Read the following passage and do the given alternatives: [10 Marks]

B. 1. Find out: [2 marks]

Name the following and rewrite:

  1. Shades of mehendi:
  2. Instant mehendi is provided by :
  3. Designs of Mehendi:
  4. Henna gets importance in :

Ans. (1)  Shades of mehendi:
(2) Instant mehendi is provided by :
(3) Designs of Mehendi:
(4) Henna gets importance in :

Henna comes in different shades, from reddish orange to brownish black. The Arabic preference for a black tinge sees them heating the paste before using. A growing trend today is the addition of artificial dyes and coloured stones along with the henna in order to match the attire. This however, does not last long cannot be considered as mehendi in its true sense. Zardosi mehendi is the variation of this trend where in glue is first applied in desired patterns and zari powder of different colours are carefully sprinkled. This lasts only as long as the glue stays and can even be washed off in case of an error.

Cones are most popular means of application of mehendi. To suit those in hurry, ready - made patterns and blocks are available for quick and easy application. Tattoos in interesting shades are also available today, providing a means of ‘instant mehendi’. Besides the ease of applying it on and taking off, tattoos also come in previously unseen oriental designs. In addition to the usual paisleys, and creepers, dragons, scorpions and snakes adorn many an arm or shoulder of the fashionably conscious.
The attractive hues left behind the deep green henna leaves, have a special significance during marriages and festivals in many Eastern countries. The customs behind its usage adds to its rich appeal. Through centuries, mehendi has managed to creatively retain its hold on people from diverse cultures.


B. 2. Match:

Match Column A with Column B: [2]


Column ‘A’
Column ‘B’
(i) Arabic mehendi
(a) glue is applied for the pattern.
(ii) Zardosi mehendi
(b) black tinge is prepared by heating mehendi.
(iii) Tattoo
(c) drawn with the help of a cone
(iv) Mehendi
(d) Provides instant designs.

Ans.

Column ‘A’
Column ‘B’
(i) Arabic mehendi
(b) black tinge is prepared by heating mehendi.
(ii) Zardosi mehendi
(a) glue is applied for the pattern.
(iii) Tattoo
(d) Provides instant designs.
(iv) Mehendi
(c) drawn with the help of a cone


B. 3. Vocabulary
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate words from those given to the brackets and rewrite the statements: [2]

[adorned, instant, pattern, attire, applied]

(i) The gold ring ___________ his fingers.

(ii) The young man wore a shirt with a floral ___________.

(iii) A.T.M. provides us __________________.

(iv) The bride looked beautiful in her bridal ______________.

Ans. (i) The gold ring adorned his fingers.
(ii) The young man wore a shirt with a floral pattern.
(iii) A.T.M. provides us instant cash.
(iv) The bride looked beautiful in her bridal attire.


B. 4. (a) Language study [2]

Cones are the most popular means of application of Mehendi:

(Select the correct positive degree from the alternatives given below and rewrite the statements)

(i) Very few means of application of Mehendi are as popular as cones.

(ii) No other means of application of Mehendi are as popular as cones.

(iii) Cones are as popular as any other means of application of Mehendi.

Ans. No other means of application of Mehendi are as popular as cones.

(b) Henna comes in different shades.

(Frame a ‘Wh-’ question to get the underlined word as answer)

Ans. What comes in different shades?


B. 5. Personal Response. [2]

How does Mehendi give scope for arts? Explain.


Ans. The use of cones and patterns for quick and easy application, tattoos in previously unseen designs and various designs of creatures such as snakes, dragons, scorpions,etc give scope for art.


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