English Passage No. 2 SSC

Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)

B.1. Match the following.

A
B
(i)  Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani
(a) dislikes instructions
(ii) Ruchi Sanghvi
(b) not lenient
(iii) The writer
(c) gave free rein
(iv) Sister Monica
(d) classmate

Ans. (i - c), (ii - d), (iii - a), (iv - b)


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 students.

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 _____________________.

Ans. (i) the importance of regularity and hard work
(ii) what she wanted to do


B.3. Give the verb form of :

(i) clear (ii) standard (iii) perspiration (iv) instruction

Ans. (i) clarify (ii) standardize  (iii) perspire (iv) instruct

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.

Ans.  (i) Two teachers are Mrs. Cynthia and sister Monica – Main Clause
whom I remember in particular – Subordinate Adjective Clause
(ii) The former gave me a free rein to do – Main Clause
what I wanted to do – Subordinate Noun Clause

B.5. What role does a teacher play in a child’s life according to you?

Ans. According to me, a teacher is not just responsible for the academic success of the child but also for other important things like character building, personality development and inculcating values.