AP - SSC Public Examinations March 2013
English (Telugu Medium)
Part - B : TIME: 1 HOUR MARKS: 20
14. Read the following passage carefully.
His contact with athletics came in the fifth standard when the
physical education teacher Charles Riley approached him to join
the school team. But Jesse had a problem: he had to work after
school. Riley was so keen to have him in the team that he suggested
that Jesse train before school hours. Riley was perhaps
the first kind White man Owens Knew. In addition to the training,
he brought food so that Jesse could put some flesh on his
bones. The determination of Riley and the dedication of Owens
finally succeeded in 1933, when although at school Jesse
equalled the 100 yards world record of 9.4 seconds.
Now answer the following questions in a word or phrase
each. (Jesse Owens) 5 × 1 = 5
a) Why was Jesse unable to join the school team?
b) When did athletics usually have their training?
c) How was Riley different from the other White men?
d) How did Riley help Jesse apart from the other White men?
e) What qualities of Riley and Jesse helped Jesse to succeed?
15. Read the following passage carefully.
Mark Twain was waiting for a train one day when he met a
friend. This friend had no money, but he wanted to travel on the
same train too. So he asked Mark Twain to lend him some
"I don't have any money either," said the writer. "But why don't
you just get into my compartment and hide under the seat?
Nobody will see you there."
The friend thought it was a good idea. When the train drew in,
he got into the author's compartment and hid under the seat.
After a while, the ticket checker came, and the friend hiding
under the seat heard him ask Mark Twain, "Who is the second
ticket for?" And he heard the author's answer, "It's for my friend.
He's under my seat. That's where he likes to sit."
Now answer the following questions.
A) Each of the following questions has four choices. Tick
[ ] the right answer. 4 × 1 = 4
1. When Mark Twain met his friend, he must have been .......
a) at home ( ) b) in the railway station ( )
c) in his office ( ) d) in the compartment ( )
2. The friend needed money ......
a) to take home ( ) b) to pay a fine ( )
c) to buy something ( ) d) to buy ticket ( )
3. Mark Twain asked his friend to hide under the seat because
a) he didn't want to buy a ticket ( )
b) no one would see him there. ( )
c) he wanted to play a joke on him. ( )
d) he wanted to help him. ( )
4. In the end, it turned out that .....
a) mark Twain had bought him a ticket ( )
b) the friend didn't need a ticket ( )
c) the ticket checker gave him a ticket ( )
d) mark Twain didn't care for the friend ( )
B. Given below are SIX statements. Three of them are true
according to the passage. Find the true statements and
write (T) against them in brackets. 3 x 1 = 3
1. Mark Twain met his friend on the train ( )
2. His friend wanted Mark Twain to lend him some money ( )
3. Mark Twain didn't want to spend any money ( )
4. The friend was not happy about Mark Twain's suggestion to
hide under the seat ( )
5. Mark Twain bought two tickets ( )
6. Finally, the friend realised that Mark Twain had bought two
tickets ( )
16. Long, long ago, people had no sense of property. That is,
they did not feel that something belonged to one man and
not to another. The land around the village was owned by all
the people of the village.
Everyone worked on it; everyone
ate the food grown on it.
"The Land", said an American
Indian, "is like water and wind
it cannot be sold".
Food also belonged to everybody.
It was usual for a man who had food to share it with the man
who had none. A traveler could stop at any home on the way and
he could be fed. People who had to leave their lands because of
drought were looked after, by their friends who lived where
there was plenty. If a man sat down to his meal in the forest, he had to first call loudly for someone to come and share it with him; only then could he eat alone.
A Samoan, who was told about the poor in London, asked in surprise,
"How is it? No food? No house to live in? Where did he
grow up? Are there no houses belonging to his friends?"
Travellers in Africa noted that a present given to an African
was at once shared. If a suit of clothes was given, the man who
got the present would wear the hat, a friend would wear the
trousers, and another friend would wear the coat. The Eskimo
who brought home a fish, or an animal that he had killed, did not
eat it alone; it had to be shared among the people of the village.
Somebody writing about American Indians said, "The words
'mine' and 'yours' which put out the fire of kindness in our hearts,
are unknown to these people".
Now answer the following questions.
a) The last paragraph gives us two examples of sharing.
What are they? 2 × 1 = 2
b) There are five words in list A. The meanings of four of
them are given in list B. Choose the right word from list
A to match the meanings in list B, and write it in the
space provided against each meaning. 4 × 1/2 = 2
List A: belong drought property sense share
i) things owned by a person ⇒
ii) understanding of the value ⇒
iii) give another person a part of what you have ⇒
iv) long period during which no rain falls ⇒
c) Complete the following sentences 2 × 1/2 = 1
i) To the American Indians, land is like air/ because
ii) American Indians find it natural to share because
d) In the second paragraph there is a mention of a man sitting
down to his meal in the forest. 2 × 1 = 2
i) What did he do before he ate his meal?
ii) Why did he do so?
e) Answer the following questions as briefly as possible
2 x 1/2 = 1
i) The Samoan asked, "Are there no houses belonging to his
What did he mean by this question?
ii) What does 'sense of property' mean in this passage?