Exam Pack 09 English CBSE

How I Taught my Grandmother to Read


Background – Karnataka; Time – 1950s; Author – Sudha Murthy; Grandmother’s name – Krishtakka; Name of the magazine – Karmaveera; Name of the novel – Kaashi Yatre (By Triveni); Characters in Kaashi Yaatre; Old lady; Orphan Girl; Deadline for learning – Durga Pooja; Sudha’s gift for Grandmother – A complete copy of Kaashi Yaatre; Grandmother’s gift for Sudha – Frock material

Reading Section
  1. Whenever I ask students to change their handwriting, they tend to place the blame on their pens. If not the pen, there comes a swarm of other excuses such as a sore finger, a poorly lit room or the limited time. I have a score time told each of my students to amend his handwriting but to no immediate effect.This is what happens when your handwriting is illegible – the teacher fails to read your hard-worked answers and forms a negative impression.
  2. You write your f as t, s as r, b as an instrument to clean the ear, c as e and e as i! What more! I have seen the tail of g and y and sometimes j growing like Hanuman’s tail, the dot above the i in the neighbor’s yard, k as clearly as R. After all, English has as less as 26 letters and our children find it so hard to changes!
  3. Psychologically speaking, it is an attitude crisis. In order to change one’s handwriting, one should first change the corresponding attitude. If A feels that his handwriting is the best or better than many, there is no question of change but when A feels that B’s handwriting is really good, A will start copying B’s handwriting.
  4. Remember, maybe we will have our exams typed on a tablet after a few years but that is all about the future. To pass your exams, you have to write as legible as possible. Don’t test your teacher’s patience. The teacher who sits to check/value your paper is an ordinary human being with more frustrations than those you have. Please the teacher by eliminating as many corrections, over-writing, blotting, and above all, by not infuriating her with your letters.
    1. Why do students find it hard to improve their handwriting? (1 mark)
    2. What is the negative impact of bad handwriting on teachers? (1 mark)
    3. What are the kinds of excuses that students raise to support their poor handwriting? (1 mark)
    4. Find words from the passage with the following meaning: (2 marks)
      1. Readable or clearly written.
      2. Removing or obliterating.

Grammar Section

Editing. An incorrect word on each line.

  1. The Indian Imperial Party (IIP) was formed with nine
  2. college students from Delhi, Bangalore and Pune short
  3. after an tremendous, sweeping victory of the Aam Aadmi
  4. Party in a February 2015 elections. Initially no one
  5. shows any interest in the party mostly because no one felt
  6. the need for another party with the mighty AAP overshadowed
  7. the giant BJP and Congress. What happened in the years
  8. 2016 and 17 were unforeseen! The IIP won more than 70%
    of the total seats in the parliamentary elections.

Read the conversation below and complete the paragraph:

  1. Customer – Can I see some better models of this laptop, please?
  2. Executive – Why not! We have more than 20 new models just arrived. You can have a look at them in the next pavilion.
  3. Customer – By the way, I believe new models are not too expensive.
  4. Executive – Well, they are, Sir. The lowest model costs $ 2000. Will that be alright with you?
  5. Customer – Hmm. Let me see. Yea, $ 2000 is alright with me.

After having checked the models of a number of laptops, the customer asked the executive (a) ……. . Quite happily the executive replied that they had ___ (b) and further told him that ___ (c). A little apprehensive, the customer said that ___ (d). The executive informed the customer that the new models were ___(e) with the lowest model ___ (f). The executive then turned to the customer and asked ___(g). The customer spent some time thinking and finally said that ___(h).

Writing Section

  1. Write a story based on the first line provided below: “Madam, girls and women do not make decisions in our family,” said Abu. “Nor do they have any right to speak their opinion.” Ramabai was sad on hearing this. She sat down on a chair and thought deeply.

Literature Section

  1. Why was Kashi Yatre Krishtakka’s most loved novel? (2 marks)
  2. What made Triveni a popular writer of her time? (2 marks)
  3. Why did the narrator’s grandmother wish to learn alphabets? (2 marks)
  4. “I was surprised and taken aback.” What had sent the narrator into this situation? (2 marks)
  5. Do you justify the grandmother’s touching her grand-daughter’s feet as a student does with her teacher? Support your answer. (2 marks)
  6. What makes you think that teaching her grandmother was an easy task for the granddaughter? (2 marks)
  7. How has time changed from the narrator’s childhood day to the present day? (4 marks)

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