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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Indian Writing in English) ' November-2014

Course: 504
(Indian Writing in English)
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. Who was the founder of the Bengal Asiatic Society in 1784?
  2. In which year was the Oriental Drama Club established?
  3. Who is the author of Unto This Last?
  4. In which year was the All India Trade Union Congress founded?
  5. Who wrote Hind Swaraj?
  6. How many letters are there in Nehru’s Letters from a Father to his Daughter?
  7. Who is the author of the work, The Hindu View of Life?
  8. What is the title of R. K. Narayan’s autobiography?
  9. Who wrote the novel, The Princes?
  10. Who is the author of the volume of short stories titled, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories?
(History of Indian Writing in English)
2. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. Write a note on the contribution of Henry Derozio to the development of Indian English poetry. 10
  2. Examine the impact of the ‘Gandhian Whirlwind’ on Indian English Literature. 10
  3. Assess the contribution of women novelists in the development of Indian English novel. 10
  4. Write short notes on any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. Sarojini Naidu.
  2. Autobiographies in Indian English Literature.
  3. Cornelia Sorabji.
  4. Girish Karnad.
  5. The Guide or A Passage to England.
  6. Salman Rushdie.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 4
  1. Attempt a brief character sketch of the White owner of the Skeffington Coffee Estate.
  2. Give an account of the Satyagraha at the Today Booth led by Moorthy.  
  3. Write a brief note on the role of either Range Gowda or Waterfall Venkamma.
4. Answer any one of the following questions: 14
  1. Comment on Raja Rao’s portrayal of Moorthy as the Gandhi incarnate in Kanthapura.
  2. Show how in Kanthapura Raja Rao’s narrative follows the Indian style of storytelling while retaining the world-view characteristic of the instinctively bilingual Indian.
  3. Kanthapura portrays the picture of emerging modern India. Discuss.
(Nonfictional Narrative)
5. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. Why does Seth consider his journey to Lhasa as the fulfillment of an obsession? Describe the journey in detail. 4+6=10
  2. Describe, after Seth, his interlude at Nanhu. 10
  3. Who was Sui? Narrate the incident of the loss of Seth’s bag. How did he recover that? 2+4+4=10
6. Answer any two of the following questions: 12x2=24
  1. Attempt a critical appreciation of Nissim Ezekiel’s Night of the Scorpion.
  2. Describe how Jayanta Mahapatra juxtaposes the two human desires – hunger for food and hunger for sex in the poem. Hunger.
  3. “He describes scenes and incidents in great detail.”
Examine K. N. Daruwalla’s Gulzaman’s Son in the light of the above comment.
  1. A. K. Ramanujan’s poem, The Last of the Prices combines familial experience with acute historical sensibility. Elucidate.
7. Critically analyze any two of the following extracts:
  1. The peasants came like swarms of files
and buzzed the name of God a hundred times
to paralyze the Evil One.
  1. Hope lay perhaps in burning the house
I live in.
Silence gripped my sleeves; his body clawed
at the forth his old nets had dragged up from
the seas.
  1. ….He lives on, heir to long
Fingers, faces in paintings, and a belief
in auspicious
snakes in the skylight : he lives on,
to cough.
  1. Either the doorway has been cleared,
or clouds
have been parted for an instant by the sun.


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