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'Advance Reading and Writing' Previous Question-2015



Subject Code: 221105

(Advance Reading and Writing)

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                        Full marks: 80



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

Is it possible to persuade mankind to live without war? War IS an ancient institution which has existed for at least six thousand years. It was always wicked ‘and usually foolish, but in the past the human race managed to live with it. Modern ingenuity has changed this. Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man. For the present, it is nuclear weapons that cause the gravest danger, but bacteriological or chemical weapons may, before long offer an even greater threat. If we succeed in abolishing nuclear weapons, our work will not be done. It will never be done until we have succeeded in abolishing war. To do this, we need to persuade mankind to look upon international questions in a new way, not as contests of force, in which the victory goes to the side which is most skilful in massacre, but by arbitration in accordance with agreed principles of law. It is not easy to change age old mental habits, but this is what must be attempted.


1. a) Bacteriological or chemical weapons-

(i). are as dangerous as unclear weapons.

(ii) may offer a greater threat than unclear weapons.

(iii) are less dangerous than nuclear weapons.

b) To abolish war, we need not persuade mankind to look upon international questions in a new way. (Is this statement true or false, it false, rewrite it)

c) We should settle ------ issues through negotiations.

(Fill 1n the blank with appropriate word from the passage)

d) Persuade (adjective) 

(Change the word as directed and make a sentence with the changed one).

e) What does the word “ingenuity” mean in the passage?


Writing- I

(Answer any five questions)

Marks -- 5×1= 5

Answer any five questions:

f) Write a topic sentence to begin a paragraph on “Higher education for women in Bangladesh”.

g) What is cohesion?

h) What is a report?

i) What is a topic sentence?

J) How many kinds of process paragraph do we have?

k) Show the structure of a memo with essential parts.

1) Which transition marker would you use to write a comparative paragraph?

i) Similarly;     (ii) In addition to;        (iii) To sum up.


Marks- 20

Reading- II

3×4= 12

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

It is rare to find people who actually like to be single and want to stay that way. What one finds more frequently are men and women who say they adore being single but who spend most of-their non-working time looking for some kind of sexual or romantic attachment. Tony, for example, has a certain image of life with a woman. It includes fidelity, marriage, domesticity. But until he finds the particular woman with whom he can have total communication he won’t give up his freedom. He has had several almost major involvements in the past years. But each time he started measuring the current woman against his mental image. Reality never quite matched the ideal: the woman was too thin; they didn’t have that much in common-there were always objections. And he’d begin to long for his single days again. The last time this had happened, the woman found someone else. And he continued on his rounds of the single life. After a time Tony watched the woman got more and more involved with her new man. He began to rethink his relationship with her. She was actually more intelligent, prettier and more sexually exacting than he had realised. She would not have been a bad person to spend a life with. He even talked to her about that prospect, but she was too attached to her new ' beau and they were thinking of living together.


2., What is the writer’s view of men and women?

3. What did Tony imagine a life with a woman to be like?

4. How did Tony’s image of the woman change after she began seeing another man?

5. How did the writer develop the general statement about being single?

6. What is your opinion of singleness?

Writing- II

Marks 2×4= 8

Answer any two of the following questions (7-9) within four sentences:

7. Developing reading habit (Audience: Students, purpose : to motivate)

8. Punctuality (Audience: Higher Secondary students, Purpose: to make aware)

9. Arsenic Problem (Audience: Slum dwellers, purpose: to guide)



Marks- 50

Reading- III

Marks 2×10= 20

Read the following poem and answer any two of the questions given below (10-12):

The sea is calm tonight.

The tide is full, the moon lies fair

Upon the straits; on the French coast the light

Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,

Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.

Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!

Only, from the long line of spray

Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,

Listen! you hear the grating roar

Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,

At their return, up the high strand,

Begin, and cease, and then again begin,

With tremulous cadence slow, and bring

The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago

Heard it on the Ægean, and it brought

Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow

Of human misery; we

Find also in the sound a thought,

Hearing it by this distant northern sea.


10. Write a short summary of the poem.

11. What did Sophocles hear “on the Aegean” long ago?

12. What IS the tone of the poem?

Writing- III

Marks 3×10= 30

Attempt any three of the following (13-17);

13. Amplify: “Great talkers are never great doers”.

14. Write a paragraph On Fashion: Impact on young star.

15. Write a composition on “Morality”.

16. Write a letter to a book stall complaining about a defective book.

17. Write an application to the proper authority to take necessary steps against the deteriorated law and order situation in your city.