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Karnataka 1st PUC English Previous Year Question Paper March 2017 (South)
Time: 3 Hrs. 15 Mins.
Max. Marks: 100
- Follow the prescribed limit while answering the questions.
- Write the correct question number as it appears on the question paper.
- One mark question attempted more than once will be awarded zero.
- For multiple-choice questions choose the correct answer and rewrite it.
I. Answer the following in a word, a phrase, or a sentence each. (12 × 1 = 12)
What was the elephant in ‘The Gentleman of the Jungle’?
The elephant was the friend of man.
What does cage stand for in the poem ‘School Boy’?
Who cured Krishna of the boils in ‘Around a Medicinal Creeper’?
The Malayali sadhu.
What name did the narrator give the stranger in ‘Oru Manushyan’?
When do people feel a real tremor in the poem ‘Money Madness’?
When they give a 10-pound note.
What was BabarAli’s father?
Babar Ali’s father was a jute seller.
Why was the village headman in a hurry to complete the road work in ‘Watchman of the lake’?
The king would visit the next day.
How many children had the farmer’s wife?
Name the first master of Fredrick Douglass.
Colonel Frank Anthony.
What does the old woman expect from the visitors for her service?
A 50 paise coin
Where does the narrator first meet the two boys in ‘Two gentlemen of Verona’?
On the outskirts of Verona
“For there are other sorrows in the world than love” here sorrow refers to-
(a) Miseries by love
(b) Miseries by poverty
(c) Miseries by Jealousy
(b) Miseries by poverty
II. Answer any eight of the following in a paragraph of 50-70 words each : (8 × 4 = 32)
How did the elephant justify its act of occupying the hut in – ‘The gentleman of the Jungle’?
The elephant went to the man when it was in difficulty and asked him to give a place to keep its trunk to protect it from rain. The man showed sympathy and gave permission to keep its trunk only, as there wäs enough place only for its trunk and himself. But the elephant slowly sneaked in and occupied the whole hut and threw him out, by saying that it would protect his hut from the hurricane.
Describe the school boy’s experience inside the school.
The poet William Blake relevantly argues on the education of the children. He says that the boy is cry happy being with nature and he learns freely in nature as he loves to rise happily in the seminar morning. But when he thinks of school, his happiness disappears and he feels the school is a prison. The boy does not think freely in school. The poet excellently says that the boy sits in the school in fear and anxiety and he questions how he can learn the subjects. When the child loses his happiness he doesn’t show interest in learning and it becomes a major obstacle for his mental and physical growth.
The poet emphasizes nature. He says, the boy gets happiness in the singing of a bird and watching the huntsman. Nature is a sweet company to him. But when the boy enters formal schooling, he spends the time in irritation and anxiety. The poet stresses on free-learning and informal schooling, that is learning in nature. That helps to widen his mental horizon and physical growth The poet is not arguing against education but discourages formal schooling and encourages informal learning. He gives valuable advice to the parents to give a lot of sweet memories of learning in childhood so that the child gets àll round development and ensures the future of the nation.
Totally; the poem is an excellent attempt to bring out the torture felt by the children at formal schooling. The poem gives the message to discourage formal schooling and encourage free learning for children.
What was the story behind mara’s loss of teeth in ‘Around a medicinal creeper?
Once Mara and his friend laid a trap and caught a barking deer. As they had to divide it equally between them, the’ took it near to the stream and divided the meat. They wrapped their portions in some leaves and brought them home. In Mara’s house, they got ready to cook. but when Mara opened the packet to take out the meat. It was a surprise as instead of the meat, there was a live wild buck when it saw Mara, it jumped up and ran out of his house. When Mara was trying to catch it, as usual, Mara’s wife ignorantly took the leaves and threw them into the fire. This incident shows that Indians do not think of what happened and why? But they simply go according to the situations and never turn the circumstances to their advantage. This is the big weakness of Indians.
Give an account of the embarrassing experience of the narrator at the restaurant in ‘Oru Manushyam’.
Once. the narrator went to a restaurant with fourteen nipples in his wallet kept in the pocket and ate a full meal consisting of chapatis and meat curry. He drank tea. The bill was eleven annas He searched his pocket to pay the bill, but was shocked that his wallet was not in his pocket and someone had stolen it. When he said the same to the oner. the owner caught him by the lapels and ordered him to pay up. But as he did not have an’ moue’, he offered to keep his coat there and later ould bring sonic money and claim the coat. But the owner asked him to take off all his clothes. When he was removing them with great humiliation, a stranger came and helped the narrator by paying his bill.
Explain why the speaker wants to be a tree in the poem ‘If I was a tree.
The speaker wanted to be a tree because no one would discriminate against it and birds wouldn’t ask to what caste it belonged and sunlight would (approach) embrace it and its shadow wouldn’t be termed polluted. It can make friendship with the cool breeze, and raindrops would not go back by thinking that it is untouchable, The tree would feel happy with the touch of a sacred cow and it would get the opportunity of providing shelter for the hundred thousand Gods said to be residing in the cow. The tree can become pure when it iš cut into dry pieces and burnt in the holy fire and can help the sinless dead body b becoming a bier on the shoulders of four good men.
The poem describes the sense of equality. present in nature. Sunlight and cool breeze treat everybody with love and spread their sweetness to all without discrimination. Unlike some humans who feel polluted getting in contact with the untouchables. nature has no such sense of superiority. All are equal in their eves.
The poem also presents social discrimination, as the speaker is much humiliated by the social discrimination and wanted to become a tree to escape from discrimination in society. He feels the safety, purity, and generosity, and helping nature of a tree more than in human beings. In society, a man without thinking of helping others thinks which is pure and which is polluted. He neglects and discriminates against some and appreciates others in name of caste. creed and religion. So this practice is meaningless and the practice must be prohibited to sustain equality in society.
What kind of hardships did the slaves suffer at the hands of the slaveholders in ‘Fredrick Douglass?
The slaveholders sexually exploit the slave women and the children born out of this also follow this condition of slavery. Mother and child are separated to avoid any filial bonding. Children born like this are a constant reminder to the wives of the masters about their parentage and they take a sadistic pleasure in ill-treating these mulatt9es.
They are whipped and beaten for the slightest offense and if the master shows any favors to them, they get punished further. The slaves are whipped mercilessly for the smallest mistakes. As it is they are made to work from morning till night without rest.
How does the poem bring out the plight of a woman in ‘The Farmers Wife’?
The poem ‘The Farmer’s Wife” is a tragic poem that reflects the helpless conditions of farmers’ widows. The plight of the widows is explained by one such widow. The poet uses many phrases to contrast her condition with that of her dead husband. She called the farmer ‘virtuous’ and herself a poor sinner. The farmer was unable to pay the debts and he left all the debts to his wife, so she was very sad about his act of committing suicide. The feminist concept was also highlighted in the poem, the phrase “I was born with a head bent” justifies the discrimination in our society between men and women. Man is born with his head held high, but a woman is born with her head bent. But he did not face his creditors bravely and left all this to his wife to solve.
She accused her husband that he poisoned himself and gone away by poisoning his wife’s existence. She remembered the memories of his beating, blaming, drinking, and kicking haunting her. She never dreamt that he would commit suicide. It was true that the crop was gone but the debt remained there and dignity had hit the dust. She expresses her helplessness that how would she be able to bear the burden of their four children. She compared her condition with “worm-eaten cotton pods.” She got ambiguous and asked what was that and why he committed suicide.
At last, she confidently asserts her determination to struggle out her life even without her husband for the sake of her children. So, she shows a strong will to survive against all difficulties, Her voice is raised against society in general.
How does the speaker’s attitude undergo a change in the poem “An old woman”?
The poem An old woman” depicts the worst condition of an old woman, who is an old beggar near the Horseshoe shrine. She holds the sleeves of the passers-by. and follows them asking for a fifty paise coin. Even though by appearance she looks like a beggar. she has her self-respect and in return for the fifty paise, offers to show the tourists around the Horseshoe shrine. She laments about her helplessness in those wretched hills to eke out a living.
Her physical appearance evokes sympathy in the passers-by. Phrases like “bullet holes for her eyes, ‘‘cracks that begin around her eyes spread beyond her skin’’, and shatterproof crone describes the pathetIc condition of her miserable existence.
What was the story told by the nurse about the two boys in ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’?
The boys were true ‘gentlemen’, very refined and sensitive in character. They were devoted to their sister, and in order to earn money for her treatment undertook all kinds of jobs available in Verona. They sold fruit, shined shoes. ran errands and hawked newspapers and worked hard throughout the day. This shows that they did not consider any job below their dignity. Though they were not born to do such jobs, they learned them and performed them well.
Their eagerness to learn and perform varieties of jobs demonstrates a sacrificing, loving nature that is ready to go to any extent to secure the happiness of the loved one. They were also selfless because very earnestly they saved the money they made to pay for their sister’s treatment but never on clothes or on themselves. Both of them were proud boys. They did not discuss their problems with anyone, and very few people knew about their sister and her hospitalization. Even when the narrator took them to the hospital. they went in by themselves and did not speak to him about their sister. They, especially Nicola. did not like to ask for anyone’s help. They display the real characters which exemplify a true gentleman.
The story begins with Luigi’s implication that the two boys might be this selling fruits that they had stolen. What unfolds later proves how wrong his suspicion was. The boys prove to be every inch gentlemen and gain respect from the narrator. They arouse feelings of love and respect in the nurse at the hospital too.
What harsh realities of life have drawn the speaker’s attention much more than the beauty of his beloved?
Though he loved her deep when he comes to realize that there are other truths than his love. He became helpless towards his beloved. He honestly says his love would be the same but he can’t spend the time for her love because there are many problems in the country for which he has to give attention, like poverty and helpless destitute.
III. Answer one of the following in about 200 words. (1 × 6 = 6)
How does the poem ‘Money madness’ bring out the collective madness that affects individuals?
The poem Money Madness by D.H. Lawrence focuses on how a man becomes more materialistic and loses the values and sentiments in society He respects money over relationships Society goes on measuring a man in terms of money. A man who does not have money does not get respect from society and those who have money get respect and are obeyed by all. So to get all these social status, the man gives much importance to money and he never helps other fellow beings who may be in difficulties.
The poet says that man has this money madness and it is widely spread among men. He affirms that if society goes behind money, individuals to goes behind the same. He confirms that no man gives a pound without pain and no man gives ten pounds without trembling, and the man loses his generosity. Man makes money, but money makes man and many things. So, the man fears monk and tries to accumulate them and respects it instead of other men. The poet also warns that money-less people should not be treated with neglect and shouLd not be treated based on status.
The poet fears for mankind that if it measures another man only in terms of money, there would be no future for human relationships. If people do not regain sanity about money. certainly, money has got men down to become its slaves. So. the poet offers a genuine solution that bread shoúld be free, shelter should be free and fire should be free to all the people in the world.
In the overall view of the poem. the poet worries about man’s greed for money and offers a better solution for a better tomorrow
Is there any logic in labeling Mara a lunatic by the village headman? – Substantiate.
The headman thought that Mara was a lunatic as he was wandering around without any work and also disturbing other workmen who were busy laying a road. He had shared with some of the workers and the headman his dream about the Goddess and the Tank. The headman was not convinced and thought that Mara was only fooling around. Even though Mara’s dream about the Goddess’ instructions to build a tank to hold the waters of river Veda would have been for the benefit of the village, he was not taken seriously.
In fact, to avoid Mara meeting the King with his story about the Goddess, the headman made Bhima one of his workmen to keep Mara captive under his care till the King’s passing their village. But Mara managed to outwit Bhima and landed in front of the King from a tree and spoke to the King about his dream.
The headman was prejudiced against Mara in calling him a lunatic and definitely not justified in his conclusion.
Do you think that Babar Ali’s act of thoughtfulness has enabled poor children to move towards growth? discuss.
Babar Mi’s school was started when he was only nine while playing a game. Very soon. children began to love his way of teaching and flocked to his ‘school’. Babar did not charge any fee for his teaching. He also got the help of the local educated people, who came and taught the children. Babar was successful in getting the help of nine high school student volunteers. The oldest and most educated of them is Debarita who goes to College in Behrampur.
Babar himself studies in class XII in a school quite far from his house. He commutes the long-distance, attends classes in the mornings, and comes back in the afternoons to his ‘school’ to teach youngsters who have worked hard in the mornings and are now ready for learning. The fact that his school is entirely free, he and his staff teach well, there is a midday meal, and his school is recognized by the Vest Bengal Government, attracts many students to his school.
The increasing strength of his school just shows how eager people are to get their children edücated, and how good. selfless work gets noticed by people soon. Those who cannot afford education in the regular schools, do not mind sending their children to learn from teachers like Babar. This only proves that Indians are realizing the significance of education in life.
IV. Read the following passage and answer the questions set on it. (10 × 1 = 10)
A man was sitting in a garden. When he saw the incredible sight of a cocoon with a tiny opening through which a butterfly was trying to emerge. He watched for an hour captivated, as the butterfly struggled to come out of that tiny hole, bit by bit, flapping its wings, shaking itself fighting to free its body. But even after an hour of frantic struggling, it seemed that the poor little insect was making no progress. It had probably got as far as it could on its own.
So the man decided to help the poor butterfly. With gentle hands, he tore open the hole in the cocoon, just a bit wider to allow the butterfly to emerge easily. The butterfly came out. It had a shriveled body and tiny wings. It looked weak and tender.
The man eagerly waited. the butterfly’s wings to open up and expand for it to fly away. But that did not happen. In fact, the butterfly stayed weak and shriveled unable to fly.
Tire man did not realize that in his attempt to help the butterfly, he had in fact harmed it. The struggle to break free from the cocoon is nature’s way of preparing the butterfly to learn to fly. As it fights to emerge from the restrictive cocoon, fluids from the body get pushed into the wings making them stronger, making them larger, enabling them to fly. Without, the struggle, the butterfly stays weak and unable to fly.
No Struggle, no success. That’s as true for butterflies as it is for all of us.
Where was the man sitting?
The man was sitting in a garden.
What did he see?
He saw the incredible sight of a cocoon with a tiny opening
What was the butterfly trying to do?
The butterfly was trying to emerge.
How long did the man watch the butterfly?
He watched for an hour.
What did the man do then?
The man decided to help the poor butterfly.
Man’s attempt to help the butterfly was
Ass a prefix to the word “prepare” to make its antonym.
The word ‘enable’ means
Why was the butterfly unable to fly?
The butterfly was weak and unable to fly.
What is the message of the passage?
No struggle, no success.
V. A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions given in brackets: [to, the, an, a, in]. (1 × 4 = 4)
Verona is_____lovely city and rich ______ history. The streets and splendid buildings are of ______exquiste pale honey color. Romeo and Juliet are reputed ______have lived there.
a, in, an, to.
B. Fill in the blanks with the suitable form of the verbs given in brackets. (1 × 4 = 4)
I plucked some leaves from the creeper and_______(take) them to my friend, who ______(be) a plant pathagonist. I________ (tell) him what i had ________(hear) about the plant.
took, was, told, heard.
C. Choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject. (1 × 3 = 3)
To go to shool an a summer morning._________(drive/drives) away the joy from the boy. He__________(spend / spends) the day in misery and__________(sit/sits) in the cage.
drives, spends, sits.
D. Correct the following sentences and rewrite them. (2 × 1 = 2)
I am knowing your uncle.
I know your uncle.
Sheela returns the library books
Sheela returned the library books.
E. Rewrite as directed. (6 × 1 = 6)
My father went to the milk _______[dairy/diary] [fill in the black with the appropriate word given in bracket]
My father went to the milk dairy.
My cousin is working in a________[department] store. [Complete the sentence with the right form of the word given bracket]
My cousin is working in a departmental store.
at Jejuri | the speaker- | old woman | meets (Re-arrange the segments to form a meaningful sentence)
The speaker meets an old woman at Jejuri.
The village headman called Mara a lunatic. (Add a question tag)
What did the village headman call Mara?
He received money from he stranger? (Change into question beginning with the right form of “Do”)
Did the stranger receive money?
Chandru is the Plant protagonist (Frame a question so as to get the underlined word as an answer)
Who is Chandru?
VI. A. Read the following table of the event held on Gandhi Jayanthi and answer the questions set on it. (4 × 1 = 4)
|Inauguration||9.00 to 10.00 AM|
|Talk of Gandhi by Anna Hajare||10.15.AM t 11.30 AM|
|Gandhi photo exhibition||11.45 AM to 12.15 PM|
|Lunch break||12.30 PM to 1.30 PM|
(1) Where does the function take place?
(2) Who give a talk on Gandhi?
(3) What is the duration of the Gandhi photo exhibition?
(4) At what time the function is started?
(i) Gandhi Bhavana.
(ii) Anna Hajare.
(iii) 11.45 Am to 12.15 PM
(iv) 9 am.
B. Write a letter to the municipal president of your city (1 × 5 = 5)
Write a letter to the municipal president of your city about the inconvenience that you are facing in supplying drinking water to your locality.
12th Main 3rd cross
1st March 2017
Sub: Inconvenience due to Irregular Water Supply.
I am Rajesh residing at Srinagar, Shimoga. There are 700 families living in this area and there include 1000 children also and we suffer terribly due to irregular water supply which is one of our basic needs. A large number of families are affected and the public faces a lot of inconveniences. So I request you to kindly rectify the problem and take necessary remedial measures as quickly as possible to help us.
VII. A. Match the expressions under column ‘A’ to its corresponding language functions under B. (5 × 1 = 5)
|A. Expressions||B. Functions|
|1. May I come in||(a) Leavetaking|
|2. I don’t agree||(b) accepting suggestion|
|3. That’s a good idea||(c) Disagreeing|
|4. Meet my friend Shankar||(d) Seeking permission|
|5. Stee you again, bye||(e) Introducing|
(1) – d
(2) – c
(4) – e
(5) – a.
B. Complete the dialogue: (1 × 4 = 4)
Arpitha : Hai, Anitha good morning
Arpitha: You are looking so nice in this new dress
Arpitha: Today is my birthday
Anitha: Is it?_______________
Arpitha: Hai! Anitha Good Morning
Anitha: Hai Arpitha Good Mornjijg
Arpitha: You are looking so nice in this new dress
Anitha: Thank you
Arpitha: Today is my birthday
Anitha: Is it? Many many happy returns of the day.
Arpitha: Thank you.
C. Dialogue Writing : (1 × 3 = 3)
Write a dialogue between Rohith and Abhilash. Rohith has won the gold medal in the state-level 800 m running race. The dialogue should cover the following points
(a) Rohith’s preparation for the event.
(b) His achievement.
Rohith: Hi! Abhilash. How are you?
Abhilash: Hi Rohith! am fine How is your preparation for the running race.
Rohith: Great. I won the gold medal in the 800 m running race.
Abhilash: Congratulations Rohith.
Rohith: Thank you Abhilash.