Nakshi kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt. The name was taken from the Bengali word. 'naksha' which means artistic pattern. It is a kind of traditional craft and is said to be indigenous to Bangladesh and West bengal in India. The art has been practised in rural Bengal for centuries. The name 'nakshi kantha' became popular after the poet Jasimuddin's poem 'Nakshi Kanthar Math' was published in 1929.
Traditional kanthas are made for family use. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make these quilts. Mymensingh, jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and jessore are most famous for this craft. Now it is produced commercially. You can find them in many expensive handicraft shops in cities. The quilts are now in great demand because of the colourful patterns and designs embroidered on them.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct answer closest to the text. 15=5
(a) cheap (b) costly (c) economical (d) low cost
(a) figure (b) plan (c) design (d) motif
(a) unusual (b) modern (c) innovative (d) conventional
(iv) The word 'Nakshi Kantha' comes from the-------word.
(v) We can find these quilts in many-----handicraft shops in cities.
(a) cheap (b) cheaper (c) costly (iv) nice
2. Answer the following questions. 25=10
(a) What is Nakshi Kantha?
(b) How is it made?
(c) How long has this been practised?
(d) What kind of craft is it?
(e) Where are Nakshi Kanthas now in great demand?
3. Summarize the text in section A in your own words (around 85 words). 10
Reading Test (Unseen Passage)
Read the following text carefully and answer questions 4 and 5-
Our nalional poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam was born of a poor parents is 1899. He used to lead a bohemian life. He completed his primary education in 1909 and joined a local Marktab as a teacher in the same year. Nazrul again got himself admitted in Mathrun School of Bardwan in class six. But he could not prosecute his studies for financial crisis and left for asansole. He had to work there for his livelihood in a bread factory. In Asansole, Nazrul came in contact with a police sub-inspector. Kazi Rafizullah. Nazrul requested him to make arrangements for his education. In 1914 Kazi Rafizullah sent Nazrul to his village home at Kazirshimla in Mymensingh. There he got admitted in Darirampur High School in class seven. Nazrul read in that school only for one year and left Kazirshimla. On returning home Nazrul got himself admitted in Raniganj Siarsole High School in class eight in 1915 and continued his studies till 1917. While he was a student of class ten in 1917, he joined the Army putting an end to his formal education. After the Second World War. Nazrul came back to Calcutta in 1920.
At the age of 22, he edited the biweekly paper "Dhumketu". He was sent to jail for writing "Agnibina". But he did not stop writing. His contribution to bengali literature is unfathomable.
But it was a pity that our beloved poet had an attack of a strange disease in 1942 which made him silent and self-forgetful. He was sent to England in 1952 for treatment but of no use. One year after the independence he was brought to Bangladesh and since them until his demise in August 29, 1976 he lived in Bangladesh.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 15=5
Kazi Nazrul Islam
completed primary education
worked in a bread factory
5. Read the assage again and write True of False beside the following statements, Give answers for the false statement. 15=5
(a) Nazrul's childhood was full of struggling.
(b) Nazrul was a student of class seven in Mathrun School of Bardwan.
(c) Kazi Rafizullah was a Police Inspector.
(d) Nazrul studied up to class ten.
(e) He was brought to Bangladesh before independence.
6. Fill in the gaps with appropriate word. 15=5
Independence is the (a)_____of a man. But no nation can (b)_____it without struggle. Our war of Independence (c)____in 1971. People of all walks of (d)___joined the war with a smiling face to (e)___the country.
7. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order. 10
(a) Bruce saw the spider climbing to the celling after some unsucessful attempts.
(b) He took shelter in a remote cave.
(c) Then he saw a spider trying hard to reach the ceilling of the cave.
(d) But it did not give up hope.
(e) He had to flee from his kingdom to save his life.
(f) The king fought bravely but lost the battle.
(g) Once he was lying in the cave.
(h) The spider failed and again to succed.
(i) Robert Bruce was a famous king of Scotland.
(j) Enemies invaded his kingdom.
8. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. 0.510=05
Nature has giving her (a)____to us more (b)___than many other countries of the world. Think about our soil. It is soft and (c)___. Our farmers who soil (d)____hand made tools can (e)____dig, plough and prepare the soil (f)____them. Whereas (g)____which is dry and rocky cannot be so easily dug, ploughed and (h)____. We have (i) ____great natural (j)___too. we can use most of our lands.
9. The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in Column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences. 15=5
(i) Herbal medicines are
(a) by using turmeric, marigold or aloe vera on it.
10. Suppose, you are Sami/Samia and your friend is Rafi/Rafia. Now write a dialgoue between you and yourfriends about the importance of learning English. 10
11. Write a paragraph on " A winter morning" by answring the following questions. Your paragraph should not exceed 100 words: 10
(a) How is a winter morning? (b) How do animals feel? (c) How do people feel in a winter morning? (d) What do children and people do in a winter morning? (e) When do people get up?
12. Read the beginning of a story Complete it in 150 words:-. 10
Once there lived a wood cutter. He was very poor but honest. He lived on the bank of a river near a jungle. He used to cut wood--------- .
13. Suppose, you celebrated your 14th birthday some days ago, One of your best friends was supposed to join your birthday party. He/she could not come for some emergency. But he/she sent a very nice gift for you on that occasion. Now, write a letter to your friend thanking him for the nice gift. 10
SARWAR PRIVATE ACADEMY, NAOGAON
Class: VII Sub : English First Paper
Time: 3 Hours Full Marks: 80
(Section- A Reading Test (Marks: 40)
Read the following passage and then answer the questions below it.
What happens as a result of global warming? The ice on the Earth's surface is melting fast due to extreme heat. Oceans and seas are warming too. All the ice that melts will fill up the oceans and seas and they will overflow on land. Thus a huge area of land will go under, water. Some of the best land for growing food is also the most low-lying. Tgheat means it will be flooded first. Even some big cities like Londo, Kolkata and Bangkok will get flooded. That means thousands of people will lose their houses and land and will go hungry.
Moreover, as the earth's climate warms up, the weather gets more violent. Storms and cyclones will become more powerful. More areas will get drier and turn into deserts. There willbe heavier rains too. So there will be more floods and river erosions.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct answer closest to the text. 0.510=5
a) "extreme" meaning
(i) lofty (ii) limited (iii) mild (iv) excess
b) "overflow" meaning
(i) flood (ii) water (iii) flow over (iv) lnundate
c) For global warming, ice is---------.
(i) getting hard (ii) getting soft (iii) melting (iv) freezing
d) The meaning of erosion is------.
(i) rise of heat (ii) rise of water
(iii) destruction of trees (iv) gradual destruction of coastal area
e) Golbal warming will be the cause of--------.
(i) famine (ii) food sufficiency (iii) bumper crops (iv) affluence
f) Global warming------natural disaster.
(i) brings forth (ii) brings about (iii) brings into (iv) brings up
(h) Thousands of people will enceunter extreme----.
(i) farnine (ii) poverty (iii) illness (iv) drought
(i) "huge" meaning
(i) small (ii) short (iii) trivial (iv) vast
(j) "hungry" meaning
(i) full (ii) underfed (iii) satisfied (iv) content
Read the following passage and then answer the questions below it.
A greenhouse is a house made of glass. It has glass walls and a glass roof. People grow vegetables and flowers and other plants in them. A greenhouse stays warm inside, even during winter. During the daylight hours, a greenhouse gets warmer and warmer and stays pretty warm at night too. This is because the heat received from the sun is trapped inside the greenhouse by the glass.
The Earth is also like a greenbouse. During the day Earth's surface warms up in the sunlight. At night, the surface cools, releasing the heat back into the air. But some of the heat is trapped by gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These gases, called greenhouse gases, work like the glass walls and the roof and keep the Earth warm. This is global warming and it is making the Earth a dangerous planet.
Unfortunately, we are making the earth too hot. We are using oil, gas and coal for runing cars, buses, trains, planes, power stations and so on. These fuels have carbon in them, This carbon and other gases trap the heat in the atmosphere and do not allow theearth to cool down. As a result the Earth gets hotter.
2. Give short answers to the following questions. 25=10
(a) What is a greenhouse?
(b) What can people do with a greenhouse?
(c) When does the surface of the earth get warm and cold?
(d) What is the roof of the greenhouse made of?
(e) Why does a greenhouse always remain warm?
Read the text and answer the following questions:
Humayun Ahmed: Humayun Ahmed was a cultural legend of Bangladesh. He was a great writer, novelist, playwright, film director and producer. He was born in Netrokona, Bangladesh on 13 October, 1948. He obtained his M.Sc, with honours in Chemistry from Dhaka University and Ph. D from North Dakota State University, USA, He started his career as a teacher of Dhaka University. Later he left the job. He wrpte pver 200 books, all of which were bestsellers. A few of them are 'Ayna Ghor', 'Amar Ase Jol', Bohubrihi', 'Himu', Fera', 'Voy' etc.Some of his famous films are 'Shonkhonil Karagar', 'Aguner Porosmoni', etc. For his outstanding contribution to literature, he was awarded notionally. He was awarede 'Bangla Academy Award' and 'Ekushey Padak'. This great man died on 19 July, 2012.
William Shakespeare: William Shakespeare was a great poet, actor and playwright. He was born in England on 23 April 1564. His education was up to primary school level at the King's New school in stratford. It was a 'Grammar School' Of the day. He wrote a number of comedies, tragedies, histories and poems, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, As You Like It etc are a few of them. This great poet died on 23 April, 1616.
3. A Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 5
4. Read the following statements. Write (T) in your answer script if the statement is true. Write (F) if the statment is the false. If false, give the correct answer. 51=5
(a) William Shakespeare has not education up to university level.
(b) 'Hamlet' was written by William Shakespeare.
(c) Humayun Ahmed obtained his masters degree with honours in Chemistry.
(d) Humayun Ahmed obtained his Ph. D from Cambridge University, UK.
(e) Shakespere and Humayun Ahmed were Bangli.
5. Complete the text with the right words in the box. 0.510=5
Students should observe the (a)___of health.They should (b)___from the bed (c)___in the morning and go out for a walk. Besides these they should take care to (d)___all those things which are (e)___for the (f)___of health. They should take (g)___in games and sports (h)___. These are essential for their (i)___and mental growth. They should also follow the rules of (j)____.
6. The texts in column A re the beginnings of some sentebces, The extensions re given in Cloumn B and Colunn C. Match the tents in Column A, B and C to make coplete sentences. 51=5
Her contribution to Bengali literatur
her to be a great lady.
the pioneer in awakening Muslim womenfolk.
a great eagerness for education from her childhood.
7. Read the texts and rearrange them in correct order. 0.510=5
(a) Some of his best works are Gitanjali, sonar Tari, Kheya, Balaka,etc.
(b) He had no regular school education.
(c) Rabindranath Tagore wasborn at Jarasanko in Calcutta on 7 May, 1861.
(d) he established a school at Santinileton and afterwards founded the University of Viswa Bhariati.
(e) He was educated at home by his father and tutors.