1. Who are the main characters in E. Brontë’s Wuthering Heights? Describe them and say what they represent.
2. What is the main theme in J. Joyce’s Dubliners? Explain your answer referring to the short story Eveline
3. What is the function of Newspeak in G. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four?
4. Describe the figure of the protagonist in T. S. Eliot’ s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and the poetical devices used.
5. Describe the story and the poetical form/s in S. T. Coleridge’s The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
6. Write a short analysis of William Blake’s London
7. Describe the character of the duke in Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess and explain what the dramatic monologue consists of.
8. What historical period does G. Orwell’s Animal Farm refer to? Substantiate your answer with examples.
9. What is C. Dickens’s main concern in Oliver Twist? Answer the question referring to the social problems of the period and to the author’s personal life.
10. O. Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest deals with double personalities. Discuss this statement describing the two male characters and their way of living.
11. Explain the theme of Justice in Th. Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles
12. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel about the consequences of totalitarianism. Explain and comment this statement.
13. What were the causes that led to the third world war?
14. Describe the situatio of Victorian London in the 19th cntury
15. What is the meaning of te figure of Bertha in C, Bronte’s Jane Eyre?
16. Write briefly the meaning of the term Modernism referring to The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
17. Write about the connection between the historical period and Charles Dickens’ main works
18. What does the title The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson suggest? Expalin the theme, the connection with the period and the possible sources.
19. What is the connection between the title of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus and the themes delt in the novel.
20. Write about the theme/s in R. L. Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and o: Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
21. The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a criticism of the Victorian Period. Discuss it.
22. The real protagonists of E. Bronte’s Wuthering Heights are the two houses . Discuss this statement and support your answers.
23. Why is Conrad’s Heart of Darkness considered as a precursor of Modernism?
24. Make a list of the most important characters in Animal Farm and who or what they represent. In your opinion, what is important in the novel?
John Keats – Ode to a Nightingale: Define the artistic and personal crisis of the author; The poem is built around an alternating emotion which is directed now positively – towards life – now negatively – towards death. Quote among the most important examples of it from the text.
T. S. Eliot – The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock: From line 81 to line 120 Prufrock compares himself to important figures of the past. What is the result of such comparison? Comment the final lines of the poem, from the change of subject to the end.; Define the characters of Prufrock and state what is meant to represent. Comment on the poetical devices the poet uses to convey his characters. Exemplify from important passages of the poem.
William Blake: Blake against any physical and moral restriction. Comment exemplifying from the text analysed (take London as the best poem to start with); The figure of the child: innocence Vs experience: how is Blake’s concern developed in the two Chimney Sweeper poems? (concentrate on how the little boy matures an awareness of his status through the two poems)
William Wordsworth – Written upon Westminster Bridge; London as perceived by W. Wordsworth. Compare this sonnet with W. Blake’s song London – light and shade of a city
My heart leaps up and extract from Canto notturno di un pastore errante dell’Asia: The different inner feelings of two romantic poets as to stages of human life and role of nature.
Robert Browning – My Last Duchess: Distinguish what in the Duke’s psychology can be attributed to the historical period in which he lived (reanissance in Italy) and what belongs to universal human psychology
Alfred Tennyson – Ulysses: How much does Tennyson’s Ulysses differ from Homer’s and Dante’s?; Compare the other character whom the monologue refers to (Telemachus) with Ulysses.
C. Dickens – Oliver Twist: The children’s world and the adults’ world in the workhouse. How is it developed through the text “Oliver Wants Some More?”?
1. What kind of character is Heathcliff?
2. What do the two houses represent?
3. Explain the theme of death?
Tess By Th. Hardy
Summariz briefly the exrat we read Justice is done
Explain the msot important devices and themes of Dubliners present in Eveline
Write about the following topic: language is one of the major themes in 1964
what meaaseg was Orwell trying to convey?
The importance of being Ernest by O. Wilde
1. a new comedy of mannaers
2. the institution of marriage
3. stage directions
- Animal Farm
Animal Farm is
4. an allegory of anaimls and farm
5. an allegory of democracy
6. an allegory of stalinism
7. an allegory of Nazism
Who are the protagonists’
4. Boxer and benjamin
5. Mr. Jones and Mr. Frederick
6. Snwball adn napoleaon.
7. Clover and Mollie
What is the animal motto?
• No animal shalla wear clthes
• no animal shall kill any other animal
• all animals are equal
• four legs good two legs bad
In the end of the novel
everything returns as the beginning
the animals are finally free
Napoleon becomes the boss