Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Alternative 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

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.


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