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Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam University MA ENGLISH IV SEM JUNE20 American Literature [MAE404T] Aug-Sep 2020 Question Paper

Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam University Old Question Papers

Master of Arts (English Literature)

Fourth Semester Main Examination, Aug-Sep 2020

American Literature [MAE404T]

Time: 3:00 Hrs Max Marks 85

Note: (i) Attempt all questions.

(ii) Each question has two parts. Part A is 10 Marks & Part B is 7 Marks.

Q.1 (a) What is the nature of key “Visceral” themes in the works of Tennessee Williams?

(b) Explain the significance of one speech in “The glass menagerie”.


(a) Why are Amanda’s character traits significant to the thematic development of the


(b) In the glass by Tennessee Williams, in what way does the final scene bring together

the central ideas he is communicating through play.

Q.2 (a) What is the symbolic meaning of Roderick usher and Madeline usher and their

interaction at the end of the story?

(b) What does the zoo story say about capitalism?


(b) Discuss Albee’s depiction of homosexuality in "The zoo story".

Q.3 (a) What is the role of the setting in the cask of amontillado?

(b) What are the five examples of gothic elements in the fall of the house?


(a) Character analysis of Montresor in “The cask of Amontillado”.

(b) How and when does imagination overcome reason in "The fall of the house of usher".

Q.4 (a) What themes are explored in twain’s the prince and the pauper?

(b) What is the plot of the prince and the pauper?


(a) What are examples of irony involving jimmy valentine in “A retrieved information”?

(b) Why is jimmy valentine portrayed as exceptional?

Q.5 (a) What is the main conflict of "the winter of our discontent"?

(b) What is the social context of John Steinbeck’s "the winter of our discontent"?


(a) How popular was the sport of polo at pencey prepation?

(b) What are Holden’s perceptions of Mr. Antolini?

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