Examen de l'anglais niveau 2/3

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Time: 3 Hrs. AKSHARNANDAN Std. VIII Term II English Parallel 2009-10

Q.1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions. (10)
Poor Jovinian! He lay by the side of the road – bruised, battered, hurt, hungry and humiliated. “What have I done to deserve all this?” he lamented. “I have lost my wealth,power, family – even my identity. No one knows me. No one listens to me. What is my fate now?”
And then he remembered how proud and boastful he had once felt. How he had believed that he was as great as God himself. Jovinian’s heart was filled with remorse. “How wrong was I to boast so! How could I? It was not I but the imperial robe and the crownthat held all the power. And even that power was nothing compared to God’s might. I was foolish to think of myself as God almighty.”
Just then, a kind man came by. He was moved to see the bruised, half-naked man lying helpless by the side of the road. He took Jovinian home, bathed him, fed him, and gave him clean, decent clothes to wear. Jovinianfelt grateful to the man and thanked him. But he felt that he should not take advantage of his kindness any further. So he left his house and began to wander about thinking about his future.
a) How did Jovinian feel about himself in the past? (2)
b) What did Jovinian lament about? (2)
c) Why did Jovinian leave the man’s house? (1)
d) Did Jovinian’s opinion ofhimself change? How? (2)
e) Give opposites of - (2)
ii) kind
iii) boastful
iv) foolish
v) remembered

f) Rewrite the sentence in indirect speech. (1)
“How wrong was I to boast so!” he said.
Q. 2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions. (10)

Mother hadseveral hobbies. One of them was to buy colour pictures of gods and human beings. She would dress them up with bits of cloth, mirrors, beads and sequins1. How ugly they looked! But in those days they were in fashion.
Mother was good at both tennis and badminton. She also played golf. She was the unbeaten local chess champion. She played a good game ofbridge2 as well. At home we loved it when she joined us for carom or card games, she brought so much life and laughter with her.
I was very proud of my mother. Whatever I know, I learnt from her. She read a lot. She had never stepped into school or college, but there was nothing she did not know about books in Sanskrit and Tamil. She learntabout what was happening in English books by reading translations. We boys would read to her and tell her everything we found in books and magazines.

1. sequins – small circular disks used as decoration in clothing
2. bridge – a card game

a) What was the hobby of the author’s mother? (1)
b) How did the author feel about his mother? (2)
c) How did she learn aboutwhat was happening in English books? (1)
d) Did he enjoy playing games with her? Why? (2)
e) Use the following phrases in your own sentences. (2)
ii) to be in fashion
iii) to be proud of
g) Add question tags to the following sentences. (2)
i) Mother had several hobbies.
ii) She was the unbeaten local chess champion.

Q. 4. Readthe following passage carefully and answer the questions. (10)


c/o Mr. G. Sahi
Fir Tree, Chinar Bagh,
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