SECODARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (SSC) EXAMINATION
SAMPLE ENGLISH FIRST PAPER
Full marks: 100
Time: 3 hours
[N.B.—The Figures in the margin indicate full marks.]
Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
21 February is a memorable day in our national history. We observe the day every year as International Mother Language Day. The day is a national holiday.
On this day, we pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives to establish Bangla as a state language in undivided Pakistan in 1952. This is known as the Language Movement.
The seed of the Language Movement was Sown on 21 March 1948 when Mohammad Ali Zinnah, the then Governor General of Pakistan, at a public meeting in Dhaka declared that Urdu would be the only official language of Pakistan. The declaration raised a storm of protest in the eastern part of the country. The protest continued non-stop, gathering momentum day by day. It turned into a movement and reached its climax in 1952. The government outlawed all sorts of public meetings and rallies to prevent it.
The students of Dhaka University defied the law and they brought out a peaceful protest procession on 21 February 1952. When the procession reached near Dhaka Medical College, the police opened fire on the students, killing Salam, Rafiq, Barkat and Jabbar. This enkindled the sparks of independent movement of Bangladesh.
- Choose the correct answer from the alternatives. 1×7=7
(i) 21 February is a memorable day for all Bangladeshi because this is the day when:
(a) Urdo was declared as the only state language of Pakistan b) we pay tribute to the martyrs of Liberation War
(c) some great people laid down their lives to establish Bangla as a state Language
(d) students protested against Mohammad Ali Zinnah’s declaration
(ii) The seed of the Language Movement was sown by:
(a) Salam (b) Martyrs (c) Zinnah (d) students
(iii) The phrase “storm of protest” means:
(a) mild protest (b) strong protest (c) moderate protest (d) symbolic protest
(iv) The gap between the beginning the beginning and the climax of Language Movement:
(a) 2 years (b) 3 years (c) 4 years (d) 5 years
(v) The greatest outcome of Language Movement:
(a) status of Bangla as a state language of Pakistan (b) independence of Bangladesh
(c) International Mother Language Day (d) mass protest all over the country
(vi) Salam and Barkat were the citizen of:
(a) Bangladesh (b) Nepal (c) India (d) Pakistan
(vii) Pakistani government declared Bangla as a state Language because they were:
(a) compelled to do that (b) requested to do that (c) urged to do that (d) advised to do that
- Answer the following questions. 2×5=10
(a) Why did the martyrs sacrifice their lives in 1971?
(b) What is “undivided Pakistan”?
(c) Why did Pakistani government outlaw meeting and rallies in 1952?
(d) Why did police kill Salam, Rafiq, Barkat and Jabbar?
(e) How is Language Movement related to the independence of Bangladesh?
- Read the following text and fill in each gap with a suitable word based on the information of the text. 1×5=5
|Everyone wants to share his / her happiness with their near and dear ones. That’s why people rush for their home despite serous hazards. This is the pull of the roots. Do human beings have roots like the trees? The answer is ‘yes’ but unlike the roots of the trees they are invisible, they lie in our minds. It’s the roots that make a bond between us and family members, in-laws, friends, neighbors or even between us and the land where we were born and grew up. Wherever we stay, we have a continuous pull of our roots. It’s our roots that develop our identity making us what we are. When we lose that bond, we become rootless. Without roots we are non-entity. Such persons are devoid of values, humanity, and social responsibilities. They don’t know where they are from, and/or where they are heading towards. This often makes them feel empty and lost.|
By nature, human being loves (a) ⸺ to share his / her feeling with near and dear ones. This invisible (b) ⸺ for each other lies in our hearts. It always pulls us to (c) ⸺ back to our roots. It develop our identity and (d) ⸺ to know who we are. If we deny our roots, we will deny our existence. So, we can’t but (e) ⸺ our roots.
- Read the passage from the membership of a reading club. Complete the following table with information from the passage. 1×5=5
|Pathok Club aims at developing reading habit among community people irrespective of ages. It is open 12 hours a day starting from 8.00 am. The subscription fee varies for the different age groups. If you are between ages 5 to 17, you will have the junior membership. It requires tk. 200 for 3 months and tk. 300 for 6 months membership. Annual, which will be associated with one additional facilities like access to the movie show every week, can be obtained for tk. 600. The membership charge for adult age group (18 to 50) are quarterly tk. 300 and half yearly tk. 500. Annual membership charge is tk. 300 more than 6 months membership fee and it comes with the facilities to access movie library. Senior membership is for the people above 50 who have to pay tk.100 quarterly and tk. 200 half yearly. Yearly membership offers free access to movie library and pick up facilities by tk. 300 as the fee.|
Pathok Club Details
|Aims||growing reading habit|
|Opening hours||Form 8.00am to (1) ….pm|
|Membership types||Age group ( in years)
|Subscription charge and facilities|
|Quarterly||Half yearly||Annually||Additional facilities for annual members|
|(2) …………..||5-17||Tk. 200||Tk. 300||Tk. 600||Access to movie show|
|Adult||Tk. 300||Tk. 500||(3) Tk. ….||(4) ……………|
|Senior||(5) ………….||Tk. 100||Tk. 200||Tk. 300||Free access to movie library and home service|
- Match the parts of sentences give n in the column ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ to write five complete sentences. 1×5=5
|Column A||Column B||Column C|
|(a) Mount Everest which is in||(i) George Everest who surveyed||(i) the Himalayas in 1841|
|(b) It is named after an Englishman||(ii) Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkey reached the top on May 10 and||(ii) mountains always look exciting and challenging to them|
|(c) Climbing mountains like Everest||(iii) mountaineers are not daunted because||(iii) is the highest mountain in the world.|
|(d) In spite of all difficulties and dangers||(iv) is difficult and dangerous because||(iv) have gone into the history as the conquerors of the highest mountain in the world.|
|(e) after two months of difficulties and dangerous climbing||(iv) the Himalayan mountains to the north of India between Tibet and Nepal.||(iv) there is snow all over and there might be snow slides and cracks under the ice and snow.|
- Put the following parts of the story in correct order to make the whole story. Only the corresponding numbers of the sentences need to be written. 1×8=8
(a) The fox said, “What a noble advice it is!” Then he carried the turtle to the river and let it go.
(b) The fox began to shout “you are OK, come now, dear. But the turtle raised his neck and said, “Here are more cunning animals than you.”
(c) The turtle began to make more distance and by noticing it tears came out on the fox’s eyes.
(d) The shouting of the fox got slower gradually.
(e) Once a hungry fox captured a turtle to eat and said, “How hard your body is”
(f) The fox said, “I am here, don’t waste my time. Come quick while you are soft enough.”
(h) The cunning turtle said “Let me go to the river to soften my body.”
- Answer the following questions to write a paragraph on “Air Pollution.” You should write about 250 words. 10
(a) What is global warming?
(b) What are causes of global warming?
(c) What are the effects of global warming?
(d) What should we do to stop it?
(e) Why do we need a green environment?
- Read the beginning of a story. Write new ten sentences to complete the story. 10
It was on the first day of Boishakh. Dulal came out of his house in the morning with all his family members. Their first destination was Ramna Park. In the park, there were people of all ages. Dulal could see a group of foreigner too. One of them had a camera and he was clicking all the way. All of a sudden, he came near Dulal …………………..
- The graph below shows the number of computer owners by gender in a city named ‘X’ from the year 2012 to 2016. Describe the chart in 150 words. You should highlight and summarize the information given in the chart.
11. Suppose, your name is Rayna / Afsana. Yesterday something amazing happened to you which you can’t but share with your friend, Abir / Pranto. Now write an e-mail to Abir / Pranto sharing the fact. 10
- Farheen is a 15- year’s old girl. She wants to go to Cox’s Bazar with her parents after her final exam. Her father tells her to book rooms in Sea Star Hotel by telephone. Write a short dialogue that Farheen might have with the hotel receptionist. 10