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(2012 Admn. onwards)
VI Semester
(2011 Admn. onwards)
Choose the correct Answer from the bracket.
Songs of Radha
Sarojini Naidu
1. Who was the first woman president of Indian National Congress?
( a. Amrita Pritam
b. Sarojini Naidu
c. Annie Besant
d. Vijayalaxmi Pandit)
2. Who is known as Bharat Kokila ( the nightingale of India)?
( a. Lata Mangeshkar
b. Toru Dutt
c. Sarojini Naidu
d. Kamala Das)
3. Who endowed Sarojini Naidu the title ‘The Nightingale of India?
( a. Mahatma Gandhi
b. Jawaharlal Nehru
c. Gopalakrishna Gokhale
d. Rabindranath Tagore)
4. The narrator is in the search for her ……..?
( a. friend
b. lover c. child
d. mother)
5. Who is referred as Kanhaya in the poem?
(a. Krishna
b. Rama c. Radha
d. shepherd)
6. In the evening, she asked ……….. about her flute player.
(a. Wind
b. woods
c. forest
d. gray coloured tide)
7. With the help of a beautiful simile, to which thing she compares her heart?
(a. Boat
b. chalice c. bubble
d. leaf)
8. Where does Krishna take rest?
(a. Boat
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c. home
d. sea shore)
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9. What made the honey to ooze in to Radha’s heart?
(a. Krishna’s words
b. Krishna’s jocks
c. Krishna’s tricks
d. Krishna’s beauty)
10. According to Krishna, where can Radha find Krishna?
(a. Forest’s shade
b. sea shore
c. river bank
d. heart’s mirror)
11. What is the rhyming pattern of the poem?
(a. abab cdcd
b. aabb ccdd
c. abcd abcd
d. abab cdcd efef gg)
12. Which pair among the following is known as the symbol of love?
(a. Siva-Parvati
b. Brahma-Saraswati
c. Nala-Damayanti
d. Radha-Krishna)
13. The poem is about ………
(a. Friendship
b. love
c. companionship
d. household affairs)
14. What is the expression Naidu uses to explain the blind nature of Radha’s love?
(a. Tricks
b. gray coloured
c. foolish
d. rocked)
15. Which kind of love is portrayed in TheQuest?
(a. Carnal
b. Platonic
c. flirting
d. insulting)
Breezy April
Rabindranath Tagore
16. Which is the first non-European work that had won the Nobel Prize for literature?
(a. Midnight’s Children
b. Bayen
c. Chitra
d. Gitanjali)
17. Who wrote the national anthem of India?
(a. Tagore
b. Bankin Chandra Chatterji
c. Sarat Chandra Chatterji
d. Mohammed Iqbal)
18. The poem Breezy April is addressed to…………..
(a. Wind
b. rain
c. April
d. summer)
19. Which peculiarity of April rocks the poet?
(a. Hotness
b. rain
c. burning
d. music)
20. What makes the poet thrilled?
(a. Aprils touch
b. April’s beauty c. wind’s sound
d. bird’s twittering)
21. ……… awakens the poet from his sleep.
(a. Music
b. river’s sound
c. birds
d. breeze)
22. Slumber means?
(a. Game
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c. tricks
d. care)
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23. What type of a poem is Breezy April?
(a. Sonnet
b. dramatic monologue
c. ode
d. lyric)
24. The wind and leaves communicate through …….. .
(a. Music
b. movement
c. dance
d. leafy language)
25. What makes the poet surrender in front of the breeze of April?
(a. Its kisses
b. its sweetness
c. its softness
d. its nature)
26. Breezy April is written in …….. style?
(a. Neoclassic
b. romantic
c. modern
d. pre-Raphaelite)
27. How many quatrains are there in Breezy April?
(a. One
b. two
c. three
d. four)
28. What/who teases the poet?
(a. Breeze
b. wind
c. lover
d. friend)
29. Name the first Indian to win Nobel Prize for literature?
(a. Jawaharlal Nehru
b. R K Narayan
c. Rabindranath Tagore
d. Raja Rao)
30. In which year, Tagore received Nobel Prize?
(a. 1910
b. 1911
c. 1912
d. 1913)
In Love
Kamala Das
31. Find out the pen-name of Kamala Das from the following.
(a. Balamani
b. Sugathakumari
c. Aysha
d. Madhavikkutti)
32. Kamala Das became iconoclast among her contemporaries due to her open expression of
(a. Household affairs
b. love
c. female sexuality
d. contemporary issues)
33. Which among the listed do not constitute the theme of In Love?
(a. Desperation
b. female sexuality
c. man-woman relationship
d. none of these)
34. ……….. reminds her of her lover.
(a. Burning sun
b. jigsaw
c. crow
d. none of these)
35. To which thing Kamala Das compares the limbs of her lover?
(a. Jigsaw
b. carnivorous plant
c. plant
d. trunk)
36. According to the narrator, the meeting of both of them is ……….
(a. Full of love
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c. mechanical
d. none of these)
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37. When the man succeeds over her, she turns……….
(a. Violent
b. gloomy
c. happy
d. silent)
38. Who utter ‘Bol Hari Bol’ in the night?
(a. Porters
b. corpse carriers
c. vendors
d. merchants)
39. What does the poet mean by ‘skin-communicated thing?
(a. Lust
b. unending love
c. conversation
d. none of these)
40. The use of ‘carnivorous plant’ in the poem is an example of ………
(a. Metaphor
b. personification
c. simile
d. alliteration)
41. Where is the narrator settled in the poem?
(a. In a village
b. in a town
c. in the precincts
d. near a river)
42. According to the narrator, what is filled in the wings of the crows?
(a. Honey
b. water
c. poison
d. none of these)
43. To which thing narrator compares his embrace?
(a. Plant
b. crow
c. ghost
d. jigsaw)
44. ‘Finished jigsaw’ is an example of ………..
(a. Metaphor
b. alliteration
c. simile
d. none of these)
45. Which kind of love is portrayed in this poem?
(a. Eternal love
b. carnal love
c. platonic love
d. none of these)
Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T S
46. Among the following, which is the first book of Ezekiel?
(a. Hymns in Darkness
b. A Time to Change c. The Exact Time
d. The Bad Day)
47. Which poem of Nissim Ezekiel is mostly used as the study material of Indian English Poetry?
(a. Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T S
c. A Time to Change
b. The Night of the Scorpion
d. none of these)
48. Whose poems were translated by Ezekiel along with Vrinda Nabar?
(a. Gandhiji
b. Gokhale
c. Nehru
d. Iqbal)
49. Ezekiel was awarded Padmashri in………..
(a. 1998
b. 1988
c. 1987
d. 1978)
50. Which locality of Indian English users is mentioned in this poem?
(a. Kerala
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b. Maharashtra
c. Rajasthan
d. Gujarat)
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51. In whose name the party is arranged?
(a. Poet
b. narrator c. Miss Pushpa
d. a stranger)
52. Which kind of narration is used in this poem?
(a. Third person
b. second person
c. first person
d. none of these)
53. What kind of personality is Miss Pushpa according to the speaker?
(a. Sweet
b. harsh
c. dull
d. rare)
54. What was the profession of Miss Pushpa’s father?
(a. Doctor
b. advocate
c. teacher
d. clerk)
55. Where was Miss Pushpa’s father practicing?
(a. Culcutta
b. Bulsar
c. Bombay
d. Surat)
56. ‘External sweetness’ means?
(a. Beautiful appearance
b. personality
c. sweet character
d. none of these)
57. From which language ‘Bon Voyage’ is borrowed?
(a. Latin
b. French
c. Greek
d. Italian)
58. What does the speaker mean by ‘prospect’?
(a. Character
b. personality
c. potential
d. none of these)
59. Which problem of Indian English users is mentioned in the poem?
(a. Grammatical errors
b. pronunciation
c. spelling mistakes
d. vocabulary)
60. Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T Sis a ………… against Indian English users.
(a. Humour
b. criticism
c. sarcasm
d. evaluation)
Looking for a Cousin on a Swing
A K Ramanujan
61. In which language A K Ramanujan used to write apart from English?
(a. Malayalam
b. Kannada
c. Marathi
d. Tamil)
62. When did Govt. of India honour A K Ramanujan with Padmashri?
(a. 1988
b. 1985
c. 1984
63. What is the age of the narrator at the beginning of the poem?
(a. 2 or 3
b. 3 or 4
c. 4 or 5
d. 5 or 6)
64. What is the relationship between the boy and the girl?
(a. Siblings
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b. cousins
c. friends
d. neighbours)
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65. The favourite game of the children in the poem was……
(a. Swimming
b. hill climbing c. hide n’ seek
d. swinging)
66. Which tree is mentioned in the poem?
(a. Fig tree
b. mango tree
c. pine tree
d. none of these)
67. At the end of the poem, the narrator is a ……..
(a. Girl
b. old woman
c. grown-up woman
d. none of these)
68. What is the colour of the fig leaves?
(a. Green
b. red
c. gray
d. yellow)
69. On which tree the swing was tied?
(a. Mango tree
b. jack fruit tree
c. fig tree
d. none of these)
70. What is the age of the boy in the poem?
(a. Four or five
b. five or six
c. two or three
d. six or seven)
Postcard from Kashmir
Agha Shahid Ali
71. Which book of Agha Shahid Ali was finalistfor the National Book Award in 2001?
(a. The Half-Inch Himalayas
b. A Nostalgist's Map of America
Without a Post Office
d. Rooms Are Never Finished)
c. The Country
72. Which is the home land of the poet?
(a. Kashmir
b. Sikkim
c. Uttar Pradesh
c. Meghalaya)
73. What is the size of the post card?
(a. Four by four inch
b. four by five inch
c. four by six inch
d. none of these)
74. What was the quality that was admired by the poet?
(a. Love
b. neatness
c. making happy
d. beauty)
75. The back ground of the post card is ………
(a. The Ganges
b. the Aravally ranges
c, The Himalaya
d. the Western Ghats)
76. What is the tone of the poem?
(a. Sarcastic
b. nostalgic
c. humourous
d. none of these)
77. Which river is mentioned in the poem?
(a. The Indus
b. The Yamuna
c. The Ganges
d. the Jhelum)
78. Which colour is referred by the term ‘ultramarine’?
(a. Green
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c. blue
d. white)
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79. In which colour The Jhelum appears in front of the poet?
(a. Light green
b. deep green
c. light blue
d. deep blue)
80. Which expression provides a visual effect to the poem?
(a. Post card
b. ultramarine
c. overexposed
d. shrinked)
Amrita Pritam
81. Amrita Pritam is an Indian English writer who belongs to ………..
(a. Gujarat
b. Maharashtra
c. West Bengal
d. Punjab)
82. In Amrita Pritam’s which novel memorable character, Puro, an epitome of violence against
women, was pictured?
(a. The Weed
b. Pinjar
c. Kagaz Te Canvas
d. none of these)
83. What is the name of the protagonist of ‘The Weed’?
(a. Rani
b. Prabhati
c. Angoori
d. none of these)
84. According to the superstitions, what was given to the girls in order to ensnarl them?
(a. Paan
b. halwa
c. betel
d. milk)
85. Who was the reason for Angoori’s sorrows?
(a. Prabhati
b. Narrator
c. herself
d. Ram Tara)
86. Angoori believed that her desolate mood was created by ……………
(a. Love
b. pain
c. the weed
d. none of these)
87. Angooori can be considered as a woman with ………. nature.
(a. Feminist
b. patriarchal
c. traditional
d. none of these)
88. Which among the following does not belong to the theme of ‘The Weed’?
(a. Patriarchy
b. education of women c. marriage
d. none of these)
89. What was Angoori’s concept about women getting educated?
(a. Innovative
b. sin
c. improvement
d. none of these)
90. What was the ‘weed’?
(a. Betel
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b. a flower
c. marijuana
d. pepper)
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Jawaharlal Nehru
91. Who is considered as the architect of Indian nation-state as a socialist, democratic republic?
(a. B R Ambedkar
b. Mahatma Gandhi
c. Indira Gandhi
d. Jawaharlal Nehru)
92. Who are the ‘we’ mentioned in ‘A Tryst with Destiny’?
(a. Nehru and his family
b. leaders of freedom struggle
c. Indians
d. none of these)
93. With whom had they made the appointment?
(a. British
b. destiny
c. Mahatma Gandhi
d. political leaders)
94. To whom Nehru is expanding the service of newly found government of India?
(a. India and her people
b. Indian National Congress
c. the whole world
d. none of these)
95. According to Nehru, freedom and power are always related to ………..
(a. Sovereignty
b. responsibility
c. supremacy
d. corruption)
96. What is the main responsibility of Nehru and the other leaders?
(a. Representing people in the Assembly
b. providing electricity
c. building up new cities
d. none of these)
97. Which among the following comes in the list of the problems which should be wiped out from
(a. Untouchability
b. unapproachability
c. malnutrition
d. poverty)
98. What was the long cherished dream of Indians?
(a. Conquering Britain
b. attaining freedom
c. defeating monarchs
d. none of these)
99. How should Indians face the new responsibilities?
(a. With care
b. with discipline
c. with passion
d. with arrogance)
Nehru wants to build a prosperous, ……………and progressive nation.
( a. socialist
b. democratic
c. peaceful
d. none of these)
Mars in the Seventh House
R K Narayan
Which town is recurrently used in R K Narayan’s stories?
(a. Madhurai
b. Chennai
c. Bombay
d. Malgudi)
Who was the mentor and friend of R K Narayan who helped him to publish his earlier
(a. Graham Greene
b. T S Eliot
c. Thomas Hardy
d. William Faulkner)
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In compressing the story without loosing the elements, R K Narayan’s stories are often
compared with the stories of …………
(a. William Faulkner
b. Dante
c. Guy de Maupassantd. none of these)
Which among the following does not belong to the semi autobiographical trilogy of
R K Narayan?
(a. Swami and Friends
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b. roaming around
b. unsteady
c. very strong
d. rigid)
b. the girl with oval face
b. romantic
c. the English girl
c. creative
d. none of these)
b. caste
c. society
d. horoscope)
Which work was written by Narayan when he was roaming around as a tragic hero?
(a. The Bachelor of Arts
b. The Bachelor of Arts
c. The House of Thunder
d. none of these)
Find out the name of the news paper in which Narayan used to work as a reporter.
(a. The Justice
b. the Hindu
b. sports
c. murders
d. local news)
b. Hamish Hamilton
c. Nelson
d. none of these)
Narayan wrote humourous articles in ……….
(a. The Justice
d. the Indian Express)
Who published Narayan’s first novel?
(a. Graham Greene
c. the Deccan Herald
In which kind of news reporting Narayan was interested?
(a. Financial
d. Rajam)
What/who prohibited Narayan from getting married to Rajam?
(a. Financial status
d. none of these)
The replies that Narayan received from his English girl friend was always ……..
(a. Impersonal
c. reading
Who was the last girl in the list of his infatuations?
(a. The stout girl
d. The
What was the nature of love of R K Narayan?
(a. Steady
c. The English Teacher
Which habit made R K Narayan to fall in love with girls?
(a. Talking
b. The Bachelor of Arts
b. the Deccan Chronicle
c. Merry Magazine
d. none of these)
What was the word used by R K Narayan to report news of murder?
(a. Killed
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c. murdered
d. crucified )
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Girish Karnad
In which language did Girish Karnad direct movies?
(a. English
b. two
d. death
b. to pray
d. none of these)
d. Playwright)
c. chief of the village
d. Rani’s parents)
What does Kurudavva gift Rani?
b. fruits
c. magical roots
d. none of these)
Which magical root is used by Rani to make curry?
b. medium sized
c. stout
d. large)
Who gets ensnarled towards Rani with the magical power of the roots?
b. Appanna
c. Kappanna
d. all of them)
Which ordeal proves the chastity of Rani?
(a. Hot-iron ordeal
c. to gossip
c. Kurudavva
b. His concubine
(a. King Cobra
d. Rani)
Whom does Appanna visit most days?
(a. Small
c. flames
b. Appanna
(b. Bangle
d. ruined temle)
Who is the protagonist of the Story’s story?
(a. Naga
c. anthill
Why do the flames assemble in the ruined temple?
(a. Rani
d. five)
b. a play ground
(a. To tell stories
c. three
In the temple, the playwright is awaiting …………
(a. Stories
d. Kannada)
The drama starts within a ……..
(a. House
c. Hindi
How many acts are included in ‘Naga-Mandala’?
(a. One
b. Bengali
b. fire ordeal
c. snake ordeal
d. none of them)
How many ends are suggested for this drama?
(a. One
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c. three
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Roots and Shadows
Shashi Deshpande
For which novel Shashi Deshpande was awarded with ‘Sahitya Academy Award’?
(a. Roots and Shadows
b. That Long Silence c. The Dark Holds No Terror d. none of these)
Which among the following does not form a theme for ‘Roots and Shadows’?
(a. Patriarchy b. traditional rules for women c. women’s education d. none of these)
Which character in the novel dominates all others?
(a. Akka
b. Indu
c. Kaki
‘Roots and Shadows’ is about……
(a. Childhood friendship
d. Jayant)
b. family relations
c. financial affairs
When did Kaka and Kaki bring Indu to the ancestral home?
(a. After her mother’s death
b. after the rainy season
c. when she got married
d. when she was fifteen)
Who had the habit of insulting Indu’s mother?
(a. Atya
b. Kaka
b. teacher
b. Atya
c. journalist
d. none of these)
c. Sharad
d. Indu)
What profession does Indu choose in the end of the novel?
(a. Journalist
d. Akka)
Whom did Akka hand over all her properties?
(a. Mini
c. Jayant
By profession, Indu was a ………..
(a. Dancer
d. none of these)
b. creative writer
c. making handicrafts
d. none of these)
In the end of the novel, who decides to live with Indu?
(a. Akka
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c. Naren
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(2).c (3).d
(5).a (6).d
(7).a (8).b
(9).c (10).d
(14).c (15).b (16).d (17).a (18).c (19).d (20).a (21).d (22).b (23).c (24).d (25).a
(26).b (27).d (28).a (29).c (30).d (31).d (32).c (33).d (34).a (35).b (36).c (37).d
(38).b (39).a (40).c (41).b
(42).c (43).d (44).a (45).b (46).d (47).b (48).c (49).b
(50).d (51).c (52).c (53).a (54).b (55).d (56).a (57).b (58).c (59).a (60).c (61).b
(62).d (63).d (64).b (65).d (66).a (67).c (68).b (69).c (70).d (71).d (72).a (73).c
(74).b (75).c (76).b (77).d
(86).c (87).a (88).d
(78).c (79).d (80).c (81).d (82).b (83).c (84).a (85).d
(89).b (90).c (91).d (92).c (93).b (94).c (95).b (96).a (97).d
(98).b (99).b (100).b (101).d (102).a (103).c (104).d (105).c (106).b (107).c (108).a
(109).d (110).c (111).a (112).c (113).b (114).c (115).b (116).d (117).b (118).d (119).b
(120).c (121).a (122).b (123).c (124).d (125).a (126).c (127).c
(128).b (129).d (130).a
(131).b (132).a (133).d (134).c (135).d (136).b (137).d
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