Q. 8 A4.0( 5 Votes )

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow.

“Don’t you want to have a look at the sights, now that you’re here?

“All by myself? Oh, I’d be much too afraid”.

Greatly amused by the girl’s way of speaking, the conductor said, “But you weren’t afraid to come on the bus.”

“Nothing to be afraid of about that,” she answered.

A. Who is the “girl” mentioned in the passage?

B. Why didn’t she get off the bus when she reached her destination?

C. Write the meaning of the word, “amused”.

Answer :

A. The girl mentioned above is Valli. Valli was a girl with strong will power and determination. She was confident to do things by herself she was mature than her age.

B. Valli did n’t get off the bus when she reached her destination because she was afraid of getting down alone even though bold she was afraid of getting down on the unknown environment of the city as she does not have enough knowledge about the location.

C. The meaning of the word is to entertain or to provide interesting or enjoyable education to someone

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Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow choosing the most appropriate options from those given below.

Cheraw is the most colourful Mizo dance. Bamboos are used in this dance. Hence the dancer moves by stepping alternatively in and out from between and across a pair of horizontal bamboos, held against the ground by people sitting face to face at either side. They tap the bamboos open and close in rhythmic beats. Two bases support the bamboos, placed horizontally one at each end. The bamboos, when clapped, produce a shaip sound, which forms the rhythm of the dance. It indicates the timing of the dance as well. The dancers step in and out to the beats of the bamboos with ease and grace. The patterns and stepping of the dance have many variations. Sometimes the stepping are made in imitation of the movements of birds, sometimes the swaying of trees and so on.

Little is known about the origin of Cheraw. It may be possible that the forefathers of the Mizos brought it with them when they left home in far east- Asia. Cheraw is performed on any occasion these days. But so goes the legend. It used to be performed in earlier times only to ensure a safe passage for a dead child to paradise. Cheraw is, therefore, a dance of sanctification and redemption performed with great care, precision and elegance.

(a) According to the passage, Cheraw is:

(i) a form of art

(ii) a festival of lights

(iii) a form of dance

(iv) a Mizo animal

(b) Cheraw is performed:

(i) to show respect to the state

(ii) for sanctification and redemption

(iii) to please the goddess of dance

(iv) to earn money

(c) The dancers in Cheraw dance to:

(i) the beats of bamboos

(ii) the beats of drums

(iii) the clappings of the sing-

(iv) the sound of a whistle

(d) The statement - …….. is correct:

(i) Four bases support the bamboos

(ii) Cheraw is a solo dance

(iii) Cheraw is a dull stepping pattern

(iv) The sound of bamboos forms the rhythm of the dance

(e) The word 'redemption' in the passage means:

(i) performed with great care

(ii) solution

(iii) deliverance from evil ways

(iv) Compensation

English (Lang. & Lit) - Board Papers