SSC English Model Paper
Paper - II ( Parts A and B )
Time: 2.30 Hours - Telugu Medium - Max. Marks: 50
PART - A (Time: 1.30 Hours - Marks: 30)
(1-10) Answer any FIVE of the following questions. Each answer must be in one or two sentences. 5 × 1 = 5
1. Why did Bassanio want to borrow money from Antonio?
2. Who, according to Nerissa, was the most suitable husband for Portia?
3. What instructions did Shylock give his daughter before he attended Bassanio's dinner?
4. What did Shylock do when he found his daughter missing?
5. Who opened the right casket and what did it contain?
6. How did Shylock justify his decision to take revenge on Antonio?
7. "I am dazed", said Bassanio. Why do you think he was dazed?
8. Why did Shylock call the young lawyer a Daniel?
9. Basanio was not ready to give his ring to the lawyer. Why?
10. What was the big surprise that Portia had for Bassanio and others?
11. Read the following passage carefully.
Now Bassanio was in a fix. He was prepared to give any amount of money to the young lawyer for having saved the life of his friend. But here he was asking for the ring that was given to him by Portia. So he said, ''This ring, sir? It's not a valuable one. I cannot give you such a worthless thing as the ring". Now answer the following questions. 5 × 1 = 5
a) Why was Bassanio in a fix?
b) Why was Bassanio unwilling to give the ring to the lawyer?
c) Was the ring a worthless thing to Bassanio, as he had said?
d) Instead of his ring what did Bassanio offer the lawyer?
e) Why was the lawyer particular only about taking that ring?
12. Write a story using the hints given below, in about 200 words. Divide the story into paragraphs. 10 Marks
A fox fell into a well try to get out in vain a goat came - thirsty - fox said water is very sweet - jumped into the well - fox climbed on her back - came out. (OR)
A boy - looking after father's sheep - alone - bored - gets idea - cries, ''Wolf" - Villagers come - no wolf - return home - later - boy again bored - cries ''Wolf" - again villagers come - no wolf - Villagers suspicious - third time real wolf -attacks sheep - boy cries for help - villagers ignored cry - wolf carries away sheep.
13. A place of worship in your locality plays film songs on the loud speaker the whole night. They do not care for the people's protest. Students and old people suffer a lot. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper about this nuisance asking the authorities concerned to take necessary steps. (OR)
Write a letter to your young brother advising him to read newspapers. Tell him why newspapers are important, how they bring not only news but also opinions on social, economic and political subjects also. 10 Marks
PART - B
Time: 1 Hour - Marks: 20
14. Read the following passage carefully.
Ruth, who lives in Huddersfield, has never been to school. Her father, Harry Lawrence, a computer consultant, gave up his job when Ruth was five to educate her at home. Her mother, Sylvia, who also works in computers, is the family breadwinner.
Harry Lawrence explained that, besides mathematics, Ruth also enjoyed English, History, Geography, Nature study and other subjects. She began to read at four and started academic subjects at five. "We did not start off with the thought that she would not go to school", he said. ''But we enjoyed teaching her so much and we seemed to be making quite a good job of it, so we just carried on. (How Ruth Made History at oxford)
Now answer the following questions in a word or a phrase each. 5 × 1 = 5
a) What was Ruth's father?
b) Why did he give up his job?
c) Who earned money for the family?
d) How early did Ruth start learning academic subjects?
e) Why did Ruth's parents decide not send her to school?
15. Read the following passage carefully.
Some people were eating and drinking in a coffee house. A young woman was sitting alone at a table. She was wearing a beautiful diamond necklace. There was a tall, thin man at a table not far from her. He was looking at her necklace all the time. Suddenly, the lights went out. The coffee house was in darkness. The woman started to shout. She was afraid. A few minutes later the lights came on again. The woman was a tears. She had lost her necklace!
The owner of the coffee house quickly shut all the doors. He telephoned the police. No one could get out of the coffee house. The police soon came. The police inspector told his men to search every where. They could not find the necklace. The police inspector looked at the faces of all the people in the coffee house. He saw the tall, thin man and looked at him carefully. He went upto the man picked up the bowl of soup that was on his table. He then poured the soup into a glass. The necklace fell out. The police caught the man and took him away. The young woman was happy to get her necklace back.
Now answer the following questions.
A. Each of the following questions has four choices Tick the right answer. 4 × 1 = 4
1. The tall, thin man was looking at her necklace because
a) it was beautiful ( )
b) he wanted to steal it. ( )
c) he wanted to buy it ( )
d) it attracted him ( )
2. When the lights went out, the woman started shouting because
a) she was afraid of darkness ( )
b) she was alone ( )
c) she wanted some one to accompany her ( )
d) someone stole her necklace ( )
3. The owner of the coffee house shut all the doors
a) not to allow the police to come in. ( )
b) not to allow the tall and thin man get out of the coffee house ( )
c) not to allow anyone to get out of the coffee house. ( )
d) not to allow the woman to get out of coffee house. ( )
4. The tall, thin man had hidden the necklace
a) under the bowl of soup ( )
b) in the bowl of soup ( )
c) in a glass of water ( )
d) on the table among other things ( )
B. Given below are SIX statements. Three of them are true according to the passage. Find the true statements and write (T) against them in the brackets. 3 × 1 = 3
1. The young woman was sitting alone. ( )
2. The tall, thin man was sitting far away from her ( )
3. When the lights came on, the woman was crying ( )
4. The police came after the theft. ( )
5. The police inspector asked his men to search the tall, thin man ( )
6. The police inspector had no suspicion on the tall, thin man ( )
16. Read the following passage carefully.
The Egyptians were the inventors of paper. They made paper from the papyrus plant which grew in great clumps in the marshes of all along the river Nile. The papyrus plant was a tall reed which was used by the Egyptians for all sorts of purposes. They made into such things as sails, ropes, thatch and cloth, and even cooked and ate part of the stem. This plant grew out of the water to a height of about fifteen feet and had a tufted growth at the top which looked rather like a shaving brush. The stem at the thickest part was about the size of a man's wrist.
To make the papyrus into paper, the stem of the plant was first cut into pieces about a foot long. The outside skin was then peeled off and the pith cut into thin but wide slices. The slices were placed close together side by side, but not overlapping, on a slightly sloping table. The slices were flattened out by beating them gently all over with a smooth wooden mallet. A second layer of slices was then laid across the top of the others so that the strips were at right angles to those of the first layer. The hammering was then repeated until all the lumps had been removed and the sheet made quite flat. The fresh, sticky sap of the papyrus acted as a paste holding the slices firmly together. The papyrus sheet was then pressed for some time and allowed to dry in the sun. The sheet was then smoothed and polished to make the surface ready for writing upon. This was done by rubbing the surface all over very carefully with a piece of ivory or shell. The edges were still rough and these were next trimmed to produce straight-sided sheets.
This papyrus was much softer than our modern paper and soaked up ink very easily much more like our blotting paper. It was of a yellowish brown colour which was very restful to the eyes in the bright Egyptian sunshine. It had, however, the draw back of being brittle and liable to crack and split unless it was handled carefully. The warm climate of Egypt suited it well, but it soon perished when used in other countries where it was wetter than in Egypt.
Now answer the following questions.
A) The Paper made from papyrus had one advantage and one draw back. What were they? 2 × 1 = 2
ii) Draw back:
B) There are five words in List - A. The meanings of four of them are given in List - B. Choose the right word from List - A to match the meaning in List - B and write it in the space provided against each meaning. 4 × 1/2 = 2
List - A : Mallet - Perish - Slices - Stem - trim
List - B : i) Part of a plant from which the leaves grow :
ii) to be completely destroyed:
iii) to make neat or even by cutting:
iv) thin, flat pieces
C) Complete the following sentences using a word or a phrase each. 2 × 1/2 = 1
i) The papyrus slices were held together by
ii) In order to make the sheets smooth, the Egyptians used
D) The ancient Egyptians used papyrus for purposes other than paper. What were they? 2 × 1 = 2
E) Answer the questions as briefly as possible 2 × 1/2 = 1
i) What was the colour of the paper made by the Egyptians?
ii) What happened to the paper when used in wetter countries?