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Karnataka 2nd PUC English Previous Year Question Paper June 2016
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)
Who is compared to “a snowy dove” in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?
“In war, they don’t mind killing people”. Here, the word ‘they’ refers to _____
Where do the souls of children dwell in ‘On Children’?
Who wrote the book ‘Monocultures of the Mind’ with reference to ‘Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest’?
Dona Laura was called _______ in the locality in ‘A Sunny Morning’.
(a) a dream girl
(b) golden lady
(c) Silver maiden.
What look did the woman’s eyes have once in ‘When You Are Old’?
Who was Tammanna’s rival in ‘The Gardener’?
Where was Luis Borges educated?
Where does the poet create heaven in ‘Heaven, If You Are Not Here On Earth’?
Whose life is becoming more hazardous in Brazil every day?
Which is the election symbol of the People’s Alliance Party?
Who was the central coordinator of the cycling movement in ‘Where There Is A Wheel’?
II. Answer any eight of the following (choosing at least two from poetry) in a paragraph of 80-100 words each. (8 × 4 = 32)
How does Romeo describe Juliet’s beauty in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?
Why did the authorities fail to carry out the death sentence in ‘Too Dear’?
What should be the parents’ attitude towards their children according to the prophet, in the poem ‘On Children’?
Write a short note on ‘The Navdanya Farm’ with reference to ‘Everything I Need To Know I Learned In The Forest’.
What account does Don Gonzalo give Dona Laura about his cousin’s life after the duel?
Give an account of the strategies used by Tammanna to destroy Basavaiah in ‘The Gardener’.
Write a short note on the stages of hardships faced by the foot after being confined in a shoe with reference to the poem ‘To The Foot From Its Child’.
What are Luis Borges’ views on books?
Give an account of the Japanese mania for bowing as described by George Mikes.
The roof is an intelligent manipulator. Justify with reference to the story ‘The Voter’.
III. Answer the following in about 200 words. (1 × 6 = 6)
How does the poem ‘Water’ demonstrate the disparity and discrimination in our society using water as a symbol?
“Wheel brings progress”. Justify this statement with reference to ‘Where There Is A Wheel.
“The ways of providence are strange”. How is this true in the case of Don Gonzalo and Dona Laura with reference to the play ‘A Sunny Morning’?
IV. Read the following passage and answer the questions set on it. (10 × 1 = 10)
The word ‘Buddha’ literally means ‘The Enlightened One’. This was the title given to Siddhartha Gautama. He became the founder of the religion called Buddhism.
Buddha was born as a Prince in the 6th Century B.C. in a warrior community of Nepal called ‘Sakyas’. Although brought up in luxury, he did not show any attachment to the material delights. Whom Buddha was young, he had a philosophical temperament. Though he had everything necessary for worldly pleasures, he was somehow dissatisfied.
One day, the prince went out of his palace on his chariot to get a glimpse of the town. On his way he saw three sights which he had never seen before; a sick man, an old man and a dead man. There had a deep impact on his mind and made him sad and thoughtful.
He could sense the eternal truths of life and realised that life was full of sorrows and suffering. He wondered, if sickness, old age and death ultimately grab everyone’s life then what was the goal of life and how men could best use the comparatively short lives they had on this earth. These questions kept haunting his mind.
One night, the prince left his palace in pursuit of his goal. He was then 29 years old, married and father to a son. He left behind his wife and an infant son in the palace. Later, he travelled from one place to another, reached a place in North India, now called Bodh Gaya.
There, he sat for many days under a tree in deep meditation, until suddenly one morning he had a wonderful experience of a startling vision of what he had been seeking. The light that shorn him was the enlightenment he was searching for.
Buddha delivered his first Sermon at Benares on the banks of the river Ganges. Gautama Buddha died at the age of 80 at Kushinagar, near Benares. After him, his followers were divided into two sectors Mahayana and Hinayana. Buddhism is now followed in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Mong Korea and Japan.
Answer the following in a word, a phrase or a sentence each:
(a) Buddha was the title given to ______
[Fill in the blank with a suitable word from the passage.]
(b) Name the warrior community in which Buddha was born.
(c) When Buddha was young, he had _______
(a) an attachment to material delights.
(b) a philosophical temperament
(c) enjoyed worldly pleasures. [Choose the right answer]
(d) Why did the prince go out of his palace one day?
(e) Name any one of the three sights that made a deep impact on the mind of the prince.
(f) How old was the prince when he left the palace?
(g) Where did Buddha deliver his first sermon?
(h) Where did Buddha die?
(i) Mention the two sects of Buddhism.
(j) Write the name of anyone country where Buddhism is followed in the world.
(a) Siddhartha Gautama
(c) (b) a philosophical temperament.
(d) One day, the prince went out of his palace to get a glimpse of the town
(e) On his way, he saw three sights which he had never seen before – a sick man, an old man and a dead man. These had a deep impact on his mind and made him sad and thoughtful
(f) 29 years old.
(g) At Benares.
(h) At Kushinagar, near Benares.
(i) Mahayana and Hinayana.
(j) Myanmar/Thailand/Sri Lanka/China/Mongolia/Korea/Japan.
Read the following lines and answer the questions. (3 × 1 = 3)
Lord, I am so tired
Tired I entered this World.
Far have I wandered since the cock crew
And the road to school is steep
Lord, I do not want to go into their school.
(a) The speaker prays to _______
(i) the school teacher
(ii) the Lord
(iii) the White man.
(b) The road to school is _______ [Fill in the blank from the given poem]
(c) What does the speaker not want to do?
(a) the Lord.
(c) The speaker does not want to go there or the white man’s school.
V. Complete the following by filling in the blanks using the right form of the verb given in brackets. (3 × 1 = 3)
A fence _______ (build) around Tammanna’s land by Basavaiah. Both of them _______ (encourage) by their supporters. Tammanna ______ (advise) by his supporters about the various means available for getting back his land, Answer:
was built, were encouraged, was advised.
Report the following conversation: (5 × 1 = 5)
Dona Laura: You should have asked permission to sit here.
Don Gonzalo: The benches here are public property.
Dona Laura: Why did you complain about the priests?
Don Gonzalo: Are you taunting me?
Dona Laura: Don’t grumble.
Dona Laura told Don Gonzalo that he should have asked permission to sit there. Don Gonzalo said that the benches there were public property. Dona Laura asked him why he had complained about the priests. Don Gonzalo asked her if/whether she was taunting him. Dona Laura advised/ told him not to grumble.
Complete the following dialogue: (4 × 1 = 4)
(Sowmya, a II PUC student, wants to get into the class, seeks permission from the lecturer.)
Sowmya: ______? (asking permission to enter the class)
Lecturer: ____ (gives permission)
Sowmya: I am sorry Sir for being late to the class today.
Lecturer: It is ok, but _______? (asks the reason for her late entry to the class)
Sowmya: _____ (gives the reason).
Sowmya: May I come in Sir?
Lecturer: Yes, you may.
Sowmya: I am sorry Sir for being late to the class today.
Lecturer: It is ok, but tell me why you are late.
Sowmya: I missed my regular bus.
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate expressions given in brackets: (2 × 1 = 2)
(put up with, to come off, as a part of)
Sheela Rani Chunkath included mobility ______ literacy drive. But neo-cyclists had to ______ vicious attacks on their character when this began.
as a part of, put up with.
Fill in the blanks with the right linkers. (4 × 1 = 4)
(At last, then, but, so)
The Kingdom of Monaco was a peaceful and peace-loving country. ______ they did not feel the need to keep an army or a police force. ______ once, a murder was committed there. _____ they were forced to look for ways to try and punish the criminal. _______ they decided to give him a pension and send him away.
So, But, Then, At last.
VI. Read the following passage and make notes by drawing and filling the boxes given below: (8 × 1/2 = 4)
Blood is the essential red fluid that is pumped by the heart through the circulatory system. It is complex in its composition and functions. Blood has two main constituents – the cells, comprising about 45% and the plasma comprising about 55%. The blood cells comprise three main types – red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Each type of cell has its own function in the body. The plasma is a complex colourless solution and it contains 90% of ‘.voter. It also has fibrinogen, the protein that aids in clotting.
Write a letter of application in response to the following advertisement, which appeared in The Deccan Herald’ dated February 8th 2016. (Write XXX for name and YYY for address.) 
Wanted First Division Assistant
Qualification: Any graduate with knowledge of computer and fluency in Kannada and English.
Uttara Kannada District
Imagine you are the General Secretary of your college union. On the occasion of the college day, you have to introduce the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest is Mr Rammurthy, whose profile is given below: 
Native place: Mysore.
Education: M.Sc., I.A.S., 1980 batch.
Served as: C.E.O. of Dharwad, D.C. of Madikeri and Uttara Kannada District.
Achievement: Clean drinking water, electricity to villages and good roads.
Interested in: Literature and Indian music.
Present post: Principal Secretary, the Dept, of Forestand Mining.
Based on the information, write a speech in about 100 words to introduce the guest at the function.
The following two pie charts give a graphic representation of the area of land used for different purposes in and around Bangalore. Prepare a report in about 120 words.
VII. What do the underlined words in the following extract refer to? (4 × 1 = 4)
The Airbus that landed just now came from London. My father travelled by the same airbus. He is a musician, whose music album is being sold worldwide. He brought 1 kg. of gold for me, which is very pure and valuable. It can be used for my sister’s marriage.
i. Whose: _______
ii. He: _____
iii. Which: _____
iv. It: ______
i. My father’s
ii. My father
Rearrange the jumbled segments to form a meaningful sentence. (1 × 1 = 1)
My / an extraordinary / person / was / mother.
My mother was an extraordinary person.