English Compulsory Past Papers Exam Questions

Guess Paper 1: English Compulsory Fall – 2020 Past Papers

Time Allowed: 3 hours

Total Marks:    70, Passing Marks (35)


Q. (A). The neighbors close pressed and silent in the house, nodded their heads at his wild imaginings. And a
man in the rear murmured : “ A rifle. He will have rifle”. The passage given above has been taken from
chapter III of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Read it carefully and relate in your own words what happens
thereafter until Kino dreamed that Coyotito could read.
(B) ‘ All of the time Juana had been trying to rescue something of the old peace ,of the time before the Pearl. But now it was gone , and there was no retrieving it .And knowing this ,she abandoned the past instantly . there was nothing to do but to save themselves.’ These sentences have been taken from chapter V of the Pearl. Relate in your own words what happened after this till the end of the chapter. (15 marks)

Q.2. Write a letter to an English Daily inviting the attention of the police to the smoke-emitting vehicles pollution. (15 marks)


Q.3. Summarize the following passage from The Pearl in YOUR OWN WORDS to about One- Third of its original length. (15 marks)
Long after Juan Thomas had gone Kino sat brooding on his sleeping –mat.A lethargy had settled on him, and a little gray hopelessness. Every road seemed blocked against him. His senses were burningly alive , but his mind went back to the deep participation with all things , the gift he had from his people . He heard every little sound of the gathering night , the sleepy complaint of settling birds , the love agony of cats , the strike and withdrawal of little waves on the beach, and the simple hiss of distance .And he could smell the sharp odour of exposed kelp from the receding tide .The little flare of the twig fire made the design on his sleeping-mat jump before his entranced eyes. (15 mark)

Q.4. Read the following passage carefully , and answer the questions given at the end. Mere reproduction of the sentences may give you no credit.
All our instincts and emotions are reinforced by death.If we were not mortal ,the paternal and maternal instincts would not dominate our lives so strongly as they do.If we knew that we should never die, we should have no desire for children to perpetuate our names and carry on the succession of the race.Thus, ultimately,we should arrive at a world without a child; and a world without a child would be a place in which there was no call for some of the most beautiful emotions to which the human soul can give expression. And death lends a peculiar sanctity to human love.A man may love his books,but the love he bears his wife, his children or his friends, is something deeper and more sublime;it is a love intensified and purified by the thought that human life is a finite thing,which at any moment be touched by the finger of death.
1.Why should one desire for children ?
2. How is human life in the opinion of the author ?
3. How is the world without a child ?
4. Suggest a suitable title for the passage .
5.Explain Only Five Words from the underlined portions .
Q5. Attempt sections “A” ,”B” and “ C” below as directed . (15 marks)
A. Arrange the following groups of words in the correct English word order so as to make correct sentences from them:
1. Hours two by was late aeroplanethe .
2. Themselves do know interests their we better than they .
3. Temples cause is education old renewing of as sacred the as .
4. Likened which gives parents us may to a be our shade cool tree.
5. Milk spilt over use no is it crying .
B. Find and correct the mistake in each of the following sentences .
1.This is a case of most extreme poverty .
2.The streets of Paris are wider than London .
3.Every flower and every leaf proclaim the glory of God .
4. Where you spent your last summer vacation ?
5 . We should aim to please others .
C. Use the correct form of the word given in parenthesis .
1. He stopped all the (passerbys/passersby ) .
2. I lost my credit cards ….( during/ while ) I was shopping in the mall .
3. When I was a child , I ( can/ could ) climb any tree in my neighborhood .
4. You have to prove your ….(metal/mettle) in the annual examination .
5. We need to pay the bill ….(otherwise/or else ) the electricity will be shut off.

Guess Paper 2: English Compulsory Spring – 2020 Past Papers

Time Allowed: 3 hours

Total Marks:    70, Passing Marks (35)

Q.1. The Pearl
The late moon arose before the first rooster crowed. Kino opened his eyes in the darkness , for he sensed moment near him , but he did not move .Only his eyes searched the darkness …………… .These sentences have been taken from the beginning of chapter V of the Pearl. Relate in your own words what happened after this till the point where Juan Thomas promises to protect Kino.
He looked into his pearl to find his vision. “When we sell it at last , I will have a rifle ,”he said, and he looked into the shining surface for his rifle , but he saw only a huddled dark body on the ground with shining blood dripping from its throat. These sentences have been taken from chapter VI of the Pearl .Relate in your own words what happened after this till the end of the chapter. (15 marks)

Q.2. Write a letter to your friend , intimating him that you have qualified a recently held competitive examination. (15 marks)

Q.3. Summarize the following passage in your own words into One-Third of its original length.
The gathering procession was solemn, for they sensed the importance of this day, and any children who showed a tendency to scuffle, to scream, to cry out, to steal hats and rumple hair , were hissed to silence by their elders. So important was this day that an old man came to see, riding on the stalwart shoulders of his nephew. The procession left the brush huts and entered the stone and plaster city where the streets were a little wider and there were narrow pavements beside the building .And as before , the beggars joined them as they passed the church; the grocers looked out at them as they went by; the little saloons lost their customers and the owners closed up shops and went along.(15mark.

Q.4. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.
The most important thing that is that we should have freedom of thought. This is not easy as it sounds , for everyone likes to have this freedom for himself, but is not ready to give it to others, especially express different opinions. This is particularly the case when differences of opinion arise on such important matters as religion or politics. But if we refuse to let other people hold their opinion on these matters and force others to subscribe to our views ,conflict is inevitable. If one thinks the same way as our ancestors have thought, progress will come to an end because as , Lord Buddha said, “What a man thinks, he becomes.”So if we think exactly what our forefather shave thought, we shall remain in the condition in which they were .Our thought depends a great deal upon what we read and talk about.
1.Why does the author say that freedom of thought is a difficult thing ?
2.What will be the result if we force others to share our views ?
3.Why does the writer say that progress will come to an end ?
4.How a man’s thought is related with his character and personality /
5.Explain Only Five words from the underlined portions in the above passage . (15 marks)

Q.5. Attempt sections (A),(B) and (C)below as directed .

A. Arrange the following words in correct English word order so as to make correct sentences from

1) Reply I for wait will patiently your evening until .
2)Shame truth the speak devil the and .
3)Blame is who is it to I .
4) Himself not joy for contain he could .
5) To authority speak greater is with one no subject this on worthy .

B. Find and correct the mistake in each of the following sentences .

1) Our class teacher resembles with her mother .
2)Neither could hear the horse, nor could the rider .
3) A two miles walk daily in the morning is very conducive to health .
4) A prophet greater than him has arisen .
5)Being deaf , I shouted my words in his ears .

C. Choose the correct word/expression from the options given in the parentheses .

1) He fell off the ladder …..(during/while) he was painting the ceiling .
2) He is doing ….(good / well ) at math .
3) That must be …..( someone’s else /someone else’s ) book .
4) I am …( very / too ) tired to finish this job right now .
5) The house was very …( quite /quiet ) after the children left . (15 marks)

Guess Paper 3: English Compulsory Fall – 2019 Past Papers

Time Allowed: 3 hours

Total Marks:    70, Passing Marks (35)

Q.1. (a)” The Peshawar cantonment is Victorian England with a rich Path an flavor.”This sentence has
been taken from the essay “ Peshawar” by J.Spain.State the description offered by the author.


(b)A great deal of the debate about equality has now become out of date , since it is based upon three assumptions , none of which is any longer believed to be correct “. This sentence has been taken from “Education for Tomorrow” by John Vaizey.Describe In your own words the three assumptions aboutequality in education. (15 marks)

Q.2. Develop the following points into a well-organized and coherent essay about 800 words on the topic of “ The Secret of Happiness “.Your essay should have seven paragraphs with each point developed into a complete paragraph. (25 marks)

(a)Happiness is not something external dependent on environment and circumstances. It is an attitude of
the mind.
(b)A contented man is free from ambitions and fears. His conscience is his strong retreat.
(c)Freedom is another essential of happiness.
(d) Another source of happiness is doing our duty and fighting for some good cause.
(e) Next, a happy man should have a capacity for fine emotions………love and appreciation of beauty .
(f) “ Beauty is truth and truth beauty “ and the search of love of the true and beautiful leads to happiness.
(g) The secret of happiness is a combination of a few ingredients which always eludes man.

Q.3. Read the following passage from the essay “The Indus in Fetters” by Arnold Toynbee, and answer
the questions given at the end. (15 marks)
The Indus has two fetters: Attock and Kalabagh.At Attock, his widespread waters are suddenly confined. At Kalabagh they are suddenly released, to spread themselves again—–this time miles wide ——down all the length of Sind. Today I was bound for the Indus rail-and-road bridge at Khushalgarh, past away down the great river’s constricted track. But were we going to come out alive from the first stage of this onward journey from the pass? Corkscrew? The word is quite inadequate. The nearest that I can come to describing this hair-raising descent is to compare it with the road round Sorrento Peninsula south of Naples. If you have ever ventured into that Italian death trap, you will have some notion of the descent from Kohat Pass to Kohat Town. The mountain runs down to the plain in a series of giant steps , and the road , at its critical point, clambers round three sides of one of these. To hold the road at this point, one’s car must have a lizard’s feet.
1. What happens to the waters of Indusat Atock and kalabagh? Why are they called fetters?
2. What does ‘ corkscrew’ mean ?Why does the author think this word to be inadequate ?
3. Why must one’s car ‘ as the writer looks at it , have lizard’s feet?.

Q.4. Summarize the following passage in your own words to about one-third of its original length.(10 marks).

Only those men can be influenced by books who love knowledge .They must not necessarily dedicate themselves to the things of the mind but they must realize the value of knowledge .Knowledge is more permanent than the pleasures of the emotions which, in their very nature, are unstable. And sensual pleasure is the briefest of all experiences .So knowledge must be preferred both to the pleasures of the affections and those of the senses.
We feed the body several times a day .We must feed the mind equally regularly , and we cannot do that if we do not possess books. Everyone should have a look at a catalogue of new and old books. This catalogue can be had from a book-seller. (121 words).

Q.5. Explain in your own words the contextual meanings of any TEN of the underlined words in the above passage. (10 marks)