This section has sub-sections V, VI, VII, VII & IX. There are a total of 30 questions in the section. Attempt any 26 questions from section V- IX.
V. Read the extract given below to attempt the questions that follow: Mukesh insists on being his own master. "I will be a motor mechanic', he announces.
'Do you know anything about cars?' I ask.
"I will learn to drive a car." he answers, looking straight into my eyes. His dream looms like a mirage amidst the dust of streets that fill his town Firozabad, famous for its bangles. Every other family in Firozabad is engaged in making bangles. It is the centre of India's glass blowing industry where families have spent generations working around furnaces, welding glass, making bangles for all the women in the land it seem Mukesh's family is among them. None of them know that it is illegal for children like him to work in the glass furnaces with high temperatures, ...
What does the author try to convey by the expression 'being his own master?
- Mukesh is disobedient to the elders.
- Mukesh is adamant in his behavior.
- Mukesh takes his own decisions.
- Mukesh does not listen to others.
Through the expression "... looking straight into my eyes" the narrator is trying to convey.
- Mukesh displayed no fear in his eyes
- Mukesh was not feeling shy while speaking to the narrator.
- Mukesh was conversing in a very friendly manner with the narrator.
- Mukesh displayed his courage and determination in expressing his opinion.
'His dream looms like a mirage'. This indicates
- Mukesh has no clear vision of his dream.
- His dream is distorted and misleading.
- His dream is illusive and elusive.
- Mukesh's dream is different from others.
"None of them know that it is illegal for children to work in glass furnaces." Select the inference in reference to the above statement.
- The children are innocent and do not realise the hardships of life.
- Their illiteracy and ignorance are exploited by the unscrupulous businessmen.
- They have no one to support them legally tó get out of the situation.
- The children are ready to work in glass furnaces due to their poverty.
Select the option that lists the facts about Firozabad.
- Almost all the families are engaged in bangle making.
- The children work as motor- mechanics.
- The children work in a hazardous situation.
- Firozabad is the centre for car making.
- i & ii
- ii & iii
- i & ii
- iii & iv
VI. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I went to the pool when no one else was there. The place was quiet. The water was still, and the tiled bottom was as white and clean as a bathtub. I was timid about going in alone, so I sat on the side of the pool to wait for others.
I had not been there long when in came a big bruiser of a boy, probably eighteen years old. He had thick hair on his chest. He was a beautiful physical specimen, with legs and arms that showed rippling muscles. He yelled.
"Hi Skinny! How'd you like to be ducked?
What impression do you form about the narrator ?
- He is a beginner in swimming lessons.
- He has made friends during his swimming lessons.
- The big boy was well built and handsome.
- The narrator lacks courage and confidence to enter the pool alone.
The description of the big boy by the narrator is one of
Select the option that lists the probable reason for the big boy's behavior towards the narrator.
- his intention to frighten the narrator.
- his desire to give him a surprise.
- The place was quiet and odd.
- The narrator was skinny and alone.
The figure of speech in the expression 'as white and clean as a bath tub' is______
The writing style of the narrator indicates that the passage can be classified under a/an________.
- Short story
VII. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow
What I want should not be
with total inactivity
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving-
and for once could do nothing
Perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
The poet's intention in the first line is to
- give warning to the readers
- give right direction to the readers
- give choice to the readers
- give a clarification to the readers
Select the option that best explains the stand of the poet in the expression: "I want no truck with death".
- He advises people to escape death.
- He asserts that death is inevitable.
- He assures that he does not advocate death.
- He expresses his desire not to die.
Select the option that aptly describes the tone of the poet in the expression:
"If we were not so single minded'.
According to the poet who is to blame for the condition of threatening ourselves with death?
- Stressful life
- Keeping quiet
- Lack of understanding
- State of confusion
The tone of the poet in the expression:
"perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness" is
- unsure yet optimistic
- sure and confident
- poetic & melodramatic
- hopeful but not confident
VIII. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
"You are well", Sadao agreed. He lowered his voice. "You are so well that I think if I put my boat on the shore tonight, with food and extra clothing in it, you might be able to row to that little island not far from the coast. It is so near the coast that it has not been worth fortifying. Nobody lives on it because in storm it is submerged. But this is not the season of storm. You could live there until you saw a Korean fishing boat pass by. They pass quite near the island because the water is many fathoms deep there' The young man stared at him, slowly comprehending. Do I have to ? he asked.'
"I think so", "Sadao said gently. "you understand - it is not hidden that you are here."
The arrangements of food and clothing by Dr. Sadao portrays him as
- a kind and compassionate person
- an experienced sailor
- a good event organizer
- a good advisor
'not been worth fortifying' indicates that it_______.
- has been left uncared for and neglected.
- can be easily spotted by the Korean boats.
- will be easy for the white man to enter the island.
- is dangerous to stay there alone.
The speaker's tone in the expression: "Do I have to ?" is
- fear and doubt
"But this is not the season of storm." Dr. Sadao tries to
- explain the situation
- assure him of safety
- educate him on climate
- display his knowledge
""... it is not hidden you are here."
Dr. Sadao's intention is:
- to explain why he cannot stay there anymore.
- to remind him that he has tried to hide his presence.
- to explain that it is necessary and good for both of them.
- to assert that his house is not a hiding place.
IX. Attempt the following.
"I had counted on the commotion to get to my desk without being seen." In the light of Franz's statement select the option that rightly brings out his intention.
- He tried to avoid his friends.
- He tried to cheat his teacher M. Hamel.
- He did not want to face the villagers in the class.
- He wanted to escape M. Hame's scolding.
The poet Kamala Das brought in the image of 'spilling children' with the intention
- of praising children.
- of reminiscing her childhood.
- of bringing in a contrast to the mood of the poet.
- of making her mother happy and cheerful.
The stunted, unlucky heir of twisted bones'.
Select the option that best explains the expression: 'unlucky heir'.
- legacy to inherit the father’s possessions.
- unlucky to live in a slum.
- unfortunate to inherit his father’s disease.
- unfortunate to study in dim classroom
Select the option that aptly describes Hana as a wife :
- Hana is very possessive about her husband.
- Hana is a very caring and responsible wife.
- Hana is a very dominant wife.
- Hana is a very fussy and nagging wife.
She did not wish to be left alone with the white man. This thought of Hana reveals the fact that
- Hana hates white man
- White men are dangerous.
- War makes people enemies.
- Hana is timid and cautious
And then sheer, stark terror seized me".
Which of the following options has used the same figure of speech as in the underlined phrase above?
- Sea waves roared frighteningly on a stormy night.
- Fear is a poison.
- He roared like a lion in anger.
- I am frightfully sorry for my mistakes.
"The young men echo the lament of their elders.' Select the option which indicates Anees Jung's view on young men.
- They don't take any initiative.
- They are as poor as their elders.
- They are as helpless as their elders.
- They don't support their elders.
would put on clean clothes.' What does Pablo Neruda mean by 'clean clothes'?
- white dress to reflect peace.
- mind without courage and confidence
- mind without confusion and fear
- mind without hatred and prejudice
But the jump made no difference. Select the option that reflects the tone of Douglas.
"Suppose you were condemned to death and the next day I had to have my operation ?" The tone of the General indicates he is
- worried about Dr. Sadao as he is a good scientist.
- working against the law and order of the country
- uncertain about his health condition
- selfish and dependent on Dr. Sadao for his treatment.