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Sample Paper of MA English of Study of British DramaItsMyAcademy.com

Sample Paper of MA English of Study of British Drama

Sample Paper of MA English of Study of British Drama

TERM END EXAMINATIONS, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER -2011

MASTER OF ARTS (ENGLISH), YEAR-I

STUDY OF BRITISH DRAMA

Duration -3 Hours                                                                          Max Marks: 60

Note:  1. Attempt any FIVE questions.

           2. All questions carry equal marks.

  1. ·        Discuss Faustus’s character-take into account his accomplishments, hopes and dreams as well as his flaws.
  2. How does Faustus use the magical gifts that he receives? How are the uses to which he puts his powers significant? What do they suggest about his character or about the nature of unlimited power?
  3. What is the role of the comic characters—Robin, Rafe, the horse-courser, and the clown, for example? How does Marlowe use them to illuminate Faustus decline?
  4. When does Faustus have misgivings about his pact with Lucifer? What makes him desire to repent? Why do you think he fails to repent?
  5. Discuss the role of Faustus soliloquies—particularly his speeches about the different kinds of knowledge in scene 1 and his long soliloquies in scene 12—in shaping our understanding of his character.
  6. Is Faustus misled by the devils, or is he willfully blind to the reality of his situation?
  7. Analyze how Hamlet’s anxiety and “madness” offers a critique of the Protestant worldview that abandoned the ideas and teachings of Catholic Christianity. Consider explicitly the figure of the ghost as emblematic of these anxieties, particularly the concern over the place of purgatory in the Protestant view.
  8. When, and more importantly, why do the characters in Hamlet turn to books and learning to explain and order their worlds? Analyze how such a reliance on books reflects the changing humanist sensibilities of the early modern period.
  9. Hamlet is a play framed by questions. Fundamental to this is the question of the nature of existence (“to be or not to be”). Consider why this question was so pressing in the minds of men and women by 1600? Was there any sense of comfort or consolation derived from the process of self-scrutiny according to the play? Consider the historical context very carefully.

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