HSC English Model Question Paper

HSC English Model Question Paper

Section A
(Reading Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, Note-making and summary)

Q1.A. Read the following extract and answer the questions given below: (11) 


Everyone emptied their sacks of the fruits they had collected earlier and started madly filling them up with these precious fruits and flowers. They all forgot that they had said they had more than enough for their needs at home. Greed took over their minds and all they could think about was adding more and more valuables to their sacks. The fruits which they had picked earlier, and had tasted to be as sweet as nectar, now lay in heaps around the garden – forgotten and left to rot.
               Then with their sacks filled right to the top, the citizens made their way to the rear gate of the garden where the king was waiting. But what was this? To their astonishment they found a raging stream stopping their way. Water gushed from behind some rocks and rushed over pebbles and big boulders through the garden. The stream was narrow, but the current was strong. There were no boats to take the people across. Clearly, the only way was to swim. But how could they swim with such heavy sacks filled with gold and silver apples and other fruits?
               The people stood by the stream for a long time scratching their heads. Then one man did what they all knew needed to be done. He simply abandoned his sack by the stream, waded to be done. He simply abandoned his sack by the stream, waded into the water, then swam across to the other side. Slowly, the others too followed suit . Sadly, some wailing in distress, they left their sacks filled with what they had thought was the riches of a lifetime, and divided into the stream. Then they walked up to their king – wet, unhappy and angry.

(1) Why were the people astonished? (1)
(2) How did the young man go across the stream? (2)
(3) Were the people happy to have to abandon their treasure? How do you know? (2)
(4) What would you have done if you were in a similar situation? (2)
(5) Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed: (3)
(i) Clearly, the only way was to swim.  (Rewrite as a negative sentence)
(ii) The people stood by the stream for a long time scratching their heads. (Rewrite as a compound sentence)
(iii) There were no boats to take the people across. (Rewrite using ‘that’)
(6) Write from the extract the antonyms of the following words:  (1)
(i) front
(ii) happiness

(B) Grammar (Do as Directed)  (4)


(i) There is ____________ box lying in ___________ largest cupboard in our bedroom.
(Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles.)
(ii) I am thankful _____________ the great Lord _____________ all the gifts I have received.
(Rewrite it using the proper prepositions)
(iii) “Please tell me freely about my faults,” said the King to his ministers and other courtiers.
(Change it into indirect speech)


Q2. A. Read the following extract and answer the questions given below: (11)


He ran towards the sound and stopped at a construction site. People built their own homes in Bay Roberts, using nails purchased in burlap sacks from a local factory. Sometimes the sacks were discarded in the flurry of building and Reuben knew he could sell them back to the factory for five cents a piece.
That day he found two sacks, which he took o the rambling wooden factory and sold to the man in charge of packing nails. The boy’s hand tightly clutched the small five cent pieces as he ran the two kilometers home.
Near his house stood the ancient barn that housed the family’s goats and chickens. Reuben found a rusty baking soda tin and dropped his coins inside. He then climbed into the loft of the barn and hid the can beneath a pile of sweet smelling hay. It was supper time when Reuben got home. His father sat at the big kitchen table, working on a fishing net. Dora was at the black kitchen range ready to serve dinner as Reuben took his place at the table.
He looked at his mother and smiled. Sunlight from the window gilded her shoulder length blond hair, five foot three, slim and beautiful, she was the centre of the home the glue that held it together.
               Her chores were never – ending. Sewing clothes for their family on the old Singer treadle machine, cooking meals and baking bread, planting a vegetable garden, milking the goats and scrubbing soiled  clothes on a washboard, But she was happy. Her family and their well – being were her highest priority.
               Every day after chores and school. Reuben scoured the town, collecting the burlap nail bags. On the day the two – room schoolhouse closed for the summer, no student was more delighted than Reuben. Now he would have more time to devote to his mission.
(1) To whom did Reuben sell the sacks? (1)
(2) Where did Reuben hide his money? (2)
(3) Why was Reuben happy when his school closed for summer? (2)
(4) At what age, do you think, should children be allowed to get pocket money? Why? (2)
(5) Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed: (3)
(i) His father sat at the big kitchen table, working on a fishing net. (Rewrite using he past continuous tense of the underlined verb)
(ii) Every day after chores and school. Reuben scoured the town. (Rewrite using ‘would’)
(iii) He looked at his mother and smiled. (Rewrite as a simple sentence)
(6) Give the antonyms of the following words: (1)
(i) ancient
(ii) Soiled



(2) B. NOTE - MAKING 


Read the following passage and draw a tree diagram to cover the main points.



When we talk about commerce, what do we mean? Generally by commerce we mean the trade and auxiliaries to trade. Trade is classified into two types—the home trade and foreign trade. The home trade plays an important role in national economy as the wholesale and retail trading involves a large number of people by providing them means of living. On the other hand, the foreign trade consists of import and export of goods. This type of trading consists of a few number of economic factors. Commerce cannot exist without its auxiliaries. These auxiliaries include transport, communication, banking, finance, insurance, warehousing and advertising.