Jan 212014

SLC Model Question Set 2 (English)

Full Marks: 75
Pass Marks: 24

[Reading and Writing]

1. Read the following poem and answer the questions given below. [5]

My shade is stripped
My air is barred
(As it was before;
Only here the bars
Do not bend with the wind.)

My breath is short
My claws are blunt
With long pacing on stone ground
All day I smell
Zebra —— gazelle ——
But I am full of easy meat
I have no appetite

Only at dusk-
When in monkeys mock from stone trees
And the buck (soft noses sniffing the air
For the scent they no longer fear)
Come down to the mudless pool to drink-
Only at dusk I dare to dream
Eyes half closed, bending the bars
Against the sun
And plotting my return.

A. Find the words from the poem that are opposite in meaning to the following: [0.5 × 4 = 2]
sharp, open, dawn, wide-open

B. Answer these questions: [1 × 3 = 3]
a) Why does the speaker have no appetite?
b) When and how does this speaker plot his return?
c) What is ‘easy meat’?

2. Read the following passage and do the activities that follow:

Nine-year-old Suresh was troublesome at school. His parents were well off, but they lived separately. His father had married another woman and left Suresh’s mother. Suresh was in the habit of pushing children for no apparent reason, and once he scratched a girl’s leg with a pencil and it bled.
Suresh was also a problem at home. There was a close connection between his home circumstances and his behaviour at school. He lived with his mother and a younger brother with whom he quarelled all the time. His mother seemed to prefer his brother, who was much better behaved at home and much more successful at school than Suresh. Suresh made his mother angry. She tried not to favour her younger son, but she was aware that it seemed as if she did. It seemed very obvious that Suresh’s attack on other children at school were connected with his jealousy of his younger brother. He attacked his brother at home, just as he attacked other children at school. His attacks on his brother were, of course, linked to his feelings of being unwanted and unloved at home.

A. Complete the following sentences by choosing the correct answers: [1 × 3 = 3]
i) His parents were well-off they lived ____
a) separately b) together c) at home

ii) Suresh was in the habit of pushing other children for no ____ reason.
a) appropriate b) other c) apparent

iii) The word ‘well-off’ means ____
a) fashionable b) tidy c) rich

B. Arrange the following statements as per the passage. [2]
i) Suresh made his mother angry.
ii) His mother preferred his brother.
iii) He quarelled with his brother at home.
iv) Suresh was also a problem at home.

C. Answer these questions. [1 × 5 = 5]
i) What was Suresh’s family background?
ii) How was Suresh troublesome at school?
iii) To what extent was Suresh’s mother responsible for Suresh’s misbehaviour?
iv) How were his behaviours connected at home and at school?
v) How can you defend Suresh attacking his brother at home?

3. Read the following text and do the activities that follow.

These days we know a lot about contaminated air, contaminated water and so on. We know that smoke, chemical substances and dust particles pollute our environment.
We are not so familiar with the concept of pollution from noise and especially with its psychological effects. Generally the physical effects are not surprising: partial or complete deafness can result from excessive noise (airport, some factories, even some discussions). But did you know that it is possible to kill a person with the right (or wrong) noise?
Psychologists now believe that noise has a considerate effect on people’s attitudes and behaviours. Experiments have proved that in noisy situations (even temporary ones), people behave more irritably and less co-operatively; in permanent noisy situations, many people cannot work hard and they suffer from severe anxiety and instability as well as other psychological problems.
However, psychologists distinguish between ‘sound’ and ‘noise’. Sound is measured physically in decibels (dB). ‘Noise’ cannot be measured in the same way because it refers to the psychological effect of sound and its level of intensity depends on the situation.

A. Find the words/terms from the passage that are similar in meanings to the following: [0.5 × 4 = 2]
significant, thoughts, annoyingly, acute

B. Say whether the following statements are true or false. [0.5 × 4 = 2]
i) We are well familiar with the concept of pollution.
ii) Noise pollution can cause death.
iii) People suffer from severe anxiety and inability of working in more noisy situations.
iv) Noise can be measured physically.

C. Answer the following: [2 × 3 = 6]
i) How does environment get polluted?
ii) What are the physical effects of excessive noise?
iii) What is the difference between sound and noise?

4. Read the following advertisement and answer the questions.

What to do after S.L.C. in Biratnagar?

Xavier Institute of Biratnagar, College Road, BRT 12 (A District Institute of the Nation) run by a team of professional lecturers offers Advance Science Courses (Pre – I. Sc., Pre +2 Science, Staff Nursing and Entrance for St. Xavier College, St. Mary’s College (Kathmandu) with special package:
(Entrance package for getting admission at St. Xavier College in the United Kingdom)
Contact for getting admission in the various colleges of the United Kingdom, specially in Trinity College.

Note: Playground for Basketball, Volleyball and T.T. available, Refreshment corner for breaks.

Contact: Xavier Institute-BRT
Opposite to Rastriya Bima Sansthan, College Road.
Contact No. 021-533428, 523423

A. Choose the right answer from the given alternatives. [1 × 3 = 3]
i) The word ‘distinct’ means _____. (different, special, unique)
ii) To ‘offer’ is to ____. (supply, provide, help)
iii) Refreshment refers to _____. (entertainment, play, tea with snacks)

B. Complete the following sentences supplying appropriate words/phrases from the text. [1 × 4 = 4]
i) The team is of _____.
ii) The special _____ is for Entrance Exam for St. Xavier College and Trinity College in the United Kingdom.
iii) Advance Science Course for _____.
iv) Xavier Institute is a _____ institute.

C. Answer the following questions. [4 × 2 = 8]
i) For whom is the advertisement and for what?
ii) What is the whereabouts of the institute?
iii) What academic excellence does the institute have?
iv) What is the special attraction provided in the advertisement for candidates?

5. Write an essay on “The Importance of Human Rights in New Nepal”. [12]

6. Complete the following conversation with options given in the box. [6]

Tourist: Good morning! I’m David, David Smith from Switzerland.
Kisan: _____ I’m Kisan Roy, a local of this city, Biratnagar. _____ to our city.
Tourist: Thank you! _____ ?
Kisan: You can stay here in hotels like Ratna or Namaskar.
Tourist: Where is the hotel Ratna exactly? Will you please _____ ?
Kisan: Oh! Sure. Take your left and follow your nose direction till you see the hotel on your right.
Tourist: Alright! Do I need _____ ?
Kisan: Not at all. It’s just five minutes walk from the bus stop.
Tourist: Thank you.
Kisan: _____.

a. come about a round about
b. welcome
c. show me the way
d. to take a rickshaw
e. Good morning
f. my pleasure
g. Would you please tell me where I can stay here for a few days

7. Draft a set of rules and regulations for a Language Institute. [6]

8. Choose the correct alternative from the brackets: [0.5 × 10 = 5]
i) He is _____ honour to his profession. [a, an, the]
ii) _____ Quran is an epic. (A, An, The)
iii) Suddenly we were enveloped _____ a dense fog. [by, in, on]
iv) He supplied the poor _____ clothing. [in, on, with]
v) Let’s pray together, _____ ? [won’t we, shall we, shouldn’t we]
vi) The baby _____ all morning. [is crying, has cried, has been crying]
vii) Two and two _____ four. [make, making, makes]
viii) Do it yourself. The passive is: _____. [It should be done by you, Let it be done by yourself, Let it be done]
ix) “Will he come?”, he said. The reported speech is: _____. [He asked me if he would come, He told me if he would come, He told me that he would come]
x) Your joke _____ us laugh. [got, made, had]

9. Rewrite the following sentences choosing the best alternative given in the brackets: [0.5 × 12 = 6]
One summer evening I was sitting _____ (by, beside, near) the open window, reading a good _____ (and, then, but) rather frightening, mystery story. After short time it became too dark for me to read easily _____ (therefore, however, so) I put my book down and got _____ (on, in, up) to switch on the light. I was just about to draw the curtains as well _____ (then, while, when) I heard _____ (a, the, an) loud cry of “Help!” It seemed to come from the trees at the end of the garden. I looked out but it _____ (had been, were, was) too dark to see anything clearly. I heard the cry again. It sounded like a child, although I could not imagine how anybody could need help in our garden _____ (if, whether, unless) one of the boys of the  neighbourhood _____ (climbed, has climbed, had climbed) a tree and could not get down. Armed _____ (by, through, with) a torch and a walking stick I went out _____ (in, on, into) the end of the garden, “_____?” (who’s there, who’d there, who was there) I called out.



Question No. 8
(i) an
(ii) the
(iii) by
(iv) with
(v) shall we
(vi) is crying
(vii) makes
(viii) let it be done
(ix) He asked if he would come
(x) made

Question No. 9
(a) by
(b) but
(c) so
(d) up
(e) then
(f) a
(g) was
(h) whether
(i) had climbed
(j) with
(k) into
(l) who’s there

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