HSLC Exam Que Paper English 2017

HSLC Exam Que Paper English 2017

English 2017

Full Marks: 80     Time: 3 Hours

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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.


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।


(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


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.


(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.


(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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