Time: 3 Hours - English Paper-I - Max. Marks: 100
SECTION – A
I. Annotate any two of the following. 2 × 4 = 8
a. “When you cut away all the junk, every situation is choice.”
b. “I am not dumb now.”
c. Americans have evolved certain basic key words which may be used anywhere.
d. Yesterday the microprocessor was a tool. Today it is a partner.
II. Annotate any two of the following. 2 × 4 = 8
a. “See how the speckled sky burns like a pigeon throat Jewelled with embers of opal and peridot”
b. “All lovers young, all lovers must Consign to thee, and come to dust.”
c. “You must look at them like Tarzans looking at an uppity ape in the jungle,”
d. “Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.”
III. Answer any two questions in about 75 words. 2 × 4 = 8
a. “Describe the relationship between Livingstone and Chumah.”
b. As a child, why did Helen have ‘wild gusts of rage’?
c. In what way was Churchill lucky in passing the preliminary examination to enter Sandhurst?
d. Why is the microprocessor a meta-invention?
IV. Answer any two questions in about 75 words. 2 × 4 = 8
a. What is the theme of the poem ‘Nightfall in the City of Hyderabad’?
b. Explain the golden rule of bankers with an illustration.
c. How does Shakespeare develop the theme of Time and Death in “Fear No More”?
d. Explain the use of refrain in the poem ‘Say This City Has Ten Million Souls’.
V. Answer any one of the following questions in about 150 words. 1 × 8 = 8
a. Describe the events that happened to Sastri when he was asked to ‘avoid all avoidable talk’?
b. “When the Vallins rejoice the homecoming of Jean, the Tuvaches had to bid farewell to Charlot.” Discuss.
c. How does the short-story ‘Bonsai Life’ support the view that girls should be well-educated?
SECTION – B
VI. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions.
Sleep is as important to a healthy life-style as eating properly and exercising. On an average, a healthy adult requires just over eight hours of sleep at night. Yet, polls show that increasing number of people is suffering from sleep disorders or significant sleep loss (six and a half hours or less of a sleep at night). A study shows that twenty-nine per cent of Indians went to sleep only after midnight and sixty-one per cent slept for seven hours or less. Sleep is crucial to maintaining your health. Without it, you increase your weakness to a wide rage of health problems, increasing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression. Poor sleep can affect the immune system. The immune system works best when you are asleep. That is when the natural killer cells are generated in the bone marrow. These killer cells help in protecting the body against viruses, bacteria and even cancer. The killer cells do not work properly when there is sleep deficiency. 5 × 1 = 5
1. How long should a healthy adult sleep a night?
2. What does the study show about sleep on the part of Indians?
3. Lack of sleep results in at least two health disorders. Mention any two.
4. Describe the function of killer cells in human body.
5. The author wants to convey that …………..
a. sleep makes us look young and beautiful.
b. lack of sleep leads to several health disorders.
c. sleep is more essential than food for humans.
VII. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions.
Slavery can broadly be described as the ownership, buying and selling of human beings for the purpose of forced and unpaid labour. The institution of slavery is as old as civilization. Many nations and empires were built by the muscles of slaves. But what kinds of people were enslaved, and why? In ancient civilizations, slaves were usually war captives. The victors in battle might enslave the losers rather than kill them. Over time, people have found other reasons to justify slavery. Slaves were usually considered somehow different than their owners. They might belong to a different race, religion, nationality, or ethnic background. By focusing on such differences, slave owners felt that they could deny basic human rights to their slaves. The Greeks and the Romans kept slaves as soldiers, servants, labourers and even civil servants. The Romans captured slaves from what are now Britain, France and Germany. Slave armies were kept by the Ottomans and Egyptians. 5 × 1 = 5
1. How can slavery be broadly described?
2. In ancient civilizations, what did victors in battle do?
3. What do slave owners do differently?
4. What did the Greeks and the Roman use slaves for?
5. Where did the Romans capture slaves from?
SECTION – C
Note: Answers to questions in this section should be written at one place in the answer book separately.
VIII. Fill in the blanks with ‘a’, ‘an’ or ‘the’ suitably. 6 × 1/2 = 3
1. He visits the U.S. once ……..year.
2. I keep …… cool head in …..emergency.
3. My laptop is ……….HCL product.
4. ……. more you speak ……..worse it is.
IX. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions. 6 × 1/2 = 3
1. My daughter fell asleep …….. the film last night.
2. Elizabeth invited me …….. her wedding yesterday.
3. Usually I am not very keen …….. sea food.
4. He was absent ……… the class yesterday.
5. She prefers to use internet …….. her own time.
6. He often buys a magazine to read ….. the train.
X. Fill in the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs given in brackets. 5 × 1 = 5
1. The sun ………… (rise) in the east.
2. Listen! Someone ………….( come ) to our house.
3. They ……………………….. (learn) music since 2005.
4. We …………. (enter) the class a moment ago.
5. She saw me while I ………….. (go) to the college yesterday.
XI. Rewrite the following sentences as directed. 5 × 1 = 5
1. We have painted the house. (Rewrite the sentence beginning with The house….)
2. He said to me, “I will meet you tomorrow.” (Change into Indirect Speech.)
3. You are a teacher. (Add the right question tag.)
4. A blind man needs help. (Change into Complex Sentence.)
5. Chennai is not larger than Kolkata. ( Change the adjective into positive degree)
XII. Rewrite the following sentences correcting the underlined part. 4 × 1 = 4
1. The new student speaks bad.
2. After the three week vacation, she looked very well.
3. If anyone comes over, take their name.
4. Laugh is the best medicine.
XIII. Supply the missing letters in the following words. 6 × 1/2 = 3
1. t r _ _ n g le 2. b a _ _ i n g 3. r e l _ _ v e
4. r e c _ _ v e 5. a m _ _ b a 6. l _ _ s u r e
XIV. Identify the silent letters in the following words. 6 × 1/2 = 3
1. honorary 2. walk 3. world 4. comb 5. listen 6. arm
XV. Identify the parts of speech of the underlined words. 6 × 1/2 = 3
1. Well, she and young John walk to school slowly.
2. After lunch let’s go out for a coffee.
3. It’s almost a four hundred metres run.
4. Don’t fan the fire please.
5. Then Mr.Raju read the letter.
6. Wait here until I come back.
XVI. Match the words in Column A with their meanings/definitions in Column B. 6 × 1/2 = 3
Column A - Column B
1. absurd ( ) a. push forward
2. propel ( ) b. make a claim
3. mute ( ) c. stretch
4. innovation ( ) d. obscure
5. choreograph ( ) e. compose and arrange dances
6. eclipse ( ) f. introduction of new ideas
XVII. Convert the following information into a pie-chart.
A survey report has certain interesting facts about the habit of lunching on the part of people. Out of 100, more than 50 percent people take lunch everyday. 25 percent of people have lunch twice a week. People who skip lunch are 15 percent and the rest never prefer lunch at all.
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