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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Indian Writing in English) ' November-2013

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. In which year did Vasco da Gama discover the sea-route to India?
  2. In which year was the Battle of Plassey fought?
  3. Who was the founder of the Brahmo Samaj?
  4. Name the epic written by Sri Aurobindo.
  5. Who established the Arya Samaj?
  6. In which year did Mahatma Gandhi launch the Civil Disobedience Movement?
  7. Who wrote Glimpses of World History?
  8. Who is the author of A Passage to England?
  9. What is the title of Kamala Das’s autobiography?
  10. Who wrote the historical play, Tughluq?
  11. Who is the author of A Princess Remembers?
(History of India Writing in English)
2. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. Give an account of the factors that created the climate for the growth of Indian English literature.
  2. Write a note on the contribution of either R. K. Narayan or Mulk Raj Anand to the development of Indian English novels.
  3. Write a note on the New Poets of Indian English literature.
  4. Write short notes on any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. Henry Luis Vivian Derozio.
  2. Toru Dutt.
  3. The Romantic School of Indian English Poetry.
  4. Khushwant Singh.
  5. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
  6. Gitanjali or The Princes.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 4
  1. Why did Moorthy decide to go on a fast?
  2. Write a brief note on the role of either Bhatta or Ratna.
  3. How did Moorthy try to convince the villagers to spin on the ‘Charkha’?
4. Answer any one of the following questions: 14
  1. Show how Raja Rao’s Kanthapura, considered as one of the finest evocations of the Gandhian Age in Indian English fiction, depicts the cross-currents of the Indian freedom struggle.
  2. Examine Raja Rao’s narrative technique in Kanthapura. What are his views regarding the need for a unique Indian English mode of literary expression? 10+4=14
  3. “Kanthapura is a microcosm of modern India.” Discuss.

(Nonfictional Narrative)
5. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. Describe, in detail, the episode leading to Seth’s obtaining permission to visit Lhasa.
  2. Given an account of Seth’s stay in the oasis town of Turfan from your reading of From Heaven’s Lake.
  3. Describe, after Seth, the journey to Nepal and the episode of his confrontation with the customers officer.
6. Answer any two of the following questions: 12x2=24
  1. Comment on Nissim Ezekiel’s depiction of a typical Indian rural scene in Night of the Scorpion.
  2. Attempt a critical appreciation of Keki N. Daruwalla’s Gulzaman’s Son.
  3. How does A. K. Ramanujan portray the plight of the kings and princes in the poem, The Last of the Princes?
  4. Write a note on the use of imagery in Jayanta Mahapatra’s poetry with special reference to Hunger.
7. Critically analyze any two of the following extracts: 5x2=10
  1. An hour later it is there quavery-legged
and wet and uncertain about
its rickety, four-pronged hold on earth.
  1. May the sum of evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain, they said.
  1. I followed him across the sprawling sands,
my mind thumping in the flesh’s sling.
hope lay perhaps in burning the house
I lived in.
  1. Wife, heirloom pearls in her nose-ring.
Pregnant again, His first son trainee
in telegraphy.
has telegraphed thrice already for money.


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