Final Model Test for JSC 2016
English First Paper
Full Marks: 100 Time: 2:30 Hours
Reading Text (Seen Passage)
Read the following passage and answer the questions 1, 2 and 3
Communication of ideas is at the centre of civilization. It needs written records. Most of our records in the modern age are on paper. Though writing was invented very early, paper is a more modern invention. For long in history, people transferred ideas through speaking and listening. Then there came the art of writing. But to record thoughts in writing was difficult. Writing material was not available. People used surface of stone, metal, wood, bark, leaves, etc for writing. Those things were not easy to carry. Then for ages, people looked for easy writing materials. Finally, Paper was invented in china in 105 AD. Before paper age, knowledge was very restricted. Can you think of that time? There were very few books in the world. May be, they were written on stone or on heavy wood plunks or on metal sheets. Suppose, one page was a heavy stone block. So, think of a hundred page book! In our age, you can carry the entire world of knowledge in digital form in your laptop bag. You can even carry a huge volume of paper encyclopedia. But who could produce and carry tons of heavy stone books and documents in those paperless days? In fact, paper has made publication and the spread of knowledge and information easy. So, you can see how paper has changed our life.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text. 1×5=5
(a) idea: (i) speech (ii) opinion (iii) dream (iv) program
(b) centre: (i) source (ii) root (iii) local (iv) individual
(c) transfer: (i) exchange (ii) select (iii) choose (iv) travel
(d) thought: (i) idea (ii) aim (iii) mission (iv) build
(e) available: (i) rare (ii) extra-ordinary (ii) present (iv) exceptional
2. Answer the following questions. 2×5=10
(a) Who invented paper and when? (b) What did people use for writing before paper age? (c) Why was it difficult to record thoughts in writing in the past? (d) What can be carried in our laptop bag nowadays? (e) Why did people look for easy writing materials?
3. Summarize the text in section A in your own words (around 85 words) 10
4. Read the following text carefully and answer questions 4 and 5
The world is full of great men. They have come to different places of this world. Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah was one of those who contributed a lot towards the Bengali language and literature. He was the greatest scholar of Bengal. The great scholar was born at 24 Pangrams in West Bengal on 10th July, 1885. He passed the entrance Examination in 1904. He obtained his B.A. degree in 1910, M.A. in 1912 and B.L. in 1914. He joined the University of Dhaka in 1921 as a professor of Sanskrit and Bengali. He was awarded the Doctorate Degree from Sorboe University of Paris in 1928. His` Bangle Shahitter katha’ published in 1953 was the first well-arranged history of Bengali literature. In 1966 he was seriously ill and was in sick bed for about two and a half years. The great scholar breathed his last on 13 July, 1969 in Dhaka. We all remember him with gratitude and respect.
5. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 1×5=5
|Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah||was born||(i) ———–|
|He||(iii) ———-||Sorboe University of Paris|
|Bangla Shahitter katha||(iv) ——–||1953|
6. Read the passage again and write True or False beside the following statement. 1×5=5
(a) Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah contributed a lot to English Literature. (b) He was born in the 20th Century.
(c) He received his M.A. in 1912.
(d) He was the greatest scholar of London.
(e) He is considered as one of the greatest scholars of the world.
7. Fill in the blanks with appropriate word. 1×5=5
Strong attraction for any harmful thing (a)___drug addiction. Drug (b)____taken either by smoking or through injection. It (c)___ a man to death slowly. It (d)____ dangerous effect on human body. An addict (e)____drowsy and (f)____ his appetite. It also (g)___brain and all internal function of the body. This drug addiction is a serious problem (h) ___our country. It has grasped the young generation of our country. When they (i) ____ to manage money they commit crimes because they are unable to buy the (j) ____.
8. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order. 10
a) He wanted to teach him a good lesson.
b) So one day he painted the word ‘dumb’ on a board.
c) So he thought how he could add to his income.
d) He could not earn much by begging.
e) Once there lived a beggar in a city.
f) One day an idea crossed his mind.
g) He was very jealous of him.
h) Another beggar also lived in the city.
i) He hung it round his neck.
j) He thought that he would have more money if he pretended to be dumb.
9. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. 0.5×10=5
Good health (a)_____soundness of body and mind. It keeps one fit and free (b)_____diseases. By observing certain rules, one can keep good (c)____. One is to take a balanced (d)_____, drink pure water, take regular exercise and rest etc. He is also to (e)_____the rules of cleanliness. Since most of the people of our country live below the poverty (f)____, they do not get the (g)____they need for good health. Even the rich and the educated people are not (h) _____of the rules of good health. They do not take a balanced diet (i) ____they think that costly food means a (j) ____ food .
10. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences. 1×5=5
|Column A||Column B|
|(i) William Shakespeare, was one of the greatest||(a) a man of versatile genius|
|(ii) He rose like a dazzling||(b) never set and will shine forever|
|(iii) Perhaps, he was born at||(c) intellectual giants that the world has ever produced|
|(iv) Shakespeare was really||(d) star in the firmament of English literature|
|(v) His literary sun will||(e) Stratford-on-Avon in 1564 and died in 1616 A. D.|
Section B (Writing)
11. Write a dialogue between you and your friend about “How to Eradicate Illiteracy from Bangladesh” 10
Answer the following questions to write a paragraph on “A Road Accident” 10
a) What are the main reasons of a road accident? b) Where does it happen? c) Who are responsible for it? d) How to remove the problem?
12. Read the beginning of the story. Write new ten sentences to complete the story. Give a title of it. 10
Once upon a time there lived an old farmer who had three sons and they had no unity among them. The farmer was very anxious for their future. He told them not to quarrel but they did not pay attention to him. One day ——————–
13. Suppose your school has arranged annual prize giving ceremony and you got two prizes in this program. Now write a letter to your friend describing the prize giving ceremony of your school. 10
Prepared by: Mahbub Murad (Lecturer of English)