Subject: English, asked on 13/12/19

Q2 Read the passage carefullyThe Road to Success

1. The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called success! 2. In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are certain to arise. The bumps in the road are unavoidable, but you’ll never get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will become stepping-stones. 3. The key thing to realize is that working harder is same as working smarter. How do you work smarter? You just need to have the right skills. People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and use them as stepping-stones. 4. “Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance. 5. Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude underline the grandeur of a truly rewarding rich life. 6. Success can be measured from two standpoints—the external and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. Internally it the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or fulfillment of desire.

 2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following questions in 30-40 words each: (a) What qualities lead one to the place called success? (b) What is the difference between disaster and triumph? (c) How can one have a better future? (d) Describe two ways to measure success. 2.2 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following: (a) The synonym of ‘victory’ as given in paragraph 2 is ____________ (i) Planning (ii) Preparation (iii) Triumph (iv) Challenges (b) The synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5 is ______________ (c) The antonym of ‘Defeat’ as given in paragraph 6 is _____________ (i) Recognition (ii) Achievement (iii) Completion (iv) Success 2x4=8 1x4=4 Page | 4 (d) The antonym of ‘deep’ as given in Paragraph 3 is ____________

Subject: English, asked on 10/1/17

Q.2. Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow by choosing the
 answers from the given options (1x5 = 5marks)
(1) Sprouts relatively contain the largest amount of nutrients per unit of any food known to man.
Sprouts produce a fountain of power for chemical changes. Enzymes are produced, starch get
converted into glucose. Protein is transformed into amino acids and vitamin value increases. In
fact a new explosion of life force takes place. According to doctor Bailey of the University of
Minnesota, U.S.A. the vitamin C value of wheat increases 600 percent in the early sprouting
period. Doctor C.R Shaw of the University of Texas Cancer Center found that cancer was
inhibited upto 90% when healthy bacteria was exposed to a cancer causing substance in the
presence of a juice made from wheat sprouts.
(2) Enzymes which initiate and control almost every chemical reaction in our body are greatly
activated in the sprouting process. Enzymes spark the entire digestive system to synthesize the
nutrients in our food into blood. They are the key to longevity.
(3) Sprouts are enjoyed more when they are fresh. Mix sprouts with other food and dressings,
according to your taste and enjoy eating them. But eat them you must, everyday! You will soon
realize that making sprouts a part of your diet has a dramatic effect on your health. With this life
food, all the cells of your body become active and agile.
(4) The nourishment which develops as the sprouts grow is very stable and can be frozen or dried
for future. Sprouted potato or tomato seeds are likely to be poisonous. Alfalfa and moongbean
sprouts are excellent soft food. They are almost predigested and can be easily assimilated even
by the children and the elderly. They contain every non vitamin in perfect balance, necessary for
the human body.
(a) Sprouts are useful because they ………………
(i) Contain largest amount of nutrients
(ii) Produce a fountain of power for chemical changes
(iii)Produce enzymes, convert starch into glucose
(iv) All of the above
(b) The vitamin C value of ……………. increases 600 percent in the early sprouting process.
(v) Nutrients (ii) wheat
(iii) Glucose (iv) Enzymes
(c) ………….. Seeds are likely to be poisonous when sprouted.
(vi) Alfalfa (ii) Moongbean
(iii) Potato and tomato (iv) None of the above
(d) ‘They’ are the key to longevity. Here ‘they’ refers to…………..
(i) Nutrients (ii) Vitamins
(iii) Sprouts (iv) Enzymes
(e) A word from the passage which means, to combine a large range of something is
(i) Contain (ii) Inhibited
(iii) Synthesize (iv) Assimilate​

Subject: English, asked on 25/9/20

What is discipline? It is absolute freedom to do what a person wants? Is freedom regardless of consequences? Does it mean corrective action after a problem occurs or a wrong is done? Is it imposition? Is it abuse? Does it take away freedom? The answer is none of the above. Discipline does not mean that a person takes a belt and beats up kids. That is madness. Discipline is loving firmness. It is direction. It is prevention before a problem arises. It is harnessing and channeling energy for great performance. Discipline is not something you do to but you do for those you care about. Discipline is an act of love. Sometimes you have to be unkind to be kind. Not all medicine is sweet not all surgery is painless, but we have to take it. We need to learn from nature. We are all familiar with that big animal, the giraffe. A mama giraffe gives birth to a baby giraffe standing .All of a sudden the baby falls on the hard surface from the cushion of mama's womb and sits on the ground. The first thing mama does it to get behind the baby and give him a hard kick. The baby gets up but his legs are weak and wobbly and the baby falls down .Mama goes behind again and gives him one more kick .The baby gets up but sits down again .Mama keeps kicking till the baby gets on his feet and starts moving. Why? Because mama knows that the only chance of survival for that baby in the jungle is to get on his feet. Otherwise it will be eaten up by wildcats and become dead meat. Children bought up in a loving, disciplined environment end up respecting their parents more and become law abiding citizens. The reverse is just as true .Good parents are not afraid of momentary dislikes by children to enforce the subject. Allowing a child to eat a box of chocolates could lead to sickness. At the same time ,the discipline of eating one or two pieces a day can be enjoyable experience for a long time .Our instincts make us do whatever we want regardless of the consequences. Freedom is not procured by full enjoyment of what is desired but controlling the desire.
1) What according to the writer is not freedom? i. Following strict discipline ii. Doing wrong things iii. Freedom to do whatever we want
2) How can we prohibit a problem from surfacing? i. By knowing the solution ii. By sharing it with others iii. By preventing it at the first place
3) Why do you think a mama giraffe kicks her baby? i. It is lack of affection ii. To hurt him iii. To make him independent
4) How can the parents create law abiding citizens:- i. By making their children love them ii. By giving them conducive environment iii. By supporting them in all their demands
5) What do you understand by discipline? i. Love for freedom ii. Appreciating firmness iii. Following strict rules forcefully
6) Which one of the following is true? i. Parents play a vital role in making children independent ii. Parents inculcate the value of discipline iii. Both the options
7) The author uses metaphor to compare discipline with medicine as:- i. It is an important quality ii. It is disliked by many iii. Both the options
8) Discipline and freedom are :- i. They are opposite . ii. They are inter dependent iii. None of the above.
9) The passage supports the view of i. Following our instincts freely ii. Living a rule bound life iii. Limiting our freedom for others
10) Discipline is an important virtue i. To lead a rich /affluent life ii. To be superior in the eyes of others iii. To overcome problems

Subject: English, asked 3 weeks, 1 day ago

II. Read the passage given below.

I. Research from the Publishers Association has shown that films based on books take 44% more at the box office revenue in the UK and 53% more worldwide than original screenplays. The report explores what impact a book has when adapted for film and TV. 

II. The report reads: “Published material is the basis of 52% of top UK films in the last 10 years, and accounts for an even higher share of revenue from these leading performers, at 61% of UK box office gross and 65% of worldwide gross.” The Hollywood adaptation of“My Cousin Rachel” was shown to have a significant impact on the sales of the Daphne Du Maurier thriller. The sales of the book in 2017 alone accounted for 23% of all sales since 1992.

III. The research suggests that adapted films tend to perform better, because films can “leverage the popularity” of well-known books through an existing audience. Films adapted from books also tend to have a richer, more fully-developed story to draw on. In terms of TV adaptation, it was revealed that a quarter of dramas were based on literary sources and attracted a 56% larger share of the audience than those based on original scripts. Fourteen of the 35 high end series produced in the UK in the period between January and September 2017 were based on books, compared to seven based on true stories or historical events and five based on pre-existing films or TV stories.

IV. In the case of the 2016 BBC broadcast of “The Night Manager”, research revealed that while the novel was in circulation for over 25 years, 82% of the copies it sold were in 2016 and 2017. Sales of the paperback edition remained strong in 2017 even after the
series went off the air. V. In conclusion, the report states that “there is a strong two-way relationship between publishing and the wider creative economy, wherein a successful adaptation often has spill-over effects and gives a substantial boost to the sales of the original book.” (338 words)

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions by choosing the correct option.

Q.17 This passage lists an example proving that TV dramas based on literary works have_______. Select the correct option.
A. increased the immediate sales of the book
B. increased the sales of the book during the first screening
C. had no immediate impact on the sales of the book
D. had very little impact on the sales of the book

Q.18 Choose the correct option to answer the following: According to paragraph V, ‘there is a two-way relationship between books and the screen’. This is so because both
A. revolve around the same stories.
B. cater to an audience with the same taste.
C. gain from each other’s popularity.
D. belong to the creative field.


Subject: English, asked on 28/5/18

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