HSC Model Questions English 2nd Paper

Model Questions English 2nd Paper

Sample Question

HSC Examination

English second Paper

Full marks: 100

Time: 3 hours

[Answer all the questions. Figures in the margin indicate full marks]

Part A: Grammar

1. Fill in the blanks in the following texts with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (x) in those blanks.                                     0.5×10=5

In (a) —- twenty-first century (b) —- number of undesirable practices have emerged as mobile phone usage spreads in to everyday life. In (c) —- workplace, employers report that many members of their staff use (d) —- individually owned mobile phone to socialize during work hours. It results in (e) —- loss of productive work time and effort. In social settings, people comment that they are irritated by (f) —- intrusion of mobile phone conversations in (g) —- restaurants, theatres and other public venues. Another worrying trend is that face to face social interaction seems to have been taken over by (h)—- mobile phone devices. For example, (i) —- analysis of (j) —- survey of 2000 teenagers reveals that 93 percent of to-days youth terminate relationships by voice mail or text message.

Answers : (a) the (b) a (c) the (d) an (e) x (f) the (g) x (h) the (i) an (j) a

2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.                                                                    .5×10=5

Uluru is located (a) —- central Australia. The place is also known (b) —- Ayers Rock (c) —- honour (d) —- Sir Henry Ayers, who was a Premier (e) —- South Australia (f) —- 1873. Uluru is listed (g) —- a World Heritage Area (h) —- both its natural and cultural values. It is a sacred place (i) —- the Aborginal people (j) —- the area.

Answers : (a) in (b) as (c) in (d) of (e) of (f) in (g) as (h) for (i) to (j) in

3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.                            .5×10=5

There What does — look like let alone as soon as was born
have to What’s it like would rather as if had better

(a) In England, most school children —- wear a uniform. Is it the same in Bangladesh?

(b) I —- take a taxi than walk home. It’s already too late.

(c) We —- take an umbrella. It may rain.

(d) I can’t remember the title of the book, —- the details of the story. I read it many years ago.

(e) I don’t like Tamanna’s attitude. She speaks in a way —- she knew everything. She should show respect to others.

(f) The tennis match restarted —- the rain had stopped. It was a great relief for the spectators.

(g) —- living in Hawaiian style? You seem to be very happy with your life in Hawaii.

(h) Baby: Mom, —- does a ghost —-?

    Mon: Sorry dear, no idea. I had never been to any Ghost Island.

(i) Long ago, —- lived a mighty warrior, Kubla Khan. He built an amazing alabaster palace in a deep, dark, and mysterious forest.

(j) Socrates was a great Greek philosopher. He —- in 469 BC. He spoke against the traditional Greek beliefs and so he was sentenced to death by drinking hemlock.

Answers: (a) have to (b) would rather (c) had better (d) let alone (e) as if (f) as soon as (g) What’s it like (h) What does a ghost look like? (i) There (j) was born.

4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases.                                                     .5×10=5

(a) Rangamati is very busy now. But don’t worry. If I find any good hotel, ——–.

(b) I could not understand the chemistry lesson today. I would understand the lecture better if the teacher ——–.

(c) My cousin, Mohua is going to Cox’s Bazar on vacation. If I were she, I —-.

(d) Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of climate change. The climate is getting hotter because of ——-.

(e) Whenever I go out for a walk, ——– I know many people don’t like this.

(f) I shall stay here until —- . I do not want to take any risk.

(g) The shoes were so expensive that —– . I did not have sufficient money with me.

(h) Her voice was too low for the people at the back to —- . The organisers should have arranged sound system.

(i) London was a new city for us. We hired a bus so that ——- .

(j) As I’ve already completed my studies, ——- I need money.

Answer : (a) Rangamati is very busy now. But don’t worry. If I find any good hotel, I’ll contact you immediately.

(b) I could not understand the chemistry lesson today. I would understand the lecture better if the teacher explained the points with more examples.

(c) My cousin, Mohua is going to Cox’s Bazar on vacation. If I were she, I would go to Srimongol.

(d) Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of climate change. The climate is getting hotter because of the green house effect.

(e) Whenever I go out for a walk, I take my umbrella with me. I know many people don’t like this.

(f) I shall stay here until you come back. I do not want to take any risk.

(g) The shoes were so expensive that I could not buy them.

(h) Her voice was too low for the people at the back to hear. The organisers should have arranged sound system.

(i) London was a new city for us. We hired a bus so that we could enjoy a hassle free tour round the city.

(j) As I’ve already completed my studies, I’m thinking of applying for a full time position. I need money.

5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context.                                                                                                                                                          .5×10=5

Mr Mojumder (a) —- (be) an english teacher for last 15 years. We are his students now. Earlier we (b) —- (have) another teacher, Mr Sarker. We never (c) —- (see) him smiling. He (d) —- (not, explain) anything to us. We really (e) —- (feel) bored in his class. However, Mr Mojumder (j) —- (change) our class with his nice attitude. Everyday he (g) —- (involve) us in pair work and goupwork. We have a presentation in English on Monday. We (h) —- (present) survey findings on Tobaco Consumption. For last few days (i) —- (work) hard for a smart presentation. My team (j) —- (decide) to do power point presentation.

Answer; (a) has been (b) had (c) saw (d) did not explain (e) felt (f) has changed (g) involves (h) will present (i) have been working (j) has decided.

6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.                                                            1×5=5

Taimur was one of th greatest conquerors of the world. (a) Once Taimur attacked the prpvince of a powerful prince. (Make it passive) (b) He entered the kingdom of the prince and captured a large village. (Make a question) (c) As soon as the prince heard the news, he came with a large army. (Make it a negative sentence without changing the meaning) (d) The village was surrounded from all sides. (Make it active) Taimur was defeated. (e) Taimur disguised himself as a poor traveller to survive. (Make it a complex sentence)

Answer; (a) Once the province of a powerful prince was attacked by Taimur.

(b) What did he do when he entered the kingdom of the prince?

(c) No sooner had the prince heard the news than he came with a large army.

(d) Army surrounded the village on all sides.

(e) Taimur disguised himself as a poor traveller sothat he could survive.

7. Change the narrative style by using direct speeches.                                                                 05

Don Quixote asked Sancho to see those thirty huge giants towering over the plain. He commented that he would do the world a great service if he rid it of such cruel and greedy monsters as those giants always were. Wondering Sancho asked what giants he (Don Quixote) was taking about. Don, his master replied that those were straight before him with the long outstretched arms. With great respect Sancho replied that the standing elements ahead were not giants, those were windmills. And the arms were nothing but the sails which could turn when the wind mills blew to make the mills go.

Answer: “See Sancho,” said Don Quixote, “See those thirty huge giants towering over the plain! I shall do the world a great service if I rid it of such cruel and greedy monsters as those giants always are.” “What giants?” asked Sancho staring about him.

“Why, those straight before you, with the long outstretched arms,” his monster replied.

“O Sir,” said Sancho, “those are not giants which are standing up there, but windmills. And their arms are nothing but the sails, which turn round when the wind blows and make the mills go.”

8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentences so that all pronoun references are clear.                                               1×5=5

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Answer: At the Writing Centre, one can receive help on any writing assignment. You can make your writing stronger by discussing it with someone else. The discussion will lead to a greater understanding of the proper mechanics and style expected in academic writing. This understanding is an important part of the writing process, and the tutors spend a good deal of time making sure you understand the expectations of written assignments. Using the Writing Centre will definitely make your writing skills stronger, which will give you greater confidence for your next assignment.

9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.                     .5×10=5

I experienced a very interesting incident (a) —- (Post-modify the verb.) on my way to Dinajpur. My friend Tamalika (b) —- (Post-modify the noun with an appositive.) was driving. A crow was crossing the road but suddenly in the middle of the road it stopped and remained standing. In a minute Tamalika had to change her course but she didn’t have (c) —- (Pre-modify the noun.) time and space to do that. Tamalika tried to turn in the left when the cow too walked (d) —- (Post-modify the verb.) back a few steps. To save (e) —- (Use a demonstrative to pre-modify the noun.) cow Tamalika had to move n the right. She lost her control and bumped the car with a (f) —- (Use a noun adjective to pre-modify the noun) tree. (g) —- (Use a participle to pre-modify the verb.) Tamalika was shocked but she was (h) —- (Use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective.)happy (i) —- (Use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb). She patted the (j) —- (Pre-modify the noun) cow and burst into laughter.

Answer: (There could be many versions of correct answers. The answers given here should be taken only as examples.)

(a) last week (b) a famous athlete (c) enough (d) slowly (e) that (f) jackfruit (g) Seeing the damage in her new car (h) veryhappy (i) to save the cow (j) naughty.

10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.      1×5=5                           

We earned our independence in nine months. There were many reasons that made our victory easier. (a) —- we all were united at one point. (b) —- it was a question of our survival and dignity. (c) —- our freedom fighters were committed. They fought valiantly in the war fields. (d) —- we had huge international support. (e) —- the Pakistani soldiers didn’t have any noble reason before them. They were killers. They were not natives of this country. (f) —- they didn’t have sufficient ideas about the communication systems, weather, or people’s sentiment in this country. (g) —- they had two superpowers behind them. (h) —-, these superpowers could do very little directly for them. (i) —- only in nine months the Pakistani soldiers had to accept the worst defeat the world had ever experienced. (j) —- it can be said, the war of independence proved that no power can suppress the desire of the mass people.

Answers:  (There could be many versions of correct answers. The answers given here should be taken only as examples.)

(a) Firstly (b) Besides (c) Moreover (d) Not only that (e) On the other hand (f) Hence (g) True that (h) However (i) As a result (j) Finally

11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below.                                                                                                                                                        .5×10=5

My feet failed to find a suitable crevice and I fell. My hands burned red as I slid down the rough rope, and the coarse strip of leatherwrapped around my waist, bit in hand. At the top of the cliff face, at the gateway to the Debra Damo Monastery, an Ethiopian Priest sat with his legs jammed up aganist either side of the rock-hewn entrance; wrapped around his mascular arms was the other end of the leatherstrap that had kept me from crashing down below. Further up still, in the piercing blue sky above the jagged mountain, vultures circled around the 6th century stone church.

(a) fall (antonym) (b) suitable (antonym) (c) crevice (synonym) (d) rough (antonym) (e) wrap (antonym) (f) gateway (synonym) (g) entrance (antonym) (h) strap (synonym) (i) piercing (synonym) (j) jagged (synonym)

Answers; (There could be many versions of correct answers. The answers given here should be taken only as examples.)

(a) succeed (b) unsuitable (c) crack (d) smooth (e) unwrap (f) entrance (g) departure (h) band (i) sharp (j) pointed

12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.                                                                                                                .5×10=5

Marie: You’re really fit Paul. Do you exercise very much?

Paul: Well I almost always get up early and I lift weight for an hour.

Marie: You’re kidding

Paul:  No. And then go swimming.

Marie: Wow How often do you exercise like that?

Paul: About five times a week. What about you?

Marie: Oh I hardly ever exercise. I usually just watch TV in my free time. Often my mom says marie darling, dont be a potato couch.

Marie: You’re really fit Paul. Do you exercise very much?

Answer:

Marie: You’re really fit Paul. Do you exercise very much?

Paul: Well, I almost always get up early and I lift weight for an hour.

Marie: You’re kidding!

Paul:  No. And then go swimming.

Marie: Wow! How often do you exercise like that?

Paul: About five times a week. What about you?

Marie: Oh, I hardly ever exercise. I usually just watch TV in my free time. Often my mom says, “Marie darling, don’t be a potato couch”.

Part B: Composition

13. You are the Secretary of the Sports Club of your college. Read the following e-mail sent by a sports dealer and write a reply requesting him to supply you some sports materials for college.                                                                                                                                                08

Dear Sir

We are pleased to inform you that Modern Sports Company has recently produced some sports materials locally. We supply these materials to the educational institutes around the country as we offer our products with a good price. Besides, Modern Sports Company ensures its clients to supply the best quality products.

We here attach the specifications of our products for your further interest. Please, contact us if you wish to get our products for your institution.

Sincerely yours

Shahedul Alam

Manager

Modern Sports Company

Panthapath, Dhaka

Answer:

(The answer will vary. However, the answer here is only an example.)

Dear Sir

I am  pleased to place the following order with you in view of the Annual Sports meet to be held in the first week of August. Kindly send the goods latest by the 28th of this month. Please also see that the goods supplied by you are of good quality and in accordance with the specifications quoted by you earlier.

Serial No.           Items with description                   Quantity

Cricket balls                                        2 dozen

Banminton rackets                              1 dozen

                 Shuttle cocks (duck feather)                5 boxes

                 Hocky sticks                                          32

                 Volleyballs                                           1 dozen

                 Foot balls                                              1 dozen

                 Badminton nets                                     1 dozen

     

The goods should be neatly packed and the parcel should be addressed to the Principal of the college. Payment will be made immediately after the parcel is received.

Yours faithfullay

Shudip Barua

Secretary, Sports Club

Model town College

Srimangal, Sylhet

14. Suppose you are the district Correspondent of a National English Daily published from Dhaka. You have just covered a road accident in your area. Write a news report of about 120 words. Give a title to youe report.                                                                                                   08

Answer

(The answer will vary. However, the answer here is only an example.)

Three ki8lled in road crashes

GOPALGANJ, June 7: Three people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch on the Dhaka-Dinajpur Highway at Sirajgonj early saturday. The deceased were identified as Fouzia Shikder, 60, daughter of Lal Mia Shikder of Keshabpur in Netrokona district. Khokon Malik, 28, son of Shobhan Mallik of Bashgram in Kustia district, and Wadud Ali Mridha, 70, son of Ashik Ali Mridha of Ishwardi in Pabna district.

Locals said the accident took place in the area around 3:30 am when a Dinajpur-bound “Tapan Paribahan” bus from Dhaka skidded off into a roadside ditch, leaving three people killed on the spot and 30 others injured. The injured were rushed to Sirajgonj General Hospital. Being informed, police recovered the bodies and sent those to the same hospital morgue for autopsy.

15. Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the types of entertainment in the rural and urban areas of Bangladesh. Use 150 words.                                                                                     10

(Answer will vary here and so model answer is not given)

16. Is freedom of speech necessary in a free society? Give reasons for your answer. Write at least 200 words but don’t exceed 250 words.                                                                                   14

English Second Paper Model Test for HSC 2016

                                         HSC Model Test

                                       English 2nd Paper

Time: 1:30 Hours                                                                                               Marks: 50

1.Fill in the blanks with articles and put ‘x’ where no article is applicable. 0.5×10=05 There was (a)_____ time when (b)_____ people of Arabia forgot (c)_____ almighty Allah. They used to commit (d)_____ sins. They did not like (e)_____ female issues. If ever (f)_____ girl child was born to them, they used to bury her to death. In such (g)_____ condition Hazrat Muhammad (sm), (h)_____ great prophet came with (i)_____ message of peace for mankind and reestablished (j)_____ order and discipline in the society. 

  1. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box below:   0.5×10=05
would rather had to enough to too it
as though lest day by day than there
  1. a) _____ is raining heavily now. So, we have to wait there.
  2. b) _____ is a primary school in our village. We should send our

children to school.

  1. c) I _____ die than beg. Begging is not a good act.
  2. d) He behaves _____ he were a king.
  3. e) The man _____ cross the river by swimming. There were no boats

there.

  1. f) Arif is strong _____ carry the load. So, I like him.
  2. g) Mina is developing _____ because she is a hard worker.
  3. h) I am _____ glad to see him. He is my bosom friend.
  4. i) The girl reads attentively _____ she should fail in the exam.
  5. j) No sooner had the train started _____ we went out.
  6. Complete the following sentences using suitable clauses/phrases conditionals:                  0.5×10=05
  7. a) _____, you will pass in the exam.
  8. b) If you came yesterday, _____.
  9. c) _____, I would have gone there.
  10. d) We read books, _____.
  11. e) _____, we found them sleeping.
  12. f) _____ is known to me.
  13. g) _____ is a wonderful matter.
  14. h) We eat daily _____.
  15. i) _____, I would not do it.
  16. j) He had a large house _____.
  17. Read the text and fill in the blanks with correct form of verbs as per subject and context:  0.5×10=05

Idle brain is a devil’s workshop. If we (a) _____ (waste) our time in idleness, all sorts of evil thoughts will crowd in our brain. Idle persons who (b) _____ (kill) their time are burden on society. They (c) _____ (sit) idle and cherish no high ideal and lofty ambition in life. They not (d) _____ (support) themselves. They (e) _____ (lead) an unhappy life and (f) _____ (supper) in the long run. There should be time for reading, for office or work, time for physical exercise, time for prayer. This (g) _____ (indicate) that we should do everything at the right moment. We (h) _____ (lead) a healthy and prosperous life only when we (i) _____ (follow) the routine which (j) _____ (make) for our guidance.

  1. Read the text and change the sentences as directed:     1×5=05
  2. a) Jery was a small boy who lived in the orphanage. (simple) b) He was the strongest of all the boys. (positive). He used to cut wood for the writer. c) He also did some unnecessary things for her. (passive) d) His mother visited him at the orphanage in autumn. (complex) e) One morning the writer was awakened by the sound of his tapping on the door. (active)
  3. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the passage to make them clear:                              1×5=05

Many people think that poverty is a great evil who makes life a hell. On the other hand money can make him feel happy. But it is not true. If we investigate a poor man, we may find happiness in him, but if we do the same for the rich, we may find unhappiness in her. For this, we often say that they are not always happy. Actually it consists in contentment.

  1. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the

    following text. Re-write the text correcting the errors. 0.5×10=05

Asad:    Excuse me where is the nearest hospital.

Mizan:  its about two kilometers from here you will have to hire a taxi

you can also go by bus.

Asad:   I see is there a bus station near there.

Mizan: yes there is a bus stop at the corner.

Asad:   Thank you.

Mizan: Dont mention it.   

HSC English Second Paper Final Model Test 2016

 

                                 HSC Final Model Test

                               English Second Paper

Time: 3 Hours                                                    Full Marks: 100

Part A: Grammar (Marks 60)

  1. Fill in the Blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require any article. Put a (×) in those blanks. 0.5×10=05

Bangladesh is (a) _____ world’s most densely populated country. Our    development efforts are frustrated because of (b) _____ great size of our population. (c) _____ population explosion is (d) _____ constant threat to our environment and (e) _____ society. Her population is growing at such (f) _____ high rate that (g) _____ environment may soon fail to supply (h) _____ people with their minimum necessities. It is indeed (i) _____ alarming situation. Something should be done to change (j) _____ situation.

2. Complete the text with suitable preposition. 0.5×10=05

Man is fond (a) ___ turning back from the present to the past again and again. Nothing is more pleasant (b) ___ him than memories of his childhood. Whenever I am sick of the present. I try to get relief (c) ___ the past day of my childhood. A man cannot remember everything that happened in his childhood. But certain events are stored in the sub-conscious mind. They sometime peep (d) ___ mind’s eye. My play ground was the bank of mighty Teesta. In all the seasons this river had great attraction (e) ___ me. Whenever I was not (f) ___ home, I could be found (g) ___ its bank. There would be other children also (h) ___ me. We used to row on the river, jump (i) ___ it and swim (j) ___ it.

3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box. 0.5×10=05

as if (be) born there have to would rather
used to what if what’s it like as soon as let alone

a) There is corruption everywhere in our society. So, we _____ work unitedly to root it out.

b) The meeting of today is not important. _____ we postpone it? 

c) The old woman _____ starve than beg. She hates begging.

d) We never think him for his behavior. Whenever anyone asks him something, he pretends _____ he were a beggar.

e) Thomas Alva Edison was very intelligent from his childhood. He _____ do many wicked activities.

f) _____ are many reasons why the students of Bangladesh do not get proper education.

g) _____ living in a town? sometimes, you seem to be very much bored with your life in the busy city.

h) I am not good at English. I cannot write a single sentence _____ a full composition in English.

i) I started for the college _____ the train stopped. Yet, I was 30 minutes late to reach the exam hall.

j) Most of the street children do not know where they _____ or where is their home.

4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases 0.5×10=05

a) It is known to all that _____. On the other hand, the lazy suffer in the long run.

b) We believe that _____. He studied heart and soul.

c) No sooner had I got down from the train_____. There were some important things in the luggage.

d) Though he was innocent, _____. He was convicted of murder.

e) The economy of Bangladesh is going through a tough time. It is high time _____.

f) Smoking is injurious to health. Those who smoke, _____.

g) Sabbir is not a strong man. He cannot walk one mile at a stretch let alone _____.

h) I did not have enough wealth. _____, I would have set up a hospital.

i) I was really surprised at his behavior. He acted as if _____.

j) He is not a wealthy man. The car is too luxurious for _____.

5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context: 0.5×10=05

There are many reasons for which many students in our country (a) ____ (fail) in our country. That English is a foreign language is the main reason. English is as if it (b) ____ (be) a language (c) ____ (mean) for a particular class of people. It (d) ____ (regard) as a sheer wastage of time. They (e) ____ (begin) to cram as though they (f) ____ (consider) cramming is the only way to learn English. But (g) ____ (have) they been earnest in learning English they could have (h) ____ (learn) it easily. Moreover, they are not (i) ____ (motivate) properly. In addition, the text books (j) ____ (not write) according to the need of the learners.

6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed: 05

a. The birds that come to our country in winter are called migratory birds. (Make it Simple)

b. In winter the weather is too cold for them to live in the north. (Complex)

c. They find a better shelter in Bangladesh. (Passive)

d. We must protect them. (Make it Negative)

e. Migratory birds fly faster than the dove. (Make it Positive)

  1. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches. 05

Sohan said to Abir, “Why are you late for school every day?” “I cannot get up early in the morning, so I don’t have enough time to be ready for school,” he said. “How lazy you are!” said Sohan. If you do not change your habit, you will be a cause of sorrows of your parents.”

  1. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the passage to make them clear: 05

There lived a man in a village which had a great attraction to English. He went to a teacher to learn English well though he was in dull headed. He tried his best to teach him, but the man learnt only three English words- ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘very good’. Though the man did not know the meanings of it, he used them frequently in his conversation with others. He did not understand that a little learning is dangerous and very soon he would be victim of it.

  1. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blanks speeches:   0.5×10=05

Long ago there was an (a)___ (pre-modify the noun) king in England. He was tired of ruling and needed rest. He had (b)___ (pre-modify the noun) daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. He made up his mind (c)___ (post-modify the verb with an infinitive phrase) among his daughters. But he first wanted (d)___ (post-modify the verb with an infinitive phrase) how much they loved him. At first the king asked his (e)___ (pre-modify the noun) daughter how much she loved him. Goneril declared that she loved him (f)___ (use an intensifier to modify the verb) than she could say. Lear, the king, was (g)___ (pre-modify the noun) satisfied. He gave one third of the kingdom. Then he asked his (h)___ (pre-modify the noun) daughter Regan. She replied that her love for him would never change. She was able (i)___ (post-modify the adjective with an infinitive) him. So the king   gave her another –third of his kingdom. Then it was the turn of Cordelia, the (j)___ (pre-modify the noun) daughter of the king.

Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank speeches of the following passage: 0.5×10=05

Feeding the ever-growing population is a big challenge for Bangladesh in the coming decades. (a)___ when the country loses cultivable land every day due to excessive pressure on land for human settlement. (b)___, river erosion and other non-agricultural uses contribute to the loss of agricultural land (c)___, we need some immediate steps to meet the challenge. (d)___, we need more imaginative and effective organizations of productions. (e)___, we can take up “contract farming” for promoting food production. (f)___, we can go for land reclamation in the Bay of Bengal. (g)___, it is essential to improve agricultural production in general. (h)___, support from the public sector is necessary to generate and promote technologies. (i)___, we need bio-technology research and development of hybrid crops and animal species. (j)___, we must develop partnerships with multinational private sector firms and institutions.

Read the passage and write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below: 0.5×10=05

Robert Bruce was a famous king. Enemies invaded his kingdom. The king fought bravely but lost the battle. He had to flee from his kingdom to save his life. And he took shelter in a remote cave. The king was always in a gloomy state for his unhappy condition. Once he was lying in the cave. Then he saw a spider trying hard to reach the ceiling of the cave. The spider failed again and again to succeed. But it did not give up hope. Bruce saw the spider climbing to the ceiling after some unsuccessful attempts. This dauntless spider inspired Bruch to shake off the darkness of the despair. He gathered an army of strong men and attacked his enemies. The enemies courted defeatand Robert Bruce regained his kingdom.

  1. a) famous (antonym) b) invade (synonym) c) bravely (antonym) d) flee (synonym) e) remote (antonym) f) gloomy (synonym) g) ceiling (antonym) h) dauntless (synonym) i) defeat (antonym) j) regained (synonym)
  2. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Re-write the text correcting the errors. 0.5×10=05

One day while going to college I met an old man who had nothing of his own having seen me he began to cry but could not as he was too weak to cry feeling a great pity for him I wanted to know about him what led him to this miserable condition so, I started asking him questions.

  1. a) the b) the c) ×  d) a  e) ×  f) a  g) the  h) the  i) an  j) the
  2. a) of b) to c) from  d) through   e) for  f) at  g) on  h) with  i) into j) in
  3. a) have to b) what if c) would rather  d) as if   e) used to  f) there  g) what’s it like  h) let alone  i) as soon as  j) are born.
  4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases 0.5×10=05
  5. a) It is known to all that the industrious persons will shine in their life.

On the other hand, the lazy suffer in the long run.

  1. b) We believe that he would shine in life. He studied heart and soul.
  2. c) No sooner had I got down from the train than I lost my luggage. There were some important things in the luggage.
  3. d) Though he was innocent, he was hung. He was convicted of murder.
  4. e) The economy of Bangladesh is going through a tough time. It is high

time we changed our economy by doing hard work.

  1. f) Smoking is injurious to health. Those who smoke will suffer in the

long run.

  1. g) Sabbir is not a strong man. He cannot walk one mile at a stretch let

alone ten miles.

  1. h) I did not have enough wealth. If I had found much money, I would

have set up a hospital.

  1. i) I was really surprised at his behavior. He acted as if he were mad.
  2. j) He is not a wealthy man. The car is too luxurious for him to buy.
  3. (a) fail (b) were (c) meant (d) is regarded (e) begin (f) considered (g) had (h) learnt (i) motivated  (j) are not written
  4. a. The birds coming to our country in winter are called migratory birds.
  5. In winter the weather is so cold for them that they cannot live in the north.
  6. A better shelter is found in Bangladesh by them.
  7. We cannot but protect them.
  8. The dove does not fly as fast as migratory birds.
  9. Sohan asked Abir why he was late for school every day. Abir replied that he could not get up early in the morning and so he didn’t have enough time to be ready for school. Sohan exclaimed with wonder and said that he was very lazy. Sohan further said that if he did not change his habit, he would be a cause of sorrows of his parents.
  10. There lived a man in a village who had a great attraction to English. He went to a teacher to learn English well though he was in dull headed. The teacher tried his best to teach him, but he learnt only three English words- ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘very good’. Though hedid not know the meanings of them, he used them frequently in his conversation with others. He did not understand that a little learning is dangerous and very soon he would be victim of it.
  11. (a) old (b) three  (c) to distribute  (d) to know  (e) to know  (f) more

(g) very  (h) second  (i) to satisfy  (j) youngest  

  1. (a) especially (b) moreover (c) so (d) again (e) besides

(f) furthermore (g) so  (h) for this  (i) again  (j) in fine

  1. a) notorious b) occupy c) cowardly d) escape  e) adjacent f) overcast g) floor h) bold  i) win  j) recovered
  2. One day while going to college I met an old man, who had nothing of his own. Having seen me, he began to cry but could not as he was too weak to cry. Feeling a great pity for him I wanted to know about him what led him to this miserable condition. So, I started asking him questions.
Model Question: 01
Part-A : Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the box. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.                                                   1×5=5

gain
tell
make
come
trust
expose
respect

          Truthfulness is one of the greatest virtues which (a) __a man really great. A man is not  (b) __ by others if he does not cultivate the habit of speaking the truth. A man who is not trusted by anybody can never (c) ___ any position. A man can achieve his ends once or twice by (d) ___ lies. But no permanent gain comes out of such success. It must come to light sooner or later. Then the real character of the liar gets (e) ___ and nobody trusts him any more.
2.      Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                       1×5=5
Dear Masum.
My joys knew no bound when I came (a) ___ know that you stood first (b) ___ your annual examination. Please accept my heartiest congratulation (c) ___ your brilliant success. You are really worthy (d) ___ this result. We are proud  (e) ___ you. My parents are also glad to know of your success.
Yours
Mamun
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                               .5×10=5
(a) ___ earthquake is  (b) ___ alarming incident. There are two schools of (c) ___ experts regarding earthquake. One school comprising of engineers and geologists is of (d) ___ view that (e) ___ recurrence of quakes in the recent years should be taken is of (f) ___ signal for (g) ___ major earthquake. Another school comprising of similar (h) ___ categories of experts, however, believe that (i) ___ concern should not be amplified because although there are (j) ___ number of fault lines in the geographical area comprising Bangladesh, none of them is active enough to pose a major  threat.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words form the list.                                                                  1×5=5

beside although in order to as because of hence though

It has been a great challenge for Bangladesh (a) ___ it is losing 80 thousand hectores of cultivable land each year (b) ___ the increase of population. (c) ___ river erosion and non-agricultural uses contribute to the diminishing of agricultural land. (d) ___ some lands are added to our agricultural lands, we have also lost many lands.  (e) ___ feed all the new faces to come, we should increase production.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                                      1×5=5
at any cost, Ins and outs, at the eleventh hour, bolt from the blue, look down upon, cock and bull story, at daggers drawn.
6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                                      5
A hawker said to me, “Do your want any newspaper? I have all types of newspapers. Please take one,” I said, “I want a weekly magazine. Do you have any magazine?” He said, “Yes, I have a magazine named Saptahik-2000.”  “What is the price of it?” I asked.
7.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                           1×5=5
(a) Our parliament house at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka is triumph of modern architecture and technology (Complex). (b) A famous American architect, Louis I Kahn, designed this magnificent building (Passive). (c) It is one of the largest and most spectacular parliament building (Positive). (d) As it is a highly complex structure, its annual maintenance cost is about 50 million taka. (Simple). (e) It is very difficult for a poor country like Bangladesh to bear this high expenses(Negative).
8.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                           1×5=5
: Hey! Rickshaw-wala, you will go on fair, (a) ——?
: Where will you go, sir ?
: To the judge court. How much will you take?
: Ten taka, sir.
: It seems too much, (b)——-?
: Price of things is getting higher. If you do not consider we shall be dying, (c) ——-?
: You will get eight taka. The court is not any far from  here, (d) ——-?
: Ok, sir, Please get on the rickshaw, (e) ——?
9.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   Speak loudly so that, ——-.
(b)   I shall give you money provided ——–.
(c)   Despite having qualifications,  ——-.
(d)   Our parents are not only our guardians but also ——-.
(e)   Though he has a vast property, ——–.

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

10.    Write a paragraph on ‘Loadshedding’                                                                10
11.    Write a short composition on  “Environment pollution”.                                                                              15
12.    Write a dialogue between yourself and your friend about future plan.                                                      10
13.    Read the following advertisement from “The Daily News” dated 10 August 2008 and then write a cover letter with a detailed CV in response to it. 

Officer Wanted Candidates must be Masters from any discipline. Apply by 15 May 2010 with a complete CV and two copies of recent photograph to–The  Managing DirectorHead office the National Bank Ltd. Dhaka-1000

14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
Once I was going home after completing my class. When I was crossing the road. I saw an old woman also crossing the road ————–.

Model Question: 2
Part-A : Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Give them their correct tenses.                                       1×5=5
A teacher is an architect of a nation. He (a) ___ an important role in building up an educated nation. He (b) ___the darkness of ignorance form the lot of a nation. He is an actor, so to speak. He (c) ___ to suit his act according to the need of his audience which is his class. He is able to hold the attention and interest of his students. He (d) ___ motionless before his class. He (e) ___ lessons interesting to students.
2.      Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                                                                             1×5=5
I have no interest (a) ___ music, but I have very much liking for English, for I am quite good (b) ___ English. Yet at times, I am fully absorbed (c) ___ my job. It in a matter (d) ___ responsibility. We believe, in the whole world the knowledge  (e) ___ English is a must.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                .5×10=5
The Process of globalisation obviously requires (a) ___ common language for international (b) ___ communication. For many different reasons. English has achieved (c) ___ prestige of being that (d) ___ language because it is (e) ___ international language. It is no longer (f) ___unique possession of British or American or other native-speaker people  (g) but ___ language that belongs to (h) ___ world’s people. This phenomenon had led to (i) ___ bewildering variety of (j) ___ English around the world.
4.    Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list :-                                                                  1×5=5

otherwise
but
so
although
however
which
accordingly

Every citizen has some duties and responsibilities for his nation. (a) ___  most of the people are careless in this respect. The people of this country have achieved  national identity by dint of a great sacrifice (b) ___  is still evaluated nationally (c) ___  some selfish people never want to give their recognition (d) ___ , we all should do some benevolent activities. (e) ___ , we will be indebted to the nation.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                                      5
“What do you want?” asked Nadir, Jalal answered, “ I only want to come in. I’m very tired. Please, let me come inside. Afterwards, I’ll go away.”
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                           1×5=5
(a) English is more used than any other language (Positive). (b) Organizations frequently need employees who have a good command over English (Simple) (c) There are many companies and they provide English language training for their staff (Complex) (d) Many believe that English helps people to get good jobs and better salaries  (Passive). (e) English is spoken all over the world  (Active).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
:    I need to go to a psychiatrist, (a) ___?
:    I don’t think so. There may be reason for your forgetfulness. Let’s discuss the matter (b), ___?
:    I would if i had the time, (c) ——? You know I’m very busy nowadays.
:    This of your business might be the reason for the forgetfulness, ___?
:    Nothing is impossible in my case, (d) -___?
:    Life should have a proper charm. Your physique needs rest. Everybody must take proper recreation. (e) ___.
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                                       10
(a)   I purchase books whenever ___.
(b)   On the 21 February I went to Ekushey Boi Mela which ___.
(c)   I went to the book fair so that ___.
(d)   There I found hundreds of book stalls where  ___.
(e)   I was delighted that ___.
9.    Complete the following passage with suitable words :-                                                                        .5×10=5
          Truthfulness is a noble (a) ___. It is considered to be the (b) ___ and noblest of all virtues. It denotes the (c) ___ habit of speaking the truth. It is synonymous with the (d) ___ straight forwardness. This very simple and unique virtue (e) ___ a man nothing but earns for him a lot. For example, it crowns a man with (f) ___ and dignity. Besides every body believes him and (g) ___ him. Furthermore he always enjoys (h) ___ ease and peace. He is (i) ___ of none but the Almighty.  But sometimes a (j) ___ man is to face an untoward situation and may fall prey to some culprits.

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

10.    Suppose, prices of essential commodities have risen rapidly. Write a report on it.                                10
11.    Write a composition on the Tree plantation.                                                                                                     15
12.    Read the following advertisement and write a job application in response to it.                                     10

Vacancy AnnouncementA well reputed multinational company is in need of a personalAssistant for the Marketing Manger.Qualification : (i) Masters in Commerce discipline. (ii) Smart and emetic spiritApply with a complete CV by 19 November 2008 To the Managing Director
Mark’s International Company
15/8, Mohakhali C/A. Dhaka-1206

13.    Suppose, you are a student of XII class. Suddenly you have been attacked with fever. So, you want to leave the college early. Now, write a dialogue between you and your Principal of the college.                                                     10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
There was a king who was very fond of eating. Once it so happened that he fell seriously ill and could not attend his court. The king was now in trouble………………..

3
Part-A : Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the box. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.                                                  1×5=5

show
combine
collect
grew
see
watch
cease
alarm
prevent
have

Statistics (a) —— that 10% of the total population of Bangladesh are disabled. The total number of disabled is 13 million. It is more (b) —— to note that with the increase of population each year another 3 lac disabled people join the already (c) —— 13 million. Many of these disabilities might have been (d) —— if there had been health awareness and timely intervention. Many of these people (e) —– and nobody trusts him any more.
2.      Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                  1×5=5
We must show interest (a) —— our country. Our country is very beautiful and it is full  (b) ——rivers which remain full (c) —— the brim (d) —— the rainy season. We are proud  (e) —— our motherland.
3.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                           1×5=5
(a)   He has not finished the work,——-?
(b)   Let’s have a walk, ——?
(c)   He passed M.A last year, ——?
(d)   Nobody likes him, —–?
(e)   Birds can fly,   —–?
4.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   If you idle away your time, ——-.
(b)   This is the place ——–.
(c)   There was a king,  ——-.
(d)   He behaves as  ——-.
(e)   You will be expelled ——–.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                                      1×5=5
carry the day; nip in the bud; make face; ins and outs; to and fro; salt of the earth; beggar description; in no time.
6.      Complete the following sentences with appropriate words/word.                                                     1×5=5
We should hate the sin (a) ___ not the sinners. The sinners are persons (b) ___ us. We should motivate (c) ___ correct them. It may (d) ___ happen that one day they will be better persons (e) ___ what we are now.
7.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                   1×5=5
(a) ___ English is  (b) ___ international language that must be learnt by all (c) ___ people of (d) ___ world. Once is blind today without (e) ___ help of English. (f) ___ English knowing person gets privilege everywhere. Today English is not only the language of (g) ___ British, it is now world language. Moreover, now there are many kinds of English, but (h) ___ English of (i) ___ English is still (j) ___ best.
8.      Read the following sentences and transform them as directed.                                                            1×5=5
(a) Cox’s Bazar is the largest sea-beach in the world (Positive).(b) Every body knows this (Interrogative). (c) Tourists from home and abroad visit this beach (Positive). (d) They come here to enjoy themselves (Complex). (e) Our govt. will take more steps to make it more attractive (Passive).

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

10.    Write a paragraph about 100 words on ‘Load-shedding’ answering the questions given below.       10
(a) What is load shedding? (b) Why it happens? (c) Consumers sufferings. (d) Economic loss of the country. (e) How to combat the problem?
11.    Write a composition on “Child labour in Bangladesh”                                                                                 15
12.    Suppose, your HSC examination is over and now you are free for three months. During this 
          period you want to do some social work to help the poor and needy people. 
          Now, write a letter to your friend informing him/ her about your intention and also requesting him/her to assist you in this great task.                                                                                                                                                                    10
13.    Suppose, anti-social works are very rampant in locality. Anti-social elements have made your life hell. Peace loving people request you to meet and talk to the Officer-in-charge (OC) of your thana. You are now at the thana. Write a dialogue between you and OC.                                                                                                                                                              10
14.    Complete the following story and give a title to it.                                                                                          15 
Once an old man was walking by the riverside. In course of walking he suddenly feel to himself. At that moment, a little boy was bathing in the river. The boy saw the incident and …………

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Part A: Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Give them correct tenses.                                                 1×5=5
Once there was a greedy king who always (a) ___ to God for wealth. At last God (b) ___ his wish. Half an hour later, as the king (c) ___ under an apple tree in his garden. Suddenly a ripe apple (d) ___ beside him. As he (e) ___ it, the apple turned to gold.
2.      Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                       1×5=5
Dear Kajal,
I am very delighted  (a)- receive a camera (b) – you. Thank you so much (c) – this birthday present. It is really wonderful. I’ve received some presents (d) – the happy occasion but I’ve liked it most. The camera is a beauty just the kind I desired (e) – a long time.
With love
Fahima
3.      Use articles where   necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                  1×5=5
Today’s world is under (a) ___ threat of (b) ___ nuclear war. (c) ___ result of a nuclear war is very terrible. (d) ___ experts opine that in case of such (e) ___ war most of (f) ___ world’s population will be exterminated. (g) ___ survivors will suffer from new diseases caused by (h) ___ radiation. There will also be (i) – acute shortage of food. for all (j) ___ crops and stores will be poisoned.
4.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms. (any five)                                                     1×5=5
sine die, scope goat, put out, maiden speech, bed of roses, an apple pf discord , blue blood.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.
“I never drink anything for luncheon”. She said. “Neither do I”, I answered promptly. “Except white wine she proceeded as though I had not spoken. These French white wines are so light. They’re wonderful for the digestion”. “What would you like? I asked hospitable still but not exactly effusive.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                            1×5=5
Once upon a time, there was a king. (a) he had a beautiful daughter who he loved very much (Compound). (b) One day the princess went to countryside and she  was accompanied   by  her  friends  (Simple). (c) While crossing a rice farm, she saw a young, handsome farmer playing flute under a tree (Complex). (d) The princess was impressed by the melody of the flute (Active). (e) In the end, the princess called the young farmer and rewarded him. (Passive)
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
Air pollution is a big problem in our country (a) ___ ?
It is a major threat to our environment as well as to our life.
You know what is the main pollutant of air, (b) ___?
Smoke is the main pollutant. Air can be polluted in many ways, (c) ___?
We make fire to cook food and produce smoke (d) ___. Again we create smoke when we need to prevent air pollution. Certainly. It has become a threat for a happy and healthy life, (e) ___?
8.      Fill in the gaps with suitable words from the list.                                                                                     1×5=5

help
into
inside
among
made
receiving
had
beims
really
would have
got
believe

Would you mind (a) ___ my letter? I am sorry for (b) ___ late. Had I (c) ___ any information about your illness, I (d) ___ you in person (e) ___ me, since my getting back from Japan, I (f) ___ myself engaged (g) ___ raising awareness (h) ___ people regarding their daughter’s schooling. You know our girls are (i) ___ to word (j) ___ the house in most cases. I want to make them aware of their rights.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

9.      You are a reporter of the satellite TV channel ‘Diganta’. You attended a huge meeting held in Dhaka University, Dhaka, where a world famous personality was given a warm reception. Now, write a report on your findings.
10.    Write a short composition that expresses your idea about the causes, devastations and sufferings of the people caused by Sidr, the super cyclone’. 
11.    Someone says, “Newspaper is the people’s parliament.’’ Write a dialogue between yourself and your friend, Sabrina, about the necessity of reading newspaper.                                                                                                                            10
12.    Suppose, you are the students of Jhalakati Govt. College. You are aware of the necessity of learning English. Now, write an application to your principal to set up an English language club to develop skills in English language.         10
13.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
It was late at night and a storm was coming. The place was completely empty when I got out of the bus. I wanted to go to my friend’s village, Homna, that about two kilometers away from………………….

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Part A: Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Give them their correct tenses.                                       1×5=5
Last Friday evening, I was enjoying a film in the auditorium of National Museum. Suddenly I (a) ___ A big sound. Within a moment the viewers started (b) ___. After Sometime I realized that it (c) ___ the blasting of a powerful bomb. I (d) ___ to escape (e) ___ on the ground.
2.      Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                       1×5=5
Dear Nazmul,
I’m going to tell about the inadequate medical facilities in our country. The people of our country are debarred  (a) —– having adequate health  care, medical facilities and civic amenities. But dramatically  the opposed picture is found (b) —– the developed countries. Because (c) —- the existence of these shortcomings the people of our country suffer (d) —– malnutrition. Besides, they are disinclined (e) —- nourish their awareness
3.      Use the articles where necessary. Put a cross  (x) where an article is not needed.                            1×5=5
Every student wants to do better in (a) —– exam. But it is not (b) —–  easy  work. (c) —– student has to do something for this . From (d) —– very beginning he must be serious. He should read (e) —– texts again and again. He must not memorize (f) —– answer without knowing the meaning. He  must not make notes from (g) —– common source. He should have a good (h) —– command over English. By doing all these things (i) —– student can hope to make a good (j) —– result.
4.      Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words.                                                                            1×5=5
A man is (a) —– human being equal to an animal. By removing animalism, a human being can become a man.  Man is guided by temptation, enticement and allurement. Greediness is his constant companion that (b) —– changes the scenario of his future life.  (c) —–, a sense of urgency arises in his mind to become socially, politically and economically powerful. All these features are the symbols of an ambitious person. (d)—— over ambition through an illegal way changes him into an evil being. He can do  anything without justification, (e) —— it is anti-ethical to others interest.
5.      Rewrite the following in reported speech.                                                                                                  1×5=5
“Hellow, I’am John Matthew” said the officer. “Hellow, I’ve been referred to you because I’am enquiring about the course that you run. I’d like to find out a bit more about them,” said the student. “We run few different courses for students who are both undergraduate and postgraduate. Are you an undergraduate or a postgraduate? Arts or sciences?” said the officer. “Undergraduate, and I’am in the Business Faculty.” reply the student.
6.    Read the following passage and transform the underlined words as directed.                                    1×5=5
(a) Books are the best companions of man (Positive). (b) Nowadays books are published in huge quantity (Active). (c) People read books for pleasure (Compound). (d) A book is great treasure (Exclamatory). (e) We should develop the habit of buying books (Interrogative).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
:   Hello, Najir, you have been sick for quite a long time, ——-?
:   Yes, Nayeem. I have been suffering from severe headache.
:   Air pollution may be responsible for this, ——-?
:   Polluted air can also cause many fatal diseases, ——-?
:   Right you are. There are many reasons for air pollution, ——-?
:   Whatever might be the reason, necessary measures must be taken to protect younself from air pollution, —— ?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a) One day a farmer was taking some sacks of wheat to a mill which ___. (b) On the way the horse stumbled and ___. (c) The farmer could not lift the sacks because ___. (d) He fell into danger as ___. (e) He thought that it would be a loss for him if ___ .
9.      Complete the following passage with  suitable  words.                                                                      .5×10=5
Cox’s Bazar is the most (a) ___ tourist (b) ___ of the country. The town has named (c) ___ lieutenant Cox (d) ___ died here in 1798. Cox’s Bazar  is (e) ___ 150 km from Chittagong and is (f) ___ to the port city by bus air and steamer (g) ___. The town and (h) ___ places have many colourful pagodas and Buddhist temples. There are many tribal people (i) ___ here. They have there (j) ___ distinct customs and traditions.

Part B: Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Read the following paragraph. Using this as a model, write a paragraph on Deforestation. First, write a suitable  topic sentence and then write sentences to develop that idea.                                                                                                   10

Deforestation

          A large area of land that abounds with trees, bushes etc is called forest. And deforestation means cutting down trees in large numbers. Trees are useful to us in various ways; they provide us with wood, food and other products. They give us shade and they help to prevent droughty and floods. But the third of these services of trees is the most important. To draw quick profit from trees, men cut them down in large numbers. Trees are destroyed mostly for being used as fire wood. This destruction disturbs out ecological balance. It leads to soil erosion and deprives us of fruit and timber and causes economic loss. So, we have to realise the bad effects of deforestation. In fact, if deforestation goes on in our country may be changed into a desert.  So, we have to educate our common people and to persuade them to abstain from cutting down trees. We should create awareness among the general people about the evils of destroying forests. We should also motivate them to plant more and more trees. Otherwise, our country will slowly disappear and we will be in great miseries.
11.    Write a short composition on ‘Unemployment problem in Bangladesh’.                                                  10
13.    Write a summary of the following passage.                                                                                                      10
The incident of trafficking children and women are increasing  in Bangladesh and other developing countries of the world have also reported about this. This heinous activity has overshadowed the image of the country. The child and women traffickers have found the capital city and other places of the country as safe heaven for running this lucrative human trading. Helpless women, rootless and working children, poverty hit women, vagabonds, repressed, illiterate or semiliterate women, widows and divorcees are the preys of these brutes. The traffickers are very clever and cruel. Law and humanity don’t touch them. They select some routes to run this trading safely. Mainly the border districts are preferred by them. But they very often change their routes and open up new routes. According to the reliable sources, more than 30 thousand women and children have been trafficked from Bangladesh during the last decade. About 20 thousand women and children are being trafficked annually now from the country and it is a great concern. However, considering this grave situation. our government and different NGOs have been trying to remove this problem. Actually, creation of mass awareness against child and women trafficking, building up effective network of the law enforcing agencies and arranging repatriation of the trafficked women and children, reuniting them with their family members at home and also long-term rehabilitation programme are very essential.
14.    Complete the following story.                                                                                                                               15
Rahesa is a village girl. She is waiting for her HSC results. She dreams to read in a university after the end of her HSC examination. She would be a teacher and will take care of the young students. She is also anxious of her conservative parents. They think otherwise, educating a daughter is more waste of time and money ……..

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Part-A: Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list and put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.         1×5=5

make
cover
exist
throw
have
be
lose

Water (a) ___ the most vital of all natural resources. Without water no life can (b) ___. It is the existence of water on this planet of ours that has (c) ___ it possible for us to live here. About 72 percent of the surface of the earth is (d) ___ with water. But its distribution over the land is not at all even. For example, the semi-arid or desert regions (e) ___  little or no water.
2.      Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                  1×5=5
A pious man abstains (a) ___ evil doings. He does not associate (b) ___ wicked people. He derives pleasure (c) ___ good activities. He protects others (d) ___ evils. He does not aspire (e) ___ riches.
3.      Use the articles where necessary. Put a cross  (x) where an article is not needed.                            1×5=5
(a) ___ Shatgombuj Mosque is (b) ___ 15th century Islamic edifice situated in (c) ___ suburbs of Bagerhat, on the edge of the Sundarbans, some 175km south-west of (d) – Dhska. It is (e) ___ enormous Moghul (f) ___ architectural site covering (g) ___ very large area. (h) – Mosque is unique in that it has sixty pillars, which support seventy seven exquisitely curved domes that have worn away with (i) ___ passage of time. (j) ___ mausoleum of the city’s founder, Khan Jahan Ali can be found.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                   1×5=5

Than As though however incidently at last then at first

(a) ___ king Lear asked his eldest daughter Goneril, how much she loved him, She declared in front of the whole court that she loved him more than her life. (b) ___ Lear asked his second daughter Reign the same question. She replied saying that her only happiness was in loving him. (c) ___ he calls his youngest daughter, Cordelia to speak. Lear expected her to speak even more lovingly (d) ___ her sisters had done. (e) ___ Cordelia just stood there and said nothing.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                           1×5=5
“Have you ever been to Cox’s Bazar?” asked Hasan. “No, I have never gone there”, replied Shahadat. “But I have an inclination for visiting the place.” “I had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach last year” said Hasan. “How charming the scenery is!”
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                            1×5=5
(a) A book fair creates a sense of interest for books (Active). (b) Books are the best friends (Positive). (c) A book fair becomes crowdy in the evening (Complex). (d) They always help us when we are in danger (Simple). (e) Books help us to change our narrow outlook (Interrogative).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
There  must be something with me, (a) ___?
No exactly. You are very unmindful, (b) ___?
That’s right. I can never find anything in proper place, (c) ___?
I need to go to a psychiatrist, (d) ___?
I don’t think so.
Then there may be reason for my unmindfulness.
What’s that?
I am always obsessed with cricket, (e) ___?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   The boy who stood first in the last examination ___
(b)   He makes proper use of his time and ___
(e)   He studies very hard so that ___
(e)   As he is devoted to studies, ___
(f)    We hope that ___

Part B; Composition (60 Marks)

9.      Suppose, you are a reporter of a television channel. You have visited the Ekushe Book Fair held in Dhaka. Now, write a report on your visit to that book fair.                                                                                                                               10
10.    Write a short composition on “Computer”.
Or,   Write a short composition on “The duties of a students” in 250 words.
11.    Suppose, there is no canteen in your college. The students have to stay for a long time in the college. So they need tiffin. Now, write an application to your principal for setting up a canteen in your college campus.                       10
12.    Illiteracy is a great problem in Bangladesh. It hampers all our development programmers. It is considered as a curse for the nation. Now, write a dialogue between yourself and your friend, Sumon about how to eradicate the illiteracy problem from the country.
13.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
Once upon a time there lived a king named Midas. He was extremely fond of gold. Although he had a lot of it. He wanted more. He thought …….

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Part-A : Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.         1X5=5

Cut Practice go write solicit be do regularise

This is the first time we (a) ___ to sit for examination in a new syllabus. This syllabus is easy for those who (b) ___ basically good in English. The poor students may (c) ___ a sorry figure in the examination as it is grammar based. So, we should (d) ___ grammar regularly with a view to (e) ___ well in the examination.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions from the box.                                                               1X5=5

of
out
on
in
with
to
into
for

Speaking ill (a) ___ others is a very bad human habit. It leaves bad effects (b) ___ human individuals and society. Sometimes, it hampers the happy and smooth run of the society. Sometimes, people burst (c) ___ tears for this. They never think of dying (d) ___ others or praise others activities and they themselves remain blind (e) ___ their own faults. Above all, their bad habit wastes their invaluable time for nothing.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                             .5X10=5
Every student wants to do better in (a) ___ exam. But it is not (b) ___ easy task. (c) ___ student has to do something for this. From (d) ___ very beginning he must be serious. He should read (e) ___ texts again and again. He must not memorize (f) ___ answers without knowing the meaning. He must not make notes from (g) ___ common source. He should have a good (h) ___ command over English. By doing all these things (i) ___ student can hope to make a good (j) ___ result.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                 1X5=5

though
if
as well as
that
but
instead of
because
whether

Scientists have always wondered (a) ___ there is life any where out in the space besides us. It was thought (b) ___ there is life on Mars. The pictures sent by viking spacecrafts showed Mars as having a red sky (c) ___ a blue one like ours and a pinkish iron-rich soil. It has deserts, mountains, volcanoes (d) ___ summer and winter seasons. (e) ___ there are no tress or signs of any life forms.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the reported speech.                                                                          1×5=5
by means of; to take to task; to keep body and soul together; above all; by the by; on the sly; send for.
6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                                      5
I looked up from my typewriter on late afternoon, a little startled. A boy stood at the door. He said, “I can chop some wood today.” I said, “But I have a boy coming from the orphanage.” “I’m the boy.” “ You? But you’re too small.” Size doesn’t matter, chopping wood. He said.
7.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                          1X5=5
(a) Everybody longs for money (Interrogative). (b) But people who have little money are very happy (Simple). (c) People want to be happy and they earn money(Complex) (d) We are sure that it is a wrong idea (Compound). More money brings more anxiety. (e) We should not be guided by money (Passive).
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1X5=5
(a)   Though Bangladesh is not a big country ___.
(b)   Most of the people cannot send their children to school because ___.
(c)   They are so poor that ___.
(d)   If we can’t stop drop out, ___.
(e)   Colleges and universities are often closed down  so that ___.
9.      Complete the following passage with suitable words.                                                                      .5X10=5  
Various kinds of (a) ___ weapons have been produced in the past few years by many countries. This is a new and a (b) ___ development in the history of man. Very few events can be more (c) ___ than a nuclear war. Most of the world’s (d) ___ will be exterminated. The few (e) ___ creatures that will survive will be exposed to (f) ___ or to electrical rays harmful to life. It has been said by (g) ___ that many new diseases will be caused by radiation. There will also be a acute (h) ___ of food, for all the crops and stores will be (i) ___ by radiation. Most of the areas on which nuclear bombs will be dropped will be (j) ___.

Part-B : Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Suppose, your are Mohiuddin Khan, a first year student of X College, Barisal. Last week you participated a study tour arranged by your college to a place of historical interest Now, write a report on it.                              10
11.    Write a short composition on “Female Education”.                                                                                        15
12.    Read the following advertisement from ‘The Daily Star’, dated September 04, 2008, and then write a cover letter and a detailed complete CV in response to it.                                                                                                                10

Career opportunity

A leading tourism company is looking for a suitable candidate for the post of Executive Officer must be an MBA with 3 years working experience. If interested, please drop your CV with a passport size photograph to the Advertiser. GPO Box No. 123 Dhaka by September 10, 2008.

13.    Suppose you are a customer in a shop. You want to buy a saree whose price is known to you. But the shopkeeper tries to deceive you demanding more price. Now, make a dialogue between you and the shopkeeper.                         10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15   
A farmer had a very beautiful goose. It laid a golden egg everyday. The farmer became very greedy …….

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Part : A Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Compete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.       5

get up fish walk be go return buy

          It was raining in torrents outside, Nazma (a) ___ all alone in the home. Her son went not for (b) ___ in the morning but he had not (c) ___ yet. He (d) ___ before his mother (e) ___ from bed.
2.      Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                           5
Dear Arif,
I am really disappointed that you have no clear conception (a) ___ punctuality. It means the habit (b) ___ doing things (c) ___ right time. You should stick (d) ___ your study. Otherwise you will suffer (e) ___ failure heroic deed.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (X) where an article is not needed.                                1X5=5
(a) ___ National Memorial at Saver is (b) ___ symbol of (c) ___ nation respect for the martyrs of (d) ___ War of Liberation. It is for the martyrs that we are now the citizens of an independent country. They have done (e) ___ heroic deed.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                 1X5=5

Which
if
although
since
because
because of
owing to

I could not attend the meeting (a) ___ I was ill. It had been raining (b) ___ morning I could not went out (c) ___ I tried to find my umbrella out, I could not find it out (d) ___ I got the umbrella I could have gone out. Then I sent my younger brother to the drug store (e) ___ was opposite to my house.
5.      Change the form of speech in the following passage.                                                                                        5
My friend said to me, “Where did you go? I have been looking for you for about an hour. Let’s go out for a walk in the open field. “No, I shall go home now’’, I said to him.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the sentences as directed.                                                           5
(a) He sent a book (Passive). (b) It was a very interesting book (Exclamatory) (c) I bought the book from a shop which was small (Simple). (d) It was one of the most interesting books I have ever bought (Comparative). (e) I shall buy another interesting book (Complex).
7.      Fill in the blanks with suitable tag questions.                                                                                                      5
We shall go to college, (a) ___?
No, I shall not.
Then you are going to stay at home, (b) ___?
Yes, I am. I need your help (c) ___?
I am sorry. I am busy, (d) ___?
Then  I shall have to find another person. (e) ___?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1×5=5
(a)   The man is rich enough to ___.
(b)   The roof is not so high that he cannot ___.
(c)   The letters are too late to be ___.
(d)   The boys started early so that they ___.
(e)   In spite of good start the project was not ___.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

9.      You are the reporter of a daily Newspaper. You are informed that the people of Beanibazar are suffering extremely because of frequent load- shedding. Now write a report on your findings.                                                                    10
10.    Write a short composition “Environment Pollution”.                                                                                     15
11.    Imagine that you are a student of Biddanager College, Kashimpur. You read in class XII. Now, write an application to the principal of your college praying for permission to go on a picnic. 
12.    Kamal and Hasan are two students of Biddanagar College. Now write a dialogue between them about the importance of education.                                                                                                                                                                    15
13.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 14
One day a crow became very thirsty. It flew from one place to another in search of water. At last it came to a garden. It found a pitcher there. There was little water in the pitcher ……

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Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.     5

go
worry
treat
consider
receive
remain
think

          In Bangladesh the birth of a female child is (a) ___ cordially in a poor family. Rather they usually (b) ___ her a liability. They (c) ___ of sending her to school. She (d) ___ at home and spends the time in helping her mother. Nevertheless her parents always (e) ___ about her marriage.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.                                                                                        1×5=5
Everyone desires (a) ___ wealth. But a few can attain it. Some people hanker (b) ___ riches. Some are content (c) ___ what they have. True happiness lies (d) ___ contentment. It is high time we gave (e) ___ the habit of covetousness.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (X) where an article is not needed.                                1X5=5
Once there lived (a) ___ man in a village. He made caps with palm leaves and sold them in (b) ___ market to (c) ___ maintain his family. One day he was going to (d) ___ distant market. He had (e) ___ basket full of caps. He became tired. He saw (f) ___ apple tree. He sat under (g) ___ tree and fell asleep. Then (h) ___ strange thing happened. (i) ___ tree. He was full of (j) ___ monkeys.
4.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                                     1X5=5
take one to task, at sixes and sevens, blue blood, find fault with, get by heart, look down upon, put up with.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                                      5
“My sons, listen to me. A great treasure lies hidden in the land. I am going to leave it to you.” How shall we find it?” said the sons. “You must dig the land for it,” said the old man.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                          1X5=5
(a) Patriotism is a very noble virtue (Interrogative). It inspires a man who can do everything just and fair for the betterment of the country. (b) It is one of the best qualities of a man (Positive). (c) A patriot is loved and respected by his countrymen(Active). (d) An unpatriotic man is hated everywhere (Complex). (e) Despite his worldly immense wealth, he remains a worthless person (Compound).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag question.                                                                                                            1X5=5
We all went peace, (a) ___?
Yes, but how?
You can’t buy it from the market, (b) ___?
No, it is the celestial thing, (c) ___?
Yes, you can have it by purifying your soul, (d) ___?
Yes, only a pure soul contains peace of mind, (e) ___?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1X5=5
(a)   She reads well lest ___.
(b)   She wants to become a doctor so that ___.
(c)   If she fails to materialise her dream, ___.
(d)   She believes that God helps those who ___.
(e)   As she is firmly determined ___.
9.      Complete the following passage with suitable words.                                                                          1X5=5
Einstein was very simple in his (a) ___ of life. He was (b) ___ to his fame. Once the queen of Belgium (c) ___ him to Brussels. When he (d) ___ down from the train, he could not (e) ___ that there were actually many (f) ___ dressed officials to (g) ___ him at the station. The officials also expected somebody who would  (h) ___ to be (i) ___ and aristocratic to them. They never imagined that this (j) ___ man would be Einstein.

Part B: Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Suppose you have witnessed a serious street accident while going to college. Now make a report on it.         10
11.    Write a short composition on “Population Problem in Bangladesh”.                                                        10
12.    Read the advertisement and prepare an application along with a detailed CV.                                       10

WantedEnglish Language TeacherWrite to the: Principal,Rising Sun InstitutionGulshan, Dhaka.

13.    Write a dialogue between yourself and your friend about the high prices of essentials commodities. 10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 10
Once a hungry fox was searching for food in a forest. After a while he came to a vineyard. He was tempted at the sight of ripe grapes hanging ……………….  .

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Part-A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1        Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in their the correct tenses.                  5

move
place
hear
come
notice
open
bring
ponder

          Everyone has (a) ___ of Solomon, the king of the Jews. He was famous all over the world for his wealth and magnificence and specially for his wisdom. The queen of Sheba heard much about the grandeur of Solomon’s court and the world wide reputation of his learning and wisdom. Attracted by such reports she (b) ___ to test the king. She (c) ___ with her two garlands of flowers one natural and other artificial. She (d) ___ them before the king and asked him to take the natural one. Solomon was puzzled for a time. While (e) ___ he noticed some bees humming for honey in a withered rose, he asked the windows to be opened. The bees came and settled on the natural flowers and thus solved the riddle of the queen.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.                                                                                        1X5=5
The earth moves (a) ___ the sun. But the primitive people thought that the earth was stationary and flat. As the science advanced we learnt more and more (b) ___ the earth and the universe. But man is not satisfied (c) ___ what he has seen and known. He wants to know (d) ___ the mystery (e)  ___ the universe.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (X) where an article is not needed.                             .5X10=5
You must have heard (a) ___ name of Kazi Nazul Islam. He is our national poet. He is known as (b) ___ rebel poet. He was born in (c) ___ poor family. He passed his boyhood in great hardship. When (d) ___ first World War broke out he joined (e) ___ army. After (f) ___ war, he began to write poems. He wrote especially for (g) ___ oppressed and down trodden people. He is called (h) ___ Shelly of Bengali literature. His poems and songs inspired (i) ___ Bangalees in (j) ___ war of Liberation.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words.                                                                                         1X5=5
Air is polluted in many ways. (a) ___ the most common thing that pollutes air is smoke. Man creates smoke by making fires to cook food, making bricks, melting pitch for road construction and burning wood and other things. Heavy smoke produced from all these things mixes with air and pollutes it. (b) ___ buses, trucks and cars use petrol and diesel oil. These vehicles pollutes air by emitting smoke. (c) ___ railway engines and power houses create smoke by burning coal and oil. Mills and factories also create a lot of smoke. (d) ___ serious air pollution occurs in the industrial areas. (e) ___ the domestic rubbish and toxic industrial waste and heap of garbage cause air pollution.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any (five). 
come to terms, by dint of, call in, all on a sudden, at any rate, die out.
6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                          1X5=5
“You look at little bit like my mother,” he said. “But you were only four, Jerry, When you came here. Do you remember her face all these years?” “My mother lives in Mannville. “Have you seen her lately?” said I.
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                          1X1=5
(a)   Bangla is our mother tongue, (a) ___?
(b)   We are proud of it, (b) ___?
(c)   Our heroic sons laid down their lives for our mother tongue, (c) ___?
(d)   We remember them with pride and respect, (d) ___?
(e)   They will live in our memory, (e) ___?
8.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                          1X1=5
(a) Health is the root of all happiness (Complex). (b) Health is both the soundness of body and the soundness of mind. (Not only but also). (c) We cannot have the one without having the other. (Complex). (d) A healthy man is the happiest man in the world (Positive). (e) We should follow the rules of health (Passive).
9.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1X1=5
(a)   The boy is so weak that ___
(b)   Wait here until ___
(c)   If you obey the rules of health ___
(d)   The boy who wastes time ___
(e)   When the electricity  failed ___

Part-B :  Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Write a paragraph about “A book fair” by answering the questions below.                                           10
(a) What is your idea about a book fair? (b) When and where is it usually held? (c) What purposes does it serve? (d) How is it organized? (e) What steps can be taken to make such a fair successful?
11.    Write an application to the principal of your college to set up a computer club.                                     15 
12.    Write a short composition about the unemployment problem in Bangladesh.                                          10
13.    Write a dialogue between you and your friend about the methods of improving English                     10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                       
An old farmer had four sons. They used to quarrel with one another. They did not listen to their father. One day the farmer became …………..

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Part A:  Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.         1X5=5 

Stop
help
invent
use
increase
consider
using

Many wonders have (a) ___ with the help of science. Among them mobile phone (b) ___ the most up to date invention. At present, it is getting more popular with the people and they (c) ___ it everywhere. But it is a matter of sorrow that mobile phone widely (d) ___ by the terrorists to spread terrorism. So, proper steps should be taken with a view to (e) ___ misuse of mobile phone.
2.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (X) where an article is not needed.                                1X5=5
Dowry means the property or money that is given by (a) ___ bride to her husband. During (b) ___ marriage ceremony a section of greedy people claim much (c) ___ wealth or money from the guardians of the brides. (d) ___ poor illiterate girls become the victims of (e) ___ dowry. If the guardians fail to fulfill (f) ___ demand of the bridegroom. (g) ___ brides are maltreated. So (h) ___ poor cannot think of marriage of their daughters. It is a social curse. This curse can be eliminated by changing (i) ___ outlook of the people specially (j) ___ male members.
3.      Fill  in the blanks following sentences with appropriate word/words.                                            1X5=5
Bangladesh has huge population (a) ___ its small area. People live below poverty line (b) ___ cannot therefore afford educational expenses for their children. Even then it has too many students to educate. (c) ___ government cannot set up necessary institutions (d) ___ financial and resource constraints. Moreover students do not get quality education (e) ___ facilities available in the institutions are very poor.
4.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                                     1X5=5
of one’s own accord, weal and woe, to one’s heart’s content, make both ends meet, yellow dog, fair weather friend.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                          1X5=5
“Have you finished the book that I gave you last night?” Kamal said to me. “Yes, I have.” I replied. “What an interesting book it is! I wish I would borrow the book earlier.” I said. “Will you return the book to me tomorrow?” he asked.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                          1X5=5
(a) Bangladesh is a small country but has a vast population. (Simple). (b) Very few countries in the world are as populous as it (Superlative). Most of the people here live in the village (c) People living in the villages are farmers (Complex). (d) The farmers work hard so that they can support themselves (Simple). They are honest and pious. (e) The farmers should be taken care of (Active).
7.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1X5=5
(a)   If you had studied hard, ___.
(b)   No sooner had the bell rung ___.
(c)   Unless you eat a balanced diet ___.
(d)   Walk slowly lest ___.
(e)   The students stood up after ___.
8.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                          1X5=5
(a)   Let’s have a walk, ___?
(b)   No body believes a liar, ___?
(c)   He has little idea about it, ___?
(d)   Eat some fruits, please, ___ ?
(e)   You never say what you are thinking ___?

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

9.      Suppose, you are Shakil. Last night you saw a terrible road accident near Comilla cantonment Bus stand. Now write report on it.    10
10.    Write a short composition that expresses your opinion about Load Shedding. 
11.    Imagine, you are Sajid. You are a student of ‘X’ College, Comilla. There is no canteen in your college. At this students have to suffer a lot. Now on behalf of the students, write an application to the principal of your college to set up a canteen in the college compound. 
12.    Suppose you are Rakib and your friend is Alamin. You and your friend feel the necessity of learning English. Now write a dialogue between you about the necessity of learning English.                                                                    15
13.    Complete the story following the cue. 
Once a lion was sleeping in a forest Suddenly a mouse came there. It did not notice the sleeping lion. It was running about and playing happily. By chance it ran over the face of the lion ………..

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Part-A:  Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.         1X5=5 

employ
make
rent
sink
smile
face
situate

Women garments workers (a) ___ acute accommodation problem. Most of the garments factories (b) ___ in Dhaka city. Currently 800 workers (c) ___ in these factories and 90 percent of the workers are women. But no attempts yet (d) ___ so far to provide shelters with the women garments workers. Rooms (e) ___ by small groups of four to eight persons.
2.      Put in suitable prepositions in the blanks.                                                                                                 1X5=5 
You know that smoking is not only a bad habit but also injurious (a) ___ health. A puff (b) ___ cigarette contains millions of particles which may cause cancer, Nicotine (c) ___ tobacco is very dangerous for your health. Your teeth and finger will be affected. You will suffer (d) ___ lack of oxygen in your blood resulting (e) ___ respiratory problems.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                              .5X10=5 
A hungry man is (a) ___ angry man. Again, (b) ___ angry man is compared to (c) ___ beast. So the rich should have sympathy for (d) ___ hungry. (e) ___ man who eats to his heart content and keeps his (f) ___ neighbour hungry cannot be (g) ___ ideal man. We always notice (h) ___ gap between (i) ___ fed and (j)  ___ unfed.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the box.                                                                1X5=5 

Why
that
whose
provided
that
unless
who
though

There are a good number of reasons (a) ___ students fail in English in Bangladesh. That English is a foreign language is the main reason. To most of them learning is extremely unpleasant. Teaching a foreign language becomes quite difficult (b) ___ the learners are not mentally keen on the subject. In that situation a teacher (c) ___ teaches English can hardly find out a technique suitable to all. They fail to motivate the learners (d) ___ they must master the four skills of language. They fail to make language interesting (e) ___ it is very important.
5.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                          1X5=5 
Cricket is a very exciting game (Exclamatory). People of all ages enjoy this game very much (Passive). At present cricket is one of the most popular games in our country. (Comparative) Though cricket is a very costly game, people of all classes get a great deal of delight playing and witnessing it (Simple). Bangladesh is a test playing country but its standard is not high (Complex).
6.      Change the form of speech.                                                                                                                          1X5=5 
Rana said to me, “Have you finished the book I gave you yesterday” “Yes, I have finished reading the book.” I replied, “What an interesting book it is! I wish I would borrow the book earlier” I said, “Will you return me the book today?” he said.
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                          1X5=5 
The marriage ceremony of my sister will be held on next Friday.
You are attending the marriage ceremony of my elder sister, (a) ___?
Of course, I am coming to your house on next Thursday, (b) ___?
I may stay two days in your house, (c) ___?
You have invited some of our friends. (d) ___?
Please attend the programme.
It will be a great joy for us, (e) ___?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                             1X5=5 
(a)   It is said that ___.
(b)   In youth the mind is soft and ___.
(c)   If we lose the morning hours of life.
(d)   If we sow good seeds in youth ___.
(e)   If we remain lazy, ___.
9.      Complete the following passage with suitable words.                                                                                    10
Everyday the city people have to (a) ___  the unbearable problem of traffic jam. the huge (b) ___ in the number of buses, trucks, auto rickshaws is also (c) ___ for this problem. Moreover, the traffic control system is not (d) ___ in our country. The drivers want to (e) ___ their vehicles at their sweet will. 

Part B: Composition (60 marks)

10.    Suppose, you are a reporter of the Daily Star. A freshers reception was held in Kushtia Govt. College. Now, write a report on the programme.                                                                                                                                                         10
11.    Write a short composition on “The Importance of Tree Plantation”.                                                         15
12.    Suppose, the students of your college suffer much for excessive heat. Now, on behalf of the students of your college, write an application to the principal for hanging some electric fans in the class room.                                          10
13.    Write a dialogue between yourself and your friend on the cricket match in which 
          Bangladesh defeated Newzealand in Dhaka. 
14.    Complete the story following the cue. 
It was a cold winter morning. While going to the field a farmer found a boy half dead with cold. The farmer took pity on  the boy …………….

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Part-A : Grammar (40Marks)

1.      Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the box.                                                   1X1=5 

reach
go
be
serve
have
pay
see

          Last week, I visited Chittagong with my elder brother who (a) ___ there for five years. I (b) ___ to see the Mazar of Bayazid Bostami. There (c) ___ a crocodile and many big tortoises. After I (d) ___ my visit there, I went  to Patanga. No sooner had I (e) ___ there than it began raining.
2.      Fill in the blanks of the passage with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.      1X5=5 
(a) ___ Bangladesh is (b) ___ land of six seasons. Of all (c) ___  seasons I like (d) ___  spring most. It is called (e) ___  queen of seasons. It comprises (f) ___  Bangali months of (g) ___  Falgoon and Chaitra. After (h) ___ end of (i) ___  winter, it comes with its beauty and (j) ___  charm.
3.      Fill in the gaps of the following passage with appropriate prepositions.                                        1X5=5 
Every one longs (a) ___ riches. But a few can attain it. Some people hanker (b) ___ worldly joy and pleasure. Some are content (c) ___ what they have. True happiness consists (d) ___ helping others. It is high time we all gave (e) ___ this habit of covetousness.
4.      Frame meaningful sentences with any five of the following phrases and idioms.                         1X5=5
in the habit of, on the eve of, safe and sound, at all, by no means, at best, for the sake of.
5.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                          1X5=5 
(a)   They used to do it, ___?
(b)   Don’t deprive her, ___?
(c)   Let us share this, ___?
(d)   Come here soon, ___?
(e)   I am your friend, ___?
6.      Complete the following sentences and make them complex.                                                               1X5=5
(a)   She ran so fast _______.
(b)   Unless you work sincerely ________.
(c)   You are not as much intelligent __________.
(d)   Those who are devoted __________.
(e)   After you have grown up __________.
7.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in the brackets. 1X5=5     
Once upon a time, Abdul Quadir was going to Banghdad. (a) He had to go to Baghdad to receive education (Complex). He was going there accompained by a few merchants. (b) They were attacked by a band of robbers (Active). (c) He did not tell a lie when he fell in danger (Simple). (d) He confessed that he had twenty gold coins with him (Compound). (e) It is one of the best stories of Abdul Quadir’s boyhood(Positive degree)
8.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                          1X5=5
“Have you ever been to the Taj Mahal in Delhi?” “No , I have never gone there, Biplab said to Arup. “ If you visited the wonder you could gain practical knowledge I believe.” It is both an interesting and important place”, said Biplab. “How nice the place is!” said Arup.

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

9.      Write in your own words a paragraph about ‘Your College Library’ by answering the 
          questions below. 
(a) What is a college library? (b) How is your college library? (c) Where is it housed? (d) How does it benefit you? (e) Do you have any suggestion to be followed?
10.    Attempt a composition on ‘Replacemant of Plastic Bottles’ not exceeding 300 words.                         15
11.    Suppose, you are Ayon, a student of XII in Arts group studying in BAF Shaheen College, Dhaka and your friend John is a student of the same class in the science group in BAF Sheheen College, Chittagong. Both of you enjoyed the cricket match between Bangaldesh and Newzealand held at Mirpur stadium, Dhaka a few days ago. Now, write a dialogue between you and Jhon about the cricket match. 
12.    Think that you are the students of Pabna Cadet College, Pabna reading in Class XII and you all are very much interested to go on a study tour in Bagerhat, a famous historical places in Khaulna. Now, write an application to your principal requesting for a fund and permission for the same. 
13.    Read the following story, which is not complete. Complete it giving a suitable title to it. 
Once there lived a woodcutter. He was very poor but honest at heart. He lived on the bank of a river near a jungle. He used to cut wood…………….

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Part-A : Grammar (40 marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. If necessary change the tense.                            5    

List
Be found
Divide
Studies
Using

When you write an instruction, you actually describe a process or give directions (a) —— time order. It is a form of analysis that (b) —— the steps involved in an action or sequence of actions. When you write instructions, you give detailed information in chronological order; that is to say, you (c) ——- your instructions into a series of steps, and (d) ——– the steps in order of time. Such pieces of writing can (e) ——- in manuals, leaflets, cookery books, or as part of a letter, according to their purpose.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions from the list.                                                                             5

of
to
beyond
of
in
to
in
to
of
like

A huge number of Bangladeshi children are (a) _______ their parents control. The parents are also very much indifferent (b) _______ their children’s fault. As a result many of them become involved (c) _______ bad activities subversive (d) _______ society. They don’t pay heed (e) ________ their superior. They even indulge (f) ______ various dangerous habits (g) _____ phencidyle. Western culture, availability of banned things & encouragement (h) ______ vested group have made path of illegality cheap (i) _______ them. It seems that the sensible society is deaf (j) ______ all these anomalous development.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross  (x) where an article is not needed.                                 1X5=5
          A brilliant student is (a) ___ asset. One day he may be (b) ___  engineer or (c) ___ M.B.B.S doctor. He makes (d) ___ best use of his time. He makes a proper division of his time and does his duties accordingly. He knows that youth is (e) ___ golden period of (f) ___ life. He has (g) ___ aim in life. He knows that (h) ___ life with out (i) ___ aim is like (j) ___ ship without  a rudder.
4.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                 1X5=5 

therefore
unless
but
therefore
and
anyway
as well as

          How to improve the condition of villages is (a) _______ the major question. (a) _____ the villages where the majority of our population live, are improved, the uniform improvement of our country cannot be expected (c) _____necessary plans must be taken immediately to improve the condition of villages. (d) _____ these plans must be implemented with the help of the local body of the government (e) ______ non-government organizations.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms. (any five)                                                                5
as dead as dodo, as cool as cucumber, make hay while sun shines, many a little makes a mickle, cake walk, to show cold shoulder, foregone conclusion. Pandora’s box.
6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                                      5
“Are you still busy?” “Yes” replied the researching boy. “What the hell are you busy with all the time?”  asked the peevish boy. “I just want to see what a wonderful invention it will be if men are changed from heterotrophic to homotrophic!” said the obsessed boy. “Pooh, you mean man can himself prepare his own food like plants. Don’t be nuts over that people will call you a psychopath! said the peevish boy “They may but there is nothing that men have ever thought he failed to give a real shape.” sounded the resolute boy.
7.      Transform the following sentences as directed.                                                                                                  5
(a) If you come I will go (simple). (b) The house was full with noise (Negative). (c) All over the world know that Bangladesh is a corrupted country (Passive). (d) Life becomes dull without recreation (Complex). (e) There are lots of people in the room  (Compound).
8.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                                      5
Hello, Susan Father’s birthday is on Monday next, (a) ___ ?
Yes Jane, only three days are left.
Last year we just forgot, (b) ___?
Yes I remember.
This year I need not do any mistake (c) ___?
Of course, let’s go to look for some shops, (d) ___?
What a nice idea Jane, (e) ___?
9.      Complete the following sentences with suitable words/word.                                                                       5
(a) The other side is always ______. (b) A principal is someone who _____? (c) Barak Obama is the president of America ______? (d) Dream can come true only when ________? (e) He was playing football in the field with his friends______?

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Suppose a huge number of babies in your locality have fallen seriously ill after taking poisonous milk powder. Now write a report on it. 
11.    Write a short composition on “The bad effects of student politics”.                                                           10  
12.    Write an application to your principal seeking permission to set up a debating club.                            10
13.    Write a dialogue between Kabir and Dipa about the existing corruption and good governance in Bangladesh.          10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
A poor man named, khaleque has three wives and ten children. He cannot manage his family. He beats his wives often. One day he with some of his bad companions went to marry for the fourth time ………

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Part-A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Give them their correct tenses.                                       1×5=5
In primitive age people (a) ___ on foot. Their journeys were long tiring and often dangerous. They (b) ___  themselves with simple weapons and by (c) ___  fires at night. (d) ___ intelligent and creative they soon (e) ___ easier ways of travelling.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.                                                                                          1×5=5

at
on
of
out
down
to
for

A lot of my time is spent (a) ___ writing. As I write all kinds (b) ___ things, the topic to be decided (c) ___ first. Then I think (d)  ___ ideas which are jotted (e) ___.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                .5×10=5
Bangladesh is a land of (a) ___ celestial beauty. (b) ___ land. (c) ___ rivers and the rests are (d) ___ sources of this beauty. (e) ___ tourism business can flourish in Bangladesh profusely. (f) ___ wild animals of (g) ___ Sundarbans are also (h) ___ great asset. Tourism can play (i) ___ vital role in the national economy. But it is still in its tender age. So have a cross (j) ___
4        Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                   1×5=5

therefore
however
also
from
besides
always
though

(a) ___ the very beginning of their life the girls of our society are thought to believe that the best foods should be perceived for the male member of the family. They are (b) ___ thought that they should eat less. (c) ___ this trend helps the girls grow in a different way. (d) ___ they are victimized by social and familial disparity. (e) ___ we the conscious people, should come forward in bringing back their lost dignity.
5.      Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms. (any five)                                                     1×5=5

get away with
on the verge of
to make of fuss
to call one’s name
dead end job
in principle

6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                           1×5=5
“Oh, there you are!” said Mary. “I thought you were never going to come back.” “Sorry! the canteen was absolutely packed and I had to wait for ages, said Selina. “Its ok, could you manage to get any food for us?” said Mary. “Yes, I got pizza, apple and a bottle of orange juice, said Selina. “Great. Thanks a lot,” said Mary.
7.      Transform the underlined sentences as directed.                                                                                       1×5=5
(a) Self-reliance is the best process through which a man can be independent in his life (Simple). (b) It is a great virtue that turns a man’s career and character into a reputable position (Compound). (c) A self-reliant man can decorate his life demonstratively (Passive). (d)  Bangladesh is a very poor and populated country but she can open a lot of ways to be self-reliant (Complex). (e)  Self-reliant man is happier than other men (Positive).
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   The driver was quiet enough to ——-.
(b)   The melamine in milk is too hard for a baby ——–.
(c)   The earth was so barren that ———.
(d)   Despite the foggy weather he was ———.
(e)   The clerk is as good as ——–.

Part-B : Composition (60 Marks)

9        You are Himel, a student of class XII in Y College. Few days ago, you along with some of your friends went to a “Job Fair?”. Now, write a report on it.                                                                                                                                       10
10.    Write a paragraph about “Cyclone” by answering the questions below.                                                 10
What is cyclone? Name some of the worst cyclones in Bangladesh. Give a vivid description of any of it.
11.    Write a short composition that tells about agriculture in Bangladesh.                                                       15
11.    Make a dialogue between you and your friend on corruption. 
12.    Suppose you are a student in Science group and use the laboratory for your experiment but in the laboratory you have little facilities. Now, apply to your Principal for increasing the facilities in the laboratory at your college.           10
13.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
Once a crocodile wanted her eight children to be educated. So she went to a  fox and asked him if he could teach her children. The crocodile had a good faith on the fox. The cunning fox gladly received the offer. So the crocodile left all her children with the fox and went back to the river. The fox liked to eat crocodile’s kids. So he ate one of them and kept the others ……………….

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Part-A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Give them their correct tenses.                                       1×5=5
Reazudin Munshi (a) ___ not an educated man. He could, anyhow, (b) ___ to read the holy Quran and (c) ___ to recite it every morning. Though he had no formal education, he (d) ___ the light of education within. He felt that education is a must for the development of souls. So, in spite of his poverty, most gracefully he (e) ___ the pains of education his children.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.                                                                                          1×5=5

of
before
on
to
for
out
in

When I paid the bill I found I had only enough (a) ___ pay a quite inadequate tip. Her eyes rested for an instant (b) ___ the three francs that I left for the waiter and I know that she thought me mean. But when I walked (c) ___ of restaurant. I had the whole month (d) ___ me and not a penny (e) ___ my pocket.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                .5×10=5
Today Bangladesh faces (a) ___ number of (b) ___ problems. Of all these problems (c) ___ population problem is (d) ___ most acute one. Population is no doubt (e) ___ great assets of (f) ___  country but when (g) ___ country fails to feed and provide them with (h) ___ suitable jobs they cease to be (i) ___ aforesaid asset but become (j) ___ huge burden.
4        Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms. (any five)                                                     1×5=5
at the sight of, insist on, pay no heed, with a view to, keep one’s eyes open, in the long run,
an account of.
5.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                           1×5=5
He said, “I, can chop some wood today.”  “But I have a boy coming from the orphanage.” “I’m the boy” “You? But  you are small,” size does not matter, chopping wood,” he said.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                            1×5=5
(a) Nasim finished his exercise and put away his books on the table (Simple). He was punctual. (b) Besides his father giving him money, his mother also did the same(Complex).  (c)  In spite of his being the only child, he offered to fight the miscreants (Complex).  (d)  Parents told him to be careful in fighting. (Positive). He said boldly, (e) “Hadn’t I been appreciated by the seniors for my courageous activities before?”  (Assertive).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
: Shila is going to be our college captain, (a) ——–?
: It seems so. But her voice is so mild, (b) ——–?
: Yes, it is. But voice doesn’t matter in captaincy. (c) ——–?
: No. Yet the voice has some importance, you can’t deny, (d) ——— ?
: No. I can’t. But she should have a good command on English.
: I think she has. Besides, she’s smart, (e) ——– ?
: You’re right.
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   As flower is a symbol of love, beauty and purity, it is ——.
(b)   There is hardly any person who ——–.
(c)   We can turn our enemies into friends if we ——–.
(d)   It is said that those who do not love flowers ——–.
(e)   Many people cultivate flowers because ——–.

Part-B : Composition (60 Marks)

9.    Write a paragraph based on the following questions. Your answer to the questions should give as much detail as possible.
(a) What is caretaker government?  (b) What is their main function? (c) Why is it becomes essential in Bangladesh?
10.    Write a composition on ‘Patriotism’?                                                                                                                  15
11.    Imagine, you are Akter Hossain. The prices of essential commodities are going up by leaps and bounds. Measures should be taken by the government to solve the problem. 
          Now write a letter to the editor of the Daily Star about the price-hike.                                                      10
12.    Imagine, you are Kristie. Your friend Nasreen has been suffering from a bad headache for a few days. You’ve gone to see her. She tells you that air pollution is the cause of her ailment. 
          Now, write a dialogue between you and Nasreen about air pollution.                                                      15
13.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
Once upon a time there was a king who was very fond of knowing his future from astrologers. A good astrologer happened to stop at his capital on his way to Benares. The king called him to know his future and the astrologer said something unpleasant. At this the king got furious……………….

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Part-A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.         1×5=5

keep
send
oblige
remain
leave
join
help

Shakespeare (a) ___ to the Grammar School at Stratford and (b) ___ there till his 14. Then he (c) ___ to leave school (d) ___ his father in his business at 18. The married a girl Anne Hathway, 8 years senior to hi. However, she was not able (e) ___ her husband out of mischief.
2.      Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                       1×5=5
Dear Minhaj,
Thank you very much (a) ___ your letter of March 13. Today I like (b) ___ tell you about the bad effects of smoking. Smoking is not only injurious (c) ___ health but also fatal. The most harmful element (d) ___ cigarette smoke is nicotine, which is highly poisonous and can cause even lung cancer. Be conscious about smoking. I look forward (e) ___  receiving your letter.
3.      Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an articles is not needed.                              .5×10=5
What is the role of (a) ___ men and women in our society? (b) ___ common answer would be that  (c) ___ man is (b) ___ guide. (e) ___ protector and (f) ___ arranger for his wife and children. A woman’s role is that of (g) ___ wife, mother and homemaker. It was (h) ___ early belief that men should be (i) ___ bread winners and women should be busy at home preparing food. In addition, women would give birth to and bring up children. A woman had to be feminine which meant she had to be soft, weak submissive and dependent on men for her care and protection. It was held that a woman is incompetent. She was (j) ___ inefficient person. But women have proved this otherwise throughout the world including Bangladesh.
4.      Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words.                                                                            1×5=5
Anything (a) ___ has been a matter of great concern to all of us to price of almost all commodities. The people (b) ___ has limited income find it is quite difficult to maintain their families. Repeated price hikes has increased the cost of living, so much (c) ___ general people find it difficult to make (d) ___ ends meet. So, the government should take the matter seriously and to all possible to keep the prices of daily needs within the reach of common people (e) ___ possible.
5.      Make sentences with the following phrases and idioms.                                                                                  5
at one’s own sweet will, black sheep, bird’s eye view, hard nut to crack, out of temper, take to heart.
6.      Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                           1×5=5
“Who made Mrs. Mahmud’s solar cooker?” asked Lucy. “Karim and I did,” replied I, “Did you make any other thing ? “Yes, we even made the latrine just behind the health complex,” said Karim.
7.      Read  the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                           1×5=5
Plato, the most celebrated, honoured and revered of all the philosophers of the western world lived in Athens. (a) It was many years ago and he lived in Athens (Simple). (b) He is called the father of western philosophy (Active). (c) As he was a great philosopher, people praised him much (Compound). (d) He is the greatest moralists and philosophers of all time (Positive). (e) He is out of the world now but he is remembered for his outstanding doctrine of philosophy (Complex).
8.      Add Tag questions.                                                                                                                                           1×5=5
: You could not do me a favour, (a) ___?
: It depends on what is well. I never disappointed you, (b) ___?
: No, never, You could give me a lift in to the town by your car, (c) ___?
: Of course, I could. You won’t mind waiting for five minutes, (d) ___?
: By the by, you are alone, (e) ___?
: You’re right.
9.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   What’s the name of the man whose ———.
(b)   A graveyard is a place where ———-.
(c)   An orphan is a child who ————.
(d)   The school is only for the children whose ———-.
(e)   I don’t know the name of the women to whom ———-.

Part-B : Composition (60 Marks)

10.    Suppose, you are Amir. Recently a fair was held in your village. Now, write a report on it.              10
11.    Write a short composition that expresses your opinion about the importance of traveling.                  15
12.    Imagine, you are the inhabitant of Kurigram Municipality, Kurigram. Dengue fever has broken out in your area. Now write an application to the chairman of your Municipality praying for taking necessary steps against the growth of this mosquito.     10
13.    Imagine, you are Hasan. You have a friend named Kamal. He lives in Australia. He has come to visit Bangladesh. He finds that the standard of living in Bangladesh is very low. Now. write a dialogue between you and Kamal about the standard of living in Australia.                                                                                                                                                                    10
14.    Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                 15
Rahman found the bag beside the road. He opened it and found a lot of money. He was horrified to think what to do with the bag of money……………………

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Part-A : Grammar (60 Marks)

1.      Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses.                 1×5=5

cause
enter
face
accelerate
be

Many wild animals and birds (a) ___ with extinction at present. Their decline has (b) ___ the ruin of their feeding and nesting places. The wide spread use of chemicals and pesticides (c) ___ their food. Now and then it (d) ___ death to them. Hunting of birds and animals (e) ___ another cause of their destruction.
2.      Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions from the list.                                                                  1×5=5

in
at
to
with
into

(i)    I cannot part ___ the pen.
(ii)   My father is confined ___ bed.
(iii) Mr. Ali ran ___ debt.
(iv)  Open ___ age 53.
(v)   He deals ___ rice.
3.      Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                   1×5=5

in fact recently sometimes besides for instance though while

(a) ___ man has made tremendous technological progress, he has not been able to conquer nature completely. (b) ___ he is hit by natural calamities. (c) ___, a devastating flood very often occurs in Bangladesh leaving people homeless (d) ___ other various calamities damage and destroy life and ___ (e) ___ , some of the African countries are affected by drought. Finally, we must admit that we cannot have complete victory over nature.
4.      Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five)                                1×5=5
          had and hard, the third degree, crying need, to and fro, take after, white elephant, at the eleventh hour
5.      Change the form of speech.                                                                                                                            1×5=5
‘How is your mother?’ asked Mrs. Jones. “She is well”, John replied. “I am glad to hear she is better.” said Mrs Jones.
6.      Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                            1×5=5
(a)  The sun, a star in the sky, is one of the greatest sources of energy (Complex). (b) We call it as solar energy (Passive). It is very unfortunate that it is not an easy task to use. (c)  As we use oil, diesel and coal for our every day life, our precious environment becomes  polluted (Compound). (d) We can use the sun instead of using oil, coal and diesel (Passive). (e) Burning of oil, diesel and coal produces carbon dioxide that is harmful for human beings (Simple).
7.      Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                            1×5=5
: It’s a beautiful evening, (a) ———?
: Yes, it is. Let’s go out for a walk, (b) ——–?
: That’s a nice idea. We can enjoy a walk outside, (c) ———-?
: Of course we can.
: The air is also cool and soothing, (d) ———?
: Absolutely.
: And the queen moon is also shining brightly in the sky, (e) ———?
8.      Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                               1×5=5
(a)   The mountain is so high that ———.
(b)   He walks so fast that I cannot ——–.
(c)   They are too poor to ———-.
(d)   The man spoke so loudly that everyone could ———-.
(e)   He was strong enough to ———.

Part-B : Composition (60 Marks)

9.      Answer the following questions to form a continuous paragraph on ‘A visit to Cox’s Bazar’ in 100 words.                1×5=5
(a) How did you go there? (b) With whom did you go? (c) Which things did you observe there?
(d) What is Cox’s Bazar famous for ? (e) What is your feeling at Cox’s Bazar? (f) What lessons did you learn from Cox’s Bazar? (g) How long did you stay there?
10.    Write a short composition on any one of the followings.                                                                               10
(a) Natural calamities of Bangladesh (b) A journey by bus.
11.    Write an application to the Principal of your college for enhancing facilities in the college library. 10
12.    Write a dialogue  between two friends about ‘Aim in life’ or ‘Unemployment problem’                      10
Or,   Summarise the following passage and add a title to it.
Over the last ten years of so, the garments industries have emerged as the largest sector as the source of earning foreign currency. Hundreds of garments factories have been set up throughout the country in the recent past five years. They have immensely contributed to the economy. The prime reason why garments industries have come out to be the champion in the field of export is obviously ‘cheap labour’. Labour is not as cheap anywhere in the world as it is in Bangladesh. And what is noteworthy is that the women contribute to the bulk of the working force in these garments factories as they are relatively cheaper than the men. The most remarkable characteristic of the garments industries are the revolutionary change it has brought in the lives of thousands of poor women across the country. Women whose only alternative of earning was confined to the household work of domestic servant, suddenly found a new way of earning and becoming financially dependent. A job at a garments factories may mean long hours and no free meals but this has not prevented thousands of women from work. These women have little or no education to work in these industries. A job at a garments factory gives a woman not only a steady income but also independence and dignity. Be it poverty  or circumstances the fact is that the scenario has changed a lot. The garments factories are the clear evidence of it. Here in garments factories one has to work above ten hours a day very often without any weekly holiday, sometimes with a monthly salary of taka 700.00. But still most of the women working here are happy of the fact that they can earn their own living and manage their family.
13.    Complete the following story and add a little to it.                                                                                          15
Kamaludin is a small farmer living in a remote village of Satkhira in Bangladesh. One winter night he was sleeping in his house. At the dead of night his sleep was broken by a loud noise. He woke up and peeped out through the window. He saw in the bright moon light that a track loaded with some goods but covered with a tarpaulin was running along the road by his house…………………………..

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Part A: Grammar (40 Marks)

1.    Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.               1×5=5
I (a) ___ (walk) along the roads the other day when I (b) ___ (meet) an old friend of mine. He wore a t-shirt and (c) ___ (look) very prosperous. ‘What do these days?’ I (d) ___ (ask) him. “I just (e) ___ (finish) making my first film” he said.
2.    Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                               1×5=5
Chandra,
It has been pretty hectic and fast-paced here, and time has flown (a) ___. Today, thought, we resolved to not let another day go by (b) ___ thanking you and all the awesome folks who took time out, Opened their hearts, and reached out (c) ___us. Here’s a photo of some of the folks (d) ___ our team when we opened the boxes. We are grateful – we used and shared the phone card minutes (e) ___ call home on mother’s birthday. Thank you for all you did.
Blessings to you,
Surja
3.    Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                   .5×10=5
Bonsai is the art of growing trees and other plants in small containers in such (a) ___way that they become the miniature of a real tree. (b) ___ art of Bansai originated perhaps more than 1000 years ago in China. Bonsai originated perhaps more considered (c) ___ art form. (d) ___ Bansai tree is carefully shaped to remain small but still has (e) ___appearance of a large tree.
4.    Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words.                                                                        1×5=5                     
(a) I regret to inform you that ___ to being late with your repayments, you have also failed to reply to any of our letters. (b) We have decorated all the rooms in the flat ___ tided up the garden.  (c) The government have banned the sale of the product ___, they have threatened the company with legal action. (d) Studying a second language can help you in your career. ___ it will also enable you to meet new people. e) ___ being the chairman of the company she is also a regular member of several public organizations.
5.    Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                                         1×5=5
Keep one’s eye, In course of time, Bite your tongue,  Straight as an arrow, Make one’s fortune.
6.    Read the following sentences and transform them as directed.                                                               1×5=5
(a)   Dhaka is larger than any other city in Bangladesh (Superlative).
(b)   Who taught you grammar? (Passive).
(c)   He must study very hard to get excellent results in the final exams (Compound).
(d)   A lost moment is lost forever (Complex).
(e)   The moonlight sweetly sleeps upon this bank (Exclamatory).
7.    Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                                              1×5=5
(a)   I am ready for the next exercise, ___?
(b)   He shouldn’t drive so fast, ___?
(c)   Johnny, Ronny and Sunny are busy right now, ___?
(d)   You speak English, ___?
(e)   You don’t like me, ___?
8.    Fill in the gaps with suitable words from the list.                                                                                       1×5=5

Dead
Forgotten
Length
Heavy
Insignificance
Ignominy
Asleep

He had been (a) ___, left out and he would not join them now. The (b) ___ of being forgotten ___ how could he face it? He felt his heart grow (c) ___ and ache inside him unbearably. He lay down full (d) – on the grass. Crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silenced by a terrible sense of his (e) ___.

Part B : Composition (60 marks)

9.    Suppose, you are a researcher of a non-governmental organization. You were sent to make a survey of the problems of the findings. Now write a report on your finding.                                                                                                    10
10.  Write a short composition that expresses your opinion about “The necessity of physical exercise in life”.      15
11.  Read the following advertisement from the Daily Star, dated 25 November 2008 and write a cover letter with a detailed CV in response to it.                                                                                                                                                                10                                                                                     
Notre Dame special English course programme needs an English teacher. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak English very well and must have experience on teaching post HSC level students. Salary will  depend on the capacity of the candidate. Apply to the person in the following.
Director : Special English Course
Notre Dame College ,
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
E-mail: Specialenglish@gmil.com.
12.  For a long time you have desired to have a better atmosphere in your family. You want to share your feelings with the family members but they don’t seem to understand you. Write a dialogue between you and one of your parents regarding this.           10
13.  Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                                  15
At 11 p.m. Parkriti was studying in his room. All of a sudden he heard a group of people arguing about something. He went out to see what was going on. Then………….

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Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.    Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where  necessary.              1×5=5

read
like
dictate
eat
advise
be
write

        The writer in his early life used (a) ___ each and every sort of book. He (b) ___ to forced by others in connection with reading. He liked to read all sorts and conditions of things himself. In the matter of reading, he was always (c) ___ by his English teacher. The teacher (d) ___ very tactful about (e) ___her students to read anything.
2.    Read the following letter and fill the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                              1×5=5 
Dear Mita,
I received your letter yesterday. I am glad to see that you have written to me (a) ___ English. There are few mistakes but who doesn’t make mistakes? If you have a radio set you can listen (b) ___ the programme prepared (c) ___ Bangladesh Open University. You can improve your vocabulary (d) ___ writing a few pages. A diary can help you (e) ___ this respect.
Yours lovingly
Sneha.
3.    Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                                   1 x5=5

if
though
unless
since
but
somehow
that
however

        Corruption has become a part and parcel of our life. (a) – no office work is done without corruption, people have it as an acceptable practice. (b) ___ this evil practice should be stopped. (c) ___ the government is strict, it will not be possible. (d) ___ some corrupt officials are punished, it has not been evicted from govt. offices. (e) -, it must be eradicated at any cost.
4.    Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five).                                                        1×5=5
one the look out for, turn a deaf eat to, drop the hammer, black sheep, live from hand to mouth, green horns, in the twinkling of an eye.
5.    Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                              1×5=5
“I have won a lottery and got 40 lacs taka.” said Samira, “Congratulations!” I said “ What do you intend to do with the large amount of money?” “I want to serve my poor village people. So I have made up my mind to establish a hospital in our rural area”, Samira replied.” Thank you” said, “I shall also help you in this respect.”
6.    Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                              1×5=5
(a) Cox’s Bazar is the longest sea-beach in the world (Positive). (b) Everyone knows this (Interrogative). (c) Tourist who come from home and abroad visit the beach(Simple). (d) They come here to enjoy themselves (Complex). (e) Our government is going to take some steps to make it more attractive (Passive).
7.    Add tag questions to the following sentences.                                                                                              1×5=5
You want to be an engineer, (a) ___?
Yes, I do. But for that I have to get admission into an engineering university, (b) ___?
That’s right Your S.S.C and H.S.C results test are more important.
But for admission the result of the admission test is more important (c) ___?
You’re taking preparation for the admission test, (d) ___?
Yes, I am.
So, don’t worry about it, (e) ___?
8.    Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                                 1×5=5
(a)   This is Bangladesh ___.
(b)   The People of Bangladesh are friendly though ___.
(c)   When any one falls in danger, others ___.
(d)   We love and help one another as if ___.
(e)   We work unitedly so that Bangladesh ___.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

9.    Suppose, you are a human right activist. You have witnessed much discrimination between male and female people in respect of enjoying human rights. Now, write a report on gender discrimination.                                                      10
10.  Write a short composition within 250 words that tells about your childhood memories.                        15
11.  Write a letter to the Daily Star about the problems created by traffic jam.                                                 10
12.  Suppose Mina and Sabina were very good friends in their school life. Today they have suddenly met at a railway station almost after 20 years. Now, write a dialogue between these two friends about their career/profession.        10
13.  Complete the following story using your own imagination.                                                                           15
An old farmer had four sons. They used to quarrel with one another. One day the farmer called his sons ………

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Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

1.    Complete the passage with suitable verbs. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.               5  

remain
fall
find
promote
consider
extract
be
fight

Journalists (a) ___ the persons who (b) ___ news from different sources. Journalism (c) ___ to be a noble profession. Journalists should (d) ___ humanity. They (e) ___ busy with work.
2.    Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                         1×5=5
Dear Mom,
I want to inform you (a) ___ my new hostel life. It is adjacent (b) ___ my college. There is a canteen belonging (c) ___ the hostel. I have become well-acquainted (d) ___ almost all of my classmates. My study is going (e) ___ well.
Yours truly
Mita.
3.    Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                                  .5×10=5
(a) ___ 16th December is our (b) ___ Victory Day. It is (c) ___ day when we became the citizens of (d) ___independent country following our victory over (e) – occupation forces of Pakistan. Previously we experienced (f) ___ British colonial rule. (g) ___ British and (h) ___ Pakistanis have broken our (i) ___backbone. We are still fighting against (j) ___ specter of poverty.
4.    Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words form the list.                                                                     1×5=5

in fact
as
also
so
firstly

Illiteracy is a great problem in Bangladesh. Most of the people of our country cannot read or write. (a) -. the literacy rate in Bangladesh is too low. (b) ___ it is too poor to be imagined. Some other problems like poverty, unemployment and terrorism are (c) ___ rising due to illiteracy. There are many reasons responsible for our illiteracy. (d) ___ we can mention poverty (e) ___ the root cause.
5.    Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms.                                                                          1×5=5
all at one; run out; from stem to stern, come over; now and then.
6.    Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                             1×5=5
“May I come in, sir?” “ Yes, come in.” “ What do you want?” said the manager. “I want to open a bank account in your bank,” said the man, “Can you tell the process of opening a savings account?”
7.    Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentence as directed.                                1×5=5
(a) Anger is nothing but a vice (Interrogative). (b) It begets only the worst(Negative). (c) So we should control it for our own sake (Passive). (d) He who is taken by anger causes a lot of troubles (Simple). (e) Realizing it, we should try to be emotionally balanced (Compound).
8.    Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                                1×5=5
(a)   Five years passed, ___.
(b)   It was high time we ___.
(c)   Scarcely had I reached the station ___.
(d)   I am sure that ___
(e)   If he had gone, I ___

Part B: Composition (60 Marks)

9.    Suppose, you are a reporter of “The Bangladesh Observer” working in Dinajpur. Now, write a report on price hike of some local markets of the district.                                                                                                                                     10
10.  Write a short composition on “The Necessity of games and sports”.                                                           10
11.  Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about sound pollution in your locality.                                   10
12.  Write a dialogue between two friends about a plan to go for a picnic.                                                        10
13.  Complete the following story with cue.                                                                                                               15
There lived an old woman in a village. The woman was rich. But she had none to look after her. Once she was ………

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