Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2019

Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2019


ENGLISH                                               মাফা-১২/২০১৯

[According to the Syllabus of 2013-2014]

Subject Code: 311109

ইউটিউবে ভিডিও লেকচার দেখুনঃ

(Modern Novel)

Time-4 hours Full marks-80

Part A

(Answer any ten questions)



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a)What does the ‘Sea’ in “The Old Man and the Sea”?

Ans. All of life on which man must sail.

b) What is the most tragic moment of Santiago’s life in ‘The Old Man and the Sea”?

Ans. His excessive pride and determination to keep going, even when it is too dangerous.

C.  What does Piggy’s death symbolize?

Ans. The destruction of intellect and reason from the island.

d) Why is Ralph alone at the end of the story Lord of the Flies?

Ans. As a result of Jake’s absolute power and authority on the island Ralph becomes an outcast.

আরো পড়ুনঃ Treatment of the Childhood of Dylan Thomas in his Poems.

e) What is the setting of the story The Scarlet Letter?

Ans. In the Puritan Colony of Salem, Massachusetts.

f) What does the letter ‘A’ stand for in The Scarlet Letter?

Ans. While the ‘A’ initially symbolizes adultery’, later various people assign meanings such as ‘able” or ‘angel’. 

g)What is the theme of the novel, Brave New World?

Ans. The author questions the values of 1931 London, using satire and irony to portray a futuristic world in which many contemporary trends in Britain and American society have been taken to extremes.

h)Who is the God of the World State society?

Ans. A man named Mustofa Mond or better known as his “Fordship”.

i.) What is the belief of the Self-Taught Man?

Ans. All rational behavior can be explained by man’s love for his fellow man.

j)What is ‘Bad faith’ according to Sartre?

Ans. A kind of pretension,lie or self-deception that emerges from an attempt to escape from freedom and responsibility.

k) Why does Dimmesdale cry out while on the scaffold? 

Ans. Dimmesdale strikes out of horror at the thought that his guilt is exposed to the view of the universe.

I)What was the length of the fish Marlin?

Ans. 18 feet.

আরো পড়ুনঃ Consider Whitman’s Treatment of the Soul, Self, and Dody

Part B

(Answer any five questions) 


2. How does Hemingway present the father-son relationship between Santiago and Manolin? 

3. Discuss the symbolic significance of ‘the shell’ and ‘the glasses’ in Lord of the Flies. 

4. How did Hemingway reflect modernism in The Old Man and the Sea?

5. Discuss the theme of time and free will as depicted in Nausea. 

6. What is the importance of ‘Soma’ in ‘Brave New World? 

7. Describe the death scene of Dimmesdale.

8. How did the society of the marooned children resemble a political state?

9. Why is Chillingworth called a ‘leach’ and later on compared to a ‘miner’? 

Part C

(Answer any five questions)


10. Illustrate the theme of good and evil as depicted in Lord of the Flies.

11. Trace out the major symbols in The Old Man and the Sea. 

12. Do you consider Hester Prynne a tragic character? Illustrate in your answer.

13. What is a satire? Consider ‘Brave New World’ as a satire? 

14. Nausea is Sartre’s analysis of consciousness of self. Discuss.

আরো পড়ুনঃ Evaluate Robert Frost as a poet of Nature.

15. Explain the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies.

16. Is Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea an allegory of man’s struggle in life? Justify in your answer.

17. Comment on the theme of ‘crime’ and ‘punishment as presented in Hawthrone’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’.

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


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