ENGLISH (Second Language)

                                                                NEW SYLLABUS

                                                                      SECTION- A

                                                  READING COMPREHENSION (SEEN)

  1. Read the passage carefully and answer the question that follow:

“What have you written, Father ?” Swami asked apprehensively.

“Nothing for you. Give it to your headmaster and go to your class.”

“Have you written anything about our teacher Samuel ?”

“Yes. Plenty of things.”

“What has he done, Father ?”

“Everything is there in the letter. Give it to your headmaster.”

Swami went to school feeling that he was the worst boy on earthy. His consciences bothered him. He wasn’t at all sure if his description of Samuel had been accurate. He felt he had mixed up the real and the imagined.

Swami stopped on the roadside to make up his mind about Samuel. Samuel was not such a bad man after all. Personally he was much more friendly than the other teachers. Swami also felt Samuel had a special regard for him.

Swami’s head was dizzy with confusion he could not decide if Samuel really deserved the allegations made against him in the letter. The more he thought of Samuel, the more Swami grieved for him. To Samuel’s dark face, his thin moustache, unshaven cheek and yellow coat filled Swaminathan with sorrow.

  1. write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :

(a) Swami’s father wrote the letter to Swami’s ______________

(i) friends    (ii) headmaster    (iii) teacher    (iv) mother

(b) The letter made Swami feel ______________________________________

(i) happy           (ii) sad          (iii) excited                 (iv) worried

(c) Swami stopped on his way to school to decide whether Samuel was a/am _______________

(i) bad person

(ii) good and friendly person

(iii) honest person

(iv) dishonest person

(d) Swami felt dizzy because he was ________________________________

(i) excited

(ii) indifferent

(iii) afraid

(iv) puzzled

(e) The more Swami thought of Samuel the more _______________________

(i) aggrieved he felt

(ii) cheerful he felt

(iii) disappointed he felt

(iv) angry he felt

  1. Complete the following sentences with information from the text :  

(i) Swami’____________________________________________________________________


(ii) While going to school Swami felt ________________________________________________


(iii) Other teachers were not as ____________________________________________________


  1. Answer the following question :

(i) Why did Swami’s conscience bother him ?  _____________________________________________


(ii) How did Swami recall Samuel’s appearance ? ___________________________________________


  1. Read the poem and answer the question that follow :

Once I crept in an oakwood – I was looking for a stag.

I met an old woman there – all knobbly stick and rag.

She said: ‘I have your secret here inside my little bag.’

Then she began to cackle and I began to quake.

She opened up her little bag and I came twice awake –

Surrounded by a starting tribe and me tied to a stake .

They : said ‘We are the oak-trees and your own family.

We are chopped down, we are torn up, you do not blink an eye.

Unless you make a promise now – now you are going to die.

‘Whenever you see an oak-tree felled, swear now you will plant two.

Unless you swear the black oak bark will wrinkle over you

And root you among the oaks where you were born but never grew.’

This was my dream beneath the boughs, the dream that altered me.

When I came out of the oakwood, back to human company,

My walk was the walk of a human child, but my heart was a tree.

  1. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :

(a) The young child met  ___________________________________________

(i) a forester

(ii) an old man

(iii) an old woman

(iv) a stag


(b) The old woman was  _______________________________________________
(i) very smart

(ii) looking nervous

(iii) richly dressed

(iv) unsteady and poorly dressed


                                                  READING COMPREHENSION (UNSEEN)

  1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :

It is a known fact that children generally emulate the adults. When a child imitates an elder

Smoking by holding a pencil between his/her tiny fingers, most of us find it quite cute. We fail to

Realise that this harmless imitation often results in actual smoking when they grow up. So it is time

To take a pause and think about its consequences. According to WHO data, tobacco kills more than

Seven million people each year. While more than six million of those deaths are the result of direct

Tobacco use, many non-smokers die because they are to second -hand smoke.


Over eighty percent of individuals, who start smoking during adolescence, will continue to smoke in

Adulthood, while one-third of them will die prematurely due to smoking related disease like cancer,

Heart disease and chronic lung disease. Experimentation by children can rapidly escalate into heavy



Experts say that unless urgent action is taken immediately, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030. This sure is a gloomy and cheerless world that we are leaving behind to our future generations. So it is time motivate youngsters to stay away from this deadly habit.

Dr. Shyama Chona, the educationist says, “The best way to motivate them stay away from smoking is to involve them in some activities.” She suggests the schools can organize events like sports, drama and story-telling sessions. Such participatory learning is very effective because it dissuades kids from smoking, when they themselves propagate its bad effects.

Parents have a big role to play when it comes to influencing their kids. Theatre director Arvind Gaur says that a smoking parent can never tell his/her child not to smoke because that would be too hypocritical.

[Adapted from an article published in The Times of India dated March 14, 2018]

  1. Tick the right answer :

(i) We find it cute when

(a) a child imitates cute when

(b) an adult imitates a child

(c) a child copies an elder smoking by holding a pencil between his/her tiny fingers

(d) a child actually smokes

(ii) According to WHO data, each year direct use of tobacco kills –

(a) seven million people

(b) more than seven million people

(c) less than six million people

(d) more than six million people

(iii) In the opinion of experts urgent action should be taken

(a) immediately

(b) after one year

(c) by 2030

(d) by the parents

(iv) Dr. Shyama Chona is

(a) a medical practitioner

(b) a psychologist

(C) a social worker

(d) an educationist



(v) ‘Deadly habit’ in paragraph 3 refers to

(a) sports

(b) smoking

(c) play-acting

(d) story-telling

(vi) A smoking parent can

(a) always tell his child to smoke

(b) tell his child to be hypocritical

(c) never tell his child not to smoke

(d) tell his child to be honest and truthful

  1. Each of the following statements is either ‘True’ or ‘False’. Write ‘T’ for True and ‘F’ for False in the boxes on right5-hand side. Also pick out suitable line(s) or phrase(s) from the passage in support of your answers :

(i) A child never imitates an elder smoking

Supporting sentence : ______________________________________________________________

(ii) Many non-smokers die because of passive smoking.

Supporting sentence : _____________________________________________________________

(iii) Our future generation will be left in a dark and hopeless world due to smoking.

Supporting sentence : ______________________________________________________________

  1. Answer the following Question :

(i) How does a child imitate an elder smoking ?

Ans: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(ii) Name of some of the smoking-related disease.

Ans: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(iii) Why should urgent action be taken immediately to stop smoking ?

Ans: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(iv) How can children be motivate to stay away from smoking ?

Ans: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



4.Write the correct alternative to fill in the blanks :       

When Mrs. Gupta ___________(return/returned/was returning) home she noticed at once that thieves ____________ (enter/have entered/had entered) her house during her absence. The local police station ___________ (was informing/had informed/was informed) immediately.

  1. Do as directed :
  2. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions :

Sunil, __________ young driver jumped __________ the river and saved the child ____________ drowning.

  1. (i) He has worked out the answer carefully. (Change the voice)

Ans: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

(ii) You do not take care of your health. You may fall ill.

(Join into a single sentence using an adverb clause)

Ans: ________________________________________________________________________________


(iii) “What have you written, sachin ?” The teacher said. (Change into Indirect Speech)

Ans: ________________________________________________________________________________


  1. Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs in the boxes on the right hand side changing the form where necessary. There is one extra phrasal verb in the list.

(i) Kshudiram sacrificed his life for his motherland.

(ii) Police is investigating the case.

(iii) I am trying to find a job.

[look into, come by, look for, give up]

  1. Given below are the meanings of four words which you will find in the passage in Question No.3. Find out the words and write them in the appropriate boxes on the right-hand side :

(i) imitate

(ii) increase rapidly

(iii) discourage

(iv) spread and promote an idea widely



                                                                            SECTION – C


  1. Write a story (within 100 words) using the given hints. Give a title to the story. [10]

Three children collecting green mangoes near railway track – one sees a crack on rails – hears a train coming – senses danger – tears his red shirt – three pieces – waves like flags – driver stops – accident avoid – children rewarded.


  1. Write a letter (within 100 words) to the editor of an English daily stating reasons why plastic carry bags be banned. [10]

Your letter may include the following points :

Large scale use of plastics carry bags – choking sewerage system – water logging on roads – drains overflowing – pollution of land and ocean – must be banned to save environment – use of substitutes like jute bags and paper bags.


  1. Your school is going to host an inter-school drama competition. Suppose you are the Cultural Secretary of your school. Write a notice (within 100 words) calling students to participate in the competition. Mention the time, date and venue of the competition. Your notice should be countersigned by the Headmistress/Headmaster of your school.


                                                                     SECTION – D


                                                 [FOR EXTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY]

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate forms of the words in brackets :

(a) Mrs. Bhimani is well known for her ___________________ (kind).

(b) ___________ (honest) is the best policy.

(c) Sumona completed the race __________ (success).

(d) The gentleman is famous for his _________ (wise).

(e) Mr. Soren is an ____________ (honour) man.

  1. Add prefix with the following words to make antonyms :

    (a) Happy ______________________ .

(b) Please ______________________ .

(c) Movable ____________________ .

(d) Rational _____________________ .

(e) Logical _______________________ .

[dis______, un _______, ir _______, im _______, il ________]


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