Anthropology Previous Year Question Papers (Topic Wise) Paper1 Ch5,6,7

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Chapter-5

  1. Distinguish between religion, magic and science (20Marks 2013)
  2. Explain various Anthropological approaches to study Religion (30Marks 2011)
  3. How anthropologists define Religion? Describe various forms of religion with suitable examples. (L.Q – 2007)
  4. Shamanism (S.N – 2007)
  5. Discuss Anthropological Approaches to the study of Religion. (L.Q – 2006)
  6. “Witchcraft accusation is the result of strained interpersonal relations” – Explain (L.Q – 2005)
  7. Distinguish between magic and religion. Give suitable examples. (L.Q – 2004)
  8. Discuss some of the characteristic features of tribal religions in India and state how far they have changed in recent times. (L.Q – 1999)
  9. Witchcraft and Sorcery (S.N -1998)
  10. Why have religion and magic become stable features of a society?
    What role do the religious functionaries play in simple and non-literate societies? (L.Q .1996)
  11. Discuss the role of totemism in primitive religion, according to Durkheim. (L.Q – 1994)
  12. Highlight the significance of religious practices in Tribal communities of India. (L.Q – 1993)
  13. Religion and Magic (S.N – 1992)
  14. What is Taboo? Discuss the significance of Taboo in primitive societies. (L.Q – 1992)
  15. What is religion? Discuss Tylor’s Theory of Origin of religion. —. (L.Q -1991)
  16. Describe the Origin of religion. Distinguish between religion and magic. (L.Q – 1990)
  17. What do you mean by Totemism? Discuss the role of totemism in the tribal life of India. (L.Q – 1989)
  18. Distinguish between religion and magic. Critically examine the different Theories of religion and comment on their relevance today.(L.Q -1987)
  19. Differences between primitive religion and world religion (S.N -1986)
  20. How do you explain the origin and evolution of religion? How does religion continue lo function in human society? (L.Q – 1985)

Chapter-6

  1. In what ways is Functionalism different from Structural Functionalism? (20Marks 2013)
  2. Bring out the contribution of Turner and Geertz in symbolic and interpretive theories in Anthropology (15Marks 2013)
  3. Post-modernism in anthropology (12Marks 2012)
  4. Cultural Materialism (15Marks 2011)
  5. Critically examine the debate between Formalists & Substantivists (30Marks 2011)
  6. Critically examine the contribution of anthropologists in the interpretation of Symbols (30Marks 2011)
  7. Point out the differences in the concepts of Classical Evolutionism and neo-evolutionism in socio-cultural anthropology. Which stage of Prehistoric culture is known as cultural evolution and why? (30 Marks — 2010)
  8. What are the major criticisms of the theory of “Structuralism” as propounded by Claude Levi—Strauss? (30 Marks — 2009)
  9. Explain the theory of ‘Neo-Evolutionism’ (60 Marks — 2009)
  10. Structual-functionalism (S.N – 2008)
  11. Discuss the relationship between culture and personality. (L.Q – 2008)
  12. Symbolism (S.N -2007)
  13. Critically discuss the contributions of Ruth Benedict to the study of culture. (L.Q – 2004)
  14. Cultural materialism (S.N – 2003)
  15. Describe the structural features of social life as suggested by Radcliffe Brown in his theory of social structure. (L.Q – 2003)
  16. Cognitive Anthropology (S.N – 2002)
  17. Universal Culture Evolution (S.N – 2002)
  18. Symbolic Anthropology (S.N – 2001)
  19. Discuss the contributions of Margaret Mead and Ralph Linton to the Analysis of the relationship between culture and personality.(L.Q -2001)
  20. Discuss the approaches of Radcliffe – Brown and Evans Pritchard to Comparative Methods in Anthropological Research. (L.Q -2001)
  21. Culture area & Age area (Diffusionism) (S.N – 2000)
  22. What do you understand by Neo-evolutionism7 Evaluate how Leslie A White’s approach is helpful in understanding cultural evolution.(L.Q -2000)
  23. Symbolism (S.N – 1999)
  24. What is meant by functionalism? Discuss the basic tenets of Malinowskj’s functionalism. 1 (LQ – 1999)
  25. Discuss the different theories which explain social and cultural changes. (L.Q – 1999)
  26. Discuss the contribution of Ralph Linton, Cora-Du-Bois and Abraham Kardiner in the study of personality. (L.Q – 1999)
  27. Define ‘culture area’. How did it help the American diffusionists to understand diffusion of culture? (L.Q – 1998)
  28. What do you mean by cultural ecology’? Evaluate how Julian Steward’s particularistic Approach is helpful in understanding multilineal evolution. (L.Q -1998)
  29. To Radcliffe-Brown function was the contribution an institution makes to the maintenance of social structure’. Elucidate in the light of R.C. Brown’s contributions to structural functional theory. (L.Q – 1998)
  30. Neo-evolut ion (S.N – 1997)
  31. Transactionalism (S.N – 1997)
  32. Critically examine the HistorcaI Particularistic approach of Franz Boas to the study of culture. (L.Q -1997)
  33. Critically assess the role of ethnography in the development of anthropological theories. (L.Q – 1997)
  34. Classical evolutionism (S.N – 1997)
  35. Culture- Personality (S.N – 1996)
  36. What is cognitive approach? Critically examine its implications in Socio cultural Anthropology. (L.Q -1996)
  37. What is meant by cultural diffusionism? Give an account of Frinz Greabners Contributions to the theory of Cultural Diffusionism. (L.Q – 1996)
  38. New ethnography (S.N – 1995)
  39. What was Boas’ approach of studying primitive cultures? Delineate the role of Field work and history in anthropological study (LQ – 1995)
  40. Give the names of two prominent British functionalists in social anthropology.
    Describe the functional Theory attributed to any one of them. (L.Q – 1995)
  41. What is cultural ecology? Discuss how man adapts himself to different environments, giving suitable examples. (L.Q – 1995)
  42. What is culture change? How did the Austro – German school put up the scheme of culture change? (L.Q – 1995)
  43. A.R. Radcliffe-Brown (S.N – 1994)
  44. Examine the relationship between culture and personality. Give suitable examples to illustrate your answer (L.Q – 1994)
  45. Describe the nature, Scope and method of new ethnography. (LQ -1994)
  46. Discuss critically anthropological approaches in National Character Studies. (L.Q – 1994)
  47. Edmond R. Leach (S.N – 1993)
  48. How do the approaches of the 19th century Evolutionists differ from those of the Neo-Evolutionists? Discuss (L.Q – 1993)
  49. Bring out the merits and demerits in the British Diffusion studies and the American Diffusion studies (L.Q – 1993)
  50. Nadel (S.N – 1992)
  51. Diffusion – Diffusionism (S.N – 1992)
  52. Model Personality (Cultural personality school) (S.N -1992)
  53. Define social function. Critically evaluate the concept as postulated by Malinowski (L.Q – 1992)
  54. Discuss the contemporary trends in evolutionary studies. (L.Q – 1992)
  55. Define basic personality and discuss the different methods employed in the study of its structure. (L.Q – 1992)
  56. Franz Boas (S.N-1991)
  57. New Ethnography (S.N -1991)
  58. Discuss the merits & demerits of different methods of comparison used n social – cultural anthropology. (LQ – 1991)
  59. Recent trends in psychological anthropology (S.N -1991)
  60. Oscar Lewis (S.N – 1991)
  61. “Evolution is biological & socio-cultural” – Discuss (L.Q – 1990)
  62. Discuss Malinowski’s contributions to functionalism in social anthropology. (L.Q -1990)
  63. Write an essay on neo-evolution and cultural ecology.(S.N – 1989)
  64. Reexamine the views of R.C. Brown in connection with structure & function in Anthropology. ‘ (L.Q – 1989)
  65. 19th Century evolutionism (S.N -1988)
  66. Franz Boas (S.N -1988)
  67. Psychological Anthropology (S.N – 1988)
  68. Define basic personality and discuss the different methods employed in the Study of its structure. (L.Q – 1988)
  69. Bring out the merits and demerits of different Contributions on the methods of comparison in social cultural anthropology. (L.Q – 1988)
  70. New ethnography (S.N – 1987)
  71. Discuss the relevance of anthropological approach to national character studies. (L.Q – 1987)
  72. Evaluate Malinowskj’s contributions to functionalism (L.Q – 1987)
  73. Examine Malinowski’s theory of needs and state its merits. (L.Q -1986)
  74. Critically examine the contribution of Levi-strauss in providing a theoretical frame for the structural analysis of society. (L.Q -1986)
  75. Write an essay on ‘Structure – function’ theory of Radcliffe – Brown. (L.Q -1986)
  76. Contributions of Morgan and Tylor in the history and linguistics? (L.Q – 1985)

CHAPTER-7

  1. State the theories regarding the origin of spoken languages in human societies both from
    Biological and cultural points of view. (30 Marks —2010)

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