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ENGLISH Paper 1 Answer Key/Marking Scheme
Question 2
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]   [10]
(a)       Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
-1-  Format Personal Letter
-2-  Reference to the brother’s letter.
-3-  brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks.
-4-  unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI.
-5-   Suggestion of the stream.
-6-  Reason for the suggestion of the stream.
-7-  Informal Style
(b)      Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
-1-  Format Official Letter
-2-  Lack of good health service in the village (name of the village)
-3-  Difficulties faced by the villagers
-4-  Instances of difficulties.
-5-  Need for good health services.
-6-  Benefits for the villagers.
-7-  Request to the Chief Medical Officer of your district. To open a PRC.
-8-  Formal Style.
Question 3 
 (a)           Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted.                                                                 [3]
1.      Supportive = helpful
2.      Reflect = to give out; to express; to mirror
3.      Compassion = pity, sympathy, fellow feeing.
(c)                        Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
The children should write in their own words. If they simply lift from the passage only 50% of the marks should awarded. Relevant points in the answers are more important than grammatical correctness or spelling mistakes. Penalise the mistake but not very severely.
1.      When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility?               [2]
-1-  His sixth day of ‘overtime’.
-2-  teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children.
2.      What are the specifications for teacher?                                                                     [3]
TEACHER:
-1-  …must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-2-  … must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-3-  … must run on coffee and leftovers,
-4-  … must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-5-  … must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-6-  … must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-7-  … must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-8-  … must have 6 pair of hands.
-9-   Must have three pairs of eyes.
-10-          compassionate
3.      What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes? [2]
-1-  three pairs of eyes
-2-  “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as.
-3-  Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known.
-4-  The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the child.”
4.      What is the teacher’s tear for?                                                                                    [3]
-1-  for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task.
-2-  for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in
-3-  for compassion for the feelings of their parents
-4-  comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves.
-5-   comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class.”
(c)            In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given.                             [10]
-1-  God and His angel on Creation of the teacher.
-2-  Teacher’s importance- influence over the children.
-3-  Specifications;
-a-   must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-b-  … must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-c-   … must run on coffee and leftovers,
-d-  … must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-e-   … must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-f-    … must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-g-   … must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-h-   … must have 6 pair of hands.
-i-      Must have three pairs of eyes.
-j-    Compassionate
-4-  The use of the three pairs of eyes.
-5-  How and why the tears.
All the points mentioned above need not be; use your discretion in this regard.
-a-   If the summary is between 58 and 62 words, value it a 10 marks.
-b-  If the summary is between 55 and 65 words, value it at 8 marks.
-c-   If the summary is below 55 and above 65 words, awards only zero marks.
-d-  The children should write in their own words. Relevant points in the answers are more important than grammatical correctness or spelling mistakes. Penalise the mistake but not very severely
 A Model Summary
God and His angel discuss the importance of the teacher’s creation. Teachers influence children. A teacher should simultaneously be with the children and above them; he should survive on meager resources, do multitasking, a good communicator, selfless, compassionate, hardworking, and able to understand and support students and their parents.. He is delighted at a student’s success and helpful in failure.
(d)           Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title.          [2]
-1-  Any suitable title 1 mark
-2-  Justification 1 mark.
Question 4
(a)                       Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence.                                [10]
1.    Why did Renuka skip the test?
(Change the voice)
            Why was the test skipped by Renuka?
2.    “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.
(Begin: The teacher asked….)
            The teacher asked whether/if I/we had understood the poem the previous day.
3.    He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.
(Begin: Not only…..)
Not only did he snatch the ball from him but also scored a goal.
4.    The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.
(Use: so….that)
The Kotla grounds were so damaged that it was not possible conduct the match.
5.    Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
(Begin: Despite…)
-1-  Despite being skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
-2-  Despite his skill in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
6.    As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.
(Begin: No sooner….)
-1-  No sooner did the match start than the crowd turned violent.
-2-  No sooner had the match started than the crowd turned violent.
7.    Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.
Ajay’s intelligence makes him very popular in the class.
(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)
8.    ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.
(Use: good)
9.    He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.
(Begin: Having……)
Having seen the car rushing towards him, he leapt aside.
10.The police are looking into the matter.
(Provide a suitable question tag)
The police are looking into the matter, aren’t they?
(b)   Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank  [5]
Example: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­……0…….; 0 = answering
Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace).  When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
. ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer)  every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results
1.      Answer
2.      peacefully
3.      solved
4.      Time
5.      ensure
6.      answering
7.      later
8.      completing
9.      extremely
10.  correct
(c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                        [5]
a.       Aurangzeb was the descendant of Shajahan.
b.      The rescuers ran short of  adequate assistance.
c.       We should attribute our success to our teachers and parents.
d.      The Minister resigned from.the cabinet due to ill health.
e.       The flood victims were resigned to their fate.
f.        The Gazette is available for  reference in the library.
g.       We should avail of every opportunity to succeed.
h.       When the car broke down, we had to walk home.
i.         The curfew was imposed on  all areas of the city
j.        We should try our best to be true to our principles.
 
Literature in English
(Two hours)

Answer to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers
Attempt one question each from Section A, B and C and any other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all.
All the questions carry equal marks.

girlballSection A
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Question 1
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They clicked their tongues,
With every movement that the scorpion made
his poison moved in mother’s blood, they said.
May he sit still, they said.
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
the misfortunes of your next birth.
May the sum of evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain, they said.
a) Who clicked their come? Where are they now? Why are they there? How did they come there? Explain the comparison used to describe their arrival. [3]
b) Comment on the beliefs of the villagers that are expressed in the extract. [4]
c) Why does the poet repeat the phrase ‘they said.”? What effect does it produce? [2]
d) How was the mother finally relived of the pain? What was her reaction? What does the poet want to convey by making the react so? [3]
e) Elucidate on the theme of the poem. Apart from the theme of the poem what appealed to the most in the poem? Elaborate. [4]
Question 2
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They, too, aware of sun and air and water,
Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starved.
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours.
1. Who are they referred to in the extract? What are the common elements shared by all? [2]
2. What are peaceful harvests? What does the poet want convey through this phrase? [3]
3. Explain: by war’s long winter starved [3]
4. Elaborate the meaning and significance of the lines;
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours. [4]
5. How does the poem bring out the concept of universal brother hood of man? [4]
Section B
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 3
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
We passed the school where children played,
At Recess- in the ring-
We passed the fields of Gazing Grain-
We passed the setting sun.
1. Who are the ‘We’ here? Where are they going? Why? [2]
2. What is the meaning and significance of ‘Gazing Grain’? Why does the poet use capital letters here? [3]
3. What does the setting sun symbolize? The poet later corrects herself regarding the setting sun? What is the import of this correction? [4]
4. What is the attitude of the poet to her fellow travellers? Exemplify. [3]
5. What is the theme and what is the conflict inherent in the poem? [4]
Question 4
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
At the next station the driver slowed down and stopped his train to water the engine. He got down to stretch his legs and decided to examine the head lamps. He received the surprise of his life: for just above the cowcatcher lay the major portion of the tiger, cut in half by the engine.
1. Briefly narrate the encounter between the brave Baldeo and the tiger. [4]
2. He received the surprise of his life. How did the surprise of his life happen? [4]
3. How did the death of Baldeo affect his family? [2]
4. Give a compact sketch of Baldeo. [4]
5. What is the theme of the story? [2]
Section C
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 5
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
It’s true; nobody ever tells us anything in this place. It’s when we go to sleep that the world of the elders awakens, opening like a magic casket. I want to stay awake and listen; I don’t know why I fall asleep halfway through. I wonder whose voice it is now; it seems as if someone is crying I suppressed tones. Is it Chotti Massi?
1. Who is the narrator of the story ‘Girls’? Why is the narrator not given a name? [3]
2. Why does the narrator think compare the opening of the world of elders to that of a magic casket? [3]
3. When the narrator asked Babu whether she could become a boy, how did he react? Why? [3]
4. How was Chotti Massi treated in her house? What was Ma’s advice to her? [3]
5. Whether girl or a boy, you occasionally find yourself in a similar plight as the narrator. Taking an example from the story, narrate briefly one of your experiences comparable to that of the narrator. [4]
Question 6
With close reference to the story The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty, show how the author spotlights the theme of the story. [16]

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My chicken’s on the Internet.
She surfs the web all day.
I’ve tried to stop her browsing
but, so far, there’s just no way.
She jumps up on the mouse
and then she flaps around like mad
to click on every hyperlink
and every pop-up ad.
She plays all sorts of chicken games.
She messages her folks.
She watches chicken videos
and forwards chicken jokes.
She writes a blog for chickens
and she uploads chicken pics.
She visits chicken chat rooms
where she clucks about her chicks.
I wouldn’t mind so much
except my keyboard’s now a wreck.
She hasn’t learned to type yet;
she can only hunt and peck.
–Kenn Nesbitt

This
poem appears in the book
The Tighty-Whitey Spider
ENGLISH Paper 1

(Two Hours)
Answer to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.

This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.

The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.



Attempt all four questions.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].

You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.



Question 1

(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.)                                                                                                                               [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a)        “Men and Women should have equal rights.” Give your views on the statement.
(b)        You have recently interviewed a famous personality. Narrate the whole experience with the help of the hints given.
RQPreparation for the interview Qdescription of the personalityQthe house/officeQ
major achievementsQhobbies/recreationQawardsQgeneral impression¤
(c)        You were held up in a village railway station one night due to an accident. Give an account of your experience.
(d)       Elaborate the significance of the proverb ‘No pains; no gains.’
(e)        Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be clear connection between the picture and your composition.

JobInterview Picture compo
Question 2

Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]                                                                                                                                 [10]
(a)        Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class IX; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
OR
(b)        Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
Question 3

Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER

Author Unknown

The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.”
“Yes,” said the Lord,” but have you read the specs on this order?”
TEACHER:
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
… must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
… must run on coffee and leftovers,
… must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
… must have more time for others than for herself/himself
… must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
… must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
… must have 6 pair of hands.
“Six pair of hands, “said the angel, “that’s impossible”
“Well,” said the Lord,” it is not the hands that are the problem.  It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!”
The angel looked incredulous, “Three pairs of eyes…on a standard model?”
The Lord nodded His head, “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the child.”
“Lord,” said the angel,” this is a very large project and I think You should work on it tomorrow”.
“I can’t,” said the Lord, ” for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick…..teaches a class of children that do not want to learn….has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own…..understands the struggles of those who have difficulty….never takes the students for granted…”
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
“It is too soft-hearted,” said the angel.
“Yes,” said the Lord, “but also tough, You cannot imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary”.
“Can this teacher think?” asked the angel.
“Not only think,” said the Lord, “but reason and compromise.”
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher’s cheek.
“Well, Lord,” said the angel, Your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that You were putting too much into this model.  You cannot imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher.”
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher’s cheek.  It shone and glistened in the light.
“It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.”
“A tear? What is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”
The Lord replied with great thought, “It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class.”
“My, “said the angel,” The tear thing is a great idea…You are a genius!!”
The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”
(a)        Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted.                                                                                                    [3]
1.      Supportive
2.      Reflect
3.      Compassion
(b)        Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
1.      When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility?               [2]
2.      What are the specifications for teacher?                                                                                  [3]
3.      What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes?           [2]
4.      What is the teacher’s tear for?                                                                                                 [3]
(c)        In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given.                                                           [10]
(d)       Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title.                                       [2]
Question 4

        (a)        Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence.                                [10]

1.      Why did Renuka skip the test?

(Change the voice)

2.      “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.

(Begin: The teacher asked….)

3.      He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.

(Begin: Not only…..)

4.      The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.

(Use: so….that)

5.      Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.

(Begin: Despite…)

6.      As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.

(Begin: No sooner….)

7.      Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.

(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)

8.      ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.

(Use: good)

9.      He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.

(Begin: Having……)

10.   The police are looking into the matter.

(Provide a suitable question tag)

        (b)        Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank  [5]

Example: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­……0…….; 0 = answering

Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace).  When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
 . ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer)  every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results

        (c)        Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                      [5]
1.      Aurangzeb was the descendant ….Shajahan.
2.      The rescuers ran short ……  adequate assistance.
3.      We should attribute our success …….. our teachers and parents.
4.      The Minister resigned …………..the cabinet due to ill health.
5.      The flood victims were resigned…… their fate.
6.      The Gazette is available ……. reference in the library.
7.      We should avail …… every opportunity to succeed.
8.      When the car broke……, we had to walk home.
9.      The curfew was imposed…….. all areas of the city
10.   We should try our best to be true ….. our principles.
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Portrait of a Lady

Khushwant Singh

The story is a insight of Khushwant Singh of his grandmother through his own eyes. Khushwant Singh remembers his grandmother as an everlastingly old person. She was an extremely religious person. He finds it difficult to conceptualise that once she too was young and pretty like other women. The stories about her childhood games were like fairytales to him. She was short, fat and somewhat hunched in stature. Her silvery white hair used to spread out on her wrinkled face.

Khushwant Singh remembers her limping around the house in spotless white clothes with one hand resting on her waist to balance her stoop and the other busy in telling the beads of her rosary. Her lips constantly moved inaudibly in prayers. Perhaps she was not beautiful in a temporal sense but she looked extremely beautiful with the peacefulness, serenity and the contentment her face exhibited.
Khushwant’s relationship with his grandmother experienced several switches when he was a small boy. In the first stage Khushwant lived in a village with her as his parents were looking for the chance to settle down in the city. In village grandmother took care of all the needs of the child. She was quite dynamic and active. She woke him up in the morning, got him ready for the school, coated his wooden slate, prepared his breakfast and accompanied him to the school. They fed street dogs with stale chapaties on their way to school which was a great fun for them. She helped him in his lessons also .It was her realm and she was the queen of her realm. In this period she was the exclusive undisputed custodian, mentor and architect of the child Khushwant.
The critical point came in their relationship when they came to city to stay with Khushwant’s parents. In city Khushwant joined an English School and started to go to school in a bus. Here the role of his grandmother in his bringing up was cut back a little bit. Now she could not go with him to the school. In spite of her immense interest in his studies, she could not help him in his lessons as he was learning English, laws of gravity, Archimedes’ principle and many more such things which she could not understand and this made her distressed. She found herself at loss. Another thing which disquieted her much was that the kids were not learning about God and scriptures in the school instead they were given music lessons which was not an respectable t in her belief. To her music was not meant for gentlemen. It was intended for beggars and prostitutes only. She highly disdained the music lessons. She was dismayed and withdrew herself to some level. Perhaps she realised that in the reforming of the child her role was finished and this very thought affected her most.
After finishing school Khushwant went to university. He was given a separate room. The common nexus of their friendship was ruptured. His grandmother confined herself to a self imposed reclusiveness. She spent most of her time in reciting prayers and by sitting beside her spinning wheel. She rarely talked to anyone. The only diversion for her was in the afternoon when she relaxed for a while to feed the sparrows. A kind hearted person, in village she used to feed street dogs, here in city she concentrated on birds and they too became very friendly with her. This was the stage when she found herself altogether sequestered and aloof but she weathered this closing off with grace and self-respect.
Khushwant’s grandmother was a firm person. Whatever she experienced in her heart she always held back herself from showing her emotions. He recollects that when he went abroad for further studies his grandmother was there to see him off on railway station quite calm busy telling the beads of her rosary and reciting prayers as ever. When he came back after five years he found her more and more religious and more and more self-possessed. She spent even more time in prayers and spinning the wheel. Feeding the birds was her only happy pursuit. But just the day before her death for the first time she broke this routine and abandoned her prayers. That day she sang the songs of the home coming of the warriors on a withered drum along with the ladies of neighborhood in order to celebrate her grandson’s return from abroad.
Next morning she became ill. The doctor said it was a mild fever and would disappear she could anticipate that her end was approaching. She was disconcerted that she neglected her prayers just before the final exit from the world. She did not want to waste any more time talking to anybody. She lay peacefully in bed praying and telling the beads till her lips stopped moving and rosary fell from her lifeless fingers.
Thousands of sparrows flew in to mourn her death and sat dispersed around her body in complete silence. They even disregarded the breadcrumbs thrown for them by Khushwant’s mother. They only flew away after the corpse was carried away for final rituals.
The Prize Poem
P.G Wodehouse
FLWRBUTT
The story of The Prize Poem is mainly about the choice of the best poem out of the poems submitted by the members of the Sixth Form of St. Austin’s College. The winner, the writer of the best poem, is given the prize at the annual function. This competition is required by the will left by a certain rich man before his death.
A rich and ill-natured (misanthropic=hater of mankind) man had a scheme to eternalise his memory after his death. Hence, he left a will in which he reserved a portion of his personal income to be spent on an annual prize to be given to the writer of the best poem. The condition was that the poem had to be written only by the members of the Sixth Form of St.Austin’s College. This convention was preserved for a period of twenty seven long years. The story tells how the practice was dropped.

As usual, as in every year, the Headmaster announced the annual competition with the subject being ‘An Ode to the College’. Three members Smith, Montgomery and Morrison submitted their poems for the competition. The manner in which they got hold of the poem is very interesting and amusing. Smith visited
Reynolds of the Remove at one remove brought about the change in the obligatory contest. Reynolds was in the infirmary getting better after an attack of German measles. His friend Smith visited him in the infirmary. Smith told Reynolds about the topic of the prize poem ‘An Ode to the College’. Reynolds who had made many fruitless efforts at publishing verses immediately got involved in the venture.
Reynolds sat down to write the poem. He wrote the first four lines on a piece of paper and later wrote four lines. But soon crossed them. He cloned the first four lines in another paper. He again copied the lines he had written, with small alterations on a third paper with the title ‘An Ode to the College’
Soon Mrs.. Lee, the infirmary in charge, came into Reynolds with tea. When she entered she opened wide and the papers took flight in the breeze and fell on the grass outside. He disregarded the flutter and did not recover the papers as he remembered all that he had written. Later, in the afternoon, Montgomery, another student of the Sixth Form got one of the papers in which Reynolds had written his poem. He was elated and used it for the competition after adding up some lines of his own.
Two days later, Evans’ Morison’s friend, got from the field the second sheet of paper of Reynolds. He merrily gave it to Morison who had asked him for such help earlier. Morison too chose to use the lines for the competition. On the following Sunday, Smith visited Reynolds’ conceded that he could write only four lines but they would be adequate for presenting the entry.
All the entries for the competition were sent to Mr.Wells for appraisal. He wrote in his letter, that only the entry of Rogers was good and that funnily enough, three other boys had entries having the identical four lines.
The Headmaster called the three boys who were involved. From their assertions, he deduced that each got the four lines severally. They said that they sought this unjust method because the entry to the competition was mandatory and they could not write poems at all. The headmaster then accomplished the herculean task of stopping this convention of the Prize Poem Competition for the Sixth Form of St.Austin’s College by making the stipulation voluntary.
English
Paper I
(Two
hours)

Answer
to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You
will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This
time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The
time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the
answers.
Attempt
all four questions
The
intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].

You
are advised to spend not more than 35
minutes in answering Question 1
and
20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question
1
(Do
not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)                                            
              

Write
a composition of [350-400 words] on any ONE of the following:                                   [25]

a.      
Would
you choose to travel by bus or by train for a long overnight journey? Give
reasons for your choice.
b.     
What
are the most sought after College Courses today? Why are they so?
c.      
Imagine
that a rich uncle gave you thousand rupees and the freedom to spend it on any
three things of your choice. What would you spend it on? Give your reasons.
d.     
Write
a short story with the theme The hand
that rocks the cradle, rocks the world
.
e.      
Study
the cartoon below and write a story taking suggestions from it. There should be
a clear connection between the cartoon and the story.


Question 2 

 

Select any one of the following                                                                                             
    
Write
a letter in about 150 words.
Make sure your letter
has the correct format and details. Select one of the following.
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)                             [10]
1)     
Write a letter to your
mother/father/guardian telling that you have forgotten to bring the computer
application text to the vacation classes and requesting to bring the book, which
you have left at home earliest.
OR
2)     
Write a letter to a
manager of mobile work shop complaining about unsatisfactory repairs carried out
on your car and asking him to rectify the same.

Question
3

Read
the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, and c that follow:   

In
China, there is a bride- price, not a dowry. Though the newspapers
inveigh against this, it is a fact of life for a boy in China and his family. In
some cases the parents of the girl make enormous and unreasonable demands on the
boys for furniture, clothes and all kinds of fancy apparatus-radio, TV, watches,
bicycle, a sewing machine. In one case, Nanjing University student stole a
thousand yuan from an old couple in order to fulfill his little girl friend’s
demands, and, when caught, killed himself. In the area where I did my research
[three villages in Jiangsu] one of the larger items of annual expenditure for
any family with sons was building materials. These are bought year after year
from the boy is about twelve years old, a few logs one year, some bricks sold
cheaply by the local kiln the next, tiles, cement, iron bars for windows and so
on. It is almost impossible for a boy in this rural area to get married unless
he has a place of his own to live in.
            One of the teachers from Liaoning,
an untiring young man of twenty-three, insists on speaking in English with me.
This is something that happens ad nauseum on the Nanjing streets whenever
foreigners are spotted. No place is safe, no privacy respected by the worst of
these ‘language rapists’, who are interested in you for your language. You may
be sitting on the balcony of the Drum Tower, sipping tea, watching the sunset,
red and smoky, over the roofs of the city; you may buying onions in the crowded
market and trying to prevent yourself and your purchases from
being crushed by your fellow customers; you may be standing in a bus, or at a
bus stop or at a counter in the post office; nowhere you are safe from the
machinations of the language rapist. He will smile at you
determinedly, and begin a conversation – “hello. Do you speak
English?  So do I. What country are you
from?” The first few times this is attractive, but quickly palls.
It becomes increasingly apparent that he is not interested in you. You are a
punch bag for language practice.
            It is difficult therefore to avoid
an immediate sense irritation, almost a reflex rudeness. But the
circumstances that have encouraged this behaviour should in fact arouse
sympathy: many people- students, workers, government servants- are anxious [and
sometimes compelled] to learn English, but the opportunities for speaking
English are almost non-existent. True, there are Chinese Radio and Voice of
America and BBC programmes that teach the language, but this is not practice in
conversation. True, there a growing number of English teachers in Chinese
Universities and other institutions, some of whom are shamefully overworked by
their departments and their own sense of duty or enthusiasm. But only a
miniscule proportion of language learners can get them; and even
they do not have much time left after the wearying hours of teaching and
correction. Small wonder, then, that some students of English batten onto any
foreigner they see in the streets.
a.      
Three
words or phrases from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each as
used in the passage. One-word answers or short phrases will be accepted. Two
answers for the same question will not be accepted.        
                                                                       [3]                                                               

1.     
palls

2.     
reflex
rudeness
3.     
miniscule.

b.     
Answer
the following questions in your own words.                                                            [10]

       
i.     
What illustration has been
given to support that demands on a young man in China for an enormous bride
price are unreasonable?
     
ii.     
Suggest a reason why the
young man of twenty-three has been said to be ‘ untiring’? What does this
adjective reveal to us about the writer?
   
iii.     
Explain; “ You are merely
a punch bag for language practice.’
   
iv.     
In
what way does the average foreigner react to these language rapists? Do you
think that such a reaction is justifiable, from the foreigner’s point of
you?  
     
v.     
What
attitude does the writer desire the foreigner to adopt towards the
English-practicing behaviour of the Chinese? Why?
c)     
Describe
in about 80 words the English learning situation in China, as the writer
portrays ii in this passage.                                                                                             
                 [10]

d)    
Give
a suitable title to your summary. Give reason for the choice of the title.                      [2]

Question
4

a.      
Rewrite
the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after
each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any
sentence.                  [10]
1.     
“You
would better see the doctor, Judy,” Mark said. (Begin: Mark suggested….)
2.     
Usha
plays tennis better than Kiran. (Begin: Kiran ……)
3.     
He
is said to have been in the Indian Army. (Begin: People …)
4.     
I
started work in the office a year ago. (Begin: I have been ……)
5.     
You
remembered to sign the contract. ( use a question tag)
6.     
As
soon as he heard the news, he rushed to the hospital. (Change into a negative
sentence)
7.     
The
farmer said, “Let me have a good harvest.” (Change the narration)
8.     
Rita
didn’t apply for the job and she regrets it now. (Begin: Rita wishes ….)
9.     
My
friend is a good cricket player. He is also a good long distance runner.  [Use: Besides….]
10. 
Who
can forget the achievements of the freedom fighters? [Change into an assertive
sentence.]

b)     
Fill
in each blank with the word which is appropriate.                                                    
[5]
1.     
The
wife stood ……….. him all the time.
2.     
True
happiness consists ………. Contentment.
3.     
This
river abounds ………. Fish.
4.     
The
old man was acquitted ………… the charge of murder.
5.     
Our
ship is bound ……….. Singapore.
6.     
They
will fight ………… the last man.
7.     
That
portrait is true ………. Life.
8.     
He
always failed ………. want of help.
9.     
It
is better not to interfere …..  his
affairs.
10. 
The
Principal presided ….. the meeting.
c)
In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct
form of the word given in brackets.           
Example: 0 = pay                                                                  
                   [5]
City
dwellers –0— dearly for the doubtful privilege of living in a city. They pay
—–1—-(exorbitant) for accommodation which is frequently inferior to that to
be —–2—-(find) cheaply in rural areas, they spend huge sums on food which
they —–3—-(can) have —–4—-(grow) for themselves in a village or rural
‘town’ and they waste that little is left on expensive entertainments, which
they —–5—-(will) have no need for in a rural area. In addition to the
—–6—-(finance) cost, they also pay —–7—(dear) in terms of physical and
mental health as their bodies and minds are —–8—-(threat) daily in
pollution, accidents, robbery, violence and the disease caused by
—–9—-(overcrowd) in unsanitary areas. In the rural areas such risks are not
part of the cost of —–10—-(day)  life.

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