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Parul Target Madhyamik 2024: English Model Set 4

Parul Target Madhyamik 2024: English Model Set 4

Section A: Reading Comprehension (Seen)

1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Swami went to school feeling that he was the worst boy on earth. His conscience bothered him. He wasn’t all sure if his description of Samuel had been accurate. He felt he had mixed up the real and the imagined. Swami stopped on the roadside to make up his mind about Samuel. Samuel was not such a bad man after all. Personally he was much more friendly than the other teachers. Swami also felt Samuel had a special regard for him.

Swami’s head was dizzy with confusion. He could not decide if Samuel really deserved the allegations made against him in the letter. The more he thought of Samuel, the more Swami grieved for him. To recall Samuel’s dark face, his thin moustache, unshaven cheek and yellow coat filled Swaminathan with sorrow.

A. Write the correct alternatives to complete the following sentences:

(i) While going to school, Swami felt the prick of his —

(a) sincerity (b) conscience (c) dullness (d) common sense

(b) conscience

 

(ii) According to Swami, Samuel was a/an —

(a) proud person (b) good person (c) ill-tempered person (d) very bad person

(b) good person

 

(iii) Samuel’s face was —

(a) bright (b) dull (c) dark (d) shiny

(c) dark

 

(iv) Confusion made Swami’s head —

(a) imbalanced (b) balanced (c) calm (d) irritated

(a) imbalanced

 

(v) In comparison to other teachers, Samuel was much more —

(a) cordial (b) angry (c) strict (d) educated

(a) cordial

 

B. Complete the following sentences with information from the text:

(i) Swami felt that he had mixed up ______.

Swami felt that he had mixed up the real and the imagined.

 

(ii) The coat worn by Samuel was ______ .

The coat worn by Samuel was yellow.

 

(iii) ______ had a special affection for Swami.

Samuel had a special affection for Swami.

 

C. Answer the following questions:

(i) Why was Swaminathan sorrowful?

Swaminathan was sorrowful because he was unsure if his description of Samuel in a letter was accurate. He felt guilty and grieved for Samuel as he recalled his face and appearance.

 

(ii) How was Samuel as a person?

According to the passage, Samuel was a good person. He was friendly, more so than the other teachers, and Swami felt that Samuel had a special regard for him.

 

2. Read the poem and answer the questions given below:

They said: ‘We are the oak-trees and your own true family.

We are chopped down, we are torn up, you do not blink an eye.

Unless you make a promise now-now you are going to die.

‘Whenever you see an oak-tree felled, swear now you will plant two.

Unless you swear the black oak bark will wrinkle over you

And root you among the oaks where you were born but never grew’.

This was my dream beneath the boughs, the dream that altered me.

When I came out of the oakwood, back to human company,

My walk was the walk of a human child, but my heart was a tree.

A. Write the correct alternatives to complete the following sentences:

(i) The word “They’ refers to the —

(a) human beings (b) oak trees (c) deer (d) roots of the tree

(b) oak trees

 

(ii) When the oak trees are chopped down, the poet feels —

(a) sympathy (b) indifference (c) anger (d) sorrow

(b) indifference

 

(iii) The boy is supposed to plant —

(a) one tree (b) two trees (c) three trees (d) four trees

(b) two trees

 

(iv) The dream brought in the poet a —

(a) change (b) gladness (c) fearful feeling (d) sorrowful feelings

(a) change

 

B. Answer the following questions:

(i) What did the oak-trees complain?

The oak-trees complained that they were being chopped down and torn up, and the poet did not seem to care. They demanded a promise from the poet that for every oak tree felled, he would plant two new ones.

 

(ii) How was the poet changed at the end of the poem?

At the end of the poem, the poet was changed in a profound way. Although he walked as a human child, his heart had become like a tree, indicating a deep connection and empathy with nature.

 

Reading Comprehension (Unseen)

3. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Gandhiji’s father left Porbandar for Rajkot to become a member of Rajasthaniki. Gandhiji was about seven years old at that time. He was put into a primary school. At that time he was very shy and avoided all company. He was a mediocre student. At the age of twelve, he was admitted to the high school. During this period he never told a lie either to his teachers or to his school mates. He was an introvert and avoided the company of his school-mates. His books and lessons were his sole companions.

There is an incident which occurred at the examination during his first year at the high school. Mr. Giles, the Education Inspector, had come on a visit of inspection. He gave the students five words to write as a spelling exercise. One of the words was ‘Kettle’. Gandhiji mis-spelt it. The teacher tried to prompt him, with the point of his boot, to copy the spelling from the neighbour’s slate. But as a matter of principle Gandhiji could not do so. The result was that all the boys, except Gandhiji, were found to have spelt the very word correctly. But Gandhiji never regretted his behaviour and he could never learn the art of copying. However, this incident did not diminish his respect for his teacher. He had learnt to carry out the orders of his elders, not to scan their actions.

A. Write the correct alternatives to complete the following sentences:

(i) The destination of Gandhiji’s father was —

(a) Porbandar (b) Rajkot (c) Delhi (d) Calcutta

(b) Rajkot

 

(ii) Gandhiji was put into a primary school at the age of —

(a) five (b) six (c) seven (d) eight years.

(c) seven

 

(iii) During his school days Gandhiji was —

(a) extrovert (b) introvert (c) timid (d) None of these

(b) introvert

 

(iv) As a student Gandhiji was —

(a) brilliant (b) below average (c) dull (d) moderate

(d) moderate

 

(v) Mr. Giles was a/an —

(a) Education Inspector (b) School Teacher (c) Guardian (d) Education Minister

(a) Education Inspector

 

(vi) The word mis-spelt by Gandhiji was —

(a) ‘Education’ (b) ‘Inspection’ (c) ‘Kettle’ (d) ‘Exercise’

(c) ‘Kettle’

 

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. Provide suitable line(s) or phrase from the passage in support of your answers:

(i) Gandhiji always enjoyed the company of his schoolmates.

Supporting sentence: ______

False

Supporting sentence: “He was an introvert and avoided the company of his school-mates.”

 

(ii) As a student, Gandhiji was very intelligent.

Supporting sentence:______

False

Supporting sentence: “He was a mediocre student.”

 

(iii) After the incident Gandhiji learnt the art of copying fruitfully.

Supporting sentence: ______

False

Supporting sentence: “But as a matter of principle Gandhiji could not do so.”

 

C. Answer the following questions:

(i) How was Gandhiji in his childhood?

In his childhood, Gandhiji was shy and introverted. He avoided company and was a mediocre student. He never lied and had a strong sense of principle.

 

(ii) When did Mr. Giles come to visit the school?

Mr. Giles came to visit the school during an examination in Gandhiji’s first year at high school.

 

(iii) How did the teacher try to manage the situation?

The teacher tried to manage the situation by prompting Gandhiji to copy the correct spelling from his neighbor’s slate.

 

(iv) What was the result of the spelling exercise?

The result of the spelling exercise was that all students except Gandhiji spelled the word ‘Kettle’ correctly.

 

Section B: Grammar & Vocabulary

4. Write the correct alternatives to fill in the blanks:

We ______ (listen/listened / have listened) to the broadcast ______ (tells / having told / telling) the people of India that their Bapu ______ (had been / was / is) no more.

We listened to the broadcast telling the people of India that their Bapu was no more.

 

5 A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions:

(i) To walk is ______ make slow progress. 

To walk is to make slow progress.

 

(ii) As he entered the school gate, ______ idea occurred to him.

As he entered the school gate, an idea occurred to him.

 

(iii) We rushed ______ the light house to get some paper.

We rushed to the light house to get some paper.

 

B. Do as directed:

(1) The teacher was inspecting the home lessons. [Change the voice]

The home lessons were being inspected by the teacher.

 

(ii) It was an agonizing walk. [Turn into a complex sentence]

It was a walk that was agonizing.

 

(iii) The guest said, “The cat stuck his claws into me!”  [Change into indirect speech]

The guest said that the cat had stuck his claws into him.

 

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 forms, where necessary. There is one extra phrasal verb in the list:

(i) The dowry system should be abolished.

(ii) Some people were chasing the wild elephant.

(iii) My grandfather has recovered after a long time.

[List: take after, come round, do away with, run after]

(i) The dowry system should be done away with.

(ii) Some people were running after the wild elephant.

(iii) My grandfather has come round after a long time.

 

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:

(i) A shy person ______

introvert

 

(ii) only ______

sole

 

(iii) careful examination ______

inspection

 

(iv) decrease ______

diminish

 

Section C: Writing Skill

7. Suppose a student of your school is suffering from a fatal disease and he requires for his treatment a lot of money. As the Secretary of the Students’ Welfare Committee, write a NOTICE seeking funds from the students of your school. Points given below (within 100 words):

[Points: Date, time, venue—description of the disease—poor family background—funds to be raised—last date of donation—counter signature.]

NOTICE

Date: 1st November, 2023

Subject: Fundraising for Student’s Medical Treatment

Dear Students,

One of our fellow students, Monali, is suffering from a fatal disease and requires urgent medical treatment. Unfortunately, his family’s financial condition is not strong enough to bear the high medical costs.

As the Secretary of the Students’ Welfare Committee, I am appealing to all students to contribute generously to this cause. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference.

Please submit your donations at the school office by 15th November, 2023. All contributions will be duly acknowledged.

Thank you for your kindness and support.

Venue: School Office 

Time: During School Hours

Counter Signature: Prasanta Naskar Secretary, Students’ Welfare Committee

 

8. Write a letter to the Headmaster of your school requesting him to arrange some special classes before the Madhyamik Examination-2024 (within 100 words):

[Points: Revision of entire syllabus—some doubt clearing sessions—solving Test Papers—arrangement of several Mock Test if possible.]

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Pin Code]

[Date]

To,
The Headmaster
[School Name]
[School Address]
[City, State, Pin Code]

Dear Headmaster,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. As the Madhyamik Examination-2024 is approaching, I kindly request you to arrange some special classes for us. These classes could focus on the revision of the entire syllabus, which would be greatly beneficial.

Additionally, it would be helpful if some sessions could be dedicated to clearing doubts. Solving test papers in these classes would also provide us with much-needed practice. If possible, arranging several mock tests would give us a real-time experience of the examination.

Thank you for considering my request.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

9. Expand the following outline into a story. Add a title and a moral to your story (within 100 words):

[Points: A sweetmeat seller—used to give unjust quantity to customers—a man detected it—asked the reason-replied less to carry—the customer gave less money—reason asked—less to count.]

Title: “The Sweetmeat Seller’s Lesson”

Once upon a time, there was a sweetmeat seller who was known for giving less quantity to his customers. One day, a man detected this unfair practice and confronted the seller. He asked the seller why he was shortchanging his customers. The seller replied nonchalantly, “I give less to make it easier for customers to carry.”

The man, not satisfied with this response, handed over less money than the actual cost of the sweetmeats. When the seller asked why he was given less money, the man replied with a smile, “I gave you less to make it easier for you to count.”

Moral: “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

 

তোমাদের সুবিধার জন্য এই সুন্দর গল্পটির বাংলা অনুবাদ করে দেওয়া হলো:

শিরোনাম: মিঠাইয়ের দোকানদারের শিক্ষা

এককালে, একজন মিঠাইয়ের দোকানদার ছিলেন যিনি তার গ্রাহকদের কম পরিমাণ মিঠাই দিয়ে দেওয়ার জন্য পরিচিত ছিলেন। একদিন, একজন লোক এই অনৈতিক কাজটি ধরতে পেরে দোকানদারকে জিজ্ঞাসা করলেন, “আপনি কেন আপনার গ্রাহকদের কম মিঠাই দেন?” দোকানদার উদাসীনভাবে উত্তর দিলেন, “আমি গ্রাহকদের জন্য মিঠাই বহন করা সহজ করতে কম দিই।”

লোকটি এই উত্তরে সন্তুষ্ট না হয়ে মিঠাইয়ের দামের চেয়ে কম টাকা দিলেন। দোকানদার যখন জিজ্ঞাসা করলেন যে তিনি কেন কম টাকা দিলেন, লোকটি হাসি দিয়ে উত্তর দিলেন, “আমি আপনার জন্য টাকা গোনা সহজ করতে কম টাকা দিলাম।”

নীতিকথাঃ যেমন কর্ম করবে, তেমন ফল পাবে।

ব্যাখ্যা:

এই গল্পটি আমাদের শিক্ষা দেয় যে যেমন আচরণ করব, তেমন আচরণ আমাদের ফিরে আসবে। যদি আমরা অন্যের সাথে ভাল আচরণ করি, তাহলে তারাও আমাদের সাথে ভাল আচরণ করবে। কিন্তু যদি আমরা অন্যের সাথে খারাপ আচরণ করি, তাহলে তারাও আমাদের সাথে খারাপ আচরণ করবে।

এই গল্পটি আমাদের সত্যনিষ্ঠা ও নৈতিকতার গুরুত্বও শিক্ষা দেয়। আমাদের সবসময় সত্যনিষ্ঠ হতে হবে এবং অন্যের সাথে নৈতিকভাবে আচরণ করতে হবে। কারণ যেমন কর্ম করবে, তেমন ফল পাবে।

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