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Model Paper - SA II (201415)

Subject: English
Time allowed: 3 hrs.
Maximum Marks: 70
General instructions:
(1) All questions are compulsory.
(2) Marks are indicated against each question.
(3) Please check that this question paper contains 7 printed pages
(4) Please check that this question paper contains 11 questions.
Section A - Reading: 20 Marks
1. Read the following passage carefully:

1. Set in the declining but still green Western Ghats in the south-west of
Karnataka, Coorg is the heart of Indias coffee country, coffee is the
worlds most heavily traded commodity after crude oil. Coorg boasts a
land area four times larger than Hong Kong and seven times the area
of Singapore, most of it is under tree cover because unlike tea plants,
the coffee bush requires shade.
2. India is acknowledged as the producer of the finest mild coffees. With
their tropical climate, high altitude, abundant rainfall and fertile soil,
Coorg and the neighbouring Chickmagalur districts in Karnataka have
consistently produced and exported high quality coffee for over 150
years. The coffee output of these two districts accounts for 70 percent
of the total coffee produced in the country. Coorg coffee is valued for
its blue colour, clean beans and fine liquoring qualities and hence is in
demand in the international markets.
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3. In March and April, the coffee blossom time in Coorg, when blossoms
transform into berries, the bushes are cropped. Coorg or Kodagu is the
district which is one of the largest producers of pepper, cardamom and
honey in the world.
4. Not much is known about the early history of Coorg. Recorded history
is available only from 1600 AD onwards when Kodavu rajas ruled over
the region and established their capital at Mercara by constructing a
mud walled fort. The martial Kodavas troubled Hyder Ali and his son
Tipu Sultan. In 1785, Tipus large army marched into Kodagu and
devastated the kingdom. Fourteen years later, with the help of the
British, who defeated Tipu Sultan following the historic siege of
Srirangapatanam in 1799, Coorg regained independence and under
the leadership of Raja Veerarajendra rebuilt the capital. Later in 1834,
the British exiled its ruler Chikkaveera Rajendra and assumed
administrative charge of the district. The British left India in 1947,
leaving behind a legacy of coffee plantations, colonial buildings and
well- planned road networks.
1) On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following
statements. 4
a. Coorg
its______________________ .
b. The tea plants are not like coffee plants as the
latter__________________ .
c. Coorg is famous not only for coffee but also for
d. After crude oil, coffee is the
2) Answer the following questions:
a. What are the conditions which helped Coorg to produce high
quality coffee?
b. What is the early history of Coorg?
c. How did Coorg regain its independence?
d. What did the British leave behind?

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2. Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

When I was about 12 years old, my older brother, James, smuggled a BB
gun into the house.
Im not quite sure where he got it. This was in 1938, during the Great
Depression. He must have bartered for it with one of his friends.
Our parents had told us many times that we were not to bring home
guns or knives, even if they were just toys. Having any form of weaponry
in our home was strictly taboo.
James brought me to his room. He opened his closet door and took out a
shoebox that was buried beneath a heap of clothes. The BB gun was
inside. I was immediately enamored by the shiny (albeit plastic) wooden
stock and the steely-blue hue of the barrel. He let me touch it and walk
with it around the room. I fingered the trigger.
Can I shoot it, Jamesie? I asked, hopefully.
No way, James said, taking it from me and putting it back in its covert
I forgot about it for a while, but one day, when no one was home, I went
James' closet and took it out.
For some inexplicable reason I have no idea what I was thinking I
went to the front window of the second floor in our row house. I cracked
the window open. I pointed the gun outside and shot. I quickly shut the
window and peeked outside.
In a matter of seconds, old Mr. Schlosberg came out of his grocery store.
He looked back at his store window. He looked up the street. He looked
down the street. Then he looked straight across to our house. He could
tell from the trajectory just where that shot had come from he knew
someone in our house was the culprit.
I ran back to James' room to return the gun and then sat downstairs,
waiting nervously for someone to get home. Thankfully, Jamesie made it
home before Mother or Father.
As he stepped through the door, I could hear old Mr. Schlosberg call his
James, James, he called. Come here, son.
I crept to look out the door and saw Mr. Schlosberg pointing feverishly at
our house (up to the second floor window!) and then at his shop window.
James ran back across the street and into the living room. I had retreated
into the kitchen.
Alma! he screamed. Get out here! You cracked Mr. Schlosbergs window
with my BB gun!
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Oh, please, Jamesie, I begged. Dont let him tell Mother. She will whip
Jamesie sighed. He wiped my tears and went back across the street to Mr.
I dont know what James said to that man, but there was never a mention of
the incident again. I didn't know how I got out of it, but I got out of it, and
that was all that mattered to me then. I was too self-absorbed to realize
what a great brother I had.
Years later, I found out Jamesie had used the money he got from his
newspaper route to pay for Mr. Schlosbergs cracked window. He only got
one cent for every paper he delivered. He managed to pay back the debt
just before he went off to fight in World War II.
Since that day, I have never touched a gun: a BB gun, a water gun, a real
gun, or any other type.

Answer the questions given below:

a. When does the story take place?
b. How did the incident seem to affect Alma at the time?
c. What did Alma seem most worried about?
d. How did Jamesie compensate for Mr. Schlosbergs loss?

e) Choose the most appropriate answer from the given alternatives:

i. Which is the best antonym for enamored?
a) annoyed
b) amused
c) repulsed
ii. If something is taboo it is
a) illegal
b) forbidden
c) incomprehensible
iii. Which is the best definition for covert?
a) dark
b) secret
c) worn
iv. What is a trajectory?
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a hole

b) a crack

c) a path

d) a

Section B Writing & Grammar: 25

3. Pandi Nehru said, "There is no division between North and South, East
and West of India. There is only one India of which all of us are inheritors, it
belongs to all of us." In view of the above statement, write an article for
your favourite daily news, highlighting the importance of National
Integration by incorporating points from MCB.
4 .. And that is why I shall never go there again. Write a
story leading to this ending and give your story an appropriate title.
5.In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. Write
the missing word along with the word that comes before and after in your
answer sheet as given below against the correct blank number. The first
one is done as an example.
Pollution not a new problem. In the


Middle ages most towns dirty, water


Supplies foul and diseases spread


quickly. Much has done to improve


Sanitation public health. But since



Revolution disposal of waste become


More complicated. Factories produce



Goods old ones thrown out with the


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Rubbish. Rubbish heaps

unpleasant sight to watch.




6. Choose the correct given options from the bracket to complete the
following passage:
Nasir Ahmad Soomro is the tallest man (a)_______ [in/above/of/on] the
world. He is b)_____ [at/to/in/on]Taiwan to spend four months living in the
Guiness World record Museum. He is the first record holder employed as a
crowd puller (c)_______ [for/of/in//at] the museum which has a number (d)
_________ [for/of/in/to] life-size models of Guiness book personalities. 29
year old Soomro is (e) ________ [of/an/out/for] to become quite literally a
museum exhibit and a sporting ambassador trying to promote exercise (f)
________ [to/for/among/in] school children.
7. Rearrange the following to form meaningful sentences:
a) and/ offer/ them/ Indians/ gifts/ celebrate /as/ festivals/ to friends/
b) available/many/in/are/people/the market/the
c) reports/after eating/ of people/ have been/hospitalized/being/milk

Section C Literature Textbook &Long Reading Text



8. Answer any one of the following:

1. Read the extracts given below and attempt one of them, answering all the
questions in one or two sentences.
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And some in dreams assured were

Of the spirit that plagued us so
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow
a) Who had been following whom?
b) What made us feel that they were being plagued?
c) How did they end up in the land of mist and snow?
This dream is all amiss interpreted
It was a vision fair and fortunate
a) Which vision is referred to here?
b) How does Decius Brutus interpret it?
c) Why does he interpret it in such a way?
9. Answer the following questions in about 30 to 40 words each:
a) How was Brutus responsible for the failure of the conspiracy?
b) How did Sosanko justify Patol Babus speaking role?
c) How could the Ouija board help Hallock, according to Lavinia?
d) In what sense is the snake a king in exile due to be crowned again?

10. Answer any one of the following in about 80-100 words:

a) Antony in his speech presents Caesar as a paragon of virtue &patriotism.
Discuss the glowing tribute he paid to Caesar in his funeral speech.
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b) Write a brief character sketch of Michael, giving his outstanding qualities

that led him to save Sebastians life.
11. Answer any one of the following in about 150-200 words
a) Analyze Helens state of mind during examinations. How did exam
discourage and stunt her abilities?
b) Who were Helens friends from the literary world? What effect did their
interaction cast on Helen?

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