2. ANY WOMAN (Poem)

3. MATCHBOX (Story)

4. HOREGALLU (Anecdote)

Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.
1. A panel discussion was conducted in your school on the topic New forms of communication — a wide window to the world. Given below is an excerpt from the presentation made by a panellist during the panel discussion. The internet is an incredible tool  that allows us to connect with family and friends. Social networking sites are websites that allow us build a public profile where we can share information about our personal interests, photographs, blogs, etc. It is a great way to connect with our dear ones who are  physically far away from us. Now, prepare a brief script of panel presentation highlighting the risk factors involved in the use of  new forms of communication and the means we can adopt to minimize these factors.                                                        (6)

2. Read the following lines from “Any Woman” by Katharine Tynan.
I am their wall against all danger,
Their door against the wind and snow,
Thou Whom a woman laid in a manger,
Take me not till the children grow!
Explain the message of the above lines in a paragraph.    (6)
3. Read the following newspaper article.
“An amendment to the act that was set to make child labour illegal will push millions of marginalised children in India into work  rather than education– With the amendment proposed to the new child labour law coupled with the severe cuts on welfare and ducation, the government is instead set to send millions of marginalised children out of school and into work, trapping families in a  cycle of poverty for yet another generation to come.”
a) Express your views in the form of a persuasive speech to be delivered in your school on Children’s Day. (6)
b) Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing your opinion on the issue. (6)
4. Read the excerpt from “Horegallu”.
The horegallu in our village holds special memories for me as it is inextricably linked with my grandfather. He was a retired  schoolteacher and would spend hours every day, sitting under the banyan tree and talking to those resting there. When I would get  tired of playing, I would sit next to him and observe the people he was speaking to and listen to their conversations. Most of them  were villagers taking a break from their work in the fields nearby. They had to walk long distances each day, carrying heavy  burdens on their heads. Tired out by the heat, they would drink the cool water, wash their faces with it and chat with grandfather. Complete the sentences.
a. The central figure in the passage is ……………………….
b. The word ‘inextricably’ means …………………………….
c. Horegallu is important because………………………………………………
d.The implied meaning of the expression ‘heavy burdens’ is …………………… (4)
5. Prepare a write -up on the significance of the title “Matchbox” .You may cite examples from the story to justify your stance. (8)
6. There is an African adage that goes: “If you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate a girl, you train a village.” Express your views on this in a paragraph of 60 words.                    (5)
7. On the occasion of honouring Ratna for her selfless service to the society, one of her colleagues spoke the following words.

(Fill  in the blanks with an adjective/ adjective phrase/clause etc.)
Ratna deedi is a ——————– person. She is as simple as ————–. She spends hours with us————————-. She is very  ————————— and ——————– in solving ——————-problems. Ratna who——————— ———————- is our  true friend. We always recall her ———– words with gratitude. (4)
8. Match box and Horegallu are the two inanimate objects which play vital roles in Ashapurna Debi’s story “Match box” and Sudha  Murty’s anecdote “Horegallu”. How do such objects serve their purpose in stories? Substantiate your views with situations  from the texts.                                            (8)
9. ‘The status of women in the present scenario has improved as women now are considered as consistent workers and are paid  equally for equal work’. Prepare a write-up citing the areas where the status of women has improved. (6)
10. Imagine that your class dramatizes the story “Match box” as part of Annual Day Celebration. You are assigned the task of  welcoming the audience and introducing the play to them. Prepare the script of the speech for the occasion. (6)
11. Read the lines given below and write a note of appreciation comparing it with “Any Woman”. Sonnets are full of love Christina  Rossetti

Christina Rossetti (from A Pageant and Other Poems, 1881)
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.                 (8)
12. The following is a piece of conversation between Nomita and her husband, Ajit.

Nomita : Why did you open my letter?
Ajit : What if I opened it? My own wife’s letter-
Nomita : Be quiet, be quiet, I tell you. For what reason should you open my letters? Haven’t I told you a thousand times not to?
Imagine that Rini, Nomita’s niece overhears the conversation and reports it to other members of the family. Report the conversation  for her.                       (5)
13. On International Women’s Day, your teacher asked you to prepare an article on the relevance of empowering women in the  present day world. [Hints : the atrocities against women ,the means to empower women, etc.]               (7)
14. Read the poem “Women’s Rights” by Annie Louisa Walker.
You cannot rob us of the rights we cherish,
Nor turn our thoughts away
From the bright picture of a “Woman’s Mission”
Our hearts portray.
We claim to dwell, in quiet and seclusion,
Beneath the household roof,–
From the great world’s harsh strife, and jarring voices,
To stand aloof;–
Not in a dreamy and inane abstraction
To sleep our life away,
But, gathering up the brightness of home sunshine,
To deck our way.
As humble plants by country hedgerows growing,
That treasure up the rain,
And yield in odours, ere the day’s declining,
The gift again;
So let us, unobtrusive and unnoticed,
But happy none the less,
Be privileged to fill the air around us
With happiness;
To live, unknown beyond the cherished circle,
Which we can bless and aid;
To die, and not a heart that does not love us
Know where we’re laid.
Now prepare a review of the poem comparing it with the texts in the unit ‘Flights of freedom’.                  (8)
15. Read the excerpt from “To Sir with Love” by E.R Braithwaite. Her eyes was black in anger and humiliation, but she stand up  and walked out, closing the door quietly after her.

Identify the errors in the passage and correct them.          (5)

16. In “Horegallu”, Sudha Murty speaks about a horegallu and its influence on the life of the villagers. Imagine that the Government decides to remove the horegallu as part of widening the road. In the light of this decision, the villagers assemble near the horegallu and speak the following words. Choose the appropriate adjective/adjective clause and fill in the blanks.

Good morning, friends. The authorities are going to take away our horegallu. This horegallu (a) …………………. (looks good/carrying burden/ which can bear weight) is a part of our day-to-day life. Without it, our life will be as hard as (b)……………………….. (trouble /lead/task). Masterji spends the evening with passersby who(c)………………………. (used to listen to our worries/used to help us find solution / used to share their worries with him.) He says that the horegallu is the most (d)……………………….(essential/ trivial/ avoidable) part of our village. (4)

17. Read the quotation given below:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”- Helen Keller. ‘Flights of Freedom’ presents a number of women characters before the readers. With whom do you associate the above quote? Why? Prepare a brief sketch of this character including the qualities you desire to find in her (5)
18. Read the following excerpt from a newspaper article:

a. A society that is unable to respect, protect and nurture its women and children loses its moral moorings and runs adrift.” Prepare the script of a persuasive speech, expressing your comments on the statement, to be delivered in your school on the International Women’s Day. (6)


b. Your school is conducting an elocution competition in connection with your school youth festival. You are also, a contestant. The topic for the elocution is ‘Challenges of Women Empowerment.’ Prepare a script for your speech.

19. Imagine that Rini, Nomita’s niece is a silent witness to the quarrel between Nomita and her husband. Rini feels scared and rushes to the kitchen to narrate it to other members of the family. repare the narration for her. (4)

20. There is an adage that says : “If you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate a girl, you train a village”. Prepare a write-up expressing your views on this in about 60 words. (4)

21.a. Match box and Horegallu are the two inanimate objects which play vital roles in the stories “Match box” and “Horegallu” respectively. Do these objects serve any purpose? Substantiate your views, citing situations from the texts, in about 200 words. (8)


b. Imagine that your school is conducting an essay writing competition in connection with ‘International Women’s Day’ celebrations. You are also a contestant. The topic for the essay is ‘The relevance of empowering women.’ Write an essay of about 200 words.
From Teacher Text of SCERT



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