8th English Annual Examination (2018-19)
Time: 3 hours
- The question paper is divided into three sections.
Section A: Reading (20 marks)
Section B: Grammar & Writing Skills (30 marks)
Section C: Literature (30 marks)
- All questions are compulsory.
- You may attempt any section at a time.
- All questions of that section must be attempted in the correct order.
Section A (Reading) 
Read the following passage carefully: 
(1) It was evening in the picturesque seaside town of Rameshwaram, on the southern edge of Tamil Nadu. A cool breeze was gently blowing inn from the sea. Along with the sound of waves lapping against the shore could be heard the sweet sound of birds circling overhead.
(2) Among the children playing on the beach was a boy with wavy hair and dreamy eyes. This youngster was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam who later became the eleventh President of India. While spending time his friends, Abdul was attracted by the sound of the birds flying above. He carefully observed that a fledgling perched on a boat was trying to take off. It spread its wings, fluttered briefly and sprang up. The air seemed to give the needed thrust for its take off! The bird soared up into the sky. It steered its pace and course with great ease. How Abdul wished he could fly like those beauties in the air!
(3) This passion for flying, aroused by the beautiful birds, later inspired Abdul Kalam to design India’s first rocket which successfully sent a satellite Rohini, into orbit on 18th July 1980. It was called the SLV-3 (Satellite Launch Vehicle). At the time when Abdul was Growing up, no one had even dreamt of such a happening.
(4) Rameshwaram, where Abdul was born on 15th October 1931, was a small town with narrow streets lined with old houses made of limestone and brick. The town was famous for its Shiva Temple. Abdul stayed in the house with his father, mother, brothers and sister and led a secure and happy childhood. Abdul’s father, Jainulabdeen was a pious man. He led an austere life without depriving his family of the basic comforts. He had always inspired Abdul to lead a life that should be filled with humanity and love for others. In this closely knit family, dinner was always a special meal. During dinner, was always a special meal. During dinner, they exchanged views on a variety of topics ranging from family matters to spiritual subjects. The main income for Abdul’s family came from the pilgrims visiting Rameshwaram who made it a point to visit Dhanushkodi, twenty kilometers away from the sea. Dhanushkodi has quite a religious significance.
(5) Ferrying pilgrims fetched good money and the family lived comfortably. However, a devastating cyclone lashed the shores of Rameshwaram and their boat was destroyed. The family lost their only source of livelihood in one swift, a tragic stroke. The enterprising young Abdul wanted to help the family through the crisis. He realised that there was demand for tamarind seeds. He decided he would collect them and sell them to a shop near his house. His family wanted him to concentrate on his studies. He said he would study as well as help his family. Reluctantly, everyone agreed. Even while studying or enjoying the evenings with his friends on the beach, he set aside some time to collect tamarind seeds and sell them to a nearby shop. For this, he was paid a princely sum of one anna!
(6) Besides selling tamarind seeds, he cousin Samsuddin to sell the popular Tamil newspaper Dinamani to earn a little more money. At dawn, several bundles of the newspaper, printed in Madras (now Chennai), were thrown on to the platform of Rameshwaram railway station from passing trains. Trains did not stop at Rameshwaram statiion during those days of the Second World War as almost all of them were commandeered to transport troops. Abdul, after picking up the bundles marked for his area, rushed and handed them over to Samsuddin, Who gave Abdul a small amount for the service he had rendered. There was a great demand for Dinamani because people wanted to know about India’s freedom struggle and the latest developments in the war.
(7) This is how Abdul earned his first wages. However. It was the joy of being able to care for his family that Abdul cherished most. Even decades later, he recalls earning his own money for the first time, with immense pleasure and a sense of pride.
Question: 1. A. On the basis of four reading of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly: [8 mark]
- What was it that attracted Abdul the most in his childhood?
- What was the significance of July 1080?
- Abdul’s family had a strong influence on him. What was it about his family member that you think would have created this influence?
- How did Abdul help his family to overcome the tragic stroke that had his them?
Question: 1. B. Complete the following sentences as briefly as possible: 
- During dinner Abdul’s family exchanged views on a variety of topics like _______.
- Trains did not stop at Rameshwaram station during those days of the Second World War because ______.
- The main income for Abdul’s family came from ________.
- He recalls earning his own money for the first time with emotions like ______ and ______.
Read the following passage carefully: 
Atithi Devo Bhavo
(1) New Delhi: Atithi Devo Bhavah. To make visitors to the city feels welcome during the Commonwealth Games, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is set to train taxi and auto drivers, CISF personnel posted at monuments, dhaba owners, hotel staff etc. Participants will be taught English as well as courtesy and ways to communicate with tourists. At present, there is a shortage of trained guides in the city and with Commonwealth Games drawing to a close, the issue has to be addressed promptly.
(2) With hundreds of historical sites to visit and each monuments boasting its own unique history, foreign nationals are often left to fend for themselves and depend on tourist books and brochures for information. Language is another problem problem. Quite a contrast to facilities of offered in tourist sites in western countries, where trained guides-proficient in several languages are easily available to aid visitors apart from group-guided trips at regular intervals. Although the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) plants to introduce audio guide services in five languages at some world heritage sites our experts point that not a single monument or tourist place in the city has an interpretation centre where tourist can come end get all information pertaining to a particular site. ASI is also in the process of bringing out more more brochures and guides for foreign visitors in the city. Experts say such facilities are crucial if the government wants to promote Delhi as a ‘heritage city’. Various agencies like INTACH are also involved in the plants.
(3) Under ITDS’s plans, etiquette training for the Games will also be provided to residents who offer rooms to foreigners under Delhi government’s bed and breakfast scheme. “House-owners will be given hospitality related training and a brief of Indian tourism scenario. Most visitors generally question their hosts on information about the city so they will be provided information on the golden triangle Delhi, Agra and Jaipur as well as where tourists should go visiting in Delhi,” said an official.
Question: 2. A. On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly: 
- What is the India Tourism Development Corporation planning to do to make the visitors feel welcome?
- Which issue needs prompt attention and why?
- How has language become a major problem?
- What are ITDC’s plans for the residents?
- What is the ASI planning to promote Delhi as a ‘heritage city?
Question: 2. B. Find the word or group of words from the passage which mean the same as follows: 
- look after oneself (para 2)
- generosity (para 1)
Question: 2. C. The antonym of the word- ‘hostility’ in para 3 is ________. 
Section B (Grammar and Writing) 
Question: 3. You are Ruchi. Once you got a chance to visit a remote village of Rajasthan. You noticed that the girls in the village did not go to school. You were quite touched to see their condition in today’s time when a lot of stress is being laid on empowering women. Write an article in 150-200 words on – ‘The Need to Educate Girl Child.” 
Question: 4. Complete the story in 200 words using the following hints:
The night before my 13th birthday, everyone was fast asleep, while I was practicing for my performance the next day at The Al-Fresco. Suddenly, I heard someone knocking at the window. I went there to see and spotted a letter that read, “Beware! They are coming” ……………. 
Question: 5. The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each of the lines. Write the incorrect word and the correct word in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the passage. 
They just don’t want too leave their couch.
Question: 6. Report the following conversation in indirect speech: 
Rahul: Do you know that Ranjit met with an accident and is in hospital?
Sukrit: Oh! I don’t. Is badly hurt? Which hospital is he in?
Rahul: The doctors say that there is nothing to worry. He is admitted to The Beach Hospital.
Sukrit: We should visit him once if there is a sea nearby.
Rahul asked Sukti (a) ________ and was hospitalized. Sukrit expressed his ignorance and enquired (b) ________. He also asked (c) ________ . Rahul told him that according to the doctors (d) _______ and said that (e) _______ . Sukrit winked and said that (f) ________.
Question: 7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences: 
- time/ raise/ voice/ women/ it’s/ we/ our/ safety/ for
- are/ there/ women/ get harassed/ day/ every/ thousands/ who/ of
- true/ beings/ we/ failed/ to/ human/ have/ be
- time/ to/ bring/ change/ a/ make/ world/ better/ a/ to/ live in/ it’s/ and/ this/ place
Question: 8. Complete the following conditional sentences. 
- She would go to Europe if ___________
- If she had gone to the museum, ____________
Section C (Literature) 
Question: 9. Read the extract given below and answer he questions that follow: 
“The words are muffled now, the laughing
Faces only a blur. The years have
Sped along, stopping briefly
At beloved halts and moving
Sadly on. My mind has found
An adult peace. No need to remember
That picnic day when I lay hidden
By a hedge, watching the steel-white sun
Standing lonely in the sky”.
- What has happened to the faces and the words?
- Why does the speaker not want to remember the picnic day?
- What is the significance of the phrase ‘adult peace’?
- Draw a contrast between the speaker’s situation then and now.
Question: 10. Answer the following questions briefly: 
- Mowgli had found a mother, a brother and a teacher in the jungle. Elaborate
- ‘Knowledge is more significant than formal education.’ Justify the statement in context of the lesson-A Day in the Country.
- What logic of geography is being spoken about in the poem-A Geography Lesson?
- When Rakesh’s father had started to despise his own family, he started to look for support and love outside and was able to find it in his neighbor. Throw light on the statement in context of the lesson – A Devoted Son.
Question: 11. Answer the following question in 150 words. 
Ambition is a pre-requisite for attaining one’s goals, but over ambition can lead to one’s doom’. Throw light upon this statement in context of the play ‘Macbeth’.
Long Reading Text
Question: 12. On the basis of your reading of the Supplementary Reader- ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, answer the following questions in 150 words:
- How are the fraud Wilk brothers exposed? What course of action is suggested by the family lawyer to reveal the truth? 
- The Duke and the Dauphin carry out a number of increasing disturbing swindles throughout the novel. Bring out the characteristic of the Duke and the Dauphin, the two con-men in the novel.