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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Great European Thinkers) ' November-2013

Course: 503
(Great European Thinkers)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. What re the main difficulties faced by a ruler in a mixed principality? How does Machiavelli guide the prince through this complex new state in ‘Chapter 3’ of The Prince?
  2. “Therefore it is necessary for a prince to understand how to avail himself of the beast and the man.” Analyze this statement by Machiavelli.
  3. Why is it necessary for a prince to avoid being despised and hated, according to Machiavelli? How can a prince do this?
2. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Examine Locke’s theory of the imperfection of word.
  2. Write a note on John Locke as a philosopher.
  3. “As to communication by words, that too has a double use – I. Civil, and II. Philosophical.”
Examine the above statement of Locke.
3. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. How does Rousseau try to balance the rights and duties of the citizen in his philosophical analysis in the extract from The Social Contract? Give a reasoned answer.
  2. How does Rousseau address the conflict between the demands for individual liberty and the need to surrender to the mind of society? Discuss.
  3. Why did Rousseau find it necessary to put forward his social contract theory? How is it relevant to the study of literature?
4. Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Why does Marx link history to class struggle? Is it a universal phenomenon? Discuss.
  2. Discuss the steps in the development of the bourgeoisie as depicted by Marx.
  3. Would you agree with Marx’s explanation of human character in terms of economic determinism?
Would you make a case for exceptions too?
5. Answer any four of the following: 4x4=16
  1. What is Machiavellianism? Elucidate.
  2. Why and how can a prince keep faith? Write briefly.
  3. Write a short note on the concept of ‘arbitrary imposition’ of ideas on words, as Locke perceives it.
  4. Write a brief note on the concept of ‘the sovereign’ after Rousseau.
  5. Show your acquaintance with The Communist Manifesto by Marx.
  6. Write a briefly about the steps in the rise of the proletariat as delineated by Marx.
6. Give very short answers to any eight of the following: 1x8=8
  1. Name a book written by Niccolo Machiavelli.
  2. What does Locke mean by the term ‘idea’?
  3. Name the book written by Rousseau where the chapter ‘Citizen’ appears.
  4. Which nation did Karl Marx belong to?
  5. Who is the writer of Das Kapital?
  6. What did Marx mean by the term ‘bourgeoisie’?
  7. Which philosopher advocated the concept of ‘return to nature’?
  8. Which nationality did the empiricist philosopher John Locke belongs to?
  9. Which century did Niccolo Machiavelli belong to?
  10. What, according to Rousseau, is the ‘rift model of political societies’?


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