Part-A : Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (×) in those blanks.
A library is (a) — part and parcel of (b) — educational institution. It is (c) — place where we can find (d) — books on almost all subjects. A library enables many (e) — person to read books. It creates (f) — passion for learning. Students should pay (g) — visit to a library regularly. There should be libraries in every educational institution. But it is (h) — matter of regret that all educational institution don’t have libraries. Setting up libraries is (i) — must to build up (j) — educated nation.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions. 0.5×10=5
A proverb says that time and tide wait (a) — none. Since the dawn (b) — civilization, time is moving. It goes (c) — and on. It does not take any rest. Lost health may be regained (d) — medicine and proper caring and nursing, lost wealth by dint (e) — hard labour but lost time cannot be recovered (f) — any means. Success (g) — life depends (h) — the best use of time. If we make a proper division (i) — our time and do our duties accordingly, we are sure that we would be able to march (j) — life and reach the cherished goal of our life.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases or words given in the box. 0.5×10=5
(a) Village people hardly find qualified doctors at the time of their need. So, most of them — depend on the quacks.
(b) He cannot deal with his own problems — yours. You need not share your problems with him.
(c) — the earth — ? It’s not completely round.
(d — eating sea fish? I think you will enjoy a lot.
(e) I am surprised to hear his speeches. He speaks — he knew the ins and outs of the incident.
(f) I went there to meet him. — I saw him, I rushed to talk to him.
(g) It is raining in torrents. — playing football in the rain?
(h) Rima is an IT expert. You — consult her for the problems of your windows.
(i) Last night, I woke up suddenly. — came a knock at the door.
(j) A : They won’t be enjoying a holiday this year.
B: — We.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases. .5×10=5
(a) 16th December is observed as Victory Day every year in Bangladesh. It is really a red-letter day in our national history, because on this day — .
(b) My childhood was full of joys and happiness. Would that — .
(c) When I got down from the train. I saw my friend Ripon. It was long since — .
(d) Five years have passed since —. I still miss him very much.
(e) I did not know anything of the matter — , I would have told him about it.
(f) The poem was too difficult — . The teacher told us to listen to him very carefully.
(g) Some students adopt unfair means in the examination. It is high time — .
(h) If I had a camera, — . I like photography very much.
(i) Don’t worry. I will join you after I — . Then we will play together.
(j) You take so much food at dinner. You will suffer unless — .
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 0.5×10=5
Patriotism is a very noble virtue. It (a) — (inspire) a man to do everything just and fair for the well-being and betterment of the country. It (b) — (be) the quality that impels a man to sacrifice his own interest, comfort, pleasure and even his life for the sake of his country. Patriotic zeal (c) — (make) a man dutiful, energetic and enthusiastic. He (d) — (obey) the laws, pays taxes and (e) — (think) for the country. Patriotism (f) — (teach) a man fellow-feeling, fraternity and love and sympathy for the countrymen. A patriot is also (g) — (praise) and (h) — (honour) by his countrymen. An unpatriotic man, on the other hand, is an ignoble person. He is self-centred. He (i) — (engage) all his time in achieving his mean end. He (j) — (cause) harm to the country by his unyielding an reckless activities.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed. 1×5=5
Trees are essential for our existence. (a) They are our best friends. (Make it negative) (b) They help us in many ways. (Make it passive) They are a great source of food, vitamins and fruits. (c) June and July are the best period for tree plantation. (Make it positive) (d) There are many places where we can plant trees. (Make it simple) (e) Without trees our existence will be at stake. (Make it Compound)
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches. 5
‘Jim, darling’, she cried. ‘Don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It’ll grow out again you won’t mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows awfully fast. Say ‘Marry Christmas!’ Jim, and let’s be happy. You don’t know what a nice – what a beautiful gift I’ve got for you.”
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following text. Where necessary rewrite the sentences so that all pronoun references are clear. 5
Once a golden necklace was lost from a rich man’s house. A few servants worked in that house. Naturally it was suspected that anyone of the servants had stolen the necklace. But nobody confessed the guilt. So, he lodged a complaint before the judge. All of the servants were summoned to the court. He denied the charge. Then they hit upon a plan. He gave each of them a stick of same length and told them to submit it to the following day. He told him that the person who had stolen the necklace, his stick would increase an inch. When they returned home, they kept his sticks as they were.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers in the blank spaces as directed. 0.5×10=5
Traffic jam is a (a) — (pre-modify the noun) problem in Dhaka. It becomes serious in (b) — (pre-modify the noun with a noun adjective) hours. Sometimes it becomes (c) — (pre-modify the adjective with as an intensifier) serious. It becomes very difficult for people (d) — (post-modify the noun with an infinitive). They cannot reach their destination (e) — (post-modify the verb). Our population has risen very (f) — (post-modify the verb). The number of vehicles has also gone up. But our roads are not broad (g) — (post-modify the adjective) to accommodate so many vehicles. Slow (h) — (pre-modify the noun with a participle) vehicles have added complications to this problem. Moreover, our drivers are not willing (i) — (post-modify the adjective with an infinitive phrase). Sometimes they drive (j) — (post-modify the verb) and meet accidents.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following text. 0.5×10=5
Terrorism is a worldwide problem (a) — it is not yet established as any ‘ism’ to the international community. It is said (b) — terrorism originated from the third world (c) — Middle East. (d) — we look back, it is seen that terrorism came to light at the end of nineteenth century. In 1880, the order of Russian empire was impended by the Nihilists. Their activities spread all over the world. In their course of time, their movement turned into terrorism (e) — it was supported by the people (f) — they fought against the oppression of their rulers. According to a source, from 1986 in 117 countries extremists began their destructive activities. (g) — in many countries of Latin America, East Europe and alias, terrorists are active. For a petty long time the West tried to achieve controlling power over the countries of the Middle East (h) — are rich in oil and they became successful. (i) — some patriotic men could not bear this. They began fighting against the West. (j) — terrorism spread in the Middle East.
11. Read the following passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below. 0.5×10=5
Climate change is one of the greatest problems of the present world. It refers to changes in climate. In fact, climate on earth is constantly changing. Because of climate change, the weather pattern in any specific region on earth or across the whole earth is changing. Various factors are responsible for a climate change. These are man-made and natural. The natural causes are variations in solar radiation, orbital variations, ocean variability, volcanizing etc. Human activities are also greatly responsible for a climate change. For habitation and agricultural purpose we are cutting down trees and destroying forests. This affects climate adversely.
(a) change (antonym) (b) constantly (antonym) (c) pattern (synonym) (d) region (synonym) (e) factors (synonym) (f) natural (antonym) (g) variability (antonym) (h) habitation (synonym) (i) destroy (antonym) (j) adversely (antonym)
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors. 0.5×10=5
Myself : May I come in sir
Principal : Yes come in.
Myself : Good morning sir.
Principal : Good morning. What do you want?
Myself : Sir I want a transfer certificate.
Principal : A transfer certificate Why do you
need it? It is the middle of the session.
Myself : My father has been transferred from
Dhaka to Comilla.
Principal : Oh I see cant you stay here for the
rest for the session?
Myself : Sorry sir I cant. My father wants me
to stay with my family.
Principal : Dont you have any relative here?
Myself : No I havent.
Principal : Where is the application?
Myself : Here it is sir
Part-B : Composition (40 Marks)
13. Write an application to the principal for increasing library facilities in your college. 8
14. Suppose, you are a reporter of a daily newspaper. You have witnessed an unexpected devastating fire which gutted a garment factory. Now write a report on it. 8
15. Write a paragraph in about 150 words on ‘Internet’. 10
16. Write a composition on ‘Students and Social Service.’ Write at least 200 words but do not exceed 250 words. 14
Part-A : Grammar (60 Marks)
1. (a) ×; (b) an; (c) a; (d) ×; (e) a; (f) a; (g) a; (h) a; (i) a; (j) an.
2. (a) for; (b) of; (c) on; (d) by; (e) of; (f) by; (g) of/in; (h) on; (i) of; (j) in.
3. (a) have to; (b) let alone; (c) what does … look like; (d) Would you mind; (e) as if; (f) As soon as; (g) what’s it like; (h) had better; (i) There; (j) Neither will;
4. (a) 16th December is observed as Victory Day every year in Bangladesh. It is really a red-letter day in our national history, because on this day the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered to our freedom fighters.
(b) My childhood was full of joys and happiness. Would that I could be a child again.
I When I got down from the train. I saw my friend, Ripon. It was long since we had met.
(d) Five years have passed since he died. I still miss him very much.
(e) I did not know anything of the matter. If I had known the matter, I would have told him about it.
(f) The poem was too difficult for us to understand. The teacher told us to listen to him very carefully.
(g) Some students adopt unfair means in the examination. It is high time we became totally free from this malpractise.
(h) If I had a camera, I would snap many photos. I like photography very much.
(i) Don’t worry. I will join you after I have completed my work. Then we will play together.
(j) You take so much food at dinner. You will suffer unless you control this overeating habit.
5. (a) inspires; (b) is; (c) makes; (d) obeys; (e) thinks; (f) teaches; (g) praised; (h) honoured; (i) engages; (j) causes.
6. (a) No other friend of ours is as good as they.
Or, Aren’t they our best friends?
(b) We are helped in many ways by them.
(d) There are many places for us to plant trees.
(e) We ought to/ must have trees or our existence will be at stake.
Or, There must be trees or our existence will be at stake.
7. Addressing Jim as darling, she cried out and requested him not to look at her that way. She said that she had had her hair cut off and had sold it because she couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving him a present. She assured him that it would grow out again…he wouldn’t mind it. Again she asked him whether he should mind it or not. She added that she just had to do it. Then she again assured him that her hair grew awfully fast. She told Jim to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ and suggested that they should be happy. She added that he didn’t know what a nice…what a beautiful gift she had got for him.
8. Once a golden necklace was lost from a rich man’s house. A few servants worked in that house. Naturally, it was suspected that anyone of the servants had stolen the necklace. But nobody confessed the guilt. So, the rich man lodged a complaint before the judge. All of the servants were summoned to the court. They denied the charge. Then the judge hit upon a plan. He gave each of them a stick of same length and told them to submit them to the following day. He told them that the person who had stolen the necklace, his stick would increase an inch. When they returned home, they kept their sticks as they were.
9. (a) common; (b) office/peak/rush; (c) very; (d) to tolerate the sufferings of traffic jam; (e) in time; (f) rapidly/fast; (g) enough; (h) moving/going/running; (i) to obey the traffic rules; (j) recklessly/randomly/ unconsciously
10. (a) though; (b) that; (c) especially; (d) If; (e) and; (f) since/because/as; (g) Now/At present; (h) that/which; (i) But; (j) Thus/ As a result
11. (a) constancy/changelessness/ invariability; (b) inconstantly/never; (c) design/type; (d) area; (e) causes/reasons; (f) artificial; (g) Invariability; (h) accommodation/ shelter; (i) create; (j) favourably/ conducively.
Myself : May I come in, sir?
Principal : Yes, come in.
Myself : Good morning, sir.
Principal : Good morning. What do you want?
Myself : Sir, I want a transfer certificate.
Principal : A transfer certificate! Why do you need it? It is the middle of the session.
Myself : My father has been transferred
from Dhaka to Comilla.
Principal : Oh! I see. Can’t you stay here for the rest for the session?
Myself : Sorry, sir. I can’t. My father wants me to stay with my family.
Principal : Don’t you have any relative here?
Myself : No, I haven’t.
Principal : Where is the application?
Myself : Here it is, sir.
Part-B : Composition (40 Marks)
13. Do Yourself
Massive Fire Accident in HA-Mim Garment
Khairul ALam, Savar; 04 December 2018 :
A devastating fire yesterday gutted Ha-Mim Garment at Shulia, Savar leaving a total of 31 people dead. The cause of the fire in the factory is still unknown. Smoke engulfed the entire building as a result of which the people inside the building could not come out in spite of their best efforts. The Fire Brigade and Civil Defence rushed to the spot immediately to extinguish fire. The Bangladesh Army and the Bangladesh Air Force also sent their personnel and helicopters to rescue the affected people. Even the people from all walks of life joined the rescue operation spontaneously. After working hard for nearly 8 hours, the Fire Brigade and Civil Defence in collaboration with the other agencies succeeded in extinguishing fire. The fire took 31 lives and many others got severely wounded. The wounded persons were admitted to different hospitals and clinics of the city. The govt. has formed a 3 member inquiry committee to ascertain the cause of the fire.
15. Do Yourself
16. Do Yourself