UGC NET Solved Paper II; Subject -- English; June: 2012

Subject -- English; June: 2012; Paper – II


Note : This paper contains fifty (50) objective type questions, each question carrying two (2) marks. Attempt all the questions.

1. To refer to the unresolvable difficulties a text may open up, Derrida makes use
of the term :
(A) aporia
(B) difference
(C) erasure
(D) supplement
(aporia :difficulty in establishing truth: a confusion in establishing the truth of a proposition)

2. Who, among the following English playwrights, scripted the film Shakespeare in Love ?
(A) Harold Pinter
(B) Alan Bennett
(C) Caryl Churchill
(D) Tom Stoppard
(Tom Stoppard, born in 1937, English playwright, noted for his ingenious use of language and ironic political metaphors scripted for Shakespeare in Love (1998) which won an Academy Award for best original screenplay.)
3. Arrange the following in the chronological order:
1. Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women
2. Lyrical Ballads
3. French Revolution
4. Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
(A) 4, 3, 1, 2
(B) 3, 2, 1, 2
(C) 1, 2, 4, 3
(D) 2, 1, 3, 4
( Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women: (1792), asserts that intellectual companionship is the ideal of marriage and pleads for equality of education and opportunity between the sexes.
Lyrical Ballads:  Wordsworth and Coleridge collaborated on a collection of their poetry and jointly published Lyrical Ballads in 1798.

French Revolution: French Revolution, major transformation of the society and political system of France, lasting from 1789 to 1799.
Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry)

4. Which of the following employs a narrative structure in which the main action is relayed at second hand through an enclosing frame story?
(A) Sons and Lovers
(B) Ulysses
(C) The Power and the Glory
(D) Heart of Darkness
(The story opens as a nameless narrator aboard the cruising yawl Nellie, anchored in the Thames River in England, begins to relate secondhand the story of Charlie Marlow's river voyage in the Belgian Congo.)

5. The Irish Dramatic Movement was heralded by such figures as
(A) W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn
(B) Jonathan Swift and his contemporaries
(C) H. Drummond, Edward Irving and John Ervine
(D) Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries
(Irish Dramatic Movement: The Irish Renaissance, initiated in the late 19th century by the works of Yeats, reached its peak in the early years of the 20th century. Yeats himself continued to lead the movement, enriching the poetic symbolism of such dramas as At the Hawk's Well (1916) with inspiration from the Asian theater. John Millington Synge contributed more realistic dramas, drawing on life in the Irish countryside to produce major works of both tragedy and comedy, such as Riders to the Sea (1904) and The Playboy of the Western World (1907), respectively. A number of secondary dramatists surrounded Yeats and Synge. Some specialized in realistic depictions of their native land, as did Lady Gregory with The Workhouse Ward (1908), and others developed symbolist themes, as, for example, Lord Dunsany with The Glittering Gate (1909). The leading Irish dramatist of the next generation, Sean O'Casey, turned from rural and mythic themes to serious though comic studies of urban Irish life, such as Juno and the Paycock (1924).)

6. Which poem by Chaucer was written on the death of Blanche, Wife of John
of Gaunt ?
(A) Troilus and Criseyde
(B) The House of Fame
(C) The Book of Duchess
(D) The Legend of Good Women

7. The Tragedy of Ferrex and Porrex is the other title of
(A) Gorboduc
(B) Ralph Roister Doister
(C) Damon and Pythias
(D) Lamentable Tragedy
(Norton collaborated on Tragedy of Gorboduc with Thomas Sackville, writing the first three acts himself. The play, based on the chronicles of Great Britain, tells of the efforts of King Gorboduc to divide his kingdom between his two sons Ferrex and Porrex.)

8. Who of the following poets is Australian?
(A) Austin Clarke
(B) Judith Wright
(C) Edwin Muir
(D) Derek Walcott
(Austin Clarke: Irish writer
Judith Wright: Australian writer
Edwin Muir: the British writer
Derek Walcott: West Indian poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate)

9. “He found it [English] brick and left it marble”, remarked one great writer on
another. Who were they ?
(A) Milton on Shakespeare
(B) Dryden on Milton
(C) Johnson on Dryden
(D) Jonson on Shakespeare

10. Who, among the following, is a Nobel Laureate ?
(A) Tony Morrison
(B) Seamus Heaney
(C) Ted Hughes
(D) Geoffrey Hill

11. List – I                                                              List – II
I. “Because I could not stop
for death…”                                                          a. Robert
II. “O Captain !
My Captain!”                                                         b. William
                                                                            Carlos Williams
III. “Two roads
diverged in a
wood….”                                                               c. Emily
IV. “So much depends
                                                                             d. Walt
The correctly matched series would be :
(A) I-d; II-c; III-b; IV-a
(B) I-a; II-b; III-c; IV-d
(C) I-b; II-a; III-d; IV-c
(D) I-c; II-d; III-a; IV-b

12. The predominant tone and thrust of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” are
(A) comic
(B) solemn
(C) hortatory
(D) irony
(Jonathan Swift's “A Modest Proposal” published in 1729 is a powerful political satire about the economic and social conditions of the poor in Ireland under British rule. The essay is rich with references to political events in England and Ireland in the 18th century.)
13. I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty Second Street,
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade.
So begins Auden’s “September 1, 1939”. What is the meaning of the
word in italics ?
(A) bench
(B) night club
(C) house

14. C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards were reputed in the 1930s for introducing
(A) Practical Criticism
(B)New Criticism
(C) Standard English Project
(D) Basic English Project
(New Criticism:  method emphasizing detailed analysis of text: a movement between 1930 and 1970 in the study of literature, especially poetry, which examined its structure, imagery, and ambiguities, rather than its historical setting or the author's intent.
With the British psychologist and educator Charles Kay Ogden, Richards COMPOSED The Meaning of Meaning (1923), a modern study of semantics viewed from a historical and critical standpoint. Principles of Literary Criticism (1924), Science and Poetry (1926), and especially, Practical Criticism (1929) changed radically the way English is studied and taught. THESE work led to the New Criticism, which shaped literary analysis for much of the 20th century. HIS Basic English and Its Uses (1943), which proposed that the entire world adopt 850 English words to facilitate worldwide communication, EARNED a worldwide reputation. But which is correct option? B OR D)

15. In which of the following works does Mrs. Malaprop appear ?
(A) The Rivals
(B) She Stoops to Conquer
(C) The Mysteries of Udolpho
(D) The Way of the World
(From the name of Mrs. Malaprop, a humorous character in the play The Rivals, derives the widely used term malapropism, meaning the absurd misapplication of a long word.)

16. Which of the following statements about Christopher Marlowe are true?
I. Edward II was written in the last year of Marlowe’s life.
II. Many critics consider Doctor Faustus to be Marlowe’s best play.
III. His Spanish Tragedy comes a close second.
IV. Marlowe was less educated than Shakespeare.
(A) I and II are true.
(B) II and III are true.
(C) II and IV are true.
(D) III and IV are true.

17. “Art for Art’s Sake” became a rallying cry for
(A) the Aesthetes
(B) the Symbolists
(C) the Imagists
(D) the Art Noveau School
(Art for art's sake-Victor Cousin (1792 - 1867) French philosopher.
Lecture at the Sorbonne, Paris.Du Vrai, du beau et du bien, "Cours de Philosophie")

18. Confessions of an English Opium Eater is a literary work by
(A) S. T. Coleridge
(B) P. B. Shelley
(C) Thomas De Quincey
(D) Lord Byron

19. Which of the following statements about The Canterbury Tales is true?
(A) “The General Prologue’ is appended to The Canterbury Tales.
(B) In all, Chaucer tells thirty tales in this work.
(C) The Canterbury Tales remained unfinished at the time of its author’s death.
(D) The Wife of Bath, The Clerk, Sir Gawain and The Franklin are characters and tale-tellers in this work.

20. Who, among the following, was a Catholic novelist, an Intelligence Officer, a film critic and set his fictions in far-away places wrecked by political conflicts?
(A) Anthony Powell
(B) Evelyn Waugh
(C) William Golding
(D) Graham Greene
(Graham Greene (1904-1991): English novelist, worked for the London Times from 1926 to 1929 and then as a free-lance writer; In 1935 he was film critic for the Spectator, a British newspaper, and in 1940 he was named literary editor. From 1942 to 1943 he worked for the British Foreign Office in western Africa and after World War II (1939-1945) he traveled widely.)

21. List – I                                       List – II
1. Good sense is
the body of
poetic genius
                                                          I. Brooks, “The
2. Poetry is the
breath and a
finer spirit of
all knowledge.
                                                                II. Sidney,
                                                                  Defence/ An
                                                                Apology for
3. Literary
criticism is a
and evaluation
of its object
                                                           III. Wordsworth,
                                                        to Lyrical
4. Nature never
set forth the
earth in as rich
a tapestry as
diverse poets
have done
                                                    IV. Coleridge,
      1  2  3 4

22. In which of the following travel books does Mark Twain give an account of
his visit to India ?
(A) A Tramp Abroad
(B) Roughing It
(C) The Innocents Abroad
(D) Following the Equator
(In 1895 Twain began a successful worldwide lecture tour. The tour and the book based on it is Following the Equator 1897.)

23. William Blake’s famous poems such as “London”, “The Sick Rose”, and
“The Tyger” appear in
(A) Songs of Innocence
(B) Songs of Experience
(C) The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(D) Vision of the Daughters of Albion
(William Blake’s Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) are his best-known works of poetry. T. S. Eliot wrote that Blake’s poetry in Songs of Experience and other writings contained “an honesty against which the whole world conspires because it is unpleasant.”)

24. Who among the following English artists illustrated the novels of Dickens
and Scott ?
(A) Richard Hogarth
(B) Joshua Reynolds
(C) George Cruishank
(D) John Tennial

25. The last of Gulliver’s Travels is to
(A) The Land of the Houyhnhnms
(B) The Land of Homosapiens
(C) The Land of the Hurricanes
(D) The Newfound Land

26. Madam Merle is a character in
(A) The Great Gatsby
(B) The Portrait of a Lady
(C) The Jungle
(D) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
(The Portrait of a Lady concerns a young American woman, Isabel Archer, who forms a friendship with an older woman, Madame Merle.)

27. In which of the following scenes of The Waste Land do we have a
departure from Standard English ?
(A) The typist scene
(B) The pub scene
(C) The hyacinth garden scene
(D) The Chapel Perilous scene

28. The words “If it were done when tis done, then twere well / It were done
quickly…” are uttered by
(A) Hamlet
(B) Lear
(C) Othello
(D) Macbeth
(Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7)

29. John Dryden’s Absalom and Achotophel a
(A) religious tract
(B) political allegory
(C) comic verse epic
(D) comedy
(Absalom and Achitophel (1681-1682) and Mac Flecknoe (1682) are the most remarkable of Dryden's political satires. Among his other poetic works are noteworthy translations of Roman satirists and of the works of Virgil.)

30. The term ‘the comedy of menace’ is associated with the early plays of
(A) Arnold Wesker
(B) John Arden
(C) Harold Pinter
(D) David Hare
(Harold Pinter is known for his so-called comedies of menace, which humorously and cynically depict people attempting to communicate as they react to an invasion or threat of an invasion of their lives.)

31. Examine the following statements and identify one of them which is not true.
(A) Rudyard Kipling died in the year 1936.
(B) He was born in India but schooled in England.
(C) He returned to India as a police constable in Burma.
(D) He is the author of Jungle Book and Barrack Room Ballads.

32. What is the correct combination of the following?
I. BalachandraRajan
                                       a. The Tamarind Tree
II. R. K. Narayan
                                       b. The Coffer Dams
III. Kamala Markandaya
                                       c. The Dark Dancer
IV. Romen Basu
                                        d. The Dark Room
(A) I – c; II – d; III – b; IV – b
(B) I – d; II – a; III – b; IV – c
(C) I – c; II – a; III – d; IV – b
(D) I – d; II – c; III – a; IV – b

33. Name the poet who chooses his successor and the successor-poet whom Dryden satirizes in his famous poem.
(A) James Shirley and Chris Shirley
(B) Henry Treece and Charles Triesten
(C) Richard Flecknoe and Thomas Shadwell
(D) Thomas Percy and Samuel Pepys
(Mac Flecknoe (1682))

34. “If______ comes, can_______ be far behind?” (Shelley, “Ode to the West
(A) winter, spring
(B) autumn, summer
(C) wind, rains
(D) spring, winter

35. The following passages are the very first lines of well-known works. Match
the lines and the works :
I. Let us go then, you and I…..
II. Call me Ishmael…..
III. When shall we three meet again ?
IV. He disappeared in the dead of winter
V. I wish either….begot me …..
a. Moby Dick
b. Macbeth
c. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
d. Tristram Shandy
e. “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”
(A) I-c; II-a; III-b; IV-e; V-d
(B) I-e; II-b; III-a; IV-c; V-d
(C) I-b; II-a; III-d; IV-e; V-c
(D) I-b; II-e; III-d; IV-c; V-a

36. Which of the following is not a revenge tragedy?
(A) Hamlet
(B) The Duchess of Malfi
(C) Volpone
(D) Gorboduc
(In Volpone, or, The Fox (1605), Jonson mocks the way money can corrupt individuals.)

37. What is a neologism?
(A) A word with roots in a native language
(B) A word whose meaning changes with every renewed use
(C) A word newly coined or used in a new sense
(D) An obsession with new words and phrases
38. Which of the following is not true of Edward Said’s Orientalism ?
(A) Makes use of Foucault’s concept of discursive formulation
(B) Is one of the founding texts of Postcolonial theory
(C) Makes use of Barthes’s concept of writerly text
(D) Utilises the Gramscian notion of hegemony

39. Thomas Love Peacock classified poetry into 4 periods. They are:
(A) Carbon, gold, silver and brass
(B) brass, silver, gold and diamond
(C) iron, gold, silver and brass
(D) gold, platinum, silver and diamond

40. Which among the following novels has more than one ending?
(A) Lucky Jim
(B) The Prime of Jean Brodie
(C) The French Lieutenant’s Woman
(D) The Clockwork Orange
(John Fowles (1926-2005)’s The French Lieutenant's Woman is a love story with a fractured narrative structure, became his most renowned work. The book was also the basis for a hit movie released in 1981, for which British playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter wrote the screenplay.)

41. “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man” is an example of
(A) Bathos
(B) Epistrophe
(C) Chiasmus
(D) Anti-climax

42. Which of the following statements is NOT correct?
(A) Chaucer used the rhyme royal, a stanzaic form in some of his major poems.
(B) Chaucer was the author of The Legend of Good Women.
(C) Chaucer wrote in English when the court poetry of his day was written in Anglo-Norman and Latin.
(D) Chaucer wrote The Book Named the Governor

43. Material feminism studies inequality in terms of
(A) only gender
(B) only class
(C) both class and gender
(D) only patriarchy

44. Who among the following is not an Irish writer?
(A) Oscar Wilde
(B) Oliver Goldsmith
(C) Edmund Burke
(D) Thomas Gray

45. Entries in The Diary of Samuel Pepys begins after
(A) The Restoration
(B) The Glorious Revolution
(C) The Reformation
(D) The French Revolution
(Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) kept a diary in a contemporary form of shorthand; it was deciphered and first published in part in 1825. The Diary of Samuel Pepys, a modern 11-volume edition, which began publication in 1970, was completed in 1983.)

46. In a poem, a line may either be endstopped or
(A) rhymed
(B) broken
(C) accented
(D) run-on

47. Which of the following poets wrote the essay “Naipaul’s India and Mine” ?
(A) Kamala Das
(B) R. Parthasarthy
(C) A. K. Ramanujam
(D) Nissim Ezekiel

48. Match the following :
I. James Joyce                  1. Peter Ackroyd
II. T. S. Eliot                       2. James Boswell
III. Life of  Johnson             3. Samuel Johnson
IV. Lives of Poets                4. Richard Ellman
(A) I-3, II-4, III-1, IV-2
(B) I-4, II-1, III-2, IV-3
(C) I-1, II-2, III-3, IV-4
(D) I-2, II-3, III-1, IV-4

49. “The pen is mightier than the sword” is an example of
(A) simile
(B) image
(C) conceit
(D) metonymy

50. An epilogue is
(A) prefixed to a text which it introduces.
(B) suffixed to a text which it sums up or extends.
(C) a piece of writing or speech that formally begins a book.
(D) a piece of writing or speech that bears no relation to the text at hand.
UGC NET Answer keys: SC30
Q01 A Q02 D Q03 A Q04 D Q05 A Q06 C Q07 A Q08 B Q09 C Q10 B Q11 D Q12 D Q13 B Q14 C Q15 A Q16 A Q17 A Q18 C Q19 A Q20 D Q21 A Q22 D Q23 B Q24 C Q25 A Q26 B Q27 B Q28 D Q29 B Q30 C Q31 C Q32 A Q33 C Q34 A Q35 A Q36 C Q37 C Q38 C Q39 C Q40 C Q41 C Q42 D Q43 C Q44 D Q45 A Q46 D Q47 D Q48 B Q49 D Q50 B

Reference: Encarta, Wiki, Internet Archive, O.U.P. ,Cazamian, Louis. The Social Novel in England, 1830-1850: Dickens, Disraeli, Mrs. Gaskell, Kingsley. 1903. Translated by Martin Fido. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.


  1. Question no. 13 answer is B and Q 14 answer is D. Please verify your answers before publishing them.

  2. follow THE EXPLANATION COLORED. thanks

  3. Q no 10 is faulty as the writers of option A & B both are Nobel Laureates.Thank you

  4. You are right Amar, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1992 for the publication of Jazz.


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