Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 4th Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May' 2013)

Course: 401
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any three of the following: 1x3=3
  1. What was the name of the protagonist in The Old Man and the Sea?
  2. What was the name of the boy?
  3. For how long had the old man gone fishing without catching a fish?
  4. The boy’s parents called the old man unlucky. What exact word did they use to describe him?
  5. What popular game did they discuss?
2. Answer any three of the following: 4x3=12
  1. “There are many good fishermen and some great ones, but there is only you.”
Who said this to whom and in what context?
  1. Briefly describe the dream that the old man dreamt quite often.
  2. He always thought of the sea as la mar ……
What do you understand by these words? Explain briefly.
  1. What was the Terrace and what did the boy get for the old man and himself from there?
3. The Old Man and the Sea is a depiction of a man’s epic struggle against nature. Do you agree? If so, why? 15
But I will show him what a man can do and what a man endures. Whom did the old man want to prove the power of human endurance? Elaborate.


4. Answer any five of the following: 1x5=5
  1. What is the name of the wife in Tagore’s The Wife’s Letter?
  2. What is the wife known as in the family as mentioned in The Wife’s Letter?
  3. How does Mrinal address her husband at the beginning of her letter?
  4. Who is the narrator of the story, Javni?
  5. Who is the goddess on whom Javni has immense faith?
  6. Where is the story of Javni set?
5. Answer any one of the following: 5
  1. Describe the feelings of Mrinal when her daughter was born.
  2. Who was Bindu? Why did she come to her sister’s house?
  3. Why does Javni compare herself to a cow?
  4. Why is Javni’s food kept in the byre and not inside the house?
6. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. The Wife’s Letter is a women-oriented story. Comment on his statement with instances from the story.
  2. Who exactly is responsible for Bindu’s death? Is it her destiny that leads her to death or is the social system responsible for her death?
  3. Discuss the significance of the epigraph of the short story, Javni.
  4. Javni’s life is a life of tears and yet she is a wonderful soul. Discuss.


7. Answer any five of the following: 1x5=5
  1. What does the story, Toba Tek Singh satirize?
  2. In the story, Toba Tek Singh, who is the man who has not sat for fifteen years?
  3. Where is the story, Toba Tek Singh set?
  4. Which epic does the story, Kunti and the Nishadin provides a rereading of?
  5. Who invited the elderly Nishadin and her five sons to a feast meant for the Brahmins?
  6. Who was Kunti in love with as stated in the story, Kunti and the Nishadin?
8. Answer any one of the following: 5
  1. In the story, Toba Tek Singh, the lunatics see the transfer as an uprootment. What is uprootment?
  2. Why are the two Anglo-Indians in the European word worried about their status after India has attained Independence, as stated in Toba Tek Singh?
  3. What is the burden that Kunti seems to drag in Kunti and the Nishadin?
  4. Why did Kunti never try to learn the language of the Nishada women?
9. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. The central motif in the story, Toba Tek Singh is the motif of sanity and insanity. Explain the manner in which the bedlam in the story appears to be saner than the implied frenzy in the asylum.
  2. In Toba Tek Singh, how does Bishen Singh register his protest by dying on a land that has no name?
  3. In Kunti and the Nishadin, three particular statements of the Nishadin reveal that the Nishada are far more progressive than the people of the Rajavritta. List the statements.
  4. Discuss how the story, Kunti and the Nishadin destroys the notion of Kurukshetra as a war for dharma.


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