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Annual Examination in ENGLISH Std. 11 22-2-2019 Time : 3 hrs. Max. Marks : 80 The Question paper is divided into three sections: Section - A Reading 20 Marks Section - B Writing & Grammar 30 Marks Section - C Literature 30 Marks General Instructions: i) All questions are compulsory. ii) You may attempt any section at a time. iii) All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. SECTION - A (READING) 1. (20 marks) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: For its relatively small size, the snow leopard has an extraordinarily long tail sometimes measuring a metre. It is flexible and helps the animal keep its balance while leaping through treacherous and rocky terrain. While asleep, the animal wraps its tail which contains a large amount of fat and is covered with thick fur around itself to keep warm. The physiology of its throat oddly does not allow the big cat to roar, unlike say a tiger or lion. But it can chuff . Chuffing, a sort of snort, is a non-aggressive vocalisation generally used when two cats meet. It was drinking water from a river, says head ranger Emil Japarov, describing that rare moment he caught a glimpse of the ghost cat at Kyrgyzstan s Shamshy Reserve. And then in a second, it was gone. Japarov comes from a family of herdsmen in Kyrgyzstan who have roamed these mountains for generations with their livestock. Yet in his entire career spanning two decades he has seen the cat just once or twice. The ghost of the mountains as the snow leopard is called in these parts is one of the most elusive cats in the world. In the last 20 years, both the distribution and population of the cat are believed to have shrunk by 50%. Celebrated author Peter Matthiessen wrote an entire book on his search for this big cat in the Himalayas, but he did not see it even once. Now, almost 40 years after Matthiessen s book, the 12 countries where the beasts roam including India will come together at a conference, hosted by Kyrgyzstan in August this year, to chalk out a roadmap to secure at least 20 healthy snow leopard populations across the globe by 2020. India and Kyrgyzstan have many common goals for protecting snow leopards as well as combating climate change. That s why we are hoping for the highest level of participation from India. We have extended our invitation to the Indian Prime Minister, says Abdykalyk Rustamov, Director of State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry (the equivalent of the Ministry of Environment in India). Some of India s best wildlife brains are now in Kyrgyzstan, working closely with the government there to evolve management plans and train field staff in the latest technologies to protect the animal and its habitat. Indian wildlife biologist Koustubh Sharma, who works with the U.S.-based Snow Leopard Trust, moved from the heat and dust of the central India to the mountains of central Asia two years ago. He is here to impart technical skills and implement management plans. India, with an estimated population of 200-400 snow leopards, has much to offer the world through its own conservation success story. Many Kyrgyz scientists and field staff have visited India to understand how communities are involved in conservation, eco-education and ecotourism in areas such as Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh. a) b) 2. On the basis of your understanding of the passage, make notes on it using heading and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary (minimum 4). Also supply a suitable title to it. 5 Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. 3 Read the passage given below and then answer the questions that follow: Despite saving almost 80,000 children from child labour, and now adding the world s most famous award to his name, Kailash Satyarthi has always restlessly sought to do more. At the entrance to Kailash Satyarthi s nondescript office is a small noticeboard, of the old fashioned type, with white plastic letters pressed into a dark felt background. It marks the number of children he has freed from slavery. When I first met Kailash, nearly four years ago, the number was a little over 74,000. I remember being so stunned by the figure I scribbled it at the top of my notebook, as a reminder to ask him about it. He was undemonstrative, but perhaps secretly pleased it had been noticed. This is what we do, this is our job every day, he said of his organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which he formed in 1980, after leaving his job as an electrical engineer. Std. 11 -2ENGLISH

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