Skeleton Knight, In Another World

1. YEAR 2003
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks. Be brief and to the point.
1. Explain the reference to the context any FOUR of the following passages:
(i) And I have leave to go of her goodness,
And she also, to use newfangleness.
But since that I so kindly am served
"How like you this?" What hath she now deserved.
(ii) A bettre felawe sholde men naught fynde,
He wolde suffre, fro a quart of wyn,
A good felawe to have his concubyn,
A twelf monther, and excuse hym atte fulle.
(iii) When those fair suns shall set, as set they must,
And all those tresses shall be laid in dust,
This lock, the Muse shall consecrate to fame,
And midst the stars inscribe Blinda's name.
(iv) ---Some cursed fraud
Of enemy hath beguiled thee; yet unknown,
And me with thee had ruined; for with thee certain
My resolution is to die.
(v) If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike, that none do slacken
Nor can die.
(vi) Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That come to all; ----
(vii) A visage stem and mild, where both did grow,
Vice of contemn, in virtue to rejoice;
Amid great storms, whom grace assured so
To live upright and smile at fortune's choice
(viii) So, let us melt, and make no noise,
No tears floods, nor sigh-tempests move,
'Twere profanation of your joyes
To twll the layetie our love.
2. The sonnet as a verse form usually expresses personal feelings. Discuss this statement with reference to the sonnets of Thomas Wyatt.
3. Discuss the Earl of Surrey's contribution to English Poetry.
4. Examine Paradise Lost as a Renaissance Epic
5. In his love poetry, Donne exhibits a more varied range of feeling than the Elizabethans. Moreover, his imagery, diction and versification are startlingly different. Discuss.
6. Why has the Rape of the Lock retained its popularity to this day?
7. Compare and contrast the Knight with Parson in the Prologue.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
2. YEAR 2004
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks. Be brief and to the point.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following passages:
(i) "What may this mean? Language of men pronounced.
By tongue of brute, and human sense expressed?
The first at least of these, I thought denied
To beasts, whom God on their creation-day
Created mute to all articulate sound;....
(ii) Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never come
That comes to all.
(iii) My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts doe in the faces rest,
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without sharp west?
(iv) What moved my mind with youthful lords to roam?
Oh! Had I stayed, and said my prayers at home
'Twas from my trembling hand the patch-box fell;
(v) Thus, for our guilt, this jewel have we lost;
The earth his bones, the heavens possess his ghost.
(vi) Well liked by all and intimate was he
With Franklins everywhere in his country
And with the worthy women of the town
(vii) The faithful wife, without debate,
Such sleeps as may beguile the night:
Content thyself with thine estate,
Neither dish death, nor fear his night.
(viii) Since thou and I sigh one another's breath
Whoe'r sighs most, is crudest, and
Hastes to the other's death.
2. Give a detailed critical analysis and appraisal of any one of the poems of Surrey: On Wyatt's Death, The Means to Attain a Happy Life OR
Wyatt's most perfect poems are not, them, his most original in form. Discuss.
3. Draw a character sketch of Belinda as portrayed in the Rape of the Lock.
4. Who, do you think is responsible for the fall of Man Adam or Eve? Illustrate from Book-IX of the Paradise Lost.
5. Discuss the variety of Moods in which Donne treats Love in his love poetry.
6. Write a note on Chaucer's female pilgrims as presented in the Prologue.
7. Dr. Johnson remarked about Milton's Paradise Lost that "its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure". Do you agree?
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
3. YEAR 2005
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks. Be brief and to the point.
(i) Fallen cherub to be weak is miserable,
Doing or suffering; but of this be sure
To do aught good never will be our task
But ever to do ill our sole delight .....
(ii) He settenat his benefice to hyre
And leet his sheepe encombred in the myre,
And ran to Londoun,
Unto seint poules,
To seeten hym a chaunterie for sonless.
(iii) Whatever spirit, careless of his charge,
His post neglects, or leaves the fair at large,
Shall feel sharp vengeance soon o'ertake his sins
Be stopped in vials, or transfixed with pins.
(iv) Or let these two, the themselves, not mee decay;
So shall I live, thy stage, not triumph bee,
Last thou thy love and hate and mee undoe,
To let me live, O love and hate me too.
(v) "O place of bliss, renever of my woes,
Give me account O where is my nobel fere,
Whom in thy walls thou didst each might enclose,
To another life, but unto me most dear:
(vi) All is possible!
Who list believe,
Trust therefore first and after preve;
As men wed ladies by License and Leave;
All is possible.
(vii) "Of the fruit
Of each tree in the garden we may eat,
But of the fruit of this fair tree a midst
The garden, God hath said, 'ye shall not eat
Thereof, not shall ye touch it, Last ye die'
(viii) And if some Lover, such as wee,
Have heard this dialogue of one,
Let him still Markus, he shall see
Small change, when we are to bodies gone.
2. In the 'Rape of the Lock' the metamorphosis of the epic gains full creative freedom. Discuss.
3. Write a detailed critical analysis of TWO of the following poems:
(i) Prisoned in Windsor
(ii) On Wyatt's Death
(iii) They Flee From Me
4. In waiting the 'Paradise Lost' has Milton succeeded in justifying the ways of God to men?
5. "Donne's Monarchy of wit was not a trick or fashion but one of the greatest achievements of the poetic intelligence." Discuss the appropriateness of this remark by Leishman.
6. What are the salient features of Chaucer's style? Illustrate from the "Prologue to the Canterbury Tales".
7. While Satan of the first two books of the 'Paradise Lost' pleases the modern sensibility, Milton's concept of man-woman relationship does not. Do you agree?
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
4. YEAR 2006
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following passages:
(i) In all the possible wifne was ther noon
That to the offerynge before hire shoulde goone;
And if there dide, certeyn so wrooth was she,
That she was out of all charitee.
(ii) If they be two, they are two so
As stiffe twin compasses are two
Thy soule the first foot, makes no-show
To move, but doth, if the other doe.
(iii) O thoughtless mortals! Ever blind to fate,
Too soon defected, and two soon elate,
Sudden, these honours shall be snatched away
And cursed for ever this victorious day.
(iv) Space may produce new worlds; where of so rife there
Want a fame in Heaven that ere long
Intended to create, and therein plant
A generation whom his choice regard.
Should favour equal to the sons of Heaven.
(v) Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat.
Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe, that
All was lost.
(vi) Thou art slave to Fate, Chance
Kings and desperate men,
And dost with payson, warre, and sickness dwell,
And Popple, or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thystroake;
(vii) If it be yea, I shall be fain
It if be nay, friends, as before,
You shall another men obtain
And I mine own, and yours no more.
(viii) The stately seats, the ladies bright hue
The dances short, long tales of great delight;
With words and looks that tigers could but sue,
Where each of us did plead the other's right.
2. What is major contribution of Thomas Wyatt to English poetry of the Renaissance? Discuss with reference to the poems you have studied.
3. Write a critical appreciation of any TWO of the following poems:
(i) Love That Doth Reign
(ii) My Friend, The Things
(iii) Wyatt Resteth Here
4. Discuss and illustrate the artistic method adopted by Chaucer in the portrayal of his pilgrims in the Prologue.
5. Milton conceived and executed the scheme of Paradise Lost in accordance with the principles of classical epics. Discuss.
6. Do you agree that in The Rape of the Lock, the mock-heroic element is not the dominant interest but the brilliant picture of fashionable life? Discuss.
7. Discuss Donne as a Metaphysical poet.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
5. YEAR 2007
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following extracts:
(i) If then his providence
Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
Our labour must be to pervert that end,
And out of good still to find means of evil;
(ii) By fountain or by shady rivulet
He sought them both, but wished his hap might
Find Even separate;
(iii) Ful many a deyntee horse had he in stable;
And when he rood men myghte his broydel heer
Gynglen in a whistlunge wynd als cleere,
(iv) Ful wel biloved and famulier was he
With frankeleyns over all his contree,
And eek with worthy wommen of the town;
(v) Thy beams, so reverend, and strong
Why shouldst thou thinke?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a winke
(vi) Then flashed the living lightning from her eyes,
And screams of horror rend the affrighted skies.
Not louder shrieks to pitying Heaven are cast,
When husbands, or when lap dogs breathe their last;
(vii) The long love that in my though
I harbour,
And in mine heart doth keep his residence.
2. Discuss Wyatt as father of modern English poetry.
3. Discuss Chaucer's art of narration in The Prologue.
4. Explain and illustrate the remarks that Chaucer's whole point of view is that of a humourist.
5. On the basis of your reading Book I of Paradise Lost, bring out Satan's qualities of leadership. OR
Discuss Eve's character as it develops in Paradise Lost Book IX.
6. Discuss Pope as a satirist.
7. Discuss Donne as poet of love OR
Write a comprehensive note on Donne's use of conceit.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
6. YEAR 2008
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 Which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain only FOUR of the following with reference to the context:
(i) She leet no morsel from her lippes falle
Ne wettee hir fvngres in her sauce depe.
Wel koude she carie a morsel and wel kepe
That no drope ne fille upon hire breste.
(ii) Thrice he assayed, and thrice, in spite of scorn
Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth: at last
Words interwove with sighs found out their way:
(iii) And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth rome,
It leans and hearkens after it,
And growes erect, as that comes home.
(iv) For ever curs'd be this detested day,
Which snatched my best, my favourite curl away!
Happy! Ah ten times happy had I been
If Hampton-Court these eyes had never seen!
(v) But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt
To God or thee, because we have a foe
May tempt it, I expected not to hear.
(vi) And with remembrance of the greater grief
To banish the less, if I find my chief relief.
(vii) It it be yea, I shall be fain;
If it be nay, friends, as before
You shall another man obtain
And I mine own and your's no more.
2. 'The Prologue' presents a cross-section of Chaucer's contemporary society. Illustrate.
3. 'Donne's love lyrics spring not only from a strong and ingenious head but also from a passionate heart." Discuss.
4. What epic conventions does Milton follow in writing of his 'Paradise Lost'. Elucidate.
5. Pope described 'The Rape of the Lock' as a heroic-comical poem. What did Pope mean and how far did he succeed in his purpose.
6. Critically evaluate the style and major thematic concerns in Wyatt's poetry.
7. Write critical analysis of the TWO of the following poems:
(i) Prisoned in the Windor
(ii) On Wyatt's Death
(iii) They Flee From Me
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
7. YEAR 2009
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following extracts:
(i) Therefore, he was prickausour aright
Greyhounds he hadde, as swift as fowel in flight
Of prikying and of huntinge for the hare
Was at his best, for no cost would he spare
(ii) Seek not temptation then, which to avoide
Were better, and most likelie if from me
Thou severe not, trial will come unsought.
(iii) By tongue of brute, and human sense expressed
The first at least of these, I though denied
To beasts, whom god on their creation -- day
Created mute to all articulate sound .....
(iv) Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy centre is these walls thy spheare.
(v) God shall the ravisher display your hair,
While the Fops envy, and the ladies stare;
Honour forbid; at whose unrivalled shrine
Ease, pleasure, virtue, all over sex resign.
(vi) Thus I alone, where all my freedom grew,
In prison pine with bondage and restraint;
(vii) Answer him fair, with yea or nay,
If it be yea, I shall be fair,
If it be nay - friends as before.
2. Write a critical analysis of TWO of the following poems:
(i) Madam Withouten Many Words
(ii) The Long Love That is My Thought I Harbour
(iii) They Flee From Me
3. Discuss in detail Surrey's contribution to the development of sonnet form with reference to the poems you have read.
4. Chaucer's technique of characterization in The Prologue differs from character to character. Discuss.
5. Discuss Milton's style in Paradise Lost
6. Discuss the variety of Moods in which Donne treats love in his love poetry.
7. Discuss Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock' as a satire on the manners and morals of contemporary English upper class.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
8. YEAR 2010
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following:
(i) As on great furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd only to discover sights of woe.
(ii) One short sleep past, wee wake eternally
And death shall be no more; death thou shalt die.
(iii) Then flash'd the living lightening from her eyes
And screams of horror rend the affrighted skies
(iv) All is possible!
Who so believe,
Trust therefore first and after preve.
(v) Of twenty year of age he was, I guesse
Of his stature he was evene lengthe
And wonderly delyvere and greet of strengthe
(vi) The mean diet, no dainty yare
Wisdom joined with simpleness
(vii) Farewell happie fields
Where joy forever dwells: Hail Horrors Hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
Receive they new possessor.
2. How far do you thin Pope's Rape off the Lock breaks free of the biographical and becomes a satire on the universal?
3. Compare and contrast Milton's presentation of Adam and Satan in Paradise Lost.
4. Write a critical analysis of TWO of the following poems by Wyatt and Surrey:
(i) Is It Possible?
(ii) Forget Not Yet
(iii) Wyatt Resteth Here
5. Critically analyze Chaucer's characterization of the female characters in The Prologue.
6. Discuss in detail Donne's metaphysical images in his love poems and their significance.
7. Discuss in detail some of the predominant images in Surrey's poetry.
8. Critically analyze Chaucer's characterization of the Ecclesiastical characters in The Prologue.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
9. YEAR 2011
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No.1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following:
(i) As virtuous me passe mildly away,
And whisper to their soules, to goe,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
The breath goes now, and some, say no.
(ii) And use my life in quietness eacy dele,
Unknown in court that hath the wonton toys;
(iii) The faithful wife, without debate:
Such slees as may beguile the night:
Content thyself with thine estate,
Neither wish death, nor fear his might.
(iv) Great chiere made oure fear us everichon,
And the soper sette he us anon,
And serve us with vitalle at the beste:
Strong was thy wyn and wel to drynke us leste.
(v) Oft, when the world imagine women stray,
The sylphs through mystic mazes guide their way,
Through all the giddy circle they pursue,
And old impertinence expel by new.
(vi) All is not lost: the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit to yield;
(vii) Ye Eate thereof, your Eyes that seem to cleere,
Yet are but dim, shall perfectly be then
Op'nd and cleerd, and ye shall be as Gods,
Knowing both Good and Evil as they know.
2. Compare and contrast Wyatt and Surrey as sonneteers.
3. Do you think that Milton's Paradise Lost meets with all the requirements of a successful epic?
4. Write a critical note on Donne's use of hyperbole and paradox in his poems.
5. Write a critical analysis of the following poems:
(i) The Sun Rising
(ii) A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
6. Do you think that Chaucer's The Prologue still appeals to the modern readers?
7. Discuss the main characteristics of Pope's satire in the light of his poem The Rape of the Lock.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
10. YEAR 2012
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following:
(i) A voys he hadde as hath a goot
No bread hadde he, ne never sholde have,
As smothe it was as it were late y-shave
(ii) To fifty chosen sylphs, of special note,
We trust th' important charge, the petticoat;
Often have we known that seven-fold fence to fail,
Though stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of whale;
From a strong line about the silver bound,
And guard the wide circumference around.
(iii) Infernal world! And thou, proundest Hell,
Receive thy new possessor, one who brings
A mind not to be changed by place or time.
(iv) It was no dream; for I lay broad awakening:
But all is turn'd now through my gentleness,
Into a bitter fashion of forsaking.
(v) With eyes cast up unto the maidens' tower
And easy sighs, such as folk drawn in love;
The stately sallies, the ladies bright of hue,
The dances short, long tales of great delight.
(vi) Than by her shadow, what she wears
O perverse sex, shere none is true,
Because her truth kills me.
(vii) Hast thou not wonderd, Adam, at my stay
Thee I have misst, and thought it long, depriv'd
Thy presence, agonie of love till now.
2. Discuss the main features of Wyatt's OR Surrey's poetry. Explain your answer with reference to their poems in your course.
3. "Chaucer presents a cross section of 14th century English society in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales". Elaborate.
4. Discuss "The Rape of the Lock" as a social satire.
5. What is Donne's attitude towards women? Discuss in detail with reference to his love poems in your syllabus.
6. Milton was Satan's party without knowing it. Support or refute the statement.
7. Write a critical note on the following topics:
(i) The Temptation Scene in Book IX of Paradise Lost
(ii) The Character of Knight in The Prologue
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
11. YEAR 2013
Attempt FOUR questions in all. Question No. 1 is COMPULSORY. Each question carries 25 marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any FOUR of the following stanzas.
(i) The wife, where danger or dishonor lurks
Safest and seemliest by her Husband saties,
Who guards her, or with her the worst endures.
(ii) His - spear to equal with the tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to the mast
Of some great admirable, were but a wand -
He walked with, to support uneasy steps
Over the burning marle, not like those steps
On heavens's azure; and the torrid clime ...
(iii) That of her hir smylyng was ful simple and coy;
Hire gretteste ooth was but by Seint Loy,
And she was cleped mandame Eglentyne.
(iv) Goe, and catch a falling starre,
Get with child a mandrake roote,
Tell me, where all past years are,
Or who cleft the Divels foot,
Teach me to hear Mermaides singing.
(v) For, that sad moment, when the sylphs withdrew
And Ariel weeping from Belinda's flew
Umbirel, a dusty melancholy spirite,
As ever sullied the fair face of light,
Down to the central earth, his proper scene
Repaired to search the gloomy cave of Spleen.
(vi) The long love that in my though I harbor,
And in mine heart doth keep his residence
Into my face presseth with bold pretence
(vii) Wyatt resteth here, that quick could never rest;
Whose heavenly gifts increased by disdain.
2. How far do you agree that Pope has successfully exploited the mock epic form to satirize the fashionable eighteenth century English society in The Rape of the Lock?
3. How does Chaucer create interest for the modern readers in the 14th century English characters? Elaborate your answer with reference to at least four of his characters in the Prologue.
4. How far do your agree to the statement that in Paradise Lost Milton has justified the ways of God to men? Explain you answer with arguments.
5. Discuss Donne as a metaphysical poet.
6. Write a note on the plight of rejected lover in Thomas Wyatt.
7. Write a critical note on the following topics:
(i) The Character of Eve
(ii) The Parson
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
12. YEAR 2014
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following.
(i) Is it possible?
To spy it in any eye
That truth as oft as chance or die,
The truth whereof can any try;
Is it possible?
(ii) The mean diet, not dainty fair;
Wisdom joined with suppleness,
The night discharged of all care
Where wine the wit may not oppress.
(iii) Goe, and cathc a falling starre
Get with child a mandrake roote,
Tell me, where all the past years atre,
Or who cleft the Divels foot.
(iv) All these and more came flocking, but with looks
Downcast and damp, yet such wherein appeared
Obscure some glimpses of joy to have found their Chief
(v) Some secret truths, from learned pride concealed
To maids alone and children are revealed
What though no credit doubting wits may give!
The fair an dinnocent shall still believe.
2. Compare the Summoner with the Clerk in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.
3. Discuss Donne's treatment of women in his poetry. (Donne's Poetry)
4. Discuss the significance of the supernatural machinery in The Rape of the Lock (Pope's The Rape of the Lock).
5. "Paradise Lost shows Milton as Christian Humanist using all the resources of the European literary tradition that had come down to him --- biblical, classical, medieval and Renaissance." Discuss. (Milton's Paradise Lost)
6. Compare and contrast Wyatt and Surrey as sonneteers. (Wyatt and Surrey)
7. Write a critical note on the following.
(i) The Wife of Bath
(ii) They Flee From Me
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
13. YEAR 2015
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following.
(i) And yet he was but esy of dispence;
He kepte that he was in pestilence.
For gold in phisik is a cordial;
Therefore he lovede gold in special
(ii) He spoke; the spirits from the sails descend;
Some, orb in orb, around the nymph extend;
Some third the mazy ringlets of her hair,
With beating hearts the dire events they wait,
Anxious, and trembling for the birth of Fate.
(iii) In Battles feign'd; the better fortitude
Of Pafience and Heroic Martydom
Unsung; or to describe Races and Games
(iv) More subtle than then the parent is
Love must note be, but take a body too,
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid Love aske, and now
(v) But she that taught me love and suffer pain
My doubtful hop and eke my hot desire
With shamfast look to shadow and refrain
2. In the "Prologue to the Canterbury Tales", Chaucer exhibits an unusual tolerance of human weakness. Discuss.
3. Discuss Eve's character in the light of Temptation Scene in Book IX.
4. Why is Pope considered a representative poet of the 18th century England? Elaborate your answer with reference to his poem "The Rape of the Lock".
5. Write a detailed note on the theme of love in Wyatt.
6. "Images can be used in two ways, as simile or as metaphor: simile compares, but metaphor feigns the identity of the objects". Is this definition application to Donne's poems in your course?
7. Write a critical note on the following;
(i) So Cruel Prison
(ii) Imagery in Donne
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar

PAPER II - DRAMA

1. YEAR 2003
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) O holy majesty of heavenly powers!
May I never see that day. Never!
Rather let me vanish from the race of men
Than know the abomination destined me!
(ii) O thou art fairer than the evening's Star
Clad in the beauty of a thousand Stars,
Brighter art thou than flashing Jupiter...
(iii) Now by heaven,
My blood begins my safer guide to rule;
And passion, having my best judgement collide
Assay to lead the way
(iv) Should a villain say so
The most replenished villain in the world,
He were as much more villain: You my lords
Do but mistake.
(v) Your vanity is ridiculous, your conduct an outrange, and you presence in my garden utterly absurd. However, you have got to catch the four-five, and I hope you will have a pleasant journey home.
2. Greek tragedy is generally believed to be a tragedy of fate. Is this applicable to Oedipus Rex?
3. "It is a very theological play: Faustus' sin begins with pride and ends in despair; he chooses evil of his own free will but enslaves his body as well as his soul to temptation. Discuss this statement in relation of Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.
4. Discuss the tragic aspects of Shakespeare's play Othello. What characteristics make the play as one of his great tragedies?
5. It has been said that Shakespeare "lost the light-hearted gaiety of his youth; where once he had laughed, he now, in his maturity, smiled pensively not without melancholy." Discuss this statement in relation to Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale.
6. It is said that Oscar Wilde "Plays are apparently light hearted, but they contain strong elements of serious feeling in their attack on a society whose code is intolerant, but whose intolerance is hypocritical." Discuss.
7. Write comprehensive note on any TWO of the following:
(i) Elizabethan Drama
(ii) Shakespeare as a Universal Poet
(iii) Marlowe's Genius as a Playwright
(iv) Importance of Being Earnest as a Comedy of Mere Merriment
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
2. YEAR 2004
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) Had I as many souls as there be stars,
I'd give them all for mephostophilis,
(ii) Be certain what you do sir lest your justice
Prove violence, in the which three great ones suffer
Yourself, your queen, your son.
(iii) And yet I fear you, for you are fated then,
When you eyes roll so: why I should fear, I know not,
Since guiltiness I know not, but yet I feel I fear.
(iv) Ah! Dear friend
Are you faithful even yet, you alone?
Are you still standing near me, you will stay here,
Patient to take care for the blind?
The blind man!
Yet even blind I know who it is attends me,
By the voice's tone-
Though my darkness hide the comforter.
(v) Ah! I believe she is plain. Yes:
I know perfectly well what she is like.
She is one of those dull, intellectual girl one meets all over the place.
Girls who have got large minds and large feet.
I am sure she is more than usually plain, and I expect she is about thirty-nine and looks it.
2. How far would you agree that the play Dr. Faustus is a compelling drama of man whose mounting ambition inevitably brings about his hellish fall as he stubbornly rejects repeated advice that his action must lead to damnation?
3. What kinds of insight do you think has Shakespeare given us into the relationship between parents and children in The Winter's Tale?
4. How far do you agree that whenever Othello trusts his instinct he is almost invariably right? Whenever he thinks or fancies himself to be thinking, he is almost ruinously wrong?
5. In the play The Importance of Being Earnest money is key to survival in the upper reaches of English society, how far would you agree?
6. Discuss the relationship between man and the gods in Oedipus Rex.
7. Discuss the dramatic significance of the female characters in Othello.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
3. YEAR 2005
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) The God thou serv'st thine own appetite.
Wherein, is fixed the love of Beelzebub.
To him, I'll build an alter and a church
And offer him lukewarm blood of newborn babes.
(ii) Let every man in mankind's Frailty
Consider his last day, and let none
Presume on his good fortune until he find
Life, at his death, a memory without pain.
(iii) There's some ill plane reigns:
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable.
(iv) Dangerous conceits, are in their nature poisons
Which ..... with a little act upon the blood
Burn like the mines of sulpher.
(v) It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Brecknell, about your nephew, but the fact is that I do not approve all of his moral character. I suspect him of being untruthful.
2. Discuss Marlowe's Faustus as an over reacher, drawing closely on the text.
3. What in your opinion is Oedipus 'hamartia' and what is its relevance to the play Oedipus Rex.
4. How far would you agree that Shakespeare's Othello is a domestic tragedy?
5. "Shakespeare never did anything finer more serious more evocative of his full powers that his picture of an earthly paradise painted in the form of English countryside". What factors contribute to this picture of an earthly paradise?
6. In the play Othello I go is not a character of fiendish intellectual superiority. He has been used by Shakespeare as a foil for Othello's own weakness. How far would you agree?
7. The play The Importance of Being Earnest has its philosophy "that we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studies triviality". Discuss.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
4. YEAR 2006
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) Ah, Faustus
Now has thou but one bare hour to live;
And then thou must be damn'd
Perpetually!
Stand still, you ever moving spheres of heaven.
That time may cease, and midnight never come.
Fair Nature's eye, rise, rise again, and make
Perpetual day; or let this hour be but
A year, a month, a week, a natural day,
That Faustus may repent and save his soul
(ii) Do not counsel me anymore. This punishment that I
Have laid upon myself is just.
If I had eyes
I do not know how I would bear the sight of my father,
When I come to the house of Death, or my mother, for I
Have sinned against them both
So vilely that I could not make any peace
By strangling my own life.
(iii) I had rather to be a toad
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For other's uses.
(iv) They call him Doricles; and boasts himself
To have a worthy feeding; but I have it
Upon his won report and I believe it;
He looks like sooth. He says he loves my daughter,
I think so too; for never gaz'd the moon
Upon the water as he'll stand and read
As it were my daughter's eyes and, to be plain,
I think there is not half a kiss to choose
Who loves another best.
(v) Yes, I felt instinctively, but I couldn't wait all that time, I hate waiting even five minutes for anybody. It always makes me rather cross. I am not punctual myself, I know, but I do like punctuality in others, and waiting, even to be married, is quite out of the questions.
2. Do you think that hubris plays a significant part in the fall of Oedipus?
3. Does the speech by the Chorus in the epilogue do justice to the character of Faustus?
4. How does Othello's imagination contribute to his breakdown?
5. Discuss the significance of language in Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
6. Discuss the play 'The Winter's Tale' as a tragic comedy.
7. Lago is more a catalyst who precipitates destruction that devil who causes it.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
5. YEAR 2007
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) To have been a man they call his mother's husband
Oh accurst! Oh child of evil,
To have entered that wretched bed the self same one!
More primal than sin itself, this fell on me.
(ii) O soul, be changed into little water drops,
And fall into the ocean, ne'er be found!
My God, my God look not so fierce on me!
Adders and serpents, let me breathe a while!
Ugly hell, gape not! Come not Lucifer!
I'll burn my books! Ah-Mephistophillis.
(iii) Whip me, you devils,
From the possession of this heavenly sight.
Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulphur
Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire,
(iv) I beg pardon for interrupting you, lady Braknell,
But this engagement is quite out of question,
I am Miss Cardews' guardian,
And she cannot marry without my consent until she comes to age.
I absolutely decline to give.
(v) Sir, it is three days since I saw the prince
What is happier affairs may be,
Are to me unknown
But I
Have missingly noted he is of late much retired
From court and less frequent to his princely
Exercises than formerly he hath appeared.
2. Bring out the evil in Iago and explain how he at last betrays himself.
3. What is dramatic irony? What instances of dramatic irony do you find in Oedipus Rex? What do they contribute to the effectiveness of the play?
4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde "is a trivial comedy for serious people". How far do you think the statement is applicable?
5. Do you think that if Dr. Faustus had been a character of the present modern times, he would have despaired as much as he did in his times when religious dogmas were very strong?
6. Discuss the role of the women in The Winter's Tale and their relationship with their husbands/lovers.
7. Conspicuously Sophocles never suggests that Oedipus has brought his destiny, on himself by any 'ungodly pride' hubris or 'tragic flaw' Hamartia. Do you think he is responsible and to what extent.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
6. YEAR 2008
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) At a feast a drunken man maundering in his cups
Cries out that I am not my father's son!
I contained myself that night, though I felt anger
And a sinking heart. The next day I visited
My father and mother, and questioned them, they stormed,
Calling it all the slanderous rant or a fool,
And this relieved me.
(ii) Thou, old traitor,
I am sorry that by hanging thee I can
But shorten thy life one week. And thou, fresh piece
of excellent witch craft who of force, must know
The royal fool thou cop's't with.
(iii) By heavens, I say my handkerchief in his heart,
And makest me call what I intend to do
A murder, which I thought a sacrifice;
I saw the handkerchief.
(iv) Ay, Faustus, now thou hast no hope of heaven,
Therefore, despair, think only upon hell,
For that must be they mansion, there to dwell.
(v) That does not seem to be a great objection.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London.
Society is full of women of a very highest birth.
Who have, of their own free choice, remained
thirty-five for years.
2. The character of Oedipus has historically inspires a combination of fascination and repulsion. How would you account for this.
3. Leontes' jealousy is sudden, fierce and motiveless. Discuss its consequences.
4. Comment on the view that Othello murder Desdemona in honour and love, and not in hatred.
5. Faustus is a man who through his thirst for knowledge and his desire to go beyond the accepted wisdom of his time is ultimately destroyed!
6. How does Oscar Wilde portray food as both a weapon and means of demonstrating one's power? Discuss three examples from the play to demonstrate how he uses food.
7. Bring out the role of character and co-incidences in Othello.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
7. YEAR 2009
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following:
(i) Forth from thy boards thrust me with all speed.
Set me within some vasty desert where
No mortal voice shall greet me any more.
(ii) Gentlemen, for that I know your friendship is unfeigned,
It is not Faustus' custom to deny
The just request of those that wish him well
You shall behold that peerless dame of Greece.
(iii) Work on,
My medicine, work! Thus credulous fools are caught;
And many worthy and chaste dames even thus,
And guiltless, meet reproach. What, ho! my lord!
My lord, I say! Othello!
(iv) I have considered so much, and with some care; so far that I have eyes under my service which look upon his reservedness; from which I have this intelligence that he is seldom from the house of a most homely shepherd; a man, they say, that from very nothing, and beyond the imagination of his neighbours, is grown into an unspeakable estate.
(v) Kindly turn round, sweet child. No, the side view is what I want. Yes, quite as I expected. There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two week points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher dear, style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just present. Skeleton Knight, In Another World
2. The play Oedipus Rex ends leaving our vision of Oedipus as a commanding figure very much intact. Discuss.
3. How far do you agree that Faustus's behaviour after he sells his soul hardly rises to the level of true wickedness.
4. Iago is considered as 'no great devil' he represents an ordinary, average, little man. Express your views.
5. Discuss the role of Divine Intervention in the play 'The Winter's Tale' especially the miracle scene and the Delphic oracle.
6. Use examples drawn from the play Importance of Being Earnest to show how Algeron uses aesthetic principles to transform his life into a work of art.
7. Is Desdemona simply a passive fool? Is her virtue tantamount to idiocy? Or can she be conceived of as strong and even valient. What are your views and why?
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
8. YEAR 2010
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul,
Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars!
It is the cause. Yet I'll not shed her blood:
Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow
And smooth as monumental alabaster.
Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men.
Put out the light and then put out the light.
(ii) London society is full of women of the highest
Birth who have, no their own free choice,
Remained thirty five for years.
(iii) Forth from the borders thrust me with all speed,
Set me within some vasty desert where
No mortal voice shall greet me any more.
(iv) Thou dearest Perdita.
With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not,
The mirth of the feast. Or I'll be thine, my fair,
Or not my father's. For I cannot be
Mine own, nor anything to any, if
I be not thine.
(v) Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
And then return to Hellana for a kiss.
O thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars,
Brighter than thou as flaming jupitar
And none but thou shalt be my Paramour.
2. The play Oedipus by Sophocles is very ironical in that it endorses the theme of free will as well as predestination. We eventually come to realize that man is free and yet he is also fated. What are your views?
3. Do you see Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe as an art from that both teaches and delights the audience. While simultaneously presenting a moral. Cite specific details to support your answer.
4. What is the role of women in The Importance of Being Earnest. How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
5. Why does Othello not investigate Iago's accusations? Why does Othello not seek his own proof of Desdemona's betrayal?
6. Discuss and analyze Leontes' jealousy. Is it too sudden and poorly motivated to be credible?
7. Examine the female characters in the play. Do they share a common role in the play Othello?
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
9. YEAR 2011
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) Yea, what remains to see,
Or what to love, or hear,
With any touch of joy?
Lead me away, my friends, with utmost speed,
Of all men most accursed,
Most hateful to the Gods.
(ii) Where art thou, Faustus? Wretch, what hast thou done?
Damned art thou, Faustus, damned; despair and die!
Hell calls for right, and with a roaring voice
Says "Faustus come! thine hour is almost come!"
And Faustus now will come to do the right.
(iii) Whilst I remember
Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them, and so still think of
The wrong I did myself; which was so much,
That heirless it hath made my kingdom and
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.
(iv) Exploded! Was he the victim of a revolutionary outrage? Was not aware of the Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation. If so, he is well punished for his morbidity.
(v) Here, stand behind this bulk; straight will be come:
Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home:
Quick, quick; fear nothing; I'll be at thy elbow:
It makes us, or it mars us; think on that,
And fix most firm they resolution.
2. Does it seem fair for Oedipus to call himself "the worst of men"? Why or why not?
3. Note the appearance of Helen of Troy Sc.12. What role does she play in the drama of Faustus's damnation? What does her presence suggest about Marlow's attitude toward women?
4. Explore the character of Desdemona. What does she represent in the play?
5. What possible explanation can we provide for Leontes' sudden onset of jealousy? Has Leontes completely lost his mind, or is there some strange "rationale" at work in Leontes's mind?
6. Using three examples drawn from the play, show how algernon uses Wilde's aesthetic principles to transform his life into a work of art.
7. The Winter's Tale is classified as a romance but some have said that this classification is misleading. Do you feel the play should be classified as a tragedy and, if so, why?
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
10. YEAR 2012
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) By the world,
I think my life be honest, and think she is not,
I'll have some proof; my name, that was as fresh
As Dian's Visage, is now begrim'd, and black
As mine own face.
(ii) Accursed Faustus, wretch, what hast thou done?
I do repent, and yet I do despair.
Hell strives with grace for conquest in my breast.
What shall I do shun the shares of death?
(iii) There's some ill planet reigns:
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable, Good my Lords,
I am not Prove weeping, as our sex
Commonly are, the want of which vain dew
Perchance shall dry your pities.
(iv) True. In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. Mr. Worthing, what explanation can you offer to me for pretending to have brother? Was it in order that you might have an opportunity of coming up to town to see me as often as possible.
(v) How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be
When there's No help in truth!
I knew this well,
But did not act on it!
Else I should not have come.
2. Discuss 'Doctor Faustus' as a morality play.
3. Explore the character of Hermione. How far is she responsible for Leontes' madness in 'The Winter's Tale'?
4. What are the major thematic concerns in 'Oedipus Rex'?
5. Describe the role of Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
6. Why do you think the loss of handkerchief has a huge impact on Othello's mind?
7. Bring out some of the satirical elements in Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
11. YEAR 2013
Attempt FOUR questions in all. Question No. 1 is COMPULSORY. Each question carries 25 marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) No, in good earnest,
How sometimes nature will betray its folly,
It's tenderness, and make itself a pastime.
To harder bosoms.
(ii) Believe me, I have rather lose any purse
Full of crusades: and but my noble moor
Its true of mind, and made of no such baseness
As jealous creatures are, it were enough
To put him to ill thinking.
(iii) My poor children, I 'know
Why you have come -
I am not ignorant of
What you yearn for,
For I well know that you are ill, and yet,
Sick as you are, there is
Not one of you whose sickness equals mine.
(iv) Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing
For a man to find out suddenly that
All his life he has been speaking nothing
But the truth. Can you forgive me?
(v) I know not that, but such a handkerchief -
I am sure it was your wife;s - did I today
See Cassio wipe his beard with.
2. How is Romance interwoven with Tragedy in 'The Winter's Tale'?
3. 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a critique of the society. Explain how?
4. Discuss the importance of Creon's character in 'Oedipus Rex'.
5. How far is Doctor Faustus a truly tragic character?
6. Too much of goodness led Desdemona to her tragic ending. Agree/disagree?
7. Discuss the role of fate and freewill in 'Oedipus Rex'.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
12. YEAR 2014
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) "If we say that we have no sin,
We deceive ourselves, and there's no truth in us.
Why then belike we must sin,
And so consequently everlasting death."
(ii) "Nothing will induce me to part with Bunbury, and if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic, you will be very glad to know Bunbury. A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it."
(iii) Man of agony .....
That is the only name I have for you,
That, no other --- ever, ever, ever!
(iv) "Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good neame
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And make me poor indeed."
(v) But whether a mere man can know the truth,
Whether a seer can fathom more than I ....
There is no test, no certain proof
Though matching skill for skill
A man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
These charges proved will I side with his accusers .....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart.
2. Define Hubris and describe which actions of Oedipus and Jocasta demonstrate Hubris in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
3. What is the significance of the last speech in Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus?
4. Do you agree or disagree with the following proposition: Desdemona's goodness drove her to her tragic end?
5. Discuss and analyze Leontes' Jealously in Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale.
6. Is Cecily a more realistic character that Gwendolen? Why or why not? Discuss your answer in the light of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest.
7. "I hate Othello!". Give some insight into the lines spoken by Iago for Othello in Shakespeare's play Othello.
Notes Prepared By: Prof. Shahbaz Asghar
13. YEAR 2015
Attempt any FOUR questions including Question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) I will wear my heart upon sleeve for daws to peck at; I am
not what I am.
(ii) Man of agony .....
That is the only name I have for you,
That, no other ..... ever, ever, ever!
(iii) Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd in one self place;
But where we are in hell, And where hell is, they must we
Ever be.
(iv) But jealous souls will not be answered so;
They are not ever jealous for the cause,
But jealous for they're jealous. It is monster
Begot upon itself, born on itself.
(v) A sad tale's best for winter: I have on
Of Spirits and goblins
(vi) "I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing."
2. Comment on the theme of "ungodly pollution" with reference to Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex".
3. Discuss Dr. Faustus as a man of Renaissance in Christopher Marlowe's play "Dr. Faustus".
4. Can you justify Shakespeare's play "Othello" as a tragedy?
5. Discuss and analyze the feminist strai