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Gauhati University Question Papers:ENGLISH (General) (May-June’ 2016)


Gauhati University Question Papers
ENGLISH (May-June’ 2016)
(General)
Full Marks: 80
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Answer either in English or Assamese
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. (a) Critically assess Blake’s treatment of the idea of innocence in the poem, The Lamb.                             10

Or
(b)Draw a picture of dawn at Puri as portrayed in Mahapatra’s poem, Dawn at Puri.                                     10
Or
(c) Discuss the major theme of the poem, Harlem.                                       10
2. (a) How does the poet describe the punishment of the girl in the poem, punishment? What is the poet’s reaction to the punishment?                                     6+4=10
(b) Give a description of the solitary reaper’s song. What was its effect on the poet?
Or
(c) Attempt a critical appreciation of the poem, “This is a photograph of Me”.                                                 10
3. Answer any two of the following:                                        5x2=10
a)         Examine Wole Soyinka’s treatment of racism in his poem, Telephone Conversation.
b)         What are the probable themes of the songs of the solitary reaper?
c)          What does the poet mean when he says
“May be it just sags                                                                        
Like a heavy load
Or does it explode”?
d)         How does Heaney comment on the culture and human nature of Ireland through the poem, Punishment?
4. Answer the following as directed (any five):                                   1x5=5
a)         He went to Kolkata yesterday, _____ (Add a tag question)
b)         Please open the door, _____ (Add a tag question)
c)          There is _____ hourly bus service on this route. (Fill with appropriate determiner)
d)         Saswati was adjudged _____ best debater. (Fill with appropriate determiner)
e)         I found _____one rupee coin on the road. (Fill with appropriate determiner)
f)          Sudip is reading a novel. (Change into passive voice)
g)         Let the work be done without delay. (Change into active voice)
5. Change the form of narration (any five):                                          1x5=5
a)         He said, “Alas! The man is dead.”
b)         Utpal said, “Let us play cricket.”
c)          I asked Rishav, “What are you going to do with your old guitar?”
d)         Babul asked me if I could swim.
e)         She told me that she wanted to go with me.
f)          Shweta requested me to give her a glass of water?
g)         Dev advised me not to go to the market after dark.
 6. For English (Major) Students in lieu of Question Nos. 4 and 5. Answer any one:                            10
a)         What is the central theme of The Sleepwalkers’ Ballad? Discuss.
b)         Critically comment on Agha Shahid Ali’s treatment of loss and longing in the poem, Postcard from Kashmir.

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