Sunday, February 14, 2021




The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions. The candidates are required to write the answers in their own words as far as practicable.



1. What was the name of Swami's School?               1

2. When did Gandhi pass his matriculation examination?               1

3. Do ants play games?                  

4. Who accompanied Gandhi in his journey from Rajkot to Bombay?              

5. What is The Englishman known as to-day?                                1

6. "And then Swami gave a lurid account of Samuel's Violence.” 

What lurid account of Samuel's Violence did Swami give?                              2

7. Why does Bismark choose to be sent back to the earth as an ant?                  2

8. How do ants repair their nests?                                     2

9. What are holes in Ozone and what causes them?                                         2

10. Choose the meaning of the words in italics in the following sentences from the alternatives given in brackets:  1/2x4=2 

(i) .... they could not live there without liquor (water / drink / tea)  

(ii) ... my whole frame shook as I stood up.  (body / wooden bar / shape) 

(iii) All that would not be in keeping with our family tradition. (Practice / Custom / Old things) 

(iv) I am dazed and know not what to do. (puzzled / shocked / confused) 

11. Choose the correct statements from the following:             1

(i) Mavji Dave was a Modh Bania. 

(ii) Mavji Dave was a learned Brahman. 

(iii) Mavji was a young barrister. 

12. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

Of course, an ant's cow is not like a real cow. The ant's cows are greenflies or aphides such as are found on rose trees in the garden. The milk of these tiny creatures is honey-dew, and an ant at work on a greenfly will stroke it with its antennae, first on one side, then on the other, until the drops of honey are exuded through two pores in the back of the greenfly and carried away by the ant. 

(i) Where would you find an ant's cow?           1

(ii) How is an ant's cow different from a real cow           1

(iii) How are the ant's cows milked?               1


13. Choose a word each from the following words that rhymes with "night" and  “eye”. 1/2x2=1

(here, light, die, sky, kite) 

14. What does the poet compare Lucy with?           2

15. What were the things made by the goldsmiths and the flower-girls?                2

16. Give, after Thomas Moore, a pen picture of the deserted banquet hall.             2

17. What was Professor Seth's subject?                           1

18. Who does Professor Seth refer to as “black sheep" and why?                       2

19. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word from among those given in brackets:  1+1=2 

(i) The friends so — together. (played, linked, lived) 

(ii) Frail as a dragon-fly's - (eye, tail, wing) 


20. (a) What impression do you gather of Persome as a person from your reading of the play?         5


(b) Describe how the convict was transformed in his heart.                   

21. (a) Give an account of the first meeting of the Cabuliwallah and Mini's  father.             5


(b) Why and how did the author's feeling towards the Cabuliwaliah change?                             5


22. Choose the right determiners from those given in brackets and fill in the blanks:  12x4=2  

(a) He will come back within hour. (a / an / the) 

(b) - men are free from faults. (few / a few / the few)  

(c) Leap year falls in _____ fourth year. (any / every / each) 

(d) _______ learning is a dangerous thing.  (little / a little / the little) 

23. Use correct tense forms of the verbs given in brackets in the following:  1x2= 2

(a) I wish I (be) a king. 

(b) The boy (sleep), don't disturb him. 

24. Change the forms of narration of the following:  1+1=2 

(a) She said, “The water is boiling". 

(b) Mira said that her mother had been suffering from fever. 

25. Frame sentences using any one pair of the following to show their difference in meaning:             2

(a) diary         dairy 

(b) effect           affect 

(c) site            cite 

26. Correct the errors in the following sentences: (any three) 1x3=3 

(a) Money isn't the solution for every problem. 

(b) This hotel provides fooding and lodging. 

(c) Mr. Das deals with tea. 

(d) She came back with bag and baggage.

(e) We spent the evening listening music. 

27. Combine each of the following pairs of sentences into a single sentence: 1+1=2 

(a) I have some duties. I must perform them.  

(b) This is my friend. His name is John. 

28. Make sentences to show the use of any two of the following phrases: 1+1=2 

null and void, by dint of, with flying colours, all in all. 

29. Make a sentence in the pattern of either (a) or (b) 

(a) Painting is an art. 


(b) S + V +O + O 


30. Translate any one group of the following into English: 1x6=6 


Give the substance of either (a) or (b):           6

(a) The great advantage of early rising is the good start it gives us in our day's work. The early riser does a large amount of hard work before others get up. In the early morning the mind remains fresh, and there are few sounds or other distractions, so that the work done at that time is generally well done. In many cases the early riser also finds time to take some exercise in the fresh morning air, and such exercise supplies him with a lot of energy that lasts till evening. By beginning the day so early, he knows that he has plenty of time to do thoroughly all the works he can be expected to do, and is not tempted to hurry on any part of it. All his work being finished in good time, he has a long interval of rest in the evening before he goes to bed.  

(b) I wandered lonely as a cloud 

That floats on high over vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd, 

A host of golden daffodils,

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretched in never-ending line 

Along the margin of a bay;

Ten thousand saw I at a glance 

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 

31. (a) Write an essay on either of the following topics in about 200 words:     10 

(i) Physical Exercise 

(iiFloods in Assam.


(b) Write a story in about 200 words, using the outline given below and add a title to it.    10

 (Outline: A king distressed — his people lazy — wanted to teach them a lesson -- put a big stone in the middle of the road — people went around the stone, blamed the government for not removing it — king had it removed — beneath it was an iron box marked "For the man who removes the stone" — inside a purse full of money — the people were ashamed.) - 

32. (a) Write a letter to your friend asking him / her to join you for a picnic.         


(b) Prepare a newspaper report using the information given below. Do not add any new information.

-          road accident

-          December 31st, 2012 – 9.30 pm

-          Ganeshguri Flyover, Guwahati

-          a speeding motorbike knocks down an old man on the road.

-          the man dies, the biker severely injured.

-          policemen and ambulance-van arrive, the injured and the dead sent to G.M.C. 



Full Marks: 100

Pass Marks: 30


1. Who was Keplar?                            1

2. How many years ago did Socrates live?                          1

3. Who is the author of 'A Piece of String'?                        1

4. What was Hauchecome accused of?                          2

5. What sign did Hauchecome make to indicate that he was telling the truth? 2 

6. What did Socrates study at school?                2

7. What is the author's first consideration in choosing a great book?                  2

8. Choose the meaning of the words in italics in the following sentences from the alternatives given in the brackets:          1/2x4=2 

(a) There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human. knowing and thinking. ( real / mind / horrible) 

(b) He made a powerful, dignified speech answering every question. (humourous / respectable / rude) 

(c) Socrates paused with the draught still unfinished. (began / laughed / stopped) 

(d) They are enduring best sellers. (lasting / interesting / dear) 

9. (a) What things were being sold in the market at Goderville? Write in brief the behaviour of the buyers and sellers.  2+3=5 


(b). Read the passage and answer the questions that follow: 

Hauchecome, a peasant who had just arrived at Goderville, was directing his steps toward the public square when he noticed on the ground a little piece of string. Hauchecome, economical like a true Norman, thought that everything useful ought to be picked up. He bent painfully, for he suffered from rheumatism, and took the piece of string from the ground. 

(i) Who was Hauchecome?                        1

(ii) Where did he arrive at?                               1

(iii) Where was he directing his steps to?               1

(iv) What did Hauchecome notice on the ground?               1

(v) What did Hauchecome suffer from?          

10. (a) "The stone-cutter's son was becoming well known as a teacher. He used to wander about the roads or stand in the market place all day long and talk to anyone who cared to greet him." 

(i) Who was the stone-cutter's son?                          1

(ii) In which place did he live?                                   1

(iii) How did his listeners react on hearing him?                         1

(iv) Why did they react in that way?                         1


(b) “This seemed to some people a new and wicked idea. He said that there were higher and nobler deeds than making sacrifices to Athene and the other Gods of Greece." 

(i) Who is the 'he' referred to here?             1

(ii) Who was Athene?                1

(iii) How did the Greeks worship her?                     1

(iv) What was it that seemed to some people a new and wicked idea?                        2

11. (a) "Great books are the most readable." 

Why does Mortineer Adler say so?                                   5


(b) State in brief at least five signs of a great book.                      5


12. Choose the meaning of the words in italics from the alternatives given in brackets:        1/2+1/2=1 

(i) The budding twigs spread out their fan ... (flowers / small branches / little birds) 

(ii) Alack ! it was I who leaped at the sun; (jumped / looked / laughed) 

13. Give rhyming word for each of the following:                      1/2+1/2=1 

link, look. 

14. “And 'tis my faith that every flower Enjoys ...

What does every flower enjoy?                           1

15. They had answered, “And afterwards what else?” — Who are 'they' referred to here?         1

16. Why should the horse think it queer on the part of the traveller to stop for while?           2

17. What does the poet think about the budding twigs?                 2

18. How was the poet welcomed by the people of Brescia a year ago?                 2

19. How does a man behave when he reaches the 'Autumn' of his life?                  2


20. Choose the appropriate determiner from those given in brackets and fill in the blanks:          1/2x6=3

(a) ____apple a day keeps the doctor away. (a / an / the) 

(b) _______tiger has been living in this area. (a / an / the) 

 (c) There isn't _____water in this well. (many / more / much) 

 (d) Is there ____man who will not die? (any / some / more) 

(e) _____of the students will be given a pen. (every / each / any) 

 (f) Have you been to post office? (a / an / the) 

21. Use the correct tense forms of the verbs given in brackets:       1x3=3 

(a) He (come) here every Monday. 

(b) It (rain) since morning. 

 (c) He behaved as though he (be) mad. 

22. Change the form of narration:      1+1=2 

(a) The son told his father that he wanted that box.

 (b) The boy said to the teacher, "May I go out?" 

23. Fill in the blanks with the right alternatives:      1+1=2 

 (a) Some fishes (breathe / breed) air. 

 (b) They are going to the (fare / fair).. 

24. Change the voice of the following:     1+1=2 

(a) A hunter shot the tiger. 

(b) The gate was opened by the peon. 

25. Correct the errors in the following sentences (any three) :      1x3=3 

(a) These mangoes are ripe almost.  

(b) Some one should look at the matter.

(c) He wanted neither food nor money.

(d) They have some furniture’s.

(e) She prefers tea than coffee. 

(f) She was sitting besides her friend. 

26. Combine the following pairs of sentences into a single sentence each:           1+1=2

(a) He is intelligent. He is strong. 

(b) He is very weak. He cannot walk. 

27. Fill in the blanks with the right choice:     1/2x6=3 

(a) The police ran _____ the thief. (for/at/after)

(b) She is blind _______her son's fault. (at/to/in)

(c) I shall do it ________pleasure. (in/on/with)  

(d) Ram is fond _______ music. (on/of/in) 

(e) Assam is rich ______minerals. (of/in/at) 

(f) Death is preferable _____ disgrace.  (to/by/with) 

28. Make sentences to show the use of any two of the following phrases:        1+1=2

bag and baggage, look into, in spite of, put up. 

29. Complete the following sentences with the most appropriate choice:           1+1=2 

 (a) He is a_____ man. (descent/decent/dissent)  

(b) Please don't ________ the small boy with the stick. (bit/bite/beat) 

30. Make a sentence in the pattern of either (a) or (b): 

(a) Children like playing. 


(b) S + V + O 


31. Translate any one group of the following into English:         10 


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