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W.B. Yeats Previous Year UGC-NET Questions

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The line “moments of unageing intellect” occurs in Yeats’s
(A) Byzantium
(B) Among School Children
(C) Sailing to Byzantium
(D) The Circus Animals’ Desertion
Ans: (C)

In which of the following works Yeats developed his theory of ‘gyres’ ?
(A) “A Vision”
(B) “The Secret Rose”
(C) “John Sherman and Dhoya”
(D) “The Celtic Twilight”
Ans: (A)

Yeast’s “Sailing to Byzantium” is about
(A) Irish Culture
(B) The art and culture of Byzantium in general
(C) Irish revolutionaries
(D) Regenerating the art and culture that existed in Byzantium
Ans: (D)

Being so caught up, so mastered by the brute __________ of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power, Before the __________ beak could let her drop. Yeats, ‘Leda and the Swan’ Choose the right words for the blanks
(A) beast, shiny
(B) force, animal
(C) blood, indifferent
(D) thrust, irate
Ans: (C)

Which of the following images is NOT part of W.H. Auden’s poem “In Memory of W.B. Yeats” ?
(A) Mercury sinking in the mouth of the dying day
(B) Wolves running through evergreen forests
(C) Silence invading the suburbs
(D) Memory scattering like the beads
Ans: (D)

In a poem in memory of Major Robert Gregory, Lady Gregory’s son, W.B. Yeats mentions an Irish writer who had found his inspiration “In a most desolate stony place” that he came “Towards nightfall upon a race/ passionate and simple like his heart.” Who is the writer?
(A) J.M. Barrie
(B) J.M. Synge
(C) Isaac Bickerstaffe
(D) Thomas More
Ans: (B)

W.B. Yeat’s “Easter 1916” is
(A) a response to a major political uprising
(B) a reminiscence of his visit to a nursery school
(C) a love poem for Maud Gonne
(D) an ode to his native country
Ans: (A)

The year 1939 proved to be a crucial year for two important writers in England. Identify the correct phrase below:
(A) For Yeats who died, for Auden who left England for the U. S.
(B) For Eliot who started publishing verse–drama, for Hardy whose Wessex Poems were published.
(C) For Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, each for publishing his first novels.
(D) For Eliot who won the Nobel Prize and Orwell who published his Animal Farm.
Ans: (A)

Which of the following is the correct chronological sequence?
(A) A Poison Tree – The Deserted Village – The Blessed Damozel– Ozymandias
(B) The Deserted Village – A Poison Tree – Ozymandias – The Blessed Damozel
(C) The Blessed Damozel – A Poison Tree – The Deserted Village – Ozymandias
(D) The Deserted Village – The Blessed Damozel – Ozymandias – A Poison Tree
Ans: (B)

Which one of the following modern poems employs ottava rima?
(A) “Among School Children”
(B) “In Praise of Limestone”
(C) “The Wild Swans at Coole”
(D) “The Shield of Achilles”
Ans: (A)

“A sudden blow : the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nap caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.”
Who is the author of the above lines?

(A) W.B. Yeats
(B) T.S. Eliot
(C) W.H. Auden
(D) D.H. Lawrence
Ans: (A)

“Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal.”
The above lines are taken from

(A) “Felix Randal”
(B) “Sailing to Byzantium”
(C) “Coole and the Ballylee, 1931”
(D) “The Second Coming”
Ans: (B)

“That woman’s days were spent In ignorant good – will, Her nights in argument Until her voice grew shrill” (W. B. Yeats : “Easter 1916”) Who is the poet referring to ?
(A) Maud Gonne
(B) Lady Augusta Gregory
(C) Kathleen Pilcher
(D) Constance Gore – Booth Markievicz
Ans: (D)

On which of the following authors has Peter Ackroyd NOT written a biography?
(A) Charles Dickens
(B) William Blake
(C) T. S. Eliot
(D) W. B. Yeats
Ans: (D)

Who is the author of the collection The Celtic Twilight?
(A) J. M. Synge
(B) Sean O’Casey
(C) W. B. Yeats
(D) Lady Gregory
Ans: (C)

Which of the following poems by W. B. Yeats repudiates the sensual world in favour of “the artifice of eternity” ?
(A) “Under Ben Bulben”
(B) “Among School Children”
(C) “Sailing to Byzantium”
(D) “After Long Silence”
Ans: (C)

Of whom did W.B. Yeats say that “We were the last Romantics”?
(A) The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
(B) The Imagiste poets
(C) His Friends in the Irish Literary Revival.
(D) Himself and his lady love, Maud Gonne
Ans: (C)

Match List I and List II
List I

A. “Monuments of unaging intellect”
B. “in the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart”
C. “So mastered by the brute blood of the air”
D. “As weary-hearted as that hollow moon”

I. “Leda and the Swan”
II. “Adam’s Curse”
III. “Sailing to Byzantium”
IV. “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”

Choose the correct answer from the options given below:
a) A – III, – IV, C – II, D – I
b) A – III, B – I, C – IV, D – II
c) A – Ill, 8 – IV, C – I, D – II
d) A – II, B – I, C – IV, D – III
Ans: (C)

Match the following opening lines with their respective titles:
(a) “I leant upon a coppice gate” (i) “Thirteen Blackbirds”
(b) “A Sudden blow: the great wings beating still..” (ii) “Sympathy”
(c) “Among twenty snowy mountains” (iii) “The Darkling Thrusts”
(d) “I know what the caged bird feels, (iv) “Leds and the Swan”

(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) (iv) (iii) (ii) (i)
(B) (iii) (iv) (i) (ii)
(C) (ii) (i) (iii) (iv)
(D) (i) (ii) (iv) (iii)
Ans: (B)

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