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(Qns. 1-3) Read the passage and answer the following questions.
Entering the Korowai rain forest is like stepping into a giant watery cave. The tree canopy’s dense weave plunges the world into a verdant gloom. The heat is stifling and the air drips with humidity. This is the haunt of giant spiders, killer snakes and lethal microbes. High in the canopy, parrots screech and a barely visible track winds around rain-soaked trees and primeval palms. A sudden downpour sends raindrops spearing through gaps in the canopy.
1. What does the word ‘verdant’ mean here?
a) comfortable b) beautiful c) leafy d) withering
2. Comment on the expression ‘raindrops spearing through gaps’.
3. Describe briefly the scenic beauty of the place citing the word pictures in the passage.
4. In “Horegallu”, Sudha Murty speaks about a horegallu and its influence on the life of the villagers. Imagine that the Government decides to remove the horegallu as part of widening the road. In the light of this decision, the villagers assemble near the horegallu and speak the following words. Choose the appropriate adjective/adjective clause and fill in the blanks.
Good morning, friends. The authorities are going to take away our horegallu. This horegallu (a) …………………. (looks good/carrying burden/ which can bear weight) is a part of our day-to-day life. Without it, our life will be as hard as (b)……………………….. (trouble /lead/task). Masterji spends the evening with passersby who(c)………………………. (used to listen to our worries/used to help us find solution / used to share their worries with him.) He says that the horegallu is the most (d)……………………….(essential/ trivial/ avoidable) part of our village.
5. “And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious circle that thou ever sentest.” (From the text “This is Going to Hurt just a Little Bit.”)
6. The following conversation from the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’ gives us a picture of the fuss made by the people in a post office, in the name of a parcel. Read the conversation carefully and prepare two sentences giving suggestions to the Assistant so that she can handle the situation without panicking. Farmer : If we don’t do something, you’ll find out soon enough, ma’am. Gentleman : What’s all the fuss about? Old lady : It’s about a time-bomb
7. It has been decided by your class to dramatize the story ‘Crime and Punishment’. You are asked to introduce the play to the audience. Prepare a script for compering, including all relevant details like theme, duration, cast and credit, etc.
(Qns. 8-10) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.
“The child ran towards his parents gaily and walked abreast of them for a while; being, however, soon left behind, attracted by the little insects and worms along the footpath that were teeming out from their hiding places to enjoy the sunshine.”
8. Why did the insects and worms come out of the hiding place?
9. What is the meaning of ‘abreast’? (far ahead/side by side/ in front of/opposite)
10. Pick out the words and expressions that convey the pleasant atmosphere.
11. “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect,” says Aldo Leopold. How far do you agree with this view? Prepare a write-up in not more than 50 words in the light of your understanding of the speech ‘When a Sapling is Planted’ by Wangari Maathai.
12. Language puns, sarcastic dialogues, comic appearance, and an unexpected twist all contribute much to the humour in the play ‘Post Early for Christmas’. Prepare a blog on the humour in the play in not more than 50 words
13. Following are some of the interesting points made in the debate on ‘New Generation Society and Communication.’ • They are glued to the internet, especially to social media.
• They are mostly careerists and are least interested in issues of social concern.
• They lack communication skills.
• They wall themselves up from society.
Being a representative of the new generation, you are not convinced of the points made. Prepare four arguments substantiating your position.
14. Imagine that Rini, Nomita’s niece is a silent witness to the quarrel between Nomita and her husband. Rini feels scared and rushes to the kitchen to narrate it to other members of the family. Prepare the narration for her.
15. Rohan, a trainee journalist has jotted down the following points when he went to cover the fraud in Gresham’s Bank. Financial fraud in the bank MD Gresham arrested Employees are clueless as to the real culprit Baldwin, the close associate of the MD is the only witness Depositors concerned Now, help him to prepare a news report on the financial fraud exposed in Gresham’s Bank.
16. There is an adage that says : “If you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate a girl, you train a village”. Prepare a write-up expressing your views on this in about 60 words.
17. Your class has decided to conduct a group discussion on the topic “India – A land wonder for Young Entrepreneurs.” You are asked to initiate the discussion. Prepare the script of a presentation you would make on the occasion.
18. ‘A teacher is a friend, philosopher, guide, and a mentor to the student’. Analyse the character of the teacher in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ in the light of this statement
19. Read the following advertisement and prepare an email in response to it
20. The coordinators of Operation Gurukula Project of the District Panchayat are impressed by your services as the student counsellor of the Souhruda Club of your school, and they decide to honour you for that. Prepare the speech that you would deliver after receiving the award. (Hints: expression of gratitude for the honour- explanation of services rendered – your response to the honour- advice / exhortation to the audience.)
21. To listen to K. Satchidanandan is to be reminded that there are beautiful and different perspectives. Even a term such as ‘language’ gets a wider sense in his poems. Read the excerpt from his poem ‘The Mad’ and compare it with ‘Stammer’, focussing on their meaning, in addition to the analysis of poetic devices.
The mad have no caste or religion.
They transcend gender, live outside ideologies.
We do not deserve their innocence.
Their language is not of dreams but of another reality.
Their love is moonlight.
It overflows on a full moon day.
Looking up they see gods
we have never heard of.
They are shaking their wings
when we fancy they are shrugging their shoulders.
They hold even flies
have souls and the
green god of grasshoppers
leaps up on thin legs.
In a single day they reach
the big bang at the beginning.
They go on walking
restless for their earth
is boiling still.
The mad are not mad like us.
22. Match box and Horegallu are the two inanimate objects which play vital roles in the stories “Match box” and “Horegallu” respectively. Do these objects serve any purpose? Substantiate your views, citing situations from the texts, in about 200 words
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