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Friday, October 10, 2008

I Semester Optional English End Semester Model Question Paper

End Semester Examination 2008

I Semester B.A.

Optional English

Course Code: OEN 131 Time: 3 Hours

Max Marks: 100

Model Question Paper

Section A

I. Answer any 5 of the following: (5x5=25)

  1. What are the characteristics of Metaphysical poetry?
  2. What supernatural elements does Pope use in “Rape of the Lock”.
  3. Compare and contrast the settings and language of Blake’s “The Lamb’ and “The Tyger”.
  4. What are the images of Egypt that Shelly describes through “Ozymandias”?
  5. What is comedy of manners?
  6. What are the different stations of life that a person could choose to live in that Robinson Crusoe’s father speaks about?
  7. What are the salient features of Elizabethan theatre?

II. Section B

Answer any 3 of the following in 250-300 words. (3x10=30)

1. How is Milton's invocation in Paradise Lost different from the invocation in classical Greek and Latin epics?

2. Analyze the role of the supernatural elements in Macbeth. How do they help in the progress of the play?

3. How does Addison comment on the economic conditions of young men in England through his essay “The Character of Will Wimble”?

4. The conflicts of marriage for love and marriage for property is one of the primary themes of Northanger Abbey. Discuss.

III. Section C

Answer any 3 of the following in 350-400 words (3x15=45)

1. Attempt a critical appreciation of Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”.

2. Discuss the features of Shakespearean tragedy with reference to Macbeth.

3. What is Gothic fiction? Explain how Northanger Abbey is a satire on the Gothic novel.

4. Discuss The Way of the World as a comedy of manners.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Sir! This blog is really helpful.

Anil Pinto said...

U R Welcome

Anonymous said...

sir? r v sposd to study d folwing?
1. history of england (from 42BC to norman conquest)
2. renaissance
3. puritanism
4. industrial/ french revolution

Anonymous said...

thanks so much sir ! :) ...

Anil Pinto said...

History of England, as i see is may not be important from the point of view of the exam.

knowledge about Renaissance, puritanism industrial and french revolution can really enhance the quality of your answers, but may not be the central topic of testing.

Anonymous said...

Respected Sir,
I'm a student of Ist B.com(P). we students came to know that we can get the summary all the topics of Ist semester of "PERSPECTIVE" from your blog site.But we were unable to find it out.
It would be grateful from your part if you can help us in this matter.
Thank You
Yours truly
ANISH TODI
anish_todi@rediffmail.com
9343113131

Anil Pinto said...

Dear Anish,
I have posted the summary of 'To Sir With Love' and a note on 'An Introduction' by Kamala Das. It does not have summaries of other lessons.

You can get the summary and note on above mentioned lessons by typing the titles in the search box at the top of this blog or by going to the following links

http://anilpinto.blogspot.com/2008/09/to-sir-with-love-presentation.html

http://anilpinto.blogspot.com/2008/08/introduction-by-kamala-das-notes-for-ii.html

Anonymous said...

What are the salient features of Elizabethan theatre?

sir, for this question... can i write only the interesting facts abt the theatre?? there's way too much info on d net... difficult to choose...
could u plz let me know wat am expexted to write?

Anil Pinto said...

It is not clear to me what you mean by interesting facts. It would be useful if you can consider the following
1. kind of plays staged
2. audience/ spectatorship
3. Theatrical conventions - clothes, drama techniques,
4. Places of performance
5. Themes
6. Patronage system
7. ...

Anonymous said...

thank you sir :) that is what i meant by "interestin"

Anonymous said...

thanks sir!

Anil Pinto said...

:)

Anonymous said...

sir...........i feel unconscious after seeing the model itself...will it b the same 4 exam also?plz dont make us fail sir..plz...this comment sounds as if me making fun of u..but no sir...i am serious..its too tough.....

Anonymous said...

i will catch u r leg sir..if u r putting questions,plz make it simple..plzzzz sir........

Anonymous said...

this was useful..because we r able 2 get prepared in advance 4 failing..its tooo tough sirrr.....

ROMEO said...

SIR...
YOUR BLOG IS MY LIBRARY......
THANKS A LOT SIR.

Anil Pinto said...

:)

foey said...

There seems to be no question about Everyman. Sir,is it important?

Anil Pinto said...

Everyman is not there for the exam

tseyang palzom said...

Thank you sir!

marina said...

thanx sir.......bt still...its kinda scary!!!!!

Anonymous said...

sir wat other questions can they [or u:)]ask abt d character of will wimble??

Anil Pinto said...

welcom, Tseyang

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Anonymous said...

sir, for history of essay, if i hav abt 100-120 words iss it fine? 'cause i hav not been able to get more info :)

vidhi said...

sir, it would b of great help if u could let us know wat kind of questions can v expect from rape f the lock?

foey said...

thank you Sir! there isn't much about way of the world online sir. will the questions be direct?

Anil Pinto said...

Can't think of any questions now. Really.

Anil Pinto said...

on Will Wimble, that is.

Anil Pinto said...

zero-g3, that many words should be ok

Anil Pinto said...

foey, I expect the questions to be direct. Not sure what you mean by direct.

Anil Pinto said...

vidhi, I have replied to this in the post on rape of the lock

Shreya said...

thanks sir i guess d paper is going 2 b pretty serious and interesting.....

Shreya said...

sir can you pls let me knw wat kind of questions will b askd frm will wimble could not find information and abt d poetry section watng anxiously for your reply n also how should the answers be ideally framed

Anil Pinto said...

:_)