Model Question - II: Compulsory English

Model Question - II: Compulsory English

Model Question II

Subject: Compulsory English

Full Marks: 75

Time: 2:15 hrs


Candidates are required to answer in their own words as far as practicable. Credit will be given to originality, not to rote-learning.


1. Read the following poem and do the activities that follow: [5]


My shade is striped

My air is barred

(As it was before; only here the bars

Do not bend with the wind.)


My breath is short

My claws are blunt

With long pacing on stone ground

All day I smell


But I am full of easy meat

I have no appetite


Only at dusk-

When the monkeys mock from stone trees

And the buck (soft noses sniffing the air

For the scent they no longer fear)

Come down to the mudless pool to drink-

Only at dusk I dare to dream

Eyes half closed, bending the bars

Against the sun

And plotting my return

-Alan Duff

A. Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against the following sentences: [4×0.5=2]

  1. The speaker in the poem is a tiger.
  2. The speaker is satisfied with the easy meat.
  3. The bucks are afraid of the tiger
  4. The speaker can bend the bars.

B. Answer the following questions: [3×1=3]

  1. Why is the speaker’s breath short?
  2. Who mocks the speaker and why?
  3. What is the message of the poem?


2. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below: [10]

Florence found the conditions in the army hospital in Scutari, in Turkey, deeply shocking. The men were kept in dirty rooms without blankets or decent food and clothes. In these conditions, it was not surprising the diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery were the main reasons for the high death-rate amongst wounded soldiers.

At first military officers and doctors objected to Florence’s involvement in treating the wounded soldiers. But when her friends at the times reported the way, the British Army treated its wounded soldiers; she was allowed to work in the barracks' hospital. By improving the quality of sanitation, she was able to reduce the death-rate among her patients considerably. She was called the ‘lady with the lamp’ by the British soldiers because of the late hours she worked tending to the sick and the wounded, carrying a lamp in her hand.

In 1856 Florence Nightingale returned to England as a national figure. In October 1856, she had a long interview with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about improving the quality of nursing in military hospitals. This resulted in the formation of the Army Medical College.

In later life, Florence Nightingale suffered from poor health. She died in London on 13 August 1910.

A. Complete the following sentences by choosing the correct answer: [3×1=3]

a. The condition of patients that Florence found in army hospital in Scutari is:

  1. decent     ii. dirty     iii. shocking

b. In the barracks' hospital, she improved the quality of:

  1. death-rate     ii. sanitation     iii. wounded soldiers

c. Florence Nightingale was called lady with the lamp by:

  1. Queen Victoria     ii. her patients     iii. British soldiers

B. Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statements: [3×1=3]

  1. Florence Nightingale found the bad conditions of patients in Britain.
  2. She became a national figure in Turkey.
  3. She used to work in hospital late at night with a lamp in her hand.

C. Answer the following questions: [4×1=4]

  1. What were the causes of high death-rate among wounded soldiers?
  2. How could she reduce the death-rate among her patients?
  3. Why was she called the lady with the lamp?
  4. What was the subject of her interview with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert?



3. Read the following poem and do the activities given below: 10


Cursed by birth

Brought up biased

Humiliated and discriminated

We have struggled through hardships

Coming along the painful history

Fighting against the disillusioned society

To help our rights get fulfilled

To help our desires get cherished

To help our pains get healed

We are beauties, brave and bold

We have got over injustice

We have achieved freedom, width and worth

And we celebrate victory

- Prakash Sparsha


A. Pick up the words from the poem which are similar to the following: [3×1=3]

  1. Difficulty     b. Women     c. Conquest

B. State ‘True’ or ‘False’: [3×1=3]

  1. The speakers in the poem are women
  2. They have lost the battle
  3. They are happy getting freedom

C. Answer these questions: [4×1=4]

  1. Who are the speakers?
  2. What have they fought against?
  3. Why have they struggled?
  4. What do they celebrate and why?



4. Read the following advertisement and answer the questions given under it. [15]


Driving into Tomorrow with Panacea

The new i20 sweeps you off your feet with its long line up of dazzling new features along with enhanced fuel efficiency which also gives it a winning edge over the competition.

With the introduction of two new variants, the i20 now fits every pocket. So, go ahead and change the game.

The new dazzling features:

  • Blue led interiors illumination
  • ORVM turned indicators
  • Metal finish Center Fascia
  • Chrome Grille
  • Awards & Accolades

A. Answer these questions: [4×2=8]

  1. What is Hyundai 120?
  2. What are the advantages of Hyundai 120?
  3. What is the meaning of dazzling features?
  4. What is this used for?

B. Find words from the passage that have following meanings. [4×1=4]

  1. working capacity     b. bank     c. amazing     d. lights

C. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words. [3×1=3]

  1. Hyundai i20 is used for…….
  2. This vehicle has enhanced……..
  3. The website address for more information is ……….



5. Write a couple of paragraphs on ‘Joy of being a student’. [6]


6. Write readable story with the guidelines given below. [6]

A woman …. two servants …. worked hard …... the woman has a cock … the cock used to crow very early …. the woman used to wake up and make them work ….. they killed the cock … situation become worse …. The woman woke up whenever she liked and made them work … moral.


7. Write an essay on ‘Patriotism’ about 200 words with the help of given outlines. [12]

Patriotism …. where it reflects …. what affects it …… how it can be preserved … etc.


8. Rewrite the following sentences by filling the gaps with the best alternative from the brackets: [12×0.5=6]

  1. Building new Nepal by these leaders is simply ……… euphoria. (a/an/the)
  2. A plane is flying…….. Kathmandu. (on/above/over)
  3. Everybody has a right to get job, ………? (haven’they/don’t they/hasn’t he)
  4. Everyone must carry out ……… duties. (his/her/their)
  5. They did their work on time. This statement can be yes/no question as: ……… their work on time (did they have/did they do/do they did)
  6. When she saw a snake, she ……… (screams/screamed/had screamed)
  7. She said to me, “What’s your name?” its indirect speech is: She asked me what ………  (is my name/my name /my name was)
  8. She gave me a pen on my birthday. Its passive voice is ……… on my birthday. (a pen was given to me/ a pen is given to me/I am given a pen)
  9. Mona was hard working and talented as well… she couldn’t pass the entrance exam of MBBS. (despite/ however/though)
  10. Had they read the newspaper, they ……… the result of SLC exam. (would know/will know/would have known)
  11. Her melodious music made many audience ………  (cry/to cry/cried)
  12. The headmaster and superintendent ……… signed on exam papers (have/has/did)


9. Choose the correct answer and fill in the gaps to complete the following text: 10×0.5=5

Drought and famine ……… (has/have/is) come to Africa again this year, just as every year for the past fifteen years. In some parts of Africa, it hasn’t rained ……… (for/since/up) three years. There have been no crops, and the animals on ……… (whom/who/which) many people depend died long ago. Refugees are pouring from the countryside into towns in their desperate search for food and it has been estimated that over 1,000 people ……… (were dying/had died/are dying) everyday. We are supplying towns and camps with food and medical supplies, but our efforts ……… (are/were/have) dropped in the ocean. We need ……… (a/an/the) hundred times more food and medical supplies as well as doctors, nurses, blankets, tents, and clothes. Your help ………  (needs/needed/is needed) now before it is too late. Please, give all you can, ……… (will you/won’t you/ can’t you)? No pound or penny will ever be better spent or more appreciated. Your help will make the needy people………  (have/to have/ had) great pleasure. If you help with anything, they ……… (will become/ would become/ would have become) grateful to you.


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