PRE-BOARD EXAMINATION – ISC 2008
ENGLISH – 2
TIME: 2½ HRS. FULL MARKS: 100
Answer one question from Section A & three questions from Section B. In Section B choose questions on at least two textbooks which may include Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The intended marks for questions are given in brackets [ ]
(Answer one question)
Question 1 
Choose two of the passages (a) to (c) & answer briefly the questions that follow:
a) Lady Macbeth: But in them Nature’s copy’s not eterne.
Macbeth: There’s comfort yet, they are assailable;
Then be thou jocund: ere the bat hath flown
His cloister’d flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons.....
i) Who are “them”? What makes Lady Macbeth say “Nature’s copy……eterne”?
ii) How does Macbeth find comfort in what his wife says?
iii) Before the night’s “yawning peal” what is the dreadful deed that is to be done? What has Macbeth done to accomplish the deed?
iv) Before the scene ends, what two things does Macbeth tell Lady Macbeth?
v) What does he go on to say about “things bad begun”?
vi) Earlier which three pieces of advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth?
vii) What instructions does Macbeth give his wife regarding Banquo?
viii) What is going to be held “tonight”?
b) Macbeth: How is’t with me, when every noise appals me?
What hands are here? Ha ! they pluck out mine eyes.
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this may hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.
i) Where is the speaker? Who else is present at this time?
ii) What has the speaker heard that he speaks so?
iii) What does Macbeth say about his hands?
iv) What does Lady Macbeth say...