Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 2nd Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May'2014)

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. What was the original name of Swami Vivekananda?
  2. Who said, “Expect nothing in return”?
  3. What is meant by ‘baby talk’?
  4. What does ‘Monism’ mean?
  5. What is ‘dogmatism’?
  6. What award did Satyajit Ray receive just before his death in 1992?
  7. Who is the author of Playgrounds?
  8. What is ‘Karoo’?
  9. Who wrote A House for Mr. Biswas?
  10. What is meant by ‘flogging’?
  11. Who wrote The Imam and the Indian?
  12. What do you mean by ‘forage to survive’?
2. Answer any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. Explain Samskara.
  2. Why is independent thinking discouraged according to Sri Aurobindo?
  3. What was the turning point in the author’s meeting with the Burmese writer, Mya Than Tint?
3. Answer any four of the following: 12x4=48
  1. Explain why cinema is the highest from of commercial art. What are the significant lessons Satyajit Ray learnt while shooting a film?
  2. Give your impression of Naipaul’s understanding of his father. Does this understanding remain static or does it change?
  3. Explain – “They are a dream; there is nothing there but mists mistaken for land or a waste of the same waters that we have already here examined”.
  4. What role did bookcases play in Calcutta’s middle class homes? What books were valued in the home of Amitav Ghosh’s grandfather?
  5. Present a brief appreciation of Naipaul’s The Beginnings.
  6. Comment of Amitav Ghosh’s attitude to books as reflected in Books.
4. Write a critical appreciation of either (a) or (b): 14
  1. When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep: How many loved you moments of glad grace: And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how love field And paced upon the mountains overhead And hide his face amid a crowd of stars.
  2. Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent, but the tests that have to be applied to them are not, of course, the same in all cases. In Gandhi’s case the questions one feels inclined to ask are: to what extent was Gandhi moved by vanity – by the consciousness of himself as a humble, naked old man, sitting on a praying mat and shaking empires by sheer spiritual power – and to what extend did he compromise his own principles by entering into politics, which of their nature are inseparable from coercion and fraud? To give a definite answer one would have to study Gandhi’s acts and writing in immense detail, for his whole life was a sort of pilgrimage in which every act was significant. But this partial autobiography, which ends in the nineteen twenties, is strong evidence in his favour, all the more because it covers what he would have called the unregenerate part of his life and reminds one that inside the saint, or near-saint, there was a very shrewd, able person who could, if he had chosen have been a brilliant success as a lawyer, an administrator or perhaps even a businessman.


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