Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Reading Drama) ' November-2015

Course: 501
(Reading Drama)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any eight of the following: 1x8=8
  1. From where does Shaw take the title of the play, Pygmalion?
  2. Who is Clara in Shaw’s play, Pygmalion?
  3. Who has translated the French play, En attendant Godot into English?
  4. Who is the dramatist of the play, The Silver Box?
  5. Who has authored the play, The Spanish Tragedy?
  6. Out of the three dramatists, Robert Greene, John Lily, William Shakespeare, who is not considered as one of the University Wits?
  7. Who, out of these three, William Congreve, George Peele, Christopher Marlowe, is a Restoration dramatist?
  8. With what purpose Pozzo was going to the market withy Lucky in Act – I of Waiting for Godot?
  9. From which Shakespearean tragedy is Ophelia a character?
  10. Name the dramatist of The Madras House.
2. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Write an illustrative note on the contribution of University Wits to Elizabethan drama.
  2. Prepare a critical note on Shakespeare’s Romantic comedy.
  3. Prepare a note on the Restoration comedy with special reference to Congreve, Wycherley and Etherege.
  4. Discuss George Bernard Shaw as the pioneer of modern English drama.
3. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Discuss how the concept of ‘Regeneration through suffering’ is treated in the play, King Lear.
  2. Discuss the features of Shakespearean tragedy with special reference to King Lear.
  3. Critically evaluate the dramatic significance of the Gloucester-Edgar subplot in the play, King Lear.
4. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Present a critical evaluation of the character of Henry Higgins in the play, Pygmalion.
  2. Evaluate the theme of appearance and reality as treated in the play, Pygmalion.
  3. Do you consider Shaw’s Pygmalion as a Romantic play or a problem play? Substantiate your answer with reasoned arguments.
5. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Assess Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as an absurd play?
  2. Discuss how a passive action like waiting is dramatized in the play, waiting for Godot.
  3. Critically evaluate the themes of purposelessness and meaninglessness of life as treated in the play, Waiting for Godot.
6. Answer any four of the following: 6x4=24
  1. Prepare a brief assessment of the character of Edmund in King Lear.
  2. Present a brief discussion on the dramatic significance of the heath scene in King Lear.
  3. Evaluate Freddy Eynsford Hill as a Romantic hero.
  4. Present a brief character sketch of Alfred Doolittle.
  5. Discuss the dramatic significance of Godot in Waiting for Godot.
  6. Present a brief note on the dramatic significance of Lucky.
  7. Explain the following with reference to the context:
Liza: I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me I’m not fit to sell anything else. I wish you’d left me where you found me.
  1. Explain the following:
Estragon: We are happy. What do we do now, now that we are happy?
Vladimir: Wait for Godot. Things have changed here since yesterday.
Estragon: And if he doesn’t come?
Vladimir: We will see when the time comes. I was saying that things have changed here since yesterday.


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