1. All questions are compulsory.
2. You may attempt any Section at a time.
3. All questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
SECTION - A
Q.1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions briefly.
- The erstwhile royal kingdom of Ranthanbore, at the heart of the tourist triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is pinning for its most valuable visitors - the Siberian cranes. These winter visitors who help the town to make its name, are dwindling in number.
- "The cranes have dwindled in number over the past few years", says Prachi, a researcher from the Bombay National History Society. "Last year there were just five cranes and this season only three have come," says Ramlal who has observed the cranes for more than thirty years. "Earlier there used to be up to two hundred cranes here, but now it seems they are simply not coming.
- Ornithologists attribute a combination of factors for the declining numbers. Many birds embark on this annual pilgrimage from Russia, but few make it across the skies of Afghanistan and Pakistan where they are hunted down. Another reason for the declining numbers is the habitat loss.
- The breeding rate among the Siberian cranes is low; studies in Siberia have put it at just 20 - percent. Experts have been attempting artificial breeding of these words. Four Siberian cranes at Ranthambore have been bred in captivity. Extensive studies are being done on them, including fixing of radio transmitters to monitor their movement and activities.
- The local people worry about the future. "We wonder whether any cranes will come next year", says a resident. The park is host to a variety of birds like the common painted stork, the rare Egyptian Ibis and the purple Heron from Tibet. Nut the people in Ranthambore would prefer to crane their necks to spot one particular winged visitor.
i) Who is the most valuable visitor of Ranthambore?
ii) What are the reasons for dwindling number of Siberian Cranes?
iii) What factors the Ornithologists attribute for declining number of the birds?
iv) What steps are taken to safeguard Siberian Cranes?
v) What do local people worry about?
vi) The park is host of which kind of birds?
vii) Which bird is preferred in Ranthambore?
viii) Find a word from the passage which mean "former"?
Q.2. Read the passage carefully.
You hope to do several things everyday. At the end of each day, most of them are not done. You may be using a 'to-do-list' but discover in a short while that it is not helping you will never do and feel stressed about it. Making a to-do-list is not enough. It is useful only when you understand the key aspects of it and work on it further. To begin with, recognise that a to-do-list is only a pool of tasks. It is just a raw collection that gives you no idea how you will get to it. To make is useful you have to define the 'when'. Entering details about when you will do the different tasks, gives the to-do-list a meaning. When you begin creating a schedule, your focus shifts to how long you have to work on each task to complete it. This way you are forced to be realistic about your goals.
You cannot do all the tasks on the list on the same day. So, you should learn to prioritise. Rank the tasks using numbers or group them using letters of the alphabet, according to the order of importance. Now start working according to the schedule where your schedule went wrong by paying close attention to how you are spending the day.
Some of the possible reasons are: you waste time, made mistake in assessing how much time a task would take or deal with urgent tasks frequently. If the reason is wasting time, learn to concentrate on your work. If you make a mistake in time assessment, prepare a more realistic schedule.
Another way to prioritise tasks based on the creative energy they require. Separate the tasks in to creative and boring ones. This approach helps you to stay productive even during cheerless parts of the day.
Making schedule for items in your to-do-list does not promise that all of them are accomplished. But you can at least be strategic about what is left behind and feel happy that you achieved what you accommodated in the finite space. This way you can begin the next day on a confident note rather than feeling helpless and frustrated about failing.
A. Answer the following questions briefly:
i) What make a to-do-list useful?
ii) Why is the to-do-list described as a raw collection?
iii) What is prioritising?
iv) How do you become realistic about your goals?
B. Find a word in the passage which conveys similar meaning as the following:
i) pressured (para - 1)
ii) programme (para - 2)
iii) Rank things according to importance (para - 3)
iv) prevent or discourage (para - 6)
SECTION - B
Q.3. You are Abhilasha / Abhilash of class IX, St. Marry School of Bengaluru. You have been asked to deliver a speech on Teacher's Day.
"The teacher gives you the spark which will enable you to develop a new outlook on life and new kind of being". - Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
Using hints from the above lines, write the speech to be delivered on the role of teachers in moulding the character and personality of students.
Q.4. Write a story based on the following outlines in about 150 - 200 words. Give a suitable title to your story.
It was a bright day and you were reading a book in your lawn. Suddenly, a man threw a bag in your garden and ran away. You called him out but ...........
Bag looked suspicious, called police, parents concerned, neighbours gathered and whispered, murmured, bomb squad called, opened the bag, full of used clothes.
Q.5. Complete the paragraph given below filling in the blanks with a suitable words. Choose from the options given:
A man attended (i) ________ interview for a job. Along the corridor, he (ii) __________ up a piece of paper and (iii) _________ it into a dustbin. The (iv) _______ passed by and (v) __________ it. This man got the job. If you have good habits, you (vi) ________ recognised.
(i) (a) a (b) an (c) some (d) many
(ii) (a) pick (b) picking (c) had picked (d) picked
(iii) (a) throw (b) thrown (c) threw (d) will throw
(iv) (a) interviewee (b) interviewing (c) interviewer (d) interviewed
(v) (a) saw (b) see (c) seen (d) seeing
(vi) (a) will be (b) would be (c) can be (d) could be
Q.6. The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each of the lines against which a blank is given. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer book.
|Folk tales offer lots of advice|
|Much of them deliver the message||(a)||_____________________||_____________________|
|Quite clear. There is a story about||(b)||_____________________||_____________________|
|Birbal not being allowed to attending||(c)||_____________________||_____________________|
|The king's free lunch. The reason was||(d)||_____________________||_____________________|
|Which he is was not dressed properly||(e)||_____________________||_____________________|
|This happened in spite of the high||(f)||_____________________||_____________________|
|The advice thus conveyed was:||(g)||_____________________||_____________________|
|"Don't judge the book by its cover".||(h)||_____________________||_____________________|
Q.7. Re-arrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done for you as an example.
Example: around the world / is a fast and / the internet / efficient way for / Information to travel
Answer: The internet is a fast and efficient way for information to travel around the world.
(a) huge / network / computer / it / is a
(b) other / of computers / it / connects millions / to each
(c) internet can / any two/to / the / computers / connected / exchange information
SECTION - C
(Literature Text Book & Long Reading Text)
Q.8. Read the extract and answer the following questions.
Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and Men may,
But I go on forever.
a) Where is Philip's farm situated?
b) What does the phrase 'brimming river' mean?
c) What poetic device is used here?
He never jumped on Chunk again. From that moment, he took up a post besides his master's bed around the clock.
(a) Why did Duke never jump on Chuck again?
(b) What special quality did Duke exhibit here?
(c) What does the phrase 'around the clock' mean?
Q.9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words.
(a) Why is Gaston not interested in buying the Villa in the beginning?
(b) How was Chuck injured in the accident?
(c) Why was William Wordsworth fascinated by the Solitary Reaper's song?
(d) Which road does Robert Frost choose and why?
Q.10. Answer the following question in about 80 - 100 words.
The old lady in 'KASHI YATRE' Sudha Murty's grandmother and Sudha herself share some common values of character. What values are they? How are they important for our contemporary society?
Lord Ullin, his daughter and the Chief of Ulva's Isle pay the price of practising certain negative values. Do you agree? Discuss.
Q.11. Answer the following question in about 150 to 200 words.
(i) Why did the narrator think it was exciting to the towed by girls?
(ii) Write the character sketch of the author Jerome K. Jerome.