English Stream A Precis, Business Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IInd Year


Q. 1. Explain with reference to the context any four of the following : 16
(a) Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, Cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness.
(b) The employees have just presented me with an album and I understand that the shareholders want to give me an address and a silver decanter.
(c) This, then, was the truffle he had routed out of the earth! Rotten at the centre-rotten at the core !
(d) The perfume of our garden is entangled in the filaments of the waiting night.
(e) What have I accomplished today ? What acts of heroIsm?

The endless task of yoking yesterday with today.
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Q. 2. Give brief and relevant answers to any three of the following (100-150 words) : 15

(i) Write the activities that the city of Chicago is associated with.
(ii) What was the ruse, the Duchess made use of to cheat Oliver and what was the effect on him ?
(iii) What warning does Clarence B. Randall give to fresh graduates in the matter of handling labour union leaders?
(iv) Why does Dale Carnegie regard a ‘No’ response as a handicap ?
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Q. 3. How does advertising damage ‘Nature’ and ‘Youth’ according to Herman Wouk
(250-300 words). 8


What does G.C. Thornley mean when he says that mass production is not an unmixed blessing ? Discuss in detail. (250-300 words)
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Q. 4. Read the passage given below and answer the ques¬tions that follow: 10

The words ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ in some cases refer to the possession of qualities and in some cases to the possession of material wealth. In common parlance, however, the use of the words ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ implies possession of material wealth and the relative non-possession thereof. As a rule when we say ‘the rich’ we mean the people or families with a net income of, say, at least sixty or seventy thousand rupees a year. When we say ‘poor’, we mean families with an income of five hundred rupees a month or less. In between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ we place the lower or higher middle class families.

Very rich nations or governments are a danger to the rest of the world. The U.S.A. had waged a war in Vietnam, a tiny country, which had’cost the U.S.A. so much money that with this sum alone poverty could have been abolished from the whole of Asia. If war could be abolished from the world for ever, the rich nations of the world could help raise the income and purchasing power of poor families all over the world within a decade and a half. Equality of income for every family is not possible nor is perhaps necessary. We can have a few dozen or a few hundred favulously rich families in every country. But we can make every family all over the globe a well-to-do-family, well-fed, well-clothed, well-housed and well-provided with many of the comforts and luxuries which modern science and technology have made available. Poverty can be effected from the face of the earth.


(i) In general what do the words ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ refer to?
(ii) In common usage what to these words imply?
(iii) How can rich nations be dangerous for the world?
(iv) How can the rich nations help in eradicating poverty?
(v) According to the writer, is it necessary to have equality of income?
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Q. 5. Make a precis of the following passage in about one-third of its length, and give it a suitable title : 6

It was long ago noticed that different plants open and close at different times of the day. In fact, in the nineteenth century they used to make gardens in the shape of a clock face, with different flowers opening at different times. It was possible to tell the time just by looking at this flower clock’.

It has been recently found that no just flowers, but ail living things (including man) have ‘cycles of activity’. Because these cycles last about twenty four hours, they are called ‘ciradian cycles’. Some scientists believe these cycles are controlled by an ‘internal clock’. According to this theory, the flowers in the laboratory open because their ‘internal clock’ tells them to do so.
There are other scientists, including Dr. Brown, who believe that the biological clock is controlled by the environment. He studied the way oysters open and close their shells at high and low tide. He took some oysters from the sea to his laboratory a thousands miles away in Illinois. According to the ‘internal clock’ theory one would expect the oysters to open and close as they had done before. But in fact their cycle changed. Brown and his colleagues could not understand this until they asked themselves the question : ‘If Illinois were on the sea, when would high and low tides take place ?’ He found that the oysters were opening and closing at exactly these times. Brown concluded that the oyster’s cycle was controlled by changes in the atmosphere-changes that, in places where there is a sea, associated with the tides.
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Q. 6. Write a letter of complaint to a publisher, for having supplied books printed on inferior quality paper. 5


Write a sales letter to promote the sales of your stationery.
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Q. 7. (a) Correct the following sentences:
(i) Neither I or my-friend go to college,
(ii) He along with his friends were missing. ;
(iii) Many a girls wear shorts.
(iv) If you will work hard you will succeed.
(v) Either you and your friend will do the work.

(b) Use the following phrases in your own sentences:
to make way, take a quick look, top to bottom, move in circles, hush up.
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Q. 8. Write an application for the post of a Cashier in a bank. Give the details of your qualifications, experience and other relevant particulars. 5


Imagine you are appearing for an interview for the post of an Accountant in a Company. Write (in about 150 words) the conversation that takes place between you and the members of the selection committee.
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