English Stream A Composition And Comprehension External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. 1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

Education has at all times had a two fold aim, namely instruction and training in good conduct. The conception of good conduct varies with the political institutions and social traditions of the community. In the middle ages, when there was a hierarchical organization proceeding from the serf by gradual stages up to God, the chief virtue was obedience. Children were taught to obey their parents and to reverence their social supervisors, to feel awe in the presence of the priest and submission in the presence of the Lori of the Manor. Only the Emperor and the Pope were free, and, since the morality of the time afforded no guidance to free men, the; spent their time in fighting each other. The moderns differ from the men of the thirteenth century both in aim and in method. Democracy has substituted co-operation for submission and herd-instinct for reverence; the group in regard to which herd-instinct is to fc most operative has become the nation, which was formerely rendered unimportant by the universality of the Church. Meanwhile propaganda has become persuasive rather than forceful, and h; learnt to proceed by the instilling of suitable sentiments in ear youth. Church music, school songs, and the flag determine, by tht influence on the boy, the subsequent actions of the man in monents of strong emotion. Against these influences the assaults of reason have but little power.

The influence of political conceptions on early education is not always obvious, and is often unconscious on the part of the educator. For the present, therefore, I wish to consider education in behaviour with as little regard as possible to the social order, to which I shall return at a later stage.

When it is sought to produce a certain kind of behaviour in a child or animal, there are two different techniques which may be followed, We may, on the one hand, by means of rewards and punishments cause the child or animal to perform or abstain from certain precise acts; or we may, on the other hand, seek to produce in the child or animal such emotions as will lead, on the whole, to acts of the kind desires.
By a suitable distribution of reward and punishments, it is possible to control a very large part of overt behaviour.

Questions :
(a) What is the aim of education 7 3
(b) What was the concept of good conduct in the Middle Ages?
(c) What is the concept of good conduct in the Modern Age?
(d) How is it possible to control behaviour ? 3
(e) Give antonyms of:
(i) Obedience;
(ii) Subsequent;
(iii) Obvious. 3
(f) Write a short composition on “Need for discipline in soci¬ety-”
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Q. 2. (a) Do you think G. K. Chesterton’s light-hearted vie\ about floods is irresponsible or healthly optimistic ? Substantiate your view. *


(b) Do you agree with Forster that all the consequences of owning property are negative ?
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Q. 3. (a) Discuss the title of the poem “Breaking Out”.
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(b) Show how “Once upon a Time” is a poem of ‘learning’, ‘unlearing’ and ‘relearning’.
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Q. 4. (a) In what ways does the stranger reveal his understanding of human psychology in “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”. 15


(b) Discuss the behaviour of the citizens of Hadleyburg specially their attitude to the nineteeners” at the meeting in the town hall.
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Q. 5. (a) The Silver Box draws a bitter contrast between justice administered for the rich and justice administered for the poor. Discuss. 15


(b) Is Jones a thief, a rebel, or both ?

Q. 6. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

One of heaven’s best gifts to man is humour, for it adds innocent pleasure to life both in health and in sickness, and helps to promote good feeling among people in their daily intercourse with one another. Sydney Smith says, “Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food; but God has given us wit and flavour, and brighteness and laughter* and perfumes to enliven the days of man’s pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marl.” Think for a moment what life would be if there were no humour or wit in the world, no laughter, no fun. Now humour is not the same thing as wit; wit is concerned chiefly with words, while humour deals rather with situations : a man may be witty and yet not possess much humour. Humour is something much larger and profounder than wit. Nearly all our greatest writers have the gift of humour. But like all the pleasurable things of life, wit and humour have their dangers, and three of the commonest are those of being vulgar, unkind, and profane. In other words, those who use these gifts of wit and humour must avoid vulgarity, must see that they do not hurt the feelings of others, and must beware of jesting about sacred things. The only way in which you can acquire a right taste for what is good in the world of wit and humour is for you to read good examples, and fortunately we have many in our literature. Shakespeare is a mine in himself, so is Dickens.

(a) What does humour do ? 2
(b) Differentiate between wit and humour. 2
(c) What are the dangers of humour ? 2
(d) Give one word substitues for : 2
(i) Showing a clear and deep understanding of seri¬ous matters.
(ii) Showing a lack of respect for a god or a religion often through language.
(e) Give a suitable title to the precis. 2
(f) Make a precis of the passage in about 90 to 100 words.
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English Stream B Oral Communication Heading Comprehension and Written English Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

Many parents enjoy their children’s infancy and childhood, but find their teenage years a time of conflict.
Parenting today’s teens is more difficult than in previous years because of the far-reaching technological and sociological changes that have occurred.

Parents who were teenagers themselves not very long ago, realise that their children are growing up in a changed world : a world swept by information technology, electronic media, PCs, the cellular phone – the list is endless. A world of scandals and scams, ef increased incomes and rising expenditures. As a result, today’s adolescents need more care and attention, and emphasis on values, than any previous generation of young people. Many of us tend to push ourselves and our teenage child to be perfect. While our intentions may be good, the results are often exactly the opposite of what we have in mind. Many of the situations require a long-term investment of your Jove, encouragement, sharing and the development of the child’s self-esteem.

We erroneously hold that success lies in numbers, grades, performance; and not within our own insight, understanding and intelligence. We have, as Deepak Chopra has eloquently stated, become “prisoners of the known,” limiting ourselves to the status quo and killing our own power of creation our very own power of rationality and the potential success of the child.

(i) What has made parenting difficult in the modern
(ii) Name two significant factors of the modern times,
(in) Why do the adolescents today need more atten-
(iv) What do we expect from our children ? 2
(v) What helps in the development of a child’s self-
(vi) Wherein lies the real success in life? 2
(vii) Increased incomes and rising expenditures are closely linked with scandals and scams. (True/False) 1
(viii) Give the opposite^ of the following words :
rising, encouragement.
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Q. 2. Make a summary of the above passage in about 90 words.
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Q. 3. Write a paragraph in about 100 words on the harm¬ful effects of soft drinks.


Write a paragraph in about 100 words on the problems faced by the passengers who travel in Blue-line buses.
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Q. 4. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper highlighting the advantage of metro railways and the need to extend it to all directions in Delhi/New Delhi.


Write a letter to the Chairman. Delhi Jat Board, to stop the How of sewage water into the Yamuna river. Point out some of the health hazards caused by this.
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Q. 5. Supply suitable answer to the following :
(i) Who has gifted you this beautiful wrist watch?
(ii) When did your brother return from Kolkata?
(iii) Who were you talking to on telephone ?
(iv) Why did you not attend my sister’s wedding?
(v) Will you have tea or coffee ?
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Q. 6. (a) Write a dialogue on the following situation. You don’t want your friend to waste his time on sports. On the other hand, he thinks that sports arc necessary for health and progress.

(b) Complete the follow ing dialogue:
Nabu : What happened in the student’s Union meeting yesterday ?
Nalini : (i)__________________________
Nabu : Has the Union decided to boycott the House Ex¬aminations ? *
Nalini : (ii)_____________________
Nabu : Will mere protest be enough ?
Nalini : (iii) __________________________
Nabu : Is there any point in making the students suffer on account of protest ?
Nalini : (iv)_________________________
Nabu : Do you think the college authorities should be allowed to punish those who do not sit for the examination ?
Nalini : (v) _________________________
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Q. 7. Punctuate the following :
rnohan i said suddenly were you ever
married why sohan whatever made you
think of marriage.
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Q. 8. Fill in the blanks in the given passage with appropriate words:
Teaching is not confined to parents and professional teachers. Wherever there are beginners_____(1)_____, old and young, there is_____(2)_____of learning going on (3)_____some sort
of teaching. In every business and_____(4)_____there are learners and teachers. Indeed we are (5)_____pupils and teach¬ers. Think of your_____(6)_____life as an individual. Much of _____(7) is routine. Some of it is made up_____(8)_____ amusement. Whether you are_____(9)_____trade union official _____(10)_____, a typist, you are learning for yourself and teaching somebody.
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Q. 9. Rewrite the following according to the instructions given in brackets:
(i) Television in entertaining. Television is educative. (Combine into a simple sentence)

(ii) The teacher corrected all the answer books.
(Change the voice)
(iii) Shyam is taller than all boys in his class.
(Change the degree of comparison)
(iv) The teacher said to me, “Sit down and don’t talk.” (Change into indirect speech)
(v) She asked me what my name was.
(Change into direct speech)
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English Stream A Composition And Comprehension Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

Patriotism in its simplest terms means love of one’s country. It is a natural and primitive instinct in us. In the early days of the human race, families clung together to make themselves secure from wild animals. Then many families joined together to form a tribe which defended itself against other tribes. From the tribes came the nation and with national self-consciousness came patriotism. We show our patriotism in a variety of small gestures. For example, we wave our national flag when our team wins an international match. We shout slogans on our Independence Day. We raise loud cheers when our Prime Minister stands before us. Patriotism thus combines a diversity of feelings such as of unity, oneness, pride, gratitude for security, and common aims and achievements.

But patriotism is something much more than shouting and making a noise. It is to regard one’s nation as a great organic whole. It is to identify ourselves with its past and present fortunes, and to look forward to its future destinies, eople everywhere have done wonderful things for the sake of their countries. Joan, a simple village girl of France, liberated her country from the usurping British. Bhagat Singh and Chandershekhar Azad made the supreme sacrifice for the sake of India. And there have been such people [t almost every country of the world, such as George Washington in the United States, Garibaldi in Italy and Simon Bolivar in South America. Such men can never be forgotten.

Genuine patriotism is a sentiment of which we can be proud. But there is a spurious variety of it which can only be called pretended patriotism. It is no more than a clock for self-interest, not patriotism that reflects real and generous love of one’s own country. It was, perhaps, in such a context that Dr. Johnson once described patriotism as ‘the last resort of a scoundrel’. You can find such scoundrels in any country of the world. Their number seems to be particularly large in our country, at present. What will you call a black marketeer donating large amounts of money to the National Relief Fund ? Nor a politician trying to win the election by employing unfair means is any better,

(a) Define patriotism. How did it originate ? 3

(b) How do people generally expres their patriotic feelings ?

(c) How is patriotism more than shouting and making a noise?

(d) What is common among the great names mentioned in the given passage ?

(e) Differentiate between ‘genuine patriotism’ and ‘pretended patriotism’.

(f) Write 100-150 words on :
“Patriotism as a Grand Virtue.”
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Q. 2. (a) Discuss the condition of block “segregated” schools as revealed by G and his mother in the essay: ‘A Fly in Buttermilk”.


(b) Describe the problems faced by Rama Bai Ranade and Rassundari Devi while making efforts to read and write.
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Q. 3. (a) Discuss ‘Mending Wall’ as a poem of two conflicting ideas. Which of these two ideas would you like to support ?


(b) Read the lines and answer the questions that follow:
Death is the least we have to fear.
We are all in the hands of God,
Whatever happens happens by His Will.
Now go quickly to your shelters.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Who is the speaker of the given lines ? I
(iii) Describe the occasion of these lines. 2
(iv) What are the “Shelters” referred in the given lines ?
(v) Who are instructed to go to “your shelters” and why ?
(vi) Explain : ‘Whatever happens happens by His Will’.
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Q. 4. (a) Do you agree that the “revenge” taken by the stranger on the prominent citizens of Handleyburg was justified ? Give a reasoned answer.


(b) Discuss the theme of the novel : ‘Man that Corrupted Handleyburg’.
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Q. 5. What does Galsworthy want to convey through the ‘two thefts’ in the play ‘The Silver Box’ ?


Is Jones a thief, a rebel or both ? Discuss.
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Q. 6. Read the passage given below and answer the ques¬tions that follow:

There was a time when religion had a complete sway over mans life. Everything in the physical universe was explained in religious term. Lightning, for example, was thought to be God’s sword, and this created fear in men’s minds. Since social organization was based on religious principles, any attempt to disturb it was supposed to draw punishment from heaven. In this way, people became victims of their own beliefs and prejudices. In matters of faith, logic does not help much, and people are generally guided by their emotions. But the situation has entirely changed now. Science has made so much progress during the past centuries. This progress has been particularly phenomenal during the last fifty years. In the past much of what was merely religious prejudice, has now been explained with the help of reasoning based on scientific methods of investigation. People are no longer as religious as they used to be. Such a thing always happens. If we look at different periods of human history, it will be seen that with every scientific advance. faith in religion has gone down. And science has made so much progress in our age that we often notice a total lack of faith in a large number of people.

Yet it would be wrong to assume that lack of faith is something universal in our age. This is a characteristic of largely advanced societies where faith in religion is superficial and true spirituality is non-existent. People are so materialistic that they have no time to devote to the higher aspirations of man. Even those people in backward countries who have received modern education seem to follow the same path. Still, those people who are uneducated and ignorant, even now cling to their traditional faith. This is the situation in most backward countries of the world..

But this does not mean that completely scientifically conditioned societies have no need of religion. Today, America is the most advanced country in the world, in the material sense. But it h badly starving spiritually. That is why so many cults ae flourishing in that country. Indian swamis and gurus seem to be in great demand there. So many people from the rich wet visit India and the east in search of salvation. The progress made by science has given enough food to the mind. But human heart too needs nourishment, and this can come only from some from of spirituality.

What is, therefore, needed is a proper balance between science and religion. Both are needed for an integrated development of the human personality. Excessive religion would make a man blind to the reality of life. Similarly, exclusive devotion to science would deprive life of its spiritual essence. Science gives us knowledge and religion teaches us to work for peace; blessed are the peace-makers, says the Bible. Therefore, a balance, between the two is a prime necessity of life in the modern world.

(a) In what way was man under the complete influence of reli¬gion in the past ?
(b) I low was his attitude changed now ? I
(c) Why do we need to maintain a balance between science and religion ?
(d) Give one word substitutes for the following:
(i) That which is true or right at all times and in all places.
(ii) The quality of being concerned with religion or the human spirit.
(e) Make a precis of the given passage in about 120 words, 8
(f) Give the precis a suitable title.
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English Stream B Oral Communication, Reading Comprehension and Written English Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IInd Year

Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

The great advantage of early rising is the good start it gives us in our day’s work. The early riser has done a large amount of hard work before other men have got out of bed. In the early morning the mind is fresh, and there are few sounds or other distractions, so that work done at that time is generally well done. In many cases the early riser also finds time to take some exercise in the fresh morning air, and this exercise supplies him with a fund of energy that will last until the evening. By beginning so early, he knows that he has plenty of time to do thoroughly all the work he can be expected to do, and is not tempted to hurry over any part of it. All his work being finished in good time. He has a long interval of rest in the evening before the timely hour when he goes to bed. He gets to sleep several hours before midnight, at the time when sleep is most refreshing and after a sound night’s rest, rises early next morning in good health and spirits for the labours of a new day.

It is very plain that such a life as this is far more conducive to health than that of the man who shortens his waking hours by rising late, and so can afford in the course of the day little leisure for necessary rest. Any one who lies in bed late, must, if he wishes to do a full day’s work, go on working to a correspondingly late hour, and deny himself the hour or two of evening exercise that he ought to take for the benefit of his health. But, in spite of all his efforts, he will probably produce as good results as the early riser, because he misses the best working hours of the day.

(i) Mention two advantages of early rising. 2
(ii) What is the quality of work done early in the morning ?
(iii) How is early rising beneficial for health ? 2
(iv) When is sleep most refreshing ? 2
(v) What is the disadvantage of a person who is a late riser ?
(vi) What are the best working hours of the day ?
(vii) An early riser does not get any rest during day time. (True/False)
(viii) Give opposites of the following words : fresh, conducive.
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Q. 2. Write a summary of the above passage in about 100 words.
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Q. 3. Write a paragraph of about 100 words on the effect of T.V. on school-going children.


Write a paragraph of a bout 100 words on the problems faced by the senior citizens.
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Q. 4. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper on the nuisance created by the street beggars.


Write a letter to the Police Commissioner, Delhi about the frequent cases of chain-snatching in your locality. Request him to intensify police patrolling to check this crime.
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Q. 5. Supply suitable answers to the following :
(i) At what time do you get up in the morning ?
(it) How is your father after the illness ?
(iii) May I use your telephone please ?
(iv) When did you complete your home work ?
(v) When is your father coming to see you ?
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Q. 6. (a) Write a dialogue for the following situation :

Your friend wants to drop the examination this year. You are not in favour of this decision. You want him to complete his graduation without losing any time. 5

(b) Complete the following dialogue :
Mohan : What has gone wrong with you ?
I did not see you in the college yesterday ?
Sohan : ……………………………………………………………………….
Mohan : But you were O.K. day before. Did you consult the doctor ?
Sohan : ……………………………………………………………………….
Mohan : Don’t you know the examinations are at hand and you should be careful about your health ?
Sohan : ……………………………………………………………………….
Mohan : Have you brought my notes ?
Sohan :……………………………………………………………………….
Mohan : Get out of the habit of forgetfulness.
Sohan : ……………………………………………………………………….
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Q. 7. Punctuate the following :
i am afraid said sonu to ramesh the train will not wait for you and you will miss it.
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Q. 8. Put the following sentences into indirect speech :
(a) He said, “I am unwell/’
(b) He will tell you, “I am very unhappy.”
(c) She said to Mohini, “Go away.”
(d) He said, “Oh, I am ruined !”
(e) He said to me, “Do you know it rained last night.”
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Q. 9. Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with words taken from the list:
confine, injury, cords, kind, cruel, capture, prey, wild, pounce, reflect

Some persons are so ………1………and selfish that they …….2………animals and birds and………3………them in boxes and cages. Sometimes they tie them up with……..4………which causes them………5………Even birds and animals which live on smaller birds or animals are cruel. When a………6………animal is hungry it will
………7………on its………8………and eat it up. People do not stop to ………9………even fora moment whether this is a………!0………act or a cruel one.
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English Stream A Composition And Comprehension Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IInd Year

Q, 1. (A) Read the following passage and answer the quests that follow :

Most people would agree that, although our age far surpasses all previous ages in knowledge there has been no correlative increase in wisdom. But agreement ceases as soon as we attempt to define ‘wisdom’ and consider means of promoting it. 1 want lo ask first what wisdom is, and then what can be done to teach it.

There are, I think, several factors that contribute to wisdom. Of these 1 should put first a sense of proportion ; the capacity to take account of all the important factors in a problem and to attach to each its due weight. This has become more difficult than it used to be owing to the extent and complexity of the specialized knowledge required of various kinds of technicians. Suppose, for example, that you are engaged in research in scientific medicine. The work is dif¬ficult and is likely to absorb the whole of your intellectual energy. You have no time to consider the effect which your discoveries or inventions may have outside the field of medicine. You succeed (let us say), as modern medicine has succeeded, in enormously lowering foe infant death-rate, not only in Europe and America but also in Ma and Africa. This has the entirely unintended result of making e food supply inadequate and lowering the standard of life in the most populous parts of the world. To take an even more spectacular Sample, which is in every body’s mind at the present time : You study the composition of the atom from a disinterested desire for knowledge, and incidentally place in the hands of powerful lunatics the means of destroying the human race. In such ways the pursuit of knowledge may become harmful unless it is combined with wisdom; and wisdom in the sense of comprehensive vision is not necessarily present in specialists in the pursuit of knowledge.

Comprehensiveness alone, however, is not enough to constitute wisdom. There must be, also, a certain awareness of the ends of human life. This may be illustrated by the study of history. Many emi¬nent historians have done more harm than good because they viewed facts through the distorting medium of their own passions.

(a) Is there any relationship between knowledge and wisdom? 3
(b) Which factor contributed the most to wisdom ? 3
(c) How does the pursuit of knowledge become harmful ? 3
(d) What alone is not enough to constitute wisdom? What else is required ? 3

(B) (e) Find words in the passage for : 3
(i) a state of having many different parts, which are connected to each other in a way which may be difficult to understand or deal with.
(ii) something that happens but was not planned.
(iii) something that is very inpressive or dramatic.

(C) (f) Write a short composition in approximately 100 words on :
“Harmful effects of knowledge.” 5
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Q. 2. (a) Do you agree with Nehru that the nation’s flag symbolises its history ? What is the symbolic significance of India’s flag ? 10


(b) Do you agree with Forster that all the consequences of owning property are negative ?
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Q. 3. (a) Is the poem ‘Breaking Out’ about a woman’s liberation from the social role she is expected to play, or a child’s liberation from her parent’s tyranny or both ? 10


(b) Does the narrator in the poem ‘Obituary’ strike you as being truthful and objective about his father, or as resentful and unkind ? Defend your answer.

Q. 4. (a) In what ways does The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg expose the hypocrisy and greed of the town ? 10


(b) Do you think that the ‘revenge’ that the stranger sought was excessive or was it justified ?
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Q. 5. (a) How far is it correct to describe The Silver Box as a play about two thefts ?


(b) Is Jones a thief, a rebel, or both ?
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Q. 6. It is heartening to note that we in India have educated ladies, who are keen in taking up administrative work. We are amazed to see what wonderful work women are doing in offices as typists, clerks, receptionists and officers. It has been noticed that they are quick to understand and very efficient in work and they have won the applause from the bureaucracy. Moreover, they cheer up others with a sweet smile and they can win over others to their point of viewr All important services have been thrown open to them. They are competing for the I.A.S. and Allied Services. We have women as magistrates, judges and revenue officers. They are coolheaded, dis¬passionate, objective and impartial.

There is a special sphere in which women are better suited than men. It is the sphere of social service, canvassing and propaganda. Their services are particularly needed in villages where they can more successfully perform the difficult task of canvassing the canons of family planning and child-welfare. In the urban area, they can efficiently take up the task of visiting and teaching the orphans, helpless widows and fallen women in orphanages and welfare centres. They can train their unfortunate sisters in sewing, knitting, spinning, em¬broidery and other handicrafts in which women excel by nature. They can also render social service whenever there is flood, famine, earthquake or some other natural calamity.

Women surely have a very important role to play in modem India. We are busy with our plans of national reconstruction, rural uplift and all-round development of our country for its progress and prosperity. In the social, economic and political sphere women too have to shoulder the responsibilities along with men. The day is not far when the Indian women would not only catch up with their western counterparts but also regain the honourable status they enjoyed in the distant past.

(A) Read the passage given above and answer the questions that follow :
(a) How are women working in various capacities?
(b) In which areas are women working better than men ?
(c) What will women gain by playing an important role in modern India ?

(B) Give one word substitutes for : 2
(a) an administrative system operated by a large number of officials following rules and procedures.
(b) rules or principles on which something is based.

(C) (a) Make a precis of the passage in 100-110 words.
(b) Give a suitable title to the precis. 2
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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


“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.


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.


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.


“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
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


“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


Home and the World represents several forms and aspects of nationalism. Discuss.
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English Literature 4 Paper I Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : Ist Year

Q. 1. Write explanatory and critical notes on:
(a) TheDodsons


(b) Bob Jakin

(c) Jane’s life in Gateshead Hall


(d) Jane’s first meeting with Mr. Rohester 11

(e) Notice Neptune, though,
Taming a,sea-horse, thought a rarity,
Which Clans of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me.


(f) There she weaves by night and day
A magic wet with colours gay,
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot. 11
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Q. 2.(a) “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.”(Marx.) Elaborate.


(b) J.S. Mills views on the freedom of women in his essay The Subjection of Women are reactionary rather than revolution¬ary. Discuss. 6

(c) Marriages in 19th century Fiction create more problems than they solve. Discuss with reference toat at least two novels.


(d) Write a short note on the representation of women in 19th century poetry.
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Q. 3.(a) Is Elizabeth Bennet different from Charlotte Lucas or do they share the same attitude towards marriage ? Give reasons for your answer.


(b) Discuss the title of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
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Q. 4. (a) Do you agree with the view that Rachel and Stephen are too good to be true ? Give reasons for your answer.


(b) What do Sissy Jupe and the Circus bring to Hard Times ?
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English Literature 4 Paper I Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : Ist Year

Q. 1. Write explanatory and critical notes on :
(a) Georgiana Darcy,


(b) The Bingley Jane Bennet courtship.
(c) The Old Hell Shaft.

(d) The conclusion of Hard Times.

(e) I cannot rest from travel : I will drink
Life to the lees : all times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone;


(f) Oh, Sir, she smiled, no doubt,
Whene’er I passed her; but who passed without
Much the same smile ? This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands As if alive. 11
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Q. 2. (a) “The mode of production in material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life.” (Marx). Elaborate.


(b) Critically examine J. S. Mill’s views of women in The Subjection of Women.

(c) Bring out the element of realism in any one novel in your course.

(d) Write a short note on the dramatic monologue in Victorian poetry.
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Q. 3. (a) Compare Rochester and St. John Rivers in their dealings with people other than Jane.


(b) “Although small, simple and supposedly plain, Jane is a truly romantic heroine.” Do you agree ? Give a reasoned an¬swer.
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Q. 4. (a) Do you agree with the view that Maggie Tulliver is too sensitive and imaginative for her environment ? Give reasons for your answer.


(b) Discuss the roles that Philip and Stephen Guest play in the life of Maggie Tulliver.
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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’.


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.”


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

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


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 ?


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

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


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.


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.


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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Micro-Economics: Analysis And Policy Paper-II External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year


Q. 1. (a) State and explain Keynes’ Psychological law of consumption.

(b) Discuss the factors on which the propensity to consume depends.
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Q. 2, (a) Differentiate between autonomous and induced investment.
(b) If autonomous investment in an economy is Rs. 200 Cr. and the consumption function is C = 80 + -.6Y, what will be the equilibrium level of income ?
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Q. 3. Evaluate ‘Irving Fisher’s Quantity Theory of Money’. How does the Keynesian approach differ from Fisher’s approach ?
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Q. 4. With the help of outside diagrams distinguish between ‘Demand Pull’ and ‘Cost Push’ inflation. Do you agree that mild inflation is desirable for economic activities ? 15, 5
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Q. 5. Explain the following : 10, 10
(a) Leakages of multiplier;
(b) Difficulties of Barter system.
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Q. 6. Discuss the functions of a Commercial Bank. How is Commercial Bank different from the Central Bank? 15, 5
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Q. 7. Explain the quantitative methods of credit control adopted by the Central Bank. Between Bank Rate and Open Market Operations which is more effective instrument of credit control? Give reasons. 15, 5
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Q. 8. Explain the causes of growth of public expenditure in a developing country like India. Describe the effects of public expenditure on production and distribution. 10, 10
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Q. 9. Discuss the various objective of Fiscal Policy in a developing economy. What are its limitations ? 15, 5
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Q. 10. Write short notes on any two of the following: 10,10
(a) Incidence of lump sum tax in monopoly
(b) Merits and demerits of indirect taxes;
(c) Recommendations of Eleventh Finance Commis¬sion
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