Friday, 3 March 2017



1. Insert the correct option in the empty box opposite each part. Each part carries one mark. (15)
(i) On his deathbed, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) offered himself, his honour and his property for __________. (zakat, revenge, war, peace)
(ii) On the arrival of the new year in China, symbolic foods are eaten, colours used and gifts exchanged, all focusing on one thing i.e. (love, good luck, patriotism, joy)
(iii) The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) decided the disputes of Jews: (according to the Holy Quran, according to the conventions, according to the Jewish law, according to their desires)
(iv) The scope of any field in terms of market demand should be considered (the least, very seriously, rarely, by the poor only)
(v) Within no time, the ghost appeared. The underlined part of the sentence is a/an: (adverb phrase, noun phrase, prepositional phrase, adjective phrase)
(vi) The cuckoo sings and woods come to life. The underlined part of the sentences is a/an (transitive verb, auxiliary verb, intransitive verb, infinitive)
(vii) A rolling stone gathers no moss. The underlined part of the sentences is a/an (gerund, present participle, past participle, infinitive)
(viii) Because he was late, he missed the first period. The sentence is (simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, compound complex sentence)
(ix) Which of the following is not a noun? (excellent, excellence, Tokyo, unity)
(x) Do you know anybody here? The underlined part of the sentence is a/an: (relative pronoun, indefinite pronoun, interrogative pronoun, demonstrative pronoun)
(xi) He has firmly discarded the idea of attacking the enemy. The underlined part of the sentence is a/an: (adverb of manner, adverb of reason, adverb of time, adverb of place)
(xii) Auditory imagery is very common in Wordsworth's poetry. The underlined part of the sentence is a/an: (abstract noun, adjective, adverb, indefinite pronoun)
(xiii) Which of the following options shows the correct spellings? (entercede, intersede, intercede, interscede)
(xiv) Which option gives the synonym of the word 'leisure'? (free time, pleasure, poultry, wave)
(xv) Which of the following options provides the antonym of 'convenient'? (easy, just, wise, uncomfortable)
2. Answer any FIVE of the following parts in about 30 to 40 words. Each part carries equal marks. (15)
(i) What do decorations on doors and windows symbolize? Answer in the light of the lesson "The Chinese New Year".
(ii) Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) is a perfect model of justice for all mankind. Explain.
(iii) Is there any need of proper career counseling department? (Selecting the Right Career)
(iv) "It's a slow food in a world of given to fast food." Explain the statement picked up from the lesson "A World without Book."
(v) How did Pip become a successful businessman? (Great Expectations)
(vi) What is the major cause of food shortages and malnutrition in the world?
(vii) "Faithfulness" is a characteristic much needed in today's world. Discuss. (Faithfulness)
3. (a) Write down the theme of the poem "Try Again". (03)
(b) Read the following stanza carefully and answer the questions given at the end. (06)
I hear leaves drinking rain;
I hear rich leaves on top
Giving the poor beneath
Drop after drop;
'Tis a sweet noise to hear
These green leaves drinking near.
(i) What do the rich and the poor leaves symbolize? (02)
(ii) Which problem of society has been highlighted in the stanza? (02)
(iii) Why is the noise sweet to the poet? (02)
4. Read the following passage and answer the questions at the end. (10)
     The sultan sent agents to all parts of the East to buy manuscripts and bring them back to Cordova. His men were searching the booksellers' shops at Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad for rare volumes for his library. When the book was not to be bought at any price, he would have it copied; and sometimes even hear of a book which was only in the author's brain, and send him a handsome present, and beg him to send him the first copy to Cordova. By such means he gathered no fewer than four hundred thousand books and this at a time when printing was unknown, and every copy had to be painfully copied, in the fine clear hand of the professional copyist.
(i) What do the Sultan do when any book was not to be bought at any price? (02)
(ii) Why was it difficult to collect so many books in those days?  (02)
(iii) Wirte the meanings of the underlined words from the passage. (01)
(iv) Summarize the passage in your own words and suggest a suitable title. (4 + 1 = 5)
5. (a) Change any FOUR of the following sentences into indirect. (04)
(i) The students said, "Sir, good morning".
(ii) The master said to the peon, "Why were you absent yesterday?"
(iii) The teacher said, "Do not waste your time in idle talk."
(iv) The captain said, "Hurrah! We have won the match."
(v) The mother said to her son, "May you return successful!"
(vi) The wise say, "Hard work is a key to success."
(b) Use any FOUR of the prepositional/phrasal verbs in sentences. (04)
(i) Feel for
(ii) Send for
(iii) Assure of
(iv) Part with
(v) Die of
(vi) Abide by
6. Write an application to the Managing Director of a firm for the post of Manager. (08)
Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper on cell phone addiction among teenagers. 
7. Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics. (150-200 words) (10)
(i) A Cricket Match
(ii) Courtesy
(iii) My Favourite Personality

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