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HSC Rajshahi Board -2023 English 2nd Paper Question with Answer

Updated: Feb 27

Rajshahi Board-2023

Sub Code 1 0 8

Time : 3 hours

English (Compulsory) 2nd Paper

Total Marks : 100

[According to the Syllabus of 2023]

[N.B. The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.]


1. Complete the text with suitable prepositions: 0.5x10=5

But at last God took pity (a) — him. One day the sailor was watching the water-snakes swimming (b) — the ship. Their colours were so beautiful and he was filled (c) — such a strange wonder that he felt a great love (d) — them and blessed them (e) — his heart. At once, the dead albatross fell (0 — his neck (g) — the sea. A gentle breeze began to blow (h) — the south and the old man fell (i) — a deep sleep. When he woke up, it was raining and he felt fresh again. Thus, the old man was relieved (j) — his sufferings.


2. Complete the following sentences with suitable words/phrases given in the box: 0.5x10=5

it i there 1 has to ' what's like - ' had better

what does....look like was born , let alone : would rather : as soon as

(a) Rupa — take up the profession of teaching than be a nurse. She thinks teaching is a noble profession.

(b) Edmund Burke was an orator, writer and shrewd politician. He — in 1729 in England.

(c) He cannot teach in a high school, — in a university.

(d) — is difficult to regain lost health. So, we should always take care of our health.

(e) — flows a river beside our village. The river is useful to us in many ways. (0 Sarika is an examinee. She — study a lot to make a good result.

(g) — honesty —? I think it to be a noble virtue.

(h) Rita is ill. We — go to see her. She will be happy to see us.

(i) The girls fell sick—they had foods. The foods were contaminated.

(j) — an elephant —? I have never seen it before.


3. Complete the sentences with suitable clauses and phrases: 1 x 10=10

(a) The martyrs laid down their lives in 1971. They did it so that—

(b) It's too late. —, we would not have missed the train.

(c) The poem is too difficult for —.

(d) Danger comes where —. So, we have to be careful in our life.

(e) She spoke as if—. She was actually a quack.

(f) The thief was afraid of police. He An away lest — arrested.

(g) Despite —, he helps his relatives.

(h) He took Logic — History. History seems to be difficult to him.

(i) If I had been hungry, But I am not hungry at all.

(j) Corruption is a curse. It is high time the government — .


4. Read the text and fill in the gaps with correct forms 'of verbs as per subject and context: 0.5x14=7

If all the children (a) — (go) to school, the country (b) — (get) rid of the curse of illiteracy. To boost up education, the govt. (c) — (spend) more money. Subsidies must (d) — (give) in the education sector. Teachers (e) — (need) to (f) — (train) for good teaching. The poor students can (g) — (bring) under "Food for Education" programme. We (h) — (take) care that no institution (i) — (close) down due to political clashes. All concerned (j) — (be) conscious about it. If we cannot (k) — (keep) pace with the present world, we (1) — (lag) behind. For this we have to (m) — (ensure) education for all and set a bright prospect for (n)— (implement) all necessary steps.


5. Change the narrative style by using indirect speech: 7

"I can chop some wood today," said Jerry "But 1 have a boy coming from the orphanage." "I am the boy." "You? But you are small." "Size does not matter, chopping wood," said Jerry. "Some of the big boys don't chop good. I've been chopping wood for a long time," said Jerry to the writer.


6. Read the following text and use modifiers in the blanks directed: 0.5x10=5

People around were just watching as the (a) — (pre-modify the noun) boy started (b) — (post-modify the verb) into the (c) — (pre-modify the noun) canal. Then the traffic constable came. (d) — (pre-modify the noun with a present participle) no time, he jumped into the canal. The (e) — (pre-modify the noun with an adjective) constable did not think of his (f) — (pre-modify the noun) life. He was (g) — (use an intensifier to pre- modify the adjective) kind that he risked his life. People (h) — (post-modify the noun) by the canal praised him (i) ¬(post-modify the verb with an adverb). This type of person is a model (j) — (post-modify the noun).


7. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following text: 0.5x14=7

The greatness of a,book depends (a) — on the acceptability among the readers. (b) — we read a book (c) — once, we can discover many things in it. (d) — basing on one reading, we cannot judge the standard of a book. (e) — a book is praised (0 —, we have no doubt about the greatness of the hook. (g) — the first reading, we may not understand a book. But if it is read more than once, we will see (h) — it was read (i) — praised. So, the great books are those (j) ¬have passed the test of time. (k) — the appeal of a great hook doesn't decrease. (1) —, the greatness of the book is newly felt (m) — time passes. (n) — a great book is widely read and reread by people all over the world.


8. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed below: 0.5x14=7

He is optimistic of his success. He works hard and abides by his teachers' guidelines. He understands that it is important to be diligent. He does not rely on any one and believes that honesty and hard work can help one reach the peak of success. He harbours the faith that a laborious man is sure to shine.

(a) optimistic (antonym) (b) success (antonym) (c) hard (synonym)

(d) guidelines (synonym) (e) understand (synonym) (f) important (antonym)

(g) diligent (synonym) (h) rely (synonym) (i) honesty (antonym)

(j) help (antonym) (k) peak (synonym) (1) harbour (synonym)

(m) laborious (antonym) (n) shine (synonym)


9. There are fourteen errors in the use of punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors: 0.5x14=7

Raja : What are you doing Rana

Rana : I am reading a letter

Raja : Letter? From whom

Rana : It's from my penfriend. Shes an Australian. Her names Lucy.

Raja : How old is she

Rana : Sixteen The same as us. She lives in Sydney.

Raja : Sydney what's that

Rana : Its a city in the south-east of Australia.

Raja : How do you know about it

Rana : Lucy has sent me a picture of it.

Raja : Can you show me the picture

Rana : Yes, here it is. You see, it looks very nice, doesn't it


Part B: Composition (40 Marks)


10. Suppose, you are Shafayat. You want to get admitted into an English Language Course run by the British Council. Write an e-mail to the manager for detail. 10

11. Write a paragraph on "Importance of Moral Values" in 200 Words. 15

12. Write a paragraph on "Global Warming" in 200 words. 15



Key to Rajshahi Board-2023



1. (a) on; (b) round; (c) with; (d) for; (e) from; (f) from; (g) into; (h) from; (i) into; 0) of.

2. (a) would rather; '(b) was born; (c) let alone; (d) It; (e) There; (f) has to; (g) What's ...like; (h) had better; (i) as, soon as; j) What does... look like.

3. (a) They did it so that Bangladesh could gain independence.

(b) If we had started earlier, we would not have missed the train.

(c) The poem is too difficult for me to understand clearly.

(d) Danger comes where it is feared.

(e) She spoke as if she had been a specialist.

(f) He ran away lest he should be arrested.

(g) Despite being poor/having limitations, he helps his relatives.

(h) He took Logic in lieu of History.

(i) If I had been hungry, I would have eaten food.

It is high time the government took stern steps against corruption.

4. (a) go/went; (b) will get/would get-, (c) should spend; (d) be given; (e) need; (f) be trained; (g) be brought; (h) should/ have to/must take; (i) closes/is closed; 0) should be; (k) keep; (1) will lag; (m) ensure; (n) implementing.

5. Jerry told the writer that he could chop some wood that day. But the writer informed that she (w) had a boy, coming from the orphanage. Jerry stated that he was the boy. The writer expressed surprise and commented that he was small. At this, Jerry responded that size did not matter, chopping wood. He also remarked that some of the big boys didn't chop good and added that he had been chopping wood fora long time. 1 4

6. (a) little/young; (b) drowning; (c) deep; (d) Wasting; (e) kind/compassionate; (f) own; (g) so; (h) gathered/ standing; (i) profusely/ highly; 0) of kindness and sacrifice/for the society.

7. (a) mainly/largely/completely; (b) When/If, (c) for/only/just; (d) However/But (e) If/When; (f) widely/ highly; (g) After/During; (h) why; (i) as well as/and; 0) that/which; (k) In fact/Actually/Truly speaking; (1) Rather;

(m) when; (n) This is why/So/Therefore.

8. (a) pessimistic/dejectech'hopeless; (b) failure; (c) diligently/industriously/seriously; (d) instructions/directives/advice; (e) realize/comprehend;, (f) insignificant/unimportant; (g) hard-working/industrious; (h) depend; (i) fraudulence/ dishonesty/immorality; 0) obstruct/hinder; (k) zenith/summit/top; (1) cherish/have/hold; (m) lazy/idle/ sluggish; (n) succeed/prosper.

9. Raja What are you doing, Rana?

Rana I am reading a letter. Raja Letter? From whom?

Rana It's from my penfriend. She's an Australian. Her name's Lucy.

Raja How old is she?

Rana Sixteen, the same as us. She lives in Sydney.

Raja Sydney? What's that?

Rana It's a city in the south-east of Australia. Raja How do you know about it?

Rana Lucy has sent me a picture of it.

Raja Can you show me the picture?

Rana Yes, here it is. You see, it looks very nice, doesn't it?


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