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25th November 2015, 11:37 AM
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Re: Tamil Nadu Open University B.A English Question Paper

As per your requirement here I am sharing the previous year question paper of B.A English of the Tamil Nadu Open University which you are looking for

Time : 3 Hours

Maximum marks : 75

1. Answer any FIVE of the following in about
30 words each : (5  3 = 15)
(a) Dangers are no more light, if they once seem light; and more dangers have deceived men than forced them.
(i) From which essay is this line taken?
(ii) What does Bacon convey in this line?
(b) It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house some what before its fall.
(i) What is the wisdom of rats?
(ii) What does Bacon try to convey?
(c) For a crowd is not a company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
(i) What does Bacon try to imply?
(ii) Bring out the simile.
(d) For he that is plentiful in expenses of all kinds will hardly be preserved from decay.
(i) Explain “Plentiful is expenses”.
(ii) What is the advice given by the author?
(e) Each man me telleth I change most my
device ;
And on my faith, me think it good reason
To change propose like after the season,
(i) What is the complaint lodged by ‘each man’ against the poet?
(ii) How does the poet justify his behaviour?
(f) I cannot speak what I feel, and feel as much
as they
But think that all the map of my state I
When trembling voice brings forth that I do
Stella love.
(i) What makes a poet write?
(ii) Does the poet advocate love poetry?
(g) A gown made of the finest wool
Which from out pretty lambs we pull;
Fair–lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.
(i) Who is the speaker?
(ii) Who is the person addressed?
(h) Why slide these brooks so slow away,
As swift as the wild roe that were?
(i) To whom is this addressed?
(ii) Why does the brooks appear to slide slow?
(i) A sound magician is a mighty god :
Here, Faustus, tire thy brains to gain a deity
(i) Who is the speaker?
(ii) What does he say?
(j) Was this the face that lanuch’d a thousand
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
(i) Who is the speaker?
(ii) Who is Helen?
2. Write short essays on any TWO of the following in about 100 words each : (2  5 = 10)
(a) Michael Drayton’s “Tell me, thou skilful Shepherd Swain”.
(b) Bacon’s “Of Wisdom for a man’s self”.
(c) The comic element in ‘‘Dr. Faustus’’.
(d) Ben Jonson’s theory of humours.
3. Write THREE of the following in about 200 words each : (3  10 = 30)
(a) Write a critical appreciation of Bacon’s essays.
(b) Write in brief the structure of the Book of Job.
(c) Comment on the subject and structure of the sonnets prescribed from Wyatt and Surrey.
(d) Write on the pastoral elements of the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”.
(e) Bring out the conflict between good and evil in “Dr. Faustus”.
(f) Comment on the role of the conspirators in the play “Everyman in His Humour”.
4. Write any TWO essays in about 200 words each :
(2  10 = 20)
(a) Attempt a critical appreciation of Bacon’s
“Of Friendship”.
(b) How does Shakespeare immortalize his friend in his sonnets?
(c) “Inordinate thirst for power is the key note of Faustus’s character – Justify.
(d) Consider “The Book of Job” as a drama.

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