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.
1. Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that follow :
The last one of this long procession of silent men and women was a little wizened old man. Even he carried a load of two baskets, slung on a pole on his shoulder, the same load of a folded quilt, a cauldron. But there was only one cauldron. In the other basket it seemed there was a quilt, extremely ragged and patched, but clean still. Although the load was light, it was too much for the old man. It was evident that in usual times he would be beyond the age of work, and was perhaps unaccustomed to such labour in recent years. His breath whistled as he staggered along, and he strained his eyes to watch those who were ahead of him lest he be left behind, and his old wrinkled face was set in a sort of gasping agony.
Suddenly he could go no more. He set his burden down with great gentleness and sank upon the ground, his head sunk between his knees, his eyes closed, panting desperately. Starved as he was, a little blood rose in dark patches on his cheeks. A vendor selling hot noodles set his stand near and shouted his trade cry, and the light from the stand fell on the old man’s drooping figure.
(A) Complete the following sentences with information from the text: [2 x 3 = 6]
(i) The old man strained his eyes because
(ii) A little blood rose in dark patches on the old man’ s cheeks as
(iii) The drooping figure of the old man could be seen when
B. Answer the following questions in one or two sentences: [2 x 3 = 6]
(i) What did the two baskets of the old man contain?
(ii) Why was the load too much for the old man?
(iii) What made the old man sink upon the ground?
2. Read the first three stanzas of the poem, ‘Ring Out, WildBells’ given below and answer the questions that follow :
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light :
The year is dying in the night ;
Ring out, wild bells; and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the, new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snows :
The year is going, let him go ;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more ;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind
(A) Answer the following questions : [2 x 3 = 6]
(i) For whom does the poet express his grief?
(ii) Give the meaning of the phrase “redress to all mankind”.
B. Each of the following statements is either ‘True’ or ‘False’ . Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’. Also pick out the suitable line(s) or phase from the Poem in support of your answers: [2 x 2 = 4]
(i) The poet wants the year to die.
(ii) The poet does not want the conflict between the rich and the poor to end.
Reading Comprehension (Unseen)
3. Read the passage and answer the questions. that follow :
Limbudora village will soon have a new address in the Hills – the tea gardens of Mirik. The village, which has been deserted since the July 1st landslide, that killed 26 villagers and destroyed 4 houses, will cease to exist by the end of the year. It has been decided that the displaced villagers will be rehabilitated across the tea gardens between August and December.
Limbudora villagers have refused to move to other hill slopes, for it could be just as risky. The only road leading to the village was badly damaged by the landslide and has remained closed ever since. Even though villagers are taking turns to visit their homes during the day, the houses remain deserted and unguarded at night.
Formalities for the transfer of land will begin soon. Limbudora villagers are now living at a relief camp in Mirik. The process of identifying plain land within the estates for the settlements will start soon. Colonies will be constructed at the four gardens-Tingling, Phuguri, Gayabari and Sourini – because all the 90 families cannot be accommodated at the same spot.
[An adaptation of the report published in ‘The Times of India’ July 8, 2015]
(a) Complete the following sentences with information from the text: [2 x 3 = 6]
(i) Limbudora village has been deserted because of
(ii) The displaced villagers will have their new houses across
(iii) The villagers of Limbudora are unwilling to move to other new slopes
(b) Answer the following questions in one or two Sentences : [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) By what time, according to the passage, are the villagers expected to be
(ii) Why has the only road leading to the village been closed?
(iii) Name the tea gardens where the new colonies will be constructed.
(iv) Why is it necessary to build colonies in the four tea gardens?
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