FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS
IN BPS – 17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003
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. For Wordsworth, “The greatest Paradox was that though it is by the proper exercise of the eye and ear that man reaches his full moral and intellectual stature … Revelation flashes upon him when the lights of sense goes out”. Discuss.
Q.No.2. “Synaesthesia in Keats is a natural concomitant of other qualities of his poetry.” Discuss illustrating from his poems.
Q.No.3. “Tennyson worked with words like a jeweler, weighing them against each other, tasting their luster, placing them in their foil; yet they are mostly current coinage.” Discuss.
Q.No.4. ‘Lambs’ essays are lyric poems in prose.’ How far this remark is true? Illustrate with special reference to ESSAYS of Elia.
Q.No.5. ‘Ruskin founded in England what was really a new religion, wherein the quest for beauty in the daily lie of all, even the most humble, become a sort of duty.’ Discuss.
Q.No.6. Are ‘Dickens the humorist’ and ‘Dickens the reformer’ complementary or hostile to each other? Discuss in detail.
Q.No.7. Write detailed notes on TWO of the following:
(a) Hardy’s characters are subservient to plot.
(b) Adonis is a triumphant elegy.
(c) Tradition and Individual Talent.
(d) Browning’s Obscurity.
Q.No.8. Write only correct answer in the Answer book. Don’t reproduce the questions.
Who said ‘The true opposite of Poetry is not Prose but Science’.
(a) Wordsworth (b) T. S. Eliot (c) Coleridge (d) None of these
“The first in beauty should be first in might” … is the line spoken in Hyperion by:
(a) Oceanus (b) Hyperion (c) Apollo (d) None of these
The Eve of St. Agnes is written by:
(a) Keats (b) Blake (c) Tennyson (d) None of these
Adonis is modeled on:
(a) Bion’s lament for Adonis (b) Lycidas (c) In Memoriam (d) None of these
Hardy is a:
(a) Pessimist (b) Meliorist (c) Mystic (d) None of these
Who is one of the lake poets:
(a) Coleridge (b) Blake (c) Browning (d) None of these
Ernest De Selincourt is the editor of:
(a) Prometheus the Unbound (b) The Prelude (c) Songs of innocence and of experience (d) None of these
Who usually caricatures his characters?
(a) Dickens (b) George Eliot (c) Hardy (d) None of these
Tradition and Individual Talent is a critical essay by:
(a) Shelley (b) Oscar Wilde (c) T. S. Eliot (d) None of these
‘Hebrew Melodies’ is written by:
(a) Tennyson (b) Byron (c) Keats (d) None of these
‘She dwells with beauty – beauty that must die’ is a line from
(a) Ode to Nightingale (b) Ode on Indolence (c) Ode to Melancholy (d) None of these
‘A Little Girl Lost’ is written by:
(a) Wordsworth (b) Blake (c) Keats (d) None of these
The first eight lines of a sonnet are called
(a) Octave (b) Sestet (c) Refrain (d) None of these
The Revolt of Islam is a:
(a) Novel (b) An epic (c) Lyrical Drama (d) None of these
The repetition of sounds in a sequence of words is called
(a) Assonance (b) Rhythm (c) Alliteration (d) None of these
‘The child is the father of man’ is a line from Wordsworth’s:
(a) Immortality Ode (b) The Prelude (c) My heart leaps when I Behold a Rainbow in the Sky. (d) None of these
‘Lady Windermere’s fan’ is written by:
(a) Oscar Wilde (b) Galsworthy (c) T. S. Eliot (d) None of these
Who wrote ‘Tales From Shakespeare’?
(a) Charles Lamb and his sister (b) Dr. Johnson (c) Dryden (d) None of these
‘East Coker’ is written by:
(a) Browning (b) Wordsworth (c) T. S. Eliot (d) None of these
In which poem lies the line ‘The One remain, the many change and pass’?
(a) Adonis (b) Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (c) The cloud (d) None of these