Show your understanding of literary and non-literary prose by citing
examples and discussing them. 450 words (You may give the source) (20)
2. Fill in the blank in the following passage with suitable prepositions:
The man was playing cards ................................. some other people. He
tried ...................... cheat the others ......... using an extra card. Unfortunately,
he was caught ................. the act and was subsequently shot ............... death. (5)
3. Make four words using the prefix 'un' as 'unusual' (4)
4. Explain the words in the italics as to who they refer to (4)
(i) Saurav is a diligent employee. He does not leave any paper unattended
on his table.
(ii) 'You are not aware of lGNOU website' said Shyam to Rangan,
otherwise you would not have asked admission related issues.
Rangan agreed that he did not know.
5. Give the meanings of thephrasal verbs used in the following sentences.
(i) Why should anyone blow his or her own trumpet?
(ii) No break through has been made so far in the murder case.
(iii) 1 have called offthe meeting.
(iv) I can read between the lines.
(v) You can see a sea change in her behaviour.
6. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
The tree crickets were a band of willing artists who would start singing
at almost any time of the day. At the height of the monsoon, the banyan
tree was like an orchestra with the musicians constantly tuning up. A small
flute in my hand, I would add my shrill piping to that of the crickets and
cicadas. But they must have thought poorly of my piping because whenever
I played, the insects fell silent!
(i) Who are being talked about in the passage? (2)
(ii) Describe the passage in your own words. (8)
(iii) Make sentences with 'orchestra7 and 'tuning up7 (2)
(iv) What does 'I would add my shrill piping to that of the crickets and
cicadas" mean? (2)
(v) What does 'band of willing artists7 mean in the passage? (2)
7. Write a passage using rhetorical devices on a person, idea or ideology in
about 300 words. (20)
8. Read the following poem and answer questions that follow:
1 can smell violence in the air
like the lash of coming rainmass
hatreds drifting grey across the moon
It hovers brooding, posed like a cobra
as Igo prodding rat-holes
and sounding caverns
looking for a fang that darts
a hood that sways
and eyes that squirt a reptile hate.
(i) Point out similies and metaphors in the poem.
(ii) Discuss the tone of the poem.
(iii) Cite any five images that strike you.
(iv) Critically comment on the poem.