Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Previous Year Question 2012

Mofizur Rahman

Previous Year Questions of Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama/Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Drama 2012

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  • Honours 3rd Year
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Previous Year Question 2012

[According to the New Syllabus]
Subject Code:1172
(Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Drama)
Time-4 hours                                                                                                                    Full marks-80
[N.B.-The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.]

Part A

1. Answer any ten of the following questions in complete sentence: 1x10=10

(a) Who was Mephistophilis?
(b) Who is the peerless dame of Greece?
(c) What is the aim of satire?
(d) What is the full title of the play Doctor Faustus?
(e) Name the Seven Deadly Sins in Doctor Faustus.
(f) Who are the members of Volpone's house?
(g) Who is Icarus?
(h) What is an epistle?
(i) What does 'The Forest of Arden' signify?
(i) What does the name Voltore mean?
(k) What is soliloquy?
(1) What is Renaissance?

Part A: Brief Answer

a) Ans: Assistant of Lucifer.

b) Ans: Helen of Toy

c) Ans: To improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles.

d) Ans: The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.

e) Ans: Pride, Covetousness, Wrath, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth, and Lechery.

f) Ans: Nano, Castrone, Androgyne, Mosca and Volpone.

g) Ans: The son of Deadalus.

h) Ans: An epistle is a formal or didactic letter sent to a person or a group of people.


j) Ans:  “Vulture”.

k) Ans: Soliloquy is an artificial dramatic device in which the actor stays alone on the stage and utters his thoughts aloud simply to inform the audience indirectly of what is going on in his mind.

l) Ans: The revival or rebirth of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th-16th centuries.

Part B

(Answer any five of the following questions)

2. How do the evil-doers get their punishment at the end of the play Volpone?
3. Write a short note on 'Comedy of Humours'.
4. Give in detail the seven stages in a man's life in As You Like It.
5. Write on the significance of disguise used in As You Like It.
6. What effect does the murder of King Duncan have on Macbeth?
7. Comment on the Opening scene of Volpone.
8. “All the world's a stage,
      And all the men and women merely players.”
      identify and explain.
9. What was the last piece of advice of the Duchess to Cariola, regarding her children?


(Answer any five of the following).
10. Is Faustus' damnation justified? Discuss.
11. Show how the sufferings of the Duchess transfigure her into a noble character.
12. To what extent do the Witches influence Macbeth's decision and action? Discuss.
13. Sketch the role of Bosola as a Machiavellian villain in The Duchess of Malfi.
14. Justify Volpone as a beast fable.
15. What characteristics of a 'Romantic Comedy' do you get in As You Like If?
16. Discuss Macbeth as a tragic hero.
17. “Doctor Faustus has only beginning and end but no middle”-Discuss.

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