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Read the passage given below:

People tend to amass possessions, sometimes without being aware of doing so. They can have a delightful surprise when they find something useful which they did not know they owned. Those who never have to change house become indiscriminate collectors of what can only be described as clutter. They leave unwanted objects in drawers, cupboards and attics for years in the belief that they may one day need them. Old people also accumulate belongings for two other reasons, lack of physical and mental energy, and sentiment. Things owned for a long time are full of associations with the past, perhaps with the relatives who are dead, and so they gradually acquire a sentimental value.

Some things are collected deliberately in an attempt to avoid wastage. Among these are string and brown paper, kept by thrifty people when a parcel has been opened. collecting small items can be a mania. A lady cuts out from newspapers sketches of model clothes that she would like to buy if she had money. As she is not rich, the chances are that she will never be able to afford such purchases. It is a harmless habit, but it litters up her desk.

Collecting as a serious hobby is quite different and has many advantages. It provides relaxation for leisure hours, as just looking at one’s treasure is always a joy. One doesn’t have to go out for amusement as the collection is housed at home. Whatever it consists of - stamps, records, first editions of books, china- there is always something to do in connection with it, from finding the right place for the latest addition to verifying facts in reference books. This hobby educates one not only in the chosen subject, but also in general matters which have some bearing on it.

There are other benefits also. One gets to meet like-minded collectors to get advice, compare notes, exchange articles, to show off one’s latest find etc. So one’s circle of friends grows. Soon the hobby leads to travelling, perhaps a meeting in another town, possibly a trip abroad in search of a rare specimen, for collectors are not confined to one country. Over the years one may well become an authority on one’s hobby and will probably be asked to give informal talks to little gatherings and then, if successful, to larger audiences.

(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage make notes on it, using headings and subheadings. Use recognisable abbreviations (wherever necessary - minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it.

(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words.

Answer :

The art and utility of collecting


1. The delights of collecting

1.1 People amass possessions, sometimes unknowingly

1.2 Can be a delightful surprise to find something they didn’t know they owned

1.3 Those who don’t change houses collect everything – becomes clutter

1.4 Unwanted obj left in various places

1.5 They think they’ll need them later

2. Collecting by old people

2.1 Old people tend to collect a lot for 2 reasons

2.2 1 – lack of physical and mental energy

2.3 2 – obj of sentimental value

2.4 Some obj that has been with them since the past or which belongs to a dead relative

2.5 Such obj gradually acquire sentimental value

3. Collecting as a means to avoid wastage

3.1 Some things deliberately collected to avoid wastage

3.2 Eg, string and brown paper when parcels arrive

3.3 Thrifty people do this

3.4 Lady who cannot buy expensive clothes cuts their photos out from papers

3.5 Such collection does nothing but produce litter

4. Collecting as a serious hobby

4.1 Quite different, many adv

4.2 Brings a lot of joy to see one’s treasures after a while

4.3 Provides relaxation for leisure hrs

4.4 No need to go out for amusement with collections at home

4.5 Eg, stamps, records, book first editions, china

4.6 A lot more to do in connection, eg looking up reference books, finding places

4.7 It is a hobby that educates on the subject and also other general matters

5. Other benefits of collecting

5.1 One can meet like-minded collectors for discussion

5.2 Eg, advice, comparing notes, exchanging articles, showing off collections

5.3 Friend circle grows

5.4 Hobby may lead to travelling as collectors aren’t confined to one country

5.5 With time one may even become successful

5.6 May deliver lectures in small to large gatherings

(b) Collecting, as an activity, can have various reasons and outcomes. For those who collect as a means of reducing wastage, it causes nothing but litter. For those who collect to preserve memories, it acts like a treasure and brings joy. Collecting can also be a serious hobby for some, and can prove beneficial to them in the long run - educating on different matters, helping them meet people and travel places, and even making them an authority in the field.

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Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

The most alarming of man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers and sea with lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrevocable; the chain of evil it initiates is for the most part irreversible. In this contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world; radiation released through nuclear explosions into the air, comes to the earth in rain, lodges into the soil, enters the grass or corn, or wheat grown there and reaches the bones of a human being, there to remain until his death. Similarly, chemicals sprayed on crops lie long in soil, entering living organisms, passing from one to another in a chain of poisoning and death. Or they pass by underground streams until they emerge and combine into new forms that kill vegetation, sicken cattle, and harm those who drink from once pure wells.

It took hundreds of millions of years to produce the life that now inhabits the earth and reach a state of adjustment and balance with its surroundings. The environment contains elements that are hostile as well as supporting. Even within the light of the sun, there are short-wave radiations with power to injure. Given time, life has adjusted and a balance reached. For time is the essential ingredient, but in the modern world there is no time.

The rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature. Radiation is no longer the bombardment of cosmic rays; it is now the unnatural creation of man’s tampering with the atom. The chemicals to which life is asked to make adjustments are no longer merely calcium and silica and copper and all the rest of the minerals washed out of the rocks and carried in the rivers to the sea; they are the synthetic creations of man’s inventive mind, brewed in his laboratories, and having no counterparts in nature.

(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary — minimum four) and a format you consider suitable.

(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words.

English Core - Board Paper

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

1 Thackeray reached Kittur along with a small British army force and a few of his officers. He thought that the very presence of the British on the outskirts of Kittur would terrorise the rulers and people of Kittur, and that they would lay down their arms. He was quite confident that he would be able to crush the revolt in no time. He ordered that tents be erected on the eastern side for the fighting forces and a little away on the western slopes tents be put up for the family members of the officers who had accompanied them. During the afternoon and evening of 20th October, the British soldiers were busy making arrangements for these camps.

2 On the 21st morning, Thackeray sent his political assistants to Kittur fort to obtain a written assurance from all the important officers of Kittur rendering them answerable for the security of the treasury of Kittur. They, accordingly, met Sardar Gurusiddappa and other officers of Kittur and asked them to comply with the orders of Thackeray. They did not know that the people were in a defiant mood. The commanders of Kittur dismissed the agent’s orders as no documents could be signed without sanction from Rani Chennamma.

3 Thackeray was enraged and sent for the commander of the Horse Artillery, which was about 100 strong, and ordered him to rush hisartillery into the Fort and capture the commanders of the Desais army. When the Horse Artillery stormed into the fort, Sardar Gurusiddappa, who had kept his men on full alert, promptly commanded his men to repel and chase them away. The Kittur forces made a bold front and overpowered the British soldiers

4 In the meanwhile, the Desais guards had shut the gates of the fort and the British Horse Artillery men, being completely overrun and routed, had to get out through the escape window. Rani’s soldiers chased them out of the fort, killing a few of them until they retreated to their camps on the outskirts.

5 A few of the British had found refuge in some private residences, while some were hiding in their tents. The Kittur soldiers captured about forty persons and brought them to the palace. These included twelve children and a few women from the British officers camp. When they were brought in the presence of the Rani, she ordered the soldiers to be imprisoned. For the women and children she had only gentleness, and admonished her soldiers for taking them into custody. At her orders, these women and children were taken inside the palace and given food and shelter. Rani came down from her throne, patted the children lovingly and told them that no harm would come to them.

She, then, sent word through a messenger to Thackeray that the British women and children were safe and could be taken back any time. Seeing this noble gesture of the Rani, he was moved. He wanted to meet this gracious lady and talk to her. He even thought of trying to persuade her to enter into an agreement with the British to stop all hostilities in lieu of an inam (prize) of eleven villages. His offer was dismissed with a gesture of contempt. She had no wish to meet Thackeray. That night she called Sardar Gurusiddappa and other leading Sardars, and after discussing all the issues came to the conclusion that there was no point in meeting Thackeray who had come with an army to threaten Kittur into submission to British sovereignty.

On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, complete the statements given below with the help of the options that follow:

(a) Thackeray was a/an

(i) British tourist.

(ii) army officer.

(iii) advisor to the Rani of Kittur.

(iv) treasury officer.

(b) British women and children came to Kittur to

(i) visit Kittur.

(ii) enjoy life in tents.

(iii) stay in the palace.

(iv) give company to the army officers.

(c) Why did Thackrey came to Kittur ?

(d) Why did Kittur officials refuse to give the desired assurance to Thackeray ?

(e) What happened to the Horse Artillery ?

(f) How do we know that the Rani was a noble soul?

(g) How, in your opinion, would the British women have felt after meeting the Rani?

(h) Why did the Rani refuse to meet Thackeray ?

(i) Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following :

(i) aggressive/refusing to obey (Para 2)

(ii) entered forcibly (Para 3)

English Core - Board Paper

Reading Comprehension.

1. Maharana Pratap ruled over Mewar only for 25 years. However, he accomplished so much grandeur during his reign that his glory surpassed the boundaries of countries and time turning him into an immortal personality. He along with his kingdom became a synonym for valour, sacrifice and patriotism. Mewar had been a leading Rajput kingdom even before Maharana Pratap occupied the throne. Kings of Mewar, with the cooperation of their nobles and subjects, had established such traditions in the kingdom, as augmented their magnificence despite the hurdles of having a smaller area under their command and less population. There did come a few thorny occasions when the flag of the kingdom seemed sliding down. Their flag once again heaved high in the sky thanks to the gallantry and brilliance of the people of Mewar.

2. The destiny of Mewar was good in the sense that barring a few kings, most of the rulers were competent and patriotic. This glorious tradition of the kingdom almost continued for 1500 years since its establishment, right from the reign of Bappa Rawal. In fact, only 60 years before Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga drove the kingdom to the pinnacle of fame. His reputation went beyond Rajasthan and reached Delhi. Two generations before him, Rana Kumbha had given a new stature to the kingdom through victories and developmental work. During his reign, literature and art also progressed extraordinarily. Rana himself was inclined towards writing and his works are read with reverence even today. The ambience of his kingdom was conducive to the creation of high quality work of art and literature. These accomplishments were the outcome of a longstanding tradition sustained by several generations.

3. The life of the people of Mewar must have been peaceful and prosperous during the long span of time; otherwise such extraordinary accomplishment in these fields would not have been possible. This is reflected in their art and literature as well as their loving nature. They compensate for the lack of admirable physique by their firm but pleasant nature. The ambience of Mewar remains lovely thanks to the cheerful and liberal character of its people.

4. One may observe astonishing pieces of workmanship not only in the forts and palaces of Mewar but also in public utility buildings. Ruins of many structures which are still standing tall in their grandeur are a testimony to the fact that Mewar was not only the land of the brave but also a seat of art and culture. Amidst aggression and bloodshed, literature and art flourished and creative pursuits of literature and artists did not suffer. Imagine, how glorious the period must have been when the Vijaya Stambha which is the sample of our great ancient architecture even today, was constructed. In the same fort, Kirti Stambha is standing high, reflecting how liberal the then administration was which allowed people from other communities and kingdoms to come and carry out construction work. It is useless to indulge in the debate whether the Vijay Stambha was constructed first or the Kirti Stambha. The fact is that both the capitals are standing side by side and reveal the proximity between the king and the subjects of Mewar.

5. The cycle of time does not remain the same. Whereas the reign of Rana Sanga was crucial in raising the kingdom to the acme of glory, it also proved to be his nemesis. History took a turn. The fortune of Mewar – the land of the brave, started waning. Rana tried to save the day with his acumen which was running against the stream and the glorious traditions for some time.

6. On the basis of your understanding of the above passage answer each of the questions given below with the help of the options that follow:

(a) Maharana Pratap became immortal because:

(i) he ruled Mewar for 25 years

(ii) he added a lot of grandeur to Mewar

(iii) of his valour, sacrifice and patriotism

(iv) both (ii) and (iii)

(b) Difficulties in the way of Mewar were:

(i) lack of cooperation of the nobility

(ii) ancient traditions of the kingdom

(iii) its small area and small population

(iv) the poverty of the subjects

(c) During thorny occasions:

(i) the flag of Mewar seemed to be lowered

(ii) the flag of Mewar was hoisted high

(iii) the people of Mewar showed gallantry

(iv) most of the rulers heaved a sigh of relief

(d) Mewar was lucky because:

(i) all of its rulers were competent

(ii) most of its people were competent

(iii) most of its rulers were competent

(iv) only a few of its people were incompetent

Answer the following questions briefly:

(e) Who is the earliest King of Mewar mentioned in the passage?

(f) What was Rana Kumbha’s contribution to the glory of Mewar?

(g) What does the writer find worth admiration in the people of Mewar?

(h) How could art and literature flourish in Mewar?

(i) How did the rulers show that they cared for their subjects?

(j) What does the erection of Vijaya Stambha and Kirti Stambha in the same fort signify?

(k) Find words from the passage which mean the same as each of the following:

(i) surprising (para 4)

(ii) evidence (para 4)

English Core - Board Paper