Part A : Reading Test
Read the passage. Then answer to the questions below (1-2).
26 March our Independence Day, is the biggest state festival. The day is celebrated every year in the country with great enthusiasm and fervor. It is a national holiday. All offices, educational institutions, shops and factories remain closed on this day. The day begins with a 31 gun salute. Early in the morning the president and the Prime minister on behalf of the nation place floral wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar. Then other leaders, political parties, diplomats, social and cultural organizations, educational institutions and freedom fighters pay tribute to the martyrs. People from all walks of life go there in rallies and processions. There are many cultural programs throughout the day, highlighting the heroic struggle and sacrifice in 1971. The country also witnesses a spectacular parade of defense forces, border guards, police, ansars and the VDP (Village Defense Party) at the National Parade Ground near the National Parliament .In Bangabandhu National Stadium, school children, scouts and girl guides take part in various display to entertain thousands of spectators. Educational institutions also organize their individual programs. Sports meets and tournaments are also organized on the day, including the exciting boat race in the river Buriganga. In the evening, all major public buildings are illuminated with colorful lights. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and other socio–cultural organizations hold cultural functions. Similar functions are also arranged in other places in the country.
1. Choose the answer from the alternatives.
a. The word ‘fervor’ means_____
i) pride ii) agony iii) zeal iv) vow
b. The National Mausoleum of Bangladesh is at _____
i) Gazipur ii) Narayanganj iii) Uttara iv) Savar
c. The word ‘enthusiasm’ means____
i) entertainment ii) reluctance iii) eagerness iv) unwillingness
d. 26 March is a/an ___ holiday in Bangladesh.
i) independence ii) national iii) official iv) free
e. Which of the following has the closet meaning of the word ‘homage’?
i) arrogance ii) significance iii) importance iv) respect
f. Which of the statement is true?
i) All classes of people celebrate the Independence Day
ii) The President and the Prime Minister only celebrate the Independence Day
iii) Only the freedom fighters celebrate the Independence Day
iv) Only the school children celebrate the Independence Day.
2. Answer the following questions.
a) What is the significance of the Independence Day?
b) How do people go to The National Memorial and pay homage to the martyrs?
c) When and who place floral wreaths at The National Memorial on behalf of the nation?
d) What major activities are done on the day by different socio-cultural organizations?
e) What is the significance of a ‘31 gun salute’?
3. Read the following text and fill each gap with a suitable word based on the information of the text.
Meherjan lives in a slum on the Sirajgonj Town Protection Embankment. Her polythene-roofed shelter looks like a cage. She is nearly 45 but looks more than her age. Not long ago, Meherjan had everything-a family, cultivable land and cattle. The erosion of the Jamuna gradually consumed all her landed property. It finally claimed her only shelter during the last monsoon.
She had a happy family once. Over the years, she lost her husband and her family to diseases that cruel hunger and poverty brought to the family. Now, she is the only one left to live on with the loss and the pain. The greedy Jamuna has shattered her dreams and happiness. There are thousand others waiting to share the same fate like Meherjaan. Bangladesh is a land of rivers some of whose banks overflow or erode during monsoon. Erosion is a harsh reality for the people living along the riverbanks. During each monsoon the mighty rivers like the Jamuna, the Padma and the Meghna threaten many more villages. If we can’t take prompt actions to adapt to climate change, there will be thousands of more Meherjans in our towns and villages every year.
We believe that nature is a great (a) ___ but we can (b) ___it if we are very careful about this dreadful force. Meherjan is the (c) ___ sufferer of the river (d) ___. River erosion is (e) ___very rapidly.
We should take proper steps to adapt to climate change, otherwise we will fail to control the Sufferings of our people.
4. Read the following passage carefully and complete the table below with the information from the passage.
Stephen Hawking is considered the greatest physicist after Einstein. He was born in England in 1942. He was very skilled in mathematics from early age. He wrote the book ‘A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to the Present Times’ in 1988. In this book he explain cosmology for the general people. It became famous and established his reputation as a scientist. He received his PhD in cosmology from Cambridge University in 1968. But fortune did not favor him. In 1972 he became a victim of Gehrig’s diseases. Since then, he has been confined to a wheelchair with no control over his body. But he continued teaching through the help of computer. In 1974, he won the prestigious Albert Einstein award for theoretical Physics. In 1979, he joined Cambridge University as a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. He was carrying out his research work using his computer. The great scientist breathed his last on 14 March, 2018.
|Name of Events||Year
|Became a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics||(iii)……|
5. Write a summary of the above passage in your own words.
6. Put the following parts of the story in correct order to make the whole story. Only the corresponding numbers of the sentences need to be written.
a) He could not detect the real thief.
b) The Judge summoned all the servants, but all of them denied the charge.
(c) Then he lodged a complaint before the judge.
(d) The next day all the servants submitted their sticks to the judge, but one stick was found one inch short.
(e) The thief is easily detected and was sent to jail.
(f) All the servants went home and everyone kept his stick as it was, but the servant who had stolen the purse reduced the length of the stick by one inch.
(g) One day a rich man lost his purse and thought that the purse had been stolen by someone of his servants.
(h) The judge then hit upon a plan to detect the thief. Accordingly, he gave all of them three sticks of equal length and asked them to submit those on the following day with an indication that the stick of the real thief would increase by one inch.
(পরবর্তী সংখ্যায় প্রকাশ হবে উত্তর ও Part B : Writing Test)