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Question Bank SA I 2016 - 2017
1. “Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon
I see her back and reflect it faithfully
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands”
(a) The candle is called a liar because it _____________.
(i) hides the secret (ii) tells the truth
(iii) exposes defects (iv) hides the defects
(b) The woman is agitated because __________.
(i) she is rewarded (ii) she hates liars
(iii) her reflection upsets her (iv) the mirror flickers
(c) What quality of the mirror is revealed here?
(i) preconception (ii) prejudiced
(iii) unmisted (iv) cruel
2. You must make your public happier:
Give them something sharper snappier
We must aim for better billings
You still owe me sixty shillings”
(a) Who says these words?
(i) the frog (ii) the titled crowd
(iii) the ladies with tiaras (iv) the nightingale
(b) The speaker asks for sixty shillings ________.
(i) for training the nightingale
(ii) for singing to the creatures of the bog
(iii) for making the public happy
(iv) for killing the nightingale
(c) The rhyme scheme of these lines is
(i) abab (ii) abcd (iii) abba (iv) aabb
3. “And, my dear, lay on more trills
Audiences enjoy such frills.
You must make your public happier.
Give them something sharper, snappier.
We must aim for better billings.
You still owe me sixty shillings.
(a) The above lines have been taken from the poem __________.
(i) Mirror
(ii) The Frog and the Nightingale
(iii) Not marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments
(iv) None of the above
(b) The speaker of these lines is __________.
(i) the frog (ii) the nightingale
(iii) the poet (iv) the mirror
(c) The lines reveal that the speaker is __________.
(i) greedy (ii) cruel
(iii) clever (iv) all of the above
4. It is pink with spectacles. I have looked at it so long.
I think it is part of my heart!‘
(a) Name the poem and the poet.
(b) What is ‘it‘ referred to here?
(c) Why does the mirror feel ‘it‘ is a part of its heart?
5. “Day by day the nightingale
Grew more sorrowful and pale.
Night on night her tired song
Zipped and trilled and bounced along.
Till the birds and beasts grew tired
At a voice so uninspired.”
(i) The nightingale grew more sorrowful and pale __________.
(a) because she was not suffering from throat infection
(b) because she was suffering from throat infection
(c) because she worked very hard without taking rest
(d) None of the above
(ii) The birds and the beasts grew tired __________.
(a) because the nightingale‟s songs had lost their melody and charm
(b) because they were very busy
(c) because they liked frog‟s voice
(d) because the nightingale was sick
(iii) The word zipped means __________.
(a) closed (b) miserable
(c) high pitched (d) sang quickly
6. I think it‟s part of my heart but it flickers
Faces and darkness separate us over and over
(a) Who is the speaker ?
(i) the lady (ii) candle
(iii) mirror (iv) moon
(b) What is separated from it ?
(i) the wall (ii) the lake
(iii) the lady (iv) the lake
(c) The poetic device used here is _________
(i) simile (ii) metaphor
(iii) alliteration (iv) personification
7. “For six hours, till she was shivering
and her voice was hoarse and quivering.
Though subdued and sleep deprived,
In the night her throat revived,
And the sumac tree was bowed
With a breathless, titled crowd.”
(a) The Sumac tree was bowed because ________________________.
(i) the roots of the tree were not stronger
(ii) due to the overweight of the creatures who came to listen to
the song of the nightingale
(iii) due to the respect and admiration for the nightingale‟s song
the tree itself bowed
(iv) both (ii) and (iii)
(b) In the line “with a breathless, titled crowd”-titled crowd constitutes
(i) all the wild animals in the forest
(ii) all the water birds in the forest
(iii) specific birds like Owl, Duck, Mallard, Milady Trent,
Martin, and coot.
(iv) Sandwich, Kent, Cardinal Mephisto, Monte Cristo.
(c) “hoarse and quivering” means :
(i) rough, unclear and shaking and trembling
(ii) soft and clear and quiet and energetic
(iii) sweet and melodious and jumping and twisting
(iv) cold and pale and fearful and fierce.
8. I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day like a terrible fish.
(a) Why is the mirror important to her?
(i) She saw a fish in it.
(ii) It shows her how young she is.
(iii) It tells her how she really looks.
(iv) It was like a lake.
(b) Why is she agitated on looking into the mirror?
(i) The mirror meditates on the opposite wall.
(ii) The mirror reflects her image faithfully.
(iii) The mirror is part of her heart.
(iv) Her face replaces the darkness.
(c) Which poetic device is used in these lines?
(i) Alliteration
(ii) Metaphor
(iii) Simile
(iv) Personification
9. “Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
of princes, shall out live this powerful rhyme.
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
than unswept stone, besmear „d with sluttish time”.
1. What do you understand by the phrase “unswept stone”?
2. Nor marble nor the gilded movements of princes shall outline this
powerful rhyme. Explain the lines.
3. Write the name of the poem and the poet of the given extract.
10. ― That‘s not much to boast about,‖
Said the heartless frog, ―without
Proper training such as I
And few others – can supply
You‘ll remain a mere beginner,
But with me you‘ll be a winner.‖
(1) Name the writer of these lines.
(a) P.B. Shelly
(b) Vikram Seth
(c) Sylvia Plath
(d) Nissim Ezekiel
(2) Why is the frog referred to as ` heartless‘?
(a) Because he treats the nightingale very badly
(b) Because he uses very bitter words to criticize the nightingale‘s song
(c) Because he speaks ill of other creatures
(d) All of the above
(3) What trait of the frog is brought out in these lines ?
(a) He is a heartless creature
(b) He is taking undue advantage of the innocent nightingale.
(c) Both (a) and (b)
(d) Neither (a) nor (b)
11. “Did you….did you like my song‘ ?
―Not too bad-but far too long.
The technique was fine, of course,
But it lacked a certain force‖.
(i) You‘ in the above lines refers to ___________.
(a) the nightingale
(b) Mozart
(c) the frog
(d) the poet
(ii) The opinion expressed about the song ___________.
(a) carries a lot of weight
(b) is meant to discourage the singer
(c) is meant to wholeearthedly support the singer
(d) is quite genuine.
(iii) The first line reveals that the speaker ___________.
(a) is feeling nervous
(b) is quite sure about her singing talent
(c) has readily believed the listener
(d) its feeling confident about herself
B. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions.
1. “We shall not be long, sir, Perhaps only an hour. May be you‟d like to go to the
cafe in the village for a drink?‟
(a) The boys took the author ___________.
(i) to Juliet‟s grave in Verona
(ii) to a public square to Poleta
(iii) to a hospital in Poleta
(iv) to a red roofed villa in Verona
(b) The boys there _______________.
(i) to sell newspapers
(ii) to visit their sick mother
(iii) to visit their sister
(iv) to have a drink
(c) They suggested that the author went to the village cafe as they _________
(i) wanted him to have tea
(ii) did not want him to know their problems
(iii) wanted him to relax there
(iv) wanted no one to disturb them
2. “When the resistance movement began secretly to form they were among the first to
join. When the war was over and we had peace at last, they came back to their beloved
(a) Who are the “they” referred to here?
(b) Why did they join the resistance movement?
(c) What had happened to their sister?
3. Usually we hire bicycles but tomorrow since you are so kind you might send us in
your car.
(a) Who is the speaker ?
(i) Nicola
(ii) Jacopo
(iii) Lucia
(b) He wanted to go to _________
(i) America
(ii) Poleta
(iii) Verona
(c) He visited the place frequently __________
(i) to visit his parents
ii) to visit the nurse
(iii) to do odd jobs
(iv) to visit Lucia
(iv) Lugui
(iv) Juliet‘s tomb
4. “He was staring with wide open eyes at the doorway from which Ali had
disappeared. Where could he have gone ? At last he turned to Lakshmi Das. “Yes,
I was speaking to Ali.” He said.
(a) Who is `He‟ in the first line mentioned in the above extract ?
(i) Lakshmi Das
(ii) Postmaster
(iii) One of the clerks
Coachman Ali
(b) The speaker realises later that ____________.
(i) he was speaking to the coachman Ali who had come to
collect the letter
(ii) he was speaking to the ghost of Ali
(iii) he was sleeping and saw Ali only in his dream
(iv) he was trying to clarify things with coachman Ali (alive)
(c) Lakshmi Das came there ______________.
(i) because he had heard the postmaster‟s words as he came
towards the office from another quarter
(ii) because the Postmaster called him
(iii) to see coachman Ali
(iv) to give all the letters to the postmaster
5. The post office one of the uninteresting buildings in the world, became the place of
pilgrimage, With boundless faith and infinite patience he came everyday.
1. Who was the person who went to the post office daily ?
(a) The Postman
(b) Lakshmi Das
(c) Miriam (d) Ali
2. He came everyday because he was ________________ .
(a) courageous
(b) optimistic
(c) foolish
(d) will power
3. The post office is referred to as his place of pilgrimage since.
(a) he visited it daily
(b) came there to pray for his daughter (c) went there with faith and hope
(d) believed God would bless him if he went there.
6. “For several days Ali had not come to the post -office. There was no one
with enough sympathy or understanding to guess the reason, but all were
curious to know what had stopped the old man.”
(a) Why did Ali come to the post office ?
(b) Why had Ali stopped coming to the post office ?
(c) Why were all curious to know ?
1. (Chirpily)” Now, Amelia, you mustn‟t give way. We‟ve all got to die sometime
other. It might have been worse.”
1. Who speaks these words ?
(a) Ben
(b) Mrs. Slater
(c) Mrs. Jodan
(d) Victoria
2. The speaker is prompted to utter these words to Amelia so
(a) she should not cry.
(b) she need not show off.
(c) he knew her real nature and wanted to caution her that
when they would face such a situation, it would be still
(d) He wanted to be lively and humorous in that grim
3. The literary device used in the given lines is :
(a) Personification
(b) Irony
(c) Alliteration
(d) Metaphor
2. I‟ll tell you what I‟ve got to do. On Monday next I‟ve got to do three things.
(a) Who is the speaker ?
(b) What has he decided to do ?
(c) Why did he take such a decision ?
Short answer
Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each.
1. What provoked the author’s interest in the two boys of Verona?
2. What is the role of “the letter‟ in the story by Dhumaketu?
3. Point out the element of irony in the title of the play, „The Dear Departed‟.
4. What was the aim of the frog?
5. Bring out the traits of Mrs Slater's personality quoting evidence from the play.
6. Appearances are deceptive. Discuss with reference to the two boys.
7. Would you say that Mrs. Packletide was jealous? Give reasons with examples.
8. Ali displays qualities of love and patience.‟ Give evidence from the story to support the
9. Why does the poet describe the mirror as an eye of a little god?
10. Do you think the nightingale was truly brainless? Give reasons to support your answer.
11. How did Luigi show his disapproval on seeing the two boys and why?
12. Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger?
13.Why is the frog‟s joy both sweet and bitter?
14. “The incidental expenses are heavy,” She confides to inquiring friends. Who is the speaker?
What is she referring to, here?
15. How were the boys useful to the author in “Two Gentlemen of Verona”?
16. In what way did the villagers help Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger?
17. The postmaster says to Ali, “What a pest you are brother!” Do you agree with the statement?
Give reasons for your answer.
18. The poet says that neither forces of nature nor wars can destroy his poetry. What quality of
the poet is revealed through these lines?
19. Why is the mirror said to be 'unmisted' and 'exact'?
20. What was Ali's request to Lakshmi Das, the clerk?
21. How did the creatures of Bingle Bog react to the nightingale's song?
22. Justify the title, ‗Two Gentlemen of Verona.
23. Why does the poet want to call war ―wasteful war‖?
24. How did the villagers react to the tiger‟s death?
25. Why did Coachman Ali give up his favourite sport?
26. Why does the woman dislike the mirror?
27. Depict the instances of humour in the chapter, “Mrs. Packletides Tiger.”
28. Briefly describe the character of Victoria in, „The Dear Departed.‟
29. Why has the mirror been called a four-cornered god?
30. How did the frog once again become the unrivalled king of the bog?
31. How did the post master‟s attitude towards Ali eventually change?
32. What according to Mrs Jordan was her sister’s the great mistake?
33. Why is Mrs Packletide said to be an exception in this world?
34. What new turn did Ali take towards the evening of his life?
35. What are the odd jobs Jacopo and Nicola did for a living?
36. Why is the woman, looking into the mirror, agitated?
37. How much money did Mrs. Packletide pay to the villagers, and why?
38. What aspect of life has been discussed in the poem, ‘Mirror‘. Mention two poetic devices used
in the poem.
39. Explain in your own words how his ‗poetry ‘has been glorified by the poet, in the poem, ‘Not
Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments.’
40. What was the reason for delay in opening the door when Mr.& Mrs. Jordan came?
41. How did the frog train the nightingale?
42. Why is Victoria sent up to grandfather‟s room?
Long answer
Answer the following in about 150 words (6 marks)
1. The postmaster eventually realizes the feelings of Ali for his daughter. He feels guilty for his
heartless attitude towards Ali, but later feels satisfied and he puts his daughter‟s letter on his
grave. He expresses his feelings in a diary entry. Write the dairy entry on his behalf.
2. Victoria Slater is truly attached to her grandfather. She is confused by the behaviour of the
elders at home, their attitude towards the old man. As Victoria write a diary entry in not more than
150 words, outlining the incidents and the elders‟ feelings towards the misfortune.
3. Do you think the writer is trying to make fun of the main characters in the story ie, Mrs
Packletide, Miss Mebin and Loona Bimberton ? Narrate the instances from the story that point to
this fact.
4. You are Miriam who on returning to your hometown learn that your father is no more.
Overwhelmed by grief you wish to share your thoughts with a friend. As Miriam, write a letter to
Muneerah, in not more than 150 words, expressing your feeling of guilt and regret.
5. You are Abel Merry weather. Express your ideas /feelings after you wake up and come to
know about your daughter‟s feelings/ greed and intentions.
6. Imagine you are the narrator in „Two Gentlemen of Verona”. You were touched by the love
and devotion of the boys towards their sister. Write a letter to a friend about the two boys and the
attraction you felt for them.
7. `The Frog and the Nightingale‟ is a symbolic poem. What lesson do you learn from it?
8. How does Sylvia Plath effectively use personification in the poem, ”Mirror”?
9. Write a diary entry as Mrs. Packletide on your shooting of a tiger and its consequences.
10. “As Frog make a diary entry on how you outwitted the “brainless” foolish Nightingale.
Question Bank SA I 2016 - 2017
1. Read the passage given below and complete the sentences that follow: 1x5=5 marks
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated around India but most grandly in Maharashtra. But the ten day
extravaganza the festival has become is a relatively recent creation. In Pen, in Maharashtra, there
are nearly 250 families which work on Ganapathi statues for a living. Both clay and plaster of
Paris are used for the making of the murtis. Clay is more difficult than POP to work with and
there are few expert clay sculptors left.
Many devout customers insist on clay murtis, for after they are immersed in water, clay dissolves
readily while POP can take months with fragments floating to shore days after the immersion,
upsetting both devotees and environmentalists. Once a murti is made, it is ready for decoration. It
is first buffed with a soft cloth. Then a small red tilak is placed reverently on its forehead. Next it
is sprayed with clay resin primer. After it dries, it is again buffed with 'jheel', a subtle sheen that
highlights skin tones. Finally, the most important finishing touch, 'aakhni' the painting of the eyes,
is done. It is when the eyes are painted on that an idol comes alive.
(a) Ganesh Chaturthi has recently become _____________________________.
(b) The material used for the making of murtis is ________________________.
(c) Fewer clay murtis are made these days because ______________________.
(d) The devout customers, however, demand clay murtis because _______________.
(e) The word in the passage which means the same as 'respectfully' is _______________.
2. Have you heard people saying that the 'rupiah makes the world go round? Do you know the
story of the rupee? The word rupee comes from the Sanskrit term ‘ Rupya’ or ‘ Rupa’ which
means silver. The very early coins before the second century BC, were all made of silver but the
coins were neither of any standard weight nor had any face or value printed on them. It was Sher
Shah Suri who first gave the name “rupia” to the silver coins. The last silver coins were minted in
1940 with the face of King George VI on them. In 1942 the silver coin was replaced by a cupronickel coin for the first time. Money was invented by man to get power but now money has
become more powerful than man. All over the world, money and power go together. The more
money a person has, the more successful he is judged to be. A rich man is accepted by society
even if he is corrupt or evil. Man works hard to earn more and more money and saves a lot of it.
He thinks that money will give him more freedom to enjoy himself and to have lots of fun. He
thinks he will not be anyone's slave but be his own master. But soon he becomes the slave of
money. The more he has, the more he wants. He is never satisfied with what he has got but always
wants something more even though he knows that in the end, he cannot carry anything with him.
Money can buy everything but it cannot buy peace or happiness or a ticket to heaven.
a) The early coins were made of……………………….
(i) copper
(ii) gold
(iii) silver
(iv) lead
b) The cupro-nickel coins came into existence in the year……………………………
(i) 1924
(ii) 1942
(iii) 1429
(iv) 1294
c) Today money is…………………
(i) less powerful than man (ii) equal to man (iii) more powerful than man
(iv) none of the above d) Society willingly accepts……………………... from a rich man
(i) honesty (ii) corruption (iii) bribery (iv) none of the above
e) The word satisfied can be replaced by………………………
(i) contended (ii) bright (iii) eager (iv) thrilled
f) Choose a suitable title for the passage
a) Importance of money b) History of silver coins c) Man and money d) All the above
2. During the monsoons, mosquitoes find safe places like stagnant water and piles of garbage for
breeding. As a result, a spurt of dengue fever in your city has been noticed. More than a thousand
victims have been hospitalized in different parts of the city. You are Varun / Varsha, a responsible
citizen. Write a letter, in about 120 words, to the editor of a local daily, emphasizing the need to
create awareness of the problem of dengue, its causes, prevention and treatment.
3. Using the beginning given below, write a story, in 120 – 150 words, of what happened in your
childhood during the days spent with your grandmother.
My grandmother used to take me to my school in the morning. One day we were walking towards
4. Read the passage given below and fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words
from the given options.
1. It (a) ______________ the evening of a cold December day. The hills (b) ______________
with snow. All the family members (c) ______________ round the big kitchen fire.
(a) (i) being
(ii) is being
(iii) was
(iv) has been
(b) (i) covered
(ii) was covered
(iii) were covered
(iv) are covered
(c) (i) gather
(ii) have gathered
(iii) gathers
(iv) gathered
2. Yesterday, a speeding car hit a scooterist, who (a) ____________ unconscious. The poor fellow
(b) ______________ a lot before he was rushed (c) _____________ a hospital by a good
(a) (i) has knocked
(ii) knocks
(iii) knocked
(iv) was knocked
(b) (i) bleeding
(ii) was bleeding
(iii) bled
(iv) has bled
(c) (i) into
(ii) to
(iii) on
(iv) through
5. Look at the words and phrases given below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences as
given in the example.
Example :
wheel / man’s / is / the / invention / greatest / perhaps /
e.g: The wheel is perhaps man’s greatest invention.
(a) very difficult / was / it / to travel / earlier, / long distances /
(b) backs / their belongings / travellers / on their / carried /
(c) few places / take rest / on the way / there were / to /
without knowing / not good / his nature / a person / to befriend / is / it /
e.g: It is not good to befriend a person without knowing his nature.
(a) continue / you / your / should not / with him / friendship /
(b) flatter you / should beware of / always / friends / you / who /
(c) deceive / one day / certainly / will / they / you /
of / are / Indian temples / a storehouse / Indian art /
e.g: Indian temples are a storehouse of Indian art.
(a) in the / is / form of / the Konark Temple / a chariot /
(b) famous / is / for / the temple / its scriptures /
(c) stand / many Indian temples / a high level / testimony to / of art /
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line against which a blank
has been given. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the
correct blank number as given in the example. Remember to underline the word that you have
i) Tenali Ram was a naughty boy which lived
e.g. which
in the village of Tenali. Her mother
(a) ________
did not know what to do of him
(b) ________
since he refused to study or did any work.
(c) ________
ii) Everyone have a mental picture
of a volcano. On appearance it
looks like a cone-shape mountain.
But a top of the cone is rather flat
than hollow.
e.g. have
(a) ________
(b) ________
(c) ________
iii) A young unemploy Chinese couple
allegedly sold there newborn baby.
They used part of a money
for buy an i-Phone and other
expensive items.
e.g. unemploy unemployed
(a) ________
(b) ________
(c) ________
7. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow it.
A) “But to go to school in a summer morn O! it drives all joy away;
Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the day,
In sighing and dismay”.
1) What drives all the joy away of the poet?
i) Going to school on a summer morn
ii) Rising on a summer morn
iii) Playing with birds
iv) Singing with birds
2) How do the little ones spend the day?
i) Reading books
ii) In sighing and dismay
iii) Enjoying the company of his friends
iv) All the above
B) “There was something in there. I reached in and took out a small black tin box”
Where was the black tin box found?
Why did the narrator open the box?
To whom was the letter addressed?
8. Answer in short
1) What did Jim Macpherson write in the letter to his wife?
2) Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand?
3) Why were the animals not affected by Tsunami?
4) Name any two popular leaders who led the revolt against the British in 1857.
5) What did Parimal Ghose say about Bepin Babu’s visit to Ranchi?
6) Write a brief about Bepin Babu’s profession.
7) Who was Chunilal? What did he want from Bepin Babu?
8) What reasons did the author say to choose Mt.Everest for the climb?
9) How did the ants prepare themselves for the winter?
10) Mention two things that are not clear from the height and clear from the height?
11) Why is the Scotland yard baffled by Macavity?
12) Describe Macavity.
13) What did the king offer the child? Write with reference to ‘The Last Bargain’
14) How according to the poet is a child’s aspirations nipped in the bud?
15) What made the dog, the horse and the ox very angry?
16) Why did Velu run away from home?
17) What did the giant do to call himself a selfish person?
18) What did Hafeez’s principal advise him about?
19) Why did the bird refuse to be taken out in her cage?
20) Why did Velu decide to follow the strange girl?

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