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Dibrugarh University (BA - 1st Semester) Question Papers - Alternative English (Nov' 2012)

2012
(November)
ALTERNATIVE ENGLISH
(Arts)
Course: 101
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
SECTION – A
1. Choose the correct option to fill in the blanks/Answer the following: 1x8=8
  1. I sigh the lack of many a thing I ____, And with old woes new wail
My dear time’s waste;
  1. Fought.
  2. Sought.
  3. Thought.
  1. It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather:
Now I hold Creation in my ____
  1. Foot.
  2. Tooth.
  3. Root.
  1. While my hair was still cut
Straight across my forehead
I played about the ____ gate,
Pulling flowers
  1. Back.
  2. Side.
  3. Front.
  1. I have no joys which are not yours, no
____ which are not yours. It too
Call myself I.
  1. Pains.
  2. Aches.
  3. Fears.
  1. “His State
Is kingly. Thousands at his
Bidding speed”
In the above mentioned lines, whose state is ‘kingly’?
  1. Whom does the poet praise in the poem, Pied Beauty?
  2. The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.
Which music is the poet referring to here?

  1. What kind of a poem is Vikram Seth’s
The Frog and the Nightingale?
SECTION – B
Answer any one part from each Unit: 15x4=60
UNIT - 1
2. (a) Comment on Shakespeare’s treatment of time in Sonnet 30.
(b) How did Milton come to terms with the loss of his eyesight? What were the doubts in his mind and how were they removed?
(c) Write a note on the use of poetic imagination that the poet used to draw the picture of the ‘highland lass’ in the poem, The Solitary Reaper.
UNIT – 2
3. (a) How does Hopkins praise God in Pied Beauty?
(b) Write a critical note on how the poet glorifies the martyrs without justifying the cause in Easter 1916.
(c) Do you thin Ted Hughes’ Hawk Roosting is a poem contrasting the power of nonhuman life as against the power of human nature?
UNIT – 3
4. (a) Discuss how the poet journeys from ignorance to self-knowledge in The Song of Myself.
(b) Write a critical appreciation of the poem, The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound.
(c) Attempt a critical appreciation of either Necessity or I too sing America.
UNIT – 4
5. (a) discuss how the poet expresses his reactions to the Breaded Fish prepared specially for him.
(b) Write a critical note on the ‘woman point of view’ in Kamala Das’ An Introduction.
(c) Critically examine the poet’s treatment of the beast fable in The Frogs and the Nightingales.
SECTION – C
6. Explain, with reference to the context, any three of the following excerpts: 4x3=12
  1. But if the while I think on thee,
Dear friend,
All losses are restored, and sorrows end.

  1. Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?

  1. I am the darker brother,
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,

  1. My tongue, every atom of my blood,
formed from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here
from parents the same,
and their parents the same,

  1. The language I speak
Becomes mine, its distortions,
Its queerness
All mine, mine alone.

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