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UGC-NET&SET-ENGLISH-MODEL PAPER-1761. Here is a list of women abandoned by their lovers in Hardy’s novels. Pick the odd one out :
(A) Fanny Robin
(B) Tess D’Urberville
(C) Marty South
(D) Bathsheba Everdene

62. What is the following a description of ? ‘a loose sally of the mind; an irregular indigested piece’
(A) Essay
(B) Autobiography
(C) Epistolary Fiction
(D) Diary

63. From the following indicate the critic who is not a New Critic :
(A) Allen Tate
(B) Robert Penn Warren
(C) Cleanth Brooks
(D) Claude Levi-Strauss

64. From the following list, pick out a woman character who does not belong to Amitav Ghosh’s novels :
(A) Ila
(B) Urvashi
(C) Sonali
(D) Piyali

65. Pick the odd man out of the following members of the subaltern group :
(A) Ranajit Guha
(B) Partha Chatterjee
(C) Dipesh Chakrabarty
(D) Sumit Sarkar

66. Statement (S) : “Our birth is but a sleep and forgetting.”
Interpretation (I) : The human soul never tires in the course of life, it never dies. Therefore, the human life is a long sleep and eph…


51. Which of the following statements on George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin [1953] is not true ?
(A) On one level this is a comingof- age story.
(B) It is an elegiac account of a village’s growth into awareness in the late colonial period.
(C) Its themes parody The Tempest.
(D) This was George Lamming’s first novel.

52. We are likely to misunderstand an Emily Dickinson poem if we take her famous dashes to be …
(A) quite specific and unambiguous
(B) ambiguous and indeterminate
(C) suggestive of both forward and backward movements in terms of sense
(D) suggestive of links but equivocally

53. Readers of Tayeb Salih’s Seasons of Migration to the North will undoubtedly notice its parallels with the story/stories of :
I. Death in Venice
II. Othello
III. Bartleby the Scrivener
IV. Heart of Darkness .
Of the above :
(A) I and II are correct.
(B) Only IV is correct.
(C) II and III are correct.
(D) II and IV are correct.
54. Which statement is not true of Benedict Ande…


41. Identify the correct statements on Langue and Parole below :
1. Langue is the abstract language system, the grammar of a language.
2. Parole is the language actually produced by its user following langue.
3. Langue is the language actually produced by its users following parole.
4. Parole is the abstract language system, the grammar of a system.
(A) 1 and 3 are correct.
(B) 1 and 2 are correct.
(C) 2 and 3 are correct.
(D) 2 and 4 are correct.

42. In Monica Ali’s Brick Lane which among the following characters has ‘a face like a frog’ ?
(A) Nazneen
(B) Chanu
(C) Hasina
(D) Karim

43. ‘The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, Check’ring the eastern clouds with streaks of light; And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels From forth day’s path and Titan’s burning wheels.’
(Romeo and Juliet II 3, 1 – 4)
The speaker describes-
(A) The Setting Sun
(B) The Return Home of a Drunkard
(C) The Drawing of a New Day
(D) The Rising Sun

44. ‘How noble in reason ! how in…


UGC-NET&SET-ENGLISH-MODEL PAPER-1431. This periodical was started in 1709 with a motive ‘to expose the false arts of life, to pull the disguise of cunning, vanity and affectation, and to recommend a general simplicity in our dress, our discourse and our behaviour.’ The founder of the periodical wrote under the pseudonym of Isaac Bickerstaff.
The periodical described above is-
(A) The Tatler
(B) The Spectator
(C) The Critical Review
(D) The Rambler

32. Arrange the following in the order in which the details of a research article / essay appear in your bibliography.
(A) Page numbers, the title of the essay, the title of the journal, volume & issue numbers, year of publication
(B) The title of the essay, page numbers, the title of the journal, volume and issue numbers, year of publication
(C) The title of the journal, the title of the essay, page numbers, volume and issue numbers, year of publication
(D) The title of the essay, the title of the journal, volume & issue numbers, the yea…


UGC-NET&SET-ENGLISH-MODEL PAPER-13 21. In Aristotle’s Poetics we read that it is the imitation of an action that is complete and whole, and of a certain magnitude….having a beginning, a middle, and an end’. What is ‘it’ ? 
(A) tragedy
(B) epic
(C) poetry
(D) farce

22. According to Matthew Arnold, ‘touchstones’ help us test truth and seriousness that constitute the best poetry. What are the ‘touchstones’ ?
(A) The purple passages of lyric poetry
(B) Passages from ancient poets
(C) The lines and expressions of the great masters
(D) Passages of epic strength and vigour

23. ‘An extremely simplified form of language used for oral, verbal contact among a community whose members speak different languages but do not share a common language in order to fulfill the essential needs of communication.’ Which of the following is best described by this definition ?
(A) Creole
(B) Pidgin
(C) Dialect
(D) Lingua franca

24. What do the prosodic features of a language tell us ?
(A) The speaker’s native…


UGC-NET&SET-ENGLISH-MODEL PAPER-1211. Raskolnikov murders the old lady :
I. to get her money and achieve his ambition in life.
II. to achieve his political goal as an extremist and a nihilist
III. to prove his superiority over other young men of the time.
IV. All of the above
Find the correct combination according to the code :
(A) I and II are correct.
(B) I and III are correct.
(C) II and III are correct.
(D) I, II and III are correct.

12. In his preface to The Order of Things, Foucault mentions being influenced by a Latin American writer and his work.
Choose the correct answer :
(A) Marquez – “The Solitude of Latin America”
(B) Borges – “Chinese Encyclopaedia”
(C) Juan Rulfo – Pedro Paramo
(D) Alejo Carpentier– “On the Marvelous in America”

13. Here is a list of Partition novels which have ‘violence on the woman’s body’ as a significant theme. Pick the odd one out :
(A) The Pakistani Bride
(B) What the Body Remembers
(C) Train to Pakistan
(D) The Ice-Candy Man

14. Match the tra…


UGC-NET&SET-ENGLISH-MODEL PAPER-111. Which of the following book by V.S.Naipaul is subtitled The Caribbean Revisited ? 
(A) In a Free State
(B) A Bend in the River
(C) The Middle Passage
(D) An Area of Darkness

2. ‘Fluency’ in language is the same as
(A) the ability to put oneself across comfortably in speech and/or writing.
(B) the ability to command language rather than language commanding the user.
(C) glibness
(D) accuracy

3. Which of the following statements on Pathetic Fallacy is NOT TRUE ?
(A) This term applies to descriptions that are not true but imaginary and fanciful.
(B) Pathetic Fallacy is generally understood as human traits being applied or attributed to non-human things in nature.
(C) In its first use, the term was used with disapproval because nature cannot be equated with the human in respect of emotions and responses.
(D) The term was originally used by Alexander Pope in his Pastorals (1709).

4. Identify the correctly matched group :

                List – I       …


41. Whom did Keats regard as the prime example of ‘negative capability’ ?
(A) John Milton
(B) William Wordsworth
(C) William Shakespeare
(D) P.B. Shelley

42. Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities begins with the sentence
(A) It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
(B) It was the brightest of times, it was the darkest of times.
(C) It was the richest of times, it was the poorest of times.
(D) It was the happiest of times, it was the saddest of times.

43. The works of Gerard Manley Hopkins were published posthumously by
(A) Edwin Muir
(B) Edward Thomas
(C) Robert Bridges
(D) Coventry Patmore

44. Which of the following is the correct chronological sequence ?
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31. “Kubla Khan” takes an epigraph from
(A) Samuel Purchas’ Purchas His Pilgrimage
(B) Hakluyt’s Voyages
(C) The Book Named the Governour
(D) Sir Thomas More’s Utopia

32. Which of the following author– theme is correctly matched ?
(A) The Battle of the Books - Tribute to “The rude forefathers of the hamlet”.
(B) The Rape of 
the Lock - Quarrel between  ancient and modern authors.
(C) Gray’s 
“Elegy” - Accumulation of wealth and the consequent loss of human lives and values.
The Deserted Village - Quarrel  between two  families caused by Lord Petre.

33. Which among the following titles set a course for academic literary feminism ?
(A) Nostromo
(B) From Ritual to Romance
(C) A Room of One’s Own
(D) A Dance to the Music of Time
34. In which play do we se…


21. The year 1939 proved to be a crucial year for two important writers in England. Identify the correct phrase below :
(A) For Yeats who died, for Auden who left England for the U. S.
(B) For Eliot who started publishing verse–drama, for Hardy whose Wessex Poems were published.
(C) For Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, each for publishing his first novels.
(D) For Eliot who won the Nobel Prize and Orwell who published his Animal Farm.

22. The Enlightenment was characterized by
(A) accelerated industrial production and general well– being of the public.
(B) a belief in the universal authority of reason and emphasis on scientific experimentation.
(C) the Protestant work ethic and compliance with Christian values of life.
(D) an undue faith in predestination and neglect of free will.

23. Which Shakespearean play contains the line: “...there is a special pro…


11. Identify the correct statement below :
(A) Gorboduc is a comedy, while Ralph Roister Doister and Gammer Gurton’s Needle are tragedies.
(B) Gorboduc is a tragedy, while Ralph Roister Doister and Gammer Gurton’s Needle are comedies.
(C) All of them are problem plays.
(D) All of them are farces.

12. W.M. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair owes its title to
(A) Browning’s Fifine at the Fair
(B) Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
(C) Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield
(D) Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

13. The Puritans shut down all theaters in England in
(A) 1642
(B) 1640
(C) 1659
(D) 1660

14. Who of the following was not a contemporary of Wordsworth and Coleridge ?
(A) Robert Southey
(B) Sir Walter Scott
(C) William Hazlitt
(D) A. C. Swinburne

15. Which of the following statements about Waiting for Godot is NOT true ?
1. It carries a subtitle: “a tragicomedy in two …


1. Identify the work below that does not belong to the literature of the eighteenth century:
(A) Advancement of Learning
(B) Gulliver’s Travels
(C) The Spectator
(D) An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot

2. Which, among the following, is a place through which John Bunyan’s Christian does NOT pass ?
(A) The Slough of Despond
(B) Mount Helicon
(C) The Valley of Humiliation
(D) Vanity Fair

3. The period of Queen Victoria’s reign is
(A) 1830–1900
(B) 1837–1901
(C) 1830–1901
(D) 1837–1900

4. Which of the following statements about The Lyrical Ballads is NOT true ?
(A) It carried only one ballad proper, which was Coleridge’s
The Rime of the Anci…


41. Which of the following is NOT the opening of the well-known Romantic poem ?
(A) My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains/My sense
(B) Hail to thee, blithe spirit !
(C) Margaret, are you grieving/Over Goldengrove unleaving ?
(D) The world is too much with us

42. “Politics and the English Language” is an essay by :
(A) F.R. Leavis
(B) Terry Eagleton
(C) George Orwell
(D) Raymond Williams

43. “The mind-forged manacles” is phrase from :
(A) “London” 
(B) “Eternity”
(C) “A Poison Tree” 
(D) “I Asked a Thief”

44. “He is not fully recognized at home; he is not recognized at all abroad. Yet I firmly believe that the poetical performance of __________ is, after that of Shakespeare and Milton, undoubtedly most considerable in our language.”

To whom does Matthew Arnold refer in the above statement ?
(A) Edmund Spenser