English 1st paper(8)

Section-A : Reading (60 Marks)

#Read the passage carefully and answer the questions following it (1-3).
Bangladeshi cuisine is rich and varied with the use of many spices. We have delicious and appetizing food, snacks, and sweets. Boiled rice is our staple food. It is served with a variety of vegetables, curry, lentil soups, fish and meat. Fish is the main source of protein. Fishes are now cultivated in ponds. Also we have fresh-water fishes in the lakes and rivers. More than 40 types of fishes are common, Some of them are carp, rui, katla, magur (catfish), chingri (prawn or shrimp), Shutki or dried fishes are popular. Hilsha is very popular among the people of Bangladesh.Panta-Ilish is a traditional platter of Panta Bhat. It is steamed rice soaked in water and served with fried hilsha slice, often together with dried fish, pickles, lentil soup, green chilies and onion. It is a popular dish on the Pohela Boishakh. The people of Bangladesh are very fond of sweets. ‘Pitha’ a type of sweets made from rice, flour, sugar syrup, molasses and sometimes milk, is a traditional food loved by the entire population. During winter Pitha Utsab, meaning pitha festival is organized by different groups of people, weets are distributed among close relatives when there is good news like births, weddings, promotions etc. Sweets of Bangladesh are mostly milk based. The common ones are roshgulla, sandesh, rasamalai, gulap jamun, kaljamun and chom-chom. There are hundreds of different varieties of sweet preparations. Sweets are therefore an important part of the day to day life of Bangladeshi people. (250 words)

1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text. 1 x 5 = 5
a. cuisine— i) cook ii) food iii) cooking iv) cooking process
b. platter— i) a large, flat dish ii) plate iii) utensil iv) pot
c. molasses— i) molecule ii) a thick treacle iii) sugar iv) sweet
d. staple— i) step ii) measure iii) main iv) steep
e. traditional— i) trade ii) main iii) heritage iv) conventional
2. Answer the following questions. 2 x 5 = 10
(a) How is our staple food served? (b) Where are fishes cultivated now? (c) Are fishes available in our country? how?
(d) How do we prepare panta-Ilish? (e) What is the traditional and common dish on the Pohela Boishakh?
3. Summarize the text in section-A in your own words (around 85 words). 10

#Read the passage carefully & answer question 4.

William Wordsworth was a major English romantic poet. He was born on 7 April, 1770, in Cocker mouth, Cumberland, Lake District of England. He was the second child among five. He was born into a remarkable family. His father was an attorney. Dorothy, his younger sister, was his best friend. In 1778 when he was only seven, his mother died. And that year he first went to Grammar School. In his childhood, he learnt poetry of Milton and Shakespeare from his father. His father died in 1783 and then he became dependent on his relatives. He first wrote a poem (sonnet) in 1787. In 1787 he went to St. John’s College, Cambridge. And he graduated from that college in 1791. Then he went with his friends on a walking tour to France and Italy. He spent the year there. While in France he fell in love with a French woman Annette Vallon. He was greatly influenced by the French Revolution in 1791. He had a close friendship another romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth also traveled with Dorothy and Coleridge. They jointly published a book named Lyrical Ballads in 1798. In this book they explained their new poetic theory. They introduce a new idea of is. He was poet laureate of England.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 1 x 5 = 5
5. Read the passage again and write True or False. Give answers for the false statements. 1 x 5 = 5
a) William Wordsworth was a romantic poet.
b) He was the eldest of his brothers and sisters.
c) He went to Grammar school at the age of eight.
d) He first wrote a sonnet.
e) Lyrical Ballads was published in 1798.
6. Fill in the gaps with appropriate word. 1x 5=5
Recently, a widely used word (a) — ‘Digital Bangladesh’. Actually, what do (b) — understand by digital Bangladesh? Its (c) — is a magnificent society based (d) — technology where all sorts of (e) — will come to an end and everybody will live a happy life.
7. Rearrange the following sentences. 10
(a) During his stay he received an unpaid letter from his friend, which contained nothing but some words.
(b)The poet had to pay double postage, so he became very annoyed.
(c) So, he procured a heavy stone and packed it up in a fine box.
(d) His friend thought that the contents of the parcel were valuable. So he paid the heavy charge for carrying.
(e) Thus, the poet taught his friend a good lesson.
(f) To his utter surprise he found nothing but an ordinary stone.
(g) An English poet was staying in Italy for the benefit of his health.
(h) Then he sent it to his friend with the words on it ‘Carriage to be paid on delivery.’
(i) With a great hope in mind he opened the box.
(j) He wanted to teach his friend a good lesson.
8. Fill in the gaps using clues from the list. There are more words than necessary. 5×10=5
Water is an important element of our (a) —. It is important to humans, animals and (b) — usually. But water gets polluted in various (c) —. Human wastes, industrial wastes, fertilizer pollute water, (d) — water is harmful to health. We are (e) — still aware of water pollution. As a (f) —, water is getting more and more polluted. (g) — this continues, the water of our rivers (h) — become unsuitable for use. As water is (i) — must for our survival, we should create (j) — among the people about keeping water clean and safe.
9. Match the phrases in column A, B and C to make complete sentences. 1 x 5 = 5
Section-B : Writing (40 Marks)
10. Suppose, you are Karim and your friend is Nayeem. Now, write a dialogue in 100 words between you and your friend about your aim in life. 10
11. Write a paragraph on ‘Hygiene’ in about 150 words answering the following questions. 10
(a) What does the world ‘hygiene’ mean? (b) Why is it important for us? (c) How can we maintain hygiene? (d) Why do we need taking a bath? (e) Why do we need to wash our clothes regularly? (f) How many times should we brush our teeth everyday? (g) How can we get a happy and healthy life?
12. Read the beginning of a story. complete it in 150 words. 10
Once there was a cowboy. He was very wicked. He used to be fool others by telling lies with people…
13. Suppose, you are Sanzan Redwan and you are a candidate of JSC examination. Your father, Mr. Kamal Ahmed is a govt. employee and now he is working in Dhaka. Now, write a letter to your father telling him about your progress of studies. 10


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