Delhi University MA English Entrance Question Paper 2020 With Answers

1. 
Name the only dramatist who was awarded both the Nobel Prize and the Oscar?
2. 
The statement “character is destiny” is predominantly associated with

A. Heraclitus
B. Shakespearean tragedy
C. Aeschylus
Choose the correct answer from the options given below:Deselect Answer

3. 
Pick the odd one out among the following
4. 
Identify the correct statement(s):

A. A Doll's House is a play by Henrik Ibsen
B. ‘The Doll's House’ is a short story by Katherine Mansfield.
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5. 
Which of these is a type of content word?

A. Nouns
B. Demonstrative Pronouns
C. Interrogative
D. Prepositions
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6. 
The tragic hero is not depraved or vicious, but he is also not perfect, and his misfortune is brought upon him by his own ______________.
7. 
_______________ was initially a literary and philosophical movement, it is a school of thought premised on the idea of language as an opaque medium that does not connect an actor with an “outside” truth but to a structure with parts whose meaning is culled from the parts’ contrasts with each other
8. 
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No. This my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red.”

The above lines are an example of:Deselect Answer

9. 
Arrange the following sentences in the proper order and choose the correct answer from the given options. The uniqueness of

A. also the changes it may have suffered
B. in physical conditions over the years
C. the work of art includes
D. the changes in its ownership,
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10. 
Which of the following statements is incorrect in context to Magical Realism?
11. 
Arrange the following sentences in the proper order and choose the correct answer from the codesgiven below:

A. I secretly hoped he’d spend the rest of his life with us and planned to do my best to persuade him.
B.All except Hanuman, to whom we were greatly attached – Ram, Lakshman and I, each having our reasons – for he’d saved us all in different ways.
C. We requested him to accompany us to Ayodhya and be with us for Ram’s long deferred coronation.
D Over the next three days, Ram and I gave many gifts to the monkey soldiers – jewels and armour and rare fruits from
Ravan’s gardens – and sent them off to their homes.

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12. 
Identify the kind of narrator reflected through the following excerpt “At six minutes past midnight, Tuesday morning, on the way home from a late rehearsal of her new stage show, Tina Evans saw her son, Danny, in a stranger’s car. But Danny had been dead more than a year.”
13. 
Arrange the sentences P,Q,R,S in the order they should come in between S1 and S6.

S1: While still a child Narendra practised meditation with a friend before the image of Siva.
S2: _______________________________________________________________________
S3: ______________________________________________________________________
S4: _______________________________________________________________________
S5: _______________________________________________________________________
S6: The apparition was about to say something when Naren became frightened and left the room. He thought later that
perhaps this had been a vision of Buddha
P: On one occasion he saw in a vision a luminous person of serene countenance who was carrying the staff and water‐
bowl of a monk.
Q: He had heard that the holy men of ancient India would become so absorbed in contemplation of God that their hair
would grow and gradually enter into the earth, like the roots of the banyan tree.
R: While meditating, therefore, he would open his eyes, now and then, to see if his own hair had entered into the earth.
S: Even so, during meditation, he often became unconscious of the world.Deselect Answer

14. 
Which of the following assertions are correct?

A. Lines of iambic pentameter rhyming in pairs form heroic couplet.
B. Rhythmic pattern in a free verse is not organized into a regular metrical form.
C. Haiku is an Italian poetic form of sixteen syllables arranged into three lines of five, six and five syllables.
D. In Pindar’s Ode the chorus chants strophe while moving in a dance rhythm to the right

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15. 
A ________________ is a five‐line poem that consists of a single stanza, an AABBA rhyme scheme, and whose subject is a short, pithy tale or description.
16. 
A foot composed of two successive syllables with approximately equal light stresses is ___________ .
17. 
The term “dissociation of sensibility” to describe the aesthetic frame of mind was first used by
18. 
Which of the following plays use Chorus as a dramatic feature?

Choose from the given codes

A. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
B.The White Devil by John Webster
C The Tempest by William Shakespeare
D.Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot

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19. 
Match the lines in List I with the poems in which these occur in List II and choose the correct answer from the given codes:

List - I List - II 
A. Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,    I. “Ode to the West Wind
B.Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; and preserver; hear, oh hear!     II. "Ode: Intimations of Immortality
C. Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes, Or new Love pine at them beyond to­morrow.  III. "Ode to a Nightingale
D. Where dost thou careless lie, Buried in ease and sloth?  IV. “An Ode to Himself
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20. 
Identify the key features of a Brechtian Theatre and choose the correct answer from the given codes:

A.Montage
B Explanatory caption
C.. Anti‐illusive technique
D.. Catharsis
E. Compact plot

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21. 
Geniuses of countless nations Have told their love for generations Till all their memorable phrases Are common as goldenrod or daisies.

The above lines are written inDeselect Answer

22. 
Match the literary works in List I with their authors in List II and choose the correct answer from the given codes:

List - I List - II 
A. Pale Fire I. Thomas Hardy
B. The Sound and the Fury   II. Somerset Maugham
C. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead III. William Faulkne
D. Under the Greenwood Tree IV. Tom Stoppard
E. Of Cakes and Ale    V. Vladimir Nabokov
Choose the correct answer from the options given below:
Deselect Answer

23. 
. __________ was written to be recited rather than acted; but to English playwrights, who thought these tragedies had been intended for the stage, they provided the model for an organized five‐act play with a complex plot and elaborately formal style of dialogue.
24. 
Anthropomorphism is
25. 
Which among the following statements is not true about New Critics?
26. 
Lolita was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels in 2007. The writer of the novel is
27. 
Which of the following plays of Shakespeare does not contain any Shakespearean sonnet?
28. 
Which of the following statements are correct in context to Surrealism? Choose from the codes given below:

A. It was originally a French movement.
B. It was influenced by Surrealist painting, that uses surprising images and transitions to play off of formal expectations and depict the unconscious rather than conscious mind.
C. The term "Surrealism" is said to have been coined by Guillaume Apollinaire as early as 1917.
D. Surrealists expressed their rejection of capitalism in artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos
and irrationality.

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29. 
________ had an influence on innovative literary, artistic, and intellectual developments in the two decades after the First World War. The members of this group opposed the narrow post‐Victorian restrictions in both the arts and morality
30. 
Saadat Hasan Manto was charged for obscenity for writing
31. 
“O death in life, the days that are no more.” Identify the figure of speech used in this extract
32. 
Which of the following statements is true about Chicago School
33. 
Which feminist writer created Judith Shakespeare, the imaginary sister of William Shakespeare, to advance her arguments of gender inequality?
34. 
Chaucer’s General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is written in form of a/an_______________
35. 
_________ is the author of Persepolis, a coming‐of‐age visual memoir documenting childhood of a little girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution
36. 
Which of the following texts deals with the life of Anjum, a Hijra from the old Delhi?
37. 
Read the following and answer the question:

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

What kind of poem does the above lines represent?Deselect Answer

38. 
Read the following and answer the question:

And now too soon for us the circling hours
This dreaded time has compast, wherein we
Must bide the stroke of that long threat'n'd wound
Which kind of rhetoric does the above lines represent?Deselect Answer

39. 
Read the following and answer the question:

Dawn in New York has
four pillars of muck
and a hurricane of black pigeons
splashing in the putrid waters.

Dawn in New York moans
on the immense staircases
searching between the corners
for spikenards of depicted anguish.

Which literary movement does the above lines depict?Deselect Answer

40. 
When _______’s plays are sequenced in time, they also reveal that his outlook might have changed, providing a “spiritual biography” along these lines:

An early period of high tragedy (Medea, Hippolytus) followed by a patriotic period at the outset of the Peloponnesian War
(Children of Heracles, The Suppliants). Thereafter, a middle period of disillusionment at the senselessness of war
(Hecuba, The Trojan Women). We then discover an escapist period with a focus on romantic intrigue (Ion, Iphigenia in
Tauris, Helen) and a final period of tragic despair (Orestes, Phoenician Women, The Bacchae).

Who is being talking about in the above linesDeselect Answer

41. 
Which of the following is an example of Dystopia?

An early period of high tragedy (Medea, Hippolytus) followed by a patriotic period at the outset of the Peloponnesian War
(Children of Heracles, The Suppliants). Thereafter, a middle period of disillusionment at the senselessness of war
(Hecuba, The Trojan Women). We then discover an escapist period with a focus on romantic intrigue (Ion, Iphigenia in
Tauris, Helen) and a final period of tragic despair (Orestes, Phoenician Women, The Bacchae).

Who is being talking about in the above linesDeselect Answer

42. 
Who among the following is a theorist of memory, history and forgetting?
43. 
Antonin Artaud’s plays deal in
44. 
The author of No Full Stops in India is
45. 
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is an example of
46. 
Read the passage and answer the question.

The question whether objective truth can be attributed to human thinking is not a question of theory but is a practical question. Man must prove the truth—i.e. the reality and power, the this‐sidedness of his thinking in practice. The dispute over the reality or non‐reality of thinking that is isolated from practice is a purely scholastic question.

Who would you attribute the above lines to?Deselect Answer

47. 
O Friend! The termination of my course

Is nearer now…
Where are thou? Hear I not a voice from
thee…
The “Friend” in this line is an allusion to:Deselect Answer

48. 
‘It is not singular that, as a daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity, I should very early in life thought of writing [However]…My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings…I accounted for them to nobody: they were my refuge when annoyed—my dearest pleasure when free.’

These prefatory remarks are written byDeselect Answer

49. 
‘The grand source of female folly and vice has ever appeared to me to arise from narrowness of mind; and the very constitution of civil governments has put almost insuperable obstacles in the way to prevent the cultivation of female understanding; yet virtue cannot be built on any other foundation.’

These lines are from the feminist manifestoDeselect Answer

50. 
The Preface to the Lyrical Ballads was published in the year
51. 
What is the subtitle of Wordsworth’s Prelude?
52. 
‘We hate poetry that has a palpable design upon us … Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself but with its subject.’ Which poet wrote this statement?
53. 
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is an anti‐colonial response to which famous novel?
54. 
The Mysteries of Udolpho is written by
55. 
‘Why did men drink wine and women water? Why was one sex so prosperous and the other so poor? What effect has poverty on fiction?’

The above extract is from a famous work byDeselect Answer

56. 
The author of Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient is
57. 
In a Revenge Tragedy ‘Hesitation’ and ‘Procrastination’ suggest

A.The moral ambiguity in the act of revenge.
B.Protagonist’s faith in mitigation.
C.Libidinal excess in the behaviour of the protagonist.

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58. 
Which of the following is correct about Romantic Irony?
59. 
Hamlet is considered as a Christian Tragedy because
60. 
Which of the following isn’t correct about Confessional poetry?
61. 
Which of the following is incorrect about Bhartrihari’s Vākyapadīya?
62. 
The first novel of Ruskin Bond was The Room on the Roof. The sequel to this novel is
63. 
Read the poem and answer the question that follow: (Question 64 to 69)

The world is
not with us enough
O taste and see
the subway Bible poster said,
meaning The Lord, meaning
if anything all that lives
to the imagination’s tongue,
grief, mercy, language,
tangerine, weather, to
breathe them, bite,
savor, chew, swallow, transform
into our flesh our
deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince,
living in the orchard and being
hungry, and plucking the fruit.

There is an intertextual allusion to another poem.Deselect Answer

64. 
Identify the writer of that poem
65. 
Which among the following lines directly allude to a biblical verse?
66. 
What is the predominant mood of the poem?
67. 
Which of the following statement(s) about the poem is/are correct?

A. Poetry, according to the poem, has nothing to do with escape.
B. Poetry, according to the poem, has to do with involvement, engagement with the senses.
C. Poetry, according to the poem, should invoke the reader to seize the dayDeselect Answer

68. 
Which among the following line(s) allude to the book of Genesis in the Bible?

A. into our flesh our/deaths,
B hungry, and plucking/ the fruit.
C. O taste and see
D. living in the orchardDeselect Answer

69. 
What is the larger theme that the poem is foregrounding?
70. 
Question is based on the following extract. Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate option from the choices given below (Question 71 to - 74)

In Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, _______________(A) developed the concepts which were to inform much of his work.
The concept of _______________ (B) which is central to this analysis literally means multiple voices. He reads Dostoevsky’s
work as containing many different voices, unmerged into a single perspective, and not _______________ (C) to the voice
of the author. Each of these voices has its own perspective, its own validity, and its own _______________ (D) weight
within the novel.Deselect Answer

71. 
The word in blank D is
72. 
The word in blank C is
73. 
The word in blank B is
74. 
The word in blank A is
75. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the question that follow (Question 76 to 79)

Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is increased with tales, so is the
other. Certainly, the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto nature, is weak. Yet in religious meditations, there is sometimes mixture of vanity, and of superstition. You shall read, in some of the friars’ books of mortification, that a man should think with himself, what the pain is, if he have but his finger’s end pressed, or tortured, and thereby imagine, what the pains of death are, when the pain is, if he have but his finger’s end pressed, or tortured, and thereby imagine, what the pains of death are, when the whole body is corrupted, and dissolved; when many times death passed, with less pain than the torture of a limb; for the most vital parts, are not the quickest of sense. And by him that spake only as a philosopher, and natural man, it was well said, Pompa mortis magisterret, quammorsipsa. Groans, and convulsions, and a discolored face, and friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like, show death terrible. It is worthy the observing, that there is no passion in the mind of man, so weak, but it mates, and masters, the fear of death; and therefore, death is no such terrible enemy, when a man hath so many attendants about him, that can win the combat of him.Deselect Answer

76. 
The writing style of the given extract is similar to that of
77. 
Identify the tone of the passage
78. 
Which one of the following expressions from the given excerpt conveys best the central message of the passage?
79. 
The given passage is an excerpt from
80. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 81 to 84)

Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between “the Orient” and (most of the time) “the Occident.” . . . Orientalism can be discussed and analyzed as the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient—dealing with it by making statements about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient.... Without examining Orientalism as a discourse, one cannot possibly understand the enormously systematic discipline by which European culture was able to manage—and even produce—the Orient politically, sociologically, militarily, ideologically, scientifically, and imaginatively during the post‐Enlightenment period.Deselect Answer

81. 
The passage argues that
82. 
The term “Orientalism” is most closely associated with the theory of
83. 
In calling Orientalism a “discourse”, the author draws on the terminology most closely associated with
84. 
From the contents of the passage, who among the following appears to be its author?
85. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 86 to 88)

________________ theory, in a nutshell, is where women in the media are viewed from the eyes of a heterosexual man, and that these women are represented as passive objects of male desire. Audiences are forced to view women from the point of view of a heterosexual male, even if they are heterosexual women or homosexual men.Deselect Answer

86. 
Which film theory is being referred to in the above‐mentioned extract?
87. 
The theoretical frame work in the above theory was first presented in which of the following texts?
88. 
Who propounded the above‐mentioned theory?
89. 
Question is based on the following poem. Read the poem and answer the following question. (Question 90 to 94)

A low temple keeps its gods in the dark.
You lend a matchbox to the priest.
One by one the gods come to light.
Amused bronze. Smiling stone. Unsurprised.
For a moment the length of a matchstick
gesture after gesture revives and dies.
Stance after lost stance is found
and lost again.
Who was that, you ask.
The eight arm goddess, the priest replies.
A sceptic match coughs.
You can count.
But she has eighteen, you protest.
All the same she is still an eight arm goddess to the priest.
You come out in the sun and light a charminar.
Children play on the back of the twenty foot tortoise.Deselect Answer

90. 
How would you describe the mood of the above poem?
91. 
Which of the following binaries is least relevant to the poem?
92. 
Which of the following statements is most appropriate for the above poem?
93. 
What do the children in the last line stands for?
94. 
Which of the following four qualities do you think the poet treasures the most?
95. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 96 to 98)

The traditional monolithic view of English provides us with, and is buttressed by, a mix of both everyday and technical
vocabulary that presents English as a single entity. An example is the quasi‐singular uncountable noun English itself, which represents a single mass comparable to bread and wine. Another is how the words dialect and language are used as everyday expressions and in technical terminologyDeselect Answer

96. 
English is compared to bread and wine due to which of the following factors?
97. 
Which of the following statements can be deduced from the passage?
98. 
Which of the following statements is corroborated by the passage?
99. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 100 to 102)

Critical discourse analysis is a way of thinking about texts, talk and visual imagery that is sensitive to the relationship
between discourse and our beliefs about ourselves, other people, relationships and things that surround us. It is committed to exposing social and political unfairness. In this context, then, critical means being interested in uncovering the role of discourse in the creation, description and solution of social problems, the acquisition and use of power and the justifications provided for change or the maintenance of the status quo.Deselect Answer

100. 
This passage can be classified as:
101. 
Which of the following propositions are assumed by the author?
102. 
Which of the following is the most appropriate summary of the passage?
103. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 104 to 106)

The disaggregation of official language status into a multiplicity of separate decisions, which vary across and within specific institutions, and which can be traded one off against the other as part of a comprehensive constitutional negotiation, is one of the great contributions of the Indian constitutional experience to other societies wrestling with the constitutional politics of mobilization around official language status. Disaggregation also sheds light on the relationship between federalism and language. In Indian political discourse, it has often been assumed that the adoption of multiple official languages requires federalism.Deselect Answer

104. 
Which one of the following words is an appropriate synonym for disaggregation?
105. 
Which of the following statements are corroborated by the passage?
106. 
Which of the following is the central idea in the passage?
107. 
Question is based on the following passage. Read the passage and answer the following question. (Question 108 to 110)

The ignorance of the natives in the different classes of society, arising from the want of proper education, is generally
acknowledged. This defect not only excludes them as individuals from the enjoyment of all those comforts and benefits
which the cultivation of letters is naturally calculated to afford, but operating as it does throughout almost the whole mass of the population, tends materially to obstruct the measures adopted for their better government. Little doubt can be entertained that the prevalence of the crimes of perjury and forgery, so frequently noticed in the official reports, is in a great measure ascribable, both in the Mohomedans and Hindoos, to the want of due instruction in the moral and religious tenets of their respective faiths.Deselect Answer

108. 
Which of the following statements are correct in context to the above passage ? Choose from the codes

A. The natives acknowledged their lack of education.
B. The tone of the text smacks of prejudice.
C. Only the educated can govern.
D. Education is considered to be enlightening.Deselect Answer

109. 
Which of the following statements are correct in context to the above passage ? Choose from the codes:

A. The natives were not educated.
B. The lack of education prevented them from getting jobs.
C. The natives were prone to committing crimes.
D. The religions of the natives had no moral principles.Deselect Answer

110. 
Who among the following is most likely to be the author of the passage?
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