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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Arts)' (November)-2014

Course: 301
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
A: Poetry
1. Answer any four of the following (two each from Unit – I and Unit – II): 9x4=36
(a) (i) Discuss how Robert Frost reflects a complex social and philosophical theme through a rich debate on a seemingly simply topic in Mending Wall.
(ii) Critically examine Wordsworth’s treatment of childhood innocence and simplicity in We are Seven.
(iii) Attempt a critical appreciation of the poem, To the Indians Who Died in Africa.
(iv) “In many ways this is a very Indian poem in Indian English.”
Examine A Very Indian Poem in Indian English in the light of this comment.
(b) (i) Critically appreciate the poem, Ballad of the Landlord.
(ii) “The Wife’s Tale offers a feminine perspective to rural life.”
Examine the appropriateness of the comment.
(iii) “Wherever I hang my knickers that’s my home.” Discuss how a migrant woman adapts herself to an alien land as expressed in Wherever I Hang.
(iv) Examine how Koening of the River invokes the colonial past of the West Indies for a better future.
2. Answer, in short, any three of the following [taking at least one from (a) and (b) each]: 3x3=9
(a) (i) Explain how the speaker’s tone changes as he acknowledges the merit of the young girl’s belief in We are Seven.
(ii) How does the speaker in Mending Wall react to the notion that “Good fences make good neighbours”?
(iii) What do you understand by the term ‘Indian English’ in the light of the poem, A Very Indian Poem in Indian English?
(b) (i) What is ballad?
(ii) What do you understand by colonialism? Explain in the light of the poem, Koening of the River.
(iii) How does the speaker in Wherever I Hang feel as she leaves her homeland?
3. Answer any five of the following questions in brief: 1x5=5
  1. To whom was the speaker addressing in We are Seven?
  2. What was the major literary prize that Robert Frost won four times?
  3. What does the ‘Five Rivers’ mean in To the Indians Who Dies in Africa?
  4. Why was the speaker in Ballad of the Landlord sent to jail?
  5. Who wrote the poem, A Very Indian Poem in Indian English?
  6. What does the word ‘Koening’ mean?
  7. Which country does Seamus Heaney represent in The Wife’s Tale?
  8. What does ‘knickers’ suggest in the poem, Wherever I Hang?
B: One-Act Play
4. Answer the following in brief: 1x3=3
  1. “May you never darken my door again!”
Who said this?
  1. Who/What is Otkatai?
  2. “Ask for the hand of a daughter.”
What does this expression mean?
5. Answer, in short, any two of the following: 3x2=6
  1. How does Lomov justify his decision to marry Natalia?
  2. “He’s come to borrow money! I won’t give him any!” What makes the speaker think so? What he correct?
  3. "Bring him back?” Who says this and why?
6. (a) Answer any one of the following: 14
  1. Consider A Marriage Proposal as a comedy that represents rural Russian life and people as they are, complex and at the same time simple.
  2. “It is said that Chekhov was more interested in social issues than politics.”
Consider how A Marriage Proposal justifies such an observation.
  1. “A Marriage Proposal reduces plot to a minimum and its ending is more an interruption than a conclusion.”
Examine the plot structure of A Marriage Proposal in the light of the above observation.
(b) Answer any one of the following: 7
  1. “Now the domestic joys have begun – champagne!” Explain with reference to the context.
  2. Examine how ownership of land is central to the socio-economic life of rural Russia as expressed in the play, A Marriage Proposal.


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