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TN State Board 11th English Model Question Paper 2
- The question paper comprises of four parts.
- You are to attempt all the parts. An internal choice of questions is provided wherever applicable.
- questions of Part I, II. III and IV are to be attempted separately
- Question numbers 1 to 20 in Part I are objective type questions of one -mark each. These are to be answered by choosing the most suitable answer from the given four alternatives and writing the option code and the corresponding answer
- Question numbers 21 to 30 in Part II are two-marks questions. These are to be answered in about one or two sentences.
- Question numbers 31 to 40 in Parr III are three-marks questions, These are to be answered in about three to five short sentences.
- Question numbers 41 to 47 in Part IV are five-marks questions. These are to be answered) in detail. Draw diagrams wherever necessary.
Time: 3.00 Hours
Maximum Marks: 90
PART – I
I. Answer all the questions. [20 x 1 = 20]
Choose the correct synonym for the underlined words from the options given.
Her rebuke was a sting to her daughter.
It was an effort that involved perseverance.
I was not accustomed to the erratic climate.
Choose the correct antonym for the underlined words from the options given.
Only a few hours before the last chapter of her life she had omitted to pray.
The auctioneer built up the crescendo gradually.
A methodical learning will fetch best results.
Choose the unclipped form of “movie”.
(b) moving picture
(b) moving picture
Choose the right definition for the given term “tautology”.
(а) A collection of selected literary passages
(b) Useless repetition
(c) One who adheres to the letter of the Koran, rejecting all traditions
(d) One who relates or collects anecdotes
(b) Useless repetition
Choose the meaning of the idiom ‘Make a long story short’.
(a) Someone who lacks intelligence
(b) To understand the situation well
(c) A rare happening
(d) Come to the point – leave out details
(d) Come to the point – leave out details
Choose the meaning of the foreign word in the sentence.
I planned to go downtown to meet with Betty, but I ran into a glitch.
(c) small problem
(d) difference of opinion
(c) small problem
Choose the word from the options given to form a compound word with “quarters”.
Form a new word by adding a suitable suffix to the root word, “associate”.
Choose the expanded form of “DoT”.
(a) Department of Telecommunications
(b) Department of Tailors
(c) Director Of Tele-evangelists
(d) Department of Televisions
(a) Department of Telecommunications
The correct syllabification of the word “adventurous” is
Fear of high buildings is known as………..
Fill in the blank with the suitable preposition.
He handed over the answer script ………….. the warning bell.
Add a suitable question tag to the following sentence.
He never met anyone, ……….?
(a) didn’t he
(b) won’t he
(c) did he
(d) hasn’t he
(c) did he
Choose the correct sentence pattern.
The children speak courteously.
Substitute the phrasal verb in the sentence with a single word.
It is really difficult to put up with a short-tempered person.
Fill in the blank with the suitable relative pronoun.
The dress ……… she bought yesterday are already stained.
PART – II
II. Answer any seven of the following: [7 × 2 = 14]
(i) Read the following sets of poetic lines and answer any four of the following. [4 x 2 = 8]
“To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;”
(а) How does the nature connect to the soul of the poet?
(b) Identify the figure of speech.
(a) The beauty of nature established a connection with the soul of the poet.
“ When officialdom demands Is there a doctor in the stands?”
(a) Why are doctors called from stands by the sponsors?
(b) Why does the poet make such an observation?
(a) The doctors are called from the stands by the sponsors to attend to a badly hurt and bleeding athlete.
(b) The poet does not wish to swap place with either heroes or victims of brutal sports. So, he makes this remark.
“There was a time indeed
They used to shake hands with their hearts”
(a) Explain “Shake hands with their hearts”.
(b) Discuss the appropriateness of the term “used to” here?
(a) The heart is a symbol of genuine emotions. The poet recalls the time when people used to smile and shake hands with their hearts. Now, things have become different.
(b) The word “used to” denotes a past discontinued action. Hence the term is appropriately used in this context.
‘‘And yet not so – for what can we bequeath Save our deposed bodies to the ground?”
(a) Why is the speaker sad?
(b) Identify the figure of speech.
(a) The speaker (i.e.) king Richard II knows that he has nothing except his dead body to leave behind. So, he is sad.
“If must have been Macavity! ’but he’s a mile away.”
(a) What is Macavity blamed for?
(b) Where is he?
(a) Macavity is blamed for most of the crimes which leave the Scotland police and flying squad fuming and fretting because he just vanishes after every crime is committed. Besides, he leaves no proof or evidence behind.
(b) He is in a by-street or in the square when a crime is discovered. He always has one or two alibi.
“Honour is a property, common to all:
In dignity and pride no one need to be poor.”
(а) Who are considered rich?
(b) What is their asset?
(a) Those who possess dignity and pride are considered rich.
(b) Honour is their asset.
(ii) Do as directed (any three) [3 × 2 = 6]
Report the following dialogue:
Srikanth : Doctor, a bee stung me. The pain is unbearable.
Doctor : Do not worry. I will apply some cream on it.
Srikanth told the doctor that a bee had stung him and added that the pain was unbearable. The doctor advised him not to worry and added that he would apply some cream on it.
I drop this doll. It will break. (Combine using ‘If’).
If I drop this doll, it will break.
Rewrite the sentence making an inversion in the conditional clause.
If I won the lottery, I would travel the world.
Were I to win the lottery, I would travel the world.
He admitted his guilt. (Transform this sentence into a complex sentence)
He admitted that he was guilty.
PART – III
III. Answer any seven of the following: [7 × 3 = 21]
(i) Explain any two of the following with Reference to the Context: [2 × 3 = 6]
Never shall we fail in what we commit,
Shall nourish the ones that nourish the world.
Reference: These lines are from the poem “Everest is not the Only Peak” written by Kulothungan.
Context: The poet says these words about unsung heroes who are committed to the cause of sustaining those who sustain the world.
Explanation: Farmers nourish the people with food grains. Teachers nourish children’s minds with noble thoughts and inspire them to strive for the progress of the country. The poet claims simple people nourish those who nourish the world.
Athletes, I’ll drink to you,
Or eat with you,
Or anything except compete with you…
Reference: These words are from the poem “Confessions of a Bom Spectator” written by Ogden Nash.
Context: The poet says these while contemplating the probability of swapping places with them.
Explanation: The poet has limp and bashful spirit which feeds on other people’s heroic deeds. The zealous players maim one another to win laurels. The thrill and excitement of all kinds of sports and games pleases the poet but he is wise enough to stay out and be a spectator because he has modest of physiques. He admits he would rather share a drink with them in a pub or dine with them in a restaurant. He is even ready to buy the most expensive tickets, as expensive as radium, to see them play the rough games but never compete with them.
I have learned to wear my faces
Like dresses …
Reference: These lines are from the poem “Once Upon a Time” written by Gabriel Okara.
Context: The poet says these words while admitting how he himself started putting oni appearances to conform to the changed attitude of people in modem times.
Explanation: The poet registers his displeasure over the negative changes that have influenced the behaviour of adults. The adults have mastered the art of changing their facial expressions according to the situations merely to ensure social acceptance. The poet also has started wearing faces like dresses, changing them according to fashion and season and almost daily. He regrets his hypocrisy but is helpless.
(ii) Answer any two of the following questions briefly: [2 x 3 = 6]
How was Mary Kom felicitated on her return to India?
On her return, Mary Kom was given a warm welcome at the airport. Back at Imphal, she was greeted with garlands, drumbeats and dancing. There was a victory procession across the town. A felicitation programme was held at Langol. People showered her with rich encomiums. She was presented with a traditional shawl..
Who does the speaker claim to represent?
The speaker wishes to represent some of the cardinal principles enunciated by those who offered to graduates in the past. He remarks that his speech would bear the layman’s point of view to the findings of experts in various fields of education. He promises to annotate the speeches of great educationists for the benefit of the graduates.
What was the reaction of Bryson’s wife to his antics?
Mrs. Bryson saw the quixotic behaviour of her husband. She was neither angry nor exasperated. But she just expressed her deep sense of wonder. She said, ‘I can’t believe you do this for a living”.
(iii) Answer any three of the following questions briefly: [3 x 3 = 9]
Study the pie-chart and answer the questions that follow:
People taking different modes of transport in Chennai
- What percent of people travel by Bus?
- Which mode of transport is used by the least percentage of people?
- Which mode of transport is taken by the maximum number of people?
- Twenty percent of people travel by Bus.
- Walking is used by the least percentage of people.
- Train is taken by the maximum number of people.
Build a dialogue of minimum three exchanges between a parent and a School Principal.
Parent : Good morning Sir, I was told that you wanted to meet me.
Principal : Good morning. Please sit down. Your son has got excellent drawing skills.
Parent : I am really glad to hear it.
Principal : I have given him the address of a nearby Art school.
Parent : Thanks Sir, 1 shall send him in the week ends.
Principal : This is a cheque for his fees there.
Parent : Thank you so much sir.
Principal : He has earned it. He only painted all the boards. He will become a great artist one day.
Describe the process of editing a video clip.
- Transfer the video clip to be edited to the computer.
- Go to the folder or location and right-click on the video.
- Select open with and a drop down menu will appear.
- Click photos application. The video will open in the photos app.
- Click edit and create. This option will be found in the top-right comer of the window. Click create a movie with text.
- Name the video.
- Drag the movie clip to the editing area and edit the video. Many options are available to edit in the ‘storyboard section’.
- Once the editing is complete save the file.
Complete the proverbs using the words given below.
(a) Don’t judge a book by its (author, cover, colour)
(b) Strike while the iron is (hot, wet, cold)
(c) Too many cooks spoil the (recipe, dish, broth)
PART – IV
IV. Answer the following: [7 × 5 = 35]
How does the author prove that absent-mindedness is a boon as well as a bane?
Absent – mindedness of people shocked the author when the Railway department published the list of lost articles. It was startling to note that young people forget bats, balls etc. The author attributes it to the abundant imagination and dreams. They are citizens of dreamland. Anglers also forget their fishing rods. Absent – mindedness is often a blessing in disguise. People can forget their unhappiness and live in a world of Utopia. Great thinkers, poets and philosophers are absent – minded because their minds are full of lofty ideas and imagination.
Socrates the philosopher and S.T. Coleridge the poet were absent – minded people. Similarly, Politicians have bad memories. States are yet to produce ideal statesmen who can remember their promises after winning the elections. Great writers, composers of music have amazingly great memories. Memory is half the substance of their art. Once a father took his baby out in a perambulator in the morning. He walked into a pub to have a glass of beer. The child was sitting in the perambulator outside in the street. After sometime, his wife came that way for shopping. She was shocked to find her baby sleeping in the perambulator.
She decided to teach her husband a lesson. She took the baby home. She expected her husband to come and apologize for losing the child. But he just walked in and casually asked his wife cheerfully what was there for lunch. Very few people like Einstein or Socrates would be capable of such absent-mindedness. Men should forget unpleasant things and remember pleasant things. Thus Absent – mindedness is both a boon and a bane.
How does the speaker highlight the importance of giving back to the society?
The graduates have drawn largely from the social chest. The largest taken from the society needs to be replenished. If graduates fail to pay back, ordinary people’s coffer will be empty. The supervisor’s education enjoins greater responsibility to society. Apart from their own individual advancement, society has got a right to expect an adequate return from the graduates.
The society does not expect them to payback in cash. But they must pay back in terms of service. They should tone up the society by bringing a light into the dark alleys. They should herald sunshine into dingy places. They must give solace to the affiliated people. They should also give hope unto the despondent and thus ensure a new life unto everyone.
‘Face is the index of the mind.’ Does this adage concur with the views of the poet?
Unlike the people of the past, people in modem times “laugh only with their teeth” while their ice-block cold eyes search for something. Now, people shake hands without hearts. There is no human warmth in social relations. While they shake hands, they look for evidences to judge the financial status of a person. People say ‘feel at home’ and ‘come again’. But if a person visits a third time he is not welcomed. They all have cocktail faces ready for all occasions. Their conforming smiles are like fixed portrait smiles.
They wear standard, deceitful, artificial smile for all occasions. They have faces like masks. The poet has learnt from them how to use faces like dresses, home face, office face, street face, host face etc. Their faces, like the teeth of the elephant, show only what is accepted. The ugly side of their personality is cleverly hidden behind their deceitful smiles and polite words. So, the poet’s views do not concur with the adage “Face is the index of the mind”.
In what way is every hillock similar to Everest?
The poet does not compare rare feats of athletes, mountaineers or horsemen. He does not attach great value to positions or possessions. He scoffs at those who pull strings to achieve their ends. The means must justify the ends. One should not stoop to underhand dealings to-achieve their desired goals in life.
Those who reach great heights in life like Everest due to their hard work, perseverance and competence are adorable. At the same time those who trek any small hillocks can’t be underestimated. The efforts made in reaching even the smallest positions in life, if done with sincerity of purpose and deep devotion, is worthy of hearty appreciation. One who holds a humble position, but upright and serves as a ladder for fellow humans to reach great heights deserves our respect.
The poet admits that he is proud of people’s humble positions because their pride springs not from positions or possessions but the way they live. Their life knows no bending. The poet just doesn’t bother the height of the peak one reaches. It could even be a hillock. What matters is how one reaches that spot. If merit and competence have paved the way for their success and positions, however humble they are, the poet admires them.
Write a paragraph (150 words) by developing the following hints.
A policeman – dow n the street – checking doors – a man standing – stops to talk – about the childhood friends who agreed to meet – after 20 years – his friend there shows up – how each of them has changed – The criminal – arrested, and the undercover cop says – 20 years – change a good man into a criminal.
The short story “After Twenty Years” takes place around 10 p.m. along a dark, windy New York City business avenue, mostly within the darkened doorway of a closed hardware store. This particular location had been a restaurant until five years ago. The plot begins with a policeman “on the beat” who discovers a man standing in the dark doorway.
The man then proceeds to explain why he is there. He and his best friend, Jimmy Wells had parted exactly twenty years ago to make their fortunes and had promised to meet at that spot “After Twenty Years”. He had gone west and gotten rich and was sure his friend, Jimmy would meet him if he were alive. They talked a while and the policeman carried on. The man from the west wonders if his friend will come. The drama increases in anticipation of the rendezvous.
Twenty minutes later, another man, whom we assume is his long lost friend, greets him warmly and they walk arm in arm discussing careers until they come to a well-lit comer near a drug store. The man from the west gets a good look at his companion and discovers that he is not his friend, Jimmy. We are treated to several surprises for the man from the west is under arrest and secondly he is actually ‘Silky Bob’, a gangster from Chicago and finally the stranger is a plainclothes policeman. However, it seems that these three surprises are not enough. We get the “real” surprise when Jimmy Wells, the original policeman didn’t have the heart to arrest Bob, because he was his friend.
Narrator – wants – photograph – photographer wait for an hour – comments – angry – called on Saturday – proof – Narrator shocked – photograph – not like him – worthless bauble.
‘With the Photographer’ by Stephen Leacock is narrated in the first person. The narrator while sitting in the photographer’s studio begins to read some magazines and sees how other people look and the narrator begins to feel insecure about his appearance. It is also noticeable that the photographer takes a dislike to his face judging it to be wrong. What should have been a simple process of taking a photograph becomes something of a nightmare for the narrator.
How confident the narrator becomes is noticeable when he returns to the photographer’s studio the following Saturday. He realises that the photograph that has been taken of him looks nothing like him. This angers the narrator as he was simply looking for a photograph that would show his likeness. He accepts that he may not be to everybody’s liking when it comes to his physical appearance but is angered by the changes made. The photographer has retouched the photograph so much that the narrator does not recognise himself.
The end of the story is also interesting as the reader realises that it is just a worthless bauble when he begins to cry. He has been judged solely by his appearance by the photographer whose job was to simply take a life like photograph.
Write a summary or Make notes of the following passage.
Any polished surface which reflects light is a mirror. Most mirrors are made of smooth glass. These glass strips are backed with a very thin layer of aluminium. Not all mirrors are flat. Convex mirrors bulge outwards. They make things look smaller. But they give us a wider view. They are often used as driving mirrors in cars. They are also used as security mirror in shops. Concave mirrors curve in wards. They are used as shaving mirrors, because they magnify things which are close. With distant things, they produce a tiny upside – down image. In large telescopes they are used to collect and focus the light.
No. of words given in the original passage: 108
No. of words to be written in the summary: 108/3 = 36 ± 5
A polished surface of glass that reflects light is a mirror. Convex mirror provide wider view and used as driving and security mirrors They make things look smaller. Concave mirrors magnify closer objects and hence used as shaving mirrors and in telescope to focus light.
A polished surface of glass that reflects light is a mirror. Convex mirror provide wider view and used as driving mirrors and security mirrors. Concave mirrors magnify closer objects and hence used as shaving mirrors and in telescope to focus light.
No. of words in the summary: 41
Different kinds of mirrors
Polished surface reflecting light-made of smooth glass-glass strips backed with thin layer of Aluminium.
Bulge outwards-make things look smaller-wider view-driving mirrors-security mirrors in shops.
Curve inwards-used as shaving mirrors-magnify close things-distant images upside down-large telescope used.
Write a letter to the Postmaster of your area informing him of the change of address.
3rd Oct, 20xx
8, South street,
The Postmaster, .
Sub: Regarding changes of address.
I was earlier living in 15, Car street. We shifted our residence to 8, South street last week. Hence, I request you to redirect all letters, addressed to my former address to this new address.
Address on the Envelope
Write an essay in about 150 words on ‘Disaster Management in India’.
Disaster Management in India
National Institute of Disaster Management is a premier national institute. It trains people for capacity development programmes for managing natural disasters in India. The NIDM works under government’s directives to train and conduct checks to regulate effective earthquake and disaster control policies. Recently, Delhi witnessed One of the biggest mega mock drills conducted by the NIDM in India.
The buildings and infrastructures in India are quite vulnerable to calamities. They can’t withstand the rigours of a natural calamity. The Tsunami disasters in South India expose the unpreparedness and lack of skills in disaster management. The havoc caused by the floods and landslides in Kerdamath only underlines our weakness or inefficiency in tackling natural disaster on such a scale.
The NIDM can take due credit for its efficient work done during the ‘Hudhud’ cyclone. The cyclone struck the coastal areas of Andhra and Odisha. Proper warning and early evacuation in the affected areas limited losses and casualties. But again the NIDM proved quite ineffective when unprecedented floods rocked Srinagar and other parts of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the army and not the NIDM that stole the limelight by evacuating lakhs of marooned people and saving their lives.
The NIDM has a long way to go. It must prepare itself as a body that can cope with natural disasters with professional skills and efficiency.
Read the following sentences, spot the errors and rewrite the sentences correctly.
(a) Divide this apples among Rohith and Dhanush.
(b) I go to school on bus.
(c) Suguna is now free of danger.
(d) One of the boys are missing.
(e) Many students has turned up for the seminar.
(a) Divide these apples between Rohith and Dhanush.
(b) I go to school by bus. .
(c) Suguna is now free from danger.
(d) One of the boys is missing.
(e) Many students have turned up for the seminar.
Fill in the blanks appropriately.
(a) He had no ………. I gave him a………of advice. (Piece / Peace)
(b) Vanitha…………go to temple on Fridays , when she was young. (Semi-modal)
(c) ………. rain, they continued to play the match. (Linker / phrase)
(d) The milkman ……… (knock) the door at the moment. (Use the verb in the correct form) .
(a) peace, piece
(b) used to
(c) In spite of
(d) is knocking
Identify each of the following sentences with the fields given below.
(a) The hybrid between lemon and pomegranate was unbelievably marvellous.
(b) The State Government has introduced QR code to enhance the quality of learning.
(c) The bird flu virus took a huge toll of lives in Philippines.
(d) Due to virus, the system became slow.
(e) Prakash Javadekar MHRD minister introduced a new scheme for empowerment of women.
(Politics, Computer, Agriculture, Education, Health)
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
The first flags were probably hoisted in China. People flew flags in China over 4,000 years ago. Each part of the army had its own flag so the soldiers could see their leaders. Early flags were sticks of wood. They had pictures cut into the wood. Iran had metal flags about 3,000 years ago. Old Greek coins show pictures of flags. People in Rome also used flags over 2,000 years ago. People first made flags of cloth about 2,000 years ago. Those flags looked like today’s flags. Flags are important at sea. Most ships fly their own country’s flag and the flag of the country they are visiting. When a ship flies only its own flag, it is ready to fight.
Every country now has a flag. Every U.S. state has a flag. Clubs, teams, and schools have flags. The Olympics has a flag. The Olympics flag has five rings of five colours. Each ring stands for, or represents, a continent. It means that people from five continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America – come to play. Railway lines also use flags. Railway flags tell the trains what to do. For example, a red flag tells the train to stop, just like a stop sign. A blue, white, or green flag tells the train that it can go. A blue flag on the side of a train means someone is working on the train. It means nobody can move the train.
- How many flags do most ships fly?
- What were the first flags made of ?
- Does every country have a flag?
- Mention the role of a railway flag.
- Describe the Olympic flag.
- Most ships fly two flags. One is of their own country and another is that of the country it intends to visit.
- The first flags were made of sticks of wood.
- Yes, every country has a flag.
- A railway flag directs a train to stop or move forward. Red flag tells the train to stop. White, blue and green ones allow the train to pass. However, a blue flag on the side of a train indicates a technical problem with the train.
- Olympic flag has five rings of colors explaining the representation of people from five continents (i.e.) Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.