Important question for see students

Class: IX                                Subject: English                            F.M.: 75

Time: 2:15 hours                                                                           P.M.: 24

Students are required to give their answers in their own words as far as practicable. Credit shall be given to such creative, logical, clean and neatly furnished expressions, not rote learning.

1.   Read the following poem and do the activities:

      to touch me                                               every day

      very gently please                                     patting paws, searching

      and slowly                                                 – arms up, shoes off

      touch me                                                   leg apart –

      I want to learn again                                 prodding paws, systematic

      how life feels.                                           heavy, indifferent

                                                                        probing away all privacy

      I’ve not been touched                              

      for seven years                                          I don’t want fist and paws

      for seven years                                          I want

      I’ve been untouched                                  to want to be touched again

      out of touch                                              and to touch

      and I have learnt                                       I want to feel alive again

      to know now                                             I want to say when I get out

      the meaning of untouchable                      “Here I am,

                                                                        please touch me!”

      Untouched – not quite                             

      I can count the things                                                       – Hugh Lewin

      that have touched me                               

      One: fists

      At the beginning                                      

      fierce, mad fists                                       

      beating, beating                                        

      till I remember screaming,                        

      “Don’t touch me,                                      

      please don’t touch me!”                                                        (Contd…….)

A.  Choose the correct words from the given options:   [4 × 0.5 = 2]

a)   The poet wrote this poem in __________.

i)    the hospital            ii)   the garden             iii)  prison

b)   The poem explores the theme of ________.

i)    racial segregation existing in South Africa

ii)   social segregation existing in South Africa

iii)  economic disparity

c)   The phrase ‘probing away all privacy’ suggests that _______.

i)    he was well behaved

ii)   he was inhumanly treated

iii)  he was beaten hard

d)   The author’s protest against apartheid state is ____________.

i)    too aggressive       ii)   too violent             iii)  peaceful

B.  Answer the following questions:                                    [3 × 1 = 3]

a)   Does the author belong to White or Black? What makes you think so?

b)   How has the poet learnt the meaning of untouchability?

c)   Why does the poet, unlike in the first verse, ask someone not to touch him in the third verse?

2.   Read the following passage and do the activities that follow:

Paracetamol is a common analgesic and antipyretic drug that is used for the fever, headaches and other minor aches and pains. Paracetamol is also useful in managing more severe pain, allowing lower dosages of additional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to be used. These may minimize over all side-effects. It is a major ingredient in numerous cold and flu medication, as well as many prescription analgesics. It is considered safe for human use in recommended doses, but because of its availability, deliberate or accidental overdoses are fairly common.

It is available in different trade names like Cetamol, Pandol (Europe, Africa, Central America & Asia), Tylenol, Datriol (Africa), Niko, etc. It is commonly administered in tablet, liquid suspension (esp for children), suppository, intravenous and intramuscular form.


The common adult dose is 500 mg to 1000 mg. The recommended daily dose for adult is 4 grams. In recommended dose Paracetamol is safe for children and infants as well as for adults. It is also safe in pregnancy. In other words, in recommended does Paracetamol does not irritate the lining of the stomach, affect blood coagulation or affect the function of the kidneys, etc. However, some studies have shown that high usage (greater than 2000 mg per day) does increase the risk of upper gastrointestinal complications.

A.  Find the words from the passage which are similar in meaning to the following words/phrases:         [4 × 0.5 = 2]

i)    suggested                                                     ii)   painkiller

iii)  a drug used to reduce or prevent fever        iv)  taken

B.  Write ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false statements:         [4 × 0.5 = 2]

i)    Paracetamol is only used for fever and headache.

ii)   The common adult dose of Paracetamol is 500 mg to 1000 mg.

iii)  Paracetamol is not safe for pregnant woman.

iv)  High usage of Paracetamol increases the risk of upper gastrointestinal complications.

C.  Answer the following questions:                                    [3 × 2 = 6]

i)    What is Paracetamol used for?

ii)   What are the common forms of Paracetamol?

iii)  What is the recommended daily dose for adult of Paracetamol?

3.   Read the following passage very carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Civilisation is a characteristic of human societies. In its crudest form it is the characteristic which differentiates what anthropologists call ‘advanced’ from what they call ‘low’ or ‘backward’ societies. The first step towards civilisation is the correcting of instinct by reason – that is to say human being can correct his behaviour by applying his knowledge and wisdom, which is not found in animal kingdom. Animals cannot correct their instinct by reason – this is the fundamental thing which separates human beings from others.


Civilisation is something artificial and unnatural. To put it another way, using a spoon instead of hands at a dinner table is unnatural or artificial; a child born naked wrapped in clothes is unnatural. Therefore, civilisation is a move from natural to unnatural; from reality to falsity.

Civilisation, a quest for the best, grows from Apollonian instinct. Apollo, in Greek Myth, is a god of light, reason, calm and order. Apollonian societies always endeavour to achieve the ‘highest good’. On the other hand, Dionysius societies have the reverse experience.

A taste for truth and beauty, tolerance, intellectual honesty, a dislike for vulgarity, freedom from superstition and prudery, and many other good qualities achieved through the strenuous exercise of mental faculty form the bedrock of any human civilisation.

A.  Match the following:                                                    [4 × 0.5 = 2]

i)    Apollo                               arduous

ii)   Dionysius                          knowledge

iii)  Strenuous                          order

iv)  Reason                              disorder

B.  Place ‘T’ for true and ‘F’ for false against the following sentences:         [4 × 0.5 = 2]

i)    The first step towards civilisation is to correct instinct by reason.

ii)   Civilisation is literally a natural phenomenon.

iii)  Animals, like human beings, can correct their instinct.

iv)  Civilisation is the result of Apollonian instinct.

C.  Answer the following questions:                                    [3 × 2 = 6]

i)    What is the bedrock of civilisation?

ii)   What is the first attempt towards civilisation?

iii)  Why do Apollonian societies value god Apollo?


4.   Read the advertisement and do the activities that follow:


Meridian International, an umbrella organisation working in the field of education, is looking for qualified, dynamic and result-oriented candidates for its Sister institutions – Bouddha Meridian School newly established in Jorpati and Meridian International School well established in Baluwatar. The following posts are lying vacant here. Any Nepali national willing to join us may apply to under mentioned address within 15 days satisfying the following terms and conditions:

Nature of Posts:

∙     HOD of English – 1

∙     HOD of Science – 1

∙     English Teacher Secondary Level – 1

∙     Math Teacher Secondary Level – 1

∙     Grade Teachers – 10

∙     Receptionists – 3


For the post of HOD Master’s Degree in related stream is required along with 5 years experience. Similarly, for the post of Secondary Level Teacher, Bachelor or Masters (preferable) is needed in related subjects with 3 years experience. Bachelor Degree in any stream is required for the post of Grade Teachers. B.B.A. is must for the post of Receptionist.

∙     Fluency in both spoken and written English is mandatory for all.

∙     The candidates must be fully well acquainted with the manipulation of smart board, projector, etc.

∙     Computer proficiency is must for all in their related fields.

∙     Remuneration and other perks: as per the school rule

∙     Probation: 6 months

∙     Duty station: Either (Jorpati or Baluwatar)

Only short listed candidates shall be called for the interview.

Application should reach to the following address along with CV and passport size photograph.

The Administration Department

Meridian International

Baluwatar, Kathmandu

P.O. Box: 4111                                                               (Contd…….)

A.  Find the words from the text as indicated in the brackets: [4×1=4]

i)    familiar with (similar word)     ii)   incompetence (opposite word)

iii)  trial period (single word)          iv)  salary (similar word)

B.   Fill in the blanks with appropriate words or phrases from the given text:  [3 × 1 = 3]

i)    Salary and perks are __________.

ii)   The academic qualification for English HOD is _________.

iii)  Computer skill is _________.

C.  Answer the following question.                                        [4 × 2 = 8]

i)    Which company has advertised for the posts?

ii)   What are the things to be submitted with the applications?

iii)  Where will be the selected candidates assigned to?

iv)  Besides their major academic qualification, what should the candidates possess?

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