Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2021

Modern Novel Previous Year Questions 2021


ENGLISH                                               মাফা-১২/২০২১

[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 does the ‘Sea’ symbolize in ‘The Old Man and the Sea’? 

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Ans. The sea in The Old Man and the Sea represents the Universe and Santiago’s isolation in the Universe.

(b) What is Gulf stream? 

Ans. The Gulf Stream is a major sea-current that flows eastwards off the north coast of Cuba.

(c) Why did the boys make fire on the mountain in ‘Lord of the Flies’?

Ans. The children gather a pile of dry and rotten wood. Jack happens on the idea of using Piggy’s glasses to magnify the sun’s rays. Soon, a flame is kindled as Ralph moves the glasses forward and backward against the sun.

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(d) How was Simon killed?

Ans. Simon emerges from the forest to rid the boys of their fear of the beast, but ironically, he is taken to be the beast and killed by the boys during their third mock-hunt dances.

(e) What is the message of the novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’?

Ans. Hawthorne seems to give the message of the novel The Scarlet Letter in specific terms. “Be true! Be true! Be true!” He wants to say that hypocrisy is the worst vice, so one should be true to his actions and thoughts.

(f) Why is Chillingworth called a leech?

Ans. In ancient times, doctors used leeches to draw out bad blood from the human body. Similarly, Chillingworth is also trying to reveal the secret of Dimmesdale adultery with Hester.

(g) What is Savage Reservation?

Ans. The Savage Reservation as presented in Brave New World, is the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. Human children are produced mechanically by fertilizing eggs, designing embryos, and conditioning toddlers.

(h) What are the major castes in ‘Brave New World’?

Ans. The major castes in Brave New World are Alphas and Betas.

(i) How did Linda die?

Ans. Linda overdosed with Soma and died with her son by her side.

(j) What is Sartre’s view of ethics?

Ans. Sartre believes in the essential freedom and responsibility of the individual. In his moral philosophy, ethics are always, first and foremost, a matter of subjective individual conscience.

(k) How is Anny disillusioned in Nausea?

Ans. Referring to the past love affair between Roquentin and Anny, she says that she had always wanted to experience “perfect moments” but failed. Now, she realizes that there are no perfect moments. So, she is disillusioned with her love.

(l) What is, according to Sartre, the cause of self-deception? 

Ans. An individual’s inability to cope with his absolute freedom is the cause of his self-deception.

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Part B

(Answer any five questions)


2. How does Hemingway express man’s indomitable will in the character of Santiago?

3. Comment on the relationship between Santiago and Manolin. 

4. What is the symbolic significance of ‘fire” in “Lord of the Flies”?

5. Write a note on Coral Island. 

6. Describe the scene of a ‘mockery of penitence’ in ‘The Scarlet Letter’.

7. How does Pearl react to the Scarlet Letter?

8. Locate and explain: “Hug me till you drug me, honey.”

9. Show how Sartre displays his theory ‘existence precedes essence’.

Part C

(Answer any five questions)


10. What are the principal themes in “The Old Man and The Sea? Discuss.

11. Show Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ as an allegory of man’s struggle in life.

12. Critically analyze the triumph of evil over good in ‘Lord of the Flies’.

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13. Discuss the significance of Mock-hunts in ‘Lord of the Flies”.

14. Demonstrate The Scarlet Letter’ as ‘a tale of human frailty and sorrow’.

16. Justify the title of the novel ‘Brave New World’.

17. ‘Nausea’ is Sartre analysis of consciousness of self. -Discuss.

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


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