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Model paper for IAS mains English Literature

Tell me from where i can get IAS mains exam English Literature model question paper???

Here i am giving IAS mains exam English Literature questions:

Q1. Each question should be answered in about 150 words 10 x 5 =50
The influence of Machiavelli on the drama of Renaissance England.
The impact of the French Revolution on the English Romantic poets.
The feminist consciousness in the Victorian novel.
The role of the Fool in King Lear.
Tennyson’s use of natural phenomena to reflect human thoughts and feelings in In Memoriam.

Q2. Each 400 words x 25 marks
Would you agree with the view that The Tempest is more concerned with the problems of old age than with the experiences of the young? Give reasons for your answer.
The interest in the Metaphysical poetry of the early 17th century was revived in the early 20th century. What features of the Metaphysical poetry appealed to the modern mind? Discuss with particular reference to the poems of Donne.

Q3. Answer Each in 400 words x 25 marks
‘The description of Adam and Eve betrays Milton’s patriarchal and misogynistic attitude.’ Discuss with reference to Book IV of Paradise Lost.
‘The polished exterior of The Rape of the Lock barely conceals a rapacious and predatory society.’ Discuss.

Q4. Answer Each in 400 words x 25 marks
Bring out the complexities in Shakespeare’s presentation of the theme of madness in King Lear.
‘Wordsworth’s poetry brings out his belief that nature is conscious and shows the influence of nature on man.’ Discuss with illustrations from the poems you have read.
Q5. Study the following poem, and answer the questions below in 60-80 words each:


Be assured, the Dragon is not dead
But once more from the pools of peace
Shall rear his fabulous green head

The flowers of innocence shall cease
And like a harp the wind shall roar
And the clouds shake an angry fleece.

Here, here, is certitude,’ you swore,
Below this lightning blasted tree.
Where once it strikes, it strikes no more.

Two lovers in one house agree.
The roof is tight, the walls unshaken.
As now, so must it always be.

Such prophecies of joy awaken
The toad who dreams away the past
Under your hearthstone, light forsaken,

Who knows that certitude at last
Must melt away in vanity
No gate is fast, no door is fast —

That thunder bursts from the blue sky,
That gardens of the mind fall waste,
That fountains of the heart run dry.
Examine the imagery of the second stanza.
What do the lovers imply when they say ‘so must it always he”?
What is meant by saying that the toad (in stanza 5) ‘dreams away the past’?
What is implied by the line ‘No gate is fast, no door is fast’?
Consider the implications of the title ‘Vanity’.

Q6. Answer Each in 400 words x 25 marks
‘Though Tom’s heart is in the right place, his instincts are not always in his control.’ Do you agree? Justify your answer with illustrations from Tom Jones.
‘In a sense Book II of Gulliver’s Travels is a reversal of Book I.’ Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.

Q7. Answer Each in 400 words x 25 marks
Show what part is played by the other characters in bringing about the changes in Darcy and Elizabeth which lead to their final reconciliation in Pride and Prejudice.
In Hard Times Dickens makes moral comments on the industrialization of society. Can you find instances to show how he incorporates such comments into a realistic narrative?

Q8. Answer Each in 400 words x 25 marks
Discuss the role of society in the shaping of individual life and destiny in The Mill on the Floss and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
Consider Twain’s handling of the ‘outlaw figure’ in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
English Literature Paper 2 Section A

Q1. Write short notes on the following: 10 x5=50
The comically self-aware persona in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Yeats’s fancy for an aristocratic life of elegance and leisure in “A Prayer for My Daughter”
The thematic rhymes in Section 3 of “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”
Postcolonial melancholia
Postmodern ‘realisms’

Q2. 25+25 (word limit not given)
How sustainable is the argument that Indian writers in English betray an `anxiety of Indianness’?
To what extent have Indian traditions of thought influenced A. K. Ramanujan’s poetry?

Q3. 25+25 (word limit not given)
How does Beckett exploit the metaphor of life as theatre in Waiting for Godot?
Was Philip Larkin, the poet troubled by the socioeconomic imbalances in postWorld War II Britain? Substantiate,

Q4. 25+25 (word limit not given)
Discuss some major issues involving language as power in postmodern English writing.
How crucial in your view is the concept of Othering’ in postcolonial literatures?
English Literature Paper II Section B

Q5. Answer the questions that follow this passage: 10 x5=50

It is worth attempting some headon thoughts about ‘meaning’. Confronted with passages of text you may sometimes face a choice between leading questions : ‘what does it mean’ versus ‘how does it work’. It will be evident that words and phrases carry lexical meanings, sometimes in multiple array of possible signifying activities, sometimes also echoing other literary or historical usage. It will be evident too that what words mean is a different question from what a text passage means; or what are the meanings at work in a whole literary composition, its thematic conflicts and developments and layers of interpretation. Also a further complication arises when we speak of what a person means, of his or her intention to be understood in a certain way, through speech or action; thus concerning Cordelia’s silence in King Lear we may ask two slightly but importantly different questions : what does her silence mean, and what does she mean by her silence. In drama, these issues can be especially acute : what a particular speech ‘means’ will vary amongst its onstage auditors, some of whom may be more inward than others with part hidden purposes; and for the larger audience an initial array of distinct possible or probable meanings may be modified in retrospect by later disclosures or the ‘dramatic irony’ of subsequent events. It is fairly unlikely that questions of the playwright’s own meaning or meaning intention will feature strongly in this interplay of interpretation, though the choice of topic may indicate certain possible motives in the context of the times.

Where personal character is represented as a focus for point of view interaction, as in narrative fiction, again what is meant may be an aspect of what this person means, in speech and action, or what this person is capable of successfully wishing to mean, depending on self-knowledge and expressed in the sense of actions consequentially undertaken, such actions then interpreted by others from differing viewpoints along significantly divergent lines. The resulting social complex of behavior, and the novelist’s construction of an extended meaning process in many strands, give the reader much work for imaginative and emotional intelligence, for sympathy tempered by judgment. Linguists and philosophers of language, and even lawyers, sometimes speak of ‘plain sense’, normative or ‘ordinary language’ meaning; but students of literature know well that literary language is not ordinary, even when it adopts for stylistic purposes the speech patterns of natural utterance. Patterns of symbolism or constructed allegory, especially in pre modern works, or tragic foreclosure in tightly plotted drama, may also require us to read for the sense of the design along more or less genre specific lines of construal, just as earlier communities once read the pattern of daily events in terms of a directing providence. Both grammar and syntax inflect the stylistic pitch and meaning effects of writing, and formal devices like prosody and meter and figuration will alert the reader to further aspects of meaning carried by structure and form—bringing into view what may be meant by ‘carried’ in this context. Richness of meaning may challenge or even defeat coherence of design; or it may reveal ordered depths of multiple significance (polysemy, ambiguity), or layers of structure and structure echo, so that successive readings and succeeding generations of readers can discover constantly new insights and rewards.
What possible meanings exist beyond mere lexical meaning?
How differently significant are the two questions concerning Cordelia’s silence in King Lear?
What special meaning to a speech does ‘dramatic irony’ give?
In what way is the meaning of a character’s utterance limited and limiting in narrative fiction?
Explain the phrase the sense of the design.

Q6. 25+25 (word limit not given)
What memories of childhood and family inform A House for Mr Biswas?
Comment critically on the view that A Passage to India presents a muddle—the whole country’s a place of division and disjunction.

Q7. 25+25 (word limit not given)
Attempt a critique of the writer as worker as enunciated in Marxist critical thought.
How do Feminist writers engage cultural politics?

Q8. 25+25 (word limit not given)
How does Mrs Dalloway capture the sense of rupture caused by a catastrophic war?
Comment on the deployment of repetitive language and action in the English new theatre’.
IAS English Model paper

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