Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2018

Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2018


ENGLISH                                               মাফা-১২/২০১৮

[According to the Syllabus of 2013-2014]

Subject Code: 311109

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(Modern Novel)

Time-4 hours Full marks-80

Part A

(Answer any ten questions)


a) What is “Virgin of Cobre”?

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Ans. A scared figure worshiped on the island of Cuba.

b) What does the destination of the conch signify?

Ans. The end of all civilized behaviour, of democracy and the beginning of despotism and barbarism on the island of the boys. 

c) What is the significance of Pearl in ‘The Scarlet Letter”?

Ans. 1) as a real child

2) as a continuing symbol of Hester and Dimmesdale’s adultery and 

3) as an allegorical figure sent to torment the sinners.

d)What is the motto of the World State?

Ans. Community, identity and stability.

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e) Who is the narrator of the novel Nausea?

Ans. Antoine Roquentin.

f) What is Gulf Stream?

Ans. A major sea current that flows eastwards off the north coast of Cuba.

g) How old are the boys marooned on the unnamed island?

Ans. The boys, ranging between six and twelve years old.

h) Why is Chillingworth called ‘leech’?

Ans. In accident times the doctors use leeches to draw out bad blood from the human body, similarly Chillingwirth is also trying to bring out the secret of Dimmesdale’s adultery with Hester.

i) Why and how does John undergo penance?

Ans. John has a guilty conscience over the way Linda died and whips himself doing penance.

j) What is the cause of Requentin’s uneasy feeling of Nausea?

Ans. It is caused by colours,tastes and smells that are not real. 

k) What is Piggy’s attitude to the beast on the island?

Ans. Using his knowledge of science and natural logic, Piggy dismisses the notion of the beast being a creature of the imagination,but he does so with sympathy for the little boys.

I) What is the effect of Dimmesdale’s confession on Chillingworth?

Ans. Frustrated by Dimmesdale’s confusion and death, Chillingworth withers away and dies within a year.

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Part B

(Answer any five questions)


2. What moral victory does Santiago win in his battle with the hostile forces in ‘The Old Man and the Sea’? 

3. Discuss the use and significance of ‘fire’ in ‘Lord of the Flies’. 

4. Describe the significance of the second scaffold scene in ‘The Scarlet Letter’. 

5. What is the significance of Lord in ‘Lord of the Flies’? 

6. Discuss the theme of isolation in Nausea. 

7. Describe Pearl’s personality and appearance. 

8. Explain Lenina’s importance in the development of the novel ‘Brave New World’. 

9. How does Sartre display his theory ‘existence precedes essence’ in “Nausea’?

Part C

(Answer any five questions) 


10. Evaluate Santiago as a code hero according to the characteristics of Hemingway hero. 

11. How are innocence and experience connected thematically? 

12. Examine critically Hawthrone’s puritanic attitude in the novel “The Scarlet Letter’. 

13. ‘Brave New World’ is a science fiction but at the same time it is also a criticism of science. Elucidate. 

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14. Assess the relationship between the old man and the boy Manolin. 

15. Evaluate the symbolic significance of John the savage in the novel ‘Brave New World’.

16. Critically examine the instances of ‘bad faith’ as presented in the novel ‘Nausea’. 

17. Show the development of Ralph as the protagonist in the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. 

Riya Akter
Riya Akter
Hey, This is Riya Akter Setu, B.A (Hons) & M.A in English from National University.


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