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IGNOU BEGE-141 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Understanding Prose
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGE-141
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BAG, BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Discipline Specific Electives (DSE)

IGNOU BEGE-141 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Varieties of Prose

  • Unit 1 - Understanding Prose: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - Descriptive Prose
  • Unit 3 - Narrative Prose
  • Unit 4 - Expository Prose

Block 2 - Forms of Prose: Short Stories and Essays

  • Unit 1 - ‘Misery’– Anton Chekhov
  • Unit 2 - ‘Mother’–Judah Waten
  • Unit 3 - ‘Shooting an Elephant’– George Orwell
  • Unit 4 - ‘On Seeing England for the First Time’–Jamaica Kincaid

Block 3 - Biography and Autobiography

  • Unit 1 - Biography and Autobiography: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - Gandhi: Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth
  • Unit 3 - Bertrand Russells’s Autobiography
  • Unit 4 - Lytton Strachey’s–Queen Victoria

Block 4 - Diary, Speech, Letters, Travelogues

  • Unit 1 - Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Unit 2 - Margaret Laurence’s My Final Hour
  • Unit 3 - Nehru’s Letters to Indira Gandhi: ‘The Quest of Man’
  • Unit 4 - Travelogue: Travels by a Lesser Line — Bill Aitken
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IGNOU BEGE-141 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A Q.I Write short notes on the following in about 200 words each: (i) Image and symbol as figures of speech (ii) Narrative Prose (iii) Art and craft of diary writing (iv) What is autobiography? Section B Q. II Answer the following questions in about 350 words each: 1. Justify the comment, “Be strong before people, only weep before God”, from the story ‘Mother’. 2. What do you learn about the life of the English people in Burma from Orwell’s essay, ‘Shooting an Elephant’? 3. What is the theme of the essay ‘On seeing England for the First Time’? 4. Outline the portrait of Queen Victoria as seen in Strachey’s biography Queen Victoria. Section C Q. III Answer the following questions in about 600 words each: 1. What is the significance of the title ‘Misery’ in the story of the same name. 2. Outline the horrors of the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jews as seen from Anne Frank’s diary. 3. Laurence was committed to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer. 4. Comment on the distinctive style of Nehru’s letter-writing as seen in ‘The Quest of Man’. 5. How does Aitken make fun of Indian politicians? Base your answer on your reading of the excerpt from his travelogue.

IGNOU BEGE-141 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Section A Q.I Write short notes on the following in about 200 words each: (i) Simile and metaphor as figures of speech (ii) Descriptive Prose (iii) Speech as a form of literary expression (iv) Biography as a literary form.. Section B Q. II Answer the following questions in about 350 words each: 1. Write a character sketch of the mother from the story ‘Mother’. 2. What are the main features of Margaret Laurence’s speech? 3. What is the theme of Nehru’s ‘Quest of Man’? 4. Write a detailed note on Aitken’s prose style as seen in the two extracts from Travels by a Lesser line. Section C Q. III Answer the following questions in about 600 words each: 1. Write an appreciation of Gandhi’s art and craft of autobiography. 2. Give a detailed account of Russell’s childhood as seen from his Autobiography. 3. Attempt pen portraits of both Albert and Victoria as seen in Strachey’s biography Queen Victoria. 4. ‘On Seeing England for the First Time’ is laced with sarcasm and irony with a thread of pathos running through it. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer quoting examples from the text. 5. Describe Orwell’s experience of shooting an elephant in Burma in detail.
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