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'Advance Reading and Writing' Previous Question-2014



Subject Code: 1164

(Advance Reading and Writing)

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Full marks: 80



Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:                                 1x5=5

A reason, why people at school reading books, is to please their teacher. The teacher has said that this, that or the other is a good book, and that it is a sign of good taste to enjoy it. So, a number of boys and girls, anxious to please their teacher, get the book and read it. Two or three of them many genuinely like it for its own sake and be grateful to the teacher for putting it in their way. But may will not honestly like it, or will persuade themselves that they like it. And that does a great deal of harm. The people, who cannot like the book, run the risk of two things, happening to them: either they put off the idea of the book or they get a guilty conscience about the whole thing, they feel that they do not like what they ought to like and that therefore there is something wrong with them.


1. (a) Is the statement “a number of boys and girls like their teacher’s prescribed book honestly” true or false or irrelevant?

(b) Identify the structural name of the first sentence of the passage.

(c) What are the types of the verbs ‘has said’ and ‘to enjoy’ in the second sentence?

(d) Find out a synonym of the word ‘persuade’ and make a sentence of your won with that  synonymous word.

(e) “The main reason of people’s reading books at school is to please their teacher”, Tell-is it true or false?

(f) What part of speech is the word ‘anxious’ in the third sentence?

(g) “The people, who cannot like the book suggested by their teacher, run no risk”. Is the statement true or false?

Writing- I

(Answer any five questions)

Marks -- 5×1= 5

Answer any five questions:

(h) Write a topic sentence for paragraph on “A Good Book’.

(i) What are the major types of letter?

(j)What sentence linker of the following ones will you use to link two sentences of cause and effect relation? 

(i) in fine         (ii) as a result              (iii) ultimately

(k) Make a list of five most common punctuation marks;

(1) What is a covering letter?

(m) What transition marker of the following ones would be applicable m making alternative approach in writing?

(i) more over   (ii) in connection to    (iii) in lieu of

(n) What is the main function of a notice?



Marks- 20

Reading- II

3×4= 12

Read the text answer any three of the following questions (2-6):

The porter took up his basket and followed the young woman until she came to magnificent, lofty house facing a great courtyard. Its doors were of ebony plated with gold. Here she unveiled her face and knocked, and the door was opened by a girl of surpassing beauty-Her forehead was white as a' lily and her eyes were more lustrous than gazelle’s. Her brows were crescent moons, her cheeks anemones, and her mouth like the crimson ruby on King Solomon’s ring. Her teeth were brighter than a string of pearls. At the sight of the girl the porter was so overwhelmed with wonder that the basket nearly fell off his head. “Surely this is the most auspicious day of my life!” he though. “Pray, come in sister,” said the girl who had opened the door, “and let this weary porter but down his burden.” The porter followed the two girls into a spacious and nobly-vaulted hall. The ceiling was ‘wondrously carved in patterns of elaborate design and the walls were hung with tapestry of silk and rich brocade. In the centre of the hall a fountain played in a pool of crystal water, and near the far side stood a couch of alabaster inlaid with diamonds and covered with a red silken quilt embroidered with pearls: A third girl, slim and exquisitely beautiful, was reclining on the couch. Her face was radiant as the full moon and all the witchcraft of Babylon was in her eyes. A paragon of Arabian grace, she was like a star twinkling in a cloudless sky or a golden dome shimmering in the night. The girl, who was the eldest of the three, rose from the couch and, walking slowly to the middle of the ' hall, said to her sisters: “Why are you standing idly by? Come, let us take down this heavy basket from the porter’s head.” The three girls helped the porter put down his basket, and when they had taken out the contents and arranged them in their proper places, they handed him two pieces of gold, saying: “Take this; and go your way.”


2. Describe the ‘hall’ refered to in the story within four sentences.

3. How was the physical appearance of the girl who opened the door?

4. How did the porter feel to meet the girls and what ultimately happened to him?

5. What did the eldest girl herself do and what did she ask her sisters to do?

6. Analyse the first sentence of the text in terms of its number of clauses, combining conjunction and identification of grammatical name.

Writing- II

Marks 2×4= 8

Answer any two of the following questions (7-10) within a few sentences:

7. What would be the form, voice and style of writing on the topic- ‘English Romantic Poetry’?

8. Tell what you know about Bibliography.

9. Write an introduction for a paragraph on the tomb.

10. What tone, attitude and lingual style would be applicable in writing when its purpose is to entertain writer’s friends?


Marks- 50

Reading- III

Marks 2×10= 20

Read the following poem and answer any two of the questions given below (11-14):

I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

11. Write a short critical summary of the poem.

12. Discuss the generic form of the poem.

13. Explain the lines-

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.” 

14. How does the traveller from an antique land describe present state of King Ozymandias?


Writing- III

Marks 3×10= 30

Attempt any three of the following (15-19)

15. Amplify the idea contained in the proverb-

Pride goes before a fall.

16. Write an application to the Principal of your college for arranging a Study Tour to the sea-beach of Cox’s Bazar.

17. Prepare a news report on the issue of sudden increase of Drug Abuses in your native town.

18 Write a narrative paragraph on ‘Necessity of Learning English’.

19. Write a job application to the Chairman of a garments factory for the post of ‘Quality Control Officer.’