1.Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences:
a)The poet asks for a sail the colour of which would be –
i)blue [ ]
ii)grey [ ]
iii)black [ ]
iv)white [ ✓ ]
b)While going down to the sea, the poet wants to hear the crying of –
i)seagulls [ ✓ ]
ii)cuckoos [ ]
iii)eagles [ ]
iv)swallows [ ]
c)The wind on the sea is like a whetted –
i)sword [ ]
ii)axe [ ]
iii)knife [ ✓ ]
iv)spear [ ]
2.State whether the following statements are True or False. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer:
a)To steer the ship the poet needs the moon.[False ]
Supporting statement: ‘…….and a star to steer her by.’
b)The call of the running tide is wild and clear.[True ]
Supporting statement: ‘The running tide / Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.’
c)The poet is going out to the sea for the first time.[False ]
Supporting statement: ‘I must go down to the sea again.’
3.Answer the following questions:
a)During what time of the day does the poet wish to go down to the sea?
Ans. The poet wishes to go down to the sea at the time of dawn breaking.
b)What kind of day does the poet prefer for sailing?
Ans. For sailing, the poet prefers a windy day with white clouds flying.
c)What does the poet prefer to hear from a fellow rover?
Ans. The poet prefers to hear a merry yarn from a fellow rover.
Grammar in use
4.Do as directed
a)What a shocking sight! (Change into an assertive sentence)
Ans. It is a great shocking sight.
b)I am sure of his success. (Change into a complex sentence)
Ans. I am sure that he will succeed.
c)Snigdha is not wise but also brave. (Change into a simple sentence)
Ans. Besides being wise Snigdha is brave.
5. Write a summary of the following passage (within 100 words):
Egyptian kings are called Pharaohs. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian king who ruled between 1331 – 1323 BC. Tutankhamun was very young when he became the king. He was only ten years old when he ascended the throne. He was the son of Akhenaten who was also a pharaoh. As the king, Tutankhamun undertook many building projects. These building projects were centred around Thebes and Karnak. Tutankhamun built many temples and monuments. At that time many temples were in ruins. Tutankhamun ordered them to be rebuilt. Tutankhamun had various physical disabilities. He suffered from ill health for a long period of his life. Tutankhamun required the support of a cane to walk because of his physical disabilities.
In ancient Egypt, the body of a pharaoh was preserved after his death. This preserved body was known as the mummy. The preserved body of Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter, an Englishman. He discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. The tomb was nearly intact when it was discovered. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb attracted wide interest all over the world. The discovery sparked an interest in ancient Egypt. (183 words)
Ans. Tutankhamun, the son of Akhenaten, was an Egyptian pharaoh. He ascended the throne at the very young age of ten. He built so many temples and buildings around Thebes and Karnak. He used to walk with the help of a cane as he was suffering from many physical disabilities. The dead bodies of the Egyptian kings were preserved as mummies. Howard Carter discovered the tomb and mummy of Tutankhamun. This discovery attracted the whole world to the ancient glory of Egypt.
6.Write a newspaper report (within 100 words) on the incident of burglary in a flat in Kolkata using the following points:
[date and place – time – occupants of the house – numbers of robbers – list of articles stolen – police investigation]
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