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Question Bank on CLO for Class XI
Contents
Reading Section
1. Reading Comprehension
2. Notes Making
Writing section
3. Notice
4. Advertisements
5. Display Ads
6. Report Writing
7. Factual Description
8. Article Writing
9. Letter to the Principal
10. Letter to the Editor
11. Letter of Enquiry and their Reply
12. Job Application Letter
13. Business Letter
Grammar Section
14. Tenses
15. Determiners
16. Modals
17. Clauses
Text Books
Hornbill
18. The Portrait of a Lady
19. We Are Not Afraid to Die If We All Can Be Togther
20. Discovering Tut
21. The Ailing Planet
22. Browning Version
23. A Photograph
24. The Voice of Rain
25. Childhood
26. Father to Son
27. The Tale of Melon City
Snapshot
28. The Summer of Beautiful White Horse
29. The Address
30. Ranga’s Marriage
31. Albert Einstien at School
32. Mother’s Day
33. Birth

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Reading Section
Reading Comprehension
1 (a) 1 Skim the passage –
(i)
Read the first sentence and the last sentence of every paragraph to get a general idea about
the passage.
(ii)
Scan the passage – Read each and every sentence very carefully.
(iii)
Look at the questions given.
(iv)
Locate their answers and underline them.
(v)
Write to the point answers in your own language as far as possible.
(b)
(i) For the word attack questions look for the difficult words in the same form (in the same part of
speech) for example – Noun for Noun Adjective for adjective etc.

NOTE-MAKING & ABSTRACTION
Attempting Question on Note-Making and Abstraction:
Note –making is a useful skill which comes in handy not only in attempting questions in your Class XII Board
Examination but also prepares you for life. Notes form an essential part of your academic life and help you in
the following ways:




Notes help you to remember the information you have gathered.
Notes come in handy for making quick revision before exams.
Note-making skills help in storing supplement material taken reference books and journals from
libraries.
Lengthy lessons can be condensed into short relevant pieces by making notes.
Notes help in understanding the texts better.

How to make notes?
Read the following steps for making clear and concise notes quickly:
Step 1 – Read the passage to get a gist of the passage, to know what it is about, i.e., the theme and subject of the
passage.
Step 2 – Read carefully, underlining or mentally or roughly making a note of the main ideas it deals with.
Step 3 – Add the sub-points which supplement the main points. There is no need to give examples, especially if
there are too many.
Step 4 – Pay attention to the way you would like to present notes, i.e., the format you would like to use.

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How do I present my notes?
What is the format that I can use?
You can use different kinds of formats depending on the theme of the passage. It could be serial or sequential
such as flow charts, pie charts, etc. You should also use some abbreviations and contractions which are
easily recognizable.
NUMBERING AND INDENTING:
1. …………………………….
……………………………………..
(a) ……………………..
……………………….....
(b) ……………………..
…………………………..
(c) ……………………..
…………………………..
2. ……………………………..
(i)……………………….
(a) ……………………..
(ii)……………………..
(b) ……………………..
(iii)……………………..
(c) …………………….
……………………………

1. ……………………………..

I.

1.1 ……………………..

(a)

1.2 ……………………..

(b)

1.3 ……………………..

(c)

2. ……………………………..
2.1 ……………………….
2.2 ……………………….
2.2.1………………...

(d)

The points are numbered in different ways, but numbering should be uniform.
The sub-points are also numbered and indented.
Form of sentences:
Complete sentences are not needed. Rather they are reduced to words and phrases.
Abbreviations and symbols used:
You can use different ways of abbreviations words, e.g.,
(a) Capitalize initial letter.
e.g., U.N. for United Nations
(b) Taking first few letters of the word.
e.g., Spirit for spiritual and Prac. For Practical
(c ) Taking first and last letters of the words, e.g., rdng. For reading, and edn. For education.
(d ) Adding ‘s’ to make plurals, e.g., bks. For books

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(e ) Contractions of words
e.g., can’t for cannot and won’t for will not
(f) Symbols that are universally recognized
e.g., .·. for therefore and e.g., for example
Note : The students should be made to practice at least two Passages in a month.

ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS
NOTICES
A notice provides information about important functions and events in written form. It is displayed usually at
prominent places, notice boards, journals
The difference between a circular and a notice is that circulars are announcements that are distributed to small
or selective groups of people within the organization, whereas notices are meant for a larger group of people,
newspapers etc.
FormatThe format should include the following(i) Name of the issuing institution right on the top in the centre .(If the name the institution is not provided , a
fictitious name or ABC school etc is to be written.)
(ii) The word NOTICE is to be written next in capital letters right below the name of the institution.
(iii) The date is written on the left hand corner.
(iv) The Title or Heading of the notice is written next.
(v) Signature, Content of the notice- what, when, where etc. For example, name of the event, day, date, time,
venue etc. and other relevant details.
(v) Name & designation of the issuing authority is to be mentioned on the left side below the body of notice.
(vi) It should be written in third person.
(vii) It should be written in a box.
(viii) The language should be formal and free from grammatical errors.
(ix) It should be written with economy of words. As the word limit is 50 words, it should be compact and
concise.
(x) Lastly there should be clarity in content.

Specimen Answer-

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ADVERTISEMENT (CLASSIFIED)
 An advertisement is a public notice which is published in a newspaper or broadcast in the air.
 Its main aim is to attract the attention of the readers concerned.
 These advertisements provide maximum information in minimum words.
KINDS OF CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS
 Situation Vacant
 Situation Wanted
 Sale and Purchase
 Lost and Found
 To Let
 Matrimonials

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 Education etc………..
VALUE POINTS
 FORMATSuitable Heading
1mark
 CONTENT – Relevant subject matter including contact address and phone no. 2marks
 EXPRESSION- Grammatical Accuracy and Fluency
2marks
EXAMPLESSITUATION VACANT / SITUATION WANTED
CONTENTa. Begin with Wanted/ Required
b. Name of the post
c. Number of posts
d. Qualification, Experience, Age, Sex etc.
e. Salary offered/ Expected
f. Name of the firm/ organization
g. Contact address
h. Contact number
SITUATION----------------- a --------- with-------years of experience for a ---------- in Bhopal. Minimum
Qualification ---------- . Salary: Negotiable. Apply with------------- to the-----------,
HDFC Bank with complete biodata within 15 days at 20, Ram Nagar,Bhopal. Ph.
0755-2439876

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TO LET
CONTENT- a. Type of accommodation: shop/ house+ Condition+ Location
b. No. of bed- rooms, Hall, kitchen, store/ godown, garage/parking etc
c. Facilities: water supply, electricity , furnished etc
d. Rent expected
e. Preferences, if any
f. Contact address+ Phone No.
EXAMPLE:
TO LET
Available a fully furnished newly constructed 2BHK -------- with a store , a well maintained lawn, and a
garage In the posh locality of ----------- at negotiable --------. Contact R.D Sharma, 20- Saket Nagar
between 4 -6 pm . ph. ----------

F0R SALE / PURCHASE


Begin with : Available For Sale/ Purchase
Type of vehicle/ gadget/house/shop/pet etc…
Description : (a) Property- Size, No. of rooms, location, facilities
(b) Vehicle - Model, Year of manufacturing, colour, accessories, condition,
Mileage etc…..
(c)Household goods: Brand, model, condition, utility etc….
 Price Expected
 Contact address+ phone no.
FOR SALE
Available for------- a ----- -coloured Maruti Zen, 2005 model, in --------- working condition, fitted
with good stereo system, new tyres , single hand driven. Price expected- ------. Contact .
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
1. Name of the institute
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fee structure

2. Courses offered

3. Eligibility conditions

4. Facilities

6.last date for registration 7 Prospectus 8. Contact no. +Phone

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
A centre for school children to groom their ----- and enhance their confidence level will start from
----------. Last date for registration- ------. Total fee for one session- ---------. Contact: Director, ------Centre, Gandhi Road, Bangalore. Ph:--------

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Display Ads
Choose the correct option to fill the blanks:Q.1- Display Ads contains _________________
a. heading
b. message
c. address
d. logos
Q.2- Display ads consists ___________________ too.
a. photograph
b. other image
c. location maps
d. all the above
Q.3- In _______________ it can appear on the same page as or on the same page adjacent to general editorial
content.
a. videos
b. nature
c. periodical
d. books
Q.4- Display Ads are not required to contain images, _______________ or video.
a. address
b. location maps
c. audio
d. models
Q.5- ___________________ advertisements are also used where text may be more appropriate or more
effective.
a. verbal
b. textual
c. imaginary
d. oral
Q.6- An example of textual advertisement is _________________ message sent to mobile device users or
email.
a. ideal
b. video
c. classical
d. commercial
Q.7- One common form of display advertising involves _________________.
a. posters
b. bill-boards
c. fliers
d. all the above
Q.8- What will be the heading of a display ad if it drafted to find a servant.
a. Wanted
b. Lost and Found
c. Required
d. Sold

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REPORTING
Weightage: 1+3+4=8
Reporting for the Vidyalaya Magazine
FORMAT
Heading ________________
By ______________
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________
Exercises for Practice:1) The Regional Social Science Exhibition was held in your school. Write a brief report for publication in
your vidyalaya magazine.
2) Your school recently organized its Annual Sports Day. Write a brief report for publication in your
Vidyalaya magazine.
3) ‘Communal Harmony Weak’ was observed in your school from 19th Nov to 25th Nov. Write a brief
report for publication in your school magazine.
4) You are the cultural Secretary of your school. You organized an inter house debate competition on the
topic ‘Peer Pressure is always Good’. Write its brief report for publication in your school magazine.
5) Your school organized a seminar on ‘ Life style diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. in Young
Children.’ As secretory of the Health club of your school, write a brief report for publication in your
school magazine.

Reporting for the Newspaper
Format
Heading___________________________
By HT/TNN News service
th
New Delhi: 24 July 2013
_____________________________
_____________________________
_____________________________
____________
_____________________________
_____________________________
_____________________________
____________

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Exercises for practice
1) A musical concert was organized in your city recently by the Lions Club of Agra to collect fundss
for the rehabilitation of the victims of flash floods and cloud bursts in Uttrakhand. Write its brief
report in 100-125 words for publication in your newspaper ‘The Times of India’, Agra Edition.
2) There was a peace rally organized in your city to prevent cruelty to animals. Prepare a report in 100125 words for publication in a local daily.
3) A big shoe factory in your city caught fire that resulted in colossal loss of property. However, there
were no casualties as it was the night time. Write a brief report for publication in a local daily.
4) Your school organized a two day health camp where lots of students worked as volunteers. The
camp was a great success. About 4000 people came for their check-up. Write a brief report in 100125 words for publication in a local newspaper
Factual Description
Q.1- Factual Description of a process or an event requires a step by step _____________ of an
activity.
a. story
b. account
c. message
d. poem
Q.2- How should an idea be presented in a factual description?
a. properly
b. formally
c. informally
d. systematically
Q.3- Which type of points should come at first?
a. important
b. unimportant
c. useless
d. useful
Q.4- What is an essential part of factual description?
a. content
b. heading
c. message
d. theme
Q.5- How should the heading of a factual description be?
a. long
b. clear
c. short &crisp
d. important
Q.6- What kind of language should be used in factual description?
a. formal
b. semi-formal
c. informal
d. clear
Q.7-While writing a factual description, one should bea. clear
b. focused
c. wide

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d. simple, attractive and appealing
Q.8- What should one not try to show in a factual description?
a. wisdom
b. linguistic ability
c. intelligence
d. formality
Q.9- What should a factual description show?
a. One’s attention to detail and observatory skills
b. One’s focused points
c. One’s wisdom
d. One’s reasoning power
Q.10- What should be written at the starting of a factual description?
a. content
b. date
c. title
d. name of the writer

Article Writing
An article is a group of sentences dealing with a single idea. The learners should know the following essential
elements of article writing.
 A topical sentence
 Unity (Each sentence refers to the main idea.)
 Coherence (A logical arrangement of facts related to the main idea)
 Variety (sentences of various length to be written)
 A full-rounded sentence in conclusion
An Outline of an Article
 A suitable heading
 Introduction (A paragraph should start with effective general introduction)
 Body
 Facts in details in sequential orders
 Steps to be taken/suggestions if any
 If facts are to be written in present, usually different structures of simple present tense are used. One
tense should continue in a good article
 Modern Devices a curse or a Boon
 Right uses of modern devices,
 Their misuse and obvious harms
 Remedial measures
Thematic words
Right uses
Increase output in every sphere of life, uses health-care, hospitality, aviation, quality life, better education
standards
Misuse
Promoting laziness, more dependence on devices, less use of human faculties, crime graph rise, health hazards,
and failure of devices or sabotage can invite catastrophe
Suggestions

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Gadgets must stay as slaves not masters, role of educational institutions, judicious mix the right option, human
being must not be that crazy, and hopefully correction shall take place
Forms
Present Tense

Female Foeticide
Introduction
Shameful findings-one crore fetuses’ aborted-middle class families-male heirs-five lakh girls killed each yearratio of Boys: Girls is 1000:927-Condition deteriorating.
Body
Technology misused-devil-greedy parents- irresponsible doctors- worship Goddesses-kill daughters-ill
treatment to female child- educated families more involved- society to blame-future unsafe- creation in dangercauses- crime against women- insecure society- dowry-superstitious and conservative families- longing for male
child.
Conclusion
Elder Women folk mainly responsible-Mindset to be changes-Mass contribute- strict laws needed – severe
punishments -love for daughters- respect for women the only solution- Indian culture – protected – Education to
be spread- equal opportunities required- girls to be courageous- girls backbone of society.

SPEECH / DEBATE WRITING:
GUIDELINES
FORMAT: Begins with a formal address to the audience concerned, along with speaker’s name and the Topic
of speech. In case of a debate, the speaker must tell whether he/she is speaking in favour of the motion
(Topic) or against the motion.
INTRODUCTION:
 State the topic clearly.
 Draw attention of the readers with a rhetorical question, stating facts or suitable quotation.
 Place the topic in a perspective
 Be clear and precise
EXPOSITION:
 Discuss different points, merits, consequences etc.
 Develop cause and effect relationship.
 Use facts, examples, arguments
 Bring in comparison and contrast.
 Use wit and humour
 In case of a debate give time to rebuttal( cut the points of the opponent convincingly)
CONCLUSION:
 Sum up what you have said earlier
 Conclude with a caution, a warning, a hope or an appeal
 The end should be satisfactory, not sudden or abrupt
EXPRESSION:
 Divide speech in three parts- beginning, middle and conclusion.
 Thoughts should show logical development, coherence and unity.

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Simple and elegant style.
Avoid verbose, jargon, and ambiguity.
Adopt simple sentence structure
Ask relevant questions to the audience.
Avoid repetition.
Some commonly used expressions—I would like to ask my worthy opponents, I strongly disagree..,
I strongly believe that…, I emphasise.., I reiterate,

SOME TOPICS
1. Do We Require Homes for the Aged in India?
2. Role of Mobile Phones
3. Value Education – A Remedy for Social Evils
4. Terrorism- A Curse to Society
5. Is Peer Pressure always Advantageous?
6. Drug Addiction among the Youth
7. Positive Attitude and Success
8. Female Feticide
9. Games and Sports should be made a part of curriculum in school
10. Craze for westernization among Youth

LETTERS TO THE PRINCIPAL
(2+3+2=7)
Format
____________
____________
____________

____________ Date

The Principal
____________
____________
____________
Sub.: Request Regarding ________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
Respected Sir,
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
__________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________

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__________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
__________________________

Yours Obediently,
____________________
____________________
Note: Subject may be used before or after salutation.
Exercises for Practice
1) You are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Write a letter to the Principal of your school
requesting him to appoint a professional counseller to deal with adolescents’ problems and help
them cope with them successfully.
2) Your vidyalaya canteen lacks hygiene and the snacks served have no variety. Write a letter to the
Principal of your school requesting him to improve the vidyalaya canteen. You are the Head
Boy/Head Girl of your school.
3) Your vidyalaya library does not have the latest fiction and motivational books which children
would love to read. Besides, there is inadequate light and cooling. Write a letter as Head Boy/Head
Girl to the Principal of your school requesting him to bring about the necessary improvement.
4) After passing Class X children are confused about choosing the right stream / subject for the further
studies, and what to opt for a brilliant career in future. Write a letter to the principal of your school
requesting him to organize counselling sessions for students of all streams at +2.
5) As the Head boy/Head girl of your school, write a letter to the principal of your school to organize
an adventure trip to Manali for the students of classes XI & XII so that they can enjoy rock
climbing and mountaineering.

Letter to the Editor
Format:
Sender’s address …………………………………………………..
………………………………………………………………………………
Pin…………………………………………………………………………
Date………………………………………………………………………
Inside Address……………………………………………………..
…………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………….
Pin……………………………………………………………………….
Sir/Madam

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Subject………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………
Introductory paragraph
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………..Main body of the letter
………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………
Concluding Para
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………
Yours faithfully
Signature
(Full Name in capitals)
Designation (if needed)
Hints Giving suggestions on an issue (usually of public interest)
 Expressing views on an issue already raised in an article/write-up/in a published letter.
 Format: Same as that of a Business Letter.
 The Inside Address: The Editor, ABC (Newspaper), XYZ (City)
 Salutation: Sir/Madam
 Starting of letter i.e.” Through the columns of your esteemed paper, I would like to highlight the
problem of child labour”…………
 Use of formal language…….free from grammatical errors.
 Use of clear cut language-no beating about the bush.
 No request to the editor to publish the letter.
 No request to the editor to take action.
 Complimentary close: ‘Yours faithfully’ or ‘Yours truly’.

LETTER OF ENQUIRIES AND REPLIES
It is a kind of Business Letter written to seek information OR to give information
FORMAT: Format of a formal letter is used which comprises of seven parts:
Sender’s Address, Date, Inside Address or Address of the Receiver, Subject, Body of the Letter,
Complimentary close/ Subscription, signature
CONTENT:
 INTRODUCTORY PARA - - source of information Eg Advertisement
Newspaper/Pamphlet /person etc..,
-sender’s brief introduction
- showing interest in particular course/trip/bookings etc.

MAIN / MIDDLE PARA- - Making enquiries – asking questions in points or in a para

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CONCLUDING PARA: -- - request to send an early reply along with brochure/
Prospectus/ catalogue etc.
LANGUAGE: (Suggestions)
 This is with reference to your advertisement published in ……….. dated……..regarding………
 I am interested in…….
 I am writing this letter to enquire about……
 Kindly furnish the following details/ kindly throw some light on the following queries…
 Language should be brief, clear, and to the point
 The first paragraph should clearly state what the rest of the letter is about
 Use simple and straightforward language
 Letter should be free from grammatical mistakes
Example- Body of the letter
22, Gandhi Nagar
Chennai- 20
14th July 2013
‘A to Z in English’
Sarojini Nagar
Chennai- 32
Subject: Enquiring regarding Diploma Course in Spoken English
Dear Sir
This is in response to your advertisement published in --------- dated ------ regarding starting a diploma course in
------------. I have appeared for +2 exam with Science Stream. I feel some hesitation in speaking English. I think
your course will be very useful for enhancing my personality. Therefore, you are requested to furnish the
following details1. Duration of course
2. Fee- structure
3. Size of each batch
4. Procedure of applying
I shall appreciate if you throw some light on my above mentioned queries at your earliest convenience. I am
sending a self addressed envelope with stamp. I shall be highly grateful to you
Thanks
Yours faithfully
Sd./
( Sender’sName)
REPLY TO ABOVE LETTER OF ENQUIRY
‘A TO Z in ENGLISH’
Sarojini Nagar
Chennai-32
20th July 2013
Dear Mr. XYZ

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This is in response to ---------- dated----- for joining a Diploma------------- in-------. The course is of 6
months duration. The entire fee of the course is Rs.----------- which is payable in two-------. There are two
batches of 25 candidates each. Admission forms are available at our office for Rs. 50 each. Duly filled
form can be submitted latest by 30th July along with the fee.
Our staff is well-qualified and well trained. Also, our institute has a good language lab well equipped with
modern technology .
Yours faithfully
Sd/
Director

JOB APPLICATION LETTER
Read the following question and fill in the blanks :You are Mohit Sharma, a resident of 47, Vikas Nagar, Ahamdabad, Gujrat. You have seen an advertisement in
the Times of India, dated 16/05/2013 for the post of a supervisor in Godrej India Ltd. Ahamdabad, Gujrat. The
candidate must have a sound knowledge of marketing strategy. He must have a graduate degree in the same
field. He must have attractive looks and good communication skills. As Mohit Sharma write a job application
letter to the Managing Director in about 150 words.
(i) __________________
Ahamdabad, Gujrat.
(ii) ________________
The (iii) _________________
Godrej India Ltd.
(iv) _________________
Subject:- (v) ________________________________________________
(vi) ______________________
With (vii) ________________ to your advertisement for the post of (viii) __________________
In the (ix) ___________________ dated (x) __________________ I wish to (xi) _____________
My services for the post of (xii) ____________________ I am a young man of 25 years. I have a sound
knowledge of marketing strategy and a graduate degree in the same subject as well as good communication
skill. As far as my Bio- Data is concerned I wish to submit the following details:Name:- Mohit Sharma
D.O.B.:- 07/06/1989
Father’s Name:- Shri Madan Lal
Adderess:- 47, Vikas Nagar, Ahamdabad, Gujrat.
Academic Qualification:S.No
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2
3
4

Examination
High School
Intermediate
B.B.A.
M.B.A.

Board/University
CBSE
CBSE
DU
DU

Year
2001
2003
2007
2009

Percentage
72
78
81
83

Remark

Besides I have a 3 years’ experience of working with Dabur India Ltd. Jaipur. If I am given a chance, I will do
my best to meet your expectations.
(xiii) _______________

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(xiv) ____________ faithfully
(xv) ___________________

B US I NE S S

L E T T E RS

a. Quoting reference number if any
b. Purpose/complaint/argument, etc.
c. Polite tone.
Don’t Forget
1. Sender’s address should be on the top left hand corner without any punctuation marks.
2. Date can be written in the following way
1st March, 2008
March 1, 2008
3. The subject of the letter should not exceed 6 words. It should be the gist of the entire letter.
4. Salutation in formal letter, the word “Dear” should not be used. Salutation can be Sir/Madam
5. The body of the letter should be in 3 or 4 paragraphs. The language/words used should be simple. Be
brief and to the point. Paragraphs should be linked to each other with all necessary details.
6. There should be no apostrophe in “Yours” and “Y” should be capital and “f” in “faithfully” should be
small.
7. In case of enclosures, it should be written below the name [subscription] as “Encl.”.
8. In the case of letter of complaint the model number, date of purchase and nature of defect should be
mentioned clearly.
Useful phrases for a letter of complaint.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with / at---I was surprised / shocked/ horrified to find----I returned/explained/requested----This caused me to ------------As a consequence-------------I am sure you will appreciate that this level of service is unacceptable.
I expect to be compensated for the inconvenience. . I have been caused.
I don’t expect this service from a company of your reputation.

Example 1
You are the Principal of Shantiniketan Vidyalaya, Pune. You wish to know about the rates of uniform as
advertised in newspaper. Write a letter for asking rates to the sales manager, M/S RD and sons.pune

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Answer:-

Shantiniketan Vidyalaya
Shivaji Nagar
Pune.
3rd Sept. 2012
Ref No________________
The Sales manager
RD & Sons
Natun Bazar
Pune.
Subject: Asking __________________
Sir/Madam,
I am writing to ask for some information about___________. Our Vidyalaya is interested_________ patterns as
advertised in your ______.
I would appreciate it if you could send us further information about ____________. Could you tell us how
many _________ are available and how much does it cost per___? I would also like to know about the mode of
payment Can you _________ at the earliest, as the session has already started.
We are looking forward to your early reply.

Thank you
Yours faithfully,
_________
Hari Dutt

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Placing orders
Example 2
You are Arafat/Rita, who has seen the advertisement in the newspaper. Write a letter, placing an order for
computers for your school. Also request them for a demonstration of the product at school. Also, remind them
to deliver/ install the promotional offer on purchase of the computer. you are the incharge of computer lab.
Email_______
Website ______

Ref. No.________

Fax____
Ph. no ____
Delhi public school
New Delhi
Date_________

The Marketing Manager
________________________
______________________
Subject:_____________
Sir,
This is with reference to your advertisement in _________ dated 18th July 2013,
I wish to place ______ for _________ computers.
I request you to _______ the ______ within a week and arrange for a smooth delivery. I would also prefer that
as per your _____, your technician would install free __________ and _________.
Kindly ensure that your purchase bill is delivered with an authorized ______ and detail of after _____ by the
dealer / manufactures. The order stands for a week,
If it is not supplied, it would be cancelled
The payment will be made through ______.Business Discount_____ is expected.
An urgent positive reply would be appreciated, confirming the order.

Yours faithfully,
___________
___________

Encl:
Note:
1. In case of no of articles, a separate list is to be prepared.
2. The above format can also be used for business letters ( written by a firm or institute)

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Example 3
You are the Principal of ABC School Cochin. You ordered for the printing of student dairy to the Ajanta print
house. But printing of diary did not satisfy you. Write a letter to the manager complaining about the defective
diary printing.
ABC School
_________
16th July, 2013
The Manager
Ajantha Print House
Cochin
Dear Sir/ Madam
Ref: ____________________ Student’s Dairy
Subject: _______________________________________________________
We are writing to express our ________ with your business transaction about the printing of_____________. I
am writing to complain about a number of aspects of the service we came across.
In my opinion the note book covers are a very ________; the quality of paper used is ____________, The
academic calendar has not been _________, There are __________ in the students’ prayer, and the staff list has
not been_______ in order as we provided to you.
I have a copy of __________it very clearly specifies the above mentioned things
I am returning _____________ through the bearer so that you can verify it yourself and get diaries printed
afresh giving the quality and content we have asked for. I enclose ______
we look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours faithfully
_____________
Encl: As above

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Grammar Section
TENSES
Correct the following sentences using proper tense forms:
1. I am liking it very much.
2. Madhu is always writing beautiful poems.
3. The moon is going round the earth.
4. She does not finish her work yet.
5. I already sent a telegram to Manish ,before I received your phone call.
6. If you will work hard , you will pass.
7. If you will go to Ludhiana, buy a good shawl for me.
8. Where you got this pen from?
9. If you informed you earlier, I would have helped you.
10. Madhuri is solving sums since morning.
11. The patient died before the doctor had reached there.
12. His father writes a novel these days.
13. My uncle has come last night.
14. His rudeness did not pleased me.
15. Ravi is owning two cars.
16. Monu has finished her project last night.
17. The workers completed their task by next month.
18. I am working in the college for last ten years.
19. I have visited Agra last year.
20. My father has retired three years ago.
21. You must see that the amount shall be paid soon.
22. Take care that you will not be late.
23. I had consulted the doctor last week.
24. Padma complained that she was treated very badly.
25. I am seeing a bus coming.
DETERMINERS
Fill in suitable determiners from those given in brackets:1) There is _________ milk in the fridge. (Some / Any)
2) Have you got _______ butter? (Some / Any)
3) If you have _________ problems, you can discuss with me. (Some / Any)
4) Would you have _______ coffee? (Some / Any)
5) I’m free all day. Call ______ time you like. (Some / Any)
6) You can buy these maps at ________ petrol station. (Some / Any)
7) We haven’t got _________ bread? (Some / Any)
8) ________ customers have come into the shop. It has been fairly busy. (few/ a few)
9) Do you get ________ storms here? (many/much)
10) Do you eat _________ fruit? (many/much)
11) I don’t think I can lift this box on my own. I need _________ help. (little/a little)
12) The islands don’t have _________ money. (many/much)
13) There is not __________ enthusiasm for the idea. (many/much)
14) There is not ________ chance of the place attracting a large number of tourists. (many/much)
15) We’ve rung all the hotels, and there are ________ rooms available.(no/none)
16) _______ guest watched as the President came in. (Each/every)
17) _________ guest shook hands with him. (Each/every)

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18) I was doing keep-fit exercises when I fell down and hurt _________ leg. (their/my/his)
19) The fans were all shouting at the top of ________ voice. (his/their/her)
20) What was ___________ noise? I didn’t hear anything.(this/that)
21) I’ve lost my key. Well _________ is a silly thing to do. (this/that)
22) Hello, _________ is Alan. Can I speak to Fiona, please? (this/that)
23) The owners of the house wanted to put ________ fence around it to make it more private. (a/an/the)
24) While I was in hospital they gave me _________ x-ray. (a/an/the)
25) ________ boys and girls will participate in the cultural programme.(All, both, several)
26) He works in __________ Middle East. (a/an/the)
27) They were sailing through _________ Atlantic Ocean. (a/an/the)
28) You can take a trip by boat along _________ Ganga. (a/an/the)
29) We had only ________ sunshine here this winter. (much/a little)
30) How _________ salt do we put in? (much/more/many)
31) There isn’t ___________ information available on the website. (much/some/many)
32) I have to wash ______ bag and uniform as it is Sunday. (their/my/his)
33) The country will be celebrating- 67th Independence Day this August. (the/a/an)
34) _______ the furniture in my room is worn out.(all/some/little)
35) ________ thousand people lost their lives in the flash floods and cloud bursts in Uttrakhand in June
2013.(many/several/some few)
36) Their isn’t ______ chalk in the container. (much/some/any)
37) Monkeys keep hopping from one branch to another in _________ school garden. (my/own/their)
38) _________ Hari or his brother will represent the family at the presentation.(a/an/the/either)
39) Where have you lost ________ class pass? (my/your/their)
40) The books on _________ shelf are mine. (the/a/an)
41) He lives on _______ ground floor of this huge building. (the/a/an)
42) _________ customers have come into the shop. It has been quiet) (few/a few)
43) There is ________ progress made in this project.(little/a little)
44) __________ I did was ask a simple question. (some/all/both)
45) ________plants need water. (a few/some/all)
46) I wanted some cake but there was ________ left. (little/much/more)
47) Do you remember ________ summer. We all went to Nainital. (this/that)
48) __________ boys have opted for classical music. (some/many/a few)
49) ________ water in the pitcher is salty. (some/the/a)
50) I have ___________ information to be conveyed. (some/more/much)

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M OD AL S
Choose the correct option
1.
Are you going for swimming? ___ I come with you , please?
a. Must
b. Should
2.
I’m not going to pay five pounds for a coffee. You __be joking!
a. Might
b. Can
3.
This is a hospital .People are resting, so you __ be quiet
a. Must
b. Might
4.
It__rain, so take an umbrella.
a. Might
b. May
5.
__i have a quick word with you? Something important has happened.
a. Could
b. Should
6.
You____ smoke here. it’s a no-smoking area
a. mightn’t
b. mustn’t
7.
You ______ come and visit us when you are in need.
a. Must
b. Might
8.
I’m sure you__ love this film. It’s brilliant.
a. Might
b. Would
I __ imagine why she married him. He’s so stupid!
a. Can’t
b. Shouldn’t
What __ you do in my situation? I need your advice.
a. Would
b. Must
This is the most important thing-you __forget to take the food out of the oven at seven o’clock.
a. Wouldn’t
b. Mustn’t
They left London at three o’clock so they __be here by now.
a. Should
b. Would

9.

10.

11.

12.

Clauses
Fill in the blanks with suitable connectors:
You may sit _____ you like.
_____ you eat too much, you will be ill.
He finished first _____ he began late.
Wait here _____ I return.
Take a lamp _____ the night is dark.

I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.

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VI.
VII.
VIII.
IX.
X.

I have a little shadow ____ goes in and out with me.
This is Mr. Mohan ____ is my best friend.
I do not remember the place _____ I was born.
She has lost the pen _____ you gave her.
Can you guess _____ I want?
Complete the following by adding suitable noun clauses:
I do not understand _____.
Tell me _____.
He replied _____.
_____ is quite certain.
We heard _____.
The teacher explained _____.

I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.

Complete the following by adding a suitable adjective clause:
I.
The girl, _____, is my sister.
II.
The house _____ is a hundred years old.
III.
Did you meet the officer _____?
IV.
Where is the book _____?
V.
Anyone _____ will be punished.
VI.
God helps those _____.
Supply suitable adverb clauses:
I.
Do not go ____.
II.
He is so busy _____.
III.
If you make a promise _____ keep it.
IV.
Make hay _____.
V.
She cannot succeed _____.

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Hornbill
T HE P OR T R A I T O F A
KHUSWANT SINGH

L AD Y

Answer the following questions very briefly.
Q.1
What does Khushwant Singh describe in the lesson?
Q.2
Write about the physical traits of the grandfather?
Q.3
Write about the physical traits of grandmother?
Q.4
How were the narrator and the grandmother good friends?
Q.5
What was the turning point of their friendship?
Q.6
The grand mother did not like English. Why?
Q.7
Why did the grandmother hate music?
Q.8
Why did grandmother invite the women of neighbourhood?
Q.9
What was the odd thing happened before the death of grandmother?
Q.10 Who were the best friends of grandmother?
Q.11 How did the sparrows mourn the death of grandmother?
Q.12 Give two qualities of grandmother?
Long Answer Type Questions
Q.1. The grandmother was a caring and loving woman. Justify?
Q.2. The sparrows were the best friends of grandmother. Discuss?
WE’RE NOT AFRAID TO DIE……..IF WE ALL CAN BE TOGETHER
GORDAN COOK & ALAN EAST
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Who had made round-the-world voyage 200 years ago in 1776 ?
Why did the author decide to undertake the world-voyage?
When did the author set sail? Who were with him on the voyage?
What preparations did they make before setting sail?
They named their boat ‘ WAVERIDER’.(TRUE/FALSE)
Before heading east they took on two crewmen-- ----------------- and ----------- to help them in tackling
the roughest ---------------.
7. They celebrated ------------------ despite atrocious weather.
8. When did the first indication of the imminent disaster come? What was it?
9. What measures did the captain take to save the ship and the crewmen?
10. Describe the wave that struck the ship.
11. What was the Captain’s condition after he was tossed by the waves?
12. What was the condition of the ship after the attack?
13. What was their condition on 3rd and 4th January?
14. How did the children prove to be a source of motivation?
15. What was the only hope of survival after the Wavewalker got badly damaged?
16. What is the significance of the card made by sue?
17. Why was it difficult for the Captain to locate Ile Amsterdam?
18. When did they reach Ile Amsterdam?
19. Describe Ile Amsterdam.

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20. What qualities of head and heart helped the crew to fight the adverse circumstances?
Discovering Tut: The saga continues
A.R. Williams
Write the answer of the following questions in one word / phrase.
Q.1- Who was the last heir of the powerful family that ruled Egypt for centuries?
Q.2- When was the tomb of Tut discovered?
Q.3- When did the world’s most famous mummy glide first in to CT scanner?
Q.4- What was the most striking feature of Tut’s mummy-faced outer cover lid?
Q.5- What is the ancient resting place of Egyptian kings known as?
Q.6- Who was Howard Carter?
Q.7- What did the stunning artifacts in gold, their eternal brilliance mean?
Q.8- In which month did the burial of king Tut take place?
Q.9- What did Carter tried to use to loosen the resin?
Q. 10- What does archeology use to reveal the fascinating details of intriguing mysteries of death?
Q.11- Who was the father or grandfather of Tut?
Q.12- Who initiated one of the strangest periods in the history of ancient Egypt?
Q.13- Whose worship did the new pharaoh promote?
Q.14- Who was the mysterious ruler after Akhenaten’s death?
Q.15- What was the real name of Tut?
Q.16- When did the Egypt Mummy Project begin?
Q.17- Who donated the portable CT scanner for Egypt Mummy Project?
Q.18- How much time did it take to scan Tut’s mummy?
Q.19- What is the name of the constellation that ancient Egyptian knew as the soul Osiris?
Q.20- Who was the god of afterlife?
T H E A IL IN G P LA NE T
Nani Palakhiwala
Answer the following questions very briefly.
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.
IX.
X.
XI.
XII.
XIII.
XIV.
XV.
XVI.

Which planet is referred to here?
How is our planet ailing?
What is Green Movement?
When was Green Party formed? Where was it founded?
What have we shifted from?
What is Ecology?
What is Sustainable Development?
Who was Mr. L.K. Jha?
Who was Mr. Lester R. Brown?
What are earth’s principal biological systems?
What does the notice read?
Who was James Speth?
Which article of Indian Constitution provide
Who is the most dangerous animal at Lusaka, Zambia?
Answer the following in 100-125 words” We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children.”Discuss.
Bring out the significance of the title ‘The Ailing Planet’.

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Browning Version
Terence Rattington
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1) What does the word ‘Version’ mean?
2) Who is referred to by Browning in the title ‘Browning Version’?
3) What had he translated?
4) Who was Taplow? Which Greek tragedy was prescribed for him to study in lower V?
5) Why did he dislike it?
6) What was he eager to learn?
7) How does Frank refer to the students of his class?
8) Why was Taplow asked to stay back at school one day?
9) What opinion do you form about Frank as a teacher?
10) Taplow’s feelings towards Crocker Harris are mixed. How?
11) Do you think Crocker Harris is an ideal teacher? Why? Why not?
12) Who is Millie? Where does she send Taplow and why?
13) The play ‘Browning Version’ is a comment on the flaws of the Education System which forces
students to study what they do not like. What type of syllabi should be prescribed for children to
study?
Snapshot
THE SUMMER OF THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE HORSE
WILLIAM SAROYAN
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1. Why had Mourad come to see Aram at four in the morning?
2. What was Aram’s reaction when he saw his cousin Mourad sitting on a white horse?
3. Aram knew that Mourad couldn’t have bought the horse because he belonged to ----------tribe which
lived in abject --------.
4. Why could Aram not believe that his cousin had stolen the horse?
5. Mention three character traits of Garoghlanians.
6. Uncle Khosrove and Mourad were considered ---------.
7. Why did Khosrove have an irritable and impatient temper?
8. Which incident shows that Uncle Khosrove was indeed crazy?
9. Who was John Byro? Why was he upset?
10. Who had stolen John Byro’s horse and why?
11. How Did Aram justify stealing of horse by Mourad? Why did he insist on keeping the horse for a year?
12. How did Mourad face John Byro when he was caught with the stolen horse?
13. Mourad had a way with -------------, ------------- and --------- because he had a pure and kind soul.
14. What made the boys think that the time had come to return the horse?
15. Where did they use to hide Vazire?
16. What shows that the boys had taken a good care of the horse?

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T HE A D DRE S S
Marga Minco
Answer the following questions very briefly.
Q.1
What is the background of the story?
Q.2
Who was Mrs. Dorling? Where did she live?
Q.3
How did the narrator recognize that she was at the right address?
Q.4
Why did Mrs. S allow Mrs. Dorling to collect her belongings?
Q.5
What were Mrs. S’ possessions collected by Mrs. Dorling?
Q.6
What was the similarity between Mrs. Dorling and her daughter?
Q.7
How was Mrs. Dorling different from her daughter?
Q.8
Justify the title of the story?
Q.9
Why did the narrator want to forget the address?
Q.10 The narrator did not collect the belongings of her mother (Mrs. S).Why?
Long Answer type Questions:
Q.1. Throw light on the character of Mrs. Dorling?
Q.2. Why had the narrator lost charm in the belongings of her mother?
Ranga’s Marriage
Masti Venkatesha Iyanger
Write the answer of the following questions in one word / phrase.
Q.1-Where did Ranga’s father send him for higher studies?
Q.2- Which play did Ranga cite to tell about the right time for marriage?
Q.3- What does the writer compare Hoshali with?
Q.4- Whom does the writer cite as support to him when he talks high about his village?
Q.5- Whom does the writer think responsible for the lack of awareness about his village Hoshali?
Q.6-Whom does the narrator find a suitable match for Ranga?
Q.7- Which day does the narrator call Ratna at his house?
Q.8- Whose help does the narrator seek in his plan of Ranga’sMarrage?
Q.9- What was Ratna doing when Ranga looked her?
Q.10- What does the narrator gift Shyama, the son of Ranga?
Q.11-Ranga named his son after the name of-

A LB ER T E IN S TE IN A T S C H OO L
P A TR IC K P R IN G LE
Theme -Description of circumstances which led to Albert Einstein’s expulsion from a German school.
Answer the following questions very briefly.
I.
Who defeated the French at Waterloo?
II.
Who was Mr. Brown?
III.
What was Einstein’s Theory of Education?
IV.
Why was Einstein not happy with his lodgings?
V.
How did Yuri console him?
VI.
Who was Elsa?
VII.
What did Elsa advice Einstein about his exams?

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VIII.
IX.
X.
XI.
XII.
XIII.

Who was Earnest Well?
Who was Mr. Koch?
How did Mr. Koch help Einstein?
How did Dr. Well help Einstein?
“What crime have I committed?” who said this and to whom?
“Good bye and good luck”. Who said?

Answer the following in 100-125 wordsXIV.
Write briefly the character sketch of Albert Einstein.
XV.
Comment on the role of Yuri as described in the lesson ‘Albert Einstein at school’
MOTHER’S DAY
J.B.Priestly
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1) How are mothers treated by their children and husbands?
2) Who is Mrs. Fitzgerald? Why is she concerned about Mrs. Pearson?
3) What does she ask Mrs. Pearson to do?
4) What did Mrs. Fitzgerald learn in the east?
5) How is Mrs. Pearson able to behave like Mrs. Fitzgerald?
6) Who is Doris? What does she want her mother to do for her?
7) Why does Mrs. Pearson dislike Charlie Spence?
8) What was she doing when Doris came? How did she react?
9) What do her children ascribe her changed behaviour to?
10) Who is George? What was Mrs. Pearson drinking when he reached home?
11) What is Mrs. Pearson’s complaint against her husband?
12) How do people at the club make fun of George Pearson?
13) What were his hobbies?
14) What change occurs in the behaviour of Doris, Cyril and Mr. George?
15) What is Mrs. Fitzgerald’s last advice to Mrs. Pearson?
16) But for Mrs. Fitzgeralds, Mrs. Pearson would have lived like a slave. Discuss.
17) What is the message of the play?

BIRTH
A.J.Cronin
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1) Dr. Andrew Manson practised as an assistant to Dr. Edward page in the small town of
__________.
2) Joe Morgan, a _________ in a mine in __________ goes to call him at night as his wife
is expecting her _________ after ________ years of their marriage.
3) Mrs. Margan’s mother serves him tea for fear that _____________.
4) What made Dr. Andrew Manson have negative thoughts about marriage?
5) Whom did he want to marry?
6) His acquaintances like Bramwell, Edward Page and Danny had ____________.
7) Her meditation had pursued a different course, when he was thinking of Cristine, what do
you think, was the old woman was thinking of?
8) The child was born _________.Why was the doctor horrified?

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9) What was the dilemma in his mind?
10) Why was the child put under the bed by the mid-wife?
11) What was the child suffering from?
12) Which treatment did he apply to resuscitate the child and with what result?
13) What was the last effort made by him to bring the child back to life?
14) I have done something: oh, God! I have done something real at last” Why does he yell
saying this?
15) The title ‘Birth’ does not just refer to the birth of the baby, it also refer to the birth of a
new, responsible and efficient doctor in Dr. Andrew Manson. Do you agree?
16) What are some of the traditional methods of treatment? Are they effective? Give one
example each.

Poems
XI

HORNBILL
A PHOTOGRAPH
SHIRLEY TOULSON

1. Name the poet of A Photograph?
2. What does the photograph show?
3. How many girls are shown in the picture? Who are they?
4. Who is the ‘big girl’ and how old is she?
5. Why did they stand still and smile?
6. Explain: smile through their hair
7. Explain: ‘terribly transient’. What does this phrase signify?
8. What did the mother do 20-30 years later?
9. Why did she laugh?
10. What mixed feelings did the mother have while showing the photograph to Shirley?
11. Why were both wry?
12. Give one word – ‘ disappointed with the ironical situation’ and ‘momentary/ temporary’
13. What does ‘ this circumstance ‘ refer to?
14. The three stanzas of the poem depict three different phases. Name them.
15. What is the central idea of the poem?
The Voice of the Rain
Walt Whitman
Answer the following questions very briefly.
Q.1
Q.2
Q.3
Q.4
Q.5
Q.6
Q.7

Who are the two speakers in this poem?
How does rain make the earth beautiful?
“I am the poem of the earth” .Pick out poetic device
What is required for unborn seeds?
What is the significance of the word song in this poem?
What does rain do day and night?
“And who art thou” what is the poetic device?

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Childhood
Markus Natten
Choose the correct option for the answer of following question.
Q.1-What does the poet think about his childhood?
a. He has gained it.
b. He has found it.
c. He has lost it.
d. He has forgotten it.
Q.2- At which age does the poet lose his childhood?
a. eleven
b. thirteen
c. fourteen
d. ten
Q.3- Where is he unable to find Hell and Heaven?
a. In the map of world
b .In the globe
c. In geography book
d. In history book
Q.4- What did the poet realize about the adults?
a. they is wise
b. they are hypocrite
c. they are sincere
d. they are truthful
Q.5- What did they talk and preach about?
a. love
b. education
c. religion
d. sports
Q.6- What did the poet find about his mind?
a. It is intelligent
b. It is wise
c. It is his own
d. It is of others
Q.7- How could he use his mind?
a. by his own
b. by others thought
c. by others’ advice
d. by others ‘suggestion
Q.8- Whose thought was his mind producing?
a. his own
b. others’
c. wise men’s
d. foolish men’s
Q.9- where did he think that his childhood had gone?
a. to a faraway place
b. to his past
c. to a forgotten place
d. to an unknown place
Q.10- Where does the poet think his childhood is hidden?
a. in an unknown place

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b. in an infant’s face
c. in a boy’s face
d. in a hidden place
F AT HE R

T O S ON
E L I ZAB E T H J E N NI N G S

Answer the following questions very briefly.
I.
Who is ‘ I’ in the poem?
II.
Whom does the poet not understand?
III.
Why does the poet not understand his child?
IV.
What does the poet want to build up?
V.
What is the poet’s complaint?
VI.
The poet and his son speak like ______________.(Friends/Strangers)
VII.
What is the poet’s painful realization?
VIII.
What does the poet long for?
IX.
Is the poet ready for a compromise with his son?
X.
What is the ideal situation in a family?
XI.
What is the rhyming scheme of the poem?
XII.
Find out the poetic devices used in the poem?
T HE

T AL E O F M E L O N CI T Y

Vikram Seth
Answer the following questions very briefly.
Q.1
Name the poet.
Q.2
What was the order given by the king? Why?
Q.3
Was he happy with the construction of the arch?
Q.4
Who were the people held responsible for constructing the low arch?
Q.5
Finally who was the wisest man called for the final decision?
Q.6
Who was punished at last & how?
Q.7
What was announced in the city?
Q.8
Who was elected as the new king & why?
Q.9
Were the people of the country happy?
Q.10 What is the principle of Laissez faire?
Q.11 Was the king just & placid? Why/ Why not?
Long Answer type questions:
Q.1. Pick out the examples of humor and irony highlighted in the poem?
Q.2. How according to you peace and liberty be maintained in a state?

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Novel
T HE C A NT E RV I L L E G H OS T
OSCAR WILDE
Chapter 1
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1. Mr. ------------ , the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase from ------------.
2. Why was the old castle called Canterville Chase?
3. Why did Lord Canterville live in his castle?
4. Lord Canterville informed and warned Mr. Otis about the presence of ghost in the Chase for last ------centuries.
5. How did Mr. Otis react when he was told that the castle was haunted’?
6. Mr. Otis was scared to death when he heard about the presence of ghost in the house.(True/ False)
7. How did the weather turn ominous as the Otis family came near the castle?
8. Who was Mrs. Umney?
9. What did Mrs. Umney tell Mrs Otis about the blood stain in the library?
10. Lady------- had been killed by her husband ------------ in the year --------.
11. Sir Simon’s body also was found after nine years. ( True/False)
12. Washington, who had a modern outlook, cleaned the blood stain with ------.
13. Why did Mrs, Umney faint?
14. Name the family members of Mr. Otis family.
15. What is the significance of the blood stains in the novel?
CHAPTER 2
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1. What made Otis family accept the presence of the ghost in the house?
2. Mrs Otis decided to join ----- society and Washington planned to write a---------- letter to the detergent
company.
3. What woke up Mr Otis? What suggestion did he give to the ghost?
4. How did the twins scare the ghost?
5. Give examples of some of the past acts of the ghost to terrify people.
6. How does the ghost try to salvage his reputation?
7. Describe the miserable appearance of the ghost.
8. What opinion do you form about the Otis family?
9. Do you think that the novel presents a contrast between the two cultures? How?
10. Give an example of humour .
Chapter 3
Answer the following questions very briefly.
Q.1
Why did Mr. Otis scold the twins?
Q.2
Why was Mr. Otis annoyed?
Q.3
What kind of girl was Virginia?
Q.4
Why was the Canterville ghost happy to meet another ghost?
Q.5
How did the twins befool the ghost?
Q.6
What was the colour of blood stain lying in library hall?
Q.7
How did the ghost frighten the family?
Q.8
What did the twins do?
Q.9
Why did Mrs. Otis offer Dr.Dobell’s tincture to the ghost?
Q.10 What happened to the second ghost?

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Long Answer type questions:
Q.1. Discuss the circumstances that led to the second appearance of the ghost to frighten the Otis family.
Q.2. The Canterville ghost wanted to meet another ghost. Write about their meeting
Chapter 4
Write the answer of the following questions in one word / phrase.
Q.1- How were the nerves of the ghost on the day?
Q.2- Where was the duty of the ghost to appear once a week?
Q.3- What had his life been?
Q.4-How long would he traverse the corridor as usual between midnight and three o’clock?
Q.5- How long had he not appeared in this disguise?
Q.6- What was the ghost very pleased with at last?
Q.7-What was the room called, on account of the colour of its hanging?
Q.8- When did he receive the final blow?
Q.9- What work had Mr.Otis been engaged in for several years?
Q.10- Whom did Mr. Otis write a letter assuming that the Ghost had gone?

Chapter-5
Answer the following questions very briefly.
I.
Why did Virginia go to talk to the Canterville ghost?
II.
Why did the ghost kill his wife?
III.
What did the ghost accuse Virginia’s family of?
IV.
Why did the Canterville ghost steal Virginia’s colours?
V.
For what was the ghost eager?
VI.
How did the ghost thank Virginia?
VII.
Why did Virginia suggest the ghost to become a family ghost in America?
VIII.
Who said “Death must be beautiful”?
IX.
Describe the Garden of Death?
Answer in about 100-125 words:
X.
XI.

Elaborate on the statement that this chapter is funny and hilarious besides being emotional and
sentimental?
Do you think Sir Simon Canterville as the ghost deserved the ridicule he was subjected to by the twins
of the Otissss family? Comment.

Chapter 6
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1) Who were the boys searching for?
2) Why did Mr. Otis go to Blackfell Hollow? What was his fear?
3) How did the little Duke of Cheshire react to the disappearance of Virginia?
4) When Mr. Otis reached Blackfell Hollow, how did he conclude that the gypsies had departed hurriedly?
5) What other efforts did he make to trace Virginia?
6) Why did Mr.Otis go to Bexley searching for Virginia?
7) Who comprised the search party?
8) Why did the gypsies thank Mr. Otis?
9) How did everybody react to Virginia’s disappearance?

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10) Having failed in his attempts to trace Virginia , Who did he want to approach for solving this case?
11) Virginia’s sudden re-surfacing is preceded by _______ , ________ , _______ and _______. What does
it imply?
12) What was Virginia holding in her hand? What did it contain?
13) What does Virginia tell Mr. Otis about the ghost?
14) Where does she take him? What do they see there?
15) Why does Virginia say “God has forgiven him”?
Long Questions :1. Describe the efforts made by Mr. Otis to trace Virginia. Where is she found at last?
2. Describe Virginia’s meeting with the guest in your own words.
Chapter 7
Answer the following questions very briefly.
1) At what time does the funeral procession start?
2) Sir Simon de Canterville had a grand funeral. Do you agree?
3) How many carriages were engaged in his funeral procession?
4) Who was seated in the first carriage?
5) Who was seated in the second carriage?
6) Who occupied the last carriage?
7) Why did the servants extinguish their torches?
8) How did Virginia pay her respect to Sir Simon de Canterville?
9) What occurred in nature as Virginia paid her respect and tribute? Where did she think she was?
10) Why does Mr. Otis refuse to take those jewels?
11) Why is Lord Canterville grateful to Virginia?
12) What truth of life does Virginia learn from her encounter with the ghost?
13) What is the message of the novel?
Long Questions :
1. Describe Sir Simon de Cantaivlle’s Feuneral in about 150 words
2. How dos Virginia help Sir Simon de Cantaville’s soul get Salvation ? How does he repay her for her
Kindness?

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