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Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) 2009 B.A I Year - /e English (Language) - Question Paper

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First B.A./B.Com. Examination, May/June 2009 (DE - Revised SIM Scheme) ENGLISH Language - I Poetry, Prose, Fiction and Language Component

Date : 25-5-2009

Time : 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.    Max. Marks: 90

Note : i) Read the instructions carefully.

ii) Answer all questions without omitting any Section.


I. Annotate four of the following :    (4x4=16)

a)    And we are here as on a darkling plain

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight

b)    Death closes all, but something ere the end,

Some work of noble note, may yet be done,

c)    Bold was her face, and fair, and red of hue

d)    And inward ripeness doth much less appear Than some more timely happy spirits endueth

e)    Even so my sun one early morn did shine With all triumphant splendour on my brow

f)    This casket Indias glowing gems unlocks,

And all Arabia breathes from yonder box

g)    Far from the madding crowds ignoble strife,

Their sober wishes never learned to stray;

h)    Three Years She Grew

Three Years She Grew in sun and flower Then nature said, A loveliest flower

On earth was never sown;

II.    Answer two of the following in not more than a page and a half each : (2x9=18)

a)    What are Wordsworths views about nature and Lucy in Three years she grew ?

b)    Describe Belindas dressing table in your own words.

c)    What is the central theme of the poem How Soon Hath Time ?

d)    How does Gray describe the simple folks of a village in his elegy ?


III.    Answer two of the following in not more than a page and a half each : (2x9=18)

a)    What are Bacons views about studies ?

b)    How does swift describe Hinyhnhnms and the yahoos ?

c)    Narrate the story The widow and her son in your own words.

d)    Describe Mathilde Loisels trivial pleasures and her starting discovery at the end of the story The Necklace.


IV.    Answer any two of the following in not more than a page and a half

each :    (2x9=18)

a)    Explain the seven commandments were the animals faithful to the commandments.

b)    Describe the Battle of the cowshed in Animal Farm.

c)    Why does the Battle of the Windmill take place ?

d)    Sketch the character of Snowball.


V.    a) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Criticism is the overall term for studies concerned with defining, classifying, analysing, interpreting and evaluating works of literature. There are several types of criticism. Among them the most important are : Theoretical criticism;

practical criticism and impressionistic criticism. Theoretical criticism is about theory of literature, in the sense of general principles. Practical criticism concerns itself with the discussion of particular works and writers. Impressionistic criticism attempts to focus on the felt qualities of a particular passage or work. Some of the well-known-critical books on these three types of criticism respectively are I.A. Richards Principles of Literary Criticism,

Dr. Johnsons Lives of the English Poets and Walter Paters Studies in the History of The Renaissance. Yet, criticism in literature is not restricted to only these types. It should be directed to the study of any literary work comprehensively from historical or sociological point of view too. Above all, criticism should be objective and prejudice free.

i)    Mention any two types of criticism.    2

ii)    What is criticism ?    2

iii)    List any two critical books.    2

b)    Choose one of the following and expand the idea in not more than a

page :    (1x5=5)

i)    Dont bite off more than you can chew

ii)    Every dog has its day

iii)    Dont build castles in the air

iv)    Necessity is the mother of all invention.

c)    Use two of the following idioms in sentences of your own :    (2x1=2)

i)    Null and void

ii)    Hard and fast

iii)    An eye wash

iv)    Part and Parcel.

d)    Change the voice of one of the following :    1

i)    The central government gave Dada Phalke award to Dr. Rajkumar in 1995.

ii)    Mr. John loves animals.

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e)    Provide synonyms for two of the following :



i)    Perfect

ii)    Deem

iii)    Sin

iv)    Wisdom

f)    Provide antonyms for two of the following :

i)    Encourage

ii)    Young

iii)    Virtue

iv)    Bright

g)    Provide one word substitute for two of the following :

i)    An unmarried woman

ii)    A person who walks in the steep

iii)    A hater of mankind

iv)    One who cannot read and write.


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