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English Paper III English Literature 1 Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IInd Year

Q. 1. (a) “Marriage is an event which concerns the commu¬nity as well as the individual.” Discuss how Spenser blends images from classical mythology with realism to represent marriage, in his poem Epithalamion.”

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Donne’s poems are overtly patriarchal’ and ‘explicity imperalist. Discuss with reference to any two of Donne’s poems in lour course.

(b) ‘The ending of As You Like It has been made interesting by the epilogue.” Discuss.

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“The wisest of Shakespeare’s characters are often detached from the action of the play in which they appear.” How far is this true of Jaques in As you Like It ? Discuss.

(c) Discuss the significance of the pageant of the seven deadly sins in relation to the form of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

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Discuss the theme of time and the dramatic presentation of it un the scene of the last speech of Doctor Faustus. 11
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Q. 2. (a) “To him it was granted, to have what he chooses to be what he wills.” Discuss Mirandola’s view of man in the light of this statement.

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“Salvation is freely offered to some and others are prevented from attaining it.” Elaborate Calvin’s views on predestination and free will ?

(b) Write a note on the Elizabethan stage.

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Trace the growth of tragedy from Marlowe to Shakespeare. 6
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Q. 3. “lago destroys Othello and Desdemona without lifting a finger; he uses his tongue alone. And it is a brilliant one.” Dis¬cuss.

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Both Othello and Desdemona get what they deserve. Do you agree ? Discuss.
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Q. 4. “Marriage is more than just a game it is a financial transaction,” Discuss the wife of Bath’s narratives in the context of the social conditions of her times.

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Is there any co-relation between the story of the wife of Bath, as sketched out in The Prologue, and the story of the old and ugly hag in The Tale ? Give reasons for your answer.
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English Stream B External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IIIrd Year

Q. 1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
One common mistake that many people have made is this : they have thought that it would be a very good thing if everybody had exactly the same amount of money, no matter whether they worked hard or lived quie idly. They forget that very few people would work at all if it were not for the money their work brings them and that without work there would be no money. And they have even imagined that if all the money in the country were equally divided, everybody would be rich. Now that is a very great mistake because there simply is not enough money to make everybody rich. It is quite true that there is in this country a small number of very rich people but they are so few in comparison with the whole population that even if they were to share out all their wealth among the rest, it wouid make very little difference. It is said that if you flattened out that great Indian mountain, Mount Everest, the highhest mountain in the world, and spread it over the whole of India, you would raise the tevel of the land only marginally. See if you can think out what that has to do with the question being considered.

Many people, unfortunately, seem to think also that the govern¬ment can always pay out money quite easily and in any quantity and they forget or else do not know, that the government can only pay out money that it has received in taxes – money that the tax-payer has had to work for.

And now here is one final mistake that one has to be warned against. Don’t ever imagine that there is anything to be ashamed of or anything undignified or anything to grumble about in having to work hard for your living. If when you start work you can go into a job that suits you so that you can really enjoy the work itself, so much the better : 1 hope that is what will happen. But if the work is not exactly the kind that you would choose, you must try to remember that you are helping to produce the things that other people need; you are ‘doing your bit’ and playing your part in the work of the world. You are like a wheel, even if it is only a tiny wheel, in the great world-machinery of trade and industry that is always busily at work providing for the wants of hundreds of millions of people. You must put your best efforts in your work and see to it that your particular task is always done as well as you can possibly do it.

(i) Suggest a suitable title to this passage.
(it) Why is it really necessary to work ?
(iii) If all the money in (he world is equally divided, everybody would be very happy and rich. Do you agree ?
(iv) Which is the best job in the world ? Why must you embrace it lovingly ?
(v) The author tails us about flattening Mount Everest and the little difference it would make in raising the level of land in India. What is his point in giving us this example? 2
(vi) What is the meaning of ‘doing your bit’ and ‘to grumble about’ ?
(vii) Put in your own words : “You are like a wheel, even if it is only a tiny wheel, in the great world-machinery of trade and industry hat is always busily at work providing for the wants of hundreds of millions of people.”
(v’iii) Give the words opposite in meaning to the following:
(a) start,
(b) forget.
(ix) Give the words having similar meaning to the following :
(a) provide,
(b) unfortunately. _
(x) What are the mistakes that people make in re lation to money ? Mention any two.
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Q. 2. Read the following passage and answer the ques¬tions that follow :
(a) I think it did not hit him,
But suddenly that part of him that
was left behind convulsed in undignified haste.
Writhed like lighting and was, gone.
(i) What is ‘it’ ? 1
(ii) Why did the speaker hit him ?
(iii) Where did ‘it’ go ? 2

(b) Mum doesn’t smile like she used to. Often, she just sits and sighs. Sometimes, I know from the smudges, That while we are out, she cries.
(There are four chairs round the table ‘-John Foster)
(i) Why doesn’t Mum smile now ? 1
(ii) How was the life of the family earlier ? 2
(iii) Give the meaning of the following words : smudges, sighs.
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Q. 3. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:
(a) She was happy but she was unhappy too. She was like
everyone else-she had ’somehow expected something different’ from what life actually gave her. Sometimes she wished William was more extravagant. He didn’t seem to understand the value of pleasure. Life was a hard struggle-a series of dull daily habits. No change! No fun!
(Under the Clock – Arnold Bennett)
(i) Why was’she’unhappy ?
(ii) Why was life a hard struggle for this family ?
(iii) What was William’s profession ?

(b) Downstairs, the doctor left three different medicines in different coloured capsules with instructions forgiving them. One was to bring down the fever, another a purgative, the third to over-cone an acid condition, he explained. The germs of influenza can only exist in an acid condition, he explained. He seemed to know all about influenza and said there was nothing to worry about if the fever did not go above one hundred and four degrees. This was a light epidemic of flue and there was no danger, if you avoided pneumonia.
(A Day’s Wart-Ernest Hemingway)
(i) How many medicines did the doctor prescribe?
(ii) Which is the only condition where the germs of influenza can exist ?
(iii) Was the doctor worried about the patieiu’s condition ?
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Q. 4. Write about 150 words arguing either for or against the statement:
Advertising is the only way to increase sales.
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Q. 5. Do you think the elder brother’s attitude was the right one in Premchand’s ‘My Big Brother’ ? Discuss.

Or

What kind of problems did the narrator have to face after he won a road engine as a prize in R.K. Narayan’s ‘Engine Troube’?
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Q. 6. Write a letter to a friend who is exclusively occu¬pied with his studies advising him to take part in games.
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Q. 7. (a) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word out of the three alternatives given within brackets :
Perhaps …………..1…… (a, an, the) most important contribution of forests to modern civilisation is that they………2………(provide, give, make) the raw material for making paper……….3……….(a, an, the) Chinese who invented paper several thousand years back used the inner bark ofcertain trees for making paper. Today, paper……..4……… (is, are, has) made mostly from wood, bamboo and certain types of grasses. Very………5……..(little, much, many) can be done these days without the use of paper and we can………6………(even, also never) say that modern civilization depends………7………(on, in, of) paper.

(b) Rewrite the following in indirect speech :
Natasha – Excuss me, can you help me I do not know the way to the station.
Amrita – Sure, Go straight and take the first left turn. It’s just about 100 metres from there.
Natasha – Thank you for your help.
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English Stream A Poems, Play, Novel and Composition External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2005 : IIIrd Year

SECTION – A

Q. 1. Choose any two of the given stanzas and answer the questions that follow :
(a) O, no ! It is an ever fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his
height be taken

(I) Identify the poem and the poet.
(ii) What is the ever-fixed mark and how ?

(iii) Explain the figure of speech contained in the third line. (2)f
(b) Teach me half the gladness
That my brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow,
The world should listen than – as I am
listening now

(i) Name the poem and the poet.
(ii) To whom is the poem addressed and why?
(iii) Explain with context ’such harmonious mad ness.1

(c) It’s the time when like pupae they burst their cocoons and Emerge in harsh adult glory, and they no longer Need you except for serving tea and pressing Clothes, but you need all the same, and badly
too…..

(i) Identify the poem and the poet. • (2)
(ii) Explain the context. (2)
(iii) Explain ihe figure of speech : ‘like pupae they burst their cocoons.’

SECTION – B

Choose any one of the following and answer the uestions that follow:
(a) Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

(1) Who speaks these lines and to whom ?
Give the context. (2, 2)

(2) Explain the following :
(i) ‘Like a Colossus.’
(ii) ‘The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars ……………that we are underlings.’ (2, 2)

(3) Discuss the motives of the speaker in the abovt passage.

(b) This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar, He only, in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements So mix’d in him, that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, “This was a man !”
(1) Who speaks these lines and about whom ? Give the context. r
(2) (i) Who was the ‘Noblest Roman’ ?
(ii) Explain ‘the elements so mixed in him’

(3) Elaborate on how the speaker assesses the person mentioned in the above passage.
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SECTION – C

Q. 2. Write short notes on any two of the following :
(a) Margayya’s Japa;
(b) Margayya as a father;
(c) Dr. Pal’s role in Margayya’s life;
(d) Balu as a rebel.
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Q. 3. Describe different stages of Wordsworth’s love for nature as revealed in his poem Tintern Abbey.

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Ulysses is a ‘restless, aged warrior’. Discuss with reference to Tennyson’s poem Ulysses.
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Q. 4. How does Cassius succeed in winning over Brutus to the side of the conspirators ?

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Caesar dead is more powerful than Caesar alive. Discuss.
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Q.5. Margayya’s obsession with money brings about his downfall. Discuss.

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Describe Dr. Pal’s role in the life of Margayya and his family.
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Q.6. Write and essay of 350 words on any one of the following :
(a) Co-education in colleges;
(b) Film stars entering politics;
(c) The cricket frenzy of the World Cup;
(d) Television as a medium of entertainment;
(e) I love my country.
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English Stream C External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IIIrd Year

Q. 1. Read the following passages and answer the questions which follow:
(A) Nearly all the sports practised now-a-days are competitive. You play to win, and the game has little meaning unless you do every thing possible to win. At the village level, where you take sides and no feeling of local patriotism is involved, it is possible to play simply for fun and exercise; but as soon as the question of prestige arises, as soon as you feel that you are your team or country will be disgraced if you lose, the most violent fighting instincts are aroused. Anyone who has played even in a school football match knows this. At the international level, sport is frankly, like Fighting a war. The important thing is not the behaviour of the players but the attitude of the spectators, and, behind the spectators, of the nations who get senselessly excited over these stupid contests. They beieive that running, jumping and kicking a ball are tests of national greatness.

As soon as strong feelings or rivalry are aroused people give up the idea of playing the game according to the rules. They want to see one side on top and the other humiliated, and they forget that victory gained through cheating or through the action of the crowd is meaningless. Even when the spectators do not interfere physically they try to influence the game by cheering their own wide and discouraging opposing players with hooting and insults. Serious sports has nothing to do with fair play. It is connected with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and aq unnatural pleasure in watching violence; in other words it is war minus the shooting.

Questions:
(i) Write True (T) or Fasle (F) against each of the following statements :
(a) You always play to win.
(b) The most violent fighting instincts are aroused in sports when the question of national prestige arises.
(c) Everying is fair in sport.
(d) Serious sport is like a war.
(e) The crowd alwasy cheers the home team. 5

(ii) Answer the following questions:
(a) Why are all the sports practised these days competitive?
(b) What is the difference between playing at the village level and the national level ?
(c) How do the spectators discourage the rival team?
(d) What does the author mean by the statement ‘Sport is frankly like fighting a war V
(e) What is fair play in your opinion ? 5

(iii) (a) Find the opposites of the following words in the passage.
war, win, disgrace, top. 2
(b) Find two words in para II which mean ‘re¬spect’ and ‘competition’ respectively.
(c) Give the verb of the noun shooting. 1

(B) Growing environmental pollution has led to greater wareness among the masses to safeguard environment.Among the different types of pollution plaguing our cities, only air and water pollution have received adequate attention in the media. Noise pollution which has reached alarming proportions in cities like Delhi, has been ne¬glected. It is because of this apathy that Delhi’s average noise-level of about 100 decibles for exceeds the recommended level of 55-60 decibles. In certain areas, the recorded noise level during the day has been observed to exceed 100 decibles.

Past studies reveal that noise poses a threat to health, causing a number of complications. In a study on the impact of noise on health, it has been established that noise not only hurts the ear drums, it also causes nausea, pain and hypertention. It can even lead to nervous breakdown and ulcers. The potential cost of noise-induced hearing loss to industry is greater than for any occupational disease. Declining productivity among workers in certain industries have been directly co related with noise levels. Workers exposed to higher intensities of noise are often found to be irritated and impatient. Eight hours daily exposure to high levels of noise can cause life long deafness.

With growing environmental awareness, some countries in Europe are beginning to take seriously the problems of noise. In the Netherlands it is illegal to build houses in areas having noise pollution, like main roads or airports. The most popular anti-noise road surface-porous asphalt-cuts traffic noise by upto 5 decibles. Three wheelers and buses playing on the Delhi roads are the noisiest. The citizens must realise the threat posed by loudspeakers on religious and festive occasions. Government must take serious measures to stop any kind of such noise-pollution.

Questions:
(i) Write True (T) or Fasle (F) against each of the following statements:
(a) Air and water pollution have not received adequate attention in the media.
(b) Noise pollution causes a number of complications to health.
(c) Noise induced hearing loss to industry is greater than any other occupational disease.
(d) Three wheelers and buses in Delhi do not cause much pollution.
(e) Loudspeakers do not create any kind of problem to the public.

(ii) Answer the following question :
(a) What three types of pollution are referred to in para one?
(b) What are the dangers posed by noise pollution?
(c) How is industry losing out on account of noise?
(d) In Netherlands what precaution a ry measures have been taken to avoid noise pollution?
(e) Which vehicles are the noisiest on Delhi roads?

(iii) Complete the following sentences:
(a) Air and water pollution have received…………
(b) Noise pollution has been…………
(c) In certain areas the recorded level of noise pollution has exceeded…………
(d) Some countries in Europe are beginning to take seriously the problem of…………
(e) Citizens must realize the threat posed by loudspeakers on religious and…………
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Q. 2. (a) Fill in the blanks by choosing suitable words from the list given below. There are two extra words : (gold, mighty, stage, sweet, laugh)
(i) The fruits of labour are………………
(ii) All the world is a………………
(iii) He who conquers himself is………………
(iv) Laugh and the world will………………with you.
(v) Speech is silver, silence is……………… 5

(b) Tick (■/) the correct meaning of the follow ing words from the list of possible meanings provided in each case :
(i) Cramp means :
(a) street car;
(b) stopped;
(c) painful tightening of the muscles,

(ii) Spike means :
(a)thorn ;
(b) pointed piece of metal;
(c) brush.

(iii) Concept means:
(a) though;
(b) idea

(iv) Processed means :
(a) cooped;
(b)sent;
(c)treated;

(v) Whirls means :
(a) moves round and round;
(b) moving to and fro;
(c) up and down. 5
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Q. 3. Rewrite the following dialogue in reported speech :
Shipra : I will not marry, brother !
Rohit: Why ?
Shipra : There is no specific time to get married.
Rohit: You are already ageing.
Shipra : It makes no difference. Marriage is always a second priority for me.
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Q. 4. (a) Rewrite the following paragraph in the passive voice:

We left the old house. We brought all the household luggage to the new house. We took the help of all servants. After shifting we gave them tips and some househodl items. In the end we gave thanks to all. 5

(b) Write the correct form of the verb given within brackets in each of the following sentences :
Pratibha a decent lady (belong) to a middle class family. She (live) at Connaught Place. She (do) her post graduation ill Economics in 2002. She has (get) many prizes in debates and essay competitions. She never (hurt) anybody. She (sing) and (dance). She always (try) to favour others. She (love) everybody. Everyone (like) her. 5

(c) Complete the following sentences :
(i) If you had come on time……………
(ii) If he had behaved decently……………
(iii) If we have not been obstinate…………… 3

(d) Join the statements in Column ‘A’ with the matching state¬ments in Column ‘B’ using the linking words given in the brack¬ets :

Column A Column B
(i) I love my friend (a) She is very fussy.
(though)
(ii) We have a media(b) We have an auditorium.
block (also)
(iii) He is short (c) He walks very fast,
(but)
(iv) He is honest (d) Everybody likes him.
(therefore) 2
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Q. 5. Write a paragraph of about 100 words describing your favourite film star. You may use the following ideas: 15
(i) Who he (she) is ?
(ii) Why he (she) is your favourite star ?
(iii) You have seen all his (her) films,
(iv) His (her) acting abilities,
(v) Awards
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Q. 6. Describe in 100 words how you would like to celebrate your birthday. You can use some of the points given below :
(i) an idea struck your mind,
(ii) surprise your friends,
(iii) to place order for a cake,
(iv) candles.
(v) song and dance.
(vi) going out with friends.
Answer :

Q. 7. You feel that some books of your choice must be included in the library. Write a letter of request to your Principal for purchase of these books.
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English Stream B Reading, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IIIrd Year

Q. I. Read the passage and answer the questions given below it:
A certain king was on a voyage in his ship when a great storm arose. One of the slaves on board, who had never been to sea, began to wail and cry out in fear. This went on for some time and no one could silence him.

In anger the king asked, “Is there no one here who can silence this wretched coward ?”

A philosopher, who happened to be a passenger, said. “I think I can quiet this man, Sir if you give me full permission to do as 1 please with him.”

‘Go ahead’, said the king, ‘You have my permission’.

The philosopher called some sailor and ordered them to throw the slave into the sea. This they did. In desperation the poor man screamed with fear and thrashed out wildly with his arms and legs. But in a few seconds the philosopher ordered them to haul him up on board again. Back on deck the slave lay exhausted and frightened, but absolutely silent. The king marvelled at the sudden change in the slave and asked for an explanation.

Said the philosopher: ‘We never realize how well off we are in my situation until we fall into a worse one.”

Questions:
(i) With whom was the king angry? Why ? 2
(ii) Who came forward to silence the slave ? How did he do it ? 2

(iii) Reorder the following sentences in the sequence in which these occur in this story :
(a) A philosopher came forward to silence the slave.
(b) A king was on a voyage with one of his slaves.
(c) The slave had never been to sea before.
(d) ‘Is there no one who can silence the slave ?’ asked the king.
(e) So he began to cry in fear.
(f) The philosopher ordered the sailors to throw the slave into the sea. 6×2

(iv) Is there any moral in the above passage ? What is it ? 2

(v) Give a suitable title to the above passage. 2
Answer :

Q, 2. Read the extracts and answer the questions given be¬low it:
(a) There are four chairs round the table,
Where we sit down for our tea.
But now we only set palces
For Mum, for Terry and me.
(‘There Are Four Chairs Round
The Table’ – John Foster)

Questions:
(i) How many membrs of the family set round the table ?
(ii) Which incident has changed the family atmosphere ?
(iii) Which member of the family has been affected the most ?

(b) The next night It came again with a great awakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And lo : Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.
(‘Abou Ben Adhem’ : James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Questions:
(i) Who is’It’? 1
(ii) Why did Ben Adhem’s name lead all the rest ?
(iii) Explain the expression ‘a great awakening light’. Is this expression appropriate ?
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Q. 3. Read the extracts and answer the questions given below it:
(a) My brother’s sway over me was over. I began to take part freely in the games, my spirits, were running high. If he gave me another sermon, then I’d say straight out, ‘with all your grinding what kind of marks did you set ? Playing and having fun I ended up first in my class’. Although I didn’t have the courage to say anything so outrageous it was plain from my behaviour that my brother’s power over me was gone. He guessed it. His intuituion was sharp.
(“My Big Brother” by Prem Chand)

Questions:
(i) How did the sway of the brother over the narrator disappear ?
(ii) Why were the spirits of the younger brother running high ?
(iii) Was the speaker’s brother conscious of this change in the narrator ?

(b) “If I were not so extraordinarily good, I should not have been allowed to come into this beautiful park and enjoy all that there is to be seen in it,” she said and her three medals clinked against one another as she walked and helped to remind her how very good she really was.
(“The Story-Teller”-Saki)

Questions :
(i) Name the character being referred to in this passage.
(ii) Who had allowed this person to come into the park?
(iii) Why had she been allowed to come into the park?
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Q. 4. List the various problems that the narrator had to face in disposing of the prize in the fete in “Engine Trouble”. 15

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The story ‘My Big Brother’ describes the attitude of the elder brother towards his younger brother who often neglects his studies and manages to pass the examinations. Write a dialogue (in about 150 words) between you and your elder brother who keeps on advising you about everything.
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Q. 5. In the poem ‘Barter’ the poet Sara Treasdale says that ‘Life has loveliness to sell’. Comment.

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Make a list of the advantages of being old explored by the poet Nissim Ezekiel in ‘At 62′.
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Q. 6. Write a letter to the Editor of a leading newspaper about the growing sense of insecurity amongst the elderly citizens of your city and suggest certain solutions to the problem.

Or

Write a letter to the Editor of a leading newspaper about the frequent power failures in your area and how it affects the studies of the students during examination time. 10
Answer :
Q. 7. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words :
(a) I make preparations………..(1)…………leave the town in ………..(2)…………couple of days, leaving the engine to its fate, with all its commitments. However, nature came………..(3)…………my res¬cue in………..(4)…………unexpected manner. You may have heard ………..(5)…………the earthquake of that year which destroyed whole towns………..(6)…………North India. There was………..(7)…………re¬verberation of it in our town,………..(8)………….We………..(9)…………thrown out of our beds that night, and doors………..(10)…………win¬dows rattled. 10

(b) Rewrite in indirect narration :
Buyer : Do you have’All out’?
Shopkeeper : Sorry, I didn’t have it today but you can take it tomorrow.
Buyer : Tomorrow ? At what time ?
Shopkeeper : In the evening.
Buyer : But tomorrow is Tuesday. Won’t the shops here be closed on Tuesdays ?
Shopkeeper : No, no! The shops here are closed only on Sundays.
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English Stream A Poems, Play, Novel and Composition External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

SECTION ‘A’

Q. 1. Choose any two of the following passages and anwer the questions that follow :
(a) It is an ever fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand ring bank.
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height betaken.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain the reference to the ‘everfixed mark1.
(iii) How are the images of star and bark connected with love ?

(b) Thou silent form dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity : Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man………..

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain : “When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain…..”
(iii) How shall this “silent form” remain “a friend to man” ? 2

(c) This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together.
There she stands
As if alive.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain the implications of :
“This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together.” 2

(iii) What do these lines reveal about the Speaker’s personality ?

SECTION’B’

Choose any one of the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

(a) Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat.
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;

(i) Identify the speaker and explain the context of these lines.
(ii) Explain :
“Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.” 4

(iii) What do these lines reveal about the speaker?

(b) These growing feathers pluck’d from Caesar’s wing
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
Who else would soar above the view of men
And keep us all in servile fearfufness.

(i) Identify the speaker and the person being spo-Ken to. Give the context of the lines.
(ii) Explain the comparison in these lines. 4
(iii) What impressions do you form of Caesar’s character on the basis of this speech ?

SECTION ‘C
Write short notes on any two of the following :
(a) Dr. Pal’s book;
(b) The Priest;
(c) Margayya’s red accounts book;
(d) Meenakshi.
Answer :

Q. 2. Trace Wordsworth’s development in his atitude to¬wards nature with reference to “Tintern Abbey”.

Or

Discuss “Lament for the Murderers” as a commentary on modern civilization.
Answer :

Q. 3. Write a dtailed comment on Mark Antony’s funeral speech.

Or

The role of the mob in Julius Caesar.
Answer :

Q. 4. Attempt a character-sketch of Balu in The Financial Expert.
Or
How does Margayya become rich ? What leads to his ruin ?
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Q, 5. Write an essay in about 350 words on any one of the following topics:
(i) Representation of women in T.V. serials;
(ii) Cultural change in India;
(iii) World War III;
(iv) Computer Games;
(v) Child labour.
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English Stream C An Anthology of Short Stories, Prose Passages and Poems, Writing and Grammar Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IIIrd Year

Q. 1. (A) Read the following passages and answer the questions below each one:
She was selected as a member of the Indian contingent to Mos¬cow and was the youngest participant at th Moscow Olympics. At the Asian Games at New Delhi, Usha did incredibly welt by bagging two silver medals. But neither she nor her countrymen were very happy, Perhaps, she had aroused too many expectations in the hearts of her admirers. Usha continued to win several medals at various athletic meets at her home state Kerala and at many other national and international competitions. The Jakarta meet in 1985 was a landmark in Usha’s athletic career because here she got a chance to defeat her old rival, Lydia of Philippines, and won five gold medals and one silver medal. Usha became so popular in Jakarta that one of the Indonesian newspapers even nicknamed her ‘The Indian Gold Company’. Usha had caught the imagination of the Indian public by her wonderful performance at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she narrowly lost a medal by one hundredth of a second.

Her greatest moment of triumph, however, came when she participated in the 1986 Asian Games at Seoul, South Korea. Here, she reached the height of her glory with four gold medals and one silver. No one doubted now that a star was born in Asia, none doubted her quality as an international athlete.

Questions :
(i) Write True (T) or False (F) against the statements given below and correct the false ones :
(a) P.T. Usha went to participate in the Moscow Olympics,
(b) She won two gold medafs at the Asian Games in Delhi.
(c) P.T. LJsha came from the state of Kerala.
(d) She was the youngest member of the team in Moscow.
(e) P.T. Usha is famous as a swimmer.

(ii) Answer the following questions in one or two sentences:
(a) Which was the first Olympic Games that P.T. Usha participated in ?
(b) What did P.T. Usha achieve in Jakarta ?
(c) When was the Los Angeles Olympics held ?

(iii) Find words in the passage which means the same as :
Someone who takes art in, winning, famous, questioned.

(B) Imagine to yourself a caveman living in those remote times when man had not yet learnt to speak. Perhaps he has just seen some monstrous beast, feared by all his people. How could be warn them of the approach of such a terrible enemy ? Would it not be natural for him to roar if it were a lion, or hiss with a wriggling motion if it were a snake ? By this means his comrades would quickly understand what he meant, and so prepare themselves against attack.

We cannot be absolutely sure, but this is probably how language began. Having once found that he had a voice, primitive man would want to go on using it. No doubt he was very proud of his new accomplishment and wished to show it off at every opportunity. So gradually, in the course of many hundreds of years, he learnt to give everything a special noise. All these various noises in the end grew into our modern words.

Soon our primitive man had coined a word or words for each thing he wanted to talk about, and, in addition, another word or words to say something about each thing. Later he must have found a way of connecting the two, so as to express a whole though in words.

Questions:
(i) Write True (T) or False (F) against the state-rneris given,below and correct the false ones :

(a) The cave men warned others of dangers by making sounds, not words.
(b) Early man lived in caves.
(c) The primitive man gave a special noise to everything.

(ii) Answer the following questions in one or two sentences:
(a) What would be natural for a primitive man to do if he saw a lion approaching ?

(b) How did language begin ?
(c) What accomplishment was the primitive man proud of?
(iii) Find words in the passage which means the same as : far away, frightening, movement, savage.
Answer :

Q. 2. (a) Fill in the blanks with suitable words given in the list below. There is one extra word :
quarterly, realize, museum, fault, mechanic, consult
(i) The………………..was holding an exhibition on textiles.
(ii) My car needs to be checked by a…………………
(iii) Do you wish to………………..a doctor ?
(iv) This magazine is published………………..
(v) I………………..my mistake

(b) Match the words in Column A to their meanings in Column B. There is one extra word : 5

ColumnA Column B
(i) Cease (i) to move forward on one’s hands and knees
(ii) Collide (ii) to join
(iii) Combine (iii) to stop
(iv) Crawl (iv) to come up against some-thing
(v) Criticize (v) to analyse
(vi) to carry on
Answer :

Q. 3. (a) Change the following sentences into passive ones:

(i) Rina will pay her fees today.
(ii) He may submit the report in the morning,
(iii) The cook had kept some food ready for us.
(iv) Someone cleaned the room,
(v) No one has informed the students about the assembly.

(b) Change the following into indirect speech : 5
(i) “Poor man ! He is too weak to stand.”
(ii) Mother said, “Can you buy me some veg¬etables?”
(iii) The Doctor told Mrs. Sen, “Your son is out of danger now.”
(iv) Ravi said, “I am sorry to be late.”
(v) She said, “I will make you a cup of tea.”
Answer :

Q. 4. Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the verbs given in the brackets:

As soon as I finished work, I………………..(buy) some vegetables and………………..(rush) house. When I………………..(reach) my house, I………………..(ring) the bell. Mother………………..(open) the door and
………………..(ask) me to ring the door. My sister………………..(be) ill. When I………………..(come) back, the doctor………………..(arrive) already. I………………..(feel) relieved.
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Q. 5. Write a letter to the Manager, The Tourist Hotel, Andamans, booking two rooms for a family holiday. 10
Answer :

Q. 6. Write a paragraph of about 100 words about your childhood and the things you used to do regularily. You may use the following ideas: 10
-Where did you live
- Where did you go to school
- The games you used to play
- Yours friends.
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Q. 7. Write a brief conversation, between a student and a teacher in the college canteen.
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English Stream B Reading, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IIIrd Year

Q. 1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

Whatever be the purity of truth, the fact is that imagination has always fascinated men, women and children. In spite of endless production of stories in the modern times, the ancient legends, fables and tales always remain memorable. These reign supreme in the hearts of children. Perhaps the main reason for this is that these usually overflow with imagination and wonderful fantasy. Often termed as legend and myth, these stories continue to be rated among the most interesting. These include Mahabharata, Ramayana, Sindbad’s Travels and Adventures, Arabian Night, Panchatantra Stories, Aesop’s Fables etc. They make the children giggle and cry, laugh and weep, they touch the heart and stir human feelings. They arouse curiosity and imagination. The myths and legends provide their own explanation of the natural world through the adventures of demons and devils, gods and goddesses. In their own peculiar „ way, myths tell why the winds blow and how man discovered the wonderful tool of fire. The legends explain the story of mankind. Through the adventures of great heroes and heroines.

Many of myths and legends with which we are most familiar, originated in the orient and ancient Greece. The people of ancient * Greece gave the name of’Chaos’ to the newly formed earth. Westill use the word ‘Chaos’ to mean a state of great confusion, the an¬cient Gods emerged from Chaos to give the young earth order and form. Mythology tells us a number of stories about how man came to be and when he did make his first appearance.The stories in legends and myths explain the experiences and feelings of man, including disease, epidemics, wars, calamities, sorrows and death. These explain how the ‘hope1 made the mankind to bear its worst problem. The myths also explain the scientific and natural phenom¬ena, like the movement of the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets in their own way.

All this richness, variety and beauty of legendary tales and mythological stories make them immortal. Till there is life on the earth these would survive.

Questions:
(i) What makes the ancient tales, legends and fables memorable ? 2
(ii) Write any four names of most popular stories.
(iii) How do the myths and legends provide us explanation of natural world ?
(iv) What name is given to the earth by the people of Greece ? 2
(v) What is the meaning of Chaos as we use today?
(vi) What make mythological stories immortal ? 2
(vii) Complete the sentences given below:
(a) Tales and stories, make the children………
(b) The legends explain the story of mankind through……….
(viii) What is the origin of some of the myths and legends ?
(ix) Choose words from the passage which are simi¬lar in meaning to:
(a) Fancy;
(b) Disaster. 2
(x) Choose words from the passage opposite in mean¬ing to :
(a) reality;
(b) Disappear. 2
Answer :

Q. 2. Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow:
(a) In an underworld culture, the country side would be right there, a few hundred yards above the upper level of the cities- wherever you are. The surface would have to be protected from too frequent, or too intense, or too careless visiting but however, carefully restricted the upward trips might be, the chances are that the dwellers of the new caves would see more greenery, under ecologically healthier conditions, than dwellers of surface cities do today.
(New Caves by Isaac Asimov)

Questions :
(i) What are new caves ? 1
(ii) How would the dwellers of New Caves see more greenery than we do now ?
(iii) What do you mean by the phrase ‘ecologically healthier conditions’ ?

(b) When the last of my fellow-passengers had gone I put down my paper, stretched my arms and my legs, stoodup and looked out of the window on the calm summer night through which I was journeying, nothing the pale reminiscence of day that still lingered in the northern sky crossed the carriage and looked out of the other window, lit cigarette, sat down and began to read again. It was then that I became aware of my fellow traveller.
(A Fellow Traveller by A. G. Gardiner)

Questions:
(i) What did the narrator do after the departure of his last fellow passenger ?
(ii) What did he look out of the window in the northern sky ?
(iii) Who was his fellow-traveller? 1
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Q. 3. Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow:
(a) Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost,
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a years of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Questions:
(i) What does the poet suggest to buy ? 2
(ii) What does he want to convey in the last two lines?
(iii) What does ‘it’ refer to in line two ? 1

(b) Death
in the distance
and near,
is my only halo.
Memories
add up to meanings
Every cup of tea
becomes the ceremony
it should have always been.
(At 62, by Nissim Ezekiel)

Questions:
(i) What does ‘halo’ mean ? 1
(ii) Why do memories do and how ? 2
(iii) When does a cup of tea become a ceremony ? 2
Answer :

Q. 4. ‘Rites and rituals of marriage and death serve the purpose of culture of a particular community not of superstitious.* Bring out this fact with the help of the story ‘Tangle’. 10

Or

Where would you like to spend your holidays so that it could be a memorable trip that would add something new to your knowledge 7 How would you plan your trip ? You can take help from ‘Under the clock’ of your textbook.
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Q. 5. Whose point of view is presented in the poem ‘A Sad Song About Greenwich Village’. Do you think the woman is as unhappy as she is made out to be ? Explain. 10

“Both parents are must for a perfect happy home.” This seems true when we read the poem ‘There are four chairs round the table’. Explain.
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Q. 6. Write a letter to your sister describing the accident you met with two days ago.

Or

Write a letter to your friend about your plans after graduation and seek his advice.
Answer :

Q. 7. (A) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word out of the three alternatives given within brackets : 5
There is a feeling of discontent in the country. Princes are going up. Life has become very………1………(costly, difficult, painful). Market is full of inferior………2………(items, goods, things).
Pure things are not easily available. Unemployment is in its ………3……… (ugly, uglier, ugliest) from. Wherever you go, you ………4………(should, will, could) hear ‘No Vacancy’……….5………(a,
an the) young man becomes desperate when he comes out after completing his education. He finds………6………(herself, himself, themselves) lost in the world. Besides these, dishonesty, cheating and
unfaithfulness are seen………7………(on, at, in) every step. There is a flood of inspectors but they themselves indulge in bribery and evil practice……….8………(everybody, nobody, somebody) knows
where such a state of affairs will lead………9………(them, us, him). The only………10………(suggestion, solution, problem) of these evils is a good, fair and efficient administration.

(B) Change the following into indirect narration : 5
She said to the doctor, “What shall I do ? My father is ill and I have no money.”
The doctor said,”Do not weep, my child! I shall help you as much as 1 can.”
She said, “I am very thankful to you.”
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English Stream A Poems, Play, Novel and Composition Regular Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IIIrd Year

SECTION ‘A’

Q. 1. Choose any two of the following passages and answer the questions that follow :
(a) It’s the time when like pupae, they burst their cocoons and Emerge in harsh adult glory, and they no longer Need you.
(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) Explain the relation between ‘they’ and ‘you’.
(iii) Bring out the significance of the figure of speech in the first line.

(b) Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks.
(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) What is the poet’s attitude to love ? 2
(iii) Identify the figure of speech used in the first
two lines.
1
(c) We look before and after
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sincerest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

(i) Name the poem and the poet. 2
(ii) What is the human predicament described ? 2
(iii) Explain the last line.
Answer :

SECTION ‘B’

Q. 2. Choose any one of the following passage and answer the questions that follow :
(a) O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar And I must pause till it come back to me.
(i) Identify the speaker. Who is being addressed and what is the context ?
(ii) Explain the last two lines. 4
(iii) What light do these lines throw on the character of the speaker ?

Or

(b) I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar. And this man Is now become a god,

(i) Identify the speaker. Who is being addressed ?
Explain the context. 4
(ii) Explain the reference to “Aeneas” and “Tiber”.
(iii) In what light does the speaker intend to show Caesar and why ?
Answer :

SECTION’C

Q. 3. Write short notes on any two of the following:
(a) The orphan’s dead body;
(b) The Gutter;
(c) 10, Market Road;
(d)Madan Lal.
Answer :

Q. 4. Tintern Abbey’ is a poem about Nature and a way of life. Discuss.

Or

Bring out the different meanings of zero in Poem ‘About Nothing’.
Answer :

Q. 5. Why and how does Cassius conspire against Julius Caesar ? Is he justified ?

Or

Discuss the role of the mob in the play Julius Caesar. 10
Answer :

Q. 6. Trace the efforts made by Margayya in educating his son. Do his efforts bring in any rewards ?

Or

Who or what is responsible for Margayya’s life of ups and downs?
Answer :

Q. 7. Write an essay in about 300 words on any one of the following topics:
(a) My Country, My Pride;
(b) The time of year I like the most;
(c) The pleasures of travel;
(d) Communalism;
(e) The most interesting film I have seen. 15
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English Stream B Oral Communication, Reading Comprehension and Written English External Correspondence Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IInd Year

Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow it:

‘A great mass’ of something means a great amount. When the new method of manufacturing articles in great numbers was introduced, a new name was wanted for it and ‘Mass production’ was the one that came into use.

In what ways does mass production differ from the older methods of manufacture ? Formerly a craftsman, or skilled workman, often made the whole of an article himself by hand. He put into his work all his skill, all his experience. He was proud of the fruits of his labour. His reputation, his standing among his fellows, depended on his skill and on his character. He would have been ashamed if any serious fault had appeared in his work. He was envied and admired by fellow-craftsmen whose skill was not equal to his own. Article made in this way could not be mass-produced. Each article differed slightly from the others; in every one there was something of the maker’s individuality. The finished article was sold at a high price, the price representing the time and the skill of the craftsman who had made it.

Many such articles, made long ago with loving care, possess a quanlity and a beauty that mass-produced goods cannot equal.

The wonderful pottery of ancient China, the lovely carpets of Persia, the engraved sword of Damascus, the silver-ware of the Middle Ages – all these things show the individual craftsmanship of their long dead makers.

These articles were made for the rich and for those who were moderately well off. The poorer classes could not hope to possess works of art. Their household untensils, their clothes and their farm tools were roughly and cheaply made, though very practical in serving the purposes for which they were designed.

Questions:
(i) What does the term ‘Mass production’ mean?
(ii) How did a craftsman manufacture articles in earlier times ?
iii) Were articles made by craftsmen in earlier times exactly alike ?
(iv)- Are mass-produced as beautiful as those that used to be made by craftsmen ?
(v) Why was the article made by a craftsman sold at a high price ?
(vi) What qualities-do the pottery of ancient China and carpets of Persia show ?
(vii) Were the engraved swords of Damascus and the silver-ware of the Middle Ages mass-produced ? 2
(viii) Were the poor people of olden times able to buy beautiful articles made by craftsmen ?
(ix) What kind of articles were made for poorer people?
(x) Give the opposite words of the following : 2
(a) Ancient;
(b)High.
(xi) Explain the line “he was proud of the fruits of his labour”.
(xii) Make sentences of your own with the following words:
(a) Labour;
(b) Experience;
(c) Utensils.
Answer :

Q. 2, Write a summary of the passage given in Q. 1 in about 150-200 words. Give a suitable title.
Answer :

Q. 3. (a) Write a paragraph of about 150 words describing your plans for the summer vacation.

Or

(b) Write a paragraph of about 150 words On the increasing cases of violence against women in our country today.
Answer :

Q. 4. (a) Write a letter to the editor of The Times of India condemning the large numbers of fatal accidents due to reckless driving by drunken and underage drivers.

Or

(b) Write a letter of complaint to the Principal of your college about the lack of cleanliness and clean drinking water in the premises.
Answer :

Q. 5. Harish and Geeta are talking about movies. Harish likes English movies while Geeta prefers Hindi movies. Write out a dialogue of about 6-8 lines between the two.
Answer :

Q. 6. Complete the following dialogue by filling the blanks with suitable responses:
You : (a)……………
Doctor : Good morning, What’s the problem ?
You : (b)……………
Doctor : Let’s see. (Measures you temperature). How long have you had this fever ?
You : (c)……………
Doctor : Besides the high temperature, do you have any other complaint ?
You : (d)……………
Doctor : Have you taken any medicine so far ?
You : (e)……………
Doctor : Okay. Take this medicine three times a day for five days.
You : Besides taking this medicine, (f)……………
Doctor : Ear”light food and take enough rest. That’s all you need to do.
You :(g)……………
Doctor : No, there is nothing to worry about. It seems to be a mild infection. It will clear up quickly.
You : (h)….._……..
Doctor : Fifty rupees.
You : Here, (i)……………
Doctor : No, there is no need to come again. However, if you do not feel any improvement in three days, do contact me.
You :G)……………
Doctor : Bye. 10
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Q. 7. Punctuate the following by supplying punctuation marks and capital letters : how have you found so much wealth asked ali babus wife he said i have got it from friends,
Answer :

Q. 8. Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with the suitable alternative. Three alternatives are given against each blank:

There………1……….(are/is/was) a lion who decided to walk ………2……….(over/through/under) the jungle and take a poll to de¬cide ………3……….(which/who/whom) was the king of the jungle. He ………4……….(go/goes/went) to the monkey and………5……….(asked/ said/told), “Who is the king of the jungle ?” “You………6………. (are/is/were)” said the monkey. The lion then asked………7………. (a/an/the) tiger, the deer and the giraffe. All of them………8……….(recognize/recognized/had recognized) him as the king. Finally the lion went to the elephant. The elephant………9………. (slept/is sleeping/was sleeping). The lion………10……….(wake/woke/ woken) him up and repeated the question. Angry at being disturbed,
the elephant………11……….(pick/picks/picked) up the lion and threw him………12……….(against/beside/in) a large tree. The poor lion got………13……….(across/down/up), dusted himself and remarked, “You don’t………14……….(need/needed/will need) to get angry if you don’t………15……….(had/has/have) the right answer.”
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