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Karnataka 2nd PUC English Model Question Paper 2 with Answers
Time: 3 Hrs. 15 Min.
Maximum Marks : 100
- Follow the prescribed limit while answering the questions.
- Write the correct question number as it appears on the question paper.
- One mark questions attempted more than once will be awarded zero.
- Answers to question numbers 24 (a – j)and 25 (i – iii) should be in sequence and at one place.
- For multiple-choice questions choose the correct answer and rewrite it.
I. Answer the following in a word, a phrase or a sentence each. (12 × 1 = 12)
What does Juliet want Romeo to be after her death?
Juliet wants Romeo to be cut into little stars.
How much did the French Government expect for a machine and an expert in ‘Too Dear’?
What does the phrase ‘living arrows’ refer to in ‘On Children’?
The living arrows refer to the children.
According to women of Garhwal, ‘the real value of forests’ was ________
a. timber from a dead tree.
b. springs and streams. –
c. fodder and fuels.
b. springs and streams.
Who had occupied Gonzalo’s usual bench in the park?
Three priests had occupied Gonzalo’s usual bench in the park.
Where, according to the speaker, had love hidden his face, in ‘When You Are Old’?
Love had hidden his face amid a crowd of stars.
When did Tammanna forget all his songs and ballads?
After the death of Basavaiah.
Mention one of the things that the child’s foot would like to be.
It wants to be a butterfly.
When, according to Borges, would history and man disappear?
When books disappear.
What does Mikes call, ‘A man’s castle’, in Japan?
Who had formed the Progressive Organization Party, in “The Voter”?
The other tribes down the river.
Name the village that was burnt to ashes for want of water.
II. Answer any eight of the following (choosing at least two from poetry) in a paragraph of 80-100 words. (8 × 4 = 32)
How does Juliet want people to forget the shining sun? Why?
She wants Romeo to be a star in the bright sky after his death. She wants to make him immortal after his death, by expecting him to shine like a star in the night. She imagines her beloved Romeo to shine like a star in the sky cut into small glitters, then they all together shine and make the sky brighter and more beautiful than the day. When compared to this bright light, people may find the sun to be dull and will forget the sun’s shining.
Why was the murderer finally subjected to life imprisonment in, ‘Too Dear’?
The King of Monaco felt that the cost of beheading the murderer was quite expensive and thought that it will be cheaper to keep him in prison.
How does the writer bring out the importance of ‘The Earth Democracy’ in ‘Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest’? Explain.
The Earth University teaches Earth Democracy, which is the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life. It promotes freedom for all species of evolution to live. It also promotes the responsibility of humans to protect and preserve all the species on Earth. Humans have to think that all the species are equal to them and share food and water equally. It promotes “Live and Let Live” culture among all species. Since we all depend on the Earth, Earth Democracy translates into human rights to food and water, to freedom from hunger and thirst. ‘
How effectively does Gonzalo account for the love his cousin had for Laura’s friend?
As per Gonzalo, his cousin was very much in love with Laura’s friend and used to pass on horseback every morning down the rose path under her window, and used to toss up to her balcony a bouquet of flowers. Laura’s friend on her part used to catch those flowers. In the afternoon the cousin would return by the same path, and catch that bouquet which she used to toss back. He also used to stand in the nights under her balcony listening to her singing. He later had a duel with the merchant who was to marry her and wounded him and had to run away.
What measures did Tammanna adopt to humiliate Basavaiah? Explain.
Tammanna started to think in different ways to compete with Basavaiah. He stopped accumulating material wealth and started to compose ballads and singing them. Because this could not be competed by Basavaiah with all his material wealth.
Why does the poet refer to the ‘Foot’ as being a blind man in ‘To the Foot from its Child’?
How does Borges reconcile with his blindness? Explain.
Borges explains that he had accepted it as a way of life, and was not entirely unhappy. He had accepted it as a ‘Resource’. He thinks that all things had been given to us for a purpose and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including humiliations, misfortunes have to be used as raw material to shape art. He says that even though he is blind, it is his duty to accept it and enjoy things pretending that he is not blind. Even though he is blind he still bought books and filled his house with them.
‘People respect each other’s privacy’. Explain with reference to Japan in Mikes Travel writing.
A quarter of an hour in Japan will convince you that you are among exquisitely well-man¬nered people. People who live on a hopelessly overcrowded island have to respect one another’s privacy or rather, would have to if they had any privacy. But they don’t. So cour¬tesy has a double function: it is courtesy and it is substitute privacy. Take, for example, the . little red telephones in the streets, shops, halls of hotels. The instrument is situated on a table or on a counter they have no space to spare for booths. You conduct your most confidential business transactions, your intimate love-quarrels in public; yet in perfect privacy. Anybody, any passer-by, could listen-in, but nobody does. A man’s telephone-receiver is his castle.
How has the cycle transformed the lives of many women in Pudukottai?
In Pudukottai, rural women feel more independent and experience freedom and mobility in their lives and get a change in their monotonous lives by cycling. It has given confidence and made them do their marketing and sales without depending on men. They feel the freedom and have emerged out of the male-dominated society.’
How is the destructive nature of Water brought out in the poem, ‘Water’?
The available quality of water differs from area to area and so it becomes a matter of dispute. Some people get excess of water and some people do not’ get water even to drink. Water is a necessity for all the basic needs and for irrigation, for electricity and for Indus¬tries. When the required quantity of water is not available, people will have to get it from elsewhere.
When they go to other areas, the people from that area protest and agitate, so wars happen. A similar fight occurred between Karnataka and Tamilnadu. People of both states destroyed each other’s property and destroyed and damaged buses just over the question of sharing water. In this way, many quarrels have happened for the sake of water.
III. Answer the following in about 200 words. (1 × 6 = 6)
Trace the incidents where Laura and Gonzalo secretly guess about each other’s identity.
How does Roof conceal his betrayal of Marcus in the election? Elucidate.
‘Heaven lies all over.’ How is this brought out in ‘Heaven, if you are not on Earth’?
IV. Read the following passage and answer the questions set on it. (10 × 1 = 10)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Colombia. His father was Gabriel Eligio Garcia and mother Luisa Santiaga Marquez Iguaran. The famous author and journalist is known to his readers as simply Gabo. He has been recognized as one of the most remarkable storytellers of the 20th century.
Luisa’s parents did not approve of her marriage to a telegraph operator, and her son Gabriel, the oldest of twelve children, was sent to live with his maternal grandpar¬ents. Marquez later said that his love of story-telling came from his grandparents.
On April 9, 1948, the assassination of the Liberal presidential candidate led to three days of riots. Marquez’s house was burnt and his manuscripts were destroyed. The National University was closed, and Marquez was forced to go elsewhere. He went to the University in Cartagena and took up journalism to support himself. In 1950, he abandoned his legal studies and began writing columns and stories for El Heraldo, a Liberal newspaper. In 1954, he returned to Bogota as a reporter for El Espectador.
‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is commonly accepted as Marquez’s greatest literary masterpiece. It became known as the turning point work between modernism and post-modernism, and it helped to revive the novel. The publication of this work marked the end of Western domination of the novel.
In 1982, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He used the money that came with the prize to start a daily newspaper, El Otro, in Colombia, after the Colombian Govern¬ment promised him that he would be safe in Colombia.
(a) How is Marquez known to his readers?
(b) To which century did Gabriel Marquez belong?
(c) The telegraph operator mentioned in the passage is Marquez’s
(d) From whom did Marquez inherit his love for story-telling?
(e) How long did the riot in 1948 last?
(f) What did Marquez do after giving up his legal studies?
(g) Add a prefix to the word ‘approve’ to form its antonym.
(h) ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is Marquez’s greatest _____ (literary/literature) masterpiece.
(i) Mention the name of the newspaper for which Marquez worked as a reporter.
(j) What did Marquez do with the money that came with the Nobel Prize?
(b) 20th century.
(c) (i) father
(e) Three days.
(f) He began writing columns and stories for El Heraldo.
(i) El Espectador.
(j) He started a daily newspaper El Otro in Colombia.
Read the following lines and answer the questions set on it. (3 × 1 = 3)
Child, how happy you are sitting in the dust, playing with a broken twig all morning!
I smile at your play with that little bit of a broken twig.
I am busy with my account, adding up figures by the hour.
(i) Where is the child sitting?
(ii) The child is playing with
(iii) What is the speaker doing?
(i) In the dust.
(ii) A broken twig.
(iii) Busy with his accounts.
Complete the following by filling the blanks using the right form of the verb given in brackets. (3 × 1 = 3)
In the Toy Kingdom a council ________ (call) to consider what ______ (could, do) and it ______ (decide) to send a letter to the King of Italy.
was called, could be done, was decided.
Report the following conversation. (5 × 1 = 5)
She sat thinking, “All this is none of my concern.”
The old man went on, “His name was not Sangoji, but Basavaiah. I am amazed at how facts take on such varied guises when it is narrated as fiction.”
She sat thinking that all that was none of her concern. The old man went on saying that the name was not Sangoji, but Basavaiah. He further said that he was amazed at how facts took on such varied guises when narrated as fiction.
Complete the following dialogue. (A telephonic conversation) (4 × 1 = 4)
Mr. Rao : Hello. Is it 3456789?
Mr. Prakash : ______ (reply)
Mr. Rao : Could I speak to the Manager?
Mr.Prakash : ______ (inform absence)
Mr. Rao : Who am I speaking to?
Mr. Prakash : ______ (give introduction)
Mr. Rao : ______ (thanksgiving and leave-taking)
Mr. Rao : Hello. Is it 3456789?
Mr. Prakasli : Yes it is. (Reply)
Mr. Rao : Could I speak to the Manager?
Mr. Prakash : Sorry he has gone out. (inform absence)
Mr. Rao : Who am I speaking to?
Mr. Prakash : I am Prakash. PA to the Manager. (give introduction)
Mr. Rao : Its ok. I will call him later. Thank you. (thanksgiving and leave-taking)
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate expressions given in brackets: (2 × 1 = 2)
(to be in high spirits, to throw away, pass by)
Marcus knew that he would win but he did not want _______ a single vote. All the while, Roof weighed down with guilt, pretended _______
throw away, to be in high spirits.
Fill in the blanks with the right linkers. (4 × 1 = 4)
Look at any waste garbage dump ________ vegetable waste, paper and broken glass, you will find a considerable amount of plastic material _______ shampoo bottles, bags _____ worn-out shoes. Vegetable scraps and paper are biodegradable ________ glass and plastic continue to accumulate and harm the environment. (but, such as, and, in addition to)
such as, in addition to, and, but.
Read the following passage and make notes by drawing and filling the boxes given below. (8 × 1/2 = 4)
Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. It is consid¬ered by critics to be Milton’s major work and helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time.
Write an application letter in response to the following advertisement which appeared in ‘The Hindu’ dated 2 February 2014. 
Prerana Prc University College, Dharwad invites applications from qualified individuals for the post of Lecturer in Biology. Apply within 10 days to, ‘The Secretary, Prerana Education trust, Dharwad. Candidates with experience and good communication skills will be given preference.
05 February 2014.
Prerana Education Trust,
Sub: Application for the post of Lecturer in Biology.
1 saw your advertisement in The Hindu dated 2 Feb 2014 for the post of Lecturer in Biology and I would like to apply for the same. I completed my M.Sc degree from Bangalore University in 2010.1 passed my B.Ed. in Vijaya College of Education in 2012.1 have 2 years of experience as a Lecturer in Biology. I have very good communication skills. Therefore, I request you to give me a chance to render my services at your reputed institute. My resume is enclosed for your consideration.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Imagine you are the Secretary of Eco Club of your College. On the occasion of World Environment Day, you are required to give a speech on the need for awareness to preserve nature. Points to be included: the need for conservation, cause of destruction, the depiction of the ozone layer, health hazards. Based on the information write a speech in about 100 words. 
The following pie charts represent information about the voters’ turnout in the general elections held in post-independence India over a span of more than fifty years. Use this data to write a report on the polling trends in about 120 words.
Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends, a very good morning to one and all present here. Today is a special day as we are celebrating World Environment day in our College. On this occasion, I feel very happy to speak a few words. You know that a good environment is a must for us to live happily on earth. Today we find our environment is polluted in so many ways i.e. water pollution, air pollution etc. There is an urgent need for conservation. As we are using refrigeration, more ozone layer depletion is taking place. If the ozone layer is damaged, humans have to face many health hazards. So. it is our duty to keep our environment clean and safe.
The above pie charts represent information about the voters’ turnout in the general elections held in post-independence India over a span of more than fifty years. The chart indicates the polling trend after independence and at present. After independence, in the beginning, 45% of voters were male, 25% were female, 10% were freshers and 20% of voters were senior citizens. But after 50 years, .i.c. at present, the ratio has changed. 45% of voters are male, 35% are female. The percentage of freshers and senior citizens are 15% and 5% respectively.
What do the underlined words in the following extract refer to? (4 × 1 = 4)
Luisa’s parents did not approve of her marriage to a telegraph operator, and her son Gabriel, the oldest of twelve children, was sent to live with his maternal grandparents. Marquez later said that his love of story-telling came from his grandparents. After the riots, he went to the University in Cartagena, where he took up journalism to support himself.
(i) her :
(ii) his :
(iii) where :
(iv) himself :
Luisa, Marquez, Cartagena, Marquez.
Rewrite the jumbled segments to form a meaningful sentence. (1 × 1 = 1)
terrible / to get / you want / Delhi’s / don’t / heat? / away from
Don’t you want to get away from Delhi’s terrible heat?