Tuesday, September 16, 2008




1. Andy repeated his demand for the letter.
His intention was to:
A. please the postmaster
B. irritate the postmaster
C. protest against the attitude of the postmaster
D. show his innocence.

2. Andy swallowed the taunts of the postmaster with a view to:
A. teach him a lesson later
B. get the letter paying four pence
C. save his master from being cheated
D. deceive the postmaster.

3. How did Andy look when he visited the post office the second time?
A. submissive
B. apologetic
C. indignant
D. violent

4. If Mr.Durby had not come to the post office:
A. the post master would have given Andy a letter for four pence postage
B. Andy would have paid eleven pence postage and got a letter
C. Andy would have asked the post master to give the letter for 4 pence postage
D. the post master would not have demeaned Andy to pay eleven pence postage.

5. Andy refused to pay eleven pence postage for the letter because:
A. he did not have eleven pence with him
B. he had seen that Mr.Durfy was given a bigger letter for four pence
C. his master told him not to
D. his master’s letter was smaller than Durfy’s.

6. Dr. Sarabhai’s dream was to:
A. launch satellites.
B. discover cosmic rays.
C. walk on the moon.
D. set up a research laboratory.

7. Vikram’s parents spent their time and money on social work. This shows that they:
A. did not care for time and money
B. had a lot of time and money
C. were very generous to others
D. had no other way to spend their time and money.

8. Dr. Sarabhai setup Sarbhai Chemicals, to produce
A. chemicals
B. medicines
C. chemicals and pesticides
D. medicines and chemicals

9. When the student burnt an electric meter he was upset because:
A. Dr.Sarabhai was a very strict teacher
B. Dr. Sarabhai would send him out of the class
C. the student would have to pay a penalty
D. the student feared that Dr.Sarabhai would reprimand him.

10. Dr.Sarabhai told the student that they would buy a new meter. This shows that:
A. he did not want to discourage the student
B. he could buy as many meters as he wished
C. the meter did not cost much
D. the meter was not very useful.

11. Narendranath could sing well, was good at sports ,was witty and liked to meditate. This shows that he was :
A. an all-rounder
B. talented
C. a jack of all trades
D. a very popular student

12. Prof.W.W.Hastie, once said of Narendra "He is bound to make his mark in life". This means that he:
A. will be popular
B. had an aim in life
C. was good at archery
D. will achieve great success

13. Swami Vivekananda decided to go to America, to fulfill Sri Ramakrishna’s will. This shows that Vivekananda:
A. was Sri Ramakrishna’a favourite disciple
B. wanted to carry out his master’s wishes
C. was an obedient disciple
D. had a strict master

14. The American newspapers declared the Swamiji as a prophet and a seer because:
A. he tried to link Eastern and Western ideas
B. they realized it was foolish to send missionaries to India
C. he was dressed in saffron robes
D. the effect of his speech was such.

15. The aims of Ramakrishna Mission were a mixture of spiritual and humanitarian ideals, which can be summed up as:
A. work is worship
B. service to humanity is service to God
C. worship the poor
D. there is no shortcut to hard work.

16. The Swamiji reiterated the validity of all religions and their harmony. This shows that the Swamiji
A. wanted to please the audience
B. respected all religions
C. wanted to bring about world peace
D. believed that there was only one God

17. "When I could detect the batsmen’s weaknesses I could bowl normally". This statement of B.S.Chandrashekar tells us that:
A. he did not feel nervous
B. his observation guided his bowling
C. the batsmen had weaknesses
D. he had good observation.

18. "It was said that pitches in India were prepared to suit you". B.S.Chandrashekar disagreed because:
A. no batsman complained thus
B. the bowlers did their job well
C. wickets were taken on foreign pitches too
D. they had only medium pacers on their side

19. B.S.Chandrashekar never considered his polio stricken arm as a disadvantage because he:
A. had a passion for cricket
B. never even thought about it
C.did not have to bowl against great batsmen
D.was one of the greatest leg break bowlers in the world

20. Cricket is played in:
A. Asian countries
B. all the Common Wealth countries
C. all European countries
D. England only.

21. B.S.Chandrashekar achieved the feat of getting 247 wickets in the matches by:
A. changing to fast bowling
B. increasing his pace
C. bowling superlatively
D. ignoring his handicap

22. People in India were waiting largely for the return of the space shuttle Columbia because:
A. the government of India was interested in it
B. one of the crew was an Indian woman
C. there were many Indians among the crew
D. it was one of the greatest space expeditions

23. As a young girl, Kalpana Chawla would look up at the stars and wish that she:
A. had a telescope
B. could reach the sky
C. had a spaceship of her own
D. could paint the stars.

24. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman:
A. astrologer
B. astronaut
C. astronomer
D. astrophysicist.

25. Kalpana Chawla was "unique" in many ways. The underlined word means:
A. different from others
B. like others
C. very clever
D. highly skilled in her job

26. "She always held him in high esteem". This means she:
A. held him very tight.
B. kept him at a distance.
C. had high regard for him.
D. had high hopes from him.

27. "To better, to refine, to replace savage habits by good ones". This explains the meaning of the word:
A. civilization
B. savagery
C. barbarism
D. culture.

28. Europeans think they are civilized while Asians are barbarous because:
A. they fought the great war
B. they wear more clothes
C. Asians wear less clothes
D. Asians fight like savages in jungles

29. Everyone was trying to kill as many people on the other side as possible. This denotes:
A. that war is a sign of civilization
B. bravery of soldiers
C. that wars involve killing
D. barbarous behaviour of men

30. Many thousands were maimed for life in the war. "Maimed" means:
A. rendered homeless
B. injured seriously
C. blinded
D. crippled

30. "Do you think it was a very civilized or sensible thing for people to kill each other like this?" The author here refers to:
A. Englishmen killing Germans
B. savages fighting in the jungles
C. the World War
D. Germans killing Englishmen.

31. "To civilize" means to :
A. lead a simple life
B. take over the government of another country
C. replace savage habits by good habits
D. wander in search of food and water.

32. The reverse of ‘Barbarism’ is:
A. violence
B. civilization
C. selfishness
D. generosity

33. Preetilata Waddedar is described as having raided the armoury at Chittagong like:
A. a tornado
B. a cyclone
C. a volcano
D. an earthquake

34. "If you refuse to hand over the car I will cancel its
registration".The district collector said these words to:
A. Preetilata Waddedar
B. Aruna Asaf Ali
C. Kashibai Desai
D. Padmavathibai

35. Vimal Gulwadi and Hema Shinolikar commanded the judge to go back because they wanted to:
A. make the British realize that they had no place in India
B. show that they believed in non-violence
C. prove that they could be better judges
D. get arrested by the British

36. At the end of the play everyone was happy because Daksha, the wonder girl:
A. solved all the problems of the king
B. chose the king as her prize and became the queen of the land
C. solved the problem which the wise courtiers could not
D. was very beautiful and highly intelligent.

37. Daksha wanted——————as a prize:
A. gold and jewels
B. the king’s throne
C. the king himself
D. the kingdom

38. ‘Empty the ocean with this wooden bowl’ means:
A. bring the ocean water into court
B. fill the wooden bowl with ocean water
C. water of the ocean to be emptied with the help of the wooden bowl
D. the king should drink ocean water from the wooden bowl

39. "And I have thought it died of grieving". The word ‘grieving’ means a feeling of great:
A. sorrow
B. fear
C. hunger
D. shock

40. "Why would you leave me, sweet bird, why?" These words show that the poet was:
A. unhappy
B. disgusted
C. afraid
D. angry

41. "Why pretty thing! Could you not live with me?"
Here ‘pretty thing’ refers to a:
A. beautiful girl
B. lovely tree
C. sweet dove
D. loving mother

42. The dove did not like:
A. green peas
B. the poet’s love
C. the golden cage
D. free life in the forest

43. The beggar-maid came before the king with:
A. her head held high
B. a big smile on her face
C. her arms across her breast
D. tears in her eyes

44. The beggar maid was wearing:
A. a shining white dress
B. a robe and a crown
C. a dress of many colours
D. an old, torn dress

45. The lords in the court praised the beggar maid’s:
A. bold expression
B. beautiful hair and eyes
C. simple but pretty dress
D. feet without shoes

46. The beggar maid had the grace of:
A. a swan
B. an angel
C. a butterfly
D. a dancer

47. Cophetua swore a royal oath.The word ‘oath’ means a:
A. solemn promise
B. loud command
C. strong desire
D. polite request.

48. The poet’s mother won a bracelet for her arm by:
A. ploughing the field with her hand
B. earning money for the family
C. pleasing her husband
D. raising a hundred measure of millet.

49. The poet calls his mother "earthier with every burn" because:
A. she yielded more, in spite of pain
B. she liked working in the hot sun
C. she was the ‘mother earth’
D. her work required the heat of the sun.

50. The poet’s mother raised a hundred measures of millet to:
A. feed her family
B. win a bracelet for her arm
C. please his father
D. raise crop.

51. The poet’s mother worked hard and spent her youth:
A. raising crop after crop
B. in tattered sarees
C. winning bracelets
D. pleasing his father.

52. "A jungle bear has no need for your———-"
A. holy legends
B. Gods
C. mother
D. Gita.

53. In the poem ‘Work is Workship’, the speaker says:
A. work is important
B. meditation is important.
C. prayer with flowers and incense is important.
D. chanting and singing is important.

54. In the poem , ‘Work is Worship’, work means:
A. doing one’s duty
B. work from morning till evening
C. work till you make lot of money
D. worship God for the whole day

55. " God plans his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm", because he:
A. is strong enough to face danger and control it
B. lives in the sea
C. is the creator of Nature
D. moves in a mysterious way.

56. The bitterness of the bud should not discourage man because:
A. all buds have a bitter taste
B. His purposes will ripen fast
C. the end result will be rewarding
D. only bitter buds yield sweet-flowers.

57. Man has to trust God’s grace because:
A. God will never let the believer down
B. man has feeble sense
C. God is our creator
D. God moves in a mysterious way.

58. The Lord of Tartary wanted trumpeters everyday to:
A. entertain him
B. put him to sleep
C. summon him to have food
D. announce his arrival to the court.

59. The Lord of Tartary wanted seven zebras:
A. to draw his chariot
B. as he liked exotic animals
C. to keep them in his garden
D. since he wanted to be unique.

60. In Tartary the Lord’s bed would be made of:
A. gold
B. silver
C. ivory
D. wood.

61. The Lord of Tartary would be summoned to meal by:
A. peacocks
B. trumpeters
C. harp and mandolin
D. flute.

62. Pick out the word from the four alternatives which means ‘valley’
A. wood
B. dale
C. thicket
D. pool.

63. In the poem, ‘Once Upon a Time’, the speaker is talking to his:
A. friend
B. son
C. colleagues
D. children

64. The poet has learnt to say ‘Good bye’. He actually meant:
A. ‘Good riddance’
B. ’glad to meet you’
C. ‘bored to meet you’
D. ‘nice talking to you’.

65. In this poem, the poet is criticizing:
A. the showy life of the people
B. the emptiness of modern life
C. all those who laugh without good feelings
D. himself and his son.

66. The miser came to the hole everyday because:
A. he had kept the treasure there
B. the sight of the treasure gave him pleasure
C. he was afraid that robbers might take it away
D. he did not want others to know about his treasure.

67. Which one of the following sentences is grammatically incorrect?
A. She made me stand for a long time.
B. Mr. Patel is a M.L.A.
C. Fifty thousand rupees is a good sum.
D. The director along with his officers visits our office.

68. Who was Subahu? He was the king of:
A. Kulinda
B. Videha
C. Kalinga
D. Bengal

69. To whom did Draupadi want to offer the flower?
A. Bhima
B. Arjuna
C. Yudhisthira
D. Subahu

70. Hanuman contracted his body.
The passive voice form is ______
A. His body contracted Hanuman.
B. His body was contracted by Hanuman.
C. His body was contracted Hanuman.
D. Hanuman had contracted his body.

71. Gandhiji had a wrong notion about gymnastics because he:
A. liked it
B. disliked it
C. didn’t consider it as a subject
D. disliked the teacher

72. Gandhiji repented and understood the importance of good handwriting when he was in:
A. South Africa
B. England
C. Australia
D. India.

73. found / myself / I / at / completely / sea .
The rearranged sentence for the jumbled words is:
A. I found completely at sea myself
B. I completely at sea found myself
C. I found myself completely at sea
D. I sea found at myself completely.

74. Nino came to know about the Duchess’ strike when he came back to:
A. tea
B. evening snacks
C. lunch
D. supper

75. When her father asked the Duchess to come down, her reaction was that she:
A. didn’t answer
B. climbed higher
C. came down
D. didn’t even see her father

Answer the following in two or three sentences each
01 What justice did Andy wish to get for his master?
02 How was Andy justified in taking away two letters from the counter?
03 Why was the first Indian built satellite called "Aryabhata"?
04 Give one example to show that Vikram feared nothing while on research work.
05 Why was Narendranath called an all-rounder?
06 How was Narendranath as a student, at the metropolitan school?
07 Why did Narendranath accept Sri.Ramakrishna as his master?
08 Why did B.S.Chandrashekar feel nervous when he was asked to bowl to great batsmen?
09 Why did B.S.Chandrashekar think that Ken Barrington was the toughest batsman he bowled against?
10 How was Kalpana different from other girls of her age?
11 What were Kalpana’s feats as an astronaut?
12 What did the Prime Minister of India say in his condolence message?
13 Why do great countries engage in war?
14 What constitutes civilization?
15 Why do people fight with one another?
16 Where do we find special seats for the war wounded people?
17 What message does the author give us in the lesson ‘What is civilization?’
18 What makes us remember Kashibai?
19 How did Padmavathi bai help freedom fighters?
20 Who caused the British a sense of defeat? How?
21 What made the king like the farmer?
22 Why couldn’t the wise men solve the Pandith’s problem?
23 Why did the poet put the dove in a golden cage?
24 How fair was the beggar maid? What was she compared to?
25 What made the king step down from the throne?
26 Why did the poet’s mother try to please her husband?
27 What did the poet’s mother live for?
28 Where according to Tagore, is God to be found?
29 What according to the poet, is the ultimate goal of man?
30 Why should we not judge God?
31 Where does God hide a smiling face?
32 Describe the evenings in Tartary.
33 When did the robber see the miser? What did he do?
34 What did the neighbours advice the miser?
35 What risk did Bhimasena take to please Draupadi?
36 How did Hanuman appear to Bhima?
37 Why did Gandhiji request the headmaster to exempt him from gymnastics?
38 Why did Gandhiji have great regard for Krishnashankar Pandya?
39 What message did Albertino bring back from his sister on the apple tree?
40 How did Nino try to settle things?

Answer the following in a paragraph each

41 How is the post office in the story different from the one found now?
42 Dr. Sarabhai’s contributions to space research in India.
43 Why did Narendranath visit Sri Ramakrishna? What did he ask him?
44 Sketch the character of B.S.Chandrashekar.
45 ‘Even as a girl Kalpana was unique’ Give example from the text in support of this claim.
46 What do we understand about the countries that fight against one another?
47 What were the effects of the great war?
48 What role did women play in India’s freedom struggle?
49 What message does the poem ‘The Beggar Maid’ convey
50 Comment on the uniqueness of the poet’s dream as the Lord of Tartary.

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