English Language 1 Past Papers


Subject: English Language-I

Time Allowed: 15 Min

Maximum Marks: 10

NOTE: Attempt this Paper on this Question Sheet only. Please encircle the correct option. Division of marks is given in front of each question. This Paper will be collected back after expiry of time limit mentioned above.


Part-I Encircle the right answer, cutting and overwriting is not allowed. (1×10=10)

1. Exaggerate means ________

(a) explain                                                           (b) understate

(c) overstate                                                      (d) none of these

2. Matilda has a keen interest in _______ in ‘The Necklace’.

(a) swimming                                                     (b) Jewelry

(c) shopping                                                       (d) cycling

3. A little ______ helps the happy Prince to cope with the miseries of people.

(a) Parrot                                                             (b) dove

(c) swallow                                                         (d) none of these

4. In the short story “The Tale Heart’, the writer killed the old man because of _______

(a) Family enmity                                             (b) business

(c) hat                                                                   (d) none of these

5. Which of the following is not a character from Hemingway’s ‘The Killer’?

(a) Al                                                                     (b) Paul

(c) Max                                                                                 (d) Adams

6. I look forwards ____ you soon.

(a) seeing                                                            (b) to seeing

(c) to see                                                             (d) none of these

7. Can you finish the job Friday?

(a) till                                                                     (b) since

(c) by                                                                     (d) for

8. My best friend lives ______ Mall Road.

(a) in                                                                      (b) on

(c) at                                                                      (d) of

9. Tell me at once _______ Margaret arrives.

(a) if                                                                       (b) when

(c) whenever                                                     (d) in case

How many brothers and sisters _______?

(a) Have you got                                               (b) do you have

(c) Are you having                                           (d) none of these




Subject: English Language-I

Time Allowed: 2 Hrs. 45 Min

Maximum Marks: 50



Part-II Give short answers! (50)

Q#1. Explain in your words ONE of the following extracts with reference to the context.

a. Well, there! “A state of mind”… “Husband died seven months ago!” Must I pay the interest, or mustn’t I? I ask you: Must I pay, or must ] not? Suppose your husband is dead, and you’ve got a state of mind, and nonsense of that sort… And your steward’s gone away somewhere, devil take him, what do you want me to do?

b. Take your time. This is the most interesting thing that has happened in my family since our third kennel-man ran away with my great aunt, Alicia. And that’s two hundred years ago!


Q#2. Answer in detail any ‘TWO of the following questions:

  1. a. Why does Popova call Smimov a “bear” in Chekov’s play, The Bear? Is the name symbolic somehow? Explain.
  2. b. What are the examples of irony in Anton Chekhov’s The Bear?
  3. c. The play ‘Something to Talk About’ shows the mental state of modern people. Illustrate.


Q#3. Answer briefly any FIVE of the following questions:

a. Lisby has genuine emotions of love and sympathies for others and she loves things because of their spiritual values. Discuss.

b. Write a note on Oliver Bacon’s journey from filthy, little alley to the Bond Street.

c. How was chance, luck, or fate at the basis of the suffering of Mathilda and Loisel?

d. With reference to “Araby”, discuss the intensity of the schoolboy’s love.

e. How has the writer brought out hypocrisy in the story “The Happy Prince”?

f. What time do the two men enter the restaurant in ‘The Killer’? Tell about their physical appearance and dress. How do they order for food?

g. The story “The Killers” reflects some of the darkest aspects of the modern society. Discuss.


Q#4. Use any FIVE of the following idiomatic expressions in your own sentences in a way which explains their meanings:

a. Take off

b. Put in

c. Bone of contention

d. at arm’s length

e. Get rid of

f. Call into question

g. at daggers drawn


Q#5. Keeping in view the important elements on an essay, write an essay on any ONE of the following topics:

a. Role of social media in our society

b. My hero in life

c. Mobile phones; a blessing or a curse?