English SYJC Board’s Question Paper : October 2014 with solution.

Board’s Question Paper : October 2014 with solution.
Q1. A. Read the following extract and answer the questions given below: (11) [15]

            I tramped back to the farm, drenched, shamed, furious, and picked the soggy bundle from the ash can. I dried it in the kitchen oven. Then I flung it on the table and set to work again with a kind of frantic desperation. I lost myself in the ferociousness of my purpose. Toward the end of the third month, I wrote finis. The relief, the sense of emancipation, was unbelievable. I had created a book. Whether it was good, bad or indifferent I did not care.
            I chose a publisher by the simple expedient of closing my eyes and pricking a catalogue with a pin. I dispatched the completed manuscript and promptly forgot about it.
In the days which followed I gradually regained my health, and I began to chafe at idleness. I wanted to be back in harness.
At last the date of my deliverance drew near. I went round the village saying good-bye to the simple folk who had become my friends. As I entered the post office, the postmaster presented me with a telegram-an urgent invitation to meet the publisher. I took it straight away and showed it, without a word, to John Angus.
The novel I had thrown away was chosen by the Book Society, dramatized and serialized, translated into 19 languages, bought by Hollywood. It has sold, to date, some three million copies.

(1) What is the extract about?
Ans. The extract is about how the writer completed his novel and also about the astounding success of his novel.

(2) What were the writer’s reactions at the completion of his novel?
When the writer completed his novel he felt a sense of relief and emancipation for having kept his word of creating a book. He did not care whether it was good, bad or indifferent.

(3) How did the Book Society popularize the writer’s novel?
Ans. The Book Society dramatized and serialized the novel. It translated the novel into 19 languages and sold it to Hollywood. It has sold, to date, some three million copies. In this way, the Book Society popularize the writer’s novel.

(4) What qualities do you think are essential to achieve success?
Ans. The following qualities are essential to achieve success in life.
a. Self-confidence.
b. Determination
c. Dedication.
d. Knowing reality about our strength and weakness. etc.,

(5) Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed:
(i) I flung it on the table and set to work again.
(Make it a simple sentence))
Ans. Flinging it on the table, I set to work again. 

(ii) I had created a book.
(Rewrite it using the Present Perfect Continuous tense)
Ans. I have been creating  a book.

(iii) I went around the village saying good – bye to my friends.
(Rewrite it using the infinitive form of the underlined word.)
Ans. I went around the village to say good – bye to my friends.

6. Match the words in Column ‘A’ with their meanings in Column ‘B’.
Column ‘A’
Column ‘B’
(i) drenched
(a) slavery
(ii) emancipation
(b) completely wet

(c) shocked

(d) freedom

Ans.
Column ‘A’
Column ‘B’
(i) drenched
(a) slavery
(ii) emancipation
(b) completely wet

(c) shocked

(d) freedom

B. Grammar (Do as directed):
1. It is paradoxical that ___________ average consumer cannot decide which technology will offer him _______ highest standards of water purification.
[Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles]

Ans. It is paradoxical that an average customer cannot decide which technology will offer him the  highest standards of water purification.

2. The lady took the girls _________ a hall where they met a few more girls who were waiting ____________ her instructions.
[Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions]

Ans. The lady took the girls to/into  a hall where they met a few more girls who were waiting for her instructions.

3. “Why did you throw it away?” said the father to his son.
“I didn’t like it,” said the son.
(Change it into Indirect Speech)

Ans. The father asked his son why he had thrown it away.
Thereafter, the son replied that he had not liked it.