1. Read the passage and answer the questions A & B.
Kuakata, locally known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea) is a rare scenic spot located on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. It is 70 km from Patuakhali district headquarters and 320 km from Dhaka. An excellent combination of the picturesque natural beauty, sandy beaches, blue sky and the shimmering expanse of water of the Bay of Bengal and the evergreen forest makes Kuakata a much sought after tourist destination.
The name Kuakata takes its origin from the story of a ‘Kua’— or well— dug on the seashore by the early Rakhaine settlers for collecting drinking water. The Rakhaines had landed on Kuakata coast after being expelled from Arakan by the Mughals. Kuakata is one of the unique spots which allow a visitor to watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the beach. That perhaps makes Kuakata one of the world’s most attractive beaches. Kuakata is truly a virgin beach and a sanctuary for migratory winter birds. Fishing boats plying in the Bay of Bengal with colourful sails, surfing waves and the lines of coconut trees add to the vibrant colours of Kuakata. The indigenous culture of the Rakhaine community and hundred year old Buddhist temples indicate the age-old tradition and cultural heritage of this area.
A. Choose the correct answer from the alternatives.
(a) What does the word ‘known’ in the passage refer to?
(i) common (ii) obscure (iii) familiar (iv) general
(b) Where is Kuakata located?
(i) in Khulna (ii) in Patuakhali (iii) in Barishal (iv) in Bagerhat
(c) The word ‘shimmering’ in the text could be best replaced by ——.
(i) shivering (ii) shining (iii) significant (iv) glaring
(d) The Rakhaines originally came from ——.
(i) Patuakhai district (ii) Latachapli union (iii) Kuakata coast (iv) Arakan district
(e) The word ‘heritage’ mentioned in the passage means ——.
(i) usual (ii) common (iii) tradition (iv) formal
B. Answer the following questions.
(a) Where does the name ‘Kuakata’ come from?
(b) What does the expression ‘a much sought after tourist destination’ mean?
(c) Why would one visit Kuakata?
(d) What are the things that add to the beauties of Kuakata?
(e) ‘Kuakata’ upholds an ancient tradition, how?
3. Summarize the following text.
Universities should never be made into mechanical organizations for collecting and distributing knowledge. Through them the people should offer their intellectual hospitality, their wealth of mind to others, and earn their proud right in return to receive gifts from the rest of the world. But in the whole length and breadth of India there is not a single University established in the modern time where a foreign or an Indian student can properly be acquainted with the best products of the Indian mind. For that we have to cross the sea, and knock at the doors of France and Germany. Educational institutions in our country are India’s alms-bowl of knowledge; they lower our intellectual self-respect; they encourage us to make a foolish display of decorations composed of borrowed feathers.
5. Fill in the blanks with appropriate word in each gap.
Bangladesh is blessed with huge inland open water resources. It has (a) —— rivers, canals, beels, lakes, (b) —— vast areas of flood plains. Hakaluki (c) —— is one of the major (d) —— of Bangladesh. With at least (e) —— of 18,386 hectares. It supports (f) —— rich biodiversity and provides (g) —— and indirect livelihood benefits to (h) —— 1,90,000 people. This haor was (i) —— an Ecologically Critical Area (j) —— April 1999 by the government of Bangladesh.
6. The following sentences are jumbled. Rearrange them in proper sequence.
(i) As a student, Luther King was brilliant.
(ii) He denoted all the money for the development of the Negro Nation.
(iii) After marriage, Luther King worked as a clergyman in the Baptist Church of Alabama.
(iv) He was born on 15th January 1929 in the Atlanta city.
(v) He was shot dead in 1966 when he was only 37 years old.
(vi) He was awarded Nobel Prize for leading the racial problem of America in a non-violent and peaceful way.
(vii) In this time, he married an extraordinarily learned woman called Corotta Scott.
(viii) Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader in the history of freedom and rise of the Negro Nation.
(ix) He was imprisoned for his movement against the colour difference.
(x) He obtained his doctorate degree from Boston University.
Part II : Writing (40 Marks)
7. Write a paragraph on ‘Digital Bangladesh’ on the basis of the answers to the following questions in about 200 words.
(a) What is digital Bangladesh? (b) How can it be achieved? (c) What, you think, should be the work plan of government to this effect? (d) How can students contribute to attain it? (e) Do you think the idea too ambitious?
8. The following is the beginning of a story. Complete it in your own words.
There once lived a poor farmer. He had a goose. It used to lay a golden egg everyday. He sold the golden eggs in the market. He was very greedy …………………
9. Suppose, you are Tapu. Now, write an email to your friend telling him about how you have prepared yourself for the ensuing HSC Examination.