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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (History of the English Language, Critical Terms and Classical Mythology)' (November)-2014


2014
(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. According to which theory has man’s innate sense of rhythm played an important part in the origin of language?
  2. What are voiced consonants?
  3. From which branch of the Indo-European family did the English language take its descent?
  4. Mention any one word of Celtic origin that has survived as a result of being absorbed into Old English.
  5. What is a ‘portmanteau word’?
  6. In which dialect was the personal pronoun ‘she’ first used?
  7. What change did vowels in open syllables undergo during the Middle English Period?
  8. Which consonants were affected by the process known as metathesis?
  9. What did the word ‘dream’ mean in Old English?
2. Write short notes on any two of the following: 5x2=10
  1. Standard English.
  2. Impact of Printing on the English Language.
  3. Words derived from Proper Names.
3. Answer any one of the following questions: 12
  1. Give an account of the French words in English.
  2. Write a note on the primitive Germanic consonant shift.
  3. Discuss at least six methods by which words in English have changed their meanings.
PART – B
UNIT – I
(Critical Terms and Concepts)
4. Write short notes on any five of the following: 6x5=30
  1. Allegory.
  2. Blank verse.
  3. Chorus.
  4. Comedy.
  5. Genre.
  6. Sonnet.
  7. Conceit.
  8. Fancy and imagination.
  9. Gothic novel.
  10. Short story.
UNIT – II
(Classical Mythology)
5. Show your acquaintance with any two of the following: 4x2=8
  1. Aristotle.
  2. Homer.
  3. Juvenal.
  4. Epicurus.
6. Write brief notes on any six of the following: 2x6=12
  1. Acheron.
  2. Calypso.
  3. Phoebe.
  4. Amazons.
  5. Triton.
  6. Diana.
  7. Apollo.
  8. Chimaera.
  9. Draco.
  10. Jupiter.
  11. Labyrinth.
  12. Medusa.
  13. Sibyl.
  14. Oracles.




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