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MEG 02 BRITISH DRAMA Question Paper December 2015


Question Paper December 2015

Time : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100

Note : Answer question no. 1, which is compulsory and any four from the remaining questions. All questions carry equal marks.

1. Annotate any four of the following passages with reference to the context, in not more than 150 words each :

(a) Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies ! Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena !

(b) We'll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you; bring you, in fine, together, And wager o'er your heads: he, being remiss, Most generous and free from all contriving, Will not peruse the foils;

(c) The children of perdition are, oft-times Made instruments even of the greatest works. Beside, we should give somewhat to man's nature, The place he lives in, still about the fire, And fume of metals, that intoxicate The brain of man, and make him prone to passion.

(d) But when it comes to business, to the life that she really leads as distinguished from the life of dreams and fancies, she likes Freddy and she likes the Colonel; and she does not like Higgins and Mr. Doolittle. Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion: his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable.

(e) Why, why, why, why do we let these women bleed us to death ? Have you ever had a letter, and on it is franked 'Please Give Your Blood Generously' ? Well, the Postmaster-General does that, on behalf of all the women of the world ... There aren't any good, brave causes left ... No, there's nothing left for it, me boy, but to let yourself be butchered by the women.


2. Discuss the features of revenge tragedy in Elizabethan England. (450 words) 20


How is a Romantic comedy different from a comedy of humours ?


3. Bring out the nature of tragic conflict of Faustus.  


The tragedy of Hamlet is the tragedy of irresolution and inaction. Do you agree with the assessment ?


4. What role does Subtle play in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist ?  


Dreams play an important role in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Discuss with reference to the play.


5. The Playboy of the Western World is neither a comedy nor a tragedy. Discuss critically.  


What is your understanding of the concept of the "angry young man" and its implications in the context of Look Back in Anger ?  


6. What is so commendable about the structure of Waiting for Godot ? Illustrate with reference to the text.


Attempt a feminist reading of the chorus in Murder in the Cathedral.


7. Write short notes on any two of the following :

(a) Use of myth in Pygmalion

(b) The agony of Dr. Faustus

(c) Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream

(d) Lucky in Waiting For Godot