Q. 3 B4.3( 19 Votes )

Write an article in 100 – 120 words on ‘A library is good for all — the old and young’. You are P.V. Prabhu/Prabha. Use the following clues:

best place in the school

reference books, help books, newspapers, etc.

don’t have to buy expensive ones

books to relax - novels, plays, etc.

books - treasure of knowledge

spend leisure hours

Answer :

A library is good for all- the old and the young

By: P.V. Prabha

A library is known to all as a room full of books. It is present at every educational institution and is the best place in a school. It is the place where one can seek and gain knowledge on various subjects like math, science, arts, languages, etc. It consists of reference books, guide books, newspapers, magazines, encyclopaedias, etc. to increase our knowledge and help us study and complete projects and assignments. It also gives us knowledge of the world outside our home and locality. With the help of libraries, one can read the books they want by borrowing it for a fixed time period and do not have to buy it even if it is expensive.

Books that help you relax are also available in the form of novels, plays etc. which help you escape into another world temporarily. Books are also the treasure of knowledge because we can learn a lot by reading and increase our vocabulary in various languages. Libraries are good for people of all ages since there is no age limit to learning and spending our leisure time, engrossed in books. It is great way to spend time and increase our knowledge.

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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