Most Important Questions MA English (Part-1)

Paper (1): Classical Poetry

1. Chaucer’s art of characterization
2. Irony and satire in the prologue
3. Treatment of Ecclesiastical characters
4. Chaucer’s style and narrative skill
5. The Prologue as a picture gallery
6. Critical Appraisals of characters: Knight, WIB, Pardoner, Summonor, Parson, Friar and Prioress
7. Wyatt’s Contribution/ Wyatt as poet or sonneteer
8. Surrey’s Contribution/ Surrey as poet or sonneteer
9. Critical Appraisals: The Long Love that in my thought I harbor, Is it possible? Madam Withouten many words, Wyatt’s Death, Prisoned in Windsor, Love that doth reign and lived in within my heart
10. Donne as a metaphysical poet
11. Donne as a love poet
12. Critical Appraisals of select poems: Death be not proud, The Sun Rising, A Valediction: forbidding Mourning, The Good Morrow, Twicknam Garden
13. Milton’s Grand Style
14. Paradise as a Renaissance Epic
15. Hero of Paradise Lost: Satan or Adam
16. Main Theme in PL: Justifying the ways of God
17. The Rape of the Lock as a Mock-Epic
18. The Role and Function of Machinery in ROL
19. Character of Belinda
20. ROL as a Social Satire.
Paper (2): Classical Drama
21. Oedipus’s Fate-Action/ Hamartia of Oedipus: hubris
22. Oedipus as a tragedy
23. Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex
24. Main Theme: Relationship between man and gods.
25. Dr. Faustus as an over-reacher/ Faustus as Icarus
26. The real sin of Doctor Faustus
27. Dr. Faustus as a tragic Hero
28. Renaissance Elements in Dr. Faustus
29. Othello as a tragic hero.
30. Othello as a (domestic) tragedy
31. Theme of Jealousy in Othello
32. Iago’s motives and Othello’s cause of destruction
33. Winter’s Tale as a tragic-comedy
34. Theme of Jealousy in Winter’s Tale
35. Pastoral elements in Winter’s Tale.
36. Importance of Being Earnest: theme of love, money, marriage and social status.
37. IBE: The title – its significance and value
38. A trivial comedy for serious people/ IBE as comedy
39. Oscar Wilde’s style: pun, wit, paradox & verbatism
40. IBE as a social satire
Paper (3): Novel
41. Pride and Prejudice: Title and significance
42. Character of Elizabeth in P&P
43. Theme of love and marriage in P&P
44. Jane Austen’s Irony
45. A Tale of Two Cities: Title and its value
46. The theme of resurrection & renunciation in ATC
47. Symbolism in A Tale of Two Cities
48. ATC is a social novel in political background
49. Sydney Carton and his sacrifice in ATC
50. Adam Bede and Psychological Realism
51. George Eliot’s art of characterization
52. Hetty’s suffering; its cause and redemption
53. Education and regeneration of Adam Bede
54. The Return of the Native as a tragedy
55. Egdon Heath as a character in TRN
56. Chance and Fate – Hardy as a novelist
57. The Cause of Eustacia or Clym’s tragedy in TRN
Paper (4): Prose
58. Bacon as an essayist/ his style and contribution
59. Bacon as a moralist
60. Swift as a satirist
61. Swift as a misanthrope
62. Describe the first and the last voyage G-Travels.
63. Popularity of Gulliver’s Travels
64. Seamus Heaney’s justification, functions and redressing effects of poetry.
65. What is culture and what is imperialism and how does Edward Said relate the two?
66. Why does Edward Said refer to various novelists to prove his thesis of imperialism?
67. Bertrand Russell as an essayist.
Paper (5): American Literature
68. John Ashbery as a modern poet
69. Major themes in Ashbery and Richard Wilbur
70. Major Themes in Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath
71. Adrienne Rich as a poet
72. Critical Appraisals: Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, Diving into the Wreck, The Painter, Melodic Trains, Still Citizen Sparrow, After the Last Bulletins, You are! Ariel, Arrival of the Bee box and Final Notations
73. The Crucible: its title and significance
74. John Proctor as a tragic hero
75. Mass Hysteria and theme of evil in the Crucible
76. Relationship between individual & society in The Crucible/ Individual commitment in society
77. Character of Abigail Williams
78. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Main theme
79. Robert Jordon as a tragic hero
80. Justify Robert Jordon’s sacrifice
81. Robert Jordon as a code hero
82. Hemingway’s style – Fictional technique
83. Symbolic Significance of the title Jazz
84. City as a character in Jazz
85. Major themes in Jazz
86. Mourning Becomes Electra as a tragedy.


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