LOYOLA COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), CHENNAI – 600 034

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LOYOLA COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), CHENNAI – 600 034

B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION – ENGLISH LITERATURE THIRD SEMESTER – APRIL 2006 Date & Time : 18-04-2006

EL 3500 - AMERICAN LITERATURE

(Also equivalent to ENG502)

/AFTERNOON Dept. No. Max. : 100 Marks

SECTION - A

I Answer the following questions in not more than 30 words each. (10x2=20) 1) 2) Mention any two reasons that were responsible for the early settlement in New England. Who, according Thomas Paine, are the Whigs and Tories? 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) How does Poe achieve the effect of contrast in his poem From your study of

Brahma

comment briefly on Emerson as a philosopher. Bring out the central idea of Frost’s

The Road Not Taken

. What does the term ‘coach’ mean? Explain the phrase ‘rushing creation’. Why is the will of a boy free as a bird? What kind of reward does the pilgrim await? 10) Do the animals really retain their holiness?

The Raven

?

SECTION - B

II Answer any FIVE of the following in 150 words each. (5x8=40) 11) Consider Steinbeck’s

Open Boat

as a short story. 12) Bring out the literary qualities found in the writings of the early American literature. 13) Discuss the reasons responsible for the popularity of Thomas Paine’s

American Crisis

. 14) Analyse critically the dramatic qualities found in

The Zoo Story

. 15)Discuss the ways in which Emily Dickinson makes every soul unique. 16)My Lost Youth is an agony of every old man. Explain. 17) “Come into animal presence” is a mockery on the life-style of human beings. Elucidate. 18)How does the poet blend poetry and painting in the poem “To S.M.A young African Painter”

SECTION – C

III Answer the following in about 300 words each. (2x20=40) 19) Consider Poe as a critic with reference to his

Philosophy of Composition

. (OR) Analyse critically the ending of the novel

Of Mice and Men

. 20) Discuss the play The Glass Menagerie as a play of pessimism. (or) “As weary pilgrim” and “The Joy of Church Fellowship” are the two poems taking an ordinary human being into a celestial state of life. –

Illustrate. _____

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