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B.A.

Part II Examination
English General
Paper II
Model Question Paper
Full Marks: 100

Time: 3 Hours

Candidates are advised to write answers in their own language as far as practicable. Precise answers
will be given special credit. Spelling and grammatical errors will be penalised.

1. Answer any one question from the following, each in about 500 words:

1x15=15

a). Assess David Copperfield as a autobiographical text.


b). How does Dickens represent the contemporary Victorian world in David Copperfield?
2. Answer any one question from the following, each in about 500 words:

1x15=15

a) Assess The Prussian Officer as a psychological short story.


b) Bring out the significance of the title in The Ox.
c) Assess the importance of the Fly Episode in Katherine Mansfields The Fly.
d) Comment on the ending of The Lotus Eater.
3. Explain any two of the following, each in about 200 words, with reference to the context. 2x5=10
a) When you do, it is worth having a good look at him.
b) The horrible danger was over
c) The bodies of the two men lay together, side by side,...
d) Slopping along beside it, flat, heavy feet pounding painfully along under mud-stained skirts, her face
and body ugly with lumpy angles of bone, she was like a beast of burden.

4. Answer any one question from the following, each in about 400 words:

1x10=10

a) What advice does Bacon give to the young traveller to a foreign land?
b) Enumerate, after Addison, the aims of the Spectator Papers.
c) Assess Dream Children, A Reverie as a Romantic Essay.
d) Bring out how Orwell represents the predicament of a European in a colony in Shooting an Elephant.
5. Explain any two of the following, each in about 200 words, with reference to the context. 2x5=10
a) such a distance there is betwixt life and death:
b) They are commonly for mistresses, healths, place, and words.
c) I have often considered these poor Souls with an Eye of great Commiseration, when I have heard them
asking the first Man they have met with, whether there was any News stirring?
d) Feelings like these are the normal by-products of imperialism; ask any Anglo-Indian official, if you
can catch him off duty.
6. Write short notes on any five of the following each in about 100 words.

5x2=10

stock character, bildungsroman, epistolary novel, point of view, omniscient narrator, setting, realism,
personal essay.
7. Read the following passage and answer any three of the questions given below. 3x5=15
Michelangelo's place in the world of art is altogether unique. His supremacy is acknowledged by all, but is
understood by a few only. In the presence of his works none can stand unimpressed, yet few dare to claim
any intimate knowledge of his art. The quality so vividly described in the Italian word terribilit is his
predominant trait. He is one to awe rather than to attract, to overwhelm rather than to delight. The spectator
must exclaim with humility, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it."
Yet while Michelangelo can never be a popular artist in the ordinary sense of the word, the powerful
influence which he exercises seems constantly increasing. Year by year there are more who, drawn by the
strange fascination of his genius, seek to read the meaning of his art.
His subjects are all profoundly serious in intention. Life was no holiday to this strenuous spirit; it was a
stern conflict with the powers of darkness in which such heroes as David and Moses were needed. Like the
old Hebrew prophets, the artist poured out his soul in a vehement protest against evil, and a stirring call to
righteousness.

(a) Why does the author find Michelangelo's position in the world of art unique?
(b) What would be the opinion of the spectator about Michelangelo's art?
(c) What indicates that Michelangelos influence seems to increase with years?
(d) What does the author say on Michelangelo's choice of subjects?
8. Write a short original story, in about 500 words with a doctor, a lady and a pet dog as characters. 15

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