English (Core) - 2007 (Set I - Delhi)
Q. 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
(a) (i) What did Gandhi achieve through his philosophy of justice and
fairness ? 2
(b) Pick out one word from the passage that means the same as : 3
Q. 2. Read the passage given below :
The tests of life are its plus factors. Overcoming illness and suffering is a plus factor for it moulds character. Steel is iron plus fire, soil is rock plus heat. So let’s include the plus factor in our lives.
Sometimes the plus factor is more readily seen by the simple-hearted. Myers tells the story of a mother who brought into her home - as a companion to her own son - a little boy who happened to have a hunchback. She had warned her son to be careful not to refer to his disability, and to go right on playing with him as if he were like any other boy.
The boys were playing and after a few minutes she overheard her son say to his companion : “Do you know what you have got on your back ?” The little boy was embarrassed, but before he could reply, his playmate continued: “It is the box in which your wings are and some day God is going to cut it open and then you will fly away and be an angel”.
Often it takes a third eye, or a change in focus, to see the plus factor. Walking along the corridors of a hospital recently where patients were struggling with fear of pain and tests, I was perturbed. What gave me fresh perspective were the sayings put up everywhere, intended to uplift. One saying made me conscious of the beauty of the universe in the midst of pain, suffering and struggle. The other saying assured me that God was with me when I was in deep water and that no troubles would overwhelm me.
The import of those sayings also made me aware of the nether springs that flow into people’s lives when they touch rock-bottom or lonely, or even deserted. The nether springs make recovery possible, and they bring peace and patience in the midst of pain and distress.
The forces of death and destruction are not so much physical as they are psychic and psychological. When malice, hate and hard-heartedness prevail, they get channelled as forces of destruction. Where openness, peace and good-heartedness prevail, the forces of life gush forth to regenerate hope and joy. The life force is triumphant when love overcomes fear. Both fear and love are deep mysteries, but the effect of love is to build whereas fear tends to destroy. Love is often the plus factor that helps build character. It helps us to accept and to overcome suffering. It creates lasting bonds and its reach is infinite.
It is true that there is no shortage of destructive elements - forces and people who seek to destroy others and in the process, destroy themselves - but at the same time there are signs of love and life everywhere that are constantly enabling us to overcome setbacks. So let’s not look only at gloom and doom - let’s seek out positivity and happiness. For it is when you seek that you will find what is waiting to be discovered.
SECTION B : ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS
Q. 3. You plan to sell your two wheeler. Draft a suitable advertisement in not more than 50 words to be inserted in the classified columns of a local daily, giving all necessary details of the two wheeler. You are Sumit/Sudha, 15, Krishna Nagar, Delhi. 5
Recent rains have caused havoc in some parts of our country. You are Surya, a member of the social service organization, SEVA MANDIR, Ahmedabad. Draft a poster requesting people to help the rain and flood afflicted families physically and economically.
Q. 4. You are Rama of Gandhi Sen. Sec. School, Kolkata. You visited a Science Exhibition organised by the city schools recently. Write a brief report in 100- 125 words for your school magazine on what you saw, the exhibit you liked most and other special features of the exhibition. 10
You are Rama, studying in Sun Public School, Bangalore. Every year your school celebrates the ‘World Health Day’ that falls on 7th April. Write a report for your school newsletter in 100-125 words on how the day was celebrated this year.
Q. 5. You are Apoorva, B-120, Malviya Nagar, Chennai. Read the advertisement given below and write a letter to the advertiser, applying for the job. 10
Candidates should be Science or Pharmacy graduates and below 25 years of age. Fluency in English and any one of the regional languages is essential. Attractive stipend with handsome working allowances will be offered during training period. After successful completion of the training, the candidates will be appointed on regular basis. Please apply with complete resume and a passport size photograph at the above address.
You are Apoorva, Physical Education Teacher of Wisdom Public School, New Delhi. Write a letter to the Sales Manager of Bharat Sports Limited, New Delhi placing an order for sports articles and accessories that you wish to purchase for your school. Also ask for the discount permissible on the purchase.
Q. 6. You are Bala, a social worker and freelance writer, much concerned about the discriminatory treatment given to females right from their birth in the Indian society. Write an article in 150-200 words throwing light on this problem and giving suggestions for putting an end to it. 10
You are Bala, a social worker, much concerned about the practice of keeping building materials on roadsides and pavements. Write an article in 150-200 words on how this encroachment not only leads to health and hygiene problems but also endangers life and property. Give suitable suggestions for putting an end to this practice.
SECTION C : LITERATURE
Q. 7. (a) Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follows :
I heard a thousand blended notes
(b) Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each : 3×2 = 6
Q. 8. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each : 5×2 = 10
Q. 9. Answer the following question in 125-150 words : 10
Humour is the most dominant feature in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.
What happened in the Westbury explosion ? How did Markwardt and Mr. Parsons react to the happening ? Who do you appreciate ? Why ?
Q. 10. Answer the following question in 125-150 words : 7
What should the youth of India realize ? Write on the four dimensions that Dr. Karan Singh suggests to them.
Q. 11. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each : 4×2 = 8