WBCS(Main Exam)-2001 English Paper II Question Paper

                                                         West Bengal Civil Service

                                                              Examination-2001

                                                               (Optional Papers)

                                                                English Paper -II

 

Time Allowed : 3 Hours                                                                                      Full Marks : 100

 

                                                        All questions carry equal marks.

 

 1.  Attempt an appreciation of the following poem after briefly and clearly bringing out its main ideas :

                                          Anthem for Doomed Youth

                                                     Wilfred Owen

                             What passing belles for these who die as cattle ?

                                  Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

                                    Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

                                      Can patter out their hasty orisons.

                             No mockeries now for them ; no prayers nor bells,

                                  The shrill, demented choirs of wailling shells;

                                     And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

                            What candles may be held to speed them all ?

                              Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

                            Shall shine the holy glimmers of good - byes.

                            The.pallor of girts, brows shall.be their pall;

                            Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds.

                              And each slow dusk a drawing - down.of blinds,

 

2.  Write a relevant and concise essay on one of the following :

     (a) Naure in Rimantic and Victorian poetry

     (b) Bernard Shaw’s concept of Man in his major plays

     (c) Dicken’s children in his novels.

 

3.  Answer one of the following :

     (a) Assess the importance of The Lyrical Ballads in the history of English poetry.

     (b) Write in brief critical note on the Odes of Shelly and Keats.

     (c) Estimate the contribution of Alfred Tennyson to English poetry and compare it with that of Robert Browning. Give illustrations.

     (d) What are the chief characteristics of modern poetry ?  How are they reflected in The Waste Land ? Substantiate your answer.  

 

4.  (a) Show with illustrative references , how far Scott is true to the idea of the historical novel.

                                                      OR

     (b)  Do you think that there is a blend in jane. Austen’s novels of comedy and social morality ? Answer with adequate illustration.

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