Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

Course: 401
(Reading Prose and Fiction)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer very briefly any eight of the following questions: 1x8=8
  1. To which period in English literature did Francis Bacon belong?
  2. When was The Advancement of Learning published?
  3. With whom did Addition collaborate to publish The Spectator?
  4. Who wrote Sir Roger in London?
  5. Who is the author of The Essays of Elia?
  6. For how many years was Lamb in service?
  7. In which year was Mansfield Park published?
  8. In which literary magazine was the essay, Politics and the English Language published?
  9. Why do people think that language cannot be changed by conscious action?
  10. Name a novel other than Joseph Andrews written by Henry Fielding.
  11. What is the total number of Jane Austen’s published novels?
  12. Joseph Andrews was written as a satire on another novel written a few years before. Which was it?

2. Answer any one of the following question: 4
  1. “Some books are to be tasted, other to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Explain with reference to the context.
  2. “To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affectation; to make judgement wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar.” Explain with reference to the context.
  3. Attempt a brief character-sketch of Sir Roger de Coverley from your reading of Sir Roger in London.
  4. “I have often thought, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the middle of winter.” Explain with reference to the context.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 14
  1. Attempt a critical analysis of the essay, Of Studies.
  2. Illustrate with reference to Of Studies, how Bacon perfected the art of saying great things with even greater economy.
  3. Discuss Addison’s prose style with reference to the essay, Sir Roger in London.
  4. What, according to Addison, was the aim of the spectator? How far has that aim been fulfilled in the essay, Sir Roger in London?
4. Answer briefly any one of the following questions: 4
  1. Recapitulate Lamb’s feelings immediately after his superannuation.
  2. Write briefly about Lamb’s style as reflected in The Superannuated Man.
  3. “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.” Discuss briefly.
  4. How does Orwell hope to cure the decay of the English language? Write briefly.
5. Answer any one of the following questions: 14
  1. Discuss how the essayist presents the positive effects of life after superannuation in the superannuated Man.
  2. Enumerate the autobiographical elements reflected in Lamb’s The Superannuated Man.
  3. Analyze and explain the relation between politics and language as discussed by Orwell in Politics and the English Language.
  4. How does Orwell link up the corruption of language and the corruption of thought? Discuss in detail.

6. Answer any one of the following question: 4
  1. Present a brief character-sketch of Lady Booby of Joseph Andrews.
  2. Discuss briefly the function of the ‘digressions’ in Joseph Andrews.
7. Answer any one of the following question: 14
  1. Examine Joseph Andrews as a ‘comic epic in prose’.
  2. Discuss Joseph Andrews as a Picaresque novel.
  3. Discuss how the 18th century society is reflected in Joseph Andrews.
  4. Attempt an analysis of the significance of the role of Parson Adams in Joseph Andrews.

8. Answer any one of the following question: 4
  1. Write a brief note on the character of Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park.
  2. Comment on the theatrical episode in Mansfield Park.
9. Answer any one of the following question: 14
  1. Discuss Mansfield Park as a social document.
  2. What do you understand by irony? Give an account of the use of irony in Mansfield Park.
  3. “Nobody, I believe, has ever found it possible to like the heroine of Mansfield Park.” (Lionel Trilling)
Do you agree? Present a character-sketch of Fanny Price.
  1. “What Jane Austen is primarily concerned with here is less the social than the moral texture of life at Mansfield Park.” (Dr. Ian. Littlewood)
Discuss the novel, Mansfield Park in the light of the above comment.


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