Jessore Board Question 2017
Part–A : Grammar (Marks-60)
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 cross (´) in those blanks. 0×5´10 = 5
The process of learning may very well be compared to (a) — undertaking of a journey. The learner or the student is (b) — journey taker or traveller. Just as a traveller has to undergo all (c) — botherations of buying his ticket, booking his baggage showing up his ticket, taking core of things, boarding a train or a bus and suffering every other item of (d) — tedious journey to reach his (e) — destination, so a learner has to manage his learning affair himself. It is (f) — labourious process and no one can do (g) — labour for him and no one else can undertake (h) — journey for another. There is no trick or magic in it. It cannot be acquired at second hand. Just as a traveler, he can enquire here and there in case of doubt and difficulty. However, the journey is (i) — passenger’s own concern. In (j) — same way, learning is entirely the concern of the student or the learner.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions : 0×5´10 = 5
It would be impossible (a) — us to continue living in this world if each of us knew exactly what fate had (b) — store for us. So, Allah in His mercy conceals the future (c) — all His creatures, and reveals only the present. He hides from the animals what men know, and so He hides from men what the angels know. For example, if a lamb had reason (d) — a man, it could not gamble happily knowing it was destined to be killed (e) — human food. But being quite ignorant (f) — its fate, it is happy to the last moment of its short life contentedly grazing (g) — the flowery meadow, and even in its innocence licks the hands (h) — the butcher who is about to slaughter it. What a blessing it is that we are ignorant (i) — the future! Allah, to whom the death of a sparrow is of equal importance with the death of a hero, has, in His mercy, thus limited our knowledge so that we might fulfill our duty in the sphere (j) — which He has appointed us.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/ words given in the box. 0×5´10 = 5
|as if||let alone||what does …… look like||was born||there|
|what’s it like||have to||as soon as||had better||would rather|
(a) In modern times, — has been a great change in the attitude of man regarding superstitious belief.
(b) Our learners develop a very poor writing skill. They cannot write fairly well even in Bangla — in English.
(c) Some city dwellers’ behaviour is often too formal. They speak in such a way — they were never in the village.
(d) I have never travelled by air — flying in the sky?
(e) Riaz : — the frozen mountain peak —?
Purnima : It looks like a white dome.
(f) Sheela is suffering from tooth-ache. She — see a dentist.
(g) Play is delayed due to rain. It will resume — the rain stops.
(h) Sohel is a very good natured boy. He — stay at home than mix with bad companies.
(i) Milton was a poet of versatile genius. He — in 1608 in England. He used to believe that one should start a profession after taking necessary preparations.
(j) We have discussed for quite a long time. We can’t take much time any more. We — come to a conclusion.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable words/ clauses/phrases : 0×5´10 = 5
(a) Last night I did not have a sound sleep. I feel sleepy — TV.
(b) You cannot handle such a — if you don’t have prior experience in teaching.
(c) If the driver had been more careful, — the fatal accident.
(d) We were supposed to start our journey the next day. But it was so hot that —.
(e) A village market is one of the many attractions of country life. It is a public place where —.
(f) The box is very heavy. Are you strong enough —?
(g) Begging is not a profession. It is most disreputable. We must not —.
(h) Whenever he speaks in English —. But it is natural that we learn through mistakes.
(i) The station is not far away from here. It will take you five minutes —.
(j) One should bear in mind that forming bad habit is easy to do but —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context.
0×5´10 = 5
Most of the people who (a) — (appear) most often and most gloriously in the pages of history (b) — (be) great conquerors and generals and soldiers, whereas the people who really (c) — (help) civilization forward are often never (d) — (mention) at all. We do not know who first (e) — (set) a broken leg, or launched a sea worthy boat or (f) — (calculate) the length of a year, but we (g) — (know) all about the killers and destroyers. People think a great deal of them, so much so that on all the highest pillars in great cities of the world you (h) — (find) figures of a conqueror or a general or a soldier. And I think that most people (i) — (believe) that the greatest countries are those that (j) — (beat) in the battle the greatest number of countries and ruled over them as conquerors.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed : 1 ´ 5 = 5
We are very much proud of our freedom fighters.
(a) They fought for the country with a patriotic zeal. (make it compound)
(b) They are the most courageous sons of our nation. (make it positive)
(c) Everybody admires and respects them greatly. (make it passive)
(d) Nobody denies their contribution to their motherland. (make it interrogative without changing meaning).
(e) They will never be forgotten by their countrymen to the end. (make it affirmative)
7. Change the narrative style by using direct speeches. 5
The teacher asked the students if they had heard the name of Aesop. The students respectfully replied that they had not and asked the teacher who he had been. The teacher advised them to listen to his lecture attentively and they would be able to know about him. He also exclaimed with wonder that his fables were very interesting and instructive.
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentence so that all pronoun references are clear. 5
Mandela left public life in June 2004 telling his adoring countrymen not to call them. Regarding it, Nadine Gordimer said. “He is at the epicenter of his time, our in South Africa and your, wherever you are.”
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces : 0×5´10 = 5
A village doctor is a very (a) — (pre-modify the noun) person in the rural areas of Bangladesh. He is (b) — (pre-modify the verb) known as quack. A village doctor is not a (c) — (pre-modify the noun) doctor. He usually sits in a small dispensary (d) — (post modify the verb). He treats the patients (e) — (use a participle phrase to post-modify the verb). A village doctor is not a (f) — (pre-modify the noun) man. His chamber is (g) — (pre-modify the verb) furnished. He cannot supply costly medicine to (h) — (pre-modify the noun) patients. In our country, the number of qualified doctors is (i) — (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) few. So a village doctor is a great friend to the (j) — (pre-modify the noun) villagers.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage : 0×5´10 = 5
Unemployment is a great problem in our country. (a) —, it is the burning question of the day. (b) — almost all the countries of the world suffer from the curse of unemployment problem. (c) — Bangladesh is the worst sufferer of this so called problem. (d) — no where in the world this problem is so acute as in our country. (e) — there are many reasons behind it. (f) — our country is industrially backward. (g) — our system of education fails to give a student an independent start of life. (h) — it has little provision for vocational training. (i) — our students and youth have false sense of dignity. (j) — they run after jobs blindly.
11. Read the passage and write the antonyms and synonym of the words as directed below : 0×5´10 = 5
Sincerity is the root of success of all works. One can go a long way if he does a job with sincerity. The great men are sincere because they know that sincerity is the key to success. Those who do not follow the rules of sincerity can never go a long way. Sincerity is the secret of victory. If any work is not done with sincerity, one will never receive desirable output from it. So, we should be sincere in every walk of life.
(a) Success (antonym) (b) job (synonym) (c) great (antonym) (d) because (synonym) (e) know (synonym) (f) follow (antonym) (g) rule (synonym) (h) never (antonym) (i) victory (synonym) (j) desirable (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Re write the text correcting the errors : 0×5´10 = 5
Tourist : How old is the edifice guide
Guide : Madame its a 15th century edifice
Tourist : What a wonderful edifice it is
Guide : It was built by Akbar the then emperor of India.
Tourist : Oh! I see
Guide : Madame we should move now. The sun is about to set. It would be dark soon.
Tourist : Isn’t the place safe?
Guide : It is. But the security does not allow anybody after sunset.
Part–B : Composition (Marks-40)
13. Write an application for the post of sales representative along with your C.V. 8
14. Suppose, you are a reporter of a national daily. Now, write a report for your newspaper on “Food Adulteration/Indiscriminate use of formalin in food”, which has become a burning issue. 8
15. Write a compare and contrast paragraph on “City life and Rural life”. 10
16. The rivers of Bangladesh had a glorious past. Now the rivers are on the verge of extinction. Write a composition on the “Importance of the Rivers in Bangladesh.” 14
Solution to Jessore Board-2017
1. (a) the/ an (b) a (c) the/ × (d) a (e) ´ (f) a (g) the (h) the /a (i) a/ the (j) the
2. (a) for (b) in (c) of/ from (d) for/ with/ like/ as (e) for/ as (f) of/ about (g) in/on/ at (h) of/ about (i) of/ about (j) for/ of/ in/ to
3. (a) there (b) let alone (c) as if (d) what’s it like (e) what does … … … look like (f) had better (g) as soon as (h) would rather (i) was born (j) have to
4. (a) I feel sleepy while watching TV.
(b) You cannot handle such a problem if you don’t have prior experience in teaching.
(c) If the driver had been more careful, he could escape the fatal accident.
(d) But it was so hot that we had to postpone the journey.
(e) It is a public place where people meet one another.
(f) Are you strong enough to carry it?
(g) We must not encourage begging.
(h) Whenever he speaks in English, he tries to make less mistakes.
(i) It will take you five minutes to reach there.
(j) One should bear in mind that forming bad habit is easy to do but giving it up is very difficult.
5. (a) appear (b) are (c) help (d) mentioned (e) set (f) calculated (g) know (h) can find/ may find/ will find/ find (i) believe (j) beat
6. (a) They had/ possessed a patriotic zeal and fought for the country. Or, They were patriots and (so they) fought for the country.
(b) No other son of our nation is so/as courageous as they.
(c) They are greatly admired and respected by everybody. Or, They are admired and respected greatly by everybody.
(d) Who denies their contribution to their motherland? Or, Does anybody deny their contribution to their motherland?
(e) They will always/ ever be remembered by their countrymen to the end.
7. The teacher said to the students, “Have you heard the name of Aesop?” The students said, “No sir, we have not. Who was he?” The teacher told them, “Listen to my lecture attentively and you will be able to know about him. How interesting and instructive his fables are!”
8. Mandela left public life in June 2004 telling his countrymen not to call him. Regarding him/ Mandela’s speech/ his speech/ his statement, Nadine Gordimer said, “Mandela is at the epicenter of our time, ours in South Africa, and yours, wherever you are.”
9. (a) familiar/ common/ popular (b) well/ usually/ also/ mostly/ commonly/ normally/ generally/ casually (c) qualified/ good/ skilled/ registered (d) everyday/ regularly/ always/ often (e) taking small money/ taking some money/ getting some money/ receiving some money/using cheap medicine (f) rich/ wealthy/ solvent/ well off (g)poorly/ ill/ not (h) poor/ needy/ critical/ dying/ serious/ impoverished (i) very/ quite/ completely/ totally (j) poor/ helpless/ needy
10. (a) Therefore (b) As a result (c) However (b) But (e) As such (f) Firstly (g) Secondly (h) Thirdly (i) Moreover (j) so
11. (a) failure (b) profession (c) small (d) as (e) realise/perceive (f) precede/desert (g) principle/guideline (h) ever/always (i) triumph (j) undesirable
12. Tourist : How old is the edifice, guide?
Guide : Madame, it’s a 15th century edifice.
Tourist : What a wonderful edifice it is!
Guide : It was built by Akbar, the then emperor of India.
Tourist : Oh! I see.
Guide : Madame, we should move now. The sun is about to set. It would be dark soon.
Tourist : Isn’t the place safe?
Guide : It is. But the security does not allow anybody after sunset.
Note : For solution to question no. 13-16 see writing part.