Part A: Seen Comprehension (40 Marks)
Read the passage below and answer questions 1–8 :
Dear Mita Apa,
I’m a first year college student and my annual exams are close at hand. I need to study a lot. However, conditions in my house are not at all favourable. My elder sister got married last month and since then her share of the household chores has fallen on my shoulders. On top of that, my aunt (my father’s sister) has just had a new baby boy. He screams all the time and keeps everyone up late into the night. He keeps Auntie so busy that she cannot help with any of the housework. So mother now relies a lot on me and so do my grandparents. It seems that I am at everybody’s beck and call.
The house hasn’t yet shed its festive look, which started with my sister’s marriage. Since Auntie’s baby was born, we have had streams of guests visiting the house. I’m really worried about my coming exams. There’s so much noise and confusion in the house that I can hardly concentrate on my studies. You can’t imagine how difficult it is to study in a large family. I even have to share my room with my younger brothers and sisters and, at times, with my cousins. I wish I were in a small family. Tell me, what should I do? Nazneen Aminpur, Sirajganj
1.Choose the right word to complete each sentence.1 x 5 = 5
(a) Nazneen is not (unhappy/satisfied/annoyed) with the family she lives in. (b) Nazneen can (sufficiently/adequately/hardly) concentrate on her study. (c) The new born baby keeps (screams/screaming/screamed) all the while. (d) The house of Nazneen has not yet shed its (gloomy/jovial/dismal) mood. (e) Nazneen wishes she (lives/lived/was) in a small nuclear family.
2. True / False? If false, give the correct
information. 1x 5 = 5
(a) The family condition of Nazneen is conducive to her study. (b) Nazneen’s elder sister used to do household work. (c) Nazneen scarcely shares her room with her younger brothers and sisters. (d) Nazneen’s aunt has given birth to a male child. (e) Nazneen’s grandparents have breathed their last.
3. Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the words in brackets. Add preposition if necessary. 5
(a) Nazneen cannot give (concentrate)————- her study.
(b) Nazneen (need)————- study a lot.
(c) Nazneen (have)————- share her room with her younger brothers and sisters.
(d) The conditions of her house are not (suit)———— her.
(e) Each of the members in Nazneen’s family (go)———— bed late at night.
OR, Select an appropriate word from the list and insert each blank. There are more words than necessary.
increased, marriage, shouldered, added, favour, suitable, near,
Nazneen’s examination is very (a)————-, so she needs to study a lot. The atmosphere of her family does not (b)————- her study. Because of the (c)————- her elder sister, she has (d)————- most of the household chores. Besides, the new baby boy of her aunt has (e)————- new problems to their family.
4. Make a list of five points focusing on the demerits of being a member of a large family. 1 x 5 = 5
OR From your study of the passage choose the suitable phrases from Column B to match the parts of sentences in Column A.
Column A Column B
(i) took place last month.
(a) Nazneen being a college student (ii) to live in a nuclear family.
(b) To study in a large family often (iii) everybody’s request.
(c) The marriage of Nazneen’s elder sister (iv) need a congenial environment.
(d) Now Nazneen is to comply with (v) seems to be tough.
(e) Actually, Nazneen wishes (vi) needs proper study.
(vii) are very difficult.
5. Write short answers to the following questions. 1 x 5 = 5
(a) Why does Nazneen need to study a lot? (b) Why do streams of guests keep visiting the house? (c) Why does Nazneen have to do a lot of household chores? (d) Why is there still a festive look in Nazneen’s house? (e) With whom does she have to share her room? 6. Fill in the gaps with a suitable
word for each space. 1 x 5 = 5
Nazneen’s aunt remains (a)————— with the new baby boy, so she can’t render any household service. As a result, her mother (b)————- much on her. Nazneen cannot (c)————- on her study as their house is (d)———— of guests. At times, she (e)———— her room with others.
Part A: Seen Comprehension (40 Marks)
1. Multiple choice:
(a) satisfied; (b) hardly; (c) screaming; (d) jovial; (e) lived.
(a) False. The family condition of Nazneen is not conducive to her study. (b) True. (c) False. Nazneen often shares her room with her younger brothers and sisters. (d) True. (e) False. Nazneen’s grandparents are alive.
3. Filling in gaps with clues:
(a) concentration on; (b) needs to; (c) has to; (d) suitable for; (e) goes to.
OR (a) near; (b) favour; (c) marriage; (d) shouldered; (e) added.
4. Information transfer:
A list of five points focusing on the demerits of being a member of a large family is presented below:-
(a) A lot of household chores to do
(b) Streams of guests to pay visits
(c) Excessive noise and confusion
(d) Lack of congenial environment
(e) Share of own room with others
[Demerits of a large family]
(a+vi) Nazneen being a college student needs proper study.
(b+v) To study in a large family often seems to be tough.
(c+i) The marriage of Nazneen’s elder sister took place last month.
(d+iii) Now Nazneen is to comply with everybody’s request.
(e+ii) Actually, Nazneen wishes to live in a nuclear family.
(a) Nazneen needs to study a lot because her annual exams are knocking at the door. (b) Streams of guests keep visiting the house to see the new baby boy of Nazneen’s aunt.
(c) Nazneen has to do a lot of household chores because after the marriage of her elder sister and the birth of her aunt’s baby, there is no one else to do those works.
(d) There is still a festive look in Nazneen’s house because of the recent marriage of her elder sister.
(e) She has to share her room with her younger brothers and sisters and at times with her cousins.
6. Filling in gaps without clues:
(a) busy; (b) depends / relies; (c) concentrate; (d) full; (e) shares.
Nazneen faces difficulty in taking preparation for the coming exams. She cannot concentrate on her study because of the scream of her aunt’s baby. Nazneen has to do a lot of household chores. She is always at everybody’s beck and call. Besides, she has to share her room with her younger brothers and sisters and at times with her cousins.
8. Rewriting in a different form:
The flowchart showing the problems Nazneen faces in her family is presented below:-
Doing household chores
beck and call
Having many guests to
Getting excessive noise and confusion
Having no environment for study
Sharing own room with others