English: Following and Public Relations Officer

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Note : (i)

[ Maximum Marks : 100

This Question Paper consists of two Sections, viz., ‘A’ and ‘B’.

(ii)

All the questions from Section ‘A’ are compulsory.

(iii)

Section ‘B’ has two options. Candidates are required to attempt questions from one option only.

(iv)

Marks are indicated against each question.

SECTION–A

1. Read the following extracts carefully and answer the questions that follow : (a)

Bholi did not know what exactly a school was like and what happened there, but was glad to find as many girls almost of her own age present there. She hoped that one of these girls might become her friend. The lady teacher who was in the class was saying something to the girls, but Bholi could understand nothing. She looked at the picture on the wall. The colours fascinated her … and suddenly Bholi noticed that the teacher was standing by her side, smiling at her.

“What’s your name, little one?”
“Bh-Bho-Bho-.” She could stammer no further.
Then she began to cry …
(i)

Why was Bholi sent to a school?

1

(ii)

What idea did Bholi have about a school?

1

(iii)

What two actions of Bholi show that she was nervous?

½+½=1

(iv)

Which word in the extract means similar to ‘attracted’?

1

302/OSS/202A

2

OR
Papa, my grandfather speaks of a carefree and beautiful childhood. Of days spent in plucking mangoes and guavas from their orchards, of picnics on the banks of the river where the men cooked mouth-watering food, of playing marbles and gilli-danda. From his talks, it seems, studies were an ancillary subject; and living and experiencing, the major subject. Father, is he fibbing? Or is it possible that the world has turned topsyturvy in just about 70 years? (i)

What symptoms of enjoying life as carefree and beautiful childhood are mentioned? (Any two)

(ii)

1

What was the place of studies in the lifestyle of the speaker’s grandfather’s childhood days?

(iii)

1

What makes the speaker feel that probably the world has turned topsy-turvy in about 70 years?

(iv)
(b)

1

Which expression used in the extract means ‘delicious’?

1

Doctor Benson took the watch from his pocket.
“The baby was delivered about thirty minutes ago, and right now it’s ... .” He walked over to the lamp on the table. He stared strangely at the watch in his hand. The crystal was cracked, the top was broken, he turned the watch over and held it closer to the lamp. He studied the worn inscription there.

“To Private T. Evans, Ambulance Section, whose personal bravery preserved our lives the night of November 3, 1943 near the Italian front ….”
(i)

Why did Dr. Benson take out the watch from his pocket?

1

(ii)

“He stared strangely at the watch in his hand.” Why did he stare strangely at the watch in his hand?

(iii)

1

What pieces of information did the inscription give about Evans? (Any two)

(iv)

1

Find a word in the extract which means similar to ‘save’.

1

302/OSS/202A

3

[ P.T.O.

OR
At last he heard of Dr. Halder, Principal of Dadar School for the blind in Bombay. My father wrote to him asking for advice. Dr. Halder showed unusual interest in my case, and promised to take special care and personal responsibility for me if I were sent to his school. When my mother learned of my father’s decision to send me to the Dadar School, she was appalled. She could not understand the reason for sending me nine hundred miles away from home to attend school with orphans and children of the poorest classes. Yet she placed her faith in my father’s superior judgement, and in her quiet way she agreed.

(i)

Give reason why the writer’s father decided to send him to Dr. R. M. Halder’s school in Bombay.

(ii)

1

How did Dr. Halder show his interest in according his permission to admit him in his school?

1

(iii)

How did the writer’s mother react to the writer’s father’s decision?

1

(iv)

Which...
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