2017

Dhaka Board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (X) in those blanks.
Patriotism is (a) — noble virtue. It inspires (b) — man to dedicate his life for the freedom of his (c) — country. (d) — man without patriotism is no better than (e) — beast. A true patriot is honoured by (f) — his countrymen. He thinks for (g) — betterment of his country. On (h) — contrary, (i) — unpatriotic man thinks only of his own interest. Those who die for (j) — country are true patriots.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
The environment plays an important role (a) — our life. (b) — short, what we have (c) — us including people, houses, air, water etc. is called environment. These are the main elements (d) — our environment. (e) — ensuring sound life the balance (f) — the natural elements is very significant. Sometimes (g) — lack of knowledge, we don’t realize the importance (h) — it. As a result, we are polluting our environment unknowingly. Living (i) — a polluted environment is undoubtedly a matter (j) — great regret.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
as soon as, what does ……. look like, what if, what’s it like, let alone, it, had better, was born, have to, would rather
(a) Deforestation is a matter of great concern. We — take immediate steps against cutting down trees at random.
(b) To tell a lie is a great sin. We — die than tell a lie. Otherwise none will believe us.
(c) Helmet should be used while driving a motorcycle. — you were driving your bike and met a serious accident?
(d) — swimming in the sea? It seems to be very heroic to me.
(e) — mother heard the news, she cried loudly. She lost her child in a car accident.
(f) Rome was not built in a day. — took a long time and hard labour to build this city.
(g) Rahman is a poor man. He cannot buy a shirt, — a car.
(h) Kazi Nazrul Islam is our rebel poet. He — in Churulia of West Bengal.
(i) Rina’s dress looks very dirty. It is old enough. She — buy a new dress.
(j) Rana: Hi, Robi — a peacock —? Robi: It’s a very nice bird. It knows how to dance.
4. Complete the following sentences with suitable clauses/phrases.
(a) Trees are essential for our existence. So, we should —.
(b) English is an international language. — you cannot get a good job.
(c) Corruption is an obstacle to our national development. It is high time —.
(d) My childhood was full of joys and happiness. I wish —.
(e) Mobile phone is a wonder of modern science. But —.
(f) He cannot run the business. So, he should —.
(g) He confessed that —. So, I forgave him.
(h) The students could not memorize the poem. It was too difficult —.
(i) Since there was no more question to discuss, —.
(j) Female education is a crying need for our country. It is a good sign that nowadays —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context.
Road mishap (a) — (happen) in our country almost everyday. Recently it (b) — (rise) to an alarming rate (c) — (take) a heavy toll of human lives. The members of a family remain anxious if someone (d) — (travel) in a bus. In most cases, reckless driving (e) — (cause) road accidents. The drivers are in the habit of (f) — (violate) traffic rules. Road accidents can be (g) — (lessen) if the drivers drive their vehicles carefully. People should be conscious in this respect While (h) — (cross) the road, they should be careful. Some people travel (i) — (climb) on the roof of the buses and trains. Traffic rules must be maintained strictly with a view to (j) — (control) road accidents.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
Frugality is a good habit. (a) A man who is frugal does not like to spend money without reasons, (Simple) (b) The target of a frugal man is to save money for future (Make it Complex). (c) Everyone should practice frugality to make a well planned family (Make it Passive). (d) A frugal man lives a solvent life (Make it Negative). (e) A frugal man is happier than a prodigal man (Make it Positive).
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches.
‘Follow my example,’ she said when we shook hands, ‘and never eat more than one thing for luncheon.’ ‘I’ll do better than that,’ I retorted, ‘I’ll eat nothing for dinner tonight.’ ‘Humorist!’ she cried gaily, jumping into a cab. 
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentences so that all pronoun references are clear.
Travelling is a part of education. These means going from place to place. One can enhance knowledge by going from place to place. Thus gives one the opportunity to see the unseen and know the unknown. Some people are averse to travelling. This limits his vision. However, by travelling different parts of the world, my knowledge may be enriched.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
Deforestation means cutting down of trees (a) — (post-modify the verb). To meet up the basic needs of food and housing, trees are being cut in large scale and thus it causes (b) — (pre modify the noun) imbalance. Besides, there are some dishonest people who cut trees in our forest (c) — (use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb). The (d) — (use a noun adjective to pre modify the noun) level is rising and many parts of the world are going to be engulfed by the sea in near future. New areas of the world are (e) — (use a participle to pre-modify the verb) turned into desert as a result of deforestation. So, we must stop (f) — (use a participle to post-modify the verb) down trees unnecessarily. (g) — (use a participle to pre-modify the noun) trees indiscriminately will be hazardous for our future existence. If we destroy trees (h) — (use an adverbial phrase to post-modify the verb) one day the country will turn into a great desert. The (i) — (use a participle to pre-modify the noun) temperature will cause greenhouse effect. Necessary measures should be taken (j) — (use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb).
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
Mobile phone has added a new dimension in our communication system. It has made the world closer to us. (a) — it has made worldwide communication easier. We use it for our day-to-day communication. (b) — it has been part and parcel of our life as we cannot go for a single day without using it. We use it for rapid communication. (c) — mobile phone is not free from defect. It has some negative sides as well. (d) — excessive use of mobile phone may damage our hearing power. (e) — it is a means of money wastage. (f) — it is seen that many underworld crimes are being done with the use of mobile network. (g) — the radiation from mobile phone may cause cancer to the users. (h) — we are aware of these harmful effects. (i) — we are not aware of using the mobile phone. (j) — we must have to be conscious of the negative impact of mobile phone.
11. Read the passage and write the antonyms or synonyms of the words as directed below.
Sports are a popular form of entertainment. Many international sporting events are organized from time to time. Most of the events are sponsored by multinational manufacturing companies and business firms. They pay for the sports events in exchange for the right to advertise their products during those events. These events are telecast worldwide by satellite and people all over the world Watch them live. As a result, the sponsor’s products receive maximum media coverage giving companies international recognition. This is the only commercial aspect of international Sports but there are other aspects too. (a) popular (antonym): (b) form (synonym): (c) entertainment (synonym); (d) organize (synonym le) sponsor (synonym): (f) multinational (antonym): (g) pay (antonym); (h) watch (synonym); (i) maximum (antonym): (j) recognition (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
Abid : We are about to finish our HSC examination Are you thinking about your future
Hasib : Yes, what about you
Abid : I want to pursue higher education what are your plans
Hasib : I would rather follow some vocational course to make my career
Abid : Really have you thought of any particular vocation
Hasib: Yes, I would like to join the Fashion Design course This career has a prospect these days
Abid : Is it suitable for boys
Hasib : Why not Boys are as good as girl in many professions nowadays Whats your future plan
Abid : I would like to go for teaching
Hasib : Its a good profession for a studious boy like you
Rajshahi Board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (X) in those blanks.
Truthfulness is (a) — greatest of all (b) — virtues which makes (c) — man really great. If we do not cultivate the habit of speaking (d) — truth, we cannot command (e) — confidence of others. (f) — man whom nobody believes can never be great in life. We might succeed once or twice by telling (g) — lie but it never brings a good result. (h) — lie never lies hidden. Today or tomorrow it comes to light. Then (i) — real character of (j) — liar is revealed and nobody believes him.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
Ours is a riverine country. Rivers are everywhere (a) — our life literature, economy and culture. But are the rivers (b) — good shape? Unfortunately they are not. A few are already and several are going (c) — the pangs of death. The river Buriganga is an example (d) — a dying river. A report published in The Daily Sun describes what has happened (e) — the river Buriganga and why. Its water is polluted and a perpetual stench fills the air (f) — me says that the river had a glorious past. Once it was a tributary (g) — the Ganges and flowed (h) — the Bay of Bengal (i) — the river Dhaleshwari. Gradually, it lost its link (j) — Ganges and got the name Buriganga.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
there, what if, have to, no sooner had, as if, let alone, what does…… look like, be born, lest, would rather, there
(a) The students were loitering in the corridor. — they seen the teacher than they entered classroom.
(b) Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the father of our nation. He — in 1920 in Tungipara of Gopalganj district.
(c) I can’t stand Rubel. He always acts — he were smarter than everyone.
(d)The little girl was suddenly crossing the road. A bus was passing by. As it came near the driver halted it. — he wouldn’t have stopped the bus?
(e) Shoma — live in a hostel than live in her relative’s home. She feels free and comfortable in the hostel.
(f)You started late. Now you are walking slowly. Walk fast — you should miss the bus.
(g) He is very poor. He can’t afford to travel by an AC bus — an aeroplane.
(h) Daughter : Mom, — an albatross –? Mother: My dear, an albatross is a very large white bird that lives in the Pacific and Southern Oceans.
(i) Long ago — lived a mighty warrior named Kubla Khan. He was the grandson of Chenghis Khan.
(j) I — seek advice from a doctor. I have been suffering from fever for a long time.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases.
(a) 21st February is a red-letter day in our life because —. It is our Mother Language Day.
(b) Once there was a farmer who had three sons. They were so lazy that —.
(c) I have to meet Raihan. Do you know where —?
(d) It is high time you —. It is detrimental to health.
(e) English is an international language. If you want to go abroad for higher studies, —.
(f) The bee is one of the busiest insects. It flies from flower to flower to —.
(g) My friend lived in New Zealand. It is many years since —.
(h) We must grow the habit of getting up early in the morning. The sooner we get up —.
(i) There goes the proverb “United we stand, divided we fall”. Unless we are united, —.
(j) Our country is beset with many problems. We all should come forward with a view to —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs.
It has been over three hundred years since emperor Shah Jahan of Delhi (a) — Mahal as a tomb for his wife in Agra. Architecturally, it (b) — (be) one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The building (c) — (make) of fine white marble with inlay marble. It (d) — (have) eight sides and many open arches. It (e) — (rest) on terrace of red sandstone. Four slender white towers (f) — (rise) from the corners of the form large dome (g) — (stand) above the centre of the building. Around this large dome there (h) — (be) four smaller domes. Just inside the outer walls, there is an open corridor from visitors (i) — (look) through carved marble screens into a central room. The bodies of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz (j) — (lie) in two graves below this room.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
(a) It was 1971 when Bangladesh achieved independence. (Simple) (b) It is the most significant event in the history of Bangladesh. (Comparative) (c) Our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the independence of Bangladesh (compound) (d) It was a great struggle for them. (Exclamatory) (e) We shall always remember them with pride. (Compound)
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches.
“Whose picture is it?” I asked. “A little girl’s of course,” said Grandmother. “Can’t you tell?” “Yes, but do you know the girl?” “Yes, I knew her,” said Granny, “but she was a very wicked girl and I shouldn’t tell you about her.”
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Rewrite the sentences make the pronoun references clear and underline the changes.
Education is the birthright of every man. But even then many people in our country are deprived this for many reasons. They are unconscious and unskilled for want of it. For this, they are unable not only to develop their own fate on their family, but also unable to pay any role for the development of society or the state. If the people are not properly educated, that is not possible So, the more we can educate our people, the more the country will be developed. With a view to developing human resource, the government has given many incentives in the field of expanding the primary and the secondary education. We must ensure these for every child of the country.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
Ayesha Begum has three sons and two daughters. Her husband was a (a) — (pre-modify the noun) farmer who used (b) — (post-modify the verb by using infinitive) on other people’s lane With great effort they married (c) — (use a pronoun) daughters off by the time they reach teenage. Their sons also started (d) — (use present participle to modify the verb) with their as (e) — (pre-modify the noun) labourers when they were old enough to help. By the time in were seventeen, they left for towns (f) — (use infinitive to post-modify the verb) money: they used to send money to their parents (g) — (use an adverb to post-modify the verb getting married they barely had enough to support their (h) — (pre-modify the noun Out of desperation, Ayesha Begum started (i) — (post-modify the verb) in the village old, (j) — (pre-modify the noun) husband and herself.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
Man is a social being. (a) —, man cannot live alone. (b) —, man has been living together from time immemorial. Living in society is not an easy task. We have to follow certain rules and regulations of the society. (c) —, we should be cooperative. (d) —, we must help others when they are in need. (e) —, we have to be careful not to hurt others by our words or activities. (f) — we must control our emotions and behave rationally towards others. (g) — we should not think and live only for us. (h) — we should always think and work for the betterment of the society. (i) — we should remain prepared to sacrifice our lives for the greater interest of the society. (j) — sacrificing our lives for the society makes us immortal.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed.
The process of globalization obviously requires a common language for international communication. For many different reasons. English has achieved the prestige of being that language. As a result, it has crossed national borders to reach people who speak other languages. It is no longer the unique possession of British or American people, but a language that belongs to the world’s people. In fact, bilingual and multilingual users of English far outnumber its monolingual native speakers. This phenomenon has led to a bewildering variety of English around The world. As more and more people speak English, more and more varieties have emerged which are strongly influenced by the pronunciation, grammar and idioms of the respective mother Fondues, World English has now moved away from the control of the native speakers. However, the question of British or American English is not so important now. Today’s slogan is mutual intelligibility among users of the language.
(a) obviously (synonym): (b) prestige (synonym): (c) national (synonym): (d) unique (antonym); (e) native (antonym): (f) variety (synonym): (g) emerge (antonym): (h) control (antonym): (i) important (synonym): (j) intelligibility (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
“I’m not in the least hungry.” my guest sighed “but if you insist I don’t mind having some asparagus.” I ordered them. “Aren’t you going to have any” “No I never eat asparagus.” “I know there are people who don’t like them. The fact is you ruin your palate by all the meat you eat. “Coffee” I said “Yes, just an ice-cream and coffee” she answered.
Dinajpur Board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (X) in those blanks.
What (a) — surprise it was! Robin got (b) — first prize in (c) — competition. I was really (d) — amazed at his success. Of course he was trained by (e) — expert coach for (f) — time He always obeyed (g) — instructions given by (h) — coach. Even he was not found outside (i) — camp during practice session. (j) — boy like him is always appreciated by the people.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
Badal lived (a) — a village of Bangladesh. He was a school boy. There was a canal (b) — his way (c) —school. An old bridge was (d) — that canal. It was useful to one and all of the villagers. Yet none cared (e) — its repair. So one day it broke (f) — and caused a good deal (g) — hardship to the villagers. They were (h) — difficulty. They could not go to the town (i) — the other side of the canal to sell their fruits and vegetables profitably. They sold their production (j) — local market at a nominal price.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
there, let alone, it, as if, what …..look like, have to, as soon as, was born, had better, would rather
(a) We — not go out today. A riot has broken out in our locality.
(b) — is a good idea to walk in the morning. One can take it as an important form of physical exercise, because it refreshes both the body and mind.
(c) Do you often — travel on business? You are always seen travelling abroad.
(d) Long ago, — lived a very pious man. His name was Hatem Tai and he was very kind hearted.
(e) — does a clown —? You’ve seen a clown in the circus many a time.
(f) — I see my father coming my heart fills up with joy. I am very much fond of my father.
(g) I got a job at a bar. But I hate working at a bar. I — be a waiter than a barman.
(h) Kazi Nazrul Islam — in an impoverished family. He had to earn even when he was a small boy.
(i) The economical condition of Robi is very poor. He cannot afford one meal per day — square meals. (j) After the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Messi looked — he were completely routed. His cherished dream had been shattered.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases.
(a) Rifat does not like —. He knows that rich food does not contain rich vitamins.
(b) As Shafi is devoted to studies, all his teachers love him. He hopes to —.
(c) — is not good. We should give up it.
(d) — gives no pleasure. It is always painstaking.
(e) There is nobody —. Hence happiness is a relative term.
(f) Birds — in winter are called migratory birds. We should not kill them
(g) People are careful — in Dhaka city. They don’t waste their resource.
(h) Man is a social being. No man can do —.
(i) Robinson Crusoe was born in England. His father wanted him —.
(j) — in Bangladesh are unemployed. Self-employment is a possible solution to this problem.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context
In the last autumn vacation I (a) — (get) sufficient time. So I (b) — (make) up my mind to make a journey by train from Dhaka to Chattogram. I (c) — (reach) the station about half an hour before the departure of the train. It (d) — (be) then a very busy time. Rickshaw, motorcars and other vehicles (e) — (come) to the station with passengers. Coolies (f) — (run) behind them. There (e) — (be) shouts and rush of the passengers and the coolies. After some time hearing a whistle the passengers (h) — (stand) in a queue before the ticket counter. I also (i) — (stand) in the line and (j) — (buy) a second class ticket. 6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
(a) Water, an important vital element of environment is polluted in various ways complex. It is called life. (b) The water which is pure is necessary for us (simple).
(c) Men pollute water by throwing waste in it (compound).
(d) The farmers use water in time of cultivation largely (passive).
(e) It is one of the most important elements of all living beings positive).
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches.
He said to me, “I am very sorry to trouble you, but I shall be much obliged if you will kindly lend me your dictionary.” “I shall be very glad to be of service to you, and you are welcome to any of my books that you think of use to you,” said I.
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentence so that all pronoun references are clear.
Sunlight is the source of all energy of the earth. All the living beings are dependent upon this green plants are the producer of the ecosystem. All plants and animals of it are interconnected serially. Consequently, there develops a food chain among these. The transfer of food energy takes place from producers through a series of food levels. This is called food chain of food in the ecosystem. There are numerous food chains in an ecosystem. Food chain does not work in isolation. These are linked together to form a food web.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
Sabbir is (a) — (use determiner to pre-modify the noun phrase) ideal student. He prepares (b) — (use possessive to pre-modity the noun) lessons in collaboration with his teachers. He does (c) — (post-modify the verb) in every examination as he does does not waste time. He knows time once lost is lost forever. So, he utilizes every moment. During his free time he goes to his native village. He teaches (d) — (pre-modify the noun) people. He wants (e) — (use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb) illiteracy from his village. (f) — (use present participle to pre modify the verb) illiteracy from his village, he wants to bring about massive development. He is (g) — (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) devoted to God. He says prayer (h) — (use quantifier to pre-modify the noun) times a day. He never tells a lie. He respects his parents very much. Our superiors are also respected by him. His father, (i) — (post-modify the noun phrase with an appositive) supports him cordially. His mother, an ideal housewife, (j) — (pre modify the verb) supports him very much. Such a student like Sabbir is rarely found nowadays.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
It was the night before my math exam in the 2nd semester. I could not do better in the math exam of 1st semester. (a) — I was really serious about the exam. (b) — I was careful enough not to spend a single moment in vain. But, the night did not pass smoothly at all. (c) — it was full of mishaps. (d) — the electricity went out. I waited for it for about an hour, however, there was sign of its coming. (e) — I lighted a candle and began to study again. The flickering light of the candle was creating problems for me. Soon, I began to feel a bad headache. I really wanted to get rid of it. (f) —, I left my reading room and stood in the balcony for some time. I began to feel better, but could not stay there for long. (g) — I let the place. (h) —, I went to my reading room again. (i) — to add to my gladness the electricity came. I could finish my study within two hours. (j) —, I went to bed with a happy mind.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below.
All this was perplexing and upsetting. For at the time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better Theoretically and secretly, of course I was all for the strugglers and against their oppressors.
(a) perplexing (antonym): (b) upsetting (antonym); (c) imperialism (synonym): (d) evil (antonym); (e) sooner (antonym); (f) chucked (synonym): (g) better (antonym): (h) theoretically (synonym): (i) secretly (synonym): (j) oppressor (synonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
Aryan : Do you read newspaper regularly Farhan.
Farhan : Yes, I do. What’s about you?
Aryan : To tell you frankly I do not read newspaper regularly.
Farhan : Why you get enough time during the break in the college.
Aryan : Yes, I do get but I do not like. Moreover I think it is a wastage of time.
Farhan : Remember newspaper is called the ‘storehouse’ of knowledge. The more you will read newspaper the more you will learn.
Aryan : Then, from today, I will start reading newspaper Farhan : Yes, that’s like a good friend.
Jashore board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks hot require an article. Put a cross (x) in each blank.
The process of learning may very well be compared to (a) — undertaking of a journey. The learner or the student or the student is (b) — journey taker or traveller. Just as a traveller has to undergo all (c) — botherations of buying his ticket, booking his baggage, showing up his ticket, taking care of things, boarding a train or a bus and suffering every other item of (d) — tedious journey to reach his (e) — destination. So a learner has to manage his learning affair himself. It is (f) — labourious process and no one can do (g) — labour for him and no one else can undertake (h) — journey for another. There is no trick or magic in it. It cannot be acquired at second hand. Just as a traveller, he can enquire here and there in case of doubt and difficulty. However, the journey is (i) — passenger’s own concern. In (j) — same way, learning is entirely the concern of the student or the learner.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
It would be impossible (a) — us to continue living in this world if each of us knew exactly what fate had (b) — store for us. So, Allah in His mercy conceals the future (c) — all His creatures and reveals only the present. He hides from the animals what men know, and He hides from men what the angels know. For example, if a lamb had reason (d) a man, it could not gamble happily knowing it was destined to be killed (e) — human food. But being quite ignorant (f) — its fate, it is happy to the last moment of its short life contentedly grazing (g) — the flowery meadow, and even in its innocence licks the hands (h) — the butcher who is about to slaughter it. What a blessing, it is that we are ignorant (i) — the future! Allah, to whom the death of a sparrow is of equal importance with the death of a hero, has, in His mercy, thus limited our knowledge so that we might fulfill our duty in the sphere (j) — which He has appointed us.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable words/phrases given in the box.
as if, let alone, what does …. look like, was born, there, what’s it like, have to, as soon as, had better, would rather
(a) In modern times, — has been a great change in the attitude of man regarding superstitious belief.
(b) Our learners develop a very poor writing skill. They cannot write fairly well even in Bangla — in English.
(c) Some city dwellers’ behaviour is often too formal. They speak in such a way — they were never in the village.
(d) I have never travelled by air. — flying in the sky?
(e) Riaz: the frozen mountain peak ? Purnima : It looks like a white dome.
(f) Sheela is suffering from toothache. She — see a dentist.
(g) Play is delayed due to rain. It will resume — the rain stops.
(h) Sohel is a very good natured boy. He — stay at home than mix with bad companies.
(i) Milton was a poet of versatile genius. He — in 1608 in England. He used to believe that one should start a profession after taking necessary preparations.
(j) We have discussed for quite a long time. We can’t take much time any more. We — come to a conclusion.
4.  Complete the sentences using suitable words/phrases/clauses.
(a) Last night I did not have a sound sleep. I feel sleepy — TV.
(b) You cannot handle such a — if you don’t have prior experience in teaching.  
(c) If the driver had been more careful, — the fatal accident.
(d) We were supposed to start our journey the next day. But it was so hot that —.
(e) A village market is one of the many attractions of country life. It is a public place where —.
(f)The box is very heavy. Are you strong enough —?
(g) Begging is not a profession. It is most disreputable. We must not —.
(h) Wherever he speaks in English, —. But it is natural that we learn through mistakes.
(i) The station is not far away from here. It will take you five minutes —.
(j) One should bear in mind that forming bad habit is easy to do but —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with correct form of verbs in the brackets as per subject and context. Most of the people who (a) — (appear) most often and most gloriously in the pages of history (b) — (be) great conquerors and generals and soldiers, whereas the people who really (c) — (help) civilization forward are often never (d) — (mention) at all. We do not know who first (e) — (set) a broken leg or launched a sea worthy boat or (f) — (calculate) the length of a year, but we (g) — (know) all about the killers and destroyers. People think a great deal of them, so much so that on all the highest pillars in great cities of the world you (h) — (find) figures of a conqueror or a general or a soldier. And I think that most people (i) — (believe) that the greatest countries are those that (j) — (beat) in the battle the greatest number of countries and ruled over them as conquerors.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
We are very much proud of our freedom fighters.
(a) They fought for the country with a patriotic zeal. (make it compound)
(b) They are the most courageous sons of our nation. (make it positive)
(c) Everybody admires and respects them greatly. (make it passive)
(d) Nobody denies their contribution to their motherland. (make it interrogative without changing meaning)
(e) They will never be forgotten by their countrymen to the end. (make it affirmative)
7. Change the narrative style by using direct speech.
The teacher asked the students if they had heard the name of Aesop. The students respectfully replied that they had not and asked the teacher who he had been. The teacher advised them to listen to his lecture attentively and they would be able to know about him. He also exclaimed with wonder that his fables were very interesting and instructive.
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. If necessary, rewrite the sentences so that all pronoun references are clear.
Mandela left public life in June 2004 telling his adoring countrymen not to call them. Regarding it, Nadine Gordimer said, “He is at the epicenter of his time, our in South Africa and your, wherever you are”.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
A village doctor is a very (a) — (pre-modify the noun) person in the rural areas of Bangladesh. He is (b) — (pre-modify the verb) known as a quack. A village doctor is not a (c) — (pre-modify the noun) doctor. He usually sits in a small dispensary (d) — (post-modify the verb). He treats the patients (e) — (use a participle phrase to post-modify the verb). A village doctor is not a (f) — (pre-modify the noun) man. His chamber is (g) — (pre-modify the verb) furnished. He cannot supply costly medicine to (h) — (pre-modify the noun) patients. In our country, the number of qualified doctors is (i) — (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) few. So, a village doctor is a great friend to the (j) — (pre-modify the noun) villagers.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
Unemployment is a great problem in our country. (a) — it is the burning question of the day. (b) — almost all the countries of the world suffer from the curse of unemployment problem. (c) —Bangladesh is the worst sufferer of this so called problem. (d) — nowhere in the world this problem is so acute as in our country. (e) — there are many reasons behind it. (f) — our country is industrially backward. (g) — our system of education fails to give a student an independent start of life. (h) — it has little provision for vocational training. (i) — our students and youth have false sense of dignity. (j) they run after jobs blindly.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below.
Sincerity is the root of success of all works. One can go a long way if he does a job with sincerity. The great men are sincere because they know that sincerity is the key to success. Those who do not follow the rules of sincerity can never go a long way. Sincerity is the secret of victory. If any work is not done with sincerity, one will never receive desirable output from it. So, we should be sincere in every walk of life. (a) success (antonym); (b) job (synonym); (c) great (antonym); (d) because (synonym); (e) know (synonym); (f) follow (antonym); (g) rule (synonym): (h) never (antonym): (i) victory (synonym); (j) desirable (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
Tourist : How old is the edifice guide
Guide : Madame its a 15th century edifice
Tourist : What a wonderful edifice it is
Guide : It was built by Akbar the then emperor of India.
Tourist : Oh! I see
Guide : Madame we should move now. The sun is about to set. It would be dark soon.
Tourist : Isnt the place safe?
Guide: It is. But the security does not allow anybody after sunset.
Chattogram board 2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks with articles. Use a cross (X) mark where an article is not necessary.
“Rifle Roti Aurat’’ is (a) — first Bengali novel on (b) — Liberation war of Bangladesh unique novel is written by Anwar Pasha, (c) — professor of Bangla department at Dhaka University. He wrote this (d) — novel between April and June in 1971. The main characters this novel is Sudipta Shaheen who shares his dream of (e) — new country. Professor Anwar Pasha was picked up from his Dhaka University residence two days before (f) — victory. Sensing imminent defeat, the member of (g) — notorious killing squad Al-Badr picked up (h) — novelist. Anwar Pasha and many other intellectuals and brutally killed them. According to (i) — Banglapedia, around 991 academics, 13 journalists, 49 physicians, 42 lawyers and 16 other intellectuals were killed during (j) — Liberation War of Bangladesh.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
Syed Shamsul Haq, a legendary litterateur, was born in Kurigram (a) — 1935. He received the Bangla Academy Award (b) — the age of twenty-nine. It is noteworthy that he was the youngest (c) — all who got the Bangla Academy Award. He was awarded the Swadhinata Padak in 2000 (d) — his contributions (e) — Bangla literature. His literary works are included (f) — the curriculam of secondary, higher secondary and graduation level (g) — Bangladesh. Syed Shamsul Haq was married (h) — Anwara Syed Haq who is a member (i) — the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. This renowned intellectual passed away (j) — 27 September in 2016 at the age of 81.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
there, as soon as, what does….. look like, was born, what if, has to, as if, what’s it like, let alone, would rather
(a) It was 45 years ago when a new country named Bangladesh — in the world map at the cost of millions of lives.
(b) During the Liberation War of Bangladesh — was a great American singer George Harison who sang for Bangladesh.
(c) — living in Bangladesh? You seem to be very happy with your life in Bangladesh.
(d) My foreign friend told me, “You — leave this country than live here. I replied, “This is my motherland.”
(e) In 1971, the Pakistani army did terrible atrocities against the Bangladeshis. Pakistan — apologize for this to Bangladesh.
(f) Pakistan always plays a role against Bangladesh. We cannot expect any co-operation from them —apology.
(g)The elements of anti-liberation forces came out of their cocoons — the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed.
(h) Some persons living in Bangladesh always try to make conspiracy against the country, —Bangladesh were not their own country.
(i) The authority of Dhaka University cut ties with Pakistan. — the government of Bangladesh takes initiatives to cut off diplomatic relation with Pakistan?
(j) Teacher: Learners, — the national flower of Bangladesh —?
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases.
(a) We are closely related to our environment. We should keep the environment free from pollution so that —.
(b) We must follow the rules of hygiene. Without following the rules of hygiene, we —.
(c) He was very hopeful about winning the game. He — before he took part in the competition.
(d) He had a street accident and his mother injured herself falling on the stairs. To tell the truth misfortune —.
(e) She has got GPA 4.50. If — more seriously, she would have got GPA 5 in the exam.
(f) The boy was playing when —. He stopped his playing at once.
(g) I feel a very bad headache. If —, I would continue my classes.
(h) Time plays a very crucial role in human life. We cannot prosper in life unless —.
(i) He runs very fast. Last year he — that other competitions were left behind.
(j) Human body needs a balanced diet. If we take a balanced diet, it —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context.
The Liberation War of Bangladesh inspired many artists, singers and cultural activists. Eminent artiste Shaheen Samad (a) — (join) Bangladesh Mukti Sangrami Shilpi Sangstha during the Liberation War. She along with others (b) — (inspire) millions with her voice (c) — raise funds for the refugee camps. The cultural troupe used to (d) — (travel) to refugee camps and different areas in Mukta Anchal. They (e) — (perform) patriotic songs and arranged puppet shows, besides, (f) — (stage) dramas. Shaheen Samad said, “Liberation War (g) — (be) always an inspiration for me.” She sang a lot of songs during that time and now (h)  — (feel) honoured to have been able to inspire the freedom fighters. She has the memorable harmonium with which she sang ‘in 1971. Now she (i) — (wish) to hand it over to Liberation War Museum. This eminent artiste wants live performance of those moving songs on TV channel, at least one song in a week and thus (j) — (cover) all the year round.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed
(a) Long long ago there was a king who was very wise. (Make it simple)
(b) People called him wise Solomon. (Make it passive)
(c) Actually at that time he was the wisest of all. (Make it comparative)
(d) There was another ruler also named Queen of Sheba. (Make it complex)
(e) One day she thought Solomon’s wisdom should not remain untested. (Make it affirmative)
7. Change the narrative style by using direct speeches.
The witness told the international crimes tribunal that he had suddenly heard a gunshot and gone towards the door. He added that he had seen many Al-Badr men and the members of the Pakistani army on his house premises. The judge asked him if he had recognized some of the Al-Badr men The witness answered that he could recognize one Hamid in his village who had brought the members of the Pakistani army to the village.
8. Identify the unclear pronoun reference in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentence so that all pronoun references are clear.
A rich man went to a farmer with one thousand taka in a bag. He said to him, “Look, my friend. I have brought one thousand taka for you. Keep this money and remove your distress.” He was surprised. He took the bag from the rich man and thanked him. He said to himself, “One thousand taka is a lot of money.” He could not think where to keep the money. He did not find any safe place. He dug a hole in his hut and kept it there.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
The people of Bangladesh have expressed their shock (a) — (post-modify the verb) at the reaction of the Pakistan Parliament. Pakistan strongly protested the execution of two (b) — (pre-modify the noun collaborators who committed crimes against humanity on their own people in 1971. There is a demand for apology from (c) — (use a noun adjective to pre-modify the noun) government for the crimes of its army during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Recently Pakistan’s National Assembly may be within its rights (d) — (use an infinitive phrase to post modify the verb) for the execution of two collaborators. But it is quite clear to us that Pakistan always tries to erase its past history. To erase (e) — (use a demonstrative to pre-modify the noun) history is not easy because history continues to follow all of us. Pakistan, (f) — (post-modify the noun with an appositive), cannot come out of its military influence. As a result, the country has become (g) — (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) barbarous. So Pakistan is going down (h) — (use an adverb to post-modify the verb). The founder of Pakistan Mr. Jinnah was physically (i) — (use an intensifier to pre-modify the adjective) weak and so, the state always tried to show its physical strength since (j) — (use a possessive to pre-modify the noun) birth. 10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage Rangpur Town Hall is a place of cultural activities. (a) — in 1971, it became a torture cell used by the Pakistani army. (b) — the army brought here innocent Bengalees. After that they started to bring Bengali women here. Among them Mansura Begum was one who was the wife of a freedom fighter. (c) — she was young and beautiful, she drew the attention of local collaborators. (d) — they informed the Pakistani army. (e) — the Pakistani army abducted Mansura occurrence, Pakistani soldiers surrounded her house. (f) — they searched her husband who joined the Mukti Bahini. (g) — they found her father-in-law, they started to beat him. The old man got unconscious. (h) — the barbarous soldiers did not stop beating him. Mansura rushed to her father-in-law, grabbed his bleeding body and begged the military not to kill him. (i) — they did not listen to her. They picked up the old man on the military truck. (j) — they pulled and dragged Mansura on to the truck.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below. During the nine-month long Liberation War, the Pakistani army carried out the ma massacre in human history. There were thousands of killing fields all around Bangladesh the largest killing fields is located at Dumuria in Khulna. The area is called Chuknagar. Hundreds and thousands of fleeing people arrived at Chuknagar to cross the border. On 20 May in Pakistani soldiers surrounded the area. They started to fire the fleeing people. About eight to thousand people were killed at Chuknagar.
(a) liberation (synonym); (b) brutal (antonym); (c) massacre (synonym); (d) human (antonym) (e) located (antonym); (f) called (synonym); (g) surrounded (synonym); (h) started (antonym) (i) killed (synonym); (j) largest (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
Son: Did you keep a diary during the liberation war
Father: Yes I did. Son: Can I have a look at it?
Father : I’m afraid, Ive lost it.
Son: Can you remember anything about it
Father : Yes, I remember one event there were lots of sounds and bangs outside one night. You wanted to look out but we didn’t let you.
Son: Why
Father: Because it was very dangerous. You were only four years old then
Son: I can’t remember anything.
Father: Its natural. No one can remember all from early childhood
Sylhet Board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles as necessary. Some require an article. Put a cross (X) in those blanks.
Robi is (a) — indigent boy. He comes of (b) — needy family. But he is diligent and upright. He has (c) unique vision for life. He believes that honesty is (d) — key to success. Moreover he has (e) — deep sense of patriotism. Being imbued with these ideals, he shapes (f) — dream of his life. From (g) — dawn to dusk, he works hard. He never squanders time, wastes money and dissipates (h) — energy. His only aim is to reach (i) — apex of success. We need (j) — ideal boy like Robi.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
I caught sight (a) — him while crossing the road. I tried to talk (b) — him. But he was (c) — a hurry. He was one (d) — my best friends. Both of us studied (e) — the same school. I had an intimacy (f) — him. Both of us got separated (g) — each other after the completion (h) — SSC Examination. I hardly meet (i) — him. Though my heart bleeds (j) — him,  this is the go of the world.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
had better, let alone, as if, as soon as, was born, what does ….. look like, there, would you mind, it, would rather
(a) The room appears to be suffocating. — opening the windows?
(b) It is raining outside. You — take an umbrella.
(c) He cannot read newspaper, — edit a newspaper.
(d) — lived a wise man but he was not well known to all.
(e) You look tired. — appears to me that you have worked hard.
(f) Ismail is a symbol of versatile genius. He — into a needy family.
(g) — a dinosaur —? Have you ever seen it?
(h)He proceeded — he had never seen me. His defiant behaviour offended me.
(i) Panic seized me — I heard his roaring voice.
(j) Though I am in dire need of money, I — die than seek any financial help from him.
4. Complete the following sentences using suitable clauses phrases
(a) Honesty is the best policy. If you maintain honesty, —.
(b) Patriotism is a noble virtue. It is high time —.
(c) English is an international language. I wish —.
(d) If I had much money, ––.
(e)There goes a proverb that —. So, you have to make friendship with a gentleman.
(f) Hardly has he seen his friend —.
(g) It is a long time since we —.
(h) All of us have to work hard with a view to —.
(i) I was too young to —.
(j) A student has to be punctual. He has to study regularly lest he —.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs.
Jerry is an orphan. He (a) — (come) to the orphanage at the age of four. He (b) — (lose) his parents in his infancy. Then, he (c) — (commit) to the care of the orphanage. He could hardly (d) — (recollect) his parents’ memory. In spite of (e) — (be) an orphan, he had developed strong fabric of morality. His inimitable morality (f) — (draw) him close to the writer. The write (g) — (impress) with him. She started (h) — (show) affection for him. Jerry (i) — (take) her for his mother. He fabricated a lie (j) —(win) her heart.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
(a) Most of the people of our country are living in the rural areas. (Make it interrogative without the change of meaning)
(b) They are peace loving. (Make it complex)
(c) They are more patriotic and industrious. (Make it positive)
(d) They love their motherland profoundly. (Make it passive)
(e) Although they are insolvent, they do not adopt any unfair means to become rich overnight. (Make it simple)
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches.
“Why are you crying? Do you have any problem?” asked the passer-by. “I am crying because I have none to look after me,” said the street child. “Are you hungry?” “Yes, I am,” said the boy.
8.  Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Rewrite the sent make the pronoun references clear and underline the changes.
Books are the medium through which human beings talk with enlightened minds, the great men of the world. They are our best friends. They introduce them to the life and the world. Books are the mirrors of past, present and even future. These are having an active voice. We know about the thoughts and deeds of our ancestors through it. They make the noblemen alive in the world forever.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
Kazi Nazrul Islam is called the Shelley of Bengali literature. He was a (a) — (pre-modify the noun) poet. He wrote (b) — (post-modify the verb) in every branch of Bengali literature. Nazrul, (c) — (use an appositive), won the attention of everyone in his early childhood. He wrote ceaselessly until the death of (d) — (use possessive pronoun) poetic flair. He composed his songs (e) — (use an infinitive phrase to post-modify the verb). His songs are (f) — (use an intensifier to modify the adjective) melodious. He enriched the Bengali literature (g) — (use an adverb to modify the verb). His literary works have enriched (h) — (use a noun-adjective) literature. He is (i) — (use an article) secular poet. He sang the songs of equality (j) — (use an adverbial phrase).
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
Honesty is a noble virtue. The man possessing this invaluable quality is the happiest man on earth, (a) —. To be honest, a man should have trustworthiness. (b) —, nobody trusts a liar. A liar may prosper for the time being. (c) —, he goes to the dogs. (d) — we should be honest. It is said that honesty is the best policy. (e) — dishonesty is the sign of downfall. God helps those who are honest. (f) — dishonest people are cursed. (g) — children should be taught honesty from childhood. It is widely observed that children follow their parents. (h) — parents should be honest and upright in their business of life. (i) — children should be allowed to mix with those friends who are honest. (j) — they can mould their characters.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonyms or synonyms of the words as directed.
Bangladesh is an agro-based country. The soil of Bengal is purer than gold. Most of her land is fertile. The farmers of this country are industrious. They work ceaselessly from dawn to dusk. They are not lazy. They love their motherland. They have a strong attachment to their motherland. Their diligence and perseverance keep the wheel of economy moving. We must respect them. We are grateful to them. We must follow their devotion to duty and country.
(a) fertile (synonym): (b) industrious (antonym); (c) ceaselessly (synonym); (d) lazy (synonym (e) love (antonym): (1) strong (synonym): (g) moving (antonym); (h) respect (synonym): (i) grateful (antonym): (j) devotion (synonym)
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting them.
Entering the study room my elder brother looked around and burst out in disgust How dirty you have made the room! Why do you use it if you cant keep it tidy I said, I am extremely sorry I have been a nuisance in future youll never see the room in such a bad condition I promise
Barishal board-2017
English (compulsory) second paper
Part A: Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the may not require an article. Put a cross (X) in those blanks.
Truthfulness is (a) — greatest of all (b) — virtues which makes (c) — person really we do not cultivate (d) — habit of speaking (e) — truth, we cannot command (f) — trust of others. The man whom nobody believes can never be famous in life. It may be that we must once or twice by telling (g) — lie but it never brings about (h) — good result. A lien hidden Today or tomorrow it comes to light. Then (i) — real character of (j) — liar is revealed and nobody believes him.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.
I am glad to receive your letter. You have wanted to know (a) — the picnic that we made. I am now writing (b) — you about it. It was winter vacation. Our college was closed. I (c) — some of my friends arranged a picnic. We selected Sonargaon (d) — the picnic spot. It is some miles from Dhaka. We got (e) — the bus (f) — about 9 am (g) — all necessary utensils materials. (h) — reaching Sonargaon, we finished our breakfast (i) — about 9:30 am. We did not take any cook (j) — us.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrases/words given in the box.
let alone, as if, as soon as, would rather, if, had better, what’s …like, it, have to, there
(a) I met him ten years ago. I can hardly recall his name, — his address.
(b) — has been many years since I saw him. So, I cannot recognize him.
(c) Don’t behave — you knew everything. Remember all others here are senior to you.
(d) You — build your own house than live in a rented house. House rent has increased much nowadays. (e) Give him the good news — you meet him.
(f) — are many rivers in Bangladesh. The rivers abound with plenty of fishes.
(g) — I had a typewriter, I would type well.
(h) You — consult with a doctor. The condition of your health may deteriorate.
(i) — he —? He is friendly and he can help you.
(j) Time is over. I — go now.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases.
(a) The job market is getting bad to worse day by day. If you don’t work hard in your student life, —.
(b) Trees are most important for our survival. They supply oxygen without which —.
(c) My HSC exam is knocking at the door. I have to study attentively so that —.
(d) I have lost my cell phone. Would you mind — so that I can talk to my mother.
(e) Last week my friend Hasan met with an accident. No sooner had I heard the news than —.
(f) Flower is a symbol of beauty, love and purity. There is hardly anyone who —.
(g) Walk fast lest —.
(h) Jui is studying medicine. She wants —.
(i) During the recent years, most teenagers have become Facebook freak. They waste time for nothing. They should know that —.
(j) He came to my room while —. He did not wake me up.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context.
Air (a) — (be) an important element of the environment. But it is constantly being (b) — (pollute) in many ways. We make fire to cook food and (c) — (do) many works. This fire emits smoke which (d) — (contaminate) air. Vehicles pollute air to a great extent by (e) — (burn) fuel. Air pollution also (f) — (happen) when coal and oil (g) — (burn). Mills and factories can be (h) — (hold) responsible for this pollution. It is high time we (i) — (check) air pollution. Otherwise we (j) — (suffer) a lot.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed.
(a) Jim and Della sacrificed their dearest possessions in order to buy Christmas presents for each other. (Compound)
(b) Della had an ardent desire to give her husband a worthy, gift (Complex)
(c) Jim also thought how he could give his wife a nice gift. (Simple).
(d) Della saved a scanty amount of money for this. (Passive)
(e) Jim was one of the sincerest husbands that we have ever known. (Positive)
7. Rewrite the following in the reported speech.
“Please give me your English grammar book,” said Fahim. “I cannot give it,” said Arman. “I have to take it with me in the class.” “I shall return the book before the class starts,” said Fahim. “Take it,” said Arman. “Thanks,” said Fahim.
8.  Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Rewrite the sent make the pronoun references clear and underline the changes.
Teaching is a profession who is full of challenge. I want to be a teacher because you like working with children. But my father argues that one cannot make much money from it. He wants me to look after their farms instead. But this does not inspire me much.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces.
Raja, (a) — (post-modify the noun with an appositive), is known to his classmates as a good student. He has (b) — (use a quantifier to pre-modify the noun) good qualities. He knows that the (c) — (use an adjective to pre-modify the noun) duty of a student is to study and he never neglects (d) — (use a demonstrative to pre-modify the noun) duty. He prepares (e) — (use possessive to pre-modify the noun) lessons regularly. He maintains discipline. He knows the value of time. He gets up (f) — (post-modify the verb with an adverb) so that he can get enough time to study.  He goes to school (g) — (post-modify the verb with an adverb). He never wastes a (h) — (use determines to pre-modify the noun) moment in vain. Raja is (i) — (pre-modify the adjective intensifier) gentle. He always obeys his parents and teachers. He never mixes with (j) — (pre-modify the noun) boys. A student like Raja is a great asset of a nation.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage.
Water is a vital element of the environment (a) — this element is polluted in many ways. (b) — farmers use chemical fertilizers and insecticides in their field. (c) — rain and flood wash away these chemicals, they get mixed with water in rivers, canals and ponds (d) — pollute it. (e) —- mills and factories throw their poisonous chemicals and waste product into water. (f) — water vehicles also pollute water by dumping food waste and human waste into it. (g) — insanitary latrines and unsafe drains also contribute to water pollution. Water is called life. (h) — we cannot allow this pollution to continue. We have to raise an awareness about it. (i) — laws should be enforced strictly. (j) — we fail to check water pollution, we will suffer.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below.
Sincerity is the root of success of all work. One can go a long way if one does a job with sincerity. The great men are sincere because they know that sincerity is the key to success. Those who do not follow the rules of sincerity can never go a long way. Sincerity is the secret of victory. If any work is not done with sincerity. one will never receive desirable output from it. So, we should be sincere in every walk of life.
(a) success (antonym), (b) job (synonym): (c) great (antonym): (d) because (synonym): (e) know (synonym); (f) follow (antonym): (g) rule (synonym): (h) never (antonym): (i) victory (synonym): (j) desirable (antonym).
12. There are ten errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors.
Myself: Good morning Rana. How are you?
Rana: I am so so and you
Myself : I am well. But why aren’t you completely well
Rana: In every examination I’m cutting a sorry figure.
Myself : Whats the reason? Dont you utilize your time properly?
Rana: I spend most of the time in watching TV.
Myself: Recreation is necessary. But spending too much time on this has no good side.
Rana: I don’t feel bored in watching tv.
Myself: But as a student, you should study more and more.
Rana: Thank you for your good advice.
Myself: Welcome.
Comilla Board 2017
Part A – Grammar Marks – 60
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (x) in those blanks:
In (a) — last 25 years (b) — world has lost one-third of its natural wealth, according to (c) — International Conservation Organization world wild fund. (d) — earth’s forest, wetlands, seas and coasts are in (e) — worse state today than they were before. Forests are cut down. Moreover, they are being burnt indiscriminately resulting in (f) — increase in carbon-di-oxide and ultimately  (g) — water level is rising as a consequence of global warming. It is anticipated that (h) — new century will face (i) — overwhelming environmental (j) — catastrophe.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions:
We got our freedom (a) — the sacrifice of hundreds and thousands of (b) — lives. The patriots (c) — our land fought (d) — the oppression of the West Pakistani rulers. Finally, the oppressors were bound to surrender (e) — our freedom fighters. But a great number (f) — the sons of the land died (g) — the war. Soon (h) — the war, the government (i) — Bangladesh founded the National Memorial (j) — memory of the martyrs.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrase/words given the box
it is high time, in case, lest, as though, no sooner had, unless, would you mind, have to, used to, as long as
(a) There is a foul smell in the room. — opening the windows?
(b) Tomorrow I will be very busy. So, I’ll say goodbye now — I don’t see you again.
(c) We — educate all and work hard to develop our country.
(d) Nobody likes Abdul Karim at all. He talks — he knew everything.
(e) The poor will continue to suffer — they are illiterate.
(f) Nobody likes you here.  — you left this place.
(g) He saw the bear coming towards him. So he climbed up a tree — the bear might attack him.
(h) Everybody disliked Rakib. He — do many harmful activities.
(i) Time is very important in our life. You cannot prosper in life — you make proper use of time.
(j) The students were talking in the class.  — the teacher entered the class than they stopped talking.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses /phrases :
(a) He studies medicine so that ______.
(b) Time has its wings. It was five years since we _______.
(c) The poor man knocked at my door. He came  to me with a view to _________.
(d) I found a box in the room. The box was too heavy for ________.
(e) I went to the market yesterday. Had you requested me, I _______.
(f) Do not worry about me. I ______ after I have finished my study.
(g) They are very hard working. If the bank gives them a loan on easy terms, they _________.
(h) Unity is strength. United we stand, _______.
(i) We had to walk through a jungle. We saw a snake while we ______.
(j) Everybody will go to the graveyard after death. A graveyard is a place ________.
5. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 
English (a) — (be) the most widely used international language. It (b) — (learn) to communicate with the foreigners for various purposes such as (c) — (maintain) cooperation, co-existence and exchanging business information. There are also certain jobs which (d) — (require) a good functional knowledge of English. The jobs of a pilot, a postman, a telephone operator, a tour guide, a mechanic, a receptionist of an international hotel, an executive of a multinational firm etc. (e) — (be) a few of them. Besides, a student (f) — (wish) to go for higher studies must learn English because the books on advanced education are mostly (g) — (write) in English. So, the importance and demand of learning English in our country can in no way be (h) — (ignore). Rather, we should (i) — (put) high importance on (j) — (learn) English to make room for ourselves in the competitive world.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed:
(a) Some essential agricultural inputs are to be ensured to increase our food production. (Make it active) (b) The farmers who are poor do not get loan on easy terms. (Make it simple)
(c) What a pity! ( Make it Assertive)
(d) The farmers do not get the facilities necessary for food production. (Make it Complex)
(e) Unfortunately, they do not get the due price of their products. (Make it Compound)
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches:
“Have you saved something for the future?” said the richman. ” No,” said the cobbler. ” I am happy with the present and think little about tomorrow.” “No, that would not do,” said the richman. “I like to see you above want. Have this money and keep it.”
8. Identify the unclear pronoun references in the following paragraph. Where necessary, rewrite the sentences so that all pronoun references are clear:
Traveling is a part of education. These means going from place to place. One can enhance knowledge by going from place to place. These gives one the opportunity to see the unseen and know the unknown. Some people are averse to traveling. This limits his vision. However, by traveling to different parts of the world, my knowledge can be enriched.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces:
A balanced diet is a good mixture of (a) — (pre modify the noun) foods. It is essential for us (b) — ( post modify the adjective with an infinitive) a healthy life. There are many benefits of eating a (c) — (pre modify the noun) diet because it prevents (d) — (use determiner to premodify the noun) diseases. As a result, we do not get sick (e) — (post modify the verb with adverb). We should take diet according to our needs. We should not eat the (g) — (use adjective to premodify the noun) foods for the whole week. We can keep fit (h) — ( use a participle) a balanced diet. But it is not easy (i) — (post modify the adjective with an infinitive) a balanced diet. Here (j) — (use a determiner) nutritionist can help us.
10. Use appropriate sentence connector in the blank spaces of the following passage:
Trees are a vital part of our environment. (a) —, they bear a great impact on the climate. (h) — we are not careful about them (c) — we destroy trees at random. (d)—, one day the country will bear the consequence of greenhouse effect. (e) — ours is an agricultural country, our economy depends on it. (f) —, our agriculture is depended on rain. (g) —, trees play a vital role on our climate. (h) — trees keep the soil strong. (i) —, trees save us from flood (j) — many other natural calamities.
11. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below:
There are many (a) people who have a (b) conservative outlook. Quite (c) early in life they learn to (d) believe that everything in this (e) world was predetermined and (f)all that happen to them was ordained by God. For this belief, the poor generally accept their (g) Poverty and all their sorrows and (h) sufferings without trying much to (i) overcome them. They also have the (j) same sort of attitude towards illness and disease.
(a) people (synonym) (b) conservative (antonym) (c) early(antonym) (d)believe (synonym) (e) world (synonym) (f) all (antonym) (g) poverty ( antonym) (h) sufferings (synonym) (i) overcome (synonym) (j) same (antonym)
12. There are some errors in the use of punctuations marks in the following text. Re-write the text correcting those errors:
how is your father rana said mr karim he is very well thank you replied rana i am glad to hear that he is in good health said mr abdul karim
Part B – Composition Marks – 40
13. On behalf of the students of your class write an application to the principal of your college for improving computer lab facilities. 
14.Suppose, yo are the reporter of a daily newspaper. Write a report on the observance of the independence day. Give a little to your report.
15. Write a paragraph on drug addiction mentioning its causes and effects on the society. Use 100-150 words. 
16. Write a short composition on environment pollution. Write at least 200 words but don’t exceed 250 words.