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RYAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT- 2
CLASS X
SECTION D
(Literature)
1.Answer the following questions briefly
(a) What is the poetic device used when the mirror says 'I swallow'?
(b) How does the mirror usually pass its time?
(c) What disturbs the mirror's contemplation of the opposite wall?
(d) Why does the mirror appear to be a lake in the second stanza? What aspect of the mirror do you think is being referred to here?
(e) What is the woman searching for in the depths of the lake?
(f) How does the narrator convey the fact that the woman looking at her reflection in the lake is deeply distressed?
(g) What makes the woman start crying?
(h) What do you think the 'terrible fish' in the last line symbolizes? What is the poetic device used here?
2.On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice
(a) When the mirror is being described as being 'unmisted by love or dislike' we understand that the mirror is i. not misted ii. not prejudiced iii. has four angles iv. silver in colour
(b) The other word for 'contemplation' is……….. i. contempt ii. meditation iii. mediation iv. thoughtful
(c) When the mirror says 'it has no preconceptions' it means that: i. it reflects back an image objectively ii. it modifies an image as it reflects it iii. it beautifies an image as it reflects it iv. it gives a biased view of a person/object
(d) The mirror has been called 'a four-cornered god' because: i. it is square shaped ii. like God it watches you unbiased and fair from all four angles iii. it reflects back all that it sees iv. it never stops reflecting
(e) The 'speckles' refer to: i. a pink object ii. the opposite wall which has spots on it iii. a person with pink pimples iv. pink spots in general
(f) The phrase 'agitation of the hand' suggests that the person is: i. Very ill ii. Very upset iii. Very angry iv. Very happy
(g) By saying 'Now I am a lake' the narrator wants to show that i. the poem is not only about external beauty but also the inside of a person ii. the lake can also reflect surfaces iii. the depth of the lake is important iv. the lake does not show as exact an image as a mirror
3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the Answers in one or two lines only.

It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers. Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

a) Who is ‘I’ ? what does ‘It’ stands for? b) Why does ‘I’ think that ‘it’ is a part of his heart? c) Why does ‘It’ flickers?
4. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to number the answers correctly.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day like a terrible fish.
(a) Why has the young girl 'drowned'? (1)
(b) What does the phrase 'day after day' signify? (1)
(c) Why is the woman referred to as a 'terrible fish'? (2)
SECTION C
(Grammar)

1. Read the dialogue given below and complete the passage given below: Interviewer : So, why do you want to be a computer programmer? Ravi : Well, I don’t like working in a fast food restaurant, and I want to make more money. Interviewer : I see. Do you have any experience? Ravi : No, but I am a fast learner. Interviewer : What kind of a computer do you use? Ravi : Computer? Uhm, let me see. I can use a Mac. I also used Windows 95 once. Interviewer : That’s good.

Ravi recently attended an interview for the selection of a computer programmer. At the interview, he was asked
(a) ____________________________________________________________. To this question he replied that he wanted to change his job because he wanted to make more money. When the interviewer asked him
(b)____________________________ he replied that he didn’t have but he was a fast learner. Finally, the interviewer wanted to know (c)_______________________________________________. Ravi replied that he could use a Mac and had also used Windows 95 once in the past. The interviewer seemed to be pleased with his answers.

2. Read the following dialogue and then complete the report by choosing the correct options given below. Write your answers in your answer sheet with correct blank number. Do not copy the dialogue and the report.
Shylock: I am unwell.
Duke: What can I do for you, Sir?
Shylock: Will you take me to the doctor?
Duke: Yes, Sir.

Shylock told the Duke (a)______________. The Duke asked respectfully (b)___________. Shylock asked the Duke (c)___________________.The Duke replied in the affirmative.
(a) (i) that he is unwell (ii) that I am unwell (iii) that he was unwell (iv) If he was unwell
(b) (i) what he could do for him (ii) what could he do for him (iii) what he can do for him (iv) if he could do for him
(c) (i) would he take him to the doctor (ii) if he would take him to the doctor (iii) that he could take him to the doctor (iv) if he would take me to the doctor
3. Read the conversation given below and complete the passage that follows. Write the answers against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentences.
Customer : Can I have a small bottle of tomato sauce ?
Shopkeeper : Sorry, I have only big bottles.
Customer : When will it be available ?
Shopkeeper : I can give it to you tomorrow.
Customer : Thank you, then I will get it tomorrow.
The customer asked the shopkeeper (a) ____________________ of tomato sauce. The shopkeeper said that he only had big bottles of tomato sauce. The customer wanted to know (b) ______________________ . The shopkeeper said that (c) ___________________________ . The customer thanked him and said that (d) ___________________________ .

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