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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (History of the English Language, Critical Terms and Classical Mythology)' (November)-2012

Course: 301
(History of the English Language, Critical Terms and Classical Mythology)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
(History of the English Language)

1. Answer the following: 1x8=8
  1. From which branch of the Indo-European has the English language evolved?
  2. In which dialect was most of the literature of the Anglo-Saxon period written?
  3. By whom was ‘the gesture theory’ advanced?
  4. Mention any one way in which the invention of printing influenced the development of the English language.
  5. Mention any one important development in Middle English that led to the simplification of the gender system.
  6. What does the term ‘open syllable’ mean?
  7. Mention any two English words that were formed as a result of syncopation.
  8. What was the original language of Britain?
2. Write short notes on any two of the following: 4x2=8
  1. Primitive Germanic consonant shift.
  2. The Bow-wow theory.
  3. I-mutation.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 14
  1. Write a note on the Danish element in Old English.
  2. Assess the impact of the Renaissance on the growth and development of the English language.
  3. Explain any four of the following methods by which words have changed their meanings: 3 ½ x4=14
  1. Specialization.
  2. Association of ideas.
  3. Euphemism.
  4. Polarization.
  5. Metaphorical application.
(Critical Terms and concepts)

4. Write short notes on any five of the following. 6x5=30
  1. Seven deadly sins.
  2. Epic simile.
  3. Irony.
  4. Catharsis.
  5. Allegory.
  6. Ode.
  7. Comedy.
  8. Sonnet.
  9. Symbol.
  10. Imagery.
  11. Alliteration.
  12. Metaphor.
(Classical Mythology)

5. Write short notes on any two of the following: 4x2=8
  1. Trojan War.
  2. Delphic Oracle.
  3. Alexandrian Library.
  4. Byzantine Age.
6. Write brief notes on any six of the following: 2x6=12
  1. Aphrodite.
  2. Janus.
  3. Mars.
  4. Mentor.
  5. Pegasus.
  6. Orpheus.
  7. Phoenix.
  8. Pygmies.
  9. Narcissus.
  10. Nymphs.
  11. Midas.
  12. Amazons.


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