Kerala Plus One English Model Question Papers Paper 2
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Read the following lines and answer the questions given below:
Look to this day
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course lie all the
varieties and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty;
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope,
Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.
Complete the sentences, choosing the right option.
The‘theme’of the poem is about
a. the importance of life
b. the importance of concentrating on the reality of the present
c. in the importance of thinking about the past and the future
d. the importance of having a dream and a vision
The expression ‘brief course’ means
a. the course of study
b. a short report
c. lasting for only a short timed
. in a few words
What is the implied meaning of the lines given below? ,
‘Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the solution of the dawn.’
Write your answer in a paragraph.
Choose appropriate words from the box to complete the passage.
In developing countries, only 30% of the buildings are constructed (a) ………….. with the regulations laid down for ensuring safety and security, (b) ………….. the lack of a master plan and the inferior quality of materials used for construction also aggravate the casualties arising out of disasters, (c) ………….. both private and public buildings should be constructed according to the guidelines prescribed by law (d) ………….. constructions should strictly adhere to the master plan approved by the authorities.
Questions 5 and 6: Read the following excerpt from the story, ‘His First Flight’ and answer the questions.
He waited a moment in surprise, wondering why she did not come nearer and then maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish with a loud scream; he fell outwards and downwards into space. His mother had swooped upwards. As he passed beneath ‘ her, he heard the swish of her wings.
Who is ‘she’ referred to here?
What prompted the young seagull to fly finally?
Read the following excerpt from ‘Is society Dead?’,
there are four errors in the passage. Identify the errors and correct them. What we do get from this? The chance to slip away for a while from everydayness, to give your lives its own soundtracks, to still the monotony of the commute, to listen more closely and carefully on music that can lift you up and can keep you go.
Rewrite the following conversation between Gupta and the waitress (The Price of flowers) in reported speech.
Gupta: Do you know the girl who was sitting over there?
Waitress: No, sir, I do not know her, to speak of. I’ve noticed she has lunch here on Saturdays.
Gupta: Doesn’t she come on any other day?
Waitress: I never see her on other days?
Questions (9 -14): Answer any five of the following questions in not more than 80 words. Each question carries 4 scores.
Stephen Hawking has overcome his crippling disease to become the ‘supernova’ of world physics. On the occasion of the release of a book on Stephen Hawking, you are asked to deliver a speech describing him to the audience. Prepare the script of the speech.
India has faced a number of natural disasters like floods, landslides etc. We may not be able to avert many of these disasters, but We can definitely mitigate their impact. Prepare an essay on the various stages involved in the effective management of disasters.
If you could bring yourself to tell mother only once, after looking into the crystal, that Frank is all right, that he is alive will be too much of a lie? Will it be very, very wrong? As she spoke, tears streamed from her eyes. (From Price of Flowers) What trait of Maggie’s character is evident here? Sketch the character of Maggie in a short paragraph.
Your class is conducting a group discussion on ‘ The Relevance of Gandhian ideas in the 21st century. ‘Imagine that you are also participating in it. What would you speak? Prepare a script for your presentation. (Word Limit: 50 to 60 words)
Analyze the news headlines given below.
In the light of the news headlines, prepare an article about the relevance of Gandhian ideas on nonviolence, cleanliness and equal rights.
‘What kind of a country is India, Sir?’ asked Mrs. Clifford, as she resumed her cooking. What impression of India is created by Mr. Gupta in the mind of Mrs. Clifford
Questions(15 -19): Answer any four of the following questions in not less than 100 words. Each question carries 5 scores.
Imagine that you are a tourist guide working with the tourism department of Fiji. Make an introductory speech to a group of tourists from Europe to welcome them to Namuana
Here is an advertisement for the ‘Walkers Club’
In the advertisement, you see that the box for Don’ts has been left blank. Write four points to be included in that box.
(Need not to copy the whole advertisement. Write only the points)
Nowadays? our rivers are rapidly getting polluted. Many reasons are cited but seldom are measures adopted to prevent the pollution of rivers. Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper highlighting the gravity of the issue.
A group of foreigners from France visit your locality. They intend to visit a few tourist destinations in our state. Prepare a short write-up about one or two famous tourist centers in your district.
[Hints : Name -location – major attractions – how to reach there]
Captain }ovis was interviewed by a news reporter before the take-off of Le-Horla. There are the few questions that the reporter puts forth. Read the questions and prepare the likely responses.
Reporter Captain Jovis Reporter Captain Jovis Reporter Captain Jovis Reporter
Reporter: Sir, this is your first experience in a hot air balloon. How do you feel?
Captain Jovis: Yes, I am really excited as well as nervous.
Reporter: Will you please introduce your supporting crew?
Captain Jovis: 1) ……………………………………………….
Reporter: What all are the arrangements made for the flight?
Captain Jovis: 2) ……………………………………………….
Reporter: Is guiding a balloon an easy task?
Captain Jovis: 3) ……………………………………………….
Questions (20 -23): Answer any three of the following each in not more than 250 words. Each question carries 8 scores.
Study the graph given below about the money spent on fast food by people of different age groups over the last 20 years.
Interpret the data and prepare an analytical report in the form of a short essay.
The following information is about the famous deaf German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. Prepare a profile of him.
Birth: 16th December 1770 in Germany
Parents: John Van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich
Childhood: Fond of music – father teaches him music day and night – first public performance at the age of seven (March 26, 1778)- publishes first work in 1782 (age 12)
Turning point: Deafness begins in 1796 decides to commit suicide realizes his abilities – decides to explore, discover and to pass on.
Achievements: Becomes an outstanding instrumentalist, playing both piano and violin- publishes first three sonatas (October 14, 1783) becomes an excellent keyboard composer (1795) – sets new standards for conveying emotions and passion through music – creates melody and harmonies-composes ten symphonies (1800 -1824).
Death: 26 March 1827- funeral rites at the church of Holy Trinity -about 30000 people attends the funeral
Go through the points listed below.
- Lantern festival signals the end of the new year festival period.
- People get together watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern idles and performing a folk dance.
- Long ago, a sacred bird from heaven accidentally got lost and fell into the mortal world.
- An ignorant hunter thought the bird was a kind of fierce animal and killed it.
- The emperor planned a firestorm in retaliation.
- The villagers sought a way out.
- A wise man told them -hang red lanterns outside your homes – make bonfires and light firecrackers for 3 days.
- People, even today, light up lanterns and fireworks.
Prepare a write-up on this ritual/ practice, highlighting the plot, characters, local culture, social/ historical aspects, the relevance of the ritual in the current scenario and its impact on society.
Read the poem given, below and write a note of appreciation.
Good Deeds by Sasikanth Nishanth Sarma
The World is a double-edged knife
And we have only one life
Enjoy it, live it well.
In good company do well.
Always do good deeds
Sow in yourself character’s seeds
Cultivate mind with manure of thought
For ages, the experiences brought.
Feed your life with good deeds
So that there is no place for weeds.
To harm, that oft leads
The decay of character’s seeds
The one who wants to succeed
He must always heed
And must seek
The good qualities
And not the quantities
A wise man can only plead
But you have to pay heed
What are you needs?
Then decide what to do
And what not to do
The theme of the poem is about the importance of concentrating on the reality of the present.
The expression ‘brief course’ means ‘last-ing only for a short time’.
Focus on today’s happiness. The dawn addresses you for the sake of having the short span of today’. It is today or the present that you should count; not the past or the future. This day is reality for you. On this day is your bliss.
a. in accordance with
The young seagull’s mother.
Hunger prompted the young seagull to fly.
What do we get from this? The chance to slip away from the every day ness, to give your lives its own soundtracks, to still the monotony of the commute, to listen more closely and carefully to music that can lift you up and can keep you going.
Gupta asked the waitress whether she knew the girl who had been sitting over there.
The waitress replied that to speak of, she did not know her and that she had noticed she had lunch there on Saturdays.
Gupta again asked whether she didn’t come on any other day.
The waitress then answered that she never saw her on other days.
Honorable dignitaries on and off the dais, and my dear friends, Almost everyone wishes to be successful and all of us feel proud of the successful people. But no one ever tries to see how the so-called successful people have become successful. Success is not a matter of luck, nor is it easily attained. It needs a lot of effort and determination. It needs the power to dare challenges.
The life of Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned astrophysicist teachers us this. Let me take this opportunity to introduce him to you. Stephen Hawking has earned an international reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. He is an insightful, absorbing, and inspiring person of extraordinary courage who dared his challenges and the threat- ‘ ending disease with his strong willpower.
His life and works bear witness to his brilliant mind.
He was not a born prodigy. Many times he met with borderline results. At age of 21, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It was devastating news for Hawking and his family. A few events, however, prevented him from becoming completely pessimistic.
In a sense, Hawking’s disease helped him become the noted scientist he is today. With the sudden realization that he might not even live long enough to earn his Ph.D., Hawking poured himself into his work and research and despite his devastating illness, he has done groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, ’and his several books have helped to make science accessible to everyone.
Today, we are releasing his book A Brief History of Time.’ The book articulates the physicist’s personal search for science’s Holy Grail: a single unifying theory that can combine cosmology with quantum mechanics to explain how the universe began. Dear sir, my hearty congratulations and I wish that you may continue giving such valuable contributions in the future too.
I really wonder, how he could do all these and become the supernova of physics even against your handicaps. Of course, his life will be a source of inspiration to us all. I wish everyone has the courage to face life boldly like this, and then the world will be a different one.
Effective management of Disasters
Disasters, both natural and manmade, have become a challenge for all humanity and people become vulnerable as the intensity and frequency increase. It affects both developing and developed countries equally.
There are both direct and indirect impacts for disasters like destruction and death, failure of lifeline support systems, severe stress experienced by health care and hospitals, disturbance in commercial and economic activities etc. which make the situation drastic. The poor sections are the most affected usually.
There are many causes for disasters. Defects in the construction of a building are the major reasons for high risk due to disasters. The scenario in the developing countries is worse as only 30% of buildings are constructed in accordance with rules. Lack of master- plan and inferior quality of building materials also aggravate the situation.
We cannot avert or avoid disasters. But we can adopt measures to mitigate the gravity. Destruction can be minimized if private and public buildings adhere to master -plan and constructed in accordance with rules and good quality materials are used. Existing buildings also should be technically assessed and people concerned are to be informed. Purpose of management in India is not prevention, but reduction of impact.
State government plays a major role and should ensure effective functioning of the state-level committee. The central government has got only a facilitating role i.e to coordinate crisis management committee and provide support like defense services, air dropping, rescuing, searching, transport of relief goods, conveyance etc. Rehabilitation of victims is an integral part of disaster management.
Disasters are non-routine events and therefore need non-routine responses for effective management. Proper coordination among different departments is needed to bring speedy relief. Rescue teams should have additional skills and should be equipped with latest technology.
The full name of Maggie was Alice Marga-ret Clifford. She was thirteen or fourteen years old. Her clothes betrayed her poverty. Her hair hung in a heavy stream down her back. Her eyes were very large. They had a sad expression. Maggie worked as a typist in the civil service stores. She lived with her old widowed mother. Her only brother Frank was in the Indian army. She loved her brother very much. Maggie is ambitious and she is not happy with her job as a typist. She wants to do a job where her brain can be used. When she gets a better job she will rent a better house and take her mother there. This shows how much she cares for her mother. When her mother is in a critical condition she even asks Mr. Gupta to lie about her brother so that the mother feels better by hearing that her son is alive and doing well in India.
I would say that some of the Gandhian ideas are quite relevant even in the twentieth century. The biggest idea of Gandhi was non-violence. Every day we hear of wars and killings. People are killing one another in the name of religion. Even India is not free from religious intolerance. Gandhi taught us that though the names of God is different- some people call him Ishwar and some call him Allah. Both are the names of the same Almighty. So there is no need to fight, as we all – Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians are the children of the same father. Gandhi taught people to practice truth. He also taught us the dignity of labor. His ideas of truth, non- violence, hard work, respect of human rights etc are still very much relevant in the 21st century.
Gandhi provided the world with his timeless philosophy. It was not meant for the Independence of India only. Nonviolence is itself normative. It applies to any situation. Though Gandhi is dead, his philosophy remains alive. He is a living power, more powerful in death than life. Through Gandhi, we can now understand that the philosophy of non-violence can be applied in economics, politics, religion, society etc. Gandhi’s Satyagraha has been applied to bring about useful changes. Many Institutes have been founded to propagate Gandhi’s philosophy of Non-violence. On 2nd October 2014, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched a nationwide cleanliness campaign on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary. The concept of Swachh Bharat is to provide sanitation facilities to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness and safe and adequate drinking water supply. Mahatma said that women must realize their full status and play their part as equal as men.
Mr. Gupta described to Mrs. Clifford that India was a beautiful country. It is not cold like England, but somewhat hot. Of course, there are tigers and snakes in India, but they live in the jungles. If they came to places where people live, they would be killed. There are fevers in some places in India. But they differ with places and seasons. This impression of India given by Mr. Gupta removed from her the fear she had about her sons living conditions in India.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome to this beautiful island. I am guided Fernandez. I wish you all a nice time here. Fiji is a multi-cultured island nation, having the cultural tradition of the people of Oceanic, European, South -Asian, and East Asian origins. lt consists of nearly 320 islands in the South West Pacific Ocean. It is 3152 km away from Sydney, Australia. Nearly a hundred of these islands are inhabited. You can enjoy the little ports and beautiful seacoasts. You can enjoy boat journeys and also tasty dishes of various kinds of fish. So ladies and gentlemen, let us enjoy ourselves.
Don’t eat while walking.
Don’t think about serious matters while walking.
Don’t talk while you walk. ’
Avoid the use of mobile phone when you are walking fast.
5/15 High Street, Alappuzha.
30th May 2018
The City Chronicle,
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the •public and the authorities to a very important concern of Kerala. The water in most of our rivers is highly polluted. The pollution of river water is caused by the dumping of untreated sewage and industrial wastes. In addition to sewage and industrial wastes, the pollution is also caused by other human activities like bathing, washing of clothes, animals etc. The industries also discharge chemical effluents into the river water. The toxicity of these chemical effluents kills the fish in many parts of the river. Pollutions also lead to scarcity of pure drinking water.
I shall be happy if you could project this problem through the valuable pages of your newspaper. Hope, the Government would take note of the matter and take some drastic steps to adopt measures to prevent water pollution.
Thusharagiri is a beautiful spot which tourists must visit. Its location is in the Western Ghats, below the Wayanadan hills. It is 55 kilometers away from Kozhikode city. There are roads leading to Thusharagiri from Kozhikode, Kap- pad beach and Wayand. The attractions of Thusharagiri are the three waterfalls, the Thanni Muthassi and the panoramic beauty of the Wayanad forests. Tourists can bath in the cool and pure water. For those who want to enjoy trekking, there is the facility, accompanied by guides. Good food also is available here.
- Well, this is Lieutenant Mallet, this is M.Etierine Beer, and this is M.Paul Bessant and this is Guy de Maupassant.
- The basket for the traveler to sit in was attached to the balloon and barometers were brought. The two trumpets, the eatables, the overcoats and raincoats and all the small articles that could go with the men in the flying basket were arranged.
- Guiding the balloon is not an easy task. Winds and storms may change its course
The given graph provides us with a clear picture of the money spent on fast food by people of different age groups over the last 20 years. It is startling to know that our young people are spending a lot of money for buying these junk food nowadays.
In 1995, 3000 rupees per year had been spent by the youths whereas in 2010 they had spent around 7000 rupees per year for fast food. The people in the age group 25- 35 had spent only around 4000 rupees per year in 2000 for junk food. Their consumption through the years is not that much alarming. In 2010 they had spent around 5000 rupees per year. In the case of the age group between 35-45 in 1995 fast food consumption was the lowest, ie. only 1500 rupees per year.
From these data, we can conclude that our youngsters are addicted to fast food. On the contrary, our middle-aged people seem to be not excited in the thought of consuming fast food recently.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The world-renowned German music composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was born on 16th December 1770 in Germany. His parents were John Van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Kever- ich. In childhood, Beethoven was fond of music. His father was his first music teacher. He taught his son music day and night. Little Beethoven’s first public performance was at the age of seven. Later he published his first composition in 1782 at the age 12. Unfortunately, deafness at-tacked this young genius in 1796. He decided to commit suicide. But soon he recognized his talents and determined to explore much more in the field of music.
Beethoven, well-known as a pianist and violinist, published his first three Sonatas in 1783. He conveyed new standards and emotions through music by creating melodies and harmonies. Altogether he composed ten symphonies during the period between 1800 and 1824. The great musician passed away on March 26, 1827. About 3000 people attended his funeral.
Lantern festival signals the end of the new year festival period. People get together watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles and performing folk dance during this festival.
A common legend dealing with the origin of the lantern festival speaks of a secured bird that flew down to the earth from heaven. After it landed on earth it was hunted and killed by a hunter and some villagers. This angered the emperor in heaven. So he planned a firestorm to destroy the village. However, a Wiseman suggested that every family should hang red lanterns outside their homes, set up bonfires on the screen and light firecrackers for 3 days. Even today this festival is celebrated.
Good Deeds – Sasikanth Nishanth Sarma. As the title of the poem suggests, the poem is about the good deeds that we do and the good results they produce.
The world is a mixture of happiness and sorrow. The poet reminds the readers that there is only one life and it should be enjoyed. At the same time, we should take care to keep company with good people. We should saw the seeds of virtues and cultivate the mind with healthy thoughts obtained from the experiences for ages. Keep on doing good deeds so that you do not have time to do bad things. If you do any harm to anyone, it will be a blemish on your character. One, who wants to succeed in life, must always pay attention to acquire good qualities. It is not the quantity but the quality that matters. A wise man can only give advice. But it is you who should know what your needs are. Then you decide what to do and what not to do.
It is a moral poem written in twenty-two lines. The poem is written in rhyming couplets. Every two lines rhyme. Knife/ life, well/dwell are examples. The poem is written in simple language.