Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 4th Semester) Question Papers - English Major 1 (May' 2014)

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. According to Francis Bacon, what makes a ‘full man’?
  2. Who is considered as the ‘father of the English Essay’?
  3. Name the two journals published with the collaboration of Addison and Steele.
  4. In which 18th century journal was Sir Roger de Coverley Papers published?
  5. What is the name of the volume where The Superannuated Man was published?
  6. In what profession was Charles Lamb, as he states in The Superannuated Man?
  7. Name a novel written by George Orwell.
  8. What, according to George Orwell, is ‘the great enemy of clear language’?
  9. To which period in English literature does the novel, Joseph Andrews belong?
  10. In which country was ‘Mansfield Park’ situated?
2. Explain, with reference to the context, any one of the following: 4
  1. “Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.”
  2. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested …..”
  3. “I could hear my friend chide him for not finding out some work; but at the same time saw him put his hand in his pocket and give him six-pence.”
  4. “As I was wondering in myself what had brought Sir Roger to town, …… he told me that his master was come up to get a sight of Prince Eugene, and that he desired I would immediately meet him.”
3. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. In his classic essay Of Studies, Francis Bacon explains how and why proper study and knowledge is important. Discuss.
  2. Write an account of Francis Bacon as an essayist, referring to his essay Of Studies.
  3. Give a critical appreciation of Sir Roger in London.
  4. What type of essay is Sir Roger in London? Is it a ‘personal’ or ‘political’ essay? Explain.
4. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. “I stammered out a bow, and at just ten minutes after eight I went home – forever.” Explain with reference to the context.
  2. “It was like passing out of Time into Eternity – for it is a sort of Eternity for a man to have his Time all to himself.” Explain referring to the text.
  3. “It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism.” Explain referring to the essay.
  4. Why is political writing usually bad?
5. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. The Superannuated Man is a personal essay. Discuss in detail.
  2. Give an account of the felling of Charles Lamb before and after his retirement.
  3. George Orwell, in his essay, Politics and the English Language says “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought”. Explain in detail.
  4. Analyze and explain how Orwell links the decay of the English language to politics in his essay.
6. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. Present a brief character-sketch of Pamela Andrews.
  2. Write a short note on the elements of hypocrisy and vanity in Joseph Andrews.
  3. Attempt a short account on the theme of class and birth in Joseph Andrews.
7. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Discuss the conflict between good and evil in the novel, Joseph Andrews.
  2. Discuss Joseph Andrews as a picture of social unrest of the age.
  3. Analyze Joseph Andrews as a ‘comic epic in prose’.
  4. Compare and contrast the characters of Joseph Andrews and Parson Adams.
8. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. Write a brief note on the character of Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park.
  2. Attempt a brief analysis of the significance of the visit to Southampton in Mansfield Park.
  3. Present a brief discussion on the theme of ordination in Mansfield Park.
9. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Discuss Mansfield Park as a comedy of intrigue.
  2. “Ranged around the central quartet are all the other characters who manifest in one form or another the besetting sin of Mansfield Park – a concern for social proprietary’s that is un sustained by any moral foundation.” Discuss Mansfield Park in the light of this comment.
  3. Discuss how Mansfield Park is conceived in irony and humour.
  4. Attempt a detailed analysis of the character of Fanny Price.


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