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Class 8 English Model Activity Compilation / Class 8 Model Activity Task Part 8 English Marks 50

 ENGLISH 

Class VIII

Full Marks - 50


SECTION A : READING COMPREHENSION


1. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below :


One quiet afternoon, he lay fast asleep and fell to dreaming again. Unknown to him, the ship stood offshore from his old farm. In Jon's dream the seasons turned rapidly and as each turned, so did Jon in his bed. Consequently, the cap on his head twisted round and about. It called up a squall from the clear sky that hit the ship without a warning.

The wind had been whirling about the boat tearing the sails and snapping the spars. "Its' his fault," the sailors cried. They shouted in anger and fear and tried to rid the cap off his head.

Well, they were unsuccessful, for it was a fairy cap.


Answer the following questions :


(i) What happened as Jon lay fast asleep?

Answer :  Jon lay fast asleep and fell to dreaming again.


(ii) How did the squall arise suddenly?

Answer : In Jon's dream the seasons turned rapidly and as each turned, so did Jon in his bed. Consequently, the cap on his head twisted round and about. It called up a squall from the clear sky that hit the ship without a warning.


(iii) Describe the condition of the ship in the squall.

Answer : In the squall the condition of the ship without a warning. The wind had whirling about the boat tearing the sails and snapping the spars.


(iv) What did the sailors do to stop the squall?

Answer : The Sailors shouted in anger and fear and tried to rid the cap off Jon's head.


2. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below :


On 16th January, 1941, Sisir finished his dinner early and drove to Elgin Road around 8.30 p.m. He parked the Wanderer at the back of the house.

Sisir and Subhas had maintained total secrecy about the plan of escape. None of the family members knew anything except Subhas's niece, Ila and a male cousin, Dwijen. Subhas and Sisir waited until the rest of the Bose family had fallen asleep.

Subhas had changed into his disguise as Muhammad Ziauddin. He was dressed in a long brown coat, baggy shalwars and a black fez. He wore gold wire-rimmed spectacles.


A. Write 'T' for true and 'F' for false statements in the given boxes. Write supporting statements for your answers :


i. It was around 8.30 p.m. when Dwijen reached their house at Elgin Road.

Answer : F

S.S - Sisir finished his dinner early and drove to Elgin road around 8 : 30 p.m.


ii. Sisir was the only person who knew about the plan of escape.

Answer : F

S.S - None of the family members knew anything except subhas's niece lla and a made cousin, Dwijen.


iii. Muhammad Ziauddin was Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise.

Answer : T

S.S - Subhash had changed into his disguise as Muhammad Ziauddin.


B. Answer the following questions :


a) What is the Wanderer?

Answer : The wanderer is the Sisir's private car.


b) Which persons of the Bose family knew about the great escape of Subhas?

Answer : None of the family members knew anything except subhas's niece lla and male cousin Dwijen.


c) How did Subhas disguise himself?

Answer : Subhas had changed into disguise as Muhammad Ziauddin. He was dressed in a long, brown coat, baggy salwars and a black fez. Also he wore a gold wire-rimmed spectacles.


SECTION B : GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY


3. Do as directed :


(i) Every morning he has to go for a walk. (Underline the Infinitive used in the sentence)

Answer : Every morning he has to go for a walk.


(ii) Nowadays supply of food grains is abundant. (Replace the underlined word with its antonym)

Answer : Nowadays supply of food grains is scarce.


(iii) This is the place where Rabindranath was born. (Underline the Main Clause and cirele the Subordinate Clause)

Answer : This is the place where Rabindranath was born.


(iv) The news that shocked me proved false. (Identify the of clause used in the sentence)

Answer : Adjective clause


(v) By this time next year Diya will be attending her university classes. (Rewrite the following sentences using Future Perfect tense)

Answer : By this time next year Diya will have attending her university classes.


4. Classify the Noun phrase, Adjective phrase and Adverb phrase of the following sentences and fill in the table given below :


a) Those houses are very expensive.

b) I will never do that, never in a million years.

c) She is rather fond of singing.

d) The spotted puppy is up for adoption.

e) It was cold, bleak, biting weather.

f) Meet me at the mall later in the evening.

Noun Phrase

Adjective Phrase

Adverb Phrase







Answer :

Noun Phrase

Adjective Phrase

Adverb Phrase

those houserather foundnever in a million years
the spottedcold bleak biting weather.later in the evening


5. Change into Indirect Speech :


(i) My father said to me, "May God bless you."

Answer : My father prayed that God might bless me.


(ii) The police officer said, "Don't go there."

Answer : The police officer forbade to go there.


(iii) The Headmaster said to me, "Where do you live?"

Answer : The Headmaster asked me where I was live. 


SECTION C : WRITING


6. Write a letter to your friend (in about 80 words), who stays far away, describing about a festival of West Bengal. You may use the following points :

Hints : time when the festival took place - how long it lasted - number of people participated - description of the festival - your enjoument

Answer : Dear Sonali, 

          How are you? Hope you are well by the grace of God. I am fine. In this letter I am going to tell you about festival of West Bengal which is very popular.

         Durga Puja is one of the most well known and widely celebrated festival of West Bengal. It is mainly a festival of four days namely Saptami, Astami, Navami and Dashami. Durga Puja is celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Odisha with great enthusiasm and arrangements. In this festival many peoples of different occupations are involved. The Main attraction of this festival is the idol goddess Durga with her four children. The Puja pandals are decorated nicely. I paint these days enjoying with my friends families and relatives which gives me much pleasure. On the fourth day the idol was immersed in the nearby water bodies.

        Please Write back when you get this. Thank you so much for reading till the end. 

No more today. Give my regards to your parents.

Yours loving Friend

Sukesh Debnath

To, 

Ganrapota, Kamolapur, Bongaon


7. Write a paragraph in about 80 words on the life of the famous painter and writer Abanindranath Tagore. You may use the following points :

Birth : 7 August, 1871 at Jorasanko, Calcutta

Parents : Gunendranath Tagore and Saudamini Devi

Siblings : Gagenendranath Tagore and Sunayani Devi

Education : Government College of Art and Craft, Sanskrit College, University of Calcutta

Famous for : Drawing, painting and writing

Notable work of art : Bharat Mata, The passing of Shah Jehan

Important books : Khirer putul, Raj Kahini, Buro Angla etc.

Death : 5 December, 1951

Answer :

ABANINDRANATH TAGORE

Abanindranath Tagore was one of the finest painters India has ever produced. He was born on August 7, 1871  at Jorasanko, Calcutta. Gunrndranath Tagore was his father and Saudamini Devi was his mother. Abanindranath inherited the rich and cultural background of Tagore family. His elder brother Gagenendranath Tagore and his sister Sunayani Devi, were also artists. When he was studying at the Sanskrit College in Kolkata, he started learning the nuances of art. He then joined at the famous Government College of Art and Craft in the year 1890. There he learnt to use pastels and oil paintings by European artists, O. Ghilardi and Charles Palmer. His paintings like ‘Bharat Mata’, ‘The Passing of Shah Jahan’, are some of his outstanding artistic creation. Abanindranath not only excelled in painting or drawing but also made great contribution in the field of literature. He is famous for his literary creation like, ‘Khirer Putul’, ‘Raj Kahini’, ‘Buro Angla’ etc. This outstanding painter passed away on 5th December, 1951. His death created a vacuum in the world of art and painting in India. 

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