English question paper for hsc maharashtra state board


Q1. Read the following passage and answer the following questions.

One often hears of the high prevalence of child labour in our country. Of the many reports I have read, perhaps the most disturbing was a report on the condition of children employed by Zari factories in Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India. It grieves me to imagine children exposed to such inhumanity.
Robbing children of their childhood is a criminal act, and our society must weed this malaise out from the rood. But where does the root lie? Before you attempt an answer, let me give you an anecdote from the other end of the social spectrum.
                A colleague in Wipro has a child studying in Standard IX in a reputed school in Bangalore. This child wakes up at 5 a.m. and studies for an hour before going to school. She returns from school at 4 p.m. and rushes for her IIT entrance exam coaching class. At 6 p.m. she has tuitions for two hours. After dinner, she spends an hour or more on homework. I asked her when she gets time to play. She replied that she did not play. She gets half an hour of free time each day, which she spends watching her favourite serial on television. She also added that board exams and entrance exams are very important, and that you only get one chance.
                Is the condition of this child different from the child in the zari factory?
1.      What is the most disturbing report read by the writer?
The most disturbing report read by the writer is the one which shows the condition of the children employed by Zari factories in Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India.
2.      What is the reason for the writer’s grief?
The writer is grieved to know about children exposed to inhumanity in zari factories.
3.      What is the duty of the society, according to the writer?
According to the writer, the duty of the society is to remove the problem of child labour from the root, as he feels robbing children of their childhood is a criminal act.
4.      Where does the child in the writer’s anecdote go immediately after school?
After school the child immediately rushes for her IIT entrance examination coaching class.
5.      What does the child do in her free time?
The child gets half an hour free time each day which she spends watching her favourite serial.
6.      Do as directed.
a.           Robbing children of their childhood is a criminal act. (Use infinitive)
To rob children of their childhood is a criminal act.
b.           The condition of this child is not different from the child in the zari factory. (Make the rhetorical question)
Is the condition of this child different from the child in the zari factory?
c.           After dinner,she spends an hour or more for homework. (Frame a wh – type question to get the underlined part of the sentence as answer.)
When does she spend an hour or more for homework?
7.      Give Adverb forms of the following adding suffixes.
a.       Criminal                b. Social
a.  criminally        b. socially





Q2. Read the following passage and answer the following questions

Our day used to start with the family huddling around my mother’s Chulha, an earthen fireplace she would build at each place of posting, and where she would cook for the family. There was no gas, no electric stoves. The morning routine started with teas. As the brew was served, Father would ask us to read aloud the editorial page of The Statesman’s ‘mofussil’ edition, delivered one day late. We did not understand much of what we were reading. But the ritual was meant for us to know that the world was larger than Koraput district, and the English I speak today, despite having studied in an Oriya medium school, has to do with that routine. After reading the newspaper aloud, we were told to fold it neatly. Father taught us a simple lesson. He used to say, “You should leave your newspaper and your toiled the way you expect to find it.          
“That lesson was about showing consideration to others. Business begins and ends with that simple percept. We did not have a house of our own and would occasionally ask Father, when, like others, we would live in our own house. He would give a reply, “We do not need house of our own. I already own five houses. “His replies did not gladden our hearts at the time. Nonetheless, we learnt that it is important not to measure personal success and a sense of well being through material possessions.
1.      What according to the writer was the simple precept? (1)
The simple precept, according to the writer, was consideration for other.
2.       What did the writer learn from his father’s reply of not having a house of their own?(1)
From his father’s reply on owning a house, the writer learnt that it was important not to measure personal success and a sense of well being through material possessions.
3.      What was the need of the ritual of reading “The Statesman”?(2)
The need of the ritual of reading the newspaper “The Statesman” was to know that the world was larger than Koraput district of Orissa where the writer and his family were staying.
4.      What idea of the writer’s family do you get from the extract? (2)
The writer belonged to a close – knit simple middle – class family where the parents were concerned about teaching the right values to their children. Though they lived in a small town, his father made it a point to make the children aware of the larger world through the newspaper. With simple words, his father helped the children to develop proper attitudes in life.
5.      Do you agree with the writer’s father’s lesson about showing consideration for others?
Yes, I totally agree with the writer’s father as I feel, it is necessary for anybody to practice what one expects from others. At the same time, one should not be selfish to forget about other’s need when one’s own purpose is over.
6.      Do as Directed
a.       She would cook for the family. (Rewrite using ‘’used to’’)
b.      The morning routine started with tea. (Frame a wh – type question)
c.       Business begins and ends with that simple precept. (Use ‘’Not only ……… but also’’)
7.      Give adjectives: 
a.       Consideration             b. Success        c. Possession               d. Routine


Q3. Read the following passage and answer the following questions.
It was Dave’s sister Barbara, however, who steeled herself to be his toughest taskmaster. Even the time he’d left his Braille watch upstairs and asked her to retrieve it, she’d said, “Get it yourself. What do you think – that somebody’s always going to be around to wait on you?”
            So David grew up considering blindness no tragedy – just an exasperating bother – and feeling he could do anything he set his mind to. Then at 13, he announced that he was going to be a doctor and unable to see the rueful headshakes that greeted this childish roclamation, he began preparing for his career. He insisted on leaving the local blind school, and enrolled at Havertown’s high school. He got good marks, won a place on the wrestling team, and was elected vice – president of the students council.
            Still, as impressive as his accomplishments were, they had always fallen into the realm possibility. But David’s ambition to become a doctor, a psychiatrist, was not in that realm, his family believed. So, after seeing him off to college, the Hartmans felt they had not been frank enough with Dave, and they were afraid he was heading for grief.
            At college, Hartman’s faculty advisers tried to reason with him. “Why not settle for something more within your capabilities, like history or psychology?” suggested biology professor Ralph Cavaliere.
1.      What was the belief of David’s family?         (1)
2.      How did David consider his blindness?         (1)
3.      Why did Professor Ralph Cavaliere suggest that David should settle for History or Psychology? (2)
4.      Why did the Hartmans feel that David “was heading for grief”?      (2)
5.      Do you feel Barbara was justified in being David’s toughest taskmaster”?  (3)
6.      Give the opposites of the following   (1)
a.       Impressive       b. frank
7.      Give Adjective forms of                     (1)
a.       Accomplishment         b. possibility
Q4. Read the following passage and answer the following question.
I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms. I returned Coke bottles for the cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at  the Hare Krishna Temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Here’s one example: Reed College offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the county. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about what makes great typography great. 
Ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. If I had never dropped in on that course in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or for that mater even proportionally spaced fonts.
And since Windows just copied Mac, it’s likely no personal computer would have them. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very clear looking backwards 10 years later.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that dots will somehow connect in you future. You have to trust in some thing your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life
1.      Why did the narrator decide to take a calligraphy class?       (1)
2.      What is the narrator’s approach to life?          (1)
3.      What hardships did the narrator go through?             (2)
4.      Describe how the narrator has used his knowledge of calligraphy.    (2)
5.      Do you take a decision following you intuition?        (3)
6.      Pick out words/ phrases which mean the following   (2)
a.       Become involved in something by chance.
b.      Particular size and style of a set of printed letters.
c.       Desire to know.
d.      Immediate insight
Q5. Read the following passage and answer the following questions.
I didn’t mind vegetable shopping, specially since I loved the old Dhobi Talao market and was on first – name terms with the vendors. I still enjoy buying plump, fresh vegetables and bantering with the sellers. I picked the veggies with utmost care, making sure the brinjals were not too soft or spotted; the bhindis were firm and green, the palak crisp and alert. Looking for groceries was another matter. My parents preferred to patronize just one store – the government controlled Sahakari Bhandar. Nothing wrong with that – or the store. But being government controlled meant just one thing – long queues for every little item, and dozens of little bills. I’d spend more time paying for a bar of soap that I would have if I was buying half the store.
            I tried to circumvent the problem by sneakily making similar small purchases from a privately owned shop closer to home, I got caught each time. I tried arguing, ‘But what difference does it make? It’s the sake bar of soap, the same toothpaste, the same talcum powder.
1.      What according to the writer, were the problems of purchasing from a Sahakari Bhandar?(1)
2.      Give reason: “I didn’t mind vegetable shopping.” (1)
3.      Why was the writer angry with her mother’s argument? (2)
4.      Write two sentences of your own to describe the writer’s shopping. (2)
5.      Do you agree with the writer as she refer to “value of time” in the context of the text? (3)
6.      Give noun forms of the following adding suffixes.
a.       Enjoy   b. prefer           c. circumvent   d. argue

Q6. Read the following poem and answer the following questions.
BASKETFUL OF MOONLIGHT
From the city to my village
on the side of the path
I want to sow many
Small, small moons of light,
The whole village goes to the city
daily to work.
It becomes dark on its way back
As my village is quite far.
The route is tough and full of
snakes and scorpions.
Neither bus nor cart plies.
When my father returns home
I am asleep.
And he goes back early in the morning
While I am sleeping
O moon
Give me a basketful of moonlight
On loan.
I want to light the dark route
So that my father returns early.
I too want to hear fairy tales.


  1. How does the boy ask the moon to give him a basketful of moonlight?
  2. Name one personal problems of the boy and one general problem of all the villagers, as indicated by the village boy in the poem?
  3. Can you identify yourself with the problems of the boy in the poem?
  4. What is the poetic device used by the poet to make the village – boy talk to the moon?
5.      Discuss the technique of the poet to handle some of the problems of the Indian village.

Q7. Read the following poem and answer the following questions.

A FROSTY NIGHT
‘Sweet, my dear, what ails you?’
‘No, but I am well.
The night was cold and frosty,
There’s no more to tell.’
‘Ay, the night was frosty,
Coldly gaped the moon,
Yet the birds seemed twittering
Through green boughs of June.
Soft and thick the snow lay,
Stars danced in the sky –
Not all the lambs of May – day
Skip so bold and high.
Your feet were dancing, Alice,
Seemed to dance on air,
You looked a ghost or angel
In the star – light there.
Your eyes were frosted star – light;
 Your heart, fire and snow.
Who was it said, “I love you”?’
‘Mother, let me go!’

  1. How does Alice avoid her mother’s questions?
  2. Why does the mother say, “You looked a ghost or angel”?
  3. Do you like the mother in the poem, in spite of her nagging her daughter? Explain your answer.
  4. Pick out an example of personification.
  5. Pick out the expressions which show the contrasting emotion in the daughter

Q8. Read the following poem and answer the following questions.
DON’T QUIT
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must --- but don’t you quit,
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow---
You might succeed with another blow.

  1. Pick out at least two situations mentioned in the poem for a person to lose his her confidence.
  2. How does the poet advise the reader to come out of a difficult situation?
  3. Do you easily feel frustrated enough to give up?
  4. Explain the figure of speech in the given sentence “When funds are low and the debts are high”
  5. What type of poem is this?

SPEECH
1.      Write a speech to be delivered among your class mates, regarding blood donation.
BLOOD DONATION
                       Dear friends, we have one life let us make our one life more meaningful by donating blood. Blood donation is the mother of all donations. Blood donation directly gives life to another human being. It is not only saves one individual but also the entire family of that individual. A person can donate blood thrice in a year. The donated blood will be thoroughly checked and stored up in a secured form. For donating blood a person must have a weight of at least 45 kg.
                       Many people have misunderstandings about bold donation. They feel by donating blood they will fall sick. But it is not like so, the donated blood will automatically regenerate by our body itself within four to five hours after donating the blood. A person will be prohibited from donating blood if he drank alcohol during the last six hours.
                       So friends, let us put our hands together and make a promise to donate blood at least once in a year.

2.      Write a speech to be delivered among your class mates, regarding EYE donation
EYE DONATION
                       Dear Friends, we have one life let us make our one life more meaningful by donating eyes. Eye donation is the mother of all donations. Eye donation directly gives vision to another human being. It is not only gives vision to one individual but also to the entire family of that individual. A person who wishes to donate his eyes after his death has to go to an eye hospital and need to register his name with the hospital.
                       The information about the person who agreed to donate eyes and died is to be given to the respective hospital as early as possible. So, that his eyes can be removed and saved within six hours. We can see the world even after the death of ourselves by the way of donating eyes.
                       So, friends let us put our hands together and make a promise to donate eyes after our death.

APPEAL
1.      Prepare an appeal to be presented along roadside regarding protecting environment.
PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT”
“ONE EARTH, ONE LIFE,
WHY THEN LET IT DIE?
NATURE IS A GIFT OF GOD,
LET US PROTECT IT”
                       Dear friends, Mother Nature is crying for help to protect herself from the social evils like, cutting of trees, polluting the rivers, burning of plastics, emission of CO2, depletion of ozone layer, global warming etc. In order to highlight the problems and to make people aware, the social service organisation “PRITHVI” is going to conduct a two days program.
·         Day One: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will give a speech regarding
                                                                             i.      How to save our environment?
                                                                           ii.      How to reduce the level of CO2?
                                                                         iii.      Use of solar energy.
·         Day Two: Famous Cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar shall plant the first sapling of “ONE CRORE TREE
                              PLANTATION” program.
                       So, friends come one and come all let us put our hands together and make a promise to save our mother nature.




Letter writing
I.                    Write a complaint letter regarding over flow of gutter in your locality / village.

                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim (E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Sub Engineer,
Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board,
Dadar (w),
Mumbai – 400 021.

                                    Subject: Complaint letter over flow of gutter in out locality.
Respected Sir,
                       We are totally five hundred families residing in our locality. We are facing a severe problem of growing instances of overflow of gutter for the last three months in our locality.
                       This over flow in gutter causes the problem of bad odour and leads to growth of mosquitoes which may lead to malaria. Small children playing outside the door have already affected by diarrhoea. Sometimes we feel vomiting and nausea.
                       We have already given many complaints to our local authority. They are always giving us empty promises and doing nothing. So kindly am requesting you to look into this matter personally. If you do the needful then I shall be very much thankful to you.

Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                          X y z



II.                  Write a complaint letter regarding irregular electric supply in your locality / village.

                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim (E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Sub Engineer,
Maharashtra State Electricity Board,
Dadar (w),
Mumbai – 400 021.

                                    Subject: Complaint letter regarding irregular electricity supply.
Respected Sir,
                       We are totally five hundred families residing in our locality. We are facing a severe problem of growing instances of power failure for the last three months in our locality.
                       In our locality there are many students who are preparing for their upcoming Board Exams as well as for other final examinations. But, this irregularity in electric supply is causing obstacles in their preparation. Sir, you also know, this year the summer is extremely hot so the old people facing it very difficult to tackle the problem.  The problems of current supply also lead to some other illegal activities in our locality.
                       We have already given many complaints to our local authority. They are always giving us empty promises and doing nothing. So kindly am requesting you to look into this matter personally. If you do the needful then I shall be very much thankful to you.

Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                          X y z



III.                 Write a complaint letter regarding irregular Water supply in your locality / village.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim (E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Sub Engineer,
Maharashtra State Water Supply Board,
Dadar (w),
Mumbai – 400 021.

                                    Subject: Complaint letter regarding irregular water supply.
Respected Sir,
                       We are totally five hundred families residing in our locality. We are facing a severe problem of growing instances of insufficient water supply for the last three months in our locality.
                       We have only 50 taps for our five hundred families, it means on an average a tap for every 10 families, which is already insufficient. But during the last three months the problem has increased to a lot due to less supply of water. Because of less supply of water there is a growing instance of disputes among our local people. Many times we have to return home with our empty vessels.
                       We have already given many complaints to our local authority. They are always giving us empty promises and doing nothing. So kindly am requesting you to look into this matter personally. If you do the needful then I shall be very much thankful to you.
Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                          X y z

IV.              Letter to your friend explaining him about the importance of Joint family system.
8A, Heaven Colony,
                                                                                                                                                            M.G.Road,
                                                                                                                                                            Dharavi (E),
                                                                                                                                                            Mumbai - 400 017.
                                                                                                                                                            13 th July, 2010
Dear friend,

                        I received your letter confirming your decision to spend this vacation with us. We were all eagerly waiting to see you. However, you have mentioned in your letter about our Joint Family system and its disadvantages like no privacy, lots of work every day, need to get permission for outing, need to adjust with everyone to avoid problems.

                       But, friend in every system there are some advantages and disadvantages. You have seen only the demerits of joint family system; let me explain its wonderful advantages. You have persons to look after you. Works can be shared. Expenses can be shared. Guidance will be there. Helping – hands are always there in your sorrow. Your happiness will be doubled when it shared with them. Caring will be there. Relationship will be improved. Responsibility will be there.  If you are sick no need to depend on hotels. Someone else will cook for you. Always remember this, the beauty about the Indian culture lies in its age-long prevailing tradition of the joint family system.
                       I hope you will find nice spending time with us in this vacation and also understand the importance of joint family system. I am eagerly waiting for the date to receive you from the railway station.
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                  Yours lovingly,

V.                 Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper drawing his attention to the illegal parking of truck in your lane.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim (E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th, February, 2010.
The Editor,
Times of India News Paper,
Mumbai: - 400 001.
                                    Subject: Complain against the illegal parking of truck.
Respected sir,
                       I have been the resident of the above mentioned area for the last twenty years. The people here are all educated and go out to work and children go to school. I would like to bring to your notice that the roads in this area are fully filled with illegal parking of trucks, that it becomes very difficult to even walk specially during the rains. Not only this even the street lights are so poor, that it becomes very difficult for people to walk or take out their vehicles during late in the evening.
                       One must be aware that how irresponsible is to park vehicles like trucks in the residential area. Hence I request you to consider it and through your newspaper, I want to make one request to the concerned authority to consider this matter as important park the trucks in some other non residential areas.
                       I shall be obliged if you publish my letter in your newspaper so that it catches the attention of the Councilor of our ward and an urgent action is taken.
Thanking you,
                                                                                                                                    Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                                                         X  y   Z.
VI.               Write a letter of enquiry to the manager of a travel agency about a proposed vacation trip you intend to make to Delhi, Simla and Agra.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim(E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
The Manager,
The General travel agency,
Mahim (W),
Mumbai - 400 016.
                        Subject: Enquiry about a proposed vacation trip to Delhi, Shimla and Agra.
Respected sir,
                       I, XYZ, one of the teacher staff of our school. We teachers had a meeting with our Principal. The authorities have agreed to give us the permission to conduct the vacation trip to Delhi, Shimla and Agra.
                       Kindly furnish us with the necessary details and the total cost for 500 students and 20 staff members. Also send your quotations for other places.
                       Eagerly awaiting your reasonable quotation.
Thanking you,
                                                                                                                                    Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                                                            X Y Z. 
VII.             Write an application letter for the post of librarian for a public library.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim(E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Manager,
The General Public Library,
Dadar (W),
Mumbai – 400 021.

                        Reference       :           Your advertisement in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010.
                        Subject                        :           Application letter for the post of Librarian.
Respected sir,
                       With reference to your advertisement for the post of librarian in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010. I wish to apply for the same.
                       I am a very energetic person with excellent communication skill and ready to face any target set by your esteemed public library. I am will to work hard and being young I am also eager to add knowledge with experience. I hold a M.Com degree from “University of Mumbai” and a Diploma in Library Science from “Indira Gandhi Open University”, New Delhi. I have also done computer courses like Basic, Tally – 9 as well as programming languages like C, C++ from NIIT, Matunga. I have 2 years experience as a assistant in local library, Mahim.
                       My resume is sent here with, for your reference. I shall be much thankful to you, if you grant me an interview call at your convenient time. I am looking forward to join your esteemed Public library as early as possible.

Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                               Xyz.
Encl: - Resume and Xerox copy of educational certificates.
VIII.            Write an application letter for the post of accountant.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim(E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Manager,
The General company,
Dadar (W),
Mumbai – 400 021.
                        Reference       :           Your advertisement in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010.
                        Subject                        :           Application letter for the post of Accountant.
Respected sir,
                       With reference to your advertisement for the post of accountant in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010. I wish to apply for the same.
                       I am a very energetic person with excellent communication skill and ready to face any target set by your esteemed company. I am willing to work hard and being young I am also eager to add knowledge with experience. I hold an M.Com degree from “University of Mumbai” and a Diploma in Cost Account from “Indira Gandhi Open University”, New Delhi. I have also done computer courses like Basic, Tally – 9 as well as programming languages like C, C++ from NIIT, Matunga. I have 2 years experience as an assistant accountant in local company, Mahim.
                       My resume is sent here with, for your reference. I shall be much thankful to you, if you grant me an interview call at your convenient time. I am looking forward to join your esteemed company as early as possible. 

Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                               Xyz.
Encl: - Resume and Xerox copy of educational certificates.

IX.                 Write an application letter for the post of teacher.
                                                                                                                                    7G, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow colony,
                                                                                                                                    M.G. Road,
                                                                                                                                    Mahim(E),
.                                                                                                                                   Mumbai:- 400 016.
                                                                                                                                    24th February, 2010
To,
The Principal,
The General High School,
Dadar (W),
Mumbai – 400 021.

                        Reference       :           Your advertisement in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010.
                        Subject            :           Application letter for the post of Teacher.
Respected sir,
                       With reference to your advertisement for the post of Teacher in “The Times of India” dated 23rd, February, 2010. I wish to apply for the same.
                       I am a very energetic person with excellent communication skill and ready to face any target set by your esteemed School. I am willing to work hard and being young I am also eager to add knowledge with experience. I hold a B.A. degree from “University of Mumbai” and I have done B.Ed. from “Indira Gandhi Open University”, New Delhi. I have also done computer courses like Basic, Tally – 9 as well as programming languages like C, C++ from NIIT, Matunga. I have 2 years experience as a English Teacher in Local School, Mahim.
                       My resume is sent here with, for your reference. I shall be much thankful to you, If you grant me an interview call at your convenient time. I am looking forward to join your esteemed School as early as possible.

Thanking You,
                                                                                                                                    Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                               Xyz.
Encl: - Resume and Xerox copy of educational certificates.

FACT FILE
NOTE: - In this section, facts have to be written. This is not subjective but objective, hence it is known as fact file.

1.      Write a fact file of a place of your interest keeping in mind the following.
a.      Name of Place
b.      Conveyance
c.       Distance from Mumbai.
d.      Climate
e.      Things to do
Ans.
            Name of Place                                    :           Matheran.
            Conveyance                             :           Train, Bus, Car
            Distance from Mumbai          :           90 Kms.
            Climate                                   :           Cool in Summer, Cold in winter.
            Things to do                            :           Various points to visit, Shopping clothes, cap, bag.

2.      Prepare a fact file about the place you visited during the Diwali Holidays.
Ans.
            Name of the Place      :           Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
            Terrain                                    :           Plain – hills, rocky ground, very near to Coastline.
            Temperature               :           5 to 19 degrees in winter and 20 to 25 degrees in summer.
            Modes of transport     :           Plane, Train, Bus, Car.
            Fare                             :           Depends on the distance from other places and the mode of transport
choosen.
            Food                            :           Rice, Idli, Dosa.
            Sightseeing                  :           Dolphin nose, Flower Garden, Government Botanical Garden,
Doddabetta, The Mukkurthi Peak & National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife
Sanctuary, Pykara, Deer Park.
Shopping                     :           Handicraft and specific paintings made by the local residents, Special
goodies for the festival are made available, clothes are available in specific local variety which has the essence of the prevalent culture of the place. 
            Entertainment             :           Boating, surfing, go – karting, bungee diving, paragliding, trekking, river
rafting, fishing.

REPORT WRITING
1. Write a report on the following headline.
MASKED MEN SHOOT BANK MANAGER
Mumbai, February, 24
By a Staff Reporter,
In a daring day light robbery, three masked men entered the Indian Bank, Mahim branch on Monday at 10 a.m. When the Manager refused to cooperate, he was fired at chest from a N – 38 revolver and was seriously injured. The three masked men were escaped in a waiting Red Maruti Van with a loot of 5 lakhs.
The Bank Manager Mr. Anbu Selvan, was rushed to Sion Hospital. He had sustained two bullet wounds on his chest. Doctors have reported that his condition is still critical. When contacted Mr. Ragavan, commissioner of Police said that certain important clues have been inspected which would definitely lead to the arrest of the bank robbers.
30 SCHOOL CHILDREN KILLED IN BUS TRUCK ACCIDENT.
Mumbai, February, 24
By a Staff Reporter,
Thirty school children were killed when a State Transport Bus was smashed by a truck near Dadar yesterday.
Sixty five students and five teachers of General English High School were on their way to Water Kingdom at about 9.40 a.m., when the Municipal Garbage truck smashed the State Transport Bus. The truck driver was trying to save a boy who was crossing the road. Twenty five students and 3 teachers were seriously injured; they were immediately taken to the Sion Hospital. When contacted Mr. Ragavan, commissioner of Police said that investigations were going on detailed report will be given only after the proper investigation.
HEAVY RAINS DISTURBED NORMAL LIFE
Mumbai, February, 24
By a Staff Reporter,
Heavy, rains continued for the third day in Mumbai, bringing all normal life to a standstill. The Central part of the city was the worst affected with the water level rising above 3 feet in some areas.
Most of the main roads were completely flooded. In many areas the electric poles had fallen down and thus the whole city faced darkness. The situation may improve by tomorrow. The spokesperson of B.E.S.T. said that, “All the city buses were cancelled, which leads to a major problem for a common man”
FOOD POISONING AFFECTS 50 SCHOOL CHILDREN
Mumbai, February, 24
By a Staff Reporter,
Over 30 children were battling for their lives in Sion Hospital after they had consumed sweets distributed by the School at a function, yesterday.
The students of the General English High School, King Circle were given sweet brought from a local shop on the occasion of Annual Day celebration of the School. Immediately after consuming sweets the children felt nausea and dizziness. Some started vomiting and were rushed to Sion Hospital. The police have registered a case against the shopkeeper and arrested him. Parents were worried for the speedy recovery of their children.
INDIA WINS SECOND TEST MATCH AGAINST AUSTRALIA
Mumbai, February, 24
By a Staff Reporter,
India wins second test match against Australia at Eden Garden, today. The two teams now stand level.
The little master Sachin and Skipper (captain) Dhoni who built up a partnership of one sixty runs taking up the total to 350. However, McGrath, bowling took the toll and he took 4 wickets. Later the overall target of 540 runs seemed to be tough for the Australian team. The Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting was disappointed with their players performance. As none of the Australian player has scored a century except the Skipper. Ricky Ponting himself is the highest scorer with 103 runs. The Ponting said, “My team would fight back in the Third and final test in Mumbai”.


Do As Directed
1.      We planted flowering bushes. (Rewrite beginning with ‘Flowering bushes…’)
2.      This time, they bloomed. (Add a questing tag)
3.      The doctor said, “I have given an injection and it will make you sleep”(Change into indirect speech)
4.      It is the biggest review of the planet’s life support system. (Change to the Comparative Degree.)
5.      More ominously, the assessment team warnsthat the ability of Earth’s ecosystem to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted. (Rewrite using the Noun Form of the underlined word.)
6.      What is the best way to do it? (Rewrite using the gerund form of the underlined infinitive.)
7.      The Taj will be washed clean with salt – free water. (Rewrite using a modal auxiliary showing ‘obligation’.)
8.      Multani mitti takes its name from a place in Pakistan. (Rewrite using the Present perfect tense.)
9.      You’ll never know unless you try. (Rewrite using ‘if’)
10.  “Father,” he said, “Tell me honestly. Do you think I can ever be a doctor?” (Rewrite in indirect speech.)
11.  How could he give a flat ‘no’ to a boy like Dave? (Rewrite as an assertive sentence)
12.  She was the softest member of the team. (Change to the positive degree)
13.  He could do anything he set his mind to. (Rewrite as a negative sentence)
14.  He was unable to see their rueful headshakes. (Rewrite using ‘could’)
15.  Why not settle for something more within your capabilities? (Rewrite as an assertive sentence)
16.  I’d see you and run to get in your path. (Rewrite using ‘used to’)
17.  He’d need a massive home library. (Add a question tag.)
18.  “I can see like an eagle,” said the senior student, griping his shoulder. (Rewrite in indirect speech)
19.  Pixar is the world’s most successful animation studio. (Change to the positive degree)
20.  I turn my face to the sun. (Write another sentence using the underlined word as noun)
21.  We must empower our children. (Add a question tag.)
22.  How painful it is!(Rewrite as an assertive sentence)
23.  Isn’t this painting beautiful? (Rewrite as an assertive sentence)
24.  They heard the loud clap of thunder. They ran into the bedroom. (Combine using ‘no sooner’)

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