Model Test on Feroza’s childhood

                                           Model Test: English for S.S.C. Exam

Time: 3 hours.                                                                                                                                              Full Marks: 100

Feroza’s childhood was full of sufferings and sorrows. She never had a moment of happiness in her life. All she remembered from her childhood was the extreme want of food, want of shelter and want of clothing. In 1972 at the age of 12, she was married to a 24 years old unemployed man. Feroza entered into her husband’s house with the dreams and hope of a young girl but all she saw was more want. It was Feroza who worked for a handful of grains to feed herself, her mother-in-law and her husband. When her first son was born she was 19. The birth of a child meant another mouth for feed. Feroza’s toiling days became harder with the birth of her second son in 1982. Her husband was still unwilling to work and therefore she had to work even harder to feed all the five mouths. From morning till dark she worked. When she was 24, her third son was born. Each day became more difficult for Feroza. No matter how hard she worked she could never earn enough to feed everyone. Eight years went by and Feroza was still struggling for herself and her family. Then she came to learn about the Grameen bank. She became a member of the Bank, took a loan and started her own `rice husking’ business. Gradually she managed to improve her conditions and managed to repay the loan she had borrowed from the Grameen Bank. In 1995 Feroza took an even larger loan and started a stationery shop alongside her husking business. She went to the adult literacy centre and learned to read and write. By 2000 Feroza’s worst days were over. She had solvency, security and happiness. 


1. Choose the best answer.                                                                 05

(a) How was the economic condition of Feroza’s in-law’s house? (i) affluent (ii) solvent (iii) well-off (iv) miserable

(b) Toiling’ means — . (i) labouring (ii) ploughing  (iii) manuring (iv) none of the above

(c) Foroza’s third son was born — .  (i) in 1984 (ii) in 1992 (iii) in 1982 (iv) in 1995

(d) Feroza got solvency and happiness because — . (i) she learned how to work (ii) she got a good harvest of paddy (iii) she learned to read and write (iv) she got a loan from the Grameen Bank 

(e) Feroza learnt reading and writing from — . (i) The Grameen Bank (ii) the local people  (iii) her parents (iv) the adult literacy center 

2. Write whether the following statements are true or false. If false, give the correct answer.                                                                        05

(a) Feroza took loan from Grameen Bank twice. 

(b) By nurturing paddy Feroza improved her condition. 

(c) She started a stationery shop beside her house. 

(d) She overcame all her miseries through hard-work. 

(e) Feroza was fighting for improving her condition for 8 years in vain. 

3. Fill in each gap in the following passage with a suitable word from the list.                                                                                                    05

memories employment extreme days  past overcame
dream reality determination off reshaped however


Feroza’s a) — days were full of sufferings. She had bitter b) — of childhood. Her father married her c) — at an early age. Her husband had no d) — . Feroza’s e) — was shattered by the stern f) —. She became a victim of g) — poverty. h) —, she did not get upset. Through i) — and labour she j) — her own life. 

4. Read the passage in A again. Now write a paragraph based on the information about Feroza’s struggle. Use the clues in the box below. Write the information in the correct sequence as it appears in the text.

Husband’s house, husband’s role, childhood, Grameen Bank, motherhood, golden days, education, marriage. 

5. Read the passage in A again. Now answer the following questions in your own words.                                                                                          05

(a) How did Feroza change her life? 

(b) Why did Feroza work hard?  

(c) What kind of business did Feroza start? 

(d) How was Feroza benefited by Grameen Bank?

(d) When did Feroza establish herself as a solvent person?

6. Fill in each gap with a suitable word of your own, based on the information from the text.                                                                  05

Feroza was (a) — for her family (b) — years. Her husband was not (c) — her. She became the sole (d) — in her family. In spite of working (e) — she could not see the face of happiness. At last, she was informed (f) — Grameen Bank. She (g) — loan from Grameen Bank. With that money she (h) — rice husking business. Slowly, she began improving her (i) —. And she could be able to repay the (j) — that she took from Grameen Bank. 

7. Read the passage in A again. Imagine that you are Feroza. You got married at your early age and you suffered very much. Now write in about 70-80 words about your struggle after marriage.                         05

8. Read the passage in A again. Now write the main ideas of the passage in your own words in not more than five sentences.                                                                                                                                                                   05

9. Close Test with clues:                                                                     10

Source manpower explore provide concern employment dense
recreation independence necessary across different dense Solution


Bangladesh is a (a) — populated country, but a large number of her people are (b) —. It is not possible for her to ensure 
(c) — to the teeming millions. Self-employment is a possible (d) — to this problem. It means that people themselves should (e) — avenues for self-employment. Facilities for training in (f) — trades and vocations are available (g) — the country. The youths, in particular, can train themselves in any of these trades and turn into a useful (h) —. The Govt. also (i) — easy loans and counseling with a view to helping them start an (j) — earning activity.

10. Close Test without Clues:                                                                                                                                                10

Language (a) — an important medium of expression of thoughts, feelings, ideas etc. We use it from the (b) — we wake up in the morning (c) — we go to bed at night. We use language not only during our (d) — hours but also in our dreams. We use language to (e) — what we feel and to say (f) — we like or dislike. We also use it to (g) — information. In short, language is an (h) — part of what we do, (i) — and believe. We must avoid (j) — bad language.

11. Match the phrases in the substitution table to make sensible sentences.  Write out the sentences in full.                                          10


The literate persons


The majority of our people



Every educated person






no access to them.
to choose between right and wrong.
still illiterate.
a role to play in the campaign for removal of illiteracy.
like light.
much talk about removal of illiteracy.
backward without education.
the saying and thoughts of great men.
still dominant in our country.
a curse.


12. Rearrange:                                                                                         10

a) Shakespeare composed both tragedies and comedies. b) By 1598 he was ranked the greatest dramatist. c) Shakespeare was one of the greatest poets and dramatists of the world. d) He possessed property both in Stratford and in London. e) He was interested in the theater and very soon became an actor. f) He retired sometime before 1613 and died in 1616. g) He was born on 23rd April, 1564 at Stratford on Avon. h) By 1592 he established himself as a leading dramatist of the age. i) Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and the Tempest are some of his great plays. j) He was associated with the theatre companies for which he wrote plays.

13. Write a paragraph in about 100-120 words by answering the following questions.                                                                             10

(a) Who is a street Hawker?   (b)What sort of man is a street Hawker? (c)What do you know about his dress? (d)How is his appearance? (e)How does he attract the attention of the customers? (f)What does he do usually? (g) What does he usually sell? (h)How is his way of living?

14. Imagine, you are Suvo, live at 12 Mugda, Dhaka. One of your friends is very weak in English. Now, write a letter to your friend Altaf who lives at Lakshmipur, telling him about how to improve English. Use the following clues.                                                                                                                                                                     10

Stock of Vocabulary, Grammatical rules, and Attending English classes regularly, special English classes regularly, How to practice speaking English.




                       Answer Sheet:  

01. (a) miserable

(b) laboring

(c) in 1984

(d) the adult literacy center;

(e) she got a loan from the Grameen bank


02. (a) True

(b) True.

(c) False. Correct Answer: Feroza became solvent after fighting for improving her condition for 8 years. 

(d) False. Correct Answer: She started a stationery shop alongside her husking business. 

(e) False. Correct Answer: By the business of husking paddy, Feroza improved her condition. 

3. (a) past (b) memories (c) off (d) employment (e) dream (f) reality (g) extreme (h) However (i) determination (j) reshaped. 

4. Feroza’s early days were full of distresses and sufferings. She never saw the face of delight. She expected to be happy in her husband’s house. But she found more poverty there so she had to work hard to manage her family. At the age of 24 she became a mother of three sons. So, her struggle was going on but of no avail. But when she was informed of Grameen Bank, she took loan from that bank and began her own rice-husking business. Then, she started a stationery shop besides her husking business. She also became literate. At last Feroza’s happy days really came.


5. Open ended 

(a) By taking loan from Grameen Bank she started her business and changed her life through strong determination and hard work. 

(b) Feroza worked hard for a handful of grains to feed herself and her family members. 

(c) Feroza started a business of rice-husking.

(d) Feroza took loan from Grameen Bank and started rice-husking business and gradually she managed to improve her condition. 
(e) After 2000, Feroza established herself as a solvent person and became literate. 

6. (a) struggling. (b) for, (c) helping, (d) earner, (e) hard, (f) about, (g) took, (h) started, (i) condition, (j) loan. 

7. I am Feroza. At the age of 12 I was married with an unemployed man. After marriage I wanted to be happy, but my dream could not be fulfilled. When I was 24, I became a mother of three sons. Still then, my husband was jobless. So, I had to work hard to lead my family. At last in 1992 I was informed about Grameen Bank and I took loan from the bank and started rice-husking business. Gradually I repaid the loan and the bank gave me a larger loan in 1995. Then I opened a stationery shop besides my husking business. As days went on, my sorrowful days were over. I became self-reliant and happy. 

8. Feroza suffered a lot in her early age. Even after her marriage, she could not see the light of happiness. Then she took loans from Grameen bank to eradicate poverty from her family. She invested the money in two businesses with success. And soon her golden days began shining.

9. (a) densely (b) unemployed (c) employment (d) solution (e) explore (f) different (g) across (h) manpower (i) provides (j) independent 

10. (a) is (b) moment (c) till (d) waking (e) express (f) what (g) obtain (h) integral (i) perceive (j) using 



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
c g d e j a i h b f

Shakespeare was one of the greatest poets and dramatists of the world. He was born on 23rd April, 1564 at Stratford on Avon. He possessed property both in Stratford and in London. He was interested in the theater and very soon became an actor. He was associated with the theatre companies for which he wrote plays. Shakespeare composed both tragedies and comedies. Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and the Tempest are some of his great plays. By 1592 he established himself as a leading dramatist of the age. By 1598 he was ranked the greatest dramatist. He retired sometime before 1613 and died in 1616.


                              A Street Hawker

A man who sells various things by moving from street to street is a street hawker. He is a self-employed person. He is the familiar figure in the cities and towns. He raises a strange outcry to draw the attention of his customers .He wears a peculiar dress of different colours. He tries to attract the attention of the customers by using different tricks. He carries his goods either in bundles or in a basket. Sometimes he walks about with his goods on a wheeled platform. His customers are usually children and women. As they credulous they agree to pay whatever price he demands. So He does not like elderly men. He usually sells toys. Cosmetics, ready-made garments, daily necessaries, utensils and balloons of various colors and shapes. Children gather round him and woman hail him. He is a clever man. He goes out his moving shop when the elderly people are out on duty or business. He demands higher price for his things but he sells his things at a cheaper rate. However he is an expected person for some people. Although he works hard, his life is miserable. All most all the time he leads a subhuman life.

14. Do yourself.











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