Monday, 25 February 2013

HSA English Rank File Series – 2 Solved Model Question Paper


  1. The only epic poem in English Literature is ...................................
  • Answer: Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • The epic poem Paradise Lost consisted of 10 books in the beginning and later got rearranged to 12 books.
  • It was first printed in 1667.
  • In Paradise Regained, Milton presented the restoration of man. It is plain and comprehensive.
     2. Where do we read "The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
  • Answer: In Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
  • This elegy does not refer to anybody's death directly, but it laments the suppressed condition of the villagers.
     3. Shakespeare wrote ............ sonnets.
  • Answer: 154
  • The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a young man, who is unknown.
  • Sonnets 127-152 has been addressed to a dark lady.
  • Shakespeare has also written two long narrative poem - Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594).
     4. Lyrical Ballads was published in the year .......................
  • Answer:  1798
  • Wordsworth and Coleridge brought out the first collection of Romantic poetry ie, Lyrical Ballads in 1798.
  • There were 23 poems in the collection in which 4 poems were written by Coleridge. They are
      a) The Rime Ancient Mariner
      b) The Nightingale
      c) The Foster Mother's Tale
      d) The Dungeon

  • Later Wordsworth added a preface to the poetic collection in 1800
  • Some of Wordsworth's comments were criticized by Coleridge in Biographia Literaria.(1817)

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