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20 September 2020


Take this quiz to check your knowledge of music and musicians 



3. 6

4. trio

5. pa   





Complete the following statements by selecting the most appropriate options given below.

1.soothing music

2: Endorphin 

3 : concentration

4 : rejuvenate

5. List the benefits of music mentioned in the passage.

i.Listening to soothing music relaxes people both mentally and physically

ii.Music relieves us from the sense of pain

iii.Music normalises heart rate and blood pressure and decreases fatigue and boredom

iv.Music reduces stress

v.Listening to soft music helps us improve our concentration and boost our memory.

vi.Listening to music helps us in overcoming negative traits thereby improves our personality

vii.Music is a therapy for everyone. 



1. True or False

a : False

b: True

c : False

d : False 

e True

2.Beethoven could listen to and play music for his first thirty years of life. As a result , he understood sounds of musical instruments and the pitch of the singing voices . He also knew the harmony  between music and singing before he became completely deaf. This helped him compose music despite his loss of hearing.

3. Beethoven's realisation that he could not hear the high notes of the piano and  his own composition made him continue his passion for music with more determination.

4. genius



1.Complete the summary of the poem given below with a suitable word /phrase in each blank.

a) reaps 

b) valley

c) stop there

d) welcome

e) travellers

f) spring time

g) breaks 

h) make out / comprehend

i) battles

j) natural sorrows ,pain or loss

k) theme

l) bear

Text - 1 

a) relieves - to free from anxiety, fear, pain etc.

b) endorphins - substances produced by the brain that have painkilling and tranquilising effects on body

c)exhaustion - tiredness

d) rejuvenate - to restore to a former state ; make fresh or new again

e) vitality - power to live or grow

TEXT - 2 

a) prodigy - a person , especially a child or young person , having extraordinary talent or ability

b) persistent - constantly repeated

c) virtuoso - a person who excels in musical technique or execution

d) deterioration - to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality , value...etc. 

e) sawed - to cut or divide

 f) obstacle - something that obstructs or hinders progress.

Text - 3 

a ) behold - look , see

b) yon - that 

c) lass - girl

d) melacholy - causing sadness

e) vale - valley 

f) strain - melody

g) weary - tired 

h) plaintive - expressing sorrow

i) mounted - climbed 


1. piano 

2. sitar

3. xylophone

4. tabla

5. shehnai

6. sarod 

7. flute

8. pungi

9. drum

10. veena

11. dholak

B.Write the instrument played by the following musicians .

a) xylophone

b) tabla

c) flute

d) veena

e) shehnai

f) sarod


A . Fill in the blanks with appropriate comparative adjective .

a) louder 

b) higher than any other

c) the coldest ( Superlative form of adjective )

d)  is more reliable than any other police

e) more serious

f) better

g) more peaceful 

h)  more important than any other 

b Fill in the blanks with appropriate superlative degree "most"/"est"

a) most croweded 

b) the coldest 

c) the most interesting 

d) the cheapest 

e) the oldest/eldest

f) the most melodious

2. Join two sets of sentences using to - verb .

1. He offered to help her.

2. She arranged a visit to the Old Age Home in the evening.

3. Shivani refused to eat anything.

4. Don't forget to post the letter .

5. She agreed to participate in the music concert .


a) written on the

b) of an Anglican

c) young and free

d) dreamed of changing

e) discovered the world

f) decided to change

g) grew into my

h) settled for changing

i) lay on my

j)then by an

k) able to better




BIO-SKETCH      OF      A. R .  RAHMAN

A.R Rahman, renowned Indian composer , singer, song writer , producer , musician and philanthropist was born in Chennai on 6 January 1967 to his proud parents  R K Shekhar and Kareema Beegum. His father died when A R Rahman was  nine years old and young Rahman had to shoulder the responsibilities of the family. Poor financial condition of his family affected his early education. He had to play musical instruments at an early age to earn a living and support his family. His professional experience helped him reach  Trinity Collage and Oxford from where he  earned his  graduation in western classical music .
He is married to Saira Banu and have three children. He is known for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music , world music and traditional orchestral arrangements . He worked for all major film industries like Kollywood , Bollywood and Hollywood. He is the recipient of coveted awards like Padmashri and Padma Vibhushan . He reached the pinnacle of glory when he was  conferred with two Oscars and a Golden Globe ward. He is a notable humanitarian and philanthropist who donates and raises fund for various causes and charities. A R Rahman's prolific musical compositions earned him the title " the Mozart of Madras ".


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15 September 2020



Write a diary entry as Wanda describing your feelings clearly .



3 April , 1944                               11.00 pm

Dear Diary,
             I am extremely delighted to know that I have been selected the winner of Drawing competition held in my school . Since the beginning of my schooling, my friends have been teasing and bullying me because of my strange name and the remote place where I come from. The most disheartening question was “ Wanda….How many dresses do you have ?” People always have prejudices against others on the basis of social , economic ,racial and ethnic differences . 


They were of the view that a student who has a strange name and who comes from slum area will not be blessed with any natural endowments. Poor and slum dwellers are always treated inferior to rich city dwellers. I was bit hurt when they laughed at me but at the same time I was focused on my abilities. I was sharpening my potentials. The drawing competition was a great opportunity to prove that appearances are deceptive. I used all my skills and potentials to draw pictures of hundred dresses , each different in pattern and colour combination. Finally , the students who once humiliated me are filled with remorse and I earned their respect. Though my friends behaved rudely towards me , I don’t want to take revenge on them. I always love my friends every much.




1. Harriet had fought against slavery, helped her family and members of her community to free themselves from the clutches of the perpetrators of their suffering.

2. The title of the first book written on Harriet Tubman was ‘Harriet Tubman, The Moses of Her People’.It was written by Frederick Douglass.

3.Harriet's life had been hard, but dedicated to a cause . She had laboured in a private way and wrought in the night to free her community.
4. Frederick draws a comparison between Harriet's and his life saying that he has had the applause of the crowd and the satisfaction that comes of being approved by the multitude, while the most you have done witnessed by few trembling, scared, and footsore bondmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt God bless you has been your only reward.

5. (c) Harriet revolted as a slave and ran away from her master’s house and Frederick gave her shelter.
   (d) Frederick hid other slaves in his house whom Harriet had inspired to run away.

6. (d) Bondaged men and women had wounded and tired feet because they ran for days together to safe places from the house of their masters.


Stephan Hawking , the TV Star 

1. Stephen Hawking , the famed physicist, cosmologist and writer was born exactly three hundred years after the death of Galilio.

2. Albert Einstein

3. (c) Albert Einstein was the rival of Galileo and Stephen Hawking.

4. (c) ridiculous

5. Professor Hawking was said to be incredibly proficient at the art of the comedic pause because he mastered the tough art of timing comedy.
6. Stephen Hawking sang his all-time favourite  comedy legends Monty Python’s Galaxy Song.

7.Stephen Hawking’s singing of the song was described as an ‘unbelievable treat’ because he corrected the technicalities in the song’s words and numbers as he went along. It is an unbelievable treat, and these lyrics sound suitably profound when coming from the smartest human in the universe.

8.The author had shared a laugh with the genius Stephen Hawking  and got to be in the same orbit as him.

9.He believed in his saying that “Life would be tragic if it wasn’t funny”. He clearly enjoyed
not only observing the humour in the world, but also pointing it out

10.(c) He was unassuming and loved humour.

1. Match the words in list A with their meanings in list B.

a) Physicist - 
One who specialises in the branch of science which deals with the nature and  properties of matter and energy such as heat, light, etc.

b) Cosmologist - A scientist who studies the origin and nature of the universe

c) Proficient- Someone proficient and skilled in doing something

d) Genuine - One who is sincere, honest and truthful

2. Find one word substitutions for the following expressions

a) perpetrator

b) discrimination

c) multitude

d) bondage

e) confess

f) assure

3. Following are some expressions that reflect appreciation.

(a) Burst into applause

b) Stamp on the floor

c) Whopping

d) nailed it 

e) cracked it

f) steal the show 

g) great job

h) knock (one) off (one's) feet


comforting - comfort 

massively -  massive 

believable - believe

suitably - suitable

irrelevant - irrelevantly

likely -  likely

faces a  unique

dumped into the

body of ecological

can still  make

she will surely

you how the

you are at

in,  from hosting

- to be continued