HSC English 1st Paper sample question

HSC English 1st paper sample question

Sample Question for HSC Examination

English First Paper

Full marks : 100                     

Time : 3 hours

[Answer all the questions. Figures in the margin indicate full marks.]


1. Read the passage and answer the questions A and B.                   [Unit-6; Lesson-2(2)]

Tertiary education in Bangladesh comprises two categories of institutions: degree awarding universities and colleges affiliated with the National University (NU). There were only 4 universities in Bangladesh at the time of independence in 1971. All of those universities were publicly financed autonomous entities. At present, there are 35 such universities. Private universities are a relatively new phenomenon in this country. In the early 1990s, the private sector came forward to establish universities. Since then the country has experienced a spectacular growth in private universities-mostly in and around Dhaka and a couple of other large cities. At present, there are 79 private universities. The number of colleges providing tertiary level education is around 1,400. Most of them offer BA (pass) education of three year duration; only one-third of them offer B.A. (Honors) courses and some offer MA degrees as well. All of these colleges are affiliated with the National University.

Accessibility to higher education

Accessibility to higher education implies that students get the opportunity to get a university education and sufficient support from educational institutions. Increasing enrolment at the secondary and higher secondary level puts pressure on higher educational institutions. But due to limited capacity, only a small number of students may be enrolled in universities. Thus, each year a large number of students are denied access to higher education. Also, due to poverty and increase in educational expenses, students of the lower middle class do not get easy access to higher education. Moreover, those who get places in the universities have limited access to avail all kinds of diversified educational facilities relating to their study fields.

A. Choose the correct answer from the alternatives. 

(a) “Tertiary education” refers to —————- .

(i) secondary education (ii) university education

(iii) primary education (iv) higher secondary education

(b) The word “affiliated” stands for —————- .

(i) discarded (ii) authorized (iii) associated (iv) supervised

(c) Public universities are funded by ————— .

(i) World Bank (ii) government (iii) private sector (iv) other donors

(d) The private sector came ahead to set up universities in the ————— .

(i) early nineteen nineties (ii) late nineteen seventies

(iii) late nineteen eighties (iv) early nineteen eighties

(e) “————— those who get places in the universities have limited access to avail all kinds of diversified educational facilities relating to their study fields.” ———— What does it imply?

(i) Lack of teachers (ii) Technological support is not sufficient

(iii) Library facilities are not enough (iv) All the above answer

B. Answer the following questions.

(a) How do you differentiate National University from other public universities?

(b) What changes do you notice in tertiary education after Liberation War?

(c) Why did private universities emerge though there were public universities?

(d) How do you explain the spectacular growth of private universities in Bangladesh?

(e) “University should be accessible to the very good students only.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons.


HSC English 1st paper sample question

  1. Read the passage and complete the  table below with the given information.

    Unsafe levels of pesticides are present in around half of the vegetables and more than a quarter of fruits sold in the capitalÕs markets, a recent survey has found. A 15-member team of the National Food Safety Laboratory, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), came up with the findings after collecting and testing food samples from the capitalÕs Gulshan, Karwan Bazar and Mohakhali markets.

    The survey report, a copy of which was acquired by the Dhaka Tribune, read that nearly 40% of 82 samples of milk, milk products, fish, fruits and vegetables contained banned pesticides such as DDT, Aldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor. The amounts of pesticide in these samples were found to be 3 to 20 times greater than the limits set by the European Union. Around 50% vegetables and 35% fruits were found to be contaminated with unsafe levels of pesticides.

What/Who Source What/Where When
i) —————- around half of the vegetables and

ii) —————-

the capital’s markets a recent survey
iii) ————— samples iv) ——————- research time
They contamination of food the National Food Safety Laboratory v) —————–
vi) ————— such as DDT, Aldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor nearby 40% of 82 samples of milk,

vii) —————–

the capital’s markets after testing
The amount of pesticides viii) ————— set by the European Union these samples survey
They ix) —————- Around x) —————

and 35% fruits

research time
  1. Write a summary of the following poem. [Unit-12; Lesson-1(2)]

I will arise and go now, and go to Indiscreet,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;

Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee

And live alone in the bee loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping  slow

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple grow,

And evening full of the linnet’s wings

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

  1. Read the following text and fill in the blanks with suitable words from the box. There are more words than needs. Make any grammatical change if necessary.
be one for sound what information
it want when as people family

Genealogy, the history of a family from the past to the present, is one of the most popular subjects on the Internet. Although genealogy has always been conducted professionally (i)———— serious legal and financial reasons, as a hobby (ii)————— began to take off in the 1990s when (iii)————– started to use the Internet to share information. (iv)————— embarking on genealogy as a hobby, though, one (v)————- advised to decide on what it is one (vi)—————– to find out about one’s family and what (vii)—————— will do with the information. Firstly, go from (viii)—————- one has already known and worked backwards. One (ix)——————- undertaken to find out the basic facts about (x)————— may relatives as possible: their date and place of birth, marriage, death and burial.

  1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words in each gap.

Bangladesh has made considerable progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in poverty alleviation. The goal was to reduce poverty ot 29 (i)————– by the year 2015. Two years ahead (ii)—————– time, in 2013, it has been possible (iii)———- bring this down to 26.2 percent. Among (iv)—————— eight goals of MDG, it will be (v)——– to fully meet the targets set for (vi)—————— infant mortality and improving maternal health. The (vii)————— which will not be fully met are (viii)—————- extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary (xi)————— , achieving gender equality and empowerment of woman. (x)————– , Bangladesh is considering the achievements made in these sectors to be successful.

  1. Rearrange the following sentences to make a coherent order.

(i) It caused a great massacre in human history.

(ii) The bombing of Hiroshima was executed after meticulous planning.

(iii) It was a uranium gun-type atomic bomb.

(iv) But there was no bang or an explosion.

(v) He flew hours before reaching the target.

(vi) The charge was given to a Colonel in the United States Air Force named Paul W. Tibbets.

(vii) Thus the new nuclear age began, not with a bang but with a whimper.

(viii) Then, the bomb was set to explode 2000 ft. above the town.

(ix) Only a brownish-purple mist all around.

(x) On the day of execution, Colonel Tibbets took off at a quarter to three in the morning.


  1. Write a paragraph on “My Best Friend” in about 200 words based on the answers to the following questions.

(a) How many friends do you have?

(b) Who is your best friend?

(c) Why do you like him/her more than other friends?

(d) Have your ever been angry with him?

(e) What other things would you like to see in his/her character?


  1. The following is the beginning of a story. Complete it in your own words.

One day I was going to college to take my final exam at 10 am. At 9, when I was 20 minutes away from my college, suddenly a sick old man fell down ………………………………………….

  1. Suppose your friend participated in an international photography exhibitions and won the first prize. Write an email congratulating him/her on his/her success.


  1. The graph below shows the main reasons for study according to different age groups of the students. Describe the graph in at least 80 words. You should highlight the information and report the main features given in the graph.

Reasons for study according to age of student

HSC English 1st paper sample question
HSC English 1st paper sample question
  1. Write down the theme of the following story (Not more than 50 words)

There once a young boy with a very bad temper. The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence. On the first day of his lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!  Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Then, the day finally came when the little boy didn’t lose his temper even once, and he became so proud of himself, he couldn’t wait to tell his father. Pleased, his father suggested that he now pull out one nail for each day that he could hold his temper. Several weeks went by and the day finally came when the young boy able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. Very gentle, the father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. “You have done very well, my son.” he smiled, “but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.” The little boy listened carefully as his father continued to speak. “When you say things in anger, they leave permanent scars just like these. And no matter how many times you say you’re sorry, the wounds will still be there.”  

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