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[According to the Syllabus of 2004-2005]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009 EXAMINATION—2008 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea from deodorants to creams are starting to appear on the market.
Bangladesh produces generally black tea like India and Sri Lanka. However, the country manufactures about 3m kg of green tea annually in one garden, Jagcherra Tea Estate of James Finlay. A major portion of the tea is exported to Pakistan. Due to its astringent flavour it is not popular to western markets. They favour green tea of Mellowed qualities which is produced from small leaf China variety by China and Japan. So the rise of internal consumption would be a key factor for the expansion of green tea in Bangladesh.

 (a)   Write answers to the following questions: 2×2=4
(i) What good things have been talked about regarding green tea?
(ii) What tea is popular to western markets?
(b)    What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas of the passage? 4
(c) Write down the meanings of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences in your own language (any four) :
evidence; appear on; due to; astringent; favour; consumption.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of the sentence? 4
(e) Summarise the passage. 4
2. Correct the following sentences : 5
(a) Stay here until I do not come.
(b) The girl resembles to her mother.
(c) This is the best of the two.
(d) Would you mind to have a cup of tea?
(e) You should stick at your principle.
3. Change any five of the following words as directed and make sentences with changed words:
        1×5=5
difficult (noun); pride (adjective); moral (adverb); desirable (noun); beauty (verb): trouble (adjective); production (verb).
4. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blank in each of the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) The house is too costly_____me to buy.
(b) Two years have passed_____I saw him.
(c) Barking dogs_____bite.
(d) All that glitters_____not gold.
(e) Necessity is the mother of_____.
5. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
We (to start) – for Dhaka early in the morning. Our bus (to run) – fast. We saw
farmers (to work)-in the fields. The man (to seat)-beside me looked thoughtful. For
his only son (to go)-to leave Bangladesh soon.
6. Give the synonyms of the following words and make sentences of your own (any five) : 1×5=5 destroy, nervous; ugly; quite; faithful; completely; selfish.
Or,  Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences with them (any five) : rich; strength; case; success; examine; implement; little.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) I want to talk to Mr. Tawhid.
(b) The girl looks like a rose.
(c) ‘Everybody hates a liar.
(d) Our college was built in 1956.
(e) Charity begins at home.
(f) Her elder sister is a magistrate.
(g) He lifted the box carefully.
8. Rearrange the following words to make sentences : 5
(a) towns a problem is in all traffic jam.
(b) 1971 became it in independent.
(c) intends abroad he to go.
(d) martyrs are they called.
(e) letter receive your to very am I glad.
9. Punctuate the following passage : 5 it is this style of clear expressive vitality that won immediate admiration from readers and set the tone for the later essayists
10. Translate into English : 5

11. (a)   Suppose, you are Principal of a college. Your college will be closed on account of Degree Pass Examination. Now, write a notice about it.
Or, (b)   Suppose you own an apartment at Banani. You want to let it. Now, write an advertisement for a daily.
12. Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas : 8
(a) Price hike;
(b) Digital Bangladesh;
(c) Climate change.
Or, Write a report for the newspaper on load-shedding in your locality.
13. Write an application to the Registrar of the National University requesting him to correct the spelling mistake of your name and a subject code in your Registration Card. 8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend informing what you would like to do after your graduation.
14. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Natural calamities in Bangladesh;
(b) Students and social service;
(c) Life in a village.

[According to the Syllabus of 2003-2004]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009
E XAMINATION—2008
ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Men usually want to have their own way. They want to think and act as they like. No one, however, can have his own way all the time. A man cannot live in society without considering the interests of others as well as his own interests. ‘Society’ means a group ©f people with the same laws and the same ways of life. People in society may make their own decisions, but these decisions ought not to be unjust or harmful to others. One man’s decisions may so easily harm another person. For example, a motorist may be in a hurry to get to a friend’s house. He sets out driving at full speed like a competitor in a motor race. There are other vehicles and also pedestrians on the road. Suddenly there is a crash. Too many road accidents happen through the thoughtlessness of selfish drivers. We have governments, the police and the law courts to prevent or to punish such criminal acts. But in addition all men ought to observe certain rules of conduct. Every man ought to behave with consideration for other men. He ought not to steal, cheat or destroy the property of others. There is no place for this sort of behaviour in a civilized society. Men in a free society have certain privileges. The government and the police do not watch all their movements. Men in a free society may think as they please. They may even choose their own government. In return for these privileges they ought not to act selfishly. They ought always to respect the rights of others. Wherever they may live— whether in a town or in a village— in a large or a small community, they ought not to behave thoughtlessly. The happiness of a community depends on the behaviour of its individual members.

(a) Write answers to the following questions :
(i) Why can men not always have their own way? 2.5×2=5
(ii) What is very important to remember for men living in a civilized society?
(b) Write down the meaning of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences of your own : 5 thoughtlessness; in a hurry; pedestrians; set out; competitor.
(c) Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences of your own : 5 selfish; respect; please; happiness; interesting.
(d) What is the writer’s purpose in writing the passage? 5
(e) Write a summary of the passage. 5 
2. (a)   Correct any five of the following sentences : 1×5=5
(i) He made to do it.
(ii) We discussed about the problem.
(iii) He is some better today.
(iv) It is time we eat our lunch.
(v) Do you finish the work yet?
(vi) He was absent in the meeting.
(vii) Karim told me a liar.
Or,   Combine each of the following groups of sentences into one (any two) :       2.5×2=5
(i) It was a dark night. He set out from home. He did this in disgust His to fight for the country.
(ii) It was winter. I went to Dhaka. I visited many places.
(iii) English is an international language. We need it in Bangladesh. We must learnit.
(b) Suppose, you will not be able to take classes on Sunday. Now, write a notice about it. 4
Or, Suppose, you are the co-ordinator of an exhibition to be held from July 2008. Now, write an advertisement for a daily.
3. Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Computer;
(b) Brain drain:
(c) Leisure.
Or, Write a dialogue between two friends on watching an interesting TV programme.
4. Write an application to the Principal of a college for the post of a lecturer in English. 8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend telling him what you want to do after the graduation.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following: 15
(a) Tree plantation;
(b) Problem of illiteracy in Bangladesh;
(c) Poverty alleviation.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) aunt lived with she her.
(b) received Socrates education a good.
(c) warfare skilled he was in.
(d) education had not much he.
(e) kingdom was ruling tired of King Lear his.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(i) I borrowed his car.
(ii) My sister is a doctor.
(iii) I love my mother very much.
(iv) He is fond of playing cricket.
(v) They caught the mouse by means of a trap.
(vi) Bashir comes here every week, (viii) Dhaka is thirty miles from here.
8. Use articles where necessary in the gaps : 5
One of____snake charmers was playing on____flute and____other was beating a drum.
As____music grew louder and louder, more people from here and there joined____crowd.
9. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
As women (constitutes) – almost 50 per cent of our population, they should also be
(include) – in our development programmes. For the development of the country full
participation of the women in the economic activities (be) – essential. Women have
already (prove)–their efficiency in some areas. They (worked) – not only in the
agricultural fields now but also in the mills and factories.
10. (i)    Write the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :     5
(a) Attractive; (b) Bless; (c) Cancel; (d) Cheap; (e) Despair; (f) Enmity; (g) Light.
Or,  (ii)   Change the word as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :
Education (adjective); Rich (verb); Believe (noun); Human (adverb); Consider (noun); Noble (verb); Duty (adjective).
11. Punctuate the following : 5 
the young man said to the man that he could not stay any longer he added that the king had sent him to do a very important work addressing the young man as friend the man told him to tell him what his important work was he also said that he could also help him
12. Translate into English : 5

[According to the Syllabus of 1997-1998]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009 EXAMINATION—2008 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1.     Read the following passage and answer the questions in your own language :

A speech community is similar to other kinds of communities. The people who make up the community share a common language. Often they live side by side as they do in a neighbourhood, a village, or a city. More often they form a whole country. Many nations are composed of a single major speech community, for example Italy, Sweden and Japan. National boundaries however, are not always the same as the boundaries of a speech community. Some nations, for example Russia and India are made up of many speech communities. Some speech communities, for example, Arabic, Spanish, and English, extend across national boundaries. A speech community, then, is any group of people who speak the same language no matter where they happen to live. We may so, say that anyone who speaks English belongs to the English speech community. For convenience, we may classify the speakers into two groups : one in which the speakers use English as their native language, the other in which the speakers learn English as a second language for the purpose of education, commerce and so on.

(a) Write answers to the following questions : 2.5×2=5
(i) What do you understand by speech community?
(ii) How can you classify the community?
(b) Make your own sentences with the following phrases (any five) : 5
similar to; side by side; compose of; make up; belong to, classify into; for the purpose of.
(c) Change any five of the following words as directed and make your own sentences : 5
community (adjective); nation (adverb); speech (verb); extend (noun); classify (noun); use (adjective); education (verb),
(d)     Make a précis of the passage. 10
 2. Find out the determiner, modifier, head word, finite verb and present participle in the following sentence : 5
The angry lawyer walked out of the room, taking the child with her.
3. Fill in each gap with an appropriate word (any five) : 5
(a) The sooner,-better.
(b) I can’t help-this.
(c) She spoke English-the English.
(d) They found the sum-.
(e) It is no good-him for help.
(f) Try to follow-I say.
(g) A drowning man catches-a straw.
4. Correct any five of the following : 5
(a) He resigned from the post.
(b) My father has arrived last night.
(c) He avails the opportunity.
(d) Each of the members has submitted their report.
(e) Twenty years are a long time.
(f) He feels comparatively better today.
(g) Let you and I go there.

5. Transform any five of the following sentences as directed : 5
(a) Mita drives a blue car. (interrogative)
(b) The storm damaged the roof. (passive)
(c) They saw him climbing over the fences, (compound)
(d) How pretty the bride looks! (assertive)
(e) As Matin was sick, he could not attend the party. (simple)
(f) Anna Karenina is the best novel I have read. (comparative)
(g) We shall never forget those who laid down their lives for the country. (affirmative)
6. Combine each of the following group of sentences into one (any two) : 2.5×2=5
(a) Jerry was a poor boy. He was only five. He lived in an orphanage.
(b) The sailors were angry with the ancient mariner. He killed the albatross. He did it without any reason.
(c) The porter was a young bachelor. He lived in Baghdad. He was surprised to see the beautiful lady.
7. Make appropriate Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Maria left a message for Anika.
(b) John was happy to live in Paris.
(c) Liz wanted to know the answer.
(d) Robin went to Cox’s Bazar for a change.
(e) This book is one of the best selling now.
(f) It was a nice journey.
(g) We passed through the zoo.
 8. Frame sentences expressing the following attitudes/ emotions (any five) : 5
(a) invitation;
(b) command;
(c) request;
(d) apology;
(e) advice;
(f) wish;
(g) regret.
9. Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 10
(a) Friendship;
(b) Democracy;
(c) Pahela Baishakh.
10. Write a letter to your friend inviting him to spend the coming winter vacation with you. 10
Or,    Write an application to the Chairman of your Union Parishad for the construction of a bridge.
11. Translate into English : 10

12. (a) Amplify any one of the following : 10
(i) Slow and steady wins the race.
(ii) Rome was not built in a day.
Or,    (b)     Write a dialogue between you and your friend about the necessity of learning English.

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2007
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE : 11-01-2009 EXAMINATION—2007 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code: NCE-0100 [Old and New Syllabus] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage below and answer the following questions :

Education means mental and moral training. It is the light that clears off the darkness of ignorance from our mental horizon. The development of a nation totally depends on its system of education. The percentage of literacy of our country is 52. But it is very painful that though the government takes steps to increase the development of education, it gradually decreases. The students do not concentrate their mind to studies. Violence takes place in the educational institutions. Those who have passed the exam during this critical period are not well-educated. There is lack of proper planning in our education system. The educational institutions are planless. The teachers do not give proper attention to their classes, rather they give more attention to coaching centres. As a consequence, the students become derailed to get rid of this indiscipline. To improve the standard of education in our country the students as well as the high officials of the government should come forward and work heartily to achieve the desired goal.

1.     Write answers to the following questions : 2×3=6
(a) What do you mean by education?
(b) What are the problems in our education system?
(c) Who should come forward to improve the education system?
2. Show appropriate use of the following idioms and phrases in sentences of your own (any four) :                                                                                                                                                         4
clears off; lack of: takes place: as a consequence; to get rid of; heartily.
3. Change the following words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :        5 
achieve (to noun): development (to verb); mental (to adverb); heartily (to adjective); ignorance (to verb): depend (to adjective); co-operate (to noun).
Or,    Write synonym of the following words and make your own sentences with them (any five):
love, beautiful, success, hard, quick, high, little.
4. Make a précis of the passage. 10
Or,    Make a summary of the passage.
5. Find out headword, finite, determiner, infinite and participle phrase from the following sentences :                                                                                                                                        5
The learned professor teaching English in our college has gone to Dhaka to meet his friends.
Or,    Write a poster for your favourite candidate in the election.
6. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blanks in each of the following sentences (any five) :            5
(a) Ice-on water.
(b) His brother is______MBBS.
(c) Karim is too______a boy to believe.
(d) The committee consists______ten members.
(e)   ______does not love her/his mother?
(f) He talks as if he______a policeman.
(g) Open ______ page 50.
(h) He speaks English like______ English.
7. Correct the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Everyone was paid one’s salary.
(b) Either her friends or Ruby have come.
(c) Would you mind to come here?
(d) Rustom fought as a hero.
(e) I shall refrain to annoy you.
(f) Neither you nor I or anyone else knows it.
(g) The stone is very hard to be broken.

8. Transform the following sentences as directed in the brackets (any five) : 5
a]  Robert Bruce, the king of Scotland, sat in a lonely hall. (Compound)
(b) He lay down on the ground and saw a spider trying to reach the ceding. (Simple)
(c) When he tried to reach the ceiling, he dropped frequently. (Compound)
(d) The spider did not give up the struggle. (Passive)
(e) It tried again and again. (Interrogative)
(f) Saquib is the best student in the class. (Comparative)
(g) You are very fortunate. (Exclamatory)
Or,    Punctuate and capitalize the following passage.
fahim said to me have you finished reading the book i gave you yesterday yes have finished reading the book i replied what an interesting book it is i said will you return the book to me today he asked
9. Combine each of the following groups of sentences into one sentence (any two) :       5
(a) Hamlet was the young prince of Denmark. He heard the news of his father’s murder. He pretended madness to take revenge.
(b) The jackal was pursued by the dogs. It was very hungry. They were well fed. It was caught.
(c) Tipu Sultan was a great hero. He was the son of his lion-hearted father Haider Ali. He fought to the last drop of blood.
Or,    Rearrange the words to make meaningful sentences :
(a) Times is cigarette a smoking of curse modern.
(b) Adversity sweet are the uses of.
(c) Different could be leisure ways enjoyed in.
(d) Evening open one by I summer an window sitting was.
(e) Road the came down taxi then a just slowly.
10. Make an appropriate Wh-question for each of the following answers (any five) : 5
(a) I’m fine. Thank you.
(b) My brother is thirty years old.
(c) I get up at six in the morning.
(d) Monetary problems have hampered his education.
(e) I am going to Khulna.
(f) I hurt Abed while removing the furniture.
(g) I was caught in a traffic jam.
11. Frame sentences expressing the following attitudes/ emotions (any five) : 5
(a) apology; (b) advice; (c) warning; (d) condolence; (e) obligation; (f) disagreement; (g) request.
Or,    Write a notice for 1st year students of Honours telling that the classes will remain suspended till the test examination is over.
12. Write a paragraph on any one : 10
(a) Leadership in democracy; (b) Satellite TV channels; (c) An evening walk by a riverside.
Or,    An inter-college debate competition has been successfully arranged recently in your college. Write a report for the press on this subject.
13. Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him/her to install a canteen. 10
Or,    Write a letter of sympathy to a friend undergoing treatment in hospital.

15. Amplify the following ideas : 10
(a) There is a will, there is a way.
(b) A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Or,    Write a short essay on any one of the following :
(a) Empowerment of women; (b) Your favourite novelist.
Or,    Write a dialogue between a salesman and a customer.

[According to the Syllabus of 2004-2005]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—17-05-2008 EXAMINATION—2007/08 ENGLISH COMPULSORY Time—hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :

Change is life, change is progress, and change is culture and civilization, while stagnation is the arrest of development and nothing but decay, death and destruction. Nothing great in this world is static: everything noble is dynamic. True it is in all walks and spheres of life. Evolution and revolution is the law of Nature : it is at the root of all progress, all formation, all development. Time has always been on the move and there are upsand downs, rises and falls of human civilization, human culture, and there is man’s taste and zest, inclinations and motives, likings and dislikings. Monotony is distaste; variety is the spice of life; change is life and its zest, its interest, its meanings. In human institutions rise and fall happen and old order and discipline, old rules and regulations, old system and process—everything yields to new and surrenders to new conditions and demands. If there were no change, our life would be dull, dreary and meaningless. Our life is livable, romantic and desirable only because of change and alteration, modification and revision, newness and novelty. And because of this change of taste and zest, motives and inclinations we have seen kingdoms and democratic state, capitalism and socialism, nationalism and internationalism. To speak bluntly, the secret of a nation’s strength rests basically on its capacity for change and re-adjustment.
Here we should not forget to note that there have been radical changes and gradual changes in human history of civilization. In either case of violent or smooth change human civilization may be beset with dangers and difficulties, odds and disadvantages but the laws of life and Nature continue working; nothing remains in its state.
In short, the old ideas and old values of life become weakened and disintegrated. With the progress of time new ideas and new values of life, no matter social, political, cultural, religious, emerge out of the debris of the old.

(a) Write answers to the following questions :                                                                2×2=4
(i) What does change signify?
(ii) What happens to everything old in the evolution of things?
(b) What is the writer’s purpose in writing the passage? 4
(c) Write down the meanings of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences in your own language (any four) :                                                                                                1×4=4
stagnation, static, ups and downs, dreary, radical, development, monotony.
(d) What is the key-word in the last, sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of this sentence? 4
(e) Write a summary of the passage. 4
2. Correct the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Having finished the page, the book was shut.
(b) Is he capable to do it?
(c) He insisted to go there.
(d) I saw a dead cow walking in the field.
(e) He will avail the opportunity.
(f) They will discuss about the matter.
(g) He was accused for murder.
3. Change any five of the following words as directed and make sentences with them: 1×5=5 important (noun); independent (adjective); realization (verb); exposure (verb); evolve (noun); disaster (adjective); die (noun).

4. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blank in each of the following sentences (any five): 1×5=5
(a) Sweet_____the fruits of adversity.
(b) What do children_________most?
(c) Read diligently lest_______.
(d) A railway station is the place____________.
(e) Many farmers are so poor that they cannot keep______together.
(f) Empty vessels______much.
(g) He behaved as if he______a fool.
5. Use articles in the following sentences : 5
(a)-Sunderbans has been declared as (b)____World Heritage Site by (c)_______UNESCO.
There is (d)______great variety of plants and wild animals in this mangrove forest. This
forest is specially known around (e)____world for (f)______Royal Bengal Tigers.
6. Give the antonym of the following words and make your own sentences (any five): 1×5=5 notorious, humane, cease, trust, devout, malevolent, rejoice.
Or, Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences of your own (any five) : bright, pure, attentive, solvent, noble, regular, polite.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) I have been out of the country for two years.
(b) He saw me the day before yesterday.
(c) I found him in the park.
(d) A good dictionary gives the usage of a word.
(e) The bank closes at 4 p.m.
(f) I am doing this for a reason.
(g) I talked to Nishu.
8Rearrange the following words to make sentences : 5
(a) The police arrived no sooner than the fight had begun.
(b) Fair is foul, is foul fair.
(c) As people king consider him.
(d) Nothing seems to he do have to.
(e) Old Newton now years was fifty.
9Punctuate the following passage : 5 The scientist shouted that he had done it addressing the scientist as sir the assistant congratulated him on what he had done the scientist replied that he had done something new
10. Translate into English : 5

11. (a) Write a notice to make the visitors cautious about the animals of the zoo.               4
Or,  (b)   Suppose, relief goods have been sent to your locality. These are not distributed
properly. Now write a memo to the TNO of your Upazila.
12. Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas :                                                                                                                                                       8
(a) Grameen Bank;
(b) The curse of dowry;
(c) Drug addiction.
Or, Write a report for the newspaper on water logging in different parts of Dhaka.
13. You want to apply for the post of a lecturer. Write an application along with a resume.                  8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend describing the city you live in.
14. Write an essay on any one of the following :                                                                          15
(a) UN peace keeping operations;
(b) Education in private universities;
(c) The world as a global village.

[According to the Syllabus of 2003-2004]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—17-05-2008 EXAMINATION—2007/08 ENGLISH COMPULSORY (NON-CREDIT) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Most of our students cannot write out their examination papers fairly. As they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bush and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details. Sometimes they also fail to arrange their answer neatly, cleanly and systematically. Although the teacher suggests that their answer should be brief and precise, they often lengthen them unnecessarily. Where size does not matter at all, they have a silly notion that the more they write, the more marks they will get. The reality is just the opposite; their long answers generally become disgusting and unsavoury. Such answers always earn unhappy marks.
In order to get expected marks, all you should do, is to understand the questions well and answer them just to the point. Don’t worry, if your answers are fairly short. You should not play any time they may sound discordant. Be sure your sentences make sense. Above all, you need a neat presentation. To answer the short comprehensive questions, you should not copy anything blindly from the passage. Try to answer the questions more or less in your own English. Frame your answers exactly in the same tense and aspect on the questions are in. Don’t forget to write short and simple sentences. Plain and clean English is not bad.

(a) What is the purpose of the passage? 5
(b) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with them : 5
(i) Irrelevant
(ii) Cram
(iii) Precise
(iv) Disgusting
(v) Lengthen
(c) What do you understand from the following long sentences? 2-5 x2=5
(i) As they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bush and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details.
(ii) Where size does not matter at all, they have a silly notion that the more they
write, the more marks they will get.
(d) Write down the main idea and supporting ideas of the passage. 5
(e) Summarise the passage. 5
2.    (a)   Correct any five of the following sentences : 1×5=5
(i) He speaks English like English.
(ii) You drank a hot cup tea.
(iii) Now, I feel uneasy.
(iv) See the word in the dictionary.
(v) The girl prefers dance than sing.
(vi) He is devoid common sense.
(vii) The speaker lectured about population problem.
Or,  Combine each of the following groups/sentences into one (any two) :        2.5 x2=5
(i) The porter was young. He was a bachelor. He lived in the city of Bagdad.
(ii) I saw the lady guest, she was unattractive. I was disappointed.
(iii) Shakespeare is a dramatist. He is very great. He has written many dramas.
(b) Suppose, there is corruption everywhere in the country. Make a poster to create public awareness. 4
Or, Suppose, you are the owner of a flat. You want to let it. Now prepare an advertisement.
3. (i)    Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Friendship;
(b) Equal rights of women;
(c) Internet.
Or,  (ii)   Write a dialogue between two friends on learning communicative English.
4. (i) Write an application to the authority for the post of a suitable job. 
Or,  (ii)   Write a letter to your foreign-friend inviting him to visit Bangladesh.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Recreation : tension-free life;
(b) Women education;
(c) Grow more food.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) lies in contentment happiness.
(b) on earth everybody to be happy wants.
(c) nobody but happy can be.
(d) is from free nobody and avarice greed.
(e) nobody therefore can contented be.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(i) Her efforts proved successful.
(ii) This house belongs to my father.
(iii) We should respect our seniors.
(iv) Our mistake caused the explosion.
(v) He delivered his lecture at the end of the meeting.
(vi) He went to the airport to receive his friend.
(vii) I saw the man last at his native village.
8. Use articles where necessary in the gaps : 5
I saw- film last night. – film was about- soldier and – beautiful girl. The
soldier was in love with-girl but-girl was in love with-teacher. So-soldier
shot-teacher and married-girl.
9. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
My parents (be)-dear to me. Both of them (be)-highly educated. My father (to work)
– at a govt, college and my mother is a bank-officer. They are (to engage) — in
professional activities. At night, we (to get) —— together and feel happy.
10. (i)    Write the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :     5

(a) Wrong.
(b) Majority.
(c) Surrender.
(d) Shallow.
(e) Qualified.
(f) Maximum.
(g) Knowledge.

Or,  (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :
Development (Verb), Wisdom (Adjective), Weak (Verb), Success (Adverb), Prefer (Noun), Rich (Verb), Progress (Adj.).
11. Punctuate the following passage : 5 death is inevitable everybody knows it yet everybody forgets it for the necessity of life again someone becomes immortal by welcoming the death with smiling face someone dies many times before death
12. Translate into English : 5

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2006
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—29-01-2008 EXAMINATION—2006 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Subject Code: 9999 [According to the Syllabus of 2003-04 & 2004-05] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B. The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

One fascinating benefit to travel to foreign places is learning how customs differ from country to country. As a case in point, there are interesting cultural variations among peoples in such matters as work, play and education. In the United States, for example, most business and industries operate a forty-hour week for their individual employees, although a large number of firms remain open over hundred hours a week by making use of two or three groups of different workers. For leisure-time entertainment, Americans indulge in a great range of sports (hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, baseball, football, etc.) as well as other social and recreational activities participated in by men and women together. The custom of non-separation of the sexes is also the general rule in American schools, from the first grade all the way through the university.

(a) (i)    What benefit does a traveller get from foreign travel?                                                  2×2 = 4
(ii)   How do the Americans pass their leisure-time?
(b) What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas in this passage?                            4
(c) Make up your own sentences with the following words (any four):                                                 1×4 = 4
Individual; Differ; Entertainment; Custom; Variations; Participate.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence? How does it help you guess the main idea of the passage? 4
(e) Summarise the passage.                                                                                                                  4
2. (i)    Correct any five of the following sentences : 5
(a) I went to the man’s house whom you saw.
(b) The man was charged for murder.
(c) Do you know how does corruption eats up a nation?
(d) He was so insolent that I did not hear him.
(e) She is wiser than I think.
(f) He is an important member in the committee.
(g) Do not pride in your wealth.

(ii) (a) Make a poster of a music-concert organised to help the Sidr-affected people. 4
Or,   (b)   Suppose a private university wants to appoint part-time teachers of English.
Make an advertisement for this.
Or,   (c)   One of your friends has recently died in an accident. Prepare a notice for a
condolence meeting.
3. (i)    Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Uses and abuses of mobile phone;
(b) Ways of fighting corruption;
(c) Child-trafficking.
Or,  (ii)   The dustbins in your locality are not cleaned regularly. Write a report for the press on this subject.
4. (i)    Write an application to the manager of a private bank for the post of an officer as advertised in a newspaper.                                                                                                                                                 8
Or,  (ii)   Write a letter to your friend inviting him to attend your elder sister’s marriage ceremony.
Or,  (iii) Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him to allow the college play-ground for a friendly football match.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following :                                                                            15
(a) Patriotism;
(b) Tree plantation;
(c) If I were a politician.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) in first calendar is Baishakh month Bangla the.
(b) over celebrated Baishakh country all the Pahela is.
(c) as to life comes new us it a.
(d) gathering Mela a is annual Baishakhi an.
(e) day we greet on everyone this.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) Children play cricket on Sundays.
(b) He visits his mother every week.
(c) She can speak Bangla, English and French.
(d) He is entrusted with a noble task.
(e) She comes from Khulna.
{f)    The boy cant go out because of severe cold. ‘
(g)   The doctor suggested the patient not to eat fats.
8. Use articles where necessary : 5
Education is – backbone of- nation. No nation can prosper keeping – large
section of her population illiterate. Primary education forms-basis of one’s life. –
educated citizen can read book, newspapers etc.
9. Use the correct form of verb within brackets (any five): 5
(a) You have (do) a wrong to him.
(b) He (strike) me so hard that I fell down.
(c) He as well as his friends (be) selfish.
(d) He .(lie) down as he was tired.
(e) The river has (overflow) its banks.
(f) I cannot help (laugh).
(g) The fruit (taste) sweet.
10. (i)    Give the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :      5
(a) complex; (b) false; (c) coward; (d) humility; (e) innocent; (f) reckless: (g) accept, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) : 5
improve (noun); neglect (adjective); strong (verb); wisdom (adverb): reason (adjective); poor (noun); success (verb).
11. Punctuate the following passage : 5 

as such the language used in these items will not be the same readers too do not expect to see a similar language used in reporting a medical discovery and another report on the countrys increasing crime situation

12. Translate into English:    5

 

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2006
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—11-11-2007 EXAMINATION—2006
ABANDONED
Time—3 hours
ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code : 9999 [According to New Syllabus]
Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Tagore says, “Education is a piece of diamond and culture is the emission of light therefrom.” So, a well-educated man must be cultured too. People should be cultured in appropriate sense and culture should be moulded with dice of our own tradition. The term ‘culture’ is very broad. It comprises music, literature, drama and other aspects of fine arts. The true picture of a country is projected in its culture. In the arena of culture indigenous culture plays a very vital role. In the creation and propagation of culture patronization also plays a vital role.
Since the dawn of civilization culture has a glorious and magnificent history in the realm of life-style and thought. It is spiritual, philosophical and self-sacrificing with no barriers in living’and thought. Culture reflects the way of living, eating, talking and learning for enriching peoples creative endeavour towards handi-craft, music, dancing, folk-songs and skills of making various types of musical instruments.
Bangladesh has a distinct culture and tradition. This culture and tradition is rooted in its soil. Its land and people are interdependent. Our culture echoes the religious belief that we have inherited from our ancestors. The Liberation War in 1971 and the Language Movement in 1952 are the glorious bright sides of our cultural history. As a nation though we are economically poor, its facet has the luster of a meaningful struggle for survival on earth.

(a) (i) Why is the term ‘culture’ very broad? 2×2=4
(ii)   How is the culture of Bangladesh distinct?
(b) Write down the main idea and supporting ideas of the above passage. 4
(c) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with the base words (any four) : 1×4=4
emission, comprise, arena, patronization, barrier, distinct, ancestor.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence of the passage? How does it help you to understand the meaning of the sentence?                                                                                 4
(e) Write a summary of this passage.                                                                             4
2.(i) Supply a suitable word to fill the blank in each of the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) He started earlier lest he _____miss the train.
(b) Please look _____the word in the dictionary.
(c) _____reading more, you cannot pass.
(d) He kept the man _____outside for a long time.
(e) I like the _____of the books.
(f) What cannot be _____must be endured?
(g) Can I _____something to your shopping list?

(ii) (a)   Write a poster to collect money and other commodities for helping the flood
affected people. 4
Or,   (b)   A seminar will be held on October 18, 2007 at Osmani Milanayatan on ‘Arsenic
Pollution’. To create awareness about it, write slogans for festoons.
Or,  (c)   Suppose, you are a public relation officer of a Travel and Tours Organisation.
Now, write an advertisement in the dailies highlighting the facilities of the
organisation.
3. (i) Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas : 8
(a) Child Labour in Bangladesh; (b) E-mail; (c) Self-reliance.
(ii) Write a report for the newspaper on the blood-donation programme in your locality. You want to apply for a computer operator in an office. Write an application mentioning your operational skills in computer along with your resume.                                                                                                                        8
Or Write an application to the Principal of your college for increasing library facilities.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Patriotism; (b) Compulsory Primary Education; (c) Our National Festivals.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences :                                                                                5
(a) sailed york great new for titanic ship the.
(b) compartments she water had tight sixteen.
(c) unsinkable so it as regarded was.
(d) voyage her down but went on she first.
(e) sinking titanic the always will tragic of remembered be the.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) :                                            5
(a) There are five books on the table.
(b) The bank closes at 4 p.m.
(c) Dinajpur is famous for fine rice.
(d) My son’s success made me happy.
(e) Everybody wishes to be happy.
(f) It is quarter to eleven now.
(g) By the side of a lake the park stands.

8.    Use articles in the following passage :                                                                                                5
William Wordsworth,   (a)________ second son of  (b) —- attorney-at-law read in   (c) _____university named Cambridge. He wrote a remarkable poem on (d)______French Revolution. (e) _______English are proud of him.
9. Use the correct form of verb in the following sentences (any five):                             5
(a) The rain (stop) before the guests came, (b) Charity (begin) at home, (c) You had better (to speak) the truth, (d) What you (read) at this moment? (e) It is many years since I (see) you last, (f) Had I been a rich man, I (help).the poor, (g) I got the letter (open) by him.
10. (i)    Give the antonym of the following words and make sentences with the base words
(any four) :                                                                                                                                           5
Spacious, Decay. Eminent, Issue, Allow, Triumph, Barren, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with the base words (any five) : 5 Beauty (verb). Friend (adjective), Know (noun), Magic (adverb), Enter (noun). Boy (adjective), Courage (verb).
11. Punctuate the following passage:                                                                                      5
overhearing their whispers the caliph said to the dervishes are you not of this house then no they replied we have never been in this place before
12. Translate into English :                                                                                                              5

 

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2005
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—24-08-2006 EXAMINATION—2005 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code : 100 [According to New Syllabus] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Newspaper writing is quite different from other forms of writing like Academic Writing and Creative Writing. Newspapers are read everyday by a large number of people from all sections of the society. Therefore the language used in any newspaper has to be factual and easy. Prospective writers for a newspaper must understand that while reading a newspaper, a person would be annoyed if he or she has to frequently look up dictionary. Also the reader is keen to know the actual happening, the real story, not a news story made up by the reporter’s own imagination. However, some forms of newspaper writing, namely, features and sub-editorials may differ from news stories in style and tone. Normally full-time reporters do the difficult job of reporting. They gather the days important news from different locations throughout the day and file the news stories normally in the evening. These stories range from political news to sports news and economic news; as well as diplomatic news or news of scientific discoveries. As such, the language used in these items will not be the same. Readers too do not expect to see a similar language used in reporting a medical discovery and another report on the country’s increasing crime situation.

(a) (i) What should be the language of a newspaper?                                                 2×2=4
(ii)   When does a newspaper reader get annoyed?
(b) What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas in this passage? 4
(c) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with them (any four) :                                                                                                 1×4=4 
factual, annoyed, prospective, keen, frequently, location, discovery.
(d) What is the key-word in the last sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of this sentence?                                                                                                          4
(e) Write a summary of this passage.                                                                                            4
2. (i)    Correct the following sentences (any five) :                                                                     5
(a) John went to Scotland for playing golf.
(b) The minister gave a valuable speech.
(c) Industry is the key of success.
(d) Mary speaks French very good.
(e) I see often my uncle.
(f) Lucy is lawyer, like her father.
(g) What you would like to drink?
(ii)   (a)   Your English teacher is sick. She/he will may be able to take class on Monday.
Write a notice for the students of Hons. Part 1. 4
Or,   (b)   Write a poster to create awareness against unfair means in examination. Or,   (c)   Write a memo in which the manager of a firm requests his subordinates to attend
a farewell meeting of one of the members of the staff.
3. (i)    Write  a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and
developing ideas : 8
(a) Admission in Universities of Bangladesh; (b) My Favourite Book; (c) Session Jam. Or,  (ii)   Write a report for the newspaper on the cultural week in your college.
4. (a) You want to apply for a job. Write an application along with your resume. 8 Or,  (b)   Write a letter to your pen-friend in Australia telling him/her about the celebration of
“Pahela Baishakh”.
Or,  (c)   Write letter to the principal of your college requesting him/her to take necessary steps to clean the campus as there is menace to dengue.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) The Dowry System; (b) Reading Newspaper—as a habit; (c) A Trip to a Village on Holiday.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) town nice Stratford is a small.
(b) winter is quiet it in.
(c) birthplace Shakespeare is it of the.
(d) usually is full of it tourists.
(e) come people visit the great birthplace dramatist of to the.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) I would like to drink coffee.
(b) Tim went to London last winter.
(c) My doctor has advised me to lose weight.
(d) Peter is capable of doing the job.
(e) Chris was in Japan when the earthquake struck.
(f) A good dictionary lists the meaning of verbs.
(g) The seminar was held in Chittagong.
8. Use articles in the following passage : 5
Bob Collins has recently become (a) – minister in (b) – new government. He was
(c) -professional footballer in the t960s. He is supposed to be (d) -most skilful
player of his generation. He became (e)- Member of Parliament in 1990.
9. Use the correct form of the verb in the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Man (verb to be) mortal.
(b) The sun (rise) at 5.16 tomorrow.
(c) Wait here until I (call) you.
(d) I saw my friend (walk) in the field.
(e) You are not to (leave) the school without my permission.
(f) Had you been serious in your study you (pass) the examination.
(g) The new computer (arrive) next week.
10. (i)    Give the antonym of the following words and make your own sentences (any five):   5
dark, happy, reveal, busy, brave, success, appear, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make your own sentences with them (any five) :                                                                                         5 
cage (verb), depress (noun), quicken (adjective), thorough (adverb), sign (noun), dear (verb), mother (adjective).
11. Punctuate the following passage :                                                                                             5 
thomas sterns eliot was born on September 26 1888 in st lois missouri after studying at harvard and sorborne he emigrated to england in 1914
12.Translate into English

 

 

MA Previous Questions in English|National University, Bangladesh

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)   Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.
    (b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises
    Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    (c)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.
    (d)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster.
    (e)  O it is excellent
    To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
    (f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo And made Adam from Paradys to go There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.
    (g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand
    O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.
    (h) Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
    And let so soft it in her herte sinke.
    2.   (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or
    (b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
    Or
    (c)  Show in  what ways Chaucer’s  Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.
    3.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:
5.   (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant
6.   (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

 ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

 Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  How weary stale and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world.
    (b)  And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.
    (c)   We are such stuff
    As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
    (d) Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.
    (e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.
    It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.
    (f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all. See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.
    (g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods They kill us for their sport.
    (h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
    Absent thee from felicity awhile,
    And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair To tell my story.
    2. (a)    Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference to The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or,
    (b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.
    Or,
    (c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.
    3.   (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.
4.   (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?
5.   (a) Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.
6.   (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest’.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

 [N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1 and Four others.]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.
(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee
(c)    Better it were a brother died at once
Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever
(d)   The play’s the thing
Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.
(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.
(f)   Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ. This may do something
(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not
(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!
2.   (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.
Or,
(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel
3.   (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.
4.   (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.
5.   (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.
Or,
(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.
6.   (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.
Or,
(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.
Or,
(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.
(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!
(c)   O, it is excellent
To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant
(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.
(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.
(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;
They kill us for their sport.
 (g)   O, wonder,
How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankinds!
O brave new world
That has such people in it.
(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.
2. (a) Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
Or,
(c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.
3.   (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.
Or,
(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?
Or,
(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.
5.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.
Or,
(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.
6.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.
Or,
(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?
7.   (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.
Or,
(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry)

Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[NB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
    (a)             I am the poet of the body and
    I am the poet of the soul
    The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.
    (b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity .
    (c)    And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb
    How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?
    (d)  Intellectual disgrace
    Stares from every human face
    And the seas of pity lie         
    Locked and frozen in each eye.
    (e)    Home is the place where, when you have to go there
    They have to take you in.
    (f)     And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s
    Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.
    (g)   I took the less travelled by
    And that has made all the difference.
    (h)         Between my finger and my thumb     
    The squat pen rests

    I’ll dig with it.
    2.     (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.
3.     (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”
 4.     (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?
 Or
(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.
5.     (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.
Or
(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.
6.     (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.
Or
(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.
7.     (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth”—Discuss.
Or
(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

                                                 Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]
 1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
(b)   I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
(c)   The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made
But a spring mending-time we find them there.
(d)     About human suffering they were never wrong
The Old Masters.
(e)     Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.
(f)      I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,
Plodder through midnight rain,
Question me again.
(g)     Ceremony’s name for the rich horn
(h)     And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
(h)   Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
2.     (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.
3.     (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?
Or,
(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.
4.     (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.
Or,
(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.
5.     (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?
6.     (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of
all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?
7.     (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient
Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152 Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a)   A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
(b)   Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,
The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds……………….
(c)     The ceremony of innocence is drowned,
The best lack of conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
(d)    And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.
The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.
(e)          O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
(g)     May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
(h)   Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
2.    (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.
3.    (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.
4.    (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.
5.    (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.
6.    (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.
 7.    (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.

    (b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises
    Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    He hadde maad ful many a marriage
    Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.

    (c)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous when thou showest thee in a child
    Than the sea-monster.

    (e)  O it is excellent
    To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous
    To use it like a giant.

    (f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde
    Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo
    And made Adam from Paradys to go
    There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.

    (g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand
    O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.

    (h)   Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
    And let so soft it in her herte sinke.

    2.   (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or
    (b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
    Or
    (c)  Show in what ways Chaucer’s Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.
    3.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:
5.   (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant

6.   (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.

7.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy?
Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus]

Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  How weary stale and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world.
    (b)  And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.
    (c)   We are such stuff
    As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
    (d) Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.
    (e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.
    It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.
    (f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all. 
    See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.
    (g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods
    They kill us for their sport.
    (h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
    Absent thee from felicity awhile,
    And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair
    To tell my story.
    2. (a)    Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference to The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or,
    (b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.
    Or,
    (c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.
    3.   (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.
4.   (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?
5.   (a) Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.
6.   (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest’.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus]

Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours                                                                                                  Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.l and Four others.]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.
(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee
(c)    Better it were a brother died at once Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever
(d)   The play’s the thing

Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.

(f)   Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something

(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not

(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!
2.   (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.
Or,
(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel
3.   (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.
4.   (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.
5.   (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.
Or,
(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.
6.   (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.
Or,
(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.
Or,
(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.
(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!
(c)   O, it is excellent

To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant

(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,

All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.

(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.
(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;
They kill us for their sport.

(g)  O, wonder,
How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankinds! O brave new world That has such people in it.

(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.
2. (a) Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
Or,
      (c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.
3.   (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.
Or,
(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?
Or,
(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.
5.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.
Or,
(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.
6.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.
Or,
(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?
7.   (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.
Or,
(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry) Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[NB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

1.   Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a)         I am the poet of the body and
I am the poet of the soul
The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.
(b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity .
(c)  And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?
(d) Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face
And the seas of pity lie         
Locked and frozen in each eye.
(e)  Home is the place where, when you have to go there
They have to take you in.
(f)    And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s
Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.
(g)  I took the less travelled by
And that has made all the difference.
(h)      Between my finger and my thumb     
The squat pen rests

I’ll dig with it.
2.   (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.
3.   (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

4.   (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?
 Or
(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.
5.   (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.

  Or

(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.
6.   (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.
Or
(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.
7.   (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth” —Discuss.
Or
(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
(b) I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
(c)  The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made
But a spring mending-time we find them there.
(d)   About human suffering they were never wrong
The Old Masters.
(e)    Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.
(f)    I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,
Plodder through midnight rain,
Question me again.
(g)   Ceremony’s name for the rich horn
(h)   And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
(h)  Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
2.   (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.
3.   (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?
Or,
(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.
4.   (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.
Or,
(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.
5.   (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?
6.   (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of
all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?
7.   (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient
Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152 Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
(b) Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,
The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds..
(c)   The ceremony of innocence is drowned,
The best lack of conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
(d)   And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.
The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.
(e)       O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile 
And then come back to it and begin over.
(g)   May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
(h)  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
2.   (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.
3.   (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.
4.   (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.
5.   (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.
6.   (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.

7.   (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(c)   Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2006

Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

[According to the New Syllabus] Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—
    (a)  I will arise and go now, for always night and day,
    I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore: While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep hearts core.
    (b)  What shall I do with this absurdity—
    0  heart, O troubled heart—this caricature,
    Decrepit age that has been tied to me
    As to a dog’s tail?
    (c)   I am the Poet of the Body and I am the Poet of the Soul.
    The pleasures of heaven are with me and pains of Hell are with me.
    (d)   The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
    And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at  the end to arrest it,
    And ceas’d the moment life appeared.
    (e)  I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Some ages and ages hence;
    Two roads diverged in wood, and I —
    I took the one less travelled by,
     And that has made all the difference.
    (f)   The words of a dead man
    Are modified in the guts of the living.
    (g) The words of death are dryer than his stiff,
    My wordy wounds are printed with your hair.
    I would be tickled by the rub that is:
    Man be my metaphor.
    (h) Between my finger and my thumb
    The squat pen rest. I’ll dig with it.

    2.   (a) Analyze Yeats’ symbolism with reference to the poem you have studied.

Or,

(b) Write an essay on Yeats’ handling of history and myth with particular reference to “Sailing to Byzantium” and “The Second Coming”.

3.   (a) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

Or,

(b) Comment on Whitman’s mysticism.

4.   (a) Discuss Frost’s treatment of nature in the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Frost uses the dramatic narrative form in his poetry.
5.   (a) ‘Auden is an anti-romantic modern Poet’—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Auden combined political consciousness with personal concern in his poetry. Illustrate from the poems you have read.
6.   (a) Comment on the view that the poems of Dylan Thomas are the work of a religious poet.

Or,

(b) Write a note on the poetic imagery of Dylan Thomas.
7.   (a) The Irish ‘troubles’ are an important theme in many of Seamus Heaney’s poems—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Evaluate Heaney’s poetic vision and art.
ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1153 (Modern Drama)
Time-4 hours Full marks—100

N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

Locate and explain any four of the following :—

(a)   If it was a hundred horses, or a thousand horses you had itself, what is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one sun only ?
(b)  There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire . The other is to get it.
(c)   I left the pillar over his little face. Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.
(d)  But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late.
I can’t cry. I don’t know what it is, But I can’t cry. I don’t understand it.
(f)        I was wrong, I was wrong! I don’t want to be neutral! I don’t want to be a saint. I want to be a lost cause. I want to be corrupt and futile.
(g)       He had good dream. It’s the only dream you can have-to come out number one.
(h)       Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a bad husband.
(a)       ‘The very setting of the play Riders to the Sea’ has contributed much to make it both local and universal at the same time. Explain the statement.
Or
(b)       Do you find any tragic dignity in the character of Maurya?
(a)       Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that is conventional.
Or
(b)       Comment on Jimmy Porter’s relationship with Alison and Helena.
(a)       To what extent does Miller prove his tragic vision to be distinctively modern? Discuss in reference to Death of a Salesman .
Or
(b)       Attempt a note on the dramatic technique employed by Miller in Death of a Salesman.
(a)       What are the desires in O’ Neill’s Desire Under the Elms? How do they attain   tragic stature?
Or
(b)       Do you think that the conflict between puritanical ideals and natural forces results in Cabot’s tragedy?
(a)       Comment on Shaw’s blend of comic and melodramatic elements in Man and Superman.
Or
(b)       Discuss Octavius as an anti-hero.
(a)       Show how Waiting for Godot present a world which in Extentialist sense, is absurd .
Or  
(d)  Discuss the thematic and structural unity in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1

and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—
    (a) Isn’t it a hard and cruel man
    Won’t hear a word from an old Woman and she holding him from the sea?
    (b)   You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away—a man is not a piece of fruit.
    (c)   Maw’s gone to her grave. She kin sleep now.
    (d)   They tremble when we are in danger and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.
    (e)   It’s the life of a young man to be going on the sea and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over?
    (f)     Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one and that one is his cowardice.
    (g)   The Dead Sea was plae blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That’s where we’ll go, I used to say, that’s where we’ll go for our honeymoon..
    (h) I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry—angry and
    helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about
    love…. betrayal….. and death when I was ten years old than
    you will probably ever know all your life.

    2.   (a) In what ways is Riders to the Sea comparable to Greek tragedy?

Or,

(b) What picture of the life of the islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea?
3.   (a) Comment on the dramatic significance of the Bear and squirrel game in Look Back in Anger.

Or,

(b) ‘Alison, in Look Back in Anger, has degraded herself through her humiliating reconciliation with her husband, Jimmy’ Explain the statement.
4.   (a) What picture of American society and family life do you get in Death of a Salesman?

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship as dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.
5.   (a) How does O’Neill handle the theme of sin and retribution in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think Octavius is an anti-hero? Why?
6.   (a) Elucidate the Shavian idea of the Life Force in Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) How does the Hell-scene in Man and Superman strike the keynote of a comedy of purpose?
7.   (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the treatment of time in Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabuses] Subject Code: 1153

Third Paper (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1  and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following :—
    (a) I left the pillar over his little face.
    Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.
    (b) ” I’ll prove t ‘ye! I’ll prove I love ye better’n ……………….
    Better’n everythin’ else in the world!”
          (c)  I was fired, and I’m looking for a little a good news to tell your
    mother because the woman has waited and the woman has suffered. The gist of it is that I haven’t got a story left in my head.
    (d) “No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.”
    (e) “One isn’t master of one’s moods. All day I’ve felt in great
    form. I didn’t get up in the night, not once!”
    (f) “I’m not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that
    kind because the woods are burning, boys, you understand? There’s a big blazgoing on all around.”
    (g) “Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a
    bad husband.”
    (h) Just at present the sense of honour is in abeyance. To say that he
    is excited is nothing. All his moods are phases of excitement.
    2.   (a) How did John Osborne earn the reputation of “an anger youth
    man”?

Or

(b) Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that are conventional.
3.   (a) In what ways Lucky and Pozzo contribute to the thematic structure of the play Waiting for Godot?

Or,

(b) Analyse Waiting for Godot as an Absurd Drama referring to the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd.
4.   (a) What makes Loman a tragic hero?.

Or,

(b)- Make an essay on dramatic technique employed by Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman.
5.   (a) What are the desires in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms?
How do they attain tragic stature?

Or,

(b) Analyse the relationship between the father and his sons in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms.
6.   (a) Examine how Shaw has blended the comic and melodramatic elements in his Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) Show how the three main female characters in Man and Superman differ from one another.
7.   (a) Evaluate Maurya as a tragic character.
Or,
(b) Comment on the role of Nature as is shown in Synge’s Riders to the Sea.

ENGLISH—2006

Third Paper (Modern Drama)[According to the New Syllabus]

Time- 4 hours Full marks-100

[KB. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and

Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:
    (a)That is not happiness, but the price for which the strong sell their happiness.
    (b)Will you stop mending stockings? At least while I’m in the house. It gets me nervous. I can’t tell you. Please.
    (c)  In the big world the old people do leaving things after them for their sons and children, but in this place it is the young men do be leaving things behind for them that do be old.
    (d) No! No! Not him! But that’s what I ought t’ done, hain’t it? I oughter killed him instead! Why didn’t ye tell me?
    (e)  At least, I still believe in right and wrong! Not even the months in this mad house have stopped me doing that. Even though everything I have done is wrong, at least I have known it was wrong.
    (f)   We wait. We are bored. No don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it.
    (g) They tremble when we are in danger, and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.
    (h) In the greatest country in the world a young man with such—personal attractiveness, gets lost. And such a hard worker.
    2.   (a) What picture of life of the Aran-islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea.

Or,

(b) “Synge’s Riders to the Sea is at once local and universal” — Discuss.

3.   (a) What is Shaw’s conception of Life Force in Man and Superman? 

Or,

       (b) Sketch the character of Octavius Robinson as an anti-hero.

4.   (a) Write a note on the theme of passion in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think that O’Neill Desire under The Elms the Elm is an attack on Puritanism? Give reasons for your answer.

5.   (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the thematic and structural unity of Waiting for Godot?
6.   (a) Is Miller’s tragic vision distinctively modern? Explain with reference to Death of a Salesman.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship a dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

7.   (a) Do you agree that Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is a record of the mood and temper of post-war England?

Or,

(b) Comment on the dramatic significance of the bear-and squirrel-game in Look Back in Anger.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code :1154 (A)/1154 (B)/1154 (C)

Time — 4 hours Full marks—100 Subject Code : 1154 (A) (Modern Novel & Prose)

[N.B.—All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. and four others.]

  1. (a) Write a note on Hemingway’s narrative technique in A Farewell to Arms.

Or

(b) Comment on Hemingway’s use of symbolism in A Farewell to Arms.
2.   (a) “William Golding is not discussing the fate of a group of boys on an island but the fate of mankind” Explain.

Or

(b) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?
3.   (a) Examine critically Hawthorne’s puritanic attitude in The Scarlet Letter.

Or

(b) Bring out the dramatic significance of the scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter.
4.   (a) What is a satire ? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or

(b) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World?
5.   (a) Critically analyze the character of Antoine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him—Discuss.
6. (a)    What are the conditions that Virginia Wolf set for the promotion of creative genius? Do you agree with her view?
Or
(b)        How does Virginia Wolf show the position of women in the 16thcentury?
(a)        Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.
Or
(b)        Do you think F.R. Leavis is correct when he says the study  of literature is an intimate study of the complexities, potentialities and essential conditions of human nature?
Write short notes on any four of the following :—
(a)   Hester Prynne;
(b)   Dystopia;
(c)   Coral Island;
(d)   Catherine Barkley;
(e)   Stream of Consciousness;
(f)     Judith Shakespeare;
(g)   The Couch shell;
(h)   Marquis de Robellon.

ENGLISH—2008

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and Four others]

1.(a)     Comment   on   Henry’s   disillusionment   with   war   in A Farewell to Arms.
Or,
(b)        Write a note on Hemming way’s art of characterisation in A Farewell to Arms.

2. (a) ‘Lord of the Flies is a serious explanation of fundamental moral issues—freedom and oppression’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies?
3.(a)     In what sense is The Scarlet Letter ‘a tale of human frailly and sorrow’?
Or,
(b)  Write a note on the theme of isolation in The Scarlet Letter.
4. (a)    What is a science fiction? Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.
Or,
(b) Comment on the female characters in Brave New World.

5. (a)   Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relation with the phenomena around. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Sartre’s Nausea combines phenomenology and existentialism. Elucidate.
6. (a)   What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?
Or,
(b)  Why does Virginia Woolf prefer Shakespeare to Milton in her essay Shakespeare’s Sister?
7.(a)    Evaluate F.R. Leavis as a literary critic.
Or,
(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society.
8. Write short notes on any four of the following:—
(a)   The Bloomsbury Group;
(b)   Existentialism;
(c)   Symbolism;
(d)   New criticism;
(e)   Soma;
(f)      Rinaldi;
(g)   Roger Chillingworth;
(h) Piggy’s Glasses.

ENGLISH—2007
[According to New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1154(A)/1154(B)/1154(C) Subject Code: 1154(A) Fourth Paper (Modern Novel & Prose) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N. B.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and four others.]

  1. (a) What views of war and love does Hemingway convey through A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) What literary craftsmanship do you notice in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms? Illustrate your answer with specific reference.
2.   (a) Explain the allegorical significance of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies,

Or,

(b) Golding has exposed the instinctive cruelty of man in his novel Lord of the Flies. Elucidate and illustrate.
3.   (a) What uses of symbolism has Hawthorne made in The Scarlet Letter?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hawthorne’s art of characterization.
4.   (a) What is a Satire? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or,

       (b) What is the symbolic significance of John, the Savage?
5.   (a) Critically analyze the character of Autaine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or,

(b) What do you understand by ‘bad faith’? Focus on the instances of ‘bad faith’ in Nausea.
6.   (a) How does Virginia Woolf show the position of women in the 16th century?

Or,

(b) Why did Judith commit suicide? What does her suicide signify?
7.   (a) Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or,

(b) How does Leavis argue in favour of his view that literature should be based on the whole social culture?
8.   Write short notes on any four of the following :—
(a)   Miss Helen Ferguson;
(b)   Science Fiction;
(c)    Romanticism;
(d)   Feminist Criticism;
(e)    Catherine as a Hemingway Heroine;
(f)     Moral Allegory;
(g)   Pragmatism;
(h)   Stream of Consciousness.

ENGLISH—2006

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

Subject Code: 1154(A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No.8 and Four others]
1.   (a) Why is Henry disillusioned with war in A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hemingway use of symbols in A Farewell to Arms.

2.   (a) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

Or

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies.
(a) Comment on the theme of crime and punishment as presented Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
Or,
(b) Would you consider Hester Prynne a tragic character? Give reasons.
(a) Discuss Sartre’s analysis of consciousness of self in Nausea
Or,
(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him. Discuss.

(a) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World and why?
Or
(b) Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.

(a)  What is the significance of the title Shakespeare’s Sister?
Or,
(b) What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

(a) What does F. R. Leavis say about Romantic Movement and Romantic Age in his essay Literature and Society?
Or,
(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society?
Write short notes on any four of the following:
(a)   Judith Shakespeare;
(b)   Rinaldi;
(c)   Pearl;
(d)   Feminism;
(e)   Phenomenology;
(f)    New Criticism
(g)   Simon;
(h) The Diary in Nausea.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a)   Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.

(b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

He hadde maad ful many a marriage

Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.

(c)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,

More hideous when thou showest thee in a child

Than the sea-monster.

(e)  O it is excellent

To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous

To use it like a giant.

(f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde

Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo

And made Adam from Paradys to go

There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.

(g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand

O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.

(h)   Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
And let so soft it in her herte sinke.

  1. (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or

(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?

Or

(c)  Show in what ways Chaucer’s Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.

  1. (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?

  1. (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:

  1. (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant

  1. (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy?

Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151(Chaucer and Shakespeare) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—

(a)   How weary stale and unprofitable

Seem to me all the uses of this world.

(b)   And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.

(c)   We are such stuff

As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.

(d) Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.

(e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.

It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock

The meat it feeds on.

(f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all.

See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.

(g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods

They kill us for their sport.

(h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair

To tell my story.

  1. (a)   Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference toThe Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.

Or,

(c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.

  1. (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.

  1. (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?

  1. (a)Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.

  1. (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest‘.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.l and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfourof the following:—

(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.

(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee

(c)    Better it were a brother died at once Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever

(d)   The play’s the thing

Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.

(f)   Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something

(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not

(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!

  1. (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.

Or,

(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel

  1. (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.

  1. (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.

  1. (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.

  1. (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.

Or,

(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfourof the following:—

(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.

(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!

(c)   O, it is excellent

To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant

(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,

All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.

(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.

(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;

They kill us for their sport.

(g)  O, wonder,

How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankindjs! O brave new world That has such people in it.

(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.

  1. (a)Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society inThe Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?

Or,

      (c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.

  1. (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.

Or,

(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or,

(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.

  1. (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.

Or,

(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.

  1. (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?

  1. (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.

Or,

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry) Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[KB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (anyfour):—

(a)         I am the poet of the body and
I am the poet of the soul

The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.

(b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity .

(c)  And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb

How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?

(d) Intellectual disgrace

Stares from every human face

And the seas of pity lie         

Locked and frozen in each eye.

(e)  Home is the place where, when you have to go there

They have to take you in.

(f)    And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s

Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.

(g)  I took the less travelled by

And that has made all the difference.

(h)      Between my finger and my thumb     
The squat pen rests

I’ll dig with it.

  1. (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.

  1. (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

  1. (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?

 Or

(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.

  1. (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.

  Or

(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.

  1. (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.

Or

(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.

  1. (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth” —Discuss.

Or

(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

                                        

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context(any four):—

(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,

A tattered coat upon a stick, unless

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

For every tatter in its mortal dress.

(b) I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

(c)  The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made

But a spring mending-time we find them there.

(d)   About human suffering they were never wrong

The Old Masters.

(e)    Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.

(f)    I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,

Plodder through midnight rain,

Question me again.

(g)   Ceremony’s name for the rich horn

(h)   And custom for the spreading laurel tree.

(h)  Earth’s the right place for love:

I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

  1. (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.

  1. (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?

Or,

(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

  1. (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.

Or,

(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.

  1. (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?

  1. (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of

all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?

  1. (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient

Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (anyfour):—

(a) A shudder in the loins engenders there

The broken wall, the burning roof and tower

And Agamemnon dead.

(b) Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,

The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds..

(c)   The ceremony of innocence is drowned,

The best lack of conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

(d)   And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.

The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.

(e)       O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile

And then come back to it and begin over.

(g)   May no fate wilfully misunderstand me

And half grant what I wish and snatch me away

Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

(h)  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

  1. (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.

  1. (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.

  1. (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.

  1. (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.

  1. (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.

  1. (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(c)   Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2006

Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

[According to the New Syllabus] Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a)  I will arise and go now, for always night and day,

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore: While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep hearts core.

(b)  What shall I do with this absurdity—

0  heart, O troubled heart—this caricature,

Decrepit age that has been tied to me

As to a dog’s tail?

(c)   I am the Poet of the Body and I am the Poet of the Soul.

The pleasures of heaven are with me and pains of Hell are with me.

(d)   The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,

And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at  the end to arrest it,

And ceas’d the moment life appeared.

(e)  I shall be telling this with a sigh
Some ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in wood, and I —

I took the one less travelled by,

 And that has made all the difference.

(f)   The words of a dead man

Are modified in the guts of the living.

(g) The words of death are dryer than his stiff,
My wordy wounds are printed with your hair.
I would be tickled by the rub that is:

Man be my metaphor.

(h) Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rest. I’ll dig with it.

  1. (a) Analyze Yeats’ symbolism with reference to the poem you have studied.

Or,

(b) Write an essay on Yeats’ handling of history and myth with particular reference to “Sailing to Byzantium” and “The Second Coming”.

  1. (a) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

Or,

(b) Comment on Whitman’s mysticism.

  1. (a) Discuss Frost’s treatment of nature in the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Frost uses the dramatic narrative form in his poetry.

  1. (a) ‘Auden is an anti-romantic modern Poet’—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Auden combined political consciousness with personal concern in his poetry. Illustrate from the poems you have read.

  1. (a) Comment on the view that the poems of Dylan Thomas are the work of a religious poet.

Or,

(b) Write a note on the poetic imagery of Dylan Thomas.

  1. (a) The Irish ‘troubles’ are an important theme in many of Seamus Heaney’s poems—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Evaluate Heaney’s poetic vision and art.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1153 (Modern Drama)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

Locate and explain any four of the following :—

(a)   If it was a hundred horses, or a thousand horses you had itself, what is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one sun only ?

(b)  There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire . The other is to get it.

(c)   I left the pillar over his little face. Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.

(d)  But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late.

I can’t cry. I don’t know what it is, But I can’t cry. I don’t understand it.

(f)        I was wrong, I was wrong! I don’t want to be neutral! I don’t want to be a saint. I want to be a lost cause. I want to be corrupt and futile.

(g)       He had good dream. It’s the only dream you can have-to come out number one.

(h)       Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a bad husband.

(a)       ‘The very setting of the play Riders to the Sea’ has contributed much to make it both local and universal at the same time. Explain the statement.

Or

(b)       Do you find any tragic dignity in the character of Maurya?

(a)       Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that is conventional.

Or

(b)       Comment on Jimmy Porter’s relationship with Alison and Helena.

(a)       To what extent does Miller prove his tragic vision to be distinctively modern? Discuss in reference to Death of a Salesman .

Or

(b)       Attempt a note on the dramatic technique employed by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

(a)       What are the desires in O’ Neill’s Desire Under the Elms? How do they attain   tragic stature?

Or

(b)       Do you think that the conflict between puritanical ideals and natural forces results in Cabot’s tragedy?

(a)       Comment on Shaw’s blend of comic and melodramatic elements in Man and Superman.

Or

(b)       Discuss Octavius as an anti-hero.

(a)       Show how Waiting for Godot present a world which in Extentialist sense, is absurd .

Or  

(d)  Discuss the thematic and structural unity in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1

and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a) Isn’t it a hard and cruel man

Won’t hear a word from an old Woman and she holding him from the sea?

(b)   You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away—a man is not a piece of fruit.

(c)   Maw’s gone to her grave. She kin sleep now.

(d)   They tremble when we are in danger and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.

(e)   It’s the life of a young man to be going on the sea and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over?

(f)     Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one and that one is his cowardice.

(g)   The Dead Sea was plae blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That’s where we’ll go, I used to say, that’s where we’ll go for our honeymoon..

(h) I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry—angry and
helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about

love…. betrayal….. and death when I was ten years old than

you will probably ever know all your life.

  1. (a) In what ways is Riders to the Sea comparable to Greek tragedy?

Or,

(b) What picture of the life of the islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea?

  1. (a) Comment on the dramatic significance of the Bear and squirrel game in Look Back in Anger.

Or,

(b) ‘Alison, in Look Back in Anger, has degraded herself through her humiliating reconciliation with her husband, Jimmy’ Explain the statement.

  1. (a) What picture of American society and family life do you get in Death of a Salesman?

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship as dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) How does O’Neill handle the theme of sin and retribution in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think Octavius is an anti-hero? Why?

  1. (a) Elucidate the Shavian idea of the Life Force in Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) How does the Hell-scene in Man and Superman strike the keynote of a comedy of purpose?

  1. (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the treatment of time in Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabuses] Subject Code: 1153

Third Paper (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1  and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following :—

(a) I left the pillar over his little face.

Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.

(b) ” I’ll prove t ‘ye! I’ll prove I love ye better’n ……………….

Better’n everythin’ else in the world!”

      (c)  I was fired, and I’m looking for a little a good news to tell your

mother because the woman has waited and the woman has suffered. The gist of it is that I haven’t got a story left in my head.

(d) “No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.”

(e) “One isn’t master of one’s moods. All day I’ve felt in great

form. I didn’t get up in the night, not once!”

(f)“I’m not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that

kind because the woods are burning, boys, you understand? There’s a big blazgoing on all around.”

(g)“Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a
bad husband.”

(h) Just at present the sense of honour is in abeyance. To say that he

is excited is nothing. All his moods are phases of excitement.

  1. (a) How did John Osborne earn the reputation of “an anger youth

man”?

Or

(b) Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that are conventional.

  1. (a) In what ways Lucky and Pozzo contribute to the thematic structure of the playWaiting for Godot?

Or,

(b) Analyse Waiting for Godot as an Absurd Drama referring to the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd.

  1. (a) What makes Loman a tragic hero?.

Or,

(b)- Make an essay on dramatic technique employed by Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) What are the desires in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms?

How do they attain tragic stature?

Or,

(b) Analyse the relationship between the father and his sons in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms.

  1. (a) Examine how Shaw has blended the comic and melodramatic elements in hisMan and Superman.

Or,

(b) Show how the three main female characters in Man and Superman differ from one another.

  1. (a) Evaluate Maurya as a tragic character.

Or,

(b) Comment on the role of Nature as is shown in Synge’s Riders to the Sea.

ENGLISH—2006

Third Paper (Modern Drama)[According to the New Syllabus]

Time- 4 hours Full marks-100

[KB. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and

Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:

(a)That is not happiness, but the price for which the strong sell their happiness.

(b)Will you stop mending stockings? At least while I’m in the house. It gets me nervous. I can’t tell you. Please.

(c)  In the big world the old people do leaving things after them for their sons and children, but in this place it is the young men do be leaving things behind for them that do be old.

(d)No! No! Not him! But that’s what I ought t’ done, hain’t it? I oughter killed him instead! Why didn’t ye tell me?

(e)  At least, I still believe in right and wrong! Not even the months in this mad house have stopped me doing that. Even though everything I have done is wrong, at least I have known it was wrong.

(f)   We wait. We are bored. No don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it.

(g)They tremble when we are in danger, and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.

(h) In the greatest country in the world a young man with such—personal attractiveness, gets lost. And such a hard worker.

  1. (a) What picture of life of the Aran-islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea.

Or,

(b) “Synge’s Riders to the Sea is at once local and universal” — Discuss.

  1. (a) What is Shaw’s conception of Life Force in Man and Superman?

Or,

       (b) Sketch the character of Octavius Robinson as an anti-hero.

  1. (a) Write a note on the theme of passion in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think that O’Neill Desire under The Elms the Elm is an attack on Puritanism? Give reasons for your answer.

  1. (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the thematic and structural unity of Waiting for Godot?

  1. (a) Is Miller’s tragic vision distinctively modern? Explain with reference to Death of a Salesman.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship a dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) Do you agree that Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is a record of the mood and temper of post-war England?

Or,

(b) Comment on the dramatic significance of the bear-and squirrel-game in Look Back in Anger.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code :1154 (A)/1154 (B)/1154 (C)

Time — 4 hours Full marks—100 Subject Code : 1154 (A) (Modern Novel & Prose)

[N.B.—All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. and four others.]

  1. (a) Write a note on Hemingway’s narrative technique in A Farewell to Arms.

Or

(b) Comment on Hemingway’s use of symbolism in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a)“William Golding is not discussing the fate of a group of boys on an island but the fate of mankind” Explain.

Or

(b) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

  1. (a) Examine critically Hawthorne’s puritanic attitude in The Scarlet Letter.

Or

(b) Bring out the dramatic significance of the scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter.

  1. (a) What is a satire ? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or

(b) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World?

  1. (a) Critically analyze the character of Antoine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him—Discuss.

  1. (a)   What are the conditions that Virginia Wolf set for the promotion of creative genius? Do you agree with her view?

Or

(b)        How does Virginia Wolf show the position of women in the 16thcentury?

(a)        Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or

(b)        Do you think F.R. Leavis is correct when he says the study  of literature is an intimate study of the complexities, potentialities and essential conditions of human nature?

Write short notes on any four of the following :—

(a)   Hester Prynne;

(b)   Dystopia;

(c)   Coral Island;

(d)   Catherine Barkley;

(e)   Stream of Consciousness;

(f)     Judith Shakespeare;

(g)   The Couch shell;

(h)   Marquis de Robellon.

ENGLISH—2008

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and Four others]

1.(a)     Comment   on   Henry’s   disillusionment   with   war   in A Farewell to Arms.

Or,

(b)        Write a note on Hemming way’s art of characterisation in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a) ‘Lord of the Fliesis a serious explanation of fundamental moral issues—freedom and oppression’. Discuss.

Or,

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies?

3.(a)     In what sense is The Scarlet Letter ‘a tale of human frailly and sorrow’?

Or,

(b)  Write a note on the theme of isolation in The Scarlet Letter.

  1. (a)   What is a science fiction? Justify the novelBrave New World as a science fiction.

Or,

(b) Comment on the female characters in Brave New World.

  1. (a)   Nauseais the study of an individual trying to understand his relation with the phenomena around. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Sartre’s Nausea combines phenomenology and existentialism. Elucidate.

  1. (a)  What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

Or,

(b)  Why does Virginia Woolf prefer Shakespeare to Milton in her essay Shakespeare’s Sister?

7.(a)    Evaluate F.R. Leavis as a literary critic.

Or,

(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society.

  1. Write short notes on any four of the following:—

(a)   The Bloomsbury Group;

(b)   Existentialism;

(c)   Symbolism;

(d)   New criticism;

(e)   Soma;

(f)      Rinaldi;

(g)   Roger Chillingworth;

(h) Piggy’s Glasses.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1154(A)/1154(B)/1154(C) Subject Code: 1154(A) Fourth Paper (Modern Novel & Prose) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N. B.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and four others.]

  1. (a) What views of war and love does Hemingway convey through A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) What literary craftsmanship do you notice in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms? Illustrate your answer with specific reference.

  1. (a) Explain the allegorical significance of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies,

Or,

(b) Golding has exposed the instinctive cruelty of man in his novel Lord of the Flies. Elucidate and illustrate.

  1. (a) What uses of symbolism has Hawthorne made in The Scarlet Letter?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hawthorne’s art of characterization.

  1. (a) What is a Satire? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or,

       (b) What is the symbolic significance of John, the Savage?

  1. (a) Critically analyze the character of Autaine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or,

(b) What do you understand by ‘bad faith’? Focus on the instances of ‘bad faith’ in Nausea.

  1. (a) How does Virginia Woolf show the position of women in the 16th century?

Or,

(b) Why did Judith commit suicide? What does her suicide signify?

  1. (a) Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or,

(b) How does Leavis argue in favour of his view that literature should be based on the whole social culture?

  1. Write short notes on anyfour of the following :—

(a)   Miss Helen Ferguson;

(b)   Science Fiction;

(c)    Romanticism;

(d)   Feminist Criticism;

(e)    Catherine as a Hemingway Heroine;

(f)     Moral Allegory;

(g)   Pragmatism;

(h)   Stream of Consciousness.

ENGLISH—2006

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

Subject Code: 1154(A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No.8 and Fourothers]

  1. (a) Why is Henry disillusioned with war in A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hemingway use of symbols in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

Or

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies.

(a) Comment on the theme of crime and punishment as presented Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Or,

(b) Would you consider Hester Prynne a tragic character? Give reasons.

(a) Discuss Sartre’s analysis of consciousness of self in Nausea

Or,

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him. Discuss.

(a) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World and why?

Or

(b) Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.

(a)  What is the significance of the title Shakespeare’s Sister?

Or,

(b) What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

(a) What does F. R. Leavis say about Romantic Movement and Romantic Age in his essay Literature and Society?

Or,

(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society?

Write short notes on any four of the following:

(a)   Judith Shakespeare;

(b)   Rinaldi;

(c)   Pearl;

(d)   Feminism;

(e)   Phenomenology;

(f)    New Criticism

(g)   Simon;

(h) The Diary in Nausea.

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