Final Year B.A. Degree Examination, March 2009
Part – III : Group – VIII (a) : English Language and Literature
Main Paper – VI : ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION
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Time : 3 Hours Max. Marks : 75
I. a) Write a letter to your friend who is a student of the National Institute of Legal studies Calcutta, making enquiries about the course and the institution. The purpose of the enquiry is to seek admission for your brother in the institute, next academic year.
b) Imagine that you are the convener of the annual athletic meet of your college. Write a letter to the sports director inviting him to inaugurate the meet. (1×10=10 Marks)
II. a) Imagine that you are working as a special correspondent of a leading news
paper in Delhi. Write about a thrilling experience you had in your profession as a correspondent.
b) Write a short report on your recent visit to a book exhibition, where you could collect a few books which you were looking for. (1×10=10 Marks)
III. a) Draft a telegram you are required to send in connection with the following situation.
You have been appointed to the post of manager in an engineering company in
Bombay. As you received the communication very late on account of no fault of
yours, you are not able to reach the office on time. Prepare a telegram showing
b) Prepare a fax message to the college you have joined, confirming the date of
your joining the institution. (2×5=10 Marks)
IV. Write a dialogue, in about half a page, between two friends who meet after a long time at the airport. (1×5=5 Marks)
V. Prepare a bio-data for the post of a Public Relations Officer in a super market in the city. (1×10=10 Marks)
VI. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow it.That which you consider to be the Mother of Parliaments is like a sterile, woman and a prostitute. Both these are harsh terms, but exactly fit the case. That Parliament has not yet, of its own accord done a single good thing. Hence I have compared it to a sterile woman. The natural condition of that Parliament is such that, without outside pressure, it can do nothing. It is like a prostitute because it as under the control of ministers who change from time to time. Today it is under Mr. Asquith tomorrow it may be under Mr. Balfour. The member serve without pay and therefore it must be assumed only for the public weal. The electors are considered to be educated and therefore we should assume that they would not generally-make mistakes in their choice. Such a Parliament
should not need the spur of petitions or any other pressure. Its work should be so smooth that its effects would be more apparent day by day. But as a matter of fact, it is generally acknowledged that the members are hypocritical and selfish. Each thinks of his own little interest. It is fear that is the guiding motive. What is done today may be undone tomorrow. It is not possible to recall a single instance in which finality can be predicted for its work. When the greatest questions are debated, its members have been seen to stretch themselves and to doze. Sometimes the members talk away until the listeners are disgusted. Carlyle has called it the "talking shop of the world" Members vote for their party without a thought. Their so-called discipline binds them to it. If any member, by way of exception, gives an independent vote, he is considered a renegade. If the money and the time wasted by Parliament
were entrusted to a few good men, the English Nation would be occupying today a
much higher platform. Parliament is simply a costly toy of the Nation. These views are by no means peculiar to me. Some great English thinkers have expressed them. One of the members of that Parliament recently said that a true Christian -3- 1199 could not become a member of it. Another said that it was a baby. And if it has remained a baby after an existence of seven hundred years, when will it outgrow its babyhood ?
1) Why does the author compare the parliament to a sterile woman ?
2) What does the author consider the natural condition of a parliament ?
3) What is the usual assumption about the members of the parliament ?
4) What is the guiding motive of the members ?
5) Why does the author consider a true Christian cannot be the member of the
British Parliament ? (5×1=5 Marks)
vii Correct the following sentences :
a) Tom along with his colleagues have gone for a European tour.
b) He is working here since three years.
c) Ramu followed his mentor's advices carefully.
d) Unless you do not work hard you cannot pass the examination.
e) The Tajmahal is a monument worthy to see it. (5×1=5 Marks)
vii Rewrite the following as directed :
a) The teacher does not allow _____in the class (talk). (Fill in the gap with correct
form of the word given)
b) You must write to me ________ you leave for your home village. (Insert the
c) Keep the ticket carefully_____ your hand or____your pocket. (Fill in the gaps
with suitable prepositions)
d) After the servants had done _____work, they were sent away. (Supply the
e)We (live) here for the last six months, and just (decide) to move. (Use the
correct form of the verbs given in the brackets)
f) You haven't got much time. (Put in the affirmative)
g) It's very far, we can't walk. (Remake the sentence using "too")
h) Rini asked her friend, "will you please give me a pen". (Put into indirect speech)
i) We shall see you tomorrow. (Add a suitable question tag)
j) This is the college ______ (Complete the sentence with a suitable adverb clause)
IX. Give the RP as well as the Malayalam pronunciation of the following words. Explain the difference :
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