Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dibrugarh University (BA - 4th Semester) Question Papers - English Major 1 (May' 2015)

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: 1x8=8
  1. In which year was Francis Bacon born?
  2. What is the complete name of Sir Roger?
  3. Name one periodical of 18th century to which Addison contributed.
  4. To which period of English literature did Charles Lam belong?
  5. Who is Elia of the collection, Essays of Elia?
  6. In which year was the essay, Politics and the English Language published?
  7. What is the meaning of the word ‘obsolete’?
  8. In which year was the novel, Joseph Andrews published?
  9. Name another women novelist belonging to the same period as Jane Austen.
  10. Sir Tomas Bertram is a character of which novel by Jane Austen?
2. Explain, with reference to the context, any one of the following: 4
  1. “They [studies] perfect nature, and are perfected, by experience.”
  2. “Reading maketh a full man; conference a Ready Man; and writing an exact man.”
  3. “I have often thought, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the middle of winter.”
3. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Write a critical appreciation of the essay, Of Studies by Francis Bacon.
  2. Show with reference to Of Studies, how Bacon perfected the art of saying great things with even greater economy.
  3. Write a critical appreciation of Addison’s Sir Roger in London.
  4. Discuss Addison’s prose style with reference to the essay, Sir Roger in London.
4. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. “For the first day or two I felt stunned, overwhelmed, I could only apprehend my felicity; I was too confused to taste it sincerely.” Explain with reference to the context.
  2. What is the relation between the corruption of language and the corruption of thought?
  3. “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.” Discuss briefly.
5. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Give an account of the life before and after superannuation as presented by Charles Lamb in The Superannuated Man.
  2. Do you agree that Charles Lamb succeeds in achieving a combination of personal and universal interests in The Superannuated Man? Support your answer with arguments and critical comments.
  3. Why does Orwell say that language and politics should not be mixed? Comment on the solutions/suggestions offered by him.
  4. “In prose, the worst thing one can do with words is to surrender to them.” Discuss with reference to the context.
6. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. Present a brief character-sketch of Lady Booby in Joseph Andrews.
  2. Discuss the function of the ‘digressions’ 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. Attempt an analysis of the significance of the role of Parson Adams in Joseph Andrews.
  2. Discuss Joseph Andrews as a picaresque novel.
  3. “Fielding’s realism was not based on rancor or hatred.” Examine Joseph Andrews in the light of this remark.
  4. Discuss Joseph Andrews as a social document.
8. Answer any one of the following: 4
  1. Write a brief note on the character of Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park.
  2. Comment on the theatrical episode in Mansfield Park.
  3. Analyze briefly the theme of education in Mansfield Park.
9. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Comment critically on Jane Austen’s art of characterization with special reference to her important woman characters in Mansfield Park.
  2. “Jane Austen’s tales are not laughter-proving, but they leave a rippling sense of pleasure behind them.” Discuss Jane Austen’s use of humour in Mansfield Park.
  3. Discuss Mansfield Park as a social document.
  4. “But though Mansfield Park stands out from Jane Austen are other novels by the sternness of its moral emphasis, there is much else that it shares.” Discuss the novel in the light of this comment.


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