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Monday, 17 August 2009
Composition and Grammar Test
Time: One Hour Maximum Marks: 25
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions (a) (b) (c) and (d) that follow:
Next morning I had an idea. It was nothing clear cut, merely speculative, but I considered all the way to school. Then after assembly, as soon as they were quiet, I waded in. This night be a bit rough, I thought, but here goes.
"I am your teacher and I think it right and proper that I should let you know something of my plans for this class. I tried to pitch my voice into its most informally pleasant register. We are going to talk, you and I, but we'll be reasonable with each other. I would like you to listen to me without interrupting in any way, and when I'm through, any one of you may say your piece without interruption from me." I was making it up as I went along and watching them. At the least sign that it wouldn't work, I'd drop it fast. They were interested, in spite of themselves; even the husky Senham was leaning forward on his desk watching me.
"My business here is to teach you and I shall do my best to make my teaching as interesting as possible. If at any time I say anything which you do not understand or with which you do not agree, I would be pleased if you would let me know. Most of you will be leaving school within six months or so; that means that in a short while you will be embarked on the very adult business of earning a living. Bearing that in mind, I have decided that from now on you will be treated not as children but as young men and women, by me and by each other . When we move out of the state of childhood, certain higher standards of conduct are expected of us."
At this moment the door was flung open and Pamela Dare rushed in, somewhat breathlessly, to take her seat. She was very late.
"For instance," I continued "there are really two ways in which a person may enter room: one is in a controlled, dignified manner, the other is as if someone had just planted a heavy foot on your backside. Miss Dare has just shown us the second way; I'm quite sure she will now give us a demonstration of the first." To this day I do not know what made me say it but there it was. I was annoyed with the way in which she had just barged her way in, insolently, carelessly late.
All eyes were on her as she had probably planned, but instead of supporting her entrance they were watching her, waiting to see the result of my challenge. She blushed. "Well, Miss Dare?"
Her eyes were black with anger and humiliation, but she stood up and walks closing the door quietly behind her. Then to my surprise. , and I must confess, my relief she opened it as quietly and with a grace and dignity that would have befitted a queen she walked to her seat.
"Thank you. As from today there are certain courtesies which will be observed at all times in this classroom. Myself you will address as 'Mr. Braithwaite" or 'Sir'-the choice is yours; the young ladies will be addressed as 'Miss' and the young men will be addressed by their surnames."
I hadn't planned any of this, but it was unfolding all by itself and, I hoped, fitting into place. There was a general gasp at this, from boys and girls alike. "You should remember that in a little while all of you may be expected to express these courtesies as part of your jobs; it would be helpful to you to become accustomed giving and receiving them."
I walked around my desk and sat in my chair. For the time being at least they we listening, really listening to me; may be they would not understand every word, but they'd get the general import of my remarks.
(E.R. Braithwaite's To Sir, with Love)
(a) Three words are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage: 
(b) Answer the following questions: 
Mr. Braithwaite had planned the whole talk carefully (True/False). Give a reason.
In the incident of Pamela Dare, Mr. Braithwaite demonstrated a point of conduct. Write in one sentence what this point of conduct was .
Briefly state the reaction of Pamela Dare.
(c) Summarise in not than 60 words the incident of Pamela Dare. 
(d) Give a suitable title to your summary and give reasons for the choice of the title. 
Rewrite the following sentences as per the directions given without changing the meaning of any of the sentence: 
It can be very interesting to listen to the radio. (Begin: Listening…)
Start now or you will not arrive in time. (Begin: You…)
In your place, I would ask for a better reward. ( Begin: If…)
He tried harder and harder but achieved less and less. (Begin: The…)
The bag was so heavy that it could not be carried. ( Use: too
Your answers need correcting. ( Use: corrected)
Very few people are as honest as Mrs. Jacob. ( Use: most)
As soon as they write the exam, they start discussing the answers. (Begin: No ….)
If you had not advised me, I would have been deceived. (Begin: But…)
Answers: Click herei. Listening to the radio can be very interesting.ii. You should start now otherwise you will not arrive on time.iii. You should start now to arrive on time.iv. If I were you, I would ask for a better reward.v. The harder he tried, the lesser he achieved.vi. The bag was so heavy for me to lift.vii. Your answers need/have to be corrected.viii. Mrs. Jacob is one of the honest people.ix. No sooner does they write the exam than they start discuss the answers.x. But for your advice, I would have been deceived.xi. She was startled by the sudden noise.