Sunday, 4 August 2013

Question Paper STD XI English M S Board



SECOND TERM EXAMINATION APRIL 2013
MARKS 80                           CLASS XI                                                                         TIME 3 HRS.
SECTION A           
   (Reading skill, Grammar, Vocabulary, Note-making and Summary)
Q. 1. (A) Read the following extract and answer the questions given below it.                          [11]
Since India is a country of extremes and opposites, it is no surprise that while western India is composed of a desert, north east India is a lush, tropical paradise. The dry TharDesert is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India thanks to its myriad attractions. From the glorious forts that are now heritage resorts and hotels, to the pageantry of a land that sparkles with the brightness of its colours against the sere desert, Rajasthan has long captured the imagination of most visitors. And then there is the captivating brilliance of Gujarat with its folk’s arts and traditions. It is also home to some truly spectacular landscape: the Rann of Kutch. While the western part of India displays its vibrancy of culture via colour, the north eastern states of India rival each other in verdant greenery. Dominated by tribes, the north east is virtual treasure chest, from the fables that link it to the most revered epics of Hinduism. The Ramayana and Mahabharata to the unique societal practices such as matrilineal society in Meghalaya, there is much to explore and discover.
Questions:
1)      In which state is the Rann of Kutch?                                                                        1
2)      What are the attractions of Rajasthan?                                                                      2
3)      What information does the extract give about the north eastern states?                    2
4)      Which part of our country do you like most? Why?                                                                                                           2
5)      Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed.                                                                              
i)                    The south makes an equally strong claim.(Change the voice)                                                                       1
ii)                   The dry Thardesert is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
(Change the degree)                                                                                                                                                      1
iii)                 Rajasthan has long captured the imagination of most visitors.( identify the tense)                            1
6)      Give  the verb forms of  i) imagination  ii) attraction                                                                                                         1
(B)  Do as directed                                                                                                                                                                                           [4]
1) _______Yamuna is _____tributary of the Ganges.                                                                                                                     1
2) A duster is ---a tableand a ceiling fan is ---the table. (Rewrite using appropriate preposition)                                   1
3) The doctor said,” I have given an injection and it will make you sleep.”(Change it into indirect speech)                               2
Q.2 (A) Read the following extract and answer the questions given below it.                                                                     [11]
The Oscar-winning role played by theDustin Hoffman in the e1988 film, about an Austin savant with astounding arithmetical skills is indeed based on Kim Peek(among others), although Kim is not aortic but developmentally disabled. Most savants possessremarkable expertise in up to three subjects. Kim is a mega –savant, because he is expert in at least 15 different subjects.No one in the world is thought to possess a brain as extraordinary as Kim Peek’s.NASA is hoping to use modern advances in brain imaging and data fusion techniques to shed light on how Kim’s brain ticks.
I ask Kim what he feels about it. “It’s the best way of all,” he replies enigmatically. Why does he think he knows so much? “I have great love for everybody I see.” He answers. It is hard to hold a conversation with Kim. His mind flits from one subject to the next with bewildering rapidity-with Fran always trying to steer Kim back on course.I tell them I grew up near a town called Cirencester. “It was a Roman Camp called Corin”, says Kim “Corinium,” I corrected him. Later I check and find that he is right: the Romans based the name corinium to the Celtic word Corin.
Questions:
1)      Why Kim is called mega-savant?                                                                                                                                                                1
2)      Why is it difficult to hold a conversation with Kim Peek?                                                                                                                2
3)      What is NASA trying to do?                                                                                                                                                          2
4)      Which subject do you have an interestin? Why?                                                                                                                                2
5)      Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed.
i)                    It is hard to hold a conversation with Kim. (Make it negative)                                                                                              1
ii)                   Kim is not autistic.  (Add a question tag)                                                                                                                        1
iii)                 NASA is hoping to use modern advances in brain imaging. (Rewrite gerund form of the underlined).               1
6)      Give the verb forms of                  i) information                    ii) conversation                                                                                 1
(B)  Note- making:           Compile the following information about the important sources of water to Mumbai under the headings given below the passage:
Mumbai receives most of its water from water stored in the Bhaisa Reservoir. This is picked up at Pise, 48 km downstream of the Bhatsa Dam and is pumped from there. It is treated partly at Panjarpur and partly at Bhandup before it is supplied. The total amount it provides is 235 mgd. From the lower Vaitarna, Mumbai receives 10mgd of water. This is brought by gravity from the Lower Vaitarna reservoir and treated at Bhandup before it is supplied. About 40mgd of water from the Upper Vaitarna reservoir is released to replenish the Lower Vaitarna reservoir for further transmission. From the Tansa reservoir about 90 mgd of water is brought by gravity and treated at Bhandup before being supplied.
IMPORTANT SOURCES OF WATER SUPPLY TO MUMBAI
Source
Transmission
Treated at
Quantity

Pumped


Lower Vaitarna









Bhandup


Que. 3(A) Read the following extract and answer the questions given below it.                                                                               [11]
Stress is the twentieth century illness. The pressures on all of us are very great because speed and competition have become part of everyday life. Social isolation, overcrowding, the competitiveness of our society and several other factors are responsible for stress. In English we refer to the competition as the rat –race. All of us react to the rat race in different ways. Some of us get tired easily others get depressed others are often irritable or worried and so on. The rat race affects everybody in society from toddlers to senior citizens. There is always something that worries us. Sometimes the stresses on us are too great we fall out of the race and have a nervous breakdown. Extreme cases of illness can lead to suicide. There is hope because only some people crack while most others do not.
Questions:
1.)    What are the various factors responsible for stress?                                                                                                        1
2.)    Describe the different ways in which people react to stress.                                                                                        2
3.)    What is meant by the phrase ‘rar race’?                                                                                                                                                2
4.)    Do you think that the increased rate of suicides today is a direct consequence of stress? Why?                  2
5.)    Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed.
i.                     Extreme cases of illness can lead to suicide. (Replace the modal auxiliary with another showing possibility)                                                                                                                                                                                1
ii.                   The pressures on all of us are very great. (Rewrite as exclamatory)                                                          1
iii.                  The rat race affects everybody in society. ( Rewrite as present perfect tense)                                    1
7)      Find the words which mean                                                                                                                                                        1
a)      Strongly watching to be more successful than others
b)      The fact of being alone or apart
(B)          Write a summary of the above extract. Give it a suitable title.                                                                                  4

Que 4 (A) Read the following extract and,answer the questions given below it.                                                               [4]
And off you go, and youdo not know
When that holiday will be,
When the room won’t be dumb and silent so,
And your daddy will be free.
Before in the half – open door you appear,
Your complaint flies on ahead;
“But daddy, you are only thinking there
And yet you were working, you said!”
Questions:
1.       What is the boy’s complaint?                                                                                                                                                      1
2.       Does your father avoid your queries? Why?                                                                                                                        1
3.       Find the rhyming words of the above stanzas?                                                                                                                   1
4.       What doesn’t the boy know?                                                                                                                                                     1
 (B) Read the following extract and, answer the questions given below it.                                                                           [4]
When storm – clouds rumble in the sky and june showers come down
The moist east wind comes marching over the heath to blow its bagpipes among the bamboos
Then crowds of flowers come out of a sudden ,
From nobody knows where,
And dance upon the grass in wild glee.
Mother, I really think the flowers go to school underground.
Questions:
1.       Who is the speaker in the extract?                                                                                                                                           1
2.       Do you remember your pre-primary school days? Write such one memory.                                                         1
3.       “…….and danceupon the grass in wild glee.” Name and explain the figure speech.                                            1
4.       Bring out the similarities in your school and flower school.                                                                                            1
Section C : Rapid Reading
Que. 5A Read the following extract and rewrite as if the character Singh is narrating it.                                                4
But before saying anything further about his progress, it would be useful to go back to an earlier chapter in his history. After war service in 1914-18, he came to be recommended for a gatekeeper’s post at Engladia’s. He liked thejob very much. He was given a khaki uniform, a resplendent band across his shoulder and a short stick. He gripped the stick and sat down on a stool at the entrance to the office. And when his chief’s car pulled up at the gate he stood at attention and gave a military salute.  The office consisted of a staff numbering over a hundred, and as they trooped in and out every day he kept an eye on them. At the end of the day he awaited footsteps of the General Manager coming down the stairs and rose stiffly and stood at attention, and after he left, the hundreds of staff poured out. The doors were shut; Singh carried his stool in, placed it under the staircase and placed his stick across it. Then he came out and main door was locked and sealed. In this way he had his stick twenty-five years of service, and then he begged to be pensioned off.
B. Extend the extract by adding a paragraph of your own about Singh’s life after pension/retirement                    4
Section D Writing skill
Que. 6(A)Letter Writing (Any One)                                                                                                                                                          4
Write a letter to your younger sister/brother congratulating her /him on her/his success in nwinning the ‘Best dancer Award’ in the interschool dancing competition.
OR
Write a letter to the chief Officer of the Municipal Corporation of your city complaining about the irregular supply of water in your locality.
B. Prepare a tourist leaflet on a hill station of your choice with the help of following points.                                          4
i. How to go        ii. Accommodation available        iii. What to see  iv. Shopping Attraction v. Add your own points.
OR
Write a report about the celebration of women’s day in your Junior college
.C. Observe the following tree diagram and prepare a short paragraph.                                                                                  4
.Que. 7 Interview/Speech
A. Prepare a set of questions to conduct an interview of your mother making her speak about her teenage years     4
B. Prepare aspeech to be delivered in your class about the importance of eye donation.                                                               3

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