English Literature Punjab PMS Paper I 2012

PUNJAB PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION 2012
FOR RECRUITMENT TO THE POSTS OF PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE, ETC.
ENGLISH LITERATURE (OPTIONAL) PAPER-I
TIME ALLOWED: 3 HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS: 100
Note: Attempt any FIVE questions. Question No. 1 is Compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.

Q.1: (a) Take me away! Oh, the filthy beast!
(b) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.
(c) APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

(d) In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree:

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

Through caverns measureless to man

Down to sunless sea.

Q.2: Write a detailed note on the salient features of Greek Drama: Give examples from your readings.

Q.3: Discuss American Dream of Success with reference to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Q.4: Write a note on Robert Frost’s idea of Nature.

Q.5: In Ode to a Nightingale: What value does the speaker attribute to the night time setting of his composition—that is, what opportunities does the night open to him? What associations does he make in connection with darkness?

Q.6: In John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, anger represents a malaise typical of its time. Explain with examples and references from the play.

Q.7: Discuss T. S Eliot’s Waste Land as poem describing the feelings of frustration of the post-war era.

Q.8: As America’s foremost playwright Eugene O’Neill did a great deal to establish the modes of Modern Theatre in the United States. His Works illustrate therefore some of the main trends in Modern American Drama. Elaborate on the basis of the Plays you have read.

Q.9: Make a Comparison of two Great American Female voices Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou on the basis of your readings.

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