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Read the dialogue given below and complete the paragraph that follows. Write the correct answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers.

Doctor : Have you got the tests done?

Karna : No, I have not.

Doctor : Get them done today itself.

The doctor asked Karna (a) ___________________. He replied that (b) ________________. The doctor asked _______________.

Appears in 3 question papers
Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Writing Skill

Why did John’s wife get angry with him? What did she decide to do?

Appears in 3 question papers
Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

How does the lesson, 'A Shady Plot' remind us that man has no right to invoke supernatural powers through Ouija boards, Tarot cards etc to solve his problems and that one should face life boldly and overcome difficulties using wit and intelligence. Write in 80−100 words.

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Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

Respect for all forms of life is an essential value. Unmindful destruction of nature and its creatures deserves just punishment. Write in 80−100 words this essential value as brought out in the poem, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.

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Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

Attempt the following in 150-200 words.

Bring out the importance of the diary in Anne's life.

Appears in 3 question papers
Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

Attempt the following in 150-200 words.

Why does Anne call herself 'a bundle of contradictions'?

Appears in 3 question papers
Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

Attempt the following in 150-200 words.

What was the incident of the Frost King? How did it affect Helen?

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Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

Attempt the following in 150-200 words.

Write a character sketch of Bishop Brooks as he appears in Helen Keller's − The Story of My Life.

Appears in 3 question papers
Chapter: [3] Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)

One of the greatest advances in modern technology has been the invention of computers. They are widely used in industries and in universities. Now there is hardly any sphere of human life where computers have not been pressed into service of man. We are heading fast towards the day when a computer will be as much part of man's daily life as a telephone or a calculator.

Computers are capable of doing extremely complicated work in all branches of learning. They can solve the most complex mathematical problems or put thousands of unrelated facts in order. These machines can be put to varied uses. For instance, they can provide information on the best way to prevent traffic jams. This whole process by which machines can be used to work for us has been called 'automation'. In the future 'automation' may enable human beings to enjoy more leisure than they do today. The coming of automation is bound to have important social consequences.

Some years ago an expert on automation, Sir Leon Bagrit, pointed out that it was a mistake to believe that these machines could 'think'. There is no possibility that human beings will be "controlled by machines". Though computers are capable of learning from their mistakes and improving on their performance, they need detailed instructions from human beings to operate. They can never, as it were, lead independent lives or "rule the world" by making decisions of their own.

Sir Leon said that in future, computers would be developed which would be small enough to carry in the pocket. Ordinary people would then be able to use them to obtain valuable information. Computers could be plugged into a national network and be used like radios. For instance, people going on holiday could be informed about weather conditions. Car drivers can be given alternative routes when there are traffic jams. It will also be possible to make tiny translating machines. This will enable people who do not share a common language to talk to each other without any difficulty or to read foreign publications.

a) What is the greatest advancement in modern technology?

b) What complicated works are computers capable of doing?

c) Write one use of computers.

d) Explain automation.

e) Why can't computers lead independent lives or rule the world?

f) How would computers as translating machines help people? 

g) What was the prediction of Sir Leon about computers in the future?

h) How can computers help people going on holiday?

Appears in 2 question papers
Chapter: [1] Reading
Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)

1. Why does a person become overconfident? The reason lies in over assessment of his capabilities. Sometimes people over assess their competence and jump into situations that are beyond their control.

2. Napoleon Bonaparte who became Emperor of France would say that the word 'impossible' was common only amongst fools. The overconfident Napoleon invaded Russia in the winter of 1812. This proved to be a big disaster.

3. Overconfidence generally leads people into misadventures, endangering their chances in life. It is wisely said that any achievement is a result of two factorsone's personal planning and support from the external world. People, take into account only their planning, generally ignoring external factors. As a result they are unable to foresee future developments. Hence, a great risk of failure.

4. Then there is the question: how can one manage overconfidence? The formula is very simple. Before taking a decision discuss the matter with other informed people with an objective mind and when it is proved that you are about to go off the path, accept reality and say without delay, "I was wrong'.

5. Overconfidence is a flaw characterizing people who lack the virtue of modesty. Modesty makes you a realist; you become a person who is cut down to size. People of this kind become very cautious; before taking an action they assess the whole situation. They adopt a realistic approach.

6. Overconfident people live within their own thoughts. They know themselves but they are unaware of others. Living inside their own cell they are unable to make use of the experiences of others. This kind of habit is highly damaging to all concerned

7. There is a saying that the young man sees the rule and the old man sees the exception, with a slight change, I would like to say that the overconfident person sees the rule and the confident person sees the exception. Overconfident people are always at risk. It is said that taking risk is good but it must be well calculated otherwise it becomes very dangerous.

 

1) Answer the following :(8)

a. Why does a person become overconfident? 

b. What does overconfidence generally lead people into? 

c. How can one manage overconfidence? 

d. What kind of person does 'modesty' make you? 

 

2)Find meanings of the words given below with the help of the options that follow :(4)

a. Misadventure (Para 3) 

   (i) Mishap    (ii) Unlucky    (iii) Unhappy    (iv) Unpleasant

b. Endangering (Para 3) 

   (i) Reckless   (ii) Imperil   (iii) Risky   (iv) Threatening

c. Assess (Para 5) 

   (i) Assemble   (ii) Acquire   (iii) Evaluate   (iv) Accept

d. Objective (Para 4) 

   (i) Obedient   (ii) Servile   (iii) Honest   (iv) Impartial

Appears in 2 question papers
Chapter: [1] Reading
Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)

Last year your school appointed a new T.G.T. who came to teach you English in Class 9. You are very impressed with her. Write a description of your T.G.T. (English) in about 100 words. You may use the clues given below.

  • qualification, college/university
  • personality
  • attitude towards students
  • manner of teaching
  • problem solving
  • course punctuality
  • weak students
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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Writing Skill

Complete the news items given below by choosing the correct options from those that follow:

(a) 15-year-old Ram ___________________________ against robbers last night.

i. fight single-handedly

ii. fought single-handed

iii. will fight single-handed

iv. has fought single-handed

(b) Delhi High Court _____________ kite flying in urban areas is illegal.

i. declaring that

ii. has declared that

iii. declares that

iv. will declare that

(c) A killer whale thrashed a trainer killing him ___________________ a shocked crowd.

i. at front of

ii. in view off

iii. at the back of

iv. in front of

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar

Jatin: Will you come with me to watch a movie tonight?

David: I would have, but I need to finish my English homework.

Jatin: Then I shall ask Ravi.

Jatin asked David if he would (a) ___________________. David replied that he would have but (b) __________________. Jatin then said (c) __________________________________.

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar

You feel that the 'Clean India Campaign' has not been as effective as you thought it should have been. As Ankit/Ankita, write an article in 100-120 words discussing the reasons for this. Also highlight the measures that a common man and a student can take to make it a success.

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Writing Skill

Influence of friends can have both positive and negative impact on the students. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily in 100-120 words discussing how we can make it more positive and productive. You are Arun/Aruna 24 Mall Road Chennai.

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Writing Skill

                                                                                      Error                     Correction

One day a wonderful plate full in gold

fell from Heaven into a courtyard of

a temple at Benaras; so on the

plate these words were inscribe.

"A gift from Heaven to he who  

loves better". The priests at once

made a announcement that every

-day at noon, all which would like    

 to claimed the plate should come

eg                    in                             of
(a) ________ ____________
(b) ________ ____________
(c) ________ ____________
(d) ________ ____________
(e) ________ ____________
(f) ________ ____________
(g) ________ ____________
(h) ________ ____________

 

Appears in 2 question papers
Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar

Write an article in about 120 words on 'River pollution.' You may use the clues given below:

  * rivers, biggest source of water
  * victims of pollution
  * industrial waste
  * city waste drained into them
  * religious ceremonies–idol immersion
  * garlands and flowers
  * ashes after cremation poured into rivers

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Writing Skill

Complete the paragraph given below by filling in each of the blanks with one word only with the help of options that follow:

While peeling the sweet lime and oranges (a) .................... careful so that the segments are not mashed. The lettuce leaves are (b) .................... into pieces. They are kept in ice-cold water (c) .................... ten minutes.
 

(a) (i) was (ii) is (iii) be (iv) will
(b) (i) broken (ii) break (iii) breaks (iv) broke
(c) (i) with (ii) for (iii) on  (iv) during
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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar

Complete the paragraph given below by filling in the blanks with the help of options that follow:

The rapid changes that India (a) .................... over the last few decades have been welcomed by (b) .................... . It is an enthusiasm which (c) .................... .

(a) (i) is enduring
     (ii) was endured
     (iii) has been enduring
     (iv) will endure

(b) (i) most of us
     (ii) many of them
     (iii) few of people
     (iv) the lot of people

(c) (i) should be kept alive
     (ii) have been kept alive
     (iii) will be keeping alive
     (iv) will be enlivened 

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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar

In the passage given below there is an error in each line. Write the error and the correction in your answer sheet.

    Error Correction
You recently ask me to submit a short report e.g. ask asked
in the progress made so far in the  (a) ................... ...................
Literacy Project. Initially, adults were reluctance (b) ................... ...................
to learn. Gradually, they overcome their (c) ................... ...................
inhibitions.      
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Chapter: [2] Writing and Grammar
Concept: Grammar
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