Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in Set I.


1. Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions that follow. (8 marks)


I lay in sorrow, deep distressed:
My grief a proud man heard;
His looks were cold, he gave me gold
But not a kindly word.
My sorrow passed—I paid him back
The gold he gave to me;
Then stood erect and spoke my thanks
And blessed his Charity.
I lay in want, in grief and pahi:
A poor man passed my way;
He bound my head he gave me bread
He watched me night and day
How shall I pay him back again,
For all he did to me
Oh, gold is great, but greater far
Is heavenly Sympathy!

Charles Mackay

1.1 Complete the following paragraph on the basis of your reading of the poem by writing the missing words/phrases against the correct blank number in your answer sheet: (6 x 1 =6 marks)

The poet lay

  1. ________________ when a
  2. ____________________ helped him by giving him
  3. ______________. He did not speak any
  4. ______________ words. The poet’s
  5. ______________ passed and he returned the money he had been lent. Another time when he was in pain, a poor man
  6. ______________ him by giving him sympathy.

1.2 State any two ways by which the poor man expressed his sympathy. (2 X 1 =2 marks)

  1. __________________________________________
  2. _________________________________________


5. You are Irma Mathews, President of ‘Girls Association of India’. Using the fact sheet given below, write a letter in 150-200 words to the Editor of a national daily promoting the cause of girl child and discouraging its killing.  (10 marks)

We are proud of our

Sania Mirza 2005
Tennis sensation
Joshna Chinappa
Junior Squash Champion

Aruna Kesavan 2004
All India Topper
Our young Girl Achievers have contributed significantly in spreading awareness about the value of Girl Child in every Indian family.
Remember, we can correct the gender imbalance by caring for our daughters as much as we do for our sons.


7. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction as shown in the example against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. The first one has been done for you as an example. (8 x 1/2 = 4 marks)

Peter and Michael decide to                                           Example: decide ... decided
visit the science museum at                                             (a) _____________
there city. They asked Rahul                                             (b) _____________
if he will like to join them.                                                   (c) _____________
Rahul were happy at the idea.                                          (d) ____________
They bought their ticket at                                                  (e) ______________
the gate and walked in                                                       (f) _____________
the museum. It takes them                                               (g) _____________
a hour to see the entire                                                     (h) _____________


17. You are Cutie Pie. On the nineteenth day of your stay in the glass prison, you undergo a very painful experience. Write a diary page in 150-175 words describing your stay in the glass prison and your feelings regarding your miserable state. (8 marks)