English Stream A Poems, Play, Novel and Composition External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

SECTION ‘A’

Q. 1. Choose any two of the following passages and anwer the questions that follow :
(a) It is an ever fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand ring bank.
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height betaken.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain the reference to the ‘everfixed mark1.
(iii) How are the images of star and bark connected with love ?

(b) Thou silent form dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity : Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man………..

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain : “When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain…..”
(iii) How shall this “silent form” remain “a friend to man” ? 2

(c) This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together.
There she stands
As if alive.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain the implications of :
“This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together.” 2

(iii) What do these lines reveal about the Speaker’s personality ?

SECTION’B’

Choose any one of the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

(a) Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat.
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;

(i) Identify the speaker and explain the context of these lines.
(ii) Explain :
“Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.” 4

(iii) What do these lines reveal about the speaker?

(b) These growing feathers pluck’d from Caesar’s wing
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
Who else would soar above the view of men
And keep us all in servile fearfufness.

(i) Identify the speaker and the person being spo-Ken to. Give the context of the lines.
(ii) Explain the comparison in these lines. 4
(iii) What impressions do you form of Caesar’s character on the basis of this speech ?

SECTION ‘C
Write short notes on any two of the following :
(a) Dr. Pal’s book;
(b) The Priest;
(c) Margayya’s red accounts book;
(d) Meenakshi.
Answer :

Q. 2. Trace Wordsworth’s development in his atitude to¬wards nature with reference to “Tintern Abbey”.

Or

Discuss “Lament for the Murderers” as a commentary on modern civilization.
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Q. 3. Write a dtailed comment on Mark Antony’s funeral speech.

Or

The role of the mob in Julius Caesar.
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Q. 4. Attempt a character-sketch of Balu in The Financial Expert.
Or
How does Margayya become rich ? What leads to his ruin ?
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Q, 5. Write an essay in about 350 words on any one of the following topics:
(i) Representation of women in T.V. serials;
(ii) Cultural change in India;
(iii) World War III;
(iv) Computer Games;
(v) Child labour.
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