English Literature CSS Paper I 2007




NOTE: (i) Attempt FIVE questions in all including question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry EQUAL marks.
(ii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered
(iii) Candidate must draw two straight lines (==================) at the end to separate each question attempted in Answer Books.


  1. One can distinguish in Wordsworth’s poetry a marked transition from the realm of pathos to that of ethos. Do you agree? Discuss.

  2. Matthew Arnold describes Shelley “a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain”. What does he mean? Elaborate.

  3. “Keats had no religion save the religion of beauty, no God save Pan; the Earth was his great consoler, and so passionately did he love her, with a love far more concrete and personal than that of Wordsworth or even Shelley”. Discuss.


  1. Hardy is neither a feminist, nor a misogynist, but a realist. How far is this statement true? Discuss.
  2. Dickens’ novels reflect the contemporary Victorian urban society with all its conflicts and disharmonies, both physical and intellectual. Discuss.

  3. In what way do we consider George Eliot as the first modern novelist in the English Literature? Discuss.

  4. Write critical notes on any TWO of the following
    (a) Swift as a satirist (b) Byron’s attitude towards nature (c) Salient features of Blake’s poetry (d) Ruskin’s prose style


  1. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) ‘Songs of Experience’ was written by:
(a) Blake (b) Wordsworth (c) Keats (d) Shelley (e) None of these

(2) ‘The Prelude’ was composed by:
(a) Keats (b) Wordsworth (c) Blake (d) Byron (e) None of these

(3) Which writing includes the manifesto of Romantic poetry?
(a) The Prelude (b) Lyrical Ballads (c) The Ancient Mariner (d) Songs of Innocence (e) None of these

(4) Who does consider ‘love’ as a transcending power handling all things into beauty?
(a) Wordsworth (b) Keats (c) Shelley (d) Byron (e) None of these

(5) Who did write an epic on the growth of his own mind?
(a) Blake (b) Tennyson (c) Browning (d) Wordsworth (e) None of these

(6) Who was more under the influence of Godwin’s philosophy of life?
(a) Byron (b) Browning (c) Shelley (d) Keats (e) None of these

(7) “The Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter” appear in:
(a) Ode to Autumn (b) Ode on a Grecian Urn (c) Ode to a Nightingale (d) Ode on Melancholy (e) None of these

(8) Lord Byron was born in:
(a) 1788 (b) 1789 (c) 1790 (d) 1791 (e) None of these

(9) Tennyson talks about the equality of women in:
(a) The Princess (b) In memoriam (c) Maud (d) Locksley Hall (e) None of these

(10) Pauline was written by:
(a) Browning (b) Keats (c) Byron (d) Blake (e) None of these

(11) Which Victorian Poet is called the psychologist?
(a) Rossetti (b) Morris (c) Browning (d) Swinburne (e) None of these

(12) ‘The last Essays of Elia’ was written by:
(a) Carlyle (b) Lamb (c) Hunt (d) Ruskin (e) None of these

(13) Hazlitt’s intellectual awakening had been stimulated by:
(a) Shakespeare (b) Coleridge (c) Wordsworth (d) De Quincey (e) None of these

(14) Paul David and Pip are the three notable descriptions of sensitive, nervous childhood in the works of:
(a) Thackery (b) Kingsley (c) Dickens (d) Austin (e) None of these

(15) Which of the following novelists is known for his Satire in the Victorian literature?
(a) Charlotte Bronte (b) Thackery (c) Hardy (d) Meredith (e) None of these

(16) Amongst the following, who is considered to be the “pioneer of the novel of female emancipation”?
(a) Jane Austin (b) Charlotte Bronte (c) Emily Bronte (d) Virginia Woolf (e) None of these

(17) The world of “Lady Shallot” belongs to the:
(a) Medieval era (b) Greek era (c) Victorian era (d) Romantic era (e) None of these

(18) Egdon Heath forms the backdrop of which of the following novels by Hardy?
(a) Jude the Obscure (b) Hard Times (c) Return of the Native (d) Tess (e) None of these

(19) “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty” This line has been taken from:
(a) Ode to Autumn (b) Ode to a Nightingale (c) Ode on a Grecian Urn (d) La Belle Dame Sans Merci (e) None of these

(20) Upon Westminster Bridge, written by Wordsworth is:
(a) Ballad (b) Pastoral poem (c) Sonnet (d) Lyrical poem (e) None of these


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