LOYOLA COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), CHENNAI – 600 034 M.A DEGREE EXAMINATION – ENGLISH LITERATURE I SEMESTER – NOV. 2004 EL 1801 – INDIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH Date : 27.10.04 Duration : 9 – 12 noon Max : 100 marks Hours : 3 hrs I. Answer the following in about 50 words each with interpretations of the given lines. (10 x 2 = 20 marks) 01. An unexpected November shut the door in my face: 02. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call Him not by any name, he is every man 03. Things come in every day to lose themselves among other things lost long ago among other things lost long ago 04. O Master of the Birds, grant sanctuary and shelter Also to a homing bird that bears a broken wing 05. The old man from the East murmurs to himself: “I have seen!” 06. Mine is no ordinary appetite. 07. A link based on a need. The need ended. the link snapped. 08. If I hadn’t tasted the fruit of knowledge I could have gone on living in this paradise of your blessed society of rules. Now I can only batter my head against the wall. 09. Communists get quick results because when you adopt the means of annihilating men, they do not remain to oppose you. 10. All talk of national integration has so far proved to be an exercise in futility II. Answer five of the following in about 150-200 words each: (5 x 8 = 40 marks) 11. Narrate the peculiar experiences that Kamala Das encountered in those early formative years of her life 12. How does Sarojini Naidu view the evanescence of youth and beauty in ‘The Purdah Nashin’ 13. What is the grouse that Parthasarathy has against his fellow poets? 14. Identify the major conflict found in the poem ‘The Night of the Scorpion’. 15. Symbolism in Sakharam, the Binder 16. Evan Indrajit is the best example of experimental theatre 17. Mulk Raj Anand speaks through Bakha, the chief character of The Untoucheable: III. Write an essay on ONE of the following in about 400 words: (1 x 20 = 20 marks) 18. Illustrate how Parthasarathy and Ramanujar deal with the subject of Indian culture and tradition. 19. Vijay Tendulkar’s preoccupation with the middle class problems pervade the play Sakharam, the Binder 20. Is there a solution to the problem of Untouchability in the novel The Untouchable.? 21. Depict the picture of India and Indian culture from the two prose pieces prescribed for study. IV. Attempt any ONE of the following in about 400 words. (1 x 20 = 20 marks) 22. Discuss Toru Dutt’s ‘Our Casuarina Tree’ as a poem that embraces the past, the present and the future. 23. Bring out the symbolic, spiritual and mystical nature of Aurobindo’s ‘ ‘Rose of God’. 24. R.K. Narayan is the best among the Indian English novelists. Explain through the novel ‘The Financial Expert.’ 25. “Voices in the city” echoes the modern generation. 26. Kamala Markandaya expresses the powerful reality of poverty through ‘A Handful of Rice.’ 27. ‘Train to Pakistan’ is a positive novel. 28. Describe the features of Indian Writing in English citing examples from the texts you have studied.