Madhyamik English Model Question Paper-1

MADHYAMIK 2021

English Model Question Paper- 1

Full Marks: 90    Time: 3 hr 15 mins

SECTION- A

READING COMPREHENSION (SEEN)

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

It is always lovely on the Big Half Moon in summer. When it is fine, the harbour is blue and calm, with little wind and ripples. Every summer, we had some hobby. The last summer before Dick and Mimi came, we were crazy about kites. A boy on the mainland showed Claude how to make them. Back on the island we made plenty of kites. Claude would go around to the other side of the island and we would play shipwrecked mariners signalling to each other with kites.

We had a kite that was big and covered with lovely red paper. We pasted gold tinsel stars all over it and had written our names full on it – Claude Leete and Philippa Leete, Big Half Moon lighthouse.

One day there was a grand wind for kite flying. I’m not sure how it happened, but as I was bringing the kite from the house, I tripped and fell over the rocks. My elbow went clear though the kite, making a big hole.

We had to hurry to fix the kite if we wanted to send it up before the wind fell. We rushed into the lighthouse to get some paper. We knew there was no more red paper. We took the first thing that came handy – an old letter lying on the bookcase in the sitting room. We patched the kite up the letter, a sheet on each side and dried it by the fire. We started out, and up went the kite like a bird. The wind was glorious and it soared. All at once – snap! And there was Claude, standing with a bit of cord in his hand, looking foolish. Our kite had sailed away over to the mainland.

A. Write the correct alternative in the given space to complete the following sentences:             (5)

(a) Claude learnt to make kites from

(i) Philipa                   

(ii) his father

(iii) a boy on the island             

 (iv) a boy on the mainland

 Ans: ________________________________________

(b) Claude looked foolish because

(i)  there was a hole in the kite                      

(ii) the kite went like a bird

(iii) the cord had snapped                               

(iv) the kite could not be patched up

 Ans: ________________________________________

(c) The narrator and Claude had some hobby every

            (i) summer                              (ii) winter

            (iii) spring                                (iv) autumn

 Ans: ________________________________________

(d) Big hole in the kite was made by

            (i) Dick                                     (ii) Mimi

            (iii) Claude                              (iv) Philipa

 Ans: _______________________________________

(e) To play shipwrecked mariners, Claude used to go to

(i) the harbour                                               

(ii) the mainland

(iii) top of Big Half Moon                   

(iv) the other side of the island

 Ans: _____________________________________________

B. Complete the following sentences with information from the text:          (3)

(i) When it is fine, the harbour is__________________________________________________

 _________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________

(ii) As there was no red paper they took __________________________________________________

 ___________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

(iii) On the kite they had written ____________________________________________________

 ___________________________________________________

 ___________________________________________________

C. State whether the following statements are true or false. Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ in the boxes given on the right-hand side. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer:                                                (4)

(i) After the arrival of Dick and Mimi, the narrator and Claude were crazy about kites.

 Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

(ii) The wind was favourable for kite flying. 

 Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

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

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel:

And the former called the latter ‘Little Prig.’

Bun replied,

‘You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together,

To make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I’m not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry.

I’ll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track;

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

If I cannot carry forests on my back,

Neither can you crack a nut.’

A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences:  (4)

(a) “And the former called the latter, ‘Little Prig’.” Here ‘former’ refers to

(i) the mountain                                                        

 (ii) the squirrel

(iii) both the mountain and the squirrel                     

(iv) none of the above

Ans: ____________________________________________________

(b) “To occupy my place” –Here ‘my’ refers to

 (i) the mountain                                 

(ii) the weather

(iii) the squirrel                                   

(iv) the sphere

Ans: ____________________________________________________

(c) The thing that differs is

            (i) strength                              (ii) talent

            (iii) weather                            (iv) none of these

Ans: ___________________________________________________

(d) The mountain cannot

   (i) make pretty squirrel track                       

  (ii) crack a nut

   (iii) carry forests                                           

  (iv) quarrel

B. Answer the following questions:                                                              (4)

(i) Write two things that mountain can do.

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

(ii) Why does the squirrel think that there is no disgrace to occupy his place?

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

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READING COMPREHENSION (UNSEEN)

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

Pasteur found that many diseases are due to tiny living creatures and germs which dwell in and feed on living bodies and poison them. There are millions of germs living in our body, in the clothes we wear, and in the food we eat. If we are well and strong, they do not usually do us any harm; but if we are tired or run-down, the germs can attack us and make us ill. In particular, if we cut ourselves, the germs can make their way into the cut and poison us. Now, Pasteur’s discovery was important because it taught doctors that one of the best ways of curing disease was to find out the nature of the attacking germs that caused the disease, and then to kill them or help the body to kill them. Even more important, it taught them to be clean. When a surgeon operates today, he takes immense trouble to wash his hands and the instruments he is going to use, and not only he washes them but also boils them. This is called sterilising them, and the object is to kill the germs with which the instruments are infected; for dirt of any kind is a great germ carrier.

A. Tick the right answer:                                                                             (6)

(a) Germs do not do any harms if we are

 (i) careless                              (ii) well and strong

(iii) ignorant                            (iv) tired and run-down

 (b) a great carrier of germ is

(i) dirt of any kind                             (ii) washed clothes

(iii) unpolluted instruments                (iv) none of these

(c) When a surgeon operates

(i) he does not take care of his instruments

(ii) he cleans his hands and instruments in haste

(iii) he cleans his hands and instruments properly with great care

(iv) he only wash his hands and instruments

(d) Germs can attack us and make us

 (i) healthy                                (ii) competent

(iii) fit                                      (iv) sick

(e) Germs can poison us, if we

(i) cut ourselves                                  (ii) exercise regularly

(iii) eat proper diet                             (iv) keep our clothes clean

(f) There are millions of germs present in our

(i) body                        (ii) clothes

(iii) food                      (iv) all of these

B. State whether the following statements are true or false. Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ in the boxes given on the right-hand side. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer:          (6)

(a) Germs do no harm to the body in which they live.

Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

(b) Any kind of dirty things carries germs.

 Supporting sentence: ________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

(c) Pasteur’s discovery was insignificant for the doctors.

 Supporting sentence: ________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

C. Answer the following questions:                                                               (8)

(i) How has Pasteur’s discovery helped surgery?

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

(ii) What did Pasteur discover about the causes of many diseases?

 Ans: __________________________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

(iii) What makes the body an easy prey to many diseases?

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

(iv)  When germs can attack us?

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 ______________________________________________________________________________

SECTION- B

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

4. Write the correct alternatives to fill in the blanks:                                (3)

A motorcyclist barely ________________________ (was escaped/had been escaped/escaped) with his life after an Audi car driven by a doctor ________________________ (was rammed /ramming / rammed) his bike before _____________________ (hit/is hitting/ hitting) a traffic signal pole early yesterday morning in Chennai.

5. Do as directed:

A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions:    (3)

MS Dhoni announced  his retirement  _________________   international cricket on Saturday, as he brought _________________  curtain down on his over 15-year career as an India cricketer when he posted on Instagram, calling ________________ end to his international playing career.

B.                                                                                                                          (3)

(i) Suresh caught a very difficult catch. (Change the voice)

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

(ii) The lady said, “I came here yesterday.” (Change into Indirect Speech)

 Ans:_________________________________________________________________________

(iii) The boy was lazy. He was punished. (Join into simple sentence)

 Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

C. 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:    (3)

 (i) Ramen extinguished the lamp.

(ii) Never hate the poor.

 (iii) The strike was withdrawn.

                   [look down upon, call up, put out, call off]

6. 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:                                                                                                       (8)

(i) contaminated

(ii) finding

(iii) very small

(iv) apparatus

SECTION- C

WRITING

7. Suppose you are the secretary of the Eco-Club of your school. Your school is going to organize a tree plantation programme on the occasion of  World Environment Day. Now write a notice for the students informing the details and requesting them to take part. You may use the following points:

Date and Time – Place— details of the programme – role of the students.                                            (10)

8. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the problems faced by common people due to price hike of daily essential commodities.                                                                                                  (10)

9. Use the following flow-chart to write a paragraph on how newspaper is processed.

Press reporters collect news and Press photographers — news sorted and edited — types set in machines — paper rolls inserted — news printed — folded and cut — newspaper ready for distribution— delivered home.                                                                                                                  (10)

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