English Paper II Twentieth Century Indian Writing Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : Ist Year

Q. 1. (a) “The chief controversy between Nikhil and myself arises from this : that thought I say ‘know thyself, and Nikhil also says ‘know thyself his interpretation makes this ‘knowing’ tantamount to ‘not knowing’.
(1) Identify the lines and give the context. 3
(2) Explain the difference between ‘knowing’ and ‘not knowing’.

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Critically comment on Bimala’s inner turmoil in The Home and the World. .

(b) “…. there is another world
Yonder yonder
Lo the splendour
And the wonder
Of its faery crown
And the red flag of its dawn
Like the ritual flame of time.
(1) Identify the lines and give the context. 3
(2) Bring out the significance of “another world” and “ritual flame of time.”

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Give a critical view of Muktibodh’s ‘The Void’. 11

(c) Discuss how power is resisted in Ghasiram Kotwal and Halfway House.

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Compare the theatrical techniques used in Ghasiram Kotwal and Halfway house.
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Q. 2. (a) How does Anantha Murthy reconcile modernity with tradition ?

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Explain Namwar Singh’s view of Tagore as a writer. 6

(b) What does ‘country’ mean in Mahapatra’s ‘A Country’?

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In what way is Ghasiram Kotwul about contemporary India?
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Q. 3. Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines offers a sharp critique of geographical boundaries. Comment.

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Analyse the role of the narrator in the The Shadow Lines.
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Q.4. In what way does R.K. Narayan relate India with the British in his “The MCC” ? Discuss.

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The library and the narrator develop special bonding with each other in Ambai’s ‘Squirrel’.Do you agree ? Give a reasoned answer.
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