Sunday, 21 August 2016


[New Syllabus]
Time ---3 Hours 15 Minutes          F.M - 90 (For Regular Candidates)
(First 15 mins. for reading the question paper only)
F.M - 100 (For External Candidates)
1. Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that follow:
As he entered the school gate, an idea occurred to him. He would deliver the letter to the headmaster
at the end of the day. There was a chance Samuel might do something during the course of the
day to justify the letter.
Swami stood at the entrance to his class. Samuel was teaching arithmetic. He looked at Swami.
Swami hoped Samuel would scold him severely.
‘‘You are half an hour late,’’ Samuel said.
‘‘I have a headache, Sir.’’ Swami said.
‘‘Then why did you come at all?’’
This was an unexpected question from Samuel.
Swami Said, ‘‘My father said I shouldn’t miss school, Sir.’’
Samuel looked impressed. ‘‘Your father is quite right. We want more parents like him.’’
‘‘Oh, you poor man!’’ Swami thought, ‘‘You don’t know what my father has done to you.’’
‘‘ All right, go to your seat.’’
Swami sat down, feeling sad. He had never met anyone as good as Samuel.
The teacher was inspecting the home lessons. To Swami’s thinking, this was the time when Samuel got
most angry. But today Samuel appeared very gentle.
‘‘ Swaminathan, where is your homework?’’
‘‘I have not done my homework, Sir,’’ Swami said.
‘‘Why---headache?’’ asked Samuel.
‘‘Yes, Sir.’’
‘‘All right, sit down,’’ Samuel said.
A) Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences in the
given spaces: 1x5 = 5
a) Swami decided to deliver the letter to the headmaster---
i) at the begining of the day
ii) during the arithematic class
iii) at the end of the day
iv) during tiffin break
MCQ Model Answer:
Ques. No. 1 a) (iii) at the end of day

b) Samuel was teaching---
i) geometry
ii) algebra
iii) trigonometry
iv) arithmetic
c) According to Samuel, Swami was late by---
i) half an hour
ii) one hour
iii) two hours
iv) quarter of an hour
d) Swami said that he had a---
i) fever
ii) headache
iii) toothache
iv) stomach ache
e) To Swami’s thinking, Samuel used to get most angry when he inspected---
i) home lessons
ii) class work
iii) project work
iv) examination copies
B) Complete the following sentences with information from the text: 1x3 = 3
a) As Swami entered the school gate________________________
b) There was a chance Samuel might________________________
c) Samuel said they wanted more parents like ________________
C) a) State whether the following statements are True or False. Write ‘T’ for
‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ statements. Provide sentences/phrases/words in
support of your answer: 2x2 = 4
i) Swami expected that Samuel wouldn’t scold him.
Supporting statement(s):_________________________________
ii) Swami left that he had never met a person as good as Samuel.
Supporting statement(s):_________________________________
b) Fill in the chart with informationfrom the text: 2x2 = 4
i) .......................................... because Swami felt sad.
ii) Swami could not do the homework because ............................................
2) Read the extract of the poem given below and answer the questions that follow:
Once I crept in an oakwood---I was looking for a stag.
I met an old woman there---all knobbly stick and rag.
She said: ‘I have your secret here inside my little bag.’
Then she began to cackle and I began to quake.
She opened up her little bag and I came twice awake---
Surrounded by a staring tribe and me tied to a stake.
They said: ‘We are the oak-trees and your own true family.
We are chopped down, we are torn up, you do not blink an eye.
Unless you make a promise now--- now you are going to die.’
A) Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences: 1x4 = 4
a) The poet was looking for a---
i) lamb
ii) stag
iii) goat
iv) dog
b) The woman whom the poet met in the oak wood was---
i) young
ii) middle aged
iii) very young
iv) old
c) As the woman began to cackle the poet began to---
i) shout
ii) sing
iii) quake
iv) sweat
d) The oak-trees wanted the poet to make a---
i) promise
ii) prayer
iii) wish
iv) contract
B) Answer the following questions: 2x2 = 4
a) What did the old woman say?
b) Who introduced themselves as the poet’s own true family?
3. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
Kolkata: On reaching Hatkhola, off Shobhabazar, a drive down Hara Chandra Mullick Street leads
the visitor to a narrow lane, cramped even for two persons to walk together. The whitewashed walls
abound with paintings of freeedom fighters, Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita and scenes from the
‘Ramkrishna Kathamrita’.
Where this old-world north kolkata alley ends is the entrance to Hatkhola Byayam Samiti. At 106, it
is the city’s oldest gymnasium. Established by freedom fighters in 1910, it is still going strong.
Manohar Aich and many other legends would regularly work out there with ‘kusti’ and ‘mugur’ at the
feet of mammoth-sized wall paintings of Lord Hanuman, the resident deity of the samity.
The Mitra family of Hatkhola donated the plot of land to freedom fighters Upendranath Bandyopadhyay
and Pushpalal Chakraborty who were associated with Anushilan Samity. Bandyopadhyay was also a coaccused
with Barin Ghosh and Arobindo Ghosh in the Alipore Bomb case.
Body building and exercise were part of the regimen that the revolutionaries of the samity followed.
With the sympathy of the Mitras, the samity naturally teemed with freedom fighters at that time.
A) Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences: 1x6 = 6
a) The lane leading to the Hatkhola Byayam Samity is---
i) very dirty
ii) broad enough
iii) reeking with bad smell
iv) very narrow
b) The walls along the lane are abound with---
i) paintings of freedom fighters
ii) film posters
iii) political slogans
iv) advertisements
c) The entrance to Hatkhola Byayam Samity is---
i) Hara Chandra Mullick Street
ii) at the end of a north kolkata alley
iii) near Shobhabazar
iv) on Vivekananda Road
d) The Samity was established in---
i) 1926
ii) 1906
iii) 1910
iv) 1920
e) At present Hatkhola Byayam Samity---
i) has been shut down
ii) is still patronised by body-builders
iii) has been shifted to a new address
iv) is in a dilapidated condition
f) The wall paintings of Lord Hanuman---
i) are extremely large in size
ii) look dull and unattractive
iii) are very small in size
iv) are gaudy and colourful
B) Each of the following sentences is either ‘True’ or ‘False’. Write ‘T’ for
‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ in the right hand side. Also pick out suitable line
from the text in support of your answer: (1+1)x3 = 6
i) The Hatkhola Byayam Samity is said to be the city’s oldest gymnasium.
Supporting Sentence:_____________________________________
ii) A group of stage actors thronged at the Hatkhola Byayam Samity.
Supporting Sentence:_____________________________________
iii) The age of most of the members ranges between 20 and 70.
Supporting Sentence:_____________________________________
C) Answer the following questions: 2x4 = 8
a) Who donated the plot of land?
b) Name the two revolutionaries connected with the Alipore Bomb Case.
c) How many members does the samity have at present?
d) Tick the most appropriate title for the passage:
i) Gymnasium and freedom fighters
ii) Hatkhola Byayam Samity--- the city’s oldest gymnasium
iii) Old world of North Kolkata
4. Write the correct alternative to fill in the blanks: 1x3 = 3
Four persons _________(kill / was killed / were killed) when a matador van _________(collides
/collided / was colliding) with a scooter last might. The river of the matador van__________(is ar
rested / have arrested / has been arrested).
5. Do as directed : 1x9 = 9
a) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions: 1x3 = 3
_______ great deal has been said and written________the gypsies. The gypsies attracted many
people _______ their magic shows.
b)                                                                        1x3 = 3
(i) She is the best student in the class. (Rewrite the sentence using ‘better’)
(ii) Can you do this exercise? (Change the Voice)
(iii) I said to him, ‘‘May you be happy.’’ (Change the mode of narration)
c) Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the
words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs in the boxes on the right
hand side, changing the form, where necessary. There is one extra phrasal
verb in the list: 1x3 = 3
i) The brave never surrenders to evil.
ii) The rains will begin soon.
iii) His proposal was rejected.
[List of phrasal verbs: turn down, give in, bear away, set in]
6. Given below are the meanings of four words which you will find in
Question No. 3. Find out the words and write them in the appropriate
boxes on the right hand side: 2x4 = 8
a) not having enough space to move freely
b) a narrow passage between buildings
c) a god or goddess
d) a set of rules about food or exercise
7) Write a story (within 100 words) using the given hints. Give a title to the story: 10
Hints: A soldier---prisoner of war for some years---war ends---returns home---sees a bird seller
on the way---buys all the birds and sets them free
8) Use the following flow-chart to write a paragraph (within 100 words) on how a
School magazine in published: 10
Essays, stories, poems, sketches collected from students and teachers---edited by the
editor---sent to press---proofs corrected---final printing---cut into book forms---books
bound---distributed among students, teachers and others.
9) Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper (within 100 words) about the problems
faced by common people due to uncontrolled use of loudspeakers and soundboxes
during different programmes and festivals. You may use the following points: 10
Points: Loudspeakers and soundboxes used day in and day out --- government
norms frequently violated --- aged persons, patients and students suffer severely
--- permanent remedy required.

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