Thursday, 4 January 2018

Guwahati University 5th Semester English Major Question Papers 2016

Guwahati University 5th Semester English Major Question Papers 2016

English Major Question Paper

( Major Paper: 5.6)
Pull Marks: 60
Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer the following questions: 1×7=7

a) Why is Uma removed from the convent school?

(b) what is the common link between Jenny Slade and Barbara Ashley in Roman Fever?

(c) Who is the narrator of the story, Heaven is not Closed?

(d) What is the connection between World wat l and Mansfield’s story, The Fly?

(e) Who is referred to as the Pillar of the Church’ in Catholic Mother?

(f) Which historical event does Helen Maria Williams refer to in Letters Written from

(g) According to what custom is Galethebege married?

2. Give short answer to the following questions: 2×4=8

(a) “In my days, girls in the family were not given sweets, nuts, good things to eat.” Explain the significance of this remark made by Mama in Fasting Feasting.
“I had Barbara.”
(i) Who is Barbara?
(ii) Who is “I”?

(b) Does the Boss really grieve for his son in The Fly?

(c) Comment on the role of the Missionaries from your reading of Heaven is not Closed.

3. Answer any three of the following

(a) Explain the significance of the characters of Mama-Papa Mrs. Patton’ in Fasting Feasting.
(b) Comment on Mrs. Ansley’s preoccupation with the activity of knitting in the story Roman Fever.
Briefly describe the Sctswana customs of marriage as depicted in Bessie Head’s Heaven is not Closed.

(c) Critically comment on the use of the term ‘Sister Authoresses’ by Mrs. Paradise in the course of her party.

(d) Explain the following with reference to the context:

“You want me to be like you Papa
      Or like Rani Lakshmibai,
You are not sure what greatness is
       But you want me to be great.”

4. Answer any three of the following questions: 10×3=30

(a) Elaborate on how Desai uses”Food, as a major symbol of patriarchal dominion with reference to the title and illustrations from the text, Fasting Feasting.

(b) Comment on the setting of the story, Roman Fever with particular reference to the elements of romance, intrigue and power play as etched out against the backdrop of the Colosseum.

(c) Explain the significance of the title, The Fly, connecting it to the existential the dilemma that is embodied in the author’s use of the fly as a symbol of man’s helplessness against reality.

(d) Comment on the use of letters, diaries and memoirs by writers like Fancy Burney and Helen Maria Williams to highlight the politics of female identity and contemporary sociohistorical events.

(e) Examine the poetry of Eunice de Souza and Mamta Kalia in the light of their use of subjective sensibilities to critique patriarchy Indian society?

( Major )
Full Marks: 60
Time : 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions:

1. Answer any three questions of the following: 10×3=30
(a) From your reading of Samuel Johnson’s Life of Pope, make a critical assessment of his style of writing. Do you think that his Life of Pope qualifies to be termed an excellent specimen of critical biography?

(b) Emily Dickinson’s letters contain a wealth of images and metaphors. How do you think these allusions compliment her language in giving it the effect of immediacy and familiarity?

(b) Comment on the regional flavor of R. K. Narayan’s My Days. Do you think that Narayan, in his autobiography, treads the thin line between realistic representation and fictionalization of experience?

(c) What do you learn about nineteenth-century fiction from a reading of Anthony Trollope’s An Autobiography? on his views on the nature of the fictional genre of his age.

(d) Show, from a reading of Ashutosh Mukherjee’s prescribed letter, how he articulates the importance of autonomy to a university. What does the letter reveal about the nature of the environment for education in the early twentieth century?

(e) From a reading of prescribed letters, make an assessment of the personality of Rabindranath Tagore. What do the letters reveal about the nature of his patriotism? How does Franz Kafka represent his father Hermann Kafka in his Letter to his Father? Has he balanced in his assessment of his father?

2. Answer any three questions of the following: 5×3=15

(a) Write briefly on Johnson’s views on Pope’s translation of Iliad.

(b) Should we consider Emily Dickinson’s letters as simply an articulation of her private thoughts?

(c) Comment on Trollope’s views on the three clerks.

(d) What were the formative influences, as detailed in My Days, on R. K. Narayan that nurtured his growth as a novelist?

(e) Attempt a character sketch of Ashutosh Mukherjee on the evidence of the prescribed letter.

3. Write short notes on any four of the
following:- 2×4=8

(a) Franz Kafka’s use of the epistolary mode of writing.
(b) Emily Dickinson’s use of metaphors and images in her letters.
(c) Samuel Johnson’s views on Pope’s Essay on Criticism.
(d) Anthony Trollope’s use of examples in his autobiographical account.
(e) Tagore on the treatment of people of Punjab.
4. Give very short answer to the following (any seven): 1×7=7

(a) “Declare, O Goddess, what offended Power.” Name the essay from which this has been extracted.

(b) In which of the prescribed essays do you come across a mention of Charles Merivale’s History of the Romans under the Empire?

(c) To whom was Ashutosh Mukherjee’s letter addressed?

(d) “The logical consequence of your example, if followed, will be an elimination of all noble souls from the world.” Name the prescribed text.

(e) What does the term ‘pavlatche’ mean in Franz Kafka’s prescribed text?
(f) when was R. K. Narayan’s My Days published?

(g) In which of the prescribed texts do you come across a reference to ‘Rasselas?

(h) In Dickinson’s letters, Mary and Mamie are the same people. (State Yes/No)

( Major )
Paper: 5.3
Full Marks: 60
Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any three of the following questions: 10×3=30

(a) Addison aimed to ‘enliven morality with wit and to temper wit with morality’. How far has he succeeded in this aim in the essay, The Aims of the Spectator?
Estimate the role of Addison and Steele in the history of the Periodical Miscellany of the 18th century.

(b) Write a critical note on the members of the Spectator Club as depicted by Steele.

(c) Comment on Charles Lamb’s prose style with specific reference to The Chimney Sweeper.
What are Hazlitt’s ideas about going on a journey and what does he value most in the course of a journey?

(d) Dickens’ essays in his American Notes express some contempt for the American society. Do you think so? Elucidate.
Comment on Dickens’ writing style and account for his criticism of certain practices that he encountered in Washington.

2. Answer any three of the following questions: 5×3=15

(a) “The essence of Addison’s humor is its irony.” Explain with reference to The Aims of the Spectator.
(b) Give a brief account of Sir Roger’s love affair as described by Steele in The Spectator Club.
(c) Write a note on Hazlitt’s use of quotations in On Going a Journey.
(d) Comment on Dickens’ experience on meeting the black slaves on his arrival at Baltimore.
3. Answer any four of the following questions: 2×4 = 8

(a) Comment on the portrayal of women in The Aims of the Spectator.
(b) How does Lamb compare the chimney sweepers of London with clergymen?
(c) What, according to Hazlitt, is the soul of a journey?
(d) Whom does Addison refer to as blanks of society’? What does he say about them?
(e) Name the headquarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva’ according to Dickens.
Why is it called so?

4. Answer any seven of the following questions: 1×7 =7

(a) When did the spectator begin publication?
(b) With which great Greek thinker does Addison compare his spectator?
(c) Where and what is Soho Square?
(d) Who is the lost character to have appeared in The Spectator Club?
(e) Who is Mr. Read in the essay, The Chimney Sweeper?
(f) Whom does Hazlitt refer to as My Old Friend C’ in On Going a Journey?
(g) In which chapter of American Notes do you find the piece, Washington: The Legislature and the President’s House?
(h) What was the earlier name by which the White House was known?
( Major)
Paper: 5.2
( Modern Drama-II)
Full Marks : 60
Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions


1. Answer any three of the following as directed: 1×3=3

(a) A play, I think, ought to make sense to____ ____. ( Fill in the blanks )
b) When was the Introduction to Arthur Miller’s collected plays written and how many sections are there in it?
(c) What separates the Theatre of the Absurd from the Existentialist Theatre?
(d) Other than Beckett and Camus, name two other practitioners of the Theatre of the Absurd.

2. Answer briefly any three of the following: 2×3=6

(a) List two characteristics of the poetic avant-garde theatre.
(b) What did the prisoners tell the reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle after watching Waiting for Godot?
(c) According to Arthur Miller, how does drama differ from other literary genres?
(d) What does Miller mean when he says that his approach to playwriting is ‘organic?

3. What is the original meaning of the word absurd? What does the word mean when we speak of the Theatre of the Absurd’? 5
In his Introduction to Collected Plays Miller asserts his belief that plays need ideas’ without which they are worthless. What are his views on ideas’ in plays? 5
What does Esslin say could be the reason for a play like Waiting for Godot making so deep an impact on an audience of convicts? 5

4 What are some of the conflicting political arguments that have been leveled at Arthur Miller’s works and how does he refute the claims that he is a politically biased writer? 10
Name two dramatists whose plays have often superciliously been dismissed as nonsense or mystification. Why have critics received these plays with incomprehension and bewilderment ? 10
Summarize in your own words the views presented by Martin Esslin in Introduction to the Theatre of the Absurd. 10


5. Answer briefly any four of the following questions: 1×4=4

(a) Which long dead relative does Willy consult on several occasions in Death of a Salesman?
(b) Why does Willy need to borrow money from Charley?
(c) What two vegetables does Vladimir give Estragon?
(d) How long does Vladimir think he and Estragon have been together?
(e) What is the name of the First Tempter in Murder in the Cathedral? what word does Thomas consider in his sermon?
6. Write a note on the role played by the absent character, Henry ? in Murder in the Cathedral. 2
What is mandrakes’ and what is its symbolic reference in Waiting for Godot? 2
What improvements does Willy make on his house? 2

7. Explain the following with reference to the context: 5+5=10

a) After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years you end up worth, more dead than alive.


The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out the age of twenty-one, and he’s rich! The world is an oyster, but you don’t crack it open on a mattress!

(b) Vladimir: Well? What do we do? Estragon: Don’t let’s do anything.  It’s safer.


Estragon: Who believes him? Vladimir: Everybody. It’s the only version they know. Estragon: People are bloody ignorant apes.

8. Answer any two of the following: 10×2=20

(a) Discuss the role played by the priests in Murder in the Cathedral. Do they add to the story and meaning of the play?

(b) Make a detailed study of the conflict faced by Thomas and the change that is brought about in his character as a result of it.

(c) Beckett called Waiting for Godot a tragicomedy’. Do you agree with this classification? If not, do you think the play contains more elements of a tragedy than comedy? Justify your answer.

(d) Discuss Waiting for Godot as existential literature.

(e) In your opinion, to what extent does Willy Loman bear responsibility for his action in Death of a Salesman?

(f) Make an analysis of the roles that parent-child and husband-wife relationships play in Death of a Salesman.

Paper: 5.1
( Modern Drama-I )
Full Marks: 60
Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions


1. Answer the following as directed: 1×3=3

(a) Who performed Everyman and Faust in public places?
(b) The experiments of Piscator caused, above all,____in the theatre. (Fill in the blank )
(c) The Balinese theatre has revealed to us a physical and non-verbal idea of the theatre. (State True or False)

2. Answer the following as directed: 2×2=4

(a) “These two courses of development are distinguished from one another by means of their individual functions.” What are these functions?
(b) “It must be said that the domain of the theatre is not psychological but _____and _____” (Fill in the blanks)
3. Write a short note on any one of the following: 5

(a) Brecht’s idea of alienation
(b) Artaud’s idea of theatrical production as certain poetry in space which itself is taken for sorcery

4. Answer any one of the following: 10

(a) Discuss, after Brecht, Piscator’s contribution to Experimental Theatre
How does Brecht critique the Aristotelian idea of theatre?

(b) How does Artaud compare Oriental Theatre with Occidental Theatre?

Why is it necessary, in the view of Artaud, to change the role of speech in theatre?


5. Answer the following questions: 1×4=4

(a) Write the name of the city where Galileo set out to prove that the sun is still, the earth is on the move.
b) Who utters the concluding words of Arms and the Man?
c) When does the action begin in the play, The Cherry Orchard?
d) Who are the owners of the Cherry Orchard when the play opens?

6. Answer any two of the following: 2×2=4

a) That is a photograph of the gentleman the patriot and hero to whom I am betrothed.” Who is the speaker of these words? Who is the gentleman referred to?
(b) “Never mind. Have you ever been to Holland?” Who says this and to whom?
(c) “Don’t cry, little peasant.” Who utters these words and when?

7. Answer any two of the following: 5×2=10

(a) “Isn’t it clear that to start to live in the present, we must begin to atone for our past, to finish with it? And only suffering can atone for it, only extraordinary, ceaseless labor.” Explain with reference to the context.

(b) “An incurably romantic disposition. I ran away from home twice when I was a boy. I went into the army instead of into my father’s business.” Explain with reference to the context.
(c) Write a short note on Andrea.

8. Answer any two of the following: 10×2=20

(a) Make an assessment of Galileo’s character in Brecht’s play.
Discuss how Brecht has applied his idea of theatre in Galileo.

(b) Comment on the idea of ‘higher love’ in the light of Raina-Sergius and Sergius  Louka relationships
Discuss Arms and the Man as an anti-romantic play.

(c) Would you evaluate The Cherry Orchard as a comedy or a tragedy? Give a reasoned answer.
Evaluate the character of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya.