BEGE-105 Solved Assignment 2018-19
Elective Course in English
UNDERSTANDING PROSE (BEGE – 105)
Based on Blocks 1-7
Programme : BDP
Course Code: BEGE-105/2018-19
Maximum Marks: 100
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:
a) The Sergeant spun round on his heels barked out some sentences in a very strange
language to somebody hidden within the building. That person now came out, smartly
uniformed. The first thing that struck me about him was that he was albino. Then the
next moment I realized that he was not an albino at all but a white man. Also that,
unlike the marching policemen, he wore shoes. He was dressed simply in khaki, so I
knew that he was also a policeman. His appearance however bore very little
resemblance to that of the band. He stood on the steps of his office while the Sergeant
called out yet another order which made the lines stiffen up. Another was called and
they appeared to relax. The Sergeant then continued in the same language within which
I succeeded in catching a few English words and name-places. He appeared to be
„reporting‟ something, the „Oba‟s palace‟ was involved in it, and it all ended with „all
correct‟ and „further orders‟. The white man spoke a few words. The Sergeant gave two
more barks and the parade broke up and went their different ways, all except the
Sergeant. He stayed with the white officer and they spoke some more; it was during this
dialogue that the white man looked up and saw me.
b) Just as the heart of England is the middle classes, so the heart of the middle classes is the
public-school system. This extraordinary institution is local. It does not even exist all
over the British Isles. It is unknown in Ireland, almost unknown in Scotland (countries
excluded from my survey), and though it may inspire other great institutions—Aligarh,
for example, and some of the schools in the United States—it remains unique, because it
was created by the Anglo — Saxon middle classes, and can flourish only where they
flourish. How perfectly it and spiritual complexities have already entered. With its
boarding-houses, its compulsory games, its system of perfects and fagging, its insistence
on good form and on esprit de corps, it produces a type whose weight is out of all
proportion to its numbers.
c) The Greater Hornbill was another visitor to the farm, and came there to eat the fruits of
the Cape-Chestnut tree. They are very strange birds. It is an adventure or an experience
to meet them, not altogether pleasant, for they look exceedingly knowing. One morning
before sunrise I was woken up by a loud jabbering outside the house, and when I walked
out on the terrace I saw forty-one Hornbills sitting in the trees on the lawn. There they
looked less like birds than like some fantastic articles of finery set on the trees here and
there by a child. Black they all were, with the sweet, noble black of Africa, deep
darkness absorbed through an age, like old soot, that makes you feel that for elegance,
vigour and vivacity, no colour rivals black. All the Hornbills were talking together in
the merriest mood, but with choice deportment, like a party of inheritors after a funeral.
The morning air was as clear as crystal, the somber party was bathing in freshness and
purity, and, behind, the trees and the birds, the sun came up, a dull red ball. You wonder
what sort of a day you are to get after such an early morning.
2. Justify the comment “Be strong before people, only weep before God” with reference
to the story „Mother‟ by Judah Waten.
3. What is the plot of the novel The Binding Vine?
4. Bacon‟s prose style is lucid, terse and epigrammatic. Discuss with reference to his
essay “Of Great Place”.
5. Bill Aitken‟s eye for detail and his understanding of the cultural divide between
North and South are reflected in his travelogue Travels by a Lesser Line. Elaborate
with examples form the text.
6. Discuss Boswell‟s biographical technique as employed in the extracts from Life of
7. Gandhi‟s An Autobiography is structured by balancing contrasts. Comment
upon and explain this statement with reference to the three extracts entitled
A Month with Gokhale-I, II and III.
8. Discuss the diary of Anne Frank as a literary piece of work.