English Solved Past Paper 2nd year 2011 Karachi Board

Section ‘A'(Multiple Choice Question)

Q.1 Choose the correct answer for each from the given options:

(i) Gandhi, inspite of his immense influence over his compatriots, was totally unable to restore the:
* industrialization
* Spinning wheel
* cosmopolitanism
* independence

(ii) The smile of the Korean girl gave the man a purpose in life which was:
* forgiveness
* revenge
* love

(iii) ‘The Day the Dam Broke’ is a good example of Thurber’s sardonic but affectionate view of:
* human beliefs
* human happiness
* human grief
* human behaviour

(iv) Liaquat Ali Khan believes that Pakistan can develop quickly if our ancient steadfast faith is attached with:
* modern technology
* Western civilization
* communism
* Hinduism

(v) In the poem, ‘The Seven Ages of Man’, the sixth stage takes the man into:
* teenage
* cannon’s mouth
* second childishness
* battlefield

(vi) In the lesson, Act ill of the Silver Box, Mr. Roper was Jack’s:
* doctor
* banker
* leader
* lawyer

(vii) Madame de Mauban wrote a letter to Princess Flavia to warn her against:
* Black Michael
* Rupert
* Rassendyll
* Bersonin

(viii) According to Albert Einstein, the sound sense of nations had been corrupted by:
* electronic media
* political parties
* school and the press
* universities

(ix) Campion’s Man of Life Upright has a heart which is free from:
* religious beliefs
* dishonest deeds
* good thoughts
*good emotions

(x) Ulysses is a hero of:
* Greek mythology
* Chinese mythology
* Asian literature
* Hindu mythology

(xi) In the poem, ‘Say Not symbolizes:
* human hope
* human fear
* human failure
* human anger

(xii) Black Michael was the:
* Duke of Zenda
* Duke of Dresden
* Duke of Paris
* Duke of Strelsau

(xii) The panic in the lesson, ‘The Day the Dam Broke’ appeared to have started from:
* Wall street
* High street
* Broad street
* Town street

(xiv) The poem, ‘Music When Soft Voices Die’ was composed by:
* P.B. Shelley
* William Wordsworth
* John Keats
* John Milton

(xv) In the tea table incident, Rassendyll used the table to:
* write a letter
* accept the offer
* sign the document
* protect himself

(xvi) Princess Flavia actually loved:
* Rudolf the King
* Black Michael
* Rudolf Rassendyll
* Fritz

(xvii) Samson was captivated by Philistines because of the treachery of his:
* friends
* soldiers
* wife
* servants

(xviii) The novel, The Prisoner of Zenda is written by:
* Charles Dickness
* Anthony Hope Hawkins
* Thomas Hardy
* William Wordsworth

(xix) Rudolf Rassendyll came to Ruritania to:
* become the King of Ruritania
* meet Colonel Sapt
* marry Princess Flavia
* attend the coronation ceremony of the new King

(xx) ‘Before God, you’re the finest Elphberg of them all’. There words are spoken to Rudolf Rassendyll by:
* Fritz vor Tarlenheim
* Rupert of Hentzau
* Colonel Sapt
* Princess Flavia

SECTION ” B” (Short-Answer Questions)

Q.2 (i) How long did the panic last in the lesson, ‘The Day the Dam Broke’ and how was the order restored?

Ans. From the lesson “The Day the Dam Broke” we come to understand that panic lasted’ not more than 2 hours. 1 he order was restored and fear dispelled finally by means of militiamen riding about in motor lorries bawling through megaphones.

(ii) What does Liaquat Ali Khan state about the first and real meaning of freedom, for the common man?

Ans. According to Liaquat Ali Khan the real freedom of the common people means freedom from wants, freedom from disease and freedom for ignorance.

(iii) How did ‘The Silver Box’ which was missing from Mr. Barthwick’s house reach Mrs. Jones home?

Ans. A poor servant Jones had stolen a silver box from the house of
Barthwick. He went home with silver box. So to say, silver box reached Mrs. Jone’s home in this way.

(iv) What is Albert Einstein’s attitude towards war?

Ans. He explained his attitude in his following statement: “War seems to me a mean contemptible thing I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business”.

(v) How did Princess: Flavia react when she learnt the truth about Rudolf Rassendyll’s real identity?

Ans. On learning the real identification about Rudolf Rassendyll she searches her heart and then she finds herself in real love with Rassendyll and not Rudolf the King. But for keeping her loyalty with state and kingdom, she sacrifices her love with Rassendyll. In this connection, her own words “Love is not all “give her faith in love with soul and not with body”.

(vi) Describe Samson’s great act of strength through which he gave his own life. Why did he sacrifice his life?

Ans. Samson was gifted with immense strength but had been taken prisoner through the treachery of his wife. He had been blinded by the Philistines to make him less dangerous man. He was brought to the palace to show feats of skill to a great gathering of Philistine nobility.

(vii) What are the two blessings given to man by God in the poem, lines from An Essay on Man?

For Ans. see Q.2(viii) of the Solved Paper 2013

(viii) Who killed Black Michael and why?

Ans. At the end of the story, he is killed by one of his friends, Rupert, inside the Castle as a result of differences.

(ix) Change the following into indirect narration:
He said to me, ‘Will you complete your work in time? i will try my level best it appears to be too length’, i answered.
Ans. He told me if I would complete my work in time. He would try his level best it appeared to be too length, he answered.

(x) What was the supreme manifestation of Miller’s selfishness which caused Hans to lose his life?

Ans. The supreme manifestation of the Miller’s selfishness which caused Hans to lose his life was to keep his friend in inferiority complex with a false promise of wheelbarrow. Being selfish in all respect, the Miller believed in taking services from the poor to keep himself in complete rest. On a ·stormy night, it was not an easy job to go to the town to fetch the doctor for ailing son. So again he played the old trick and asked Hans to co-operate in that hour of need. He with a belief in his superiority complex was sure that poor Hans would do according to his command.

(xi) What does John Keats mean ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ in the poem, ‘Endymion’?

Ans. John Keats say’s ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ in the poem,”Lines from Endymion”. The poet feels that beauty is eternal. It never dies. All objects of nature like moon, stars, valleys and green fields are beautiful and the source of joy. The beauty provides pleasure, delight and relief from hardships. So it is endless.

(xii) Use any Five of the following idioms it. sentences of your own: make off, to get over, to make into, to bring somebody to senses, a bolt from the blue, a soft spot, a burning questions, to live from hand to mouth, to look down upon:


(xiii) Write a brief character sketch of Mrs. Judy Oakentubb.

For Ans. see Q.2(x) of the Solved Paper 2015

(xiv) Why did Madame Antoinette de Mauban help Rudolf Rassendyll?

Ans. Although De Mauban admired Black Michael and wanted to marry him but she realized that she was entangled with a group of wicked people who had an eye on the throne of Ruritania. When she learnt that the gang of these wicked people had made the real king unconscious and kept him in capacity in a cell in the palace of Zenda and that Rassendyll was in trouble while impersonating as the king, then she did not like a noble prince like Rassendyll to suffer and be tortured or even be killed. In some way she was fascinated by Rudolf Rassendyll when she met him in the train heading towards Strelsau.
She sent letters of warning to Rassendyll and Princess Flavia. Not only that, she went further to risk her own life. She visited the killing spot, the Summer House, for this purpose. She saved the life of Rassendyll by warning him. Thanks to her help, he ran away from there without any being hurt.

(xv) What does the poet William Wordsworth mean by the given lines? Explain in your own words:
‘The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more’.

ANS. These lines have been taken from “The Solitary Reaper” written by William Wordsworth. The poet was travelling in the. mountain with his companion and saw a girl who was singing a melodious song in her native language.
He was deeply inspired from the song so much so that he enjoyed it for a very long period. He kept himself motionless to entertain himself with full sense of enjoyment. This situation prevails over him for a very long period although the song was finished and no more heard. Actually the poet wanted to express the height of the enjoyment which he received.

SECTION “C” (Detailed-Answer Questions)

Note: Answer all questions from this section. All questions carry equal marks.
Q.3 Write an essay on any One of the following topics.

 Drone Attacks

Drone means remotely piloted aircraft American-aerotechnologist and researches have found a way to let a pilot in a plane control another, plane through voice commands. There are wide variety of shapes, sizes, configurations and characteristics. Historically unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), were simple drones. UAVs come in two varieties: Some are controlled from a remote location (may in another continent), and others fly autonomously based on preprogrammed flight plans using more complex dynamic automation systems.

Currently, military UAVs perform reconnaissance as well as attack missions. Besides being used for millitary purposes UVAs tire also used in a small but growing number of civil applications.

The United States government, led by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division, has made a series of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). These attacks are part of the US’ War on Terrorism campaign, seeking to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan.

These strikes are carried put by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and have increased substantially under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Generally the UAVs used are MQ-1 Predator and more recently MQ-9 Reaper firing AGM-114 Hell fire missiles. The drones have become a weapon of choice for the United States in the fight against al-Qaeda. Some media refer to the series of attacks as a “drone. Pakistan’s government publicly condemns these attacks but has secretly shared intelligence with Americans and also allegedly allowed the drone, to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan. The Brookings Institution suggests that drone strikes may kill “10 or so civilians” for every militant killed. The Pakistani military has stated that most of those killed were hardcore Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. However Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik said “Drone missiles cause collateral damage. A few militants are killed, but the majority of victims are innocent citizens.”

Up till now, it is reported that 258 times there were Drone attacks at the Pakistan, Afghan borders raising the casualities nearly upto 2500.

One of the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigator was called on the US to demonstrate that it was not randomly killing people in violation of international law through its use of drones on the Afghan border. The responsible officer criticized the uS’s refusal to respond to date to the UNs concerns. It is an organized killing programme in which significant numbers of people are being killed and there is absolutely no accountability in terms of relevant international laws.

On June 2010, UNHRC investigator team released a report on its investigation into the drone strikes, criticizing the United States for being “the most prolific user of “targeted killings” in the world.

Role of fudges in the Society

A Judge is the incharge of judicial system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. Judges also provide a mechanism for the resolution of disputes. They are part of government whose primary function is to adjudicate legal disputes.

The importance of Judiciary is well explained by Quran (57:25) Translation: “We have sent Messengers with clear proofs and send down with them the scripture and the Balance that mankind can establish justice”.

Islam is the religion of mercy, equality and Justice. It is the religion that comes to free people from worshiping creation and bring them to worships God-the Creator. It is the religion that comes to remove people from oppression and inequity and bring them to the highest degree of justice and freedom.

God’s Messenger, may God Praise him, was the greatest of judges. He used to act in the capacity of judge in the city of,Medina, which was the first Islamic State: He used to appoint people to be judges in other cities. Role of Judges in politics is very important issue. According to the constitution of Pakistan, judiciary is independent and it will not be influenced by anyone. But Judges did not adhere to his lofty law and it started to influence by politicians miscreants as well as by military dictators. When Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimudin wanted to confine the Governor General Ghulam Muhammad by enacting a bill but Ghulam Muhammad unconstitutionally dissolved the government of Khawaja Muhammad Nizamudin because he did not want to deprive himself of perks and privileges which he was enjoying. When Maulvi Tamizuddin who was a speaker of national assembly challenged this action of Ghulam Muhammad in Sindh High Court which give the verdict in favour of him but Federal Government take the case into the Supreme Court and Apex Court which instead to consider it not valid but defend the unconstitutional action of Ghulam Muhammad. If at that time Supreme Court take the stand then no one can dare to dissolve the assemblies in future. In fact Judges has always welcome military rulers which cause political instability in Pakistan and then it started a race tussle of power between politicians and military.

All such type of activities has brought to the common people an idea of not to faith on the Judiciary. They become afraid in having justice from the Judges. The man in the street is confused and does not know when the Judges will play their important role in safeguarding the liberties of the individuals. From the above statements it is clear that no one can deny the important role which has to be played by judges. There should be accountability or check and balance of all the bureaucracy, politicians and including Judges. No one is above law we should keep this in mind which will give justice to all. Justice should abandon their affiliations to different political leaders because it will halt them to do Justice and to remain impartial.


Facebook is a printed or online directory consisting of individuals photographs and names. This type of publication was first of all used at various American Universities; Such publication is distributed by university administration at the start of the academic year with the intention of helping students get to know each other.

Initially Facebook was not available online. By the early 2000s some facebook were being published online. Offering a number of new features, including password protection [;;more detailed information etc.

Pakistan is currently number 28 on the list of fastest growing population on Facebook users in the world – the United States is first and, surprisingly, Indonesia, with the largest population of Muslims, is second on the list.

Facebook users create a profile page that shows their friends and networks information about themselves. The choice to include a profile in a network means that everyone within that network can view the profile. The profile typically includes the fol/owing: Information, Status, Friends, Friends in Other Networks, Photos, Notes etc.

Users are able to search for friends and acquaintances bye-mail address, school, university, or just by typing in a name or location for search. When people become friends, they are able to see all of each others’ profiles including contact information. E-mail notifications let users know when new friends have chosen to add them to their list or when someone has sent a message to them within the system.

A popular feature on Facebook is the ability to share photographs uploaded from a phone, camera, or hard drive. As with other private information, users have the option to allow only friends to see their pictures or anyone. There is an unlimited amount of storage available, which is a major advantage of Facebook’s photograph sharing capabilities.

There are countless applications available to add to a profile. They range from a list -of Top Friends to movie compatibility with others, and maps of where users have traveled. These applications are created by individuals outside of Facebook’s employment who are known as Developers.

Users of Facebook can share news stories, video, and other files with friends. Most news and video websites have buttons that can be clicked to automatically share the story or video on a feed. The person sharing can make comments about the shared item that their friends will see.

Natural Disasters

Tsunami, earthquake, feminine along with epidemic and vector diseases are counted among the natural disasters. These natural disasters are linked with the geographical conditions and climate of the country. Accordingly, these disasters vary from country to country. For example, the population of the coastal areas are usually victimized by the Tsunami disasters.

Tsunami disaster is caused by earthquake which occurs at the bottom of sea. It will create a very strong vibration at the floor of the sea which is lifted upwards or thrown downwards, Vibration rush through the ocean at hundred kilometers an hour. The waves so generated are called Tsunami.

On 26th December 2004, Tsunami registered 9th on the Richer Scale, the most serious and destructive Tsunami. It killed 150,000 people and displaced upto 50 million in the countries in the Indian Ocean. Coast of Sumatra Indonesia which had hardest hit by the disaster, followed by Srilanka, India and Thailand. A number of small islands were reported to be almost disappeared from the earth surface. Numerous villages located at the coastal area were reported to the submerged by the seawater. Building, houses were ruined badly. Boat and ships were also badly damaged.

A fear of disease spreading in the effected area was also developed. So many injured persons were kept in the temporary built hospitals, So many children lost their parents and so many parents lost their children. The whole family set up completely shaken up. Earthquake is another kind of disaster. In 1935, in Quetta city an earthquake had occurred which destroyed tile whole city and there were countless death and casualties. In January 2001, an earthquake occurred in the province of Gujrat in India, which destroyed many villages of this province completely, in which countless people had died. The earthquake in Gujrat was so devastating that its slight vibration arm jerk was felt in the province of Sindh.

On October 8, 2005, an earthquake disaster hit the Northern areas including Kashmir of Pakistan, could be compared with those that had occurred in Turkey, Iran and Japan. More than a hundred thousand lives have been lost. Buildings and properties worth billions of rupees has been completely annihilated in act wiped out of existence.

Another alarming disaster is epidemic disease which is really horrible. The modern examples of such epidemic diseases are Hepatitis A, Band C SARS Congofever; HIV and AIDS; Bird Flue, Gastro and Dengue Fever.

Even before the beginning of 20th century, medical science had made considerable advances in the cure of many fatal contagious diseases.

However, many new and most fatal types of contagious diseases have surfaced in modern times. Their transmission in most cases is by viral infections. Like other viral contagious disease Dengue fever has also been causing great fear and apprension, especially in South Asian nations of India and Pakistan.

Dengue virus is naturally found in equatorial and tropical regions, carries through mosquito into humans, who travel to other lands where a mosquito gets the virus from an affected human and transfers to another healthy human. In this way, this disease has found its way in India and Pakistan. In 2006, it was diagnosed in over 1500 patients among 5000 patients suffering from high fever and malaria in Pakistan. Most of the victims were children.

Q.4 Write a character sketch of Rudolf Rassendyll.

For Ans. see Q.4 of the Solved Paper 2015
(OR) •••• ‘I loved the noblest lady in the world, the most gracious and beautiful, and that there was nothing in my love that made her fall short in her high duty’. Describe the character of Princess Flavia in the light of given lines.

For Ans. see Q.4 of the Solved Paper 2013

Q.5 Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:
Millions of our people pass their nights in total darkness and content themselves with the flickering flame of firewood used for cooking their night meal as a source of light. Imagine the dismal psychological impact on the minds of people who see nothing but darkness for half their span of life.
Science has made electricity as the greatest servant of man and our engineers can and must do research on transmission of power to the rural areas cheaply. If our resources of conventional fuels are as inadequate as they were, we must harness the energy of the atom to generate electricity.

(i) Give a suitable title to the above passage.

Ans. A suitable title to the above passage is:
“Miracles of Science”.

(ii) What is the impact on the minds of the people living in darkness without electricity?

Ans. There is dismal psychological impact on the minds of the people who see nothing but darkness for half their span of life.

(iii) What is the main task of our engineers?

Ans. The main task of our engineers is to research on transmission of power to the rural areas cheaply.

(iv) What modern technology should be used to overcome the shortage of electricity?

Ans. By means of modern technology, we can harness the energy of the atom to generate electricity.

Posted on December 26, 2015 in 2nd Year 2011 Karachi Board Past Papers

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