Reading Skills, Grammar and Vocabulary (Prose)
Q.I. (A) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)
A.1. True or False:
State whether the following statements are true or false and rewrite them: 
- The first through that entered the writer’s mind was that it was a ghost.
- The sound of the footsteps began at quarter past one o’clock.
- The grandmother was in the kitchen.
- The narrator was in a bed when he heard the steps.
The ghost that got into our house on the night of November 17, 1915, raised such a hullabaloo of misunderstandings that I am sorry I didn't just let it keep on walking, and go to bed. Its advent caused my mother to throw a shoe through a window of the house next door and ended up with my grandfather shooting a patrolman. I am sorry, therefore, as I have said, that I ever paid by any attention to the footsteps.
They began about a quarter past one o'clock in the morning, a rhythmic, quick-cadenced walking around the dining-room table. My mother was asleep in one room upstairs, my brother Herman in another, grandfather was in the attic, in the old walnut bed which, as you will remember, once fell on my father. I had just stepped out of the bathtub and was busily rubbing myself with a towel when I heard the steps. They were the steps of a man walking rapidly around the dining-table downstairs. The light from the bathroom shone down the back-steps, which dropped directly in the dining-room; I could see the faint shine of plates on the plate-rail; I couldn't see the table. The steps kept going round and round the table; at regular intervals a board creaked, when it was trod upon. I supposed at first that it was my father or my brother Roy, who had gone to Indianapolis but were expected home at any time. I suspected next that it was a burglar. It did not enter my mind until later that it was a ghost.
State the action of characters in the passage: 
A 3 .Matching:
Match the words given in Column A with their appropriate meaning from Column B. 
(1) arrival or coming
(4) room just below the roof of a building
(5) lot of loud noise.
A 4. Language study: 
- They were expected home at any time. [Begin your sentence with ‘We ........’]
- I heard the footsteps, ....... [Choose the correct tag and rewrite the sentence]
A 5 . Personal Response.
How would you react on the dark night if you hear any sound in your kitchen? Support your answer with appropriate reasons. 
A. 1. False: The first thought that entered the writer’s mind was not the ghost but was either his father or his brother.
3. False: Actually Grandmother was not mentioned in this passage.
4. False: The given statement is incorrect because the narrator had just stepped out of the bath tub and busily rubbing himself when he heard the footsteps.
A. 2. Table:
asleep in one room upstairs
asleep in another room
had gone to Indianapolis
stepped out of the bathtub and rubbing himself with a towel.
A. 3. (a) hullabaloo - lot of loud noise
(b) advent - arrival or coming
(c) attic - room just below the roof of a building
(d) burglar - thief.
A. 4. (1) We expected them home at any time.
(2) I heard the footsteps, didn’t I?
A. 5. If I heard any sound in my kitchen on a dark night, I would wake up my parents first. Then we would call our neighbours to assist us in this difficult situation. Also I would call my friends through phone. I am very sure that they would come immediately and help us like Chota Bheem.
(B) Read the passage and complete the activities given below:
B. 1. Complete:
Each crowd had a language of its own and spoke among themselves without the fear of being overheard. Something as ubiquitous as dal tasted like sambar in the South, gaining its dalness as we climbed up to Orissa; tea was called, chya, chai and sa, while cofee was kafi, kaapi, and koffee. For a person with limited skills when it comes to learning and understanding new languages, this was my Train of Babel.
But I was clearly in a minority. The train had in it soldiers from the south going back to patrol borders far away from home, and workers from the east going back home on a much - need break - both serving as the connection between various parts of the country. These were the polyglots, speaking in tongues that had no relation with their own, at times in functional, curt phrases, or with flourish.
On the train, it was soon clear how important this was for those from South and Northeast. Every second passenger was a defence personnel, a majority of them belonging to the oldest regiment of Indian Army, the Madras regiment, and the Assam Rifles. The other half was made up of labourers from the east and further east - the seven sisters of the Northeast. The former protects, the latter serves.
The third kind of passengers were those from the North and Northeast, forced to come down thousands of kilometres for quality medical care. P. Gupta, the patriarch of a family from Dimapur, Nagaland, had come to the CMC Hospital in Vellore, where he underwent check - ups for his various ailments.
B2. Give reasons: (2)
Complete the following sentences by giving reasons: (2)
(1) The soldiers from the South were going back because ___________
(2) The crowd spoke without fear because _____________________
(3) The narrator was in minority because _________
(4) The writer calls the train as “Train of Babel” because ___________
B. 3 . Find words: (2)
Find words from the passage that mean:
(1) very common = _ b _ _ _ _ t _ _ _.
(2) knowing or using many languages = _ _ _ y _ _ _ _ s.
(3) Small number of persons = m _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
(4) common illness = _ _ _ _ _ _ t.
B. 4. Language study: (2)
Frame a wh - question for the following statements with the help of the wh - words given in the brackets:
(a) The other half was made up of labourers from the east. (What)
(b) The third kind of passengers were forced to come down thousands of kilometres for quality medical care. (Why)
B5. Personal Response:
How does the extract signify that ‘India is a country of unity in diversity’ ?
B2. (1) The soldiers from the south were going back because their job is to patrol borders.
(2) The crowd spoke without fear because each crowd had a language of its own that the others did not know.
(3) The narrator was in minority because the majority of passengers were either soldiers or workers.
(4) The writer calls the train as “Train of Babel” because the passengers in the train were talking in many languages at a time.