|Time allowed: 3 hours|
|The Question paper is divided into three sections:|
Section A- Reading 20 Marks
Section B- Writing & Grammar 25 Marks
Section C – Literature 25 Marks
(i) All questions are compulsory.
(ii) You may attempt any section at time.
(iii) All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
SECTION A – READING
|Q1:|| Read the passage given below and answer the questions/complete the sentences that follow:|
Sniffer dog Tucker uses his nose to help researchers find out why a killer whale population off the northwest coast of the United States is on the decline. He searches for whale faeces floating on the surface of the water, which are them collected for examination. He is one of the elite team of detection dogs used by scientists studying a number of species including right whales and killer whales.
Conservation Canines are fast becoming indispensable tools for biologists according to Aimee Hurt, associate director and co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation, based in Three Forks, Montana.
Over the last few years, though, so many new conservation dog projects have sprung up that Hurt can no longer keep track of them all. Her organization’s dogs and their handlers are fully booked to assist field researchers into 2012.
“Dogs have such a phenomenal sense of smell,” explained Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has worked with scat-detection dogs since 1997.
Scientists have been using Conservation Canines in their research since 1997. These dogs have enabled them to non-invasively access vast amount of genetic and physiological information which is used to tackle conservation problems around the world. Such information has proved vital for determining the causes and consequences of human disturbances on wildlife as well as the actions needed to mitigate such impacts.
The ideal detection dog is extremely energetic with an excessive play drive. These dogs will happily work all day long, motivated by the expectation of a ball game as reward for sample detection. The obsessive, high energy personalities of detection dogs also make them difficult to maintain as pets. As a result, they frequently find themselves abandoned to animal shelters, facing euthanasia. The programme rescues these dogs and offers them a satisfying career in conversation research.
(a) According to the text there are a few ................detection dogs like Tucker.
(b) Tucker sniffs for whale................ .
(c) The dogs are special because they assist in research without ........... .
(d) The ideal detection dog ........... .
(e) The dogs expect ............... as a reward of their hardwork.
(f) ............ of these dogs make it difficult to keep them as pets.
(g) These dogs find a career in ............ .
(h) The word ‘ euthanasia means .............. .
|Q2:|| Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:|
Long, long ago, in a big forest, there were many trees. Among the clusters of trees, there was a very tall pine tree. He was so tall that he could talk to the stars in the sky. He could easily look over the heads of the other trees. One day late in the evening, the pine tree saw a ragged, skinny girl approaching him. He could see her only because of his height. The little girl was in tears. The pine tree bent as much as he could and asked her: “ The little girl was in tears. The pine tree bent as much as he could and asked her. “ What is the matter? Why are you crying?”
The little girl, still sobbing, replied, “I was gathering flowers for a garland for goddess Durga, who I believe, would help my parents to overcome their poverty and I have lost my way”. The pine tree said to the little girl, “ It is late in the evening. It will not be possible for you to return to your house, which is at the other end of the forest. Sleep for the night at this place.”
The pine tree pointed out to an open cave like place under him. The little girl was frightened of wild animals. The girl quickly crept into the cave-like place. The pine tree was happy and pleased with himself. He stood like a solider guarding the place. The little girl woke up in the morning and was amazed to see the pine tree standing guard outside the cave, Then her gaze travelled to the heap of flowers that she had gathered the previous night. The flowers lay withering on the ground. The pine tree understood what was going on the girl’s mind . He wrapped his branches around the nearby flower trees and shook them gently. The little girl’s eyes brightened. But a great surprise awaited her. The pine tree brought out a bag full of gold coins which had been lying for years in the hole in its trunk and gave it to the girl. With teary eyes she thanked her benefactor and went away.
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly.
|(a) Why was the little girl crying?||2|
|(b) Where did the pine tree want the little girl to sleep for the night?||2|
|(c) Why was the little girl disappointed when she looked at the flowers and what did the tree do to make her happy?||2|
|(d) What lesson does this short story teach us?||2|
2.2 Choose the most appropriate meaning of the given words from the options provided:
| (a) What is meant by the word ‘cluster’?|
| (b) What is meant by the word ‘approaching’?|
(iii) coming close
(iv) running towards
| (c) What is the meant by the word ‘wild’ ?|
(d) What is meant by the word ‘withering’?
SECTION B – WRITING AND GRAMMAR
|Q3:||You are Kritika/ Karan. Write a letter to the editor of leading newspaper voicing your concern about the increasing number of drug users in our country. Using the notes given below, write your letter in about 100-120 words to highlight the dangers of this new age social evil.||5|
Notes Why drug abuse? –No single reason –addicts start out of curiosity – for pleasure – to get over boredom- depression symptoms – loss of interests in sports, daily routine, appetite – puffy eyes – unclear vision – mood change - temper tantrums - STRIKE DRUGS BEFORE THEY STRANGLE YOU.
|Q4:|| Write a story in 150-200 words beginning with the following line and give it a suitable title.|
Night before the zonal debate competition...everyone was fast asleep, while I was practising... suddenly,
|Q5:|| Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate word/phrases from the given options.|
What we call life is a very complex affair. It is not simply eating, reproducing and finally dying. Every creature (a) .............. these .Man has to lead a highly complicated life. It is like (b)............. through a maze and coming out. He is an economic being and a social animal. He has to earn, make a home, look after his people and attend (c)............ his obligations to the society and the Government. So, in order to be successful he has to develop certain qualities.
|Q6:|| In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and after it. The first one has been done as an example.|
Space shuttle Atlantis which is orbiter e.g. is an orbiter
Began its first flight October 1985 and (a) --- --- ----
Retired recently after completing last flight (b) --- --- ----
In July 2011. Weighed around 80 tonne. It (c) --- --- ----
Spent 306 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes (d) --- --- ----
43 second in space
|Q7:|| Rearrange the following jumbled words/phrases to make meaningful sentences.|
(a) inside/ grandeur/ the place hall/ it was/all
(b) interwoven/pearls/were/flower garlands/ sparkling/with
(c) wooden stage/ painted backcloth/ the/ decorated/ with a/was
SECTION C – LITERATURE & LONG READING TEXT
|Q8:|| Read the extract given below and answer the question that follow:|
He smiled uncomfortably. ‘just plans sir’, he answered in a low voice.
(a) Who is ‘he’ in the above lines?
(b) Why did ‘he’ smile uncomfortably?
(c) What are the ‘plans’ being talked about?
OrRead the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“It didn’t take you long to start dividing my things between you.”
(a) Who speaks these words and to whom?
(b) What things are being referred to?
(c) Why did they start dividing the things?
|Q9:||Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each:|
|(a) Why did Mrs. Packletide give up big-game shooting?||2|
|(b) What does the woman search for in the mirror every day?||2|
|(c) What are the three things that the grandfather plans to do on Monday?||2|
| (d) How does Lousia Mebbin exploit the incident of killing the tiger to her greatest advantage?||2|
|Q10:|| Answer any one of the following questions in 80-100 words.|
The poem ‘The Frog and the Nightingale’ tells us how simple and genuine talent in exploited by people for their personal gains. Write a letter to the poet Vikram Seth mentioning how deeply you were touched by the poem and how beautifully its exposes the bitter truth of life.
OrThe poet in the poem’Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments’ reveals the stark reality that everything comes to an end gradually by the impact of time. Keeping this in v iew, Write an article on the topic’ Time works wonders’.
| Attempt either question number 11 or 12:|
|Q11:|| Human spirit to live, triumphs in every circumstances? Discuss in detail in light of ‘Diary of a young Girl’.|
OrWhat impression do you form of Gestapo on its way of handling the jews after reading ‘Diary of a young Girl,?
|Q12:|| What was the writer’s experience at the world fair like? Explain in your own words.|
OrIt was through nature that Helen learnt the lessons of life. Discuss the role of nature as a teacher.