Maharashtra State BoardHSC Arts 12th Board Exam
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Read the Following Extract and Answer the Questions Given Below:Now, as I Stood on the Shore of that Desolate Highland Loch - English

Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:

Now, as I stood on the shore of that desolate Highland loch
I raised my voice in a surge of self-justification : ''By Heavens!
This is my opportunity. Gastric ulcer or no gastric ulcer, I will
write a novel.'' Before I could change 1ny mind I walked straight to the village and bot1ght myself two dozen penny exercise books.
Upstairs in my cold, clean bedroom was a scrubbed deal table and a very hard chair. Next morning, I found myself in this chair, facing a new exercise book open upon the table, slowly' becoming aware that, short of dog-Lati11 prescriptions, I had never composed a significant phrase in all my life. It was a discot1raging thought as I picked 11p my pen and gazed out of the window. Never mind, I would begin. Three hours later Mrs. Angus, the farmer's wife, called me to dinner. The page was still blank.
As I went dow-n to m:y milk and junket-they call this  "curds'' in Tarbert - I felt a dreadful fool. I felt like the wretched poet in Daudet's Jack whose im1nortal masterpiece never progressed beyond its stillborn opening phrase : ''In a remote valley of Pyrenees ..... ". I recollected, rather gri111ly, the sharp advice with which my old schoolmaster had goaded me to action. ''Get it down!'' he had said. ''If it ~tops in your head it will always be nothing.
Get it down.'' And so, after lunch, I went upstairs and began to get it down.

(1) What is the main idea of the extract? (1)
(2) Why did the narrator buy two dozen penny exercise books? (2)
(3) How was the narrator unprepared for writing his novel? (2)
(4) Write in brief about what you will do in your forthcoming vacation. (2)
(5) Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed:
(i) I stood on the shore of that desolate Highland loch.
(Rewrite it using 'used to'.) (1)
(ii) I went down to my milk and junket.
(Rewrite it in the Past Perfect Tense.) (1)
(iii) I walked straight to the village and bought myself
two dozen penny exercise books. (Make it simple). (1)
(6) Find out the words from the extract which mean:
(i) chance  (1/2)
(ii) lake   (1/2)

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Solution

(1) Ans: The main ides of the extract is the author’s idea of writing a novel and his initial problem in starting to write.

(2) Ans: The narrator bought two dozen penny exercise books so that he would have ready everything necessary to write a novel, and also so that he would not change his decision to write.

(3) Ans: The narrator was unprepared for writing a novel. He had only written dag - Latin prescriptions before and had never composed a significant phrase in all his life.

(4) Ans: In my forthcoming vacation, I will play happily with all my friends. I will join a musical class and learn various new things. I will also join computer class to learn computer basics and MS Office. I will also join a library and read valuable books.

(5)
(i) Ans: I used to  stand on the shore of that desolate Highland loch.
(ii) Ans: I had gone down to my milk and junket.
(iii) Ans: Walking straight to the village, I bought myself two dozen penny exercise books.
(6)
(i) Ans: Change - Opportunity
(ii) Ans: Lake - Loch.
Concept: Writing Skill
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