ENGLISH-B (New Syllabus)
Total Time: 3 Hours 15 minutes [Full Marks: 80]
Special credit will be given for answers which are brief and to the point. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting. Figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions.
1. Complete the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answers from the alternatives given: [1 x 5 = 5]
(i) Leela knew –
(a) all the letters (b) none of the letters (c) 10 or 12 letters (d) 2 or 3 letters
(ii) What type of woman is Lachmi? –
(a) Traditional (b) Selfish (c) Dogmatic (d) Aristocrat
(iii) Jimmy decided to buy his wedding suit from –
(a) Elmore (b) Richmond Abbey (c) Little Rock (d) Springfield
(iv) A student, having no sense of beauty, keeps paper flowers in-
(a) earthen pots (b) tea cups (c) flower vases (d) used cocoa tins
(v) The unborn child of Elizabeth –
(a) was the first messenger of peace (b) was Jesus (c) recognized the Prince of England (d) was a hater of mankind
2. Answer any five of the following questions in a single sentence each: [1 x 5 = 5]
(a) “I told you to take it off and put it in the box.” – What does ‘it’ refer to here?
(b) What was Mr Sivasanker’s profession?
(c) What was Sir Mohanlal’s profession?
(d) Where did Jimmy Valentine work during the ten months of his imprisonment?
(e) How will the time of ‘Art Festival’ in a school be decided?
(f) What, according to Mother Teresa, is the importance of a smile?
(g) Who struck Sir Mohanlal on the face?
(h) How old was Agatha who got trapped inside the vault?
(i) What, according to Nandalal Bose, is the object of education?
(j) Whom should we love to love God as advised by St. John?
3. Answer any two of the following questions in not more than 100 words each: [5 × 2 = 10]
(a) “Sidda, come and play!”
Who is the speaker? What would Sidda do when he heard this call? What kind of games did the speaker play? [1+1+3]
(b) “Preposterous, preposterous!” he shouted.
Who shouted and why? What was the result? [1 +1+3]
(c) Mr, Ralph D Spencer, the phoenix that arose from Jimmy Valentine’s ashes……”
Who is Ralph D Spencer? What is Phoenix? Why has the comparison been made? [1+ 2+2]
(d) What example did Nandalal Bose give to support his view that “The vitality of a work of art lies in its sense of beauty and order”? 
(e) “And she died with a smile on her face”
How did she die with a smile on her face?
4. Complete the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answers from the alternatives given: [1 x 5 = 5]
(i) In Upon Westminster Bridge’, the poet views the city –
(a) in the morning (b) at noon (c) in the evening (d) at night
(ii) In the poem ‘Brotherhood’ the night is –
(a) enormous (b) dark (c) short (d) silent
(iii) The ‘yellow light’ is the poet’s –
(a) friend (b) enemy (c) companion (d) guiding light for destination
(iv) ‘Dark’ in the poem ‘The Sick Rose’, stands for –
(a) innocence (b) experience (c) natural (d) unnatural
(v) In the poem ‘Daybreak’, the wind whispers to –
(a) the rain (b) the dead (c) the fields of corn (d) the belfry-tower
5. Answer any five of the following questions in a single sentence each: [1 x 5 = 5]
(a) What does the poet see from the Westminster Bridge?
(b) How does the poet introduce himself in the poem ‘Brotherhood’?
(c) What does the image ‘fiery ringlets’ suggest?
(d) Why is the worm called ‘invisible’?
(e) What did the wind urge the bell to do?
(f) Whose voice responds to the tap at the pane?
(g) Who spells out the poet’s destiny?
(h) How many fields will the poet have to cross before a farm appears?
(i) What garment did the city wear?
(j) Why is the city of London silent and bare?
6. Answer any two of the following questions in not more than 100 words each: [5 x 2 = 10]
(a) ‘A sight so touching in its majesty’- What is the sight referred to here? What does the poet feel about the sight? Who would be dull of soul and why? [1 +1+3]
(b) In the poem ‘Brotherhood’ what does the poet say about his position on earth? What does the poet mean by ‘I too am written’? How does he understand this? [2+2+1]
(c) “And a voice less loud… beating each to each.”
Whose voice is referred to here? Why is the voice full of joy and fear? Describe the meeting. [1 + 1 + 3]
(d) ‘Has found out thy bed/of crimson joy.’
Whom does the word ‘thy’ refer to? What did he find and when? What does the expression ‘crimson joy’ suggest? [1+2+2]
(e) Justify the title of the poem ‘Daybreak’. 
7. Complete the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answers from the alternatives given (attempt any five): [1 x 5=5]
(i) The Duke, Orsino, confined to Cesario the account of his love for –
(a) Rosalind (b) Ophelia (c) Viola (d) Olivia
(ii) The offence committed by Antonio for which he was arrested was –
(a) he had killed the Duke’s nephew (b) he had injured the Duke’s nephew (c) he had killed the Duke (d) he had injured the Duke
(iii)The first of the three witches saluted Macbeth with the title of –
(a) Thane of Glamis (b) Thane of Cawdor (c) King of Scotland (d) Great General
(iv) “Lesser than Macbeth and greater.” The man who was talked about is –
(a) Macduff’s father (b) an Irish general (c) Malcolm’s father (d) Banquo
(v) Othello’s tragedy lies in his –
(a) trust on Iago (b) pride (c) cruelty (d) extreme love for Cassio
(vi) When Rosalind came to know that Orlando was the son of her father’s friend, she gave him –
(a) a gold ring
(b) a gold coin (c) a gold chain (d) a gold earring
(vii) Othello’s first gift to Desdemona was a –
(a) fan (b) gown (c) book (d) handkerchief
(vii) ‘The Comedy of Errors’ is set in the city of –
(a) Illyria (b) Syracuse (c) Ephesus (d) Corinth
(ix) Oliver planned to murder Orlando after he won the wrestling match –
(a) by burning him alive when he slept (b) by sprinkling poisonous juice on his clothes (c) by giving him poisonous food (d) by hiring assassins to kill him
(x) The fishermen who rescued Aegeon’s wife and children from the storm were from –
(a) Greece (b) France (c) Corinth (d) Spain
8. Answer any one of the following questions in not more than 100 words: [5 x 1 = 5]
(a) Describe the first meeting of Olivia and Cesario. 
(b) Why did Macbeth want to murder Banquo and his sons? How was Banquo murdered? [2+3]
(c) Discuss how Othello’s love for Desdemona changed into mistrust in the story. 
(d) Who was Aegeon? How did he arrive at Ephesus? What made the Duke pity on Aegeon? [1+1+3]
(e) Sketch how Iago has been characterized in ‘Othello’. 
9. (a) Rewrite the following sentences as directed without changing their meaning: [1 x 7 = 7]
(i) Sir, do you want a servant? [Change the voice]
(ii) All the mighty heart is lying still. [Change into Complex sentence]
(iii) Annabel’s pride in him almost equalled her affection. [Use the Adjective form of ‘pride’]
(iv) Mr Sivasanker was unable to make up his mind. He called his wife. [Joint into a single sentence]
(v) “I see in the hostel rooms shirts hanging from picture frames,” says Nandalal Bose. [Change the mode of Narration]
(vi) And so let us meet each other with a smile. [Change into Negative sentence]
(vii) I am grateful for what I have received. [Split into two simple sentences]
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and Prepositions: [¹/₂ x6 =3]
The tail end _____ _____ train appeared with _____ red light and _____ guard standing _____ the open doorway with the flags _____ hands.
10. Write a paragraph in about 150-200 words on tolerance. 
[Hints Introduction– based on “Live and Let Live” — tolerance essential in a family life, social life and national life tolerance ensures peace and prosperity — result of intolerance — begets hostility and communal riots — conclusion]
Develop the following outline into a short story in about 150 to 200 words. Give your story a suitable title. [2+8=10]
[A little boy – birthday – received money from father as gift – went to buy toys – saw a beggar – pale and hungry – boy’s heart softened – gave all money to him – found new joy.]
11. Draft an advertisement for the classified of an English daily in not more than 50 words for an essay competition on the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago speech, organized by a social activist club in your locality. 
You want to provide accommodation to Student paying Guests in your house. Draft an advertisement for the classified of an English daily in not more than 50 words giving details of the accommodation. 
12. Prepare a commercial leaflet in not more than 50 words for a Mobile Phone Shop opening shortly in your area. 
Design a commercial leaflet in not more than 50 words for an upcoming tour programme of a Travel Agency. 
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