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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:COMMUNICATION SKILLS (Arts)' (November)-2015

Course: 301
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32 (Backlog)/24 (2014 onwards)
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
(Essay Writing)
1. Answer any one of the following questions:
  1. What are the three steps that most good writers follow in organizing their writing? Explain each step briefly.        2+3=5
  2. Write a paragraph on ‘punctuality’. 5
2. Write an essay on any one of the following topics: 10
  1. National Integration.
  2. Women Empowerment.
  3. My Favourite Author.
(Conversational English)
3. Supply the missing utterance to complete the following dialogue: 5
Rajiv: Hello Arun! How are you?
Arun: I’m fine, thanks. What a pleasant surprise!
Rajiv: It’s a long time since we met.
Arun: In Delhi
Rajiv: I’m the manager of Tata Steel here. Last time I saw you, you were still studying. When did you graduate?
Arun: In 2002.
Rajiv: 3.____________________________
Arun: Actually, I’ve come to take up a new job with Hindustan Motors. I’m the new production engineer.
Rajiv: 4.____________________________
Arun: I have to report at 10.00 a.m. today. The office is on Sardar Patel Road. I was thinking of calling a taxi when I saw you.
Rajiv: What a coincidence!
Arun: Thank you so much.
4. Write a dialogue on any one of the situations given below: 10
  1. Two fiends discuss their career plans and tell each other how they are preparing themselves to achieve their goals.
  2. Two friends discuss the pros and cons of using the Internet.
[Each person must have at least five turns of dialogue]
5. Read the situations given below and write two sentences each in response to any five of them: 2x5=10
  1. You arrange to meet some friends but you are twenty minutes late.
  2. You are at the hotel reception and are planning to leave in fifteen minutes. What could you ask the receptionist?
  3. You are campaigning for your friend and have to ask for votes.
  4. You have to enquire about educational loan facilities.
  5. You are working on your computer when suddenly the document disappears from the screen. You have to phone your computer technician and ask for help.
  6. You have to tell your friend why you like a particular television show.
(Common Mistakes in English)
6. Correct the following sentences: 1x5=5
  1. He succeeded to win the prize.
  2. He was absent at the meeting.
  3. They pelted stones at the frog.
  4. He is a reputed headmaster.
  5. I shall inform this to him.
7. Complete the passage given below by filling in the blanks with the appropriate forms of verbs given in the brackets: 5
Biological Pest Control ____ (use) a natural enemy of the pest to keep its numbers down. A good example ____ (occur) in Australia in the 1920s. A cactus called Prickly Pear ____ (bring) to Australia in the 1820s. It quickly ____ (establish) itself in Australia and became a weed pest. Removing the cactus with weed killers would have been very expensive. Scientists, therefore, ____ (begin) looking for ways of controlling the cactus biologically. Eventually, they ____ (discover) a moth Cactoblastis cactorum, which ____ (lay) its egg on the cactus. When the caterpillars hatch out, they eat away at the cactus and ____ (destroy) them. Millions of eggs of the moth ____ (release) onto the cacti by farm workers and within five years most of the cacti ____ (destroy).

8. Complete the following passage by filling in the blanks with appropriate prepositions: 5
It was past midnight and the street was deserted. Suddenly, a small truck came into view. It moved slowly, making its way ____ the end of the road. When it reached the junction, it turned left into Holly Street and stopped ____ a small bungalow. Two men jumped out of the truck and hurried ____ the house. They came out carrying a crate between them and loaded it ____ the truck. Suddenly, a voice rang out, “Put your hands up. This is the police.” The two men dashed ____ the road before the police could stop them.
9. Fill in the blanks with the correct alternatives: 1x5=5
  1. The ruins of Pataliputra are still ____ near Patna.
  1. His ____ manners pleased us all.
  1. He came ____ to see me.
  1. She decided to ____ to America
  1. The Government issued a new ____.
(Grammar in Communication)
10. Give synonyms for any five of the following words: 1x5=5
Alacrity; humiliate; candid; fallible; guile; ludicrous; progeny; quixotic.
11. Provide one-word substitutes for the following: 1x5=5
  1. One who works for money only
  2. A hand-written document
  3. Excessive love of money
  4. General release of criminals
  5. One who bears the same name as another
12. Use any five of the following idioms in sentences: 1x5=5
A wild-goose chase; to come of age;
to bury the hatchet; on the brink of;
at the zenith; to follow suit; black and blue.
13. Rearrange the following sentences in the proper order to form a meaningful paragraph: 5
  1. In that event, we should be dooming ourselves to wipe each other out.
  2. Physically we are now all neighbours, but psychologically we are still strangers to each other.
  3. How are we going to react?
  4. We have never been so conscious of our variety as we are now that we have come to such close quarters.
  5. We are living in an age in which technology has suddenly ‘annihilated distance’.
  6. Are we going to let this consciousness of our variety make us fear and have each other?


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