Symbol No. …
SEE 2073 (2017)
Reading and Writing
Time: 2:15 hrs
Full Marks: 75
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Candidates are required to give their answer according to the given instructions.
1. Read the poem and do the tasks that follow. 
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives the harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
A. Find the words from the poem that are opposite in meaning to the following words. [4×0.5=2]
a) usual b) distant
c) stiff d) ugly
B. Answer the following questions. [3×1=3]
a. What is the weather like?
b. Why does the horse give a shake to his bells?
c. Where does the master of the woods live?
2. Read the text below and do the tasks that follow. 
My parents were not able to pay for my higher studies. I needed to get a job to support my family as well as to save my face. I tried my luck but there was no job in the lines of my palm. It was not thought decent to dirty your hands after being at college but one day, my mother asked me if I could help her in the fields. I liked working in the monsoon when there was no scorching sun in the sky. Mostly we worked in a drizzling rain that swept away the sweat of our toil. Under the canopy of black and white clouds we pulled the rice seedlings to plant them in a swampy soil as smooth as curd. The work was fun particularly when the co-workers were other young people. But working in summer was very difficult and boring. Without any kind of irrigation, we had to depend on our own muscles. Swinging baskets or buckets were used to water the fields: they were suspended by four cords and were held at each end by two people. The buckets were dipped into the water – sometimes four feet down and then raised with a single throw so that the water could flow into the fields. Thus, with one basket, we could irrigate half an acre a day. By the time the day was finished we were finished too. What I had heard about Europe had led me to believe that what took two of us an hour to do, an English farmhand could have done in 15 minutes. Such were the conditions then and they are the same now.
A. Write ‘True’ for true and ‘False’ for false statement. [4×0.5=2]
a. The writer prefered working in summer to working in monsoon.
b. Her family was not rich enough to afford for her higher studies.
c. A Nepali farmer can work faster than an English one.
d. Nepali farming system is still the same as it was before.
B. Put the following sentences in the correct order. [4×1=4]
a. The writer used swinging buckets to water the field.
b. People had to depend on muscles for irrigation.
c. The drizzling rain swept away the sweat of the toil.
d. The writer needed a job to save his face.
C. Answer the following questions. [4×1=4]
a. Why did the writer try his luck?
b. What was the reason that the writer liked monsoon?
c. How is the drizzling rain beneficial for the workers?
d. Why was the work fun?
3. Read the following text and do the tasks that follow. 
Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, tried hard to control himself and was resolved never to make a show of his temper. He believed that an angry man was more beast than a human being. He had a wife who used to lose her temper on the slightest excuse. She tired her utmost to irritate the cool, calm philosopher. One day, the woman became more furious than ever and began to insult Socrates. Socrates determined not to be put out and to leave her alone. He went away and sat on the doorstep of his house. The wife found that Socrates was not paying the least heed to her loud and angry scolding. She went up to him and emptied a pot full of water over him. The passers-by in the street were much amused at the incident and Socrates joined them in their laughter and quickly remarked. “I was expecting this: after thunder, comes rain.”
A. Match the words in column ‘A’ with their meanings in column ‘B’. [4×0.5=2]
Column A Column B
a. furious i. to offend someone being rude
b. insult ii. a deep rumbling noise
c. heed iii. rather angry
d. thunder iv. attention
B. Put the following sentences in the correct order. [4×0.5=2]
a. One day, she became so furious and abused Socrates.
b. Socrates’ wife lost her temper on a little trifle.
c. Out of anger, she poured water over him.
d. Socrates paid no attention to her insults.
C. Answer the following questions. [3×2=6]
a. How was an angry man taken by Socrates?
b. How did Socrates control himself?
c. Why were the people in the street amused?
4. Read the following text and do the tasks that follow. 
Associated Enterprises was established in the year 1967 with the commitment to provide state-of-the-art technologies in the field of science & technology, medical & healthcare, electric and electronic and latest research laboratory instruments on bio-technology. We are looking for energetic, motivated and result-oriented personnel for the following posts:
1. Post: Product Specialist (Code: PS-45) 1 position
Qualification: Graduate Science with Microbiology as major subject.
Job Description: To explain and demonstrate DNA based technologies, clinical tests and water microbiology and other Scientific Instruments.
2. Post: Asst. Accountant (Code: AC-45) 1 position
Qualification: Graduate in Business Administration.
Job Description: Day to day job of account of the company. Tally
Software Application. Lady candidates are encouraged to apply.
– All the candidates should meet the following criteria:
Age: 30 around/Work Experience: at least one year
Driving License: Motor Bike/Computer Knowledge: Windows & Ms. Office.
Interested candidates meeting the above requirements and willing to commit long-term service may apply along with resume, copies of academic certificates, recent photograph and contact number with expected salary within 7 days from the date of this announcement. Selected candidate will be further trained in its respective field.
Please apply to:
The Managing Director
GOP Box 790, Putalisadak, Kathmandu, Nepal
Short listed candidates will be called for an interview.
A. From the advertisement above, find the words which have similar meanings to the following. [4×1=4]
a. The application of the principles and practices of technology to the life sciences
b. Office staff or employees
c. to record something by making marks
d. a fixed amount of money paid to a worker
B. Write ‘True’ for true and ‘False’ for false statement. [3×1=3]
a. Associated Enterprises is a newly established company.
c. Only Asst. Accountant should have a driving licence.
d. All the candidates will not be called for interview.
C. Answer the following questions. [4×2=8]
a. According to the advertisement, how many posts are vacant? What are they?
b. What is the major duty of Product Specialist?
c. What are the essential documents to be submitted with the application?
d. When should the applications be sent?
5. Complete the following dialogue with the correct expressions from the box given below. [6×1=6]
Pupil: May I talk to you, Sir?
Teacher: Yes, ………………………….
Pupil: It’s an application for leave, Sir.
Pupil: To see my sick mother at home.
Teacher: All right …………………………. .
Pupil: Tomorrow, Sir.
Pupil: …………………………., I shall be back on Monday next?
Teacher: If your mother wants you to stay on for a day or two more ………………………….
Public: Thanks a lot, Sir.
– When do you wish to go?
– You needn’t return on Monday?
– Only three days.
– How many days leave do you want?
– What is it?
– What for?
6. Write a short story with the help of the following outlines. 
Two cats quarrelling over a piece of bread ………. asks monkey to decide………. monkey says each should have half………. breaks bread in two………. parts not equal………. monkey bites off bit from large part………. too much ………. so bites bit off other part………. at last eats all the bread ………. cats protest………. no bread left……… monkey says bread is his fee as judge of case.
7. Write an essay on “Transportation: the Most Important Infrastructure for Development” in about 200 words. You can use the given clues. 
8. Choose and copy the best answers. (Rewriting is not compulsory) [12×0.5=6]
a. We are going to travel around……. Europe next year. (an/the/no article)
b. They invited us……. dinner. (at/in/for)
c. I am a teacher, ……. ? (are I/aren’t I/ amn’t I)
d. He and I ……. close friends. (is/am/are)
e. She bought a cake for her birthday. The ‘what’ question of this statement is: ………….. ? (What did she bought her birthday/What did she buy for her birthday/what does she buy for her birthday)
f. She doesn’t fry any tomatoes. Its affirmative form is: …….. . (She fried some tomatoes/she fries any tomatoes/she fries some tomatoes)
g. The president……. the programme tomorrow. (inaugurate/inaugurated/will inaugurate)
h. The teacher said to me, “What did you eat yesterday?” Its indirect speech is: the teacher asked me ………. (What I ate yesterday/What I had eaten the previous day/What I ate previous day)
i. Our school building is very beautiful. It ……. in 2045. (was built/built/builds)
j. The flight was cancelled ……. . the bad weather. (because/despite/because of)
k. If you work hard, you……. success. (get/will get/would get)
l. She ……. me rewrite the paper. (has/make/gets)
9. Choose and copy the best answers. (Rewriting is not compulsory) [10×0.5=5]
A cat could not get enough food to eat for many days. He…..(a)….(grows/ was growing/is growing) thin day by day and was very much worried for his condition. One day, he came to know that one of the birds of the neighbouring tree…..(b)….(was/were/are) sick and it was looking…..(c)….(for/in/on) a doctor. …..(d)….(A/An/The) hungry cat thought of a way to manage his hunger. He made someone …..(e)…. (borrow/to borrow/borrowed) a doctor’s gown and wore it. He put on a pair of spectacles above his nose. With a doctor’s bay, he went to the sick bird’s house. the doctor cat gently …..(f)….(knocked/was knocked/had been knocked) at the door. The birds peeped out of the hole and enquired about the reason for his visit. Mr. cat said in a very kind and humble tone, “I’m your neighbouring doctor. I heard that you…..(g)….(are/were/will be) not keeping well and …..(h)….(so/since/because) I have come to treat you. As you know a doctor’s duty towards his patient is above everything”, …..(i)….(isn’t that/isn’t it/don’t you)? The birds were
far smarter than the cat. They smiled and replied, “Thank you for your kind gesture!” Had you not been a cat, all your utterances…..(j)….(would be/would have been/will be) absolutely right. And for now, we can expect our well being only when you are out of your sight.