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15 Jun

Literary Criticism 2013 Model Question Paper

Fifth Semester CBSS BA English

Model Examination, September 2013



Time: 3 hours                                                                         Maximum Weight: 25


Part A

Answer all questions from this part. Choose the correct answer from the following:


1.         T.S.Eliot claims that he is a ________ in literature.

a.Classicist       b.Royalist        c.Romanticist              d.Anglo-Catholic

2.         The term “Negative Capability” is associated with

            a.T.S.Eliot        b.John Keats    c.Arnold          d.Coleridge

3.         Which year is considered to be the annus mirabilis of modernism?

            a.1919             b.1920             c.1921             d.1922

4.         Which of the following focussed on the literary text per se?

            a. Romanticism                        b. New Criticism          c.Hermeneutics                        d.Classicism

5.         Among the three Unities, Aristotle prescribed the Unity of

            a.Time             b.Place             c.Action           d.None of these

6.         Who is hailed as the First Romantic Critic?

            a.Wordsworth  b.Coleridge      c.Keats             d.Longinus

7.         Coleridge’s collaborator in the Lyrical Ballads was

            a.Keats             b.Shelley          c.Wordsworth              d.Southey

8.         The British Romantic Movement was inspired by

            a.Neo classicism          b.Charles Darwin

            c.Puritanism                 d.The French Revolution

9.         The phrase “Literature- a criticism of life” was coined by

            a.Arnold          b.Eliot              c.Frye              d.Wordsworth

10.       The phrase “dissociation of sensibility” was introduced in the essay

            A.The Function of Criticism    b.The Metaphysical Poets

            c.Religion and Literature          d.Hamlet and his Problems

11.       The author of  Practical Criticism  is

            a.I.A.Richards  b.Allen Tate     c.Eliot              d.Empson

12.       Who is considered as the founding father of Archetypal Criticism?

            a.Freud            b.Frye              c.Jung              d.Graves

13.       The angirasa of Mahabharata is

            a.Karuna         b.Adbhuta        c. Santa                       d.Hasya

14.       Who is the author of Natyasastra ?

            a.Bhoja                        b.Kuntaka        c.Vamana        d. Bharata

15.       The best type of poetry according to Abhinavagupta is

            a.Adhama        b.Madhyama               c.Uttama          d.None of these

16.       Bhoja argued that the basic rasa was

            a.Karuna         b.Santa                        c.Vira               d. Srngara                                                                                                                                                  (4 x 1 = 4)



Part B

Answer any five of the following questions in a sentence or two

17.       How does T.S.Eliot describe himself in the preface to For Lancelot Andrews?

18.       Who are the pioneers of Russian Formalism?

19.       Why did Matthew Arnold deny Chaucer and Burns the status of great poets?

20.       What does Northrop Frye mean by the term mythoi?

21.       Define the idea of touchstone as used by Matthew Arnold.

22.       What is affective fallacy?

23.       Why are the Naiyayikas considered real bores?

24.       Why is Vyanjana considered Lokottara?

                                                                                                            (5 x 1 = 5)

Part C

Answer Questions 29 and 30 and two questions from 25-28, each in about 100 words

25.       Fancy and imagination

26.       New Criticism

27.       Briefly discuss the legacy left behind by I.A.Richards.

28.       What are the objections raised against Vyanjana?

29.       Attempt a critical appreciation of the following passage:

Every person carries within his heart a blueprint of the one he loves. What seems to be love at first sight is actually the fulfilment of a desire, the realization of a dream.

When we hear music for the first time, we either like or dislike it. We judge it by the music we already have heard in our own hearts. Calm minds like calm music: the heart has its own secret melody.

So it is with love. A tiny architect works inside the human heart drawing sketches of the ideal love in the fond hope that the eye may one day see him or her. Some go through life without ever meeting this ideal boy or girl. This could be very disappointing, if the ideal never really existed.

But the absolute ideal of every heart does exist, and it is God. God too has within Himself blueprints of everything in the universe. A rose is a rose because it is God’s idea of a rose.


30.       Attempt a critical appreciation of the following poem:


You stars!  which are the poetry of heaven,

If in your bright leaves we could read the fate

Of men and empires- it is to be forgiven

That, in our aspirations to be great,

Our destinies overleap their mortal state

And claim a relationship with you: for you are

A beauty and a mystery, and create

In us such love and reverence from afar,

That fortune, fame, power, life have named

Themselves a star.

                                                                                                                                                (4 x 2 = 8)

Part D

Answer any two of the following questions each in about 300 words


31.       Comment on Wordsworth and Coleridge as pioneers of the Romantic Movement.

32.       Analyse the contributions of T.S.Eliot to literary criticism.

33.       Explain Bharata’s formula for the evocation of rasa.

                                                                                                            (2 x 4 = 8)

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