Class XI – Sample Test Paper – 4

                                                                                           
Sample Test Paper – 4
English Core
Class – XI
Time: 90 Mts.                                                                                           MM: 40 Marks   

General Instructions:
(1) All questions are compulsory.
(2) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.
(3) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
Section – A (Reading)
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. 8 marks
1. The handwriting of any two persons can be similar but never identical. Our handwriting is as personal as our finger prints. The size, slant, pressure, letter shapes and spacing vary from person to person. In my 31 years experience of teaching thousands of young students, I have not so far found any two persons’ handwriting exactly alike.
2. Our handwriting mirror our personality .Every time we write our name, we make a pen portrait of ourselves. Our handwriting records our development from childhood onwards.
3. The happy news is that by changing our handwriting, we can bring changes in our life. Our hidden talents can be discovered and put to positive use. Our weak points can be detected and removed. We can find out the positive and negative points of our spouses, colleagues and competitors.
4. Graphology (the study of handwriting) maintains that the amount of pressure which we Evert while writing reveals our emotional state. Spacing reveals the state of our mind. The margins indicate our sense of proportion. The speed of writing indicates the amount of energy we have. The style of writing indicates the sharpness of our mind. The slope of the writing reveals the degree of our affections. The size of our handwriting shows our power of concentration. Our terminal strokes reveals how generous we are. Our capital letters indicate our personal tastes. Our small letter reflects our mental development. Our signature reflects our individuality.
5. To analyze a persons’ handwriting one needs two or three samples of his writing. These should have been written over a period of one or two months. No especially designed pens must be used. It must be written on an unruled page. It is better if the samples include all the letters of the alphabet as in the sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
6. Consistent strokes in handwriting denote a logical, well ordered mind. But occasionally broken connections denote a flexible mind which welcomes new ideas. Connection entirely broken with no ends joining denote an intuitive nature. If the ‘Ts’ are crossed it denotes that the person has a great capacity for getting things done. The person is stubborn and obstinate if the words are joined by continuous sweep of connecting terminal strokes.
7. Have you ever realized how the pressure with which you write varies with every change in your feelings? Cramped, small handwriting, with short “T” bars, a backward slant, narrow writing in a large hand, poor rhythm in writing, and uncontrolled variation in handwriting, indicate fear psychoses in the person whose handwriting is being analyzed.
8. Narrow – minded people lack imagination. This trait is reflected in their handwriting. Their handwriting is narrow. There is no age limit to bringing about a chance in ones handwriting. By changing your handwriting you can change your life. And with a change in your life, your handwriting automatically gets changed.
(a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage make notes on it, use recognizable abbreviation (wherever necessary – minimum 4) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it.              5 marks
(b) Give a summary of the passage in your own words.      3 marks
Section – B (Writing)
2. A school boy of 15 displayed remarkable mobility and heroism in rescuing men, women and children trapped in an overturned bus. After rescuing them he arranged conveyance for them to be taken to nearby hospitals. As Nikhil/Neelam write a report for publication in a newspaper in about 100 words. 10 Marks
OR
Hypocrisy exists in abundant measure in our society. People do not practice what they preach. They have double standards; are rude and dishonest but expect politeness and honesty from others. There are numerous examples if lack of sincerity in our daily experience. Write an article of 100- 150 words showing how such behaviour causes disharmony at home, in the neighborhood and at the workplace. 10 marks
Section- C (Grammar)
4. Fill in the blanks with suitable determiners: ½ x 8= 4 marks

Today (a) _________students are concerned about money and fashions. (b)_________ are not concerned about (c) ___________country. (d)_______________ one, except (e) _________want to Join (f) _________________army or become police officers as (g) _________professions do not pay (h) __________ I think.
5. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. 3 Marks
(a) today / English teacher / coming / your / is
(b) since / suffering / Wednesday / she / has been / from Malaria
(c) phone / you / has / informed / she / on the
Section-D (Literature)
6. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow: 3 Marks                                                                                                                                                                                      
I am the Poem of the Earth, said the vice of the rain,
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the
Bottomless sea,…………………
(1) Who is “I” referred to in the first line? 1 mark
(2) Where does the rain originate from? 1 marks
(3) Explain: Eternal I rise ? 1 mark
                                                                                                                              
8. Answer any one of the following in about 80-100 words.   6 marks 
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bsp;                                                                                                               (a) Describe the circumstances which prompted the boys to return the horse to its true owner?

(b) Why was Zahi Hawass worries and how was he finally relieved?
9. Answer any one of the following in about 80-100 words.   6 marks 
(a) Mention some of the tricks that the twins played on the ghost.
(b) How did the Otis family celebrate the disappearance of the ghost from the castle?
                               

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