B.A, B.Sc (Part-1) PAPER-A
Times Allowed: 3 hrs Max. Marks: 75
Q.1: John Stenbeck: The Pearl 15 Marks
(a). In the he saw how they were dressed –Juana in a shawl stiff with newness and a new skirt, and from under the long skirt Kino could see that she wore shoes.
This sentence has been taken from Chapter III of The Pearl. Relate in your own words what happens after this till the end of the chapter.
(b): 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 his throat.
These sentences have been taken from Chapter VI of The Pearl. Relate in your own words what happens after this till the end of the chapter.
Q.2: Write a letter to an English daily newspaper expressing your views about the spread of the “bird-flue’ virus in Pakistan, its direct effect on public health, and its long term consequences upon the poultry industry.
(Summary and Comprehension)
Q.3: Summarize in your own words the following passage from the Pearl to one third of its length. 15 Marks
And the new comers, particularly the beggars, from the front of the church who were great experts in financial analysis, looked quickly at Juana’s old blue skirt, saw the tears in her shawl, apprised the green ribbon on her braids, read the age of Kino’s blanket and the thousand washing of his clothes, and set them down as poverty people and went along to see what kind of drama might develop. The four beggars in front of the church knew everything in the town. They were students of the expressions of young women as they went into confessions, and they saw them as they came out and read the nature of the sin. They knew every little scandal and some very big crimes. They slept at their posts in the shadow of the church so that no one crept in for consolation without their knowledge. And they knew his clumsy operations and the little brown pennies he gave sparingly for alms. They had seen his corpses go into the church. And, since early Mass was over and business was slow, they followed the procession, these endless searchers after perfect knowledge of their fellow men, to see what the fat lazy doctor would do about an indigent baby with a scorpion bite.
Q4: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end. The answers must be in your own words. (15 Marks)
Scientists fear that after centuries of undiminished glory the Taj Mahal in Agra may soon be irreparably damaged by the city’s severe pollution problem. From the Red Fort, a distance of only two km, it is often impossible to see the Taj through a cloud of smoke, smog and haze which envelops it.
The Mathura Oil Refinery, less than 50 km upstream from the Taj, dumps a ton of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere every day. To add to that, there are more than 150 registered iron foundation in the vicinity. The up government insists that all is fine, but the amount of suspended particles in the air is more than five times what the government itself says is the maximum that the Taj can sustain without being damaged. A band of cleaners scrubs at the yellowing marble with chemicals, and some slabs have been so badly damaged that they have had to be replaced. Not that people have not damaged the Taj in t he past—in 1764 silver doors fitted to the entrance gate were ripped off and carted away, the raiders have subterranean vault.
Environmentalist finally managed to get a hearing in the Supreme Court, who ordered that the state government tackle the problem immediately. New industries within a 50 existing operations remain.
Indian environmentalists have now launched a petition to save the Taj, aiming to collect a million signatures demanding together action. Ideas for limiting pollution in the vicinity include banning of vehicles of all types within a three km radius of the Taj; visitors would arrive only by cycle-rickshaw or tonga. By refusing to take auto rickshaw or taxies to the Taj, tourists can also play a role in helping to stop the damage to the glorious monument.
- What is posing the biggest danger to glory of the Taj Mahal?
- What are the suspended particles in the air surrounding the area?
- What is a subterranean vault?
- Who are environmentalists? What is their concern?
- Choose the correct meaning of these words fro m the passage above from the choices given on the parentheses.
a. Haz (dirt, rain, blur)
b. Dumps (throws, attacks, discards)
c. Slabs (pillars, pieces, doors)
d. Ripped (broken, torn, repaired)
e. Tackle (handle, ignore, ponder)
Q.5: Attempt sections (a), (b) and (c) below as directed.
a). Arrange the following groups of words in correct order to make coherent sentences.
- questioned police must he the by been have.
- ends well all is that well.
- away rotten threw he apple the.
- drowning the saved be child from must.
- late never better than.
b). Find and correct the mistakes in each of these sentences.
- Jane was the most tallest girl in her class.
- I have cake with my tea usually.
- She is always too rude to me.
- My cousin resembles with her mother.
- She keeps fishes in a large glass bowl.
c). Use the correct form of the word or expression given in parenthesis.
- The murderer was (hang) at last.
- The summiteers flourished during the (Elizabeth) period.
- I find this kind of work quite (challenge).
- (Restore) of this historical building will cost a lot of money.
- He (prompt) gave up his bus-seat to the elderly passenger.