Question 1: This work was a satire in Ottava rima, attacking George III and Robert Southey.
Identify the poem:
(B) The Vision of Judgment
(C) Childe Harold‟s Pilgrimage
- The fruit was eaten.
- The fruit is ripening.
Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
- English has two kinds of participle : the present and the past.
- English has three kinds of participle : the present, the past and the future.
- The first sentence here is an example of a verb in past participle.
- The first sentence here is an example of a verb in the perfect tense.
- The second sentence here is an example of a verb in present participle.
- The second sentence here is an example of a verb in the continuous tense.
(A) 2, 4, 6 are correct.
(B) 1, 5, 6 are correct.
(C) 1, 3, 5 are correct.
(D) 3, 4, 5 are correct.
Question 3: Here‟s a famous exchange from Arthur Conan Doyle‟s Silver Blaze:
- Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention ?
- To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
- The dog did nothing in the night-time.
What was Sherlock Holmes‟ response ?
(A) Nothing ? Nothing at all? Rather unbelievable.
(B) That was the curious incident.
(C) Anything else, at all?
(D)That sounds rather curious, don‟t you think?
Question 4: In 1722 the Crown awarded a certain English merchant a patent to manufacture copper coins for Ireland. Jonathan Swift intervened by way of composing a series of letters in response, better known as The Drapier‟s Letters. Who was the merchant?
(A) Isaac Bickerstaff
(B) William Bickerstaff
(C) William Wood
(D) William Sacheverell
Question 5: “The shrill, demented choirs of waiting shells, And bugles calling for them from sad shires.”
These lines are from Wilfred Owen‟s __________.
(A) “Strange Meeting”
(C) “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
(D) “Duke et Decorum Est”
Question 6: “While the world moves In appentency on its metalled way Of time past and time future”
These lines are from ___________.
(A) “Little Gidding”
(B) “Dry Salvages”
(C) “Burnt Norton”
(D) “East Coker”
Question 7: In Aphra Behn‟s Oronooko, how does the titular character die?
(A) He disembowels himself.
(B) He is whipped to death.
(C) He is hanged in the public square.
(D) He is cut to pieces slowly by the executioner.
Question 8: The following is the stage-description of an opening scene of a famous modern play:
- A basement room.
- Two beds, flat against the back wall.
- A serving hatch, closed, between the beds.
- A door to the kitchen and lavatory, left.
- A door to a passage, right.
Identify the play:
(A) The Importance of Being Earnest
(C) The Dumb Waiter
(D) Look Back in Anger
Question 9: The narrative of this novel is a meticulous, present-tense account of a woman with a death-wish who plots the circumstances of her own violent murder.
Identify the novel.
(A) Iris Murdoch‟s A Fairly Honourable Defeat
(B) Muriel Spark‟s The Driver‟s Seat
(C) Doris Lessing‟s Children of Violence
(D) Angela Carter‟s The Passion of the New Eve
Question 10: Homonyms‟ are words that ________.
(A) are pronounced differently but have the same meaning.
(B) refer to both the male and female of the human species.
(C) are spelt similarly but have different meanings.
(D) refer to people who live in houses with similar structures.
Question 11: The library where the “Battle of Books” takes place is _______.
(A) St. James‟ Library
(B) King‟s Library
(C) Sir William‟s Library
(D) Christ Church Library
|(a) David Garrick||1. The 19th century|
|(b) John Gielgud||2. The 18th century|
|(c) Henry Irving||3. The Restoration|
|(d) Thomas Betterton||4. The 20th century|
Question 13: In Sophocles‟ Oedipus Rex the first scene finds Oedipus __________.
(A) in conversation with a priest
(B) in consultation with a general
(C) giving audience to an ambassador
(D) in consultation with a minister
Question 14: In his “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences,” Derrida is all praise for the bricoleur whom Levi-Strauss sees as a supreme methodologist, “someone who uses „the means at hand‟.”
Who does Levi-Strauss contrast bricoleurwith in terms of method and approach?
(A) The Botanist
(B) The Anthropologist
(C) The Engineer
(D) The Semiotician
Question 15: Who among Shakespeare‟s contemporaries did not write tragedies?
(A) Thomas Kyd
(B) John Lyly
(C) Christopher Marlowe
(D) Ben Jonson
Question 16: Heinrich Böll has something to say, and not of course merely something about the Germans. He says it several times. A common weakness of writers with something to say is their inability to understand that saying
it four times is not necessarily four times as effective as saying it once. But to have something to say – how rare this is !
– D. J. Enright, “Three New Germans”.
From a reading of the above, the reader can deduce:
- Enright mildly disapproves of Heinrich Böll‟s saying not merely something about Germans.
- Enright is disappointed that Heinrich Böll has practically nothing to say about people other than Germans.
- Enright agrees that Heinrich Böll shares a weakness with writers who prefer saying something four times to
saying it once.
- Enright does not believe that saying something four timeswill necessarily make the same effective.
The right combination, according to the code, is
(A) I and II
(B) II and III
(C) III and IV
(D) I and IV
Question 17: The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of ________.
Question 18: Michel Foucault‟s earlier “archaeological” study is found in __________.
(B) Social Theory and Transgression
(C) The Birth of the Clinic
(D) Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Question 19: Thomas Babington Macaulay, the writer of the infamous Minute of 1835, finds a mention in Salman Rushdie‟s _____________.
(A) Midnight‟s Children
(C) The Moor‟s Last Sigh
Question 20: Invisible Manby Ralph Ellison is widely recognized as a masterpiece. It is also one of the finest examples of ___________.
(A) science fiction
(B) picaresque novel
(C) coming-of-age novel
(D) crime thriller
Question 21: The issue of privileging speech over writing was taken up for discussion in Plato‟s __________.
(B) RepublicBook III
(C) RepublicBook X
|(a) Mulk Raj Anand||1. Premashram|
|(b) Raja Rao||2. The Cat and Shakespeare|
|(c) Prem Chand||3. Coolie|
|(d) Girish Karnad||4. Nagamandala|
Question 23: The Medium is the Message‟ is a concept given by __________.
(A) Ernest Hemingway
(B) Sylvia Plath
(C) Seymour Hersh
(D) Marshal McLuhan
Question 24: From which of Sheridan‟s plays the following extract is taken?
- Lady Sneerwell : Why truly Mrs. Clackitt has a very pretty talent and a great deal of industry.
- Snake : True, Madam, and has been tolerably successful in her day. To my knowledge she has been the cause of six
matches being broken off and three sons disinherited, of four forced elopements ….
- Lady Sneerwell: She certainly has talents but her manner is gross.
(A) The Rivals
(B) The School for Scandal
(C) St. Patrick‟s Day
(D) The Critic
Question 25: Seamus Heaney‟s famous poem “Digging” forms a part of his celebrated collection called ___________.
(B) Death of a Naturalist
(C) Field Work
(D) Door into the Dark
Question 26: Who, from among the following, has NOT been discussed by Simon-de-Bevoir in “The Myth of Woman in Five Authors” in The Second Sex?
Question 27: The first major report on The Teaching of English in Englandwas published in 1921. It is known as ________, named after the Chair, Board of Education, _______.
(A) the Newbolt Report; Sir Henry Newbolt
(B) the Wood‟s Despatch; Charles Wood, Lord Halifax
(C) the Chatham Report; Earl John Chatham
(D) the Landow Document; Sir George Landow
Question 28: In a collection of essays Orhan Pamuk shares how he writes his novels, tells about his friendship with his daughter, talks about his loneliness and happiness.
Identify the text ___________.
(A) Other Colors
(B) The Silent House
(C) The Black Book
(D) The White Castle
Question 29: Who first developed the notion of competence in language studies ?
(A) Dell Hymes
(B) Noam Chomsky
(C) Leech and Svartvik
(D) Henry Sweet
Question 30: Two of the following plays won the Sultan Padamsee Prize for Indian plays in English :
- Where There‟s a Will
- Larins Sahib
- Doongaji House
The right combination according to the code is ___________.
(A) III and IV
(B) I and III
(C) II and III
(D) I and IV