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15 Jun

Literary Criticism 2014 Model

Fifth Semester CBSS BA English

Model Examination, September 2014



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.         The premises of psychoanalytic criticism were developed by

            a.Freud                        b.Plato             c.Coleridge      d.Jakobson


4.         William Wordsworth is associated with

            a.New Criticism          b. Romanticism          

            c.Deconstruction         d.Formalism


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 among the following is a Russian Formalist??

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


13.       The angirasa of Ramayana is

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


14.       Who is the author of Vakroktijivita ?

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


15.       The central principle of Sanskrit literary criticism is

            a.Vakrokti        b.Riti                c.Vyanjana      d.Aucitya


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.       Why are Plato’s works considered acromatic in nature?

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

20.       Define synaesthesia.

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

22.       What is intentional 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.       T.S. Eliot’s contributions to literary criticism

27.       What is ‘the sublime’? What are the sources and impediments to sublimity?

28.       What are the objections raised against Vyanjana?

29.       Attempt a critical appreciation of the following passage:


Difference is something to be celebrated, not to be shunned. Everywhere there is difference, everywhere there is diversity. Beauty lies in diversity. We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity. There is not just one planet or one star; there are galaxies of all different sorts, a plethora of animal species, myriad kinds of plants, and different races and ethnic groups. Difference lends charm to the rainbow and makes music pleasing to the ear. The beauty of difference explains why we have saptaswaras, navarasas and saptavarnas. We are constantly being made aware of the glorious diversity that is written into the structure of the universe we inhabit, and we are helped to see that if it were otherwise, things would go awry. How could we have a football team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were singers?

30.       Attempt a critical appreciation of the following poem:


Ye 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 kindred 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.       Compare and contrast New Criticism and Russian Formalism

32.       Analyse the contributions of Matthew Arnold to literary criticism.

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

                                                                                                            (2 x 4 = 8)

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