Annamalai University English B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, 2008 Question paper
B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION, 2008
( ENGLISH )
( SECOND YEAR )
( PART - III )
( PAPER - IV )
650. PROSE AND FICTION
( Common to B.A., English and Communication)
( Including Lateral Entry and Double Degree )
May ] [ Time : 3 Hours
Maximum : 100 Marks
All questions carry equal marks.
I. Annotate any FIVE of the following, choosing
at least TWO from each group: (5 × 4 = 20)
GROUP ? A
(a) The sand heaped by one flood is scattered by
another, but the rock always continues in its
(b) Shakespeare is the poet of nature, the poet that
holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of
manners and of life.
(c) Shakespeare has no heroes, his scencs are
occupied only by men.
(d) He sacritices virtue to convenience and is so
much more careful to please than to instruct
that he seems to write without a moral
(e) ... as he commands us, we laugh or mourn or
sit silent with quiet expectation, in transquality
GROUP ? B
(f) The philosopher in Rasselas taught a
superhuman doctrine and then succumbled with
an effort to a trial of human affection.
(g) I have said that all branches of knowledge are
connected together, because the subject matter
of knowledge is intimately united in itself, as
being the acts and the work of the creator.
(h) Knowledge is capable of being its own end.
(i) ··· the one rises toward general ideas, the other
is exhausted upon what is particular and
(j) ?What comfort,? said the mourner, ?can truth
and reason afford me ? Of what effect are
they now but to tell me that my daughter will
not be restored ??
SECTION ? A (1 × 20 = 20)
I. Answer any ONE of the following :
(a ) Examine Johnson?s ideas regarding
(b) Consider Dr. Johnson as a critic with
reference to ?Preface to Shakespeare?.
(c) Comment on Johnson?s method of editing and
SECTION ? B (1 × 20 = 20)
III. Answer any ONE of the following :
(a ) Give an account of Newman?s observations
on the value and purpose of university
(b) How does Newman distinguish liberal education
from professional education ?
(c) Write an essay on Newman?s prose style.
SECTION ? C (2 × 20 = 40)
II. Answer any TWO of the following :
(a ) Give Orwell?s views on Gandhi as a political
(b) How does ?Great Expectations? reflect the
Victorian ways of life ?
(c) Discuss ?The Return of the Native? as a
(d) Analyse the main features of modern prose
with reference to any of the essays prescribed
(e) What picture of India does Forster present
in ?A Passage to India? ?
Source : ISC