RAJASTHAN SENIOR SECONDARY EXAMINATION, 2013
ENGLISH ( COMPULSORY )
Time : 3¼Hours Maximum Marks : 80
SECTION – A
( READING )
1. Read the following passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
Every man that is born in this world has a desire to live well. The life
has various aims for various people. To some life is an empty dream
without a motive. They eat and drink and continue to exist for the sake of living. They have no ideal, no mission for which to struggle and
fight. Their ideal is to eat well, to make merry and enjoy the material
things of life. Their activities aim at amassing the wealth by hook or by crook and using that wealth for the sake of luxury and comfort and
The life is, however, not so easy at present. Even to make money for
the sake of comforts and luxuries you have got to work hard and
perform the social duty before the society can allow one to earn lot of
money and amass the wealth. Modern states work under certain
principles of social behaviour and do not allow people to go about
making money without caring to perform certain duties which are
useful to society. A businessman or an industrialist must pay to his
labourers well so that the labour does his duty honestly and diligently and enable the enterpriser to make profits from the goods produced.
The only easy way of making money is cheating or stealing which have consequences of their own. Law has prescribed imprisonment for the robbers, thieves and the cheats.
Life is complicated in modern life. It needs to be well planned if you
want to achieve anything worthwhile. Whether your mission or ideal is materialistic or spiritual you have got to plan. To make life worth living you must work hard towards the object of your mission. A life without mission is a life lost. A life without planning is a life wasted. Discipline, mission and hard work are important virtues of a successful man. If you are a patriot and desire to be a politician to earn name and fame in the service of society, you must plan exactly what you want. If you want to do the service to the people and to represent their cause in elected assemblies, you must win over the support of the voters by giving them honest account of services. You must fight for their interest, show great achievements before you can enjoy the popularity of the masses. It is not simply slogan mongering that matters in politics now-a-days. A successful public man has to be a qualified administrator who can fight out practical issues with the authorities and win practical benefits for the people.
(i) What is the desire of every man in this world ? 1
(ii) What is the ideal of majority of people ? 1
(iii) Why do they act in this world ? 1
(iv) What is needed to achieve anything worthwhile ? 1
(v) Write the important virtues of a successful man. 1
(vi) How can a man reach up to assemblies ? 1
Find out a word from the passage which means —
(vii) useful enough. 1
(viii) purpose of doing something.
(ix) phrase expressing a political or advertising message.
2. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :
Modern life is sophisticated and complex. Simple living and high
thinking is a thing of the past. Complex living and low thinking has
replaced this motto. Most of the people are artificial and sophisticated.They have one thing in their heart and another on their lips. Majority of the people in the cities are deceitful. Face is no more the index of mind. Only expert psychologists can study the character of a man from the outlook of a person. The world is full of cheats and robbers.
Many a man with simple looks may be a crook in reality. It is a world
of make belief and show business. Acting and mannerism are the rule
of the day. The new generation is clear and smart. It is beyond
recognition. Very few people are dependable in respect of their
character and integrity.
In this world of complexity and artificiality, manners are all important.
You cannot move in society unless you know about good manners and possess them. Even if you may not have good meals, you have to
maintain certain minimum standards of dress and make-up. Manners
have become a part and parcel of life. Without proper manners you are not welcome anywhere. However honest may be your intention and however innocent your behaviour, unless you can put up tactful show of manners, you will not earn respect of your fellow beings.
For good manners you must maintain a good personality. A clean
dress, a clean body, well blushed hair, style of dress in keeping with
the times, a good power of speech and conversation, a certain patience in giving ears to the other party are necessary qualifications of a person professing to know manners. These qualifications are important for success in any walk of life. Their importance is all
pervading in modern times. Simplicity, innocence, honesty and similar
traits of this kind have lost their values. These traits make a simpleton
of any intelligent person in modern society.
(a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage make notes on
it, using heading and subheading. 4
(b) Write a summary of the passage and suggest a suitable title. 2
SECTION – B
( WRITING )
3. Draft a poster to encourage people to save girl child in about 50 words. 4
You have received an invitation letter from the Principal and staff of
Govt. Senior Secondary School, Alwar. You have to attend Career Day
function on 15th February, 2013 at 2.00 p.m. as Chief Guest of the
function. Write a refusal to the invitation owing to your being busy in
an import meeting. 4
4. An N.G.O. is going to organise a ‘Free Eye Operation Camp’ in your
locality. Compose a report with the help of the given hints in about
100 words. 7
An N.G.O.— Free Eye Camp — Dr. Sudheer — inaugurate — beds —
social workers — first day —admit patients — operation—patient —
discharge — doctors and nurses — duty — thank.
A students union was formed in your school. Different portfolios were given to students. Write functions of the students of different portfolios in about 100 words. 7
5. You are Anoop living at 7, Adarsh Nagar locality of Churu. You
purchased a washing machine from a dealer. Write a letter to him for
Write a letter of application with curriculum vitae in reply to the
following advertisement addressing to the Director. 7
March 26, 2013
Applications are invited for the post of ‘Lecturer’ in physics, pay negotiable. Age : Not exceeding 30 years, qualification as per Government norms with experience of 3 years.
6. Your school is going to organise a farewell party for the students of
class 12th and 10th. Prepare a speech for their guidance. 7
Write an article on the harmful effects of polythene bags on cattle in
about 100 words on the basis of given visual :
SECTION – C
( TEXTUAL QUESTIONS )
7. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :
… , but after the airport’s
security check, standing a few yards
away, I looked again at her, wan,
as a late winter’s moon and felt that
familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,
but all I said was, see you soon,
all I did was smile and smile and
(i) How does the poet compare her mother’s face and why ? 2
(ii) What is the expectation of the poet at the time of parting at
airport ? 1
(iii) Find out the word from the extract which means ‘pain’. 1
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness; but will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
(i) What does a thing of beauty provide us and why ?
(ii) What kind of sleep does a thing of beauty provide us ? 1
(iii)Find the word from the extract which means ‘always’. 1
8. Answer any three of the following questions in 30 – 40 words each : 3×2=6
(i) What should governors, inspectors and visitors do to improve
miserable conditions of slum children ?
( An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum )
(ii) What is the theme of the poem Keeping Quiet ?
( Keeping Quiet )
(iii) Why do some car owners stop at the stand ?
( A Roadside Stand )
(iv)How is Aunt Jennifer surrounded by ordeals ?
( Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers )
9.Answer the following questions in 30 – 40 words each : 4×2=8
(i) What sad news was written on the bulletin-board as Franz
passed the townhall ?
( The Last Lesson )
(ii) Why was Saheb unhappy working at the tea-stall ?
( Lost Spring )
(iii)Who led Gandhi to Champaran and why ?
( Indigo )
(iv)Which misadventure makes Douglas decide to get an instructor
to overcome his fear of water ?
( Deep Water )
10.Answer any one of the following questions in about 125 Words :
(i) Who was Edla ? How did she change the Peddler’s behaviour ?
( The Rattrap )
(ii) Describe the role of Subbu in Gemini studios.
( Poets and Pancakes )
11.Answer any one of the following questions in about 125 words : 1×7=7
(i) How did the prediction of the astrologer about the king of
Pratibandapuram come true ? ( The Tiger King )
(ii)How does Dr. Sadao’s humanity get victory over all other factors ?
( The Enemy )
12.Answer the following questions in 30 – 40 words each : 4×2=8
(i)Why do the people in the modern world want to escape ?
( The Third Level )
(ii) The humans have established dominance over nature, how ?
( Journey to the end of the Earth )
(iii) What was the problem of Roger Skunk in the story told to Jo by
her father Jack ?
(iv) ( Should Wizard hit Mommy )
What example does Mr. Lamb give to avoid inferiority complex in
Derry’s mind ?