Q. 16 B

The ‘Necklace’ reveals that vanity is an evil. It may bring joy for a short period but ultimately it leads to ruin. If you were placed in a situation similar to that of Matilda, what would you have done? Write your views.

Answer :

The story of Matilda in the ‘Necklace’ is a classic example of what vanity can do to a person’s life. It only brings disappointment eventually. Although Matilda got to experience an exuberant time for the duration of the ball, she suffered for 10 years to pay her price for it. If I was places in a similar situation, I would choose to have a simple but fulfilled, happy life than a meagre few moments spent in luxury.


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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

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