Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cultural Diversity, Linguistic Plurality & Literary Traditions in India

Attaching house exam paper as i dont have the earlier samples in soft copy. but as my friend went through all the Quetion papers since the course first got offered- which is not very long ago and the basic instructions and paper structure has been the same throughout.

special thanks to a friend of mine, Radhika Baruah (Guest Faculty, IP college) for her efforts to put this material together

the annual exam instructions to the candidates regarding word limit and choice has been retained as is in the paper i m sending you.

unit 1 compulsory other units are optional and within them are internal options.

In a normal annual paper,

unit 1 is as is it is.

in the other units the internal structure is: students have to answer two questions from their chosen unit, the two questions being

a) a reference to context from the poems (two choices are provided n the questions are in 2+2+2 division)

b) an essay type answer (again with an internal choice) from the prose parts of that unit for 4 marks

at times, there can be questions on
1. verses from the lessons for Reference to the Context
2. Essay type questions on the poetry section 
3. There can inter unit choices instead of from the accompanying prose 

 but otherwise the 7 remaining sections in the question paper correspond to the 7 remaining units in the course. there is no inter-unit choice within the subsections.
i am also attaching the mid term paper so to give you a broad idea..

B.A. / B.Com (Hons) Programme


Discipline Centred Concurrent Course


(Cultural Diversity, Linguistic Plurality and Literary Traditions in India)

Time: 2 Hours Maximum Marks: 50

Attempt Four questions in all.

Question no. 1 is compulsory.

Attempt any three questions from the rest.

Note: - Questions carrying 3 marks must be answered in not more than 50 words and those carrying 5-5.5 marks in not more than 100 words.

1. Attempt any two of the following:

(a) Trace the passage of any two literary forms as they moved from their original languages and regional locations within India.

(b) Should a literary historian of Indian literature concern herself only with works in our particular language? Give reasons for your answer.

(c) Why is it incorrect to assess Tulsidas primarily as Hindi poet?

(d) “The author is not a divine creator,” says Sujit Mukherjee. Comment.

(e) What does Sujit Mukherjee mean by ‘the Ramayana tradition’? Give at least two examples to support your answer. (5.5 +5.5= 11)

2. (a) Is the reaching the shore a greater prize than losing myself with you?

If you are only the haven, as they say, then what is the sea?

(i) In which language has the poem been composed?

(ii) Explain the metaphor of the boatman and the sea.

(iii) How is losing oneself a greater prize than reaching the safety of the shore? (2+3+3= 8)

(b) Write a short note on Baul as an expression of Bhakti. (5)

3. (a) Long as tresses the night of parting.

The day of love is short as life,

If i see not my love, O friend,

How can I spend the dark nights of grief?

(i) Identify the poet and the original language of the poem.

(ii) Who is the friend that the poet is referring to?

(iii) Why is the period of separation from the beloved considered longer than span of life? (2+3+3=8)

(b) Write a short note on Tuti-i Hind. (5)

4. (a) I am neither a believer going to a mosque,

Nor am I given to non-believers, [sic] ways.

I am neither clean nor unclean.

Neither a Moses nor a Pharaoh.

I know not who I am.

(i) Identify the poet and the original language of the poem.

(ii) How is someone neither clean and nor unclean?

(iv) Explain the story of Moses and Pharaoh? (2+3+3=8)

(b) Write a short note on Sufi tradition. (5)

5. (a) All the time I went to work for the Naikers, I knew I should not touch their goods or chattels; I should never come close to where they were, I should always stand away to one side.

(i) Identify the author.

(ii) Give the name of this work and the original language in which it was written.

(iv) Who are Naikers and why was the speaker supposed to stay away from them? (2+3+3=8)

(b) Do you agree with the view that Dalit narrative is not just about identity oppression, but something more? Discuss with reference to “Karukku”. (5)

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