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Many years ago, China was in the middle of a great war. The Emperor said that one man from each Chinese family must leave his family to join the army. Mulan, a teenage girl who lived in a faraway village of China, heard the news when she was outside, washing clothes. Mulan ran into the house. Her father was sitting in a chair, carving a piece of wood. “Father!” she said. “Did you hear what the Emperor says each family must do?” “Yes,” said her old father, “I heard about it in town. Well, I may as well go pack up.” He put down his carving, stood up and walked very slowly to his room. “Wait!” said Mulan, “Father, you have not been well. If I may say so, why at your age must you keep up with all those young men?” “What else can be done?” said her father. “Your brother is a child. He cannot go.” “Of course, that՚s true,” said Mulan. “He is too little. But I have an idea.” She poured her father a cup of tea and handed it to him. “Father, have some tea. Please sit for a minute. I will be right back.” “Very well, dear,” said the father. Mulan went into her room. With her sword, she cut off her long, black hair. She put on her father՚s robe. Going back to her father, Mulan said, “Look at me. I am your son now. I will go in your place. I will do my part for China.” “No, my daughter!” said the old man. “You cannot do this!” “Father, listen please,” said Mulan. “For years, you trained me in Kung Fu. You showed me how to use a sword.” Mulan swung the sword back and forth with might. “Only so that you could stay safe!” said her father. “I never meant for you to go to war. If they find out you are a woman, you know as well as I do that you will die!” “No one will find out, Father,” said Mulan. She picked up her sword. “Mulan!” said the Father. He tried to get up but had to hold on to his chair. The daughter kissed him goodbye. “I love you, Father,” she said. “Take care of yourself. Tell my brother I said goodbye.” She climbed on a family horse. And off she went to join the Emperor՚s army. In the army, Mulan proved to be a brave soldier. In time, she was put in charge of other soldiers. Her battles went so well that she was put in charge of more soldiers. Her battles kept on going well. After a few years Mulan was given the top job – she would be General of the entire army. Not long after that, a very bad fever swept through the army. Many soldiers were sick. And Mulan, the General of the army, became sick, too. When the doctor came out of Mulan՚s tent, he knew the truth. “The General is a woman?” yelled the soldiers. “How can this be?” Some called out, “She tricked us!” and “We will not fight for a woman!” They said, “Punish her! Make her pay! The cost is for her to die!” But others called out, in voices just aloud, “With Mulan, we win every battle!” They said, “Stay away from our General!” Just then, a soldier ran up. “Everyone!” he called. “A surprise attack is coming!” Mulan heard this from inside her tent. She got dressed and went outside. She was not yet strong, but stood tall. She told the soldiers where they must go to hide so they could attack when the enemy came. But they must get there fast! The soldiers, even those who did not like that their General was a woman, could tell that Mulan knew what she was talking about. It worked! The battle was won. It was such a big victory that the enemy gave up, at last. The war was over, and China was saved! You can be sure that after that last battle, no one cared anymore that Mulan was a woman. The Emperor was so glad that Mulan had ended the long war, he set aside the rule about being a woman. “Mulan, stay with me in the palace,” he said. “Someone as smart as you would be a fine royal adviser.” Mulan bowed deeply. “You are too kind, Sire,” she said. “But if you please, what I wish most of all is to return home to my family.” “Then at least take these fine gifts,” said the Emperor. “So, everyone at your home and village will know how much the Emperor of China thinks of you.” Mulan returned to her village with six fine horses and six fine swords. Everyone cheered that she was safe. The person who had saved China was their very own Mulan!

Question 151 (5 of 6 Based on Passage)

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Answer the following questions in a sentence or two.

How did the soldiers become sick?

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A very bad fever swept through the army. Thus, the soldiers became sick.

Question 152 (6 of 6 Based on Passage)

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Answer the following questions in a sentence or two.

Where did Mulan՚s father hear about the emperor՚s order?

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Mulan՚s father heard about the emperor՚s order in the town.

Question 153

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Discuss the role of women in the world using the following topics.

The status of women in the past with the present

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  • Women in the past were mostly illiterate, slaves of men, confined to their houses, far away from the public life.
  • Women in the modern times are literate mostly. Some of them have higher education. They work in equivalent to men. Even pilots are there among women.

Passage

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Life by,

Henry van Dyke

Let me but live my life from year to year, with forward face and unreluctantly soul; Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal; Not mourning for the things that disappear in the dim past, nor holding back in fear from what the future veils; but with a whole and happy heart, that pays its toll to Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.

So, let the way wind up the hill or down, o՚er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy: Still seeking what I sought when but a boy, New friendship, high adventure, and a crown, My heart will keep the courage of the quest, and hope the road՚s last turn will be the best.

Question 154 (1 of 2 Based on Passage)

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Write a letter to your friend describing your reaction to the various acts of violence you are aware of. (Marks 10)

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North High ground road, Tirunelveli,

June 23,20120

Dear Sanjay,

How are you? I am sure you are safe in your place. Take care of yourself. Life is becoming riskier and more unsafe. The value for life is not given importance: I am sure you know about the terrorist՚s attacks in Mumbai and in other parts of the country. When we open a newspaper or switch on a news channel, we see a lot of unpleasant incidents taking place in the world. Terrorism in Kashmir, religious clashes in Gujarat, Maoists problem in Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal, caste clashes in Tamil Nadu are examples of growing violence. It is time that man puts an end to violence. We shall hope for the better.

Thanking you,

Yours lovingly,

Rahman.

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