Madhyamik English Question Paper 2015



Time – Three Hours Fifteen Minutes

(First fifteen minutes for reading the question paper only)

Full Marks – 90

(For Regular and Sightless Regular Candidates)

Full Marks – 100

(For External and sightless External Candidates)

Special credits will be given for answers which are brief and to the point.

Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting.  


 [Reading Comprehension (Seen)]

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

           It was a flowering mustard field, pale like melting gold, as it swept across miles and miles of even land. The child looked up to his father and mother, and filled with the joy and wonder of this vast glory, left the footpath and plunged into the field, prancing like a colt.

          ‘Come, child come, come on the footpath.’ He went towards his parents gaily and walked alongside by side with them for a while. However, he was soon left behind, attracted by the little insects and worms along the footpath that were coming out from their hiding places to enjoy the sunshine. ‘Come, child, come,’ his parents called. They were resting under a tree, sitting on the edge of a well. He ran towards them.

          An old banyan tree had outstretched its powerful arms over the blossoming jackfruit, jamun, neem, champak and serisha, and cast its shadows across beds of golden cassis and erimson gulmohar, as an old grandmother spreads her skirts over her young ones.

          ‘Come, child, come,’ they called to the child, who had now gone running around the banyan tree and, gathering him, they took the narrow, winding footpath which led to the fair from the mustard fields.

          As they neared the village, the child could see many other footpaths full of crowds going to the fair.

          A sweetmeat seller called out: gulab-jamun, rosgulla, burfi, jalebi, at the corner of the entrance, and a crowd pressed round his counter.

          The child stared open-eyed and his mouth watered for the ‘burfi’, which was his favourite sweet.

(A) Complete the following sentences with information from the text above :  [2 x 3 = 6]

(i) The mustard field stretched 

Ans. ____________________

(ii) The boy plunged into the held because

Ans. ____________________

(iii) The powerful arms of an old banyan tree had

Ans. ____________________

(B) Answer the questions in one or two sentences  :  [2 x 3 = 6]

(i) What did the child see as he approached the village ?

Ans. ____________________

(ii) Mention any two comparisons that you find in the text.

Ans. ____________________

(iii) What was the effect of the sweetmeat sellers call on the child ?

Ans. ____________________

2. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow :

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you,but none too much ;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

‘With sixty seconds’ Worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.

Andwhich is more-you’ll be a Man, my son!

(A) Tickthe right answer : [1 x 4 = 4]

(i) If you want to be a Man –

  1. you should not walk with Kings  
  2. you should keep in touch with common men
  3. you should be equally comfortable with Kings and common people.
  4. you should not keep in touch with ordinary men.

(ii) If you treat all people equally-

  1. you will own the Earth
  2. you will be able to enjoy nothing on the Earth  
  3. you will succeed in enjoying some good things on the Earth
  4. you will be loved and respected by all

(iii) An ideal human being should-

  1. mix with common people and yet remain virtuous.
  2. only talk to virtuous people
  3. never talk with crowds in fear of losing virtue
  4. keep his virtue by avoiding a crowd full of virtuous people

(iv) In the given stanza the poet suggests that we should–

  1. be ill-tempered
  2. remain indifferent to our status in the society
  3. never try to realise our dreams
  4. ignore the opinion of the people around us

(B) Answer the following questions in one or two sentences :   [2 x 2 = 4]

(i) What should be the ideal man’s attitude towards his friends and foes? 

Ans. ____________________

(ii) Explain the phrase ‘the unforgiving minute’.

Ans. ____________________

[Reading Comprehension (Unseen)]

3. Read the following text and answer the questions given below:

             Fourteen year-old Sbivanand Tiwari has neither received any formal education not been to school, but he is on his way to joining an IIT. The prodigy from Rohtas district’s Dharmapura village has secured the 2,587th rank in IIT-JEE (Advanced) 2014.

             “Till 2010, I didn’t have much inclination towards studies, except for solving maths problems, ” he said; “But then somebody suggested I aim for the IITS”, he recapitulated. Shivanand’s father Kamalakant Tiwari is a farmer and a history graduate, while his mother Kiran Devi. is a homemaker. 

             “Since childhood, I liked spirituality and learnt the epics, ” he said, “However when my father saw I liked studying maths and science, he also agreed to my higher studies.” The teenager can recite 700 ‘Shlokas’ from the Gita. Shivanand is well conversant with many works of Vivekananda. He declared, “I’m really interested in correlating spirituality and science.”

             Shivanand scored 93.4% in his Higher Secondary exams this year but was hoping for better grades in both. exams. He desires to take another attempt at JEE next year to improve his rank.

[An adaptation of a report published in ‘The Times of India’ ‘ June 21,2014]

(A) Complete the following sentences with information from the text: [2 x 4 = 8]

(i) Shivanand Tiwari comes from

Ans. ____________________

(ii) Shivanand’s father is not only

Ans. ____________________

(iii) Shivanand’s father agreed to his higher studies when 

Ans. ____________________

(iv) Shivanand wishes to take another attempt at JEE next year because

Ans. ____________________

(b) Answer the following questions in one or two sentences :  [2 x 3 = 6]

(i) Why did Shivanand decide to sit for the IIT-JEE 2014?

(ii) Who is Kiran Devi and what is she?

(iii) What does Shivanand aim to do in future?

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