English (Core) - 2007 (Set III - Delhi)
SECTION A : READING
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
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 some furniture of your house as you are going abroad. 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 furniture. You are Sushil / Sita, 18, Kamla Nagar, Kochi. 5
You are Surya / Roshni, a social worker much concerned about the increase in the
number of road accidents. Draft a poster to create an awareness on how careless and
untrained driving can cost life and property.
Q. 4. You are Ram / Rohini, a student of Sun Public School, Pune. Your school organised a visit to the local museum. Write a brief report in 100 -125 words for your school magazine on what you saw, the exhibits you liked most and other special features of the museum. 10
You are Krishna / Kritika. Attempt a factual description of a place of interest that you visited recently in about 100 - 125 words. Mention its location, history and other special features.
Q. 5. You are Apoorva / Asha, 115, Netaji Nagar, Coimbatore. Read the advertisement given below and write a letter to the advertiser, applying for the job. Also give your detailed resume, which you would send along with your letter of application for the job. 10
Wanted experienced Post Graduate Teacher in Physics to teach classes XI and XII in a reputed CBSE affiliated residential school. Fluency in English is a must. Working knowledge of computers is preferable; salary commensurate with experience and expertise. Please apply to : Box No. 9001, C/O The Hindu, Chennai - 2.
You are Apoorva / Asha, Sales Manager of Bharat Publishers Limited, Dehradun. You have received a letter from the Librarian of Wisdom Public School, Mussoorie who placed an order for books with your company two months ago on behalf of the school, expressing concern over the undue delay in the supply from your end. Write a suitable reply giving reasons for the undue delay and promising the delivery of the books at the earliest.
Q. 6. You are Bala / Sunita, a teacher and social worker. You are happy with the recent introduction of scholarships by the Government to promote education of girls. But you feel that it is not enough. Write an article in 150 — 200 words on how the education of girls can be promoted by providing them with the required physical, economic and emotional back-up. 10
You are Bala / Sunita, a social worker, much concerned about the accidents caused by careless crossing of roads by pedestrians. Thinking in terms of the increasing population and the increase in the number of vehicles, you feel that if there are more subways and the existing ones are made safe and better maintained, the problem can be solved. Write an article in 150 - 200 words on how pedestrians can use roads safely without getting involved in accidents.
SECTION C : LITERATURE
Q. 7. (a) Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :
To her fair works did Nature link
(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
How is the title, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ appropriate ?
Though victims of the same explosion, why could only Mr. Parsons come up in life and not Markwardt ?
Q. 10. Answer the following question in 125 — 150 words : 7
The play, ‘The Hour of Truth’ describes some peoples’ greed for money. Support your answer with examples from the text.
What is the task ahead for the youth of today ? How should the youth equip themselves to accomplish it ?
Q. 11. Answer the following questions in 30 — 40 words each : 4×2 = 8