Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication I (First) Semester Examination 2013-14

Course Code: BJM101 Paper ID: 0981101

English Language Skills

Time: 3 Hours Max. Marks: 70 Max Marks: 75

Note: Attempt six questions in all. Q. No. 1 is compulsory.

1. Answer any five of the following (limit your answer in 50 words). (4x5=20)

a) Rewrite the following dialogue in indirect speech.

Father: What do you have in this box?

Rohan: It’s a pen, Papa.

Father: Where did you buy it from?

Rohan: I did not buy it; a friend presented it to me.

b) Fill in the blanks choosing suitable words from the ones given in brackets:

“I ____ (have, has) no money. I______(are, am, is) hungry, thirsty and tired,” murmured David to himself.

c) What is the purpose of writing a memo? Illustrate your answer.

d) Write a short note on intensive reading as a sub skill.

e) What purpose does a book review serve?

f) Discuss the role of media as a watchdog.

g) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of print and electronic media.

h) How would you groom yourself to be a good TV anchor?

2. Do as directed. (10)

Note for questions (a), (b) and (c).

Fill in the blanks choosing the right word from the brackets.

a) I used to go for an evening walk when I ______(live, lived) in Shimla.

b) Either you or your friend______(has, have) to write the minutes of the meeting.

c) The family gets together_____(at, on) Christmas.

d) Rewrite the following in the passive voice.

I had cleaned the room much before the guests arrived.

e) Combine the following pair of sentences into a complex sentence.

i) Rita is not well.

ii) Rita cannot run fast.

3. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below, in the light of the facts mentioned there in: (10)

Freedom of speech, expression, movement, association, assembly, profession and religion are guaranteed in our constitution as fundamental rights. All these are ingredients of liberty. Without them our life would be meaningless, our freedom illusory and our constitution a scrap of paper. Rabinder Nath Tagore stressed upon the fact that liberty is a privilege which an individual has to defend daily for himself. Harold Laski gave a clarion call that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Gandhiji stated that civil liberty meant the fullest liberty to say and do what one likes within the framework of ordinary laws of land.

He however, warned that civil liberty is not criminal liberty. Thus you cannot resort to violence in the name of liberty, whether it is incitement of violence or indulging in violence. In such situation, the state has to curb liberty and maintain public order, even by applying force when considered very inevitable. Liberty cannot thus be allowed to become a licence which for one’s sake, results in deprivation of other’s liberty.

a) What are the fundamental rights guaranteed in our Constitution? (2)

b) Without liberty what would life become like? (2)

c) What do you understand by the phrase ‘eternal vigilance’? (2)

d) According to Gandhiji what action should the state take if people behave violently? (2)

e) Give the verb form of deprivation. (1)

f) Find the word in the passage which means the same as provocation.

4. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing your concern about the deteriorating sanitary conditions resulting in the spread of dengue and malaria. (10)

5. As a correspondent of NEWS TODAY write a report of the Inter State Youth Festival held at Bal Bhawan. (10)

6. Write a review of any book you have read recently. (10)

7. Write an abstract for the paper you intend presenting at a forthcoming seminar. (10)

8. “Media is the fourth pillar of democracy.” Do you agree? Illustrate your answer. 10)