Board question JSC second paper

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Barisal Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: ─ 0.5×6=3

Drug addiction is now (a) — global problem. It has spread its poisonous claw ail over (b) — world. Frustration is (c) — main cause of drug addiction. Drugs bear (d) — terrible effect on (e) — human body. It kills a man little by little. No physician can stop the changes that lake place in the organs of (f) — addict

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: ─ 0.5×6=3
to of  since for  out  to

The moon is a very familiar figure (a) – all of us. She awakens the feelings (b) — love and tenderness in our beans. Even the infant in arms stretches (c) — its hands to grasp this beautiful object. Nor is her appeal confined (d) — only children. Ever (e) — the stirring of the poetic faculty in man, she has furnished a theme (f) — poets and artists

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─         1×4=4
A lad wished  to find out the ability of the boy.
 He Went  his desire to acquire knowledge.
The learned man expressed  to a famous teacher
devoted  himself in earning knowledge.
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ 1×4=4

“I’ve lost my tooth,” said Samira. “How ugly will I look!” “Don’t worry,” said Mina. “Just put your tooth into a rat’s hole and a rat will give one of its finest teeth.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─ 1×5= 5

(a) Today corruption is very familiar term in Bangladesh. (Negative) (b) Corruption is the most dreadful weapon to destroy a Society (Positive) (c) It lies in every phase of our society. (Interrogative) (d) Some drastic steps have been taken against corruption. (Active) (e) Social awareness is very essential to resist corruption. (Interrogative)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─ 0.5×6 =   3

father said to his son why are you making so late go to school now I am not going to school today I feel dizzy said his son

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

Most students get (a) nerve about examinations. As a result, they often forget the answers they get by heart. They fail to answer the questions (b) proper. Many parent put undue (c) press on their (d) child. This in turn makes them all the more (e) tense. During the exam there are (f) invigilate. They are (g) teach who watch over the (h) exam.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms: ─0.5×8=4
give help supply bring play grow think be

The tree (a) — a major role for die welfare of human being. So, it (b) — said that tree is our life. We cannot (c) — of an environment without trees. The tree (d) — us in many ways. It (C) — us food, shelter, medicine etc. The tree (f) — us oxygen without which we cannot live. Fruit trees (g) — all over the country. Trees (h) — rains to keep the atmosphere cool and fresh.

 

Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Rahim/Rahima. Your friend, Tuhin has sent you a nice gift on your 13 birthday. Now, write an e-mail thanking him/ her for sending the gift. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

“Duties of a Student”

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Sylhet Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: 0.5×6=3

My mother is (a) — very religious woman. She always advises me to follow (b) — path of (c) — truth and honesty. She bears (d) — good moral character. She is very kind to (e) — poor. She is (f) — ideal housewife.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: ─ 0.5×6=3
for to in with about after

Money is a must (a) — our life. But one should not run after because money those who hanker (b) — money cannot enjoy mental peace. Sometimes, it may lead one (c) ── some unexpected troubles. It also happens that greed (d) — money brings (e) — many problems. So, we should be contented (f) — what we have.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─ 1×4=4
Corruption    is increasing with the passages of time
It have to be aware of it
 People     A great problem in Bangladesh
    high time we stopped corruption
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ 1×4=4

Father said to Saima, “Read attentively in order to get GPA-5.” “I am reading seriously. Please pray to Allah for my success.” said Saima.  “May Allah bless you.”

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─ 1×5= 5

A flower is a glowing gift of nature. (a) Everybody likes flowers. (Interrogative) They are the symbol of love and beauty. (b) Flowers are used on different occasions. (Active) (c) The rose is the best of all flowers. (Positive) (d) It is a very beautiful flower. (Exclamatory) (e) It has both charm and commercial value. (Negative)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─0.5×6 =   3

the old man said can you give me some food ive been starving for two days the maid said why do you beg cant you work

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

Teaching is a noble (a) profess. In the classroom a good (b) teach acts like an (c) act. He teaches (d) moralamong the students. Moreover, he makes the students (e) dated. He also advises them to avoid (f) fair means in the examination hall. A teacher is thought to be the (g) build of a nation. So, he must be (h) selfish and devoted to his work.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms: ─ 0.5×8=4
begin attain cost form learn Remain respect show

(a) — good manners is an important part of our education. Our education (b) — incomplete if we do not (c) — good manners. In our behaviour with others, If we do not (d) — respect to them, they will not (e) —us. Good manners (f) — us nothing. Our children should (g) — good manners from the very (h) — of their life.

 Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Rafi / Rafia studying outside your home district. New, write an e-mall to your father asking for some money. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

‘Newspaper.’

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Chittagong Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: 0.5×6=3

The main aim of (a) ── education is not only to pass exam get (b) — good job but also to gain knowledge and widen (c) — third eye. (d) — ideal student should realize (e) — real fact. Otherwise, he purpose of education will be (f) — incomplete one.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: ─ 0.5×6=3
of with from of to after

A poor but happy man suffers (a) — many problems. He is destitute many (b) — wealth He is also deprived (c) — the basic needs. He is often contented (d) — what he has. He does not run (e) — money. He likes (f) — lead a very simple life.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─ 1×4=4
Flood know our communication
It is in our country
 It often disrupts   a natural disaster
 We occur what flood do to us
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ 1×4=4

“Have you offered your prayer today?” said my father. I replied, “No, I have forgotten.” “Go to the prayer hall now. May the creator bless you.” said he.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─  1×5= 5

(a) By reading books, we can enrich our minds. (Negative)

(b) Books contain noble thoughts of great men (Interrogative)

(c) Some books give us immense pleasure. (Passive)

(d) Books are greater than any other thing in the world. (Positive)

(e) Don’t you know about e-books? (Assertive)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─ 0.5×6 =   3

what is time by your watch sir he said its half past nine i replied i want to go to  college he said

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

Success in life depends on the proper (a) utilize of time. Those who waste their (b) value time in (e) idlereduce the time of their important work. (d) Punctual is another great virtue of human beings that (e) richthe (f) man life. If one takes lessons from the autobiography of (g) success persons, one will learn that they did not make any (h) waste of time.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms:    0.5×8=4
attain  form cost show respect begin  learn remain

Good manners (a) — an important part of our education. Our education (b) — incomplete if we do not (e) — good manners in our behaviour with others. If we do not (d) — respect to them, they will not (e) —us. Good manners (f) — us nothing. Our children should (g) — good manners from the very (h) — of their life.

Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Atik/Atiya and your e-mail address is aatik / aatiya91@yahoo.com. You are going to enjoy a picnic with some of your friends. Now, write an e-mall to your friend, Neela whose e-mail address is neela 1999@gmail.com inviting her to attend the picnic with you. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words. 12

“Duties of a Student”

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Jessore Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: 0.5×6=3

Mr Hassan is an English (a) — teacher. He is (b) — M.A. in English. He serves in (c) — famous institution. He tries to lead (d) — honest life. He is (e) — most favourite teacher to (f) ── students.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: ─ 0.5×6=3
to in from to by for

An honest man is true (a) — his word. He does not deviate (b) — the path of honesty. He knows that peace consists (c) — honesty. So, he does not fall a victim (d) — any greed. He has no ambition (e) — worldly things. He is loved (f)—all.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─ 1×4=4
We   is  sick by drinking polluted water.
Clean Water become  polluted in many ways
 Water     important  for our health
 Polluted water   harmful for us.
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ 1×4=4

Sakif said to his brother, “Where are you going? I want to go with you.”  “No, you cannot go with me. Stay at home and study attentively for the ensuing examination,” said his brother.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─ 1×5= 5

(a) The idle only curse their fate. (Passive)

(b) They can improve their condition by working hard. (Interrogative)

(c) Everybody dislikes an idle man. (Negative)

(d) An idle student is never punctual to attend his classes. (Affirmative)

(e) An industrious student is better than an idle student. (Positive)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─     0.5×6 =   3

havent you heard the name of kazi naznil islam very few poets in bengali literature are as famous as nazrul islam nazruls writings were full of hope and aspiration

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

An ideal students is (a) care about his (b) responsible. He is a (c) follow of great men who became (d) successin (e) world life. He has (f) able to be successful because he is (g) merit and (h) industry.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms:  0.5×8=4
contribute kill  come flee be take get have

Today we (a) — a free nation. We (b) — lo take great pains to gain freedom. Our War of Liberation (e) — place in 1971. People of all walks of life (d)—- forward and (e) involved in the war directly or indirectly. Many a man (f) — in the battle field. They (g) — from the battle field. Rather all of them (h) — much to achieve independence.

Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Salman / Salma. Your friend is Nahian / Nuha. You are going to arrange a picnic in the next month. Now, write an e-mail inviting him / her to attend the picnic. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

“A Journey by Boat”

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Rajshahi Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: (0.5×6=3)

Once I went to (a) — mango orchard.  One of my friends was (b) — owner of the orchard. While walking I found (c) — mango lying under (d) — tree.  (e) — mango was ripe. Seeing (f) — mango in my hand, my friend said, “It will taste sweet.”

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: (0.5×6=3)
for of from in with of

Once there was a rich man. He was not contended (a) ── what he had. But he knew that happiness lies (b) ─── contentment. Ambition (e) — worldly things made him unhappy. So he became devoid (d) — conscience and deviated (e) ─── the path of honesty. In fact, he forgot the real way (f)── being happy.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─ (1×4=4)
There   wanted fond of knowing his future
He was the capital of the king.
 An astrologer   visited to know his future from him.
 The king   a king
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ (1×4=4)

The father said to his daughter, “Do you know why I have sent you to school?” The daughter said, “Yes, I know. I have been sent to school to learn to read and write.”

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─( 1×5= 5 )

Usain Bolt, the world sprint champion, has become a legend in the history of race competition. (a) He ran the fastest of all in the last Olympic Games. (Positive) (b) Only he could break his own record (Negative) (c) He had to practise a lot for this. (Negative) He believes that practice makes a man perfect. He has become successful for his own effort and perseverance. (d) Now everybody knows him. (Interrogative) (e) He is called a hero for his achievement. (Active)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─ 0.5×6 =   3

man is the greatest creation of almighty as he is very kind to us we should be grateful to him

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

(a) Literacy is a curse. For having (b) adequate institutions all citizens of our country do not get proper (c) educate. As a result they remain ignorant about nutrition, technology etc. and so they suffer from (d) nutrition and many other problems. The (e) govern should take some steps to eradicate the problem. Because, no (f) develop is possible keeping most of the people (g) literate. Illiterate people do not know how to use scientific method in their (h) respect fields.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms: ─   0.5×8=4
start find  reach  meet arrive come reach arrive

He (a) — my office before the train (b) — at the station. After (c) — my office, he (d) — me. The Headmaster and Secretary of our school (e) – by the train. So, we (f) — for the station to receive him. No sooner had we (g) — at the station, than we (h) — our Headmaster.

 Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose you are Jahin / Jarin. You have a friend named Ortho / Orpa. Now, write an e-mail to your friend inviting him / her to spend the summer vacation in your village. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

‘The Wonders of Modern Science’

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Dhaka Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

 

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: ─ 0.5×6=3

Lutfur is (a) — street boy. He is (b) — orphan. He lives in the street of Chittagong (c) — city. One day he went to Newmarket. He saw a fruit-seller selling different kinds of (d) — fruit. There he found (e) — old man buying some apples. (f) — apples looked very fresh.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: ─ 0.5×6=3
to in from on of to

A good student is fond (a) ── books. He is attentive (b) — his studies. He always tries (c) — cut a good figure (d) — the exanimation. He never deviates (e) — his duties because he knows every success depends (f) — hard work.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─         1×4=4
A piece of land   was was given to the class 8 students.
It gave about twelve metres long and six metres wide.
 The Headmaster     chosen by the Headmaster and Mr Anis Ahmed.
 The land     it to them.
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ 1×4=4

“Have you taken your meal, Tania?” said the mother. “Yes, I have taken my meal,” replied Tania.  “Will you eat any fruit? Eat some mangoes,” the mother said.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─   1×5= 5

(a) Cricket is a very exciting game. (Make it Exclamatory)

(b) People of all ages enjoy this game. (Make it Passive)

(c) At present u is one of the most popular games in our country. (Make it Comparative)

(d) Everybody likes a cricketer. (Make it Negative)

(e) Would that I could be a great cricketer! (Make it Assertive)

  1. Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─ 0.5×6 =   3

have you bought the pen said  selina  yes said salam the pen is very interesting

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ 0.5×8=4

(a) Honest is the best of all virtues.  An honest man is always (b) truth. He is never (c) harm anybody. Nobody is (d) satisfied with him. On the other hand, everybody (e) like a (f) honest man. People remember an honest man (g) respectful even after his death. Without honesty peace and happiness is (h) possible.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms: ─ 0.5×8=4
see  destroy  loses causes  cut pose plant increase

Global warming is (a) — day by day. It is mainly (b) — by the destruction of forests. Every day we are (c) — down trees recklessly but do not (d) — a single tree. As a result, wild animals are (e) — their living places.  Many birds and animals are (f) — no more. This loss (g) — threat to our environment by (h) — the ecological balance.

Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Salam / Salma. Your best friend Arif / Arifa made an excellent result in the last JSC Examination. Now, write an e-mail to him / her congratulating on his / her brilliant success. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

“A Journey You Have Made”

 

 

 English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Comilla Board,2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article: (0.5×6=3)

Truthfulness is (a) — greatest of all (b) — virtues which make (c) — man really great. If we don’t cultivate (d) — habit of speaking (e) — truth, we can’t command (f) — confidence of others.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate preposition given in the box below: (0.5×6=3)
after for about with after to

One should not run (a) — money because those who hanker (b) — money can’t enjoy mental peace. Sometimes, it may lead one (c) — some unexpected troubles. It also happens that greed (d) — money brings (e) — many problem. So, we should be contented (f)—what we have.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table: ─         (1×4=4)
Socrates   was to educate people
He didn’t the wisest philosopher and teacher of his time.
  His mission  die a natural death.
 killed by the rulers of Athens.

Change the following passage into indirect speech: ─ (1×4=4)

Lubna said to me, “Have you finished reading the book I gave you yesterday?” “Yes, I have finished reading the book,” I replied. “What an interesting book it is! I wish I could borrow the book earlier,” I said. “Will you return the book to me today?” she asked.

  1.  Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets: ─ (1×5= 5 )

(a) My friend invited me to pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar. (Interrogative)

(b) I gladly accepted the invitation. (Passive)

(c) My friend received me cordially. (Interrogative)

(d) I was very glad to see the sea beach. (Exclamatory)

(e) It was one of the most memorable journeys in my life (Positive)

  1.  Rewrite the following passageusing capitalization and punctuation: ─        (0.5×6 =   3)  

do you think it is  easy to pass english said musa no said rana but why are you so careless of english i dont feel  interest in  the subject oh i see

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text: ─ (0.5×8=4)

(a) Deforest is  going on in our country. It means (b) destroy of forest. People are cutting down trees for housing or (c) cultivate.  Thus, they are making the environmental (d) pollute. To make up the loss of trees we need (e) afforest. Loss of trees will be (f) danger for our country. Our (g) develop will be (h) serious affected if we don’t plant tree.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right forms: ─     (0.5×8=4 )  
leave  run get think walk snatch begin be

Last evening, I was (a) — along the Sadar Road. My younger sister (b) — with me. Suddenly, a young man came (c)—and (d) — her gold chain out from her neck. I (e) — to run after the snatcher. But after a while, I (f) ── it was not wise to (g) ── my sister alone as it was (h) ── dark.

 

Section B── Composition

 Marks──20

  1. Suppose, you are Labib / Lubna. You have a friend named Rahim / Rahima. Now, write an e-mail to your friend about your preparation for the JSC Examination. 8
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words: ─ 12

 ‘Importance of Reading Newspaper’

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Dinajpur Board, 2015

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero article. (.5X6=3)

Our life is (a)_____ sum total of hours, days and years. But all days are not equally memorable to us. Most of (b)______ days are forgotten with (c)______ passage of time. Only (d)______ few days remain ever fresh in our memory. My first day at (e)_____ school is such (f)______ amazing day.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with preposition given in the box bellow. ( .5X6=3)
of to at with for by

Digital Bangladesh is (a)_____ present a buzzword (b)the people (c)______ all classes. It means digitalising Bangladesh (d)_______ ensuring an ICT based society. It will make people think globally and connect them (e)______ the whole world economically. Digital governance will curb crime and corruption and pave the way (f)_____ our country’s rapid development.

  1. Make four sentences from the substitution table given below. (1X4=4)
Getting up early should beneficial to our body and mind
It is no bad effects
Every student has get up early in the morning
Undoubtedly a good habit
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech. (4)

The traveller said to the peasant, ” Can you tell me the way to the nearest inn?” The peasant said, ” Yes, I can. Do you want one in which you can spend the night?” The traveller said, ” I do not wish to stay there, but I only want a meal.”

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets. (1X5=5)

(a) Today corruption is a very familiar term in Bangladesh. ( Make it negative without changing meaning)

(b) Corruption is the most dreadful weapon to destroy a society. ( Positive)

(c) It lies in every phase of our society. ( Make it interrogative without changing meaning)

(d) Some drastic steps have been taken against corruption. ( Active)

(e) Social awareness is the most essential thing to resist corruption.

  1. Rewrite the following passage using capitalization and punctuation.

the old man said can you give me some food ive been staying for two days the maid said why do you beg cant you work.

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text. ( .5X8=4)

(a)Overeat is not a good habit. It means eating (b) excess food. Some people (c) occasional eat too much. It results in (d) digestion which is (e) injure to health. People suffer from (f) digest trouble because they cannot resist their (g) tempt for overeating. They are (h)tolerant.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right form.
see destroy cut plant lose cause pose increse

Global warming is (a)_______ day by day. It is mainly (b)______ by the destruction of forests. Everyday we are (c)_______ down trees recklessly but do not (d)_______ a single tree. As a result, wild animals are (e)________ their living places. Many birds and animals are (f)______ no more. This loss (g)_______ a threat to our environment by (h)______ the ecological balance.

Section B : Composition ( 20 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are Selim/Salima. You are  a student of class VIII in Faridpur Zilla School. There are not enough books in your library to meet your needs. Now, write an application to the Headmaster for purchasing more books for the school library. (8)
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words. (12)

“Your Favourite Hobby”

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Dinajpur Board,2016

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

  1. Fill in the gaps of the follow text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) where is no article applicable. ( .5X6)

Each and every student wants to make a good result in the examination. But it is not (a)____ easy task. (b)______ student has to do something with this end in view. From (c)______ very beginning he must be very serious. He should read (d)_____ texts again and again. He must not make (e)_____ notes from (f)_____ common source.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with prepositions given in the box. (.5X6=3)
to with for in with of at

Our English teacher, Mr Rahman is very popular (a)________ us (b) __________ his skill. He is very good (c)_______ English. He is very friendly (d)_______ us. He is very careful (e)_______ his duties. Really, he is very skilled (f)_______ common source.

  1. Make four meaningful sentences from the substation given in the box. (.5X6=3)
Getting up early should beneficial to our body and mind
It is no bad effects
Every student has get up early in the morning
Undoubtedly a good habit
  1. Change the following passage into indirect speech.

“Rojina, have you done your English lesson today?” said the teacher. “Yes, sir, I did it. But I haven’t understood some grammatical points.” Replied Rojina. “Where is the problem?” said the teacher.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets. ( 1×5-5)

(a) Trees are our best friends ( Make it negative). (b) Very few things are as useful as trees ( Make it superlative). (c) They are a great source of food and vitamins ( Make it interrogative). (d) Various kinds of fruits are given by them ( Make it active). (e) We use them for various purposes (Make it passive).

  1. Rewrite the following passage using capitalization and punctuations. ( .5×6=3)

kamal dont be so silly he will come soon said anis we need not wait for him he failed to keep his word replied kamal.

  1. Add prefix, suffix or both to the underlined words in the following text. ( .5×8=4)

Our education remains (a)complete if we do not lean good manner.s In our behaviour we must be (b)respectof others. We should never (c)behave towards anybody because our (d)conduct may hurt others. We should not create any (e)necessary quarrel with others. The (f)important of good manners is (g)measurable(h)Reala man of good manners is a gentleman.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right form.
become receive come be get contribute play work

Today women (a)_____ important role in all spheres of life. They (b)______ no longer confined within the four walls of their parents or husbands’ house. They have (c)_____ out of the kitchens and are (d)_______ hand in hand with men in the development programmes of the country. By (e)______ education they (f)______ pilots, doctors, engineers, teachers, administrators etc. If they (g)_____ more opportunities, they (h)______ much to the development of the country.

Section B : Compositions ( 20 Marks)

  1. Imagine, you are Bashar/Bashira of College Road, Rajshahi and recently you have visited your friend Siam/Sumaya’s house at Asian Highway,Chittagong. You have been very much charmed by the warm hospitality of your friend. Now, write an email to your friend thanking him for his/her hospitality. (8)
  2. Write a composition on the following topic in 250 words. (12)

“Your aim in life.”

 

 

 

English 2nd Paper

Subject Code: 108

Rajshahi Board,2016

Total Marks – 50

Time : 2 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A : Grammar ( 30 Marks)

 

  1. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross (x) for zero articles. ( .5×6=3)

Truthfulness is (a)———- greatest of all (b)  virtues that make (c)———man really great. If we don’t cultivate (d)———- habit of speaking (e)———- truth, we can’t command (f)———- confidence of others.

  1. Fill in the blanks of the following text with appropriate prepositions given in the box below. (.5×6=3)

An honest man is true (a)——— word. He does not deviate (b)——– the path of honesty. He knows that peace consists (c)——— honesty. He may have wanted, (d)——-money but greed cannot overpower him. He has no ambition (e)———-worldly things. He is contented (f)——– what he has.

  1. Make four meaningful sentences from the substitution table.(1×4=4)
  2. Change the following passage into indirect speech. (1×4=4)

Father said to Rina. “Do you know, why I have sent you to school?” Rina said, “Yes, I know, I have been sent to school to receive an education.” “Right,” said he.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets. (1×5=5)

(a) Book is the, best of all friends (Make it comparative), (b) We all should read books, (Make a passive) (c) A book delights us. (Make it interrogative sentence) (d) Who does not like a book? ‘(Make it assertive sentence) (e) It is a very valuable thing. (Make it exclamatory sentence).

  1. Rewrite the following passage using capitalization and punctuation. (.5×6=3)

human beings have invented many important things so far do you know which  invention is the greatest it is the wheel

  1. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined In the text.

An (a) healthy man leads a (b) pain life. He cannot enjoy (c) happy. He suffers both (d) physical and (e) mental. He passes his days with (f) happy. His life is very (g) misery. He is (h) active too.

  1. Complete the following text with suitable verbs in the box with their right form. (.5×8=4)

The foods that we eat can be (a) ———– into six kinds according to what substance they (b)———  and what benefits they (c)———-  to us. Fish, meat, peas and milk (d) ———– us with protein and (e)———— our body and help us grow. If we (f)———- all these, we can (g)———- well. Vitamins and mineral salts (h)———– us from diseases. They keep us fit for work.

 

Section B : Composition (20 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are Salam/Salma. You have a friend named Arif/Arifa. Now, write an email to your friend about your preparation for the JSC Examination. (8)
  2. Suppose, you are Salam/Salma. You have a friend named Arif/Arifa. Now, write an email to your friend about your preparation for the JSC Examination. (12)
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Board question JSC first paper

English 1st Paper

Subject Code: 107

Chittagong Board,2016

Total Marks – 100

Time : 3 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A: Reading Test (Seen Passage)

Read the text carefully and answer the questions 1, 2 and 3. 

Nakshi Kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt. The name was taken from the Bengali word, ‘naksha’  Which means artistic pattern.It is a kind of traditional craft and is said to be indigenous to Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. The art has been practised in rural Bengal for centuries. The name ‘Nakshi Kantha’ became popular after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ was published in 1929.

Traditional kanthas are made for family use. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make these are used to make these quilts. Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and Jessore are most famous for this craft. Now it is produced commercially. You can find them in many expensive handicraft shops in cities. The quilts are now in great demand because of the colourful patterns and designs embroidered on them. [Unit-1; Lesson-2 (B)]

  1. Choose the best answer from the alternatives. (1×5=5)

a) The word ‘Nakshi Kantha’ comes from an/a —— word.

(i) English                 (ii) Bengali                  (iii) Hindi          (iv) Burmese

b) Nowadays ‘Nakshi Kantha’ is produced –

(i) Traditionally     (ii) Nationally     (iii) Commercially          (iv) Normally

c) What does the word ‘Pattern’ mean?

(i) Step by step             (ii)Series    (iii) Artistic design          (iv) Handmade work

d) Where has the art been practised?

(i) Large cities      (ii) Urban area           (iii) Rural area          (iv) Rich family

e) ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ is written by –

(i) Kazi Nazrul Islam              (ii)        Farrukh Ahmed          (iii) Jasimuddin       (iv) Rabindranath

  1. Answer the following questions.(2×5=10)

a) What is ‘Nakshi Kantha ?

b) Which districts are. famous for ‘Nakshi Kantha’?

c) When does Nakshi Kantha’ become famous?

d) Why are the quilts now in great demand?

e) What kind of craft is it?

Read the passage and summarize it in your own words in about 70 words. (10)

Reading Test (Unseen Passage)

Read the following text carefully and answer the questions 4 and 5.   

John Donne was born in 1573 in London. His father was a rich merchant. He had a name and fame in his circle. But he died in 1576. He was at first educated as Catholic. He entered Oxford in 1584 and left it in 1587. Then he studied at Cambridge for three years. He was removed to London in 1591. He then entered Lincoln’s Inn to study Law in 1592. When Donne came of age, he had a considerable fortune. Donne traveled Italy, Spain and other countries of the continent, between 1594 and 1597. He joined Essex Expedition to Cabiz in 1590. During this time he wrote several poems. His lyrical poetry was mainly the outcome of three years. In 1609 he began to compose his great prose work ‘Pseudo- Martyr’. It was printed in 1610. In 1611 he wrote a satirical prose piece.

  1. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. (1×5=5)
Who/What Events/Activity Place Year
Donne entered (i)_________ in 1584
He shifted to London (ii) __________
He (iii) ___________ Lincon’s inn in 1592
(iv) ____________ travelled Italy, Spain and on the continent between 1594 to 1597
John Donne (v) ____________ Essex Expedition to Cabiz in 1590
  1. Read the passage again and write true or false beside the following statements. Give the correct answer for the false statements. (1×5=5)

a) John Donne had studied at Cambridge for three years.

b) He was born in Oxford. .

c) He was a son of a teacher.

d) John Donne’s father was famous beyond his circle. .

e) His father breathed his last in 1576.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words. (1×5=5)

Honesty is a great virtue. It helps a man to (a)________ in life. An honest man is loved and (b)_______ by all. Nobody believes a (c)_____ man. A man may be (d)­­­­­­­_______ ­­by means of dishonesty but that is short lived. A dishonest man (e) ________ in the long run.

  1. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order. (1×10=10)

a) One said, “I have lost my husband”.

b) A poor woman once came to Buddha.

c) The sorrowful mother went from door to door seeking the mustard seeds but at every door she met with sad replies.

d) She returned with a heavy heart to the great teacher and told him the result of her great search.

e) He told her that there was only one medicine which could revive her son.

f) Another said, “Our youngest child died last year.”

g) Then Buddha told her affectionately that she must not think much of her own grief-since sorrow and death are common to all.

h) The holy man was touched by the great sorrow of the woman.

i) She asked him whether he could give her any medicine to restore her dead child to life.

j) He told her to bring a handful of mustard seeds from a’ house where death had never entered.

  1. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. (5×10=5)
with what seek who desires have
brings wordly for rather has happiness

It is true that complete (a)______ does not exist in (b)_________ life. A man cannot (c)___________ all the things that he (d)_______ in life. It is better not to (e)________       more and more of a thing, (f)________ one should be satisfied (g)_______ what one gets. Contentment is the key to happiness. One should not always think about (h)______ he does not have. There are some people (i)_______ think’ that it is money that (j)________ happiness in life.

9.The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences.  ( 1×5=5)

Column A Column B
(i) Frustration is the cause (a) not only a national but also a global problem
(ii) Drugs kill the addicts (b) effect on human body
(iii) Drugs bear a terrible (c) slowly but surely
(iv) Addiction means (d) of drug addiction
(v) Drug addiction is ‘ (e) strong attraction for harmful things

Section B – Writing Test

  1. Suppose, you are Rana/Rani and you have a friend named Ripon/Runa. Your friend is interested in a reading newspaper. Now, write a dialogue between you and your friend about the importance of reading newspaper.(10)

11.Write a paragraph on ‘A Tea Stall’ by answering the following questions ( 10)

a)What is a tea stall? b) Where is it found? c) How is it furnished? d) What things are sold here? e) What do the customers do in the tea stall?

12.Read the beginning of the story. Complete it in about 150 words in your own way:(10)

Once there lived a farmer in a village. He had a wonderful goose and it laid a golden egg every morning. One day ————

13.Suppose, you are Moni/Munia. You have a friend named Rahim/Rahima. Now, write a letter to your friend describing what you intend to do after JSC Examination.(10)

 

 

 

English 1st Paper

Subject Code: 107

Dinjapur Board,2015

Total Marks – 100

Time : 3 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A: Reading Test  (60) (Seen Passage)

 

Read the text carefully and answer the, questions 1, 2 and 3.

The word ‘hygiene’ means the practice of keeping ourselves clean. It also means to keep our home and workplaces clean. It is important for our good health.

Hygiene is thought to be next to godliness. It is because we cannot achieve anything physically, mentally .or spiritually if we are unclean in our body, mind and soul. Nobody likes an unclean person either. So we must follow the rules of hygiene.

First, we must keep our body clean. We should have a bath everyday and wash our hair regularly. This will keep the body and hair free from dirt and bacteria.

Secondly, we should wash our clothes regularly. Dirty clothes give off bad smell and invite germs. We should wear Socks and shoes when we go out to protect our feet from dust and germs. It is also important to wash Our hands before meals and after using the toilet. We should brush our teeth twice a day, after breakfast and supper. We must also cut our nails regularly. Our drinking water must be safe. We can get safe water by boiling and filtering.

Finally, we should keep our surroundings and environment clean. If we do and follow all the above things properly, we will be able to lead a healthy and happy life. (213 words) [ Unit – 3 : Lesson -2 (A)]

  1. Choose the best answer from the alternatives. 1×5=5

(a) Hygiene is _____ godliness.

(i) as important as (ii) more than  (iii) nearer to  (iv) equal to

(b) Cutting our nails regularly is a _______

(i) fashion (ii) must  (iii) style  (iv) bad habit

(c) The word ‘important’ means —

(i) foul (ii) abortive (iii) meaningless  (iv) vital

(d) Cleanliness has positive impact on our

(i) body (ii) soul (iii) body and mind  (iv) mind

(e) The similar meaning of the word ‘follow’ is ______

(i) abide by (ii) reject (iii) avoid  (iv) detach

  1. Answer the following questions.

(a) What do you understand by the word ‘hygiene’?

(b) How is an unclean person treated?

(c) Why should we put.on clean clothes?

(d) When should-we brush our teeth?

(e) How can we lead a happy and healthy ,life?

  1. Read the text in A again. Now, write the summary of it in around 70 words.  10

Reading Test (Unseen Passage)

Read the following text carefully and answer answer the questions 4 and 5.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of modem age, was born of Jewish parents in Germany in 1879 A.D. At the age of twenty-one, he graduated from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Two years later, he joined a service in Bern. He obtained his Doctorate in 1905. Four years after his Doctorate, he took, the post of Associate Professor at the University of Zurich. He resigned the next year to become a full Professor at a German University. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Einstein was in America as a Visiting Professor. For Hitler’s cruelty to the Jews, he did not return to his homeland. Einstein became famous for his Theory of Relativity. At the request of a group of Scientists, he wrote to the American President Roosevelt to use atomic energy in bombs.

  1. Complete the following table with the information given in the text above.         1×5=5
Who/What Activity/Event Place/Country Time/Year
Albert Einstein (i) ………….. Germany 1879
His graduation Federal Institute of Technology (ii) ……….
He joined a service (iii)…………….. 1902
(iv) ………. was received 1905
Nobel Prize (v)…………………. 1921
  1. Read the passage again and write True or False beside the following statements. Give answers for the false statements.    1×5=5

a) No other scientist is as great as Einstein in modern age.

b) He took the post of Associate Professor at the University of Zurich in 1909.

c) He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

d) He did not return to his homeland because of Hitler’s cruelty towards the Jews.

e) A group of politicians requested Einstein to write to the President Roosevelt to use atomic energy in bombs.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words. 1×5=5

Sincerity is the key to success, (a) ———— who are sincere in performing their (b) ————–  become successful. On the other hand, (c)—————– people always lag behind. Sincerity doesn’t (d) —— only to do the work (e)——- .

  1. Rearrange the following sentences in correct.  10

a) So, he asked for the wise counsellor’s advice.

b) The applicants were asked to meet the Sultan one by one.

c) He wanted to appoint an honest man as his tax collector.

d) A number of people applied for the job. ,                                                                                              .

e) Once there lived a Sultan in a country.

f) Accordingly he invited applications.

g) All the applicants blushed and refused to dance except one.

h) They came through a passage where gold coins were kept.

i) Then he found the desired man.

j) When they all arrived, the Sultan asked them to dance.

8.Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. .5×10=5

assist physically virtue provides talents knowledge
society material supposed self-reliant truly genius

Proper education (a)———– a learner with opportunity to improve all his (b)———— . Its aim is to develop him (c)——- and mentally so that he can be useful to himself and to the (d) -——-. An educated’man is (e)——–— but he can also (f) ———– others in attaining this great virtue. He is (g) ———— to be well- mannered, kind and sympathetic. So, a man who has acquired (h) ——-— and skill cannot be called a (i)——- educated man only for his (j)——— development.

  1. The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences. 1×5=5
Column A Column B
(i) To every man death (a) lives a few years more or less than another
(ii) But it matters little if a man (b) by our deeds and actions
(iii) Our life is not (c) must come sooner or later
(iv) It is only measured (d) die unhonoured and are not remembered
(v) The people who live only for their interest (e) measured by months or years

 


Section B – Writing Test (40)

  1. Suppose, you are Nabil/Nabila and you have a friend named Rashed/Rasheda. Your friend wants to know about your preparation for the coming JSC Examination. Now write a dialogue between you and your friend about it.  10
  2. Write a paragraph on ‘Tree Plantation’ by answering the following questions.   10

i) What does tree plantation mean?

ii) What is the best time for tree plantation?

iii) Where can we plant trees?

iv) Why is tree plantation important?

v) How can we make the tree plantation programme successful?

  1. Read the beginning of a story. Now, complete it in 150 words. 10

There was a clever fox in a jungle. One day he fell into a trap as he was walking through the jungle. He could get out of the trap but lost his tail behind. Without his tail, the fox looked very strange. ” What should I do now?” , he cried……………………………….

  1. Suppose, you are Abib/Abida and your younger brother is Nahian. He is indifferent to his study. He keeps himself with bad company and while away his time. Now, write a letter to your younger brother advising him to be sincere in and attentive to his studies. 10

 

 

 

English 1st Paper

Subject Code: 107

Dinjapur Board,2016

Total Marks – 100

Time : 3 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A: Reading Test  (60) (Seen Passage)

 

Read the text carefully and answer the questions 1, 2 and 3 :

The word ‘hygiene’ means the practice of keeping ourselves clean. It also means to keep our home and work places clean. It is important for our good health. Hygiene is thought to be next to godliness. It is because we cannot achieve anything physically, mentally or spiritually if we are unclean in our bpdy, mind and soul. Nobody likes an unclean person either. So we must follow the rules of hygiene. First, we must keep our body clean, We should have A bath every day and wash our hair regularly. This will keep the body and hair free from dirt and bacteria. Secondly, we should wash our clothes regularly. Dirty clothes give off bad smell and invite germs. We should wear socks and shoes when we go out to protect our feet from dust and germs. It is also important to wash our hands before meals and after using the toilet. We should brush our teeth twice a day, after breakfast and supper. We must also cut our nails regularly. Our drinking water must be pure. We can get pure water by boiling and filtering Finally, we should keep our surroundings and environment clean. If we do and follow all the above things properly, we will be able to lead a healthy

and happy life. (215 words) [Unit – 3 Lesson 3 (A)]

 

  1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text. 1×5=5

(a) hygiene –
(i) untidy (ii) smartness (iii) cleanliness (iv) freshness
b) godliness –
(i) deny (ii) devotion to God (iii) worship (iv) defy
(c) mentally –
(i) bodily (ii) organic (iii) organ (iv) psychologically
(d) give off –
(i) keep (ii) contain (iii) retain (iv) emit ‘
(e) protect –
(i) devastate (ii) ruin (iii) destroy . (iv) preserve

  1. Answer the following questions : 2×5

(a) What does the word ‘hygiene’ mean?

(b) How can .we get pure water?

(c) When should we brush our teeth?

(d) What do the dirty clothes produce?

(e) Why is ‘hygiene’ thought next to godliness?

  1. Read the text in ‘A’ again. Now, write the summary of it in around 75 words. 10

Reading Test (Unseen passage)

Read the following text carefully and answer the questions 4 and 5 :

Ferdousi, the great poet, had a very set hand. He informed the Sultan of writing something remarkable. Then he began to write “The Shahnama” in honour of Sultan Mahmud. The Sultan promised to pay him a piece of gold coin for each verse. But when the epic was finished, it was found to contain sixty thousand verses. When the epic was taken to him, the Sultan now offered Ferdousi only sixty thousand pieces of silver coins instead of gold coins. The poet refused to accept. The Sultan repenting, sent him sixty thousand pieces of gold coins. But the messengers arrived too fate. When they reached the poet’s house, they met the dead body being carried out for burial. The messengers came to the palace. They reported to the Sultan. The Sultan sat grave. He did not tell anything to anybody. Last of all, he called his courtiers and asked them to accompany him. The Sultan went there.. He expressed his deep shock for the departed poet.

  1. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage: 1×5=5
Name Event/Activity What/Why
Ferdousi wanted to write (i) ……………………….
(ii) ………………………. was written in honour of Sultan Mahmud
The Sultan promised to give (iii) ……………………….
(iv) …………………… contained sixty thousand verses
The Sultan (v) ………………………. to express his deep shock
  1. Read the passage again and write true or false beside the following statements. Write answers for the false statements:                                                                                                                                                 1×5=5

a) Sultan Mahmud was a great poet.

b)Ferdousi wrote ‘The Shahnama’.

c) The Sultan sat happily.

d) Ferdousi had a very set hand.

e) Ferdousi wrote the epic in honour of Sultan Mahmud.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words : 1×5=5

Most of (a)——- farmers of our (b)———- are very poor. They do not (c)———— how to read and (d)———– .They have no (e) -— of their own.

  1. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order :         10

a) The woman said to him that they had been starving for three days.

b) He went there.

c) Hearing this his heart was filled with pity.

d) Hazrat Omar (R.) was the second Caliph of Islam.

e) He asked the woman y/hy the children were crying.

f) He went to the royal treasury and brought food for them.

g) He found a woman and three children.

h) At night he used to walk alone in the streets of Medina.

i) One night while he was walking, he heard the sound of crying coming out from a hut.

j) His aim was to see the condition of the people with his own eyes.

8. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary

kill spend boat while people their
songs area land role popular boatman

Bangladesh is predominantly a riverine (a) ——— and this structure plays an important (b) ———- in the life of its people. Bhatially (c) ———- are river oriented and very (d) ————-  in southeastern low lands of Bangladesh locally known as bhati (e) ————-  . They are traditional (f) ————  songs. The (g) ———- of Mymensingh, Sylhet, Dhaka, Comilla, Faridpur, Pabna and Barisal (h)————- quite a lot of time in (i)——— boats and sing in a specific style (j)———– sailing down stream.

  1. The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences : 1×5=5
Column A Column B
(i) Drugs bear a terrible effect (a) not very easy.
(ii) They kill them (b) drowsy.
(iii) Drug addicted people feel (c) slowly but surely.
(iv) The remedy for drug addiction is (d) a punishable offence.
(v) Drug business is (e) on human body.

 

Section B : Writing Test (40)

  1. Suppose, you are Rounok and your friend is Rupak. Make a dialogue between you and your

friend about the importance of reading newspaper.                                                                      10

  1. Write a paragraph on ‘Your School Library’ by answering the following questions. Your

paragraph should not exceed 100 words :                                                                                        10

a) What is library?

b) What is the importance of school library?

c) Where is it located?

d)How are books arranged?

e)How do you feel of your school library?

  1. Read the beginning of the story. Now, complete it in 150 words : 10

One day a lion was sleeping in its cave. A mouse was playing nearly. While playing it by chance ran over the lion’s body. At this, the lion woke up ……………………………

  1. Suppose, you are Rassel living in Kazla, Rajshahi. Your friend is Banna living in Medical Mor, Rangpur. Now, write a letter inviting him to attend your sister’s marriage ceremony on next Friday.  10

 

 

 

English 1st Paper

Subject Code: 107

Chittagong Board,2016

Total Marks – 100

Time : 3 hours

[NB—The Figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Section A: Reading Test (Seen Passage)

Read the text carefully and answer the questions 1, 2 and 3. 

Nakshi Kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt. The name was taken from the Bengali word, ‘naksha’  Which means artistic pattern.It is a kind of traditional craft and is said to be indigenous to Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. The art has been practised in rural Bengal for centuries. The name ‘Nakshi Kantha’ became popular after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ was published in 1929.

Traditional kanthas are made for family use. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make these are used to make these quilts. Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and Jessore are most famous for this craft. Now it is produced commercially. You can find them in many expensive handicraft shops in cities. The quilts are now in great demand because of the colourful patterns and designs embroidered on them. [Unit-1; Lesson-2 (B)]

  1. Choose the best answer from the alternatives. (1×5=5)

a) The word ‘Nakshi Kantha’ comes from an/a —— word.

(i) English                 (ii) Bengali                  (iii) Hindi          (iv) Burmese

b) Nowadays ‘Nakshi Kantha’ is produced –

(i) Traditionally     (ii) Nationally     (iii) Commercially          (iv) Normally

c) What does the word ‘Pattern’ mean?

(i) Step by step             (ii)Series    (iii) Artistic design          (iv) Handmade work

d) Where has the art been practised?

(i) Large cities      (ii) Urban area           (iii) Rural area          (iv) Rich family

e) ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ is written by –

(i) Kazi Nazrul Islam              (ii)        Farrukh Ahmed          (iii) Jasimuddin       (iv) Rabindranath

  1. Answer the following questions.(2×5=10)

a) What is ‘Nakshi Kantha ?

b) Which districts are. famous for ‘Nakshi Kantha’?

c) When does Nakshi Kantha’ become famous?

d) Why are the quilts now in great demand?

e) What kind of craft is it?

  1. Read the passage and summarize it in your own words in about 70 words. (10)

Reading Test (Unseen Passage)

Read the following text carefully and answer the questions 4 and 5.   

John Donne was born in 1573 in London. His father was a rich merchant. He had a name and fame in his circle. But he died in 1576. He was at first educated as Catholic. He entered Oxford in 1584 and left it in 1587. Then he studied at Cambridge for three years. He was removed to London in 1591. He then entered Lincoln’s Inn to study Law in 1592. When Donne came of age, he had a considerable fortune. Donne traveled Italy, Spain and other countries of the continent, between 1594 and 1597. He joined Essex Expedition to Cabiz in 1590. During this time he wrote several poems. His lyrical poetry was mainly the outcome of three years. In 1609 he began to compose his great prose work ‘Pseudo- Martyr’. It was printed in 1610. In 1611 he wrote a satirical prose piece.

  1. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. (1×5=5)
Who/What Events/Activity Place Year
Donne entered (i)_________ in 1584
He shifted to London (ii) __________
He (iii) ___________ Lincon’s inn in 1592
(iv) ____________ travelled Italy, Spain and on the continent between 1594 to 1597
John Donne (v) ____________ Essex Expedition to Cabiz in 1590
  1. Read the passage again and write true or false beside the following statements. Give the correct answer for the false statements. (1×5=5)

a) John Donne had studied at Cambridge for three years.

b) He was born in Oxford. .

c) He was a son of a teacher.

d) John Donne’s father was famous beyond his circle. .

e) His father breathed his last in 1576.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words. (1×5=5)

Honesty is a great virtue. It helps a man to (a)________ in life. An honest man is loved and (b)_______ by all. Nobody believes a (c)_____ man. A man may be (d)­­­­­­­_______ ­­by means of dishonesty but that is short lived. A dishonest man (e) ________ in the long run.

  1. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order. (1×10=10)

a) One said, “I have lost my husband”.

b) A poor woman once came to Buddha.

c) The sorrowful mother went from door to door seeking the mustard seeds but at every door she met with sad replies.

d) She returned with a heavy heart to the great teacher and told him the result of her great search.

e) He told her that there was only one medicine which could revive her son.

f) Another said, “Our youngest child died last year.”

g) Then Buddha told her affectionately that she must not think much of her own grief-since sorrow and death are common to all.

h) The holy man was touched by the great sorrow of the woman.

i) She asked him whether he could give her any medicine to restore her dead child to life.

j) He told her to bring a handful of mustard seeds from a’ house where death had never entered.

  1. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. (5×10=5)
with what seek who desires have
brings wordly for rather has happiness

It is true that complete (a)______ does not exist in (b)_________ life. A man cannot (c)___________ all the things that he (d)_______ in life. It is better not to (e)________       more and more of a thing, (f)________ one should be satisfied (g)_______ what one gets. Contentment is the key to happiness. One should not always think about (h)______ he does not have. There are some people (i)_______ think’ that it is money that (j)________ happiness in life.

9.The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences.  ( 1×5=5)

Column A Column B
(i) Frustration is the cause (a) not only a national but also a global problem
(ii) Drugs kill the addicts (b) effect on human body
(iii) Drugs bear a terrible (c) slowly but surely
(iv) Addiction means (d) of drug addiction
(v) Drug addiction is ‘ (e) strong attraction for harmful things

Section B – Writing Test

  1. Suppose, you are Rana/Rani and you have a friend named Ripon/Runa. Your friend is interested in a reading newspaper. Now, write a dialogue between you and your friend about the importance of reading newspaper.(10)

11.Write a paragraph on ‘A Tea Stall’ by answering the following questions ( 10)

a)What is a tea stall? b) Where is it found? c) How is it furnished? d) What things are sold here? e) What do the customers do in the tea stall?

12.Read the beginning of the story. Complete it in about 150 words in your own way:(10)

Once there lived a farmer in a village. He had a wonderful goose and it laid a golden egg every morning. One day ————

13.Suppose, you are Moni/Munia. You have a friend named Rahim/Rahima. Now, write a letter to your friend describing what you intend to do after JSC Examination.(10)

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Degree General English Previous NU questions

[According to the Syllabus of 2004-2005]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009 EXAMINATION—2008 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea from deodorants to creams are starting to appear on the market.
Bangladesh produces generally black tea like India and Sri Lanka. However, the country manufactures about 3m kg of green tea annually in one garden, Jagcherra Tea Estate of James Finlay. A major portion of the tea is exported to Pakistan. Due to its astringent flavour it is not popular to western markets. They favour green tea of Mellowed qualities which is produced from small leaf China variety by China and Japan. So the rise of internal consumption would be a key factor for the expansion of green tea in Bangladesh.

 (a)   Write answers to the following questions: 2×2=4
(i) What good things have been talked about regarding green tea?
(ii) What tea is popular to western markets?
(b)    What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas of the passage? 4
(c) Write down the meanings of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences in your own language (any four) :
evidence; appear on; due to; astringent; favour; consumption.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of the sentence? 4
(e) Summarise the passage. 4
2. Correct the following sentences : 5
(a) Stay here until I do not come.
(b) The girl resembles to her mother.
(c) This is the best of the two.
(d) Would you mind to have a cup of tea?
(e) You should stick at your principle.
3. Change any five of the following words as directed and make sentences with changed words:
        1×5=5
difficult (noun); pride (adjective); moral (adverb); desirable (noun); beauty (verb): trouble (adjective); production (verb).
4. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blank in each of the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) The house is too costly_____me to buy.
(b) Two years have passed_____I saw him.
(c) Barking dogs_____bite.
(d) All that glitters_____not gold.
(e) Necessity is the mother of_____.
5. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
We (to start) – for Dhaka early in the morning. Our bus (to run) – fast. We saw
farmers (to work)-in the fields. The man (to seat)-beside me looked thoughtful. For
his only son (to go)-to leave Bangladesh soon.
6. Give the synonyms of the following words and make sentences of your own (any five) : 1×5=5 destroy, nervous; ugly; quite; faithful; completely; selfish.
Or,  Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences with them (any five) : rich; strength; case; success; examine; implement; little.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) I want to talk to Mr. Tawhid.
(b) The girl looks like a rose.
(c) ‘Everybody hates a liar.
(d) Our college was built in 1956.
(e) Charity begins at home.
(f) Her elder sister is a magistrate.
(g) He lifted the box carefully.
8. Rearrange the following words to make sentences : 5
(a) towns a problem is in all traffic jam.
(b) 1971 became it in independent.
(c) intends abroad he to go.
(d) martyrs are they called.
(e) letter receive your to very am I glad.
9. Punctuate the following passage : 5 it is this style of clear expressive vitality that won immediate admiration from readers and set the tone for the later essayists
10. Translate into English : 5

11. (a)   Suppose, you are Principal of a college. Your college will be closed on account of Degree Pass Examination. Now, write a notice about it.
Or, (b)   Suppose you own an apartment at Banani. You want to let it. Now, write an advertisement for a daily.
12. Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas : 8
(a) Price hike;
(b) Digital Bangladesh;
(c) Climate change.
Or, Write a report for the newspaper on load-shedding in your locality.
13. Write an application to the Registrar of the National University requesting him to correct the spelling mistake of your name and a subject code in your Registration Card. 8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend informing what you would like to do after your graduation.
14. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Natural calamities in Bangladesh;
(b) Students and social service;
(c) Life in a village.

[According to the Syllabus of 2003-2004]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009
E XAMINATION—2008
ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Men usually want to have their own way. They want to think and act as they like. No one, however, can have his own way all the time. A man cannot live in society without considering the interests of others as well as his own interests. ‘Society’ means a group ©f people with the same laws and the same ways of life. People in society may make their own decisions, but these decisions ought not to be unjust or harmful to others. One man’s decisions may so easily harm another person. For example, a motorist may be in a hurry to get to a friend’s house. He sets out driving at full speed like a competitor in a motor race. There are other vehicles and also pedestrians on the road. Suddenly there is a crash. Too many road accidents happen through the thoughtlessness of selfish drivers. We have governments, the police and the law courts to prevent or to punish such criminal acts. But in addition all men ought to observe certain rules of conduct. Every man ought to behave with consideration for other men. He ought not to steal, cheat or destroy the property of others. There is no place for this sort of behaviour in a civilized society. Men in a free society have certain privileges. The government and the police do not watch all their movements. Men in a free society may think as they please. They may even choose their own government. In return for these privileges they ought not to act selfishly. They ought always to respect the rights of others. Wherever they may live— whether in a town or in a village— in a large or a small community, they ought not to behave thoughtlessly. The happiness of a community depends on the behaviour of its individual members.

(a) Write answers to the following questions :
(i) Why can men not always have their own way? 2.5×2=5
(ii) What is very important to remember for men living in a civilized society?
(b) Write down the meaning of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences of your own : 5 thoughtlessness; in a hurry; pedestrians; set out; competitor.
(c) Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences of your own : 5 selfish; respect; please; happiness; interesting.
(d) What is the writer’s purpose in writing the passage? 5
(e) Write a summary of the passage. 5 
2. (a)   Correct any five of the following sentences : 1×5=5
(i) He made to do it.
(ii) We discussed about the problem.
(iii) He is some better today.
(iv) It is time we eat our lunch.
(v) Do you finish the work yet?
(vi) He was absent in the meeting.
(vii) Karim told me a liar.
Or,   Combine each of the following groups of sentences into one (any two) :       2.5×2=5
(i) It was a dark night. He set out from home. He did this in disgust His to fight for the country.
(ii) It was winter. I went to Dhaka. I visited many places.
(iii) English is an international language. We need it in Bangladesh. We must learnit.
(b) Suppose, you will not be able to take classes on Sunday. Now, write a notice about it. 4
Or, Suppose, you are the co-ordinator of an exhibition to be held from July 2008. Now, write an advertisement for a daily.
3. Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Computer;
(b) Brain drain:
(c) Leisure.
Or, Write a dialogue between two friends on watching an interesting TV programme.
4. Write an application to the Principal of a college for the post of a lecturer in English. 8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend telling him what you want to do after the graduation.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following: 15
(a) Tree plantation;
(b) Problem of illiteracy in Bangladesh;
(c) Poverty alleviation.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) aunt lived with she her.
(b) received Socrates education a good.
(c) warfare skilled he was in.
(d) education had not much he.
(e) kingdom was ruling tired of King Lear his.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(i) I borrowed his car.
(ii) My sister is a doctor.
(iii) I love my mother very much.
(iv) He is fond of playing cricket.
(v) They caught the mouse by means of a trap.
(vi) Bashir comes here every week, (viii) Dhaka is thirty miles from here.
8. Use articles where necessary in the gaps : 5
One of____snake charmers was playing on____flute and____other was beating a drum.
As____music grew louder and louder, more people from here and there joined____crowd.
9. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
As women (constitutes) – almost 50 per cent of our population, they should also be
(include) – in our development programmes. For the development of the country full
participation of the women in the economic activities (be) – essential. Women have
already (prove)–their efficiency in some areas. They (worked) – not only in the
agricultural fields now but also in the mills and factories.
10. (i)    Write the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :     5
(a) Attractive; (b) Bless; (c) Cancel; (d) Cheap; (e) Despair; (f) Enmity; (g) Light.
Or,  (ii)   Change the word as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :
Education (adjective); Rich (verb); Believe (noun); Human (adverb); Consider (noun); Noble (verb); Duty (adjective).
11. Punctuate the following : 5 
the young man said to the man that he could not stay any longer he added that the king had sent him to do a very important work addressing the young man as friend the man told him to tell him what his important work was he also said that he could also help him
12. Translate into English : 5

[According to the Syllabus of 1997-1998]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—03-06-2009 EXAMINATION—2008 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Time—hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1.     Read the following passage and answer the questions in your own language :

A speech community is similar to other kinds of communities. The people who make up the community share a common language. Often they live side by side as they do in a neighbourhood, a village, or a city. More often they form a whole country. Many nations are composed of a single major speech community, for example Italy, Sweden and Japan. National boundaries however, are not always the same as the boundaries of a speech community. Some nations, for example Russia and India are made up of many speech communities. Some speech communities, for example, Arabic, Spanish, and English, extend across national boundaries. A speech community, then, is any group of people who speak the same language no matter where they happen to live. We may so, say that anyone who speaks English belongs to the English speech community. For convenience, we may classify the speakers into two groups : one in which the speakers use English as their native language, the other in which the speakers learn English as a second language for the purpose of education, commerce and so on.

(a) Write answers to the following questions : 2.5×2=5
(i) What do you understand by speech community?
(ii) How can you classify the community?
(b) Make your own sentences with the following phrases (any five) : 5
similar to; side by side; compose of; make up; belong to, classify into; for the purpose of.
(c) Change any five of the following words as directed and make your own sentences : 5
community (adjective); nation (adverb); speech (verb); extend (noun); classify (noun); use (adjective); education (verb),
(d)     Make a précis of the passage. 10
 2. Find out the determiner, modifier, head word, finite verb and present participle in the following sentence : 5
The angry lawyer walked out of the room, taking the child with her.
3. Fill in each gap with an appropriate word (any five) : 5
(a) The sooner,-better.
(b) I can’t help-this.
(c) She spoke English-the English.
(d) They found the sum-.
(e) It is no good-him for help.
(f) Try to follow-I say.
(g) A drowning man catches-a straw.
4. Correct any five of the following : 5
(a) He resigned from the post.
(b) My father has arrived last night.
(c) He avails the opportunity.
(d) Each of the members has submitted their report.
(e) Twenty years are a long time.
(f) He feels comparatively better today.
(g) Let you and I go there.

5. Transform any five of the following sentences as directed : 5
(a) Mita drives a blue car. (interrogative)
(b) The storm damaged the roof. (passive)
(c) They saw him climbing over the fences, (compound)
(d) How pretty the bride looks! (assertive)
(e) As Matin was sick, he could not attend the party. (simple)
(f) Anna Karenina is the best novel I have read. (comparative)
(g) We shall never forget those who laid down their lives for the country. (affirmative)
6. Combine each of the following group of sentences into one (any two) : 2.5×2=5
(a) Jerry was a poor boy. He was only five. He lived in an orphanage.
(b) The sailors were angry with the ancient mariner. He killed the albatross. He did it without any reason.
(c) The porter was a young bachelor. He lived in Baghdad. He was surprised to see the beautiful lady.
7. Make appropriate Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Maria left a message for Anika.
(b) John was happy to live in Paris.
(c) Liz wanted to know the answer.
(d) Robin went to Cox’s Bazar for a change.
(e) This book is one of the best selling now.
(f) It was a nice journey.
(g) We passed through the zoo.
 8. Frame sentences expressing the following attitudes/ emotions (any five) : 5
(a) invitation;
(b) command;
(c) request;
(d) apology;
(e) advice;
(f) wish;
(g) regret.
9. Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 10
(a) Friendship;
(b) Democracy;
(c) Pahela Baishakh.
10. Write a letter to your friend inviting him to spend the coming winter vacation with you. 10
Or,    Write an application to the Chairman of your Union Parishad for the construction of a bridge.
11. Translate into English : 10

12. (a) Amplify any one of the following : 10
(i) Slow and steady wins the race.
(ii) Rome was not built in a day.
Or,    (b)     Write a dialogue between you and your friend about the necessity of learning English.

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2007
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE : 11-01-2009 EXAMINATION—2007 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code: NCE-0100 [Old and New Syllabus] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage below and answer the following questions :

Education means mental and moral training. It is the light that clears off the darkness of ignorance from our mental horizon. The development of a nation totally depends on its system of education. The percentage of literacy of our country is 52. But it is very painful that though the government takes steps to increase the development of education, it gradually decreases. The students do not concentrate their mind to studies. Violence takes place in the educational institutions. Those who have passed the exam during this critical period are not well-educated. There is lack of proper planning in our education system. The educational institutions are planless. The teachers do not give proper attention to their classes, rather they give more attention to coaching centres. As a consequence, the students become derailed to get rid of this indiscipline. To improve the standard of education in our country the students as well as the high officials of the government should come forward and work heartily to achieve the desired goal.

1.     Write answers to the following questions : 2×3=6
(a) What do you mean by education?
(b) What are the problems in our education system?
(c) Who should come forward to improve the education system?
2. Show appropriate use of the following idioms and phrases in sentences of your own (any four) :                                                                                                                                                         4
clears off; lack of: takes place: as a consequence; to get rid of; heartily.
3. Change the following words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :        5 
achieve (to noun): development (to verb); mental (to adverb); heartily (to adjective); ignorance (to verb): depend (to adjective); co-operate (to noun).
Or,    Write synonym of the following words and make your own sentences with them (any five):
love, beautiful, success, hard, quick, high, little.
4. Make a précis of the passage. 10
Or,    Make a summary of the passage.
5. Find out headword, finite, determiner, infinite and participle phrase from the following sentences :                                                                                                                                        5
The learned professor teaching English in our college has gone to Dhaka to meet his friends.
Or,    Write a poster for your favourite candidate in the election.
6. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blanks in each of the following sentences (any five) :            5
(a) Ice-on water.
(b) His brother is______MBBS.
(c) Karim is too______a boy to believe.
(d) The committee consists______ten members.
(e)   ______does not love her/his mother?
(f) He talks as if he______a policeman.
(g) Open ______ page 50.
(h) He speaks English like______ English.
7. Correct the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Everyone was paid one’s salary.
(b) Either her friends or Ruby have come.
(c) Would you mind to come here?
(d) Rustom fought as a hero.
(e) I shall refrain to annoy you.
(f) Neither you nor I or anyone else knows it.
(g) The stone is very hard to be broken.

8. Transform the following sentences as directed in the brackets (any five) : 5
a]  Robert Bruce, the king of Scotland, sat in a lonely hall. (Compound)
(b) He lay down on the ground and saw a spider trying to reach the ceding. (Simple)
(c) When he tried to reach the ceiling, he dropped frequently. (Compound)
(d) The spider did not give up the struggle. (Passive)
(e) It tried again and again. (Interrogative)
(f) Saquib is the best student in the class. (Comparative)
(g) You are very fortunate. (Exclamatory)
Or,    Punctuate and capitalize the following passage.
fahim said to me have you finished reading the book i gave you yesterday yes have finished reading the book i replied what an interesting book it is i said will you return the book to me today he asked
9. Combine each of the following groups of sentences into one sentence (any two) :       5
(a) Hamlet was the young prince of Denmark. He heard the news of his father’s murder. He pretended madness to take revenge.
(b) The jackal was pursued by the dogs. It was very hungry. They were well fed. It was caught.
(c) Tipu Sultan was a great hero. He was the son of his lion-hearted father Haider Ali. He fought to the last drop of blood.
Or,    Rearrange the words to make meaningful sentences :
(a) Times is cigarette a smoking of curse modern.
(b) Adversity sweet are the uses of.
(c) Different could be leisure ways enjoyed in.
(d) Evening open one by I summer an window sitting was.
(e) Road the came down taxi then a just slowly.
10. Make an appropriate Wh-question for each of the following answers (any five) : 5
(a) I’m fine. Thank you.
(b) My brother is thirty years old.
(c) I get up at six in the morning.
(d) Monetary problems have hampered his education.
(e) I am going to Khulna.
(f) I hurt Abed while removing the furniture.
(g) I was caught in a traffic jam.
11. Frame sentences expressing the following attitudes/ emotions (any five) : 5
(a) apology; (b) advice; (c) warning; (d) condolence; (e) obligation; (f) disagreement; (g) request.
Or,    Write a notice for 1st year students of Honours telling that the classes will remain suspended till the test examination is over.
12. Write a paragraph on any one : 10
(a) Leadership in democracy; (b) Satellite TV channels; (c) An evening walk by a riverside.
Or,    An inter-college debate competition has been successfully arranged recently in your college. Write a report for the press on this subject.
13. Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him/her to install a canteen. 10
Or,    Write a letter of sympathy to a friend undergoing treatment in hospital.

15. Amplify the following ideas : 10
(a) There is a will, there is a way.
(b) A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Or,    Write a short essay on any one of the following :
(a) Empowerment of women; (b) Your favourite novelist.
Or,    Write a dialogue between a salesman and a customer.

[According to the Syllabus of 2004-2005]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—17-05-2008 EXAMINATION—2007/08 ENGLISH COMPULSORY Time—hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :

Change is life, change is progress, and change is culture and civilization, while stagnation is the arrest of development and nothing but decay, death and destruction. Nothing great in this world is static: everything noble is dynamic. True it is in all walks and spheres of life. Evolution and revolution is the law of Nature : it is at the root of all progress, all formation, all development. Time has always been on the move and there are upsand downs, rises and falls of human civilization, human culture, and there is man’s taste and zest, inclinations and motives, likings and dislikings. Monotony is distaste; variety is the spice of life; change is life and its zest, its interest, its meanings. In human institutions rise and fall happen and old order and discipline, old rules and regulations, old system and process—everything yields to new and surrenders to new conditions and demands. If there were no change, our life would be dull, dreary and meaningless. Our life is livable, romantic and desirable only because of change and alteration, modification and revision, newness and novelty. And because of this change of taste and zest, motives and inclinations we have seen kingdoms and democratic state, capitalism and socialism, nationalism and internationalism. To speak bluntly, the secret of a nation’s strength rests basically on its capacity for change and re-adjustment.
Here we should not forget to note that there have been radical changes and gradual changes in human history of civilization. In either case of violent or smooth change human civilization may be beset with dangers and difficulties, odds and disadvantages but the laws of life and Nature continue working; nothing remains in its state.
In short, the old ideas and old values of life become weakened and disintegrated. With the progress of time new ideas and new values of life, no matter social, political, cultural, religious, emerge out of the debris of the old.

(a) Write answers to the following questions :                                                                2×2=4
(i) What does change signify?
(ii) What happens to everything old in the evolution of things?
(b) What is the writer’s purpose in writing the passage? 4
(c) Write down the meanings of the following words/phrases in English and make sentences in your own language (any four) :                                                                                                1×4=4
stagnation, static, ups and downs, dreary, radical, development, monotony.
(d) What is the key-word in the last, sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of this sentence? 4
(e) Write a summary of the passage. 4
2. Correct the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Having finished the page, the book was shut.
(b) Is he capable to do it?
(c) He insisted to go there.
(d) I saw a dead cow walking in the field.
(e) He will avail the opportunity.
(f) They will discuss about the matter.
(g) He was accused for murder.
3. Change any five of the following words as directed and make sentences with them: 1×5=5 important (noun); independent (adjective); realization (verb); exposure (verb); evolve (noun); disaster (adjective); die (noun).

4. Supply a suitable word to fill in the blank in each of the following sentences (any five): 1×5=5
(a) Sweet_____the fruits of adversity.
(b) What do children_________most?
(c) Read diligently lest_______.
(d) A railway station is the place____________.
(e) Many farmers are so poor that they cannot keep______together.
(f) Empty vessels______much.
(g) He behaved as if he______a fool.
5. Use articles in the following sentences : 5
(a)-Sunderbans has been declared as (b)____World Heritage Site by (c)_______UNESCO.
There is (d)______great variety of plants and wild animals in this mangrove forest. This
forest is specially known around (e)____world for (f)______Royal Bengal Tigers.
6. Give the antonym of the following words and make your own sentences (any five): 1×5=5 notorious, humane, cease, trust, devout, malevolent, rejoice.
Or, Add prefix or suffix to the following words and make sentences of your own (any five) : bright, pure, attentive, solvent, noble, regular, polite.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 1×5=5
(a) I have been out of the country for two years.
(b) He saw me the day before yesterday.
(c) I found him in the park.
(d) A good dictionary gives the usage of a word.
(e) The bank closes at 4 p.m.
(f) I am doing this for a reason.
(g) I talked to Nishu.
8Rearrange the following words to make sentences : 5
(a) The police arrived no sooner than the fight had begun.
(b) Fair is foul, is foul fair.
(c) As people king consider him.
(d) Nothing seems to he do have to.
(e) Old Newton now years was fifty.
9Punctuate the following passage : 5 The scientist shouted that he had done it addressing the scientist as sir the assistant congratulated him on what he had done the scientist replied that he had done something new
10. Translate into English : 5

11. (a) Write a notice to make the visitors cautious about the animals of the zoo.               4
Or,  (b)   Suppose, relief goods have been sent to your locality. These are not distributed
properly. Now write a memo to the TNO of your Upazila.
12. Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas :                                                                                                                                                       8
(a) Grameen Bank;
(b) The curse of dowry;
(c) Drug addiction.
Or, Write a report for the newspaper on water logging in different parts of Dhaka.
13. You want to apply for the post of a lecturer. Write an application along with a resume.                  8
Or,  Write a letter to your friend describing the city you live in.
14. Write an essay on any one of the following :                                                                          15
(a) UN peace keeping operations;
(b) Education in private universities;
(c) The world as a global village.

[According to the Syllabus of 2003-2004]
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—17-05-2008 EXAMINATION—2007/08 ENGLISH COMPULSORY (NON-CREDIT) Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Most of our students cannot write out their examination papers fairly. As they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bush and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details. Sometimes they also fail to arrange their answer neatly, cleanly and systematically. Although the teacher suggests that their answer should be brief and precise, they often lengthen them unnecessarily. Where size does not matter at all, they have a silly notion that the more they write, the more marks they will get. The reality is just the opposite; their long answers generally become disgusting and unsavoury. Such answers always earn unhappy marks.
In order to get expected marks, all you should do, is to understand the questions well and answer them just to the point. Don’t worry, if your answers are fairly short. You should not play any time they may sound discordant. Be sure your sentences make sense. Above all, you need a neat presentation. To answer the short comprehensive questions, you should not copy anything blindly from the passage. Try to answer the questions more or less in your own English. Frame your answers exactly in the same tense and aspect on the questions are in. Don’t forget to write short and simple sentences. Plain and clean English is not bad.

(a) What is the purpose of the passage? 5
(b) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with them : 5
(i) Irrelevant
(ii) Cram
(iii) Precise
(iv) Disgusting
(v) Lengthen
(c) What do you understand from the following long sentences? 2-5 x2=5
(i) As they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bush and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details.
(ii) Where size does not matter at all, they have a silly notion that the more they
write, the more marks they will get.
(d) Write down the main idea and supporting ideas of the passage. 5
(e) Summarise the passage. 5
2.    (a)   Correct any five of the following sentences : 1×5=5
(i) He speaks English like English.
(ii) You drank a hot cup tea.
(iii) Now, I feel uneasy.
(iv) See the word in the dictionary.
(v) The girl prefers dance than sing.
(vi) He is devoid common sense.
(vii) The speaker lectured about population problem.
Or,  Combine each of the following groups/sentences into one (any two) :        2.5 x2=5
(i) The porter was young. He was a bachelor. He lived in the city of Bagdad.
(ii) I saw the lady guest, she was unattractive. I was disappointed.
(iii) Shakespeare is a dramatist. He is very great. He has written many dramas.
(b) Suppose, there is corruption everywhere in the country. Make a poster to create public awareness. 4
Or, Suppose, you are the owner of a flat. You want to let it. Now prepare an advertisement.
3. (i)    Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Friendship;
(b) Equal rights of women;
(c) Internet.
Or,  (ii)   Write a dialogue between two friends on learning communicative English.
4. (i) Write an application to the authority for the post of a suitable job. 
Or,  (ii)   Write a letter to your foreign-friend inviting him to visit Bangladesh.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Recreation : tension-free life;
(b) Women education;
(c) Grow more food.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) lies in contentment happiness.
(b) on earth everybody to be happy wants.
(c) nobody but happy can be.
(d) is from free nobody and avarice greed.
(e) nobody therefore can contented be.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) : 5
(i) Her efforts proved successful.
(ii) This house belongs to my father.
(iii) We should respect our seniors.
(iv) Our mistake caused the explosion.
(v) He delivered his lecture at the end of the meeting.
(vi) He went to the airport to receive his friend.
(vii) I saw the man last at his native village.
8. Use articles where necessary in the gaps : 5
I saw- film last night. – film was about- soldier and – beautiful girl. The
soldier was in love with-girl but-girl was in love with-teacher. So-soldier
shot-teacher and married-girl.
9. Correct the form of verbs within the brackets and use them in the gaps : 5
My parents (be)-dear to me. Both of them (be)-highly educated. My father (to work)
– at a govt, college and my mother is a bank-officer. They are (to engage) — in
professional activities. At night, we (to get) —— together and feel happy.
10. (i)    Write the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :     5

(a) Wrong.
(b) Majority.
(c) Surrender.
(d) Shallow.
(e) Qualified.
(f) Maximum.
(g) Knowledge.

Or,  (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) :
Development (Verb), Wisdom (Adjective), Weak (Verb), Success (Adverb), Prefer (Noun), Rich (Verb), Progress (Adj.).
11. Punctuate the following passage : 5 death is inevitable everybody knows it yet everybody forgets it for the necessity of life again someone becomes immortal by welcoming the death with smiling face someone dies many times before death
12. Translate into English : 5

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2006
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—29-01-2008 EXAMINATION—2006 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) Subject Code: 9999 [According to the Syllabus of 2003-04 & 2004-05] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B. The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

One fascinating benefit to travel to foreign places is learning how customs differ from country to country. As a case in point, there are interesting cultural variations among peoples in such matters as work, play and education. In the United States, for example, most business and industries operate a forty-hour week for their individual employees, although a large number of firms remain open over hundred hours a week by making use of two or three groups of different workers. For leisure-time entertainment, Americans indulge in a great range of sports (hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, baseball, football, etc.) as well as other social and recreational activities participated in by men and women together. The custom of non-separation of the sexes is also the general rule in American schools, from the first grade all the way through the university.

(a) (i)    What benefit does a traveller get from foreign travel?                                                  2×2 = 4
(ii)   How do the Americans pass their leisure-time?
(b) What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas in this passage?                            4
(c) Make up your own sentences with the following words (any four):                                                 1×4 = 4
Individual; Differ; Entertainment; Custom; Variations; Participate.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence? How does it help you guess the main idea of the passage? 4
(e) Summarise the passage.                                                                                                                  4
2. (i)    Correct any five of the following sentences : 5
(a) I went to the man’s house whom you saw.
(b) The man was charged for murder.
(c) Do you know how does corruption eats up a nation?
(d) He was so insolent that I did not hear him.
(e) She is wiser than I think.
(f) He is an important member in the committee.
(g) Do not pride in your wealth.

(ii) (a) Make a poster of a music-concert organised to help the Sidr-affected people. 4
Or,   (b)   Suppose a private university wants to appoint part-time teachers of English.
Make an advertisement for this.
Or,   (c)   One of your friends has recently died in an accident. Prepare a notice for a
condolence meeting.
3. (i)    Write a paragraph on any one of the following : 8
(a) Uses and abuses of mobile phone;
(b) Ways of fighting corruption;
(c) Child-trafficking.
Or,  (ii)   The dustbins in your locality are not cleaned regularly. Write a report for the press on this subject.
4. (i)    Write an application to the manager of a private bank for the post of an officer as advertised in a newspaper.                                                                                                                                                 8
Or,  (ii)   Write a letter to your friend inviting him to attend your elder sister’s marriage ceremony.
Or,  (iii) Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him to allow the college play-ground for a friendly football match.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following :                                                                            15
(a) Patriotism;
(b) Tree plantation;
(c) If I were a politician.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) in first calendar is Baishakh month Bangla the.
(b) over celebrated Baishakh country all the Pahela is.
(c) as to life comes new us it a.
(d) gathering Mela a is annual Baishakhi an.
(e) day we greet on everyone this.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) Children play cricket on Sundays.
(b) He visits his mother every week.
(c) She can speak Bangla, English and French.
(d) He is entrusted with a noble task.
(e) She comes from Khulna.
{f)    The boy cant go out because of severe cold. ‘
(g)   The doctor suggested the patient not to eat fats.
8. Use articles where necessary : 5
Education is – backbone of- nation. No nation can prosper keeping – large
section of her population illiterate. Primary education forms-basis of one’s life. –
educated citizen can read book, newspapers etc.
9. Use the correct form of verb within brackets (any five): 5
(a) You have (do) a wrong to him.
(b) He (strike) me so hard that I fell down.
(c) He as well as his friends (be) selfish.
(d) He .(lie) down as he was tired.
(e) The river has (overflow) its banks.
(f) I cannot help (laugh).
(g) The fruit (taste) sweet.
10. (i)    Give the antonyms of the following and make sentences with them (any five) :      5
(a) complex; (b) false; (c) coward; (d) humility; (e) innocent; (f) reckless: (g) accept, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with them (any five) : 5
improve (noun); neglect (adjective); strong (verb); wisdom (adverb): reason (adjective); poor (noun); success (verb).
11. Punctuate the following passage : 5 

as such the language used in these items will not be the same readers too do not expect to see a similar language used in reporting a medical discovery and another report on the countrys increasing crime situation

12. Translate into English:    5

 

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2006
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—11-11-2007 EXAMINATION—2006
ABANDONED
Time—3 hours
ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code : 9999 [According to New Syllabus]
Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Tagore says, “Education is a piece of diamond and culture is the emission of light therefrom.” So, a well-educated man must be cultured too. People should be cultured in appropriate sense and culture should be moulded with dice of our own tradition. The term ‘culture’ is very broad. It comprises music, literature, drama and other aspects of fine arts. The true picture of a country is projected in its culture. In the arena of culture indigenous culture plays a very vital role. In the creation and propagation of culture patronization also plays a vital role.
Since the dawn of civilization culture has a glorious and magnificent history in the realm of life-style and thought. It is spiritual, philosophical and self-sacrificing with no barriers in living’and thought. Culture reflects the way of living, eating, talking and learning for enriching peoples creative endeavour towards handi-craft, music, dancing, folk-songs and skills of making various types of musical instruments.
Bangladesh has a distinct culture and tradition. This culture and tradition is rooted in its soil. Its land and people are interdependent. Our culture echoes the religious belief that we have inherited from our ancestors. The Liberation War in 1971 and the Language Movement in 1952 are the glorious bright sides of our cultural history. As a nation though we are economically poor, its facet has the luster of a meaningful struggle for survival on earth.

(a) (i) Why is the term ‘culture’ very broad? 2×2=4
(ii)   How is the culture of Bangladesh distinct?
(b) Write down the main idea and supporting ideas of the above passage. 4
(c) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with the base words (any four) : 1×4=4
emission, comprise, arena, patronization, barrier, distinct, ancestor.
(d) What is the key-word in the first sentence of the passage? How does it help you to understand the meaning of the sentence?                                                                                 4
(e) Write a summary of this passage.                                                                             4
2.(i) Supply a suitable word to fill the blank in each of the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) He started earlier lest he _____miss the train.
(b) Please look _____the word in the dictionary.
(c) _____reading more, you cannot pass.
(d) He kept the man _____outside for a long time.
(e) I like the _____of the books.
(f) What cannot be _____must be endured?
(g) Can I _____something to your shopping list?

(ii) (a)   Write a poster to collect money and other commodities for helping the flood
affected people. 4
Or,   (b)   A seminar will be held on October 18, 2007 at Osmani Milanayatan on ‘Arsenic
Pollution’. To create awareness about it, write slogans for festoons.
Or,  (c)   Suppose, you are a public relation officer of a Travel and Tours Organisation.
Now, write an advertisement in the dailies highlighting the facilities of the
organisation.
3. (i) Write a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and developing ideas : 8
(a) Child Labour in Bangladesh; (b) E-mail; (c) Self-reliance.
(ii) Write a report for the newspaper on the blood-donation programme in your locality. You want to apply for a computer operator in an office. Write an application mentioning your operational skills in computer along with your resume.                                                                                                                        8
Or Write an application to the Principal of your college for increasing library facilities.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) Patriotism; (b) Compulsory Primary Education; (c) Our National Festivals.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences :                                                                                5
(a) sailed york great new for titanic ship the.
(b) compartments she water had tight sixteen.
(c) unsinkable so it as regarded was.
(d) voyage her down but went on she first.
(e) sinking titanic the always will tragic of remembered be the.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five) :                                            5
(a) There are five books on the table.
(b) The bank closes at 4 p.m.
(c) Dinajpur is famous for fine rice.
(d) My son’s success made me happy.
(e) Everybody wishes to be happy.
(f) It is quarter to eleven now.
(g) By the side of a lake the park stands.

8.    Use articles in the following passage :                                                                                                5
William Wordsworth,   (a)________ second son of  (b) —- attorney-at-law read in   (c) _____university named Cambridge. He wrote a remarkable poem on (d)______French Revolution. (e) _______English are proud of him.
9. Use the correct form of verb in the following sentences (any five):                             5
(a) The rain (stop) before the guests came, (b) Charity (begin) at home, (c) You had better (to speak) the truth, (d) What you (read) at this moment? (e) It is many years since I (see) you last, (f) Had I been a rich man, I (help).the poor, (g) I got the letter (open) by him.
10. (i)    Give the antonym of the following words and make sentences with the base words
(any four) :                                                                                                                                           5
Spacious, Decay. Eminent, Issue, Allow, Triumph, Barren, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make sentences with the base words (any five) : 5 Beauty (verb). Friend (adjective), Know (noun), Magic (adverb), Enter (noun). Boy (adjective), Courage (verb).
11. Punctuate the following passage:                                                                                      5
overhearing their whispers the caliph said to the dervishes are you not of this house then no they replied we have never been in this place before
12. Translate into English :                                                                                                              5

 

HONOURS (non-credit) EXAM—2005
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
EXAMINATION DATE—24-08-2006 EXAMINATION—2005 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY)
Subject Code : 100 [According to New Syllabus] Time—3 hours Full marks—100
[N.B.—The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]

1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Newspaper writing is quite different from other forms of writing like Academic Writing and Creative Writing. Newspapers are read everyday by a large number of people from all sections of the society. Therefore the language used in any newspaper has to be factual and easy. Prospective writers for a newspaper must understand that while reading a newspaper, a person would be annoyed if he or she has to frequently look up dictionary. Also the reader is keen to know the actual happening, the real story, not a news story made up by the reporter’s own imagination. However, some forms of newspaper writing, namely, features and sub-editorials may differ from news stories in style and tone. Normally full-time reporters do the difficult job of reporting. They gather the days important news from different locations throughout the day and file the news stories normally in the evening. These stories range from political news to sports news and economic news; as well as diplomatic news or news of scientific discoveries. As such, the language used in these items will not be the same. Readers too do not expect to see a similar language used in reporting a medical discovery and another report on the country’s increasing crime situation.

(a) (i) What should be the language of a newspaper?                                                 2×2=4
(ii)   When does a newspaper reader get annoyed?
(b) What is the main idea and what are the supporting ideas in this passage? 4
(c) Write down the meaning of the following words in English and make your own sentences with them (any four) :                                                                                                 1×4=4 
factual, annoyed, prospective, keen, frequently, location, discovery.
(d) What is the key-word in the last sentence of the passage? How does it help you understand the meaning of this sentence?                                                                                                          4
(e) Write a summary of this passage.                                                                                            4
2. (i)    Correct the following sentences (any five) :                                                                     5
(a) John went to Scotland for playing golf.
(b) The minister gave a valuable speech.
(c) Industry is the key of success.
(d) Mary speaks French very good.
(e) I see often my uncle.
(f) Lucy is lawyer, like her father.
(g) What you would like to drink?
(ii)   (a)   Your English teacher is sick. She/he will may be able to take class on Monday.
Write a notice for the students of Hons. Part 1. 4
Or,   (b)   Write a poster to create awareness against unfair means in examination. Or,   (c)   Write a memo in which the manager of a firm requests his subordinates to attend
a farewell meeting of one of the members of the staff.
3. (i)    Write  a paragraph on any one of the following by writing topic sentence and
developing ideas : 8
(a) Admission in Universities of Bangladesh; (b) My Favourite Book; (c) Session Jam. Or,  (ii)   Write a report for the newspaper on the cultural week in your college.
4. (a) You want to apply for a job. Write an application along with your resume. 8 Or,  (b)   Write a letter to your pen-friend in Australia telling him/her about the celebration of
“Pahela Baishakh”.
Or,  (c)   Write letter to the principal of your college requesting him/her to take necessary steps to clean the campus as there is menace to dengue.
5. Write an essay on any one of the following : 15
(a) The Dowry System; (b) Reading Newspaper—as a habit; (c) A Trip to a Village on Holiday.
6. Rearrange the words to make sentences : 5
(a) town nice Stratford is a small.
(b) winter is quiet it in.
(c) birthplace Shakespeare is it of the.
(d) usually is full of it tourists.
(e) come people visit the great birthplace dramatist of to the.
7. Frame Wh-questions from the following sentences (any five): 5
(a) I would like to drink coffee.
(b) Tim went to London last winter.
(c) My doctor has advised me to lose weight.
(d) Peter is capable of doing the job.
(e) Chris was in Japan when the earthquake struck.
(f) A good dictionary lists the meaning of verbs.
(g) The seminar was held in Chittagong.
8. Use articles in the following passage : 5
Bob Collins has recently become (a) – minister in (b) – new government. He was
(c) -professional footballer in the t960s. He is supposed to be (d) -most skilful
player of his generation. He became (e)- Member of Parliament in 1990.
9. Use the correct form of the verb in the following sentences (any five) : 5
(a) Man (verb to be) mortal.
(b) The sun (rise) at 5.16 tomorrow.
(c) Wait here until I (call) you.
(d) I saw my friend (walk) in the field.
(e) You are not to (leave) the school without my permission.
(f) Had you been serious in your study you (pass) the examination.
(g) The new computer (arrive) next week.
10. (i)    Give the antonym of the following words and make your own sentences (any five):   5
dark, happy, reveal, busy, brave, success, appear, (ii)   Change the words as directed and make your own sentences with them (any five) :                                                                                         5 
cage (verb), depress (noun), quicken (adjective), thorough (adverb), sign (noun), dear (verb), mother (adjective).
11. Punctuate the following passage :                                                                                             5 
thomas sterns eliot was born on September 26 1888 in st lois missouri after studying at harvard and sorborne he emigrated to england in 1914
12.Translate into English

 

 

MA Previous Questions in English|National University, Bangladesh

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)   Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.
    (b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises
    Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    (c)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.
    (d)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster.
    (e)  O it is excellent
    To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
    (f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo And made Adam from Paradys to go There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.
    (g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand
    O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.
    (h) Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
    And let so soft it in her herte sinke.
    2.   (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or
    (b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
    Or
    (c)  Show in  what ways Chaucer’s  Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.
    3.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:
5.   (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant
6.   (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

 ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

 Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  How weary stale and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world.
    (b)  And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.
    (c)   We are such stuff
    As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
    (d) Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.
    (e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.
    It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.
    (f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all. See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.
    (g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods They kill us for their sport.
    (h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
    Absent thee from felicity awhile,
    And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair To tell my story.
    2. (a)    Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference to The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or,
    (b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.
    Or,
    (c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.
    3.   (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.
4.   (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?
5.   (a) Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.
6.   (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest’.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

 [N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1 and Four others.]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.
(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee
(c)    Better it were a brother died at once
Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever
(d)   The play’s the thing
Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.
(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.
(f)   Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ. This may do something
(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not
(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!
2.   (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.
Or,
(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel
3.   (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.
4.   (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.
5.   (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.
Or,
(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.
6.   (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.
Or,
(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.
Or,
(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.
(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!
(c)   O, it is excellent
To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant
(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.
(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.
(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;
They kill us for their sport.
 (g)   O, wonder,
How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankinds!
O brave new world
That has such people in it.
(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.
2. (a) Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
Or,
(c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.
3.   (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.
Or,
(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?
Or,
(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.
5.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.
Or,
(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.
6.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.
Or,
(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?
7.   (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.
Or,
(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry)

Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[NB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
    (a)             I am the poet of the body and
    I am the poet of the soul
    The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.
    (b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity .
    (c)    And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb
    How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?
    (d)  Intellectual disgrace
    Stares from every human face
    And the seas of pity lie         
    Locked and frozen in each eye.
    (e)    Home is the place where, when you have to go there
    They have to take you in.
    (f)     And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s
    Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.
    (g)   I took the less travelled by
    And that has made all the difference.
    (h)         Between my finger and my thumb     
    The squat pen rests

    I’ll dig with it.
    2.     (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.
3.     (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”
 4.     (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?
 Or
(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.
5.     (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.
Or
(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.
6.     (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.
Or
(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.
7.     (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth”—Discuss.
Or
(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

                                                 Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]
 1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
(b)   I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
(c)   The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made
But a spring mending-time we find them there.
(d)     About human suffering they were never wrong
The Old Masters.
(e)     Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.
(f)      I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,
Plodder through midnight rain,
Question me again.
(g)     Ceremony’s name for the rich horn
(h)     And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
(h)   Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
2.     (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.
3.     (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?
Or,
(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.
4.     (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.
Or,
(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.
5.     (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?
6.     (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of
all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?
7.     (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient
Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152 Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a)   A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
(b)   Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,
The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds……………….
(c)     The ceremony of innocence is drowned,
The best lack of conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
(d)    And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.
The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.
(e)          O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
(g)     May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
(h)   Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
2.    (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.
3.    (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.
4.    (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.
5.    (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.
6.    (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.
 7.    (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.

    (b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises
    Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    He hadde maad ful many a marriage
    Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.

    (c)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous when thou showest thee in a child
    Than the sea-monster.

    (e)  O it is excellent
    To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous
    To use it like a giant.

    (f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde
    Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo
    And made Adam from Paradys to go
    There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.

    (g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand
    O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.

    (h)   Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
    And let so soft it in her herte sinke.

    2.   (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or
    (b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
    Or
    (c)  Show in what ways Chaucer’s Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.
    3.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:
5.   (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant

6.   (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.

7.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy?
Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus]

Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
    (a)  How weary stale and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world.
    (b)  And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.
    (c)   We are such stuff
    As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
    (d) Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.
    (e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.
    It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.
    (f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all. 
    See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.
    (g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods
    They kill us for their sport.
    (h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
    Absent thee from felicity awhile,
    And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair
    To tell my story.
    2. (a)    Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference to The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
    Or,
    (b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.
    Or,
    (c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.
    3.   (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.
4.   (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?
5.   (a) Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.
6.   (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest’.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus]

Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours                                                                                                  Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.l and Four others.]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.
(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee
(c)    Better it were a brother died at once Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever
(d)   The play’s the thing

Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.

(f)   Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something

(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not

(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!
2.   (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.
Or,
(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel
3.   (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.
4.   (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.
5.   (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.
Or,
(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.
6.   (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.
Or,
(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.
7.   (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.
Or,
(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]
1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—
(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.
(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!
(c)   O, it is excellent

To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant

(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,

All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.

(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.
(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;
They kill us for their sport.

(g)  O, wonder,
How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankinds! O brave new world That has such people in it.

(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.
2. (a) Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Or,
(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
Or,
      (c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.
3.   (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.
Or,
(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.
4.   (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?
Or,
(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.
5.   (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.
Or,
(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.
6.   (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.
Or,
(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?
7.   (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.
Or,
(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry) Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[NB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

1.   Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a)         I am the poet of the body and
I am the poet of the soul
The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.
(b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity .
(c)  And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?
(d) Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face
And the seas of pity lie         
Locked and frozen in each eye.
(e)  Home is the place where, when you have to go there
They have to take you in.
(f)    And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s
Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.
(g)  I took the less travelled by
And that has made all the difference.
(h)      Between my finger and my thumb     
The squat pen rests

I’ll dig with it.
2.   (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.
3.   (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

4.   (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?
 Or
(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.
5.   (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.

  Or

(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.
6.   (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.
Or
(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.
7.   (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth” —Discuss.
Or
(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
(b) I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
(c)  The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made
But a spring mending-time we find them there.
(d)   About human suffering they were never wrong
The Old Masters.
(e)    Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.
(f)    I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,
Plodder through midnight rain,
Question me again.
(g)   Ceremony’s name for the rich horn
(h)   And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
(h)  Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
2.   (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.
3.   (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?
Or,
(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.
4.   (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.
Or,
(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.
5.   (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?
6.   (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of
all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?
7.   (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient
Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152 Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]
1.  Explain with reference to the context (any four):—
(a) A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
(b) Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,
The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds..
(c)   The ceremony of innocence is drowned,
The best lack of conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
(d)   And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.
The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.
(e)       O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile 
And then come back to it and begin over.
(g)   May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
(h)  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
2.   (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.
3.   (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.
4.   (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.
5.   (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.
6.   (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.

7.   (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(c)   Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2006

Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

[According to the New Syllabus] Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—
    (a)  I will arise and go now, for always night and day,
    I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore: While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep hearts core.
    (b)  What shall I do with this absurdity—
    0  heart, O troubled heart—this caricature,
    Decrepit age that has been tied to me
    As to a dog’s tail?
    (c)   I am the Poet of the Body and I am the Poet of the Soul.
    The pleasures of heaven are with me and pains of Hell are with me.
    (d)   The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
    And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at  the end to arrest it,
    And ceas’d the moment life appeared.
    (e)  I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Some ages and ages hence;
    Two roads diverged in wood, and I —
    I took the one less travelled by,
     And that has made all the difference.
    (f)   The words of a dead man
    Are modified in the guts of the living.
    (g) The words of death are dryer than his stiff,
    My wordy wounds are printed with your hair.
    I would be tickled by the rub that is:
    Man be my metaphor.
    (h) Between my finger and my thumb
    The squat pen rest. I’ll dig with it.

    2.   (a) Analyze Yeats’ symbolism with reference to the poem you have studied.

Or,

(b) Write an essay on Yeats’ handling of history and myth with particular reference to “Sailing to Byzantium” and “The Second Coming”.

3.   (a) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

Or,

(b) Comment on Whitman’s mysticism.

4.   (a) Discuss Frost’s treatment of nature in the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Frost uses the dramatic narrative form in his poetry.
5.   (a) ‘Auden is an anti-romantic modern Poet’—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Auden combined political consciousness with personal concern in his poetry. Illustrate from the poems you have read.
6.   (a) Comment on the view that the poems of Dylan Thomas are the work of a religious poet.

Or,

(b) Write a note on the poetic imagery of Dylan Thomas.
7.   (a) The Irish ‘troubles’ are an important theme in many of Seamus Heaney’s poems—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Evaluate Heaney’s poetic vision and art.
ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1153 (Modern Drama)
Time-4 hours Full marks—100

N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

Locate and explain any four of the following :—

(a)   If it was a hundred horses, or a thousand horses you had itself, what is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one sun only ?
(b)  There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire . The other is to get it.
(c)   I left the pillar over his little face. Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.
(d)  But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late.
I can’t cry. I don’t know what it is, But I can’t cry. I don’t understand it.
(f)        I was wrong, I was wrong! I don’t want to be neutral! I don’t want to be a saint. I want to be a lost cause. I want to be corrupt and futile.
(g)       He had good dream. It’s the only dream you can have-to come out number one.
(h)       Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a bad husband.
(a)       ‘The very setting of the play Riders to the Sea’ has contributed much to make it both local and universal at the same time. Explain the statement.
Or
(b)       Do you find any tragic dignity in the character of Maurya?
(a)       Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that is conventional.
Or
(b)       Comment on Jimmy Porter’s relationship with Alison and Helena.
(a)       To what extent does Miller prove his tragic vision to be distinctively modern? Discuss in reference to Death of a Salesman .
Or
(b)       Attempt a note on the dramatic technique employed by Miller in Death of a Salesman.
(a)       What are the desires in O’ Neill’s Desire Under the Elms? How do they attain   tragic stature?
Or
(b)       Do you think that the conflict between puritanical ideals and natural forces results in Cabot’s tragedy?
(a)       Comment on Shaw’s blend of comic and melodramatic elements in Man and Superman.
Or
(b)       Discuss Octavius as an anti-hero.
(a)       Show how Waiting for Godot present a world which in Extentialist sense, is absurd .
Or  
(d)  Discuss the thematic and structural unity in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1

and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—
    (a) Isn’t it a hard and cruel man
    Won’t hear a word from an old Woman and she holding him from the sea?
    (b)   You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away—a man is not a piece of fruit.
    (c)   Maw’s gone to her grave. She kin sleep now.
    (d)   They tremble when we are in danger and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.
    (e)   It’s the life of a young man to be going on the sea and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over?
    (f)     Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one and that one is his cowardice.
    (g)   The Dead Sea was plae blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That’s where we’ll go, I used to say, that’s where we’ll go for our honeymoon..
    (h) I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry—angry and
    helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about
    love…. betrayal….. and death when I was ten years old than
    you will probably ever know all your life.

    2.   (a) In what ways is Riders to the Sea comparable to Greek tragedy?

Or,

(b) What picture of the life of the islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea?
3.   (a) Comment on the dramatic significance of the Bear and squirrel game in Look Back in Anger.

Or,

(b) ‘Alison, in Look Back in Anger, has degraded herself through her humiliating reconciliation with her husband, Jimmy’ Explain the statement.
4.   (a) What picture of American society and family life do you get in Death of a Salesman?

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship as dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.
5.   (a) How does O’Neill handle the theme of sin and retribution in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think Octavius is an anti-hero? Why?
6.   (a) Elucidate the Shavian idea of the Life Force in Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) How does the Hell-scene in Man and Superman strike the keynote of a comedy of purpose?
7.   (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the treatment of time in Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabuses] Subject Code: 1153

Third Paper (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1  and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following :—
    (a) I left the pillar over his little face.
    Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.
    (b) ” I’ll prove t ‘ye! I’ll prove I love ye better’n ……………….
    Better’n everythin’ else in the world!”
          (c)  I was fired, and I’m looking for a little a good news to tell your
    mother because the woman has waited and the woman has suffered. The gist of it is that I haven’t got a story left in my head.
    (d) “No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.”
    (e) “One isn’t master of one’s moods. All day I’ve felt in great
    form. I didn’t get up in the night, not once!”
    (f) “I’m not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that
    kind because the woods are burning, boys, you understand? There’s a big blazgoing on all around.”
    (g) “Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a
    bad husband.”
    (h) Just at present the sense of honour is in abeyance. To say that he
    is excited is nothing. All his moods are phases of excitement.
    2.   (a) How did John Osborne earn the reputation of “an anger youth
    man”?

Or

(b) Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that are conventional.
3.   (a) In what ways Lucky and Pozzo contribute to the thematic structure of the play Waiting for Godot?

Or,

(b) Analyse Waiting for Godot as an Absurd Drama referring to the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd.
4.   (a) What makes Loman a tragic hero?.

Or,

(b)- Make an essay on dramatic technique employed by Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman.
5.   (a) What are the desires in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms?
How do they attain tragic stature?

Or,

(b) Analyse the relationship between the father and his sons in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms.
6.   (a) Examine how Shaw has blended the comic and melodramatic elements in his Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) Show how the three main female characters in Man and Superman differ from one another.
7.   (a) Evaluate Maurya as a tragic character.
Or,
(b) Comment on the role of Nature as is shown in Synge’s Riders to the Sea.

ENGLISH—2006

Third Paper (Modern Drama)[According to the New Syllabus]

Time- 4 hours Full marks-100

[KB. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and

Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:
    (a)That is not happiness, but the price for which the strong sell their happiness.
    (b)Will you stop mending stockings? At least while I’m in the house. It gets me nervous. I can’t tell you. Please.
    (c)  In the big world the old people do leaving things after them for their sons and children, but in this place it is the young men do be leaving things behind for them that do be old.
    (d) No! No! Not him! But that’s what I ought t’ done, hain’t it? I oughter killed him instead! Why didn’t ye tell me?
    (e)  At least, I still believe in right and wrong! Not even the months in this mad house have stopped me doing that. Even though everything I have done is wrong, at least I have known it was wrong.
    (f)   We wait. We are bored. No don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it.
    (g) They tremble when we are in danger, and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.
    (h) In the greatest country in the world a young man with such—personal attractiveness, gets lost. And such a hard worker.
    2.   (a) What picture of life of the Aran-islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea.

Or,

(b) “Synge’s Riders to the Sea is at once local and universal” — Discuss.

3.   (a) What is Shaw’s conception of Life Force in Man and Superman? 

Or,

       (b) Sketch the character of Octavius Robinson as an anti-hero.

4.   (a) Write a note on the theme of passion in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think that O’Neill Desire under The Elms the Elm is an attack on Puritanism? Give reasons for your answer.

5.   (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the thematic and structural unity of Waiting for Godot?
6.   (a) Is Miller’s tragic vision distinctively modern? Explain with reference to Death of a Salesman.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship a dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

7.   (a) Do you agree that Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is a record of the mood and temper of post-war England?

Or,

(b) Comment on the dramatic significance of the bear-and squirrel-game in Look Back in Anger.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code :1154 (A)/1154 (B)/1154 (C)

Time — 4 hours Full marks—100 Subject Code : 1154 (A) (Modern Novel & Prose)

[N.B.—All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. and four others.]

  1. (a) Write a note on Hemingway’s narrative technique in A Farewell to Arms.

Or

(b) Comment on Hemingway’s use of symbolism in A Farewell to Arms.
2.   (a) “William Golding is not discussing the fate of a group of boys on an island but the fate of mankind” Explain.

Or

(b) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?
3.   (a) Examine critically Hawthorne’s puritanic attitude in The Scarlet Letter.

Or

(b) Bring out the dramatic significance of the scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter.
4.   (a) What is a satire ? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or

(b) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World?
5.   (a) Critically analyze the character of Antoine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him—Discuss.
6. (a)    What are the conditions that Virginia Wolf set for the promotion of creative genius? Do you agree with her view?
Or
(b)        How does Virginia Wolf show the position of women in the 16thcentury?
(a)        Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.
Or
(b)        Do you think F.R. Leavis is correct when he says the study  of literature is an intimate study of the complexities, potentialities and essential conditions of human nature?
Write short notes on any four of the following :—
(a)   Hester Prynne;
(b)   Dystopia;
(c)   Coral Island;
(d)   Catherine Barkley;
(e)   Stream of Consciousness;
(f)     Judith Shakespeare;
(g)   The Couch shell;
(h)   Marquis de Robellon.

ENGLISH—2008

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and Four others]

1.(a)     Comment   on   Henry’s   disillusionment   with   war   in A Farewell to Arms.
Or,
(b)        Write a note on Hemming way’s art of characterisation in A Farewell to Arms.

2. (a) ‘Lord of the Flies is a serious explanation of fundamental moral issues—freedom and oppression’. Discuss.
Or,
(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies?
3.(a)     In what sense is The Scarlet Letter ‘a tale of human frailly and sorrow’?
Or,
(b)  Write a note on the theme of isolation in The Scarlet Letter.
4. (a)    What is a science fiction? Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.
Or,
(b) Comment on the female characters in Brave New World.

5. (a)   Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relation with the phenomena around. Discuss.
Or,
(b) Sartre’s Nausea combines phenomenology and existentialism. Elucidate.
6. (a)   What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?
Or,
(b)  Why does Virginia Woolf prefer Shakespeare to Milton in her essay Shakespeare’s Sister?
7.(a)    Evaluate F.R. Leavis as a literary critic.
Or,
(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society.
8. Write short notes on any four of the following:—
(a)   The Bloomsbury Group;
(b)   Existentialism;
(c)   Symbolism;
(d)   New criticism;
(e)   Soma;
(f)      Rinaldi;
(g)   Roger Chillingworth;
(h) Piggy’s Glasses.

ENGLISH—2007
[According to New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1154(A)/1154(B)/1154(C) Subject Code: 1154(A) Fourth Paper (Modern Novel & Prose) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N. B.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and four others.]

  1. (a) What views of war and love does Hemingway convey through A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) What literary craftsmanship do you notice in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms? Illustrate your answer with specific reference.
2.   (a) Explain the allegorical significance of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies,

Or,

(b) Golding has exposed the instinctive cruelty of man in his novel Lord of the Flies. Elucidate and illustrate.
3.   (a) What uses of symbolism has Hawthorne made in The Scarlet Letter?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hawthorne’s art of characterization.
4.   (a) What is a Satire? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or,

       (b) What is the symbolic significance of John, the Savage?
5.   (a) Critically analyze the character of Autaine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or,

(b) What do you understand by ‘bad faith’? Focus on the instances of ‘bad faith’ in Nausea.
6.   (a) How does Virginia Woolf show the position of women in the 16th century?

Or,

(b) Why did Judith commit suicide? What does her suicide signify?
7.   (a) Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or,

(b) How does Leavis argue in favour of his view that literature should be based on the whole social culture?
8.   Write short notes on any four of the following :—
(a)   Miss Helen Ferguson;
(b)   Science Fiction;
(c)    Romanticism;
(d)   Feminist Criticism;
(e)    Catherine as a Hemingway Heroine;
(f)     Moral Allegory;
(g)   Pragmatism;
(h)   Stream of Consciousness.

ENGLISH—2006

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

Subject Code: 1154(A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No.8 and Four others]
1.   (a) Why is Henry disillusioned with war in A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hemingway use of symbols in A Farewell to Arms.

2.   (a) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

Or

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies.
(a) Comment on the theme of crime and punishment as presented Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
Or,
(b) Would you consider Hester Prynne a tragic character? Give reasons.
(a) Discuss Sartre’s analysis of consciousness of self in Nausea
Or,
(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him. Discuss.

(a) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World and why?
Or
(b) Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.

(a)  What is the significance of the title Shakespeare’s Sister?
Or,
(b) What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

(a) What does F. R. Leavis say about Romantic Movement and Romantic Age in his essay Literature and Society?
Or,
(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society?
Write short notes on any four of the following:
(a)   Judith Shakespeare;
(b)   Rinaldi;
(c)   Pearl;
(d)   Feminism;
(e)   Phenomenology;
(f)    New Criticism
(g)   Simon;
(h) The Diary in Nausea.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code : 1151 (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

[N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a)   Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father and may thee.

(b)   Be not afeared, this isle is full of noises

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

He hadde maad ful many a marriage

Of yonge wommen, at his owne cost.

(c)   Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,

More hideous when thou showest thee in a child

Than the sea-monster.

(e)  O it is excellent

To have a giant’s strenght, but it is tyrannous

To use it like a giant.

(f)     Wommenes counseils been ful oft colde

Wommenes counseils broughte us first to wo

And made Adam from Paradys to go

There as he was ful merye and wel at ese.

(g)   Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand

O life, of croun, of queen, at once dispatched.

(h)   Criseyde gan all his chere espyen
And let so soft it in her herte sinke.

  1. (a) Comment on Chaucer’s use of humour and irony in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or

(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?

Or

(c)  Show in what ways Chaucer’s Troilus and Creseyde transcends the literary convention.

  1. (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or

(b) To what extent is Hamlet an unconventional revenge play?

  1. (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or

(b) Write a note on Shakespeare’s use of intrigues in Othello:

  1. (a) What is the role of Foal in king Lear? Why does he disappear so mysteriously?

Or

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significant

  1. (a) Discuss   the   theme   of  colonisation   as   depicted   in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Or

(b) Attempt a comparison and contrast between Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure as a dark comedy?

Give reasons for your answer.

Or

(b) The conclusion of Measure for Measure does not adequately resolve the complex moral issue the play presents. Justify.

ENGLISH—2008

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151(Chaucer and Shakespeare) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:—

(a)   How weary stale and unprofitable

Seem to me all the uses of this world.

(b)   And she was cleped Madame Eglentyne Ful well she soong the service divine.

(c)   We are such stuff

As dreams are made of and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.

(d) Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we off might win By fearing to attempt.

(e)  O! beware, my Lord, of jealousy.

It is the green eye’d monster which doth mock

The meat it feeds on.

(f)             And now, good people, pay attention to all.

See how Dame fortune quickly change side And robs her enemy of hope and pride.

(g)   As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods

They kill us for their sport.

(h) If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pair

To tell my story.

  1. (a)   Discuss Chaucer’s art of characterization with reference toThe Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) Consider The Nun’s Priest’s Tale as a beast fable.

Or,

(c)  Comment on the mingling of comic and serious elements in Troilus and Criseyde.

  1. (a) Write on the soliloquies in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Discuss how the play-within- the play contributes to the development of action in Hamlet.

  1. (a) Do you agree with the view that Iago is more interesting than Othello?

Or,

(b) How far, do you think, is Desdemona responsible for the tragedy in Othello?

  1. (a)Discuss the theme of Self-knowledge in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Make a comparative study of the three daughters in King Lear.

  1. (a) ‘Prospero is the dramatic centre of The Tempest‘.—Comment.

Or,

(b) Comment on the love story of Ferdinand and Miranda in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Critically analyze the character of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New and old Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 First Paper (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.l and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfourof the following:—

(a)   She was a worthy woman al hir lyve; Housbondes at Chirche dore she had fyve.

(b)   For he that winketh whan he shotde see, Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee

(c)    Better it were a brother died at once Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever

(d)   The play’s the thing

Where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

(e)  Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.

(f)   Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something

(g)  Be not a feard; the isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not

(h) O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt
Than and resolve itself into a dew!

  1. (a) Write a note on Chaucer’s realism in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) Discuss in detail Chaucer’s use of mock-heroic technique in The Nun ‘s Priest’s Tale.

Or,

(c)  What tragic philosophy of the poet do you find in Troilus and Criseydel

  1. (a) The tragic interest of the play Hamlet lies in the character of the hero and his pursuit of revenge. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the dramatic significance of the grave diggers’ scene in ‘Hamlet’.

  1. (a) ‘Othello’ is a tale of a man who loved excessively but lov’d not wisely’. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Consider Othello as a tragedy of intrigues.

  1. (a) Bring out the dramatic significance of the sub-plot in King Lear.

Or,

(b) Lear’s fool has wisdom in disguise.—Elucidate.

  1. (a) Write a note on Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of usurpation in The Tempest.

Or,

(b) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Discuss the contradictions in Isabella’s character in Measure for Measure.

Or,

(b) Discuss the theme of authority in Measure for Measure.

ENGLISH—2006

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1151 (Chaucer arid Shakespeare)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfourof the following:—

(a)   He hadde maad ful many a marriage of yonge wommen of his owene cost.

(b)   He Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou showest thee in a child Than the sea-monster!

(c)   O, it is excellent

To have a giants strength: but its tyrannous To use it like a giant

(d) Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fend records,

All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there.

(e)  This storie is also trewe, I undertake,
As is the book of Launcelot De Lake
That women holde in ful great reverence.

(f)As flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods;

They kill us for their sport.

(g)  O, wonder,

How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankindjs! O brave new world That has such people in it.

(h) Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my
reputation! I have lost the immoral part of myself, and what
remains is bestial.

  1. (a)Discuss how realistically Chaucer portrays the contemporary society inThe Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Or,

(b) How does Chaucer give human attributes to the animals in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?

Or,

      (c)  Evaluate the ingredients of romantic in Troilus and Criseyde.

  1. (a) Write, after The Tempest, an essay on the theme of liberty.

Or,

(b) Discuss how adroitly Prospero handles Caliban in The Tempest.

  1. (a) Do you think that Othello was a victim of credulity and jealousy?

Or,

(b) Give an estimate of the role of Emilia in Othello.

  1. (a) Will you consider Measure for Measure to be a dark comedy? Give reasons for your answer.

Or,

(b) Comment on the significance of disguise in Measure for Measure.

  1. (a) Show how the ghost acts as a powerful driving force in Hamlet.

Or,

(b) Do you agree that there was a method in Hamlet’s madness? If so, why?

  1. (a) Construct the image of King Lear as a man more sinned against than sinning.

Or,

(b) Give a description of the storm scene in King Lear with a critical note on its significance.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1152 (Modern Poetry) Time —4 hours Full marks—100

[KB.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and any four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (anyfour):—

(a)         I am the poet of the body and
I am the poet of the soul

The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me.

(b)  The ceremony of innocence is drowned

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity .

(c)  And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb

How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm?

(d) Intellectual disgrace

Stares from every human face

And the seas of pity lie         

Locked and frozen in each eye.

(e)  Home is the place where, when you have to go there

They have to take you in.

(f)    And I saw in the turning so clearly a child’s

Forgotten morning when he walked with his mother.

(g)  I took the less travelled by

And that has made all the difference.

(h)      Between my finger and my thumb     
The squat pen rests

I’ll dig with it.

  1. (a) What modern elements do you find in W. B. Yeats’ poems?

Or

(b) Illustrate W. B. Yeats as a love poet.

  1. (a) Whitman is merely fantastic in his symbolism. Discuss with reference to ‘Song of Myself.’

Or

(b) Comment on the American fervor found in Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

  1. (a) How does Frost discuss the importance of communication in his poems?

 Or

(b) Discuss the dramatic qualities in Frost’s poems.

  1. (a) Critically discuss Auden’s use of mythology in the poetry.

  Or

(b) Auden preferred to confront modern problems directly in his poetry—Elucidate.

  1. (a) How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death? Illustrate your answer with reference to some poems.

Or

(b) Comment on Dylan Thomas’ obsession with words.

  1. (a) “Much of Heaney’s poetry is fascinating for his words of lyrical beauty and ethical depth” —Discuss.

Or

(b) Write an essay on how Heaney’s concern has been to give a voice to the silent and oppressed.

                                        

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1 and Four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context(any four):—

(a) An aged man is but a paltry thing,

A tattered coat upon a stick, unless

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

For every tatter in its mortal dress.

(b) I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

(c)  The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made

But a spring mending-time we find them there.

(d)   About human suffering they were never wrong

The Old Masters.

(e)    Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight.

(f)    I missed his funeral Dawn-sniffing reverent,

Plodder through midnight rain,

Question me again.

(g)   Ceremony’s name for the rich horn

(h)   And custom for the spreading laurel tree.

(h)  Earth’s the right place for love:

I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

  1. (a) Write a critical appreciation of W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

Or,

(b) Comment on the use of symbols in the poetry of Yeats.

  1. (a) How does Walt Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his ‘Song of Myself ?

Or,

(b) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

  1. (a) Discuss the relationship between men and women in Frost’s poetry.

Or,

(b) “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal”— Discuss.

  1. (a) Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet?

Or,

(b) How does Auden’s social consciousness shape his poetry?

  1. (a) The poetry of Dylan Thomas is a celebration of the unity of

all life. Do you agree? Give reasons.

Or,

(b) What religious elements do you find in the poetry of Dylan Thomas?

  1. (a) How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient

Ireland with those of modern times?

Or,

(b) What are the special features of Seamus Heaney’s poetry?

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1152Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Explain with reference to the context (anyfour):—

(a) A shudder in the loins engenders there

The broken wall, the burning roof and tower

And Agamemnon dead.

(b) Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
Whatever I touch or touch-d from,

The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all creeds..

(c)   The ceremony of innocence is drowned,

The best lack of conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

(d)   And pursue manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good.

The Earth good and the Stars good and their adjuncts all good.

(e)       O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

(f)   I’d like to get away from earth awhile

And then come back to it and begin over.

(g)   May no fate wilfully misunderstand me

And half grant what I wish and snatch me away

Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

(h)  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

  1. (a) What romantic elements do you find in the poems of W. B. Yeats? Illustrate your answer from the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Trace the development of Yeats’ poetic style with reference to the poems you have read.

  1. (a) Show how Whitman demonstrates the ideals of democracy in ‘Song of Myself.

Or,

(b) Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body.

  1. (a) Frost’s poetry reflects modern life despite its pastoral setting.—Discuss.

Or,

       (b) Comment on Frost’s handling of psychological tension.

  1. (a) What picture of contemporary society do you find in Auden’s poetry?

Or,

(b) Comment on Auden’s celebration of nature in his poetry.

  1. (a) Dylan Thomas engages our most fundamental emotions. Elucidate and illustrate.

Or,

(b) Write a note on Dylan Thomas as a metrical artist.

  1. (a) Critically examine Seamus Heaney’s concern with serious cultural and political issues, referring to the poems you have read.

Or,

(c)   Write a critical appreciation of any one poem of Seamus Heaney.

ENGLISH—2006

Second Paper (Modern Poetry)

[According to the New Syllabus] Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and Four others.]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a)  I will arise and go now, for always night and day,

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore: While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep hearts core.

(b)  What shall I do with this absurdity—

0  heart, O troubled heart—this caricature,

Decrepit age that has been tied to me

As to a dog’s tail?

(c)   I am the Poet of the Body and I am the Poet of the Soul.

The pleasures of heaven are with me and pains of Hell are with me.

(d)   The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,

And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at  the end to arrest it,

And ceas’d the moment life appeared.

(e)  I shall be telling this with a sigh
Some ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in wood, and I —

I took the one less travelled by,

 And that has made all the difference.

(f)   The words of a dead man

Are modified in the guts of the living.

(g) The words of death are dryer than his stiff,
My wordy wounds are printed with your hair.
I would be tickled by the rub that is:

Man be my metaphor.

(h) Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rest. I’ll dig with it.

  1. (a) Analyze Yeats’ symbolism with reference to the poem you have studied.

Or,

(b) Write an essay on Yeats’ handling of history and myth with particular reference to “Sailing to Byzantium” and “The Second Coming”.

  1. (a) Show how Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry.

Or,

(b) Comment on Whitman’s mysticism.

  1. (a) Discuss Frost’s treatment of nature in the poems you have read.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Frost uses the dramatic narrative form in his poetry.

  1. (a) ‘Auden is an anti-romantic modern Poet’—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Discuss how Auden combined political consciousness with personal concern in his poetry. Illustrate from the poems you have read.

  1. (a) Comment on the view that the poems of Dylan Thomas are the work of a religious poet.

Or,

(b) Write a note on the poetic imagery of Dylan Thomas.

  1. (a) The Irish ‘troubles’ are an important theme in many of Seamus Heaney’s poems—Discuss.

Or,

(b) Evaluate Heaney’s poetic vision and art.

ENGLISH—2009 Subject Code : 1153 (Modern Drama)

Time-4 hours Full marks—100

N.B.— All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and four others.]

Locate and explain any four of the following :—

(a)   If it was a hundred horses, or a thousand horses you had itself, what is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one sun only ?

(b)  There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire . The other is to get it.

(c)   I left the pillar over his little face. Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.

(d)  But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late.

I can’t cry. I don’t know what it is, But I can’t cry. I don’t understand it.

(f)        I was wrong, I was wrong! I don’t want to be neutral! I don’t want to be a saint. I want to be a lost cause. I want to be corrupt and futile.

(g)       He had good dream. It’s the only dream you can have-to come out number one.

(h)       Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a bad husband.

(a)       ‘The very setting of the play Riders to the Sea’ has contributed much to make it both local and universal at the same time. Explain the statement.

Or

(b)       Do you find any tragic dignity in the character of Maurya?

(a)       Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that is conventional.

Or

(b)       Comment on Jimmy Porter’s relationship with Alison and Helena.

(a)       To what extent does Miller prove his tragic vision to be distinctively modern? Discuss in reference to Death of a Salesman .

Or

(b)       Attempt a note on the dramatic technique employed by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

(a)       What are the desires in O’ Neill’s Desire Under the Elms? How do they attain   tragic stature?

Or

(b)       Do you think that the conflict between puritanical ideals and natural forces results in Cabot’s tragedy?

(a)       Comment on Shaw’s blend of comic and melodramatic elements in Man and Superman.

Or

(b)       Discuss Octavius as an anti-hero.

(a)       Show how Waiting for Godot present a world which in Extentialist sense, is absurd .

Or  

(d)  Discuss the thematic and structural unity in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2008 (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.— All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No 1

and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following:—

(a) Isn’t it a hard and cruel man

Won’t hear a word from an old Woman and she holding him from the sea?

(b)   You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away—a man is not a piece of fruit.

(c)   Maw’s gone to her grave. She kin sleep now.

(d)   They tremble when we are in danger and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.

(e)   It’s the life of a young man to be going on the sea and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over?

(f)     Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one and that one is his cowardice.

(g)   The Dead Sea was plae blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That’s where we’ll go, I used to say, that’s where we’ll go for our honeymoon..

(h) I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry—angry and
helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about

love…. betrayal….. and death when I was ten years old than

you will probably ever know all your life.

  1. (a) In what ways is Riders to the Sea comparable to Greek tragedy?

Or,

(b) What picture of the life of the islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea?

  1. (a) Comment on the dramatic significance of the Bear and squirrel game in Look Back in Anger.

Or,

(b) ‘Alison, in Look Back in Anger, has degraded herself through her humiliating reconciliation with her husband, Jimmy’ Explain the statement.

  1. (a) What picture of American society and family life do you get in Death of a Salesman?

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship as dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) How does O’Neill handle the theme of sin and retribution in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think Octavius is an anti-hero? Why?

  1. (a) Elucidate the Shavian idea of the Life Force in Man and Superman.

Or,

(b) How does the Hell-scene in Man and Superman strike the keynote of a comedy of purpose?

  1. (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the treatment of time in Waiting for Godot.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to the New Syllabuses] Subject Code: 1153

Third Paper (Modern Drama)

Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[NB.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No.1  and Four others]

  1. Locate and explain anyfour of the following :—

(a) I left the pillar over his little face.

Then he killed himself. He stopped breath in.

(b) ” I’ll prove t ‘ye! I’ll prove I love ye better’n ……………….

Better’n everythin’ else in the world!”

      (c)  I was fired, and I’m looking for a little a good news to tell your

mother because the woman has waited and the woman has suffered. The gist of it is that I haven’t got a story left in my head.

(d) “No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.”

(e) “One isn’t master of one’s moods. All day I’ve felt in great

form. I didn’t get up in the night, not once!”

(f)“I’m not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that

kind because the woods are burning, boys, you understand? There’s a big blazgoing on all around.”

(g)“Since marriage began, the great artist has been known as a
bad husband.”

(h) Just at present the sense of honour is in abeyance. To say that he

is excited is nothing. All his moods are phases of excitement.

  1. (a) How did John Osborne earn the reputation of “an anger youth

man”?

Or

(b) Consider Look Back in Anger as a revolt against all that are conventional.

  1. (a) In what ways Lucky and Pozzo contribute to the thematic structure of the playWaiting for Godot?

Or,

(b) Analyse Waiting for Godot as an Absurd Drama referring to the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd.

  1. (a) What makes Loman a tragic hero?.

Or,

(b)- Make an essay on dramatic technique employed by Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) What are the desires in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms?

How do they attain tragic stature?

Or,

(b) Analyse the relationship between the father and his sons in O’Neil’s Desire under the Elms.

  1. (a) Examine how Shaw has blended the comic and melodramatic elements in hisMan and Superman.

Or,

(b) Show how the three main female characters in Man and Superman differ from one another.

  1. (a) Evaluate Maurya as a tragic character.

Or,

(b) Comment on the role of Nature as is shown in Synge’s Riders to the Sea.

ENGLISH—2006

Third Paper (Modern Drama)[According to the New Syllabus]

Time- 4 hours Full marks-100

[KB. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 1 and

Four others]

  1. Locate and explain any four of the following:

(a)That is not happiness, but the price for which the strong sell their happiness.

(b)Will you stop mending stockings? At least while I’m in the house. It gets me nervous. I can’t tell you. Please.

(c)  In the big world the old people do leaving things after them for their sons and children, but in this place it is the young men do be leaving things behind for them that do be old.

(d)No! No! Not him! But that’s what I ought t’ done, hain’t it? I oughter killed him instead! Why didn’t ye tell me?

(e)  At least, I still believe in right and wrong! Not even the months in this mad house have stopped me doing that. Even though everything I have done is wrong, at least I have known it was wrong.

(f)   We wait. We are bored. No don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it.

(g)They tremble when we are in danger, and weep when we die; but the tears are not for us, but for a father wasted, a son’s breeding thrown away.

(h) In the greatest country in the world a young man with such—personal attractiveness, gets lost. And such a hard worker.

  1. (a) What picture of life of the Aran-islanders do you get in Riders to the Sea.

Or,

(b) “Synge’s Riders to the Sea is at once local and universal” — Discuss.

  1. (a) What is Shaw’s conception of Life Force in Man and Superman?

Or,

       (b) Sketch the character of Octavius Robinson as an anti-hero.

  1. (a) Write a note on the theme of passion in Desire under the Elms?

Or,

(b) Do you think that O’Neill Desire under The Elms the Elm is an attack on Puritanism? Give reasons for your answer.

  1. (a) Who is Godot in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? What picture of him have you formed from your reading the play?

Or,

(b) Discuss the thematic and structural unity of Waiting for Godot?

  1. (a) Is Miller’s tragic vision distinctively modern? Explain with reference to Death of a Salesman.

Or,

(b) Critically examine the father-son relationship a dramatized by Miller in Death of a Salesman.

  1. (a) Do you agree that Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is a record of the mood and temper of post-war England?

Or,

(b) Comment on the dramatic significance of the bear-and squirrel-game in Look Back in Anger.

ENGLISH—2009

Subject Code :1154 (A)/1154 (B)/1154 (C)

Time — 4 hours Full marks—100 Subject Code : 1154 (A) (Modern Novel & Prose)

[N.B.—All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. and four others.]

  1. (a) Write a note on Hemingway’s narrative technique in A Farewell to Arms.

Or

(b) Comment on Hemingway’s use of symbolism in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a)“William Golding is not discussing the fate of a group of boys on an island but the fate of mankind” Explain.

Or

(b) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

  1. (a) Examine critically Hawthorne’s puritanic attitude in The Scarlet Letter.

Or

(b) Bring out the dramatic significance of the scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter.

  1. (a) What is a satire ? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or

(b) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World?

  1. (a) Critically analyze the character of Antoine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him—Discuss.

  1. (a)   What are the conditions that Virginia Wolf set for the promotion of creative genius? Do you agree with her view?

Or

(b)        How does Virginia Wolf show the position of women in the 16thcentury?

(a)        Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or

(b)        Do you think F.R. Leavis is correct when he says the study  of literature is an intimate study of the complexities, potentialities and essential conditions of human nature?

Write short notes on any four of the following :—

(a)   Hester Prynne;

(b)   Dystopia;

(c)   Coral Island;

(d)   Catherine Barkley;

(e)   Stream of Consciousness;

(f)     Judith Shakespeare;

(g)   The Couch shell;

(h)   Marquis de Robellon.

ENGLISH—2008

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and Four others]

1.(a)     Comment   on   Henry’s   disillusionment   with   war   in A Farewell to Arms.

Or,

(b)        Write a note on Hemming way’s art of characterisation in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a) ‘Lord of the Fliesis a serious explanation of fundamental moral issues—freedom and oppression’. Discuss.

Or,

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies?

3.(a)     In what sense is The Scarlet Letter ‘a tale of human frailly and sorrow’?

Or,

(b)  Write a note on the theme of isolation in The Scarlet Letter.

  1. (a)   What is a science fiction? Justify the novelBrave New World as a science fiction.

Or,

(b) Comment on the female characters in Brave New World.

  1. (a)   Nauseais the study of an individual trying to understand his relation with the phenomena around. Discuss.

Or,

(b) Sartre’s Nausea combines phenomenology and existentialism. Elucidate.

  1. (a)  What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

Or,

(b)  Why does Virginia Woolf prefer Shakespeare to Milton in her essay Shakespeare’s Sister?

7.(a)    Evaluate F.R. Leavis as a literary critic.

Or,

(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society.

  1. Write short notes on any four of the following:—

(a)   The Bloomsbury Group;

(b)   Existentialism;

(c)   Symbolism;

(d)   New criticism;

(e)   Soma;

(f)      Rinaldi;

(g)   Roger Chillingworth;

(h) Piggy’s Glasses.

ENGLISH—2007

[According to New Syllabus] Subject Code: 1154(A)/1154(B)/1154(C) Subject Code: 1154(A) Fourth Paper (Modern Novel & Prose) Time—4 hours, Full marks—100

[N. B.—All the questions are of equal value. Answer question No. 8 and four others.]

  1. (a) What views of war and love does Hemingway convey through A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) What literary craftsmanship do you notice in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms? Illustrate your answer with specific reference.

  1. (a) Explain the allegorical significance of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies,

Or,

(b) Golding has exposed the instinctive cruelty of man in his novel Lord of the Flies. Elucidate and illustrate.

  1. (a) What uses of symbolism has Hawthorne made in The Scarlet Letter?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hawthorne’s art of characterization.

  1. (a) What is a Satire? Consider Brave New World as a satire.

Or,

       (b) What is the symbolic significance of John, the Savage?

  1. (a) Critically analyze the character of Autaine Roquentin in Nausea.

Or,

(b) What do you understand by ‘bad faith’? Focus on the instances of ‘bad faith’ in Nausea.

  1. (a) How does Virginia Woolf show the position of women in the 16th century?

Or,

(b) Why did Judith commit suicide? What does her suicide signify?

  1. (a) Discuss the distinctive features of Leavis’ prose style.

Or,

(b) How does Leavis argue in favour of his view that literature should be based on the whole social culture?

  1. Write short notes on anyfour of the following :—

(a)   Miss Helen Ferguson;

(b)   Science Fiction;

(c)    Romanticism;

(d)   Feminist Criticism;

(e)    Catherine as a Hemingway Heroine;

(f)     Moral Allegory;

(g)   Pragmatism;

(h)   Stream of Consciousness.

ENGLISH—2006

Fourth Paper Subject Code: 1154 (A) Time- 4 hours, Full marks-100

Subject Code: 1154(A) (Modern Novel and Prose)

[N.B. All questions are of equal value. Answer question No.8 and Fourothers]

  1. (a) Why is Henry disillusioned with war in A Farewell to Arms?

Or,

(b) Comment on Hemingway use of symbols in A Farewell to Arms.

  1. (a) How do innocence and experience connect thematically with meaning in Lord of the Flies?

Or

(b) What is the significance of the Coral Island in Lord of the Flies.

(a) Comment on the theme of crime and punishment as presented Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Or,

(b) Would you consider Hester Prynne a tragic character? Give reasons.

(a) Discuss Sartre’s analysis of consciousness of self in Nausea

Or,

(b) Nausea is the study of an individual trying to understand his relationship with the phenomena around him. Discuss.

(a) Whom do the people worship in Brave New World and why?

Or

(b) Justify the novel Brave New World as a science fiction.

(a)  What is the significance of the title Shakespeare’s Sister?

Or,

(b) What, according to Virginia Woolf, are the barriers that women faced to become a writer?

(a) What does F. R. Leavis say about Romantic Movement and Romantic Age in his essay Literature and Society?

Or,

(b) Justify the title of the essay Literature and Society?

Write short notes on any four of the following:

(a)   Judith Shakespeare;

(b)   Rinaldi;

(c)   Pearl;

(d)   Feminism;

(e)   Phenomenology;

(f)    New Criticism

(g)   Simon;

(h) The Diary in Nausea.

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 (Comilla Board 2017)

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 an article. Put a cross (x) in those blanks : – (0.5 × 10 = 5)

In (a) ______ last 25 years (b)______ world has lost one-third of its natural wealth, according to (c)_________ international conservation organization world wild fund. (d)__________ earth’s forest, wetlands, seas and coasts are in (e)________ worse state today than they were before. Forests are cut down. Moreover, they are being burnt indiscriminately resulting in (f)________ increase in carbon-di-oxide and ultimately in (g)_________ water level rising as a consequence of global warming. It is anticipated that (h)________ new century will face (i)_______ overwhelming environmental (j)__________ catastrophe.

  1. Complete the text with suitable prepositions: – (0.5 × 10=5)

We got our freedom (a)_______ the sacrifice of hundreds and thousands of (b)__________ lives. The patriots (c)_______ our land fought (d)________ the oppression of the West Pakistani rulers. Finally, the oppressors were bound to surrender (e)________ our freedom fighters. But a great number (f)________ the sons of the land died (g)_______ the war. Soon (h)_________ the war, the government (i)___________. Bangladesh founded the National Memorial (j)_________ memory of the martyrs.

  1. Complete the sentences with suitable phrase/words given the box : ( 0.5 × 10 = 5)
it is high time in case lest as though no sooner had
unless would you mind have to used to as long as

(a) There is a foul smell in the room. ________ opening the windows?

(b) Tomorrow I will be very busy. So, I’ll say goodbye now ______ I don’t see you again.

(c) We ________ educate all and work hard to develop our country.

(d) Nobody likes Abdul Karim at all. He talks ________ he knew everything.

(e) The poor will continue to suffer ________ they are illiterate.

(f) Nobody likes you here _____ you left this place.

(g) He saw the bear coming towards him. SO he climbed up a tree _____ the bear might attack him.

(h) Everybody disliked Rakib. He ______ do many harmful activities.

(i) Time is very important in our life. You cannot prosper in like _______ you make proper use of time.

(j) The students were talking in the class _______ the teacher entered the class than they stopped talking.

  1. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses /phrases : – ( 0.5 × 10 = 5)

(a) He studies medicine so that ______.

(b) Time has its wings. It was five years since we _______.

(c) The poor man knocked at my door. He came  to me with a view to _________.

(d) I found a box in the room. The box was too heavy for ________.

(e) I went to the market yesterday. Had you requested me, I _______.

(f) Do not worry about me. I ______ after I have finished my study.

(g) They are very hard working. If the bank gives them a loan on easy terms, they _________.

(h) Unity is strength, united we stand, _______.

(i) We had to walk through a jungle. We saw a snake while we ______.

(j) Everybody will go to the graveyard after death. A graveyard is a place ________.

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

English (a)_______ (be) the most widely used international language. It (b)________ (learn) to communicate with the foreigners for various purposes such as (c) _______ (maintain) cooperation, co-existence and exchanging business information. There are also certain jobs which (d)________ (require) a good functional knowledge of English. The jobs of a pilot, a postman, a telephone operator, a tour guide, a mechanic, a receptionist of an international hotel, an executive of a multinational firm etc. (e)_______ (be) a few of them. Besides, a student (f)______ (wish) to go for higher studies must learn English because the books on advanced education are mostly (g)________ (write) in English. So, the importance and demand of learning English in our country can in no way, be (h)_______ (ignore). Rather, we should (i)_______ (put) high importance on (j)_________ (learn) English to make room for ourselves in the competitive world.

  1. Read the text and change the sentences as directed: – ( 1 × 5 = 5)

(a) Some essential agricultural inputs are to be ensured to increase our food production. ( Make it active) (b) The farmers who are poor do not get loan on easy terms. ( Make it simple) (c) What a pity! ( Make it Assertive) (d) The farmers do not get the facilities necessary for food production. ( Make it Complex) (e) Unfortunately, they do not get the due price of their products ( Make it Compound)

  1. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches: – 5

“Have you saved something for the future?” said the richman. ” No,” said the cobbler. ” I am happy with the present and think little about tomorrow.” “No, that would not do,” said the richman. “I like to see you above want. Have this money and keep it.”

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

Traveling is a part of education. These means going from place to place. One can enhance knowledge by going from place to place. These gives one the opportunity to see the unseen and know the unknown. Some people are averse to traveling. This limits his vision. However, by traveling to different parts of the world, my knowledge can be enriched.

  1. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces: – (0.5 × 10 = 5)

A balanced diet is a good mixture of (a)_____ (pre modify the noun) foods. It is essential for us (b)_______ ( post modify the adjective with an infinitive) a healthy life. There are many benefits of eating a (c)_____ (pre modify the noun) diet because it prevents (d)______ (use determiner to premodify the noun) diseases. As a result, we do not get sick (e)________ (post modify the noun with possessive) diet according to our needs. We should not eat the (g)______ (use adjective to premodify the noun) foods for the whole week. We can keep fit (h)______ ( use a participle) a balanced diet. But it is not easy (i)______ (post modify the adjective with an infinitive) a balanced diet. Here (j)_______ (use a determiner) nutritionist can help us.

  1. Use appropriate sentence connector in the blank spaces of the following passage: – (0.5×10=5)

Trees are a vital part of our environment (a)_______, they bear a great impact on the climate. (h)_______ we are not careful about them (c) ______ we destroy trees at random. (d)______, one day the country will bear the consequence of greenhouse effect (e)_______ ours is an agricultural country, our economy depends on it. (f)______, our agriculture is depended on rain. (g)_______, trees play a vital role on our climate. (h)_______ trees keep the soil strong. (i)_______, trees save us from flood (j)______ may other natural calamities.

  1. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below: – (0.5×10=5)

There are many (a) people who have a (b) conservative outlook. Quite (c) early in life they learn to (d) believethat everything in this (e) world was predetermined and (f)all that happen to them was ordained by God. For this belief, the poor generally accept their (g) Poverty and all their sorrows and (h) sufferings without trying much to (i) overcome them. They also have the (j) same sort of attitude towards illness and disease.

(a) people (synonym) (b) conservative (antonym) (c)early(antonym) (d)believe (synonym) (e) world (synonym) (f) all (antonym) (g) poverty ( antonym) (h) sufferings (synonym) (i) overcome (synonym) (j) same (antonym)

  1. There are some errors in the use of punctuations marks in the following text. Re-write the text correcting those errors: – (0.5×10=5)

how is your father rana said mr karim he is very well thank you replied rana i am glad to hear that he is in good health said mr abdul karim.

 

Part B – Composition

Marks – 40

  1. On behalf of the students of your class write an application to the principal of your college for improving computer lab facilities. 8
  2. Suppose, yo are the reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on the observance of the independence day. Give a little to your report. 8
  3. Write a paragraph on drug addiction mentioning its causes and effects on the society. Use 100-150 words. 10
  4. Write a short composition on environment pollution. Write at least 200 words but don’t exceed 250 words. 14

 

ENGLISH SECOND PAPER

DHAKA BOARD—2013

Part A: Grammar (40 Marks)

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

provide leave turn be cut stop prevent

Trees (a)_____useful to us in many ways. They (b) _____us with food, fruit, shade and shelter. They prevent a region from (c) _____into a desert. But it is a pity that the people of our country (d)_____trees indiscriminately. It is high time we (e) _____such an act of human cruelty towards trees.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                              1×5=5

Dear Helal,

Yesterday I was informed (a) _____your bad habit. You are addicted (b) _____smoking! This piece of information has upset me very much. You should bear in mind that smoking is very harmful and it tells (c) _____health. So, you should abstain (d) _____smoking. You should not indulge (e) _____any bad habit.

Your loving elder brother

Habib

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed.                .5×10=5

Though newspaper is not always (a) _____unmixed blessing, it is (b)_____most useful thing in our life. We rarely think of (c) _____day without reading (d) —— newspaper. Reading newspaper is one of (e) _____good habits of a man. We shall be like (f) _____frog in a dark well if we neglect developing this habit. However, some people prefer (g) _____electronic media to reading (h)-newspaper. But (i) _____newspaper offers more to its readers than (j) _____electronic media.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five).                                            1×5=5

 keep pace with, win over, accountable to, read between the lines, skim through, Achilles’ heel, slow coach.

 

  1. Rewrite the following passage in the reported speech.                                                                          5

The teacher said to the boy, “Do you think that honesty is the best policy?” The boy said, “Yes, sir, I think so.” “Then, learn to be honest from your boyhood,” said the teacher. “Thank you, sir,” said the boy. “May Allah grant you a long life,” said the teacher to the boy.

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                  1×5=5

Success will not come to one’s life automatically. (a) Do you know it? (Passive). (b) An industrious boy will shine in life (Complex). (c) A life with an assignment is an actual life (Negative). (d) None can receive any reward unless he works hard. (Simple) (e) It is evident that industry is one of the greatest virtues (Positive).

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                           1×5=5

(a) A student should read the texts again and again, —?

(b) Nobody pays due respect to a dishonest man,——?

(c) “I” is a pronoun, _____?

(d) Thousands of people admired Rumi in his life time, _____?

(e) Deeba as well as her friends enjoyed the short film, _____?

 

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) Read attentively or ——.

(b) Had I been there  _____?

(c) There goes the proverb that ——.

(d) It was long since  _____.

(e) Do what _____.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a national daily. You are assigned to cover a massive fire in a factory. Now, write a report on it.                                                                                                                                         10
  2. Write a composition on any one of the following.                                                                                   15

(a) Patriotism; (b) Duties and Responsibilities of Students.

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him to change one of your elective subjects.                                                                                                                                                   10
  2. Write a dialogue between you and your friend about admission into a university.                                 10

Or, Write a summary of the following passage.

A mother exercises an undeniable influence in the formation of children’s character and in shaping their life. The thing that they learn at home takes a firm root in them. And it goes without saying that this learning they get mostly from their mother as they live under her direct supervision and constant care. If a mother fails to bring up her children properly, the mother is held responsible for their failure, not the child. If all the children become great, all the credit goes to the mothers. From this point of view, an educated mother is an asset and it is necessary to educate women folk.

  1. Complete the following story with the cue.                                                                                             15

There lived a cobbler in a village. He used to maintain his family with his earning. He was satisfied with what he got. He had a lot of happiness in his mind. One of his neighbours was a banker. One day…………………..

 

RAJSHAHI BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

[Answer any eight questions out of nine]

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

 

stand experience Seem look appear sit enjoy

Once I (a) _____a full moonlit night. I came out of my reading room and sat on the lawn. To  me nature (b) _____in her magic beauty. Her objects (c) _____to flash with heavenly radiance. I found a kind of harmony between the world and the heaven. People (d) _____in the yard and (e) _____themselves gossiping.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                   1×5=5

Dear Sumon,

I’m going to tell you (a) _____the proper use of holidays. They give us relief (b) _____ heavy pressure of regular work or normal duties. They help us get rid (c) _____the din and bustle of life. We know that to work (d) _____pause is tiresome. So, holidays are essential (e) _____our life.

 

  1. Use articles in the following passage where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.

.5×10=5

Mosquito menace is one of (a) _____most talked topics, (b) _____fear and nuisance of mosquito is called (c) _____mosquito menace. For (d) _____city dwellers it is (e) _____constant nuisance. Particularly at (f) _____night, it becomes more when thousands of mosquitoes start singing around (g) —— us. Even during daytimes, we are not free from (h) _____attack of mosquitoes. To prevent (i) _____nuisance caused by mosquitoes, we have to be alert and work in (j) _____assorted efforts.

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words from the list below.                   1×5=5

 

who when while because Or though that

(a) _____taking food, we should bear in mind (b)_____ we do not eat just to satisfy hunger (c) —— to fill the belly. We eat to preserve our health. Some people (d) _____live in the midst of plenty, do not eat the food they need for good health (e) _____they have no knowledge of the science of health and nutrition.

  1. Make the meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five). 1×5=5

 of one’s own accord; as far as; for the sake of; look forward to; at the sight of; beggar description; in the long run.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech. 5

The writer said to Jerry, “Your roller-skates look very nice. Who has bought them for you?”

“My mother.” “Is she alive?”

“Yes, she lives in Mannville”.

 

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in the brackets. 1×5=5

 (a) Cricket is a very exciting game (Exclamatory). (b) People of all ages enjoy this game (Passive). (c) At present cricket is the most popular game in our country (Positive). (d) Bangladesh is one of the weakest Test Playing Countries (Comparative). So, most of the people do not like watching test cricket. (e) They are fond of watching “Twenty-twenty cricket (Interrogative).

  1. Form tag questions for the following.                                                                                         1×5=5

(a) Time and tide wait for none,_____?

(b) Health is wealth, _____?

(c) An unhealthy man cannot prosper in life,——?

(d) Everybody dislikes him, _____?

(e) They feel her absence, _____?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) The old man was too weak to-.

(b) No sooner had we reached the station–.

(c) You will not prosper unless-.

(d) He is not only intelligent-.

(e) It was long since-.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Write a paragraph on “Environmental Pollution” by answering the questions below.                   10

(a) What is environment?

(b) Why is our environment being polluted?

(c) What are the effects of polluted environment?

(d) What are the measures to be taken to save environment from pollution?

(e) What is your opinion about pollution-free environment?

  1. Write a short composition that tells about ‘your first day at college’.                                                      15
  2. Write a dialogue between a customer and a salesman in a shoe shop.                                                     10
  3. Write a letter to your friend telling him about a natural sight that you have enjoyed very recently. 10

 

  1. Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                                   15

Once a dog stole a piece of meat from a shop. Holding it in his mouth, he was running beside a stream. When the dog was crossing a bridge over the stream, it discovered an image in the water………………..

 

DINAJPUR BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

[Answer any eight questions out of nine]

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

 

dare Desire attain be may should assist

Everyone (a) _____ success in life but very few can (b) _____it. One of the main reasons for this failure is that many people (c) _____take risks. We must remember that life (d)_____ not a bed of roses. It is full of troubles and problems. We (e) _____ face them with courage.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                        1×5=5

Education is not confined (a) _____schools, colleges and universities only. The family, society and the whole world (b) —— large educate us. What we learn (c) —— experience in our practical life is no less important than what we learn from our educational institutions formally. Education begins (d) —— birth and ends only at death. We continue to learn (e) —— our whole life.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                          .5×10=5

At present, Bangladesh faces (a) —— number of (b) —— problems. Of all these problems (c) —— population problem is (d) _____ most acute one. Population is undoubtedly (e) _____great asset to (f) _____country. But when (g) _____country fails to feed and provide them with (h) _____bare necessities of life, they become (i) _____burden. Similar is (j) _____case with Bangladesh.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five).                      1×5=5

keep body and soul together, at stake, black sheep, of one’s own accord, at all, learn by heart, hue and cry.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                        5

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 small,” “Size doesn’t matter chopping wood,” he said.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                  1×5=5

(a) Jim and Delia sacrificed their dearest possessions in order to buy nice Christmas presents for each other. (Make it compound) (b) Delia had an ardent desire to give her husband a worthy gift. (Make it complex) (c) Jim also thought how he could give his wife a nice gift. (Make it simple) (d) Delia saved a scanty amount of money for this. (Make it passive) (e) Jim was one of the sincerest husbands that we have ever known. (Make it positive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                           1×5=5

(a) Let’s have a walk in the open air,_____?

(b) I’m in the habit of walking in the morning, _____?

(c) Morning entertains everybody with fresh air,_____?

(d) None should miss this opportunity, _____?

(e) Try to form the habit of rising early in the morning, _____?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) Nobody can succeed in life without_____.

(b) The boy is strong enough_____.

(c) Scarcely had the teacher completed the lecture_____.

(d) Five years have passed since_____.

(e) He acted as if_____.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                       1×5=5
otherwise although but however accordingly which so

 

Every citizen has some duties and responsibilities for his country and nation (a) _____most of the people are indifferent to these. We have achieved our freedom and national identity at the cost of a tremendous sacrifice (b) _____is still evaluated nationally, (c) —— some unpatriotic people seem to be forgetful of our national history, (d) _____we all should render selfless service for society. (e) _____, we will be hated by our future generations.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a daily newspaper, and you have been asked to make a report on traffic jam. Write a report on it.                                                                                                                  10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following.                                                                      15

(a) Deforestation;

(b) Television;

(c) Students and Social Service.

  1. Make a dialogue between you and your elder brother about your future course of studies.          10
  2. Write an application to the Principal of your college seeking permission to stage a drama in the college auditorium.                                                                                                                                        10
  3. Complete the story with the following cue.                                                                                           15

Once a dove was sitting on a tree. It was “singing in a melodious voice. A hunter aimed at it. In the meantime an ant came……………………….

JESSORE BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

[Answer any eight of the following questions]

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary.                                                                                                               1×5=5
Stop be condemn call get tell

Once upon a time there (a) _____a king who was very fond of knowing his future from the astrologers. A famous astrologer happened to (b) _____at his capital on his way to Benares. The king (c) _____on him to know about his future and the astrologer (d) _____him something unpleasant. At this the king got furious and (e) _____him to death.

Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                                                                   1×5=5

Einstein was very simple (a)– his ways of life and indifferent (b) – his astounding fame. Once the Queen of Belgium invited him (c)-Brussels. When he got down (d)-the train at Brussels, he could not think that there were actually many gorgeously dressed officials to receive him (e)-the station.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                        .5×10=5

Adnan is a brilliant student. He is (a) —— asset. One       he may be (b)-engineer or (c)-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 life without (h)-aim is like (i)-ship without (j)-rudder.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                      1×5=5

 

before or by means of when unless therefore and

 

We communicate our thoughts to others (a) _____speech or writing, (b) _____beginning to speak (c) _____write, (d) _____, we should be sure about what is in our mind. We cannot expect to make others understand our meaning (e) _____ourselves. We are quite clear about it.

 

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five).                                            1×5=5

on the sly, Pandora’s box; suitable for; in a nutshell; fast life; bid adieu; hard up.

 

  1. Rewrite the following passage in the reported speech.                                                              1×5=5

The teacher said to the boy, “Do you think that honest}’ is the best policy?” The boy said, “Yes, sir, I think so.” “Then learn to be honest from your boyhood.” said the teacher. “Thank you, sir.” said the boy. “May Allah grant you a long life.” said the teacher to the boy.

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                  1×5=5

(a) The old sailor shot the Albatross (Passive). (b) At this the sailors were very angry with him. (Negative) (c) Their throats were dry and they could not speak (Complex). (d) Since the old sailor killed the bird, he brought bad luck to the sailors (Simple). (e) It was a very unlucky day (Exclamatory).

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                         1×5=5

(a) None of them knew the answer, _____?

(b) You should not tell a lie, _____?

(c) Teachers teach, _____?

(d) I am writing to my mother, _____?

(e) Blind men cannot read, _____?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                             1×5=5

(a) I am so tired that _____.

(b) It is high time we-the place.

(c) Though it was quite dark ——.

(d) He learns much so that_____.

(e) If the weather is good_____.

 

 

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of the Daily Ittefaq. Now, write a report on the role of The Satellite Channels in our present society.                                                                                                                                   10
  2. Write a short composition on ‘Greenhouse Effect’ Or, The Day You Remember Most                          15
  3. Write an application to the principal of your college for the establishment of a debating club.              10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends about the dangers of smoking.                                                    10
  5. Complete the following story using the cue.                                                                                            15

 Once in a village there lived two friends. They were very close. One day they were walking through a forest. They…………….

 

COMILLA BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

 [Answer any eight questions out of nine]

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Usenegatives where necessary.                                                                                                                  1×5=5

 

Cut answer write secure expect help be

Students (a) _____to be precise and accurate while (b) _____the questions in the examination. But the real scenario is different. Most of the students (c) —— their examination paper fairly as they cannot understand the questions properly. As a result, they (d) _____a very sorry figure in the examination. If they were correct in their answers, they certainly (e) _____good marks in the examination.

 

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                1×5=5

Dear Adita,

So far I know, you do not want (a) _____study any more. What’s wrong (b) _____you? You should know that no one can be great (c) _____taking education. Only (d) _____taking education you will be well established. Therefore, you should not deprive yourself (e) _____education.  

Yours ever,

Rivu

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.              .5×10=5

(a) _____morning walk is (b)-good habit for all classes of (c) _____ people. It is (d) _____ simple exercise and good for health and (e) _____ mentality. In the morning, (f) _____air is fresh and free from any kind of noise and pollution. This pure (g) _____ environment makes (h) _____effect on (i) _____nature in (j) _____morning.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.                                                       1×5=5

 

only through highly besides why mainly because only

The greatness of a book depends (a)-on the acceptability among the readers. If we read a book (b) -once, we can discover many things in it. But basing on one reading, we cannot judge the standard of a book. When a book is praised (c)-, we have no doubt about the greatness of the book, (d)– the first reading we may not understand a book but if it is read more than once, we will see (e)-it was read and praised. So, the great books are those that have passed the test of time.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five).                      1×5=5

at stake; beyond one’s means; come round; big guns; beyond doubt; null and void; take after.

 

  1. Rewrite the following passage in the reported speech.                                                              1×5=5

“My sons,” said he, “A great treasure lies hidden in the estate. I am about to leave you.” “Where is it hidden?” said the sons. “I am about to tell you.” said the old man. “But you must dig for it.”

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in brackets. 1×5=5

(a) A true friend is an asset. (Complex) (b) He helps his friend when he is in danger.(Simple), (c) He does not leave his friend. (Affirmative), (d) A true friend is hardly found. (Active), (e) He is as good as an honest man. (Comparative).

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                           1×5=5

(a) Let us have a picnic, _____?

(b) I do not feel fine today, ——?

(c) Let me be alone, ——?

(d) I shall enjoy your company another day, ——?

(e) Please, excuse me for today, _____?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) Hardly had he reached the station_____.

(b) He speaks as if_____.

(c) I went to Dhaka with a view to_____.

(d) He walked carefully lest_____.

(e) We wish_____.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Write a paragraph on ‘Your Favourite Teacher’ by answering the questions below.                     10

(a) Who is your favourite teacher? (b) Why is he favourite to you? (c) What differences do you find between your favourite teacher and others? (d) How does he influence his students in his class? (e) Do you desire to be a teacher like him? Why?

  1. Write a short composition on “The Rivers of Bangladesh”. Or, “The Day You Remember Most”. 15
  2. Write an application to the principal of your college for a transfer certificate.                                        10
  3. Write a dialogue between two friends about the importance of learning English.                                   10
  4. Complete the following story with the cue. 15 There was an old farmer. He had four sons. They were all grown up. But they had no good relation with one another. They were disobedient and always quarrelled………

 

SYLHET BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

[Answer any eight questions out of nine]

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

 

adopt come rise pay do achieve try

Honesty is a great virtue. An honest man is liked and trusted by all. The ignorant man adopts unfair means with a view to (a) _____their objectives. In every walk of life,  honesty (b) _____most. An honest man may be poor, but he (c) _____to become rich by (d) _____dishonest means. His rise in life may be slow, but he (e) _____very high in the long run.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.                                                                               1×5=5

Population growth is one (a) _____the causes (b) _____the world’s environmental problems. Although the growth rate (c) _____the world’s population has slowed slightly since 1990, still it increases (d) _____77 million human beings each year. (e) _____the increasing number of people, destruction of habitats and the use of additional natural resources are gradually increasing.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed.                .5×10=5

A library is (a) —— part and parcel of (b) _____educational institution. It is (c) _____unique place where books of different subjects are kept for (d) _____reading. It enables (e) _____readers to read books of their choice that creates (f) _____enthusiasm for learning. Students should pay (g) _____visit to (h) _____library regularly. They can borrow books for (i) _____certain period and return them after (j) _____given time.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                        5

Rahim said to Hamid, “How are you? I went to your hostel yesterday, but did not find you. Where did you go?” “I went to the station,” said Hamid, “I had to receive my maternal uncle there.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five). 1×5=5

take one to task, slow coach, rainy day, off and on, open secret, on behalf of, bread and butter.

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform as directed.                                                            1×5=5

(a) Everybody lives in society. (Negative) (b) We should not disturb social order. (Affirmative). (c) If we maintain it. we shall be able to lead a peaceful life. (Simple) (d) Who does not like peace? (Assertive) (e) It is so much required (Active).

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words. 1×5=5

Man is the architect of his own fortune, (a)____he makes a proper division of his time (b) ____ does his duties accordingly, he is sure to prosper in life, (c) ____if he does otherwise, he is sure to repent (d) ____it is too late. To kill time is (e) ____to commit suicide.

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions.                                                                                           1×5=5

(a) Every mother loves her child_____?

(b) We should love our country_____?

(c) Fortune favours the brave_____?

(d) Nobody dislikes flowers ——?

(e) Don’t waste time_____?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) He is tall enough_____.

(b) Saturday is the day when_____.

(c) It is time for you_____.

(d) I would rather suffer ——.

(e) Scarcely had I reached the college ——.

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of the Daily Independent. Now, write a report on the ‘Rapid Spread of Drug Addiction’ among the young people of our country.                                                                                                 10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following.                                                                      15

(a) Unemployment Problem; (b) Natural Calamities in Bangladesh; (c) Uses and Abuses of Satellite Channels.

  1. Write a dialogue between two friends about the Dangers of Smoking.                                             10
  2. Write an application to the principal of your college for the permission of establishing a debating club.                                                                                                                                                             10
  3. Complete the following story using the cue.                                                                                         15

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. It awoke the lion. At this the lion grew very angry………..

BARISAL BOARD—2013

Part A : Grammar (40 Marks)

[Answer any eight questions out of nine]

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use the negatives where necessary.                                                                                                                   1×5=5
reflect experiment Give assign provide find include be bring stand

 

Hamidur Rahman (a) _____shape to the concept and design of the Shaheed Minar by combining all the aspirations of Bengali identity and nationalism. When he (b) _____to make the design, he was full of enthusiasm focusing on the Language Movement as the central concept. He wanted to find a new expression to convey the aspirations of the people. He (c)_____with basic horizontal and vertical forms to bring out the concept of Bengali solidarity and unity for their national identity. The vertical lines of his design (d) _____the manifestations of inner strength. The four columns on both sides of the central structure (e)_____the balance and harmony of a united stand.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                        1×5=5

Like many people (a) _____the world, I came to know of Nelson Mandela (b) _____a distance, when he was imprisoned on Robben Island. To so many of us, he was more than just a man— he was a symbol of the struggle (c) _____ justice, equality, and dignity in South Africa and around the globe. His sacrifice was so great that it called (d) _____people everywhere to do what they could (e) _____behalf of human progress.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.                          .5×10=5

Galib works in (a) _____nationalized bank in Dhaka, (b) _____capital city of Bangladesh. Being (c) _____sensitive young man and (d) _____ex-student of (e) _____English literature, he takes the job as (f) —— source of pleasure. As (g)-honest officer, he tries to give his best to (h)_____clients. Everyday hundreds of people come to (i) _____bank and Galib happens to come across many of them with (j) _____smiling face.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words from the list below.                  1×5=5

 

that then there upon     which while and but

The Caliph marvelled at the grace and radiance of the young girls, (a)_____was astonished to see (b) _____ each of the dervishes was blind in the left eye. The girls offered him a cup of wine, (c) _____he excused himself saying, “I am setting forth on a pilgrimage to Makkah shortly.” (d) _____one of the girls put down before him a small table, on (e) _____she placed a cup of Chinese porcelain. The Caliph kept on seeing all these wonderful things done by the girls.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five).                      1×5=5

swan song; apple of discord; blue blood; once in a blue moon; all on a sudden; learn by heart; of ones own accord.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                                        5

“Take the fan”, said Edna, offering a fan to him. “Oh, no! Thank you. It does no good. You have to stop fanning some time, and feel all the more uncomfortable afterward.”

  1. Form tag questions for the following.                                                                                         1×5=5

(a) Khalid and Aloka will go to Dhaka, _____?

(b) I’m also going. You aren’t going, _____?

(c) No. Now I don’t have enough money for this purpose, _____?

(d) But if you wish, I’ll lend you some money, _____?

(e) It’s your kindness. I’m always grateful to you, ——?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                               1×5=5

(a) I have spent sometime thinking_____.

(b) Wait for me until

(c) We shall play provided_____.

(d) Let us discuss_____.

(e) There are many reasons why students_____.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed.                  1×5=5

There are many virtues that man should possess. (a) Truthfulness is one of the greatest virtues in a man’s life. (Make it comparative). It indicates the quality of a man. (b) Everybody respects a truthful person. (Make it interrogative) (c) A truthful person may lead a poor life  but is honoured everywhere. (Make it simple), (d) A truthful person is not afraid of anybody. (Make it complex), (e) It brings peace in one’s mind. (Make it passive).

Part B : Composition (60 Marks)

  1. Think you are the local reporter of a national daily newspaper. As a reporter you attended a cultural programme on the Victory Day. Now, write a report for the newspaper.                                                             10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following.                                                                          15

(a) The Utilities and Evils of Internet;  (b)  Rivers of Bangladesh.

  1. Write an application to the principal of your college to provide sound system for large classrooms.     10
  2. Complete the given story following the cue.                                                                                         15

There was a young shepherd in a village near a forest. He used to graze a flock of goat on the pasture by the forest. The grassland was not far from the village. One day, an evil thought came to his mind and he wanted to make fun of……………..

  1. Write a dialogue between two friends about the win of Bangladesh against the West Indies in a One Day International Cricket Match.                                                                                                                           10

DHAKA BOARD-2012

 ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary:- 1×5=5

 

occur increase punish  keep clean bring obey

Most often traffic problem (a) ———-  in the  congested areas where the roads are very narrow. In proportion to our population roads (b) ———-. There are many unlicensed vehicles which should (c) ———-under control. The drivers are not willing to (d)———– the traffic rules. Irresponsible drivers (e) ———-strictly.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:- 1×5=5

Dear Bina,

I am very glad to receive your letter (a)—— time. You have stood first (b)———-the examination. I would like to offer congratulations (c) ——–— your grand success. We are really proud (d)———you. I hope you will do better (e) ———– your future examinations. With best wishes Your elder brother Nasim.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-1×5=5

Tea is a drink. It is also (a) ———– refreshing drink. The preparation of tea is a long but (b) ———-interesting process, (c) ———-water is first boiled in (d)——-— kettle and (e)———-desired quantity of (f) ———- tea dust is put in it. After (g)———–   few minutes (h) ———– boilled  leaves are separated (i) ———– liquor. Then the liquor is poured into (j) ———–cup and some milk and sugar are mixed with it.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):- 1×5=5

On the contrary; an open secret; in the mean time; in the event of; as soon as; in front of; as though.

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech. 1×5=5

“Oh, my Lord, please do not kill the child,” said the woman. “Let her have him” the king said. “Now everything is clear to me.” pointing to the woman, he said to the servant, “Give her the child. She is the mother of the baby.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed:-   1×5=5

(a) Anika wrote a letter to her mother yesterday. (passive) (b) She told her mother to send Tk. 1000 to buy some books, (complex) (c) In the letter, she told her that she should not worry about her studies. (simple) (d) Her mother often writes to her, (interrogative) (e) She feels, that her mother is better than ail other mothers in the world. (superlative)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions;-                                                                         1×5=5

(a) Everybody is liable to error, ———–?

(b) Very few students are devoted to studies, ———-?

(c) Please, don’t waste your time———–?

(d) Let us go out for a walk,———-?

(e) Fire burns, ———–?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5=5

(a) United we stand, ————-.

(b) Rupa talks as if————.

(c) Since the body and mind go together,——–

(d) Zinia is so tired ————.

(e) As I had forgotten her, ———.

Part-B : Composition (Marks 60)

  1. Suppose, you are Abir Hasan, a reporter of a reputed daily. Recently you have visited a book fair in Dhaka. Now, write a report on it.                                                                  10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following.                                                 15

(a) The Natural Beauties of Bangladesh

(b) Population Problem in Bangladesh

  1. Write an application to the Upazila Chairman for the repairment of the roads in your locality. 10
  2. Write a dialogue between two friends on Environmental Pollution.                             10

Or, Write a summary of the following passage.

Sincerity is the root of success of all work. One can go a long way if one does anything with sincerity. The rich are sincere to their work and they are capable of making anything a success. The great men are also sincere because they know that sincerity is the key to success. Those who do not follow the rules of sincerity can never go a long way in the world. Sincerity is the secret of any work because it helps the work to be done properly. If any work is not done properly, one will never get good output from it. So we should be sincere in every walk of life.

  1. Complete the following story with the cue.                                                             15      

Once there was a selfish giant who had a large and beautiful garden. The garden was full of soft green grass. Here and there all over the grass stood many colorful flowers like stars. The garden was a nice playground for the beautiful children———–

 COMILLA BOARD 2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary:-                                                                                            1×5=5
run be reach suffer live hamper go

The people (a) ____ in the big cities and towns greatly (b) ____from traffic jam. Their office  activities (c) ____. They (d) ____ their working places in time. Several factors (e)____ responsible for this severe and chronic problem.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions:- 1×5=5

Rana is a good boy. He is conscious (a) ______ his studies. He is not indifferent (b)______ his duties. He is also respectful (c) ______his teachers. He is popular (d)______his friends (e)______his good behaviour.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

.5 xl0=5

(a) ———– 16th December is (b) ———-red letter day in the history of Bangladesh. On this day, we achieved (c) ———- freedom at the cost of (d) ———- bloody battle and Bangladesh came into (e)———-being and made a place in (f)———-world map as (g) ———- independent country. Every year this day is celebrated in (h) ———- enthusiastic atmosphere. We remember (i) ———-great sacrifice of our heroic sons who died for this country. We also pay (j)———-great tribute to them.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking word from the list.   1×5=5
 who while or that when because  though

(a) ———-taking food, we should bear in mind (b) ———-we do not eat just to satisfy hunger (c)———-to fill the belly. We eat to preserve our health. Some people (d) —— live in the midst of plenty, do not eat the food they need for good health (e)— they have no knowledge of the science of health and nutrition.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms, (any five)      1×5=5

Beggar description, a dark horse, far and wide, well off, on the sly, skim through, in not time

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech. 5

The traveller said to the peasant, “Can you tell me the way to the nearest inn?” The peasant said, “Yes, I can. Do you want one in which you can spend the night?” The traveller said. I do not wish to stay there, but I only want a meal.”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in brackets:- 1×5=5

(a) My friend invited me to pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar. (Make it interrogative) (b) I gladly accepted the invitation. (Make it passive) (c) When 1 reached there, my friend received me cordially. (Make it compound) (d) I was very glad to see the sea-beach. (Make it exclamatory) (e) It was one of the most memorable journeys in my life. (Make it positive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:- 1×5=5

(a) Trees are our best friends,———?

(b) We should plant more trees, ———-?

(c) Nobody phoned me that day,———-?

(d) The spot is quite far from here, ———-?

(e) Let us go out for a walk, ———?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5=5

(a) As the poor man was hungry——-

(b) The weather was so cold that———-.

(c) Hasib behaves as if———-.

(d) It is high time we———-.

(e) A patriot is respected because———-.

Part-B : Composition (Marks 60)

  1. Write a paragraph on “Your College Library” by answering the questions below. 10

(a) What do you mean by a college library? (b) Where is it housed? (c) What is the necessity of a college library? (d) What kinds of books are found in a college library? (e) What is your feeling about your college library?

  1. Write a short composition on You Childhood Memories Or, A Journey by Train you

have recently enjoyed.                                                                                                                                            15

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him/her for permission to set up an “English Debating Club” at your college.                                                                    10
  2. Write a dialogue between two friends on the choice of career.                                       10
  3. Complete the following story with the cue.                                                                       15

Once there lived a good king in Scotland. His name was Robert Bruce. He loved his country and his subjects very dearly. His subjects had great love and respect for him. One day his enemies attacked his country and drove him away from his kingdom—–

RAJSHAHI BOARD2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary:-                                                                                         1×5=5
can do change eat diversify catch sell

To alleviate poverty, the first step (a) ———-be diversification of the economy. This may be (b)———-on two fronts. First because ours is an agro-based economy. It is imperative to (c) ——-our agricultural output. At the same time, we have to (d)———-our habits. Rice is our staple food, but side by side with rice, we have to develop the habit of (e)——-potatoes and wheat to reduce the excessive pressure on rice.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:- 1×5=5

My dear Father,

My best regards to you and mother. I know you are worried (a)———— me and want to know how I am passing my life here. I feel quite (b) ———- home. Our hostel manager takes care (c)———us. I can pass my time happily and pay concentration (d) ——–studies. I have become accustomed (e) ———-my new hostel life.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

.5xl0=5

Once upon (a) ———-time there was (b) ——— king. His palace was surrounded by (c) ————–beautiful gardens. One day he fell ill. He called in (d)———— doctor. But (e) ———–doctor could not say what wrong was with him. More (f)——— doctors were called. Finally they said that (g)———-king could be healed if he wore (h) ———– shirt of (i) ———– happy man. (j)———-messengers were sent everywhere, but no happy man could be found.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate linking word from the list below.                          1×5=5

 

so that if as if that as      although       in order to

Most of our students can not write their examination paper fairly well, (a)———-they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bush and cram their answer with irrelevant arid unnecessary details, (b) ———-their teachers suggest (c)———-their answers should be brief and precise, they often lengthen these unnecessarily, (d) ———- get expected marks, you all should understand the questions well and answer them to the point. Don’t worry (e)———-your answers are fairly short.

  1. Make the meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases, (any five) 1×5=5

Win over; Let the cat out of bag; On the sly, An irony of fate, Give vent to. In a nut-shell, Of one’s own accord.

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech. 5

“Have you heard the name of Aesop?” asked the teacher. “No. sir, who was he?” “Read the lesson attentively and then you will be able to know about him. How interesting and instructive his fables are!” said the teacher.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in

brackets:- 1×5=5

Once there was a small village where Ayesha Begum lived with her husband. (a) As her husband had no land, he used to work on other people’s land. (compound) (b) With great effort they married their two daughters off when they reached teenage, (simple) (c) Her only son went to town for earning his livelihood, (complex) When Ayesha Begum and her husband became hungry, there was nobody to feed. (d) Years of malnutrition and depravation made them look older. (passive) One day, she started begging in the village to feed her old and invalid husband, (e) Very few women were as needy as Ayesha Begum, (superlative).

 

  1. Form tag questions for the following:- 1×5=5

(a) What a pity,————?

(b) None of yon went there,———?

(c) Let us have a discussion,——– ?

(d) Our college won the match, ———-?

(e) He does not take sugar in tea, ——–?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5-5

(a) The weather is so cold that———.

(b) He was strong enough———.

(c) He came here with a view to—–

(d) Hasib behaves as if———-.

(e) You had better————-.

Part B : Composition (Marks 60)

  1. Write a paragraph on “A Baishakhi Mela” by answering the questions below.        10

(a) Have you ever gone to a Baishakhi Mela? (b) Where was it arranged? (c) With whom did

you go there? (d) What did you see there? (e) What was your feeling?

  1. Write a short composition on ‘Uses and Abuses of Wonders of Science’.                     15
  2. Write a dialogue between two Mends on the choice of career.                                         10
  3. Write an application to the Principal of your college seeking permission to set up an English Speaking Club.                                                                                                           10
  4. Complete the story following the cue.                                                                             15

Sheikh Saadi was a great poet. He used to put on simple dress. Once, he took shelter in the house of a nobleman. The nobleman could not recognize him and treated him as an ordinary man——–

JESSORE BOARD-2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary:- 1×5=5
command     help memories     prepare    develop  have

Most of the students of our country are experts in (a)————answers. They don’t prepare notes themselves. They get them (b)————by their tutors. Their tutors exercise their brain for the students. So, the thinking power of the students (c) ————. They, do not have any (d)————over the language. They of course, do well in the examination. But for this they can claim no credit of their own. This result (e) ———— them in their later life.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:- 1×5=5

21st February is red letter day (a) ———-the history of Bangladesh, (b) ———-this day in 1952 about halt a dozen young state sacrificed their lives (c) ———-making Bangla on of the state languages (d) ———Pakistan. But the blood spilt is not in vain. In 1956 the first Constitution (e)———- Pakistan recognized this demand.

 

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

1×5=5

Long long ago (a) ——— mirror was found in (b) ———paddy field by (c)———-old farmer. Neither this farmer nor anybody else in (d) ——— area had ever seen a mirror. So, when (e) ———-farmer looked into (f) ——— mirror, he was surprised to see (g)  —— man looking straight at him. Now, (h) ——— farmer closely (i) ———-resembled his father who had died many years ago. He thought that it was his father (j) ——— inside it and saluted him with love and respect.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list:- 1×5=5
too when for this      naturally    because of and but

Global warming is increasing day by day (a) ———— deforestation. We cut down trees (b) ———never think of planting more trees, (c) ——– man and other living beings are in the threat of extinction. Time is coming (d) ——there will be no tree left for us. (e)———-we have to face bitter consequences of deforestation.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):- 1×5=5

Good for nothing; end in smoke; bad blood: hard and fast; get rid of; catch sight of; make

up one’s mind,

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech:- 1×5=5

“Follow my example,” she said as we shook hands, “and never eat more then one thing for luncheon.” ‘I’ll do better than that,” I retorted “I’ll eat nothing for dinner for tonight.” “Humourist, quite a humourist!’ she cried gaily, jumping into a cab.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed, 1×5=5

Anger is nothing but a vice, (a) It begets only the worst, (negative) (b)Anger is one of the most inhuman vices, (positive) (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) Realising it we should try to be emotionally balanced, (complex)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:- 1×5=5

(a) Every one would do so,————?

(b) You need not do this,——-?

(c) There is a little water in this pond,—————-?

(d) You is a pronoun,———?

(e) A man like you should not do this,——-   ?

  1. Complete the following sentence:- 1×5=5

(a) A college is a seat of learning, so————

(b) It should be a peaceful place where———–.

(c) But now a days peaceful atmosphere is absent from the college because——-

(d) The students who—————.

(e) The sooner it can be controlled, the—————–

Part B- Composition (Marks- 60)

10.Suppose, yon are a reporter of a reputed Daily. Now write a report on the rising prices of the essential commodities.                                                                                                                                10

  1. Write a short composition on the blessings of science.                                                           15
  2. Write an application to the Principal of your college for an English newspaper for the college common room.                                                                                                                                  10
  3. Write a dialogue between two friends about the ways of keeping good health.        10
  4. Complete the following story using the cue:-                                                                                  15

There was a shepherd boy. He used to graze a block of sheep near a forest. It was not far from his village. One day he wanted to make a fun———–

 

 

SYLHET BOARD- 2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

1.Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense

Use the negatives where necessary:-___1x5-5

work          invent        discover     come take give bring

Computer has (a)————about a revolutionary change in the world. But it (b) ———overnight. It (c) ————a long time to invent computer. Many votaries of science (d)———  hard for years and finally (e) ————out successful.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:- 1×5=5

Mr. M. R. Khan applied (a) ———– the post of a lecturer. Being pleased (b) ———-his performance, the authority appointed him (c) ———-the post. Actually he had authority (d)———-English. Moreover, he had a great zest (e)—– music.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

1×5=5

Socrates believed that (a) ——-angry man was more of (b)———-beast than human being. He had a wife who used to lose her temper on (c) ———-slightest excuse. One day (d) ———-woman got more furious and began to insult him. He went out and sat on the door step of his (e) ———house. He looked out on the public (f)——- street. The wife found that he was paying (g) ——— least heed to her. So she began to pour hot water on (h) ——-head of Socrates. The passers-by were very amused at (i) ———– incident. They had seen such (j) ——- incident before.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech:- 5

“You’re cut off your hair?” asked Jim. “Cut it off and sold it,” said Delia. “Don’t you like me just as well, any how? I’m me, without my hair, amn’t I?”

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):- 1×5=5

Skim through, An irony of fate, The lion’s share. Bed of thorns, Hard nut to crack, Scape goat, Learn by heart.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the sentences as directed:- 1×5=5

(a) Cox’s Bazar sea-beach is the largest sea-beach in the world, (complex) (b) It is one of the most beautiful sea-beaches in the world, (positive) (c) It is called pleasure seekers’ paradise, (active) (d) The visitors go there to enjoy natural beauties, (compound) (e) Those who become tired may go to relax there, (simple)

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words:- 1×5=5

Honesty is a noble virtue. The man (a)———-possesses this rare quality is the happiest person in the world. To be honest, man should have trust worthiness (b) ———-nobody trusts a liar, (c)———-Allah helps the honest people, (d) ———- children should be taught honesty from the very beginning of life, (e) ………. children should be developed among the honest people.

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:- 1×5=5

(a) I’d meet you ———-?

(b) There are many problems in our college———-?

(c) It is impossible———-?

(d) You cannot be sure———?

(e) Their performance shows it———-?

  1. Complete the following sentences:- 1×5=5

(a) I wish ———.

(b) He works hard so that———-.

(c) There is hardly any person———-.

(d) Man is born free but———-.

(e) It is our sacred duty——-.

 

Part B- Composition (Marks- 60)

l0. Suppose, you are a reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on the prize giving ceremony of Dhaka College.                                                                                                                             10

  1. Write a short composition on any one of the following:-                                                        15

(a) Childhood Memories; (b) Female Education; (b) The value of time.

  1. Write a dialogue between yourself and your friend about “Eve-teasing”.                   10

13.Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him to change one of your elective subjects.                                                                                                                                           10

  1. Complete the following story using the cue:-                                                                                  15

Shaikh Sadi was a great poet. He used to put on simple dress. Once he took shelter in the house of a nobleman. The nobleman could not recognize him and treated him as an ordinary man ——-

 

BARISAL BOARD 2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

1.Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary:- 1×5=5

value       indulge    try          think      encourage   be       do evaluate

Many of us often (a)———–in an undesirable act which is finding faults with others. But we (b) ———– to find out our own faults. It is difficult for one (c)———- one’s short­comings because most often man (d) ———- himself to be in no way meaner, less intelligent, less experienced. Only those who are great of heart (e) ———-themselves on their own.

  1. Read the/following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:- 1×5-5

Everyone desires (a) ———wealth. But very 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.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

1×5=5

Childhood or boyhood is (a) ———-man’s formative period. During this period (b) ——– child receives training from its mother, (c) ———-mother’s tender heart always looks to (d) ———-welfare and well-being of (e) ———child. If during this period (f) ———  mother tries to bring (g) ———–child up carefully and according to her (h)———-best ideas, (i) ——child is sure to grow with its superiors, parents and teachers and love (j) ——— all irrespective of cast creed and colour.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list:- 1×5=5
as    in spite of   rnoreover      in short   both      if     until though   

Mr. Joy is always sparing in use of money (a)———-he earns a lot of money. He seldom buys new cloths, (b) ———-, he bargains with the shopkeepers to save money, (c)———- having many friends and relatives, he always tries to avoid entertaining them, (d)———-he and his wife put on shabby dresses, (e)———-, he has a strange personality.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):- 1×5=5

Drop out; look down upon; on the instant: beggar description; black and blue; rainy day; cut off.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech:- 5

“You look a little bit like my mother,” he said, “especially in the dark by the fire.” “But you were only four, Jerry, when you came here.” the writer said. “My mother lives in Mannville.”

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:- 1×5=5

(a) Everybody loves flowers, ———–?

(b) Today flowers are used on different occasions, ———-?

(c) We need flowers to greet our honourable guests,———?

(d) Now many people cultivate flowers,———-?

(e) This will better the living condition of the poor flower sellers, ————?

  1. Complete the following sentences:- 1×5-5

(a) He hurried to the station lest,———-.

(b) People are advised to take oral-saline since ———–.

(c) Where there is a will ———-.

(d) The weather was so unbearable that ———-.

(ej When the final hour of departure came, ———–.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

There are two ways of developing competence in a language acquiring-the language or learning it. (a) Acquiring a language is more successful than learning, (Make it positive) (b) Teachers encourage the learners of a second language to practice the language. (Make it passive), (c) Students who wish to acquire proficiency in language should practice, the language. (Make it smile) (d) Communicative competence can be achieved in a short-time. (Make it interrogative without changing meaning), (e) A language learner must shake off reticence and he is sure to succeed in his effort. (Make it complex)

Part B- Composition (Marks- 60)

  1. Think, you are the local correspondent of national daily newspaper. You have visited the spot of an accident that took place on Dhaka-Barisal highway. Now write a report for newspaper.                                                                                                                                10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following:-                                         1×15=15

(a) Wonders of Modern Science.

(b) Your First Day at College.

  1. Write an letter co the Mayor of your town asking him to provide street-lights in your locality. 10

Or, Write letter to your father telling him about your aim in life.

  1. Complete the following story using the cue:- 15

Once upon a time there lived a tortoise and a hare in a forest. The hare now and then teased the tortoise for its slow pace. One day————-

  1. Write a dialogue between friends about their preparation for the coming examination.

 

 

CHITTAGONG BOARD-2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

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

ensure  refer buy mean call satisfy feel

Money (a) ——- happiness. Happiness is absolutely a psychological thing. It (b)——-; -the contentment of the mind. He who (c)———-with what he gets and is content life (d) ———-a happy man. It is only moral and spiritual development which (e) ———happiness in our life.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions:-

Every year millions of people all (a) ——- the world die as a result (b) — pollution. These unfortunate deaths are brought (c) ———- by four specific factors. There are air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and odour pollution We should take determined action to control these problems and clean (d) ———- the environment. Moreover, we have to raise awareness (e)———-the people.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed: .5×10=5

Today women are playing (a) ——- important role in all spheres of (b) ——- life. They are no longer confined within (c)———– four walls of the kitchens. They have come out of their cocoons and are working hand in hand with (d)———-men. They are joining (e) ———– wide range of professions and making a great (f)———– contribution to the economy. Now it has come to (g)——realisation of all that it is not possible to develop the country keeping women, (h) —– large section of (i) —– population, in (j)——-dark.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the box. 1×5=5
for example       though but as well as     so however because

Men usually want to have their own way. No one, (a) ——- , can have his own way all the time. He has to consider the interest of others (b) ——- his own interests. He is free to take his own decisions, (c) ———– these decisions must not be unjust or harmful for others, (d) ———–, he must be very careful while driving (e) ———- there are other vehicles and pedestrians on the road.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five);-     1×5=5

For the sake of, Make up one’s mind, Of one’s own accord, Beyond doubt, Look after, Leave no stone unturned, Take place

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech. 5

“Why are you putting the foods in your pocket, Sir?” Why don’t you eat?” asked the nobleman. “I’m doing the right thing. My dress deserves these rich dishes,” replied Sheikh Saadi. “I’m sorry. I don’t understand what you mean to say,” said the nobleman.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed:-1×5=5

(a) E-mail is a computer-based messaging system. (complex) It is a speedy mode of communication, (b) It eliminates the time spent in establishing phone calls. (interrogative) (c) It is cheaper than telephone calls. (positive) It permits communication between two parties without the parties actually being present simultaneously. (d) It takes only a few seconds to transmit a message from one country to another. (negative) It has, however, not reached everyone, especially in developing countries like ours. (e) But even here people use commercially  operated e-mail facilities for important purposes. (passive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate tag questions:- 1×5=5

(a) Telling lies is a great sin, ————-?

(b) One lie begets hundred lies, ———–?

(c) None believes a liar,————-?

(d) He has to lead a miserable life,—————?

(e) So all of us ought to refrain from telling lies,——–?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5=5

(a) We want that ———.

(b) Man dies but————-.

(c) People work with a view to————-.

(d) I wish————-.

(e) A patriot is person whom————-.

Part-B : Composition (Marks 60)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a renowned newspaper. Write a report for your newspaper on “Deforestation and its devastating consequences.”                                         10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following.                                                     15

(a) Internet (b) Childhood Memories (c) A Journey by Train

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college seeking permission to stage a drama in the college auditorium.                                                                                              10
  2. Write a dialogue between two HSC candidates about their preparation for the final examination. 10
  3. Complete the following story using the cue given below.                                                   15

 Long ago there lived a hare in a forest. A tortoise also lived nearby. The hare was proud of his speed. He always teased the tortoise. One day————

DINAJPUR BOARD-2012

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) SECOND PAPER

Part A- Grammar (Marks-40)

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

 

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary:-                                                                                                                      1×5=5
irritate belong offend use take addict find

People (a) ———– to smoking find it difficult to give up this fatal habit. Many of them suffer from various incurable diseases including cancer which (b) ———– a heavy toll of lives every year. An effective cure for this deadly disease has not been (c) ———– out yet. In addition, smoking (d)———– eyes and (e)———-the nose.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:-                                                                                  1×5=5

We are to be content (a) ———–what we have. We should bear in mind that money is the

root (b) ———-all evils. But this does not mean that we can live (c) ———-money. We

should maintain dignity and honesty (d) ———- earning money. Money (e) ———- any

cost should not be our target.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed:-

.5xl0=5

(a) ———- ant is (b)———- industrious insect. Bees are also (c) —– industrious insects. If we observe the life of (d)———-successful man, we will find that he is also (e) ———-industrious, (f)———-industrious are appreciated by all. On the other hand, (g) —–idle are disliked by all. So, industry is (h) ———-must to prosper in (i) ———- life. We all know that industry is the key to success and laziness leads us to (j)———-misfortune.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.      1×5=5

 

unless shortly in this regard hardly even which like

Illiteracy is a curse. It is the root cause of ignorance (a)——–—frustrates all development efforts of the government and the community. No development effort can succeed (b)——–  illiteracy can be removed. Eradication of illiteracy, in a country (c) ———-Bangladesh with so vast a population is undoubtedly a mammoth task. Any individual, community or organization (d) ————— the government is not capable of solving this tremendous problem single-handed. It is the social responsibility of all the educated people, men and women to make some all out efforts to remove illiteracy from the society. The Government of Bangladesh has already undertaken some effective programmes (e) ———–.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech. 5

“Will you buy my hair?” asked Delia. “I buy hair,” said Madame. “Take your hat off and let’s have a sight at the looks of it.” “Twenty dollars,” said Madame. “Give it to me quick,” said Della.

 

6.Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

Frugality is a good habit. (a) A man who is frugal does not like to spend money without reasons. (simple) (b) The target of a frugal man is to save money for future, (complex) (c) Every one should practise frugality to make a well-planned family. (passive) (d) Since a frugal man saves money, he can spend it in time of crisis. (compound) (e) A frugal man is happier than a prodigal man. (positive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:-                                                                                                     1×5=5

(a) Rana as well as his friends enjoyed the film,—          ?

(b) Let me be alone, ___?

(c) We ought not to do this, __?

(d) Everyone welcome us,___   ?

(e) I have the right to get your help,       —?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                                            1×5=5

(a) Since Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country________           

(b) Though Bangladesh is a small country, she is burdened ________

(c) Women who comprise half of our population________

(d) Moreover, our country is beset        ________

(e) We all should come forward with a view to________

 

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five):- 1×5=5
    A bone of contention, A bed of roses, End in smoke. Catch sight of, Commit something to
    memory, Put up with, Black and blue

Part-B : Composition (Marks 60)

  1. The prices of essential commodities have gone beyond he reach of the poor people, Now write a report on it.                                                                                                                                                    10
  2. Write a short composition on the wonders of modern science.                                  15
  3. Make a dialogue between yon and your friend on the abuses of mobile phone particularly by the teenagers in the recent times.                                                                10
  4. Write an application to the Principal of your college to allot you a seat in the college hostel.                                                                                                                                                      10
  5. Complete the story with the following clue.                                                                                    15

There was a shepherd boy. He used to graze a flock of sheep near a forest. It was not far from his village. One day, he wanted to make fun of ……………….

 

DHAKA BOARD-2011

English Second Paper

Time—3 hours : Marks—100

Part-A—Grammar : Marks—40

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary :—                                                                                   1×5=5

require        achieve   take | become      | consider    | learn | rise

 

Education is often compared to light and (a)——-as the pillar of human civilization. So, it is only education which can wake a nation (b)———to the level of standard development. From this point of view, it (c)——-quite clear to us that if a country can provide its people with education (d) ——— for the modern aspects of life, it will be able to (e)——–an all-out prosperity to the betterment and welfare of the nation.

 

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5=5

 Dear Rony,

Thanks for your letter. I have learnt that you are keen (a)——— learning English. I appreciate your interest. You can listen (b) ——-BBC, CNN and such other news programmes. You should go (c)——— English newspapers, study books etc. You can maintain a diary and write your feelings (d)——–English. You should communicate (e) —— others in English. Go ahead. 1 hope you will be successful.

Your elder brother,

Farhan

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed.     5

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.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms 1×5 (any five)

look down upon; at random; beggar description; at sixes and sevens; apple of discord; a black sheep

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech. 1×5=5

‘Follow my example,” she said as we shook hands, “and never eat more than one thing for luncheon.”

“I’ll do better than that,” I retorted. I’ll eat nothing for dinner tonight.” ‘Humorist,” she cried gaily, jumping into a cab.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

(a) Water, an important element of environment, is polluted by various ways, (complex) (b) The water which is pure is necessary for us. (simple) (c) Men polluted water by throwing waste in it. (compound) (d) The farmers use water in time of cultivation largely, (passive) (e) It is one of the most important elements of all living beings, (positive)

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :— 1×5=5

(a) Life is full of troubles and difficulties, ———-?

(b) They have to be overcome if we are to succeed in life,—?

(c) So, we should face them with courage, -—?

(d) We may fail at first, ————-?

(e) But we must not loose heart, —-—–?

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) We should say ‘no’ to corruption because————.

(b) Corrupt persons are not only dishonest but also———-.

(c) Now, it is high time ———-.

(d) We should work together if

(e) But we are so self-centred————.

 

 

Part B—Composition : Marks—60

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a reputed Daily. You have interviewed a number of common people recently about the price hike of day-to-day commodities. Now, write a report on your interview.
  2. Write a short composition on the following. 15

World Cup Cricket in Bangladesh.

  1. Write an application to the principal of your college seeking permission to arrange a voting camp for the selection of the Sundarbans as one of the seven wonders of the world. 10
  2. Write a dialogue between two Mends about their future plan of studies. 10

Write a summary of the following passage:

Most men long for wealth. Wealth, they think, brings happiness. But often wealth brings a great deal of worry instead of much happiness, A millionaire is a very wealthy man indeed, but his great wealth is also a great responsibility. He may have large estates and factories. Estates and factories usually need a lot of attention. There may be disputes between the millionaire and his workers over one troube or another. These disputes may lead strike. In that case, the millionaire may lose a lot of money; or some gangsters may kidnap his child and demand thousands of pounds to return his child safe and sound. A very rich man, in spite of his great wealth, may not have an easy life.

  1. Complete the following story with the cue :— 15

Once there lived a poor wood-cutter in a village. He was very honest. Every day he went to cut wood in the jungle. One day while cutting wood———–

 

COMILLA BOARD-2011

English Second Paper Part A—Grammar

 (Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in correct tense. Use the negative if necessary: 1×5=5

walk  get  run | reach sit [buy  open |

We (a)——— there before the gate (b)———. Then we (c) ——— some tickets and

entered the Zoo. While we (d)—–——, 1 saw my friend Mukul (e)——— towards us.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions: 1×5=5

The ceremony began (a)———- 2 pm. Our principal presided (b) ——— the function.

The function started (c)——— the recitation from the Holy Quran. One of our senior

teachers read (d)——~— the annual report. The Deputy Commissioner, the honourable

chief guest, delivered a brief speech. He advised the students to be regular in studies and take part in the movement (e)———- illiteracy

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed:     ~xl0=5

(a)— honest boy is he who never tells a lie, He carries out (b)———– orders of his

parents. He has (c)———aim in life. He develops (d) ———attitude to serve his nation.

He is (e)——— active worker who upholds (f)——— interest of his nation above

everything. He thinks that he has (g)———role to play in all matters. We cordially expect

such (h)——- boy to change (i) -—– selfish motive of (j)—–people.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list: 1×5=5

 

otherwise but So although
however which Accordingly

people are careless in this respect. People of this country have achieved national identity at

the cost of a great sacrifice (b) ———is still evaluated nationally (c)———- some selfish

people never want to give them recognition, (d) ———we all should do some benevolent

activities (e) ———we will be guilty to the nation.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):— 1×5=5

by means of; blue blood; dead against; end in smoke; nip in the bud; give away; take after.

 

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech:— 5

Porter, you may go,” said the mistress of the house laughing, “You have gained your

freedom.” By Allah,” he replied, “I will not leave this house until I have heard the stories of my

companions.”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in

brackets:— 1×5=5

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. (Make it complex) (c) They :”:nd a better shelter in Bangladesh, (Make it passive) (d) We must protect them. (Make it negative) (e) Migratory birds run faster than the dove. (Make it positive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions:— 1×5=5
  2. a) Let us have a discussion———?
  3. b) Time and tide wait for none———-?
  4. c) Many of us waste our time———?
  5. d) None could prosper in life without utilizing time———?

ej Every body should realize this truth ——–?

  1. Complete the following sentences:— 1×5=5
  2. la) No sooner had he reached the station———.

(b) She ran fast lest——–.

(c) He could not avail———.

(d) I prevented him———.

(e) All should do something to———-.

Fart B—Composition : Marks-60

  1. Suppose you are a reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on “A village fair” you have recently visited. 10
  2. Write a short composition on “The uses and abuses of satellite channels’*. 15
  3. Write an application to the principal of your college seeking permission to go on a study tour. (Use imaginary name and address) 10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends about the causes of road accidents in our country. 10
  5. Complete the following story with the clue:— 15

Once there was a thirsty crow. It flew to and fro in search of water. But it found water no where. So it became helpless. All on a sudden it saw a jar—————————

 

RAJSHAHI BOARD-2011

English Second Paper

Part-A

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

waste, suffer, envelop, educate, do, study, be

 

It is high time you (a)_for the Test Exam. You (b)_much time wandering aimlessly and doing meaningless jobs. Don’t you know that your parents and relatives highly expect you to (c)_? But if you are not serious right from now, you (d)_ in the long run. Besides, your future (e)_in darkness

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions: 1×5=5

Madhu Mela at Sagardanri arranged on the occasion of Bengali epic poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s 182nd Birth Anniversary started (a)_January 24, 2006. The Mela was duly observed gorgeously along (b)_a number of daily programmes (c) _ the week. Seminars and symposiums were held (d)_the poet’s life and literary works and his contribution (e)_Bengali literature as well as to the world literature.

  1. Use articles in the following passage where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed : .5×10=5

There was (a)_idle man who inherited vast property from his father. He did not like physical labour. As (b) _ _ result, he became very fat and could not move from one place to another. He called in (c)_European doctor, (d)_doctor was very intelligent. He did not prescribe any medicine for (e)_man. He advised him to buy (f)_heavy club and move it in (g) __ air till he got (h)_tired. Following the advice of the doctor, he became (i)_thin from (j)_obese man.

 

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases/idioms (any five) : 1 x5=5

 adhere to, beyond doubt, dead language, ups and downs, a maiden speech, as far as, make up.

 

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech :                                                                                1×5=5

“I came here yesterday from my village”, he said. “Why did you come?” I asked. “My mother sent me to you with this letter.” “How is your mother? I have not seen her for a long time. I  hope she is quite well.”

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in the brackets :                                                                                                                                                             1×5=5

(a) Water, a vital element of environment, is polluted in different ways. (complex) People pollute water by throwing waste into it. Fanners use chemicals, fertilizers and insecticides in the fields. (b) When rain and flood wash away some of these chemicals, they get mixed with water. (simple) (c) Mills and factories also pollute water. (passive) (d) Water vehicles pollute rivers by dumping oil, food waste and human waste into them. (compound) (e) Thus water is contaminated by various kinds of waste and filth. (Active)

  1. Complete the following sentences :                                                                                                          1×5=5

(a) AIDS is a fatal disease which_

(b) It is such a disease that_

(c) The first AIDS patient was a man who_

(d) The doctors suggest that __________

(e) The doctors suggest that_

(f) There is no further remedy that__

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag question :                                                                                        1×5=5

(a) Let us have a discussion,_?

(b) Do not forget me,_?

(c) The weather was fine yesterday,__?

(d) Our college won the match,_?

(e) He does not take sugar in tea,_?

Part B-Composition (Marks-60)

  1. Write a paragraph on “Internet” by answering the questions below : 10

(a) What do you understand by internet?

(b) How does it work?

(c) What is the importance of internet?

(d) Is it widespread throughout the country?

(e) Why are the people all over Bangladesh deprived of the benefit of internet?

  1. Write a short composition on “Deforestation and its effect on the Environment”.               15
  2. Complete the story following the cue : 15

Once a school boy named Sumon was going home after completing his classes. When he was crossing the road, he saw an old woman lying on the road. She was senseless. There was nobody to help her

  1. Write a dialogue between two H.S.C candidates about load-shedding. 10

 Or, Write a Summary of the following passage :

An intellectual is one who is an enlightened person. He has to give light to others who are in need of it. In every society we find intellectuals, such as, philosophers, scientists, scholars, writers and critics; and they as enlightened men, have a great responsibility towards society. In a society all cannot be intellectuals. If a time comes when all are intellectuals, it would be blessed time indeed; but at present, at any rate, all are not intellectuals and those who are intellectuals have the great responsibility of guiding others on to the right path. If today we have our civilization and culture, if we have order and security in life and if our life is better than that of our primitive ancestors, it is because the intellectuals who from time to time have been guiding humanity on the path of felicity and amity. An intellectual should come out of his ivory tower and try to elevate others to his level. This is the theme of Tennyson’s famous poem “The Palace of Art”. An intellectual has the duty of seeing the truth and teaching it to others. An intellectual contemplates on the eternal laws of the universe to explore the truth. The perception of the truth is almost the same as the perception of beauty and the duty of an intellectual is to see this truth or beauty and to reveal it to others.

  1. Write an application to the principal of your college to open a relief camp in your college premises so that you can send relief goods to the flood affected people in your locality. 10

JESSORE BOARD-2011

English Second Paper

Time-3 hours Full marks-100

Part-A

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary. 1×5=5
see lean blow want Cast screen lower

Robert Frost (a)_any severance of his ties with nature. Even when the window sash (b) _at night and the tree (c)_from his view he (d)_ a shadow outline of the tree which (e) _ a more profound influence over him than the rustling of leaves.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions : 1×5=5

Dear Sejuti

Here goes the story of an explorer which you have wanted to know from me. In 1955 he led an expedition to Eastern Island, a tiny speck of land (a)_2000 miles (b) _ the Western coast of Chile. Here he found stone statues, some weighing (c) _ _ fifty tons, relics of very early civilization. How could a primitive people have carried them? How could they have stood them (d)_? But the mysteries of Eastern Island went far (e)_its statues. My next letter will follow the last part of the story.

With best love

 Kiran

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :.5×10=5

“Under the Greenwood Tree” is (a)_song derived from “As Your Like It,” (b) _ comedy by  Shakespeare. In this song (c)_writer’s love of nature has found (d)_ eloquent expression, as has, as (e) _     undertone, his deep concern for (f) limitations of (g)_human society. In the forest (h)_only enemy of man is bitter winter and rough weather. Nature has no particular enmity towards man and it treats undoubtedly (e)_great asset of (f)_country. But when (g) _ __ country fails to feed and provide them with (h) _   _ suitable jobs, they become (i) _ burden. Similar is (j)_case with Bangladesh.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the box : 1×5=5

Most of our students cannot write out their examination papers fairly, (a)__they cannot  understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bushes and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details, (b)__their teachers suggest (c) _their answers should be brief and precise, they often lengthen those unnecessarily, (d)_get expected marks, a student should answer the questions to the point. He should not worry (e)__some of his answers are fairly short.

 

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms: 1×5=5 of one’s own accord, keep body and soul together, in the least, on the instant, beyond one’s means, cut out, a bone of contention, lean against.
  2. Rewrite the following in the reported speech : 5 “Have you cut your hair off?” asked Jim. “Cut it off and sold it,” said Delia. “Don’t you like me just as well, anyhow? I’m me without my hair, am’t I ?”
  3. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :

1×5=5

(a) But at last God took pity on him. (Make it negative without changing the meaning), (b) One day the old sailor was watching the water snakes swimming round the ship. (Make it passive) Their colours were very beautiful and (c) he was filled with a strange wonder. (Make it active) Then he felt a great love for them and blessed them from his heart, (d) At once the dead albatross fell from his neck into the sea and the old man fell into a deep sleep. (Make it complex) (e) When he woke up, it was raining. (Make it simple)

  1. Complete the following sentences : 1×5=5

(a) United we stand,_.

(b)_know this wise saying?

(c) Unless you are united, you_.

(d) The story of the old man and his sons teaches us_.

It is high time we__.

Fill in the gaps with suitable words from the list:_.5×10=10

without, humane, yardstick, redefined, growing, that, approximately, alone, advancement, degrees, about, symbol, higher_

9.Almost twelve years ago the population of the world was only 1.7 billion. Now it is (a)_5.7 billion. Statistics say that world population (b)__at the rate of nearly 100 million people a year. Sociologists say (c)_with the passage of time there will not be enough food and shelter for all, let (d)_education. But we believe that (e) _means development and development is not possible (f) _education. Education is the (g)_of development. Education perhaps has to be (h)_. It is not only getting (i)_from schools, colleges and universities but something more, something deeper, something more lasting, more (j)_.

 

Part B—Composition (Marks 60)

  1. A huge number of students fail in English every year in public examinations despite studying it as a compulsory subject from class I to Honours level. Now prepare a report focusing on different causes of their failures in English for a daily newspaper. 10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following : 15

(a) The Value of Time;   (b) Students and Social Service.

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him/her not to allow any student or teacher to use cell phone in the classroom or in the examination hall. 10
  2. Student politics has been a common affair to cause campus violence which is contributing much to the session jam. Now prepare a dialogue between you and your friend highlighting the bad effects of student politics. 10
  3. Complete the following story using the cue given below : 15 Last year we had a tour to the Sunderbans. It was just 3:15 when we reached Katka. Under a forest guide and a coast guard we started going down to the deep forest. I was so beguiled with the wonderful green of the Sunderbans that even I failed got to follow our teammates. But when I came into sense,……………….

 

CHITTAGONG BOARD-2011

English Second Paper

Time-3 hours Full marks-100

Part-A

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary. 1×5=5
dare desire attain be may should assist

Everyone (a) _ success in life but very few can (b) _ it. One of the main reasons for his failure is that many people (c)_take risks. We must remember that life (d)_not a bed of roses. It is full of troubles and problems. We (e)_face them with courage.

2.Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions : 1×5=5

out With beyond of in to For

I was there (a)_autumn. I wanted quiet isolation to do some troublesome writing. I wanted mountain air to blow (b)_malaria. I was homesick, too, (c)_the flaming of maples and for corn shocks, pumpkins and black walnut trees. I found them all living in a cabin that belonged (d)_the orphanage. There I became acquainted (e) _a boy named Jerry.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross mark (x) where an article is not needed

.5×10=5

At present Bangladesh faces (a) _ number of (b) _ problems. Of all these problems (c) _ population problem is (d) _ most acute one. Population is undoubtedly (e)__great asset of (f)_country. But when (g)_country fails to feed and provide them with (h) _ suitable jobs, they become (i) _ burden. Similar is (j)_case with Bangladesh.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the box : 1×5=5

Most of our students cannot write out their examination papers fairly, (a)_they cannot understand the questions properly, they often beat about the bushes and cram their answers with irrelevant and unnecessary details, (b)_their teachers suggest (c) _their answers should be brief and precise, they often lengthen those unnecessarily, (d)_get expected marks, a student should answer the questions to the point. He should not worry (e)_some of his answers are fairly short.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five) :

1×5=5                                    

At length; catch sight of; apple of one’s eye; get by heart; big guns; come round; a man of letters.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech : 5

Once I asked a little girl, “What’s your mother’s name?”

“I know my mother’s name but I won’t tell you that. I never tell my mother’s name to anybody whom I don’t know.” I said, “How clever you are!”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed:

1×5=5

(a) Cricket is a very exciting game. (Exclamatory) (b) People of all ages enjoy this game. (Passive) (c) At present cricket is the most popular game in our country. (Positive) (d) Bangladesh is one of the weakest test playing countries. (Comparative) So most of the people do not like watching test cricket, (e) They are fond of watching “twenty-twenty” cricket. (Interrogative)

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate tag questions : 1×5=5

(a) Health is wealth,_? (b) A sick rich man is not happier than a healthy poor

man,_? (c) An unhealthy man cannot prosper in life,_? (d) Nobody pays him

due respect,_? (e) We must take care of our health,_?

  1. Complete the following sentences : 1×5=5

(a) Arif studies attentively so that_

(b) Hardly had the leader finished his speech_

(c) I walked fast lest_

(d) A fish market is the place where people go_

(e) It is disappointing to note that the price of_

Part-B : Composition (mark 60)

  1. Write a paragraph on “Your Favourite Teacher” by answering the following questions 1×5=5

(a) Who is your favourite teacher?

(b) Why do you like him most?

(c) What differences do you find between his teaching methodology and that of others?

(d) How does he motivate his students in his classroom?

(e) Do you wish to be a teacher like him?

  1. Write a short composition on the uses and abuses of television. 15
  2. Write an application to the principal of Khulna College for organising a literary club in the college.
  3. Suppose you want to buy some-books. Now write a dialogue between you and the book-seller. 10 Or, Write a summary of the following passage.

The process of learning may well be compared to the undertaking of a journey. The learner or student is a journey taker or traveller. Just as a traveller has to undergo all the botherations of buying his ticket, booking his baggage, showing up his ticket, taking care of things, boarding a train or a bus and facing unexpected problems during the journey. So, a learner, too, has to manage his learning affair himself. It is a laborious process and no one can do the labour for him. There is no trick or magic in it. It cannot be acquired at second hand just as a traveller can enquire here and there in case of doubt or difficulty, so can a learner take help or advice from guides or teachers whenever he is in difficulty. However, the journey is the passenger’s own concern. In the same Way, learning is entirely the concern of the student or the learner.

 

 

  1. Complete the following story with the cue below : 15

Once upon a time, there was a king in England. He had three daughters. One day, he made up his mind to divide his kingdom among them. So he called them in the court and asked each of them how much they loved him…………..

 

 

 

 

 

SYLHET BOARD-2011

English (Compulsory) Time-3 hours

Second Paper

Full marks-100

Part-A

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary. 1×5=5
drop fall find fly carry advise show

The poor farmer (a)_a purse of gold, which (b)_by a passer-by. He (c)    _ it

home and (d)_it to his wife who (e)__him to use it.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions : 1×5=5

Dear Ruma

I have just heard (a)_your brother that you have been ill (b)_ the hospital (c) _the last two weeks. I am very sorry, I should have written (d)_time. I. hope you will come (e)_soon.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed: .5×10=5

I live in (a)_Jigatola near (b)_Rifles Square. When I was (c) _ _ student of  (d)_University of Dhaka, I stayed at Wari in (e)_old Dhaka. Actually, it was in (f)_Bonogram Lane that originates from (g)_BCC Road which is a branch of (h)_Renkin Street, (i)_Bangabhaban and (j)_ Baldha Garden are adjacent

to this area.

Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five) : 1×5=5

out and out; beggar description; every nook and cranny; in full swing; give away; put down; kick off.

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words : 1×5=5

(a)_Bangladesh is a small country, she has a huge population. Most people live here below the poverty line (b) _ _ they can not afford to educate their children, (c) _ , many poor children drop either out of school after just a few years (d)_ simply do not go to school at all. (e)_this situation, we have far too many students to educate.

Rewrite the following in the reported speech : 5

“Will you come to my house tomorrow?” I asked the boy. “We can discuss terms and conditions then,” I said. “I shall be very happy to meet you at your house. Thank you so much,” he replied.

Fill in the blanks with tag question : 1×5=5

(a) His name was Jerry,_?

(b) They waste their valuable time,_?

(c) Every one knows this,_?

(d) He can never help people of the society,_?

(e) Everybody dislikes him,_?

Complete the following sentences : 1×5=5

(a) Walk fast lest_.

(b) It is high time_.

(c) Modem husbands are_.

(d) For good health_.

(e) If I help him in danger_.

 

 

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :

1×5=5

(a) The National Memorial, which is situated at Savar, is a symbol of the nation’s respect. (Simple) (b) Standing in front of the graves, we bow down our heads. (Compound) (c) The towers symbolize the loftiness of the spirit of the martyred freedom fighters. (Interrogative) (d) We always remember their memories. (Negative) (e) Everyday many people go to visit it. (Interrogative)

Part B—Composition (Marks-60)

  1. You are a reporter of a daily newspaper. Make a report on the rising prices of essential commodities. 10
  2. Write a short composition on any one of the following. 15

 (a) Drug Addiction; (b) Students and Social service; (c) Benefits of Reading Newspaper.

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college for a study tour. 10
  2. You have met your friend just after the HSC Examination results. Write a dialogue between you and your friend about admission in a university. 10
  3. Complete the following story with the clue : 15

Once there was a very powerful man in a city. He had everything at his disposal. He always boasted of his money and power. There lived another man in the same city who had neither power nor money, but what he had was immense love from the commoners who used do call him a saint, a great lover of man. There began a rivalry between these two over a simple thing……………….

BARISHAL BOARD-2011

English (Compulsory)

Second Paper

Part-A

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

tense. Use the negatives where necessary.                                                                                1×5=5

 

try make be think ponder abide indulge mend

We often see young people (a)_in pompous ways of life. They (b)_by the advice of the seniors, not even of their guardians. Even they (c)_to realize the negative aspects of it. Pompous life (d) _ them gradually derailed. When they realize the consequence on their lives, they often find it quite impossible to (e)_ the damages.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions. 1×5=5

You must have come across the name of Leo Tolstoy, a great writer in world literature. No novelist stands parallel (a) _ _ him. All his novels and short stories convey a message. His purpose of writing was the purification of human mind and soul (b)__all kinds of evils and misjudgements. His heroes suffer (c) _  _ inner conflict, pass (d)_ups and downs of life and struggle (e)_deprivation caused

by feudal and bourgeois society.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put cross (x) where an article is not needed :.5×10=5

We live on (a)_ground floor of (b)_old house on (c)_river Kirtankhola. We are very much afraid of (d) _ _ burglars and always lock up (e)_house very carefully before we go to (f) _bed. We also take (g)__ precaution of looking under (h)_bed to see if (i)_burglar is hiding there. We know modern burglars do not hide under beds, but we go on looking just (j)_same.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words from the list below : 1×5=5

 

likewise until whenever however consequently otherwise on           the contrary

Aloka is a very sincere student, (a)_she gets time, she sits to study. She does well

in her college tests, (b)_she does not forget to take physical exercise, (c) _ _ her

sister Anika is very inattentive to her studies, (d)_ she cannot do well in her

 

school tests. One day her father called her and said, “You should be attentive to study (e) __ __ you won’t be able to shine in life.”

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five) :

1×5=5

hue and cry; of one’s own accord; then and there, far-fetched; hanker after; black and blue; ask for.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech : 5

“Could 1 help you, Sir?” said the receptionist.

The man replied, “Sure, I want to meet the Managing Director of the company.” The receptionist said, “Do you have an appointment?” “Yes, I have,” he said.

  1. Form tag questions for the following: 1×5=5

(a) You must have heard the name of Jalaluddin Rumi,_?

(b) He achieved fame as a spiritual leader,_?

(c) He was also renowned as a mystic poet,_?

(d) Thousands of people admired him in his life time,_?

(e) Still today millions of people all over the world find pleasure in his poetic works,

?

  1. Complete the following sentences : 1×5=5

(a) We work hard so that,_

(b) There is nobody who,_

(c) As he is devoted to studies,_

(d) He left the place after,_

(e) As soon as the police came,

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :

1×5=5

(a) Very few insects are as busy as a bee. (Make it comparative) It is known as an industrious creature, (b) It only lives in a hive. (Make it negative) (c) It flies from flower to flower to collect honey. (Make it compound) (d) Collected honey is stored in the hive. (Make it active) (e) In winter, it remains idle, but works hard in spring. (Make it complex)

  1. Suppose you are a reporter of a national daily. You have recently visited the area affected by the erosion of the Meghna. Now, write a report on the miseries of the people living in the area.
  2. Write a short composition on “Rivers of Bangladesh15
  3. Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him to improve the facilities in the college library. 10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends about the recent success of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in international cricket. 10
  5. Complete the given story following the cue : 15 One day in the evening two friends were passing through a jungle. They were very intimate friends. There lived many wild beasts in the jungle. After walking for sometimes they saw a bear coming…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

DINAJPUR BOARD-2011

English (Compulsory) Time-3 hours Second Paper Full marks-100

Part-A

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

be reach work come     confine      dominate    succeed

Today women play an important role in all spheres of life. Once they were (a)  _ by men. They (b)__no longer (c)__within the four walls. They have (d)_out of kitchens and are (e)_hand in hand with man.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions :                                                          1X5=5

I worked hard for my HSC examination. My effort did not end (a)__smoke. I succeeded (b)_the examination. My parents were glad (c) _ _ my success. They congratulated me (d) _my brilliant results. I also owe (e) _  _ my parents and teachers.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :.5×10=5

You must have heard (a)_name of Kazi Nazrul 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 specially for (g) _ oppressed and down trodden people. He is called (h) _ Shelley of Bengali literature. His poems and songs inspired (i) _ Bangalees in (j) _ War of liberation.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list:   1×5=5

 

either if also or as moreover and

English gives us easy access to the ever-expanding knowledge of science and technology, arts and education, innovations and discoveries (a) _ all the hooks, journals, reports, researchings are available in English, (b)_any important books, news etc. are (c)__written in English (d)_translated into English immediately after they are published in other language. You easily learn about them (e)__ you have acquired the reading power in English.

  

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech : 5

The stranger said to the boy, “Will you tell me the way to the nearest hotel?” “Yes, I will. Do you want a residential one in which can spend the night?” the boy said. “I do not want to stay here, but I want a meal” the stranger replied. The boy said,” Follow me.”

Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :

1×5=5

Stephen Hawking was horn in 1942. He was born in an educated family, (a) He is considered the greatest physicist after Einstein. (Active) (b) In 1979 he joined Cambridge University, (complex) (c) When he was thirty two years old, he received the prestigious Albert Einstein award, (simple) (d) He wrote a book explaining cosmology for general public, (compound) (e) He is one of the greatest scientists in the present world, (positive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions : 1×5=5

 You are not resigning from your job, (a)___?

: No, not yet, Unless 1 get another job I can’t (b)_?

: Of course not. Well, you can use a computer, (c)_?

: And you do not mind working in a friend’s firm, (d)_?

: Well if I offer you a job in my office, you won’t refuse it, (e)_?

  1. Complete the following sentences : 1×5=5

(a) I don’t like people who_.

(b) Do you know where__.

(c) It was long since_.

(d) You will not prosper unless_.

(e) Had I been proposed to go_.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five) :1×5=5

null and void; take after; maiden speech; in lieu of; for good; at a stretch; bad blood.

 

 

Part B—Composition (Marks-60)

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a daily newspaper. You have witnessed a terrible road accident. Now, write a report on it. 10
  2. Write a short composition on Female Education in Bangladesh. 15
  3. Make a dialogue between a father and a son about the future course of son’s study.
  4. Suppose, you are a student of XII class of R Cadet College. Write an application to your principal for setting up a Computer Club in your college. 10
  5. Complete the story with the following clue: 15

Once there lived a wood cutter. He was very poor but honest. He lived on the bank of a river near a forest. He used to cut wood………………..

 DHAKA BOARD20I0

English Second Paper

 [The figures in the right margin indicate full mark.]

Part A — Grammar : Marks -40

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary                                                                                                                 1×5=5

 

need learn go do modify       revise      design

Communicative competence in English Is urgently (a)———-in our country. The present world (b)———-fast and developing by leaps and bounds. In order to keep pace with the present world, we cannot help (c)———English, but the present system of teaching and learning English is not up to the mark. The textbooks (d)——— for the classes XI—XII have to (e) ———- and made updated.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions : 1×5=5

My dear Mini,

Happy to know your brilliant success (a) ——-— medical profession. Always remember that man is the noblest creation (b) ———Allah, and his greatness lies in selfless service (c)  —humanity as well as in doing something great and noble (d)——— human-beings irrespective of caste, creed and colour. Waiting to hear again (e) ———–you.

Your well-wisher.

Raihan.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) mark where an article is not needed. .5xl0=5

(a) ————— Morning walk is a good habit for all classes of people. It is (b) ———simple exercise and good for health and (c)———–mentality. In the morning, (d) ———- air is fresh and free from any kind of noise and pollution. This pure (e) –— environment makes an effect on (i)———–walkers’ health and mind, when (g)——-— man enjoys (h)—— – beauties and solemnity of (i) ———nature in (j)———– morning.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms, (any five)                                      1×5-5

jump at an offer, die out, at length, far and near; golden age, bring to book, at stake

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech.                                                             1×5=5

Where are you going?” said the merchant. “I was coming to see you”. “What do you want?” To earn my bread by the labour of my hands.” “Do you really want work?” said the merchant. “Yes, if you have any”. “Then follow me and carry a box from a shop to my house.” “I do not see how I can do that,” said the youth.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

Raju is a good boy. (a) I do not know his father’s name. (complex) (b) But I know the place where he was born, (simple) He is an active man. (c) Though he is poor, he is honest, (compound) (d) He is the best player, (negative) (e) What a simple life he leads! (assertive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :                                                                                                      1×5=5

(a) Every student wants to do well in the examination,———–?

(b) But it is not an easy task,———–?

(c) A student should read the texts again and again,——-———?

(d) He must not memorise the answer without knowing the meaning,————-?

(e) He can render social services,—————–?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5=5

(a) You cannot find others to love you unless

(b) It is love that

(c) Love is divine which— ,

(d) Your friends cannot help loving you if…….—.

(e) If you are not loved, it is a good evidence that————-—-.

 

Part-B : Composition : Marks – 60

  1. Suppose, an award-giving ceremony to the meritorious students of your college was held in your college auditorium a few day ago. Now, write a report regarding it.                                  10
  2. Write a composition on “Modern Technology” and “Globalisation”.                                               15
  3. Write an application to your Union Council Chairman for construction of a bridge over a canal which runs through your village.                                                                                                      10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends on the choice of career.                                           10

Or, Write a summary of the following passage :

Presentation is of very importance in good writing. Your opening paragraph should arrest the reader’s attention and show him what you are writing about and why. if you are going to give the readers some information, tell them what subject you are going to deal with, it you are going to argue in support of a particular point of view, say what this point of view is. There is no harm in startling the reader in this first paragraph by putting forward a new and apparently paradoxical point of view, provided you have convincing ideas to support it in the rest of what you write.

The main body of your piece of writing should collect together and present the ideas promised in the first paragraph, or give good arguments to support the view put forward there. You should come to the point at once, say what you promised to say, avoiding irrelevant material, and then finish.

Your last paragraph or sentence should bring what you have written to a neat, satisfying end, leaving the reader with a clear idea of what you have been saying.

  1. Read the following story. The story is not complete. Use imagination to complete it and give a title to it.                                                                                                                                                                 15

Rahela is a village girl of a Muslim family. She is waiting for 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 and money —————–

 

COMILLA BOARD 2010

English Second Paper

Part A—Grammar : Marks-40

 (Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense

Use the negative where necessary :        1×5=5

be fight regain brood        | try         inspire      | help

 

Robert Bruce was the king of Scotland. Once he (a) ———- with the British forces and lost his kingdom to England. He fought several times with the British forces to (b)————his country but failed. One day, he sat in a lonely cave (c)——– over his sad lot, Suddenly he caught sight of a spider. It was (d)——-—to reach the ceiling. But each time it tried, it dropped. After six attempts it became successful. This perseverance of the spider (e)———— Bruce to fight again with the British and this time he was able to free his country from the enemy.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions : 1×5=5

One day some boys were playing by a pond. All (a)    —–— a sudden, they saw some frogs were swimming in it. They started throwing stones (b)——— them. Two or three frogs died (c) ———–it. One senior frog holding its head (d)———– said, “Please stop this cruel act of yours.” The boys said, “We are playing a game. We will not stop.” “What is a game for you is a cause of death (e)——-—us”, said the frog.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :    .5×10=5

It is (a)————known fact that English is (b)————-international language. (c).—— language used by international community is important. Statistics show that 350 million people speak English as (d)—–—— first language and another 300 million use it as (e)———— second, language. It is (f)——-official language in more than 60 countries of the world. Once it was also (g)————official language of our country. Most of (h)———– books of science and technology are written in English, So (i)———– importance of learning English beggars description. It is (j)———must.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list;                                                    1×5=5

because of  healthy also  later  at the age   fever  but

 

Hellen Keller was born in 1880 at Tashcambia in America. She was born as a (a)———- and normal child (b)———–lost her eyesight later, (c) ——of one and a half she was attacked by brain (d)————. This disease took away her power of seeing. She (e)——— —lost her power of hearing.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):-                                      1×5=5

ins and puts ; go through ; instead of; above all ; for good ; to catch sight of; to give up; by

all means.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech :—                                                                             5

“May I come in, sir?” A boy standing at the door said to him. Then without waiting for his reply the boy entered the room and said, “Sir, I have come from Palashpur with a letter from

Mr. Ajit Bose.” “Ajit Bose? How is he?’ he said smiling. “He is not well. He has been suffering from a serious illness for two years,” the boy said. “How sad it is! May God cure him” he said.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed : 1×5=5

 

(a) Long long ago there was a king who was very wise. (Make it simple) (b) People called him wise Solomon. (Make it passive) (c) Actually, at that time he was the wisest of all. (Make it comparative) (d) There was another ruler also named queen of Sheba. (Make it compound) (e) One day she thought wisdom should not remain untested. (Make it complex)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions : 1×5=5

(a) Certainly you will go there,————-?

(b) I know you have not hidden my pen, —————?

(c) A boy like you should not do this,—————?

(d) The earth is round, ———–?

(e) Let us go for a walk,—— ?

  1. Complete the following sentences : — 1×5=5

(a) He has a lot of money but—–

(b) My father gave me taka 500 so that

(c) She has been suffering from fever for

(d) Though it rained yesterday————.

(e) The train had left the station before——.

Part B — Composition : Marks- -60

  1. You are a reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on a road accident you have

witnessed.                                                                                                                                                          10

11* Write a short composition on the dangers of drug addiction.                                            15

  1. Write an application to the principal of your college seeking permission to stage a drama in the college auditorium.                                                                                                                                 10
  2. Write a dialogue between two friends about the importance of tree plantation. 10
  3. Complete the following story with the clue :- 15 Once there lived a poor man in a village. He had a peculiar goose which laid a golden egg everyday. The poor man earned his livelihood by—————

 

 

RAJSHAHI BOARD-2010

English Second Paper

Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list, Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary :                                                                                              1×5=5

suffer render kill come bring have try

In the spring of 1945, the Second World War (a) ——— to an end. The war had (b)——–

great misery to the whole world. Millions of people (c) ——– -and wounded, They

included men, women and children. Millions of people (d)——— homeless and (e) ——from poverty, hunger and disease,

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :      1×5=5

Dear Preety,

I received from you another e-mail saying that you will pass (a) ——Dhaka next week.

In your letter you wished that you would like to have a chat (b) ——— me about your

course of study. You also mentioned that your time is very limited and the only free day you

have is (c) ——-…..the next Friday. You planned to spend the morning at Banani and

requested me to give a little luncheon (d) —   my residence in the noon. I agree (e)———

-your plan. Thanks.

 Your Uncle,

Tahsin.

  1. Use articles in the following passage where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article

is not needed :—                                                                                                                                          .5xl0=5

Though newspaper is not always (a)———— unmixed blessing, it is (b) —————-most

useful thing in our life. We rarely think of (c) ————-day without reading (d) ———-,

newspaper. Reading newspaper is one of (e) —-——good habits of a man. We shall be like (f)———— frog in a dark well if we neglect developing this habit. However, some people prefer (g)————electronic media to reading (h) ——————- newspaper. But (i) ————newspaper offers more to its readers than (j)—————electronic media.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases/idioms (any five).— 1×5=5

 For the sake of; storm in a tea-pot; in cold blood; look forward to; heart and soul; keep pace with; look down upon.

  1. Re-write the following passage in the reported speech :—                                                             5

A hawker said. “Will you buy any paper? I have all types of Newspapers and Magazines. Please take one from me.” “I buy books but now 1 need a weekly. Don’t you have any Weekly Magazine?” said Sushmita.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in the

brackets                                                                                                                                                         1×5=5

(a) Once a cook roasted a duck for his master. (passive) (b) The roast looked so delicious that the cook could not resist the temptation. (simple). He ate one of the drumsticks, (c) When his master sat down to eat he quickly noticed the missing drumstick. (compound) (d) The master enquired of the missing leg. (interrogative) (e) But the cook told him that this duck had only one leg. (negative)

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) Walk fast lest————-.

(b) Our students are so meritorious———

(c) Scarcely had the teacher gone out of the room————.

(d) If I knew his mobile number————.

(e) It is time we ——.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag question : 1×5=5

(a) Hamidur Rahman gave the shape to the Shaheed Minar, ————–?

(b) He combined in it the Bengalee aspirations,————- ?

(c) He was the pioneer of the new painting movement,————-?

(d) People admire him for his outstanding design of the Central Shaheed Minar, ———?

(e) We should never forget him,—————–?

 

Part B—Composition : Marks—60

  1. Write a paragraph on “Your College Library” by answering the questions below:—     10

(a) What do you mean by a college library? (b) Where is it housed? (c) What is the necessity of a college library? (d) What kind of books are found in a college library? (e) W7hat is your

feeling about your college library?

  1. Write a short composition on “The Common Fruits of Bangladesh”.
  2. Complete the story following cue                                                                                                                15

Once upon a time two friends went on a journey. They had to go through a forest, As they came through the wood, they saw a bag lying on the ground———

12, Write a dialogue between Rizwan and Minhaj about their plan of studies after H.S.C. examination is over.                                                                                                                                                            10

Or, Write a summary of the following    passage :—

Co-operation means working together for the benefit of all. Without co-operation modern society can not exist. Co-operation has been seen at its best among farmers in the dry regions of some parts of Australia and America. The fields have been irrigated in these regions, Crops cannot be grown without water. W7ater cannot be brought to the fields without streams being tapped higher up. For this purpose canals and dams have been built. The canals have been cut through the fields of more than one farmer. Those who live higher up the valley than the others have allowed canals to be built through their land in order to carry water to the fields of farmers lower down. In times of drought all are able to share the water. Instead, of taking all water for themselves the farmers on the higher land leave enough for their neighbours down the valley. Farming in dry areas has been made possible by such co-operation. By co-operation farmers have learned to make even the desert produce crops.

  1. Write an application to the principal of Model College, Barisal for increasing facilities

in the common room.                                                                                                                             10

 

 

JESSORE BOARD- 2010

English Second Paper

Part – A:  Grammar

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the following letter with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct

tenses. Use negatives where necessary :

do have imagine learn go be

Dear Farah,

It seems hard to believe that I (a)———– in Savar for a whole month now ! I promised to write and tell you how I was going on so here (b)———-! When I first got here, I just (c) — used to the slow pace of life ! Now, though, I (d)———to take things easy and I’m beginning to really feel at home. You can’t (e)———-how beautiful the University campus is. It’s very large, very green, and probably the best campus in the country. It is simply wonderful. It’s all up today.

Preen,

  1. Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :      1×5=5

It was the middle (a)———- April. The afternoon sun shone brightly (b) ——–the village

Ravel ope. The air was fresh and warm. The villagers were (c)——– of their cottages. They

were in the park enjoying the sunny spring afternoon. A man walked (d)———– the park.

He was lean and thin and had a pale face. He had a bag hung (e) ——his shoulder.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.    .5xl0=5

Once you have completed (a)———-initial diagnosis of your students, you are faced with selecting subject-matter appropriate to their (b)———-interests, abilities, and personal – social adjustment as well as to your own teaching objectives. Frequently, (c) ————– selection and planning of content are not seen as integral (d)———-parts of (e) ———- evaluation process, (f) ———– techniques you select to evaluate how well you and your students have achieved your objectives are inextricably bound to (g)———– subject-matter used to teach these objectives. In (h) ———-sense, you must evaluate (i)——— subject-matter itself to (j) ———-determine if it is appropriate for your objectives.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five).      1×5=5

Make up one’s mind: As well as; Beggar description; Once in a blue moon; Hue and cry; At random; For good.

  1. Rewrite the following in the indirect speech :                                                                                   1×5=5

“You look a little bit like my mother,” he said, “especially in the dark by the fire,” “But you were only four Jerry, when you came here. You have remembered how she looked all these years?” “My mother lives in Mannville,” he said.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in

brackets:—                                                                                                                                                    1×5-5

it was a hot summer day. (a) A cunning fox was passing through a forest, (complex) (b) The fox was thirsty and was looking for water. (simple) (c) It could not find any source of water, (passive) (d) He felt very helpless. (interrogative). Suddenly he found a pitcher of water. (e) It seemed to the fox that it was the happiest animal in the world. (comparative)

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate tag questions :-                                                             1×5=5

(a) Lei’s have a walk outside the farm,———-?

(b) I’m in the habit of walking every morning,———–?

(c) Morning entertains us with fresh air, ———-?

(d) No one should miss this opportunity, ———–?

(e) Have a try to form this habit of morning walk, ———-?

  1. Complete the following sentences.                                                                                             1×5=5

(a) A graveyard is a place where ————– .

(b) I am not sure whether———- .

(c) The old man is walking carefully lest

(d) Do you mind if-———?

(e) Unless you work hard———–.

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable words.                                                            1×5=5

There was a violent clash in the university (a) ———–yesterday between two (b) ———- groups of students. The clash began (c) ———half-past ten in the morning (d) ———- one group was chanting (e)———-against the other. Suddenly one group chased their (f) — ———from behind. But instead of (g) ———-away, the second group launched a counter (h) ———-. The campus turned into a battle field. One student v/as stabbed to (i) ———– and many others were seriously injured. At last the police came, arrested some of the students and brought the (j)——-under control.

Part B—Composition : Marks 60

  1. The results of HSC examination of this year have just come out. Now prepare an elaborate report on it for the daily you are working for. 10
  2. Write a short composition on ‘The Rivers of Bangladesh.” 15
  3. Write an application to the Principal of Natore College asking permission to participate In the Relief Fund Raising Programme for the SIDR-hit people of the southern part of Bangladesh. 10
  4. Write a summary of the following passage :                                                       10

The prisoner went to bed, but could not get any sleep. He lay awake the whole night. The images of his past life came to his mind one after another. He saw before his eyes his wife, as if alive, asking him not to go to the fair. He heard her speak and laugh. He saw his two children. He saw himself – how merry and free from care he had been before he was arrested. Then came to his mind the pictures of his twenty six years’ prison life, how he was flogged, how he was chained, how the people stood around enjoying his sufferings. He felt so wretched that he thought of killing himself.

  1. Complete the following story with the cue below :-                                                          15

When I was five my father took me to a school quite far away from our home. There I followed my father to a room where I saw a big bald headed man. Ho looked pleased to see my father but I got frightened when————-

  

 

SYLHET BOARD-2010

English Second Paper

 Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

 

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

 

find look feel hear be return send

Gafur was sitting thoughtfully on the veranda. Mahesh (a) ———– anywhere since

yesterday. Gafur was very weak again. So Amina (b)———– in search of him since

morning. She (cj———-home at about sun-set and said, “You (d)—–— father? Manik

Ghosh’s men (e)———-Mahesh to the police station.”

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5-5

Dear Runu,

How are you? Well, I hope you’re OK. And working hard, as usual. Can I ask (a) ———-a favour? I will be in Dhaka for a week (b)————–your Aunties’ medical check-up. Can you put me (c) ————– ? We will turn (d) –—-— just two days after. I look forward (e) ———–hearing from you soon.

Love to kids. Best wishes

Uncle Tahiti

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :    .5xl0=5

Providing enough energy to meet (a) ————ever-increasing demand is one of (b)————

-gravest problems (c)—world is now facing. Energy is (d)———— key to (e) ——–industrialized economy, which calls for (f)———– doubling of electrical output every ten to twelve years. Meanwhile (g) ———– days of cheap abundant and environmentally acceptable power may be coming to (h)———end. Coal is plentiful but polluting, natural gas is (i)———–scarce, oil is not found everywhere. Nuclear power now appears (j)————-costly and risky.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words :— 1×5-5

These two girls are from a village. They look malnourished. Their parents, landless (a)——

—-jobless, had to migrate to the city just to make a living, (b) ———— they have found a

shelter in a slum. The male members of their family are either rickshaw-pullers or day-labourers or do some small business. The female members work as part-time or full-time

housemaids in the neighbourhood. These girls do not go to school, or (c)———— they do,

they go to an underprivileged children’s school or a non-formal education centre. They have

to earn something to supplement the family income before (d)———–after school. They

do not know (e)———– they will do in future.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech :-— 5 “I’ll pay for it,” he said. “I broke it, I brought the exe down careless,”But no one hits accurately every time, Jerry. Moreover, the fault was in the wood of the handle. I’ll see the man who I have bought it from.” I told him.
  2. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :—1×5-5

(a) Health is wealth. (Make it complex) (b) A healthy poor man is happier than a sick moneyed man. (Make it positive) (c) When a healthy man is an asset to his family an unhealthy man is a liability. (Make it compound) (d) He can succeed in life. (Make it interrogative) (e) Everybody must be conscious of health. (Make it negative)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :-— 1×5-5

(a) You need not come here tomorrow, —–? (b) Let’s help the poor boy,–—-— ?

(c) Nobody phoned me that day, —-—— ?

(d) She has little idea about it ——— ?

(e) He reads news papers everyday, ——— ?

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) It is easy to say but–—.

(b) Five years passed since ——- .

(c) A graveyard is a place —-.

(d) She insisted that—–.

(e) Unless you work hard,———-.

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable words : —                                                      .5xl0=5

Smoking is a very (a) ———— habit. It is injurious to (b)   ————. Generally young people smoke to look (c)———— . The farmers and labourer (d)——– -for relaxation. Smoking causes fatal (e) ———– . It causes cancer, heart attack, chronic bronchitis and (f)———–other diseases. One puff of cigarette smoke (g) ———–fifteen billion particles of matter some of (h)—————-are fatal to human (i) ———. So we should (J) ————- up smoking.

Part B — Composition  Marks -60

  1. Suppose you had a chance to pay a visit to a village fair at your locality last month. Now prepare a report on that fair for the daily paper you are working for. 10
  2. Write a short composition on any of the following :— 15

(a) Rural Development, (b) Unemployment Problem, (c) The Value of Time,

  1. Write an application to the principal of your college for increasing library facilities. 10
  2. Prepare a dialogue between a reporter and the principal of your college on the results of your college in the last BSC examination. 1 0
  3. Complete the following story with the cue  — 15

It was twenty years ago when I was living in an apartment overlooking a cemetery; I was just living from hand to mouth. At that time a lady wrote a letter to me praising one of my writings just published in the newspaper. It made me so excited that I sent her a letter of thanks. Immediately after that she wrote her second letter saying that———————–

 

BARISAL BOARD-2010

English Second Paper

 Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

 

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

 

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary :—                                                                                                  1×5=5
continue cause increase find burn go predict

Within the last century, the amount of carbon-di-oxide in the atmosphere (a) ———dramatically because people (b)———— vast amounts of fossil, coal and petroleum. Average global temperature has also increased by about 0-6° Celsius within the past century. Scientists (c) ——–— that human activities are responsible for at least half of that temperature increase, They (d) ———– that unless drastic action is taken, global temperature (e)——-— to rise by 1-4° to 5-8° Celsius over the next century.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions :— 1×5=5

Population growth is one (a) ————– the causes (b) ————- the world’s environmental problems. Although the growth rate (c)————- the world’s population has slowed slightly since the 1990s, still it increases (d) —————77 million human beings each year, (e) -———- the increasing number of people, destruction of habitats and the use of additional natural resources are gradually increasing.

 

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put cross (x) where an article, .5×10=5

Cellular radio telephone, also called cellular telephone or cell phone provides voice telephone and other services to (a)———–mobile users. Cellular telephones primarily operate like portable or cordless telephones. However, unlike conventional wire-based cordless phones, cell phones are completely portable and do not require (b) ————jack to access (c) ————-wire-based networks operated by local telephone companies, (d)————– new generation of services for cell phones include video conferencing and (e)——– internet access with (f) ———— ability to send e-mail. Cellular telephones have become very popular with (g) —————professionals and (h)———-consumers as (i)———–way to communicate easily. It has been (j)————–alternative to conventional wire-based services.

  1. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate linking words from list below _     1×5=5
hence as who when that if

Students are the future leaders of a country (a) ———–are to lead a nation, (b)————–

they must seek to fulfil their potential. They posses the art (c)———— can lead to their

success story, (d) ———— leaders, they can decide our fates (e)——-—they discharge

their responsibilities with great efficiency, we can reach the target of perfection,

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases. (any five) : —1×5=5

beggar description, all on a sudden, cold war, Achilles’ heel, part and parcel, cope with, out and out,

  1. Rewrite the following passage into the reported speech : 5

“Will you go to college today?” the mother said to her son. “No, mother. Our classes are suspended.” “Then go to the market and bring some vegetables,” “Let me be ready and give me money.”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

Adulteration is the act of making any commodity impure by admixture of other or baser ingredients, (a) This admixture may corrupt the nature of the original commodity. (Make it passive) (b) The value or the effectiveness of the finished product destroyed by adulteration. (Make it active) Adulterated foods and beverages cause a serious health hazards, (c) We have laws and law-enforcing agencies to stop the dishonest businessmen. (Make it complex) (d) Their effort has been proved ineffective since adulteration of foods and other commodities is on the increase. (Make it compound) (e) It is strong public awareness which is essential for the fight against adulteration. (Make it simple)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions : 1×5=5

: Rimi is trying her best to make a good result, (a)   ———?

: She thinks she will complete all the subjects before December, (b) ———–?

: Her parents are also serious, (c)———–?

: They feel her absence, (d)———–?

: She should not miss her classes now, (e) ———-— ?

  1. Complete the following sentences: 1×5=5

(a) He could not attend the meeting because——-

(b) We went to his residence as soon as—–—

(c) He was so ill that———— .

(d) We immediately decided to shift him to a hospital where————.

(e) No sooner had we reached the hospital, ———-.

Part B—-Composition : Marks—60

  1. Suppose, you are a reporter of a daily newspaper. You have witnessed a massive fire on

a garment factory. Write a report on it. 10

  1. Write a short composition on the “Price-hike in Bangladesh”. 15
  2. Write an application to the Principal of Bluebird College asking permission for setting up a debating club. 10
  3. Write a summary of the following passage : 10

Internet is the computer based global information system. It is composed of many interconnected computer networks. Each network may link tens, hundreds, or even thousands of computers enabling them to share information with one another. The Internet has made it possible for people all over the world to communicate with one another effectively and inexpensively. Unlike traditional broadcasting media, such as radio and television, the Internet does not have a centralized distribution system. Instead, an individual who has Internet access can communicate directly with anyone else on the Internet, make information available to others, find information provided by others or sell products with a minimum overhead cost. The Internet has brought new opportunities to government, business, and education. Governments use the Internet for internal communication, distribution of information, and automated tax-processing. In addition to offering goods and services online to customers, businesses use the Internet to interact with other businesses. Many individuals use the Internet for communicating through electronic mail (e-mail), for news and research information,, shopping, paying bills, and online banking. Educational institutions use the internet for research and to deliver courses and course materials to students.

  1. Complete the given story following the cue :— 15

Once there lived a poor farmer who worked very hard to maintain his big family. But he could hardly manage two square meals a day. One day while working in the field he found a basket. He picked it up and carried it——

CHITTAGONG BQARD-2010

English Second Paper

Part A — Grammar : Marks-40

1, Complete the passage with suitable Verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use the negatives where necessary: 1×5=5

 

work invent discover come take give bring

Computer has (a) ————about a revolutionary change in the world. But it (b)——-overnight. It (c) ————–a long time to invent computer. Many votaries of science (d)——- hard for years and finally (e)——— out successful.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions: 1×5=5 Dear Rimi,

You know the world we live (a) ————–is full (b)———— different things. There are

many things (c)—— us. All these things make (d)————- air environment. We should

not turn a good, clean environment (e)————a bad polluted one.

Yours ever,

Sumi

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross mark (x) where an article is not needed:  .5xl0=5

James Norman Hall was (a)————American writer. He wrote (b).————–story about

(c)……….wonderful piece of business that took place between him and a farmer. While

in (d)————-Tahiti, he was short of (e)——— money and rented (f)———— one room

house about 22 kilometres from (g)———— town. He was doing (h)—–interesting

writing there. To save money he wanted to make (i)——–vegetable garden in front of

his house. But (j)——-land was full of ants and land-crabs. They foiled all his attempts.

4, Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list:_ 1×5=5

 

who when while because or though that

(a) ———— taking food, we should bear in mind (b)———-—we do not eat just to satisfy

hunger (c)——-—to fill the belly. We eat to preserve our health. Some people (d)————-

live in the midst of plenty, do not eat the food they need for good health (e)~———-they

have no knowledge of the science of health and nutrition.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five): — 1×5=5

Once for all; take after; far and wide; a black sheep; at the sight of; beggar description; in the long run.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech:— 5

“Follow my example” she said, as we shook hands “and never eat more than one thing for luncheon.” I’ll do better than that” I said. ‘I’ll eat nothing for dinner tonight.”

  1. Fill in the gaps with tag questions:— 1×5=5

(a) Trees are our best friends,————–?

(b) They help us in many ways, ———–?

(c) But many men do not realise the importance of trees———-?

(d) The country will change into a desert without trees,——-?

 

  1. Complete the following sentences:— 1×5=5

(a) They went to college after they——

(b) This poem is too difficult for———-.

(c) No sooner had she seen me———–.

(d) He speaks as if——-

(e) It is high time we———-.

 

 

Part B—Composition Marks—-60

  1. Write a paragraph on “Your future plan of life” by answering the following questions:-

10

(a) What is your future plan of life? (b) Why have you adopted this plan? (c) How are you preparing yourself according to this? (d) Do you find it difficult to materialise your plan? (e) What do your parents think about your plan?

  1. Write a short composition on your first day at college. 15
  2. Write an application to the principal. Rajshahi College requesting him to change one of your elective subjects. 10
  3. Write a dialogue between two friends after visiting a book fair. 10

Or, Write a summary of the following passage: –

Co-operation means working together for the benefit of all. Without co-operation modern society could not exist. Co-operation has been seen at its best among farmers in the dry regions of certain parts of Australia and America. The fields have been irrigated in these regions. Crops cannot be grown without water. Water cannot be brought to the fields without streams being tapped higher up. For this purpose canals and dams have been built. The canals have been cut through the fields of more than one farmer. Those who live higher up the valley than the others have allowed canals to be built through their land in order to carry water to the fields of farmers lower down. In times of drought all are able to share the water. Instead of taking all water for themselves, the farmers on the higher leave enough for their neighbours down the valley. Farming in dry areas has been made possible by such co-operation. By co-operation farmers have learnt to make even the desert produce crops.

  1. Complete the story following the cue: 15

There was an old house in a village. A number of mice lived in that house. They were doing a lot of the house. The master of the house was very annoyed and made a plan————-

 

 

DINAJPUR BOARD-2010

English Second Paper Part A: — Grammar : Marks -40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary :                                                                                                                                             1×5=5
sail carry contain move be build regard

The great ship, Titanic (a)———for New York from Southampton on April 10, 1912. She

(b)———1316 passengers. At that time she (c)——–the largest ship that ever (d)—–—

—-and (e)———- as unsinkable.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :—           1×5=5

My dear Rumi,

I have received your letter just now and am very anxious (a) ——- your studies because

your HSC Exam, is knocking (b) ———-the door. How have you prepared yourself? Here is

a piece of advice (c) ———you. Make a routine, dividing the days, allotting (d) ———

each subject. At least, write one broad and two short answers a day (e) ————practice

or you will forget them and will not be able to reproduce them in the exam.

 

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :    .5xl0=5

We know (a)——– man is (b)———-rational creature. It is (c)———-rationality in him which makes him (d) ———– different species. He can differentiate between (e)——–right and (f) ———–wrong. This is why (g)———– man is considered (h)———–best creation of (i) ———-creator of (j)————universe.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.—                                   1×5=5
 but that not only but also above all also who

Rokeya is a Bangladeshi girl (a)——–is about to finish school, (b)——-she has no hope

of going on to college. Her parents are (c)——–illiterate (d) ——-superstitious, (e) ——

they think that educating girls is but a mere wastage of money.

  1. Rewrite the following in the reported speech.                                                                    1×5=5

“Why don’t you attend classes regularly?” the teacher said to the student, “You can’t expect good results unless you attend classes as I tell you”. “I am sorry, sir, I have offended you,” said the student.

 

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :      1×5=5

(a) Water, an important vital clement of environment, is polluted by various ways, (complex)

(b) The water which is pure is necessary for us. (simple) Men pollute water by throwing waste in it. (compound) (d) The farmers use water in time of cultivation largely. (passive) (e) It is one of the most important elements of all living beings. (positive)

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :                                                                          1×5=5

(a) You are not used to taking potatoes,———-?

(b) No, I don’t like it. I think you also don’t like potatoes,———-?

(c) It is true. But in a country like Bangladesh we ought to take alternative food,———-?

(d) The wise say like that, ———-?

(e) But I don’t think, they will be satisfied with potatoes instead of rice,———-?

  1. Complete the following sentences. 1×5=5

(a) As you sow, so———-.

(b) Although Bangladesh is a populous country, it———-.

(c) He is my teacher who———-.

(d) I wish I———-.

(e) He took up a part-time job so that———.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms and phrases (any five):      1×5=5

chicken-hearted, apple of discord, at sixes and sevens, by dint of, blue blood, in front of.

Part B—Composition : Marks -60

  1. Write a paragraph about “Load-Shedding” by answering the questions below. 10

(a) What is load-shedding? (b) Why does it occur and when? (c) What happens when it occurs frequently? (d) Who are the worst sufferers of it? (e) How can we solve the problem?

  1. Write a short composition on your hobby.                                                                          15
  2. Recently you have read an article about the students’ failure in English. Now make a dialogue between you and your friend on the causes of failure.                                                                  10
  3. Suppose you are a student of XI class of X college. Write an application to your principal for a seat in your college hostel.                                                                                                                    10
  4. Complete the following story with the following cue:                                                         15

Once there lived a happy cobbler who passed his days in working and singing. A rich businessman neighbour said to him one day. “How much a year do you earn?”———-

 

BOARD QUESTIONS-2009

DHAKA BOARD-2009

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) [According to New Syllabus]

English Second Paper

 

Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

1×5=5

 

take pray offer remain        keep do publish

 

With extreme competition everywhere parents are constantly worried about the results. This is a common sight during the S.S.C Examinations in thousands of families. Special prayers (a) ————in families having such an examinee. Parents (b) ————special care of their children. They make sure that their wards get along with studies without the slightest of problems even without mosquito bites. Parents shuttle to mazars and temples and (c)——- for the examinees. Sometimes they give cash money and kinds for their wards. Parents of an examinee usually

(d) ———–worried until the result (e) ————.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :—       1×5=5

It was very nice of you to have written to me. You will be glad to know that I got the first

prize (a)———the debate competition in English of our college (b)—— the topic “The importance of learning English.” I will now tell you (c) ——— brief what I said there. English is an international language. All that is best in modern civilization is available (d) ——– English. If we avoid English, we will keep ourselves aloof (e) — the civilized world.

Yours ever,

Fahim.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross mark (x) where an article is not needed:— 1×5=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 without (i) — aim is like (j) — ship without a rudder.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five) :— 1×5=5

in the guise of; hard times; a black sheep; for the purpose of; storm in a tea-cup; from time immemorial; end in smoke

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech. 5

“Have you seen your mother, Jerry?”

“I see her every summer. She sends for me.”

I wanted to cry out. ‘Why are you not with her? How can she let you go away again?” He said, “She comes up here    from Mannville whenever she can. She does not have a job now.”

  1. Read the following passage and transfer the underlined sentences as directed :—1×5=5

(a) Day to day life in Dhaka is expensive, (negative) (b) People living below the poverty line lead a miserable life, (complex) (c) Price hike is one of the biggest problems for them. (positive) (d) The government has taken necessary measures to keep the price hike under control, (passive) (e) The people who are greedy are responsible for price spiral, (simple)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :— 1×5=5

: We’re going to visit the Fantasy Kingdom today, (a)———–?

: But we can’t start our journey unless it stops raining, (b) ————?

: Why don’t we start now? Its only drizzling, (c)———–?

: The spot is quite far from here, (d) ————?

: So, let’s put off our visit for tomorrow, (e) ——-?

 

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) Since Bangladesh is an agricultural country, ———— .

(b) As her economy depends on agriculture, ———— .

(c) We have to develop cultivation scientifically because———— .

(d) Though our farmers work hard, they do not get what————.

(e) They cannot improve their condition but though —……— .

Part B— Composition : Marks—60

  1. You are a reporter of a reputed daily. You have interviewed many slum-dwellers about their ways of life. Now write a report on them. 10
  2. Write a short composition on “The Uses and Abuses of Satellite Channels.” 15
  3. Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him/her for permission to set up an “English Debating Club” at your college. 10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends on frequent road accidents in our country.    10

Or, Write a summery of the following passage and give a suitable title to it.

Money cannot buy happiness. Money is a must for our life. But it is not the thing that necessarily brings our happiness. Happiness is absolutely a psychological thing. It is the name of a feeling. It means the contentment of mind. He who is satisfied with what he gets and remains content with his life, is really happy. Happiness cannot be purchased with money. No doubt money has got something to do with happiness but it cannot give us happiness. So, we see that the richest men of our society are not the happiest men. They lead life burdened with cares and anxieties and pass sleepless nights. On the other hand, there is a large number of poor men who are happy and they enjoy a sound sleep. The man who is honest and virtuous though not rich, does not suffer from the anguish of the soul. His conscience does not torment him. Hence, money cannot ensure happiness. It is only moral and spiritual development that gives us happiness.

  1. Complete the given story following the cue. 15

Once the house of a rich man was infested with rats. The house became like the town of Hamelin. There were rats everywhere———-.

 

 

COMILLA BOARD-2009

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) [According to the Syllabus of 2009]

English Second Paper

Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

[Answer any eight questions out of nine]

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Use negatives where necessary.                                                                                                                                        1×5=5
say be provide face participate     enrich

 

Human life (a) ———–not static but dynamic. A man cannot reach the highest peak of success if he (b) -— in extra co-curricular activities. Travelling is also an important part of co-curricular activities. It is travelling which (e)-our knowledge, experience and promotes our attitudes. Therefore, travelling (d)—–us with knowledge and practical experience. It can be clearly (e)—that our knowledge can be mobilized by travelling the different corners of the vast globe.

  1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions :— 1×5=5

Everyone desires (a) ————wealth. But a few attain it. Some people hanker (b) ———-riches. Some are content (c)——-what they have. True happiness lies (d) ——–contentment. It’s high time we gave (e)——-the habit of covetousness.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :—        1×5=5

(a) —–idle man and (b) —–active man cannot be equal. We know (c)—–story of (d) —–ant and (e)– grasshopper, (f)-ant was industrious. On the other hand, the grasshopper was really (g) —–lazy. The ant knew that (h) —–industrious shine. On (i)——–contrary, (j) —–lazy suffer in life.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the suitable linking words from the list:-                                          1×5=5
unless if   according to      what where which and until

The foods that we eat can be divided into six kinds (a) —–what substances they contain and (b)——-benefits they do to us. Fish, meat, peas, and milk provide us with protein (c) —– builds our body and helps us grow, (d)———we do not take all these, we cannot grow well. Vitamins and mineral salts protect us from diseases (e) —–keep us fit for work.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five):—                              1×5=5

a white elephant, skim through, gala day, to and fro, on the sly, instead of, flesh and blood.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech :— 5

“I came here yesterday from my village,” he said. ‘Why did you come?” I asked. “My mother sent me to you with this letter.” “How is your mother? I have not seen her for a long time. I hope she is quite well.”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in brackets :— 1×5=5

(a) Very few insects are as busy as a bee. (make it comparative) It is known as an industrious creature, (b) It lives together. (make it negative) (c) It flies from flower to flower and collects honey. (make it simple) (d) It stores honey in the hive. (make it passive) (e) In winter, it remains idle but it works hard in spring. (make it complex) It leads a disciplined life.

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :— 1×5=5

(a) Nothing is certain,-?

(b) Nila knows you better,-?

(c) Let’s have a discussion,-?

(d) He seldom comes here,-?

(e) You are right,-?

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) Water is so vital of all natural resources that-.

(b) It is water which-.

(c) Our agriculture which-.

(d) Though Bangladesh is blessed with rivers–.

(e) If the rainfall is timely —

Part B— Composition : Marks—60

  1. You are a reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on the rising of prices of essential commodities in the market. 10
  2. Write a short composition on uses and abuses of the Wonders of Science.                  15
  3. Write an application to the principal of your college seeking permission to go on a study tour. 10
  4. Write a dialogue between two friends stating the causes of failure in English and solution to the problem.                                                                                                                                               10
  5. Complete the following story with the cue :                                                                               15

Once there lived a poor wood cutter. But he was very honest. He earned his livelihood by selling wood in the market. One day while he………………………………….

 

RAJSHAHI BOARD 2009

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) [According to the Syllabus of 2009]

English Second Paper

Part A — Grammar : Marks — 40

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense.

Use the negatives where necessary : —   1×5=5

walk get run reach sit buy open

Last Friday I went to the zoo with some of my friends. We (a) ——- there before the gate (b) ——-. Then we (c) ——- some tickets and entered the zoo. While we (d)——–, I saw my friend Raihan (e) ——-towards us.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :— 1×5=5

Dear Sagor,

I’m going to tell you (a) ——-the proper use of holidays. They give us relief (b)——-heavy pressure of regular work or normal duties. They help us to get rid (c) ——-the din and bustle of life. We know that to work (d) ——- pause is tiresome. So, holidays are essential (e) ——-our life.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed :— .5xl0=5

Bangladesh is a land of (a) ——-scenic beauty, (b) ——-land, (c)-rivers and the forests are (d) ——— sources of this beauty. Geographically Bangladesh can be divided into four regions. In many places there are a lot of amazing beautiful spots. There are many historical places also. For this reason, (e) ——-tourism business can flourish here, (f) ——-wild animals of (g) ——-Sundarbans are also (h) ——-great asset. Tourism can play (i) ——-vital role in national economy. But it is still in its tender age. So, we have to cross (j) ——-long way.

  1. Fill in the blanks with the 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.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech :— 5

“Where are you from?” said the teacher. “I am from Nepal,” said the student. “How did you find Dhaka when you first arrived?” said the teacher. “Well, I like it. I think the city is very beautiful.” said the student.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five) :— 1×5=5

By means of; on the sly; above all; in the long-run; nip in the bud- on the eve of, take after

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :—

1×5=5

(a) Cox’s Bazar sea-beach is the longest sea-beach in the world. (complex) (b) It is one of the most beautiful sea-beaches in the world. (positive) (c) It is called pleasure seeker’s paradise. (active) (d) The visitors go there for enjoying natural beauties. (compound) (e) Those who become tired may go to relax there. (simple)

  1. Complete the following sentences :—                                                                                                     1×5=5

(a) The poor man is too hungry to——-.

(b)I came here with a view to——-.

(c) The weather was so cold that——-.

(d) Hasib behaves as if——-.

(e) The higher we fly, the harder——-.

Part B— Composition : Marks—60

 

  1. Suppose, you are Maria, a student of Class XI of Rajshahi Government Mohila College. The cultural week of your college was observed a few days ago. Now, write a report on it.              10
  2. Write a short composition that tells about your first day at college.                             15
  3. Complete the following story following the cue :                                                                         15

Once there lived a happy cobbler who passed his days in working and singing. A rich neighbour of his was a banker who one day said to him, “How much a year do you earn?”……………………………

  1. Recently you have read an interesting novel. Now, write a dialogue between you and your friend Tania.                                                                                                                                                                 10

Or, Write a summary of the following passage :—

The general view against student politics is that they are immature and it is likely that they will be easily misguided by clever agents from politics altogether, they will remain political lobbies even when they are grown up and they will be more easily misled in later life on account of their ignorance and inexperience. The famous philosopher Aristotle says, “Every human being is a political being.” At schools, colleges and universities students read history, public administration, civics, political philosophy and political economy. If they can understand these things in the abstract, why should they be kept away from the concrete realities of life? Secondly, it is true that students may discover late in life that the interest they took in politics in the early years was on the wrong lines and they might change their opinions.

  1. Write a letter to your friend Nasif telling him about the study tour you enjoyed a few days ago.

 

JESSORE BOARD-2009

English Second Paper

Part A – Grammar : Marks-40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the

correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary. 1×5=5

 

do get beg want write receive choose

I (a)——–your letter just now. You (b)——–to know where I (c) ——— myself admitted and which subjects I (d)——–. I am now (e) — everything in detail.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5=5

Dear Arif,

Thank you so much (a) —–your kind invitation to your birthday party. I think we shall make enjoy the day very much. Will Karim be present (b)——–that day? I shall go to your house (c)——–my younger sister. Convey my best regards (d)——–your parents, (e) ——–

Best wishes.

Yours Tomal.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.     .5xl0=5

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. Here 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.

 

  1. Fill in the gaps with suitable linking words from the box.                                                   1×5=5
in short   though  until    more over in spite of   if both as

 

Mr. X is a miser (a)——–he earns a lot of money. He seldom buys new clothes, (b)——–he bargains with the shopkeepers to save money (c)——–having many friends, he always avoids entertaining them, (d)——–he and his wife put on shabby dresses, (e)——–, he possesses a strange personality.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following phrases and idioms (any five)       1×5=5

Cut out, burning question, in the event of, at present, far and wide, make fun of, on the whole

  1. Rewrite the following in the indirect speech.                                                                                    5

Once I asked a little girl. “What is your mother’s name?” She replied cleverly, “I know my mother’s name but I won’t tell you that.” I said, “What a celever girl you are! May you prosper in life.”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

(a) Cricket is a very exciting game. (complex) (b) People all over the world enjoy this game very much. (passive) (c) At present cricket is one of the most popular games in our country. (comparative) (d) Though it is a very costly game, young men and children get a great deal of delight playing it. (compound) (e) It is a matter of sorrow that the performance of Bangladesh Cricket Team is not up to the mark. (exclamatory)

  1. Complete the following sentences. 5

(a) My father is a teacher who——–.

(b) Unless he gets up early in the morning——–.

(c) It is high time we——–.

(d) Though it is raining———.

(e) A patriot is respected——–.

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable words.   .5xl0=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 : Marks-60

  1. Suppose you are Hasan Utpol, a reporter of a daily newspaper. You have visited a vote-centre. Write a report on your observation. 10
  2. Write a paragraph on ‘Tour favourite Teacher” answering the following questions. 15 Questions :

Who is your favourite teacher? Why is he favourite to you? What difference do you find between your favourite teacher and others? How does he influence his students in his classroom? Do you desire to be a teacher like him? Why?

  1. Suppose, you are Tanima Chowdhury, a student of Mymensingh City College. Write an application to your principal seeking his permission to set up an English Speaking Club in

your College. 10

  1. Suppose, you want to buy some books. Now, write a dialogue between you and the book-seller. 10
  2. Complete the following story with the cue below. 15

There was a crow on a tree with a piece of meat in its beak. A hungry fox sat under the tree…

 

 

SYLHET BOARD-2009

English Second Paper

Part A – Grammar : Marks 40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary. 1×5=5
dare not

visit

bedesireattain faceshall

 

Everybody (a) —–success  life, but few (b) —— it. One of the main reasons for this

failure is that many people (c)——–take risks. Life (d)——–not a bed of roses. It is full

of troubles and difficulties. We (e)——–them with courage.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5=5

My dear Mimi,

 

Love to you. I am very glad to know that you have stood first in order (a) —-merit. I know you would do well in the examination as you worked hard. So it is rightly said that industry is the key (b)——–success. Very few students can do well in the examination (c) ——–dint of merit. It is seen that those who became great in this mundane world have become so (d)——–hard labour and perseverance. I pray to omnipotent creator (e)——–your brilliant result.

Your elder brother. Rashid.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.     .5xl0=5

Newspaper plays (a) ———important role in our society. It is (b)——–most useful thing in our modern life. We cannot think of (c)——–day without it. To read news paper is (d) ——– good habit, (e) ——– more we read newspaper (f) ——– more we can acquire knowledge. If we don’t read it, we shall be (g) ——–frogs in (h) ——–dark well. It is (i) ——–looking glass of (j)——–modern world.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.    1×5=5
thus so | as | besides | who even | because

Honesty is a noble virtue. The man (a) ——–possesses this rare quality is the happiest person in the world. To be honest, man should have trustworthiness (b) ——– nobody trusts a liar, (c)——–Allah helps the honest people, (d)——–children should be taught honesty from the very  beginning of life, (e)——–children should be developed among the  honest people.

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech. 5

Once I said to a sweet girl. “What is your mother’s name?”

She replied cleverly, “I know my mother’s name but I won’t tell you that.”

I said, “What a clever girl you are!”

“I don’t tell my mother’s name to anybody whom I don’t know.” She spoke with an air of confidence.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

(a) The Jamuna is one of the biggest rivers in Bangladesh. (make it comparative) (b) When it is summer, it becomes emaciated. (make it simple) (c) During the rainy season, it assumes a terrible shape. (make it complex) (d) Every body knows it. (make it interrogative) (e) Tourists from home and abroad visit its shore. (make it passive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate tag questions. 1×5=5

: You are going abroad, (a)——–.

: No, not yet, unless I can manage money, I cannot go, (b)——–.

: I admit you can’t. But you have much money (c)

: You don’t know our present state. Now my father has to maintain a very large family (d) —. : I admit, Your father can manage it if he wishes (e)——–.

  1. Complete the following sentences. 5

(a) It is true that most of the parents in our country are not interested enough to——–.

(b) Parents think that spending money for the children’s education is unwise specially when——.

(c) They think female children need no education because they——–.

(d) To lesson discrimination in children’s educational status the government gives subsidy for female children so that —–.

(e) It is a good sign that now a days—–.

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable words. .5×10=5

No sooner (a)——–Rahim entered my office (b)—— I offered him a cup of tea. Though he is my close friend, he is junior (c) —— me by 2 years. He joined (d) ——–army 5 years ago. I said to him, “My car (e)——–stolen just now.” He consoled me. He told me that he (f)——– solve the matter. He also said that it was (g) ———easy task for him (h) ——–find out the thief (i) — he took a cup of tea and went to the (j) ——Police Station.

Part-B : Composition : Marks-60

  1. You are a reporter of a renowned newspaper. You have experienced an unexpected fire on a garment factory. Now, write a report on it.                                                                                    10
  2. Write a short composition on a journey by train you have recently enjoyed.                       15
  3. Suppose you are Rana. You are a regular student of XII class of Barisal College, You have a common room without modern facilities.

Now, write an application to the Principal of your college for increasing facilities for the college common room.                                                                                                                             10

  1. Hasan gets up late in the morning. So he cannot complete his lesson in time. His result is bad in the examination. On the other hand, Kamal gets up early in the morning and prepares his lesson accordingly. He is doing well in the examination.                                                                     10

Now, write a dialogue between Hasan and Kamal about the benefits of early rising.

  1. Complete the story following the cue.                                                                                15

Once there lived a good King in Scotland. His name was Robert Bruce. He loved his country and his subjects, very dearly. His subjects had a great love and respect for him. One day his enemies attacked his country and drove him away from his kingdom———————.

 

BARISAL BOARD-2009

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) [According to the Syllabus of 2009]

 English Second Paper Part A — Grammar : Marks — 40

 (Answer any eight questions out of nine)

  1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tense. Usethe negatives where necessary : —1×5=5

Write reach | happen      come  do   twinkle  return

 

At last your long awaited letter (a) ————- us yesterday. You can hardly imagine how I

jumped for joy and how mummy’s eyes (b)——– with delight. When papa (c) ———-

– home in the evening and we told him that you (d)— very well in your mid-term examination he, too, was very pleased. So you may be sure of a very warm welcome when you (e)———-— here for Christmas.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5=5

Dear Sir,

1 shall be grateful to you if you kindly publish the following write-up in your Newspaper. “Culture is the mirror and reflection (a) ————life (b) ——–a society, (c)—— a country. From the beginning of cable TV, the western as well as Indian culture is sweeping (d) ————our culture. If we fail to make our people interested (e) ————our own culture, the cultural invasion is a must. We should make all our efforts to improve our cultural heritage and entertainment media, so that we can uphold our heritage.”

Yours sincerely, A. Salam

Writes from Oxford University.

 

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.     .5xl0=5

When (a) ———— great poet, Ferdousi, began to write (b).—— Shahnama, the sultan promised him (c) ————piece of gold for each (d)   ———-verse. When (e) ——– epic was finished, it contained sixty thousand (f) ———— verses. Instead of giving gold coins, he offered the poet only sixty thousand silver (g) ————- coins. The poet refused to take the silver coins and left the court with (h)——broken heart. He was (i)—–aggrieved man. Later on the sultan realised that he had made (j)——blunder.

  1. Fill in the blanks with the suitable linking words from the list below:—_1x5=5

fact        | recently | sometimes     | besides      | for instance    | though | while

(a)————man has made tremendous technological progress, he has not 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 property, (e) ————, some of the

African countries are affected by drought.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five) :— 1×5=5

at the sight of, black and blue, hard and fast, the lion share, beat about the bush, throw dust in ones eyes, well off

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech :— 5

“Where did you go yesterday?” said Lipi.

“I went to Chittagong to see my mother,” said Mina. “She has been suffering from high blood pressure.”

“Is she sound now?” said Lipi. “No,” said Mina.

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed :—•

1×5=5

(a) Pahela Baishakh is undoubtedly the most celebrated festival in Bangladesh. (complex)

(b) It is the day of the year when the roads get so jam packed. (simple) (c) Almost everyone enjoys the day in his own way. (passive) (d) Although I hate gathering, I enjoy activities of the flood of masses this day. (compound) (e) How enthusiastic the people look on this day! (assertive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropirate tag questions. 1×5=5

: Hi Rahim, why are you staying here alongside the road?

: Actually I am waiting for Kamal, (a)————?

: Kamal? I also have come here to meet him, (b)————?

: Has he told you about something?

: No. He just told me to meet him here. I don’t know more about this, (c)————?

: So far as I know, he wants to go to the fair, (d)————?

: Really? Oh, here’s Kamal coming. Let’s discuss this with him, (e)————?

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) Yesterday Mita had an accident while————.

(b) No sooner had we heard the news————.

(c) We took her to a hospital which————.

(d) As it was a public hospital————.

(e) But our patient was so serious that————.

 

 

Part B—Composition : Marks—60

  1. Write a report on the devastating consequences of drug addiction in the context of Bangladesh. 10 Or, Write a paragraph on ‘Tour Future Plan of Life” by answering the questions below.

(a) What is your future plan of life? (b) Why have you adopted this plan? (c) How are you preparing yourself according to this? (d) Do you find it difficult to materialise your plan? (e) What is your parents’ idea about your plan?

  1. Write a short composition on the celebration of the Pahela Baishakh as a common festival in Bangladesh on the basis of your personal experience. 15

 Or, Write a short composition that expresses your opinion about the birds of Bangladesh.

 

  1. Write an application to the Principal of your college for a seat in the college hostel. 10 Or, Read the following advertisement from the Daily New Nation and then write an application with a CV in response to it.

Vacancy Announcement

Applications are invited for recruitment of an Assistant Accountant for Shahin Girls’ College. Interested candidates having at least graduation degree are encouraged to apply by 15 Sept, 2008 to-Principal Shahin Girls’ College Dhaka Cantt. Dhaka.

  1. Suppose you are Lina and your friend is Hena. Now, make a dialogue between you and your friend about the importance of punctuality in student life. 10

 

Or, Write a summary of the following passage.

There are many causes of greenhouse effect. The deforestation and burning down of the tropical forests, rapid growth of unplanned industries, overpopulation, pollution, increase of temperature etc. are the causative factors of greenhouse effect. Overpopulation is a problem for any country. They need additional things for their survival. They need to cut down trees to build their houses, furniture, boats, fuel etc. Thus we are losing our forests and trees. It causes natural imbalance. The use of various chemicals in mills and factories has a great effect on our environment. Besides, these mills and factories emit black smoke and pollute the air. Thus deforestation, the rapid growth of unplanned industries, the use of chlorofluorocarbons in packaging and manufacturing chemical products etc. produce huge amount of carbon dioxide gas, which acts as the main agent of greenhouse effect.

  1. Complete the given story following the cue. 15 I live in Chittagong. My elder brother works in Sylhet. Last summer he asked me to stay a few days with him and sent me a plane ticket. That was my first journey by air. I arrived at the airport about an hour before the flight and checked in and waited in the lounge. I——

 

 

 

CHITTAGONG BOARD2009

ENGLISH (COMPULSORY) [According to New Syllabus]

English Second Paper

Part A—Grammar : Marks—40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

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

feel | lead | make         inspire       | create        | imply        devote

Patriotism is a noble virtue. It (a) ______a man to do everything just and fair for his country and people. Actually it (b) ______those qualities which makes a person (c) ______his/her life for the well being of his country. Patriotic zeal (d) ______a person dutiful, energetic and enthusiastic. On other hand, those devoid of patriotic zeal (e) ______any scruple to plot against the country.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions :— 1×5=5

Dear Sebanty,

We are pleased to learn that you will be able to start the course (a) —— Business studies from September this year. In reply (b)—your request, we have allotted you room number 315 in the East Hall. You must complete your registration (c) —— August. Classes will start (d) —— September 12. We look forward (e) —— meeting you.

Patricia Jones

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross mark (x) where an article is not needed:—1×5=5

An angry man is not liked (a) —— even by (b) —— idiot. There is difference between the educated and (c) – uneducated. An educated (d) ——  person should come forward to educate (e)—— uneducated. On the other hand (f)–rich man should have (g) ——  sympathy for (h) —— poor there is difference between (i)—— poor man and (j) —— rich man.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable phrases and linking words from the list:— 1×5=5

[after all, because of. somehow, in fact, when, however, unfortunately |

Having a degree on medicine Gulliver went on a voyage, (a) —the ship was wrecked but he (b)—managed to swim ashore, He slept a deep sleep (c)—–— his tiredness, (d) – he woke up he saw many tiny creatures, (e)–—, they were the human beings smaller than Gulliver himself.

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five) :— 1×5=5

well off, put up with, in order to, ups and downs, so that, by hook or by crook.

  1. Change the form of speech of the following passage 5

“Where is my son?” said the Grocer. “A crow carried your son away” said the fruitseller. “You liar. How can a crow carry away such a big boy?” “Just the same way as mice can eat away the balance and weights.”

  1. Read the following passage and transfer the underlined sentences as directed :   1×5=5

(a) Robert Frost lives in a small apartment in the capital city Toronto. (complex) (b) His wife Catherine, loves gardening. (negative) (c) Toronto is one of the most expensive cities of the world. (positive) His relatives often come to stay with him. (d) They don’t realize the high cost of living in Toronto. (interrogative) (e) However, he loves his relatives a great deal. (passive)

  1. Fill in the blanks with tag questions :— 1×5=5

Congratulations Terence. You have made an excellent result, (a) —-? Thanks. But my

parents and teachers also deserve the credit, (b) ———-? Right you are. We ought to

remain grateful to them, (c)– ? Certainly. You too studied hard, (d)——- ? Yes. it

is our duty to study in a disciplined way. (e) ———-?

  1. Complete the following sentences :— 1×5=5

(a) Acid rain is harmful because-

(b) The wind was so strong that ——–.

(c) Had he been a little careful——— .

(d) They were frightened when ——–—.

(e) Take your umbrella lest-——.

Part B—Composition : Marks—60

 

  1. Write a report on the problem of traffic jam in your locality bringing out the causes, effects and possible solutions. 10

Or, Write a paragraph on your visit to a trade fair by answering the following questions

(a) When and where was that fair held? (b) What was the area of the fair and how many stalls were there? (c) What kinds of stalls were there? (d) How many countries participated in the fair? (e) What is the impact of such fairs on the economy?

  1. Write a composition on Wonders of Modern Science or Benefits of Reading Newspapers.                                                                                                                                                                             15
  2. Write an application to the principal of your college requesting him to pass necessary orders for a study tour for the outgoing students of class XII after the send-up test. 10
  3. Write a dialogue between two friends on the choice of career. Or, Write a summary of the following passage.

The dowry system is a curse to our society. It can be an amount of money or some kind of property that a wife or her family is to pay to the bridegroom or his family. It was a social custom in ancient times in many parts of the world. But at present, dowry is nothing less than a dreadful bane to a family with a marriageable daughter or sister. In this subcontinent most of the families face this heinous problem. A family with a maiden or spinster finds it impossible to marry her off only if they are not wealthy. In many cases, the parents of the bride are compelled against their conscience to promise an amount of dowry to the groom or  his relatives knowing fully well that it is beyond their capacity to pay it in the near future. More often than not, the helpless girl starts being tortured within a. few weeks or at best months for her family’s inability to pay the promised dowry. And as we all know, the luckless girl is often tortured physically and kicked out of the house or even brutally killed for having not been born in a family with enough wealth to meet the lusty demands of the family with so-called superiority of having a son. Our young generation has to be conscious about this dreadful curse. It is high time that all eligible bachelors started to shout a big ‘no’ to this heinous vice. We must start large-scale postering, canvassing and advertising to motivate and persuade people against this abominable crime against humanity.

  1. Complete the following story following the cue. 15

Once a dog stole a piece of meat from a shop. Holding it in his mouth, he was running beside a stream. When the dog was crossing a bridge over the stream, it discovered an image in the water……………………………..

 

DINAJPUR BOARD-2009

English Second Paper

Part A – Grammar : Marks-40

(Answer any eight questions out of nine)

 

  1. Complete the following passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary. 1×5=5
begin say hold bid call invite recite

 

A few days ago the marriage ceremony of my elder sister was (a) ——–in a very befitting manner. We (b)——–our friends and relatives. The invited guests (c) ——–to come in the evening. After the arrival of the bridegroom the Qazi Solemnized the marriage (d)——– the related verses from the holy Quran. While (e) ——–farewell to my sister my parents burst into tears.

  1. Read the following letter and fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions. 1×5=5

Dear Mohon,

Sorry for my unwilling delay to attend the function (a) ——–your residence. When I was ready (b) —— the function, my father (c)——–giving me any information, cause to me. He had fallen seriously ill. So I could not help taking him (d)——–a Clinic for immediate treatment. I hope I will visit you (e)——–a week.

  1. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.     .5xl0=5

We were returning home. On (a)——–way we met (b) ———little girl. She was selling (c) —— flowers on (d) ———street. She requested us to buy (e)——–flower. My mother is (f)——–kind-hearted woman, (g)——–motherly affection rose at (h)——— sight of her. She gave her (i) ——— ten taka note and bought some flowers. We should be kind to (j) — — helpless.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words. 1×5=5

(a) ——– being a small country, Bangladesh has a huge population. Most people here live below the poverty line and are (b) ——–unable to educate their children (c)…..— this situation, we have far too many students to educate, (d) ——– financial and resource constraints, the government cannot fund the requisite number of educational institutions, (e) ——–every educational institution is over-crowded.

 

  1. Make meaningful sentences with the following idioms (any five)                                       1×5=5

for the sake of, in spite of, in the long-run, good for nothing, at a glance, to and fro

 

  1. Re-write the following in the reported speech. 5

I asked Nisa, “What’s your mothers name”?

“I know my mothers name taut I won’t tell you that. I don’t tell my mother’s name to anybody whom 1 don’t know” said she,

I said, “What a clever girl you are!”

  1. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed. 1×5=5

(a) Health is wealth, (make it complex) (b) A healthy poor man is happier than a sick moneyed man, (make it positive) (c) Though a healthy man is an asset to his family, an unhealthy man is a liability. (make it compound) (d) He can succeed in life. (make it interrogative) (e) Everybody must be co

 

SSC English 2nd Paper Board Questions

SSC English 2nd Paper Board Questions

Dhaka Board-2015

ENGLISH(COMPULSORY)

SECOND PAPER

[ According to the Syllabus of 2015]

Time-3 hours

Full marks-100

[N.B.-The Figures in the matgin indicate full marks]

 

Part A : Grammar

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.                                   0.5×10=5
to a for in work prepare the by

 

It is useful (a) —- students to take part (b) —- social service. (c) —- taking part (d) —- social service, they can benefit themselves as well as (e) —- nation. Student life is (f) —- period of (g) —- for future life. If the students do sicial (h) —- , they will be better prepared for giving service (i) —- the nation on completion of their education. As the students have no family burden and as they get enough time during the large vacation, they can do (j) —- great deal of work for the people.

 

Ans: (a) for  (b) in (c) By (d) in (e) the (f) the (g) preparation (h) work (i) to (j) a

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.                                                          0.5×10=5

Scientists have (a) —- reported that the surface icecaps are (b) —- . This is due to a rise (c) —- atmospheric temperature known (d) —- the green house effect. According to the scientists, carbon di-oxaide is primarily responsible (e) —- temperature rise in (f) —- . The carbon di-oxide is high (g) —- coal and oil (h) —- burnt. The gass is accumulating in the atmosphere and (i) —- temperature to rise. As a result, the polar ice in the North and south poles (j) —–  melting.

 

Ans: (a) recently (b) melting (c) in (d) as (e) for (f) atmosphere (g) when (h) are (i) helping (j) is

 

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.    1×5=5
Education is

can prosper

ennobles

the training for proper growth.
It the liberation of prejudice.
Nobody our minds and refines our sensibility.
The purpose of education in life without education.
the process by which our minds develops.

 

Ans: a) Education is the process by which our minds develop.

  1. b) It ennobles our minds and refines our sensibility.
  2. c) It is the training for proper growth.
  3. d) Nobody can prosper in life without education.
  4. e) The purpose of education is the liberation of prejudice.

 

  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.             0.5×10=5
take work come dominate confine contribute be need keep come

 

    Today women are placing an important role in all spheres of life. Once they were (a) —- by men. They are no longer (b) —- within the four walls of their parents’ or husbands’ house. They have (c) —- out of the kitchen and are (d) —- hand in hand with men. By (e) —- higher education, they are becoming pilots, doctors, engineers, teachers, administrators etc. They have (f) —- able to rpove their worth. They (g) —- much to the ceonomy of the country. Now, it (h) —- to the realization of the men that true development of the country is never possible (i) —- half of the population idle at home. So, it (j) —- no telling that women are playing a great role in the socio-economic condition of the country.

 

Ans: (a) dominated (b) confined (c) come (d) working (e) taking (f) been (g) are contributing (h) has come (i) by keeping (j) needs.

 

  1. Change the narrative style of the following text.                                                          5

“Good morning, students,” said the teacher. “How are you?” “We are fine, sir. What about you?” “I am fine too. Please, sit down.” “Have you prepared your lesson?” the teacher asked. “Sorry, sir, we have not prepared our lesson,” they replied.

 

Ans ; The teacher wished the students good morning. He also asked how they were. The students respectfully replied that they were fine. They also asked how he was. The teacher replied that he was fine too and ordered them to sit down. He also asked if they had prepared their lesson. The students respectfully expressed their sorrow and said that they had not prepared their lesson.

 

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.                                             1×10=10

(a) Television is one of the most wonderful inventions of modern science. (Positive)

(b) It was not invented over night. (Active)

(c) Scientists spent many years and worked hard to invent television. (complex)

(d) Nowadays, almost every family has a television set. (Negative)

(e) People of all ages like to watch television. (Interrogative)

(f) The programmes telecast by television are very interesting. ( Complex)

(g) Television should telecast educative programmes. (Passive)

(h) If you watch television, you can learn many things. (simple)

(i) People spend their free time by watching television. (Compound)

(j) Very few things are so useful as television. ( Superlative)

 

Ans; (a) Very few inventions of modern science are as wonderful as television.

(b) Scientist did not invent it over night.

(c) Scientists spent many years and worked hard so that they could invent television.

(d) Nowadays, there is no family without a television set.

(e) Don’t the people of all ages like to watch television?

(f) The programmes which are telecast by television are very interesting.

(g) Educative programmes should be telecast by television.

(h) By watching television you can learn many things.

(i) People watch television and spend their free time.

(j) Television is one of the most useful things.

 

  1. Complete the sentences.                                                                                    1×5=5

(a) Many people cut trees —– .

(b) Trees cause rainfall which —- .

(c) If we cut trees at random —– .

(d) Trees supply oxygen —– .

(e) Since trees help us in many ways ——.

 

Ans ; (a) Many people cut trees to get timbers.

(b) Trees cause rain fall which is essential for our agriculture.

(c) If we cut trees at random, it will make the environment unbalanced.

(d) Trees supply oxygen which is essential for our lives.

(e) Since trees help us in many ways, we should not cut down trees at random.

 

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.                                                                                                                  0.5×10=5

The books of famous (a) —- ( write) are put on sale in the book fair. Most of the (b) —- (visit) buy books of different (c) —- (publish) . Almost no visitor returns from the fair without making any purchase. The (d) —- (buy) like to buy at a fair price. Our book fair is always (e) —- (crowd) . As (f) —- (vary) books are (g) —- (play) in a fair, the buyers get a scope to choose books. They buy their (h) —- (choose) books after a long search. This faculty is (i) —- (available) in any place other than a book fair. A book fair is always (j) —- (come) to the students.

 

Ans : (a) writers (b) visitors (c) publishers (d) buyers (e) crowded (f) various (g) displayed (h) choice-able (i) unavailable (j) welcome

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.                                                                      1×5=5

(a) Most of the students who fail in English don’t have strong foundation over grammar, —- ?

(b) They read only to pass the examination, —- ?

(c) Teachers should motivate them to learn the basic thing —- ?

(d) They can’t help learning grammar, —- ?

(e) Moreover, practice is essential too —- ?

 

Ans ; (a) do they ?(b) don’t they ? (c) shouldn’t they ?

(d) can they ? (e) isn’t it?

 

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.                                             0.5×10=5

The foods that we eat can be divided into six kinds (a) —- what substances they contain and (b) —- benefits they do to us. Fish, meat, peas and milk provide us with protein (c) —- builds our body and helps us grow. (d) —- we do not take all these, we cannot grow well. Vitamins and mineral salts protect us from diseases (e) —- keep us fit for work.


Ans ; (a) according to (b) what (c) which (d) If (e) and

 

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.                     5

the man said to me where are you going i am going to school said i did you go to school yesterday no i replied why didn’t you go i was very busy said i

 

Ans ; The man said to me, “Where are you going?” “I am going to school,” said I. “Did you go to school yesterday?” “No” i replied. “Why didn’t you go?” “I was very busy,” said I.

Part B : Composition

  1. Suppose, you are Taskia/Toukir and you have passed H.S.C and got a diploma on computer. Now, write a CV with cover letter for the post of a Computer Operator in a company. Your CV should not exceed one page.                                                                         10

 

  1. Suppose, you are Priom/Pritha/Tihan, a student of class ten of Faridpur Model High School, Faridpur. You and your classmates want to go on a study tour.

Now, write an application to the headmaster of your school seeking permission to go on a study tour.                                                                                                                                                   10

 

  1. Suppose, recently you have had a cup of tea with some of your friends in a tea stall. Now, write a paragraph on ‘A Tea Stall’.                                                                                                10

 

  1. Write a composition on ‘Your future plan of life’.                                                                 10

Chittagong Board-2015

 

Part A: Grammar

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
in dark the from an learning often that worthy our


A teacher is (a) —- compared with (b) —- architect. He is called (c) —– architect of a nation. He is the light of (d) —- and makes the illiterate people  (e) —- citizens of our country. But it is a matter of regret (f) —- the teachers are not held (g) —- due respect in (h) —- society. They lead a humble life in the midst of want. Still they keep the light of education burning in order to remove the (i) —- of illiteracy and superstitions (j) —- the society.


Ans ; (a) often (b) an (c) the (d) learning (e) worthy (f) that (g) in (h) our (i) darkness (j) from

 

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

 

Bangladesh is a land of (a) —- . It got (b) —- in 1971 (c) —– a liberation war. It is located (d) —- South Asia. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh . Dhaka is also known as the city of mosque. About 14 crore people live here. Most of them are poor and (e) —- . They earn their livelihood (f) —- agriculture. But educated and skilled people work (g) —- offices and factories. Our main food is rice and fish. It is a country of beauty. Its flora and fauna attract everyone’s eyes. It is in fact (h) —- large village. The people of Bangladesh are very (i) —- . There are many beautiful things here that attract the travellers and the (j) —- .

 


Ans ; (a) beauty (b) independence (c) through (d) in (e) illiterate (f) by/through (g) in (h) a (i) hospitable (j) foreigners/tourists.

 

 

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.

 

Dhaka  

is

must

should

has 

been

abide by the traffic.
It be implemented.
A flyover the capital of Bangladesh.
Traffic rules built in Mohakhali to reduce traffic jam.
Besides, the drivers, passers by and passengers not only a populous city but also a city of traffic jam.



Ans ; (a) Dhaka is the 
the capital of Bangladesh.(b) It is not only a populous city but also a city of traffic jam.(c) A flyover is built in Mohakhali to reduce traffic jam.(d) Traffic rules must be implemented.(e) Besides, the drivers, passers by and passengers should abide by the traffic rules.

 

 

  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.

 

contribute come become play keep
need receive work confine be

Today women (a) —- an important role in all spheres of life. They no longer , (b) —- to the four walls of their husband’s house. They have come out of their kitchens and (c) —- hand in hand with men in all the development works of the government. By (d) —- higher education they (e) —- pilots, doctors, engineers, teachers, administrators etc. They have (f) —- able to prove their worth. They (g) —- much to the economy of the country. Now it has (h) —- to the realization of the men that true development of the country is never possible (i) —- half of the population idle at home. So, it (j) —- no telling that women are playing a great role in the socio-economic condition of the country.


Ans: (a) are playing (b) are confined (c) are working (d) receiving (e) are becoming (f) been (g) are contributing (h) come (i) keeping (j) needs

 

 

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

 

“Have you ever been to Cox’s Bazar?” asked Shahab. “No, I have never,” replied Labib. “But I desire for visiting the place.” “I had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach last year,” said Shabab. “Let us go there this week,” said Labib.

 


Ans ; Shabab asked Labib if he had ever been to Cox’s Bazar. Labib replied in the negative and said that he had never been there. But he added that he desired for visiting the place. Shabab said that he had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach last year. Labib suggested that they should go there that week.

 

 

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

 

(a) My friend invited me to pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar. (complex)(b) I was very glad. (negative)(c) I accepted the invitation. (Passive)(d) When I reached there, my friend received me cordially. (simple)(e) I was exited to see the sea-beach. (Exlamatory)(f) It is the largest sea-beach in the world. (Comparative)(g) It is one of the most beautiful sea-beaches in the world. (Positive)(h) It is called the pleasure seekers’ paradise. (Active)(i) Every year a lot of people come to visit it. (Compound)(j) If I could visit the sea-beach! (active)

 


Ans ; (a) My friend invited me so that I could pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar.(b) Wasn’t I very glad?(c) The invitation was accepted by me.(d) My friend received me cordially after my reaching there.(e) How excited I was to see the sea-beach!(f) It is larger than any other sea-beach in the world.(g) Very few sea-beaches in the world are as beautiful as it.(h) People call it the pleasure seekers’ paradise.(i) Every year a lot of people come and visit it.(j) I wish i could visit the sea-beach.

 

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) As a flower is a symbol of love, beauty and purity, it is —–(b) There is hardly any person —-(c) We can turn enemies into friends if we —-(d) It is said that those who do not love flowers —-(e) Many people cultivate flowers because —-


Ans ;  (a) As a flower is a symbol of love, beauty and purity, it is liked by all.(b) There is hardly any person who does not love flowers.(c) We can turn enemies into friends if we present flowers to them.(d) It is said that those who do not love flowers can kill a man.(e) Many people cultivate flowers because it is a source of income too.

 

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Bangladesh is an (a) —- dependent country, but she is still burdened with poverty, (b) —- population, (c) —- employ, corruption, food (d) —- deficient, natural calamities, power crisis etc. Considering all these. the present (e) —- govern has aimed at making a digital Bangladesh to (f) —- come most of these problems. The actual aim of (g) —- digit Bangladesh is to establish technology based government which will emphasize the overall (h) —- develop of the country and the nation. The country has (i) —- ready fixed its target of (j) —- achieve ‘Digital Bangladesh’ by 2021.


Ans ; (a) independent (b) overpopulation (c) unemployment (d) deficiency (e) government (f) overcome (g) digital (h) development (i) already (j) achieving

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Mina is having a birthday party in the afternoon, —- ?(b) Yes, she is. She’s been busy in cleaning and dusting the drawing room, —?(c) Yesterday her father brought her a lovely dress, —- ?(d) And her mother wants to give her a pleasant surprise, —- ?(e) Certainly, let’s buy a nice gift for you, —- ?


Ans ; (a) Mina is having a birthday party in the afternoon, isn’t ?(b) Yes, she is. She’s been busy in cleaning and dusting the drawing room, hasn’t?(c) Yesterday her father brought her a lovely dress, didn’t he ?(d) And her mother wants to give her a pleasant surprise, doesn’t she?(e) Certainly, let’s buy a nice gift for you, shall we?

 

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

Women are, nowadays as important as men in the society. They constitute nearly half of our total population. (a) —- there can be no denying the fact (b) —- they too possess equal rights and duties (e) —- men do. They have noble mission to fulfill as men. (d) — they get opportunity, their genius, powers (e) —- capacities will bloom fully.


Ans ; (a) So (b) that (c) as (d) If (e) and

 

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

bangladesh is a small country with a population of about sixteen crores she can hardly make headway so we should work hard to keep pace with the rest of the world


Ans ; Bangladesh is a small country with a population of about sixteen crores. She can hardly make headway. So we should work hard to keep pace with the rest of the world.

 

Part B : Composition


  1. Suppose some English teachers will be appointed in Ideal Preparatory School, Dhaka. You are interested to be an English Teacher.

 Now, make a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

 


  1. Suppose, you are Hasan/Hasna, a student of Sonapur High School. Your father is a poor government employee. You have three school going brothers and sisters. Your father cannot bear your educational expenses.

Now, write an application to the headmaster/headmistress of your school for a full-free studentship.

 


  1. Suppose, a farmer lives nearby your house. You know a lot about him. Write a paragraph in about 250 words on ‘A Farmer’.

 


  1. There are many kinds of hobbies. Gardening, drawing picture, angling, stamp collecting are some of them. You have a hobby and it is gardening.

Now, write a short composition on ‘Your Hobby’ describing why it is your favourite hobby

 

 

 

 

Rajshahi Board-2015

 

Part A: Grammar(60 marks)

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
in for of life a the when reap sow

 

Youth is (a) —- best time of (b) —- . This is the time (c) —- it is most important (d) —– one to remember the maxim, “As you (e) —-, so shall you reap.” One must sow (f) —- seeds of industry, truthfulness, honesty and other virtues (g) —- this season to (h) —- the harvest of prosperity and happiness. Whatever takes root in (i) —- man at this time lasts throughout the rest (j) —- his life and moulds his future.

 


Answer; (a) the; (b) life; (c) when; (d) for; (e) sow; (f) the; (g) in; (h) reap; (i) a; (j) of;

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

Modern civilization is the (a) —- of science. Science has worked (b) —- a magician in the world. We can’t do even a (c) —- day without the help of science. Many quick means (d) —- communication like telephone, telex, fax, telegram, satellite etc. are (e) —- greatest wonders of science. Nowadays a message can be sent from one corner of the world to another in the twinkle of (f) —- eye. Science has brought a revolutionary (g) —- in all fields. In the field of medical science (h) —- has got eyes, lame has got legs, deaf has got hearing power. (i) —- diseases which were incurable in the past are now easily (j) —- .

 


Answer: (a) gift/product; (b) as; (c) single; (d) of; (e) the; (f) an; (g) change; (h) blind; (i) The; (j) cured/curable.

 

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
The Taj  

built

is

wants

like

stands

it most on a moonlit night.
It it as tomb for his wife.
Emperor Shahajahan at Agra in India.
People one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Everybody to see the Taj Mahal.

 


Answer: (a) The Taj is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

(b) It stands at Agra in India.

(c) Emperor Shahajahan built it as tomb for his wife.

(d) People like it on a moonlit night.

(e) Everybody wants to see the Taj Mahal.

 

  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
contribute confine keep enable work
develop receive become adopt be

 

According to the history, women in the past were (a) —- within the four walls. But at present they (b) —- no longer captive to their parents’ or husbands’ house. With the passage of time the outlook and attitude have been (c) —- as men and women are (d) —- themselves with the changing society. By (e) —- education they are (f) —- pilots, doctors, engineerss, high officials etc. They are (g) —- hand in hand with men in all worthy programmes. They (h) —- now able to prove their worth. They (i) —- much to the economy of the country. Now it has come to the realization of men that no development is possible by (j) —- half of our population idle at home.

 


Answer: (a) confined; (b) are; (c) developed; (d) adapting; (e) receiving; (f) becoming; (g) working; (h) are; (i) contribute/are contributing; (j) keeping.

 

 

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

“Konika, have you done your English lesson today?” asked the teacher. “Yes, sir” she replied. “But I have not understood one gramatical point.” The teacher assured her saying, “Come to my room, I will help you understand the point.” “Thank you, sir.” she smilingly said.

 


Answer: The teacher asked Konika if she had done her English lesson that day.She replied in the affirmative and said that she had not understood one gramatical point. The teacher advised her to come to his room. He also assured her saying that she wouid help her understand the point. With respect she smilingly thanked him.

 

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) A flower is a glowing gift of nature.(Interrogative)

(b) Isn’t it the symbol of love and beauty?(Affirmative)

(c) Flowers are used on different occasions.(Active)

(d) We present flower to our nearest and dearest person.(Passive)

(e) We need flowers to decorate a place.(Complex)

(f) The rose is the best of all flowers.(Positive)

(g) Having sweet scent and beauty we love it very much.(Compound)

(h) It is lovelier than all other flowers.(Superlative)

(i) The rose is a very nice flower.(Exclamatory)

(j) As the demand for flowers is increasing day by day we should cultivate flower on commercial basis.(Simple)

 


Answer: (a) Isn’t a flower a glowing gift of nature?

(b) It is the symbol of love and beauty.

(c) People use flowers on different occasions.

(d) Flower is presented to our nearest and dearest persons by us.

(e) We need flowers so that we can decorate a place.

(f) No other flower is as good as the rose.

(g) A flower has sweet scent and beauty and we love it very much.

(h) It is loveliest of all flowers.

(i) How nice a flower the rose is!

(j) Because of increasing the demand for flowers day by day, we should cultivate flowers on commercial basis.

 

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) If you do not waste time ———

(b) This is the boy ——–

(c) ——- I were a child.

(d) United we stand, ——-

(e) The boy is so weak in mathematics —— .

 


Answer: (a) If you do not waste time, you will shine in life.

(b) This is the boy whom I was looking for.

(c) I wish I were a child.

(d) United we stand, devided we fall.

(e) The boy is so weak in mathematics that he canno solve a simple problem.

 

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Money cannot buy (a) —- (happy). Money is a must for our life. But it is not necessary to bring happiness. Happiness is (b) —– (absolute) a (c) —- (psychology) thing. It is the name of a (d) —- (feel). It means the (e) —- (content) of the mind. He who has (f) —- (satisfy) with what he has is (g) —- (real) a happy one. Above all, we should keep in mind that (h) —- (world) happiness is not all. If we want to be (i) —- (eternal) happy and lead a (j) —- (dignify) life, we have to earn money in an honest way.

 


Answer: (a) happiness; (b) absolutely; (c) psychological; (d) feeling; (e) contentment; (f) satisfaction; (g) really; (h) worldly; (i) eternally; (j) dignified.

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Nobody believes a cheat, —- ?

(b) Everybody hates him, —- ?

(c) He has to drag a miserable life, —- ?

(d) He can hardly succeed in life, —- ?

(e) Let us always speak the truth, —- ?

 


Answer: (a) Nobody believes a cheat, do they?

(b) Everybody hates him, don’t they?

(c) He has to drag a miserable life, doesn’t he?

(d) He can hardly succeed in life, can he?

(e) Let us always speak the truth, shall we?

 

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

(a) —- , there are some differences between practical konowlege and bookish knowledge. (b) —- often they are thought to be the same. (c) —- a man is educated in the true sense, he will be able to lead a life completely different from others. (d) —- he can distinguish between right and wrong, (e) —- education is very important.

 


Answer: (a) Obviously/actually; (b) very; (c) If; (d) Besides; (e) So;

 

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

the teacher said to the boy where are you going now i am going to school said the boy did you go to school yesterday no the boy replied why did you not go i was suffering from fever said the boy

 


Answer: The teacher said to the boy, “Where are you going now?” “I am going to school,” said the boy. “Did you go to school yesterday?” “No”, the boy replied.  “Why did you not go?” “I was suffering from fever,” said the boy.

 

Part B : Composition(40 marks)


  1. Suppose, you are 
    Shimul/Shimuli and you are looking for a job. You want to apply for a job of a teacher in school.

      Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post.

  1. Suppose, you are Habib/Habiba. You have passed the SSC examination this year from Collegiate High School, Barisal. You want to get yourself admitted into a college. So you need a testimonial from your Headmaster.

    Now, write an application to the Headmaster to your school for testimonial.

  1. All the living beings depends on trees for their existence. So we should plant trees more and more.

   Now, write a paragraph on “Tree Plantation.”

 

  1. You are a student of class ten. You have an aim in your life. Now, write a composition on “Your aim in life”.

Borisal Board-2015

 

 

Part A: Grammar

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
give a symbol to be by
last in but the cultivate

 

A flower a (a) —- gift of nature. It is a (b) —- of beauty. It (c) —– us pleasure. There is nobody (d) —– loves flower. But it is (e) —- matter of sorrow that a flower does not (f) —- long. It blooms (g) —- the morning and fades away very soon. Nowadays flowers (h) —- cultivated in our country. Many people earn their livelihood (i) —- flower (j) —-.

 

Answer: (a) the; (b) symbol; (c) gives; (d) but; (e) a; (f) last; (g) in; (h) are; (i) by; (j) cultivation. 

 

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

We live in an age of (a) —-. We can see (b) —- influence of science in all spheres of our daily life. Science is a constant (c) —- of our daily life. We have (d) —- the impossible things possible by means (e) —-science. The modern civilization is a (f) —- of science. At present we can (g) —- travel from one place to another. (h) —- ancient time journey was difficult. (i) —- had to spend much (j) —- and money for travelling. But we should remember that science has to be exploited for the greater welfare of mankind.

 

Answer: (a) science; (b) the; (c) companion; (d) made; (e) of; (f) gift; (g) easily; (h) In; (i) People; (j) time.

 

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
Bangladesh  

creates

are

is

should take

a great problem in Bangladesh.
Population problem some causes behind overpopulation in Bangladesh.
There proper steps to control the growth of population as soon as possible.
The government other problems like poverty, disease, illiteracy etc.
an over populated land.

 

Answer: (a) Bangladesh is an over populated land.

(b) Population problem is a great problem in Bangladesh.

(c) Population problem creates other problems like poverty, disease, illiteracy etc.

(d) There are some causes behind overpopulation in Bangladesh.

(e) The government should take proper steps to control the growth of population as soon as possible.

 

  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
cause suffer to be drive solve
to be obey occur carry

 

Traffic jam (a) —- a common affair in the big cities of our country. This problem (b) —- the ultimate consequences of rapid growth of population and the number of vehicles. Most often this problem (c) —– in the congested areas where the roads are very narrow. Overtaking tendency also (d) —- traffic jam. Some drivers (e) —- the traffic rules. They (f) —- the vehicles carelessly. Traffic jam (g) —- great sufferings to the ambulances(h) —- patients. Office goers and school going children also (i) —- a lot due to traffic jam. However, this problem (j) —- to an extent by imposing traffic rules strictly.

 

Answer: (a) is; (b) is; (c) occurs; (d) causes; (e) do not obey; (f) drive; (g) causes; (h) carrying; (i) suffer; (j) should be solved.

 

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

The teacher said to the girl, “Do you think that honesty is the best policy?” The girl said, “Yes, sir, I think so.” “Then learn to be honest from your childhood,” said the teacher. “Thank you, sir,” said the girl. “May Allah bless you,” said the teacher.

 

Answer: The teacher asked the girl if she thought that honesty is the best policy. The girl respectfully replied in the affirmative that she thought so. Then the teacher advised her to learn to be honest from her childhood. The girl respectfully thanked him. The teacher prayed that Allah might bless him.

 

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) Haji Mohammad Muhsin was not an unkind man at all.(Affirmative)

(b) He inherited vast proerty from his father and sister.(Interrogative)

(c) He was unmarried.(Negative)

(d) During his lifetime, he spent money lavishly to help the poor.(Complex)

(e) One night when he was saying his prayer, a thief broke into his room.(Simple)

(f) Seeing Muhsin the thief cried.(compound)

(g) The thief was caught.((Active)

(h) How needy the thief was!(Assertive)

(i) He gave the thief some food and money.(Passive)

(j) Muhsin was one of the best philanthropists in the world.(Positive)

 

Answer: (a) Haji Mohammad Muhsin was a very kind man.

(b) Didn’t he inherit vast property from his father and sister?

(c) He was not married.

(d) As long as he was alive, he spent money lavishly to help the poor.

(e) One night at the time of saying his prayer, a thief broke into his room.

(f) The thief saw Muhsin and cried.

(g) He caught the thief.

(h) The thief was very needy.

(i) The thief was given food and money by him.

(j) Very few philanthropists in the world were as good as Muhsin.

 

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) We must work hard in order that —–.

(b) A man who —- cannot shine in life.

(c) It is hard labour that —-

(d) The idle cannot reach their target because —-

(e) —- unless you work hard.

 

Answer: (a) We must work hard in order that we can prosper in life.

(b) A man who is idle cannot shine in life.

(c) It is hard labour that enables a man to reach his goal.

(d) The idle cannot reach their target because they cannot finish their work in time.

(e) You cannot succeed in life unless you work hard.

 

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Honesty is opposite to (a) honest. An honest man is not (b) harm to anybody. He never does (c) just to others. When he does anything (d) moral, he feels (e) comfortable. He never tells a lie. He is always (fresponse to his duty. We should follow the path of (ghonest and leave the path of (h) honesty. In that case, you will be (i) loveby all and will be able to reach the path of (j) prosper.

 

Answer: (a) dishonesty; (b) harmful; (c) injustice; (d) immoral; (e)uncomfortable; (f) responsible; (g) honesty; (h) dishonesty; (i) loved; (j) prosperity.

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Nuclear has some advantage, —– ?

(b) There are only a few family members, —- ?

(c) It is calm and quiet, —- ?

(d) So, one can have peace and happiness in a nuclear family, —-?

(e) One need not think of others, —-?

 

Answer: (a) Nuclear has some advantage, hasn’t it?

(b) There are only a few family members, aren’t there ?

(c) It is calm and quiet, isn’t it ?

(d) So, one can have peace and happiness in a nuclear family, can’t they ?

(e) One need not think of others, need they ?

 

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

A healthy man can do any work, (a) —- he can eat anyfood he likes. (b) —-, he can enjoy life in every way. (c) —- an unhealthy man is unhappy, for he cannot eat and do what he likes. (d) —- he lives and dies poor. He may have intelligence, merit, learning and power, but he cannot put them to the use and reap their benefits. (e) —- health is the source of all happiness in life.

 

Answer: (a) because; (b) Besides; (c) On the other hand/But; (d) So; (e) Therefore;

 

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

once my mother said to me who came to you my friend rafiq mom she asked what did he want i said his mother is ill he needs some money i have given him five hundred taka my mother said wonderful

 

Answer: Once my mother said to me, “Who came to you?” “My friend, Rafiq, Mom.” She asked, “What did he want?” I said, “His mother is ill. He needs some money. I have given him five hundred taka.” My mother said, “Wonderful!”

 

Part B : Composition

 

  1. Suppose, you are Nader Mahmud/Nadera Parvin and after graduation you have completed a course on computer. You have seen a vacancy advertisement for the post of a computer operator in a recognized private company. 

 

Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

 

  1. Suppose, you are Mithu/Mita of Shovagonj High School, Rangpur. There is a common room in your school but facilities are not sufficient there. 

 

Now, write an application to the Headmaster for increasing common room facilities.

  1. Write a paragraph about “Tree Plantation” by answering the following questions.

(a) What is tree plantation?

(b) How are trees are our friends?

(c) How do trees maintain ecological balance?

(d) What may happen in absence of trees?

(e) What should be our final attitude towards trees?

 

  1. A journey is always pleasant to all. Suppose, you have recently made a journey by train. 

Now, write a composition on “A Journey by Train” narrating how much you have enjoyed the journey.

Sylhet Board-2015

 

 

Part A: Grammar

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
a the precious for great
have wise which off

 

Time is very (a) —- thing. Time(b) —- is lost once is lost for ever. There is (c) —– proverb, “Time and tide wait for none.” It is time which does not (d) —- the relative feelings. It does not wait  (e) —- anyone if it is not used (f) —- . It is really essential to realize (g) —- importance of time in our life. Those who have become (h) —- would make proper use of time. They never put (i) —- their work for tomorrow. That’s why, they have contributed (j) —- lot to the society.

 

Answer: (a) precious; (b) which; (c) a; (d) have; (e) for; (f) wisely; (g) the; (h) great; (i) off; (j) a.

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words. 

Once there lived (a) —- poor man. He could hardly maintain his family (b) —- he did not have any land (c) —- cultivation. One day he bought (d) —- wonderful goose. The goose laid a (e) —- egg everyday. In a few months he became rich. But he was a (f) —- greedy man. He thought that there (g) —- more eggs in the belly of the goose. He wanted to get all the eggs (h) —- a time. So one day, he killed the goose and cut its belly open with (i) —- knife. But alas! there was no egg. Thus the greedy farmer (j) —- the useful goose.

 

Answer: (a) a; (b) because/as; (c) for; (d) a; (e) golden; (f) very; (g) were; (h) at; (i) a; (j) lost.

 

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
Self-confidence helps

should exercise

is

leads

 

a man to reach the goal of life.
It one to lose his self-confidence.
The lack of determination not enjoyable.
Success without self-confidence one of the invaluable human qualities.
One it in order to overcome the problems of life.

 

 

Answer: (a) Self-confidence is one of the invaluable(it should be valuable) human qualities.

(b) It helps a man to reach the goal of life.

(c) The lack of determination leads one to lose his self-confidence.

(d) Success without self-confidence is not enjoyable.

(e) One should exercise it in order to overcome the problems of life.

 

 

  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
be call hear engulf know
begin bear follow inspire join

 

You must have (a) —- the name of Kazi Nazrul Islam. He (b) —- our national poet. He (c) —- as a rebel poet as well. But he (d) —-  in a poor family. But dire needs could not (e) —- his personality. When the first World War Broke out, he (f) —- the army. After the war, he (g) —- to write poems. He wrote especially for the down trodden. He (h) —- the Shelly of Bangla Literature. His poems and songs (i) —- the Banglee in Liberation War. So we should (j) —- his footprints in our life.

 

Answer: (a) heard; (b) is; (c) is known; (d) was born; (e) engulf; (f) joined; (g) began; (h) is called; (i) inspired; (j) follow.

 

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

The girl said to the teacher, “Sir, I shall be grateful if you kindly lend me the book you praised highly in the classroom yesterday.” The teacher said, “I have become really happy to know that you are eager to read this book. You are welcome to any of my books that you like.” “Thank you, sir,” said the girl. “You are welcome,” said the teacher.

 

Answer: The girl respectfully told the teacher that she should be grateful if he kindly lend her the book he had praised highly in the classroom the previous day. The teacher told that he had become really happy to know that she was eager to read that book. He added that she was welcome to any of his books that she liked. The girl respectfully thanked her teacher. The teacher welcomed the girl

 

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) The students studying regularly can expect a good result.(Make it a complex sentence)

(b) But most of our students are inattentive to their studies.(Make it a negative sentence without changing the meaning)

(c) They waste their valuable time idly.(Use passive voice)

(d) Wasting time is harmful for them.(Make it an interrogative sentence)

(e) By repeating this activity they make a poor result.(Make it a complex sentence)

(f) Who loves them then?(Make it a assertive sentence without changing the original meaning)

(g) They are treated badly even by their family members.(Use active voice)

(h) If a student fails in the examination, he suffers from inferiority complex.(Make simple sentence)

(i) No other student in the class is as bad as a failed student.(Use superlative)

(j) So a student should be aware of studying regularly and attentively so that he can do well in the examination.(Make it a simple sentence)

 

Answer: (a) The students who are studying regularly can expect a good result. (b) But most of our students arenot attentive to their studies.

 (c) Their valuable time is wasted idly by them.

(d) Isn’t wasting time harmful for them?

(e) By repeating this activity they make a result which is poor.

 (f) Nobody loves them then.

(g)  Even their family members treat them badly.

(h)  A student failing in the examination suffers from inferiority complex. 

(i) A failed student is the worst of all students in the class.

(j) So a student should be aware of studying regularly and attentively to do well in the examination.

 

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) Yesterday I did not get up early from bed because, —–.

(b) As soon as I got up from bed, ——.

(c) As I could not hire a rickshaw, —–.

(d) On the way to school I walked fast lest —-.

(e) If I reached late, —-.

 

Answer: (a) Yesterday I did not get up early from bed because, I felt a little bit fever.

(b) As soon as I got up from bed, I found that it was late.

(c) As I could not hire a rickshaw, I started to walk to school.

(d) On the way to school I walked fast lest I should miss the first class.

(e) If I reached late, I would be fined.

 

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

King Solomon was (a) —- (fame) for his (b) —- (wise). He was blessed with (c) —- (ordinary) knowledge and it was really beyond people’s (d) —- (imagine). One day Queen of Sheba wanted to test how wise he was. Soloman was given two kinds of flowers. One was (e) —- (nature) and the other was (f) —-(artifice). As he had a close (g) —- (associate) with nature, he had been (h) —- (success) to differentiate them. In this way, his (i) —- (repute) of (j) —- (multidimension) knowledge spreads all over the world.

 

Answer: (a) famous; (b) wisdom; (c) extra-ordinary; (d) imagination; (e) nature; (f) artificial; (g) association; (h) successful; (i) reputation; (j) multidimensional.

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Everyone is nostalgic in life, —-?

(b) We hardly forget the golden past, —-?

(c) The memories of childhood are always haunting us, —-?

(d) Nothing is more pleasant to man than the sweetest memories of childhood, —-?

(e) There fore, let’s practice it, —-?

 

Answer: (a) Everyone is nostalgic in life, aren’t they?

(b) We hardly forget the golden past, do we?

(c) The memories of childhood are always haunting us, aren’t they?

(d) Nothing is more pleasant to man than the sweetest memories of childhood, is it?

(e) Therefore, let’s practice it, shall we?

 

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

It is known to all that gold is a valuable metal. (a) —-, there are many metals cheaper than gold though they like it. (b) —- they glitter for sometime, they fade away in the long run. In our society there are also many people (c) —- are outwardly very gentle and polished. Later on their real identity is revealed (d) —- they do not exercise moral values. That’s why, people say, “ All (e) —- glitters is not gold.”

 

Answer: (a) But; (b) Though/Although; (c) who; (d) as; (e) that;

  1. Use capitals and punctuations marks where necessary in the following text.

why are you going to borisal said father i want to buy some important books said saad do you need money yes father don’t go alone as time is not going well

 

Answer: “Why are you going to Borisal?” said father. “I want to buy some important books”, Said saad. “Do you need money?” “Yes, father.” “Don’t go alone as time is not going well.”

 

Part B : Composition

 

 

  1. Suppose, you are Sayeed/Sayeeda. You have seen a vacancy advertisement for the position of an English Teacher in Monpura High School, Bhola.

 Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

 

  1. Your summer vacation starts from 30th May. Your class wants to go on study tour to Madhabkunda, Sylhet. As a result, you need permission from your headmaster.

Now, write an application to your headmaster for seeking permission to go on a study tour.


  1. Write a paragraph in 250 words on ‘The life of a farmer’.

 

 

  1. Wrute a composition on ‘Wonders of Modern Science’.

 

SSC English 1st Paper Dhaka BoardBoard Questions-2014

SSC English 1st Paper Board Questions

Dhaka Board-2014

ENGLISH(COMPULSORY)

PAPER FIRST

[N.B.-The Figures in the margin indicate full marks]

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below:-

The National memorial at Savar is a symbol of nation’s respect for the martyrs of the War of Liberation. It is built with concrete but made of blood. It stands 150 feet tall but every martyr it stands for stands so much taller. It is an achievement the dimension of which can be measured, but it stands for an achievement, which is immeasurable. It stands upright for the millions of martyrs who laid down their lives so that we may stand upright, in honour and dignity, amongest the nations of the world.

Most prominently visible is the 150 feet tower that stands on a base measuring 130 feet wide. There is actually a series of seven towers that rise by stages to a height of 150 feet. The foundation was laid on the the first anniversary of the Victory Day. There is actually a plan to build a huge complex in several phases. The entire complex will cover an area of 126 acres. The plan of this complex includes a mosque, a library and a museum. The relics of the Liberation War will be kept in the museum. They will ever remind our countrymen and all who would come to visit the museum of the valiant struggle and the supreme sacrifices of a freedom loving people. Here also will be a clear warning to all oppressors that the weapons of freedom need not be very big, and that oppression will always be defeated. The will of people prevails, for man is born to be free.

The most moving sight of the complex is the several graves of the martyred freedom fighters: close to the tower. standing in front of the graves we bow down our heads in respect, as the towers soar up simbolizing the loftiness of the spirit.

  1. Choose the correct answer from the alternatives. 1×7=7

(a) The National Memorial stands —- .

(i) horizontally   (ii) flat      (iii) plain    (iv) vertically

(b). Spiritually the National Memorial is made of —- .

(i) concrete  (ii) blood  (iii) ceramic tiles  (iv) iron sheet

(c) The National Memorial at Savar is a symbol of nation’s tribute to the –

(i) freedom loving people    (ii) martyrs of language movement.

(iii) martyrs of the Liberation War     (iv) freedom fighters.

(d) It is — to the oppressors.

(i) symbol   (ii) spirit       (iii) inspiration     (iv) threat

(e) The foundation of the National Memorial was laid in —- .

(i) 1971     (ii) 1972      (iii) 1973      (iv) 1974

(f) What is the main theme of the passage?

(i) People’s respect to the martyrs

(ii) People’s visit to the National Memorial  (iii) The National Memorial   (iv) The graves of martyred soldiers.

(g) “The most moving sight of the complex is the several graves of the martyred freedom fighters.” What does it mean?

(i) The sight is very attractive       (ii) the sight is very charming

(iii) The sight is very undesirable     (iv) The sight is very touching

 

  1. Answer the following questions. 2×5=10

(a) What does the national Memorial at savar symbolize?

(b) Why will the relics of the Liberation War be preserved in the museum?

(c) What do you mean by “Man is born to be free”?

(d) Why is the museum built near the monument?

(e) What is the most touching scene of the memorial complex?

 

  1. Write a summary of the passage in no more than 90 to 100 words. 10
  2. Read the passage on Albert Einstein. Complete the table below with information from the passage.

Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and one of the supreme intellects of all time, was born in March 14, 1879 in the city of Ulm in Germany. he attended high school in Switzerland and become a Swiss citizen in 1901.

He was appointed an examiner at the swiss Patent Office in 1902. He served at this post for three years. He received his Ph. D in 1905 from the University of Zurich, but was unable to find any academic position at that time. However, the same year he began to publish original papers on the theoritical aspects of the problems of Physics. Within a few years, these papers, particularly the one of relativity, established his reputation as one of the most brilliant and original scientists in the world. His therries were highly controversial. In spite of this, he was appointed Professor at the University of Berlin, at the same time becoming a member of the Prussian academy of science. In 1921 he was awarded Nobel prize for Physics.

Einstein’s situation in Germany became precious when Hitler rose to power. He moved to Princeton, New jersy, U.S.A, in 1933 to work at the institute of advanced study and in 1940, he became a United States citizen.

Einstein’s first marriage ended in divorce, but his second was quite happy. he had two children, both boys. he died in 1955 in Princeton. 5

 

Who/What Event Place/Time/Creation/Award/Others
Albert Einstein was born (i) ……
(ii) ….. attended high school in Switzerland in 1901
He was appointed a Patent Officer (iii) …….
(iv) …. received Ph. D in 1905 from the University of Zurich
He was awarded Nobel Prize for Physics (v) ………

 

  1. From your reading of the above passage fill in the blanks with suitable words. Use one word onely in each blank. 1×5=5

 

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientiste of the world. he got the opportunity to (a) —- a successful career. Though he was born in Germany, he went to Switzerland and the USA fot his (b) — study and work. Thus he could enjoy the (c) —- of being the citizen of several countries. He is mainly renowned for his theory of relativity. Thus scientific theory helped him to (d) —- Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Today the world is greatly (e) —- to him for his scientific research.

 

  1. Match the parts of the sentences given in Column ‘A’ and Column ‘B’ to write five complete sentences. There are more parts of sentences in Column ‘B’ than required. 1×5=5

 

Column A Column B
(a) 21st February is (i) many people going to the Shaheed Minar
(b) Everyone goes (ii) flower at the root of the Shaheed Minar
(c) Shaheed Minar is (iii) covered with flowers
(d) The national flag is (iv) to observe the day at the Shaheed Minar
(e) We offer (v) kept half-mast
  (vi) carrying the wreath of flowers
  (vii) declared the International Mother Language day

 

  1. Put the following parts of the story in correct order to rewrite the whole story. 8

(a) She asked Bayazid to give her a glass of water.

(b) Once Hazrat Bayazid Bustami came home to see his ailing mother.

(c) But she again fell asleep.

(d) So, he went to the well quite far from their house.

(e) She woke up some hours later.

(f) he filled the pitcher, came back and went to his mother with a glass of water.

(g) As he was still standing by her bed, his mother drank the glass of water and blessed him from the core of heart.

(h) He, in stead of waking her up, stood by her bed with the glass of water in his hand.

Answer Sheet:

  1. a + iv ; vertically

b + ii ; blood

c + iii ; martyrs of the Liberation War

d + iv ; threat

e + ii ; 1972

f + i ; People’s respect to the martyrs

g + iv; The sight is very touching

  1. (a) The national Memorial symbolizes the nation’s respect for the martyrs of the War of Liberation.

(b) The relics of the Liberation War will be preserved in the museum so that the countrymen and the visitors of the museum can remeber the valiant struggle and supreme sacrifices of a freedom loving people.

(c) “Man is born to be free” means man is freedom lover by birth.

(d) The museum was built near the monument to preserve the relics of the liberation war.

(e) The sveral graves of the martyred freedom fighters; close to the tower, is the most touching scene of the memorial complex.

  1. The National Memorial at Savar was built to remember the supreme sacrifices of the freedom fighters and to show respect to them. Our freedom fighters sacrificed their life to free the country from the oppressive rulers of the East Pakistan. The foundation of the memorial was laid on the first anniversary of the Victory Day. It is built on an area of 126 acres. There will be a mosque, a library and a museum to keep the relics of the Liberation War in the complex of the memorial.

 

  1. (i) in March 14, 1879; (ii) Albert Einstein/ He

(iii) in 1902 (iv) He (v) in 1921

 

  1. (a) run (b) advanced (c) reputation/ recognition (d) get/ have (e) indebted.

 

  1. a + vii ; 21 st February is declared the international Mother Language day.

b + iv ; Everyone goes to observe the day at the Shaheed Minar.

c + iii ; Shaheed Miner is covered with flowers.

d + v ; The national flag is kept half-mast.

e + iii ; We offer at the foot of the shaheed Minar.

 

  1. b + a + d + f + c + h + e + g

Section B: Writing Test

  1. Answer the following questions to write a paragraph on “A Book Fair” you have visited recently. 10

(a) what is a Book fair?

(b) What was the occasion of the fair?

(c) Where was it held?

(d) How was the environment of the fair?

(e) What experience did you gather by visiting the fair?

  1. Read the begining of the story. Write ten new sentences to complete the story. 10

Once there was a clever fox in a jungle. One day, when the fox was walking through the jongle, he fell into a trap. he could somehow get out of the trap, but he had to leave …………. .

  1. The graph below shows “The Internet Users” from 2000 to 2009. Describe the graph in 150 words.You should highlight and summarize the information given in the graph. 10

The internet Users (in lakh)Column Graph

  1. Imagine, you are Kaspia/Kaspian of 12, Mirpur Road, Dhaka. One of your friends is very weak in English.Now, write a letter to your friend Rosmin/Rosmina who lives at Patiya Chittagong, telling him about how to improve English. 10
  2. You are Rakib. You met your friend Rijol. Nowadays, he feels tired and looks weak.You advise him to walk in the morning regularly. Now, make a dialogue between you and Rijol about “The good effects of morning work.” 10

SSC English 2nd Paper Board Questions 2015

SSC English 2nd Paper Board Questions

Dhaka Board-2015

ENGLISH(COMPULSORY)

SECOND PAPER

[ According to the Syllabus of 2015]

Time-3 hours

Full marks-100

[N.B.-The Figures in the matgin indicate full marks]

 

Part A : Grammar

 

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.                                   0.5×10=5
to a for in work prepare the by

It is useful (a) —- students to take part (b) —- social service. (c) —- taking part (d) —- social service, they can benefit themselves as well as (e) —- nation. Student life is (f) —- period of (g) —- for future life. If the students do sicial (h) —- , they will be better prepared for giving service (i) —- the nation on completion of their education. As the students have no family burden and as they get enough time during the large vacation, they can do (j) —- great deal of work for the people.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.                                                          0.5×10=5

Scientists have (a) —- reported that the surface icecaps are (b) —- . This is due to a rise (c) —- atmospheric temperature known (d) —- the green house effect. According to the scientists, carbon di-oxaide is primarily responsible (e) —- temperature rise in (f) —- . The carbon di-oxide is high (g) —- coal and oil (h) —- burnt. The gass is accumulating in the atmosphere and (i) —- temperature to rise. As a result, the polar ice in the North and south poles (j) —–  melting.

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.    1×5=5
is

can prosper

ennobles

the training for proper growth.
It the liberation of prejudice.
Nobody our minds and refines our sensibility.
The purpose of education in life without education.
the process by which our minds develops.
  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.             0.5×10=5
take work come dominate confine contribute be need keep come

Today women are placing an important role in all spheres of life. Once they were (a) —- by men. They are no longer (b) —- within the four walls of their parents’ or husbands’ house. They have (c) —- out of the kitchen and are (d) —- hand in hand with men. By (e) —- higher education, they are becoming pilots, doctors, engineers, teachers, administrators etc. They have (f) —- able to rpove their worth. They (g) —- much to the ceonomy of the country. Now, it (h) —- to the realization of the men that true development of the country is never possible (i) —- half of the population idle at home. So, it (j) —- no telling that women are playing a great role in the socio-economic condition of the country.

  1. Change the narrative style of the following text.                                                          5

“Good morning, students,” said the teacher. “How are you?” “We are fine, sir. What about you?” “I am fine too. Please, sit down.” “Have you prepared your lesson?” the teacher asked. “Sorry, sir, we have not prepared our lesson,” they replied.

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.                                             1×10=10

(a) Television is one of the most wonderful inventions of modern science. (Positive)

(b) It was not invented over night. (Active)

(c) Scientists spent many years and worked hard to invent television. (complex)

(d) Nowadays, almost every family has a television set. (Negative)

(e) People of all ages like to watch television. (Interrogative)

(f) The programmes telecast by television are very interesting. ( Complex)

(g) Television should telecast educative programmes. (Passive)

(h) If you watch television, you can learn many things. (simple)

(i) People spend their free time by watching television. (Compound)

(j) Very few things are so useful as television. ( Superlative)

  1. Complete the sentences.                                                                                    1×5=5

(a) Many people cut trees —– .

(b) Trees cause rainfall which —- .

(c) If we cut trees at random —– .

(d) Trees supply oxygen —– .

(e) Since trees help us in many ways ——.

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis. 0.5×10=5

The books of famous (a) —- ( write) are put on sale in the book fair. Most of the (b) —- (visit) buy books of different (c) —- (publish) . Almost no visitor returns from the fair without making any purchase. The (d) —- (buy) like to buy at a fair price. Our book fair is always (e) —- (crowd) . As (f) —- (vary) books are (g) —- (play) in a fair, the buyers get a scope to choose books. They buy their (h) —- (choose) books after a long search. This faculty is (i) —- (available) in any place other than a book fair. A book fair is always (j) —- (come) to the students.

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.                                                                      1×5=5

(a) Most of the students who fail in English don’t have strong foundation over grammar, —- ?

(b) They read only to pass the examination, —- ?

(c) Teachers should motivate them to learn the basic thing —- ?

(d) They can’t help learning grammar, —- ?

(e) Moreover, practice is essential too —- ?

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.                                             0.5×10=5

The foods that we eat can be divided into six kinds (a) —- what substances they contain and (b) —- benefits they do to us. Fish, meat, peas and milk provide us with protein (c) —- builds our body and helps us grow. (d) —- we do not take all these, we cannot grow well. Vitamins and mineral salts protect us from diseases (e) —- keep us fit for work.

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.                     5

the man said to me where are you going i am going to school said i did you go to school yesterday no i replied why didn’t you go i was very busy said i

Part B : Composition

  1. Suppose, you are Taskia/Toukir and you have passed H.S.C and got a diploma on computer. Now, write a CV with cover letter for the post of a Computer Operator in a company. Your CV should not exceed one page. 10
  2. Suppose, you are Priom/Pritha/Tihan, a student of class ten of Faridpur Model High School, Faridpur. You and your classmates want to go on a study tour.

Now, write an application to the headmaster of your school seeking permission to go on a study tour. 10

  1. Suppose, recently you have had a cup of tea with some of your friends in a tea stall. Now, write a paragraph on ‘A Tea Stall’. 10
  2. Write a composition on ‘Your future plan of life’.                                                                 10

Answer Sheet

  1. Ans: (a) for  (b) in (c) By (d) in (e) the (f) the (g) preparation (h) work (i) to (j) a
  2. Ans: (a) recently (b) melting (c) in (d) as (e) for (f) atmosphere (g) when (h) are (i) helping (j) is
  3. Ans: a) Education is the process by which our minds develop.
  4. b) It ennobles our minds and refines our sensibility.
  5. c) It is the training for proper growth.
  6. d) Nobody can prosper in life without education.
  7. e) The purpose of education is the liberation of prejudice.
  8. Ans: (a) dominated (b) confined (c) come (d) working (e) taking (f) been (g) are contributing (h) has come (i) by keeping (j) needs.
  9. Ans: The teacher wished the students good morning. He also asked how they were. The students respectfully replied that they were fine. They also asked how he was. The teacher replied that he was fine too and ordered them to sit down. He also asked if they had prepared their lesson. The students respectfully expressed their sorrow and said that they had not prepared their lesson.
  10. Ans; (a) Very few inventions of modern science are as wonderful as television.

(b) Scientist did not invent it over night.

(c) Scientists spent many years and worked hard so that they could invent television.

(d) Nowadays, there is no family without a television set.

(e) Don’t the people of all ages like to watch television?

(f) The programmes which are telecast by television are very interesting.

(g) Educative programmes should be telecast by television.

(h) By watching television you can learn many things.

(i) People watch television and spend their free time.

(j) Television is one of the most useful things.

  1. Ans ; (a) Many people cut trees to get timbers.

(b) Trees cause rain fall which is essential for our agriculture.

(c) If we cut trees at random, it will make the environment unbalanced.

(d) Trees supply oxygen which is essential for our lives.

(e) Since trees help us in many ways, we should not cut down trees at random.

  1. Ans : (a) writers (b) visitors (c) publishers (d) buyers (e) crowded (f) various (g) displayed (h) choice-able (i) unavailable (j) welcome
  2. Ans ; (a) do they ?(b) don’t they ? (c) shouldn’t they ?(d) can they ? (e) isn’t it?
  3. Ans ; (a) according to (b) what (c) which (d) If (e) and
  4. Ans ; The man said to me, “Where are you going?” “I am going to school,” said I. “Did you go to school yesterday?” “No” i replied. “Why didn’t you go?” “I was very busy,” said I.

 

 

Chittagong Board-2015

Part A: Grammar

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
in dark the from an learning often that worthy our

A teacher is (a) —- compared with (b) —- architect. He is called (c) —– architect of a nation. He is the light of (d) —- and makes the illiterate people  (e) —- citizens of our country. But it is a matter of regret (f) —- the teachers are not held (g) —- due respect in (h) —- society. They lead a humble life in the midst of want. Still they keep the light of education burning in order to remove the (i) —- of illiteracy and superstitions (j) —- the society.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

Bangladesh is a land of (a) —- . It got (b) —- in 1971 (c) —– a liberation war. It is located (d) —- South Asia. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh . Dhaka is also known as the city of mosque. About 14 crore people live here. Most of them are poor and (e) —- . They earn their livelihood (f) —- agriculture. But educated and skilled people work (g) —- offices and factories. Our main food is rice and fish. It is a country of beauty. Its flora and fauna attract everyone’s eyes. It is in fact (h) —- large village. The people of Bangladesh are very (i) —- . There are many beautiful things here that attract the travellers and the (j) —- .

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
Dhaka is

must

should

has

been

abide by the traffic.
It be implemented.
A flyover the capital of Bangladesh.
Traffic rules built in Mohakhali to reduce traffic jam.
Besides, the drivers, passers by and passengers not only a populous city but also a city of traffic jam.
  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
contribute come become play keep
need receive work confine be

Today women (a) —- an important role in all spheres of life. They no longer , (b) —- to the four walls of their husband’s house. They have come out of their kitchens and (c) —- hand in hand with men in all the development works of the government. By (d) —- higher education they (e) —- pilots, doctors, engineers, teachers, administrators etc. They have (f) —- able to prove their worth. They (g) —- much to the economy of the country. Now it has (h) —- to the realization of the men that true development of the country is never possible (i) —- half of the population idle at home. So, it (j) —- no telling that women are playing a great role in the socio-economic condition of the country.

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

“Have you ever been to Cox’s Bazar?” asked Shahab. “No, I have never,” replied Labib. “But I desire for visiting the place.” “I had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach last year,” said Shabab. “Let us go there this week,” said Labib.

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) My friend invited me to pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar. (complex)(b) I was very glad. (negative)(c) I accepted the invitation. (Passive)(d) When I reached there, my friend received me cordially. (simple)(e) I was exited to see the sea-beach. (Exlamatory)(f) It is the largest sea-beach in the world. (Comparative)(g) It is one of the most beautiful sea-beaches in the world. (Positive)(h) It is called the pleasure seekers’ paradise. (Active)(i) Every year a lot of people come to visit it. (Compound)(j) If I could visit the sea-beach! (active)

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) As a flower is a symbol of love, beauty and purity, it is —–(b) There is hardly any person —-(c) We can turn enemies into friends if we —-(d) It is said that those who do not love flowers —-(e) Many people cultivate flowers because —-

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Bangladesh is an (a) —- dependent country, but she is still burdened with poverty, (b) —- population, (c) —- employ, corruption, food (d) —- deficient, natural calamities, power crisis etc. Considering all these. the present (e) —- govern has aimed at making a digital Bangladesh to (f) —- come most of these problems. The actual aim of (g) —- digit Bangladesh is to establish technology based government which will emphasize the overall (h) —- develop of the country and the nation. The country has (i) —- ready fixed its target of (j) —- achieve ‘Digital Bangladesh’ by 2021.

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Mina is having a birthday party in the afternoon, —- ?(b) Yes, she is. She’s been busy in cleaning and dusting the drawing room, —?(c) Yesterday her father brought her a lovely dress, —- ?(d) And her mother wants to give her a pleasant surprise, —- ?(e) Certainly, let’s buy a nice gift for you, —- ?

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

Women are, nowadays as important as men in the society. They constitute nearly half of our total population. (a) —- there can be no denying the fact (b) —- they too possess equal rights and duties (e) —- men do. They have noble mission to fulfill as men. (d) — they get opportunity, their genius, powers (e) —- capacities will bloom fully.

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

bangladesh is a small country with a population of about sixteen crores she can hardly make headway so we should work hard to keep pace with the rest of the world

Part B : Composition

  1. Suppose some English teachers will be appointed in Ideal Preparatory School, Dhaka. You are interested to be an English Teacher.

Now, make a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

  1. Suppose, you are Hasan/Hasna, a student of Sonapur High School. Your father is a poor government employee. You have three school going brothers and sisters. Your father cannot bear your educational expenses.

Now, write an application to the headmaster/headmistress of your school for a full-free studentship.

  1. Suppose, a farmer lives nearby your house. You know a lot about him. Write a paragraph in about 250 words on ‘A Farmer’.
  2. There are many kinds of hobbies. Gardening, drawing picture, angling, stamp collecting are some of them. You have a hobby and it is gardening.

Now, write a short composition on ‘Your Hobby’ describing why it is your favourite hobby

 

 

 

 

Answer Sheet

  1. Ans: (a) often (b) an (c) the (d) learning (e) worthy (f) that (g) in (h) our (i) darkness (j) from
  2. Ans:(a) beauty (b) independence (c) through (d) in (e) illiterate (f) by/through (g) in (h) a (i) hospitable (j) foreigners/tourists.
  3. Ans:(a) Dhaka is the the capital of Bangladesh.

(b) It is not only a populous city but also a city of traffic jam.

(c) A flyover is built in Mohakhali to reduce traffic jam.

(d) Traffic rules must be implemented.

(e) Besides, the drivers, passers by and passengers should abide by the traffic rules.

  1. Ans:(a) are playing (b) are confined (c) are working (d) receiving (e) are becoming (f) been (g) are contributing (h) come (i) keeping (j) needs
  2. Ans:Shabab asked Labib if he had ever been to Cox’s Bazar. Labib replied in the negative and said that he had never been there. But he added that he desired for visiting the place. Shabab said that he had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach last year. Labib suggested that they should go there that week.
  3. Ans:(a) My friend invited me so that I could pay a visit to Cox’s Bazar.

(b) Wasn’t I very glad?

(c) The invitation was accepted by me.

(d) My friend received me cordially after my reaching there.

(e) How excited I was to see the sea-beach!

(f) It is larger than any other sea-beach in the world.

(g) Very few sea-beaches in the world are as beautiful as it.

(h) People call it the pleasure seekers’ paradise.

(i) Every year a lot of people come and visit it.

(j) I wish i could visit the sea-beach.

  1. Ans:(a) As a flower is a symbol of love, beauty and purity,it is liked by all.

(b) There is hardly any person who does not love flowers.

(c) We can turn enemies into friends if we present flowers to them.

(d) It is said that those who do not love flowers can kill a man.

(e) Many people cultivate flowers because it is a source of income too.

  1. Ans:(a) independent (b) overpopulation (c) unemployment (d) deficiency (e) government (f) overcome (g) digital (h) development (i) already (j) achieving
  2. Ans:(a) Mina is having a birthday party in the afternoon, isn’t ?(b) Yes, she is. She’s been busy in cleaning and dusting the drawing room, hasn’t?(c) Yesterday her father brought her a lovely dress, didn’t he ?(d) And her mother wants to give her a pleasant surprise, doesn’t she?(e) Certainly, let’s buy a nice gift for you, shall we?
  3. Ans:(a) So (b) that (c) as (d) If (e) and
  4. Ans:Bangladesh is a small country with a population of about sixteen crores. She can hardly make headway. So we should work hard to keep pace with the rest of the world.

 

 

Rajshahi Board 2015

 

Part A: Grammar(60 marks)

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
in for of life a the when reap sow

Youth is (a) —- best time of (b) —- . This is the time (c) —- it is most important (d) —– one to remember the maxim, “As you (e) —-, so shall you reap.” One must sow (f) —- seeds of industry, truthfulness, honesty and other virtues (g) —- this season to (h) —- the harvest of prosperity and happiness. Whatever takes root in (i) —- man at this time lasts throughout the rest (j) —- his life and moulds his future.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

Modern civilization is the (a) —- of science. Science has worked (b) —- a magician in the world. We can’t do even a (c) —- day without the help of science. Many quick means (d) —- communication like telephone, telex, fax, telegram, satellite etc. are (e) —- greatest wonders of science. Nowadays a message can be sent from one corner of the world to another in the twinkle of (f) —- eye. Science has brought a revolutionary (g) —- in all fields. In the field of medical science (h) —- has got eyes, lame has got legs, deaf has got hearing power. (i) —- diseases which were incurable in the past are now easily (j) —- .

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
The Taj built

is

wants

like

stands

it most on a moonlit night.
It it as tomb for his wife.
Emperor Shahajahan at Agra in India.
People one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Everybody to see the Taj Mahal.
  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
contribute confine keep enable work
develop receive become adopt be

According to the history, women in the past were (a) —- within the four walls. But at present they (b) —- no longer captive to their parents’ or husbands’ house. With the passage of time the outlook and attitude have been (c) —- as men and women are (d) —- themselves with the changing society. By (e) —- education they are (f) —- pilots, doctors, engineerss, high officials etc. They are (g) —- hand in hand with men in all worthy programmes. They (h) —- now able to prove their worth. They (i) —- much to the economy of the country. Now it has come to the realization of men that no development is possible by (j) —- half of our population idle at home.

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

“Konika, have you done your English lesson today?” asked the teacher. “Yes, sir” she replied. “But I have not understood one gramatical point.” The teacher assured her saying, “Come to my room, I will help you understand the point.” “Thank you, sir.” she smilingly said.

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) A flower is a glowing gift of nature.(Interrogative)

(b) Isn’t it the symbol of love and beauty?(Affirmative)

(c) Flowers are used on different occasions.(Active)

(d) We present flower to our nearest and dearest person.(Passive)

(e) We need flowers to decorate a place.(Complex)

(f) The rose is the best of all flowers.(Positive)

(g) Having sweet scent and beauty we love it very much.(Compound)

(h) It is lovelier than all other flowers.(Superlative)

(i) The rose is a very nice flower.(Exclamatory)

(j) As the demand for flowers is increasing day by day we should cultivate flower on commercial basis.(Simple)

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) If you do not waste time ———

(b) This is the boy ——–

(c) ——- I were a child.

(d) United we stand, ——-

(e) The boy is so weak in mathematics —— .

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Money cannot buy (a) —- (happy). Money is a must for our life. But it is not necessary to bring happiness. Happiness is (b) —– (absolute) a (c) —- (psychology) thing. It is the name of a (d) —- (feel). It means the (e) —- (content) of the mind. He who has (f) —- (satisfy) with what he has is (g) —- (real) a happy one. Above all, we should keep in mind that (h) —- (world) happiness is not all. If we want to be (i) —- (eternal) happy and lead a (j) —- (dignify) life, we have to earn money in an honest way.

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Nobody believes a cheat, —- ?

(b) Everybody hates him, —- ?

(c) He has to drag a miserable life, —- ?

(d) He can hardly succeed in life, —- ?

(e) Let us always speak the truth, —- ?

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

(a) —- , there are some differences between practical konowlege and bookish knowledge. (b) —- often they are thought to be the same. (c) —- a man is educated in the true sense, he will be able to lead a life completely different from others. (d) —- he can distinguish between right and wrong, (e) —- education is very important.

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

the teacher said to the boy where are you going now i am going to school said the boy did you go to school yesterday no the boy replied why did you not go i was suffering from fever said the boy

Part B : Composition(40 marks)

  1. Suppose, you areShimul/Shimuli and you are looking for a job. You want to apply for a job of a teacher in school.

Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post.

  1. Suppose, you are Habib/Habiba. You have passed the SSC examination this year from Collegiate High School, Barisal. You want to get yourself admitted into a college. So you need a testimonial from your Headmaster.

Now, write an application to the Headmaster to your school for testimonial.

  1. All the living beings depends on trees for their existence. So we should plant trees more and more.

Now, write a paragraph on “Tree Plantation.”

  1. You are a student of class ten. You have an aim in your life. Now, write a composition on “Your aim in life”.

Answer Sheet

  1. Answer:(a) the; (b) life; (c) when; (d) for; (e) sow; (f) the; (g) in; (h) reap; (i) a; (j) of;
  2. Answer:(a) gift/product; (b) as; (c) single; (d) of; (e) the; (f) an; (g) change; (h) blind; (i) The; (j) cured/curable.
  3. Answer:(a) The Taj is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

(b) It stands at Agra in India.

(c) Emperor Shahajahan built it as tomb for his wife.

(d) People like it on a moonlit night.

(e) Everybody wants to see the Taj Mahal.

  1. Answer:(a) confined; (b) are; (c) developed; (d) adapting; (e) receiving; (f) becoming; (g) working; (h) are; (i) contribute/are contributing; (j) keeping.
  2. Answer:The teacher asked Konika if she had done her English lesson that day.She replied in the affirmative and said that she had not understood one gramatical point. The teacher advised her to come to his room. He also assured her saying that she wouid help her understand the point. With respect she smilingly thanked him.
  3. Answer:(a) Isn’t a flower a glowing gift of nature?

(b) It is the symbol of love and beauty.

(c) People use flowers on different occasions.

(d) Flower is presented to our nearest and dearest persons by us.

(e) We need flowers so that we can decorate a place.

(f) No other flower is as good as the rose.

(g) A flower has sweet scent and beauty and we love it very much.

(h) It is loveliest of all flowers.

(i) How nice a flower the rose is!

(j) Because of increasing the demand for flowers day by day, we should cultivate flowers on commercial basis.

  1. Answer:(a) If you do not waste time, you will shine in life.

(b) This is the boy whom I was looking for.

(c) I wish I were a child.

(d) United we stand, devided we fall.

(e) The boy is so weak in mathematics that he canno solve a simple problem.

  1. Answer:(a) happiness; (b) absolutely; (c) psychological; (d) feeling; (e) contentment; (f) satisfaction; (g) really; (h) worldly; (i) eternally; (j) dignified.
  2. Answer:The teacher said to the boy, “Where are you going now?” “I am going to school,” said the boy. “Did you go to school yesterday?” “No”, the boy replied.  “Why did you not go?” “I was suffering from fever,” said the boy.
  3. Answer:(a) Obviously/actually; (b) very; (c) If; (d) Besides; (e) So;
  4. Answer:(a) Nobody believes a cheat,do they?

(b) Everybody hates him, don’t they?

(c) He has to drag a miserable life, doesn’t he?

(d) He can hardly succeed in life, can he?

(e) Let us always speak the truth, shall we?

 

 

Barisal Board 2015

Part A: Grammar

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
give a symbol to be by
last in but the cultivate

A flower a (a) —- gift of nature. It is a (b) —- of beauty. It (c) —– us pleasure. There is nobody (d) —– loves flower. But it is (e) —- matter of sorrow that a flower does not (f) —- long. It blooms (g) —-the morning and fades away very soon. Nowadays flowers (h) — cultivated in our country. Many people earn their livelihood (i) —- flower (j) —-.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

We live in an age of (a) —-. We can see (b) —- influence of science in all spheres of our daily life. Science is a constant (c) —- of our daily life. We have (d) —- the impossible things possible by means (e) —-science. The modern civilization is a (f) —- of science. At present we can (g) —- travel from one place to another. (h) —- ancient time journey was difficult. (i) —- had to spend much (j) —- and money for travelling. But we should remember that science has to be exploited for the greater welfare of mankind.

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
Bangladesh creates

are

is

should take

a great problem in Bangladesh.
Population problem some causes behind overpopulation in Bangladesh.
There proper steps to control the growth of population as soon as possible.
The government other problems like poverty, disease, illiteracy etc.
an over populated land.
  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
cause suffer to be drive solve
to be obey occur carry

Traffic jam (a) —- a common affair in the big cities of our country. This problem (b) —- the ultimate consequences of rapid growth of population and the number of vehicles. Most often this problem (c) —- in the congested areas where the roads are very narrow. Overtaking tendency also (d) —- traffic jam. Some drivers (e) —- the traffic rules. They (f) —- the vehicles carelessly. Traffic jam (g) —- great sufferings to the ambulances(h) —- patients. Office goers and school going children also (i) —- a lot due to traffic jam. However, this problem (j) —- to an extent by imposing traffic rules strictly.

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

The teacher said to the girl, “Do you think that honesty is the best policy?” The girl said, “Yes, sir, I think so.” “Then learn to be honest from your childhood,” said the teacher. “Thank you, sir,” said the girl. “May Allah bless you,” said the teacher.

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) Haji Mohammad Muhsin was not an unkind man at all.(Affirmative)

(b) He inherited vast proerty from his father and sister.(Interrogative)

(c) He was unmarried.(Negative)

(d) During his lifetime, he spent money lavishly to help the poor.(Complex)

(e) One night when he was saying his prayer, a thief broke into his room.(Simple)

(f) Seeing Muhsin the thief cried.(compound)

(g) The thief was caught.((Active)

(h) How needy the thief was!(Assertive)

(i) He gave the thief some food and money.(Passive)

(j) Muhsin was one of the best philanthropists in the world.(Positive)

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) We must work hard in order that —–.

(b) A man who —- cannot shine in life.

(c) It is hard labour that —-

(d) The idle cannot reach their target because —-

(e) —- unless you work hard.

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

Honesty is opposite to (a) honest. An honest man is not (b) harm to anybody. He never does (c) just to others. When he does anything (d) moral, he feels (e) comfortable. He never tells a lie. He is always (f) response to his duty. We should follow the path of (g) honest and leave the path of (h) honesty. In that case, you will be (i) loveby all and will be able to reach the path of (j) prosper.

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Nuclear has some advantage, —– ?

(b) There are only a few family members, —- ?

(c) It is calm and quiet, —- ?

(d) So, one can have peace and happiness in a nuclear family, —-?

(e) One need not think of others, —-?

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

A healthy man can do any work, (a) —- he can eat anyfood he likes. (b) —-, he can enjoy life in every way. (c) —- an unhealthy man is unhappy, for he cannot eat and do what he likes. (d) —- he lives and dies poor. He may have intelligence, merit, learning and power, but he cannot put them to the use and reap their benefits. (e) —- health is the source of all happiness in life.

  1. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text.

once my mother said to me who came to you my friend rafiq mom she asked what did he want i said his mother is ill he needs some money i have given him five hundred taka my mother said wonderful

 

Part B : Composition

  1. Suppose, you are Nader Mahmud/Nadera Parvin and after graduation you have completed a course on computer. You have seen a vacancy advertisement for the post of a computer operator in a recognized private company.

Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

  1. Suppose, you are Mithu/Mita of Shovagonj High School, Rangpur. There is a common room in your school but facilities are not sufficient there.

Now, write an application to the Headmaster for increasing common room facilities.

  1. Write a paragraph about “Tree Plantation” by answering the following questions.

(a) What is tree plantation?

(b) How are trees are our friends?

(c) How do trees maintain ecological balance?

(d) What may happen in absence of trees?

(e) What should be our final attitude towards trees?

  1. A journey is always pleasant to all. Suppose, you have recently made a journey by train.

Now, write a composition on “A Journey by Train” narrating how much you have enjoyed the journey.

 

 

Answer Sheet

  1. Answer:(a) the; (b) symbol; (c) gives; (d) but; (e) a; (f) last; (g) in; (h) are; (i) by; (j) cultivation.
  2. Answer:(a) science; (b) the; (c) companion; (d) made; (e) of; (f) gift; (g) easily; (h) In; (i) People; (j) time.
  3. Answer:(a) Bangladesh is an over populated land.

(b) Population problem is a great problem in Bangladesh.

(c) Population problem creates other problems like poverty, disease, illiteracy etc.

(d) There are some causes behind overpopulation in Bangladesh.

(e) The government should take proper steps to control the growth of population as soon as possible.

  1. Answer:(a) is; (b) is; (c) occurs; (d) causes; (e) do not obey; (f) drive; (g) causes; (h) carrying; (i) suffer; (j) should be solved.
  2. Answer:The teacher asked the girl if she thought that honesty is the best policy. The girl respectfully replied in the affirmative that she thought so. Then the teacher advised her to learn to be honest from her childhood. The girl respectfully thanked him. The teacher prayed that Allah might bless him.
  3. Answer:(a) Haji Mohammad Muhsin was a very kind man.

(b) Didn’t he inherit vast property from his father and sister?

(c) He was not married.

(d) As long as he was alive, he spent money lavishly to help the poor.

(e) One night at the time of saying his prayer, a thief broke into his room.

(f) The thief saw Muhsin and cried.

(g) He caught the thief.

(h) The thief was very needy.

(i) The thief was given food and money by him.

(j) Very few philanthropists in the world were as good as Muhsin.

  1. Answer:(a) We must work hard in order thatwe can prosper in life.

(b) A man who is idle cannot shine in life.

(c) It is hard labour that enables a man to reach his goal.

(d) The idle cannot reach their target because they cannot finish their work in time.

(e) You cannot succeed in life unless you work hard.

  1. Answer:(a) dishonesty; (b) harmful; (c) injustice; (d) immoral; (e)uncomfortable; (f) responsible; (g) honesty; (h) dishonesty; (i) loved; (j) prosperity.
  2. Answer:(a) Nuclear has some advantage,hasn’t it?

(b) There are only a few family members, aren’t there ?

(c) It is calm and quiet, isn’t it ?

(d) So, one can have peace and happiness in a nuclear family, can’t they ?

(e) One need not think of others, need they ?

  1. Answer:(a) because; (b) Besides; (c) On the other hand/But; (d) So; (e) Therefore;
  2. Answer:Once my mother said to me, “Who came to you?” “My friend, Rafiq, Mom.” She asked, “What did he want?” I said, “His mother is ill. He needs some money. I have given him five hundred taka.” My mother said, “Wonderful!”

 

 

 

 

 

Sylhet Board 2015

Part A: Grammar

  1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the form of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once.
a the precious for great
have wise which off

Time is very (a) —- thing. Time(b) —- is lost once is lost for ever. There is (c) —– proverb, “Time and tide wait for none.” It is time which does not (d) —- the relative feelings. It does not wait  (e) —- anyone if it is not used (f) —- . It is really essential to realize (g) —- importance of time in our life. Those who have become (h) —- would make proper use of time. They never put (i) —- their work for tomorrow. That’s why, they have contributed (j) —- lot to the society.

  1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

Once there lived (a) —- poor man. He could hardly maintain his family (b) —- he did not have any land (c) —- cultivation. One day he bought (d) —- wonderful goose. The goose laid a (e) —- egg everyday. In a few months he became rich. But he was a (f) —- greedy man. He thought that there (g) —- more eggs in the belly of the goose. He wanted to get all the eggs (h) —- a time. So one day, he killed the goose and cut its belly open with (i) —- knife. But alas! there was no egg. Thus the greedy farmer (j) —- the useful goose.

  1. Make five sentences using parts of sentences from each column of the table below.
Self-confidence helps

should exercise

is

leads

a man to reach the goal of life.
It one to lose his self-confidence.
The lack of determination not enjoyable.
Success without self-confidence one of the invaluable human qualities.
One it in order to overcome the problems of life.
  1. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box.
be call hear engulf know
begin bear follow inspire join

You must have (a) —- the name of Kazi Nazrul Islam. He (b) —- our national poet. He (c) —- as a rebel poet as well. But he (d) —-  in a poor family. But dire needs could not (e) —- his personality. When the first World War Broke out, he (f) —- the army. After the war, he (g) —- to write poems. He wrote especially for the down trodden. He (h) —- the Shelly of Bangla Literature. His poems and songs (i) —- the Banglee in Liberation War. So we should (j) —- his footprints in our life.

  1. Change the narrative style of the folowing text.

The girl said to the teacher, “Sir, I shall be grateful if you kindly lend me the book you praised highly in the classroom yesterday.” The teacher said, “I have become really happy to know that you are eager to read this book. You are welcome to any of my books that you like.” “Thank you, sir,” said the girl. “You are welcome,” said the teacher.

  1. Change the sentences according to the directions.

(a) The students studying regularly can expect a good result.(Make it a complex sentence)

(b) But most of our students are inattentive to their studies.(Make it a negative sentence without changing the meaning)

(c) They waste their valuable time idly.(Use passive voice)

(d) Wasting time is harmful for them.(Make it an interrogative sentence)

(e) By repeating this activity they make a poor result.(Make it a complex sentence)

(f) Who loves them then?(Make it a assertive sentence without changing the original meaning)

(g) They are treated badly even by their family members.(Use active voice)

(h) If a student fails in the examination, he suffers from inferiority complex.(Make simple sentence)

(i) No other student in the class is as bad as a failed student.(Use superlative)

(j) So a student should be aware of studying regularly and attentively so that he can do well in the examination.(Make it a simple sentence)

  1. Complete the sentences.

(a) Yesterday I did not get up early from bed because, —–.

(b) As soon as I got up from bed, ——.

(c) As I could not hire a rickshaw, —–.

(d) On the way to school I walked fast lest —-.

(e) If I reached late, —-.

  1. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the parenthesis.

King Solomon was (a) —- (fame) for his (b) —- (wise). He was blessed with (c) —- (ordinary) knowledge and it was really beyond people’s (d) —- (imagine). One day Queen of Sheba wanted to test how wise he was. Soloman was given two kinds of flowers. One was (e) —- (nature) and the other was (f) —-(artifice). As he had a close (g) —- (associate) with nature, he had been (h) —- (success) to differentiate them. In this way, his (i) —- (repute) of (j) —- (multidimension) knowledge spreads all over the world.

 

  1. Make tag questions of these statements.

(a) Everyone is nostalgic in life, —-?

(b) We hardly forget the golden past, —-?

(c) The memories of childhood are always haunting us, —-?

(d) Nothing is more pleasant to man than the sweetest memories of childhood, —-?

(e) There fore, let’s practice it, —-?

  1. Complete the passage using suitable connectors.

It is known to all that gold is a valuable metal. (a) —-, there are many metals cheaper than gold though they like it. (b) —- they glitter for sometime, they fade away in the long run. In our society there are also many people (c) —- are outwardly very gentle and polished. Later on their real identity is revealed (d) —- they do not exercise moral values. That’s why, people say, “ All (e) —- glitters is not gold.”

  1. Use capitals and punctuations marks where necessary in the following text.

why are you going to borisal said father i want to buy some important books said saad do you need money yes father don’t go alone as time is not going well

Part B : Composition

  1. Suppose, you are Sayeed/Sayeeda. You have seen a vacancy advertisement for the position of an English Teacher in Monpura High School, Bhola.

Now, write a CV with a cover letter for the post. Your CV should not exceed one page.

  1. Your summer vacation starts from 30th May. Your class wants to go on study tour to Madhabkunda, Sylhet. As a result, you need permission from your headmaster.

Now, write an application to your headmaster for seeking permission to go on a study tour.

  1. Write a paragraph in 250 words on ‘The life of a farmer’.
  2. Wrute a composition on ‘Wonders of Modern Science’.

 

Answer Sheet

  1. Answer:(a) precious; (b) which; (c) a; (d) have; (e) for; (f) wisely; (g) the; (h) great; (i) off; (j) a.
  2. Answer:(a) a; (b) because/as; (c) for; (d) a; (e) golden; (f) very; (g) were; (h) at; (i) a; (j) lost.
  3. Answer:(a) Self-confidence is one of the invaluable(it should be valuable) human qualities.

(b) It helps a man to reach the goal of life.

(c) The lack of determination leads one to lose his self-confidence.

(d) Success without self-confidence is not enjoyable.

(e) One should exercise it in order to overcome the problems of life.

  1. Answer:(a) heard; (b) is; (c) is known; (d) was born; (e) engulf; (f) joined; (g) began; (h) is called; (i) inspired; (j) follow.
  2. Answer:The girl respectfully told the teacher that she should be grateful if he kindly lend her the book he had praised highly in the classroom the previous day. The teacher told that he had become really happy to know that she was eager to read that book. He added that she was welcome to any of his books that she liked. The girl respectfully thanked her teacher. The teacher welcomed the girl
  3. Answer:(a) The studentswho are studying regularly can expect a good result. (b) But most of our students arenot attentive to their studies.

(c) Their valuable time is wasted idly by them.

(d) Isn’t wasting time harmful for them?

(e) By repeating this activity they make a result which is poor.

(f) Nobody loves them then.

(g)  Even their family members treat them badly.

(h)  A student failing in the examination suffers from inferiority complex.

(i) A failed student is the worst of all students in the class.

(j) So a student should be aware of studying regularly and attentively to do well in the examination.

  1. Answer:(a) Yesterday I did not get up early from bed because,I felt a little bit fever.

(b) As soon as I got up from bed, I found that it was late.

(c) As I could not hire a rickshaw, I started to walk to school.

(d) On the way to school I walked fast lest I should miss the first class.

(e) If I reached late, I would be fined.

  1. Answer:(a) famous; (b) wisdom; (c) extra-ordinary; (d) imagination; (e) nature; (f) artificial; (g) association; (h) successful; (i) reputation; (j) multidimensional.
  2. Answer:(a)Everyone is nostalgic in life, aren’t they?

(b) We hardly forget the golden past, do we?

(c) The memories of childhood are always haunting us, aren’t they?

(d) Nothing is more pleasant to man than the sweetest memories of childhood, is it?

(e) Therefore, let’s practice it, shall we?

  1. Answer:“Why are you going to Borisal?” said father. “I want to buy some important books”, Said saad. “Do you need money?” “Yes, father.” “Don’t go alone as time is not going well.”
  2. Answer:(a) But; (b) Though/Although; (c) who; (d) as; (e) that;