Time allowed : 3 hours GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS : (i) This paper consists of four sections. Section A - Reading 20 marks Section B - Writing 30 marks Section C - Grammar 20 marks Section D - Literature 30 marks Maximum marks : 100
(ii) Attempt all questions. (iii) Do not write anything in the question paper. (iv) All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you. (v) Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section. (vi) Read each question carefully and follow the instructions. (vii) Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question.
QUESTION PAPER CODE 1/1/1 SECTION A (Reading) 1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. 1. I felt stupid, being made to stand on the desk while the other kids were bent over their notebooks. I couldn’t understand my new school or my new classmates, or their alien language – English – and the fact that they could do sums in their head, while I struggled with a paper and pencil. For me, at age six, the good times had ended. Life seemed a far cry from those days in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, all thanks to my grandfather’s reflected glory. He was a military doctor, a great man, and I lived with him. And so even policemen gave me affectionate salaams, which I learned to acknowledge with a nod. I’d simply lay my head down on the desk and sleep in class, if bored. I was a pampered little prince. In early 1971, my parents decided it was time I moved to Bombay where father worked. My first few days were a disaster. No one spoke Tamil or Telugu, the only languages I knew. I couldn’t keep pace with their writing or
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reading. Then one day, a slight plump lady with large spectacles, wearing trousers walked into the classroom. “Hello,” she said, “My name is Miss Jean. I am your new class teacher.” She’d done her homework. Spotting me in a back corner, she...