3. THE HOUR OF TRUTH (One-act play)



Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.

1. I see him there

Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

(a) Who speaks these lines? (1)

(b) Who is referred to as ‘old stone savage’? (1)

(c) Comment on the last line of this stanza. (2)

2. Give a suitable title to the poem and prepare an appreciation of the given poem.

Someone has gone and left the swing

Still swinging, slowly

Slower, slow, and now

It stops, and someone else

Is coming

Someone has gone and left the chair

Still rocking, slowly

Slower, slow, and now

It stops, and there is silence

In the room (8)

John Mole

3. Bong! Bong! Bong! “Ladies and Gentlemen. The winner and representative to the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions is …. The announcer turned to point to the winner and found himself alone. Arm in arm, the champions had already left the ring.

Imagine that you are asked to give a caption to the given two paragraphs. What caption will you consider to suit the emotions depicted in the paragraph? (1+1)

4. You have been asked to compere the annual cultural festival of your school. Prepare a comprehensive text for effectively compering the programme. (3)

5. “Next day, the newspapers came out with the wonderful story of Amigo Brothers in the Boxing Ring.” Imagine that you have been asked to report the same event for a newspaper. How would you report it? What aspect will you project for your readers? Prepare a news report in not more than 70 words. (6)

6. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where love overshadowed competition and hate? If so, share your personal experience in a short paragraph. (4)

7. Character says it all. How far is this statement true with the character of Baldwin? Attempt a paragraph on the character of Baldwin. (5)

8. “I’ve got only a few years to live, but I’ll live those as I’ve lived the rest of my life. I’ll go to my grave clean.”

a. Who is addressed in these lines? (1)

b. Who speaks these words? (1)

c. What do these words suggest about the character of the person? (4)

d. Comment on the expression “go to my grave clean?” (2)

9. Read the following excerpt from the play ‘The Hour of Truth’ and answer the questions that follow.

“Look here. Governor, you have said nothing to the papers. If you say nothing more tomorrow, what does it amount to but sticking to your friend? It’s the square thing to do–he’d do as much for you.”

a. Who speaks these words? (1)

b. Who is addressed as ‘Governor’? (1)

c. What does the expression ‘square thing to do’ mean? (2)

10. Comment on the friendship portrayed in the story ‘Amigo Brothers’ in about 60 words. (4)

11. A notice prepared by the student leader of the NSS Unit of a school is given below. There are a few mistakes in it. Identify them and write the correct form as shown in the example. (4)

                                                                                                  Incorrect                                      Correction

Deer students,                                                                            Deer                                                          Dear

The members of the NSS monitoring team is visiting a.

our school on the month of January, to assess the b.

activities of our unit. They will, firstly of all, check the record c.

of students’ activities written in there Activity book. So,

all students are requested to submit the book on 31st December. d.

Sd /-

NSS Leader

12. Read the following poem.

A Poison Tree

William Blake

I was angry with my friend:

I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe:

I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I waterd it in fears

Night and morning with my tears;

And I sunned it with smiles,

And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,

Till it bore an apple bright.

And my foe beheld it shine,

And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole,

When the night had veiled the pole;

In the morning glad I see

My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

(Hints: wrath = anger; foe = enemy; deceitful = misleading; wile = cunning methods)

Now, compare the poem with ‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost.

(Hints: theme, message, poetic devices, etc.) (8)

13. Read the excerpt from the story ‘Amigo Brothers’ and answer the questions that follow.

“The announcer turned to point to the winner and found himself alone. Arm in arm, the champions had already left the ring.”

a. Who are the champions referred to here? (1)

b. ‘Arm in arm’ in this passage means (1)

a) happiness b) friendship

c) respect d) concern

c. Do you think that it is right on the part of the champions to leave the ring like that? What might have prompted them to do so? (2)

14. Read the following conversation taken from the play ‘The Hour of Truth.’

John : You can imagine: rotten things. And I couldn’t contradict them.

Baldwin : Why not, John?

John : Because I didn’t know.

Baldwin : Did you have to know? Wasn’t it enough that you knew your father?

Imagine that you are going to direct this segment of the play for the English festival to be held in your school. Being the director, you have to explain the conversation to the actors. Report the details of the conversation to your actors in about 60 words. (4)

15. Edit the following letter supplying the correct tense form wherever necessary:

Dear Sir,

I was writing this letter to complain about a service charge of Rs. 30 levied on my saving bank account.

On 12 June 2015, I withdraw Rs. 2500 from my saving bank account using my ATM card. At that time, the balance in my account were Rs.7500 as per the receipt I receive from the ATM. However, I received a bank statement on 25 June 2015 which showed that I had been charged Rs. 30 for the transaction. I do not understand this as there is no service charge for the first five ATM transactions per month. I believe this charge of Rs. 30 is wrong and I want this money to be reimbursed immediately. I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to my complaint within 10 days.

Yours faithfully

Ravichandra T.K. (4)

16. Rohan, a trainee journalist has jotted down the following points when he went to cover the fraud in Gresham’s Bank.

Financial fraud in the bank

MD Gresham arrested

Employees are clueless as to the real culprit

Baldwin, the close associate of the MD is the only witness

Depositors concerned

Now, help him to prepare a news report on the financial fraud exposed in Gresham’s Bank. (4)


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