Compulsory English | Solved Exam Paper | SEE Preparation Examination - 2075 | Gandaki Province

Solved Exam Paper of SEE Preparation Examination of 2075-2019 PABSON Examination Committee, Gandaki Province.

SEE Preparation Examination - 2075/2019
PABSON Examination Commitee, Gandaki Province
Compulsory English
(Reading and Writing Test)
Time: 2:15 hrs
Full Marks: 75
Candidates are required to write creative answers when applicable. 
The figures in the margin indicate full marks.
1. Read the following poem and do the activities that follow. [5]
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I couldn't travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other one, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost
A. Select the correct alternatives to complete the sentences. [3x1=3]

a. The speaker was travelling through ________.
i. the undergrowth
ii. a yellow wood
iii. a grassy path

b. The speaker stood long on the way as he was ________.
i. in a dilemma
ii. tired
iii. enjoying the beauty of the place

c. The speaker chose the road that _______.
i. had no grass
ii. was travelled less
iii. bent in the undergrowth
Answer:
a. ii. a yellow wood
b. i. in a dilemma
c. ii. was travelled less

B. Answer the following questions. [2x1=2]

a. How were the roads different?
b. What was the speaker not sure about?
Answer:
a. One of the roads was travelled by many while the other was less travelled.
b. He was not sure whether he should come back and choose the other road.
2. Read the passage and answer the questions given below. [10]
I suppose every family has a black sheep. Tom had been a sore trial to him for twenty years. He had begun life decently enough: he went into business, married, and had two children. The Ramsays were perfectly respectable people and there was every reason to suppose that Tom Ramsay would have a useful and honourable career. But one day, without warning, he announced that he didn't like work and that he wasn't suited for marriage. He wanted to enjoy himself. He would listen to no expostulations. He left his wife and his office. He had a little money and he spent two happy years in the various capitals of Europe. Rumours of his doing reached his relations from time to time and they were profoundly shocked. He certainly had a very good time. They shook their heads and asked what would happen when his money was spent. They soon found out: he borrowed. He was charming and unscrupulous. I have never met anyone to whom it was more difficult to refuse a loan. He made a steady income from his friends and he made friends easily. But he always said that the money you spent on necessities was boring; the money that was amusing to spend was the money you spent on luxuries. For this he depended on his brother George. He did not waste his charm on him. George was a serious man and insensible to such enticements. George was respectable. Once or Twice he fell to Tom's promises of amendment and gave him considerable sums in order that he might make a fresh start. On these Tom bought a motor-car and some very nice jewellery. But circumstances forced George to realize that his brother would never settle down and he washed his hands of him, Tom, without a qualm, began to blackmail him. It was not very nice for a respectable lawyer to find his brother shaking cocktails behind the bar of his favourite restaurant or to see him waiting on the box-seat of a taxi outside his club. Tom said that to serve in a bar or to drive a taxi was a perfectly decent occupation, but if George could oblige him with a couple of hundred pounds he didn't mind for the honour of the family giving it up. George paid.

Once, Tom nearly went to prison. George was terribly upset. He went into the whole discreditable affairs. Really Tom had gone too far. He had been wild, thoughtless, and selfish, but he had never before done anything dishonest, by which George meant illegal; and if he were prosecuted he would assuredly be convicted. But you cannot allow your only brother to go to gaol. The man Tom has cheated, a man called Cronshaw, was vindictive. He was determined to take the matter into court; he said Tom was a scoundrel and should be punished. It cost George an infinite deal of trouble and five hundred pounds to settle the affair. I have never seen him in such a rage as when he heard that Tom and Cronshaw had gone off together to Monte Carlo the moment they cashed the cheque. They spent a happy month there.  
A. Read the story and re-write these sentences in the correct order. [5x1=5]

i. George gave Tom a large amount of money so that the latter could make a fresh start.
ii. Tom and Cronshaw made a plan together to cheat George.
iii. Tom began to work in a bar.
iv. Tom left his wife and family.
v. Tom bought a motor-car.
Answer:
a. Tom left his wife and family.
b. George gave Tom a large amount of money so that the latter could make a fresh start.
c. Tom bought a motor-car.
d. Tom began to work in a bar.
e. Tom and Cronshaw made a plan together to cheat George.
B. Answer these questions. [5x1=5]

i. How can you say Tom had a decent beginning?
ii. Why did Tom leave his wife?
iii. What would Tom do if he needed money?
iv. What did George do as a profession?
v. Why was George very upset?
Answer:
i. We can say that Tom had a decent beginning because he went into business, had a wife and two children.
ii. Tom left his wife because he said he was not suited for marriage.
iii. Tom would make friends and borrowed from them if he needed money.
iv. George was a lawyer.
v. George was very upset because he learnt that Tom nearly went to prison.
3. Read the following news story and do the tasks as instructed. [10]
Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia - A tsunami believed to be triggered by a volcanic eruption killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend, sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and a group of people attending a beach concert.

More than 800 people were reported injured and 28 missing after the tsunami hit around the Saunda Strait at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, the Disaster Management Agency said. The toll could continue to rise because some areas had not yet been reached.

"I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (or 50-65 feet) inland," Norwegain Oystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook. The self-described photographer and volcano enthusiast said he was taking pictures of the volcano when he suddenly saw a big wave come toward him. "Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it, " he wrote.

Scientists, including those from Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency, said Sunday that the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides or those occurring above sea level on the Anak Krakatau volcano's steep outside slope following the eruption. The volcano's name translates to "Child of Krakatoa", a volcanic island formed over years after one of the largest eruptions in recorded history occured at the Krakatoavolcano more than a century ago. The scientists also cried tidal waves caused by the full moon.

Deamatic video posted on social media showed an Indonesian pop band named "Seventeen" performing under a tent on a popular beach at a concert for employees of a state-owned electricity company. Dozens of people sat listening at tables covered in white cloths while others bobbed to the music near the stage as bright strobe lights flashed and theatrical smoke was released.

Roads and infrastructures are poor in many areas of disaster-prone Indonesia, making access difficult in the best of conditions. 
A. Answer the following questions. [5x1=5]

a. What damage did the tsunami cause apart from human casualty?
b. Why is it feared that more people could have died in the incident?
c. What was Oystein Lund Andersen doing when the tsunami came?
d. What could have caused the tsunami according to the scientists?
e. Whom was the concert organised for?
Answer:
a. Tsunami swept away hotels, houses, cars, etc apart from human casualty.
b. It is feared that more people could have died in the incident because some areas have yet to be reached.
c. Oystein Lund Andersen was taking pictures of the volcano when the tsunami came.
d. According to the scientists undersea landslides or those occurring above sea level on the Anak Krakatau volcano's steep outside slope following the eruption could have caused the tsunami.
e. The concert was organized for employees of a state-owned electricity company.

B. Write True/False after reading the above text again. [5X1=5]

a. People were on holiday when the tsunami came.
b. The tsunami killed more than 800 people.
c. It was not known whether 28 people were alive.
d. Oystein Lund Andersen was a member of the pop band.
e. "Seventeen" was the name of a video.
Answer:
a. True.
b. False.
c. True.
d. False.
e. False.
4. Read the following following passage and do the activities that follow. [15]
The invention of rockets is linked inextricably with the invention of 'black powder'. Most historians of technology credit the Chinese with its discovery. They base their beliefs on studies of Chinese writings or on the notebooks of early Europeans who settled in or made long visits to China to study its history and civilization. It is probable that, sometime in the tenth century, black powder was first compounded from its basic ingredients of saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur. But this doesn't mean that it was immediately used to propel rockets.

By the thirteen century, powder-propelled fire arrows had become rather common. The Chinese relied on this type of technological development to produce incendiary projectiles of many sorts, explosive grenades and possibly cannons to repel their enemies. One such weapon was the 'basket of fire' or, as directly translated from Chinese, the 'arrows like flying leopards'. The 0.7 metre-long arrows, each with a long tube of gunpowder attached near the point of each arrow, could be fired from a long, octagonal-shaped basket at the same time and has a range of 400 paces. Another weapon was the 'arrow as the flying sabre', which could be fired from crossbows. The rocket, placed in a similar position to other rocket-propelled arrows, was designed to increase the range. A small iron weight was attached to the 1.5 m bamboo shaft, just below the feathers, to increase the arrow's stability by moving the centre of gravity to a position below the rocket. At a similar time, the Arabs had developed the 'egg which moves and burns'. This 'egg' was apparently full of gunpowder and stabilized by a 1.5 m tail. It was fired using two rockets attached to either side of this tail.

It was not until the eighteenth century that Europe became seriously interested in the possibilities of using the rocket itself as a weapon on war and not just to propel other weapons. Prior for this, rockets were used only in pyrotechnic displays. In the early nineteenth century the British began to experiment with incendiary barrage rockets. The British rocket differed from the Indian version as it was completely encased in a stout, iron cylinder, terminating in a conical head, measuring one metre in diameter and having a stick almost five metres long and constructed in such a way that it could be firmly attached to the body of the rocket.
A. Match the following words with their meanings given in the next column. [5x1=5]
 a. innovation
  i. an advanced state of human society
 b. civilization
  ii. the distance of the target
 c. propel
  iii. large guns that shoot heavy metals or stone balls
 d. cannons
  iv. the introduction of something new
 e. range
  v. to push or drive
Answer:
a. innovation = iv. the introduction of something new
b. civilization = i. an advanced state of human society
c. propel = v. to push or drive
d. cannons = iii. large guns that shoot heavy metals or stone balls
e. range = ii. the distance of the target
B. Fill in the blank spaces with the appropriate words/phrases. [5x1=5]

a. ____________ discovered the black powder.
b. ____________ could be fired from crossbows.
c. The egg's tail had ____________ attached.
d. Europe got seriously interested in the rockets in ____________.
e. The British rocket was different from ____________.
Answer:
a. China/The Chinese discovered the black powder.
b. The 'arrow as a flying sabre' could be fired from crossbows.
c. The egg's tail had two rockets attached.
d. Europe got seriously interested in the rockets in the eighteenth century.
e. The British rocket was different from the Indian version.
C. Answer the following questions. [5x1=5]

a. What was the black powder made of?
b. What did the Chinese rely on?
c. How were the Chinese 'arrows like flying leopards'?
d. Why was a small iron weight attached to a 1.5 m bamboo shaft?
e. What did the Arabs develop?
Answer:
a. The black powder was made of saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur.
b. The Chinese relied on powder-propelled fire arms to produce incendiary projectiles of many sorts, explosive grenades and possibly cannons to repel their enemies.
c. The Chinese 'arrows like flying leopards' were 0.7 metre long with a long tube of gunpowder attached near the point of each arrow, and could be fired from a long, octagonal-shaped basket at the same time and had a range of 400 paces.  
d. A small iron weight attached to a 1.5 m bamboo shaft to increase the arrow's stability by moving the centre of gravity to a position below the rocket.
e. The Arabs developed the egg which moved and burnt.

5. Imagine that you are the Principal of XYZ School. Your school requires an accountant. Prepare a model of advertisement to be published in the newspaper mentioning suitable requirements. [5]
Hints:
- Content/Subject matter - 2 marks
- Organization/Coherence/Cohesion - 1 mark
- Correctness of language - 1 mark
- Layout and format - 1 mark
6. Develop the following hints into a readable news story. [5]
Literature Festival Warm Up Pokhara
IME Nepal literature festival .......... four days in Lakeside, Pokhara .......... Bookworm foundation, the organizer .......... playground for authors, public personalities, literature connoisseurs .......... attended by people of all backgrounds .......... successful conclusion on Christmas Day.
Hints:
- Content/Subject matter - 2 marks
- Organization/Coherence/Cohesion - 1 mark
- Correctness of language - 1 mark
- Layout and format - 1 mark
7. Rita, one of your friends, has recently lost her brother in an accident. You meet her on the way to school. Write a dialogue between you and her with at least six exchanges. [6]
Hints:
- Content - 3 marks
- Organization/Coherence - 2 marks
- Correctness of language - 1 mark
8. Write an essay on "The Roles of Computers in Modern Life" in about 200 words. [8]
Hints:
- Content - 3 marks
- Organization/Coherence - 2 marks
- Correctness of language - 1 mark
- Creativity - 2 marks
9. Reproduce the following sentences as instructed in the brackets. [6x1=6]

a. You'd better stay home, _______? (Add question tag.)
b. We did all the worked asked of us. (Change into negative.)
c. She hardly reads books. (Change into 'how often' question.)
d. We _______ (finish) this book by next week. (Supply the correct tense.)
e. Anisha said to me, "Did you have your meal?" (Change into the indirect speech.)
f. We were frightened by the explosion. (Put into the active voice.)
Answer:
a. You'd better stay home, hadn't you?
b. We did not do any of the work asked of us.
c. How often does she read books?
d. We will have finished this book by next week.
e. Anisha said to me if/whether I had had my meal.
f. The explosion frightened us.
10. Choose the correct words from the brackets to complete the passage below. Rewriting is not necessary. [10x0.5=5]
One evening as Jenny was returning home from work, she heard .....(1)..... (a/an/the) unusual cry from a corner of the street. Upon takin herself closer, she saw an old lady lying unconscious. She had been robbed off by a gang of street thugs. She looked pale and was bleeding heavily from an injury on her head. "I must take her to hospital or she will die .....(2)..... (of/with/in) the extreme pain and bleeding", she said to herself. The old woman .....(3)..... (took/was taken/had taken) to hospital. As she was being stretchered towards the emergency, the attendant nurse asked her .....(4)..... (where she finds her/where you had found her/where she had found her). Jenny replied that she had found her on her way home lying helplessly on the road side. "Please .....(5)..... (saved/save/saves) this poor lady's life", Jenny begged. The doctors' team then tried their best to save the old woman's life .....(6)..... (although/but/despite) they failed.
It was later found that the old woman had nobody to inherit her vast fortunes. When the lawyers recovered her will paper, they were shocked. It read, "I have a few relatives in the neighbouring town of Madrina. Any one of them who .....(7)..... (is/am/are) keen to save my property can be given the rights to inherit them". A week later, cunning looking man from Madrina came to the court and said, "I am the best heir to her property .....(8)..... (amn't I/don't I/aren't I)? The judge said that if it were him to decide, he .....(9)..... (will not give/would not give/would not have given) him any. The man was clearly upset. He said that the judge's words had got him .....(10)..... (feel/to feel/felt) very sad. 
Answer:
1. an
2. of
3. was taken
4. where she had found her
5. save
6. but
7. are
8. aren't
9. would not give
10. to feel

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