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Dhaka Board2019
 English (Compulsory)
Second Paper
 Full marks: 100
 Time : 3 hours
Part
A : Grammar [Marks : 60]


 1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. 

Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (´) in those blanks: 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

 (a)  parliament house of Bangladesh is (b)— exquisitely designed building. In fact, it is (c)  wonder of modern architecture and technology. 

It is one of (d)— largest and most spectacular parliament buildings in (e) —- world. It is (f)—– highly expensive building. (g) —- maintenance cost of the parliament house is about 50 million taka per year. An American architect (h) —- Louis I Kahn designed this (i)  building. Everyday many (j) —- visitor comes to visit the building.

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 2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions: 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

Mr. Reza works (a) —- a clerk in a local school. He is poor but honest. His honesty is known (b) —- everyone in his locality. He often suffers (c)  hunger. He is deprived (d)  comfort and many other things. 

Nevertheless, he does not long (e) — wealth. He never hankers (f)  name and fame. He leads his life (g)  honest means. He is satisfied (h)—- what he has. But sometimes he runs into debt and poverty is responsible (i)  this debt. However, he does not like to depend (j)  others.

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3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/ words given in the box. 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

would you mind,  there, as soon as, was born, it is high time, as if, would rather, unless,

 what does …. look like have to (a) Your enemies are looking for you.  you left this place. (b) It is raining heavily.  closing the window? (c) Rifat often behaves —- he were a prince. It becomes very difficult for me to tolerate him. (d) Humayun Ahmed was a teacher, author, dramatist and filmmaker. 

He  on 13 November 1948. (e) —- you work hard, you will not make a good result. (f) I  resign my job than tolerate injustice. I have moral courage to raise voice against injustice. (g) Son : —- a satellite ? Father : I have heard of it but never got a chance to see it. (h) We informed the police  the incident took place. But the police didn’t arrive even after two hours. (i) Our society is full of bad persons. We  remain aware of them. (j)  is a hue and cry on the road. Something must have happened.

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 4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/ phrases: 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

(a) We are late. The class will start soon. Walk fast lest . (b) There goes a proverb that  . So, we must make proper use of time. (c) The condition of Mitu’s father was not well. If I knew his mobile number,  . (d) Though Bangladesh is a small country,  . We are proud of our world heritage sites.

 (e) We are a free nation now. 1971 is the year when  . (f) English is an international language. —-, you cannot get a good job. (g) I found a box in the room. The box was too heavy for —–. (h) I was really in a great danger. He came here with a view to —-. (i) I can’t recall his name. It is long since . (j) Time will decide everything. Do your best —-.

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 5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

Cricket is a popular game. Both the young and the old (a)  (get) pleasure from this game. In fact, cricket (b)  (call) the gentlemen’s game. It (c) — (entertain) us with politeness and discipline. A sense of brotherhood and fraternity (d)  (create) among the playing nations through it. At present cricket is the most popular game in Bangladesh. 

The English (e)  (play) it here in this subcontinent and since then it (f)  (become) an integral part of our entertainment. Our team (g)  (consist) of skilled players. They already (h)  (show) their performance in several matches. But it is a matter of sorrow that sometimes our players (i)  (play) so poorly that our countrymen (j)  (become) astonished.

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6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed: 1 ´ 5 = 5

You must have heard the name of Bayazid Bostami. (a) He was one of the greatest saints of Islam. (Positive) One night he was learning his lessons. (b) At that time his mother asked him for a glass of water, (Passive) (c) There was no drinking water in the house, so he went out to fetch it. (Complex) (d) When he came back, he found his mother sleeping. (Compound) Then he passed the whole night standing with a glass of water beside his mother. (e) He showed a great love and respect to his mother. (Exclamatory)

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7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches: 5

 “Where do you like to go, sir?” asked the ticket seller. ‘Cox’s Bazar,’ replied the stranger. “How many tickets do you need?” “I will buy five tickets.” “Take these tickets. They will cost three thousand taka,” said the ticket seller.

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8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentence so that all pronoun references are clear : 1 ´ 5 = 5

 Autism is a physical disorder of the brain who causes a lifelong developmental disability. Unfortunately, a number of boys and girls become victim of it after their birth. Children with autism vary widely in their activities, abilities, behaviours etc. and the symptoms may appear differently in him.

 The sorrows and sufferings of the parents of those know no bounds. Though the autistic children are quite different in activities from the normal children, they should not be neglected. Rather, we have a great responsibility towards them.

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 9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces : 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

 Arsenic is a (a)  (pre-modify the noun) substance. It is (b)  (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) dangerous for human health. (c)  (use a demonstrative to pre-modify the noun) substance is found in the water of the tubewell. There are (d)  (use quantifier to pre-modify the noun) villages in (e)— (use possessive to pre-modify the noun) country.

 Most of our (f)  (use a noun adjective to pre-modify the noun) people drink tubewell water. As a result, many of them are suffering from arsenic problem. This problem is (g)  (pre-modify the verb) found in North Bengal. We should take proper measures (h)  (post-modify the verb with an infinitive phrase). Government is trying to mark the tubewells having arsenic (i) —- (use a participle to post-modify the verb) red colour. People should be refrained from drinking water of (j)  (use demonstrative to pre-modify the noun) tubewells. Otherwise, they will suffer from arsenicosis.

 

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 10. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words/ sentence connectors: 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

Trees are a vital part of our environment. (a) , they bear a great impact on the climate. (b) —- we are not careful about them. (c) —-, we destroy trees at random. (d) —-, one day the country will bear the consequence of greenhouse effect. (e) —- ours is an agricultural country, our economy depends on agriculture.

 (f) —-, trees play a vital role on our climate. (g) , trees keep soil strong and protect it. (h) , trees save us from flood and many other natural calamities. (i) , trees provide us timber which is of great use specially in construction works and for making furniture. (j) , trees are our best friends.

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11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below. 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

 After the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first human being to travel to outer space in 1961, the Soviet Union decided to send a woman in space. Proletarian Valentina Tereshkova was selected for this project from among more than four hundred applicants. Since the successful launch of the spacecraft Vostok-5 on 14 June 1963, Tereshkova began preparing for her own flight. On 16 June 1963, she was dressed in space-suits and taken to the space shuttle launch pad by a bus. After completing her communication and life support checks, she was sealed inside Vostok-6.

 Finishing a two-hour countdown, Vostok-6 launched faultlessly. Although Tereshkova experienced nausea and physical discomfort for much of the flight, she orbited the earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. She also maintained a flight log and took photographs of the horizon, which were later used to identify aerosol layers within the atmosphere. (a) outer (antonym) (b) proletarian (synonym) (c) launch (synonym) (d) prepare (synonym) (e) began (antonym) (f) faultless (antonym) (g) nausea (synonym) (h) discomfort (antonym) (i) maintain (synonym) (j) later (antonym)

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12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Re-write the text correcting the errors : 0.5 ´ 10 = 5

 

 Student : Excuse me sir I want to discuss with you some grammatical problems. Teacher : What class are you in Student : Sir I am in class XI, I am a newly admitted student here. Teacher : Okay tell me your problems Student : I want to understand the difference between a phrase and a clause. Teacher : Don’t worry. Ill help you understand the difference. 

 

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                             PartB : Composition [Marks : 40] 

13. On behalf of the students of your class write an application to the Principal of your college for providing multimedia facilities in the classroom. 8 

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14. Suppose, you are a reporter of an English Daily. Now, write a report for your newspaper on food adulteration and its damning consequences. 8

15. Write a paragraph on ‘Environment Pollution’. Use about 150 words. 10 

16. Internet is influencing both positively and negatively our young generation. Write a composition on the ‘Uses and Abuses of Internet’. Write at least 200 words but don’t exceed 250 words

Rajshahi Board2019 

English (Compulsory) 

Second Paper Full marks : 100 

Time : 3 hours

 [N.B. The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.] 

PartA : Grammar [Marks : 60]

 1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross () in those blanks. 0.5  10 = 5

 The national flag represents (a)  independence of (b)  country. Ours is (c)  independent country. Hence, we have a national flag symbolizing our independence. (d)  cloth of a national flag is made of (e)  cotton, silk or linen. Our flag is rectangular in shape maintaining (f)  ratio of its length and breadth 10 : 6. There are different sizes of national flag. The background of our flag is green which symbolizes our life and energy. In the middle point of the flag there is (g)  bloodred circle representing our hard struggle and blood-shed. (h)  red circle also represents the heroic blood-shed of (i)  martyrs. The national flag plays (j)  vital role in the life of a nation. 

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2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions. 0.5  10 = 5

 When the sun was setting (a)  the treetops, the jailor came (b)  the room of Socrates to bid him prepare (c)  death. In those days, people were sentenced to death by giving a cup (d)  poison in Athens. Socrates knew this and he nodded (e)  the jailor. Bursting (f)  tears the jailor went out of the room and returned (g)  a cup of hemlock. Socrates lifted the cup to his lips. His pupils tried to keep back their tears but soon the room was filled (h)  the sound of weeping. With the cup of poison (i)  hand, Socrates said, “What is the strange sound? I have heard that a man should die (j)  peace. So be silent and have patience.” 

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3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/ words given in the box. 0.5  10 = 5

 had better; let alone; what does ….. look like; as soon as; as if; there; would you mind; would rather; it was born 

(a) Our spring is very charming. During spring various kinds of flowers bloom.  seems that everything has got a new life. (b) Baby : Mom,  an owl ? (c) Don’t disturb me, you  leave me alone at this moment. (d) The poor man  starve than beg. (e)  exists no life on Mars. (f)  taking tea with me? (g) Sir Walter Scott was both a poet and a novelist. He  in 1771. (h) She acts  she were mad. (i)  we reached the station, the train started. (j) He did not even see a hill,  a mountain. 

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4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/ phrases. 0.5  10 = 5

 (a) Florence Nightingale wanted to be a nurse with a view to . (b) She was thirty years old when . (c) If a man sows good seeds, . (d) I got up late today. Let’s take a taxi so that . (e) A village doctor is a person who . He is the best friend to the villagers. (f) She said, “It is high time we .” (g) I wish I could fly in the sky. If I had the wings of a bird, I . (h) I don’t know why you go there, most probably, . (i) But all sorts of attempts to solve food problem will fail unless . (j) He who follows two hares .

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 5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 0.5  10 = 5

 A poor man was once (a)  (put) in a jail, although he (b)  (do) no wrong. After a long time, the king of the state (c)  (visit) the jail and the man told him that he was innocent but a case (d)  (file) against him by some of his enemies. The king (e)  (inquire) privately and (f)  (find) that it was true. He (g)  (give) the man some money and set him free. He went straight to the market. In a shop there, wild birds (h)  (keep) in cages for sale. He said to the shopkeeper, I wish to buy all the birds of your shop. These birds unjustly (i)  (imprison) and I like to (j)  (set) them free.

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 6. Read the following sentences and change them as directed in the bracket. 1  5 = 5 

(a) Tell me your age. (Complex) (b) Some poets are at least as great as Tennyson. (Superlative) (c) What though the field be lost! (Assertive) (d) My watch was lost. (Active) (e) He confessed that he was guilty. (Simple) 

7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches. 5

 A cat hearing that a hen was laid up sick in her nest, paid her a visit of condolence and said, “How are you, my dear? What can I do for you? Only tell me. Is there anything in the world that I can bring for you?” “Thank you,” said the hen. “Do you be good enough to leave me, and I have no fear but I shall soon be well.” 

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8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentence so that all pronoun references are clear. 1  5 = 5 

Salam and Salma are siblings. They read in a local primary school. Salam is in class five whereas her sister, Salma reads in class three. They go to school together. Sometimes they take rickshaw because it is five kilometers away from their home. Today, she is going to school with her father because her brother, Salam is sick. He is taking medicine and bed rest.

 

9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces. 0.5  10 = 5 Taking food is essential. We take food (a)  (use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb). We cannot survive on earth if we do not take food. In fact (b)  (use a quantifier to pre-modify the noun phrase) living beings need to take food. But it is a matter of great regret that (c)  (use possessive to pre-modify the noun) food is being adulterated. (d)  (use a noun-adjective to premodify the noun) adulteration is increasing (e)  (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adverb) alarmingly that we cannot stop it.

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 (f)  (use a determiner to pre-modify the noun phrase) dishonest businessmen use (g)  (pre-modify the noun) chemicals in food and fruits to make illegal and quick money. But they do not think about (h)  (use a possessive to pre-modify the noun) health. (i)  (use present participle) adulterated food, people get sick. They are often attacked with different fatal diseases. So (j)  (use a gerund) food safety is a must today. 

10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage. 0.5  10 = 5

 Unemployment is a great problem in our country. (a) , it is the burning question of the day. (b) , almost all countries of the world suffer from the curse of unemployment problem. (c) , Bangladesh is the worst sufferer of this so-called problem. (d)  nowhere in the world this problem is so acute as in our country.

 (e) , there are many reasons behind it. (f) , our country is industrially backward. (g) , our system of education fails to give a student an independent start of life. (h) , it has little provision for vocational training. (i) , our students and youths have false sense of dignity. (j) , they run after jobs blindly. 

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11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below. 0.5  10 = 5

 Human life is dynamic. Everyone, therefore, must have a plan to do something or to be something in life. And that is one’s aim in life. A man without an aim has no direction and can never go ahead as expected. So everyone should choose a profession which suits him most. The choice of profession depends on one’s taste, interest, aptitude and ability. These vary from person to person. Teaching is a noble profession. 

The teachers are nation-builders. They educate the children and train them to become good and useful citizen in future. (a) dynamic (antonym) (b) plan (antonym) (c) aim (synonym) (d) direction (synonym) (e) profession (synonym) (f) suit (antonym) (g) aptitude (antonym) (h) vary (synonym) (i) educate (synonym) (j) citizen (antonym). 

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12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors. 0.5  10 = 5 

You’ve cut off your hair, asked Jim, laboriously as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even after the hardest mental labour. Cut it off and sold it, said Della. Don’t you like me just as well, anyhow Im me without my hair ain’t I Jim looked about the room curiously. You say your hair is gone he said with an air almost of idiocy. 

PartB : Composition [Marks : 40]

 13. Write an application to the Principal of your college requesting him for allowing to go for a study tour. 8

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14. Suppose, you are a reporter of the Daily Star. You have recently visited the Rohingya camps at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. Now, write a report on it. Give a title to your report. 8

15. Write a paragraph on ‘Internet’. 10

16. Write a short composition on ‘Your Favourite Hobby’. Write at least 200 words but don’t exceed 250 words