Previous Year HS English Question – 2020, WBCHSE

  ENGLISH-B (New Syllabus)

Total Time: 3 Hours 15 minutes  [Full Marks: 80]

     Instructions to the Candidates

1. Special credit will be given for answers which are brief and to the point.

2. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting.

3. Figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions.

     PART A Marks: 60]

1. Answer any two of the following questions, each in about 100 words: [6 x 2 = 12]

(a) “I’m tired of people telling me I have a pretty face.”

-Who said this, to whom and when? What did the person spoken to reply? [1+1+2+2]

 (b) People of different religions would be sitting outside waiting for him.”

-Who is referred to as ‘him’? Where did the people wait? Why did they wait there? What would happen thereafter? [1+1+2+2]

 (c)What had Mrs Jones guessed to be the real reason behind Roger’s action? What was the real reason? What did Mrs Jones do so that Roger could fulfil his wish? What did she tell him then? [1+1+1+3]

(d) What were the three questions the Tsar wanted to be answered? Why did he need the answers? Why was he dissatisfied with the answers given by the scholars and learned men? [3+ 1+ 2]

2. Answer any two of the following questions, each in about 100 words: [6 x 2 = 12]

(a) “And then it is done.”

– What is being referred to? How is it done? On what tone does the poem end? [1+3+2]

 (b) “The humming insects don’t disturb his rest.”

-Who rests and where? Why is his rest not disturbed by the insects? [1+2+3)

 (e) What do the rough winds do? What does the poet mean by ‘summer’s lease’? How is the friend’s beauty superior to the summer’s day?[1+1+4]

(d) Identify the voices of the ‘Poetry of Earth’. How does Keats establish its continuity through these voices? [2+4]

3. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words: [6 x 1 = 6]

(a))”And it’s impossible for me not to marry.”

-Why is the speaker so interested to marry? Whom does he want to marry? Why? [3+1+2]

 (b))”I’ve been hoping for it for a long time.”

– Who is the speaker? What does ‘it’ refer to? How did the speaker come to know about ‘it’? What more did the speaker say in this context? [1+1+1+3]

(c) “Bring him back! Back! Ah! Bring him here.”

-Who says this and to whom? When is this said? What impression of the speaker can be formed from this remark? [1+1+2+2]

4. (a) Do as directed: [1 x6 = 6]

(i) The hermit was digging the ground. [Change the voice]

(ii) Lomov: I’ll show you the documents, Natalya Stepanovna! [Change into Indirect speech]

(iii) There was a very old mosque in our locality where my father would take me for evening prayers. [Split into two simple sentences]

(iv) The poetry of earth is never dead. [Turn into an affirmative sentence]

(v) He answered in a low deep voice. [Use the underlined word as a noun and rewrite the sentence]

(vi) The sun’s rays were bright. They lit up the valley. [Combine and turn into a simple sentence]

 (b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and/or prepositions: [1/₂x6 =3]

(b) I moved easily _____  the berth and felt _____  the window ledge. The window was open and I faced it, making a pretence _____ studying the landscape. I heard the panting _____ the engine, the rumble of the wheels, and, _____  my mind’s eye, I could see telegraph posts flashing _____.

(c) Correct the error in the following sentence by replacing the underlined word with the right one from the options given below: [1 x 1 = 1]

I would say my was a very secure childhood.

[(i) I (ii) me (iii) mine]

5 Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

In 1955, with the release of his first feature film, ‘Pather Panchali’, Satyajit Ray became an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. His reputation further surged with the completion of the ‘Apu Trilogy’ (1959), considered by some critics to be the greatest cinematic set ever made. By the time of his death in 1992, Ray had made twenty-nine features and seven documentaries and shorts. Working with simple tools, he fashioned tales, both visual and literary, that were straightforward in their presentation yet richly complex in their capacity to suggest multiple meanings and interpretations. He wrote his own screenplays, handled the camera, and did his own editing work as well. After 1962, he began scoring music for all his films. Trained as a graphic artist, he sketched out each scene before shooting and designed the posters that publicized his new releases.

Satyajit Ray was born on 2 May 1921 in Kolkata to Sukumar and Suprabha Ray. He was born into a distinguished family of artists, writers, musicians, scientists, and physicians. His grandfather, Upendra Kishore, was an innovator, a writer of children’s storybooks (popular to this day), an illustrator, printer, and musician. Ray’s father Sukumar, trained as a printing technologist in England, was Bengal’s most beloved nonsense rhyme writer, illustrator, and cartoonist. He died when Satyajit was only two and a half years old.

(a) State whether the following statements are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F for False statements. (You need not write the sentences, write ‘T’ or ‘F’ only) [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) ‘Pather Panchali’ was Satyajit Ray’s first feature film.

(ii) Ray always scored music for his films.

(iii) Ray’s films had multiple meanings and interpretations.

(iv) Ray’s grandfather was only a writer of children’s storybooks.

 (b) Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: [2 x 3 = 6]

(i) Why did Ray’s reputation surge after 1959?

(ii) Why was Satyajit Ray’s father famous?

(iii) Mention any three activities Ray undertook for his films, apart from directing them.

(a) Write a report on the seminar ‘Plant Tree, Save Life and Water’ organised by your school. The report will be published in your school magazine. Mention the role of the students and teachers, purpose of the seminar, participation and response, and so on. (Word limit: 150 words) [2+8=10]


(b) You have lost your bank passbook. Write a letter to the manager of the bank requesting him to issue a duplicate passbook. (Word limit: 150 words) [2+8=10]


(e) Write a précis of the following passage. Add a suitable title. [2+8=10]

No one can deny the importance of history in our civilisation. No study of the present is complete without a reference to the past. If we go to history for a mere catalogue of facts and a record of annals and dates, we will be mistaken. We will only know the surface reality. The proper study of history lies in the relation of the past with the present; how the present relates to the past, and what happened in the past has a profound connection with the present. It is from history that we come to learn how misfortunes could have been avoided or how people could take lessons from good things. Such knowledge would surely help in the progress of civilisation. The real understanding of history lies in this. [129 words]

PART B (Marks: 20]

Multiple Choice Type Questions (MCQ) & Short Answer Type Questions (SAQ) of 1 mark

 Marks Awarded 
 …………………………………………Signature of the invigilatorMCQ=______________
Signature of the Examiner
 Total =Awarded marks must be posted in the cage provided on the First page of the main Answer Script of the Candidate

Instructions to the Candidates:

1. The candidates are required to write his/her Full Name, Roll Number and Registration Number on the Question-cum-Answer Booklet according to the Admit Card issued by the Council (If it is wrongly written, the Question-cum-Answer Booklet may be rejected). It is compulsory for the examinee to get the Question-cum-Answer Booklet signed by the invigilator in the space provided.

2. A box is provided at the right side against each question of MCQ. You must write the correct choice (a, b, c or d) in this box. For SAQ of 1 mark, the answer is to be written in the specific given space against each question, not anywhere else.

3. After completion of the examination this Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be tied securely with the main Answer-script.

1. Complete each of the following sentences, choosing the correct option from the alternatives provided: [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) The words of Abdul Kalam’s father filled him with a strange energy and –

(a) relief                (b) enthusiasm

(c) perseverance (d) determination – ☐

(ii) The most necessary man is he –

(a) with whom you work (b) with whom you are

(c) with whom you live  (d) who helps you in trouble – ☐

(iii) What tantalized the narrator was the –

(a) ringing laugh of the girl

(b) sweet talk of the girl

(c) the melodious voice of the girl

(d) perfume of the girl’s hair – ☐

(iv) Mrs Jones wanted to teach Roger –

(a) right from wrong (b) what was right

(c) what was wrong  (d) what he should be – ☐

2. Answer any four of the following questions, each in a complete sentence : [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) What did the wounded man promise the Tsar?


(ii) What was the second question of the Tsar?


(iii) What lesson of his life did Roger learn at the end of the story from Mrs Jones?


(iv) Why did Mrs Jones call the boy a liar?


Who was a very close friend of Abdul Kalam’s father?


(vi) How was Abdul Kalam’s mother’s lineage different from his father’s?


(vi) What did the narrator ask the new fellow traveller about the girl?


(viii) Why did the narrator think that his voice must have startled the girl?


3. Complete each of the following sentences, choosing the correct option from the alternatives provided : [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) The words ‘red holes’ mean –

(a) spots of blood clots

(b) red flowers in the valley

 (c) bullet wounds (d) none of these – ☐

(ii) Being tired the grasshopper rests beneath –

(a) a tree (b) a bush

(c) some pleasant weed (d) grassy hill – ☐

(iii) The poet seems to suggest that in order to kill a tree –

(a) plucking out all the leaves will do the job

(b) some pain will do the job

(c) cutting the branches will do the job

(d) total destruction of the roots will do the job – ☐

(iv) ‘But thy eternal summer shall not fade’-here ‘thy’ refers to

(a) Shakespeare (b) the sun

(c) Shakespeare’s friend

(d) the season of summer – ☐

4. Answer any four of the following questions, each in a complete sentence: [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) Whose voice shall run from hedge to hedge?


(ii) What does Keats celebrate in the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’?


(ii) What does the line ‘And every fair from fair sometimes decline’ mean?


(iv) In which month can the ‘darling buds’ be seen?


(v) Where are the feet of the soldier placed?


(vi) What is the soldier’s smile compared to?


(vii) In what form of verse is the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’ written?


(viii) What is meant by ‘leprous hide’?


5. Complete each of the following sentences, choosing the correct option from the alternatives provided: [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) The first argument between Lomov and Natalya was over –

(a) Land               (b) Labour

(c) Hunting dogs (d) Inheritance – ☐

(ii) When Natalya comes to know that Lomov had come to propose to her, she asks her father to –

(a) never allow him again (b) take him to court

(c) get him by the neck      (d) bring him back – ☐

(iii) When Lomov arrived, Natalya was –

(a) instructing her mowers

(b) shelling peas for drying

(c) stacking hay (d) reading a book – ☐

(iv) Lomov hoped to go for shooting –

(a) before the harvest (b) in November

(c) in June     (d) after the harvest – ☐

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