English Literature CSS Paper II 2014
FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR
RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BS-17
UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2014
ENGLISH LITERATURE, PAPER-II
TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS
PART-I(MCQS): MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
PART-I (MCQS) MAXIMUM MARKS = 20
PART-II MAXIMUM MARKS = 80
NOTE: (i) Part-II is to be attempted on the separate Answer Book.
(ii) Attempt ONLY FOUR questions from PART-II by selecting TWO questions from EACH SECTION. ALL questions carry EQUAL marks.
(iii) All the parts (if any) of each Question must be attempted at one place instead of at different places.
(iv) Candidate must write Q. No. in the Answer Book in accordance with Q. No. in the Q.Paper.
(v) No Page/Space be left blank between the answers. All the blank pages of Answer Book must be crossed.
(vi) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered.
Q. No. 2. Critically analyse the use of comedy in Hamlet, with a particular focus on gravediggers, Osric and Polonius. Does comedy serve only to relieve the tension of the tragedy, or do the comic scenes serve a more serious thematic purpose as well? (20)
Q. No. 3. Discuss in detail the issues built up by Shaw in Pygmalion and show how these work in terms of theatrical technique in the play? (20)
Q. No. 4. What is the significance, if any of the order in which Gulliver’s journeys take place? How does each adventure build on the previous one? (20)
Q. No. 5. The writer describes marriage as the “business” of Mrs Bennet’s life at the end of chapter one. What effect does the “business of marriage” have on female relationship in Pride and Prejudice. (20)
Q. No. 6. Beckett called his play “Waiting for Godot” a “tragicomedy”. Discuss. (20)
Q. No. 7. “The poem juxtaposes apparently unrelated speaking voices, symbolism, myth and allusion to bewildering effect. As a result, its meanings are ambiguous and the fragments do not comprise an ordered whole. But precisely this, the poem illustrates, is the human condition.” Consider The Wasteland in the light of this description. (20)
Q. No. 8. Santiago is considered by many readers to be a tragic hero, in that his greatest strength- his Pride-leads to his eventual downfall. Discuss the role of pride in Santiago’s plight in Old Man and The Sea. (20)