CVSTU Question Papers – Professional Communication in English – BE I SEM – Dec – Jan 08-09

B.E. (First Semester)

Examination, Dec-Jan 2008-2009



Q1    (a) What do you understand by “Semantic Gap” ?

(b)Distinguish between the formal & informal channel communication? Why is it necessary for          organizations have an informal channel of communication?

(c)Discuss the general principles of effective communication

(d)Write short notes on : (any two)


(ii)Communication by silence

(iii) Different perceptions of reality


Q2    a) What is the difference between ‘forward and ‘preface report?

(b)   Write a report on the problem of air pollution in an region. Give recommendations to minimize it.

(c)  Prepare a resume for the post of production Manager.

(d)  Precis the following:

Education has always had two objects: on the one hand to give skill on the other to impart a vaguer thing which we may . call wisdom . The role of skin has become very much larger than it used to be & is increasingly threatening to oust the role of wisdom. At the same it must be admitted that wisdom in our world is unless except for those who realize the great part played by skills, foe it is increase of skill that is the distinctive feature of your world.

Although scientific skill is necessary, it is by no means sufficient. A dictatorship of men of science would very soon become horrible. Skill without wisdom may prove to be purely destructive. For this reason, if for no other , it is of great importance that those who receive a scientific education should not be merely scientific, but should have some understanding of that kind of wisdom which, if it can be imparted at all, can only by imparted by the culture side of education. Science enables us to know the means to any chosen end, but it does not help us to decide upon what end should be pursued. If you may wish to exterminate the human race, it will show you how to do it. If you may wish to make the human race so numerous that all are on very verge of starvation. It will show you how to do that. If you wish to secure adequate prosperity for all the human race, science will tell you must do. But it will not tell you whether one of these ends is more desirable than another. Nor will it give you that measures are not arouse fierce opposition which only ferocious tyranny can quell. It cannot teach you patience, it cannot teach you sympathy, it cannot teach you a sense of human dignity. These things, insofar as they can taught in formal education are moors likely to emerge from the learning of history & great literature.

Q3. (a) Give synonyms of:



Give antonyms of:



(b) Read the passage & answer the questions that follow:

I am always amazed when I hear people say that sports creates good will between the nations and that if only the common people of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have inclination to meet on the battlefield.

Nearly all sports practiced nowadays are competitive. You play to win and the gain has little meaning unless you do your utmost to win. Anyone who has played even, sport are frankly mimic warfare. But the significant thing is not the behaviout of the players into furies over these absurd contests, and seriously believe at any for short periods that running, jumping and picking a ball are tests of national virtue.

As soon as strong feelings of rivalry are around the notion of playing the game according to the rules always vanishes. People want to see one side on top and the other side humiliated and they forget that victory gained through cheating or the intervention of the crowd is meaningless. Even when the spectators do not intervene physically, they try to influence the game by cheering their own side and rattling to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard for all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence; in other words it is war minus the shooting. Instead of blaming about the clear healthy rivalry in the football- field and the great part played by the Olympic Games in bringing the nations together, it is more useful to inquire how and why this modem cult o sport arose. Most of the games we now play are of ancient origin, but sports have not been taken very seriously between Roman times and the nineteenth century. Then games were built up into heavily financed activity, capable of attracting vast crowds and rousing savage passion, and the infection spread from country to country. It is more violently combative sports football and boxing that have spread the widest. There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with- large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige. Also organized games are more likely to flourish in urban communities where the average human being lives in sedentary or at least a confined life and does not get much opportunity for creative labor. In a rustic community, a boy or a young man works of a good deal of his surplus energy by walking, swimming, climbing trees, riding horses and by various sports involving cruelty to animals, such as fishing, cock fighting and ferreting for rats ‘In a town one most indulge in group activities if one wants an outlet for one’s physical strength.

Questions :

(i)In what sense in the international level sport mimicry of war? What role do spectators play in it ?

(ii)Why do organized sports flourish in urban communities?

(iii)Is the author right in saying that serious sports have nothing to do with fair play ?

(iv)A rustic community needs no organized games. Why?

How did the modem cult of sports arise?

(c ) Do as Directed :

(a)       The clothes were neatly hanged on the cloth line. (Correct the sentence)

(b)       No one can stop a man from doing a thing if he is really keen…….it.

(Supply preposition)

(c)       Make sentence to differentiate between.

Beside, Besides, Cereal, Serial

(d)       Give one word for :

(i)One who knows many languages?

(ii)   A writer who steals ideas from another.

(e)       We will recommend that the factory should have a computer. (Into passive)

(f)        Make a sentence using the proverb :

A stitch time saves nine .

(g)       Make two words using the prefix :

(i) -un

(ii) – re

Q4.  (a)  What is notice and agenda with respect to a meeting?

(b)State the importance of Audio-Visual aids in presentation. Give some examples

(c)    Discuss the factors because of which a qualified candidate may not be selected for

an interview.

(d)What role does a Chairperson play for the successful conduction of a meeting?

Q5.    (a) Write a note on Internet.

(b) What are the barriers of effective listening?

(c) In what way does listening differ from other passive skill, reading ? Elaborate by giving example.

(d) Write a telephonic conversation between two friends wf discussing about last moment examination preparations

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