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You should answer five questions in all.
Portrait of a Lady
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.
|The Prize Poem
to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
all four questions
intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
are advised to spend not more than 35
minutes in answering Question 1
not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)
a composition of [350-400 words] on any ONE of the following: 
you choose to travel by bus or by train for a long overnight journey? Give
reasons for your choice.
are the most sought after College Courses today? Why are they so?
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.
a short story with the theme The hand
that rocks the cradle, rocks the world.
the cartoon below and write a story taking suggestions from it. There should be
a clear connection between the cartoon and the story.
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) 
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.
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.
the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, and c that follow:
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.
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.
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.
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.
the following questions in your own words. 
What illustration has been
given to support that demands on a young man in China for an enormous bride
price are unreasonable?
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?
Explain; “ You are merely
a punch bag for language practice.’
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
attitude does the writer desire the foreigner to adopt towards the
English-practicing behaviour of the Chinese? Why?
in about 80 words the English learning situation in China, as the writer
portrays ii in this passage.
a suitable title to your summary. Give reason for the choice of the title. 
the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after
each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any
would better see the doctor, Judy,” Mark said. (Begin: Mark suggested….)
plays tennis better than Kiran. (Begin: Kiran ……)
is said to have been in the Indian Army. (Begin: People …)
started work in the office a year ago. (Begin: I have been ……)
remembered to sign the contract. ( use a question tag)
soon as he heard the news, he rushed to the hospital. (Change into a negative
farmer said, “Let me have a good harvest.” (Change the narration)
didn’t apply for the job and she regrets it now. (Begin: Rita wishes ….)
friend is a good cricket player. He is also a good long distance runner. [Use: Besides….]
can forget the achievements of the freedom fighters? [Change into an assertive
in each blank with the word which is appropriate.
wife stood ……….. him all the time.
happiness consists ………. Contentment.
river abounds ………. Fish.
old man was acquitted ………… the charge of murder.
ship is bound ……….. Singapore.
will fight ………… the last man.
portrait is true ………. Life.
always failed ………. want of help.
is better not to interfere ….. his
Principal presided ….. the meeting.
In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct
form of the word given in brackets.
Example: 0 = pay
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.