Maharashtra State BoardHSC Arts 12th Board Exam
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Read the Following Extract and Answer the Questions Given Below:The Special School Did Chaitanya a Lot of Good. He Was Now a Much More Confident Person,Adored by His Teachers, His Friends - English

Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
 
The special school did Chaitanya a lot of good. He was now a much more confident person, adored by his teachers, his friends and his school staff. His speech improved and expression became clearer. His social manners became laudable.
 
Academically, he was still lagging behind the expected standard of learning but it was okey. He started developing an all- around interest in craft, art, music, dancing and sports.
 
Early in 1997-98, when he returned from state level inter- school sports, he had two prizes to his credit and a silver medal. He had won his laurels in athletic events and the silver medal in a running race.
 
When I saw the prizes and read the citation Chaitanya had received, I was stupefied, in total disbelief, then- hugged him, kissed him and cried unabashedly to my heart’s content. That day, I cried for the first time out of joy and a sense of being vindicated. Without practice he had competed with approximately 1,800 children drawn from various schools all over the state. He was subsequently selected for the marathon race, but he could not participate due to a healthy problem.” May be next year, he would”, I assured myself. And I, as his proud mother, would proudly chronicle his future achievements and success to inspire other mothers of the world.
 
Looking back at my own life, I feel that it is the spirit with which we can accept our life gracefully is what matters ultimately; and it is love which nourishes us.
1. What does the extract focus on? (1)
2. How  Chaitanya’s mother react when she saw the prizes? (2)
3. What were Chaitanya’s achievements in sports? (2)
4. How can you help a special child like Chaitanya? (2)
5. Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed:
(i) When I saw the prizes, I was stupefied. (1)
(Rewrite the sentence using ‘No sooner…… than’)
(ii) He was still lagging behind the expected standard of learning, but it was okay. (1)
(Rewrite the sentence using ‘Although’)
(iii) He started developing an all – round interest in craft and sports. (1)
(Rewrite the sentence using infinitive form of the word underlined) 
6. Find out the words / phrases from the extract which mean: (1)
(i) to take part in = 
(ii) surprised =
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Solution

(1) Ans. The extract focuses on the achievements of the special child, Chaitanya.

(2) Ans. When Chaitanya’s mother saw the prizes, she was stupefied, in total disbelief. She hugged her son, kissed him and cried unabashedly to her heart’s content. She cried for the first timeout of joy and a sense of being vindicated.

(3) Ans. Chaitanya won two prizes and a silver medal at the state level inter - school sports. He also received a citation. Without any practice he had competed with about 1800 children drawn from various schools all over the state and was selected for the marathon race.

(4) Ans. The biggest mistake that one make when they meet someone like Chaitanya is failing to interact with him.  Usually they try asking him a question but he hates questions, he won’t answer, then the person gives up. Actually we should encourage him to interact with us. We should be very supportive to them.

(5) No sooner did I see the prizes than I was stupefied.

(i) No sooner did I see the prizes than I was stupefied.

(ii) Although he was still lagging behind the expected standard of learning it was okay.

(iii) He started to develop an all round interest in craft and sports.

(i) to take part in = Participate
(ii) surprised = Stupefied.
Concept: Reading Skill
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