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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - English General (May'2015)

Course: 201
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32/24
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
(Short Stories)

1. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. Discuss the significance of the title of the short story. “The Last Leaf”. What lesson do you learn from it? 3+7=10
  2. “The ivy leaf was still there.” What role did Behrman play in making the ivy leaf stick to the vine? How did it help Johnsy to get cured of pneumonia? 4+6=10
2. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. Narrate in your own words how Nambi enthralled the villagers of Somal with his stories.
  2. Do you think Nambi was divinely inspired or he was simply a talented storyteller? What reason can you ascribe for his failure to tell stories?
3. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. “I managed to get his permission because of two unlikely events: a song and a walk.”
Discuss Vikram Seth’s experience in obtaining the permission from Chinese authorities to visit Tibet.
  1. Give a detailed description of the musical evening held in the courtyard of the university guesthouse. What was the response of the Chinese audience to the song sung by Mr. Seth?
4. Answer any three of the following: 2x3=6
  1. Give a brief description of the Greenwich Village.
  2. How did Nambi tell his age to the villagers?
  3. Give a brief description of the village temple where Nambi lived.
  4. What did Nambi do on Friday evenings in the temple when villagers turned up for worship?
  5. What does Seth mean when he says that Chinese officialdom treats the foreigner as a valuable panda?
  6. Why did the crowed laugh when Mr. Seth buys the ‘pipe’ from the woman in the market?
5. Give very short answers to any four of the following: 1x4=4
  1. Where did Johnsy and Sue set their studio?
  2. What is the full name of R. K. Narayan?
  3. What is the name of the fictional town created by R. K. Narayan?
  4. Name the village in the background of which the short story, “Under the Banyan tree” is written.
  5. What is the name of the companion who accompanied Mr. Seth to the market?
  6. What does the Chinese word Waibin mean?


6. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. Recount in your own words the various experiences of Verrier Elwin on his pilgrimage to Tawang.
  2. Give a detailed account of Elwin’s travel from Bomdi La to Dirang.
7. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. “In judging a man line Gandhi one seems instinctively to apply high standards, so that some of his virtues have passed almost unnoticed.”
Comment on the virtues of Gandhi that Orwell feels have passed unnoticed.
  1. Summarize Orwell’s views on Gandhi’s principle of non-violence.
8. Answer any one of the following: 10
  1. What role did religion and theology play in the formulation of theories of the universe?
  2. What is Edwin Hubble’s observation as to the beginning of the universe?
9. Answer any three of the following: 2x3=6
  1. Present a brief description of the Monpa people from your reading of “A Pilgrimage to Tawang”.
  2. What was sometimes ‘a real embarrassment’ for Verrier Elwin during his travel to Tawang?
  3. What does Orwell think about the Gandhian ideas like homespun cloth, sour force, and vegetarianism?
  4. What does Orwell mean by Gandhi’s vanity?
  5. What are the two basic partial theories by which scientists describe the universe?
  6. What was Aristotle’s view regarding the earth?
10. Give very short answers to any four of the following: 1x4=4
  1. From which book is the essay, “A Pilgrimage to Tawang” extracted?
  2. What is Getompa?
  3. Who is the author of the book, A Passage to India?
  4. Who is the author of the book, Gandhi and Stalin?
  5. What, according to the old lady, supports the world?
  6. Who has discovered the theory of gravity?


Course: 201
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32/24
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any eight of the following: 1x8=8
  1. What is considered as the mother of all evils?
  2. Every work must be a mixture of good and evil, yet how are we commanded to work?
  3. What award did Satyajit Ray get for his lifetime achievement in films just before his death?
  4. Which Satyajit Ray film was released in 1955?
  5. In Trinidad, what was the indentured work-force popularly known as?
  6. Who shaped the ambition of Naipaul to become a writer?
  7. What kind of a bowler was Coetzee’s father?
  8. What were the walls of the author’s grandfather’s hose lined with?
  9. The great majority of the books in his grandfather’s house were of a single kind. What were they?
  10. Who was Mya Than Tint?
  11. In Playground the author’s father plays for Worcester. What game did he play?
  12. Who is the author of the essay, Books?
2. Answer any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. How is good character established?
  2. How should European ideas be assimilated?
  3. What was the significant lesson that Ray learnt while shooting the first shot?
  4. Why was it unusual for Naipaul’s father to be a journalist? Which newspaper did he work for?
3. Answer any four of the following: 12x4=48
  1. What is the central idea in the Bhagavad-Gita and how does Swami Vivekananda explain the idea of ‘un-attachment’?
  2. ‘Nothing is our own, nothing native to our intelligence, all is derived.’ Explain.
  3. How does Ray narrate his experiences as a filmmaker?
  4. Why did Naipaul like the move to the Port of Spain? Why does he consider it to be the richest and most serene time of his childhood?
  5. What does the author mean when he says, “Cricket is not a game. It is the truth of life”?
  6. What kind of memories did the author of Books have of his holidays spent in his grandfather’s house?
4. Write a critical appreciation of either (a) or (b): 14
  1. When did my childhood go?
Was it the day I ceased to be eleven,
Was it the time I realised that Hell and Heaven,
Could not be found in Geography,
And therefore could not be,
Was that day!
When did my childhood go?
What it the time I realised that adults were not
All they seemed to be,
They talked of love and preached of love,
But did not act so lovingly,
What that the day!
When did my childhood go?
Was it when I found my mind was really mine,
To use whichever way I choose,
Producing thoughts that were not those
Of the people
But my own and mine alone
Was that the day!
Where did my childhood go?
It went to some forgotten place,
That is hidden in a infant’s face
That’s all I know.
  1. Books teach us what we experience in life. They provide us with knowledge, information, wisdom and entertainment. Books broaden our mental horizon and give us valuable ideas to face life. They are our best friends when we feel lonely. Their company is always fruitful and productive for us. The motivational books and autobiographies of successful people inspire us to adopt those character traits which are essential for attaining success in this world of competition. We can keep ourselves abreast of the best experiences of eminent educationists, academicians, scholars, scientists and men of genus. Books can change the life of a person. Instead of wasting our time in idle gossips, one must read books. These are our best guides and friends. One can read the books of one’s interest and can build a strong vocabulary. They give us the knowledge of various fields and narrate the mistakes that people made in the past. We should learn from other’s mistakes. Thus books play a very important role in our lives.