BEGE-105 UNDERSTANDING PROSE
SOLVED ASSIGNMENT 2020-2021
ELECTIVE COURSE IN ENGLISH
UNDERSTANDING PROSE (BEGE-105)
Based on Block 1-7
July 2020 and January 2021
Course Code: BEGE-105/2020-21
BEGE-105 English Solved Assignment 2020-21
|Service Type||Solved Assignment (Soft copy/PDF)|
|Semester||2020-2021 Course: BA(English)|
|Short Name||BEGE-105 (ENGLISH)|
|Product||Assignment of BA(English) 2020-2021 (IGNOU)|
|Submission Date||The completed assignment should be sent to the Coordinator of the Study
Centre allotted to you by 31st March (for June exam) and 30th September (for
December exam). Please read the instructions given in your Programme Guide. Now
read the following guidelines carefully before answering questions.
Answer all questions
1 Comment on the dominant variety of prose (narrative, expository or descriptive) present
in each of the following passages. Write a brief critical appreciation of each passage in
about 250 words each: 10×3=30
a) A day or two after my birthday, I was on the school basketball court, shooting hoops. My
mother had given me a basketball as a gift, and I was reveling in the fun of this new
sport. But as expected (though I did not think about it at the time), another child started to
bother me. He came up to me, and without a word, took the basketball out of my hands as
I was dribbling. I was so shocked and emotionally tied to that gift that without a
moment’s notice, I punched the kid in the face. I knocked him down and he immediately
ran away crying. I never asked if he was playfully taking the ball from me, but I had had
enough bullying in my day to react strongly to such an action.
Apparently the boy went to the principal and reported my violence. I was called to the
principal’s office during my next class, and walked in with my own form of ethics. The boy
had been a bully, and he deserved a repercussion. However, the principal and I did not see
eye to eye.
From then on, I figured out that I did not need to be bullied. I could take action. I found
that my anger and resentment gave me a wild strength, which was unmatched by the
usual fighting powers of a calm kid. In a way, I went to the dark side (in reference to Star
Wars). I found a way to combat my enemies, but not in the healthiest of avenues.
When I saw him next, I choked him and even dragged him up to a light post, where I
banged his head on a metal pole. His girlfriend was watching and was terrified. I do not
know exactly what had come over me, but from that time in elementary school where I
first used my fists to resolve an issue, I did not look back. I had found a solution that
made me feel strong, confident, and able to take on the world.
b) Now mark another big difference between the natural slavery of man to Nature and the
unnatural slavery of man to man. Nature is kind to her slaves. If she forces you to eat and
drink, she makes eating and drinking so pleasant that when we can afford it we eat and
drink too much. We must sleep or go mad: but then sleep is so pleasant that we have
great difficulty in getting up in the morning. And firesides and families seem so pleasant
to the young that they get married and join building societies to realize their dreams.
Thus, instead of renting our natural wants as slavery, we take the greatest pleasure in
their satisfaction. We write sentimental songs in praise of them. A tramp can earn his
supper by singing Home, Sweet Home.
The slavery of man to man is the very opposite of this. It is hateful to the body and the
spirit. Our poets do not praise it; they proclaim that no man is good enough to be another
man’s master. The latest of the great Jewish prophets, a gentleman named Marx, spent his
life in proving that there is no extremity of selfish cruelty at which the slavery of man to
man will stop if it is not stopped by law. You can see for yourself that it produces a state
of continual civil war – called the class war between the slaves and their masters,
organized as Trade Unions on one side and Employers’ Federation on the other.
c) The Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx,
is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and
the head of a human, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza,
Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the pharaoh Khafre.
Cut from the bedrock, the original shape of the Sphinx has been restored with layers of
blocks. It measures 240 ft long from paw to tail, 66 ft high from the base to the top of the
head and 62 ft wide at its rear haunches. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture in
Egypt and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old
Kingdom during the reign of the pharaoh Khafre.
The Sphinx is a monolith carved into the bedrock of the plateau, which also served as the
quarry for the pyramids and other monuments in the area. The nummulitic limestone of
the area consists of layers which offer differing resistance to erosion, mostly caused by
wind and windblown sand, leading to the uneven degradation apparent in the Sphinx’s
body. The lowest part of the body, including the legs, is solid rock. The body of the lion
up to its neck is fashioned from softer layers that have suffered considerable
disintegration. The layer in which the head was sculpted is much harder. A number of
“dead-end” shafts are known to exist within and below the body of the Great Sphinx,
most likely dug by treasure hunters and tomb robbers.
2 “The Other Women” is a humorous account of domestic strife. Do you agree? Give a
reasoned answer. 10
3 What are the various themes present in the novel The Binding Vine? Describe each of
them in detail. 10
4 In what way does “Of Great Place” reflect Bacon’s idealism? 10
5 How does Bill Aitken express his fascination for the steam engine? Explain with
examples from the text. 10
6 Discuss the art and craft of Nehru’s Autobiography. 10
7 Margaret Laurence was committed to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Comment with
examples from her speech My Final Hour. 10
8 Outline the horrors of the Holocaust as can be perceived through Anne frank’s diary. 10
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