2nd PUC English Previous Year Question Paper March 2015

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Karnataka 2nd PUC English Previous Year Question Paper March 2015

Time: 3 Hrs. 15 Min.
Maximum 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.
  • Answers to question numbers 24 (a – j)and 25 (i – iii) should be in sequence and at one place.
  • 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.
When, according to Juliet, would all the world be in love with night?

Question 2.
Name the special source of revenue in the kingdom of Monaco.

Question 3.
According to the Prophet, what may be given to the children?

Question 4.
Who is the author of ‘Tapovan’ as mentioned in “Everything I need to know I learned in the Forest”?

Question 5.
Who occupied Gonzalo’s usual bench in the park?

Question 6.
What does the speaker want his beloved to do sitting by the fire in, ‘When You Are Old’?

Question 7.
When did Tammanna forget all his songs and ballads?

Question 8.
What would the foot like to be?

Question 9.
Which library does Borges visualise in his dream?

Question 10.
Who creates heaven on earth?

Question 11.
What is the sign of appreciation in eating soup?

Question 12.
How long had Roof been a bicycle repairer’s apprentice?

II. Answer any eight of the following (choosing at least two from poetry) in a paragraph of 80 – 100 words each. (8 × 4 = 32)

Question 13.
How is Romeo mesmerised by the beauty of Juliet?

Question 14.
How did the criminal benefit from the pension he was offered in the lesson ‘Too Dear’?

Question 15.
What ideas of Tagore inspired the author to start Earth University?

Question 16.
Narrate how, according to Dona Laura and Don Gonzalo, the sad love affair of her friend and his cousin ended.

Question 17.
How does Tammanna take revenge on Basavaiah through invisible means?

Question 18.
Explain the various stages of hardships faced by the foot after being confined in a shoe.

Question 19.
Borges says that books will never disappear in spite of modem modes of communication. Explain.

Question 20.
How, according to the speaker, can we create heaven on earth in the poem ‘Heaven If You Are Not Here On Earth’?

Question 21.
Bring out the culture of the Japanese as explained by George Mikes.

Question 22.
The difference between race and agony of the Panchami due to water has been effectively brought out in ‘Water’ – Discuss.

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

Question 23.
The poem ‘On Children’ does not focus merely on the lives of children but also talks about the responsibility of parents – Explain.
To what extent was Roof the most trusted of the whispering campaigners in ‘The Voter’?
Justify the statement ‘Wheel brings progress’ – with reference to ‘Where There is a Wheel’.

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

Long ago there lived a King who was very unhappy. The reason was simple – he was growing bald. He had lost much of his hair. Being a vain man, the king was very upset and wanted to find a cure for his baldness. So he called his court physician and ordered him to prescribe a medicine.

However, the physician said, “Your Majesty, I am sorry but there is no medicine for baldness. It is hereditary.” “You are a fool!” said the King and threw him into prison.

Next, the King sent for all the eminent physicians of the land and commanded them to find a magic medicine to make his hair grow. But they all had the same thing to say. Now the King was furious. He put all the physicians under house arrest and announced – “I’ll give you exactly a month to come up with a remedy for my baldness. If you don’t have it at the end of that time, you will all be put to death.”

All the physicians were terrified and did not know what to do. Finally, one old man, wiser than the rest, said, “Don’t worry. We don’t have to die. I have an idea that will cure the king of his madness, if not his baldness!” Everyone sighed with relief. Exactly a month later, the King summoned the physicians and demanded, “Well? Have you found the remedy?”

The old physician stepped forward and said, “Yes Sir, I have”. Bringing out a small bottle he said, “here is my special new hair oil, guaranteed to cure baldness! You only need to use it for 10 days, applying it half an hour before bathing. Within ten days you will have a luxuriant crop of jet black hair.

“Wonderful!” exclaimed the King as he took the bottle. Then the physician added, “Just one condition sir – if you think of coconuts while applying this oil, it will not work. Please keep that in mind.” “That’s not a problem”, said the king happily. The old physician was richly rewarded and all were freed. Early the next morning, the King was all set to try the new oil. He took the bottle and opened it.

Now he remembered that he was not supposed to think of coconuts while applying the oil. Suddenly, a picture of a coconut tree bearing a thick bunch of coconuts flashed in his mind’s eye.

“Oh no!” thought the King. Try as he might, he could not get the picture out of his mind. Finally he put the bottle aside, saying, ‘Til start tomorrow”. But, the next day, the same thing happened. He had hardly lifted the bottle when he thought of a coconut. So he could not use it that day either.

Thereafter, every single day, whenever he took the bottle, he would remember something associated with coconuts – green coconuts, coconut water, or even coconut barfi! Earlier, he had never bothered about coconuts, but now he seemed obsessed with them. By and by, he would automatically remember coconuts the moment his eye fell on the bottle of oil. The bottle stood on the shelf, unused.

Finally, the King decided that he had had enough. He declared, “I’ll never use this oil. But then, what is so bad about being bald? Bald is Beautiful.”

Question 24.
Answer the following in a word, a phrase or a sentence each:
(a) Why was the King unhappy?
(b) Who did he summon to prescribe the medicine?
(c) What did the physician say, for which he was thrown into prison?
(d) ______ stepped forward and said that he had a cure.
(e) The King sent for all the _____ physicians of the land. (eminent/prominent)
(f) For how many days was the King supposed to use the oil?
(g) What did the old physician tell the King while using the oil?
(h) How many days did the King use the oil?
(i) What did he think of whenever he wanted to use the oil?
(j) Finally, what did the King declare?
(a) The king was unhappy as he was growing bald.
(b) He summoned his court physician.
(c) The physician said that there was no medicine for baldness and that it was hereditary.
(d) The old physician
(e) eminent
(f) For ten days.
(g) The old physician cautioned the king that if the king thought of coconuts while applying the oil, the oil wouldn’t work.
(h) The king didn’t use the oil at all because he couldn’t stop thinking of coconuts when he looked at the oil.
(i) Whenever the king wanted to use the oil, he thought of either coconuts or something associated with coconuts.
(j) Finally, the king declared that he would never use the oil. He also declared that there was nothing wrong in being bald and that bald is beautiful.

Question 25.
Read the following lines and answer the questions. (3 × 1 = 3)

Child, how happy you are sitting in
the dust, playing with a broken twig
all morning!
I smile at your play with that little
bit of a broken twig
I am busy with my accounts, adding
up figures by the hour.
Perhaps you glance at me and think
“What a stupid game to spoil your
morning with!”
Child, 1 have forgotten the art of
being absorbed in sticks and mud-pies.

(i) What is the child doing?
(ii) What is the poet busy with?
(iii) Who has forgotten the art of being absorbed in sticks and mud-pies?
(i) The child is sitting in the dust and playing with a broken twig.
(ii) The poet is busy with his accounts, adding up figures.
(iii) The speaker, a grown-up, has forgotten the art of being absorbed in sticks and mud-pies.

V. Complete the following by filling in the blanks using the right form of the verb given in brackets. (3 × 1 = 3)

Roof’s spirits ______ (fell) but he let no one see it. All morning he ______ (mask) his deep worry with a surface exertion which was unusual. By this time the spring _______ (go) clean out of his walk.
fell, had masked, had gone.

Question 27.
Report the following conversation: (5 × 1 = 5)
Dona Laura: Do you use a shoe brush as a handkerchief?
Don Gonzalo: What right have you to criticize my actions?
Dona Laura: A neighbour’s right.
Don Gonzalo: I do not care to listen to nonsense.
Dona Laura: You are very polite.
Dona Laura asked Don Gonzalo whether he used a shoe brush as a handkerchief. Don Gonzalo retaliated asking what right she had to criticize his action. Dona Laura replied that hers was a neighbour’s right. Don Gonzalo retorted that he did not care to listen to nonsense. Dona Laura sarcastically remarked that he was very polite.

Question 28.
Complete the following dialogue. (Deepak and his wife Rani plan to have a holiday. They discuss the options.) (4 × 1 = 4)
Deepak: Rani, today my boss told me that I could take a vacation.
Rani: Wow! ______ (Congratulating)
Deepak: _______ (Suggesting a place)
Rani: ______ ; it will be too cold. (Disagreeing)
Deepak: _______. It will be lovely. (Giving an option)
Deepak: Rani, today my boss told me that I could take a vacation.
Rani: Wow! How nice. Congratulations on achieving the impossible.
Deepak: Yes, indeed. It’s really surprising. Anyway, let’s make the best use of it. Shall we go to Darjeeling?
Rani: Oh, no. Not now. It will be too cold.
Deepak: How about Malaysia? It will be lovely.

Question 29.
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate expressions given in brackets: (2 × 1 = 2)
(Cut down on; Put up with; Go in for)
A lot of women in Pudukkottai were unable to wait for ladies’ cycles. Therefore they had to ____ men’s cycle. They knew that bicycles time ______ wasted in waiting for buses.
go in for, cut down on.

Question 30.
Fill in the blanks with the right linkers. (4 × 1 = 4)
Up to last night, everything had been “moving according to plan”, _____ Roof would have put it Then he had received a strange visit from the leader of the POP campaign team. ______ he and Roof were well known to each other, _____ might even be called friends, his visit was cold and business-like. No words were wasted. He placed five pounds on the floor ____ Roof.
(before, and, although, as)
as, Although, and, before.

VI. Read the following passage and make notes by drawing and filling the boxes given below. (8 × 1/2 = 4)

Question 31.
The term ‘resource’ is derived from French, and it means tools. Natural resources are the raw materials and the sources of energy present on the earth. They include the deposits of coal, crude oil, and natural gas. The basic needs of our existence such as air, water and soil, which gives us food, also belong to resources that we may be able to exploit in future.
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Question 32.
Write a letter in response to the following advertisement which appeared in ‘The Times of India’ dated 12 April 2015. (Write XXX for name and YYY for address.) [5]

Qualification: M.A. in Journalism Mass Communication
Candidates with 3 yrs. the experience will be given preference. Should have excellent communication skill. Apply within 10 days.
To the Editor, INDIA TODAY
No. 1, M.G. Road
Bangalore – 560 006.

Question 33.
Your college is celebrating ‘Road Safety Week’. You are asked to speak in your college assembly, highlighting some of the traffic rules and mention the need to follow them. Write a speech in about 100 words. Your speech should include the following points: [5]
Road accidents
Use of mobile phones while riding/driving
Overtaking and speeding.
Given below is a representation of the number of people migrating from villages to cities in the past few decades. Write a report for the local newspaper in about 120 words.
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VII. What do the underlined words in the following extract refer to? (4 × 1 = 4)

Question 34.
Ravi designs the trophies handed over to the Winners. These are presented to them with a grand ceremony. Though Ravi was not a sportsman, his passion for designing the trophies is outstanding. He has his workshop in West Bengal where he has been living since childhood.
i. These: ______
ii. Them: ______
iii. His: _______
iv. Where: ______
i. Trophies
ii. Winners
iii. Ravi’s
iv. West Bengal.

Question 35.
Rewrite the jumbled segments to form a meaningful sentence. (1 × 1 = 1)
Extremely/expensive/in Brazil/motor cars/are.
Motor cars are extremely expensive in Brazil.