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I could hear the squeaking that heralded the evening arrival of the bats. I listened to the noises of the approaching night. Every day my hearing grew sharper. I was learning to filter out whatever I did not need to listen to, and giving no sign that I could hear everything that went on in the house.

I could not sleep. The air was heavy and still, the moon hidden behind thick banks of cloud. Lord Otori was sound asleep. I did not want to leave the house I'd come to love so much, but I seemed to be bringing nothing but trouble to it. Perhaps it would be better for everyone if I just vanished in the night.    [5]

 
Now I heard the hiss of hot water as the bath was prepared, the clatter of dishes from the kitchen, the sliding sigh of the cook's knife, a dog barking two streets away, and the sounds of feet on the wooden bridges on the canals. I knew the sounds of the house, day and night, in the sunshine and under the rain. This evening I realized I was always listening for something more. I was waiting too. For what?        [10]


I began to wonder if I could get out of the house without setting the dogs barking and arousing the guards. I started consciously listening to the dogs. Usually, I heard them bark on and off throughout the night, but I'd learned to distinguish their barks and to ignore them. I set my ears for them but heard nothing. Then I started listening for the guards: the sound of a foot on stone or a whispered conversation. Nothing. Sounds that should have been there been missing from the night's familiar web.        [20]


Now I was wide-awake, straining my ears to hear. There came the slightest of sounds, hardly more than a tremor, between the window and the ground.    


For a moment I thought it was the earth-shaking, as it so often did. Another tiny tremble followed, then another. Someone was climbing up the side of the house        [25]


My first instinct was to yell out, but cunning took over. I rose from the mattress and crept silently to Lord Otori's side. I knelt beside him and whispered in his ear, "Lord Otori, someone is, outside."      [30]


He woke instantly and then reached for the sword and knife that lay beside him. I gestured to the window. The faint tremor came again.


Lord Otori passed the knife to me and stepped to the wall. I moved to the other side of the window. We waited for the assassin to climb in.


Step by step he came up the wall, stealthy and unhurried as if he had all the time in the world. We waited for him with the same patience.    [35]

He paused on the sill to take out the knife he planned to use on us and then stepped inside. Lord Otori took him in a stranglehold. The intruder wriggled backwards. I leaped at him, and the three of us fell into the garden like a flurry of fighting cats.  [40]


The man fell first, across the stream, striking his head on a boulder. Lord Otori landed on his feet. My fall was broken by one of the shrubs. The intruder groaned, tried to rise, but slipped back into the water.


"Get a light," Lord Otori said.


I ran to the house, took a light that still burned in one of the candle stands and carried it back to the garden.    [45]


The assassin had died without regaining consciousness. It turned out he had a poison pellet in his mouth and had crushed it as he tell. He was dressed in black, with no marking on his clothes. I held the light over him. There was nothing to tell us who he was.    [50]

 

(i) Given below are four words and phrases. Find the words which have a similar meaning in the passage:
(1) Coming near 
( 2 ) Disappeared suddenly
(3) Awakening from sleep
(4) Moved slowly and gradually 

(ii) For each of the words given below, write a sentence of at least ten words using the same word unchanged in form, but with a different  meaning from that which it carries in the passage:
(1) Bats ( line 1 )
( 2 ) Sign ( line 4 )
( 3 ) Banks (  line 6 )
( 4 )  Back ( line 43 )

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Chapter: [3] Reading
Concept: Reading

You had gone on a trekking expendition with a group of friends. As night closed in, you realised that you were separated from the group. Describe your initial feelings and the place where you got lost. How did you spend the night alone before you were reunited with your group? 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

It is easy to advise others not to worry, but difficult for oneself to follow the same. Narrate an experience which made you realise the truth of this statement. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

“The best things in life come free”. Write for or against the statement. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Photographs 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In order to be successful, one should rely on oneself and not expect others to help. Express your view on the given statement. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Write an original short story beginning with the following words : 

She was delighted to find the sealed envelope lying on her table. As she reached for it ............. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

You are Nitin / Nitin from XYZ School. You wish to start applying to various colleges for admission after your ISC examination. In about 300 words, draft your personal profile using the guidelines given below : 

Your name, year spend in the school you are passing out from – academin interests and performane – cultural activities you participated in – sports  - positions of leadership held during your staty in the school – your future plans and goals – two characteristics that your consider to be your strengths – two characteristics that set you apart from the others.

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

As a member of the Student Council of you school, you wish to start an old clothes collection drive. These clothes are to be donate to an orphanage nearby. Write a proposal in not more than 150 words, stating the steps you would take to make it a seccess. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) He is so old that be cannot remember events of the past.
(B) He is too ............................................................................

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) As soon as the bell rings, the children run out to play.
(B) No sooner ......................................................................... 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) No other planet is as big as Jupiter.
(B) Jupiter ............................................................................... 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.
(A) He is forgetful as well as careless with his work.
(B) Besides ............................................................................. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) It is probable that the ship will reach the shore.
(B) In all ................................................................................. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) She said that she would return the book to the library the next day.
(B) She said, “.........................................................................” 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) She said that she would return the book to the library the next day.
(B) She said, “She will return the book in the library tomorrow”. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) His attitude towards his parents has always puzzled the
(B) I have .................................................................................. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) He loved his little daughter, but he was in mortal fear of her fierce temper.
(B) Although .............................................................................. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

In the following items, sentence A is complete, while sentence B is not. Complete sentence B, making it as similar as possible to sentence A.  Write sentence B.

(A) When she heard the news of her daughter’s result, she was very happy.
(B) On ........................................................................................ 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Fill in the blank with the suitable word. 

She turned _____________ the offer to work at the factory. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing
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