English Question Paper - 2006

II Semester BA Examination, June 2006

(Semester Scheme)
Language English

Time: 3 Hours                                                                             Max. Marks : 90

Instruction:  1)  Answer all the Sections.
                        2) Mention the sections and question.


I. Put the following jumbled sentences in the correct logical order in a paragraph: 5
    i) If the snakes are killed, the rats in the field will multiply.
    ii) They do it for fun or for getting their skin.
    iii) They will devour the food grains.
    iv) For instance, some people kill the harmless snakes in the fields.
    v) If we destroy one species of animals, it will affect the entire ecosystem.

2. Identify the topic sentence and the four supporting sentences:             5
Old age has always been thought of as the worst age to be; but it is not necessary for the old to be unhappy. With old age should come wisdom and the ability to help others with advice. The old can have the joy of seeing their children making progress in life. They can watch their grand children growing up around them and perhaps, best of all, they can, if their life has been a useful one, feel the happiness of having come through the battle of life safely and of having reached a time when they can lie back and rest, leaving others to continue the fight.

3. Write a paragraph of not more than 200 words on the idea – "When you educate a girl, you educate a family".             5

4. Write a paragraph of about 150 words on "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise".           5
You have been appointed as the Secretary for N.S.S. activities in your college. Write a paragraph of about 150 words on how you organised the annual N.S.S. camp.


5. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:-

In 1948, when Mother Teresa was a teacher at St. Mary's High School, Calcutta, her gaze would often wonder to the window. Beyond the pristine world of the convent, the vicious poverty of Calcutta swarmed menacingly. Soon after, the nun bid goodbye to the security of the convent and stepped into the reality of squalor and objection around, only with her faith in divine providence. "I decided to follow Christ into the slums". She would later say of her calling.

Her work commenced as an open-air school for slum children. Her courage of conviction drew volunteers. Financial support and encouragement poured in and extended the scope of her work. In 1950, Mother Teresa was granted permission from the Archdiocese of Calcutta too start her own order, "The missionaries of charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.

From the lovels of Calcutta, the missionaries have spread their wings today across Africa, the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of South America, The United States, Canada, even parts of the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Today, the mission has more than 4000 nuns engaged in service of the poor. They undertake relief in the wake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, and famine, and for refugees. The primary focus however continues to be the destitute, homeless, alcoholics, persons with leprosy, cancer and AIDS sufferers.

The nuns clad in trade mark blue-bordered white cotton sarees go about their tasks valiantly and even when working in the pits of despair, have the Lord's name and a cheery smile on their lips. "Speak tenderly to them", the mother always instructed her wards. "Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of you greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well".

To attain this level of dedication, the nuns have to undergo intensive training over a period of six years at the end of which they go home for three weeks so they can decide whether they really want to spend the rest of their life as a missionary of charity. The work is not for the faint-hearted. Those who volunteer to join the mission do so from immense faith in their own love and compassion for humanity. They have as their inspiration Jesus Christ and believe: "Like Jesus we belong to the world, living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength".

Of selfless service Jesus said, "Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me". For Mother Teresa and the nuns devoted in service, to the succour of the sick, and the outcaste, earthly sufferers are nothing less than Christ in :distressing disguise". And they go about their tasks not with the iar of martyrdom, but joyfully and simply. Of the necessity to cultivate simplicity in living to be able to serve better, the mother has observed, "The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. And in their spiritual abundance, they give of themselves plentifully in the various houses of charity. They run serving and comforting those in need. "Unless love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love", the nuns remember the mother telling them as they carry on her torch of service with love. "Work without love is only slavery". When asked for a one line description of her work and philosophy, Mother Teresa has gone on record saying "service in practice is love".

A) Answer the following questions in a word, a phrase or a sentence each:          (10 x 1 = 10)

    i) What aspect of Calcutta, was troubling the mind of Mother Teresa?
     ii) Write about the main objective of Mother Teresa's Organisation?     iii) What were the instructions that Mother Teresa wanted her nuns to bear in mind, while interacting with the poor people?     iv) What kind of relief work do the missionaries undertake?     v) How many years of training do the missionaries have to undergo?     vi) Who is the inspiration for Mother Teresa and her nuns?     vii) What is the name of Mother Teresa's Organisation?     viii) How far and wide has the work of Mother Teresa spread?     ix) How does Mother Teresa describe her philosophy of work?     x) Write about the one quality in Mother Teresa that attracted the volunteers to her work?

B) Answer the following in two or three sentences each:        (5x2=10)
     i) From the context of the passage, elaborate or explain the following idea
"the sick, the outcaste, earthly sufferers are nothing less than Christ in "distressing disguise".
     ii) "Poverty for us is a freedom". Explain Mother Teresa's point of view     iii) Comment on Mother Teresa's thoughts on work and love.     iv) After intensive training, how do the nuns make their final decision to join Mother Teresa's organisation?     v) Describe the work of Mother Teresa in the slums of Calcutta.


6. Answer any five of the following in two or three sentences each:            (5x2=10)

i) In the short story "Jenks Whiskers", how many dollars does Solomon pay to Jenks to get him to agree to sell his whiskers and many dollars does Jenks pay to Solomon, to permit him to take off his whiskers?
ii) In Khalil Gibran's poem "Buying and Selling" who are the ones who meet in the market place?
iii) In the essay "Money and changing life styles", why does the author find it hard to believe that India is a poor country?
iv) In the short story "The Accursed House", why does Visconte-de-B-lower the rents and how much does he reduce for his tenants?
v) What is the "one rule" that all bankers follow?
vi) Which are the two temples that the poet refers to in the poem "Vachanas of Allama Prabhu"
vii) In the lesson "what is your dream"? why does the beggar call the boy a dreamer?

7. Answer any four of the following in about half-a-page each:            (5x4=20)

i) In the poem "Buying and Selling", what are the gifts of each that khalil Gibran speaks about and how should they be exchanged?
ii) From the essay "Money and Changing Life Styles", what do you learn about the changing life styles of the children from affluent families?
iii) With reference o the poem "Bankers are just like anybody else, except richer", write about the difference in treatment of the poor and the rich by the bankers.
iv) Why does Elisha break his journey to Jerusalem, in the short story "Two Old Men"?
v) With reference to the poem "Snake", identify and explain the two contrasting voices within the poet?
vi) In the lesson "What is your dream"?, what does the young body dram about, and according to the beggar, how can one achieve one's dreams?

8. Answer any two of the following in a page each:          (2x10=20)

i) Discuss the humour and satire in the short story "Jenks' Whiskers".
ii) How does money influence the changing life styles of children and parents from rich families?
iii) Discuss the poem "Snake", as D. H. Lawrence's lament for man's alienation from fellow creatures.
iv) Can we make our dreams come true? Discuss this point with reference to the lesson "What is your dream"?.


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