Wednesday, 11 March 2015



1. How did our earth come into being?
Ans. It came into being when the mountain on the surface of the sun broke.
2.Write a note on the beginning of life on the earth.
Ans. When the earth cooled down, life started in simple organisms.
3. Why is there no life on the stars?
Ans. It is because the stars are burning balls of fire.
4. How has the scientific method helped us in our fight against disease?
Ans. Scientific method has invented medicines that cure diseases. 
5. How was food preserved in the past?
Ans. It was preserved by canning, pickling or drying. 
6. What were the superstitious beliefs practiced by people in the past?
Ans. Those were fear of black cats, broken mirrors and the number 13. 
7. What is the common cause of failure of students?
Ans. It is parents' mistaken ambition for their children.
8. How is health another cause of the failure of students?
Ans. An unhealthy student usually has unhealthy mind so he fails.
9. Who are lazy bluffers?
Ans. They are the boastful boys who have not found any serious interest in life.
10. How did the writer feel on Friday night?
Ans. Friday night was the best night of the week for him as there lay two full holidays.
11. What were unexpected respites?
Ans. Those were out of routine holidays.
12. What were the things the writer longed for but could not have?
Ans. These were a tricycle, a bicycle, sweets and ice-cream.
13. Why should bad books be destroyed?
Ans. Destruction of them makes room for new books and sorting of books becomes easier.
14. Why is it difficult to destroy books?
Ans. We develop a feeling of possessing the purchased books and do not find a scaffold for them.
15. Why could not the author burn the unwanted books?
Ans. He had no kitchen range and he could not burn them leaf by leaf on gas cooker.
16. How did Jerome K. Jerome come to suspect that his liver was out of order?
Ans. He suspected it when he read the symptoms of ill-liver in a paten liver-pill circular. 
17. Why did the writer go to the British Museum?
Ans. He went there to read up the treatment of ailments of which he had a touch. 
18. What was the prescription given to the writer by the doctor?
Ans. It was to eat good diet, sleep well and avoid the things you don't understand. 
19. Why did the manager come to think that Leacock had an awful secret to reveal?
Ans. It was because Leacock wanted to see the manager alone.
20. Write at least two blunders committed by Leacock in the bank.
Ans. Firstly he entered into a safe and secondly wrote fifty six instead of six on the cheque.
21. After his mis-adventure in the bank, where did Leacock keep his money?
Ans. He kept cash in his trousers pocket and savings in a sock.
22. Why has the world changed its attitude towards China? 
Ans. It is because China has made great progress in all fields of life. 
23. What is decentralized economy? 
Ans. It means the development of the cities and the villages at the same level. 
24. Write a note on Chinese women. 
Ans. Chinese women are hard working and lack femininity. The do not use beauty products. 
25. What does famine mean? 
Ans. It means that a great number of people do not have enough food to eat. 
26. How do famines occur? 
Ans. The failure of crops due to disease and the lack of rain can cause famines. 
27. What is the major cause of increase in the population? 
Ans. It is that more people are born than those who die. 
28. What was Cardova called "The Jewel of the World"? 
Ans. It was called so because of beautiful buildings and centre of all cultural activities. 
29. What did the Abbasid Caliph say on receiving the head of his governor? 
Ans. He thanked God for having placed a sea between him and his enemy. 
30. Who was Al-Hakam? 
Ans. He was a scholar and Abd-al-Rahman's successor.

Saturday, 7 March 2015


MCQ's (Synonyms) - Modern Prose & Heroes
(Solution is only available in the hard copy)
Choose the best answer.
1. Each star makes its voyage in complete loneliness. (visit, appearance, journey, movement)
2. We find the universe frightening because of its immense distances. (small, huge, no, minor)
3. The space beyond the Milky Way is immensely cold. (shinning star, collection of stars, planets, the sun)
4. We are more critical than our forefathers. (credulous, logical, illogical, superstitious)
5. Thrifty housewives preserved their home grown vegetables and fruits. (frugal, dirty, spendthrift, careless)
6. Superstitious people believe in the signs of good or bad luck. (broad-minded, credulous, modern, intelligent)
7. He asserted that God put those tonsils in his son's throat for some good purpose. (claimed, retorted, answered, narrated)
8. No body ought to be compelled to earn his entire was through college. (expelled, engaged, forced, taught)
9. It is always to the detriment of their health. (damage, advantage, need, improvement)
10. The voice it heralded sounded in my ears like a summons to damnation. (paradise, hell, pressure, fair)
11. Sometimes there were unexpected respites. (joys, breaks, gifts, dreams)
12. I could hardly believe that three strenuous school terms had rolled away. (pleasant, tiring, critical, long)
13. Many people are reluctant to throw anything that looks like a book. (ready, worried, willing, hesitant)
14. It is sometimes difficult to find a scaffold for books. (classes, gallows, proper place, hidden place)
15. I walked on with an air of rumination. (remuneration, meditation, diffidently, differently)
16. I began to indolently study diseases. (gladly, quickly, lazily, indifferently. 
17. Gout was in its most malignant stage. (mild, initial, virulent, obvious)
18. I crawled out as a decrepit wreck. (strong, brave, weak, coward)
19. When I go into a bank I get rattled. (confused, sad, happy, angry)
20. My voice was sepulchral. (soft, loud, gloomy, low)
21. The people in the bank had the impression that I was an invalid millionaire. (illiterate, disabled, poor, very rich)
22. Occidental countries launched a warm hug to China. (western, eastern, northern, southern)
23. There is a lack of femininity in the Chinese women. (beauty, shame, fashion, womanliness)
24. Mao says that it is the people, and not things, that are decisive. (important, unimportant, trifle, problem)
25. A tremendous population explosion is taking place. (rapid growth, decrease, control, planning)
26. Nine and a half million perished in a single famine. (drowned, deprived, tried, died)
27. Food could not be distributed to the isolated areas. (at hand, remote, prosperous, well - off)
28. Abd-al-Rahman was a youth of exceptional nerve and ability. (good, strong, little, extraordinary)
29. In North Africa, he bravely escaped assassination. (punishment, murder, prison, capture)
30. Abd-al-Rahman imported exotic plants to his garden. (native, beautiful, best, foreign)
31.The head master showed discernment in judging my general ability. (wisdom, illiteracy, rejection, mystery)
32. After much reflection I put a bracket round it. (shadow, echo, thinking, wait)
33. I continued in this unpretentious situation for nearly a year. (troublesome, tiring, cruel, simple)
34. Naturally I am biased in favour of boys learning English. (bad, cruel, partial, dull)
35. Large parts were almost uninhabited. (unpleasant, underdeveloped, unpopulated, uncultivated)
36. The driver was reluctant to take Christopher. (willing, hesitant, eager, drunk)
37. They went to a well to replenish their water-bags. (empty, wash, refill, draw)
38. The land of thirst and death was an area notorious for sandstorms. (famous, noble, defamed, well known)
39. Lister's aim was the prevention of disease. (growth, stopping, pruning, flourishing)
40. Injecting carbolic acid was abandoned soon. (given up, adopted, practiced, propagated)
41. He discovered the body's natural armour, the leukocytes.(attack, prevention, defense, killer)
42. Lysozyme was the forerunner of penicillin. (herald, killer, father, companion)
43. Pasteur's father had been one of Napoleon's conscripts. (friends, servants, soldiers, opponents)
44. Until 1849, the industry of silkworm had flourished consistently. (declined, died, prospered, decreased)
45. Providentially, Pasteur's mind was not injured. (clearly, consequently, immediately, fortunately)
46. Pasteur arrived at the method of attenuating germs. (cultivating, growing, killing, weakening)
47. At first the British High Commissioner demurred. (admired, objected, stopped, instructed)
48. Turks vowed that death was preferable to rule by Greeks. (declared, said, repeated, swore)
49. Mustafa Kamal abolished the old Turkish script. (promoted, changed, supported, put to and end)
50. Mustafa Kamal was the saviour of Turkey. (leader, ruler, deliverer, destroyer)