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Sunday, October 01, 2017

AHSEC/CBSE - Class 11 English Notes: Solved Question Paper' 2012

Sub: General English
Full Marks: 100
1. Read any two of the following passages and answer the questions given below: 5+5=10
A. “The mummy is in very bad condition because of what Carter did in the 1920s,” said Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, as he leaned over the body for a long first look. Carter-Howard Carter, that is – was the British archaeologist who in 1922 discovered Tut’s tomb after years of futile searching. It contents, though hastily ransacked in antiquity, were surprisingly complete. They remain the richest royal collection ever found and have become part of the pharaoh’s legend. Stunning arte facts in gold, their eternal brilliance meant to guarantee resurrection caused a sensation at the time of the discovery and still get the most attention. But Tut was also buried with everyday things he’d want in the after life: board games, a bronze razor, linen undergarments, cases of food and wine.
(a) Who was Zahi Hawass? 2
Ans. Zahi Hawass was the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
(b) Who discovered Tut’s Tomb and when? 2
Ans. Howard Carter, the British archaeologist discovered Tut’s tomb in 1922.
(c) What were the articles placed inside the tomb of Tut? 2

Ans. Stunning artifacts in gold, board games, a bronze razor, linen undergarments, cases of food and wine were the articles placed inside the tomb of Tut.
B. Hor was a grim, miserable place. There was no vegetation whatsoever, just dust and rocks, liberally scattered with years of accumulated refuse, which was unfortunate given that the town sat on the shore of Lake Manasarovar, Tibet’s most
Venerated stretch of water. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist cosmology pinpoints Manasarovar as the source of four great Indian rivers: the Indus, the Ganges, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra. Actually only the Sutlej flows from the lake, but
The headwaters of the others all rise nearby on the flanks of Mount Kailash. We were within striking distance of the great mountain and I was eager to forge ahead.
(a) Give a brief description of Hor. 2
Ans. The narrator gives a very vivid description of Hor. It was a grim, miserable place. There was no vegetation, only dust and rocks, which were scattered here and there with years of accumulated refuse.
(b) According to whom, Manasarovar is the source of great Indian rivers? 1
Ans. According to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cosmology
(c) Name the river, which have its source from Manasarovar? 2
Ans. The Indus, the Ganges, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra are the rivers which have their source from Manasarovar.
C. In fifteenth century Antwerp, a master blacksmith called Quinten Metsys fell in love with a painter’s daughter. The father would not accept a son-in-law in such a profession. So, Quinten sneaked into the painter’s studio and painted a fly on his latest panel, with such delicate realism that the master tried to swat it away before the realised what had happened. Quinten was immediately admitted as an apprentice into his studio. He married his beloved and went on to become one of the most famous painters of his age. These two stories illustrate what each form of art is trying to achieve a perfect, illusionistic likeness in Europe, the essence of inner life and spirit in Asia.
(a) Who was Quinten Metsys? 1
Ans. Quinten Metsys was a master blacksmith of the 15th century.
(b) How did he marry his beloved? 2
Ans. Quinten Metsys was not accepted as a son-in-law by his beloved’s father, as he was a blacksmith only. But one day he entered the studio of his beloved’s painter father and painted a fly on his latest panel. The fly was so perfect that the painter thought it a real fly and wanted to swat it away before he realized what had happened. Metsys was then appointed as his apprentice and he married his daughter.
(c) What was Quintten’s Job in the painter’s studio? 2
Ans. Quinten did his job as an apprentice painter.
2. Answer any one of the following questions: 1x5=5
  1. The author’s grandmother was religious person. What are the different ways in which we come to know this?(N)
  2. Describe the mental condition of the voyagers on 4th and 5th January.
  3. Elucidate in your own words about Tut and his ancestors.
  4. What do you understand by the terms ‘Outsider art’ and ‘art brut’ or ‘raw art’?(N)
3. Answer any six of the following questions: 2x6=12

  1. Why did the narrator not believe that his grandmother was once young and pretty?(N)
  2. Name the person whom did the narrator and family want to duplicate? Why did they want to duplicate the round-the-world voyage?
  3. What were the things Placed beside Tut’s dead corpse? Why were they placed there?
  4. What is the Green Movement? Explain briefly. (N)
  5. What is the concept of ‘Shanshui’?(N)
  6. What surprised the narrator when Mourad came to his window early morning?
  7. Why was the narrator distressed knowing Ranga’s views about his marriage?(N)
  8. Why and how did Albert decide to get rid of his school?(N)
4. Answer any two of the following questions: 4x2=8
  1. What were the obstacles or problems could the narrator and his friend face in their journey towards the Mount Kailash?
  2. Who was Jean Dubuffet? What concept of art did he propound?
  3. What do you gather about Crocker-Harris from the play ‘The Browning Version’?
  4. Give a brief account of Professor Gaitonde bitter experience in the Azad Maidan.
5. Answer any five of the following questions: 1x5=5
  1. What has the camera captured in the poem ‘A Photograph’?(N)
  2. Who is the poet of the poem ‘The Laburnum Top’?
  3. What does the phrase ‘Strange to Tell’ mean?(N)
  4. What did the poet Markus Natten realize about Hell and Heaven when he was a child?(N)
  5. For how long have the father and son staying together in the same house?(N)
  6. From where does the rain rise eternally?(N)
6. Answer any two of the following questions: 2x2=4
  1. How is the father’s helplessness brought out in the poem?(N)
  2. Give a brief description of the Laburnum tree top before the arrival of the goldfinch?
  3. Why is the rain so essential on the earth?(N)
  4. What is the opinion of the poet about the hypocrisy of the adult?(N)
7. Answer any two of the following questions: 3x2=6
  1. Give the substance of the poem ‘Childhood’. (N)
  2. Cite the reasons behind the unhappiness of the father. What is his problem?(N)
  3. Describe the cyclic movement of the rain?(N)
8. Insert appropriate determiners in any five of the following blanks:
(a) There is ____ milk in the glass.
Ans. A little.
(b) We have very ____ information.
Ans. Little.
(c) Kalidas is ____ Homer of India.
Ans. The.
(d) Could you give me ____ examples?
Ans. Some.
(e) ____ people were present there.
Ans. Many.
9. Fill in the blanks with appropriate auxiliaries:
(a) I ____ meet you tomorrow.
Ans. Shall.
(b) He ____ be ten next month.
Ans. Will.
(c) It ____ rain now.
Ans. Will / may.
(d) You ____ consult a doctor.
Ans. Should.
(e) She ____ speak English well.
Ans. Can.
10. Write the verb in the brackets in their correct tenses.
(a) The sun (rise) in the east.
Ans. Rises
(b) Before we (reach) the station the train had arrived.
Ans. Reached
(c) I (see) the Taj Mahal.
Ans. Have seen
(d) He (live) here for a long time.
Ans. Has been living
(e) I wish I (know) all this.
Ans. Knew
11. Rewrite the following sentence correctly:
(a) It is a nice poetry.
Ans. It is a nice poem.
(b) I know to swim.
Ans. I know how to swim.
(c) He prefers coffee than tea.
Ans. He prefers coffee to tea.
(d) The Man is Mortal.
Ans. Man is mortal.
(e) Diganta is a MA in English.
Ans. Diganta is an MA in English.
12. Make a meaning full sentence out of the jumble words:
(a) Physical exercise/for/essential/is/health/good.
Ans. Physical exercise is essential for good health.
(b) Diseases/take/avoid/daily/exercise/and.
Ans. Take exercise daily and avoid diseases.
(c) Discipline/the/life/necessity/of/is.
Ans. Discipline is the necessity of life.
(d) Ideals/life/of/his/is/food.
Ans. His ideal of life is food.
(e) The/station/has/at/arrived/train/the.
Ans. The train has arrived the station.
13. Point out the principal and subordinate clause:
(a) Tell me where he lives.
Ans. Tell me(p) where he lives(s).
(b) I shall do it if I work hard.
Ans. I shall do it(p) if I work hard(s).
(c) What have I done that you dislike me.
Ans. What have I done(p) that you dislike me(s).
(d) As he is ill he cannot come.
Ans. As he is ill(s) he cannot come(p).
(e) This is the boy, who did it.
Ans. This is the boy(p), who did it(s).
14. Write a letter to a newspaper appealing for help for the victims of flood.
Write a letter to you friends inviting him/her to attend your birthday at 4 PM the next day.
15. Write a report on the following:

  1. You are an eyewitness to a road accident in which a school-going boy was killed and many passengers were injured.