ENGLISH FIRST LANGUAGE PAPER NO. 3
Reading Skills, Grammar and Vocabulary (Prose)
Q.I. (A) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)
A.1. Complete the following.
(i) ___________ has planned and executed Saina’s progress.
(a) Her coach (b) Her mother (c) Her physiotherapist
(ii) _____________ is her coach.
(a) Prakash Padukone (b) Pullela Gopichand (c) Her father
Saina is already a big star at such a young age. It will bring a lot of media attention. What is important is not to get carried away. It is equally important to realize that she has a long career ahead of her and a lot more tournaments to win. From whatever little I know of Saina, I am sure, she will stay focused and it is only a matter of time before she becomes World No.1. Full credit to her coach Pullela Gopichand for the way he has planned and executed her progress as well as the support team of the physiotherapist and physical trainer who, as always work quietly behind the scenes.
Saina, you have done all of us proud, you have the ability to go all the way. In this format it will not be possible to win every tournament you enter. What is critical is choosing your tournaments carefully and resting enough between them to make sure that you remain in peak condition all the time and injury-free. This is just the beginning. Do not worry about the odd loss here and there. Keep it up. The entire country is behind you.
A.2. The two things that are important for Saina in order to be successful are :
A.3. Give the antonyms of the following using words from the passage.
(i) humble (ii) heal (iii) decline (iv) noisy
A.4. Rewrite as an affirmative sentence.
(i) In this format it will not be possible to win every tournament you enter.
(ii) Do not worry about the odd loss here and there.
A.5. Why do you think has Saina reached great heights?
Q.I. (B) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)
B.1. Match the following.
(i) Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani
(a) dislikes instructions
(ii) Ruchi Sanghvi
(b) not lenient
(iii) The writer
(c) gave free rein
(iv) Sister Monica
Two teachers whom I remember in particular are Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani and Sister Monica, both taught me in school. The former, by and large, gave me a free rein to do what I wanted to do. I, being one of those people who dislikes instructions, she helped me to produce much better results than I'd have otherwise done.
I remember her asking us in the ninth standard to make globes for our geography projects. A classmate, Ruchi Sanghvi, and I slogged for endless hours to make one, and at the end of it, I remember Mrs. Nesamani telling us that it wasn't what she'd expected. For a moment, which seemed incredibly long, we were crestfallen till she clarified that the standard of our project was only expected from graduate
Sister Monica, however, wasn't quite as lenient as that, and spent most of the time telling me about the importance of regularity and hard work. She made me realise that success is, like genius, 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration. It's a lesson that has stood me in good stead.
B.2. Complete the following.
(i) Most of the time, Sister Monica would try to teach the writer _____________________.
(ii) Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani gave the writer a free rein to do _____________________.
B.3. Give the verb form of :
(i) clear (ii) standard
(iii) perspiration (iv) instruction
B.4. Analyze the clauses.
(i) Two teachers whom I remember in particular are Mrs. Cynthia and Sister Monica.
(ii) The former gave me a free rein to do what I wanted to do.
B.5. What role does a teacher play in a child’s life according to you?