoffmann                     b. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
iii. Charles Dickens                      c. Dr. Marigold
iv. Edgar Allan Poe                      d. The Purloined Letter
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95. 
Choose the code which matches the following Booker prize winning novelists with their winning novels:

Novels                                                       Novelists
i. Possession                                               a. DBC Pierre
ii. Vernon God Little                                b. Michael Ondaatje
iii Bring up the Bodies                             c. Hilary Mantel
iv. The English Patient                            d. A.S. Byatt
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96. 
Choose the correct code to match the words with their metres.

Words                       Metres
i. Revolve                  a. Iambic
ii. Rabbit                   b. Trochaic
iii. Repossess            c. Anapaestic
iv. Agitate                  d. Dactylic
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97. 
Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is remarkable for____________.

(i) its political dimension
(ii) the details and variety of experiences portrayed
(iii) the energy and passion of the principal characters
(iv) the penetrating psychological analysis
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98. 
Simile and metaphor are both forms of _________, the illustration of one idea by a more familiar or accessible idea that is in some way parallel.
99. 
A literary work will have a classic structure if it has ____________.

(i) a thoroughly logical order, proceeding through a consistently rising action, with the event of
each act “greater” than those of the preceding act
(ii) a symbolic structure that revolves around central themes or symbols
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100. 
Match the following:

i. M H Abrams                a. Rabelais and His World
ii. G W Knight                 b. Black Skin, White Masks
iii. Franz Fanon              c. The Mirror and the Lamp
iv. Mikhail Bakhtin       d. The Wheel of Fire
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101. 
Match List-I with List-II and choose the appropriate option from the codes given below

List-I                                                List-II
i. deja vu                      a. an unexpected event in a hopeless situation
ii. alma mater             b. an apparition or double of a living person
iii. deus ex machina   c. one’s former university, school, or college
iv. doppelgänger       d. sense of having experienced a situation before
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102. 
Match List-I with List-II and choose the appropriate option from the codes given below:

List I                                                                                         List II
i. I came, I saw, I conquered                                                             a. Metonymy
ii. The traffic police was charged of over speeding                       b. Anaphora
iii. The power of the crown was mortally weakened                     c. Irony
iv. Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing                             d. Antithesis
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103. 
What is Parabasis?

(i) Dialogue between characters
(ii) A direct address to the audience
(iii) It is sung or chanted by the chorus on behalf of the author.
(iv) Conclusion of a play
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104. 
Which of the following statements is not correct?
105. 
Read the excerpt given below and fill in the gap with the most suitable option.

“A subtype of the _____________ is the discussion play, in which the social issue is not
incorporated into a plot but expounded in the give and take of a sustained debate among the
characters.”Deselect Answer

106. 
Read the passage given below and fill in the blanks with the most appropriate options given below.

It would appear, then, that every female human being is not necessarily a woman; to be so
considered she must share in that mysterious and threatened reality known as femininity. Is this
attribute _____by the ovaries? Or is it a Platonic essence, a product of the _____ imagination? Is
a ______ petticoat enough to bring it down to earth? Although some women try zealously to
incarnate this essence, it is hardly ______.

(i) rustling
(ii) patentable
(iii) secreted
(iv) philosophic
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107. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given.

Raja Ravi Varma was the first Indian painter to evolve a new language of narrative art, aimed at
what Reynolds called sending ‘the imagination back to antiquity’. Yet, as someone raised on the
Victorian mimetic canon, Varma saw nothing incongruous in using it for his ‘authentic’ recreations of the Hindu past. As with the ‘olympians’, so with Varma the line between history and
myth was thinly drawn.
The writer of the above passage argues that Raja Ravi Varma____________.Deselect Answer

108. 
Read the passage given below and select the most appropriate option given below.

The explosive increase in production and popularity of perhaps the most definitively American
type of narrative film, the Western, from 1907–1911 was accomplished through the successful
manipulation of the American marketplace by domestic film companies who by self-consciously
promoting a uniquely American product (in marked contrast to the stage dramas of European art
photoplays), corralled the nickels and enthusiasm of motion picture patrons nationwide.

The expression ‘corralled the nickels’____________.Deselect Answer

109. 
Hélène Cixous posits the existence of an incipient “feminine writing” or …………………….., which has its source in the mother, in the stage of the mother-child relation before the child acquires the male-centred verbal language.
110. 
The word ‘shipwreck’ is an example of____________.
111. 
The anti-illusive technique of missing the time to distance the audience and actors is one of the key features of _______ .
112. 
The Nobel Prize winner, Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party can be categorised as _________ .
113. 
The Hindi film “Haider” is an adaptation of _____________ .
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