Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May'2013)

Course: 201
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any eight of the following: 1x8=8
  1. Who was Swami Vivekananda?
  2. Who was the founder of the Brahmo Samaj?
  3. Who is the author of The Beginnings?
  4. Who said, “Books were meant to be read”?
  5. Who was Mya Than Tint?
  6. What do you understand by ‘coup’?
  7. Who wrote the novel, Pather Panchali?
  8. “Nothing is our own, nothing native to our intelligence, all is derived.” Who said this?
  9. What do you understand by ‘censorship’?
  10. Who is the author of Our Films Their Films?
  11. What do you understand by the term “Tamasic Men and Tamasic Society”?
  12. How did the Indians come to Trinidad?
2. Answer any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. How can the youth of India save the country?
  2. What roles did bookcases play in Calcutta’s middle-class homes?
  3. What kind of the bowler was J. M. Coetzee’s father?
3. Answer any four of the following: 12x4=48
  1. “At the wicket the secret that he manages to cover up elsewhere is relentlessly probed and exposed.” Explain.
  2. Give an account of the house at Chaguanas. Why does Naipaul say, he neither liked nor disliked living there?
  3. How should European ideas be assimilated?
  4. Explain why cinema is the highest form of commercial art.
  5. What books were valued in the house of Amitav Ghosh’s grandfather?
  6. Explain ‘Samskara’. How do good and bad actions influence one’s Samskara?
4. Write a critical appreciation of either (a) or (b): 14
  1. O friend! I know not which way I must look For comfort, being as I am, opprest, To think that now our life is only drest For show; mean handiwork of craftsman, cook Or groom! – We must run glittering like a brook In the open sunshine, or we are unblest: The wealthiest man among us is the best: No grandeur now in Nature or in book Delights us. Rapine, avarice, expenses, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more: The homely beauty of the good old cause Is gone, our peace, our fearful innocence, And pure religion breathing household laws.
  2. The progress of materialistic civilization has made life on the earth almost a continuous struggle. So we are being taught that for success in this struggle, we must be always up and doing. This seems to suggest that there is no room for real leisure in the present world for anybody with ambition in life. But that is wrong idea altogether. However heavy the duties, a man must make provision for sometime everyday during which he may forget all about his duties and relax himself as he pleases. A machine that is worked without rest gets out of order very soon. The human machine is no exception to this law of nature. According to the Bible, even God rested a day after having created the universe. And this is why the Christians observe a day of rest every week. The Hindu Shastras also make leisure compulsory by enjoining cessation of work on different occasions. Indeed leisure is the very scheme of nature. The physical and mental system of man gets tired and exhausted unless it has occasional rest after every few hours. Sleep is compulsory leisure enforced by Mother Nature. The rapid increase in cases of nervous breakdown and in thrombosis and cancer is considered by many eminent physicians to be due to the constant worries of modern life. This is why men who can afford, occasionally snatch themselves away from their normal occupations and relax themselves in quiet surroundings.


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