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Bharathidasan University B.A HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE–I April 2021 Question Paper

Bharathidasan University Old Question Paper

S.No. 1715

(For candidates admitted from 2016-2017 onwards) 


Part III –– Allied 


Time : Three hours Maximum : 75 marks 

SECTION A — (10 x 2 = 20) 

Answer ALL questions. 

1. Give examples of Geoffrey Chaucer’s French works. 

2. What is Rhyme Royal? 

3. What is Morality Plays? 

4. Name any two plays of Robert Greene? 

5. Who are the University Wits? 

6. What are the two great tragedies of John Webster? 

7. What are the masterpieces of Bacon? 

8. What is an Allegory? 

9. What is a Chronicle or Historical Play? 

10. What is Heroic Drama? 

SECTION B — (5 x 5 = 25) 

Answer ALL questions choosing either (a) or (b). 

11. (a) What is the contribution of John Wycliffe as a writer of English Prose? 


 (b) How many meters are mainly used by Chaucer in his works? 

12. (a) Why has Spenser been called as ‘poet’s poet’? 


 (b) What are the general characteristics of Elizabethan poetry? 

13. (a) What is Ballad? 


 (b) Write a brief history of the arrival of sonnet in England. 

14. (a) Write the chief characteristics of Shakespearean comedy. 


 (b) Write few lines about autobiographical nature of Milton’s writings. 

15. (a) ‘Shortly describe those religious and political conflicts which are reflected by the poems of Dryden such as Absalom and Achitophel. 


 (b) Discuss the plan of Dryden’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy. 

SECTION C — (3 x 10 = 30) 

Answer any THREE questions 

16. Discuss the Faerie Queene as an Allegory. 

17. Attempt an essay on impact of Renaissance on Elizabethan Literature. 

18. Elucidate the Shakespeare’s Conception of Tragedy. 

19. Critically appreciate The Sonnets of Milton. 

20. Discuss Dryden as the Father of English Criticism. 



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