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H.S. 1ST YEAR EXAMINATION-AHSEC
Full Marks: 100
1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Mahatma Gandhi has laid great stress on Satyagraha in his thoughts. Satyagraha means pursuance of truth. It means striving for truth even by undergoing physical pain. Gandhi relied on the methods of non-violence to strive for truth. Thus it was agreeable to him to suffer physical hardship for the sake of truth. He used to accept Satyagraha not simply as a means but as a principle by itself. He himself had written that Satyagraha is a spiritual principle based on love for mankind. There is no feeling of hatred towards the opponents in it. He used to regard Satyagraha as the most potent force. In ‘Hind Swaraj’ he wrote: ‘Passive resistance (Satyagraha) is an all sided sword, it can be used anyhow. It blesses him who used it and him against whom it is used without drawing a drop of blood. It produces for reaching results. It never rusts and cannot be stolen’.
Gandhi considered four conditions to be necessary for a Satyagraha. He stated, ‘After a great deal of experience it seems to me that those who want to become passive resisters for the service of the country have to (i) observe perfect chastity, (ii) adopt poverty (iii) follow truth and (iv) cultivate fearlessness. Gandhi used to give enough stress on morality. In his view, truth was the essence of morality.
Gandhi laid great stress on non-violence along with truth. He used to consider non-violence as a symbol of strength rather than of cowardice. On 11 August 1946, he wrote in ‘Young India’, Even if non-violence means taking hardship consciously in a constructive manner, nevertheless this principle does not support surrendering oneself before the tormentor. On the contrary, it encourages one to face a tormentor with full soul force’. Elsewhere he said, ‘I believe that non-violence has the power to solve all problems. At the same time I have this faith that if any country in the world can find a solution to all problems through non-violence, it is only India.’
(a) What is Satyagraha? 1
Ans. Satyagraha means pursuance of truth. It means striving for truth even by undergoing physical pain.
(b) What did Gandhi write about Satyagraha in ‘Hind Swaraj’? 2
Ans. In ‘Hind Swaraj’ he wrote ‘Passive resistance (Satyagraha) is an all sided sword, it can be used anyhow. It blesses him who uses ti and him against whom it is used without drawing a drop of bold. It produces for reaching results. It never rusts and cannot be stolen.’
(c) What, according to Gandhi, are the four conditions necessary for the success of Satyagraha? 2
Ans. According to Gandhi, those who want to become passive resisters for the service of the country have to (i) observe perfect chastity, (ii) adopt poverty (iii) follow truth and (iv) cultivate fearlessness.
(d) What are the view of Gandhi on Non-violence? 3
Ans. Gandhi laid great stress on non-violence along with truth. He used in consider non-violence as a symbol of strength rather than of cowardice. On 11 August 1946, he wrote in ‘Young India’. ‘Even if non-violence means taking hardship consciously in a constructive manner, nevertheless this principle does not support surrendering oneself before the tormentor. On the contrary, it encourages one to face a tormentor with full soul force’. Else where he said, ‘I believe that non-violence has the power to solve all problems. At the same time I have this faith that if any country in the world can find a solution to all problems through non-violence, it is only India’.
(e) In which country can one find a solution to all problems through non-violence?
(f) Pick out words from the passage that mean. 1×3=3
(ii) Fear or lack of courage
(iii) A person who causes somebody to suffer
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
- How does television affect our lives? It can be very helpful to people who carefully choose the shows that they watch. Television can make us know more about the outside world; there are good programs that help us understand many subjects: science, medicine, the arts, and so on. Moreover, television helps the old and the sick who can’t leave the house or the hospital. It also gives learners of a foreign language lot of chances to practice the language and improve their vocabulary and listening.
- On the other hand, there are several serious disadvantages to television. Of course, it gives us a pleasant way to relax and spend our free time, but in some countries, people watch the “boob tube” for over six hours a day. Many children watch TV for more hours each day than they do anything else, including studying and sleeping. It’s clear that the tube has a powerful influence on their lives and that its influence if often very bad.
- Recent studies show that after only thirty seconds of TV, a person’s brain “relaxes” the same way that it does just before the person falls asleep. This is how television affects the brain and makes people unable to concentrate. Children who watch a lot of TV can often concentrate on a subject for only fifteen to twenty minutes; they can pay attention only for the amount of time between commercials!
- Another disadvantage is that TV often makes people unhappy with their own lives. Real life does not seem as exciting to these people as the lives of actors on the screen. To many people, TV becomes more real than their own lives, which seem boring to them. Also, many people get upset when they can’t solve problems in real life as quickly as TV actors seem to. On the screen, actors solve serious problems in a half-hour program.
- By the age of fourteen, a child will have watched eleven thousand killings on the tube. He or she begins to believe that there is nothing strange about fights, killings, and other kinds of violence. Many studies show that people become more violent after watching certain programs. They may even do the things that they saw in a violent show. An example is the effect of the movie The Deer Hunter. After it appeared on TV in the United States, twenty-nine people tried to kill themselves in a way similar to an event in the film.
- The worst influence of the “boob tube” might be people’s addiction to it. People often feel a strong need be people’s addiction to it. People often feel a strong need to watch TV even when they don’t enjoy it. Addiction to a TV screen is similar to drug or alcohol addiction: People almost never believe they are addicted.
(a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it using recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary. Add a suitable title to it.
Ans. A. TV and its advantages:
- Increase our knowledge.
- Helps to undrstnd science, mden, arts etc.
- Helps old ppl and patnts in Hosptls.
- Provides infrml language prctce to non native spkrs.
B. TV and its disadvantages:
- Ppl spnd more time on TV.
- Ngatv influence on children.
- Causes ppl to bcom dissatisfied with their own live.
- Ppl bcom more violent.
- Most negative one is ppl’s addiction to it.
Title: Television and its effects on people.
(b) Make a summary of the above passage in about 80 words.
SECTION – B
3. There was a cultural function in your school/college on the occasion of school/college Annual day. Prepare a report to be published in the Assam Tribune. 5
Annual Day Celebrations
Our school, Gayatri Model Sr. Secondary School, Ganga Nagar, celebrated its Annual Day
on 14th March. The State Education Minister, Miss Girija Vyas was the Chief Guest. She was welcomed by the Principal and the Head Girl at the school gate and then led to the science block to witness the Art and Painting Exhibitions and Science and Environment Workshop. The Chief Guest planted a sapling in the campus. The guests were then led to the horticulture section comprising lawns full of beautiful flowers and fruit bearing shady
trees.After ‘Saraswati Vandana’ the Principal read out the Annual Report highlighting the achievements of the school in all sphere-academic, sports, cultural activities. The chief
guest gave away prizes to prize winners in different fields and then made an impressive speech. She praised the efforts of our school management, principal and teachers for popularizing women education. She laid emphasis on overall development of personality. She noted with pleasure the contribution of our school students to social causes such as eradication of illiteracy, untouchability and campaigns against use of drugs or child-labour.
Her illuminating and inspiring speech was followed by a brief cultural programme. The various items dwelt on burning social issues such as national unity, prohibition, pollution
The function came to an end with the vote of thanks by the Vice-Principal and the Head
Girl. All the guests and students joined in singing the National Anthem.Thus ended the
most important day in our current school year.
Reported by – X , CLASS XI
Describe the process of stitching up a cloth bag to your friend. Use the following clues to describe the process: A Pair of scissors, beads-needle or thread or sewing machine-thick cotton cloth at least one metre in length. 5
Ans: Stitching of a cloth bag
For a decent and durable cloth bag the things required to stitch up are a pair of scissor, beads for decoration, needle, thread and sewing machine. Thick Cotton cloth at least one metre in length is also required. Fold the cloth in half (right sides facing) and with the help of scissor, trim it to the size you need, leaving about 1-2 centimeter left for stitching. Sew the two parallel loose sides about 1-2 centimeter. Sew the handle on about 5 centimeter down from the top edge. Carefully turn the bag inside out. The bag handle should now also look as if has been attached inside the bag. Now use beads and other decorative to design it.
4. You are asked to address the morning assembly of your school on the topic, ‘Value of games and sports’. Prepare a speech in 100-150 words: 5
Respected Principal sir, teachers and dear friends.
I am Mohini of class XI. Today I will speak on the ‘Value of games and sports’.
The chief object of sports is, of course, bodily exercise. It is a famous quote, “A sound body has a sound mind”. The health of the body is essential for success in life. An unhealthy man always feels weakness, thus losing confidence and hence become very dull and in active. To keep healthy, one must take an active interest in sports and games. Thus sports and games serve an essential purpose in life because they ensure good health and build a fine physique. If one is bodily fit, one feels capable of hard endeavor and life without endeavor s useless. Sports and games play an important role in the development of human personality. They are no less important than food grains and fresh water. The developed countries like England, Germany, France, USA etc have made games as an essential part of education at school level. The great advantage of sports is that they combine exercise with thrill, excitement, and sensation. In order that we readily take exercise, it should be made interesting and as everybody knows practically all kinds of games devised by man posses a certain degree of interest. Hockey, football, cricket, tennis, badminton, rowing, swimming etc , all these and others not only give exercise to limbs but also provide a good deal of excitement and Entertainment.
The use of plastic is not eco-friendly. Things made of plastic are not biodegradable. Write an article on the topic ‘Say no to plastic!’ in 100-150 words. 5
Say no to Plastic Bags
The usage of plastic bags has become a part of life style in the 20th century. People go empty handed to the shops and return with loads of plastic bags. The concerns of Plastic bags towards the environment are too huge to ignore.
Plastic bags were mostly made of ‘polyethylene’ which is made out of petroleum. If you find the words PE on any plastic bag, be sure that it was made out of Polyethylene. Petroleum as we know is a limited natural resource, which can be exhausted if used irrationally. Besides, numerous toxic chemicals were released while manufacturing the Polyethylene. A plastic bag once thrown on the ground takes centuries together to degenerate. Since most of the plastic bags we use are not biodegradable, they would just break into small pieces and will never completely decompose into the earth! .The plastic bags left as a garbage would severely affect the wild life. Stray dogs and cows would eat them along with the food left in them. Marine creatures would mistake them to be jelly fish and consume them. Even the sea birds and turtles also eat the pieces of plastic bags thinking them to be of some kind of prey. Such an intake is almost fatal to creatures either instantly or in the long run. The garbage of plastic bags is the main culprit for blocking the drainage systems. They would just gather at the sewage blocking the flow of water. granules would become a part of the food chain! . Its damn easy to say no plastic bags. Keep a bag made out of jute or cotton with you. Don’t insist for a plastic bag if you don’t need one. If you have purchased a single commodity, carry it by hand. Don’t throw away the old plastic bags carelessly. Whenever you wish to depend on a plastic bag, be aware of the fact that it would be for centuries together on the earth. So let’s keep our earth clean!
5. You are Ranjan/Ranjana. You have come across an advertisement in a local daily regarding a situation vacant for the post of Assistant Teacher in a school at Jorhat. Write an application to the Headmaster of the school submitting your candidature for the same. Mention other relevant details. 10
Examination Hall (* Whenever sender’s address is not given, we may write ‘’Examination Hall ‘’as sender’s address)
23rd Febuary, 20XX
A. P. School, Jorhat
Subject: An application for the post of an Assistant Teacher.
This is in response to your advertisement in ‘The Assam Tribune’ dated 22/2/20XX regarding the post of a ‘Assistant Teacher’. I wish to apply for the same post.
I am outgoing, deligent and open to learning and have good command over English speaking. I have all the requisite qualification and experience. I did my graduation from Sri Ram College, Delhi in Commerce stream. I worked as a maths teacher in A New High School, Tinsukia for 1 year. I wish to bring difference in the lives of people through education.
As regard my qualification and experience , I am enclosing my bio- data for your kind consideration. I shall be available for an interview on any day of your convenience.
If selected I shall discharge my duties with utmost devotion and sincerity to your full satisfaction.
NAME : X
FATHER NAME : XYZ
ADDESS : Examination Hall
CONTACT : 9987XXXXXX
DATE OF BIRTH : 11/10/19XX
NATIONALITY : Indian
RELIGION : Hindu
MARITAL STATUS : Unmarried
GENDER : Male
AGE : 28 years
A NEW HIGH SCHOOL
H.S 2ND YEAR
SRI RAM COLLEGE
A New High School, Tinsukia
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Working knowledge of Tally, Excel, MS-Word.
- Winner of Inter –college Debate Competiton (20XX-20XX)
Hobby: Interacting with people, reading books, cricket etc.
Language Known: Hindi, English, Bengali, Assamese.
I solemnly declare that all the above information are correct to the best of my knowledge.
Date: 23/02/20XX Ranjan/Ragini.
Place: Tinsukia Signature
There is no bus stop within a radius of 2 km. from your locality, causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents. Write a letter to the Editor of the Telegraph drawing attention of the authorities concerned to this problem. You are Mrinal/Malini.
Sub: Inconvenience caused due to lack of bus stop.
Through the esteemed columns of your newspaper, I want to draw the attention of the authorities towards inconvenience caused due to lack of bus stop within a radius of 2 km from Jakubari area.
People of Jakubari area face immence inconvenience caused due to lack of bus stop within a radius of 2 km from Jakubari area. One can notice that buses running on the main road for all places in Guwahati at every five minutes.
But, it is rather strange to note that the Government has not provided enough bus stops to cover Jakubari area. The residents have to walk more than 2 km to catch a local bus. Hiring of a rickshaw of a three wheeler is very costly for a common man. The chilly or the hot rough weather other puts the passengers in a great problem. This also wastes time, energy and stamina of the residents.
For lady passengers it is not advisable to walk long distances from the safety point of view.Being a fully residential area, it is necessary to provide bus stops at all the stops at all the appropriate points in this area.
I hope the authorities would definitely consider our difficulty and provide enough bus stops for the convenience of the passengers. It will provide relief to all of us as moving long distances of about 2 km in winter and hot sun is very troublesome and tiresome.
SECTION – C
6. Rewrite the following sentences after making necessary correction of errors, (any four) 1×4=4
(a) Everybody have to work.
Ans. Everybody has to work.
(b) She said she will take care of the baby.
Ans. She said she would take care of the baby.
(c) One should learn how to read and write in his mother language.
Ans. One should learn how to read and write in one’s mother language.
(d) He left the hostel with bag and baggage.
Ans. He left the hostel bag and baggage.
(e) He is a MA in History.
Ans. he is an MA in History.
(f) My mother never listens what I say.
Ans. My mother never listens to what I say.
7. Rearrange the words and phrases of the following to form meaningful sentences: any two: 1×2=2
(a) He has yet not from returned school.
Ans. He has not yet retuned from school.
(b) Mahesh not know swim does to how.
Ans. Mahesh does not know how to swim.
(c) Are harmless to people most bats.
Ans. Most bats are harmless to people.
(d) People along had up lined road the.
Ans. people had lined up along the road.
8. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb given in brackets: (any four) 1×4=4
(a) I wish I ____ a king (be)
(b) The earth ____ round the sun. (revolve)
(c) It ____ since morning. (rain)
Ans. Has been raining.
(d) The Prime Minister ____ here tomorrow. (come)
Ans. Will come.
(e) If you came here, you ____ him. (see)
Ans. Would have seen.
SECTION – D
9. Read one of the stanzas given below and answer the questions that follow:
- The cardboard shows me how it was
When the two girl cousins went paddling
Each one holding one of my mother’s hands
And she the big girl-some twelve years or so
- What does the cardboard show the poet? 1
Ans: The cardboard shows the poet, the photograph of her mother, along with her two girls cousins.
- How did the girls go to the sea beach? 1
Ans: the girls went to the sea beach paddling.
- Why did the two girl cousins hold one of the poet’s mother’s hands? How old was the poet’s mother? 1+1=2
Ans: Two girl cousins was holding one of the poet’s mother’s hands because she was the eldest one among them.
- Who clicked the three girls in the cardboard? 1
Ans: The poet’s mother’s uncle clicked the photograph.
- When did my childhood go?
Was it the day I ceased to be eleven,
Was it the time I realized that Hell and Heaven,
Could not be found in Geography,
And therefore could not be
Was that the day!
- What is the poet asking for? 1
- What does ‘Hell and Heaven’ stand for? 1
- What phase of life does the stanza reveal? 1
- How does the poet describe the process of being grown up? 2
10. Answer any one of the following questions: 2×2=4
- Why would the poet’s mother laugh at the snapshot?(N)
- How is the cyclic movement of rain brought out in the poem, ‘The Voice of the Rain’?(N)
- In the poem, Childhood, the poet asks two questions – one is about the time and the other about the place.Why does he ask these questions?(N)
- What is the father’s greatest wish for his son?(N)
11. Answer any five of the following questions briefly: 3×5=15
- How did the sparrows react to the death of the author’s grandmother?(N)
- What the difference between village school education and urban school education is as brought out in the lesson ‘The Portrait of a Lady’?(N)
- Describe the boat which was made for undertaking the voyage in the lesson, ‘We are not afraid to die….’
- Why was Howard Carter’s investigation resented?
- What do you understand by the concept of ‘sustainable development’ as explained in ‘The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role’?(N)
- Why does Taplow say Mr. Crocker-Harris cannot be a sadist?
- Describe and contrast the features of the Chinese and the European art landscapes. (N)
- What does Verrier Elwin have to say to the hill people of Assam?
- How do East Africans and Indians differ in their attitude to animals?
12. Answer any one of the following questions: 6×1=6
- Cite reasons to validate whether the distancing relationship between the author and his grandmother was deliberate or beyond their control. (N)
- What is the Daoist concept of ‘Shanshui’ and Daoist view of the universe?(N)
- ‘We have not inherited this Earth from our forefathers: we have borrowed it from our children’ Justify this statement. (N)
- Compare and contrast Verrier Elwin’s views regarding his visits to the Game Sanctuaries of Kenya and Tanganyka on the one hand and Kaziranga on the other.
13. Answer any one of the following questions: 6×1=6
- ‘Mourad was the natural descendant of the crazy streak of uncle Khosrove’. Explain the statement giving instances from the story, ‘The summer of the beautiful while hose’.
- ‘Have you come back’? Said the woman, ‘I thought no one had come back’. Does this statement give some clues about the story? If yes, what are they?
- ‘English integrates India as a nation or it belittles the expressions of native speakers’. Elucidate with examples from the lessons ‘Ranga’s Marriage’.
- Describe the circumstances leading to Albert getting a medical certificate issued declaring him unfit to continue school. (N)
14. Answer any two of the following questions in brief: 2×2=4
- Describe the quality of the mangoes of Hosahalli village. (N)
- What was the Mathematics teacher Koch’s opinion about Albert’s mathematical knowledge?(N)
- What is Cyril’s prime fault as expressed by Mrs. Pearson?
- Why was Joe and Susan Morgan’s case special for Andrews?
- Cite one instance of irony form the poem, ‘The Tale of Melon City’.
- Was Ratna a victim of the arranged marriage system?(N)
Note: Questions highlighted in blue colour are only in syllabus, rest are not in syllabus.