Madhyamik Examination (WBBSE) – 2018
ENGLISH (Second Language)
[Reading Comprehension (Seen)]
1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
It is the last time we shall be walking with Bapu. It was an agonizing walk. Thousands silently watched the procession. Bapu lay on an open truck covered with flowers. Thousands of people wept, trying to touch Bapu’s feet. It was impossible to move in the thick crowd.
As I moved forward slowly I understood I was not merely in the midst of grieving people. This was even more than the funeral procession of India’s beloved leader. I was among people for whom walking with Bapu had a special meaning. We had walked with Bapu over the rough and smooth of India’s recent history. We could not now accept the fact that the man who had led us over many difficult paths, was never going to walk with us again. Bapu’s slight figure had walked, staff in hand, over a large part of India. To walk is to make slow progress. It is to think with clarity and closely look at all that is around you, from small insects to the horizon in the distance. Moreover to walk was often the only way open to the average Indian. It required no vehicle except his own body and cost him nothing but his energy.
A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences: 1 x 5=5
(i) The last walk with Bapu was—
(a) pleasant (b) painful (c) strange (d) delightful
Ans. (b) painful
(ii) According to the narrator, walking with Bapu was—
(a) quite boring (b) a usual affair (c) not a commonplace affair (d) meaningless
Ans. (c) not a commonplace affair
(iii) While walking, Bapu used to carry a —
(a) staff (b) flag (c) book (d) bag
Ans. (a) staff
(iv) The narrator comments that to walk is to make—
(a) a tiresome journey (b) no progress (c) rapid progress (d) slow progress
Ans. (d) slow progress
(v) According to the narrator, walk required—
(a) a lot of money (b) vehicle (c) one’s own body and energy (d) a walking stick
Ans. c) one’s own body and energy
B. Complete the following sentences with information from the text : 1×3=3
(i) Bapu was being carried ——————
Ans. on an open truck covered with flowers;
(ii) Thousands of people were eager to ————
Ans. touch Bapu’s feet;
(iii) Indian’s recent history was both ————
C. Fill in the chart with information from the text: 2×2=4
2. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow:
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
Ami all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
A. Write the correct alternatives to complete the following sentences: 1 x 4=4
(i) The call of the running tide—
(a) can be easily denied (b) cannot be denied (c) is not at all attractive (d) is most discouraging
Ans. (b) cannot be denied
(ii) The poet would like to hear the cry of the—
(a) nightingale (b) skylark (c) cuckoo
(iii) The poet likes to lead a gypsy life because it is—
(a) a carefree life full of adventures (b) full of responsibilities (c) full of luxury (d) dull and uninteresting
Ans. (a) a carefree life full of adventures
(iv) The wind on the sea is like a whetted—
(a) sword (b) arrow (c) spear (d) knife
Ans. (d) knife
B. State whether the following statements are True or False. Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false in the boxes on the right-hand side. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answers: 2×2=4
(i) The poet is not going out to the sea for the first time.
Ans. T (S.s; must go down to the seas again)
(ii) The poet does not want to sleep when the journey is over.
Supporting statement: —————————.
Ans. F (S.s; and quite Sleep and a Sweet dream When the Long trick’s Over)
[Reading Comprehension (Unseen)]
3. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
For the second year in a row, tiger population in the Indian Sundarbans has shown an increase. This year, a camera-trap exercise has captured at least six more tigers in the mangroves.
According to a forester associated with the exercise, 87 unique frames were captured by the camera-traps in the mangroves, including the tiger reserve area and the South 24 Parganas forest division. The count was 81 last year. The latest exercise was conducted between December 2016 and June 2017.
The mangroves is home to at least 87 tigers, with the possibility of more big cats being present, said the forester. He further added, “It’s not possible to photograph all the tigers in a forest.”
While the average figure is yet to be analysed, officials expect the number to be around 90 this time, compared to last year’s 81. “The trend is positive, but we are still in the process of analysing the final figure that will also be checked by the Wildlife Institute of India,” said the Chief Wildlife Warden Ravikant Sinha.
He, however, added that the cubs which were camera-trapped last year have grown up and have probably been photographed again this year. This. he observes, can be a reason behind the positive trend.
Sources revealed that while 62 tigers were photographed in the tiger reserve area—seven more than last year—25 were clicked in the South 24 Parganas division, the forests outside the core area. Pictures of three cubs were also captured, though they were not included in the final figure.
All eyes are now on the 1500 sq. km South 24 Parganas forest division that has added, at least, eight tigers in the last five years. It recorded seventeen tigers when the camera-trap exercise was first conducted in 2012.
[Adapted from a report published in The Times .of India, dated June 30, 2017]
A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences: 1×6=6
(i) For two successive years the number of tigers in the Indian Sundarbans has—
(a) been captured (b) decreased (c) increased (d) remained the same
Ans. (c) increased
(ii) 87 unique photographs of tigers were captured by—
(a) a forester (b) the camera-traps (c) officials (d) hunters
Ans. (b) the camera-traps
(iii) The mangroves shelter—
(a) 87 tigers (b) 81 tigers (c) 25 tigers (d) more than 87 tigers
Ans. (a) 87 tigers
(iv) Ravikant Sinha is—
(a) the Chief Wildlife Warden (b) a photographer (c) a journalist (d) a minor forest official
Ans. (a) the Chief Wildlife Warden
(v) The number of tigers photographed last year was—
(a) 81 (b) 90 (c) 55 (d) 62
Ans. (a) 81
(vi) The camera-trap exercise was conducted for the first time in—
(a) 2016 (b) 2012 (c) 2017 (d) 1986
Ans. (b) 2012
B. Each of the following statements is either True or False. Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false in the boxes on the right-hand side. Also pick out suitable line (s) or phrase (s) from the passage in support of your answers: (1+I)x3=6
(i) The camera traps were laid only in the forest division of the South 24 Parganas.
Ans. F (SS: According to a forester…South 24 parganas forest divition)
(ii) According to a forester, it is impossible to photograph all the tigers in a forest.
Ans. T (SS: He further Added, “It is not Possible to photograph all the tigers in a forest):
(iii) The average number of tigers has not yet been calculated.
Ans. T (SS: While the average figure is yet to be analysed).
C. Answer the following questions: 2×4=8
(i) Which trend, according to the reporter is positive ?
Ans. ) set out;
(ii) What is the observation of the Chief Wildlife Warden regarding the increase in tiger population ?
Ans. (ii) make out;
(iii) How many tigers were clicked in the tiger reserve area and how many in the forests outside the core area ?
Ans. (iii) gave up. 6
(iv) State the number of tigers added to the tiger population in the last five years in the South 24 Parganas forest division.
SECTION—B [Grammar and Vocabulary]
4. Write the correct alternatives to fill in the blanks: 1×3=3
Although children ——— (love / has love / are love) outdoor games, their parents —— (is considering / consider / has considered) their interest as harmful and meaningless. A child who spends time and energy in outdoor activities —— (grows / had grown / is growing) up to be healthy and strong.
Ans. Ans. Love, Concider, Grows
5. Do as directed:
A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions: 1×3=3
In —— evening they would sit together —— the dining table and rearrange the stamps. He had —— album for each country.
Ans. The, at, an
B. (i) Garbage causes pollution. It may be used as a source of energy. 1×3=3
(Join into a single sentence using a relative clause)
Ans. (i) Garbage which causes pollution may be used as a source of energy.
(ii) The teacher delivered a lecture to a group of students. (Change the voice)
Ans. lecture was delivered to a group of students by the teacher
(iii) The trainer said, “Why is everybody late today ?”
(Change into indirect speech)
Ans. The teacher asked why everybody was late that day.
C. Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs in the boxes on the right-hand side changing the form where necessary. There is one extra phrasal verb in the list: 1×3=3
(i) They started their journey early in the morning. ◘
(ii) I cannot understand what you are saying. ◘
(iii) The man abandoned evil company. ◘
[List: make out, give up, give off, set out]
6. Given below are the meanings of four words which you will find in Question No. 3. Find out the words and write them in the appropriate boxes on the right-hand side. 2×4=8
(i) recorded in camera.
Ans. (i) captured
(ii) studied and explained.
(iii) definite and sure.
Ans. (iii) final
(iv) a person in charge of a particular place.
Ans. (iv) warden.
7. Write a letter to the Inspector-in-Charge of your local police station complaining about the loss of your mobile phone in your area. Give details of the phone and the way in which it was lost: ` 10
Ans. The Inspector-in-Charge
Lake Town Police Station
Kolkata – 700055
Sub: Loss of mobile phone
Keya Sinha want to inform you that, yesterday my mobile phone has been stolen. It was a brand new Samsung Galaxy J2. The IMEI number of the phone is J200109126.
Yesterday around 4.30 in the afternoon I was walking back home from college. As I was crossing the Lake Town swimming pool, suddenly two boys riding on a motorbike came and snatched the phone away from my hand. Since the area adjacent to the swimming pool is a bit desolate, no one was there to help me. They were wearing helmets and I could not see their faces.
1However, I have lodged an FIR and request you to look into the matter. Kindly take necessary action to recover my lost mobile phone.
221, Block C Yours sincerely
Lake Town Keya Sinha
Kolkata – 700055
8. Write a biography of Virat Kohli (within 100 words) using the following points: 10
Date of Birth: 5th November, 1988, Delhi.
Father: Prem Kohli, criminal lawyer.
Mother: Saroj Kohli, homemaker,
Showed interest in cricket at the age of three. Enrolled at West Delhi Cricket Academy, when nine. Right hand batsman, right-arm medium pacer, outstanding fielder. Test debut 2011— captain of the Indian team 2014. More than 5000 runs in test matches— more than 8000 run in One Day International Matches. Received Arjuna Award —2013.
Birthday: November 5, 1988
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Star Sign: Scorpio
Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricket player. He is a middle order batsman, who can also open the batting. He can also bowl right arm medium pace. He got his initial cricket training in West Delhi Cricket Academy, since its inception in 1998.
Virat Kohli played his first Test in 2011 against West Indies in Kingston. Kohli was the recipient of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012. Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy.
Virat Kohli, the epitome of aggressive sportsmanship, was born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi into a Punjabi family. His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife. He has an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna.
He was known to have had an affinity towards cricket from a very early age, as early as 3, according to some. He’d take up his bat, and ask his father to bowl to him. He studied at Vishal Bharti Public School and was raised in Uttam Nagar, Delhi. When he was a youngster, he played in the alleyways with the boys from the area, and the people around saw his talent even then. Everyone urged his father to not let his talent go to waste in gulley cricket and send him to a proper cricket coaching Academy.
In ninth grade, he shifted to Savier Convent in Paschim Vihar to help his cricket practice. Apart from sports, Kohli was good at academics as well, and his teachers remember him as “a bright and alert child“. Kohli’s family lived in Meera Bagh until 2015 when they moved to Gurgaon.
Virat Kohli has the best ever Test, ODI and Twenty20 International rating of any Indian batsman. Kohli is a chase master and has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. He is also the fastest batsman to 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket having achieved the milestones in 205 and 222 innings respectively.
He won the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the BCCI’s international cricketer of the year for the 2011–12 and 2014–15 seasons.
He received the Arjuna Award in 2013 in recognition of his achievements in international cricket.
9. Write a newspaper report (within 100 words) on the outbreak of fire In your local market. You may use the following points:
[Points: Date and time—place—cause of fire—damages—actions taken]
Ans. -By a Staff Reporter
Howrah, September 05 : : Last night a fire broke out at the local fish and vegetable market near Charu? Bazar. The market caught fire around 11.30 p.m. when the hawkars were packing their bags after a busy day. Police officials and fire department officials took prompt action and prevented a huge disaster. They suspected electrical short circuit as the reason of fire. Some shops were partially damaged. The local leaders have promised to provide financial help to the affected shopkeepers. A high-level investigation into the incident has been ordered by the local MLA. Since the intensity of fire was less, no casualities were reported apart from some minor injuries caused to the shopkeepers. The police and the fire department officials have also instructed the market owners association to upgrade the fire extinguishing facility in the market.