1st PUC English Previous Year Question Paper March 2019 (North)

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Karnataka 1st PUC English Previous Year Question Paper March 2019 (North)

Time: 3 Hrs. 15 Mins.
Max. Marks: 100


  • Follow the prescribed limit while answering the questions.
  • Write the correct question number as it appears on the question paper.
  • One mark questions attempted more than once will be awarded zero.
  • For multiple-choice questions choose the correct answer and rewrite it.

I. Answer the following in a word, a phrase or a sentence each: (12 × 1 = 12)


Question 1.
What did the Lion wish to have in his kingdom in ‘The Gentlemen of the Jungle’?
Peace and tranquillity.

Question 2.
Mention any one of the things that the schoolboy considers as ‘Sweet company.’
birds song’distant huntsman’s horn/skylark song.

Question 3.
On which side did Mara not have any teeth in ‘Around A Medicinal Creeper’?
On the right side of his mouth.

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Question 4.
How did the people around the narrator look like in ‘Oru Manushyan’?
Hungry wolves.

Question 5.
In the poem ‘Money Madness’ what should be free for everyone?
Bread, shelter and fire.

Question 6.
Why is Babar Ali called a ‘fortunate soul’ in his village?
Because he could go to school and got a formal education.

Question 7.
What becomes a bier for a sinless body in ‘If I was a Tree’?
Tree/pieces of dry wood.

Question 8.
Why were the roads being repaired in Mara’s village in ‘Watchman of the Lake’?
Because of the king’s arrival.

Question 9.
What was the ‘death blow’ given by the farmer to his wife in ‘The Farmer’s wife’?
Farmer’s suicide.

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Question 10.
Douglass’ mother was able to meet him only __________
(a) at daybreak
(b) in the night
(c) at noon.
(b) in the night

Question 11.
Name the shrine mentioned in the poem ‘An Old Woman’.
Horse Shoe shrine.

Question 12.
Why were the two children waiting for the last bus from Padua?
To sell newspapers.

II. Answer any EIGHT of the following in a paragraph of 80-100 words each: (8 × 4 = 32)

Question 13.
Describe the circumstances that led to the appointment of the Commission of Enquiry.
One day the elephant wanted protection from torrential rain. So he requested the man to allow 1m to push its trunk in the man’s hut. Th r inn agreed. The elephant pushed his trunk inside, and slowly pushed itself into the man’s hut and flung him out. The man started grumbling. Hearing the noise the animals stood around listening to the heated argument between the man and the elephant. The lion, the king of the forest wanted peace and tranquillity in his kingdom. So he ordered the elephant to appoint a Commission of Enquiry to look into the matter and report accordingly.

Question 14.
How is the child’s growth ‘nipped and stripped’ of its joy in the springing day in ‘The School Boy’?
Formal education is the obstacle for free learning to the children. Children prefer nature – learning than formal schooling. The restrictions of formal schooling make children to detest their learning. Hence the poet questions when the buds are nipped and ‘blossoms have blown away’, and ‘tender plants are stripped’, how can a child get happiness in learning.

Question 15.
Narrate Mara’s story about the meat of the barking deer changing into a live wild buck.’
Once Mara and his friend laid a trap and caught a barking deer, As they had to divide it equally between them, they took it near to the stream and divided the meat. They wrapped their portions in some leaves and brought them home. In Mara’s house, they got ready to cook. hut when Mara opened the packet to take out the meat. It was a surprise instead of the meat, there was a live wild buck When it saw Mara. He jumped up and ran out of his house. When Marn was trying to catch it. as usual. Mara’s wife ignorantly took the leaves and three of them into the fire. ‘[his incident shows that Indians do not think of what happened and why? But simply they go according to the situations and never turn the circumstances towards them. This is the big weakness of Indians.

Question 16.
Describe the people and the place where the narrator stayed in ‘Oru Manushyan’.
The incident took place in quite a big city in the valley of a mountain, some thousand five hundred miles away from the narrator’s home. The inhabitants of the city had never been known for the quality of mercy. People there were cruel and murder. robbery and pickpocketing were their daily habits. Traditionally, they were professional soldiers. Some of them lent out money on interest, some were watchmen in banks, mills and in industries. They would do anything Íbr money, even commit murder.

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Question 17.
How do people treat an individual who has no money in ‘Money Madness’?
The poem focusses on how man gives importance to money. When the moneyless man is treated as poor and powerless, he definitely fears to lose the money. Obviously, he gives much importance to money. Each and every man goes behind money and breaks all relationships. In future, there may not be any sentiments between people. So, when all the people try to make money, certainly lack of money triggers the fear in an individual. So every individual tries to acquire it by some means or the other.

Question 18.
What was Babar Ali’s daily routine?
Babar wakes up at 7 am. He starts his day by doing some household chores and takes an autorickshaw and later walks 5 km to Cossimbazar Raj a Govinda Sundari Vidyapeeth where he is an ideal class XII student. In the afternoon he is a headmaster of a school of 800 students.

Question 19.
How do the life forces ‘sunlight and the cool breeze’ enforce nature’s idea of equality in ‘If I was a Tree’?
In nature, the life-giving forces like sunlight and air do not discriminate against anybody. The sunlight bathes everybody and everything with its glow without exception. It embraces everything with equal love and never feels defiled by the shadow of an untouchable. The cool breeze embraces everybody with its sweet touch. Its friendship is extended to one and all. It blows lovingly on the leaves of trees spreading its sweetness and the leaves reciprocate with their dance. In nature, there is only love and equality among all.

Question 20.
Why did Mara meet the king for the first time in ‘Watchman of the Lake’?
The Goddess of the river asked Mara to inform the king to build a tank for the river Veda. The king would listen. The river Veda was a sacred place when Hanuman was carrying the Sanjeevini mountain a small piece fell down and from the same spot, a river arose which was the lifeblood of the people of the villagers. The Goddess told Mara to ask the king, not to let the river Veda to leave that village and to give her a home.

Question 21.
How does the farmer’s wife resolve to live in ‘The Farmer’s Wife?’
The farmer’s wife laments the death of her husband. She is angry because her husband has left her with four children. She is worried about their future. She was born with a bent head. She had endured a lot of sufferings. Fie had kicked her when he was drunk. She had suffered all this thinking he was a man. But he had committed suicide. She decides to teach her children to face life and survive against all odds. To embrace life, not death, she decides to struggle for life.

Question 22.
How did the two boys help the narrator during his stay at Verona?
The boys were very useful for the narrator. When the narrator wanted a pack of American cigarettes or seats for the opera, or the name of a good restaurant, they were always there in all these needs with cheerful competence. They had also taken the author on a guided tour to the different places of interest at Verona including Juliet’s tomb.

III. Answer one of the following in about 200 words: (1 × 6 = 6)

Question 23.
In ‘Do not ask of Me, My Love’, the speaker’s statement ‘You are beautiful still, but I am helpless too.’ signifies a major change in the priorities of the speaker. Elaborate.
Babar AIis school was started at the age of nine while playing a game. Very soon children began to lose his way of teaching and flocked to his school’. Babar did not charge a single pie for his teaching. He also got the help of the local educated people. who came and taught the children. Babar was successful in getting the help of nine high school student volunteers. The oldest of them is Debarita who goes to college in Behrampur. Babar himself studies in class Xl! in a school quite for from his house. Ile commutes the long-distance, attends classes in the mornings and comes back in the afternoons to his school to teach youngsters who have worked hard in the mornings and are now ready for learning. The fact is that his school is entirely free, he and his stall teach well, there is a midday meal and his school is recognized by the West Bengal government attracts many students to his school.

The increasing strength of his school just shows how eager people are to get their children educated and how good, selfless work gets noticed by people soon. Those who cannot afford education in regular schools, do not mind sending their children to learn from teachers like Bahar. This only proves that Indians are realizing the significance of education in life. The initiation was a definite success. Babar Ali’s intention when he started the institution was to help the less fortunate people by proceeding free education. Today more and more underprivileged people have utilized this opportunity of his and are coming up in society. Moreover, we can clearly see that Babar Ali’s action has inspired millions of people around the world. If more people take part to change the world for the better, there is the greater success than he could have wished for Babar Ali became the change he wanted to see. If a young boy from a village had the will and determination to change the world there. it is not right from our part to remain as silent spectators hut to participate actively towards change.
Describe the suffering of the Slaves in the hands of whites in ‘Frederick Douglass’.
The passage reflects the brutal hidden faces of the masters who treat the slaves cruelly. The slaves were not given proper food. They were exploited by their freedom. Especially for women, it is double exploitation in the name of patriarchy and in the name of slavery. When the girls at the teenage seem to be beautiful for their masters, they use them sexually and if they give the birth to children, the children were sold at the age of infants to avoid their sentimental relationship. The passage also explains the heart-rendering description of walking at night of mothers to see their children for several miles. Moreover, they have to talk only a little bit because the son would be tired of work and goes to sleep but in the morning they have to go for work before sunrise. if they failed, they get punishment of whipping. This shows the brutal nature of white masters to their slaves.
How does the play ‘Watchman of the Lake’ bring out both the protective and destructive forces of nature?
Basically nature is goodness personified. It showers its blessings on people in abundance. People must respect what nature provides them and reciprocate by not destroying nature. When people take care of nature and the environment, it protects them. Rivers, trees, hills are all part of nature and they are all for the benefit of mankind. When a man cuts down the trees, blasts the hills etc., nature’s imbalance causes floods, landslides and other calamities. Water flows in a river, and if used wisely serves for drinking, irrigation and other uses, in the dry season there may not be enough water, so excess water coming in torrents during monsoon should be stored by constructing tanks for the waters of the rivers. When the rivers are over polluted, it results in overflow and floods causing loss of livers, lands and properties. Nature that way is both productive and destructive.

IV. Read the following passage and answer the questions set on it: (10 × 1 = 10)

Max Muller was a distinguished German Poet. Some of his poems were set to music by Australian composer, Franz (Peter) Schubert. As a youth, Muller took to the study of the Sanskrit language with great devotion and started learning the language. He took his Doctorate in Philosophy in 1843. He did research work on Sanskrit and Philosophy under eminent scholars in Berlin University.

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In 1846, Muller went to London to copy and collect manuscripts in Sanskrit. He translated Rig Veda which consists of 1,028 hymns, addressed to different gods. As it was being printed in a London University Press, he migrated to Oxford in 1848 and lived there for the rest of his life.

The first volume of Muller’s edition appeared in 1849, the sixth and last volume in 1874. This printed Rig Veda caused great enthusiasm in India. Several publications on Indian Religion and literature appeared in quick succession. Max Muller became the greatest interpreter of India to the Western World. His book ‘India – What it can teach us’ has a special place among his publications. But, Max Muller never visited India.

Question 24.
The famous music composer who set the music to Mueller’s poems was _________
Franz (Peter) Schubert.

Question 25.
Where did Mueller get his Doctorate in Philosophy?

Question 26.
Name the university where Mueller did research work.
Berlin University.

Question 27.
Why did Mueller go to London?
To copy and collect manuscripts in Sanskrit.

Question 28.
Who translated the verses of Rig Veda into English?
Max Mueller.

Question 29.
Mueller migrated to Oxford in _______
(a) 1846
(b) 1848
(c) 1849
(b) 1848

Question 30.
When did the sixth volume of Mueller’s edition appear?

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Question 31.
Name the book of Muller on India mentioned in the passage.
India – What It Can Teach Us.

Question 32.
Add a prefix from the brackets to the word ‘appear’ to form its antonym (un, dis, re).

Question 33.
Max Muller’s ______ (interpret) of India is very popular in the Western World.
(Fill in the blank with the appropriate form of the word given in the bracket)

V. A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions given in brackets: [the, a, in, of, from] (1 × 4 = 4)

Question 34.
Verona is _________ lovely city, rich _______ history, with quiet medieval streets and splendid buildings ________ an exquisite pale honey colour. Romeo and Juliet are reputed to have lived there. Bombed in _______ recent war, it has lost its bridges but not its gaiety or charm.
a, in, of, the.

B. Fill in the blanks with the suitable form of the verbs given in brackets. (1 × 4 = 4)

Question 35.
The lion was the king of the jungle. He _______ (want) to have peace in his kingdom. So he _______ (appoint) a commission of enquiry. Mr. Fox ______ (be) the chairman. On seeing the members, the man _______ (demand) to include one form his side.
wanted, appointed, was, demanded.

C. Choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject: (3 × 1 = 3)

Question 36.
The Goddess ______ (has/have) come in Mara’s dream. She says Veda _______ (are/is) her play thing. She ______ (wants / want) the king to construct a tank to Veda.
has, is, wants.

D. Correct the following sentences and re-write them: (2 × 1 = 2)

Question 37.
My friend is an honest man.
My friend is an honest man.

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Question 38.
He goes for college.
He goes to college.

E. Re-write as directed: (6 × 1 = 6)

Question 39.
Bhima can swing an elephant by its ______ (tale/tail)
[Fill in the black with the appropriate word given in bracket]

Question 40.
The people of the city were _______ (profession) soldiers.
(Complete the sentence with the right form of the word given in brackets)

Question 41.
was steady/Nicola’s smile/and engaging.
(Rearrange the segments to form a meaningful sentence)
Nicola’s smile was steady and engaging.

Question 42.
Babar Ali teaches his students under the open sky, ______?
(Add a question tag)
Doesn’t he?

Question 43.
Mara went to the edge of the lake.
(Change into a question beginning with the right form of “Do”)
Did Mara go to the edge of the lake?

Question 44.
The boys help their families by working as mechanics.
(Frame a question so as to get the underlined word as answer)
How did the boys help their families?

VI. A. Refer to the following Advertisement and answer the questions set on it: (1 × 4 = 4)

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Booking till 5th March 2019
Travel till 21st December 2019

Question 45.
(i) What is the website of Air Asia?
(ii) When are the bookings to Bangkok closed?
(iii) Where does the flight to Bangkok leave from?
(iv) What is the maximum discount available for the flight?
(i) www.airasia.com
(ii) 5th March 2019
(iii) Jaipur
(iv) 50% off.

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Question 46.
Write a letter to the commissioner, City Corporation, Shimoga complaining about the irregular water supply in your area. Your letter should also include the following points:

  • Irregular water supply
  • the areas affected
  • Inconvenience caused to the general public.

Sri Vani Vilas College

5th February 2019
The Commissioner
City Corporation

Dear Sir/Madam,
Sub: Irregular water supply in our area.

I am residing at Shimoga. There are 700 families living in this area. We are suffering terribly due to irregular water supply which is one of our basic needs. The areas affected are Hubli and Srinagar, Pashupathinagar Shimoga. We have to rely on private water supply. So, I request you to kindly take necessary remedial measures as quickly as possible to help us.

Thank you
Yours faithfully

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Question 47.
Match the expressions under column ‘A’ to its corresponding language Function under column ‘B’. (5 × 1 = 5)

A. Expressions B. Functions
1. I am extremely sorry for the trouble (a) Leavetaking
2. Thank you very much (b) Apologizing
3. Go straight, turn left (c) Introducing
4. Lata, this is my friend Shashi (d) Giving direction
5. OK, bye (e) Expressing gratitude

(1) – b, (2) – e, (3) – d, (4) – c, (5) – a.

Question 48.
Complete the dialogue. (1 × 4 = 4)
Radha: Good Morning, Sheela.
Sheela: ______. How are you?
Radha: ________, thank you.
Sheela: ______?
Radha: I am going to the market.
Sheela: OK _________
Radha: Good Morning, Sheela.
Sheela: Good Morning. How are you?
Radha: Fine, thank you.
Sheela: Where are you going to?
Radha: I am going to the market.
Sheela: OK Bye.

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Question 49.
Dialogue writing: (1 × 3 = 3)
A student goes to a public library. He speaks to the librarian about the timings. Write a dialogue between them.
Student: Good Morning Sir.
Librarian: Good Morning.
Student: Could you tell me the working hours of the library?
Librarian: Yes, certainly. It is from 10 am to 5 pm.
Student: Thank you, Sir.