SLC Model Question (Compulsory English)
1. Read the following poem and do the activities required.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where the knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into
Fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost
Its way into dreary desert and sand of dead habits;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee,
into ever widening though and action.
Into that heaven of freedom, my father,
Let my country awake.
– Rabindranath Tagore
A. From the above text, find the words for the following as indicated in the brackets. 0.5×4=2
i) vigorous (synonym)
ii) paradise (synonym)
iii) followed (antonym)
iv) contracts (antonym)
B. Answer the following questions: 1×3=3
i) What do dead habits refer to?
ii) What makes the world break into fragments?
iii) What does the poet wish for?
2. Read the following paragraphs and do the tasks that follow.
The old man could not remember how many generations of lotuses had bloomed and faded in the pond since he was born. What Pradip Pal did remember, however, was that he had once been a prosperous farmer. He had owned as many as six granaries full of rice and eight acres of fertile land. He had been able to provide for the future of his son and his daughters generous dowries to get them good husbands. For himself and his wife in their old age, he had kept a small piece of land. “The pair of us would be able to live there in peace” he had promised her “until the day when Yama, the God of dead, comes claim us.”
The old man had been wrong in his expectations. That plot of ground had been given to his father years ago by a zamindar. One day the zamindar’s son claim to the land. Pradip Pal refused to return it; the matter came before the courts. But the young zamindar had bought the judge and the farmer had to abandon his land and his house.
Further terrible trials lay in store for Pradip Pal and his family. Their legal fight had left them with only half an acre of good land, which could not produce enough crops to feed the family. When they ran out the rice, they survived on fruits from three coconut trees and on the vegetables from the high ground that required very little irrigation. There was also the fruit from jackfruit tree. Thus, the Pals were able to survive for two years.
During the third year, however, disaster struck once more. A parasite destroyed the entire field of rice. To overcome this catastrophe, the father set out on the path that lead to the only brick house in the village.
Nearly all the inhabitants of Bankuli had been compelled at some time or other to call the Mahajan. He was the key person in the village. He was its banker, its money lender, its pawnbroker and very often, its vampire. By this time poverty had really begun to strangle the pals. Bad weather added to their plight. One night in April, a storm brought down all the mangoes and coconuts. Consequently they had to sell the buffalo and Rani, the cow. Rani obiviously did not want to leave. She strained (pull, stretched) at her rope with all her mighty uttering the most heart – rendering bellows. No one could fail to read in her reaction a bad omen, a sign that Radha, beloved of cowherd god Krishna, was angry.
A. Match the words with their meanings given below. 6×0.5=3
B. State whether these statements are true or false. 4×0.5=2
i) Pradip Pal could not remember how old he was.
ii) The court gave decision on Pradip’s behalf.
iii) Pradip Pal was once a well off farmer.
iv) Rani, the cow was not happy to leave the house.
C. Answer the following questions. 5×1=5
i) How did Pradip manage for the future of his family?
ii) Why does the writer call Mahajan a vampire?
iii) On what condition Pal obtained the loan?
iv) How did the bad weather add to their plight?
v) What was the bad omen?
3. Read the given text and perform the tasks those follow.
One day, in 1924, five men who were camping in the Cascade Mountain of Washington was a group of ape like creatures coming out of the woods. They hurried back to their cabin and locked themselves inside. While they were in, the creatures attacked them by throwing rocks against the walls of the cabin. After several hours, these hairy giants went back to the woods.
After this event the men returned to the town and told the people about their adventure. However, only very few people accepted their story. These were the people who remembered hearing tales about footprints of an animal that walked like a human being.
The five men however were not the first people to have seen these creatures called Bigfoot. Long before their experience, local Native Americans were certain that a race of ape like animals had been living in the neighbouring mountain for centuries. They called these creatures Sasquatch.
In 1958, workmen, who were building a road through the jungles of Northern California often found huge footprints in the earth around their camp.
Then in 1967, Roger Patterson, who was interested in finding Bigfoot went into the Northern California jungles with a friend. While riding, they were suddenly thrown off from their horses. Patterson was a tall ape like animal standing not far away. He managed to shoot seven rolls of film of the hairy creature before the animal disappeared in the bushes. When Patterson’s film was shown not many people believed his story.
In another incident, Richard Brown, a music teacher and also an experienced hunter spotted a similar creature. He saw the animal clearly through his telescopic lens of the rifle. He said that animal looked more like a human than an animal.
Later many other people also found deep footprints in the same area. In spite of regular reports of sighting and footprints, most experts still do not believe that Bigfoot really exists.
A. Choose the best answer and complete the sentences. 4×0.5=2
i) The word ‘neighbouring’ can best be replaced with:
a) Far-off b) nearby c) remote d) far-away
ii) The ape like animals were addressed with ‘Sasquatch’ by:
a) Five campers b) Local Native Americans c) Roger Patterson d) Richard Brown
iii) The incorrect pair among the following is:
a) creatures-animals b) Plainly-clearly c) spotted-saw d) shown-concealed
iv) Who were the first to have seen these ape like creatures before five campers?
a) Workers who build the road b)Roger Patterson and his friend
c) The local Native Americans d) Richard Brown, the music teacher
B. Answer the questions. 4×1.5=6
i) What is the Bigfoot?
ii) How did five campers and ape like creatures react in their encounter?
iii) What according to Richard Brown the ape like creatures look like?
iv) How did people respond to Patterson’s film?
C. Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statement. 4×0.5=2
i) In spite of many reports people refused to believe the story.
ii) Roger Patterson wanted to kill the ape like creatures, so he shot him.
iii) Richard Brown saw the ape like creature through telescope.
iv) Experts now believe they exist.
We invite applications from the confident, enthusiastic, and highly career oriented who must be Nepalese citizen for the following positions based in Janakpur.
1. Procurement officer:
2. Finance Officer:
Interested candidates may send their applications along with resume, two passport size photos attested photocopies of certificates and contact details before 7th Sep. 2014 to the following address.
A. From the above text find the words which are similar in meanings to the followings: 1×4=4
i) far-reaching ii) proven iii) credentials iv) CV
B. State ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statements. 3×1=3
i) Mercy Nepali citizens can apply for the posts.
ii) The company is situated in Janakpur.
iii) The fixed least salary is ten thousands.
C. Answer the following questions on the basis of above text. 4×2=8
i) Who can apply for the post?
ii) How can they apply for posts advertised?
iii) What are the candidates asked to submit along with the application?
iv) What is the deadline for the submission of the application?
6. Complete the following dialogue selecting appropriate statements given in the brackets. 6
Nagesh: Hello Suresh, how are you?
Suresh: Fine, ……………………………………..
Nagesh: I am fine too …………………………
Suresh: How do you do?
Benjamin: How do you do?
Nagesh: Benjamin, yesterday ………….. what is the matter?
Benjamin: My father has been admitted there ………………….
Nagesh: How sad! It’s very unfortunate.
Suresh: Thank God!
Nagesh: I wish him a speedy recovery ……………..
Benjamin: I hope so too. See you later.
Suresh: See you bye!
Nagesh: See you again. Bye!
|a) Benjamin, meet Mr. Suresh, my cousin, meet my friend, Benjamin.
b) He a mild heart attack.
c) Hope he will get soon.
d) I saw your brother going to St. Martha’s hospital.
e) Oh! How is he now?
f) Thank you. How are you?
7. Prepare a news article on the basis of the plot given below: 6
A Boeing 737 ……… crashed in Islamabad ……. Bad weather …….. all 130 feared dead ……… no survivor …….. rescue team dispatched …….. compensation declared …….. investigation underway.
8. Write a letter to the editor of The Kathmandu Post daily expressing your concern about the deteriorating discipline among the students. 12
9. Rewrite the following sentences choosing the best among the alternatives given in the brackets. 12×0.5=6
a) There is …….. eucalyptus tree in the garden. (a/ an/ the)
b) She won’t consent ……. him. (with/ to/ for)
c) Moore has his bike repaired ……. (doesn’t he/ hasn’t he/ didn’t he)
d) The couple next door ……. Always arguing. (is/ are/ have)
e) He laid down in his life for the cause of freedom. The interrogative form of this statement is: …….. his life for the cause of freedom? (Did he lie/ Did he lay? Had he laid)
f) She cut her finger with a knife. The negative form of this statement is: …….. (She don’t cut her finger with a knife/ She didn’t cut her finger with a knife/ She doesn’t cut her finger with a knife.)
g) I could not look up the word because I ……. the dictionary. (have lost/ lost/ had lost)
h) They forbade us …… the building. (to enter/ enter/ not to enter)
i) Simon is fat …….. he can run very fast. (although/ however/ because)
j) “Let her hand the picture.” Alternatively this also can be said “………” (Let the picture be hung/ Let be hung the picture by her/ Let her the picture be hung.)
k) If you had bought it last week, the price ……. (won’t go/ wouldn’t go/ wouldn’t have gone)
l) The news had me ……. for a while. (to worry/ worry/ worried)
10. Complete the following passage choosing the correct alternatives from the brackets. 10×0.5=5
Literature is a creation of …….. (a/ an/ the) author about any subject. It is said that literature ……. (is/ are/ was) the mirror of the society. Literature ….. (started/ was started/ starts) to create much earlier than the history, Geography or the Mathematics by the ancient people. We can study the contemporary society by reading the literary texts. One of the means of social studies ….. (is/ am/ are) literature. ……… (Therefore/ So that/ So …… that) we study the literature of any kind. Literature is the oldest creation ……. (of/ from/ for) human beings. Literature deals …… (on/ with/ to) social issues. If we need literature, we …… (had/ will have/ would have had) knowledge about human feelings and experiences. Literature makes us ……. (learn/ to learn/ learning) lots about human values and norms …… (isn’t it/ doesn’t it/ wasn’t it)?