University Grants Commission organizes National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professors. This is one of most premium examinations conducted in India. Each year thousand of aspirants appear for NET. Mridultulika brings you important notes to prepare for NET English.
Following notes are prepared in reference of previous year NET examination question paper year 2015 & 2016. All the aspirants must learn all the important authors and their works through these point-wise notes in this first part of the series.
Notes for English NET
- Matthew Arnold in his ‘Study of Poetry’ disapprovingly called Geoffrey Chaucer “Not one of the greatest classics.” He used the term Touchstone to detect the presence or absence of high poetic quality.
- Peter Ackroyd did not write biography of W.B. Yeats indeed he wrote biography of Charles Dickens, William Blake and T.S. Eliot.
- Louis MacNeice, C. D Lewis and Stephan Spender were the part of Auden Group of Poets.
- Northrop Frye was not the member of Marxist Critics.
- George Eliot wrote ‘Silly Novels by Lady Novelists’.
- Author of the collection of The Celtic Twilight was W.B. Yeats.
- John Donne compared the human tears to ‘Love Wine’.
- Joe Orton was the son of a gardener.
These 8 points were 8 questions from June 2015 Paper-II examination. out of 50 questions, aspirants were asked to identify the name of the author through their work, statement , occupation of parents or their association with any group. Rate of asking author names is 16%. After close analysis, total 19 keywords [Bold Letters & W.B. Years repeated 2 times] are found.Analysis
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- The theory tabula rasa is associated with John Locke.
- Walter Pater wrote Studies in the History of Renaissance.
- There is a term in New Criticism ‘Tension‘ & Allen Tate is associated with this term.
- “It is Greek to me” – through this statement i am quoting William Shakespeare.
- John Dryden described Geoffrey Chaucer [Father of English Literature] through these words, “A rough diamond and must first be polished ere he shines ………”.
- William Cartwright, Richard Corbett, Thomas Randolph were associated with a group ‘Sons of Ben’.
- Harold Pinter memorable quote on silence, “When true silence falls we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. one way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.”
- E.M. Forster is a remarkable novelist in Modernist phase who wrote a short book on what the novel is & he stated, “Oh dear, yes – the novel tells a story.”
- Stuart Hall advanced the idea of “New Ethnicities” in the post-war Britain.
These 9 points were 9 questions from December 2015 Paper-II examination. out of 50 questions, aspirants were asked to identify the name of the author through their work, statement or their association with any group. Rate of asking author names is 18%. After close analysis, total 18 keywords [Bold Letters] are found.Analysis
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- Author of A Woman Killed with Kindness was Thomas Heywood.
- Lawrence Durrell was the one among the many English Authors born in India.
- George Poulet was not associated with Russian Formalism.
- Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell was greatly influenced by Thomas Carlyle’s writings.
- Among the list of George Herbet, John Donne, Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell – Robert Herrick is the cavalier poet.
- A.S. Byatt’s Possession attempts the imitation of 2 Victorian Poets named Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti.
- ‘The Dark Lady of the Sonnets’ is the short comedy by Bernard Shaw.
- Robert Burns was praised and patronized as ‘Ploughman Poet’.
- William Wordsworth wrote The Excursion, S.t. Coleridge wrote Christabel, William Blake wrote Milton & P.B. Shelley wrote Queen Mab.
- Alexander Pope translated Homer.
- W.B. Yeats was not an Imagist.
- William Golding wrote Darkness Visible, Salman Rushdie wrote Grimus, Peter Ackroyd wrote Waterland & Graham Swift wrote Hawksmoor.
These 12 points were 12 questions from July 2016 Paper-II examination. out of 50 questions, Rate of asking author names is 24%. After close analysis, total 40 keywords [Bold Letters] are found. In this examination, maximum questions to identify authors were asked through their works.Analysis
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- There are certain characters in the literature that were identified with the name of their creator. Madeline is connected to John Keats, Prometheus is connected to Shelley, Urizen is connected to William Blake and Childe Harold is connected to Lord Byron.
- Brian Friel was renowned to write a play about the remapping of Irish Places with new British Names.
- Lord Byron persuaded Coleridge to publish Kubla Khan [1797 Written, 1816 Published]
- Emma was published in Cornhill Magazine in fragmented form & it was written by Charlotte Bronte.
- Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym that refers to Charles Lutwidge Dodson.
- Philip Larken wrote The Less Deceived, Geoffrey Hill wrote For the Unfallen, Ted Hughes wrote Lupercal, & Seamus Heaney wrote Doors into the Dark.
These 6 points were 6 questions from August 2016 Paper-II examination. out of 50 questions, Rate of asking author names is 12%. After close analysis, total 24 keywords [Bold Letters] are found. In this examination, maximum questions to identify authors were asked again through their works.Analysis
Analysis of 2015 & 2016 NET Examination
|1||Rate of asking author name through their works or any other associations in Paper II||25.92%|
|2||Total Unique Keyword||93|
|3||Number of Unique authors asked in Paper II||56|
|4||Number of literary works asked in Paper II||22|
|5||Repeated Keywords in Paper II||9 [Yeats, Chaucer, Dickens, Donne, Blake, Ackroyd, Shelley, Byron, Coleridge]|
|6||Percentage of Repetitions [Author Wise]||16.07%|
|7||Percentage of Repetitions [Overall]||9.67%|
|8||Number of authors asked through their association with any group name.||5|
|9||Number of authors asked through character name in their literary works||4|
|10.||Number of question related to Literary Criticism||3|