Monday, 15 April 2013

Kerala PSC HSA English Rank File Series – 5 Solved Model Question Paper



13.  Who used the Heroic Couplet in English first?
Answer: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Chaucer used the Heroic Couplet in ‘The Legend of  Good Women’ and ‘The Canterbury Tales.’
  • The label ‘heroic’ is given because it was mainly used in heroic (epic) poetry.
  •  The Heroic Couplet was favoured by Neo-classical poets like John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, and Alexander Pope.
14. Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey are known as the ____       poets.
Answer: LakePoets
  • They lived in the lake district in Cumbria, hence Lakers or Lake Poets

  •  The label was given by Francis Jeffrey, a Scottish Judge.
  • PINK POETS is a group of poets led by W H Auden and is known for their left sympathies and social commitment.
15. Sprung Rhythm is associated with the poet ____

Answer: G M Hopkins (for details, click here)

16. ____ is the main source of Shakespeare's English History plays.

Answer:  Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577)
  •  It is also known as Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Almost all Shakespearian ENGLISH history plays are based on it.
  • KING JOHN, RICHARD I, HENRY IV, PART I etc are examples of his ENGLISH history plays.
  • His ROMAN history plays are based on PLUTARCH’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Compared Together, translated by Sir Thomas North in 1579.
  • His major Roman history plays are ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, TIMON OF ATHENS and JULIUS CEASAR etc…

Source text and author
Shakespeare text

‘Decameron’ by Boccaccio
  • Cymbeline
  • All’s well that Ends Well
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Compared Together’ by Plutarch

Antony and Cleopatra
‘The Tragic History of Romeus and Juliet’ by Arthur Brooke
Romeo and Juliet
‘Deeds of Dane’ by Saxo Gramma
Hamlet

17. Dryden's 'All for Love' is based on Shakespeare's ____

Answer: Antony and Cleopatra
  • It was a neoclassical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, hence it instructs.
  • The focus is not on love and passion alone, but on presenting Antony as a soldier, husband, father and friend.
  • Dryden co-produced Shakespeare’s The Tempest or The Enchanted Island (1667) with William Davenant.

18. -------------------------- is an unfinished poem by Marlowe.

Answer: Hero and Leander
  • It was an incomplete epyllion ((short epic) by Marlowe.
  •  Later,George Chapman completed the poem.

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