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B.A Previous Year Question Paper : 2nd Semester (English)

All the general degree college students under Tripura University can easily get their semester wise previous year question from this website. Students can also access answers from the following link : –

Unit wise questions (English Literature) : –

unit – 1

  1. who created the term ‘Romantic period’? write down the characteristics of Romantic period.

2. what are the 5 elements of romanticism?

3. what are the main characteristics of literary criticism in the early part of 19th century?

4. discuss about the contribution of any two critics.” Romanticism has been defined as the addition of strangeness to beauty” – discuss with reference to two major poets of the Romantic period.

5. Describe some of the characteristic features of Romantic poetry.

6. Discuss how William Wordsworth’s treatment of Nature is reflected on his long poem.what are the major literary form during the Victorian era?

7. critically examine Alfred Lord Tennyson as the most representative poet of the Victorian age.

8. write a note on woman Victorian novelist.

9. what are the important features of the Victorian novel? write on the contribution of Charles Dickens towards the development of the Victorian novel.

10. discuss the contribution of two major writers of the Victorian period. Who may be called ‘the representatives of the age’.

Unit – 2

Topic : -Voplone 📒

by Ben Jonson 🖋️

  1. character analysis of Mosca. OR if I want to give a full analysis of Mosca in Volpone by Jonson, what are the main points that should be included?
  2. comment on the names given to the dramatic personae in Volpone. Do you think Jonson’s Volpone is a typical ‘comedy of humor’? Give reasons for your answer.
  3. how does the subplots of Volpone develop the thematic elements of the main plot?
  4. why does Volpone throw off his disguise in the last scene? What causes Mosca’s sudden failure to understand Volpone’s nature in the last scene? – Explain.
  5. In Volpone, how is the theme of metamorphosis related to Volpone and other characters?

Topic : – Dr. Faustus 📒

By- Marlowe 🖋️

  1. what is the importance of studying Dr. Faustus? How does Dr. Faustus represent the aspirations of a Renaissance scholar?
  2. what causes the tragic downfall of Dr. Faustus?
  3. who is Mephistopheles? what role does he play in Faustus’s damnation? how does Marlowe complicate these two dominant characters and inspire our sympathy?
  4. how would you account for the Renaissance elements found in Marlow’s Dr. Faustus?
  5. discuss Dr. Faustus as a morality play.

Unit – 3

Topic – Macbeth 📒

by- William Shakespeare 🖋️

  1. write a short note on Shakespearean tragedy. How would you access Macbeth as a typical Shakespearean tragedy? Consider Macbeth as a tragic hero.
  2. significance of the Banquet scene & Porter scene in Macbeth.
  3. the visions and hallucination in Macbeth. What role do they play in the development of his character.
  4. what supernatural elements do you find in Macbeth? Why is the word ‘bloody’ a persistent image in this play? Give one example of Shakespeare’s use of ‘bloody imagery’ in Macbeth and comment on it.
  5. discuss the role of the three witches we find in Macbeth.

Topic – As You Like It 📒

By- William Shakespeare 🖋️

  1. As You Like It as a pastoral comedy.
  2. where does the central action of the play As You Like It? who is Charles? write a note on the Forest of Arden as a place of discovery. What part does it play in As You Like It?
  3. what are the features of a romantic comedy? discuss As You Like It as a romantic comedy.
  4. what role does the Forest of Arden play in As You Like It?
  5. How many marriages occur towards the end of the play, As You Like It? Name the pairs and the heavenly figure who were present in the occasion.

Unit – 4

Topic – Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day 📒

By- Shakespeare 🖋️

  1. Critically analyze the poem ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day
  2. ” And every Fair from fair sometimes declines” – what are the different meanings of Fair here? Explain the line. What does ‘summer’ mean in Sonnet18.
  3. why does Shakespeare compare the young man to a summer’s day in Sonnet 18? How does Shakespeare compare his friend’s beauty with the summer’s day?
  4. discuss the features of a Shakespearean sonnet. Analyze Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day as an exemplary Shakespearean sonnet.
  5. What is the theme of the sonnet, ”Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day”. Why does the poet recoil from comparison of the friend’s beauty with the beauty of summer? Give the central idea of the sonnet and write a short critical note on it.

Topic – Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds 📒

By – Shakespeare 🖋️

  1. write a note on the lyrical elements in Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds.
  2. ”Love is not love/which alters when it alteration finds” – What is meant by this remark? What rhyme scheme did Shakespeare follow in the poem? Explain the sonnet structure as followed by William Shakespeare.
  3. critically analyze the poem ‘ Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds’
  4. ” Love’s not Time’s fool ………… to the edge of doom” – From which poem are these lines taken? what do the phrases ‘sickles’ compass come’ & ‘edge of doom’ mean? Discuss how the line ‘Love’s not time’s fool’ reflects the essence of mutability in the sonnet.
  5. what is the definition of true love, according to the poet? Discuss Shakespeare as a poet of love with reference to this sonnet.

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