English Paper II Twentieth Century Indian Writing Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : Ist Year

Q. 1. (a) Wherever I try to live,
in pious penitence at Puri
Or in the fiery violence of a revolutionary
My reason becomes a prejudiced sorrow
like socialism

(i) Identify the given lines and dicuss their context. 3
(ii) Explain “fiery violence of a revolutionary”. 3
(iii) Comment on the political overtones of the poem. 5

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“Muktibodh’s poetry is experimental and deeply speculative.” Discuss the above statement with detailed reference to his poems in your course. 11

(b) Do you agree with the view that Halfway-House is primarily about a search for meaning and identity? Give a reasoned answer.

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Ghasiram Kotwal is a perfect blend of the historical and the contemporary. Discuss.

(c) Comment on the view that The Shadow Lines is a novel of imagination and memory.

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Discuss the role of the grandmother in The Shadow Lines.
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Q. 2. (a) Write a critical note on “third world literature” as discussed by Namver Singh in his essay.

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“Nationalism is a great menace.” Comment on the above statement by Tagore with reference to Home and the World. 6

(b) Comment on UR Ananthamurthy’s description of the writer as “a conscience-keeper” and a “critical insider”. 6
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Discuss Ezekiels use of “Indian English” in his poetry.
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Q. 3. Do you agree with the view that Manto uses the metaphor of madness in “TobaTek Singh” to discuss the idea of nationalism ? Give reasons for your answer. 15

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“Lihaf’ and “Squirrel” share both feminist views and voices. Comment.
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Q. 4. Critically comment on the view that Home and the World is the story of Bimala’s struggle between the contradictory pulls of “home” and the “world”. 15

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Home and the World represents several forms and aspects of nationalism. Discuss.
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