Madhyamik English Model Question Paper- 2


English Model Question Paper- 2

Full Marks: 90 Time: 3 hr 15 mins



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

Of course, there was nobody for us to play with on the Big Half Moon. We just had to make the most of each other, and we did.

We live on the Big Half Moon island. ‘We’ are Father and Claude and I and Aunt Esther and Mimi and Dick. It used to be only Father and Claude and I. It is all on account of the kite that there are more of us. This is what I want to tell you about.

Father is the keeper of the Big Half Moon lighthouse. I am eleven years old. Claude is twelve. In winter, when the harbour is frozen over, we all move over to the mainland. As soon as spring comes, back we sail to our own dear island.

The funny part used to be that people always pitied us when the time came for us to return. They said we must be so lonesome over there, with no other children near us. Of course Claude and I would have liked to have someone to play with us. It is hard to run pirate caves and things like that with only two. But we used to quarrel a good deal with the mainland children in winter. So it was perhaps just as well that there were none of them on the Big Half Moon. Claude and I never quarrelled.

To be sure, Father didn’t seem to have any relations except us. This used to puzzle Claude and me. Everybody on the mainland had relations. Why hadn’t we? Was it because we lived on an island? We thought it would be so jolly to have an uncle and aunt and some cousins. Once we asked Father about it, but he looked so sorrowful that we wished we hadn’t. He said it was all his fault. Claude and I didn’t understand what he meant.

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

(a) The age of narrator is

(i) 10 years                             

(ii) 11 years

(iii) 12 years   

(iv) 8 years

Ans: ________________________________________

(b) People felt that Claude and the narrator were ______________ on the mainland.

(i)  befriended            

(ii) accompanied

(iii) solitary                             

(iv) none of the above

Ans: ________________________________________

(c) On the mainland the narrator had

            (i) relatives                             

(ii) no relations

            (iii) two relatives                                

(iv)only one relative

Ans: ________________________________________

(d) The narraror and family would sail back to their dear island with the arrival of

            (i) spring                     

(ii) winter

            (iii) summer                           

(iv) monsoon

Ans: _______________________________________

(e) Claude and the narrator would have liked someone to

            (i) quarrel       

(ii) dance

            (iii) fly kites                

(iv) play with them

Ans: _____________________________________________

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

(i) ____________________________________________________________ used to puzzle Claude and the narrator.

(ii)  The game played by Claude and the narrator is ________________________________________

(iii) When asked about relations, father __________________________________________________

C. Answer the following questions:                                                                4

(i) What happens when the spring comes back?

Ans: ___________________________________________________________________

(ii) What is the funny part mentioned in the story?

Ans: ___________________________________________________________________

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) Who is referred to as ‘Bun’?

(i) the mountain                                                         

(ii) the squirrel

(iii) both the mountain and the squirrel                    

(iv) none of the above

Ans: ____________________________________________________

(b) Pretty track is made for-

            (i) the mountain                                 

(ii) man

            (iii) the squirrel                                  

(iii) God

Ans: ____________________________________________________

(c) Who is not ‘half so spry’?

            (i) the mountain                     

(ii) the squirrel

            (iii) weather                           

(iv) none of these

Ans: ___________________________________________________

(d) Unlike the squirrel, the mountain can

            (i) move about happily                       

(ii) crack a nut

(iii) carry forests                                            

(iv) make a sphere

B. Answer the following questions:                                          (4)

(i)What can the squirrel do, that the mountain cannot?

Ans: ___________________________________________________________________


(ii)How according to the squirrel, can a year be made up?

Ans: _____________________________________________________________________



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

Aurangabad, May 8: At least 16 migrant workers were killed after coming under a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district on Friday morning. A police official told all 16 killed were returning to Madhya Pradesh and had slept on railway tracks. 

The workers, who were walking to Bhusawal from Jalna, were returning to Madhya Pradesh, an official at the Karmad police station told PTI. 5 workers are critically injured.

“The injured have been shifted to Aurangabad civil hospital,” Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of South Central Railway (SCR) told ANI.

They had been walking along the rail tracks and slept on the rail tracks due to exhaustion, he said. They were mowed down by the goods train that was running between Jalna and 5.15 am, the official added.

“During early hours today after seeing some labourers on track, loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train but eventually hit them between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Parbhani-Manmad section Injured have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. The inquiry has been ordered,”  Ministry of Railways tweeted.

The Railways has ordered a comprehensive probe into the incident. What is being probed is the role of patrolmen who are tasked with keeping trespassers away from tracks and also alert the nearest station about any incident.

A. Tick the right answer:                                                                        (6)

(a) The above passage is a/an-

(i) story                                   

(ii) biography

(iii) report                  

(iv) essay

(b) The accident took place on-

(i) Monday evening                            

(ii) Friday morning

(iii) Friday evening

(iv) none of these

(c) The number of workers wounded in the accident were-

(i) 16

(ii) 5

(iii) 20

(iv) 21

(d) Keeping trespassers away from tracks is the task of-

(i) loco pilot                            

(ii) station master

(iii) patrolmen                                    

(iv) migrant workers

(e) The migrant workers were returning to-

(i) Madhya Pradesh               

(ii) Aurangabad

(iii) Bhusawal             

(iv) Jalna

(f) At the time of the accident, the migrant workers who died were-

(i) sleeping on the tracks                   

(ii) sitting on the tracks

(iii) walking on the tracks                  

(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) The patrolmen were exempted from the enquiry.

Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________

(b) The loco pilot of goods train did not notice the migrant workers sleeping on the tracks.

Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________

(c) The goods train was running between Jalna and Aurangabad.

Supporting sentence: _________________________________________________________

C. Answer the following questions:                                           (8)

(i) How did the accident occur according to the official?

Ans: ___________________________________________________________________


(ii) Whose role in the accident is being investigated?

Ans: ____________________________________________________________________


(iii)  How many migrant workers died and were injured in the accident?

Ans: _________________________________________________________________


(iv)  Where have the workers injured in the accident been admitted?

Ans: _____________________________________________________________________




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

A 10-year old boy ___________________ (kidnapped/was kidnapped/has kidnapped) while ____________ (returns / returned / returning) from school on Friday. The police (are investigating / were investigating / has investigated) the case.

5. Do as directed:

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

India defeated Australia ___________ eight wickets to win the second Test match on Day 4 ____________ the Melbourne Cricket Ground to square ____________ four-match series.

B.                                                                                                                         (3)

(i) The tiger was chasing the deer. (Change the voice)

Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

(ii) She said to me, “How long will you stay here?” (Change into Indirect Speech)

Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

(iii) Greenland is the largest island in the world. (Change  into Positive degree)

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) He has read the story book.

(ii) Overeating harms our sound health.

(iii) Ramen refused the proposal.

[turn down, go through, call for, tell upon]

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) intruders:

(ii) moved from one place to another:

(iii) fatigue:

(iv) covering everything or all important points:



7. Write a paragraph on “Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar” on the basis of the following points.

Date of Birth: September 26, 1820

Place of Birth: Birshingha, Medinipur, Bengal Presidency (now in West Bengal)

Parents: Thakurdas Bandyopadhyay (Father) and Bhagavati Devi (Mother)

Childhood: brilliant student, intense quest for knowledge, studied under street light.

Education: after the completion of village pathshala came to Calcutta, studied twelve years in Sanskrit College, passed out in 1841 qualifying in Sanskrit Grammar, Literature and Vedanta.

Career:  joined Fort William College as head of Sanskrit department in 1841 and after five years joined Sanskrit College as Assistant Secretary.

Social reforms: fought for widow remarriage, spread education beyond higher classes.

Publications: Betaal Panchabinsati (1847); Jeebancharit (1850); Bodhadoy (1851); BornoPorichoy (1854); Sitar Bonobash (1860)

Demise: July 29, 1891                                                                                                             (10)

8. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper over the problems caused by indiscriminate use of loudspeakers in your locality.                                                                                              (10)

9. Write a story using the given points. Give a suitable title and a moral of the story:

Hints: Farmer had three sons — so lazy — farmers hits upon a plan in his death bed — told his sons treasure hidden in the field — they try to find out — field was dug — no treasure found — seeds sown — golden corn came out — became happy.  (10)

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