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Why did the poet have to wait near the water trough? 

The poet had to wait near the water trough because he was the second to reach there. The snake had reached before the poet. So, the poet had to wait for his turn because of the snake.



'Were these people pulling his leg? Was the whole thing a gigantic hoax? A meek harmless man likes him and they had to drag him into the middle of the city to make a laughing stock out of him.'

(a) Who is the speaker?

(b) Why does he think that he is being made a 'laughing stock'?

(c) What does the word 'hoax' mean?

a) The speaker is Patol Babu.

b) Patol Babu thought that he was being made a laughing stock because he had been assigned a very little role to play in the film. He just had to utter a single word.

c) 'Hoax' is an act of deception or a fraud performed deliberately.



The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each marked line. Write the error and its correction as shown in the example.

Error Correction

I went to the pool then no one e.g.                           then    when
was there. The place being quiet.                         a) ------   -------
A water was still, and the tiled                             b) -------  -------
bottom was so white and clean                            c) -------  -------
as a bathtub. I was timid for going in alone.         d) -------  -------


















The tourism industry can bring valuable income to the country. Using your ideas along with ideas from the MCB unit, Travel and Tourism, write a letter to the editor of a popular daily on how the government and the public can boost the development of this industry. Write the letter in 100-120 words. You are Rama/Ram, 4 Rani Road, Ranchi.

4 Rani Road,

19 March 2015

The Editor
The Hindu Daily


Subject: Ideas for boosting the development of the tourism industry in India

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring to light the issue of the need of boosting the development of the tourism industry in our country.

We know that the significance of tourism is inevitable for India. Tourism benefits India in three ways-employment, foreign currency and infrastructure development. Millions of people work in India's tourist industry. This includes jobs in hotels, transport, attractions and tour companies. But tourism has not been given its due in our country. With only an average of 4 million tourists annually, India is way behind countries like Russia and Singapore. Increasing tourists will increase employment in the tourism industry and eventually increase the quality of life of thousands.

The development of the infrastructure such as hotel construction, airport improvements and ground transportation systems is the need of the hour. We need to plan various schemes for the protection and entertainment of our tourists. The monuments and other tourist spots should be preserved. In addition, there is a want for the focus on the cleanliness of the country so as to make it attractive for the foreign tourists. India’s infrastructure and public services are antiquated or nonexistent. In both big cities and small villages, open sewers and inadequate plumbing are widespread. Mounds of garbage along the sides of the road are common. Public restroom facilities, even if available, are poorly maintained. Often the only sanitary amenities available are at big luxury hotels. India needs to improve its public services and foster basic hygiene if it wants to appeal to the foreign tourist. If India wants to encourage tourism, it needs to act to improve the quality of its air and water so Indians and tourists alike can breathe the air and drink the water freely.

Yours sincerely,




Write a short story in 150-200 words on the basis of the hints provided.

Hari drove fast. He was already late for office. He had got up late and it was his first day of work.......

Hari woke up late on a hazy summer morning. Realizing that he was already late for his first day at office, he rushed. His office was quite near to the place where he lived, so he was hopeful to reach in time.

In order to look extremely impressive on his first day, he wore the suit that was different and and stylish; sprayed his imported perfume; polished his shoes with enthusiasm and drove fast towards his office. Though he reached a bit late, he was glad that he was not the last one to enter the orientation room.

By his appearance, his new boss seemed cruel and strict, who could easily make his employees miserable. But in the deepest of his thoughts, Hari hoped that his boss comes out to be a gentleman and easy to deal with. All the new employees stood in a line, to be greeted by their new boss, who walked in a dhoti, swooshing from heel to heel and a cap with the logo of horn on it. Addressing them in a booming voice, he said, “Welcome to hell”.



Read the dialogue given below and complete the paragraph that follows. Write the correct answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers.

Doctor: Have you got the tests done?
Karna: No, I have not.
Doctor: Get them done today itself.

The doctor asked Karna (a) ___________________. He replied that (b) ________________. The doctor asked _______________.

(a) if he had got the tests done 

(b) he had not

(c) him to get the tests done the same day



The youth of different states should be given a chance to meet one another through national meets and other programmes. Taking ideas from the MCB unit, National Integration and your own ideas write an article in 100-120 words on the topic, Youth and National Integration You are Ram/Rama.

Youth and National Integration
By Ram

Youths are the pillars of a nation’s strength. They play an inevitable role in promoting national integration and national honour. They have the vigour and determination to do the things that would serve the interest of their nation. Youths are the new generations of nation. They are the backbone of the nation; they can give ideas for the development of the nation. As we know, India has unity in diversity. The people of India hail from various races, religions, cultures and languages. Nurturing the feeling of brotherhood among people is the most difficult task in India today. No country can observe a growth if its population is devoid of the feeling of oneness. Thus, national integration is the need of the hour. People should be educated on this topic. Undoubtedly, youth indeed can raise patriotism. They can spread the message of oneness to enlighten about the evils of regionalism and communalism. They can spread the message of harmony to all religious heads to follow their respective religions.



Write a short story in 150-200 words on the basis of the hints provided.

Ratan was in Goa on a school trip. The teacher asked everyone to play and remain on the seashore..............

Ratan went to Goa on a school trip, three months after his father was killed while patrolling the border. His mother thought it would be best for Ratan to go to a place that could distract him from the tragic experience he had undergone. She wanted her son to come out of that grief, so she asked him to go on the trip organised by his school.

Everyone in the class was very excited about the trip, except Ratan who looked distressed all the time. During the trip, the teacher told the students to play along with the seashore. While everyone was in high spirits, Ratan was consumed by sorrow. Lost in his deep thoughts about his father, he slowly started walking towards the sea. No one noticed him going into the water when suddenly a huge wave stuck him and he fell in the water. But soon he felt as if someone pulled him out of the water. As he came to his senses, he saw the troubled face of his father in the sky. He realised that no matter a parent is near his/her child or not, he/she always remains concerned about the child.
These thoughts filled him with optimism and he returned to his group and enjoyed the rest of the trip feeling loved and protected.



Fill in the blanks choosing the most appropriate options from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers.

There are four trees in the garden. ____________branches sway in the breeze. The children play ___________ the trees. Some of the girls __________

a) (i) There (ii) Their (iii) Every (iv) An

b) (i) under (ii) over (iii) above (iv) in

c) (i) is (ii) was (iii) are (iv) have

(a) - (ii) Their

(b) - (i) under

(c) - (iii) are



Caesar shall forth; the things that threaten’d me
Ne'er look'd on my back; when they shall see
The face of Caesar, they are vanished.

(a) Where is Caesar planning to go?

(b) What are the 'things' that threaten him?

(c) What does the word 'vanished' mean?

a) Caesar is planning to go to the senate at the Capitol.

b) The ‘things’ refers to his enemies.

c) The word ‘vanished’ means the act of disappearing