Monday, November 25, 2013

Model Question Paper No.1 for Class-XI Annual Exam, English (Group-B), New Syllabus, WBCHSE

Class - XI
(Group  B)
Time : 2 Hours 36 Minutes]                                            [Full Marks : 80

Special credit will be given for answers which are brief and to the point. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting. Figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions.

1. Complete each of the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answer from the alternatives given :    1x5=5
i) Sir Mohan Lal rarely spoke Hindustani as
   a) he wanted to show off his English
   b) he did not know the language well
   c) he had only contempt for everything Indian, including its language
   d) he believed that speaking Hindustani would lower his prestige in the eyes of Englishmen.
ii) Ultimately the lost chain was found inside
   a) Sidda's pocket
   b) a tamarind pot
   c) a shelf
   d) Leela's school bag.
iii) As a prisoner Jimmy Valentine's number was
    a) 9762
    b) 9627
    c) 9276
    d) 9672.
iv) The greatest destroyer of peace, according to Mother Teresa, is
    a) abortion
    b) adoption
    c) hunger
    d) malnutrition.
v) Art education calls for close contact with
    a) Nature
    b) artisans
    c) acrylic
    d) graphics.

2. Answer the following questions, each in a complete sentences :    1x5=5
i) Why was Sir Mohan dismayed to find the train compartment empty ?
ii) Why did Mother become surprised in the West ?
iii) What did Sidda go out to buy one evening ?
iv) Who was Annabel Adams ?
v) What are the two aspects of art education ?

3. Answer any two of the questions which follow (each in about 100 words) :   5x2=10
i) What, according to Nandalal Bose, are the ways in which students may be educated in art ?
ii) Sum up in a short paragraph Mother Teresa's experience at the old-age home where she found the inmates unhappy despite being well-provided for.
iii) List the ways in which Sidda's company makes Leela 'supremely happy', and also how Leela attempts to 'educate' him in turn.
iv) Why do you think the story by Khushwant Singh is entitled "Karma" ?
v) How does O Henry establish a contrast between Jimmy Valentine and 'Ralph D Spencer' ?

4. Complete each of the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answer from the alternatives given :    1x5=5
i) The wind tells the mists to
   a) settle on the shore
   b) lift their veils to enable the mariners to steer their ships
   c) shroud the graveyard
   d) move and make way for it.
ii) The city of London is seen
   a) in the morning light
   b) at twilight
   c) at noon
   d) at midnight.
iii) The poem "Meeting at Night" is a
   a) sonnet
   b) lyric
   c) soliloquy
   d) dramatic monologue.
iv) The night when the worm comes to destroy the rose is
   a) calm and tranquil
   b) rainy
   c) chilly
   d) stormy
v) In the poem "Brotherhood", the night is
   a) enormous
   b) dark
   c) short
   d) silent

5. Answer the following questions, each in a complete sentences :    1x5=5
i) What does the poet mean by the expression 'quench its speed' ?
ii) What kind of poem is "Upon the Westminster Bridge" ?
iii) What did the wind say to the forest ?
iv) What does Blake suggest in using 'crimson' to describe the rose's bed ?
v) " ...the stars write." -- What is written in the sky ?

6. Answer any two of the questions which follow (each in about 100 words) :   5x2=10
i) How does Wordsworth describe the city of London in his poem, "Upon the Westminster Bridge" ?
ii) Describe the feelings of the lover on his journey to meet his beloved in the poem, "Meeting at Night".
iii) Do you think the title of the poem, "The Sick Rose" is appropriate ? Give reasons.
iv) "Unknowing I understand" --What does the speaker understand ? Why does he understand unknowingly ?
v) How does Longfellow personify the wind in his poem, "Daybreak" ?

7. Complete each of the sentences which follow, choosing the correct answer from the alternatives given :  (Attempt any five)  1x5=5
i) A cruel law was made at
  a) Syracuse
  b) Ephesus
  c) a Banquet
  d) an inn.
ii) The Abbess discovered that Adriana was in the habit of
  a) Suspecting her husband
  b) scolding her husband
  c) teasing her husband
  d) instigating her husband.
iii) When Rosalind came to know that Orlando was the son of her father's friend, she gave him
  a) a gold ring
  b) a gold coin
  c) a gold chain
  d) a gold earring.
iv) Oliver planned to murder Orlando after he won the wrestling match
  a) by burning him alive when he slept.
  b) by sprinkling poisonous juice on his clothes.
  c) by giving him poisonous food.
  d) by hiring assassins to kill him.
v) When Othello accused Desdemona of being untrue to him, she
  a) broke down and admitted her guilt.
  b) stormed out of the chamber.
  c) tried to divert his mind from serious thought.
  d) was stupefied.
vi) The first gift of Othello to Desdemona was
  a) a gold chain
  b) flowers
  c) perfume
  d) a handkerchief.
vii) The second spirit looked to Macbeth as
  a) an armed head
  b) a crowned child
  c) eight shadows of king
  d) a bloody child.
viii) Macbeth killed Duncan because
  a) the witches told him to do so.
  b) Duncan was his enemy.
  c) he wanted to be king.
  d) he wanted to take revenge on Duncan.
ix) The offence commotted by Antonio for which he was arrested was
  a) he had killed the duke's nephew.
  b) he had injured the duke's nephew.
  c) he had killed the duke.
  d) he had injured the duke.
x) Olivia showed her love for her dead brother by
  a) abjuring the sight and company of man for seven years.
  b) becoming a nun.
  c) spending all her time crying.
  d) abjuring the sight and company of men for six years.

8. Answer any one of the questions which follow (each in about 100 words) :   5x1=5
i) How did Iago plant seeds of doubt and suspicion in Othello's mind ?
ii) Describe the hallucinations seen and heard by Macbeth when he went to kill King Duncan.
iii) Describe the first meeting of Olivia and Cesario.
iv) Why did Antipholus Younger think Ephesus to be a land of sorcerers and witches ?
v) What made Rosalind and Celia opt a life of hardship in a forest leaving aside their palace life ?

9. A) Rewrite the sentences according to the instructions given in brackets:  1x7=7
  i) The arrival of the train did not disturb Sir Mohan Lal's sang-froid. (Turn it into passive voice)
  ii) "Sir, do you want a servant?", Sidda asked Mr Sivasanker. (Turn it into indirect speech)
  iii) We should get well-qualified people to write readable books on art. (Make it complex)
  iv) And so let us meet each other with a smile. (Change into negative)
  v) After I get married, I am going to sell out and go west. (Use the noun form of 'married')
  vi) We have been created in his image. We have been created to love and be loved. (Join into a simple sentence)
  vii) Language has an important place in education, as it is the vehicle for literature, science and philosophy. ( Split into two simple sentences)

B) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions: 0.5x6=3
  A week after _______ release ________ Valentine, 9762, there was ________ neat job ________ safe-burglary done _______ Richmond, Indiana with no clue __________ the author.

10. Answer any one of the two questions: 10
A) Write a paragraph within 150 to 200 words on "A Day You Will Never Forget":
     (Hints: Which day--what you did--why it became memorable--pleasant or unpleasant--conclusion).
B) Write a story in about 150 to 200 words with the following outline:
   A frmer has a goose--lays a golden egg everyday--farmer becomes rich--his wife wants to be rich quickly--they cut open the goose--lose all fortune.

11. A college student seeks paying guest accommodation near Jadavpur University. Draft a newspaper advertisement in not more than 50 words on his/her behalf.  5

12. A mobile store is opening shortly in your locality. Prepare a commercial leaflet in not more than 50 words providing relevant information. 5

 You may verify the above sample questions from the latest "Sample Question Set Including Question pattern", a book published by WBCHSE.


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