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Madhyamik 2016 English Question Paper
Second Language (WBBSE)

  1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:


The last one of this long procession of silent men and women was a little wizened old man. Even he carried a load of two baskets, slung on a pole on his shoulder, the same load of a folded quill, a cauldron. But there was only one cauldron. In the other basket it seemed there was a quilt, extremely ragged and patched, but clean still. Although the load was light, it was too much for the old man. It was evident that in usual times he would be beyond the age of work, and was perhaps unaccustomed to such labour in recent years. His breath whistled as he staggered along, and he strained his eyes to watch those who were ahead of him lest he be left behind and his old wrinkled face was set in a sort of gasping agony.

Suddenly he could go no more. He set his burden down with great gentleness and sank upon the ground, his head sunk between his knees, his eyes closed, panting desperately. Starved as he was, a little blood rose in dark patches on his cheeks. A vendor selling hot noodles set his stand near, and shouted his trade cry, and the light from the stand fell on the old man’s drooping figure.

A    Complete the following sentences with information from the text:             2×3 = 6
(i)   The old man strained his eyes because…………………….
(ii)   A little blood rose in dark patches on the old man’s cheeks as………………….
  1. Answer the following questions in one or two sentences:            2×3 = 6

(i)    What did the two baskets of the old man contain?
(ii)   Why was the load too much for the old man? (iii) What made the old man sink upon the ground?


  1. Read the first three stanzas of the poem, ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells given below and answer the questions that follow:

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

  1. (i) For whom does the poet express his grief? 2×2=4

(ii) Give the meaning of the phrase “redress to mankind”.

  1. Each of the following statements is either ‘True’ or ‘False’. Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ in the boxes on the right-hand side. Also pick out the suitable line(s) or phrase from the poem in support of your answer:

                                                                  2×2 = 4

(i)   The poet wants the year to die.
Supporting line(s)/phrase
(ii)   The poet does not want the conflict between the rich and the poor to end.
Supporting line(s)/phrase


  1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

Limbudora village will soon have a new address in the Hills—the tea gardens of Mirik. The village, which has been deserted since the July 1 st landslide, that killed 26 villagers and destroyed 4 houses, will cease to exist by the end of the year. It has been decided that the displaced villagers will be rehabilitated across the tea gardens between August and December.
Limbudora villagers have refused to move to other hill slopes, for it could be just as risky. The only road leading to the village was badly damaged by the landslide and has remained closed ever since. Even though villagers are taking turns to visit their homes during the day, the houses remain deserted and unguarded at night.
Formalities for the transfer of land will begin soon. Limbudora villagers are now living at a relief camp in Mirik. The process of identifying plain land within the estates for the settlements will start soon. Colonies will be constructed at the four gardens —Tingling, Phuguri, Gayabari and Sourini—because all the 90 families cannot be accommodated at the same spot.
[An adaptation of the report published in ‘The Times of India’

(a)   Complete the following sentences with information from the text:                                                2×3 = 6

(i)   Limbudora village has been deserted because of……………..
(iii)   The villagers of Limbudora are unwilling to move to other new slopes because………….
(b)   Answer the following questions in one or two sentences:                                                   2×4 = 8
(i)    By what time, according to the passage, are the villagers expected to be rehabilitated?
(ii)    Why has the only road leading to the village been closed?
(iii)   Name the tea gardens where the new colonies will be constructed.
(c)   Each of the following sentences is either ‘True’ or ‘False’.    Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ in the boxes on the right-hand side:                                                                                                                      1 x4 = 4

(i)    The village Limbudora has ceased to exist since July 1 st.
(ii)   At present the villagers are living in a relief camp at Mirik.
(iii)   The villagers go back to their homes every night,
(iv)   Plain land has to be identified for their new settlements.
(d)   Tick the most appropriate title for the text in the box on the right-hand side:                 2
(i)    The landslide at Limbudora village.
(ii)   The tea gardens at Mirik.
(iii)  New homes for landslide victims.


  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions: 1×4 = 4

India stormed into………….quarter-finals…………………the World Cup   on  Friday,   defeating  West Indies………………..four  wickets  in…………..not-so-high scoring game in Perth.

  1. Do as directed: 1×4 = 4

(i)     She said to me, “Are you well?” (Rewrite in Indirect Speech)
(ii)    He is too short to reach the fruit of the tree. (Rewrite the sentence by removing ‘too’ and ‘to’.)
(iii)  I know the man. (Change the voice)
(iv)   He is the tallest boy in the class. (Change the degree of comparison)

  1. Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs in the boxes on the right-hand side, changing the form, where necessary. There is one extra phrasal verb in the list: 1×4 = 4

(i)   I cannot understand what he says.
(ii)   I met my friend in the park.
(iii)  She failed to appear in time.
(iv)  The strike was withdrawn at last. [List of phrasal verbs : take after, call off, make out, turn up, come across ]

  1. Given below are the meanings of four words which you will find in the passage in Question No. 3. Find-out the words and write them in the appropriate boxes on the right-hand side: 2×4 = 8

(i)    Stop happening or existing
(ii)    Help somebody resettle after a disaster
(iii)   Things to be done as part of a legal process
(iv)   Provided with a place to live in

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[Points: Reasons for keeping your surroundings clean—participation of your neighbours—making arrangements for removing garbage—cleaning ponds—planting saplings]
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