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Regulations 2008
First Semester
Common to all branches
HS2111 Technical English I
Time: Three Hours Maximum: 100 Marks
Answer ALL Questions
Part A
(10 x 2 = 20 Marks)
1. Match the words in column A with their meanings in column B :
  A Ba) Consumption i) cornered within narrow limitsb) Extraction ii) a person who moves from one place to anotheperiod(c) Cramped taking out(d) Migrant Use
2. Change the following into active voice :
 (a) The First prize was won by our team.(b) The equipment for the practical examinations was being arranged by the technician.
3. Add suitable prefixes to the following words to match the meanings given against them :
 (a) tension : abnormal blood pressure(b) privileged : disadvantaged(c) sensitive : abnormally or extremely sensitive(d) continent : large land mass, not large enough to be called a continent
4. Define any TWO of the following :
 (a) Radar (b) Screw driver (c) Microprocessor 
5. Correct the spelling and grammatical errors in the following passage and rewrite them.
 There is nothing in the experiense of the last twenty-five years to suggest that modern technology,as we know it, can really help us to readuce world poverty, not to mention the problem of unemployment which has already reaches levels like thirty percent in many so-called developingcountryies.
6. Expand the following Noun + Noun phrases :
 (a) water pipe(b) cylinder head(c) boiler design(d) grease gun
7. Fill in the blanks with appropriate forms of words :
 Verb Noun Adjective(a) generation generative(b) Move movable(c) Stabilize stabilization(d) Occupy occupation
8. Punctuate the following passage:
 how does one describe mother teresa she is of small stature almost frail in build soft spoken yetclearly a very determined woman of great courage
9. Complete the following :
 (a) If drivers do not obey traffic regulations,(b) , the temperature at the turbine will be too high.
10. Fill in the blanks with suitable tense forms of the verbs given in brackets :
 Language ____________ (interact) with every aspect of human life. It ______________ (perform)various functions and _____________ (serve) various purposes. A normal person ______________ (acquire) in childhood the ability to use language.
Part B
(5 x 16 = 80 Marks)
 11. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end of it: Humanshave struggled against weeds since the beginnings of agriculture. Marring our gardens is one of themilder acts of weeds
any plants that thrive where they are unwanted. They clog waterways,destroy wildlife habitats, and impede farming. Their spread eliminates grazing areas and accountsfor one third of crop loss; they compete for sunlight, nutrients, and water with useful plants. Theglobal need for weed control has been answered mainly by the chemical industry. Its herbicides areelective and sometimes necessary, but some pose serious problems, particularly, if misused. Toxiccompounds threaten animal and public health when they accumulate in food plants, ground water and drinking water. They also harm workers who apply them. In recent years, the chemical industryhas introduced several herbicides that are more ecologically sound. Yet new chemicals alone cannot
solve the world’s weed problems. Hence scientists are exploring the innate weed killing powers of 
organisms, primarily insects and microorganisms.The biological agents now in use are environmentally benign and are harmless to humans. Theycan be chosen for their ability to attack selected targets and leave crops and other plants untouched.
In contrast, some of the most effective chemicals kill virtually all the plants they come in contactwith, sparing only those that are naturally resistant or have been genetically muddied for resistance.Furthermore, a number of biological agents can be administered only once, after which no addedapplications are needed. Chemicals typically must be used several times per growing season.
(a) Complete the following statements : (Marks 4 x 1 = 4)
 (i) The topic dealt with in the passage is ______________ (1) The importance of chemical industry(2) The dangers of toxic chemicals(3) Advantages of biological agents over chemicals(4) A proposal to ban the use of all herbicides
(ii) The term the author defines in the First paragraph is____________ 
 (1) Grazing areas(2) Weeds(3) Wildlife habitats(4) Nutrients
(iii) According to the passage, biological agents consist of__________________ 
 (1) Insects and microorganisms(2) Useful plants(3) Weed(4) Herbicides
(iv) A simple damaging effect of weeds is seen in
 (1) farms(2) gardens(3) environment(4) chemical factories
(b) Mention whether the following statements are True or False : (Marks 6 x 1 = 6)
 (i) Chemical agents are occasionally required.(ii) Farmers have been fighting with undesirable plants.(iii) Weeds alone cause crop loss.(iv) The chemical industry should not produce herbicides.(v) Biological agents are more advantageous than chemicals.(vi) Ground water has been badly affected by chemicals.
(c) Choose the appropriate definition for the given words or phrases as they are used in thetext : (Marks 6 x 1 = 6)
(i) marring
 (1) spoiling

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