Guwahati University 3th Semester English Major Question Papers 2013-2018

Guwahati University 3th Semester English Major Question Papers 2015

Guwahati University 3th Semester English Major Question Papers



Paper: 3.1

Full Marks: 80

Times: 3 House

1. Answer the following as directed: 1*10= 10

(a) The  Reform Act  1832 was also known as____________

(b) Name a Novel written George Eliot.

(c) Who wrote the novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?

(d) Which novel of Charles Dickens depicts the plight of the French peasantry?

(e) What is the other term for the Dramatic Monologue?

(f) Which of the following essayists wrote the essay, Occasional Discourse on te Negro Questions (1849)?
       1. Matthew Arnold
       2. Christina Rossetti
       3. Thomas Carlyle
       4. John Ruskin
                                       (choose the correct)

(g) Name the author of the Novel, Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School.

(h) Name the novel that has the characters Herry Sorrel, Arthur Donnithorne, Dinah Morris, etc.

(i) What is Wessex?

(j) Thomas Hardy wrote his novel, Far from the Madding Crowd in 1864. ( true/ false)

2. Answer the Following: 2*5= 10

(a) Fill in the Blanks:
                           Glory be to ___________for dappled thing---
                           For ________ of couple-colour as a______cow;
                           For _______all in stipple upon trout that swim:

(b) Name two novels of the Naughty Nineties.

(c) Write the names of the dramatic monologues by Robert Browning.

(d) What are the beginning and the ending years of the Victorian period?

(e) Name two significant members of the Oxford Moments.

3. Short notes on any four 5*4= 20

(a) Thomas Carlyle as an Essayist.

(b) The Consolidation of the British Empire

(c) Darwin and the Victorian society

(d) John Ruskin as prose writer

(e) The Oxford Movement and Anglicanism

(f) David Copperfield

4. (a) Discuss how Thomas Hardy's novels convey a strong sense of fatalism. 10


    " The reclaiming of the past was one of the major traits of the Victorian Literature."
          Justify this statements in the light of some of the select texts written during the Victorian Period. 10

  (b) Assess one of Robert Browing's poems as a dramatic monologue. 10


       Discuss the salients features of Christina Rossetti's Poetry. 10

  (c) Write an essay about the Reform Act, 1832.

                                   OR                                                       10

       Make a critical assessment on Matthew Arnold as a prose writer.

  (d) Do you agree with the view that Alfred Tennyson represented the Victorian ethos? Give a reasoned answer.    10


Write a note on the working class of England during the Victorian era. 10


( Major ) 

Paper: 3.2

( Victorian Poetry and Fiction )
Full Marks: 80

Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer the following as directed:
(a) To what does the speaker compare his soul in the poem, The Last Ride Together?

(b) From where does the Damozel lean out in the poem, The Blessed Damozel? 

(c) “Three sang of love together..."
How does the poet distinguish the three ist from one another in the poem, A Triad ?

(d) How Do I Love Thee is a lyric/sonnet. (Choose the correct answer)

(e) Whom does Hopkins address as 'chevalier? 

(f) Deep as first love, and wild with all regret; :0 —, the days that are no more!
(Fill in the blank)

2. Answer the following in brief :
(a) State the theme of the poem, Break,
Break, Break. ho 

(b) “We two," she said, “will seek the groves
Where the lady Mary is, 
With her five handmaidens, ..." 
Who are the 'five handmaidens' referred to here?

(c) Briefly describe Elizabeth Barrett Browning's perspective on love in the poem, How Do I Love Thee.

(d) How does Hopkins glorify God in Pied Beauty? 

(e) What is a dramatic monologue? Explain with examples.

3. Explain, with reference to the context, any two of the following :

(a) Ah, sad and strange as in dark
                                              summer dawns 
     The earliest pipe of half-awaken’d birds 
     To dying ears, when unto dying eyes 
     The casement slowly grows a
                                         glimmering square; 
      So sad, so strange, the days that
                                                  are no more. 

(b) My whole heart rises up to bless
     Your name in pride and thankfulness! 
     Take back the hope you gave—I claim
     -Only a memory of the same... 

(c) Back! with the conscious thrill of shame
     Which Luna felt, that summer-night, 
     Flash through her pure immortal frame, 
     When she forsook the starry height
     To hang over Endymion' sleep  
     Upon the pine-grown Latmian steep.

4. Answer any three of the following: 10x3=30

(a) Consider Robert Browning as a poet of love with special reference to The Last Ride Together.

(b) Critically analyze Isolation: To Marguerite

(c) From your reading of the prescribed poems, assess Christina Rossetti's contribution to Pre Raphaelite poetry.

(d)Would you agree that the perception of God in the landscape was a source of poetic inspiration for Hopkins? Discuss with reference to The Windhover and Pied Beauty

(e)Examine the representation of women by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood through a reading of D. G. Rossetti's The Blessed Damozel.

5. Answer the following in one sentence :
(a) "Yes, one of 'em is Latimer," she whispered, "...One would think it was the last colour for a man in that line." 
Who is Latimer and what specific 'colour is referred to here?

(b) What is the name of the White Wizard' in the story, The Withered Arm?

(c) “Take that message back, and they w know that I received this, as well as if I wrote.” What was the message that was sent back by Mr. Jarvis Lorry through Jerry?

(d) Give an example of the mind-and-millinery species of novel. 

6. Answer any two of the following in brief :

(a) Comment on the title of Thomas Hardy's short story, The Withered Arm.

(b) “Lizzy was unmistakably a fascinating young woman, but as a minister's wife she was hardly to be contemplated.” On what basis does Mr. Stockdale reach this conclusion? Explain briefly. hid

(c) Write on Reign of Terror.

(d)“The most pitiable of all silly novels by lady novelists are what we may call the oracular species..." How does George Eliot justify this statement?

7. Answer any one of the following:
(a) Show, with illustrations from the text, how Dickens presents the theme of death and renewal in the novel, A Tale of Two Cities.
Is there any central character in A Tale of Two Cities? Who do you consider that is to be so? Give a well-reasoned answer. 

(b) Do you think that Hardy's short stories The Distracted Preacher and The Withered Arm are permeated by the atmosphere of the rustic life of Wessex?
Discuss with illustrations from both the texts.

(c) Give a detailed analysis of George Eliot's argument in her essay, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists. Is the application of the epithet 'silly' appropriate?

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