SSC ENGLISH PASSAGE FOR BOARD EXAMS.

III. (A) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)
A.1. Complete the following.
The two things that the coach has taught the child are :
(i) ________________________ (ii)   ________________________
'Goodness is easier to recognize than to define' W. H. Auden,
Dear Coach,
            Thanks for the special gifts that you have given to my child. You learned his name and spoke it often. You taught him the basics of the sport as well as special ways to improve and excel. Although you had a whole team of kids to mentor, you took time for individual instruction where needed.
            Under your care I have watched him transform from a timid, doubting child to a strong, happy player willing to give all for the team. Throughout the season when he gave his best, even though it was not quite good enough to gain his best, even though it was not quite good enough to gain that extra point, you recognized his contribution with a pat on the back and encouraging words.
            Your wise approach showed him that, although winning is a goal, there are other goals just as worthy. He learned the value of finishing what he started and the joy of personal accomplishment. These attributes carried him through a season that was full of hard work and fun, discouragement and resolve, defeat and victory.
A.2. State whether the following statements are true or false.
(i) Under the coach’s care, the child transformed to a timid personality.
(ii) The coach recognised the child’s contribution with a pat on the back and encouraging words.
A.3. Write the antonyms of the following words.
(i) special ___________ (ii)  timid  ___________ (iii) gain ___________ (iv)  personal  ___________
A.4. Rewrite the sentences using the noun form of the underlined words.
(i) Under your care I have watched him transform.
(ii) You took time for individual instruction where needed.
A.5. Personal Response Question.
How, according to you, did the coach mould a timid child in a good and confident player ?


III. ANSWERS
A.1. (i) the basics of the sport (ii) special ways to improve and excel
A.2. (i) False (ii) True
A.3. (i) ordinary (ii) bold (iii) lose (iv) impersonal
A.4. (i) Under your care I have watched his transformation. (ii) You took time for individual instruction where there was a need.

A.5. According to me, the coach is surely a catalyst, a mentor, a trusted guide and  a thorough professional who is well-versed with the basics of the sport. His personal attention, care, concern for the child’s betterment and progress in the game, motivates the child to play well. Even a timid and diffident player can come out with flying colours with the right guidance and support of a capable coach.

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