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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (History of the English Language, Critical Terms and Classical Mythology)' (November)-2013


2013
(November)
ENGLISH
(Major)
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
PART – A
(History of the English Language)


1. Answer any eight of the following questions: 1x8=8
  1. Which theory is associated with the name of Max Muller?
  2. Name the book in which Sir Richard Paget restated the gesture theory.
  3. What does the word ‘mutation’ mean?
  4. Who introduced the frequently used verbs ‘get’ and ‘take’ into the English language?
  5. Through which process have the words ‘bead’ and ‘villain’ undergone a change of meaning?
  6. Which dialect occupied an important position in the Middle English period?
  7. Give one example of a plural that was formed through the process of i-mutation.
  8. What did the word ‘silly’ mean in Anglo-Saxon times?
  9. How did the word ‘box’ derive its present meaning?
  10. What is a ‘closed’ syllable?
2. Write short notes on any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. Euphemism.
  2. Effect of Reformation on the English language.
  3. Gradation.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 12
  1. “English, as it is spoken and written today is still for the most part a Saxon tongue.” Elucidate.
  2. Write a note on the Scandinavian elements in Old English.
  3. Explain how new words have come into the English language in any four of the following ways: 3x4
  1. Onomatopoeia.
  2. The addition of suffixes or prefixes.
  3. Metanalysis.
  4. Corruption or misunderstanding.
  5. Freak formations.
  6. Back-formation.


PART – B
UNIT – I
(Critical Terms and Concepts)


4. Write short notes on any five of the following: 6x5=30
  1. Ballad.
  2. Chivalric Romance.
  3. Epic.
  4. Point of view.
  5. Gothic Novel.
  6. Biography.
  7. Burlesque.
  8. Elegy.
  9. Irony.
  10. Satire.
  11. Heroic couplet.
  12. Tragedy.
UNIT – II
(Classical Mythology)


5. Show your acquaintance with any two of the following: 4x2=8
  1. Oedipus Rex.
  2. Muses.
  3. Achilles’ heel.
  4. Odysseus (Ulysses)
  5. Orestes and the Furies.
6. Write brief notes on any six of the following: 2x6=12

  1. Venus.
  2. Hades.
  3. Artemis.
  4. Ceres.
  5. Mercury.
  6. Zeus.
  7. Cyclopes.
  8. Echo.
  9. Pan.
  10. Nemesis.
  11. Centaurs.
  12. Sphinx.
  13. Neptune.
  14. Achilles.

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