Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Course: 201
(History of English Culture and Society – II)
(From the 18th Century to the 20th Century)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32/24
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Give very brief answers to any eight of the following: 1x8=8
  1. Tennyson’s In Memoriam was written in memory of one of his closest friends. Who was he?
  2. Who is the author of the book, An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations?
  3. According to Montesquieu which form of government – Republic, Monarchy and Despotism – is the most favorite?
  4. Who is the rival Dryden attacks in Mac Flecknoe?
  5. Who is the author of the novel, Clarissa?
  6. Name the periodical Steele launched in collaboration with Addison in 1711.
  7. Who is the poet of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience?
  8. Who accompanied Charles Darwin on his scientific expedition?
  9. Which country does modern playwright Henrik Ibsen hail from?
2. Answer any three of the following: 4x3=12
(a) Briefly discuss how scientific thoughts have contributed to the development of rationalism in the 18th century England.
Present a brief illustrative note on Dr. Samuel Johnson’s contribution to 18th century English literature.
(b) Show your acquaintance with William Wordsworth as a Romantic poet.
Present a brief evaluation of Charles Lamb as a writer of prose of the Romantic Age.
(c) Prepare a short discussion on the condition of women in the Victorian Age.
Present a brief note on the Victorian Prose.
(d) Discuss in brief some of the salient features of ‘stream-of-consciousness’ novel.
Present a brief note on globalization.
3. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Discuss the basic features of Enlightenment. How has Enlightenment influenced the development of a rational intellectual background in the 18th century?
  2. Assess the contribution of either Daniel Defoe or Samuel Richardson to the development of English novel in the 18th century.
4. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. “If we wish to distinguish a single characteristic which differentiates the English Romantics from the poets of the eighteenth century, it is to be found in the importance which they attached to the imagination and in the special view which they held for it.” (C. M. Bowra)
Discuss the features of Romantic poetry in the light of this comment.
  1. Consider either Jane Austen or Walter Scott as a novelist of the Romantic Age.
5. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Show you acquaintance with Industrial Revolution and its impact on English social life.
  2. What is social Darwinism? How is it being reflected in the English literature of the Victorian Age?
6. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Present an assessment of the modern fiction of early twentieth century with reference to the changes it brought about in the field of novel writing.
  2. Discuss W. B. Yeats’ contribution to modern poetry.
7. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Present an illustrative note on the post-war theatre with special reference to John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.
  2. Discuss how the English language has helped in the expansion and consolidation of the British Empire.


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