FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS
IN BPS – 17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003
ENGLISH LITERATURE, PAPER – II
NOTE: Attempt five questions in all, including question no. 8 which is compulsory.. All questions carry equal marks.
Q.No.1. Discuss briefly the universality of text ‘Waiting for Godot’ – Samuel Backett: Word Master.
Q.No.2. Give briefly a critical appreciation of ‘Among School Children’ – Yeats.
Q.No.3. ‘T. S. Eliot considered Hamlet to be an artistic failure.’ Do you agree? Give reasons for your answers.
Q.No.4. Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice’ has been described as a fairy tale, in which deserving girl gets her prince. Would you say this was a good description? Give reasons for your answer.
Q.No.5. Jonathan Swift became famous for his political writing. Gulliver’s Travels as an entertaining political story, but it became very popular as a tale for young people. Give examples from any one of the tales you remember vividly.
Q.No.6. As a lover of English literature, what impresses you in T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’? Give your analysis.
Q.No.7. Give critical appreciation of Robert Frost’s West Running Brook and Desert Places.
Q.No.8. Write only correct answer in the Answer book. Don’t reproduce the questions.
OF all his predecessors, the following exerted a direct influence upon Shakespeare.
(a) Lyly and Marlowe (b) Robert Greene and Thomas Nash (c) George Peele and Thomas Lodge (d) None of these
Shakespeare has written
(a) Comedies (b) Tragedies (c) Historical Plays (d) None of these
Jane Austen’s other writings are:
(a) Sense and Sensibility (b) Emma (c) Persuasion (d) None of these
Texts like Waiting for Godot are:
(a) Ageless (b) Rare (c) Priceless (d) None of these
“We are such stuff as dreams are made”. Whose words are these.
(a) Shakespeare (b) Marlowe (c) Philip Sydney (d) None of these
The only play by Shakespeare which confirms to the classical unities is:
(a) Hamlet (b) Twelfth Night (c) Romeo and Juliet (d) None of these
Yahoo’s according to Gulliver were:
(a) European (b) Indians (c) American (d) None of these
‘Young leading the young is like blind leading the blind’ who has said these words:
(a) Carlyle (b) Bacon (c) Mantaine (d) None of these
Arms and the Man – a novel is written by:
(a) George Bernard Shaw (b) Samuel Beckett (c) Jane Austen (d) None of these
‘Proper study of Mankind is man’ – who has said these words:
(a) Pope (b) Swift (c) Shelley (d) None of these
‘Supernaturalism’ was an important feature of the poetry of:
(a) Wordsworth (b) Byron (c) Coleridge (d) None of these
‘Sweet Helen make me immortal with kiss’. Who has said these words?
(a) Marlow (b) Shakespeare (c) Ben Jonson (d) None of these
Who did write/publish preface to lyrical ballads:
(a) Wordsworth (b) Shelley (c) Keats (d) None of these
The word renaissance means:
(a) Rebirth (b) Revival (c) Renewal (d) None of these
‘Of Studies’ an essay is written by:
(a) Francis Bacon (b) Carlyle (c) Montaine (d) None of these
(a) Novelist (b) Dramatist (c) Prose writer (d) None of these
All is well that ends well is a:
(a) Comedy (b) Tragedy (c) Historical Play (d) None of these
The second shortest play of Shakespeare is:
(a) The Winter’s Tale (b) Much ado about nothing (c) Tempest (d) None of these
‘Paradise Lost’ is written by:
(a) Milton (b) Pope (c) Swift (d) None of these
‘Money is a tie of all ties. It is a tie which ties and unties all ties’ is quotation from
(a) Past and Present (b) Of Money (c) Of Marriage (d) None of these