HSC Board July 2023 Activity Sheet

HSC Board July 2023 Activity Sheet

HSC Board July 2023 Activity Sheet- Do solve it.

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HSC Board July 2023 Activity Sheet

SECTION -I: PROSE

(Reading for Comprehension, Language Study, Summary and Mind Mapping)

Q. 1. (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below: (12) [16]

Soapy left his bench and strolled out of the square and across the level sea of asphalt, where Broadway and Fifth Avenue flow together. Up Broadway he turned and stopped at a luxurious cafe.
                Soapy had confidence in himself from the lowest button of his vest upward. He was shaven, and his coat was trim, and his neat, black bow had been presented to him by a lady missionary on Thanksgiving Day. If only he could reach a table in the restaurant unsuspected, success would be his. The portion of him that would show above the table would raise no doubt in the waiter’s mind. A roasted mallard duck, thought Soapy, would be about the thing with a bottle of wine and then some cheese, a cup of coffee and a cigar. One dollar for the cigar would be enough. The total would not be so high as to call forth any extreme of revenge from the cafe management; and yet the meat would leave him filled and happy for the journey to his winter island.
                But as Soapy set foot inside the restaurant door, the head-waiter’s eye fell upon his tattered trousers and decadent shoes. Strong and ready hands turned him about and conveyed him in silence and haste to the side-walk and averted the ignoble fate of the menaced mallard.
                Soapy turned off Broadway. It seemed that his route to the coveted island was not to be an easy one. Some other way of entering the limbo must be devised.
                At a corner of Sixth Avenue electric lights and cunningly displayed wares behind plate glass made a shop window attractive. Soapy took a stone and dashed it through the glass. People came running round the corner, a policeman in the lead. Soapy stood still with his hands in his pockets and smiled at the sight of brass buttons.
“Where’s the man that done that?” inquired the officer agitatedly.
“Don’t you think that I might have had something to do with it?” said Soapy, with a friendly voice, as one greets good fortune.

A1. Rewrite the following sentences and state whether they are True or False: (2)

(a) A lady missionary has presented Soapy a black bow on Thanksgiving Day.

(b) The head-waiter’s eye did not fall upon his tattered trousers and decadent shoes.

(c) A policeman was in the lead when people came running round the corner.

(d) The officer did not inquire about the man who broke the glass.

Answer-

(a) A lady missionary has presented Soapy a black bow on Thanksgiving Day.- True

(b) The head-waiter’s eye did not fall upon his tattered trousers and decadent shoes.- False

(c) A policeman was in the lead when people came running round the corner.- True

(d) The officer did not inquire about the man who broke the glass.- False


A2. Match the incidents given in column ‘A’ with the consequences given in column ‘B’: (2)

Column AColumn B
(1) Soapy tried to enter a cafe.He stood up slowly beating the dust from his clothes.
(2) Soapy broke a glass windowHe wanted to get arrested by the police.
(3) Two waiters pitched Soapy on the callous pavement.The cop ran after another man.
(4) Soapy stood silent with his hands in his pockets.Strong and ready hands of the head-waiter turned him round.

Answer-

Column AColumn B
(1) Soapy tried to enter a cafe.Strong and ready hands of the head-waiter turned him round.
(2) Soapy broke a glass windowThe cop ran after another man.
(3) Two waiters pitched Soapy on the callous pavement.He stood up slowly beating the dust from his clothes.
(4) Soapy stood silent with his hands in his pockets.He wanted to get arrested by the police.

A3. Complete the following sentences: (2)

‘His route to the coveted island was not to be an easy one.”

(i) Here ‘Island’ means ——————–

(ii) The island is ‘Coveted’ because ——————

Answer-

‘His route to the coveted island was not to be an easy one.”

(i) Here ‘Island’ means jail or prison.

(ii) The island is ‘Coveted’ because Soapy was eager to get arrested and spend the winter in the jail there.


A4. Students should stay away from crime’.

Write your opinion on the above sentence.(2)

Answer-

Students need to pay attention to their study. If they are involved in criminal activities, they will not get a secure and happy life. Crime will throw them in the dark and sad world where they can’t get satisfaction and peace of mind. Students should stay away from crime to build a good and fruitful career.


A5. Do as directed:(2)

(i) Soapy turned off Broadway.

(Identify the correct tense form from the following options and rewrite)

(a) The simple present tense

(b) The simple past tense

(c) The present perfect tense

(d) The past perfect tense

Answer-

(b) The simple past tense


(ii) ‘Soapy took a stone and dashed it through the glass.

(Choose the correct alternative to make it a simple sentence)

(a) Taking a stone, Soapy dashed it through the glass.

(b) Soapy took a stone to dashed it through the glass.

(c) Soapy has taken a stone to dash it through the glass.

(d) Soapy takes a stone to dash it through the glass.

Answer-

(a) Taking a stone, Soapy dashed it through the glass.


A6. Find the synonyms of the following from the extract: (2)

(i) jail

(ii) old and worn-out shoes

(ii) dishonourable

(iv) nervous manner

Answer-

(i) jail – winter island/limbo

(ii) old and worn-out shoes – decadent shoes

(ii) dishonourable – ignoble

(iv) nervous manner – agitatedly


B1. Language study- (4)

Do as directed:

(1) There were no boats to take the people across.

(Identify and rewrite the correct transformation of the above sentence beginning with ‘If…..) (1)

(a) If there were no boats, they wouldn’t have taken people across.

(b) If there were no boats, they would have taken people across.

(c) If there were boats, they would have taken people across.

(d) If there were boats, they wouldn’t have taken people across.

Answer-

(c) If there were boats, they would have taken people across.


(2) He simply abandoned his sack by the stream.

(Identify and rewrite the correct transformation of the above sentence beginning with ‘His sack…) (1)

(a) His sack is abandoned by the stream by him.

(b) His sack has been abandoned by him by the stream.

(c) His sack was abandoned by him by the stream.

(d) His sack had been abandoned by the stream by him.

Answer-

(c) His sack was abandoned by him by the stream.


(3) She said, “I have worked hard from childhood.”

(Identify the correct indirect narration of the above sentence from the given options and rewrite) (1)

(a) She said that she had worked hard from childhood.

(b) She said that she has worked hard from childhood.

(c) She said that she worked hard from childhood.

(d) She said that she has been working hard from childhood.

Answer-

(a) She said that she had worked hard from childhood.


B2. Spot the error: (1)

India pays tribute to Gandhiji for his birth anniversary.

Answer-

India pays tribute to Gandhiji on his birth anniversary.


Q. 2. (A) Read the following extract and complete the activities given below: (12) [18]

“This is my birthday, sir,’ explained Gopal timidly. “Wish you many happy returns,’ said the director promptly and added, “What if it is your birthday?”
‘Rather a peculiar birthday,’ explained Gopal. “This is my forty-ninth birthday. Astrologers have often told me that I might not see this birthday, and if I lived to see this day I should have nothing more to worry about… I have lived in secret terror of this day all my life. Whenever I saw my wife and children I used to be racked with the thought that I should probably be leaving them orphans. I came late today because we held some propitiatory rites at home for the planets, and we celebrated my survival this day with a feast. My astrologer has suggested that I do nothing unpleasant today, sir. I wish to treat it as a very auspicious day, sir.”
The director was impressed. He turned to his assistant, who always shadowed him, carrying a portfolio under his arm and commanded, “fetch the story-writer’. Presently he arrived, his lips red with the chewing of betel leaves. He was a successful story-writer who made a lot of money by dashing off plots for film people. He laughed aloud on hearing of the problem created by the actor. He was not the angry type to feel upset at contrary suggestions. He declared, ‘Impossible to change the story. How can he refuse to die? I am busy.”
He turned on his heel and started out. At the door he stopped to add, ‘Anyway, send for our boss and tell him about it.’ The boss came running into the scene. He asked anxiously, ‘What is all this trouble about? What is it all about?”
Gopal sat in his chair unmoving: he was not allowed to shift his position even slightly; continuity would be spoilt otherwise. He felt stuffy. The big lamp scorched his face. They all stood around and looked at him as if he were a freak. Their faces were blurred beyond the shadows. All of them are my Yamas,’ Gopal thought. ‘They are bent upon seeing me dead.

A1. Arrange the following statements in a proper sequence as per their occurrence in the extract and rewrite : (2)

(i) The director was impressed.

(ii) Their faces were blurred beyond the shadows.

(ii) Gopal explained timidly that it was his birthday.

(iv) His lips were red with the chewing of betel leaves.

Answer-

1. (ii) Gopal explained timidly that it was his birthday.

2. (i) The director was impressed.

3. (iv) His lips were red with the chewing of betel leaves.

4. (ii) Their faces were blurred beyond the shadows.


A2. Give reasons: (2)

(i) Gopal’s forty-ninth birthday was a peculiar one because——–

Answer-

Gopal’s forty-ninth birthday was a peculiar one because astrologers have often told him that he might not see this birthday. They further added that if he hired to see this day, he should have nothing more to worry about.

(i) He felt stuffy because————-

Answer-

He felt stuffy because he was not allowed to shift his position even slightly as he was made to sit in his unmoving chair.


A3. ‘All of them are my Yamas’.

Explain the statement.

Answer-

Gopal insisted on changing the end of the story but the story writer refused to change it. When the boss arrived, Gopal was sitting in his unmoving chair. He was nervous. The big lamp scorched his face. In this situation, he felt that all of them were Yamas (angels or representatives of death). They were waiting for his death.


A4. ‘Superstition poison our minds.

Explain in your own words.

Answer-

Yes, I agree that superstition poison our minds. Superstition makes us cowards. It loses our confidence. We cannot think rationally. We waste our valuable time in searching solutions to avoid its impact. It is the death of thinking mind. Superstition is a belief that cannot be explained by reason or science. So it poisons our mind.


A5. Do as directed:

(i) He laughed aloud on hearing of the problem.(1)

(Choose the correct change in the given options, if ‘would’ is used in the above sentence).

(a) He would laughed on hearing of the problem.

(b) He would have laughed on hearing of the problem.

(c) He would laugh on hearing of the problem.

(d) He would be laughed on hearing of the problem.

Answer-

(c) He would laugh on hearing of the problem.


(ii) They all stood around and looked at him.

(Choose the correct alternative to write it with ‘not only… but also.”) (1)

(a) They all not only stood around but also looked at him.

(b) They all stood not only around but also looked at him.

(c) Not only they all stood around but also looked at him.

(d) They all stood not around only but also looked at him.

Answer-

(a) They all not only stood around but also looked at him.


A6. Find out the antonyms for the following from the extract: (2)

(i) bravely

(ii) pleasant

(iii) accept

(iv) moving

Answer-

(i) bravely – timidly

(ii) pleasant – unpleasant

(iii) accept – refuse

(iv) moving – unmoving


(B) Summarising: (3)

Write a ‘summary’ of the above extract by using the following points.

Gopal’s birthday —— Astrologers’ prediction ——– The director’s impression ——- The boss ———– Gopal’s thought.

(C) Mind Mapping: (3)

Develop a mind map on ‘My Future Goals’. Frame / designs using your ideas/thoughts/concepts to illustrate.


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Section- II

(Poetry and Appreciation)

Q.3 (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below: (10) [14]

No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
The ship was as still as she could be,
Her sails from heaven received no motion,
Her keel was steady in the ocean.

Without either sign or sound of their shock
The waves flow’d over Inchcape Rock;
So little they rose, so little they fell,
They did not move the Inchcape Bell.

The Abbot of Aberbrothok
Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock;
On a buoy in the storm it floated and swung.
And over the waves its warning rung.  

When the Rock was hid by the surge’s swell,
The mariners heard the warning bell;
And then they knew the perilous Rock,
And blest the Abbot of Aberbrothok.

A1. Describe the scene in the beginning of the poem. (2)

Answer-

The sea was silent. The wind was not blowing. The waves did not move at sea and the sea was clear and calm. The atmosphere was very peaceful.


A2. Give reasons: (2)

(i) The ship was still at sea because —————-

Answer-

The ship was still at sea because there was no stir in the air and in the sea. No movements in the air. There was no external force to move the ship.

(ii) The Abbot of Aberbrothok had placed the bell on the Inchcape Rock so ———————

Answer-

The Abbot of Aberbrothok had placed the bell on the Inchcape Rock so the bell’s ringing would be heard to nearby sailors sailing on ship. Hearing the sound sailors could avoid the collision of the ship with the dangerous rock.


A3. Write two incidents/occasions on which you helped other people. (2)

Answer-

Once I was walking on the highway. I saw a blind man trying to cross the road. I went to him and helped him to cross the road safely. In another occasion, I helped the injured person who met the road accident.


A4. Give the rhyming pairs and rhyme scheme from stanza 2 from the extract. (2)

Answer-

Rhyming pairs-

Shock – Rock

Fell – bell

Rhyme scheme-

a a b b


A5. Compose four lines of your own on ‘Sea’. (2)

Answer-

I wake up early,

And visit the sea;

The waves in the basement

Come out to look at me.

I enjoy the water,

But feel salty it later.


(B) Appreciation: (4)

Read the extract and write the appreciation of the poem:

When I had money, money,
O! I knew no joy till I went poor;
For many a false man as a friend
Came knocking all day at my door.  

Then felt I like a child that holds
A trumpet that he must not blow
Because a man is dead; I dared
Not speak to let this false world know.  

Much have I thought of life, and seen
How poor men’s hearts are ever light;
And how their wives do hum like bees.
About their work from morn till night.  

So, when I hear these poor ones laugh,
And see the rich ones coldly frown
Poor men, think I, need not go up
So much as rich men should come down.

Answer-

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Section- IV

(Literary Genre – Novel)

Q 5. (A) Complete the activities given below as per the instructions: (4)[16]

(i) Match the columns (2)

AB
(1) The Heart of DarknessJohn Steinbeck
(2) The Turn of the ScrewThomas Mann
(3) Death in VeniceJoseph Conrad
(4) PearlHenry James

Answer:-

AB
(1) The Heart of DarknessJoseph Conrad
(2) The Turn of the ScrewHenry James
(3) Death in VeniceThomas Mann
(4) PearlJohn Steinbeck

(ii) Choose the correct alternatives and rewrite the sentences:(2)

(a) The central idea in the novel is ——–

[ plot/theme/story]

Answer:-

The central idea in the novel is theme.

(b) The main character in the novel is referred to as ——– [antagonist/clown/protagonist]

Answer:-

The main character in the novel is referred to as protagonist.

(c) The struggle between the opposite forces in the story is called ——–

[setting/character/conflict]

Answer:-

The struggle between the opposite forces in the story is called conflict.

(d) Language and techniques used in the novel is known as

[manner / style / texture]

Answer:-

Language and techniques used in the novel is known as style.


(B) Answer in about 50 words to the questions given below: (4)

(i) Explain How the setting of the extract “To Sir with Love'” contributes to the theme of the novel. (2)

Answer-

See answer in Question Set No. 10

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(ii) Describe in brief the plot of the extract from “To Sir with Love” (2)

Answer:-

See answer in Question Set No. 2 and 3

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(C) Answer in about 50 words to the questions given below: (4)

(i) Describe The character-sketch of Phileas Fogg from the extract of the novel Around the World In Eighty Days.” (2)

Answer:-

See answer in Question Set No. 3 (Around the World In Eighty Days)

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(ii) Compare The characters Passepartout and detective Fix from the extract of the novel Around the World In Eighty Days.” (2)

Answer:-

See answer in Question Set No. 2 (Around the World In Eighty Days)

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(D)  

(i) Arrange the sentences in correct sequence as per their occurrence in the extract “The Sign of Four’. Jumbled Sentence/incidents : (2)

(a) Holmes put a revolver in his pocket.

(b) Mary received a large and lustrous pearl through the post.

(c) Mary’s father was an officer in an Indian regiment.

(d) Mary Morstan was a well-dressed young lady.

Answer:-

1) (d) Mary Morstan was a well-dressed young lady.

2) (c) Mary’s father was an officer in an Indian regiment.

3) (b) Mary received a large and lustrous pearl through the post.

4) (a) Holmes put a revolver in his pocket.

(ii) Discuss the importance of the following statements in about 50 words in the light of the extract “The Sign of Four.” (2)

The trio-Holmes, Dr. Watson and Mary decide to visit Lyceum Theatre.

Answer:-

See answer in Question Set No. 8 (The Sign of Four)

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