FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS
IN BPS – 17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2002
ENGLISH LITERATURE, PAPER – I
NOTE: Attempt five questions in all, including question no. 8 which is compulsory. Select Two questions from each part. All questions carry equal marks.
PART – I
Q.No.1. Critically discuss Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Song of Experience as Poetry.
Q.No.2. Hobbes, the English Philosopher (1588 – 1679) believed that “Man was merely a Body, or better a Machine in motion. Thus, what is the Heart but a Spring, and the Nerves but many Strings and the Joints but so may Wheels”. How did Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) restore this mechanical image to its human form?
Q.No.3. Discuss Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound as an allegory of Man’s Emancipation in an Age of Hope and Deliverance.
Q.No.4. Discuss the image of ‘the Serpent Woman’ in Lamia and also image of ‘The Cruel Woman’ in La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Keats).
“Byron’s Don Juan is a success because it is a satirical panorama of the ruling classes of his time” (W. H. Auden). Discuss.
PART – II
Q.No.5. Discuss the Ending of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss as a manipulated ending to a narrative directed by cause-and-effect.
Q.No.6. What is the principal Quest of J. S. Mill’s mind? Give an analytical study of his thought in support of your arguments.
How does the Romantic Sensibility appear in Charles Lamb’s Essays?
Q.No.7. Write short notes as short essays on Two of the following:
(a) Significance of the ROAD in Hardy’s novels. (b) Browning’s Dramatic monologue. (c) Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Rending Goal (d) Dickens’ Under World (e) Ruskin’s Social Criticism
Q.No.8. Write only correct answer in the Answer book. Don’t reproduce the questions.
‘All good poetry is spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’ who made this statement?
(a) Shelly (b) De Quincey (c) Wordsworth (d) None of these
“A long poem is a combination of short poems.” Who has held the above opinion?
(a) Coleridge (b) Keats (c) Wordsworth (d) None of these
Rabbi Ben Ezra was written by?
(a) Tennyson (b) Browning (c) Matthew Arnold (d) None of these
In 1857, Matthew Arnold as Professor of Poetry at Oxford delivered his inaugural lecture in:
(a) English (b) Latin (c) Greek (d) None of these
The second generation of the romantic poets (Shelley, Byron and Keats) was dead by:
(a) 1820 (b) 1825 (c) 1830 (d) None of these
The Advertisement added to the Lyrical Ballads was published in:
(a) 1800 (b) 1802 (c) 1798 (d) None of these
Hero and Hero Worship was written by:
(a) Ruskin (b) Carlyle (c) J. S. Mill (d) None of these
Which poem of Tennyson was particularly like by Queen Victoria?
(a) The Idylls of the kings (b) Charge of the Light Brigade (c) In Memoriam (d) None of these
Hardy’s Nature is:
(a) Friendly (b) Indifferent (c) Vindictive (d) None of these
Does the personal name Lucy (in Wordsworth’s poetry) stands for
(a) Annette Vallon (b) Dorothy (c) Drawn from folk song heroines (d) None of these
‘Who knows but the world many end to-night.’ In which of Browning’s poems the above line appears?
(a) The Last Ride together (b) One Word More (c) The Last Duchess (d) None of these
The Prelude was written in”
(a) 1810 (b) 1840 (c) 1805 (d) None of these
The Crown of Wild Olive is written by:
(a) Charles Lamb (b) Carlyle (c) Ruskin (d) None of these
Oscar Wilde believed in:
(a) Aestheticism (b) Escapism (c) Pragmatism (d) None of these
‘Bliss was it, in that Dawn to be alive But to be young was very heaven.’ Who has written these lines?
(a) Shelley (b) Browning (c) Wordsworth (d) None of these
When was the poem Tintern Abbey written?
(a) 1793 (b) 1795 (c) 1798 (d) None of these
The correct date of French Revolution:
(a) 1793 (b) 1802 (c) 1789 (d) None of these
Human situation in Hardy’s novels is controlled by:
(a) Social Forces (b) Providence (c) Fate (d) None of these
“Prophets of Nature ……… ……………. What we have loved Other will love …………….” In which poem by Wordsworth do these lines appear?
(a) Excursion (b) One Summer Evening (c) Prelude (d) None of these
“But God’s eternal Laws are kind And break the heart of stone.” In which poem do these lines appear?
(a) We Are Seven (Wordsworth) (b) Ballad of Reading Goal (Oscar Wilde) (c) Prisoner of Chillon (Byron) (d) None of these