Tuesday, 20 January 2015

PAST PAPERS A - YEAR 1997 - 2014

PAST PAPERS - PAPER A

1. YEAR 1997
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Draw a character sketch of Mrs. Sunboy. OR
Why does Oliver Bacon pay twenty thousand pound to the Duchess for false peals?
2. Write a critical appreciation of "The Voice". OR
What do you learn about Maria?
3. Discuss Animal Farm as a fairy tale. OR
Describe the causes of the failure of the animals' rebellion to bring about an ideal society.
4. Riders to the Sea illustrates the tragedy of simple people's life. Discuss. OR
Times Visitors highlights humanity's attitude towards time which reigns supreme over it. Elaborate.
5. Do you think A Parting deals with the theme of separation both temporary and eternal. OR
Discuss End of the Beginning as a farce.
2. YEAR 1997 (Supplementary) 
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. In 'The Basement Room' the child is too young to understand adult life and keep its secrets. Discuss. OR
Write a critical appreciation of the story 'The Little Willow".
2. Draw a character sketch of Mr. Hoctor. Or
The ships produced by Cec's company show Cec's character. Do you agree?
3. Discuss 'Animal Farm' as a political satire. OR
Describe and compare the characters of Boxer and Mollie.
4. Write a critical appreciation of the play "And Old Friend." OR
"The End of Beginning" is based on the theme of male chauvinism. Elaborate.
5. Discuss "Time's Visitors" as a purpose play. OR
Draw a character sketch of the old lady, Mayrya, in "Riders to the Sea".
3. YEAR 1998
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Write a critical appreciation of 'The Hostage'. OR
Draw the character sketch of 'The Woman Who had Imagination'.
2. The Vertical Ladder is a story of suspense. Discuss. OR
Critically examine the story A Dream of Winter.
3. Describe the causes of the failure of animals rebellion to bring about an ideal society. OR
Compare and contrast the characters of Snowball and Napoleon.
4. How does A Parting deals with the true minds and thoughts of two women, the daughter and the mother? OR
The End of Beginning is a farcical comedy. Elaborate.
5. How is Time's Visitors a purpose play? OR
Write a critical appreciation of the play An Old Friend.
4. YEAR 1999
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. How "Riders to the Sea" brings out life of the simple people with tragic aspect? OR
At the end of the of the play "Riders to the Sea", Maurya seems to feel a great weight lifter from her. Explain. 
2. Trace out the comic elements from "The End of the Beginning". OR
Discuss Darry as a funny character. 
3. Evaluate 'Animal Farm' as a political satire. OR
Write a character sketch of Snowball. 
4. Give critical comments of the play 'Maria'. OR
Write a character sketch of Maria. 
5. Discuss the psychological theme of the story 'The Basement Room".  OR
Why did Master Philip disclose the secrets? 
5. YEAR 2000
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. What is the point of difference between Lisby and her sisters? (The Little Willow) OR
Lisby wins over the sympathy of the readers. Elucidate. 
2. Milly in the story "On Guard" could not marry. Why? Explain. OR
Give critical comments on the story "On Guard". 
3. Orwell relates the story in "Animal Farm" without showing any reaction of his own. OR
Write a character sketch of Jones. 
4. Darry fails to understand the role of a woman in domestic duties in the story, 'The End of the Beginning'. What is your opinion? OR 
What is the outcome when Darry and Lizzie change roles? 
5. What happens between Juliet and her mother at the time of parting. (A Parting) OR
Write a character sketch of Juliet. (A Parting) 
6. YEAR 2001
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Compare and contrast Mr. Baines and Mrs. Baines. OR
Mr. Baines died by her own foolish acts. What do you think about it.?
2. How kite proved a symbol of his mother for Herbert in the story The Kite?
3. Discuss Animal Farm as a political satire. OR
Give your estimate about Nepolean. (Animal Farm)
4. Maurya says, "No man at all can be living for ever and we must be satisfied". What happened to her?
5. What do you learn from the play 'The End of the Beginning'? OR
The Play 'The End of Beginning' is based on the theme of chauvinism. Explain. 
7. YEAR 2002
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. How did Maria want to go away from Mrs. Doseby's house? OR
Write a character sketch of Maria.
2. Write a detailed note on the character sketch of Mrs. Sunbury. OR
How kite proved a symbol of his mother for Herbert in the story 'The Kite'?
3. "Animal Farm" squealer is a typical propagandist gifted with wits to make black white. Justify. OR
Discuss "Animal Farm" as a political satire.
4. Trace out the comic elements in 'The End of the Beginning'. OR
Discuss Darry as a funny character.
5. The statue says that the greatest of all illusions is permanence. Evaluate this statement. OR
Critically examine the play "The Time's Visitors". 
8. YEAR 2003
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Milly in the story "On Guard" could not marry. Why? Explain. OR
Give critical comments on the story "On Guard".
2. Compare and contrast Mr. Baines and Mrs. Baines. OR
Mrs. Baines died by her own foolish acts. What do you think about it.
3. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Discuss this statement with reference to "Animal Farm". OR
Describe and compare the characters of Boxer and Mollie.
4. "Riders to the Sea" is a play of stoic resignation. Discuss. OR
Draw the character sketch of Maurya.
5. Compare and contrast Le Blumel and Lambruche in "An Old Friend". OR
Critically examine the play 'An Old Friend'. 
9. YEAR 2004
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Draw a character sketch of Mrs. Sunbury (The Kite) OR
Lisby wins the sympathies of the readers. Discuss her character in detail. (The Little Willow)
2. In a grave situation people forget about their enmity and become friends. Discuss this statement in the light of 'The Voice' OR
Why does Oliver Bacon pay twenty thousand pounds to the Duchess for false pearls? Give complete analysis.
3. Describe the causes of the failure of the animals' rebellion, that bring about an ideal society. OR
Compare and contrast the characters of Snowball and Napoleon.
4. "The End of the Beginning" is a farcical comedy. Elaborate. OR
How does "A Parting" deal with the true minds and thoughts of two women, the daughter and the mother?
5. Maurya says 'No man at all can be living forever and we must be satisfied". What happened to her? OR
Write a critical appreciation of the play "An Old Friend". 
10. YEAR 2005
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. "The Little Willow" is a story of silent, unexpressed love that is more influential and inspiring than the articulate and expressed one. Comment. OR
Lisby wins over the sympathy of the readers. Elucidate.
2. Discuss the psychological theme of the story, 'The Basement Room'. OR
Why did Master Philip disclose the secrets?
3. Write a character sketch of Mr. Snowball. OR
"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Discuss this statement with reference to 'Animal Farm".
4. "Riders to the Sea" is a play of stoic resignation. Discuss. OR
Draw a character sketch of the old lady Maurya, in 'The Riders to the Sea'.
5. "Fate is like this for us. All is settled. To alter it is useless. We could only return to this when we are wise again." Discuss these lines with reference to the play 'A Parting'. OR
Write a character sketch of Juliet. (A Parting) 
11. YEAR 2006
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Discuss with reference to 'The Voice' how people tend to come together in a disaster. OR
"I think I may feel dull on that dreary old cruise after the sisterly brotherly life. I've had here". How does this remark sum up Maria's character in "Maria"?
2. Why didn't Millicent get married in the short story "On Guard"? OR
Compare the characters of Lisby and her sisters in "The Little Willow".
3. "Manor Farm" changed to 'Animal Farm'. How did the animals on the farm fare as a result of this change? OR
Write a detailed note on the role of Boxer and Clover in 'Animal Farm'.
4. Discuss 'Time's Visitors' as a play with a purpose. OR
'The End of the Beginning' is a play based on the theme of male chauvinism. Elaborate.
5. 'An Old Friend' investigates the theme of friendship. Describe the qualities of the characters in the play you think is a good friend. OR
Give a character sketch of the lady Maurya as depicted in 'The Riders to the Sea'. 
12. YEAR 2007
Attempt FIVE questions in all. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Trace the causes leading to the psychological aberration in Herbert that might have caused his inexplicable behaviour in refusing to pay Betty twenty-five shillings a week and ending up in prison as a result. (The Kite) OR
Discuss in detail the relationship between the father and the son in the story 'Local Boy Makes Good'.
2. Why does Milly remain a spinster at the end of the story 'On Guard' despite having many admirers? What underlying message can you detect? OR
Compare and contrast the characters of Mrs. Lewis and Morgan in the story 'The Voice'.
3. What is the role of the dogs in suppressing the other animals on the farm? (Animal Farm) OR
Show how Snowball, though cleverer than Napoleon, was nevertheless defeated and made to flee from the farm. (Animal Farm)
4. What is personification? How has Sladen Smith used this device to prove his argument in the play 'Time's Visitors'? OR
What is the role of environment in the play 'Riders to the Sea'?
5. Point out the farcical elements in the play 'The End of the Beginning'. What purpose does the writer achieve through their use? OR
Give a character sketch of the mother in 'A Parting'. 
13. YEAR 2008
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Bring out the generation gap as depicted in the short story 'Local Boy Makes Good' by John Moore. OR
What message is conveyed to young girls through the story 'On Guard'?
2. What does the kite symbolize? Do you think it is relevant to give the short story depicting human relations the title 'The Kite'? Why? OR
Compare the characters of Mrs. Sunbury and Betty Bevan in the short story 'The Kite'.
3. What are the roles of Boxer and Napolean in the novel 'Animal Farm'? OR
George Orwell said, ".... there is some lie I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention." Referring to 'Animal Farm', state what he wants to expose and how does he do it?
4. In 'Time's Visitors', Sladen Smith shows the different attitudes of people towards time. What message does he give them? OR
Who is a better person in the play 'An Old Friend'? Give characteristics that make him better.
5. Bring out the irony in the play 'The End of the Beginning'. OR
What is a Sean O' Casey's attitude towards male chauvinism? Prove your point by referring to the play 'The End of Beginning'. 
14. YEAR 2009
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Compare and contrast the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Baines as presented in the short story 'The Basement Room' by Graham Greene. OR
What is the importance of kite flying in the short story 'The Kite' by Somerset Maugham? How are human relationships affected by it?
2. Lisby wins over the sympathy of the reader in the short story 'The Little Willow'. Explain why the other two Avery sisters are unable to do the same? OR
How does the use of contrast between the older generation and the younger generation on the one hand, and hand-made products versus mass produced products helps to create the touching short story 'Local Boy Makes Good'?
3. Assess the importance of the dogs in George Orwell's novel 'Animal Farm'. OR
Despite Snowball's efforts for the progress of 'Animal Farm', the animals do not fare any better than when under Mr. Jones. Why?
4. What is the purpose that Sladin Smith has in mind in writing the play 'Time's Visitors'? OR
Examine the farcical elements in the play 'The End of the Beginning'. What is Sean O' Casey underlying message?
5. Gordon Bottomely presents the theme of 'old, unhappy, far-off things'. Apply this statement to the play 'A Parting'. OR
Analyse the causes which create a gulf, caused by the passage of time between two old friends in the play 'An Old Friend'.  
15. YEAR 2011
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Critically examine the story 'The Kite'. OR
Draw a character sketch of Herbert Sunbury.
2. "To Lewis, Morgan was the nearest human thing to the devil". What is your assessment of Morgan?
3. Do you think that the 'Animal Farm' is a political satire? Elaborate your answer with arguments. OR
Compare and contrast the characters of Snowball and Napoleon.
4. Discuss 'The End of the Beginning' as a farce. OR
Is 'The Riders to the Sea' by J.M. Synge a poetic drama?
5. "Fate is sometimes one thing. Sometimes another. We do not settle it." Discuss the role of fate in the light of this statement of the mother in the play 'A Parting'. OR
Give a critical appreciation of the play 'Time's Visitors'. 
16. YEAR 2012
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Discuss the main theme of the story 'The Kite'. OR
Is the title of the story 'The Kite' justified? Support your answer with arguments.
2. Write a critical appreciation of the story 'The Voice' OR
Discuss in detail the relationship between Mr. And Mrs. Baines in the story 'The Basement Room'.
3. Why is 'Animal Farm' so popular amongst its readers? Discuss in detail. OR
What is the target of satire in the 'Animal Farm'?
4. Is 'The End of the Beginning' a comedy? Elaborate your answer. OR
Critically analyze the action of the play 'A Parting'.
5. Write a critical appreciation of the play 'Time's Visitors'. OR
What is the importance of Time in the play 'Time's Visitors'? 
17. YEAR 2013
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. "She smashed his kite. He says he'll never forgive her for that till his dying day". Discuss the character of Herbert and his wife in the light of this statement. OR
Why does Bacon pay twenty thousand pounds to the Duchess for false pearls?
2. Write a critical summary of the story 'The Voice' OR
What is your estimation of Maria's character?
3. Is George Orwell in favour of the revolution? Elaborate your answer in the light of 'Animal Farm'. OR
Why does the revolution fail to establish and idea of society? Explain with examples from 'Animal Farm'.
4. Can we say that 'The Riders to the Sea' is about the tragedy of the simple people? OR
Elaborate the theme of the play 'Time's Visitors'
5. Do you think that 'A Parting' is about the theme of separation? Discuss in detail. OR
Discuss 'The End of the Beginning' as a comedy. 
18. YEAR 2014
Attempt ALL the questions. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. How does Lisby win over the sympathy of the readers in the story 'The Little Willow" by Francis Towers. OR
Give critical comments on the story 'The Maria' by Elizabeth Bowen.
2. Obviously for sincere purpose of friendliness, Baines exploited the young boy, Philip for his compulsive love affair with Emmy. How far is it true? Refer to the story 'The Basement Room' by Graham Greene. OR
The ships produced by Cec's company show Cec's character. Do you agree? Refer to the story 'Local Boy Makes Good' by John Moore.
3. Describe the causes of the failure of the animals' rebellion to bring about an ideal society in 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. OR
What is the role of dogs in suppressing the other animals on the farm in 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell?
4. Discuss 'Fatalism' as the core of the play 'A Parting' by Gordon Bottomley. OR
Draw a character sketch of Maurya of 'Riders to the Sea' by John Millington Synge.
5. Bring out the irony in the play 'The End of the Beginning' by Sean O' Casey. OR
Who is a better person in the play 'An Old Friend' by Edmond See? Give characteristics that make him better? 

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