English 1st Paper
Subject Code: 107
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
2. 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?
3. 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.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. (1×5=5)
|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
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. (5×10=5)
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
10. 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)