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FEG1: Foundation Course in English - 2
Course Code: FEG-2
Time: 2 hours
Maximum Marks: 50
1. Write a composition of about 400 words on any one of the following topics: (20)
(i) Life in a Metropolitan City
(ii) IT Revolution
(iii) Problems of a Girl Child
2. Write a paragraph of about 200 words on any one of the following topics: (10)
(i) Your Favourite Teacher
(ii) An experience of living with Nature
(iii) An idea that has helped Mankind
3. Write a report (in about 200 words) on any one of the following: (10)(i) A road accident.
4. Read the passage given below and make notes keeping in view the main points: (10)
The way our society is structured affects all human relationships. Outside the home we have a system of power relationships: worker/employer, individual/state, etc., and most people feel powerless outside the home to a greater or lesser extent. People can feel particularly powerless if their specific situation is beyond their control: for example, it they are unemployed, scraping a lliving, working at unpleasant jobs at unpleasant hours, or if they have to 'be' people they don't want to be (such as a man 'having' to be a breadwinner or a woman 'having' to be a housewife). The resultant stresses and strains need outlets.
There are many different kinds of outlets. We can use our anger or frustration by directing it constructively - into changing society. But many people drown their feelings in drink, for example, or go into a depression, or perhaps lash out. Many of us are inclined, at least sometimes, to take out our frustration on people nearest us. The limitations of private family life can act like a hot-house, increasing frustration so that we lash out in our various ways.
The kind of destructive outlet that a woman uses may be physical - either against her husband or children - but more often it is psychological (againt her family or herself). If the violence is against the man, he still has the ultimate sanction: he can walk out. The kind of oppressive violence a woman can persistendy use is moreoften directed towards her children - because they cannot walk out. It is interesting that while the law has protected children for some years, it is still equivocal in the protection it gives to battered women. Commonly, women turn violent feelings inwards: twice as many women as men suffer from depression. Women who live in deprived areas, who don't go to work, are, not surprisingly the most vunerable to depression.
As far as men are concerned, they have been brought up to use their lists - and even encouraged to do so. It is not surprising, therefore, that a man's outlet can, in its extreme form, involve physical violence against his wife and family. Many women do not have the ultimate sanction: we cannot easily leave home. Men - even the most oppressed men - have a semblance of legal and economic power in areas such as housing, employment, education, child care, fertility control. Women are, in comparison, relatively powerless.
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