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AHSEC/CBSE - Class 11 English Notes: Solved Question Paper' 2016

Q. PAPER 2016
Full Marks: 90 Time: 3 hours
1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
  1. My father gets a far away look in his eye that’s unmistakable. As he looks towards the horizon and his seek out the bright flashes of snow-capped peaks, we all know what he’s thinking. Mountain tops have always had that magnetic effect on him.
  2. As I grew up I inherited some of my father’s restlessness. I know many people think there must be some compulsion for the son of Edmund Hillary to climb mountains. They assume that I need to compete, or measure up as if there was some strong mark on stone that says, “Thou shalt climb mountains” – and in particular Everest, whether you like to or not. But for me it’s simpler than that. I think families are like factories: some manufacture lawyers while others produce landscape gardeners. The Hillary family is a limited production mountaineering establishment.
  3. Today, at the age of 48, I am a determined mountain man: love to climb them, love to dream about them. I have been or more than 30 mountaineering expeditions, from the Himalayas to the Antarctic. And yes, I have climbed Everest twice. I treasure the same things that drew my father to climbing – great feeling of friendship and trust among people who work together, sense of pleasure and excitement, especially in dangerous place where your life depends upon making the right call. I guess I am luckier than most because I can fall back on all that my father has taught me. One devastating day in 1995 this advice saved my life.
  4. Just below the summit of the mountain known as K2 or the “savage mountain” of the Himalayas there is a steep ice channel called “The Bottleneck.” I was among a party of eight climbers heading for the summit, with just 400 meters left to climb. Perched there, 8200 meters above sea-level and looking east along the northern edge of the Karakoram Mountains to the Tibetan Plateau, I noticed curls of ominous cloud began to move in suddenly and quickly with great force.
  5. As the weather worsened, I became concerned. I stopped. Something didn’t feel right. At that moment I clearly heard my father’s voice. Down. Go down. Stick to your guns, Peter.
  6. Then from above me, I heard another voice – a women’s. “Come on up. Use the red rope.” Alison Hargreaves, a fellow climber, was encouraging me to join her. Note for you, peter. Was that my father’s voice again? The unsettled feeling in me grew stronger. Finally I told Jeff Lakes, my climbing partner, that I was going down. He too was feeling unsure, but decided to go on ahead. As I looked back at Jeff a couple of time, until a thick, threatening cloud blocked with view, soon the same fast moving cloud would engulf the summit and plunge me into an isolated world of terror.
  7. Don’t be afraid to make your own decisions. Don’t be afraid to stand alone. That was my father’s voice.
  8. Alone in body but not in spirit I descended. But with fear tapping upon my shoulders, I was caught in the frightening situation of the rising storm. The flanks of the mountain were out of control and so, perhaps, was I.
  9. Fear makes you careful. Fear makes you good. Fear, my father told me, is not something you manage. So I seized on what I could control: a well-clipped descender and a taut rope. For hours I continued to go down rope.
  10. When I awoke in my tent the next morning, it was silent, sunny, still. I alone had successfully descended from the summit pyramid of K2 that night.
The seven above were dead.
  1. Life in a famous family has its advantages and disadvantages. Lunches with Indira Gandhi or a trip to the North Pole with Neil Armstrong are one – although a rather extraordinary – side of the coin. The other can be a battle with identity and independence. When I am 80 years old myself, I know I will more than likely still be greeted with, “Wait a minute, you’re Ed Hillary’s son!” But my father is quite a man and I am proud of him.
(a) Answer the following questions briefly:
(i) What does the son read in his father’s eyes? 1
Ans. In his father’s eyes the son read his father’s fondness for the bright flashes of snow capped peaks.
(ii) What is “The Bottleneck”? 1
Ans. A steep ice-channel below the summit of the ‘saving mountain’ of the Himalaya’s is called “The Bottleneck.”
(iii) What was the fate of the seven companions who climbed the K2 summit? 1
Ans. The seven companions who climbed the K2 summit were dead.
(iv) In what way does the author consider himself more fortunate than other mountaineers? 1
Ans. The author considered himself more fortunate than other mountaineers because he alone had successfully descended from the summit pyramid of K2 while his other companions were dead.
(v) State any two qualities that the speaker has inherited from his father. 2
Ans. Two qualities that the speaker had inherited from his father (a) Great feeling of friendship and trust among people who work together, (b) Sense of pleasure and excitement especially in dangerous places where life depends upon making the right call.
(vi) “The Hillary family is a limited production mountaineering establishment.” What does the speaker mean by this? 2
Ans. As per speaker “The Hillary family is a limited production mountaineering establishment” because when he grew up many people thought that there must be some compulsion for the son of Edmund Hillary to climb mountains. He thought that families like factories which manufacture a person either as a lawyer, mountaineer or some other professional.
(vii) What was the father’s opinion about ‘fear’? How did it help the author? 2
Ans. As per the speaker’s father “fear makes you careful, fear makes you good”. According to father fear is not something that you manage. It helped the author in saving his life. When he was going in a mountaineering expedition and was caught in the frightening situation of the rising storm, he was fearful. His father’s opinion helped him to descend with the help of a taut rope and was saved.
(b) Pick out words in the passage that mean.
(i) Sitting on a high and dangerous position. (Para 4) 1
Ans. Perched.
(ii) Tight and completely stretched. (Para 3) 1
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
There are two problems that cause great worry to our educationists – the problem of religious and moral instruction in a land of many faiths and the problem arising out of a large variety of languages.
Taking up the education of children we see that they should be trained to love one another, to be kind and helpful to all, to be tender to the lower animals and to observe and think right. The taks of teaching them how to read and write the count and calculate is important, but it should not make us lose sight of the primary aim of moulding personality in the right way.
For this, it is necessary to call into aid culture, tradition and religion. But in our country we have, in the same school, to look after boys and girls born into different faiths and belonging to families that live diverse ways of life and follow different forms of worship associated with different denomination of religion. It will not do to tread the easy path of evading the difficulty by attending solely to physical culture and intellectual education. We have to evolve a suitable teaching method for serving the spiritual needs of school children professing different faiths. We should thereby promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, a fuller understanding and helpful cooperation among the different communities in our society. Again we must remain one people and we have therefore to give basic training in our schools to speak and understand more languages than one and to appreciate and respect the different religions prevailing in India. It is not right for us in India to be dissuaded from this by considerations as to overtaking the young mind.
Any attempt to do away with or steamroll the differences through governmental coercion and indirect pressure would be us futile as it would be unwise. Any imposition of a single way of life and form of worship on all children or neglect of a section of the pupils in this respect or barren secularization will lead to conflict between school and home life which is harmful. On the other hand, If we give due recognition to the providing prevailing faiths in the educational institutions by providing suitable facilities for religious teaching of boys and girls of all communities, this may itself serve as a broadening influence of great national value.
(a) On the basic of your reading of the above passage make notes on it, using recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary. Add a suitable title to it. 5
Ans. (1) Problems causing worry to our ednist.
  1. Problem of rel. & moral instn.
  2. Problem due to large variety of lang.
  3. Land of many faiths.
  4. Worry to our ednist.
(2) Primary aim to mould personality of children in the right way.
  1. Trained to love one another.
  2. To be kind & helpful to all.
  3. Tender to the lower animals.
  4. Observe & think right.
  5. How to read, write count & calculate is imp. But personality also imp.
(3) Necessity to call into aid cut, trad & rel.
  1. In the same school students have different faiths.
  2. Live diverse ways of life.
  3. Foll. diff. forms of worship.
  4. Diff. denominations of reln.
  5. Attending solely to phy. Cult. & intellectual edun won’t solve the difficulty.
(4) Evolve a suitable teaching method catering to the spirit, needs of sch. Child.
  1. Promote an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  2. Fuller understanding & helpful coop among the different communities.
  3. Must remain one people.
  4. Give basic training in school to speak & understand more lang.
  5. Appreciate & respect the different rel.
(5) Due recog. To the different prevailing faiths in the educational institutions.
  1. Governmental coercion & indirect press. To do away with the different futile & unwise.
  2. Important of a single way of life & form of worship create conflict between school & home life.
  3. Neglect of a section of the pupils & barren secularization may cause conflicts.
  4. Give due recognition to the different prevailing faiths in the education instus.
  5. Suitable facilities for religious training acc. To student’s communities.
  6. Might infl great national value.
Abbreviations used:
Eduist : educationist.
Prob : problems.
Reln : religion.
Inst : instruction.
Imp : important.
Cult : culture.
Trad : tradition.
Sch : school.
Diff : different.
Foll : following.
Phy : physical.
won’t : will not.
Spirit : spiritual.
Co-opn : co-operation.
recogn : recognition.
endal : educational
infl : Influence

(b) Make a summary of the above passage in about 80 words. 3

Ans. How to serve the spiritual needs of school children summary: Our educationist are worried due to the problems of religious and moral instructions in a land of many faiths and variety of languages. The primary aim of education is to mould the personality of the students in a right way. So it become necessary to call into aid culture, tradition and religion and cater to serve the spiritual needs of school children having different faiths. Any attempt to steamroll the differences through governmental coercion and indirect pressure would be futile and unwise. To solve it due recognition should be given to the different prevailing faiths in the educational institutions and suitable facilities should be provided for religious teachings the students of all communities it might influence the great national value.
SECTION B - Writing
3. You are arranging a picnic to Kaziranga next Sunday. Describe your preparations to your classmates in about 100 words. 6
Ans. Excursions and outings are the important means of recreation. So we decided to recreate something by arranging a picnic to Kaziranga. I suggested my fired that for picnic we should take sweets, fruits and lunch with us. For this we most go to market and buy some fruits and other eatables. We will also take a stove a tea pot a dozen cups and a kettle. I suggested that in Kaziranga we will also go for safari and also see different animals along with one horned Rhino. For this purpose we will hire a guide. So that we could have a pleasant trip at a world heritage site i.e. Kaziranga. I also suggested to make bookings and necessary advance payments. Then I asked may friend to take his camera, so that we can have some memorable shots. My proposal of preparation for arranging a picnic to Kaziranga was welcomed by my classmates with shouts of applause.
A distinguished person visited your school/college recently. Prepare a report on the visit in about 800 words to be published in “The Assam Tribune”. 6
Ans. Visit of Education Minister
26th March, 2016, Modern School, Guwahati, 26th March, 2016 was a memorable day for the school authority, students and teachers due visit of honorable Education Minister Mr. Himanta Viswasharmath accompanied by the high officials of the education department. The principal and members of the staff received him with great enthusiasm. The day was the foundation day of the school, so the school was decorated with flags, festoons and streamers of coloured papers and balloons. The Education Minister delivered a short but impressive speech. He was pleased with the all round progress of the school and encouraged all the work with honesty and dedication. He also met the students in person and encouraged them to study well and prosper. He stayed in the school for two hours the principal honoured him and others with Phulam Gamocha and Sarai. We pride ourselves on the arrival of an distinguished personality in our school.
4. Young boys and girl hardly show any respect to rules and regulations these days. They often end up by creating problems for themselves and for their parents. Your Principal has called for a special session to discuss this issue. Prepare a speech to be delivered in the session as a representative of the students. (100 – 150 words) 6
Ans. Good morning principal ma’ am, Guardians, teachers and my dear friends today I am going to say a few words on the youngsters who hardly show any respect to rules and regulations days. In fact percentage is an age of competitions. Each and every field is biased with the thought of running ahead. But it is not possible for all the students to come-up with flying colours. Parents and teachers keep on forcing children to run ahead which has caused tremendous irritation among the students. They are forced to lead a disciplined life. And now result is at your court. They hardly listen to their parents and teachers because they feel that they are nagging them with do’s and don’ts. They are not only creating problems for themselves out of irritation and but also affecting lives of their parents. If they are forced, they are liable to do any mischievous activity. Even they don’t feel offended. For them their freedom is more important than anything else. As I think we must reconsider the matter and children or students should be given equality opportunities to discuss their thoughts and aspirations then only they will be honored and may change their way of life. Parents and teachers should feel their condition and allow them to reach on their own heights. It may bring change is us, and then there will be no chaos on this topic. They will surely, pay their respect to rules and regulations.
Now, I give my sincere thanks to all for listening me with rapt attention.
Thank you all.
You are concerned about the reckless feeling of trees leading to environment degradation. Write an article on “Crow more trees” to be published in a local newspaper. (100-150 words) 6
Ans. Grow More Trees.
Life is impossible on earth without trees. They are connected with our well being. Trees requires only some little space and water and in return they provide us with life and many more. But now a days due to deforestation our environment is ailing. It is hampering life on earth. Due to reckless felling of trees, environment is polluting. So we need to grow more trees to reduce environment degradation. Trees provide us with fresh air and oxygen which help us to lead a healthy life. It also gives us shade. Cool the wind and the atmosphere. Even vegetables or fruits we eat comes from plants and trees. Trees provide us with wood for furniture, paper for education and communication, rubber, gum, medicinal substances etc. It is also helpful in maintaining ecological and biological balance. So we should plant more trees to save our environment from degradation. It is our moral duty to save our environment through deforestation.
5. You are Gautam/Gargi, living at 12 Hill View Colony, Dibrugarh. There are frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuations in your area causing great inconvenience to its residents. Write a letter to the editor of “the Sentinel” drawing attention of the authorities concerned to the problem. 8
The Editor
The Sentinel
Guwahati – 781003
Sub: Erratic power in Dibrugarh.
Dear Sir,
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw attention of the Assam Power Distribution Company and the concerned department of the Assam Government to the erratic power supply in the entire Dibrugarh.
The residents of this area have been facing great trouble because of unscheduled load-shedding and cutting off of power supply particularly in the evening hours and night. During this summer season people are compelled to spend sleepless nights. The worst sufferers are the students.
The residents of this area have met high officials of the Assam Power Distribution Company and submitted a petition highlighting the problems and urging them to regularize the power supply. So far nothing has been done and unscheduled load-shedding and power-cuts continued as before in spite of their assurances. The residents have also brought the matter to the notice of concerned department of the Government.
Hope this will attract the attention of the concerned authority and make them take requisite steps to regularize power-supply in the areas.
Truly yours,
You are Ranjana/Ranjan. You have seen advertisement in a local daily for the post of a science teacher in Pub Guwahati High School. Write a letter to the Headmaster of the school in response to the advertisement applying for the post. 8
The President Dates: 26 March, 2012
Managing Committee
Pub Guwahati High School
Sub: Application for the post of Science teacher.
In response to your advertisement in ‘The Assam Tribune’ dated 20th March, 2012, for the post of Science teacher. I offer myself as a candidate for the post. I shall be glad to appear before selection committee in an interview and if selected I shall try to prove myself worthy of your selection. I enclosed herewith my bio-date in a separate sheet.
Encl – 6 Yours faithfully,
Imran Hussain
  1. Name : Mr. Imran Hussain
  2. Father’s Name : Md. Mutlib Hussain
  3. Permanent address : 10, M.G. Road. Machkhowa, Guwahati – 1
  4. Age : 27 years.
  5. Educational Qualification : (a) HSLC passed, 2000 – 1st Div. 70% from Sonaram High School, Guwahati.
(b) HS Exam – 2002 – 1st Div. 67% Pragiyotish College.
 (c) B.Sc. (Eng. Major) 2005 – 59% 2nd class, B. Baruah, College.
 (d) M.Sc. (Eng) II class 58%. GU.
(e) B.Ed – GU. 2007 1st class 62%.
  1. Experience : Working Pragiyotish Science since 2009.
  2. Language known : English, Assamese, Hindi and Bengali.
Sd/Imran Hussain
6. (a) Fill in the blanks with suitable determiners: ½ x 2=1
(i) We have very ____ information. (few/little)
Ans. little.
(ii) Do you have ____ question? (Some/Any)
Ans. any.
(b) Rewrite the following sentences with the correct form of the verb given in brackets: ½ x 2=1
(i) English (speak) all over the world.
Ans. English is spoken all over the world.
(ii) If it (rain), we will not go.
Ans. If it rains we will not go out.
(c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate model auxiliaries: (The sense of the sentence is indicated in brackets) ½ x 2=1
(i) We ____ love our country, (moral duty)
Ans. should.
(ii) I ____ pay my loan. (compulsion)
Ans. must.
(d) Correct the following: ½ x 2=1
(i) My mother never listens what I say.
Ans. My mother never listen to what I say.
(ii) It is raining since morning.
Ans. It has been raining since morning.
7. (a) Complete the following piece of conversation by choosing the correct alternative from the brackets: 2
I said to him, “____ (what/when) are you doing now?”
He replied, “I am writing a few essays as part of my ____. (Preparing/Preparation) for the examination.”
Ans. I said to him, “what are you doing now?” he relied, I am writing a few essays as part of my preparation.
(b) Rewrite the following sentences as directed: 1x2=2
(i) She is the most intelligent girl in the class. (use the comparative degree of ‘intelligent’)
Ans. She is more intelligent than any other girl in the class.
(ii) He knows what my name is. (Make it a simple sentence)
Ans. he knows my name.
8. Rearrange the words in the following to form meaningful sentences: 1x2=2
(i) Slowly and we near silently the target moved.
Ans. We moved near the target slowly and silently.
(ii) Talking please stop you will?
Ans. Will you please stop talking?
SECTION D – Textual Questions
9. Read one of the stanzas given below and answer the question that follow:
  1. “And who art thou?” Said I to the soft-falling shower.
Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated :
“I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea”.

(i) Where do these lines occur? 1
Ans. These lines occur in the poem “voice of the rain”.
(ii) How does the shower fall? 1
Ans. The shower fell softly.
(iii) Where does the rain rise from? 1
Ans. The rain says that it rises eternally from the ground and from the bottomless sea.
(iv) Find a word in the passage that refers to “Something that cannot be touched”? 1
Ans. Impalpable.
(v) Why does the rain describe itself as the Poem of Earth? 4
Ans. The rain describes itself as the poem of earth as it is eternal having no end and no limit of life. Just like the poem of a poet, it blesses the earth with a new life. It rejuvenates everything on earth and makes it beautiful. When it rains the seeds regenerates and sprout into new plants. It is the harbinger of life and beauty on earth, so it is termed as the poem of earth.
  1. Silence surrounds us. I would have
Him prodigal, returning to
His father’s house, the home he knew,
Rather than see him make and move
His world, I would forgive him too,
Shaping from sorrow a new love
(i) Why does the father say that silence surrounds them? 1
Ans. Father said that silence surrounds as because his relation with his son has almost diminished.
(ii) Does the speaker want his son to belong to a different world? 1
Ans. No, the speaker does not want his son to belong to a different world.
(iii) What can be shaped out of sorrow? 1
Ans. Love can be shaped out of sorrow.
(iv) Find a word in the passage that means “Extravagant” 1
Ans. Prodigal.
(v) What idea do you form about the relationship between father and son from the quoted lines? 4
Ans. The father cannot know anything about his son because the son stays away in his won world and does not care for the father’s feelings. So, the father wishes to build up a relationship which existed between them when the son was a little child.
10. Answer any two of the following questions: 2x3=6
(a) Whose transient feet is the poet talking about? Why are they transient?
Ans. The poet is talking about the transient feet of her dead mother and her mother’s two girl cousins Betty and Dolly.
They are transient because they are subject to death and decay. Human being’s life is transitory, so their feet are transient.
(b) Why is the age of eleven so important for the poet?
Ans. The age of eleven is very important for the poet because it is the threshold between childhood and adolescence. At this stage he lost his childhood and had developed the rational outlook of the world.
(c) Why would the poet’s mother laugh at the snapshot?
Ans. The poet’s mother would laugh at the snapshot because it reminded her of her happy childhood full of carefree enjoyments. The felt amused and nostalgic to look at her past days. She recalls those memories back.
11. Answer briefly any five of the following questions: 2x5=10
(a) Mention three reasons why the author’s grandmother was disturbed when he started going to the city school?
Ans. Three reasons:
  1. The grandmother was disturbed because she could not do many things for her grandchild when he went to the new school. She could not accompany him to school and get him bathed or do other things for him.
  2. The author began to study more and mention some difficult subjects. The grandmother felt unhappy not being able to help him in his studies any more. Moreover, she was angry to know that there was no lesson of God and of the scriptures.
  3. She was terribly hurt to know that there were music lessons in the city school, she did not like music at all.
(b) What did Wu Daozi paint for the Emperor?
Ans. For the emperor, Wu-Daozi painted a landscape to decorate the place wall. In the painting he painted the forests, waterfalls, mountains, clouds and the immense sky along with a cave where dwelt a spirit.
(c) What is the Green Movement and what are its aims?
Ans. The green movement is a movement which is organized to save the environment and environmental degradation. Its aim is to create holistic approach to safeguard the planet from further degradation.
(d) What did Elwin notice about our attitude towards wild animals?
Ans. Elwin noticed that our attitude to wild animals is not upto the mark. We claim to be a peaceful group with values of kindness towards animals ingrained in our culture but in reality animals ingrained in our culture but in reality animals are more unsafe than anywhere else. As the public is not so cooperative.
(e) How did the sparrows react to the death of the author’s grandmother?
Ans. The grandmother’s crops was being laid on the ground and covered with a red shroud. It turned to evening when she was taken for cremation. At that time, the usual time for the birds, the sparrows came there but were extremely quiet and patient, they did not make any sound of chirping. When they were given pieces of bread, they did not even look at them. After their old friend was taken away, they too silently flew away. They were grieved immensely.
(f) How is man the most dangerous animal is this world?
Ans. Man is the most dangerous animal in the world as he has posed dangers to the other beings on earth. Man is so harmful that it has destroyed the signs of endless species of living organisms in this world. In order to satisfy daily needs of material life. We are exploiting all the natural resources of the earth and exerting two much pressure on it. It has destroyed the ecological balance of the environment creating endless problem for life on Earth. So man is the most dangerous animal in the world.

12. Compare and contrast the Chinese and the European concepts of painting. 6
Ans. A Chinese artist believes that art is not at the mercy of the physical eyes, but an essence of inner spirit in man. He wants the viewers not to follow his eyes to look at a landscape but his mind and look at it through the spiritual eye. He gives us a freedom to interpret a painting in our own way. In the painting made for Chinese Emperor, the artist Wu Daozi made the Emperor realize that the outer appearance, good or bad, is meaningful. The internal and spiritual beauty is more valuable.
The European art form is different. A European artist lends a fixed ‘real’ meaning to his painting; he wants the viewer to see through his eyes to realize the meanings of the landscape. European art creates an illution of reality. The fly’s image painted by Quintan is an example of the European view of art.
“We have not inherited this Earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children”. Justify this statement. 6
Ans. The author says that the natural resource of the earth is valuable and limited also. We must preserve them; we cannot destroy them according to our wishes. But sadly, that is what we are doing today, we are exerting too much pressure on the planet to fulfill our needs. We are destroying forests, lands, fisheries, water life etc. which has killed many species of wildlife. This has destroyed the ecological balance of the environment creating endless problems for life on earth – both for living beings and also for the planet itself. The author says that the earth is not our partriomony to be used and exhausted as we wish. It is rather an assets which we have borrowed from our future generations and we must reform it to them in do condition. They must be something left for our children to an from the earth.
13. Comment on the influence of English – the language and the way of life – on Indian society as reflected in Iyengar’s story “Ranga’s Marriage”. What is the narrator’s attitude to English? 6
Ans. The story reveals the influence of English language and its way of life on Indian life. This is reflected in the usage of the word ‘change’ for small coins and what confusion it created for the poor woman who sold a bundle of firewood. Now, as the narrator says, English word are used in our used in our local languages. The influence of English norms is seen in the naming of children as Ranga does. He names his son after the name of the narrator, ‘Shyama’. When the narrator says that it is not proper to give the name ‘Shyama’ (meaning black) to such a golden child, Ranga defends the English custom to name the child after someone one likes.
The narrator’s attitude is reflected in his calling the incident in which Rama Rao’s son used ‘change’ for small coins as ‘disgraceful’. Then the narrator calls the English language as the ‘priceless commodity’ of his village.
“The school system often curbs individual talent” – Discuss with reference to Einstein’s experience at school.   6
Ans. ‘Albert Einstein at School’ fully proves the fact that the school system often checks individual talents. The history teacher stresses cramming of facts. This is not good for talented students like Einstein. He is interested in knowing the ‘causes’, not the ‘facts’. So such school education is ridiculous for talented students. Naturally, Einstein invents ways and means to circumvent such a system by getting a certificate from Dr. Weil. Taken at its face value such a system causes real nervous breakdown to students of Einstein’s intelligence. The head teacher is also the spokesperson of such hopeless school system. He does not mince words but expresses his wish straight to Einstein that he leave the school before he expel him due to indiscipline. The head teacher doesn’t introspect into the whole situation as to why such a situation has cropped up. Such a system is not meant for students of Einstein’s mental caliber. It simply curbs their talents.

14. Answer briefly any two of the following question: 2x3=6
(a) What was Einstein’s idea of education?
Ans. According to Albert, education should be based not on facts but on ideas. He said that one could get these facts from books. He was more interested in knowing why soldiers killed soldiers in war and not in knowing how many are killed.
(b) What did Ranga think about marriage?
Ans. About marriage Ranga’s views were unconventional. As per him he would marry a girl who is mature and whom he could admire otherwise he would remain bachelor. He believed in marrying when one was both physically and mentally mature.
(c) How did Ranga and Ratna react when they saw each other?

Ans. Ranga saw Ratna for the first time in the narrator’s house while she was singing. He peeped in to see who was the singer but as he had blocked the light, Ratna felt shy and stopped singing. Ranga looked at her. He declared to leave but didn’t move. After a while he asked the narrator who was that girl and also asked if she was married or not. His face shriveled when he was told that the girl was married a year ago.