Kerala Plus Two English Model Question Paper 1
Time: 2 1/2 Hour
Cool off time: 15 Minutes
Maximum: 80 Score
(Questions 1-3) Read the Excerpt from’ Matchbox’ and answer the questions that follow.
“An indigent widow, without husband or son, she was successful in consigning her daughter to a wealthy family’s house on the strength of looks alone. But the good lady has never stopped taking credit, at the slightest opportunity, for her skill in the matter”
Indigent’ in the excerpt means…….
How could she send her daughter to a wealthy family?
Why is it said that she never stopped taking credit?
Bring out the message of the following lines from the poem ‘stammer’by Satchidanandan.
” When a whole people stammer
stammer becomes their mother tongue;
Just as it is with us now.”
It has been decided to conduct a debate in your school on the topic’ Women deserve equality and not a reservation?’Write one point to Support the topic and one point to counter it.
Edit the following Notice for errors.
An inter-school Badminton singles match is being hosted by your school. You have been selected as the announcer. Prepare the announcement script to introduce the match and the players.
The poem ‘Mending wall’ presents the paradox in’ Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, and ‘ g;d fences make good neighbors. Both seem to be equally true but contrasting points of View Substantiate your own view on this.
(Questions 9-13) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.
The issue of road accidents requires serious attention. Day by day, it is becoming a matter of great concern. Call it the negligence of the government or the rashness of the drivers, the underlying fact is that at the end of the day the common man is the one who suffers the most. The commoner, driving a two-wheeler or walking along the side, who is hit by a speeding car, even though following the traffic rules, has nowhere to go to seek redressal for the grievances or injury.
Part of the problem lies in the attitude and mentality of the driver behind the steering wheel. The car is a personal vehicle and one possesses the freedom to drive it at one’s x own will, But one must understand that the road on which one drives is open to the public. This blurring of the division between the public and the private leads to reckless behaviour on the roads. A little consideration for road rules and adoption of simple safety measures can go a long way in reducing road accidents.
Suggest a suitable title to the passage
Why does the common man suffer in instances of road accidents?
Find out the word which means ‘making unclear” from the passage.
Give two solutions for reducing road accidents.
Prepare notes based on the above passage in the format
- Reasons for road accidents
- negligence of the government
- Tine driver should
- follow road rules
The following is a conversation among the postal assistant, the policeman and the farmer in the post office of’ Post Early for Christmas’ when the parcel was suspected to be a time-bomb.
Assistant: It’s a time-bomb, constable
Policeman: Bert Higgins, have you been up to some more of your mischief?
Farrier: ‘Look here, constable, there,s a time- bomb in that parcel.
Policeman: Don’t talk nonsense, Sir,
Farmer: Very well, then, listen for yourself.
Later Bert Higgins reported the scene to his .friends. This is how he began his report:
The assistant told the constable that it was a time-bomb……………….. Complete Bert’s report.
(Questions 15-19) Answer any four questions. Each question carries 5 scores.
A teacher is a mentor and has a great role in molding the personality of a child. Analyse ‘ the character of the teacher in the story ‘crime and punishment, by R.K. Narayan.
You are a participant in a Group Discussion on the topic’ India needs more job creators than job seekers’. What arguments would you raise? Draft the script for your presentation in about 80 words.
In the essay, ‘The Three L’s of Empowerment’, Christine Lagarde suggests various means of empowering women. Write a paragraph on the 3 L’s of empowerment suggested by her.
You are fascinated by the innovative ventures undertaken by Irfan Alam; and decide to invite him to your school for a career orientation talk. Write an email to him inviting him to talk to the students and teachers of your school.
In ‘Horegallu’, Sudha Murthy shows how a burden of troubles can be relieved by talking to a good listener, comment on the suitability of the title ‘Horegallu’.
(Questions 20-22) Answer any two questions. Each question carries 6 scores.
Drug addiction is a problem that is increasing steadily in our society today, prepare a write up in about 200 words on the physical consequence.s and the social impact of Drug Abuse.
An anti-corruption campaign is being conducted in your school. You are asked to deliver a speech: Draft a speech on the topic” corruption: the curse that ruins society.,
The following is an advertisement that came in a leading newspaper. You are qualified to apply for the same. Prepare a job application letter and a resume to apply for the post
(Questions 23-25) Answer any two questions. Each Question carries 8 Scores.
An Essay Writing Competition is being conducted in your school in connection with the Environment Day celebrations. Write an essay on the environmental crisis, suggesting possible measures to overcome it.
You are deputed to cover the boxing match between Antonio Cruz and Felix Vargas for a local newspaper. Prepare’a news report giving emphasis to the climax of the contest.
Read the following poem and prepare an appreciation of it, comparing it with ‘Any woman by Katherine Tynan.
Mother O’ Mine
– Rudyard Kipling.
If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother O’mine, O mother 0’mine!\
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother O’mine, O mother O’mine.
If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother O’ mine, O mother O’ mine ‘
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother O’ mine, O mother O’ mine!
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother O’mine, O mother O’ mine!
poor or destitute
She could send her daughter to a wealthy family because of the beauty of her daughter.
She is a widow and had no sons. Still, she could marry off her daughter to a wealthy family. So she has never stopped taking credit.
The poet considers stammer as a sacrifice to the God of meanings. Unknowingly we make a sacrifice‘to a language by giving a different utterance of it. If all people stammer, it will become an accepted practice and common phenomena in the society. It would even develop as a mother tongue of the people.
For – Equality would enable all the talented women to express their skills and flourish in various domain.
Against – Equality without any reservation may become a stumbling block to women to enter into certain fields as it may limit their opportunities which are open to them also.
Students are requested to register their name to participate in the Mr., and Ms.Kerala competition. Registration forms are available from the Cultural Forum Office. The closing date for registration is 20 March 2018. The event will take place in the school auditorium, on Friday, 23rd March.
Good morning dear friends,
I welcome you all to the very exciting Badminton Singles match, final that is being conducted in our school in connection with the Annual Sports Meet. Binoy and Vincent Roy representing SNHSS and GHSS Mavehkkara is to fight for the Badminton. singles title 2018. The official scorer of the game is Mr.Daniel and Mr.Vineeth Mohan will be in the pitch count. The judges are Mr. Ravi Kumar and Mr. John Varghese. Our. two referees will be Mr.Roy and Mr.Mevin, Jose. We also have our SPC and NSS team to be the volunteers and work as table monitors, cheer up crew and do foodservice. Please don’t stand near the court and don’t block the view of our audience. ’
It is sure that we are going to get a feast to our eyes.
Let’s enjoy the match with its splendor.
Wish our sports participants a grand success!
The poet is of the view that the man builds walls between their properties for convenience, but nature doesn’t like a wall. He finds no reason for the wall as it blocks the communication between the speaker and the neighbour. He stresses universal brotherhood. But the neighbour is sticking on to the tradition. So he says – good fences make good neighbours. It shows that the neighbour likes his privacy and his own space. Actually the annual act of mending wall provides an opportunity for them to interact or communicate with each other and develop their relationship.
Road safety, Need of the hour
The rashness of drivers and the negligence of the government
- lawbreakers should be punished severely and their license can be canceled.
- Traffic rules should be made more strict and traffic squads must be present in the black spots for checking the rash driving
in such areas.
1.2 rashness of the drivers
2.1 road is for the public
The assistant told the constable that it was a time-bomb. The policeman asked me whether I had been up to some more of my mischief. But the farmer told the constable that there was a time-bomb in that parcel. The policeman warned him not to talk non¬sense. The farmer replied sarcastically to listen for himself.
The story is about the teacher-student relationship. The pranks of the boy made the teacher lose his patience. He lost his control and committed the crime of slapping the boy on his cheek. The teacher failed to manage the boy as he desired. When the boy asks him to repair the train, the teacher gets desperate. At last the teacher decides to reveal the matter to the boy’s parents because he thinks that it is better than the blackmailing of the boy. But, when the parents enquire about his studies at the end, the teacher replies that the child would be alright except for the 16th table. He felt confident that the boy would not give him up. The teacher trusts the boy too much. Whatever may be the attitude of the boy, the teacher hopes for the best from him and believes he would change his attitude. A teacher always aims at the success of his students and his trust, care and love for students are ideal¬ized in the role played by the teacher in the story.
India is becoming a very highly developed country. It has freedom, development and has strengthened itself in many fields like arts, literature, science and technology, economic and military power too. It is seen that most of our talented youth are working abroad. With increase in technology and scientific advancements, though manual . labour is less, the demand for skilled workers who can contribute to the industrial sector or manufacturing units are still in rising.
If the young generation entrepreneurs are coming up, it is sure that manifold job op¬portunities would await the needy ones
Moreover, the new generation has umpteen ideas and different perspectives and innovations for the people as well as the nation can be easily done with them. Indian, an agrarian nation can make a revolution if the job seekers turn to be job creators. As a result, our country would turn to be a prime nation for research, product and economic development.
Christine Lagarde recommends 3Ls for the empowerment of women. The 3Ls are learning, labour and leadership. Learning, the key to women empowerment will enable them to realize their power and break the chains of discrimination. Labour would promote per capita income. She upholds equal pay for equal work and stresses the merit of gender equality. Leadership will enable to rise and achieve with their inborn abilities and talents. She is optimistic women’s power of making a good decision with the common agreement and long term sustainability. She emphasizes that women should be ready to face challenges and it will make all the difference. According to her, the 3Ls would lead to the empowerment of the nation by empowering women.
We are really proud of your venture that your Samman foundation has uplifted the lives of many people especially rickshaw pullers. It gives us immense pleasure to learn that the innovative ventures undertaken are boosting the entrepreneurs as it would benefit the individual as well as the society. It is sure if the present generation gains more knowledge on latent opportunities and develop entrepreneurship, skills accordingly, it can uplift our society. We strongly believe that being experienced in this trade, you are the apt person to inspire the new generation so as to make them aspirers of such covetable deeds.
Hence, sir, I invite you to our institution and we, the student community and the teaching community would be privileged if you have time amidst your busy tenure for motivating the budding entrepreneurs with a career orientation talk. We are glad to arrange a session for our schoolmates at your convenience.
Horegallu means a stone that can bear weight. Sudha Murty says the burden of troubles can be relieved by talking to a good listener. As it is said in the anecdote, it refreshes the journey. It helps us to regain our strengths. When our problems are shared, it gives us mental relief even though it won’t get us any solution. Similarly, when one takes rest during a journey, it revives and refreshes them. Thus it gives a physical relief. So it can be said that horegallu is a relief in all ways and the title is suitable.
Problems caused by Drugs
Drug abuse is a very relevant term in the modern century and it is essential that the younger generation of today need to be aware of the consequences of consuming it unnecessarily. Drug abuse is an extreme desire to obtain and to use increasing amounts of one or more substances for consumption.
(Substances is the word for tobacco, heroin, cocaine etc). So drug abuse is a common term for the abuse of drug including alcohol and cigarettes.
Drug dependence or addiction indicates a psychological or physical dependence on a drug by a person to function normally. If the drug is discontinued, the victim shows symptoms of withdrawal.
Anyone can become a drug abuser. It is not a character flaw but a medical condition- that has developed over time. Drugs are used as pills and drugs are used as sensual drugs that which give pleasure to the senses. Pills are medicines vitamines, relaxants, antidepressants, amphetamines etc. Sensual drugs are those that stimulate pleasure artificially. We must understand the truth that pleasure derived naturally is healthy and fruitful.
Drug consumption thus directly affects the brain and nervous system. The patient goes into a state of depression which becomes
an unhealthy sign. The drug addicts eyes become vacant. He searches for something lost, but never ever finds it. He loses power to think clearly and cannot form solutions of his own. Physically he becomes weak and loses his immunity power. He becomes a victim of lung diseases. Death might come suddenly through heart attacks or paralysis. Drug abuse is evil. It must be an area far away from the youth. Awareness must be given to save our future generation.
A very warm to everybody present here, Today I am here to speak a few words on the topic Corruption: the curse that ruins the society.
Corruption is one of the social evils that prevail in our country. It is high time we fought against it. If we understand the real factors influencing the presence of corruption and its consequences, it will enable to eradicate this global threat. Corruption mainly results from the need or desire to get more money.
Money rules the world. Earlier days bribe was given for wrong things to be done. But now we are forced to give even for the right things. It is because people feel that their income is not enough to satisfy their needs. Leading a luxurious life has become a basic need now. Also the relationship among govt officials, politicians and criminals is another reason.
The people find it easy to make things done and escape tax by bribing. As a result, the corrupted officials make the rules more strict so that they can extort more bribes. Moreover lack of commitment to society, less significance given to moral and spiritual values in our education system contribute corruption. It affects our economy by lowering the growth and development of our nation also. Some measures should be adopted to prevent this factor from deteriorating our society. We must understand that it is a serious illness that worsens our economic development.
Strict laws are enacted and special courts for speedy justice, timely legal action against the lawbreakers and anti-corruption policies should be made and being better paid also will enable to reduce corruption considerably. Such things will create a corruption free environment. Apart from this the public be made aware of this and they must act vigilantly. United effort will make our nation devoid of any such hindrances for economic development and step towards heights of glory.
In response to your advertisement in The Hindu dated 10/03/2018, I would like to apply for the post of Onboard Food and Beverage Manager in your firm.
As far as my qualification, I have passed Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management from MG University. I have 3 years experience in the same field. I have enclosed my CV and relevant certificates for your further consideration.
Sir, I assure you, if selected, I will do my best to your entire satisfaction.
Park lane, mail id
Panampilly Nagar phone no
Objective: I would’be a socially committed, sincere person with hospitality
Degree in Hotel Management
MG University – 84%
Higher Secondary, Maharajas school, Kochi – 80%
SSLC, GHSS, Aluva – 92%
Experience: Worked in King Fisher, Chennai from 2014-16
Activities: VolunteerofDistrictSocial Service Group Member of NSS
Skills: Good knowledge of event management
Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil (speak only)
In recent times many environmental problems have increased as a result of human activities which induce many undesirable effects to the environment which can be threatening to human health, economic and natural resources.
Earth is home to millions of species. The global human ecosystem is getting affected by various factors like climate change, pollution, land contamination, ozone depletion, soil erosion, degradation, habitat loss etc. If the earth is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species, then there should be an immediate solution to, this. Hence there should be an awareness of the need for conserving natural resources and resultant loss due to its’ exploitation. Overpopulation is putting greater pressure on essential natural resources leading to struggle for existence.
As a remedy to this global illness, certain measures can be adapted to reduce its intensity. For example, fossil fuels can be replaced with renewable energy. Over grazing, monoculture planting, overexposure to pollutants and other such factors aggravate soil damage. Crop rotation would be – savior here.
Initiatives from School level would propagate this mission easily. Distributing seeds and saplings for compulsory kitchen garden, Bio-gas plants, herbal garden, seed bank, maintaining vermin-composing pits, constructing water harvesting structure are would enable to preserve natural resources for our posterity. Moreover, environment-friendly technology should be adopted. Renewable energy resources would enhance eco’ logical balance and industrial growth also.
Golden Gloves Championship Tournament Selection
Square Park, 7 August: Feliz Vargas and Antonio Cruz, the well-known boxing champions fought each other in the Golden gloves championship selection match to find out who will represent their town.
The fight was at Tompkins Square Park. The square was filled with people. Both the contestants appeared on ‘the stage and the crowd was cheered up. They bowed grace. fully and raised their arms. The match started. During the round, both took some heavy blows and sustained damage. At the end of the final round, the boys fought so intensely that they did not hear the bell.
The crowd was uneasy, fearing further violence. However, when the referee was about to announce the winner, they had already left the ring and their friendship restored. The game showed that they care more for their friendship than they care about winning the match. It was really a match with good sportsman spirit and display of true friendship as well.
Both the poems celebrate the significant role played by women- The poem, ’Any woman’ focuses on the traditional role of a woman- her self less love, her warmth and care for her children. The poem ‘Mother O’ Mine’ written by Rudyard Kipling is a beautiful illustration of a mother and her love towards her children. The tender and loving touch from a mother’s hand make every child feel heavy and blessed. Kipling says that a mother’s love is always there, even when a child is not near her. Despite the differences and distances that arose in the daily life a mother still loves her children the most. This mom poem is an idealization of mothers into an immortal symbol of love.
The same idea is communicated in the poem “Any Woman” by Katherine Tynan. Tynan prays to gold and the society not to take the mother away till her children grow up.