Saturday, 4 May 2013

Kerala PSC HSA English Rank File Series – 6 Solved Model Question Paper

19. 'The Merchant of Venice' by Shakespeare is modelled upon Marlowe's ...................
Answer: The Jew of Malta (1594)
  • Both the plays - The merchant of Venice and The Jew of Malta - are set in Italy and the main characters are Jews.
  • Shylock in Shakespeare's play and Barabas in Marlow's play are selfish, greedy Jews.
  • Both the Jews have got beautiful daughters ( Jessica and Abigail) who want to be rescued by gentle christians.
  • Comparing the two, shakespeare's presentation of Jew- Shylock - is freer from the popular prejudices than Marlowe's.
20. Whom does Wordsworth addressed towards the end of the poem 'Tintern Abbey'?
Answer: His sister Dorothy Wordsworth.
  • The full title of the poem is Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798.
  • It is a first person monologue in blank verse.
  • As the title suggests, it is a revisit to the hills after five years.
  • The poem involves panthiest elements.
  • The poem was included in the collection of poems titled Lyrical Ballads
  • In the last part of the poem, the poet remembers his earlier visit to Tintern Abbey with his sister Dorothy.
21. Mephistophiles is a character in ......................... by Marlowe.
Answer: Doctor Faustus- 1604
  • The complete title of the play is The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.
  • In the play, a man - Doctor Faustus - sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge.
  • First English play on the Faust legend.
  • Doctor Faustus signs a contract with Lucifer, the king of devils and his assistant Mephistophiles becomes the slave of Faustus.
  • It has successfully combined the Renaissance spirit and the religious theatrical traditions of Elizabethan England.
22. ..................... is called the Father of English Novels.
Answer: Henry Fielding
  • Sir Walter Scott called Henry Fielding as the Father of English Novels
  • Though Daniel Defoe and Samuel Richardson are also considered for the title, it is Fielding who has succeeded in presenting realistic portrayal of characters.
  • Tom Jones, Amelia are important works of Fielding.


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