Friday, 23 January 2015

GUESS PAPER - B.SC ENGLISH SECTION A

SECTION - A
QUESTION NO. 1
(a) Man is usually called 'the highest animal' on the basis of intelligence. What are the specific traits that make him 'the lowest animal' for Mark Twain? 
(b) "The Damned Human Race" was written in the early 1900's. It is true today? 
QUESTION NO. 2
(a) How does the theme of the tale relate to the subject of language and culture? Discuss with reference to "The Last Lesson" by Alphonse Daudet. 
(b) Does this patriotic tale of a French schoolboy make us conscious about the value of our own native language?
QUESTION NO. 3
(a) Leacock describes a health maniac as an obsessed person. How do people become obsessed? Are obsessions always bad?
(b) Leacock uses exaggeration in the title of his essay. Where does he use exaggeration and why?
QUESTION NO. 4
(a) "The Open Window" by H.H. Munro is a story full of suspense and irony that keeps the reader's interest alive till the final sentence. Comment.
(b) Write a brief note on the following characters:
(i) Mrs. Sappleton     (ii) Framton Nuttel
QUESTION NO. 5
(a) How does Russell define education? 
(b) What defect is inherent in purely classical education? 
QUESTION NO. 6
(a)  "A cold may be common but has uncommon symptoms, amazing in its diversity". Elaborate with reference to "On a Common Cold" by Osbert Sitwell. 
(b) Point out some World Event, as quoted (referred to) by the writer when cold had played noble and prominent part in history.
QUESTION NO. 7
(a) What force provides the central conflict of the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and what is the conflict? 
(b) Give a brief character sketch of Walter Mitty. 
QUESTION NO. 8
(a) What is the difference between emotional meanings and objective meanings? How do emotional meanings affect our behaviour? 
(b) What is the writer's advice about the use of words?
QUESTION NO. 9
(a) Recapitulate Lewis's series of reasons for believing that there is "Law of Nature" that there is "real right or wrong" (Right and Wrong by C.S. Lewis) 
(b) Is it right or wrong not to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people?
QUESTION NO. 10
(a) After his conversion to Islam, the author travelled and worked throughout the Muslim World. Describe the author's experience when he was travelling along the road of life to its end. (End of the Road by Muhammad Asad) 
(b) Reproduce, with your comments and observations, the writer's description of the Holy Kaaba and his reactions in its presence.
QUESTION NO. 11
(a) "How the Poor Die" by George Orwell is pathetical and critical description of the public ward of the French hospital. Discuss.
(b) How does the French hospital where Orwell stayed, compared with the hospitals in England? 
QUESTION NO. 12
(a) "The Gray Beginnings" by R.L. Carson is an illustration of the scientifically accurate and lyrically beautiful way in which the writer stretches the reader's imagination by revealing  the magic and mystery of the sea. Elaborate.
(b) What were the effects of "The Birth of the Moon"? 
QUESTION NO. 13
(a) Discuss the story "August 2026 - There will Come Soft Rains" as an allegory of future. 
(b) What is the significance of the poem in the story?
QUESTION NO. 14
(a) "In My Day" by Russel Baker, what was Mrs. Baker's Philosophy of life? How did it change in her old age?
(b) Why does the author feel "forever out of touch" with his mother? Does he feel equally out of touch with his children?
QUESTION NO. 15
(a) "In a way a heavy viewer's life is as imbalanced by his television 'habit' as a drug addict's or an alcholic's. Comment with reference to "T.V. Addiction" by Marie Winn.
(b) What methods could parents or individuals use to prevent or lesson T.V. addiction?

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