English Literature is part of English Paper 2. Maximum Marks are 40 and Time allowed is one hour. All questions are compulsory. Select the correct option for each of the following questions.
1. The story, The Little Match Girl, was written by _____ .
2. The visions seen by the little girl in the short story, ‘The Little Match Girl’ reveal the four things she needed the most. They were _____ .
3. Maya Angelou has used the caged bird as a symbol for _____ .
4. The central message of Browning’s poem, ‘The Patriot’ is ______ .
5. The Gujars mentioned in Norah Burke’s story, ‘The Blue Bead’ were _____.
6. Sibia lingered behind after the other women had left because ______ .
7. Tubal returns from Genoa with news both good and bad, for Shylock. Which of the following did he NOT say to Shylock?
8. Soon after Portia and Bassanio declare their love for each other, another pair also declare their love for each other and ask to be married at the same time as Portia and Bassanio. They are _____ .
9. Bassanio rejected the golden casket because ______ .
10. When Portia left for Venice she put ______ in charge of her house.
I. Read the following extract from The Merchant of Venice (Act 3) and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate response from the choices given below:
Salarino: Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou
Wilt not take his flesh: What’s that good for?
Shylock: To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing
Else it will feed my revenge.
(1) Where does the above exchange between Salarino and Shylock take place?
(2) What is Antonio required to forfeit if he fails to repay the amount he borrowed from Shylock within the time specified in the bond?
(3) A little later in his speech, Shylock compares Christians with Jews. Which of the following comparisons does he NOT make?
(4) What recent event in his personal life does Shylock lament earlier in the conversation?
(5) Which of the following words would you use to describe Shylock’s state of mind after this impassioned speech?
(i) hurt (ii) angry (iii) vindictive (iv) resourceful
II. Read the following extract from Act 3 of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate response from the choices given below:
Portia: Away, then! I am locked in one of them:
If you do love me, you will find me out.-
Nerissa and the rest, stand all aloof.
1. Portia says, “I am locked in one of them:” The word ‘one’ refers to ______ .
2. A little later, Portia compares Nerissa and the rest to _____ .
3. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
4. Who arrives from Venice towards the end of the scene bringing news of Antonio’s misfortunes?
5. The word, ‘aloof’ in the extract can best be replaced by _____ .
III. Read the following extract from the short story, ‘The Little Match Girl’ and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate response from the choices given below:
“She was evidently trying to warm herself,” they said. But no one knew what beautiful visions she had seen and in what a blaze of glory she had entered with her dear old grandmother into the heavenly joy and gladness of a new year.
1. Who said “She was evidently trying to keep herself warm”?
2. The vision that the little match girl saw when she lit the first match was of …
3. When the little girl saw the shooting star earlier that night, she realised _____ .
4. How many matches did the little girl light that night?
5. When the little girl left home that morning, she ______ .
IV. Read the following extract from the short story, ‘The Blue Bead’ and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate response from the choices given below:
Beside him in the shoals as he lay waiting glimmered a blue gem.
1. Who is ‘he’?
2. What was he waiting for?
3. The word closest in meaning to, ‘glimmered’ in the above line is:
4. What exactly was, the ‘blue gem’?
5. The only parts of ‘him’ that were soft and vulnerable were _______ .
V. Read the following extract from the poem, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate response from the choices given below:
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
1. The caged bird sings about _______ .
2. What prevents the caged bird from flying?
3. In this poem, Maya Angelou compares the caged bird with ______ .
4. Who, according to Maya Angelou ‘dares to claim the sky’?
5. The closest in meaning to the word ‘seldom’ in the above context is:
VI. Read the following extract from the poem, ‘The Patriot’ and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate answer from the choices given below:
It was roses, roses, all the way,
With myrtle mixed in my path like mad:
The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,
A year ago on this very day.
1. The speaker is describing ________.
2. The speaker is now _______ .
3. The closest in meaning to, ‘heave and sway’ in the above extract is:
4. All the images used by the poet in this stanza are _____ images.
5. The mood described in this opening stanza of Browning’s poem, ‘The Patriot’ is ______ .