HSLC Exam Que Paper English 2018

English 2018

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

(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


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


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


(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


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


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)


(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.


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!”


(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


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) Floodwater 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.


(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.


(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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