Subject Code : 107
Time : 3 hours Full marks : 100
[N.B.- The figures in the right margin indicate full marks]
Part A : Seen (20 Marks)
Read the following text carefully and answer the questions no 1 and 2 :
River gypsies are an ethnic group of people in Bangladesh. They are known as bedey to local people. The gypsies have their own lifestyle and culture. They live in groups and do not own any land. Therefore, they live a nomadic life, travelling from one place to another. These people roam across our rivers and waters from May to December in small country boats. These boats are their houses and these people are a part of our waters. In winter, many water bodies dry up. At that time they return to the mainland and live in make-shift tarpaulin tents on open river banks. You can see their men relaxing in the tents. Toddlers play with dogs or other pets in the dust. Women often idle away time by hair doing, picking off lice in twos or threes sitting in a row.
Throughout the monsoon, they remain busy with fishing. They also dive for natural pearls in waters. Sometimes, they camp for a couple of weeks. Men catch snakes and entertain people with snake charming and sell herbal cures. Women go from door to door to sell bangles, cosmetics and other things. They also try to heal pains of old people often by sucking out blood from their body.
Many villagers believe in the magical power of the gypsies. They can make an evil spirit leave someone’s body by magic or special powers.
1. Choose the correct answer to each question from the alternatives and write the corresponding number of the answer in your answer scripts : 1×7 = 7
(i) River gypsies are the people who–
a. stay permanently at a place
b. travel from one place to another for pleasure.
c. move from one place to another by boat to earn their livelihood.
d. roam around on horse-back
(ii) ‘Monsoon’ in the passage refers to–
a. summer b. winter c. autumn d. rainy season
(iii) How many months do the river gypsies move around in the rivers and waters?
a. 5 months b. 6 months c. 7 months d. 8 months
(iv) ‘Sucking out blood’ in this passage is used to cure pains of–
a. aged people b. young people c. the toddlers d. the infants
(v) The magical power of the gypsies is believed by many–
a. rural people b. urban people
c. educated people d. modern people
(vi) The lifestyle of river gypsies is–
a. gorgeous b. nomadic
c. conventional d. fashionable
(vii) The gypsy people become busy with fishing in–
a. winter b. summer c. monsoon d. autumn
2. Answer the following questions from your reading of the above text : 2×4 = 8
a. What do the river gypsies do in winter?
b. How do the gypsy women often spend their time in winter?
c. Why do the gypsies return to the mainland?
d. How do they drive away the evil spirit?
3. Read the following text and fill in the gaps with appropriate words to make it a meaningful one : 1×5 = 5
It was Sunday. Mita, Zara, Jhuma Islam and Mazharul Islam (a) ¾ very early. They quickly got ready and (b) ¾ for Tha Kha floating market. They planned to have breakfast at the market. They (c) ¾ the market place sharp at 7. The canals were surrounded with coconut palm trees. They hired a boat. The boatman started (d) ¾ slowly taking them to the center of the market. There were boats everywhere. The sellers were mainly (e) ¾ Thai women. Their small boats were laden with bundles of lotus flowers, farm-fresh coconuts, fruits, vegetables, local food and delicious sweets.
Part B : Unseen (25 Marks)
Read the following text carefully and answer the following questions no 4 and 5 :
Begum Rokeya was a famous writer and a social worker. She lived in undivided Bengal in the early 19th century. She believed that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men in the society. So, she fought for them throughout her life.
Begum Rokeya was born in a rich family in a village called Pairabondh, Rangpur in 1880. Her father Jahir Uddin Muhammad Abu Ali Haider Saber was an educated landlord. Rokeya was married to Khan Bahadur Sakhawat Hussain in 1896. Her husband was the Deputy Magistrate of Bhagalpur, now a district in the Indian state of Bihar. He was very cooperative and encouraged Rokeya to go on with her activities.
Many upper class Muslims of Bengal at that time learnt Arabic and Persian as medium of education and communication. But Rokeya had great love for her mother tongue. She learnt Bangla and English from her eldest brother Ibrahim.
4. Complete the table below. Write not more than three words and/or numbers for each answer : 1×5 = 5
5. Read the passage again and write whether the statements are true or false. Give the correct answer if the statement is false : 1×5 = 5
a. Begum Rokeya could speak four languages.
b. Her husband was a very conservative and superstitious person.
c. She taught Bangla to her brother Ibrahim.
d. She fought against gender discrimination.
e. She came out from a poor and illiterate family.
6. Read the text below and fill in the gaps using the clues given in the boxes. There are more words than necessary. One word can be used once
only : .5×10 = 5
Physical exercise means the regular movement of different parts of the body. It is (a) ¾ essential for our body as well as our (b) ¾ . It keeps our body active and strong. There are (c) ¾ kinds of physical exercises. But all kinds of physical exercise are not (d) ¾ for all the people of (e) ¾ ages. (f) ¾ all other physical exercises, swimming and walking (g) ¾ suitable for all.(h) ¾ taking physical exercise, none can (i) ¾ a happy and (j) ¾ life.
7. Read the text below and fill in the gaps using suitable words to make it a meaningful text : 1×5 = 5
Television is the most widely used (a) ¾ of recreation. All types of people irrespective (b) ¾ age and gender like it . It (c) ¾ a wide range of recreational programmes. People (d) ¾ to their personal taste choose these programmes. In (e) ¾ , television has the magical power to draw all types of people towards it.
8. Match the part of sentences from column A and B to make five complete sentences. There are more parts in column B than necessary : 1×5 = 5
C : Grammar Part (Marks 25)
9. Read the text below and fill in the gaps with the root words in the brackets adding suitable suffix, prefix of both : .5×10 = 5
Kazi Nazrul Islam is very (a) ¾ (know) to us. He is a great writer. Besides a (b) ¾ (write), he is a also (c) ¾ (sing) and dramatist. We got (d) ¾ (inspire) during our liberation war from his writings. His (e) ¾ (contribute) to Bengali literature has made him(f) ¾ (mortal). He started his early life with great (g) ¾ (hard). Once he had to work in a bread (h) ¾ (make) shop for his (i) ¾ (live). Now, he is our (j) ¾ (nation) poet. He breathed his last in 1976.
10. Fill in the gaps in the following text with appropriate articles (a, an or the). Put a cross (´) where no article is used : .5×10 = 5
(a) ¾ aim of every student is to do better in(b) ¾ examination. But it is not (c) ¾ easy task. Regular study is (d) ¾ must. It is (e) ¾ unique quality of a good student. He should not cram (f) ¾ answers without knowing the meaning. He should have a good command of (g) ¾ English too. Besides, a student should form the habit of speaking (h) ¾ truth. He should make (i) ¾ best use of time. But the students who are (j) ¾ idle will suffer in the long run.
11. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets : 1×5 = 5
a. Acid throwing is a very heinous act. (Exclamatory)
b. Everyone hates it. (Interrogative)
c. It is not a human act. (Affirmative)
d. The acid throwers should be punished. (Active)
e. We must become aware of it. (Negative)
12. Rewrite the following passage changing the form of speech : 1×5 = 5
Ratul said to me, ‘Where are you going now?’ ‘I am going to the stadium to watch a cricket math. Do you want to go with me?’ said I. Ratul said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Let’s go together.’
13. Use capital letters and punctuation marks as needed in the following passage : .5×10 = 5
the teacher said dear students you should follow my advice why should we not follow you sir said the students.
Part-D : Writing (Marks 30)
14. Suppose, you are Safwan/Maria. You have been ill for the last few days. So you need to meet a doctor. Now, make a dialogue between you and the doctor about your illness. 10
15. Write an e-mail to your friend congratulating him/her on his/her brilliant success. In your e-mail, you should– 10
* write a subject line
* use proper greetings
* give a brief introduction of the success
* express your feeling
* express your wish for him
* write the closing remark and your name
16. Write a paragraph of 150 words on ‘Traffic Jam’. Your writing should address the following questions :
* What is Traffic Jam?
* Where is it usually seen?
* Why does it happen?
* How does it bring harm for the people as well as for the students?
* What measures should be taken to remove it?