Sunday, 21 December 2014

PAST PAPER - DRAMA 2014

15. YEAR 2014
Attempt any FOUR questions including question No. 1 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Explain with reference to the context any THREE of the following passages:
(i) Was I asleep? While the others suffered? Or am I asleep at this time? When I wake up tomorrow, or think that I have woken up, shall I say about today? 
(ii) Oh my lovely innocent childhood! Sleeping here in the nursery, looking out into the orchard, ... every morning waking up to happiness. And it is ... the same as it was, nothing's changed. 
(iii) Do you find it so incredible that a young girl, given the chance in secret, should want to be allowed a glimpse into a forbidden world of whose existence she is supposed to be ignorant? 
(iv) Listen, where is the world's week spot? Here. They know there's no leadership, no authority, no discipline in its town. So its up to us. 
(v) If you have knowledge to sell, you can ask only as much as it earns the purchaser. 
2. Waiting for Godot voices the infinite hope and despair of man about the future of humanity. Do you agree? 
3. What picture of the social and moral norms of the society that surrounds Hedda Gabler, can be found in Ibsen's play? 
4. Why does Bond refuse to suggest a solution to the problems of the society? What are the recommendations made in The Sea regarding the responsibility of the individual in the search of the truth? 
5. How does the comic element in The Cherry Orchard enhance the tragic impact of the play? 
6. The play by Brecht deliberately moves away from being a 'slice of life' by using distancing techniques. Discuss the effectiveness of these techniques. 
7. Write a critical note on the following:
(i) Tragedy -- from Sophocles to Edward Bond
(ii) Language as theme in twentieth century drama

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