সুমন লেনার্ড রোজারিও, সিনিয়র শিক্ষক, ইংরেজি
সেন্ট গ্রেগরী হাই স্কুল এন্ড কলেজ, ঢাকা
Full Marks: 100 Time: 3.00 hours
PART A: SEEN PART: (20 Marks)
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions No. 1 and 2
The Tha Kha floating market is more traditional with a few tourists visiting than other floating markets. Originally, the Tha Kha floating market used to sit only six or seven days a month depending on the phase of the moon. Nowadays, the trade takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays too. The main buyers here are the Tha Kha natives. People seem to know each other very well. Everyone was seen smiling and calling each other by name. The locals did not notice Mita and others much. They were all busy buying and selling.
They passed an hour and a half in the market and enjoyed the business. Then all of them were hungry. They rowed near the boat of an elderly woman, who was selling food. She welcomed them with a smile and showed them the foods. They bought the traditional and very popular food called ‘Pad Thai’, a kind of noodles with shrimps, tomato and some vegetables, with freshly roasted crushed peanut. The food was served in a bowl made from banana leaf. After Pad Thai, they ate ‘Kanom Krok’. It is a coconut pancake, which is very sweet. The Tha Kha people are simple and easy going. They are very friendly and polite. They do not understand English or any other language. Yet they have a way to communicate with Mita and others. Mita was delighted to see a traditional Thai floating market. She took a lot of pictures with the elderly sellers.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text: 1×7=7
(a) The word ‘friendly’ means:
(i) hostile(ii) antagonistic (iii) amicable (iv) rivalry
(b) The word ‘originally’ means:
(ii) perfectly (iii) punitively (iv) genuinely
(c) The word ‘understand’ means:
(i) perceive (ii) realize (iii) know (iv) inform
(d) The word ‘take place’ means:
(ii) happen (iii) overlook (iv) look upon
(e) The word ‘seem’ means:
(ii) remember (iii) appear (iv) recollect
(f) The Tha Kha people communicate with _____ language. (i) spoken (ii) oral (iii) body (iv) native
(g) The chief buyers and sellers of the market are ______.
(i) the natives (ii) the foreigners
(iii) the tourists (iv) only the young people
2. Answer the following questions: 2×4=8
(a) Why is the Tha Kha floating market traditional?
(b) How many days a week does the market sit?
(c) Why does everyone call by name?
(d) Who took photograph with the sellers? Why did she take photograph?
3. Fill up the blanks using suitable words: 1×5=5
The first pearl was (a) ______ discovered thousands of years ago while human beings were (b) ______for food at the (c) _______. Throughout history, the pearl has been (d) _______ one of the most highly valued (e) _____ because of its shining uniqueness.
PART B: UNSEEN PART: (25 Marks)
Read the following text and answer the questions 4 and 5:
The world is full of great men. They have come from different places of the world. Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah was one of those who contributed a lot towards the Bengali language and literature. He was the greatest scholar of Bengal. This great scholar was bo at 24 Parganas in West Bengal on 10 July 1885. He passed the Entrance Examination in 1904. He obtained his B.A. degree in 1910, M.A. in 1912 and B.L. in 1914. He joined the University of Dhaka in 1921 as a professor of Sanskrit and Bengali. He was awarded the Doctorate degree from Sorbonne University of Paris in 1928. His ‘Bangla Shahitter Kotha’ published in 1953 was the first well-arranged history of Bengali literature. In 1966, he was seriously ill and was in sick bed for about two and a half years. The great scholar breathed his last on 13 July 1969 in Dhaka. We all remember him with gratitude and respect.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage: 1×5=5
The name of events Place Year
Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah’s birth
(i) ————Joined Dhaka University
(iii) ———Sorbonne University of Partis
Bangla Shahittr Katha
(iv) ————— His death (v) —————-
5. True or false. If false, write the correct
(a) Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah contributed a lot to English Literature.
(b) He was bo on the 10 July 1985.
(c) He received his M.A. in 1912.
(d) He was the greatest scholar of India.
(e) Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah was awarded Doctorate degree from a native university.
6. Fill up the following blanks using appropriate words from the box below. 0.5×10=5
Education (a)_________ our ignorance and gives us light of (b) _______. In respect of (c) _______ education, there should be no (d) _______ between man and woman. Education is one of the (e) _______ human rights. So, if we (f) ______ women of the light of education (g) ______ half of our population will remain in (h) _____. No development can be (i) ________ about without the (j) _______ of women. So, govement is doing everything to educate women-folk.
7. Fill in the blanks with suitable words. Use one word only in each blank: 1×5=5
Many of us give indulgence in (a) _______ ill of others. We do not (b) ________ ourselves and we even do not (c) ______ how to praise the good work (d) ______ by others. It is necessary to (e) _______ this habit. An idle nation can never get prosperous. It is true in our personal life as well.
8. Match the parts of 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
(a) Children are
(b) As they grow up,
(c) So, we should give them
(d) We should keep in mind that
(e) If they get a proper notion of right and wrong,
(i) they look for someone whose footsteps they can follow.
(ii) they lea from what they see and hear.
(iii) the future hope of our society.
(iv) they will posses a strong moral character as adult.
(v) proper idea about right and wrong.
PART C: GRAMMAR: (25 Marks)
9. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in the bracket. 0.5×10=5
The dead (a) _____(war) was brought before the widow. She stood beside the dead body. She was (b) ____ (speech) because she was (c) _____ (whelmed) with grief. All standing around the dead body (d) _____ (called) the good qualities of her husband. But she was still standing (e) _____ (moved). She burst into tears when her child was given onto her lap. She wept (f) _____ (bitter) thinking of the (g) _____ (fortune) of her child as it had become (h) ____ (father). She also felt proud of her husband’s (i) _____ (hero). Her husband embraced (j) _____ (martyr).
10. Fill up the blanks using article. Put a (x) where no article is needed. 0.5×10=5
Undoubtedly, wild life plays (a) ____ vital role in (b) ____ nature. So, it goes without saying that (c) _____ wild life is (d) _____ part and parcel of our (e) _____ environment. Except man and other domestic animals, (f) ____ rest animals live in (g) _____ forest. (h) ____ animals living in (i) ____ forest are called wild animals as (j) ____ manner of their living is known as wild life.
11. Change the following sentences as directed:5
(a) Very few persons are so famous discoverers as Columbus. (Superlative) (b) He passed his early life in sorrows. (Negative) (c) He became a sailor in his boyhood. (Interrogative) (d) During these voyages, very often Columbus gazed at the vast sheet of unlimited water. (Passive) (e) Nobody can be compared with him. (Interrogative)
12. Rewrite the following passage in the reported speech: 5
“We would like to go on an excursion. Can we have your permission, sir?” said the students. “Yes, you can arrange it after the examination is over. And you should choose a historical place for that”, replied the teacher. “Thank you, sir.” “You are welcome. And I wish you all the best.”
13. Rewrite the following passage using capitalization and punctuation. 5
bassanio said dear friend antinio I am in great need of some money I would like to visit portia at belmont in grandly dressed and with many servants but I don’t have any money right now please help me
PART D: Writing: (30 Marks)
14. Write a dialogue between you and your friend on the importance of reading newspaper. 10
15. Write an email to your friend telling him about your plan after the JSC examination.. 10
16. Write a paragraph on “Our National Flag” by answering the following questions. 10
(a) What is the symbol of our national flag?
(b) How is it in size?
(c) What is it made of?
(d) What is the background of its bottle green color and the sun globe?
(e) How can we uphold its honor?