Q.1 A] Read the given stanzas carefully and answer the questions based on them  Once upon a midnight dreary,
Fingers cramped and vision bleary,
System manuals piled high
And wasted paper on the floor,
Longing for the warmth of bedsheets :
Still I sat here doing spreadsheets:
Having reached the bottom line,
I took a floppy from the drawer.
Typing with a steady hand,
I then invoked the “save” command
But got instead a reprimand :
It read, “Abort, Retry, Ignore?”
Was this some occult illusion?
Some maniacal type intrusion?
These were choices Solomon himself,
Had never faced before.
Carefully I weighed my options…..
These three seemed to be the top ones;
Clearly I must now adopt one;
Choose: Abort, Retry, Ignore?
With my fingers pale and trembling
Slowly toward the keyboard bending,
Longing for a happy ending,
Hoping all would be restored.
1) Which line tells you that the poetess was feeling sleepy?  2) What were the choices that a poetess had to select from?  3) Describing the poet’s condition while working on the computers?  4) Was the poetess successful in ending her task? How do you know that?  5) Identify and explain the figures of speech: 
(a) Once upon a midnight dreary
(b) But got instead a reprimand:
It read, “ Abort, Retry, Ignore?”
Q1. B] Read the given extract carefully and answer the questions based on it.  As American humorist Josh Billings (1818-85) said: “ There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun!” Billings may have made this statement in jest, but the fact remains that laughter does have a heck of a lot of medicine. Since the 1980s, research conducted worldwide shows that laughter positively impacts various systems of the body. The benefits include reduction, control or prevention of high blood pressure, heart diseases, peptic ulcers, depression, anxiety, insomnia, allergies and even cancer. Patients suffering from terminal diseases such as cancer and AIDS are also said to respond better and live longer if regular therapy is supplemented with laughter and positive outlook. Researchers at the University of California’s Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have found that laughter can increase the body’s ability to stave off infection by boosting levels of key immune system components and by also decreasing levels of stress hormones associated with poor immune function. The latest research at the Centre, however, shows that merely anticipating a funny event improved people’s mood.
1) Who was Josh Billings? 
2) What does the latest research at the Centre show? 
3) What are the benefits we get from laughter? 
4) Do as directed: 
(a) Give the Noun form of – ‘anticipate’
(b) Give the Adjective form of – ‘anxiety’
(c) Merely anticipating a funny event improved people’s mood. [ Rewrite as a Negative sentence]
(d) There ain’t much fun in medicine.
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Q1. C] Diary Writing 
Here is a page taken from Anandita’s diary, wherein she describes her feelings……. “The moment I heard mama’s going out for the party, I felt sad and crestfallen. I didn’t want mama to go out. I wanted her all for myself for no reason. I ……” Continue the write up imagining yourself as Anandita.
Q1.A] Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions given below it.  Today, at the entrance of the Pavitra Vana, a board in Kannada says, “Pay obeisance first with folded hands and then enter- this is a sacred plants resort.” Another guide board explains the layout of the garden. Plants sacred to various Gods and Goddesses are cultivated in different locations. Each spot is designed in a way to...
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