Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 4th Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May' 2014)

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. Where had the old man gone in his youth that he dreamt about every night?
  2. What does the old man call the sea?
  3. To whom does the old man utter, ‘bad luck to your mother’?
  4. What weapon does the old man use to kill the sharks?
  5. What does Santiago do to bring Marlin home?
2. Answer any three of the following: 4x3=12

  1. What was the idea of the old man about luck?
  2. What did the boy and the old man discuss about lottery?
  3. Give a character-sketch of Manolin.
  4. “The sight of the old man’s torn had makes Manolin cry. He declares to Santiago that he will join him from now on during his fishing trips.”
How have their roles changed? Who is now in charge of taking care of whom?
3. How does Hemingway present profound insights into the brutality and tragedy of life through his narrative, The Old Man and the Sea? 15
The Old Man and the Sea is a compassionate understanding of human struggle against nature. Discuss.


4. Answer any five of the following: 1x5=5
  1. Who is Bindu in Tagore’s A Wife’s Letter?
  2. Who helped Mrinal and Bindu in Tagore’s A Wife’s Letter?
  3. Why did Mrinal write a letter?
  4. What is the basic trait of society in which Javni lives?
  5. From whose point of view is the story, Javni written?
  6. Why is Javni’s food kept in the byre?
5. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. How is Mrinal finally able to break free of her chains?
  2. What happened to Bindu’s married life and why?
  3. Discuss the basic features of the village Malkad in which Javni lives.
  4. How does Ramappa challenge the accepted notion of religion?
6. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. Describe in length Mrinal’s role in Bindu’s life.
  2. Epistolatory narrative is a technique often used by writers. Explain this technique with reference to Tagore’s story, A Wife’s Letter.
  3. Discuss the manner in which Javni manages to deal with her suffering.
  4. Discuss the relationship between Javni and Ramappa.


7. Answer any five of the following: 1x5=5
  1. Where is Toba Tek Singh?
  2. How many Anglo-Indians were there in the European Ward?
  3. Which Urdu daily was read by one of the inmates in the asylum?
  4. Why did Kunti go to Karna?
  5. Did Kunti ever have any human relationship with her dasis?
  6. What is confession?
8. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. When Fazal Din refers to Roop Kaur, he pauses, stammers and halts. What has probably happened to Roop Kaur?
  2. What did the visitors get for Bishen Singh when they went to see him in the asylum?
  3. Why to Kunti is burning six innocent tribals not a crime?
  4. Was any of the five Pandavas sired by Pandu?
9. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. The two lunatics who declare themselves to be Jinnah and Master Tara Singh are declared as dangerous. In terms of narrative technique, the situation is extremely ironical. What is Irony? How is the situation ironical? Discuss.
  2. What fact is Manto trying to drive home in Toba Tek Singh about people who are same and have fine appearances?
  3. According to the Lokvritta, the most heinous crime is the massacre of innocents for self-interest. How is Kunti guilty of this crime?
  4. Discuss how the story, Kunti and Nishadin destroys the notion of Kurukshetra as a war for dharma.


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