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3889 DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
First Year
LITERARY FORMS
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE of the following.
All questions carry equal marks.

1. Write a note on the nature of the Lyric and its kinds.

2. Write briefly about the contributions of Milton to the Sonnet form of


poetry.

3. Comment on the function of the Mock-Epic with an example.

4. Analyse Aristotle’s views on the plot of a Tragedy.

5. Describe briefly the features of the Comedy of Humour.

6. Write a note on the two types of plot in a Novel.

7. How is Biography distinguished from History?

8. Consider Autobiography as a literary genre.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.

9. Write an essay on the nature and characteristics of an ode and its


kinds.

10.Write an essay on the characteristics of Shakespearean Sonnets.

11.What are the salient features of a Masque?

12.Differentiate between One-Act Play and a regular drama.

13.Write an essay on the picaresque tradition in the development of Novel


as a genre.

14.Write an essay on the characteristic features of Bacon’s essays.

15.Account for the popularity of a short story.


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DISTANCE EDUCATION

B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.

ELIZABETHAN LITERATURE

Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks

SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE of the following.
All questions carry equal marks.

1. Summarise the position of England under the rule of puritans.


2. Write a short note on the myth of Philomela.
3. Comment on the tone of the prayer of Thomas Nashe.
4. How does the poet make his plea to his coy mistress?
5. What is the subject matter of the poem ‘‘The Pulley’’?
6. What are the stock themes found in the Sonnets of Shakespeare?
7. Analyse Bacon’s views on Truth.
8. ‘‘Utopia’’ as a moral Fable.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)
Answer any FOUR questions.
All questions carry equal marks.

9. Consider Edward - II as a tragedy.

10. Discuss ‘‘The Shoemaker’s Holiday’’ as a pure comedy.

11. Consider Bacon as an essayist. What qualities of prose style do you


associate with Bacon? – Substantiate with reference to the essays
prescribed for your study.

12. Give a critical appreciation of the poem ‘‘A litany in time of plague’’.

13. Attempt an essay on Spenser’s ‘‘The Prologue’’ as an epic convention


and also bring out the divine figures invoked by him.

14. Bring out the merits and demerits of ‘‘The Alchemist’’ as a comedy of
humours.

15. Utopia and the contemporary economic, social and political problem.

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DISTANCE EDUCATION

B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.

RESTORATION LITERATURE

Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks

SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)

Answer any FIVE of the following questions.

1. Write a note on the social life of Restoration England.

2. Write an appreciation of the poem ‘L'Allegro ’.

3. Discuss John Dryden as a representative poet of his age.

4. What are the qualities of the creator as revealed in ‘The Tiger’?

5. Addison and Steele are the fore runners of periodical essay - Justify.

6. Henry Fielding is the father of Picaresque novel - Discuss.

7. Sketch the character of Joseph surface in ‘The School for Scandal’.

8. Evaluate the character of Hasting in ‘She Stoops to Conquer’.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR of the following questions.

9. Describe restoration drama and its social background.

10. Milton's ‘L'Allegro’ and ‘Ilpenseroso’ analyse human emotions in the


presence of nature. Discuss.

11. Summarise the note of melancholy found in Gray's ‘Elegy’.

12. Bring out the romantic qualities of the love of nature in Collin's ‘Ode
to Evening’.

13. Write a critical appreciation of Cowper's ‘The Castaway’.

14. Write your impressions about the character of Sir. Roger from the
prescribed essays.

15. Describe the social background of 18th century English life as


evidenced in ‘The School of Scandal’.

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DISTANCE EDUCATION

B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.

English

ROMANTIC LITERATURE

Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks

SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)

Answer any FIVE of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.


1. Write a short note on “Lyrical ballads”.
2. What is the concept of nature during romantic age?
3. Write a note on women’s writing during romantic age.
4. Give a picture of the “Elegy written in a country churchyard”.
5. Give a description of one picture engraved on the Urn Wrought by
Keats.
6. Describe the Mariner.
7. What is the message of “Highland Mary”?
8. What picture of clergy do you get from The Vicar of Wakefield?
SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)
Answer any FOUR of the following.
All questions carry equal marks.
9. Give an outline of the romantic age with its prominent personalities.
10. Give a critical analysis of Shelley’s “Ode to West Wind”.
11. Give a critical appraisal of Talisman.

12. Sketch the character of Emma.

13. Write an essay on the symbolism of William Blake’s “ The Tyger”.

14. Give character sketch of the Vicar.

15. Bring out the romantic element in any two poets you have studied.

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DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
VICTORIAN LITERATURE
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE questions given below each not exceeding 150 words.

1. Write on Touchstone method of Arnold.

2. How important is ‘Past’ in shaping the individual talent according to


T.S Eliot?

3. Is Prof. Higgins successful as a man? Explain.

4. The social setting of Victorian age is conducive for writing novels.


Explain.

5. What is the concept of martyrdom portrayed in Murder in the


cathedral?

6. Discuss the tragic element in Tess of D’ urbervilles.

7. Write briefly on the tragic incident in ‘Riders to the sea’.

8. Narrate the episode described in the ‘Wreck of


Deutschland’.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR essay type questions given below in


400 words each.

9. Discuss ‘Andrea Del Sarto’ as a dramatic monologue.

10. Contrast the characters of Ulysses and Telemachus.

11. Write on the character of scholar gypsy.

12. The name ‘wasteland’ is suitable for the modern world according to
T.S. Eliot Justify.

13. How does T.S Eliot syncronize tradition and individuality?

14. Psychologically analyse the characters in ‘The Sous and Lovers’.

15. Write on the conflict between science and religion in the Victorian
Age.

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DISTANCE EDUCATION

B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.

INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks

SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)

Answer any FIVE of the following.

1. Write a note on the Aryan race as depicted by Jawaharlal Nehru.

2. Describe the vision of India, as visualised by Tagore.

3. Summarize the poem ‘The Night of the Scorpion’.

4. Consider Sri Aurobindo as a religious poet.

5. Sketch the character of Bakha.

6. Narrate the love story of Ravi and Nalini in ‘A Handful of Rice’.

7. Examine the role played by samant in ‘‘Silence The Court is in


Session’’.

8. Which author among the prescribed Indian English writers has


impressed you most? Why?

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR questions.

9. Summarize Vivekananda’s address on world religion.

10. How does Toru Dutt immortalise the tree in ‘‘The Casuarina Tree’’.

11. Elaborate on the symbolism in ‘Satyavan and Savitiri’.

12. Consider ‘An Introduction’ as an autobiography.

13. Treat R.K. Narayan as an Indian English Novelist.

14. Justify the title of the novel ‘‘The fire of Mountain’’.

15. Consider ‘Tughlaq’ as a political allegory.


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DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
SHAKESPEARE
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
PART A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Bring out the tendency of the Roman Mob in
Julius Caesar.

2. How does the garden scene at Langley serve to relieve the tension of
the play Richard II?

3. What is the role of Autolycus in the development of the plot of ‘The


Winter’s Tale’?

4. Write a short note on how Rosalind, the heroine of


‘As You Like It’ is an exquisite creation of Shakespeare.

5. Who did Puck mistake Demetrius for and what was the result of this
mistake?

6. Write a short note on the character of Antony as depicted in Julius


Caesar.

7. Describe the flight of Rosalind and Celia to the forest of Arden.

8. Describe briefly about the tragic elements in Shakespeare’s plays.

PART B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)
Answer any FOUR questions.

9. Trace the circumstances which lead to the conspiracy in Julius


Caesar.

10. The Omens, Forebodings and Prophecies as depicted in Richard II.

11. ‘The Winter’s Tale’ comes under the genre of tragic comedy. Prove it.

12. Write an essay on how the fools, clowns and other comic characters
are skillfully contrived as integral parts of Shakespeare’s plays.

13. Write a short note on the Shakespearean women who cover a wide
range of types.

14. Narrate the life led by Duke Senior in the forest of Arden till he was
restored of his dukedom.

15. Shakespeare’s use of the supernatural elements in ‘Midsummer


Night’s Dream’.

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3896 DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
English
MODERN AND POST MODERN LITERATURE
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE of the following questions.

1. What virtues does Yeats pray for his daughter?

2. How is the condition of the present world presented in ‘The Second


Coming’?

3. Write on the message of ‘Journey of the Magi’.

4. How has man lost his identity as depicted in ‘Unknown Citizen’?

5. What is the significance of the death of the Naturalist?

6. Write on the commandments codified by the animals in ‘Animal


Farm’.

7. Explain the title ‘Waiting for godot’.

8. Write on the narrative technique in Mrs. Dalloway.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)
Answer any FOUR of the following questions.

9. Discuss ‘A Prayer for my Daughter’ as a sequel to The Second


Coming.

10. Discuss Mrs. Dalloway as a stream of consciousness novel.

11. ‘All are equal but some are more equal’ Discuss this with special
reference to Animal Farm.

12. Write on Ibsen's contribution to drama with special reference to ‘A


Doll's House’.

13. Write on the theme of alienation as presented in ‘Unknown Citizen’


and ‘Waiting For Godot’.

14. Which of the world's famous speeches do you like? Give reasons.

15. Comment on the theme and technique of ‘Sidewise in Time’.

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DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
English
AMERICAN AND COMMON WEALTH LITERATURE
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)
Answer any FIVE of the following.
All questions carry equal marks.

1. What according to Jean Arasanayagam is special about the month of


July?

2. How does the refugee mother treat her child?

3. What is Moore’s concept of poetry?

4. What are the expressionistic features found in the play ‘‘The Emperor
Jones’’?

5. Discuss ‘‘Mending Wall’’ as a symbolic poem.

6. What do you see in Plath’s ‘‘Mirror’’?

7. How does Smith portrary his determination to turn his back on the
world and lead an austere, lovely life?

8. How does Walcott defend both the Blake and White cultures in his
poem ‘‘A far cry from Africa’’?

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.

9. How does Judith Wright explicate the perennial value of art against
the petty sorrows?

10. Write an essay on the struggle between man and nature in ‘‘The old
man and the Sea’’.

11. Describe the expedition undertaken by Voss to explore the Northwest


of Australia.

12. What is your understanding of Canadian life and heritage from your
reading of Atwood’s ‘‘The Blind Assassin’’?

13. What kind of native yoruba tradition you get from Soyinka’s ‘‘The
Lion and the Jewel’’?

14. ‘‘The American Scholar’’ is ‘‘the Nation’s Intellectual Declaration of


Independence’’ – Discuss.

15. What is Pollock’s idea of blood relations?


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DISTANCE EDUCATION

B.A. (English) DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.

ENGLISH FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS

Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks

PART A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)

Answer any FIVE questions.

All questions carry equal marks.

1. (a) Answer the following accordingly : (4 × 1 = 4)

(i) I wrote a letter.

The pattern of the sentence is

SV/SVO/SVC/SVAA

(ii) She goes to college by bus daily.

This is a ——————.

(declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative sentence)

(iii) He knows French.

(Add a question tag)

(iv) They elected Raja Chairman.

(Frame a question to this answer)

(b) Insert suitable articles. If no article is needed,

put ☓ : (8 × 1 = 4)
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———— large number of mistakes can be avoided with ———— little
care and understanding. This is very true in ———— case of mistakes
caused by ———— lack of match in terms of number and person between
———— true antecedent of ———— relative pronoun and ———— verb in
———— sentence.

2. (a) Make notes on the following passage : (4)


In small, primitive societies nobody needed money because
everybody worked together and shared things, but in bigger societies
people specialise. For example, one person spends all his time making
pots and another person spends all his time fishing. The fisherman needs
pots and the potter needs fish, so they exchange or barter. However, this
system can become very complicated if, for instance, the potter wants ten
fish but the fisherman wants only one pot. For this reason, people began

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to use money. They agreed to take a valuable object such as shell, a stone
or a metal, in exchange of what they were selling. They could collect the
objects and wait unit they found something they really wanted to buy.
Gold and silver were often used as money because they can be divided
into very small quantities and they are not damaged by water or air. Gold
is especially valuable because there is not very much of especially
valuable because there is not very much of it in the world and its is
expensive to take it out of the ground where it is mixed with rock.

(b) Fill in the blanks in the following sentences with the correct tense

forms of the verbs given brackets : (8 × 1 = 4)


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(i) Usually, Raja —————— (get up) at 6 a.m.
(ii) I —————— (receive) a letter yesterday.
(iii) The sun —————— (rise) in the East.
(iv) She —————— just (finish) her work.
(v) Ravi —————— (suffer) from fever since last Monday.
(vi) The meeting —————— (begin) when I entered the hall.
(vii) She —————— (write) a letter now.
(viii) He —————— (pass) B.Com. in 2000.

3. Write a paragraph of 250 words on any ONE of the following topics.


(8)
(a) Uses and abuses of cell phone.
(b) A T.V. programme that you like.

4. Answer any ONE of the following. (8)


(a) Write a letter to the Post-Master, G.P.O. of your town complaining of
the late delivery of letters.
(b) You have just returned from a place of tourist interest. Write a letter
to your father telling him all about the place and the experiences you had
there.

5. Answer any ONE of the following. (8)


(a) As a newspaper correspondents, send a report to the editor on the
traffic conditions in the town where you are based.
(b) You are the President of your College union. Write a report on the
Union's activities for being published in the college magazine.

6. Fill in the blanks with suitable words from the TWO given in brackets.
(8)
(a) He booked a —————— (berth, birth) in Pandiyan Express.
(b) The President gave his —————— (assent, accent) to the bill.
(c) I gave him —————— (advice, advise).
(d) His house is —————— (beside, besides) the post office.

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(e) Ravi is —————— (industrious, industrial).


(f) The accused was sent to —————— (judicial, judicious) custody.
(g) Ragavan is the —————— (principal, principle) of a college.
(h) The car was involved in a head-on —————— (collision, collusion)
with a lorry.

7. Answer the following : (8)


(a) (i) One who does not believe in God.
(optimist, panthiest, athiest, thiest)
(ii) Never making mistakes.
(infallible, credible, keen, dedication)
(b) Choose the word which is correctly spelt.
(i) inflamatery
(ii) inflammatory
(iii) inflamatory
(iv) infllammatory.
(c) Form opposites of the following words by adding suitable prefixes :

(i) regular

(ii) continue

(iii) legal

(iv) important.

(d) Form negatives of the following words by adding suitable suffixes.

(i) Mercy

(ii) Ticket.

(e) Rewrite the following in proper word order to form a meaningful


sentence.

don’t I know not why come he has.

(f) Form negative of the following sentence.

They came yesterday.

8. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.(8 × 1 = 8)

(a) Sheela lives —————— Karaikudi —————— Tamil Nadu.

(b) I will see you —————— Monday.


(c) I was ill —————— January —————— March.
(d) I will pick you up —————— eight o'clock.
(e) We had a party —————— the last day of the course.
(f) It has been raining —————— 8 a.m.

PART B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

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Answer any FOUR of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.

9. (a) Rewrite the following sentences in the passive voice.


(4)
(i) He wrote a poem
(ii) Open the door
(iii) She gave him a book
(iv) Please speak the truth.
(b) Rewrite the following in active voice. (4)
(i) The patient was being examined by the doctor.
(ii) The building has been demolished.
(iii) My pocket was picked on the bus.
(iv) Shall we be forgiven by her?
(c) Change the following accordingly. (4)
(i) No other city in India is as beautiful as Banglore.
(into comparative and superlative degrees)
(ii) The Ganges is one of the holiest rivers in India.
(into comparative and positive degrees)
(d) Do the following transformation. (3)
(i) He is so tired so that he cannot walk.
(change into simple)
(ii) I remembered to invite all my friends.

(rewrite as negative without changing the meaning)

(iii) None but a child will speak so foolishly.

(replace ‘none’ by ‘only’)

10. Make a precis of the following passage and give a suitable title.
(15)

After knowledge, there is no possession which has done so much good to


mankind as the love of money. It is to the love of money that we owe all
trade and commerce ; in other words, the possession of every comfort and
luxury which our country is unable to supply. Trade and commerce have
made Vs familiar with productions of many kinds, have awakened
curiosity, and have widened our ideas by bringing us in contact with
nations of various manners, speech and thought. They have supplied an
outlet for energies which would otherwise have been wasted, have
accustomed men to habits of enterprise, fore thought and calculation,
have committed us to many arts of great utility, and have put us in
possession of some of the most valuable remedies with which are

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acquainted either to save life or to lessen pain. These things we owe to


the love of money. If the theologians could succeed to destroy that love,
all these things would cease, and we should relapse into barbarians.

11. Write an essay of 400 words on any ONE of the following.


(15)

(a) Environmental pollution

(b) Mass media.

12. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given
below. (15)
The World Health Organization is briefly called W.H.O. It is a specialised
agency of the United Nations and was established in 1948.
International workers can be seen working in all kinds of surroundings : in
deserts, jungles, mountains, coconut groves, and rice fields. They help the
sick to attain health and the healthy to maintain their health.
This global health team assists the local health workers in stopping the
spread of what are called communicable diseases, like cholera. These
diseases care spread from one country to another and so can be a threat
to world health.
W.H.O. assists different national health authorities not only in controlling
diseases but also in preventing them altogether.
(a) Expand W.H.O.
(b) When was W.H.O. established?
(c) Name the organization of which W.H.O. is an agency.
(d) Where do you find the international health workers?
(e) What do they do?
(f) Give an example for communicable diseases.
(g) Why are these diseases called ‘‘communicable diseases’’?
(h) The word ‘‘specialised’’ in the second sentence means
(i) expert
(ii) extraordinary
(iii) made suitable for a particular purpose.
(iv) uncommon.
(i) How does W.H.O. help the national health authorities?
(j) Give a suitable title to the passage.

13. (a) Give a one word substitute for the following.(10)


(i) One who looks at the brighter side of life.
(ii) A building where many kinds of fish are kept.
(iii) A doctor who is an expert in treating the diseases of the heart.
(iv) Assembly of listeners.
(v) A place where birds are kept.
(vi) Study of the mind.
(vii) Fear of water.

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(viii) One who worships Nature as God.


(ix) Study of beauty in art.
(x) Spoken without preparation.
(b) Match the words in column A and their meaning in column B and
rewrite. (10 × 1 = 5)
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Column A Column B
(i) beneficiary (1) kind
(ii) humdrum (2) madness
(iii) mania (3) seize
(iv) vindicate (4) justify
(v) confiscate (5) common place
(vi) nexus (6) unstable
(vii) impervious (7) connection
(viii) volatile (8) not easily influenced
(ix) invincible (9) one who receives benefits
(x) benign (10) unbeatable.

14. Read each sentence to find out whether there is error in any
underlined part. If any, write the alphabet of your choice next to the
question number. If there is no error, then put E.
(10 × 1 1 = 15)
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(a) He said that he is going to college. No error.
A B C D E
(b) It was her who suggested that you be at the door
A B C
to welcome each participant on his arrival. No Error.
D E
(c) Many aman has realised that real happiness
A B
lies in making sacrifices and not in personal aggrandisement.
C D
No error.
E
(d) One should love his country. No Error.
A B C D E
(e) I look forward to meet you. No Error.
A B C D E
(f) A body of volunteers have been organised to help
A B
the faculty in their attempt to raise funds. No Error.
C D E
(g) Ravi, as well as his brothers, have attended
A B C
the meeting. No Error.
D E
(h) It looks she is just an inch taller than I. No Error.
A B C D E
(i) After Napolean had lost the Battle of Waterloo in
A B

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1815, he had been exiled to the island of St. Helena. No Error.


C D E
(j) Everyone looked uneasy while I was trying to
A
explain why we ought to protest, but in the end none had any
B C
objection of it. No error.
D E

15. Use any TEN of the following in sentences of your own.


(10 × 1 1 = 15)
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(a) call on
(b) cut down
(c) make up one's mind
(d) come off
(e) turn down
(f) write off
(g) look after
(h) give away
(i) cut off
(j) bear with
(k) put off
(l) run out of
(m) set up.
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DISTANCE EDUCATION
B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, DECEMBER 2008.
English
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
SECTION A — (5 × 8 = 40 marks)

Answer any FIVE of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.

1. Bring out the differences between Mass Communication and other


types of Communication.

2. What are the essential characteristics of News writing?

3. Write on different types of interview.

4. What do you know of investigative or depth reporting?

5. Write on newspaper magazines and full fledged magazines.

6. How can advertisements be categorized? Explain.

7. What is photo journalism?

8. Write on the sources of news and the news agencies.

SECTION B — (4 × 15 = 60 marks)

Answer any FOUR of the following.

All questions carry equal marks.

9. ‘Media writing is a social activity’ – Explain.

10. What are the attributes of a good reporter?

11. Write on news writing for newspaper, radio and television.

12. What are the functions of the press as journalistic medium?

13. ‘The editorial wing is the heart of the newspaper’. Explain.

14. Journalistic writing can make or man a citizen of a country’. Do you


agree?

15. ‘The editorial determines the dignity of a newspaper’. Explain.

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