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2007 Maulana Azad National Urdu Univesity Post Graduate Diploma Journalism (Oriya) ASSIGNMENTS AND MODEL QUESTION PAPERS M.A. ENGLISH 2nd YEAR – 2007-2008 University Question paper



Course: Post Graduate Diploma Journalism (Oriya)   University/board: Maulana Azad National Urdu Univesity





Please find enclosed two assignments each for all the papers of the M.A. English (2nd year) programme and the model question papers in this booklet. Submit assignments on the 3 papers that you have opted for. Paper 5 (Literary Criticism and Theory) is a compulsory paper.
Read the instructions carefully before you begin to answer the assignments.
IMPORTANT: Read the following information and instructions
1. The M.A. English programme through distance mode is a two-year programme with continuous assessment and year-end examination.
2. As part of the continuous assessment, every candidate enrolled in the programme must submit two assignments per paper.
3. Each assignment carries 30 marks. The average of the two assignments in each paper forms the final score.
4. Candidates must pass separately in the assignments and year-end examination.
5. The minimum pass percentage is 40 i.e. a candidate must score a minimum of 12 marks in each assignment and a minimum of 28 marks in each paper in the year-end examination.
6. Candidates must write their assignments in their own handwriting on white A4 size paper leaving a margin of 1 ½” on the left side and 1” on all the other sides.
7. Page numbers should be given on the bottom right hand side.
8. Assignments should be written only on one side of the paper. DO NOT write on both the sides.
9. DO NOT write more than 15 lines on each paper.
10. The title page of the assignment submitted must mention the admission number, the name of the candidate, year and programme of study, complete address of the Study Centre and the assignment number.
11. Candidates must submit their assignments to the Coordinator of the Study Centre. Assignments should NOT be sent to the University Headquarters.
12. This booklet contains 17 pages.
13. In case of difficulty contact the Course Coordinator at the following address superscribing M.A. English (Distance Mode) on the envelope:
Dr. GULFISHAAN HABEEB
READER IN ENGLISH, DDE
MAULANA AZAD NATIONAL URDU UNIVERSITY
GACHIBOWLI
HYDERABAD -- 500032
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ASSIGNMENTS
2007-2008
PAPER 5 – LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Examine the views of Arnold and Eliot on the function of criticism.
2. Critically evaluate Aristotle’s theory of mimesis. How does it differ from Plato’s theory.
3. Attempt an understanding of Wordsworth’s theory of poetry and show how Coleridge differed in his views.
4. Discuss the ideas expressed by Cleanth Brooks in his essay “Irony as a Principle of Structure” and examine his achievement.
PAPER 6 – AMERICAN LITERATURE
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Comment on how the Puritans’ selection of literary styles and literary genres abides by the tenets of their literary theory.
2. Bring out the significance of the three scaffold scenes in the narrative of The Scarlet Letter.
3. What are the distinctive features of the narrative in Huckleberry Finn.
4. What were the essential aspects of the Transcendentalist school of writing? Do Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman necessarily inhabit the same literary tradition?
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PAPER 7 (INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Write a note on Seth’s prose style with reference to from Heaven’s Lake.
2. Write a detailed note on the special picture of colonial India that emerges from Mulk Raj Anand’s novel Untouchable.
3. How deep and wide is the impact of Gandhi’s thought on the theme of Kantapura?
4. Critically comment on the way in which Anita Desai weaves in the political elements in Clear Light of Day.
PAPER 8 – NEW LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Attempt a survey of South Asian Literatures in English.
2. What socio-political forces does Karanja represent in Grain of Wheat.
3. Write a note on Soyinka’s structure and characterization in a Dance of the Forests.
4. Give a contrasted reading of Lenny’s mother and Godmother in the novel Ice-Candy Man.
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PAPER 9 (AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Why is an awareness of oral tradition significant in the study of Australian literature?
2. Can you trace any useful influence of British Romantic poetry in Harpur’s poetic works.
3. What were the prominent themes that captured the imagination of the writers of short fiction in Australia? Discuss.
4. Discuss Hope’s poem, Moschus Moschiferus as a poem of protest.
PAPER 10 (ENGLISH STUDIES IN INDIA)
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Explain the process through which English gained support and consolidation in post-independent India.
2. To what extent may Toru Dutt be designated as the earliest Indian English woman writer?
3. Discuss the way in which Matangini has been characterized in Rajmohan’s Wife.
4. How does bilingualism influence the use of English in India? Illustrate with examples.
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PAPER 11 – AMERICAN NOVEL
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Discuss the background and qualities of Romanticism in America.
2. Evaluate Sister Carrie as a naturalist novel.
3. Comment on the use of narrative technique in The Great Gatsby.
4. Trace the circumstances leading to the death of Joanne Burden in Light in August.
PAPER 12
A SURVEY COURSE IN 20TH
CENTURY CANADIAN LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 1
(Blocks 1 to 4)
To be submitted on or before 31-7-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Does Canada have a long history? How does geography shape the Canadian imagination?
2. What are the chief characteristics of 20th century Canadian poetry? Write an account Canadian nature poetry.
3. Discuss the main contribution of Margaret Lawrence and Margaret Atwood to Canadian fiction.
4. Who are the main characters in Tin Flute? Who emerges as the most arresting characters among these?
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ASSIGNMENTS
2007-2008
PAPER 5 – LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. What does superstructure stand for in Marxist criticism? Also consider whether literature is an important part of superstructure.
2. Analyse the components of Beauvoir’s thesis with reference to The Second Sex to indicate its strengths and limitations.
3. What do you understand by deconstruction? What are its limitations as a method of critical enquiry?
4. What are the three “psychic zones” in Freud’s theory?
PAPER 6 – AMERICAN LITERATURE
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Bring out the full significance of the title, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed?”
2. Analyse all the ways in which life and death are juxtaposed in “The Emperor of Ice-Cream.” What is the significance of this juxtaposition?
3. Discuss the major concerns of Hemingway in his short stories and the formal strategies he often adopts in highlighting them.
4. Attempt a structural analysis of Death of a Salesman.
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PAPER 7 (INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. What is the poet trying to convey through Self Portrait and River.
2. The Miracle by Shashi Deshpande highlights man’s cruelty to animals. Discuss this theme.
3. Describe the poetic structure of Aurobindo’s sonnet The Golden Light. How is this poem different from the other poems you have studied?
4. How important is the family in Dattani’s plays? Answer with special reference to
Tara?
PAPER 8 – NEW LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. How does Caribbean poetry reflect the region’s experience of colonization? Support your answer with examples.
2. What is your assessment of Patrick White’s characterization with reference to The Solid Mandala?
3. What are the main thematic concerns in The Stone Angel?
4. Give a brief assessment of Naipaul’s House for Mr. Biswas.
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PAPER 9 (AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. How would you account for the relationship of Voss and Laura in White’s novel Voss? Does this relationship substantiate the theme of exploration in the context of Australia?
2. Examine the presence of contemporary life explored by Bruce Dawe in the poem, At Shagger’s Funeral and suggest the consequences.
3. Discuss the narrative technique in David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon.
4. Examine the recurrent themes in Williamson’s plays.
PAPER 10 (ENGLISH STUDIES IN INDIA)
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Critically evaluate the role and function of the English teacher in India.
2. What is the difference in position taken by Leavis and Lewis with respect to English literature?
3. What are the issues and problems in the construction of feminist canon of Indian English Writing?
4. How is the literary theory of decolonizing the mind put into practice? Mention the arguments used in this theory.
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PAPER 11 – AMERICAN NOVEL
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Discuss the transcendentalist movement in detail.
2. Critically examine the major themes in The Catcher in the Rye.
3. Discuss The Floating Opera as an episodic and reflective novel.
4. Comment on the cyclical structure of Momaday’s House Made of Dawn.
PAPER 12
A SURVEY COURSE IN 20TH CENTURY
(CANADIAN LITERATURE)
Assignment No. 2
(Block 5 onwards)
To be submitted on or before 31-8-2008
Max. Marks: 30 Min. Marks: 12
Note: Answer any two questions
1. Who are the main characters in the The English Patient? Give an account of their life together in the Italian Villa.
2. Do you agree that the immigrants lead a ‘Trishanku” like existence? Discuss with reference to the two stories you have studied?
3. Characterization in the Ecstasy of Rita Joe follows allegorical writing in its accent on white and black shades of characters. Comment.
4. How do both post modernization and post structuralism contribute to logics of disintegration? 9
MAULANA AZAD NATIONAL URDU UNIVERSITY
M.A. ENGLISH 2ND YEAR
MODEL QUESTION PAPER
PAPER 5 (LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY)
Time: 3 hours Max. marks: 70
Min. marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Examine the basic concepts of Indian Aesthetics.
2. Critically examine Aristotle’s theory of mimesis. How does it differ from Plato’s theory?
3. How does Shelley put forward imagination as a positive factor against the onslaught of rationality?
4. Give an estimate of the achievement of New Criticism.
5. What do “class society’ and ‘class ideas’ signify in Marxist criticism.
6. Analyse the components of Beauvoir’s thesis with reference to The Second Sex to indicate its strengths and limitations.
7. Attempt a deconstructive analysis of Waiting for Godot.
8. Write an essay on postcolonial theory with reference to Said and Spivak.
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
PAPER 6 (AMERICAN LITERATURE)
Time: 3 hours Max. marks: 70
Min. marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Why did Puritanism emerge as the hegemonic American ideology in the course of less than a century?
2. Examine the narrative technique and structure of The Scarlet Letter.
3. Discuss the twin themes of freedom and slavery in Huckleberry Finn.
4. What were the essential aspects of the transcendentalist school of writing? Do Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman necessarily inhabit the same literary tradition?
5. Comment on the significance of the title When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.
6. Attempt a critical appreciation of Adrienne Rich’s Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law.
7. How does Faulkner integrate the theme of Ike’s ‘invitation’ with that of ‘colour line’ in The Bear?
8. Discuss how Death of a Salesman attempts to go beyond the boundaries of social drama to emerge as a tragedy.
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
2007-2008
PAPER 7 (INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE)
Time: 3 hours Max. marks: 70
Min. marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Compare and contrast Vikram Seth and Amitav Ghosh as writers of travelogues.
2. Write a detailed note on the picture of colonial India that emerges from the novel Untouchable.
3. How does Raja Rao convey the spirit of Indian life through a foreign medium in Kanthapura?
4. Critically comment on the structure of the novel Clear Light of Day written by Anita Desai.
5. Write an essay on the characterization and the element of suspense in R.K. Narayan’s An Astrologer’s Day.
6. What is Ramanujan trying to convey through the poems Self Portrait and River?
7. What according to Dattani are the challenges that language poses to the Indian English dramatist.
8. Discuss the major themes of Tara.
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
PAPER 8 (NEW LITERATURES IN ENGLISH)
Time: 3 hours Max. marks: 70
Min. marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Analyse how Patrick White stands both inside and outside the Australian canon for literature.
2. Discuss Ngugi’s views on the British colonial rule in Kenya as depicted in his writings.
3. What, according to Soyinka, is the link between Yoruba religion and Yoruba tragedy?
4. Briefly discuss the ambivalence of the narrative voice in Ice-Candy Man and the purpose it serves.
5. Write a critical account of the relationship between history and language in Walcott’s poetry.
6. What is your assessment of Patrick White’s characterization with reference to The Solid Mandala?
7. Discuss the theme of self-alienation in The Stone Angel.
8. Give a brief assessment of Naipaul’s House for Mr. Biswas.
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
2007-2008
PAPER 9 (AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE)
Time: 3 hours Max. marks: 70
Min. marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Examine the significance of oral tradition in the study of Australian literature.
2. Do you find Cambridge’s poetry capable of handling and projecting anti-establishment ideas on poverty and woman’s subjugation? Illustrate .
3. Analyse the myth of the pioneer legend with reference to Arthur Hoey davis’ Cranky Jack.
4. Discuss Moschus Moschiferus by A.D. Hope as a poem of protest.
5. How does Patrick White present the interweaving of dream and vision in his Voss? Discuss.
6. Explore the pressures exerted by gender-stereotyping in Harwood’s sonnet In the Park and show how the sonnet form is ideal for intensification of pressure.
7. Discuss the narrative technique in David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon.
8. Critically examine the major themes and techniques in The Removalists.
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
2007-2008
PAPER 10 (ENGLISH STUDIES IN INDIA)
Time: 3 hours Max. Marks: 70
Min. Marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. What is the contribution of the social reform movement in India to the institutionalization of English Studies in India?
2. Critically comment on the contribution of Henry Derozio to English Studies in India.
3. What do you understand by melodrama? Do you think that Rajmohan’s Wife has melodramatic features? Give reasons for your answer.
4. Discuss the importance and role of English in modern India.
5. Critically evaluate the role and function of the English teacher in India.
6. What is the relationship between criticism and literature?
7. What are the issues and problems in the construction of a feminist canon of Indian English writing?
8. What tools does Chinua Achebe use in his analysis of Heart of Darkness?
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MODEL QUESTION PAPER
PAPER 11 (AMERICAN NOVEL)
Time: 3 hours Max. Marks: 70
Min. Marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. Critically examine the plot in Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.
2. Discuss Sister Carrie as a Novel of Ideas.
3. Examine the relationship of the plot and the crucial scenes in the structure of The Great Gatsby.
4. Give an estimate of Faulkner as a novelist.
5. “Stylistically Black Spring is a dazzling book, the work of a rampant imagination intoxicated with words.” Discuss.
6. Critically examine the main themes in The Catcher in the Rye.
7. Discuss how the narrator, Todd Andrews, lends design and structure to The Floating Opera.
8. Comment on the cyclic structure of Momaday’s House Made of Dawn.
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MODEL PAPER
2007-2008
PAPER 12
A SURVEY COURSE IN 20TH
CENTURY CANADIAN LITERATURE)
Time: 3 hours Max. Marks: 70
Min. Marks: 28
Note: Answer any five of the following questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
1. How does Canadian drama in the post 1967 period compare with British drama since the middle of the 20th century?
2. Write the characteristic features of Helen Farnham ? With whom do you sympathize more - the mother or the daughter? Why?
3. What do you understand by the term “Diaspora”? How does the Diasporic consciousness get reflected in Canadian writing in general?
4. What is meant by Naturalism? Explain in relation to Realism.
5. Discuss the main contribution of Margaret Lawrence and Margaret Atwood to Canadian fiction.
6. What is The Green Rain mainly about?
7. What are the different stages of Canadian history from the first settlers to the present stage?
8. What is poetic about the style and language of Surfacing?





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