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Important questions of MEG-2 : BRITISH DRAMA



1. Annotate any four of the following passages with reference to the context, in not more than 150 words each :
(a) 0, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven,
It hath the primal eldest curse upon't,
A brother's murder !
(b) When I behold the heavens, then I repent,
And curse thee, wicked Mephistophilis,
Because thou halt depriv'd me of those joys.
(c) Why should you think that
I should woo in scorn ?
Scorn and derision never come in tears.
(d) I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull, laid him stretched out, and he split to the knob of his gullet.
(e) Was not all the knowledge Of the Egyptians writ in mystic symbols ?
Speak not the Scriptures oft in parables ?
2. Discuss the aspects of Jacobean society reflected in Jonson's plays.
3.Discuss The Alchemist as a satirical comedy.
4. Critically examine Dr. Faustus as a Renaissance Tragedy.
5. Discuss the role played by the Mechanicsls, especially Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
6. Examine Hamlet as a revenge play.
7. Discuss Hamlet as a Shakespearean tragic hero.
8. Do you think Shaw's Pygmalion is critical of social snobbery and class distinctions ? Give a reasoned answer.
9. Examine The Playboy of the Western World as a folk play.
10. What changes do Pozzo and Lucky undergo in the course of Waiting for Godot ?
11. What is the significance of the fourth temptation in Murder in the Cathedral ?
12. Write short notes on any two of the
following : (200 words each)
(a) Freddy
(b) Estragon
(c) Alison
(d) Ophelia
13. Annotate any four of the following passages with reference to the context, in not more than 150 words each :
(a) Now, Faustus, must thou needs be damned ?
And canst thou not be sav'd.
What boots it then to think of God or heaven ?
Away with such fancies, and despair;
Despair in God, and trust in Belzebub.
(b) Such an act
That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,
Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose
From the fair forehead of innocent love
And sets the blister there, make marriage vows
As false as dicers' oaths - 0, such a deed ...
(c) From this out I'll have no want of company
when all sorts is bringing me their food
and clothing (he swaggers to the door,
tightening his belt), the way they'd set
their eyes upon a gallant orphan cleft his
father with one blow to the breeches belt.
(d) It is not in time that my death shall be known;
It is out of time that my decision is taken
If you call that a decision
To which my whole being gives entire consent.
I give my life
To the law of God above the law of Man.
(e) But, you see, I was the only one who cared. His family were embarrassed by the whole business. Embarrassed and irritated ... We, all of us waited for him to die ... Every time I sat on the edge of his bed, to listen to him talking or
reading to me, I had to fight back my tears. At
the end of twelve months, I was a veteran ... you see, I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry — angry and helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about — love ... betrayal ... and death, when I was ten years old than you will probably know all your life.
14. Bring out the interplay of the Renaissance and Reformation strain in Elizabethan tragedy. (450 words)
15.What is the basic plot of Romantic Comedy ? Why does it end in feasting and dancing ? (450 words)
16. Bring out the enormous significance of the soliloquies in Hamlet. (450 words)
17. Discuss The Alchemist as a classical tragedy in which unities of time, place and action are strictly followed. (450 words)
18. Make a critical assessment of Jimmy Alison relationship from a feminist perspective. (450 words)
19. Examine The Playboy of the Western World as an extravagant comedy and bildungsroman. (450 words)
20. Bring out the full significance of the title Waiting for Godot. (450 words)
21.How is Pygmalion, an early 20thcentury play set in England meaningful to you in India at the end of the millenium ? (450 words)
22. What is the role of the chorus in Murder in the Cathedral ? (450 words)
23.Discuss the gender issues in A Midsummer Night's Dream. List the many instances of Shakespeare's sympathy for women in the play. (450 words)
24. Write short notes on any two of the following :
(a) Dr. Faustus as the tragedy of a Renaissance man
(b) Lucky in Waiting for Godot
(c) Gertrude in Hamlet
(d) Prof. Higgins in Pygmalion

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