ENGLISH ( Communicative)
Subject Code: 101
Time: 3 hours M. Marks: 100
This paper consists of four sections
Section A- Reading 20 marks
Section B- Writing 30 marks
Section C- Grammar 20 marks
Section D- Literature 30 marks
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything in the question paper:
3. All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
4. Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section 5. Read each question carefully and follow the instructions. 6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.
SECTION A (Reading)
1. Read the following poem carefully. (8 marks)
Of all the meals that glad my day
My morning one’s the best;
Purveyed me on a silver tray,
I rouse me when the dawn is bright;
I leap into the sea,
Returning with a rare delight
To honey, toast and tea.
My appetite was razor edged
When I was in my prime;
To eggs and bacon I was pledged. . .
Alas! the March of Time;
For now a genial old gent
With journal on my knee,
I sip and take with vast content
My honey, toast and tea.
So set me up for my delight
The harvest of the bee;
Brown, crispy toast with butter bright,
Ceylon - two cups or three.
Let others lunch or dinner praise,
But I regale with glee,
As I regard with grateful gaze
Just honey, toast and tea.
1.1. Below is the summary of the poem. Complete it by writing the missing word/ phrase against the correct blank number in your answer sheets.
(1/2 x 6 = 3 marks)
On returning from a (a) ———————in the morning, the poet experiences (b) ———————in having, what to him is the day’s best meal comprising honey, toast and tea. With time, the poet has been transformed from a young man to (c) ———————. His tastes have also changed from (d) ———————to honey, toast and tea. The poet differs from others in that, while he thinks that breakfast is the (e) ————— of the day, others may (f) ———————. 1.2. The poet uses certain expressions in the poem to suggest something to the reader. There are some suggestions given below in circles. Choose one suggestion that best fits each of the expressions in the table, and write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheets. (4 marks)
EXPRESSION FROM THE POEM TO SUGGEST THAT
o I was in my prime I was young
o Immaculately dressed a)
o My appetite was razor edged b)
o March of Time c)
o Regard with grateful glee d)
l.3. On the basis of your reading of the poem, explain the following expressions. Write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheets. (1 mark) a. ‘Ceylon’
b. ‘harvest of the bee’-
2. Read the passage given below. (12 marks)
1. Decision-making is a very vital part of our lives. This is because what we are today is largely a result of the decisions we took in the past. Similarly, whatever happens tomorrow will be a result of the decisions we take in the present.
2. It is not possible to reverse the wrong decisions taken in the past but it is possible to train ourselves into becoming a good decision-maker for the future. If we don’t, we’ll end up doing what we’ve always done and thus get what we’ve always got. Philosopher Walter Kaufman has called this Decidophobia.
3. All sorts of decisions big or small, relevant or irrelevant, conscious or unconscious punctuate our lives. Sometimes we don’t even realise we are taking a decision. 4. Those who avoid taking a decision leave everything to chance and float along life with a ‘what will be, will be’ attitude.
5. To enhance our decision-making, we must, first of all, gather as much information as possible about the issue before we make our decision. We might be heading for a failure if our decisions are based on half-baked information.
6. If you have a set of guiding principles for your life,...
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