H. S. L. C. Exam Ques Papers English

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English 2015

Full Marks: 80             Time: 3 Hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions: 

Section -A

Q. 1. Choose the correct answer from the alternatives given: 1  

(a) I need a hundred pesos ————-.

(currency of India/ Spain/ Latin America)

(b) State whether the following are true or false: 1+1

(i) Nelson Mandela spent twenty years in prison.

(ii) On the day of the inauguration, two national anthems was sung.

(c) The theory of Arab origin draws support from:

(i) The numerous tales of valour related to the sons and father of Coorgi homes.

(ii) The long black coat with an embroidered waist belt worn by the Kodavus.

(iii) The traditions and religious rites which are distinct from the Hindu mainstream.

Q. 2. What happened to Lencho’s field after the hailstorm? 1

Q. 3. Where is Coorgi? 1

Q. 4.What did courage mean to Mandela? 2

Q. 5. Mention the story that supports that the people of Coorg are of Greek origin. 2                  

Q. 6. ‘’These are not raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins.” Why did Lencho consider the raindrops as ‘new coins’?  2                   

Q. 7. Narrate briefly Rajbir’s remarks on the discovery of tea and the legends that surround it. 3

Q. 8. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh? 2

Section – B 

Q. 9. Choose from the box given below, the words that rhyme with the following:  1 × 2 =2

feet, silent

(run, slow, violent, seat, city)

Q. 10. Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in brackets: 1×2 = 2

(a) He stalks in his vivid stripes. (glaring/ dark/ pale)

(b) In his quiet rage. (mood/violent anger/ walk)

Q. 11. What could Amanda do if she were a mermaid? 1

Q. 12. How do we know that Amanda was a teenager? 1

Q. 13. Why did the poet feel more at home with animals than humans? 2

Q. 14. Why did Custard cry for a nice safe cage? 2

Section – C 

Q. 15. (a) How does Ausable manage to make Max believe that there is a balcony attached to his room? 5           

or

(b) Horace Danby was a meticulous planner but still, he faltered. Where did he go wrong and why? 2=3+5

Q. 16. (a) Who was Griffin? How did he become invisible? Why Mrs Hall find him eccentric? 5

or 

(b) Who was Bill? How did he befool the lawyer? 1+4 = 5

Section -D 

Q. 17. Fill in the blanks with right determiners 1×2=2

Please give me ——— time to finish the work. Then I will take you to ———— university.

Q. 18. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions from the choices given in the brackets: 1×2=2

Q. 19. Use the appropriate form of tenses of the verbs given in the brackets: 1×2=2

Q. 20. Change the form of narration of the following: 1×2=2

Q. 21. Change the voice of the following sentences: 1×2=2

Q. 22. Combine the following pair of sentences into a single sentence: 1×2=2

(a) I have lost the pen. You gave it to me. 

(b) Health is very important. It must not be neglected.

Q. 23. Choose the alternatives from the choices given in the brackets: 1

Q. 24. Make sentences to show the use of any two of the following phrases: 1×2=2

Q. 25. Correct the errors in the following sentences:(any two) 1×2=2

Q. 26. Translate into English.

(i) মায়ে মোক সুধিছিল, ‘সঁচা কথা কৈছানে?’

(ii) মই সাঁতোৰিব নোৱাৰাৰ নিচিনাই। 

(iii) তুমি কেতিয়াবা সিংহ দেখিছানে?

(iv) যিজন মানুহ আজি আমাৰ স্কুললৈ আহিছিল তেখেতক মই চিনি পাওঁ।

(v) মই নহালৈকে তুমি ৰ’বা।

or

Give the substance of the following passage:

Q. 27. Answer either (a) or (b)

(a)Write an essay on either of the following topics on about 150 words: 6

(i) Kaziranga National Park

(ii) A Journey by Bus

(b) Write a story in about 150 words using the outline given below:

28. Answer either (a) or (b)

Write a letter to the Editor of a local English newspaper about frequent load shedding in the evening in your locality. 5

(b) A Flood relief work has been done by the students of your school. Write a report for your local daily using the information given below:

Date and time of the work.

How the place was reached

Number of students taking part

Number of people affected

Relief materials distributed

Conclusion

Q. 29. Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions given below: 5+5=10

The great advantage of early rising is that one can start one’s work long before others. The early riser has done a large amount of hard work before other men have got out of bed. Early in the morning, the mind is fresh and no sound or noises disturb our attention. The work done at that time is generally well done. Also one finds time to take some exercise in the fresh morning air. Exercise supplies him with a good deal of energy that enables him to work until the evening. By beginning so early, he knows that he has plenty of time to do his work thoroughly. He does not have to hurry over any part of his work. He gets to sleep long before midnight. At that time sleep is most refreshing. After a night’s sound rest, he rises early next morning in good health ready for the labour of a new day.

Questions:

(i) What advantage does an early riser have over others? 1

(ii) Why should one take exercise in the morning and begin one’s work so early? 2

(iii) What are the uses of going to sleep long before midnight?  1

Q.30. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Over many days and months, Valli listened carefully to the conversation between her neighbour and people who regularly used the bus and she also asked a few discreet questions here and there. This way she picked up various small details about the bus journey. The town was six miles from her village. The fare was thirty paise one way- ‘ which is almost nothing at all’, she heard one well-dressed man say, but to Valli, who scarcely saw that much money from one month to the next, it seemed a fortune. The trip to the town took forty-five minutes. On reaching the town, if she stayed in her seat and paid another thirty paise, she could return home on the same bus. This meant that she could take the one o’ clock afternoon bus, reach the town at one forty-five, and be back home by about two forty-five. 

On and on Valli went her thoughts as she calculated and recalculated, planned and replanned.

Questions:

(i) What did Valli find out about the bus journey? How did she find out these details? 1+ 2 =  3

(ii) What do you think Valli was planning to do? 2

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English 2016

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions: 

Full Marks: 80             Time: 3 Hours

SECTION- A

1. (a) Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) word in the following sentence from  among the alternatives given in brackets: 1               

(a) Send me the rest, since I need it very much.

(relax / remaining part / be buried)

(b) State whether the following are true or false: 1+1

     (i) On the day of the inauguration, Mandela was accompanied by his daughter Zenari.

       (ii) Thabo Mbki was sworn in as the second deputy president.

(c) Choose the correct answer from among the alternatives given and complete the sentence: 1

    Coorg or Kodagu, the smallest district of Karnataka, is home to…………

       (i) thick grassland, camels and indigo plantations.

      (ii) evergreen rainforests, spices and coffee plantations.

      (iii) dark clouds, thick fog and tea plantations.

2. Where was Lencho’s home situated ? 1          

3. Who was the first chief of the Indian Army? 1    

4. According to Mandela, between love and hate which comes more naturally to human heart ? 2

5. What are the sports that Coorg offers to tourists ? 2

6. ‘‘But don’t send it to me through the mail because the post office employees are a bunch of crooks.”

     What made Lencho think that the post office employees were a bunch of crooks ? 2

7. Give a description of Dhekiabari tea-garden as seen by Pranjal and Rajvir when they were driven through it.  3            

8. What was Valli’s favourite pastime ? 2

SECTION- B

9. Choose from the box given below the words that rhyme with the following:1×2

rage, house

taste,  rest,  cage,  loud,  fresh,  mouse,  vague

10. Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) words from the alternatives given in the brackets: 1×2

(a) They do not sweat and whine about their condition.

     (sing loudly / complain in an annoying voice/cry in joy)

(b) I wonder where they get those tokens.

       (feel happy / feel sorry / feel very surprised)

11. What does Sandburg think the fog is like? 1    

12. How does the fog come ? 1

13. What would the tiger have been doing if it were in its natural habitat ? 2

14. How old, do you think Amanda is? How do you know this? 1+1=2

SECTION- C

15.  (a) Briefly describe how Ausable defeated Max’s scheme to take away the report. 5

or

(b) How did the young lady trick HoraceDanby? 5

16. (a) Briefly describe the extraordinary behaviour of Mrs Hall’s furniture.5                                                   

or

(b) Give a brief description of the first meeting between Bill and the young lawyer. 5                                                       

SECTION- D

`17. Fill in the blanks with the write determiners.  ½×4=2

(a) Ramen comes home twice …… month.

(b) Mr Bell rang………..Bell of alarm and I woke up.

(c) A busy person……….time to waste.

(d) Only…………of the application were found suitable.

18. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions from the choices given in the brackets: ½×4=2

(a) The cow lives……….grass. (by / from / on)

(b) He lives……….hand to mouth. (on / from / by).

(c) He is appointed……….the post. (in / to / at)

(d) She is junior……….me by three years. (to / from / than)

19. Use correct tense forms of the verbs given in brackets and rewrite the sentences: 1×2=2

(a) It is time we (go) to bed.

(b) She behaves as if she (know) everything.

20. Change the forms of narration of the following: 1×2=2

(a) “Can you drive a car ?” I said to Rahim.

(b) The stranger asked me if I could tell him the way to the post office.

21. Change the voice of the following sentences:1×2=2

(a) The students elected him secretary.

(b) The stage was decorated by the students.

22. Combine each of the following pairs of sentences in a single sentence:  1×2=2

(a) The moon is round. It has been proved.

(b) Where does he live? Do you Know it?

23. Choose the correct alternative from the choices given in the bracket and fill in the blank: 1

(a) My warning had no………on the boy. (affect / effect)

or

(b) He………..to accept the money. (refused / denied) 

24. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any two of the following: 1×2=2

           bring up,  look for,  give up,  look after

25. Correct the errors in the following sentences: (any two) 1×2=2

(a) The secneries of Arunachal Pradesh is charming.

(b) I am feeling cold.

(c) Bread and butter make a good breakfast.

(d) The news are true.

SECTION- E

26. (a) Translate into English:(any one group of the following)           

(i) এইখন কিতাপ মোৰ আৰু সেইখন তোমাৰ।

(ii) সোণ এবিধ মূল্যবান ধাতু।

(iii) অনুগ্ৰহ কৰি তেওঁক দৰজাখন খুলিব কোৱা।

(iv) তেওঁ যেতিয়া আহিছিল মই বাতৰি কাকত পঢ়ি আছিলোঁ।

(v) আলিবাট পাৰ হওঁতে সাৱধান হ’বা।

(b) Give the substance of the following passage: 5

It is very difficult to get rid of bad habits. So, one should be very careful that one does not form bad habits during the early years of life. Idleness is one such bad habits. Every boy and girl should be diligent. They should avoid idleness like poison. Some of them love to remain in bed long after daybreak and get out of bed most unwillingly. Even after that they waste time over trifles and spend as little time as they can in reading. As a result, they cannot learn much as they should. What is worse, they become so accustomed to such a bad habit that they cannot shake it off – even with their greatest efforts. This bad habits then hold them hard in its coils like a large snake.

27. Write in about 150 words an essay on any one of the following topics:   6

(a) The festival your like most.

(b) Television as a source of knowledge.

Or

Write a story in about 150 words using the outline given below and add a title to it. 6

A hungry fox sees a crow with a piece of meat——–wishes to have the piece of meat———-praises the crow——–asks the crow to sing-the crow sings —— the piece of meat falls down from her break ——-the fox pics it up and runs away.

28. Answer either (a) or (b) : 5

(a) Write a letter to your friend telling him about your daily life.

(b) Write a report for a newspaper on the basis of the information given below:

(i) 20- 11- 2015

(ii) Guwahati

(iii) The Guwahati Book Fair commenced.

(iv) Opened by the Hon’ble Governor of Assam.

(v) Publishers from the state and outside it participated.

(vi) Nice opening function- large gathering and good sale expected.

29. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

(a) Paper is one of the most important articles that we use in our day to day life. If there had been no paper our civilisation would not have progressed so fast. Great scientists write their thoughts on paper first and then carry out their experiments. Great engineers draw their plans on paper first and then build houses, bridges, dams and so on. Great thoughts are written or printed on paper for everyone to read. If there were no paper we would not have all the good books that are available in the world. Without paper, it would be difficult for the people of one country to know about the people of another country.

(i) Mention three uses of paper. 1

(ii) Why is paper the most essential thing  for mankind? 2

(iii) What would have happened if there were no paper? 2

(b) Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

It was a new bus, its outside painted a gleaming white with some green stripes along the sides. Inside, the overhead bars shone like silver. Directly in front of  Valli, above the windshield, there was a beautiful clock. The seats were soft and luxurious.

Valli devoured everything with her eyes. But when she started to look outside,  she found her view cut off by canvas blind that covered the lower part of her window. So she stood up and peered over the blind. The bus was now going along the bank of the canal. The road was very narrow. On one side there was a canal and beyond it, palm trees, grassland, distant mountains,  and the blue sky. On the other side was a deep ditch and then acres and acres of greenfield- green, green, green, as far as the eye could see.

(i) What was the inside of the bus like ? 2

(ii) Why did Valli stand up on the seat ? 1

(iii) What could be seen outside as the bus was going along the bank of a canal ? 2

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English 2017

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions: 

Full Marks: 80             Time: 3 Hours

SECTION- A

1. (a) Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) word in the following sentence from  among the alternatives given in brackets: 1

The house  ……….. the only one in the entire valley …………. sat on the crest of a low hill. (wide / whole/ flat)

(b) State whether the following are true or false:  1+1=2

(i) The policy of apartheid created lasting peace in Mandela’s country.

(ii) On the day of inauguration, Mandela was overwhelmed with a sense of history.

(c) Choose the correct answer from among the alternatives given and complete the sentence: 1

    Even now, Kodavus are the only people in India permitted to …………………

(i) carry gold without a licence.

(ii) carry swords without a licence.

(iii) carry firearms without a licence.

2. “All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope:” What was Lencho’s only one hope? 1

3. What does courage mean to Mandela? 1

4. Of whose descent are the fiercely independent people of Coorg. 1

5. What are the animals that a visitor is likely to see in Coorg? 2

6. What did the postmaster do after he had received Lencho’s letter? 2

7. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh? 2

8. Give a description of the magnificent view of tea garden seen by Rajib from the railway train? 3

SECTION- B

9. Choose from the box given below the words that rhyme with the following:1×2=2

bright, sound

call, caught, sing, right, call, around, hat

10. Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in the brackets: 1×2=2

(a) And stares with his brilliant eyes ………… (dull/very/ bright/ angry)

(b) In his quiet rage. (love/hatred/violent anger).

11. What does the poet think the fog is like? 1

12. How does the fog come? 1

13.  Is  Amanda a student? How do you know? 1+1=2

14. How do the animals accept their condition? 1+1=2

SECTION- C

15.  (a) Give a description of Max’s conversation with Ausable. 5

or

(b) Who is Horace Donby? What type of a man was he? 5

16.    (a) Give a description of Griffin’s experience in Drury Lane. 5

or

(b) Why was the young lawyer sent to New Mullion? What does he first think about the place? 5

SECTION- D

17. Fill in the blanks with the write determiners. ½×4=2

(a) My brother is………..NCC cadet.

(b) We found the house without ………….. difficulty.

(c) He has to feed his family with ……………… money he earns.

(d) Our principal is a man of ………………… words.

18. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions from the choices given in the brackets:  ½×4=2

(a) We go to school ……………. bus (in/with/by)

(b) I am senior ………………… your sister. (than/to/from)

(c) The principal presided ……………………… the meeting. (in/over/at)

(d) She excels …………………… dancing (at/in/by)

19. Use correct tense forms of the verbs given in brackets and rewrite the sentences: 1×2=2

a) If it (rain) we shall not go out.

(b) We (know) each other for the last ten years.

20. Change the forms of narration of the following: 1×2=2

(a) Anita said, “I do not know the boy.”

(b) Rahim said that his mother had been suffering from fever.

21. Change the voice of the following sentences:1×2=2

(a) People speak English all over the world.

(b) America was discovered by Columbus.

22. Combine each of the following pairs of sentences in a single sentence:    1×2=2

(a) Man is mortal. Everybody knows this.

(b) Walk fast. You will miss the train.

23. Choose the correct alternative from the choices given in the bracket and fill in the blank: 1

(a) Rose smells …………………… (sweetly/sweet)

(b) Her handwriting is ………………. illegible/ eligible)

(b) He………..to accept the money. (refused / denied) 

24. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any two of the following:  1×2=2

     give away, far and wide, put out, turn up

25. Correct the errors in the following sentences: (any two) 1×2=2

(a) Niru is my cousin sister.

(b) She prefers tea than coffee.

(c) I gave him a few rupees I had.

(d) He is working hardly.

SECTION- E

26. (a) Translate into English:(any one group of the following) 1×5=5

(i) পৃথিৱীখন ঘূৰণীয়া।

(ii) তেওঁলোকক ভিতৰলৈ আহিবলৈ দিয়া।

(iii) তুমি নিতৌ কিমান সময় লিখা-পঢ়া কৰা?

(iv) আজি ৰাতি বৰষুণ দিব পাৰে।

(v) বুঢ়া মানুহজনে বৰ লাহ লাহে কথা কয়।

or

(b) Give the substance of the following passage: 5

It is easy to acquire bad habits, such as eating too much food or eating too many sweets or drinking too much fluid of any kind or smoking. The more we do a thing, the more we tend to like doing it and if we do not continue to do it, we feel unhappy. This is called the force of habit and the force of habit should be fought against. Thigs which may be very good when only done from time to time tend to become very harmful when done too often and too much. This applies even to such good things as work or rest. Some people form a habit of working too much and others of idling too much. The wise man always remembers that this is true about himself and checks any bad habit. He says to himself, “I am now becoming idle” or “I smoke too much” and then adds, “I will get myself out of this bad habit at once.”

27. Write in about 150 words an essay on any one of the following topics: 6

(a) Science in Everyday Life

(b) Your School library

Or

Write a story in about 150 words using the outline given below and add a title to it. 6                              

(Outline): A car hits an old man and escapes …….. he is injured badly…………………. crowd gather on the spot ………………. only show sympathy ………………… they speak about the evil of rash driving ……….. nobody comes forward to help the injured man …………. two schoolboys arrive ……………… feel sorry for the old man …………. take to hospital.

28. Answer either (a) or (b):

5(a) Write a letter to your father/guardian requesting him /her to send you some money tthat you need to buy a new set of uniform.

(b) Write a report for a local daily on the basis of the information given below:

(i) 5-2-2016

(ii) Guwahati

(iii) Fire inAthgaon Area

(iv) One godown gutted

(v) Firefighters and local people doused the fire

(vi) Goods worth several lacs burnt to ashes.

29.  (a) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Trees help to support man’s life by supplying the atmosphere with oxygen which is essential to life. The oxygen in the air is constantly being used up and turned into carbon-di-oxide which is the food that plants eat. The leaves of trees (in fact, of all green plants_ absorb this carbon-du-oxide and with the help of sunlight breaks it down into carbon and oxygen. The carbon is used to make starch and the oxygen is released into the air, so replacing the oxygen used up by animals. But for the animals would die for lack of oxygen.

Starch and other carbon compounds made in the green leaves of trees (and other green plants too) serve as food for animals. The tiny green cells of plants are wonderful laboratories which produce all the starch in the world. But for this service done by plants, all animals would sooner or later die for lack of food.

Questions:

(i) What is the food that plants eat.? 1

(ii) How do the green cells of plants serve the animals? 2

(iii) How do leaves of trees break down carbon-di-oxide into carbon and oxygen? 2

(b) Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

In life every man has twin obligations: obligation to his family, to his parents, to his wife and children and he has an obligation to his people, his community, his country. In a civil and humane society, each man is able to fulfil those obligations according to his own inclinations and abilities. But in a country like South Africa, it was almost impossible for a man of my birth and colour to fulfil those obligations. In South Africa, a man of colour who attempted to live as a human being was punished and isolated. In South Africa, a man who tried to fulfil his duty to his people was inevitably ripped from his family and home and was forced to live a life apart, a twilight existence of secrecy and rebellion. I did not, in the beginning, choose to place my people above my family, but in attempting to serve my people, I found that I was prevented from fulfilling my obligations as a son, a brother, a father and a husband.

Questions:

(i) What was done to a man of clour in South Africa who attempted to live as a human being?

(ii) What are the twin obligations that every man has in life?

(iii) What did the speaker find when he attempted to serve his people?

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English 2018

Full Marks: 80             Time: 3 Hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions: 

SECTION- A

1. (a) Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) word in the following sentence from  among the alternatives given in brackets: 1

(a) This land of rolling hills inhabited by a proud race of martial men, beautiful women and wild creatures.

(having to do with marriage/ having to do with peace/ having to do with war)

(b) State whether the following are true or false in the context of the text, Tea from Assam: 1+1=2

(i) Tea came to Europe only in the sixteenth century and was drunk more as medicine than as beverage.

(ii) Tea came to Europe only in the eighteenth century and was drunk more as beverage than as medicine.

(c) Choose the correct answer from among the alternatives given and complete the  sentence: 1

    No one really knows who discovered tea but …………………

(i) there are two legends

(ii) there is one legend

(iii) there are many legends

2. What did Lencho do throughout the morning? What did he see in the north-east?  1+1=2

3. What mission would Mandela like to achieve for the future of South Africa and her people on securing the political emancipation? 2

4. How is the water of the Kaveri river? Where does the river obtain its water from? 1+1=2

5. “Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness.” Why? 2

6. “The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” What makes Mandela say this? 2

7.  What is the other name of Coorg? 1

8. What was a source of unending joy for Valli? What was her overwhelming desire? 1+1= 2

SECTION- B

9. Choose from the box given below the words that rhyme with the following: 1×2=2

feet, harbour

bit, beat, sit,  hour, honour, armour

10. Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) words from the alternatives given in the brackets: 1+1=2

(a) I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self-contained.

(angry/ calm and peaceful/ harmful)

(b) Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things.

(feeling unhappy/ feeling displeased/ behaving crazily for being upset)

11. What is a water hole? Why should the tiger be lurking neat it? 1+1=2

12. Where does Amanda roam? What does she do with her bare feet?  1+1=2

13.  How does Custard dragon receive after he had killed the pirate? 2

SECTION- C

14. (a)Who was Fowler? Give a description of his meeting with Ausable. 5

or

(b) How did Horace Danby become an assistant librarian in the prison? 5

15. (a) Why did Griffin become a homeless wanderer? why did he slip into the big London Store and what did he do there? 5

or

(b) Who was Bill? How did he befool the lawyer? 5

SECTION- D

16. Fill in the blanks with the write determiners.  ½×4=2

(a) ……………… rich are not always unkind.

(b) The Principal gave the students ……….. sound advice.

(c) Every school has …………….. union of the students.

(d) Is there ………………. coffee left in the pot?

17. Fill in the blanks with the correct preposition from among the choices given in the brackets: ½×4=2

(a) He always runs …………. money. (at/for/ after)

(b) Flour is made ………….. wheat. (of/ from/with)

(c) Write your answers ……………… black and ink. (with /by/in)

(d) The cow lives ………. grass. (on/upon/with)

18. Rewrite the following sentences putting the verbs in the brackets in their correct tense form:1+1=2

a) If I (be) you, I would not have called him again.

(b) The Principal is not in his room. He (go) out.

19. Change the forms of narration of the following: 1+1=2

(a) Rahim said to me, “Do you know the man standing at the gate?”

(b) The young man told me that he had come from Jorhat to work in Guwahati.

20. Change the voice of the following sentences:1+1=2

(a) The letters have been posted.

(b) He did the work alone.

21. Combine each of the following pairs of sentences in a single sentence:    1+1=2

(a) The boy is not brave. The boy is not intelligent.

(b) The man created the trouble. The man was arrested.

22. Choose the correct alternative from the choices given in the brackets.1

(a) Mr Jhon will come to Guwahati. (recently/ shortly)

or

(b) Popular criticism has no (effect/ affect) on the politicians.

23. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any two of the following: 1×2=2

     run over, deal in, carry out, in order to

24. Correct the errors in the following sentences: (any two) 1×2=2

(a) He took out his shoes.

(b) I do not know who are you.

(c) She said that she will arrive at 6 p.m.

(d) She prefers milk than curd.

SECTION- E

25. (a) Translate into English:(any one group of the following) 1×5

(i) মীনা যেনেকুৱা বুধিয়ক, লীলাও তেনেকুৱা।

(ii) জোনে ৰাতিহে পোহৰ দিয়ে।

(iii) তুমি কালি স্কুললৈ গৈছিলানে?

(iv) সি ককায়েকক খুব ভাল পায়।

(v) ৰিন্টুৱে কৈছিল, “এইটো কি সুন্দৰ পুতলা!”

or

(b) Give the substance of the following passage: 5

Of all the amusement which can possibly be imagined for a hard working man after his daily labour, there is nothing like reading an entertaining book. It calls for no bodily exertion, of which he had enough. It relieves his home of its dullness. It transports him to a livelier and more interesting scene. While he enjoys there, he may forget the evils of the present moment. Nay, it accompanies him to his next day’s work and if the book is an interesting one, it gives him something to think of besides the drudgery of his everyday occupation. If I were to pray for a taste it would be a taste for reading. Give a man this taste and the means of gratifying it, you will find a happy man. You place him in contact with the best writers of every age recorded in history and then you will find him like a citizen of all nations and a contemporary of all ages.

26. Write in about 150 words an essay on any one of the following topics: 6    (a) Benefits of physical exercise

(b) Your  last day at school

Or

Write a story in about 150 words using the outline given below and add a title to it. 6                              

(Outline): Twelve fools start on a journey —— cross a river ——- count themselves ——— each one not counting himself ———- each time counts eleven ————- a passerby offers to produce the twelfth man ———- pays each fool a blow ———— counts twelve.

27. Answer either (a) or (b) : 5

(a) Write a letter to your friend telling him what you intend to do after the HSLC Examination.

(b) Write a report for a local daily on the basis of the information given below:

(i) 12-08-2017

(ii) Majuli

(iii) Embankment of the Brahmaputra breached

(iv) Flood water from Arunachal hills added to the fury of the flood caused by the breach.

(v) Large areas inundated by the flood water and several villages and paddy fields severely affected.

(vi) Government relief not enough for the flood-affected people.

(vi) Many organisations came forward to help the affected people with relief materials.

28.  (a) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Papers is one of the most important articles that we use in day-to-day life. If there had been no paper, our civilization would not have progressed so fast. Great scientists write their thoughts on papers and then carry out their experiments. Great engineers draw their plans on paper first and then build houses, bridges, dams and so on. Great thoughts are written or printed on paper for everyone to read. If there was no paper, we would not have all the good books that are available in the world. Without paper, it would be difficult for the people of one country to know about the people of another country.

Questions:

(i) Why is paper most essential thing for mankind? 2

(ii) What would have happened if there were no paper?  2

(iii) Mention three uses of paper. 1

(b) Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The fiercely independent people of Coorg are possibly of Greek or Arab descent. As one story goes, a part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled here when return became impractical. These people married amongst the locals and their culture is apparent in the martial traditions, marriage and religious rites, which are distinct from the Hindu mainstream. The theory of Arab origin draws support form the long, black coat with embroidered waist-belt worn by the Kodavus, known as Kuppiya; it resembles the Kuffiya worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.

Questions:

(i) Of which descent are the people of Coorg? 1

(ii) What is the story about the Greek origin of the people of Coorg? 2

(iii) What is the theory in support of the Arab origin of the Coorgi people? 2

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English 2019

Full Marks: 80             Time: 3 Hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions:

SECTION- A

1. (a) Choose the meaning of the underlined (italic) word in the following sentence from  among the alternatives given in brackets: 1

I saw that it was not just my freedom that was curtailed but the freedom of everyone … (enhanced/ reduced/ withheld)

(b) State whether the following statements are true or false. (Reference: Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom): 1+1=2

(i) On the podium, Mr de Klerk was first sworn in as first Deputy President.

(ii) Then Thabo Mbeki was sworn in as second Deputy President. 

(c) Choose the correct answer from among the alternatives given and complete the  sentence: 1

In life every man has ………    

(i) three obligations

(ii) two obligations

(iii) many obligations.

2. “The only thing the earth needed …” ‘What only thing’ did the earth need?” 1+1=2

3. What did Mandela say about the wealth of his country? 2

4.  What did Lencho write in his letter to God?  1+1=2

5.  When does the season of joy commence in Coorg? Till what time does it continue?  2

6. Mention the story that supports the view that the people of Coorg are of Greek origin. 2

7.  What type of man was the Postmaster? 1

8. Give a brief description of Dhekiabari tea garden? 1+1= 2

9. What was the distance from Valli’s village to the nearest town? What was the bus fare for  trip  from Valli’s village to the town? 1+2

10. Give a description of the bus in which Valli travelled. 2

SECTION- B

11. Choose from the box given below the words that rhyme with the following:1+1=2

feet, harbour

(bit, beat, sit, hour, honour, armour)

12.  Choose the meaning of the underlined words from the alternatives given in the brackets: 1+1=2

a) In his quiet rage. (noisy/ silent/ worst)

(b) At the jungle’s edge. (border/ side/ centre) 

13.  How old is Amanda? How do you know it?  1+1=2

14.  Why does the poet feel more at home with animals than with humans? 2

15. How did Belinda and her pets behave when they saw the Pirate climbing the window? 2

16. Give a brief description of the fight between Custard dragon and the Pirate. 2

SECTION- C

17. (a) How does Ausable manage to make Max believe that there is a balcony attached to this room? 5

or

(b) How did the young lady trick Horace Danby?

18 (a) How and why did Griffin come to the village of Iping? Why dies Mrs Hall find him eccentric? 3+2 =5

or

(b) Describe the first meeting between Bill and the young lawyer.

SECTION- D

19. Fill in the blanks with the right determiners:  ½×4=2

a) My brother had gone ………… hour ago.

(b) A busy man has ……….. time to waste.

(c) The classes started after ………… bell had rung.

(d)  ………….. of their property was lost in the flood.

20.  Fill in the blanks with the correct preposition from among the choices given in the brackets:  ½×4=2

(a) This train bound for ………….. Delhi (to/upon/ for)

(b) Assam is rich ……………. minerals. (for/ in/ about)

(c) I meet him …………….. the street. (in/ on/ upon)

(d) Happiness consists ………….. speaking the truth. (of/ in / at)

21. Rewrite the following sentences putting the verbs in the brackets in their correct tense form: 1×3=3

(a) They (live) in Delhi for three years.

(b) When he came it (be) all over.

(c) He (stay) here until you return.

22. Change the narration of the following: 1×2=2

(a) She asked me why the teacher had punished me.

(b) Anita said to Ravi, “Please lend me your pen.”

23. Change the voice of the following: 1×2=2

(a) I have lost my English textbook.

(b) He was punished for his misconduct.

24. Combine each of the following pairs of sentences into a single sentence: 1×2=2

(a) The earth is round. We can prove it.

(b) Where does he live? Do you know it?

25. Choose the correct alternative from the choices given in the brackets and write out the sentences: 1×2=2

(a) She narrated the matter (shortly/ briefly)

(b) Please (listen/ hear) to what he says.

26. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any two of the following:

far and wide, break out, give up, fall short. 1×2=2

27. Correct the errors in any three of the following sentences:1×3=3

(a) It can rain tonight.

(b) The cattles were grazing in the field.

(c) Each of the boys play cricket.

(d) How much money you need?

(e) When you do your homework?

(f) I do not know to do it.

SECTION- E

28. (a) Translate into English:(any one group of the following) 1×5=5

(i) যদুয়ে মোক সুধিছিল, “ৰাজু ইংৰাজীত ভালনে?”

(ii) দোকমোকালিতে শোৱাৰ পৰা উঠাটো তেওঁৰ অভ্যাস।

(iii) মিছা কথা কোৱা উচিত নহয়।

(iv) সৌ গছডাল ইমান ওখ!

(v)  কিতাপখন টেবুলৰ ওপৰত আছে।

or

(b) Give the substance of the following passage: 5                                            The work which Gandhi had taken up was not only the achievement of political freedom but also the establishment of a social order based on truth and non-violence, unity and peace, equality and universal brotherhood and maximum freedom for all. The unfinished part of his experiment was perhaps more difficult to achieve than the achievement of political freedom. In the political struggle against a foreign power, all one could do was either join it or wish it success and give it their moral support. In establishing a social order of this pattern, there was a likely possibility of a conflict arising between groups and classes of our own people. Experience shows that man values his possessions even more than his life becuse in the former he sees the means for continuity and survival of his descendants even after his body is reduced to ashes. A new order cannot be established without changing the mind,  for at some stage or the other the rich have to yield place to the poor to achieve a kind of egalitarian society.

29. Write in about 150 words an essay on any one of the following topics: 6    (a) Punctuality

(b) The festival you like most

(c) Your favourite hero in history

Or

Write a story in about 150 words using the outline given below and add a title to it. 6                              

(Outline): A speedy car hit an old man —-escaped —-the man was injured grievously — people gathered —- showed sympathy to the man — spoke about the evils of rash driving — no one bothered to help the man — two schoolboys arrived — took the injured to the nearest hospital.

30. Answer either (a) or (b):

(a) Write a letter to the Editor of a local daily expressing your concern over the incidents of crime against women in Assam.

(b) Write a report to a local daily on the basis of the information given below:

(i) 10-11-2018

(ii) Guwahati

(iii) Annual Guwahat Book Fair commenced. The Hon’ble Chief Minister declared it opened at 6:00 pm

(iv) Many publishers from Assam and outside participated

(v) To be continued for ten days; large gathering expected.

31.  (a) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

A good book always teaches us something, in fact, many things directly or indirectly if the mind is willing to learn. Books are the best companion; they also give us the best society. They help us in establishing contact with many great men. We hear what such men said and did; through books, we even see them as if they were really alive. As we read, we share great thoughts with great minds, we hope and grieve with great men. The scenes in which they appeared are described for us and as we turn the pages we come to know what nobleness is. Books work as agents and help us in being better than we are. Books should, therefore, be treated as friends and guides.

Questions:

(i) How can books teach us? 1

(ii) How can one share the great thoughts through books? 2

(iii) Why should books be treated as friends and guides? 2

(b) Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

“No one really knows who discovered tea but there are many legends.”

“Well, there is one about the Chinese emperor who always boiled water before drinking it. One day a few leaves of the twigs burning under the pot fell into the water giving it a delicious flavour. It is said they were tea leaves.”

“Tell me another! scoffed Pranhjol.

‘’We have an Indian legend too. Bodhidharma, an ancient Buddhist ascetic, cut off his eyelids because he gelt sleepy during meditations. The tea plants grew out of the eyelids. The leaves of these plants when put in hot water and drunk banished sleep.’’

‘’Tea was first drunk in China.” Rajhvir added, “Aas far back as 2700 BC! In fact. words such as tea, ‘Chai’ and ‘Chini’ are from Chinese. Tea came to Europe only in the sixteenth century and was drunk more as medicine than as beverage.”

Questions:

(i) How was tea drunk in Europe in the sixteenth century? 2

(ii) What is the Chinese legend about tea? 2

(iii) What is the Indian legend about tea?  2

N.B. We are gratitude to SEBA, Govt. of Assam     

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