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MEG 02 BRITISH DRAMA Question Paper June 2015



Question Paper June 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) 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.


2. Bring out the interplay of the Renaissance and Reformation strain in Elizabethan tragedy.


What is the basic plot of Romantic Comedy ? Why does it end in feasting and dancing ?  


3. Bring out the enormous significance of the soliloquies in Hamlet.


Discuss The Alchemist as a classical tragedy in which unities of time, place and action are strictly followed.


4. Make a critical assessment of Jimmy - Alison relationship from a feminist perspective.


Examine The Playboy of the Western World as an extravagant comedy and bildungsroman.


5. Bring out the full significance of the title Waiting for Godot.  


How is Pygmalion, an early 20thcentury play set in England meaningful to you in India at the end of the millenium ?  


6. What is the role of the chorus in Murder in the Cathedral ?


Discuss the gender issues in A Midsummer Night's Dream. List the many instances of Shakespeare's sympathy for women in the play.


7. 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