Model Question II
Subject: Compulsory English
Full Marks: 75
Time: 2:15 hrs
Candidates are required to answer in their own words as far as practicable. Credit will be given to originality, not to rote-learning.
1. Read the following poem and do the activities that follow: 
My shade is striped
My air is barred
(As it was before; only here the bars
Do not bend with the wind.)
My breath is short
My claws are blunt
With long pacing on stone ground
All day I smell
But I am full of easy meat
I have no appetite
Only at dusk-
When the monkeys mock from stone trees
And the buck (soft noses sniffing the air
For the scent they no longer fear)
Come down to the mudless pool to drink-
Only at dusk I dare to dream
Eyes half closed, bending the bars
Against the sun
And plotting my return
A. Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against the following sentences: [4×0.5=2]
B. Answer the following questions: [3×1=3]
2. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below: 
Florence found the conditions in the army hospital in Scutari, in Turkey, deeply shocking. The men were kept in dirty rooms without blankets or decent food and clothes. In these conditions, it was not surprising the diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery were the main reasons for the high death-rate amongst wounded soldiers.
At first military officers and doctors objected to Florence’s involvement in treating the wounded soldiers. But when her friends at the times reported the way, the British Army treated its wounded soldiers; she was allowed to work in the barracks' hospital. By improving the quality of sanitation, she was able to reduce the death-rate among her patients considerably. She was called the ‘lady with the lamp’ by the British soldiers because of the late hours she worked tending to the sick and the wounded, carrying a lamp in her hand.
In 1856 Florence Nightingale returned to England as a national figure. In October 1856, she had a long interview with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about improving the quality of nursing in military hospitals. This resulted in the formation of the Army Medical College.
In later life, Florence Nightingale suffered from poor health. She died in London on 13 August 1910.
A. Complete the following sentences by choosing the correct answer: [3×1=3]
a. The condition of patients that Florence found in army hospital in Scutari is:
b. In the barracks' hospital, she improved the quality of:
c. Florence Nightingale was called lady with the lamp by:
B. Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statements: [3×1=3]
C. Answer the following questions: [4×1=4]
3. Read the following poem and do the activities given below: 10
Cursed by birth
Brought up biased
Humiliated and discriminated
We have struggled through hardships
Coming along the painful history
Fighting against the disillusioned society
To help our rights get fulfilled
To help our desires get cherished
To help our pains get healed
We are beauties, brave and bold
We have got over injustice
We have achieved freedom, width and worth
And we celebrate victory
- Prakash Sparsha
A. Pick up the words from the poem which are similar to the following: [3×1=3]
B. State ‘True’ or ‘False’: [3×1=3]
C. Answer these questions: [4×1=4]
4. Read the following advertisement and answer the questions given under it. 
Driving into Tomorrow with Panacea
The new i20 sweeps you off your feet with its long line up of dazzling new features along with enhanced fuel efficiency which also gives it a winning edge over the competition.
With the introduction of two new variants, the i20 now fits every pocket. So, go ahead and change the game.
The new dazzling features:
A. Answer these questions: [4×2=8]
B. Find words from the passage that have following meanings. [4×1=4]
C. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words. [3×1=3]
5. Write a couple of paragraphs on ‘Joy of being a student’. 
6. Write readable story with the guidelines given below. 
A woman …. two servants …. worked hard …... the woman has a cock … the cock used to crow very early …. the woman used to wake up and make them work ….. they killed the cock … situation become worse …. The woman woke up whenever she liked and made them work … moral.
7. Write an essay on ‘Patriotism’ about 200 words with the help of given outlines. 
Patriotism …. where it reflects …. what affects it …… how it can be preserved … etc.
8. Rewrite the following sentences by filling the gaps with the best alternative from the brackets: [12×0.5=6]
9. Choose the correct answer and fill in the gaps to complete the following text: 10×0.5=5
Drought and famine ……… (has/have/is) come to Africa again this year, just as every year for the past fifteen years. In some parts of Africa, it hasn’t rained ……… (for/since/up) three years. There have been no crops, and the animals on ……… (whom/who/which) many people depend died long ago. Refugees are pouring from the countryside into towns in their desperate search for food and it has been estimated that over 1,000 people ……… (were dying/had died/are dying) everyday. We are supplying towns and camps with food and medical supplies, but our efforts ……… (are/were/have) dropped in the ocean. We need ……… (a/an/the) hundred times more food and medical supplies as well as doctors, nurses, blankets, tents, and clothes. Your help ……… (needs/needed/is needed) now before it is too late. Please, give all you can, ……… (will you/won’t you/ can’t you)? No pound or penny will ever be better spent or more appreciated. Your help will make the needy people……… (have/to have/ had) great pleasure. If you help with anything, they ……… (will become/ would become/ would have become) grateful to you.