ELECTIVE COURSE IN ENGLISH
Q.1. State the main features of literary writing by citing examples and discuss writing that does not come under the term literary writing. (450 words)
Q.2. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:
Q.3. Make four words using the prefix ‘im’ as “impossible.”
4. Make three sentences using self reflexive pronouns. Such as ‘Ram has filed the FIR himself.
5. Make five sentences using phrasal verbs
Q.6. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
There is considerable merit in locating creative writing with naturalness rather than with specializations. Marginalized sections of society, the underprivileged, and the exploited can make their voices heard effectively through stories, poems, novels, drama and autobiography. They may not have access to expensive or elite education so they may not be able to occupy the valorized positions in society; but everybody can tell a story.
i) Write down the main ideas in the passage in your own words.
ii) Make sentences with the following:
iii) What does “occupy the valorized positions in society” mean?
Q.7 Write a passage using rhetorical devices on a person, idea or ideology. (300 words)
Q.8 Read the following poem Taj Mahal by R. Parthasarthy and answer questions that follow:
i) What literary devices has the author used in the poem?
ii) Does the poem make you sad? Give reasons for your answer. (250 words)
(iii) Sum up the poem in your own words. (100 words)
Elective Course in English
Assignment Code: EEG-01/BEGE-101/TMA/2015-16
Max. Marks: 100
Answer all the questions.
1 Read the following poem by Maya Angelou carefully and answer the following questions.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
1a The writer addresses ‘You’ several times in the poem. Who is meant by ‘You’, and how can we tell?’ 2
1b ‘I’ve got oil wells,’ ‘I’ve got gold mines,’ ‘I’ve got diamonds.’ What is the effect of repetition here and the particular images used? 2
1c In some of the other similes the speaker compares herself to moons, suns and other natural phenomena. What do you think she means to convey by such images? 2
1d What do you understand by ‘the huts of history’s shame’? 2
1e What are the inherited ‘gifts’ that the writer brings with her? 2
1f ‘I rise’ is repeated several times. What does these words convey? 2
1g The poet makes use of questions as a device. What is the impact of these questions? 2
1h It is hard to miss the energy of this poem. What devices of language contribute to this impression of energy? 3
1i What do you like about the poem? Discuss. 3
2 Write short notes on the following giving examples wherever necessary: 4x5=20
i Literal vs. metaphorical meaning
ii Countable and uncountable nouns
iii Structure words
iv Difference between alliteration and assonance
3 What is rhetoric? Giving examples from a literary text which you have received. Write about the use of repetition as a rhetorical device. 20
4 What is irony? Giving examples from your own reading, discuss ‘irony of the situation’. You may give a brief summary of the story and suggest where the irony lies. 10
5 Give one example each from your own reading of literature on the following literary devices: 10
6 Insert a/an/the in the following blanks: 10
Although not quite seven, Kallu did…THE…….. work of ……A…..grown man. He was shaken out of
his sleep early in …THE……..morning and, dressed only in …AN……..old, tattered shirt in winter with
Abba’s old woollen cap pulled down over his ears, looking like…A……..midget dripping at
……THE…..nose, he promptly set to work. Scared off by …THE……..cold water, he was always reluctant
to wash his face, and just once in ……A…..while he would carelessly rub …THE……..tips of his
fingers over his teeth which remained permanently coated with …A……..think film of mildew.
7 Give the meaning of the following phrasal verbs and use them in sentences of your own: 10
i To burn the midnight oil
ii To pour oil on troubled waters
iii Ahead of the game
iv Make a clean sweep
v On a winning streak
- Read the following poem carefully and answer the following questions.
When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?
How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart,
My pack of unruly hounds! I cannot start
Them again on a quarry of knowledge they hate to hunt, I can haul them and urge them no more.
I will not waste my soul and my strength for this.
What do I care for all that they do amiss!
What is the point of this teaching of mine, and of this Learning of theirs? It all goes down the same abyss. What does it matter to me, if they can write a description of a dog, or if they can’t?
What is the point? To us both, it is all my aunt!
And yet I’m supposed to care, with all my might.
I do not, and will not; they won’t and they don’t; and that’s all!
I shall keep my strength for myself; they can keep theirs as well. Why should we beat our heads against the wall of each other? I shall sit and wait for the bell.
1(a) what do you think is the poet’s profession?
1(b) who is he talking about?
2) Pick the words which describe the attitude of the poet:
Irritable contemplative bored frustrated inflexible defiant
Say why you have picked these words.
1(d) why do you think the poet has this attitude?
1(e) what does the poet mean by the following lines “I cannot start…no more.”
1(f) which is the main metaphor in the poem?
- Match the words (from the poem) in the left-hand column with the definitions on the right. There is one extra word.
Dogs used for hunting
Pull with sharp, powerful movements
Lead used to control a dog
Pull with effort
Very deep chasm
- Write the meaning of the following idioms and use each of them in sentences of your own.
(i) To beat a retreat
(ii) To stick to one’s guns
(iii) To steal a march on
(iv) To pass muster
(v) Up in arms
- What is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche in the following sentences? Justify your answers. (i) He has many mouths to feed (ii) the kettle is boiling. (iii)Education extends from the cradle to the grave. (iv)Take out your Shakespeare.
(v) I have my daily bread to earn.
- In the short biography of the writer George Orwell below, the articles a, an and the are missing.
Insert the articles. There should be ten instances:
George Orwell (who’s real name was Eric Blair) was born in India in 1903 and was educated in England. From 1922 to 1928 he served in Burma in Indian Imperial Police. For next two years he lived in Paris and then came to England as school teacher. Later he worked in bookshop. In 1937 he went to Spain to fight for Republicans and was wounded. During Second World War he was member of Home Guard and worked for BBC. He died in London in 1950. He was famous writer. His most famous book Animal Farm is classic.
- Explain with examples the following
7 ) How many meanings can the following words have? Use each of them in sentences of your own.
Table, tube, light, bank, foot
8 ) Put where, who, that, which or when in the right place in each sentence:
i The car was stolen was never found.
ii On Friday we were leaving for the cinema, the lights went out suddenly.
iii this is Charminar, the bangle shops are.
iv I wrote them an angry letter, made me feel better.
V All the buses came this way did not stop.
. 9) Rewrite the following sentences using a polite structure. Use modals wherever possible.
I reschedule the meeting. ii Bring all documents to the office.
iii Open the window. IV Pass the salt
v Leave the room.
10) Write a note on repetition as a rhetorical device, giving at least five examples from prose, poetry or drama.