4.1 History of Novel- Std.12 English: Activities-Maharashtra State Board

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(Std.12 Maharashtra State Board) 4.1 History of Novel_Activities

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A Novel is a narrative work of prose fiction that tells a story about specific human experiences over a considerable length. The eighteenth century has gifted English literature two entirely new forms which are without any traces in the ancient classical heritage. One of those was ‘The Periodical Essay’ and the other was ‘NOVEL’.


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1. The eighteenth century has gifted English literature two new forms. They are-

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2. A novel is a relatively long narrative fiction that describes intimate human experiences in the form of- 

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3. The word 'novel' is derived from the Italian word-

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4. The word 'novella' means-

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5. In the modern era novel has adopted-

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6. A novel narrates a story embellishing it with more details of-

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7. Novel makes life easier to understand than in-

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8. The earlier threads of the genre can be found in-

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9. The world's first novel is-

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10. The European novel is often said to begin with-

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11. A novel is a relatively-

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12. The 18th-century new literature was characterized by the spirit of realism and denial of romantic features like- 

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13. After 1740, novel originated as the literary form in-

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14. A class of people had emerged to occupy-

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15. Miguel de Cervantes' novel 'Don Quixote' was published in two parts between-

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16. In the eighteenth century middle class could get the time for reading and discussing the novels because of-

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17. Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction dealing with-

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18. Detective fiction is a subgenre of- 

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19. Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction dealing with-

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20. The pulp fiction era provided a building ground for-

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1. The two types of conflicts that the plot may have are ___________ and ___________ .

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2. The word 'picaresque' is originated from _____________ .

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3. The word 'epistolary' is derived from _____________ .

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4. A fiction that gives the effect of realism is called _______________ novel.

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5. The novel based on the life of the author is called _______________ novel.

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6. A novel that includes terror, mystery, horror and thriller is called ______________ novel.

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7. A novel whose surface meaning is different from the symbolic meaning is called ______________ novel.

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8. A novel which is set in a period earlier than that of the writing is called _______________ novel.

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9. A novel that narrates the adventures of the protagonist is called _____________ novel.

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10. A novel in which the writer presents the narrative through a series of correspondence is called ______________ novel.

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11. A novel which is concerned with the growth of the protagonists from their childhood to adulthood is called ______________ novel.

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12. A novel that features an imaginary community or society possessing the ideal qualities is called _______________ novel. 

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13. A narrative-style novel where the incidents are presented in the sequence of their occurrences is called _____________ novel.

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14. A novel that treats the internal life of the protagonist or even the other characters as much as the external factors is called _____________ novel.

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15. The novel 'The Pilgrim's Progress' was written by ____________ in 1678.

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16. The novel 'Oroonoku' is written by ______________ in 1688.

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17. ______________ is the famous satire written by Jonathan Swift.

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18. _____________________ has been described as the world's first novel written by Murasaki Shikibu in 1010.

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19. The major trio of Indian writers is ____________, ____________ and ____________.

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20. The first Indian English novel ‘Rajmohan’s Wife’ was written by ___________________.

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1. 'Tale of Genji' is described as the world's first novel.

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2. The struggle between opposite forces is called 'Conflict'.

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3. A novel is a relatively short narrative fiction.

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4. The Spanish word 'bildungsroman' indicates growth.

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5. Setting is the central idea in which the story takes place.

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6. Plot is essentially the story or the course of events.

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7. A novella is longer than a full-length novel and shorter than short stories.

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8. The pulp fiction era provided a building ground for the detective novel.

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9. 'Rajmohan's Wife' was the first novel in English written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya.

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10. George Eliot wrote the novels reflecting philosophical insight.

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11. The novels 'Pamela or Virtue Rewarded' and 'Clarissa' are the best examples of Epistolary novels.

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12. Virginia Woolf is the pioneer of the stream-of-consciousness technique in English novel.

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13. The novel 'The Turn of the Screw' is written by Thomas Hardy.

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14. 'Hercule Poirot' and 'Miss Marple' are the evergreen detectives created by Agatha Christie.

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15. V.S. Naipaul was one of the famous Indian novelists.

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