Short questions for writing skill

(Introduction to Writing Skill)


  1. What is a paragraph? Name some of the kinds of paragraphs.
  2. What is a topic sentence or topic introducer?
  3. What do you understand by developers in a paragraph?
  4. What is a context modulator?
  5. Define terminator or restatement sentence in a paragraph.
  6. What is the importance of cohesion and coherence in any piece of writing , specially in a paragraph?
  7. Identify specific types of paragraphs from given titles. ( Narrative, descriptive, comparative, expository etc)



  1. What is a composition or essay?
  2. Discuss kinds of essays. ( Descriptive, Narrative etc)
  3. What are the  differences between an essay and a paragraph?


Report Writing:

  1. what is a report?
  2. Name the kinds of report(academic report, newspaper report etc.)
  3. What is your idea of a newspaper report?
  4. What rules are to be followed for writing a report?
  5. What is a press release?


1.Why do we use the form called notice?

2. How many types of notices are there?

3.Wh is a corrigendum notice?

4. Define a Memorandum.

5. What is your idea of a tender notice?

6. What are the utilities of a Memo or Memorandum?


1.What is the purpose of writing a letter?

2.What is the difference between formal and informal letters?

3. What is an application?

4. What is a Private letter?

5. What is a business letter?

6. What are the different parts of a letter?

7. What do you understand by the word ‘Salutation’ in a letter?

8. Why do we write a job application?

9. What is a Resume? What is the importance of a well presented resume?

10. What do you understand by a complaint letter?

11. What is your idea of a letter to an Editor?


1.What is advertisement?

2. What is the use of advertisement?


1.What is the use of poster?

2.What is your idea of a summary?

3.What is the difference between amplification and summary writing?

4.What is your idea of a dialogue?

5.What is the difference between monologue and dialogue?


Introduction to Prose


“Games at Twilight” by Anita Desai


1. Who is the author of “Games at Twilight”?

2. What is short story?

3. Who are playing hide and seek?

4. What season is refereed to in the story?

5. Who is Ravi?

6. Where did Ravi  hide?

7. Who was it?

8. What is existentialism?

9. Why did Ravi weep at last?

10. Who is Raghu?

11. Who was the eldest of the children?

12. What was the dog doing?

13. What is the song?

14. What is the significance of the song?

15. What is the geographical background of the story?


“Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln

1. What is Gettysburg Address?

2. Who delivered this speech?

3. Where was this speech delivered?

4. How does Lincoln define democracy?

5. What literary qualities do you find in this address?

“Of Studies” by Francis Bacon

1. When was Bacon born?

2. Which literary period does he belong to?

3. What is aphorism?

4. What is three-pronged line?

5. Give an example of a three-pronged or tripartite line from ‘Of Studies’.

6. Mention a Latin phrase/ quotation from ‘Of Studies’.

7. Who are Bacon’s target readers?

8. What does Bacon mean by ‘proyning by studies’?

Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell


1. Who is the author of the text “Shooting an Elephant”?

2. What type of text is it?

3. What is the  name of the place where the author is hated?

4. Who were the ‘worst of all’ in the text?

5. What is an evil thing?

6. What was the name of the post of the author?

7. What happened one day?

8. What is imperialism?

9. What is colonialism?

10. What was the model of the rifle?

11. What kind of elephant was it?

12. What things did the elephant do?

13. What was the season in the text?

14. What was the number of the people gathering there?

15. Why did he shoot the elephant?

16. How was the elephant killed?


“Araby” by James Joyce


1. What is the name of the street in the text?

2. What is the name of the bazaar in the story?

3. Whom did the narrator see?

4. What was his body like?

5. Why was he late in going to bazaar?

6. When did he want to go to market?

7. What is the name of the garrulous lady?

8. Did he buy the gifts?


I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King

1. What type of text is it?

2. When did he deliver the speech and where?

3. What was the subject matter of his speech?

4. How was the condition of the negro in the USA?

5. How was negro treated?

6. What do you know about Martin Luther King?

7. Who are devoid of citizenship rights?

8. What was the type of the protest?

9. What is the force behind the protest?

10. What is the dream of Martin Luther King?


“A Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway

1.  Where were the couple spending their holidays?

2. How many times has ‘war monument’ been mentioned?

3. What is the name of the husband?

4. What did the American wife want to get?

5. What was the husband doing when the wife went out?

6. Who bowed to the American wife?

7. Who opened the umbrella behind the American wife when she went out?

8. Where was the cat?

9. Did the American wife get the cat which she wanted?

10. Who brought a big tortoise shell cat for the American wife?

Department of English

Part – 1 (2009-2010)

Objective questions

Course – Introduction to Poetry


“Stopping By Woods on A snowy Evening”: Robert Frost


1. When and where was Robert Frost born?

2. What is the name of the volume of the poems in which “Stooping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” first appeared?

3. Where is the setting of the poem?

4. What does the poet do when he passes through the woods on a snowy evening?

5. What does the poet’s horse do when the poet stops to watch the beauty of the snowy evening?

6. What is a harness?

7. What do you think the horse in this poem stands for?

8. How does the poet describe the woods?

9. What does the poet mean by saying “But I have promises to keep?

10. What does the word “miles” stands for?


“The Good-Morrow”: John Donne


1. When was John Donne born?

2. What kind of a poet is he?

3. What does the title of this poem “The Good-Morrow” means?

4. Where can the lovers find two better hemispheres?

5. What figure of speech does the poet use by referring to “the seven sleepers den”?

6. What is the tone of the poem?


“Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”: Adrienne Rich


1. When was Adrienne Rich born?

2. Mention the themes of “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” in one sentence.

3. What do you understand by feminism?

4. What is Aunt Jennifer doing in the poem?

5. What is her needle made of?

6. What is the colour of the world where aunt’s tigers prance?

7. Why does aunt find it difficult to pull the needle through the wool?


“To Autumn”: John Keats


1. When was John Keats born?

2. In which form is “To Autumn” written?

3. With whom does the season autumn conspire to “load and bless”?

4. What is a cider press?

5. How many occupations of autumn are mentioned here?

6. How many senses of the readers are here engaged by the poet?

7. Which sounds are called the music of autumn by Keats?


“Ozymandias” : P.B. Shelley


1. What is Shelley’s full name?

2. Who is Ozymandias?

3. Where was the traveler from?

4. What did he see?

5. How does the expression on the “shattered visage” describe King Ozymandias ?

6. What was written on the pedestal on which the statue stood?

7. What is the moral of the poem?


“Fern Hill”: Dylan Thomas


1. When was Dylan Thomas born?

2. In which volume was “Fern Hill “published?

3. What does fern hill mean?

4. What is glorified in this poem?

5. How is time personified here?

6. Why has the poet lost his capability of dreaming?

7. What does the word “chains” stand for?


“Pike”: Ted Hughes


1. What does pike symbolize in the poem?

2.  What do you understand by animal poem?

3. Which philosophy is echoed in the poem?

4. Why are the pikes called “killers from the egg” ?

5. What is the colour of a pike?

6. Why don’t the pikes spare anybody?

7. Why do the pikes seem to be hundred feet long?


“Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

Short Questions (1 Mark)                                                                                                                          

  1. Why could not the poet stop for Death?
  2. How did Death come to the poet?
  3. Who were the companions of Death?
  4. Why did the poet put away her daily activities?
  5. Which places did the poet pass while she was taking journey with Death and Immortality?
  6.  Where did the poet and her companies pause?

Short Questions    (4 Marks)                                                                       

  1. How was the dress of the poet?
  2. Describe the journey of the poet with Death.
  3. How did Death come to the poet?
  4. What does the chill weather signify?


Broad questions (10 Marks)

  1. Write a critical appreciation of the poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.
  2. Comment on Emily Dickinson’s attitude towards death in the poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.
  3. Comment on Emily Dickinson’s use of imagery in her poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.
  4. Comment on the psychological ambivalence in Dickinson’s poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.


 “No Second Troy“ by W.B. Yeats

Short Questions (1 Mark)

  1. Who was Maud Gonne?
  2. Was there any Second Troy for the poet’s beloved?
  3. Who filled the poet’s heart with misery?
  4. Why was Maud Gonne compared with Helen?


Short Questions (4 Marks)

  1. Why doesn’t the poet want to blame his beloved?
  2. How does the poet’s beloved move against the Irish aristocracy?
  3. What is the significance of the title of the poem?
  4. Why does the poet compare his beloved with Helen?

Broad Questions (10 Marks)

  1. Write a Critical appreciation of the poem ‘No Second Troy’.
  2. Describe Yeats as a poet of love with special reference to the poem ‘No Second Troy’.


 “Delight in Disorder” by Robert Herrick

Short Questions (1 Mark)

  1. What does ‘wild civility’ mean?
  2. Why does the poet celebrate disorder in his beloved’s dress?
  3. What kind of poem is ‘Delight in Disorder’?

Short Questions (4 Marks)

  1. Describe the disordered dressing up of the poet’s beloved.
  2. Why does the poet like his beloved’s whimsical way of dressing up?
  3. What does the title ‘Delight in Disorder’ signify?
  4. What is the attitude of the poet towards his beloved’s dress?
  5. Explain the use of oxymoron in the poem ‘Delight in Disorder’.

Broad Questions (10 Marks)

  1. Critically appreciate Robert Herrick’s lyric poem ‘Delight in Disorder’.
  2. How does Herrick find delight in disorder?
  3. Comment on the theme of disorder in Herrick’s poem ‘Delight in Disorder’.
  4. Consider Robert Herrick as a poet of love with special reference to his poem ‘Delight in Disorder’.
  5. How does Robert Herrick present/portray his beloved in his poem ‘Delight in Disorder’?
  6. What lyrical qualities Herrick express in his poem ‘Delight in Disorder’?
  7. Analyze the poetic techniques employed by Robert Herrick in his ‘Delight in Disorder’.
  8. Comment on the structure of the poem ‘Delight in Disorder’.


 “Snake“ by D.H. Lawrence

Short Questions (1 Mark)

  1. Where did the snake go to drink water?
  2. Why did the poet wait beside his own water-trough?
  3. Why did the poet call himself ‘second comer’?
  4. What was the comment of the poet’s inner voice?
  5. Why was the poet glad at the sight of the snake?
  6. Why did the poet think himself to be coward?
  7. Was the poet repentant for his brutal treatment to the snake?
  8. Why was the albatross compared to snake?

Short Questions (4 Marks)

  1. Describe the snake’s drinking water from the poet’s water-trough?
  2. Give a short description of the physical beauty of the snake.
  3. Explain the line, “If you were not afraid, you would kill him”.
  4. What does ‘human education’ signify?
  5. Why did not the poet hit the snake initially?

Broad Questions (10 Marks)

  1. Critically appreciate the poem ‘Snake’ by D.H. Lawrence.
  2. Comment on the central theme of the poem, ‘Snake’.
  3. Comment on the symbolism in D.H. Lawrence’s poem, ‘Snake’.
  4. How does the poetic style communicate the poet’s feelings and thoughts in Lawrence’s poem ‘Snake’?
  5. Do you think ‘Snake’ is a modern poem? Give reasons for your answer?

 “Ode on the Lungi” by  Kaiser Haq

Short Questions (1 Mark)

  1. Who was ‘Grandpa Walt’?
  2. What does the poet mean by the line ‘passage to more than India’?
  3. What does the poet mean by ‘sartorial equality’?
  4. What are the different names of lungi?
  5. What is the fundamental topic the poet is talking about?
  6. How is lungi treated by the people of Srilanka?
  7. How do the people of Myanmar treat lungi?
  8. What is the poem about?

Short Questions (4 Marks)

  1. Why does the poet want to share his thought with Walt Whitman?
  2. Why will not Walt Whitman try lungi once?
  3. What does the poet mean by ‘us’ and ‘them’?
  4. Why do the western people crinkle their nose towards lungi?
  5. Why is the nephew of the poet ashamed of his father?
  6. What does the line ‘I AM A LUNGT ACTIVIST’ refer to?
  7. What are the different uses of lungi?

Broad Questions (10 Marks)

  1. Critically appreciate Kaisar Haq’s poem ‘Ode on the Lungi’.
  2. How does Kaisar Haq present the lungi in his poem ‘Ode on the lungi’?
  3. Comment on Kaiser Haq’s poetic style and technique in his poem ‘Ode on the lungi’.


“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth


Short Questions (1 Mark)

  1. Why does the heart of the poet fill with pleasure?
  2. Which flowers are dancing in the breeze?
  3. Who are the jocund companies of the poet?
  4. According to the poet how many daffodils are there?
  5. What does the poet mean by ‘bliss of solitude’?

Short Questions (4 Marks)

  1. How does the memory of natural beauty become wealth for the poet?
  2. Why could not the poet be happy?
  3. Describe beauty of nature as is presented in the poem ‘I Wandered lonely as a cloud.
  4. How does Wordsworth create the joyous mood of the daffodils?


Broad Questions (10 Marks)

  1. Write a critical appreciation of ‘ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.
  2. How does Wordsworth create the joyous mood of the daffodils? How does the speaker respond to the scene?
  3. Is the speaker one with nature or apart? Substantiate your answer with reference to the poem, ‘ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.
  4. What are the feature of romanticism that you find in ‘ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.
  5. How does ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ reflect Wordsworth’s poetic theory?.
  6.  Comment on Wordsworth’s treatment of nature in ‘ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.


Sonnet 18 “Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day” by William Shakespeare

(1 Mark question)

1. What is a sonnet?

2. Who imported sonnet to England from Italy?

3. What is the rhyme scheme of Petrarchan, Shakespearean, Spenserian sonnet?

4. Why can’t death drag or defeat the poet’s friend?

5. Why doesn’t the poet want to compare his friend with the summer’s day?

6. How does Shakespeare express his confidence about his poem?

7. How does the poet glorify his friend in sonnet 18?

8. What kind of beauty does the poem deal with?

9.What is heroic couplet?

10. What are the limitations of summer?

11.How will the poet  immortalize his friend ?

12.What does he mean by “gold complexion”?

13. Whom does Shakespeare address in Sonnet-18?

14.What is the tone of the text?

15. What is the content of octave and sestate?

16. Comment on the writer’s position in the text.

17. Is the poem subjective? Why?

18. What is the main difference between Shakespearean Sonnet and Spenserian Sonnet?

19. How does sonnet-18 begin?

20. How long will the poet’s friend live?