Kerala Plus One English Previous Year Question Paper 2015
General Instructions to Candidates
- There is a ‘Cool off time’ of 15 minutes in addition to the writing time of 2 V2 hrs.
- You are neither allowed to write your answers nor to discuss anything with others during the ‘cool off time’.
- Read the questions carefully before answering.
- All questions are compulsory and only internal choice is allowed.
- When you select a question, all the sub-questions must be answered from the same question itself.
- Electronic devices except nonprogrammable calculators are not allowed in the Examination Hall.
(Question.1 to 3): Read the following excerpt from the story, ‘His First Flight’ and answer the questions that follow.
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? (1)
What prompted the young seagull to fly finally? (2)
Write a paragraph about the role of parents in helping children to attain their goal. (3)
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] (4)
Fill in the blanks in the following passage choosing the right words given in the box.
Similarly, in accordance, Moreover, Therefore
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. (4)
Your school is conducting a debate on the topic, “Do the social networking sites intrude into ones privacy?” Prepare four arguments in favour of this topic. (4)
(Question 7 to 11): Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga, developed in India thousands of years ago. Yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise all over the world. While there are hundreds of different types of schools of yoga which typically comprise of breathing exercises, meditation and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups, the main purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.
Some of the physical benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, muscle strength, improved respiration, energy and vitality, weight reduction, cardio-circulatory health and maintenance of a balanced metabolism. Yoga has a remarkable effect on over mental well-being too. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and makes deep-rooted concentration. It is a great way to get in tune with one’s body and inner self.
Choose the right option from the following:
The term,‘ harmony’means in the passage. (1)
b) musical note
The word,‘vitality’means (1)
What is the main purpose of yoga? (2)
Mention two important benefits of yoga. (2)
Read the previous essay on ‘Benefits of Yoga and write a precise reducing the
passage to its 1/3rd length. (4)
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
(Question. 13 to 14): The following lines are taken from the poem, ‘Death, The Leveller’. Read the lines and answer the questions that follow.
Your heads must come
To the cold tomb;
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
What does the expression, cold tomb’ mean here?
Elaborate on the idea of the above lines.
Captain Jovis 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 Captain Jovis
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 : ¡s guiding a balloon an easy task?
Captain Jovis : 3)…………….
Complete the following report using the correct form of the verbs given in the brackets.
ABCD Higher Secondary School ……….(a) ………(celebrate) Gandhi Jayanthi on 2nd October, 2014. The school principal
……….(b) …………. (welcome) the gathering. The meeting …..(c)……….(preside) over by the RT.A. president and the local freedom
fighter, Appu Asan …(d)………..(inaugurate) the function. (4)
(c) was presided
Silence – a vision of the Serang’s nobility rising before me.
“Yes in a way it was a cage But isn’t it queer, Miss Jope Smith,
the animals were all outside”.
What trait of Serang’s character is evident here?
Sketch the character of Hassan in a short paragraph. (4)
I approached the mothers bedside. The ring was in my hand. Wishing her a good morning I said, ‘Mrs. Clifford, your son is alive. He is Well’. (4)
Do you think, it was proper on the part of Mr. Gupta to tell a lie about Frank to Mrs. Clifford? Justify your answer in a paragraph. (5)
‘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?
The following information is about the famous person, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Prepare a profile of him.
Birth : 15lh October, 1931, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
Education : Specialized in Aeroengineering from Madras Institute of
Career : Joined DRDO in 1958 and ISRO in 1963.
Was Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt, of India.
Scientific Advisor to Defence Ministry. 11th President of india (2002-2007).
Awards : Padmabhushan in 1981, Padmavibhushan in 1990, Bharat Ratna in 1997 (5)
William Wordsworth in his poem, “To Sleep” invites sleep to come and bless
him. He finds it is too difficult to sleep peacefully. So he calls a psychiatrist over the phone. Prepare a telephonic conversation between Wordsworth and the doctor. (4)
Imagine that you got an opportunity to visit Wayanad. Write a travel essay describing your experience. The essay should include a description of the physical features of the area, the practical issues related to the travel and your experiences and personal impressions. (6)
In the extract, ‘The Sacred Turtles of Kadavu’, you read about a Fijian ritual.
Write a short article on a ritual popular in your locality.
Narrate the beauty of Nicholai s estate from the point of view of lvanich. You may begin thus : The fresh air from the gooseberry orchards can be felt here in this time of early morning (6)
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 dwell.
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 characters 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 pleads
But you have to pay heed What are you needs?
Then decide what to do
And what not to do
The young seagulls mother
Hunger prompted the young seagull to fly.
It is the responsibility of parents to help their children attain their goal. As children you may not always take things seriously. Some times the parents will scold their children; sometime they may deny their demands, etc. though it may be thought as cruelty from their part, they do such things out of love for their children. They are always concerned about their childrens future.
Thusharagiri is a beautiful spot which tourists must visit. Its location is in the western Ghats, below the Wayanadan hills. It is 55 kilometres away from Kozhikode city .There are roads leading to Thusharagiri from Kozhikode, Kappad beach and Wayand. The attractions of Thusharagiri are the three waterfalls, the Thanni Muthassi and the panoramic beauty of the Waynadan 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 there.
(a) in accordance with
Social networking sites intrude into one’s privacy in several ways :
- Social networking sites give vulgar and explicit sex material.Young people are naturally curious about such things.
- Students often copy materials as they are from social networking sites for their assignments and projects.
- Continuous use of such sites will make people addict to them, and this will prevent them from doing their duties.
- Accepting requests from unknown people on the site can have serious consequences.
The main purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.
Yoga makes people physically strong.
Yoga gives deep-rooted concentration of the mind.
Yoga has become a popular form of exercise. The main purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Yoga has many physical benefits. It increases vitality and reduces illnesses. Yoga refreshes the mind and gives it deep-rooted concentration.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome to this beautiful island. I am guide Fernandex. 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. It consists of nearly 320 islands in the South West Pacific Ocean. It is 3152 kms away from Sydney, Australia. Nearly a hundred of these islands are inhabited. You can enjoy the little ports and beautiful sea-coasts. You can enjoy boat journeys and also tasty dishes of various kinds of fish. So ladies and gentlemen, let us enjoy ourselves.
This is a poem on death. Every one will have to face death at the end. All the earthly joys and achievements will end with death. What will remain are the good actions of the virtuous people. Their fragrance will spread across and will bear fruit for ever.
- 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 traveller 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.
(c) was presided
Serang’s courage is evident here. Hassan was the serang on Ranaganji. He was not good looking and he did not have a laughed at him. But he was courageous and serviceable. When two sailors contracted smallpox, he volunteered to make a special enclosure in the ship and looked after them.
More people became victims of this deadly disease. He looked after all of them and helped Dr. Cronin in their treatment. When two of them died, he gave them fitting burial in the sea. He being a Muslim Chanted words from the Ramayana as part of the Hindu ritual. Hassan possessed great qualities like courage service-mindedness and religious tolerance. He promised himself to be a self -sacrificing and unselfish young man. Such people are very rare in this world.
Mrs. Clifford was seriously ill. Her illness aggravated due to her worries about her son. When Maggie requested Mr. Gupta to look into the crystal ring and tell her mother that her son Frank was alive and well even if he saw nothing in the crystal wing, he obliged her. Gupta had no faith in it. He knew it was a superstition. Even then he did it in order to console a sick mother. The words of Mr. Gupta made her recover from her illness. Though it was a lie, it was an innocent he, and it cured the woman’s illness. So it was proper on the part of Mr. Gupta. The recovery of Mrs. Clifford justified Mr. Gupta’s action and words.
Mr. Gupta described to Mrs. Clifford that India was a beautiful country. It is not cold like England, but some what 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 son’s living conditions in India.
Dr. API Abdul Kalam
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October,1931, at Rameswaran in Tamil Nadu. After his school education he joined Madras Institute of Technology and specialized in Aero engineering. He started his professional career in DRDO in 1958 and in ISRO in 1963. Later he became Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. Then he was appointed as scientific advisor to the Defence Ministry. He was elected the eleventh President of India and remained in that post from 2002 to 2007. He was awarded the Padmabhushan in 1981 the Padmavibhushan in 1990 and the Bharat Ratna in 1997.
Wordsworth : good morning Dr. Smith. I am William Wordsworth. I want your help, doctor.
Dr. Smith : good morning, Mr.Wordsworth what help can I do for you?
Wordsworth : It is something related to your profession.
Dr. Smith : come on, tell me your problem.
Wordsworth : for the last three nights I did not get any sleep at all. When I lie in bed various thoughts come to my mind. I see flocks
of sheep leisurely passing one after the other, I hear humming of bees and the sounds of the rain. I also hear the fall of rivers, winds and seas.
Dr. Smith: There is nothing to be afraid Mr. Wordsworth you see such things in imagination because you are too much preoccupied with nature and its objects and phenomena.
Wordsworth : It may be so. But what am to do without sleep? I cannot enjoy the beauty of the morning unless I sleep. I expected to get some sleep Last night, which was my third sleepless night.
Dr. Smith : You send someone to me. I shall give some tablets. You take one tablet each before you go to sleep for three days. Then,
give mean call. If you get sleep, you can discontinue the medicine.
Wordsworth : 1 shall send someone now itself you. doctor.
Dr. Smith : It’s my duty.
My Visit to Wavanad
Wayanad is a green, beautiful piece of land that lies on the north-east borders of Kerala. It is about sixty kiolmeters from Kozhikode. The Kerala- Karnataka highway takes us to Wayanad. The panoramic beauty of the Thamar- assery Ghats provides a feast to the eyes. Thamar- assery Ghats is a hilly highway with nine hairpin curves from Adivaram to Lakkidi. It is known as the Tharachuram. At Lakkidi there is beautiful lake where you can enjoy boat journey. On the way to Lakkidi on either side of the road we can see monkeys sitting in rows as if they are there to welcome the tourists.
They sit there hoping to get eatables like nuts, fruits, etc. The forests around are rich in wild life-elephants, tigers and such other animals are found in plenty. Cash crops such as tea, coffee and pepper are grown here. Paddy also is cultivated. There is a jain temple which is constructed fully in glass. There is also the Thirunelli temple and river which are considered as holy. On the whole, we enjoyed our visit to Wayanad.
The celebration of Onam is based on a legend. Malayalees believe that once upon a time there lived a king in Kerala, named Mahabali. He was a just king and during his rule all people were equal. There was no cheating, no exploitation, and no corruption. All the people were prosperous and happy. But some of the gods became jealous of him. They wanted to overthrow Mahabali. Va mana, one of the gods, came in the form of a poor asectic. He begged three feet of land from Mahabali. He being very kind obliged him and gave him permission to measure the land he had asked for. Vamana began to grow in size and became as tall as the sky.
The god measured two feet and the whole land was over. He asked Mahabali where he would have his third foot of land. The good king bent his head and told him to measure it on his head. The cruel Vamana put his foot on Mahabalis head and he was pushed into the underworld. While going into the underworld Mahabali asked one favour from Vamana, namely, he should be permitted to visit his subjects in Kerala once a year. It was granted and Malayalees celebrate Onam as the day on which Mahabali visits his people. Onam is celebrated as the national festival of Kerala. Flower carpets are arranged infront of every house. Sumptuous meals are prepared in every house. Boat races, tiger dances and such other entertainments are organized during the Onam season.
The fresh air from the gooseberry orchards can be felt here in this time of early morning. Nicholai called his estate Tchimbarshove Corner, or Himalayskoe. It was full of ditches, fence, hedges, row of young fir-trees, trees everywhere, and it was difficult to cross the yard or where to put your horse. Ivanich went to the house and was met by a red-haired dog, as fat as a pig. He tried to bark but felt too lazy. Out of the kitchen came out the cook who was also as fat as a pig. It was an estate with there hundred areas of land with a farm house, a cottage, and a park, but there was no orchard. Nicholai ordered twenty gooseberry bushes and setded down to a country life. Ivanich was happy to find his brother contented in life.
Good Deeds – Sasikanth Nishatith 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 yours 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.