TENTH ENGLISH (E.M.) MODEL PAPER / SSC ENGLISH MODEL PAPER
PAPER - II ( ENGLISH MEDIUM ) ( THIRD LANGUAGE )
TIME: 2.30 HOURS MAX. MARKS: 50
SECTION - I
(1-5) Read the passage given below. Then answer the questions that follow it.
Write the answers in your answer book. 5 × 1 = 5
“I’ll see that he is punished. Both uncle and nephew have been murdered by him. Now then, we must prove the connection between the hound and Stapleton,” said Holmes.
We stood on either side of the body overwhelmed by the sudden disaster which had brought all our labours to such a piteous end. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles)
1. Who are the ‘we’ mentioned in the passage? Who is ‘he’?
2. Who are the uncle and nephew who are said to have been murdered?
3. What was the disaster? What were their efforts they think had gone waste?
4. Whose was the body which they stood on either side?
5. Who did they think the dead man to be? What made them think so?
(6-10) Read the passage given below. Then answer the questions that follow it. Write the answers in your answer book. 5 × 1 = 5
I couldn’t disagree more violently. To say that it is part of natural evolution is nonsense. It is just begging the question. It is like a man owning a blood bank and saying to somebody who is bleeding to death: ‘Oh we’ve plenty of blood, old boy, but we can’t give you a transfusion because it’s in the scheme of things that you should die now.’
‘Ah, but,’ people say, ‘that’s what happened in the old days, it doesn’t happen now. You’ve got reserves and so forth where animals are safe. We don’t do that sort of thing now-a-days.’ To people who believe this I can only quote a few more up-to-date figures to make the picture a little clearer. (Gerald Durrell -Animals forever)
6. What does Durrell violently disagree?
7. What does ‘begging the question’ mean?
8. What do people generally think doesn’t happen now?
9. What are the up-to-date figures he proceeds to give?
10. What does he wish to explain by giving the example of the blood bank owner?
SECTION - II
(11-19) Answer FIVE questions, choosing at least TWO from each set. 5 × 2 = 10
SET - A
11. What are the conclusions of Dr. Watson about the visitor’s stick? Which of them were right?
12. What are the private facts about the case that Mortimer hadn’t disclosed? Why did hadn’t he disclosed them?
13. What do Watson and Sir Henry experience when they go to find Selden?
14. What was the sad story of Laura Lyons? How did Stapleton use her?
15. What are the two things Holmes hadn’t foreseen when he planned to use Sir Henry as bait to catch Stapleton?
SET - B
16. Why was Laurie punished at school? Why didn’t his parents know about it?
17. What does Thoreau call gold or silver chains? Why does he feel so?
18. How was Miss Leslie different from other stenographers?
19. Why does Martin Luther King call their battle creative?
SECTION - III
(20-21) Rearrange the scrambled sentences in each set (A&B) to form a meaningful paragraph. Do not copy the actual sentences in your answer-book. Write only the letters corresponding to the sentences in the proper order. 2 × 2 1/ 2 = 5
SET - A
20. (a) So the juggler starts tossing and juggling the knives.
(b) "What are those knives doing in your car?" asked the officer.
(c) "I juggle them in my act." "Oh yeah?" says the cop, "Let's see you do it."
(d) A Juggler, driving to his next performance, was stopped by the police.
(e) A guy driving by sees this and says, "Wow, am I glad I quit drinking. Look at the test they're making you do now!"
SET - B
21. (a) The first of such kind was in Mumbai, where he accompanied Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and later gave jugalbandi concerts with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Kishori Amonkar, among others.
(b) Balamuralikrishna started his career at a very young age.
(c) His immense versatility in all the fields of music, his mesmerizing voice, his unique way of rendering the compositions helped him to carve out a niche in the Music era.
(d) He collaborated with the top musicians in the Hindustani circle and is known to be the first to start the jugulbandi type of concerts.
(e) These concerts made him popular throughout the country and also helped in national integration through music.
22. Read the following advertisement which appeared in a newspaper. Write a mail/ letter to the above address applying for one of the jobs, asking details that you may consider necessary. 5 Marks.
Hot jobs are back again-Current vacancies
Leading Five-star hotel in Mumbai & Chennai
Front office assistant-10 nos. Rs 10220 pm+ allowance up to Rs 5000
Housekeeping Attendant-10 nos. Rs 10220 pm+ allowance up to Rs 4000
Write to: Jobshop , Warriam Road ,Chennai-16
23. Read the following dialogue. Then write a paragraph expressing your views on the topic discussed in the dialogue. 5 Marks
Raju: My father scolded me last night.
Mohan: Why? What did you do?
Raju: I was watching an important cricket match- you see the world cup matches have started.
Mohan: But you need to know your priorities too. Our board exams are round the corner and don’t you think you ought to be devoting your time to studies?
(24-25) Read the newspaper report given below:
One of the top soft skills which have redefined professional success is Spoken English. Parents are trying to start early to speak whatever little English possible with their young ones no matter what their local dialect is. Yes, of course mastery over any language is a must. But Spoken English has redefined professional success. Many finishing schools are trying to give knowledge of soft skills in which business English is a must.
24. Imagine that you have recently completed your professional course. Write a letter to your younger brother/ sister mentioning the problems you are facing in getting a good job due to your lack of soft skills and advising him/ her to pay attention to developing soft skills. 10 Marks
25. Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper mentioning the need to make the development of soft skills a part of professional courses too. 5 Marks.