Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May'2012)

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. “Good action will entail upon us good effect; bad action, bad.” Name the writer.
  2. “….. I have nothing to gain from work; I am the one Lord, but why do I work? Because I love the world.”
Whose words are these?
  1. What is the meaning of ‘baby talk’?
  2. What does ‘monism’ mean?
  3. What do you mean by ‘thralldom’?
  4. What is a ‘celluloid saga’?
  5. Who is the author of Pather Panchali?
  6. What and where is Karoo?
  7. What is a coup?
  8. What is meant by pastoral?
  9. Where was V. S. Naipaul born?
  10. What do you mean by idiosyncrasies?
Answer any four of the following: 15x4=60
2. Swami Vivekananda identifies two ways of helping man end his miseries. What are they? Which is better and why?
3. What are Sri Aurobindo’s views on original thinking? Why is independent thinking discouraged?
4. Explain why cinema is the highest form of commercial art. What are the significant lessons Satyajit Ray learnt while shooting?
5. Give your assessment of J. M. Coetzee’s Playgrounds.  
6. How was V. S. Naipaul influenced by the life in Chaguanas? What are his views on his father’s stories?
7. What role did bookcases play in Calcutta’s middle class homes? What books were valued in the house of Amitav Ghosh’s grandfather? What, according to him, guided his uncle’s selection of books?
8. Write a critical appreciation of either (a) or (b): 12
(a) I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world
and older than the flow of
human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns.
were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it
lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the
pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi
when Abe Lincoln went down –
to New Orleans, I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
(b) The modern universe is a very different sort of place. Since the victory of the Copernican system we have known that the earth is not the centre of the universe. For a time the sun replaced it, but then it turned out that the sun is by no means the monarch among stars, in fact, is scarcely even middle class. There is an incredible amount of empty space in the universe. The distance from the sun to the nearest star is about 4.2 light years, or miles. This is in spite of the fact that we live in an exceptionally crowded part of the universe, namely the Milky Way, which is an assemblage of about 300000 million stars. This assemblage is one of an immense number of similar assemblages; about 30 million are known, but presumably better telescopes would show more. The average distance from one assemblage to the next is about 2 million light years. But apparently they still feel they haven’t elbow room, for they are all hurrying away from us at the rate of 14000 miles a second or more. The most distant of them so far observed are believed to be at a distance from us of about 500 million light years, so that what we see is what they were 500 million years ago. And as to mass: the sun weights about tons, the Milky Way about 160000 million times as much as the sun, and is one of a collection of galaxies of which about 30 million are known. It is not easy to maintain a belief in one’s cosmic importance in view of such overwhelming statistics.


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