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English (100 Marks) : 2009 Question with Answer by Commerce

 1. Change the following sentences into passive voice:

        (a) They never helped me

        Ans. I was never helped by them.

        (b) They will punish you for your misdeed.

        Ans. For you misdeed will be punished you by them

        (c) I have always helped Hari.

        Ans. Hari has been always helped by me.

   2. Fill in the blanks with suitable model auxiliary verbs:

        (a) We...Should.…… love our country.

        (b) I…..have.… hire a taxi.

        (c) He....will.... Come today.


3. Turn the following sentences into Indirect Speech:

        (a) The teacher said, “The earth moves round the sun”

        Ans. The teacher said that the earth moves around the sun.

        (b) She said, “I have bought a beautiful pen”

        Ans. She said that she had bought a beautiful pen.

        (c) Hari said to me, “Can you sing this song?”

        Ans. Hari asked me if I could sing this song.

 4. Read carefully the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 4*3 = 12

        Most of the people who appear most often in history books are great conquerors and generals strangely enough the people who really helped civilization forward are often never mentioned at all. We do not know who made the first boat or calculated the length of the year but we know all about killers and destroyers. We raise statues to them simply because they fought bravely. But even animals fight. So do savages. To fight is not be civilized. Moreover, there are other ways of settling quarrels among men and nations. So really civilized people have been those who have brought peace and happiness to mankind. They have been prophets, saints, Doctors, inventors and discoverers. They have been really great since instead of inflicting pain and hardship upon humanity, they have healed their wounds, Instead of killing, they have saved human lives. They are really civilized and deserve our admiration and respect.



  • Who are the people that federally appear in history books?

Ans. Great Conquerors and generals strangely people are generally appear in history books

  • Is fighting a mark of civilization?

Ans. No, fighting is not to be a mark of civilization.

  • Who are truly civilized?

Ans. Those people who have brought peace and happiness to mankind are truly civilized. Such as prophets saints, doctors, inventors and diseaverers.

  • Why do they deserve our admiration and respect?

Ans. Those people have always brought peace and happiness. They have been greed since instead of infelicity pain and hardship upon human-deserve our admiration and respect.

 5. Write an essay in about 100-500 words on any one of the following topics: 10

        (a) Your Hobby

        (b) A village fair.

        (c) An Indian festival

        (d) The post office.

 6. Transform the following sentences without changing the meaning:


        (a) He is too poor to buy this book. (Remove ‘too’)

        Ans. He in so poor that he cannot buy this book

        (b) Hari is taller than all other boys. (Into Positive degree)

        Ans. No other boy is as tall as Hari.

        (c) Can you climb up this tree? (Into Assertive)

        Ans. You cannot climb up this tree.

 7. Use the following idioms and phrases in sentences of your own so as to bring our meaning clearly:

        (a) Ups and down

        Ans. There was a Commotion up and down the house.

        (b) Rainy day

        Ans. 25th November in a rainy day of all Indians.

        (c) Nook and corner.

        Ans. He searched his lost child in every nook and comes of this town.

 8. Pick out the principal clauses in the following sentences:

        (a) That he will come today is certain.

        Ans. Today is certain.

        (b) I know who he is.

        Ans. I know.

        (c) Walk carefully lest you should fall.

        Ans. Walk Carefully.

 9. Translate the following sentences into English:

        (a) मैं गाँव में रहता हूँ।

        Ans. I live in a village.

        (b) मेरे गाँव पटना से नजदीक है ।

        Ans. My village is near to Patna.

        (c) मुझे ग्रामीण जीवन बहुत पसंद है ।

        Ans. I am most like to village life. Or I love rural life / very much.

       (d) मेरे घर के पीछे जंगल है।

       Ans. There is a forest in behind my house.

      (e) मैं प्रतिदिन वहाँ टहलने जाता हूँ

     Ans. I walk there day to day or  I go for a walk there every day

 10. Make a precis of following Passage giving a suitable title: 7

        When we speak of ‘the freedom of press’. we usually mean freedom in a very technical and restricted sense – namely, freedom free direction or censorship by the Government. In this respect, the British press is under ordinary conditions. Singularly free. It can attack policy and political character or ministers, interfere in the delicate machinery of foreign diplomacy, conduct campaigns to subvert the Constitution, incite citizens to discontent and rebellion, expose scandals and foment grievances, and generally harry and belabor the servants of the state, with almost perfect liberty. On occasions, it an become a weapon to coerce the Government of conform to what it asserts to be the will of the people.

                          Title :- Freedom of Press

      Freedom of press usually means freedom from governments. Censorship or direction. In this sense the British press in free in ordinary condition. It can attack government policy and political characters. Expose scandals, inflame public grievances and coerce government to act.

 11. Put the verbs in the following sentences into correct tense forms:

        (a) Honesty (be) the best policy.

        Ans. Honesty is the best policy.

        (b) He (leave) Patna a month ago.

        Ans. He left Patna a month ago.

        (c) He always (come) late.

        Ans. He always comes late.


                Group – c

12. Match the names given in List – A with appropriate titles from List – B :

List – A

        (a) John keats (v)

        (B) Walter de la mare (ii)

        (c) kamala Das (iv)

        (d) Keki N. Daruwalla (i)

        (e) W.H. Auden (ii)


List – B

        (i) Fire Hymn

        (ii) Epitaph

        (iii) Now the leaves are falling fast.

        (iv) My Grandmother’s House

        (v) To Autumn.


 1Name the Poet who wrote the following lines :

        (a) When thou sigh’st thou sigh’st not winde,

        But Sigh’st my Soule away.

        Ans. John Donne

        (b) I celebrate myself, and sign myself.

        Ans. Walt whitmen.

        (c) Where are the songs of spring?

        Ay, where are they?

        Ans. John keats.

        (d) And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake,

        Ans. T.S. Eliot

        (e) I swore to save fire

         From the sin of forgetfulness.

        Ans. Keki N. Daruwala.

 14. Give, in short, the summary of any one of the following poem:

        (a) Song of Myself:

        (b) To Autumn:

        (c) The Soldier:

        (d) My Grandmother’s House.

(a) Song of Myself: The poem “song of myself” has been composed by Walt Whitman. He was the most individualistic literary figure that America has produced. He tells about himself in this poem. The poet enjoys himself and sings for the self. But the poet is not different from others. He tell himself that every atom of his blood belongs to his soil. He always assumes everything which is right. he also says that every atom of blood is the same in all human beings, He wanders in the support of his pain which given him pain as a spike comes and touches the skin. He whaterover says, Says that from his heart he says that everyone of this world comes one by one. He always keeps feelings or thoughts in min either good or bad. He is ready at every danger in his life. He accepts that life is not a bed of roses. It is full of difficulties and also happiness. It is a finest gift given by God. Here there are too many people two fight for the religion. Religious festival. He is not good. Everyone should think that there is nothing in life, So always be happy and try to make other happy.

(b) To Autumn: John Keats was a great lover of Nature. In the poem “Ode To Autumn” he describes the beauty and characteristic spirit of Autumn in a series of memorable pictures. There he reveals the principle of beauty in nature in the autumn. New leaves and fruits grow on tree. There is neither heat of summer not bitterly coldness of winter. Nature looks beautiful everywhere. Wind blows friendly Birds sing in a fine tune. People are happy. They can do their word easily is this season. Mostly they have good health. It makes a person perfect. The sum conspires with autumn slightly. Its rays make the fruit fleshy, fat and testy. Everywhere in the nature remains calm and cool.


(c) The Soldier: “The Soldier” is composed by the poet Rupert Brooke who was the most handsome young man in England. The poet is saying that when he would die he would be given a corner of a filed on the earth hidden from dust. When the war had started the dust starts to hid everything and was washed away by the rivers. When war started he wanted a flower which would give love without knowing the definite way where he is to go. He always contacts with English air of England. He was walking, thinking about dispute in war. He thought himself that not a single evil word came in his mind. A small vibration touched his mind would last forever. He wanted a peaceful country. It is his dream and always had seen this type of sight that there would be no war between two countries. Everyone should live a peaceful life. It seemed like a heaven in England to think over it.


(d) My Grandmother’s House. The poem “My Grandmother’s House” is a wonderful creation by ‘Kamala Das’. She has written about the grandmother’s house. She also used to live with her grandmother in that house. When she way young in the house she was very beautiful. There she and her grandmother lived very happy life.

Everything around very that house is good. But when her grandmother died and the speaker lived in other places, the house became in bad conditions. Everywhere that house became pitiable. Bushes grew around when the speaker went there to see the house. When she reached there she received warm welcome. She saw her house damage. A strong feeling caught her mind everything was changed when she was there but still she was proud because she re3ached there and received loved which she begged at stranger’s door.

In this poem, Kamala Das, the speaker told in her autobiography how she lived when she was too young.


                Group – C


  1. Give, in short, the summary of any one of the following pieces:

        (a) The Artist

        (b) A child is born

        (c) India Trough a Traveler’s Eye

        (d) I have a dream

(a) The Artist

Seibei had a hobby for collecting gourds. He got them for a few Sen. when he came hon, he would first bore a neat hole in the top of the gourd bad smell of gourd and extract the seeds. Then he covered them with tea-leaves to get rid of the bad smell of gourd.

Seibei was passionately interested in gourds. He was twelve years old and still at primary school. After class he usually wondered about the town looking for gourds. In the evening he would sit in the corner of living room working on his newly acquire fruit. When he had finished treating it, he poured in a little sake, inserted a cork stopper, warped it in a tower put this in a tin and finally poached the whole thing in the charcoal foot warmer. Then he went to bed.

Next morning first of all he examine the gourd and hang them in the sun. He lived in a harbor town. He almost used to walk in the town. Then he came to every place that sold gourds and to recognize almost every gourd on the market. But his father did not like it. One day seibei about five inches, Long of gourd at a common place. He became curious. He wanted to know everything about that, so he went home and in no time pack at the stall. He bought the gourd and took it home.

Seibei’s father wanted to his son became a learned person. He always wanted to him that he studied well. His father didn’t like his son’s work whatever Seibei was doing. Seibei’s father didn’t want to listen any complain of his son. His desires were to gave up his on unwanted work and unwanted things, for this view he always guided his son and at last by forcedly he made his to give up that work and that things.

(b) A child is born

A Child is born, in every society women goes from their mother’s houses at marriage to live with a mother-in-law and the wives of their husbands, brothers. It is an anthropology that such women do not become members of their family unit they have born a child. If a girl is lucky and her parents are alive, she goes to her mother’s house for the last months of her pregnancy and about the first three month of the baby’s life. When the baby is born it is an occasion of joy for the whole family.

The naming ceremony is lovely. It is held when the boy is seven days old. A new dress is brought for it and a new sari for the mother. There is dancing and singing until late at night. The woman and girls gather and sing songs. Garlands of turmeric and garlic are worn to ward off evil spirits. That is when the name is chosen….The ceremony is held for the birth of a boy of girls. Of course it is considered better to have a boy, but the birth of a girl is celebrated with the same joy by the women in the family. We sit together. Some of us might be young unmarried girls. Others aged ladies of forty or fifty. There are so many jokes, so much laughter.


(c) India Trough a Traveler’s Eye

India had always been part of the background of my life, but I had never seen, it whole and for myself until now. Yet the stories that our Indian family doctor and his wife told me when I was child had woven themselves into my growing dreams, and I had long read everything that I could find about that country from my father I had learned of it through Buddhism and the life history of the Lord Buddha. When did I go to India to see, not the Taj Mahal, although I did  see it any by moonlight, not Father Skirl, although i did see it, and not the glories of empire in New Delhi, although I did see the,  I want to see India, to see and listen to two groups of people, the young intellectuals in the cities and the peasants in the villages, There i met in little room in the city, in little houses in the villages, and I heard their plans for freedom, Already the intellectuals believed that another world war was inevitable, They had been bitterly disappointed after the first word war by what they felt, where the broken promises of England, The English, they declared, had no real purpose to restore India to the people. I could believe it fresh as I was from china, where the period of people’s Tutelage seemed endless and self-government further off every year, when you are ready for independence, conquerors have always said to their subjects, etcetera! But who is to decide when that moment comes and how can people learn to govern themselves except by doing it?

So the intellectuals in India were Restless and embittered, and I sat thought hours watching their placing dark eyes.

(d) I have a dream

I have a dream is a speech delivered by Nobel Prize winner Martin Luther King Junior, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In 1963 On the occasion he pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It generated light to hope among the Negro slaves who were no better than beast. The speaker points out that although one century has passed by yet Negroes are facing segregation and discrimination. They are languishing in poverty too.

King Jr. Father says that the time is running out. America must remove racial injustice, It must bring equality between the black and the white. He warns that any delay may prove fatal and shake the very foundation of the country. The speaker is quick to add that no bad means should be employed to realise or attain freedom. He calls upon the audience, the majority of whom were Negroes to conduct their struggle in dignified and disciplined manner. It should be free from bitterness and hatred, He exhorts the audience, particularly the Negroes to go back to Mississippi, to Alabama to Georgia and to Louisiana in the hope that the situation will change.

King Jr. Then talks of his dream that he is visualizing. He is pretty sure that his dream that all men are created quall will be realized, His dream that former slaves sons and the sons of former slaves owner will sit down at a table of brotherhood. He also dreams that spots of injustice like Mississippi, Alabama etc. will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

Finally he hopes that such freedom will percolate into every nook and corner of America where the black and the white will live together in an atmosphere of brotherhood.

The present piece is an excellent example of oratorical skill.

 16. Complete the following sentences on the basis of your textual reading:

        (a) Seibel way passionately interested in….Gourds.

        (b) Seibel was.….Twelve Years..….old.

17. Name the authors of the following pieces:

        (a) Indian civilization and Culture

        Ans. Mahatma Gandhi

        (b) A pinch of Snuff

        Ans. Manohar Malgaonkar

        (c) The Earth.

        Ans. H. E. Bates


                Group – D

 18. Write a brief not on Global English

        OR, Write a note on the future of English in India.

Ans. Write a brief not on Global English: English is said to be a global language as no other language is ready and spoken is so many countries as it is. Naturally, it has becomes the language of international trade, commerce, science and diplomacy.

Although it has acquired the distinction of being international language. It has been conditioned to the use of local expression. American English, for instance, differ in spelling of lots of words. The expressions, too, is distinctively its own.

Similarly Indian English has been conditioned in local (Indian) way of life. In the Novels of Mulk Raj Anand we find the use of Local Dialect so far as abuses are Concerned, Some Local Indian Phrases have also become popular.

Thus, English, without any doubt, may be called global English.

OR, Write a note on the future of English in India. The English has future in India Country also because India is economically a rising country. All recent inventions and discoveries are found in the books of English. We cannot do anything without English.

English has future in India India also because of globalization. Market economy has created international trade and marketing. The Knowledge of English is indispensable in such a situation. English has generated employment in India. Thousands of call centres require employees who have knowledge of English.


19. Match the fiven in List – A with List – B

        List – A

        (a) Arms and the man (iv)

        (b) Macbeth (i)

        (c) Untouchable (v)

        (d) The Guide (ii)

        (e) A Passage of India (iii)


        List – B

        (i) E.M. Forster

        (ii) Mulk Raj Anand

        (iii) William Shakespeare

        (iv) G.B. Shaw

        (v) R.K. Narayan.

 20. Write the name of five Indian writing in English and also mention one poem or literary work of each of them.

        OR, Write a note on the importance of English in India with special reference to globalization of economy.

Ans. Write the name of five Indian writing in English and also mention one poem or literary work of each of them.

  • Raja Rao
  • Mulk Raj Anand
  • K. Narayan.
  • Manohar malgaonkar
  • Rabindra nath Tagore

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OR, Write a note on the importance of English in India with special reference to globalization of economy

English is very important for Indians. In the past it played a crucial role in initiating the Indians into the latest knowledge acquired by the western countries. It played an important role in providing a link language to our country. It played an important role in providing a link language to our country, It helped in bringing the people of different regions on one platform.

In fact, if provided teeth to our freedom movement. It is due to English that our freedom struggle could acquire the dimension of national movement. Today science has brought the nations of the world very close. Globalization of economy, diplomacy and technology has made it compulsory for Indians to learn English.





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