Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 4th Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (May' 2015)

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. Why does the old man feel sorry for the birds of the sea?
  2. What fish did the old man catch first?
  3. What woke the old man?
  4. What did Santiago finally eat?
  5. What is Santiago’s favourite baseball team?
2. Answer any three of the following: 4x3=12
  1. Give a character sketch of Santiago.
  2. What is the role of the sea in The Old Man and the Sea?
  3. The Old Man and the Sea is essentially the story of a single character. Indeed, other than the old man, only Manolin receives any kind of prolonged attention. Discuss the role of Manolin in the story.
  4. What three things does he dream of when he finally falls asleep on the third night and what do you think each topic represents?
3. Bring out the social, moral and religious significance of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.
How far do you agree that The Old Man and the Sea is a literary masterpiece? Substantiate your answer with convincing arguments.

4. Answer the following: 1x5=5
  1. What was so special about Mrinal?
  2. Why did not Bindu go for the holy journey to Puri?
  3. Why did Mrinal leave the house?
  4. Why does Javni compare herself to a cow?
  5. Does Javni have complete faith in Goddess Talakamma?
5. Answer any one of the following: 5
  1. Why were the parents of Mrinal so anxious about her wedding?
  2. How did the family members treat Bindu?
  3. Discuss the relationship between Javni and Ramappa.
6. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. A Wife’s Letter is a women-oriented story. Support your answer with examples.
  2. Who exactly is responsible for Bindu’s death? Is it her destiny that leads to her death or is the system at large responsible for her death?
  3. Discuss the social context against which the story Javni is written.
  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. Who is the author of Toba Tek Singh?
  2. ‘The lunatics’ sea the transfer as an ‘uprootment’. What is uprootment?
  3. When does Bishan Singh Bathe and wear his new clothes?
  4. Why did Kunti never try to learn the language of the Nishada women?
  5. What is the actual burden that Kunti seems to bear?
  6. What any of the five Pandavas sired by Pandu?
8. Answer any one of the following: 5
  1. What exactly does Manto want to convey through the detailed description of a mad man?
  2. “Shame on the lot of you.” Who is the speaker? What is the significance of this comment?
  3. Write a short note on Kunti’s character.
  4. Why did Kunti go to Karna?
9. Answer any one of the following: 15
  1. How does Bishan Sing register his protest by dying on a land which has no name?
  2. When the Lorries full of lunatics arrive at the border, there is a dance of frenzy. What does this situation replicate? And yet, how is it that the lunatics here are saner than what they replicate?
  3. How does the forest become the means of retribution towards the end of the story?
  4. Discuss how guilt too is class-conditioned according to the story, Kunti and Nishadin.


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