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Saturday, 6 November 2010
English Paper I Model Paper 2010-2011
English Paper I
Answer to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Write a composition of about 350-400 words on any one of the following: 
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)
a) It is better to be rich than talented. Write for or against the statement.
b) Status of women in India.
c) While you were travelling to the city for an urgent business, you were stuck in a traffic jam. Describe the scene your own words. (Reckless drivers, helpless traffic personnel, impatient travelers, amused passers by.)
d) Write a short story on the theme ‘I want doesn’t always get’.
e) Study the picture given below: Write a short story or description of what it suggests to you.
Select ONE of the following: 
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)
a) Your school is going to organize a camp for the illiterates in the neighborhood. You, being the Secretary of the Social Welfare club of the school, wish to get a sponsor for the camp. Write a letter to the Chairman of a renowned industrial firm requesting to sponsor your mission. Write in detail how the school plans to organize the camp.
b) You have just returned from a visit to an historical place. Write a letter to a friend mentioning what you found most thrilling about the place.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
The story ‘Dusk’ tells us of darkness where people walking around aimlessly in the park have different problems, each one is concerned with himself, hiding his identity under cover of darkness, people cannot be judged at this time of the evening, looks can be deceiving and mannerisms forced, one cannot tell the true identity and character of a person at dusk because his features are hidden in shadows, his eyes cannot be seen as they are shaded because of scarcity of light, emotions cannot be revealed on the face as everything is faded by dusk on changing from daylight into night. People’s personalities also change and they become very unpredictable.
The author says that dusk is the hour of the defeated. Gortsby thinks that he is a good judge of places and people. He was very upset that evening while he sat on a bench gazing at everyone. He had an elderly gentleman who shared the bench with him. He soon got up and left. As he left, a young man took his place, he looked very disgruntled and upset and let off an expletive while sitting down. Gortsby asked him what his problem was, he promptly replied saying that he was in a fix as he had forgotten the name of the hotel he had booked into and he could not even remember the street. He said that he had gone out to buy a cake of soap as he could not use hotel soap and only taken a shilling with him He knew no one and he had no option but to spend the night out on the streets. Gortsby asked him where the soap was, he hurriedly got up and started searching for it saying he had lost it too at which Gortsby gave him a look full uncertainty saying he did not believe him.
The young man hurriedly walked away. Gortsby thought that he had been very clever in summing him up. When he got up to leave he saw a packet on the ground, it was a cake of soap, he felt terrible for having misjudged the young man and hurried in the direction he had taken, he found him eventually standing fortunately at the embankment.
Gortsby went up to him and gave him the cake of soap, the man hurriedly took it. He also gave him a sovereign along with his card and his address. On his way back Gortsby had to pass the bench, he was sitting on. He saw an elderly gentlemen looking for something and asked him what he was looking for. He recognized him as the elderly gentlemen who had shared the bench with him earlier in the evening.
The men replied that he was looking for a cake of soap.
Thus from the story we see that looks can be deceiving. We should never be taken in by outward appearances, as the saying goes ‘All that glitters is not gold’. Thus a person should be judged by his acts and not by his physical appearance. The cake of soap proved to play an important part in the story. It deceived Gortsby and made him believe the young stranger; he even parted with some money. Luck was on the side of the young man, his bluff paid off eventually. The older gentleman was however unlucky, he had lost his cake of soap. Thus we can see that the story is humorous too in a funny way where chance and luck play important part.
a. Give the meaning of the following words or phrases as used in the passage: 
b. Answer the questions given below in your own words: 
1. Why it is difficult to judge people at the time of dusk?
2. What was the problem of the young man?
3. After the young man had walked away Gortsby felt miserable. Why?
4. Describe the meeting of the elderly man and Gortsby.
5. What does the story teach us?
c. In not more than 60 words briefly describe how the young man’s bluff paid off. 
d. Give a suitable title to your summary and justify the choice of the title. 
a. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each and making any changes that may be necessary without changing the meaning of each sentence: 
1. Waste not, want not. [Begin: If…..]
2. I accept your offer. [Use: acceptable]
3. It is normal for a child to eat four times a day. [Use: normally]
4. I caught a train and went to Calcutta. [Use: Having]
5. One should keep one’s promises. [Begin: Promises…]
b) Complete each of the following with a suitable form of the given word in brackets: 
- I have just …… my job. [do]
- Yesterday Mr. Anthony ………. out of town. [go]
- I told him that we …….. them of our intention a year ago. [inform]
- He ………. in this office since October.[work]
- I showed the teacher what I ……… [write]
c) Fill in each blank with the word which is appropriate. 
- It has been a long time ……… I saw her.
- Anita received an invitation ……. dinner.
- Good food is necessary …….. good health.
- Can you cure me … this ailment?
- He is too miserly to part … money.
d) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. 
Kalpana’s biggest achievement was that she was able to live her dream, and do so despite ……1…… (hail) from a small Haryana town, despite belonging to an orthodox family, and significantly, despite being a woman. Not only did she realize her own dream, but she ……2…… (pass) the dream on. Every little girl in Karnal……3…… (grow) up hearing about Montu Didi, gaining inspiration from her story. The message is that if Kalpana could do it, so can they. What one Kalpana Chawla ……4……(able) to do for ……5…… (empower) the girl child is something that no state government or central government campaign can ever hope to do.