Friday, December 28, 2012

Novel Exam: First Year - December 2000

Alexandria University        First Year
Faculty of Education        December 2000
English Department       Time: Three Hours


Answer the Following Questions:

1. Once more he is alone, and again surrounded by silence... His grief, which had abated for a short while, returns and rends his heart with greater force. With an anxious and hurried look, he searches among the crowds passing by on either side of the street to find if there is just one person who will listen to him. But the crowds hurry by without noticing him or his trouble.....Should his heart break and the grief pour out, it would flow over the whole earth it seems, and yet, no one sees it. 

Show how this passage reflects the tone and Iona’s emotional state. (10 marks)

2. The point of view of “The Test” was successfully chosen. What do you think? (10 marks)

3. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” suggests two different endings; which one do you think is more suitable? (12 marks)

4. Just at that moment a boy and a girl came and sat down where the old couple had been.... “No, not now,” said the girl. “Not here, I can’t”
“But why? Because of that stupid old thing at the end there?” asked the boy.
“Why does she come here at all-- who wants her? Why doesn’t she keep her silly old mug at home?”
“It’s her fur which is so funny,” giggled the girl. ‘‘It’s exactly like a fried whiting.” How important is this dialogue at the end of “Miss Brill”? (12 marks) .

5. What do you think will happen to Gilbert Clandon after his final conversation with Sissy Miller? (10 marks)

6. How did the narrator manage to create a sense of suspense in “The Tell-Tale Heart”? (10 marks) 

7. In “A Handful of Dates” and “Dead Men’s Path” the two main characters go through certain experiences that cause unexpected changes in their perspectives. Comment.   (16 marks)

Good Luck