MEG-02: BRITISH DRAMA ASSIGNMENT (Based on Blocks 1-9) Programme: MEG Assignment code: MEG-02/TMA/2017-18 Max. Marks: 100 Answer the first question and any four of the remaining ones. 1 Explain the following passages with reference to their contexts and supply brief critical comments where necessary : 8x5=40 a. When I behold the heavens, then I repent, And curse thee, wicked Mephistophilis, Because thou hast depriv‟d me of those joys, b. I swear to thee by Cupid‟s strongest bow, By his arrow with the golden head, By the simplicity of Venus‟ doves, By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves, And by that fire which burn‟d the Carthage queen When the false Trojan under sail was seen; c. Come on, Sir. Now you set foot on shore In novo orbe; here‟s the rich pern; And there within, Sir, are the golden mines great Solomon‟s ophir! d. I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull, laid him stretched out, and he split to the knob of his gullet. e. And I treat a duchess as if she was a flower girl. 2. How does „wisdom emerge out of the folly and mockery‟ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? 15 3. Attempt a critique of Hamlet‟s soliloquies in Shakespeare‟s play of that name. 15 4. Brief by outline the historical background of Murder in the Cathedral. 15 5. Do you agree with Allardyce Nicoll that Look Back in Anger has the theme of a gently nurtured girl who is strangely magnetised by a lower class intellectual, Support your answer with suitable examples from the text of the play. 15 6. What changes have Pozzo and Lucky undergone during the course of Waiting for Godot a?