Bachelor Level/ I year/ Humanities Full Marks: 100 English I Paper (311/ 301) Time: 3 hrs.
Candidates are required to give their answers in their own words as far as practicable.
The figures in the margin indicate full marks.
Attempt all the questions.
- Answer any three of the following questions: [3×8=24]
a. Discuss the relationship between gender studies and feminism.
b. How does Marxism define human behavior, the commodity and the family? Explain.
c. Define and discuss structural linguistics and structural anthropology.
d. Compare and contrast the Transactional Reader Response Theory and Subjective Reader Response Theory.
2. Answer any TWO: [2×10=20]
a. Discuss the relationship between Tom Buchanan and Myrtle s the relationship between two classes: bourgeois and proletariat.
b. Read the activities of the character Great Gatsby from psychoanalytic perspective.
c. Discuss activities and expressions of Daisy from the perspective of New Criticism.
3. Interpret the following poem using one of the theories: 
Marxism, Structuralism, Deconstruction Theory.
The Sick Rose (William Blake)
O Rose thou art sick
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm.
Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson Joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
- Why does Simon De Beauvoir foreground ‘persona’ to make her case? How is the persona appropriate for her intended audience? Why doesn’t she use anecdotes and interviews for the same? Explain.
What major rhetorical devices does North Whitehead use to discuss the concept of Religion and science? Explain.
- In Plato’s ideal society, women would flourish based on their nature rather than on their sex. Give answer on the basis of “The Role of Women in Ideal Society”.
Susanne Langer accepts that language is essential for thinking and for knowing things. Do you think assertion is true? Explain.
- Darwin describes a hierarchy of mental powers, ranging from “lower emotions” to the “higher” forms of reasoning. How does this particular hierarchy reflect Darwin’s general theory of evaluation? Explain.
(“Comparison of Man and The Powers of Man and the Lower Animals”)
Machiavelli claims that he wants to keep the common people contented. How would he accomplish this? Does this goal make him a humanitarian? Explain. (“The Qualities of a Prince”)
Attempt all the questions.
- Write an essay on any ONE of the following: 
a. Renaissance Humanism
b. Absurdity in The Myth of Sisyphus
c. The Science of Heredity
2. Answer any FOUR: [4×5=20]
a. What are Eliot’s views on the personal emotions of the poet? (“Tradition and Individual Talent”)
b. What is the Myth of Sisyphus?
c. What are the features of Dionysianism? (“Apollonianism and Dionysianism”)
d. Explain in a paragraph the Greek Atomic Theory. (“The Twentieth Century Science and Technology”)
e. How are conflicts of interest between man and man resolved? (“Letter to Einstein”)
3. Explain an THREE: [3×5=15]
a. Both the position and the velocity of an object cannot be measured exactly at the same time. (“Twentieth Century Science and Technology”)
b. All human understanding is interpretation and no interpretation is final. (“The Post-Modern mind”)
c. Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. (“The Myth of Sisyphus”)
d. The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. (“The Communist Manifesto”)
e. Write a brief story of “The Tower of the Babel” or “The Fall of Man”. 
4. Write short notes on any TWO: 
b. The Trial of Jesus
c. Solomon’s wisdom
d. The Sinfulness of Sodom
5. Write short notes on any THREE: [3×5=15]
e. Problem play
6. Make a critical analysis of the following passage: 
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.