English First Paper
Time: 3 hours Full Marks 100
[Answer all the questions. Figures in the margin indicate full marks]
Read the passage. Then answer the question below.
‘Citizen’ primarily means one who lives in a city. But the term is generally used in a wider sense to mean one belonging to a State. Thus, every Bangladeshi is a citizen of Bangladesh, whether he lives in a city or village or on the hills.
Every society has some definite rules of conduct for its members in order that there may be peace and harmony among them. Some of these rules are laid down as written laws, and whoever breaks any of them is punished by a court of law. But there are many unwritten rules which are no less binding on every member of the society. Peace and happiness of the society depend on a good deal upon the proper observance of these rules too. A good citizen takes as much care about these unwritten rules of conduct as about the written laws.
Unfortunately, many of us in our country are careless about the former. We often throw orange and banana skins about in the street on which somebody may slip and break his bone. We also spit and throw things from above on the streets below. This makes the streets dirty, and the things may fall on persons passing along.
We see people standing at the entrance of trams and buses even when there is room inside. They do not care the least about the inconvenience this causes to persons in getting down and getting in. We have also bitter experience of the use made of loudspeakers with any thought of the sufferings of people nearby.
All these common experiences show that we are lacking in civic sense. A good citizen not only avoids breaking the rules himself, but also sees that they are not broken by others. We expect society to give us peace and happiness. But society cannot do much unless we help it to help us. So, whenever we see a person doing any wrong, it is our duty to try to correct him. We should also help the authorities in maintain law and order and peace for the general happiness of all.
- Choose the correct answer from the alternatives. 1×7=7
A. Which of the following has the closest meaning of the word “Conduct”?
a. attitude b. aptitude c. demeanor d. curiosity
B. What does the expression “Peace and happiness of the society depend a good deal upon the proper observance of these rules too” mean?
a. both written and unwritten rules should be abided by.
b. the unwritten rules should also be followed.
c. the unwritten rules should be avoided.
d. none of them
C. Which of the following best describes the dissimilarity between a conscious and an unconscious citizen?
a. an unconscious citizen always remains alert
b. a conscious citizen is loyal to both written and the unwritten rules
c. a conscious citizen does his duties half-heartedly
d. all of them
D. Which of the following describes best a good citizen?
a. arrogant b. sober c. modest d. loyal
E. Which of the following statement is true about the observance of written and unwritten laws?
a. they create anarchy.
b. they pave the way to peace and harmony.
c. they hinder peace and harmony.
d. they create chaos and confusion.
F. “So whenever we see a person doing any wrong, it is our duty to try to correct him”_ what does the expression mean?
a. we should be careful of our duties.
b. It is our duty to rectify the wrongdoer.
c. we should perform our duties in time.
d. none of them.
G. What is the main theme of the passage?
a. We should correct a wrongdoer.
b. We should perform our duties in time.
c. We should follow the written and unwritten laws?
d. We should not go astray.
2. Answer the following questions. 2×5=10
a. What does ‘citizen’ mean?
b. What are the main duties of a good citizen?
c. Why does a citizen break down the rules of his country?
d. How can we get a peaceful and happy society?
e. What is the main theme of the passage?
3. Write summary of the passage in no more than 90 to 100 words.
4. Read the passage carefully and complete the table below with information from the passage. 1×5=05
Humayun Ahmed, a teacher, author, dramatist, playwright and filmmaker, was born in Mohongonj, Netrokona, Mymensingh on 13 November 1948. His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer was killed by Pakistani military during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 and his mother Syesha Faiz. He passed SSC examination from Bogra Zilla School in 1965 and stood second in the merit list in Rajshahi Education Board. He passed the HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1967. He received his honors and masters in Chemistry from Dhaka University with first division. He did his Ph. D. from North Dakota State University. He worked as a Professor of Chemistry in Dhaka University.
He reached his peak of fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke in 1972. He wrote over 200 fictions and non-fictions books all of which were best sellers in Bangladesh. His first television drama was “Prothom Prohor”. It was followed by many dramas and drama serials. He also directed many films based on his own stories. For his outstanding achievements he was honored with many award including Bangla Academy Award (1981) and Ekhushy Padak (1994). He died on 19 July 2012 at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He was buried in Nuhash Palli.
|Humayan Ahmed||was born||1948||i) ———|
|He||passed Honors||ii) ———-||Dhaka University|
|Nondito Noroke||iii) ———-||1972|
|He||Got Bangla Academy Award||iv) ———-|
|He||was buried||2012||v) ———–|
- From your reading of the above passage fill in the blanks with suitable words. Use one word only in each blank. 1×5=05
Humayun Ahmed, a teacher, author, dramatist, playwright and filmmaker, was born in Mohongonj, Netrokona, Mymensingh in (a) _____ century. His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, was not only a police officer but also a (b) _____ was killed by Pakistani military (c) ______ the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. In the SSC examination from Bogra Zilla School in 1965, he stood the second in the (d) _____ list in Rajshahi Education Board. After receiving his honors and masters in Chemistry from Dhaka University with first division, he (e) _____ his Ph. D. from North Dakota State University.
- Match the parts of the sentence given in column ‘A’ and column ‘B’ with five complete sentences. 1×5=05
|Column A||Column B|
|a. Malnutrition causes||i. to control the high birth rate.|
|b. Even high death rate fails||ii. inadequate medical facilities.|
|c. The people of Bangladesh enjoy||iii. disease and death.|
|d. All health and disease mars||iv. no harm to us.|
|e. Population of Bangladesh is increasing||v. the skill of the people.|
|vi. more medical facilities.|
|vii. at an alarming rate.|
- Put the following parts of the story in correct order to rewrite the whole story. 1×8=08
a. The merchant sold him to a rich man in another country.
b. To escape torture, one day he fled from his master’s house.
c. Once there lived a young man named Androcles.
d. Unfortunately he was caught by a slave merchant.
e. He took shelter in a cave.
f. He used to inflict heavy torture on him.
g. It was unable for him.
h. The man was very rude and cruel.
8. Paragraph (any one according to your own syllabus) 10
a. A Street Beggar b. The Importance of Learning English c. A Visit to a Place of Historical Interest
9. Story Writing (any one according to your own syllabus) 10
a. Failure is the Filler of Success (Robert Bruce) b. Devotion to Mother
10. Letter Writing (any one according to your own syllabus) 10
Write a letter to your younger brother/friend about ______
a. The Importance of Reading Newspaper
b. The Importance of Taking Physical Exercise c. A Picnic you Enjoyed
11. Dialogue Writing (any one according to your own syllabus) 10
A Dialogue between you and your friend about _______
Your Preparation for the Coming Examination b. How to Improve in English
The Necessity of Learning English
12. E-Mail Writing (any one according to your own syllabus) 10
Write an E-mail to your friend _____
a. Congratulating him/her on his/her brilliant success
b. To Join in your Birthday Party.