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Directions (1-6): Read the given poem and answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option.
I build walls
Walls that protect,
Walls that shield,
Walls that say I shall not yield
Who I am or how I feel.
I build walls
Walls that hide,
Walls that cover what’s inside,
Walls that stare or smile or look away,
Walls that even block my eyes
From the tears I might have cried.
I build walls
Walls that never let me
Those I live so very much.
Walls that need to fall!
Walls meant to be fortresses
Are prisons after all.
Q1. What are the walls in this poem made of?
(a) Blood and flesh
(b) Hidden feelings and thoughts
(c) Bricks or any physical material
(d) Cement and tiles
Q2. The pet uses ‘walls’ as a
Q3. When walls act as a protection, they
(a) touch the ones who are truly loved
(b) surrender to strong feelings
(c) do not reveal what is inside
(d) make one shed tears
Q4. The expression ‘silent lies’ in the second stanza implies that
(a) walls make one hide one’s true feelings
(b) walls lie silently around all of us
(c) walls are silent
(d) walls are liars
Q5. Why is it not a good idea to have these ‘walls’?
(a) They are made of bricks
(b) They hurt others
(c) They act as a fortress
(d) They act a a prison and keep loved ones away
Q6. Walls built to protect us ultimately turn into a prison. It I an example of a
Directions (7-10): Each questions in this section has a sentence with three parts labelled (A), (B) and (C). Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in any part and indicate your answer in the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter i.e. (A) or (B) or (C). If you find no error, your answer should be indicated as (D).
Q7. Now it can be easily said (A)/ that the population of this city is greater (B)/ than any other in India. (C)/ No error (D)
Q8. It is difficult to explain (A)/ why did Rajgopalachari resigned (B)/ from the Congress in 1940. (C)/ No error (D)
Q9. The boss reminded them of the old saying (A)/ that honesty was the best policy(B)/ and told them that they had better be honest in their work. (C)/ No error (D)
Q10. The teenager reassured his father at the station, (A)/ “Don’t worry, dad’ (B)/ I will pull on very nicely at the hostel.” (C)/ No error (D)
Sol. ‘Now it can be easily said that the population of this city is greater than that of any other city in India’ is the correct way to write the given sentence as the comparison is between the population of the cities in India.
Sol. Remove ‘did’ before ‘Rajgopalachari’ as the sentence is a general statement not interrogative.
Hence, ‘It is difficult to explain why Rajgopalachari resigned from the Congress in 1940’, is the correct usage.
Sol. Proverbs or sayings are used in Present Indefinite Tense and don’t change their tense Hence replace ‘was’ with ‘is’.
‘The boss reminded them of the old saying that honesty is the best policy and told them that they had better be honest in their work’ is the correct usage.
Sol. Replace ‘pull on’ with ‘pull through’.
Pull through: get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation.
Hence, the correct usage will be ‘The teenager reassured his father at the station ‘Don’t worry dad, I will pull through very nicely at the hostel.’
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