186202 (HS2161) Technical English II Second Semester B.E./B.Tech.Degree Examinations, November/December 2010 question paper

B.E./B.Tech.Degree Examinations, November/December 2010
Regulations 2008
Second Semester

Common to all branches
HS2161 Technical English II

Time: Three Hours Maximum: 100 Marks
Answer ALL Questions

Part A - (10 x 2 = 20 Marks)

1. Match the words in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
(a) alternative (i) praise
(b) constructive (ii) intensify
(c) glorify (iii) substitute
(d) aggravate (iv) expect
(v) useful
2. Fill in the blanks with suitable preposition.
One of the important benefits machine civilization is that our standard
of life has improved. There is much more varietyour lives. We have a
wide choice of every thing wrist watches to °ash lights. Food from any
part of the world can be obtained any season of the year.
3. Write purpose statements for any TWO of the following :
(a) Aerial
(b) Robots
(c) A litmus paper.
4. Use any TWO of the following words in sentences of your own using the same word
as a noun and as a verb.
(a) Contact
(b) Project
(c) Progress.
5. Fill in the blanks with suitable forms of words given :
Noun Adjective Person concerned
(a) Environment
(b) ecological
(c) conservationist
(d) nature
6. Give the numerical expressions for the following :
e.g. : a bottle with a capacity of 10 liters - a ten-liter capacity bottle.
(a) a tank with a capacity of 1000 gallons
(b) a pipe with a length of 10 meters
(c) a walk of five miles
(d) a conference lasting for three days.
7. Rewrite the following in reported speech :
The teacher said to the students, \You have to write the test on Monday."
8. Give extended definitions of the following terms.
(a) Computer printer.
(b) Traditional Technology.
9. Add the appropriate prefix to the following words to match their meanings.
(a) { national : having to do with many countries
(b) { bearable : that cannot be tolerated
(c) care{ : not taking care
(d) simple{ : make something simple.
10. Insert the articles `a', `an' and `the' in the appropriate blanks :
Forests also pay vital role in regulating °ow of water through
ecosystem, which in turn helps determine local and regional

Part B - (5 x 16 = 80 Marks)

11. Read the following passage and answer the questions given at the end :
When the first white men arrived in Samoa, they found blind men, who could see
well enough to describe things in detail just by holding their hands over objects.
In France, just after the First World War, Jules Roman tested hundreds of blind
people, and found a few who could tell the difference between light and dark. He
narrowed their photo sensitivity down to areas on the nose or in the fingertips. In
Italy, the neurologist Cesare Lombardi discovered a blind girl who could `see' with
the tip of her nose and the lobe of her left ear. When a bright light was shown
unexpectedly on her, she winced. In 1956, a blind school boy in Scotland was taught
to differentiate between colored lights and learned to pick out bright objects several
feet away. In 1960 a medical board examined a girl from Virginia and found that,
even with thick bandage over her eyes, she was able to distinguish different colors
and read short sections of large print. The phenomenon i s obviously not new, but
it has reached peaks of sensitivity in a young woman from a mountain village in the
Rose Kuleshova can see with her fingers. She i s not blind, but because she grew up
in a family of blind people, she learned to read Braille to help them and then went on
to teach herself to do other things with her hands. In 1962 her Physician took her to
Moscow, where she was examined by the Soviet Academy of Sciences and emerged
a celebrity, certified as genuine. The neurologist, Shaffer made an intensive study
with her and found that, securely blindfolded with only her arms stuck through a
screen, she could differentiate among three primary colors. To test the possibility
that the cards reflected heat differently, he heated some and cooled others without
affecting her response to them. He also found that she could read news prints
and sheet music under glass, so texture was giving her no clues. Tested by the
psychologist Novosibirsk, she was able to identify the color and shape of patches
of light projected on to her palm or on a screen. She underwent rigidly controlled
tests with a blindfold and a screen and a piece of card around her neck so wide
that she could not see around it. Rosa read the small print in a newspaper with her
elbow. And in the most convincing demonstration of all, she repeated these things
with someone standing behind her pressing hard on her eyeballs. Nobody can cheat
under this pressure; it i s even difficult to see clearly for minutes after it i s released.
(a) Choose the response which best effects the meaning of the text.
(i) The first Whitman to visit Somoa found men who
(1) were not entirely blind
(2) described things by touching them
(3) could see with their hands
(4) could see when they held hands
(ii) What is the main idea of the first paragraph?
(1) very few people have sensitivity of the blind
(2) blind people can manage to see things but only vaguely
(3) the eyes are not the only way of seeing
(4) it i s possible to localize the photosensitive areas of the body
(iii) Why did Shaefer put the paper under glass?
(1) to make things as difficult as possible
(2) to stop the reflectional of heat
(3) to prevent Rosa from feeling the print
(4) to stop her from cheating
(iv) What was the most difficult test of Rosa's ability?
(1) To read through glass blindfolded.
(2) To identify the color and shape of light on a screen while securely blind-
(3) To carry out tasks with someone pressing n her eyeballs.
(4) To work from behind a screen, blindfolded and with a card round her neck.
(v) A blind school boy was taught to
(1) distinguish different colors and read short sections of large print
(2) difference between light and dark
(3) differentiate between colored lights and to pick out bright objects
(4) differentiate among three primary colors.
(b) Decide whether the following statements are True or False : (6 £ 1 = 6)
(1) Rosa Kuleshova lives on a mountain peak.
(2) Her family taught her everything about seeing with her fingers.
(3) Shaefer found that temperature did not affect her ability to differentiate colors.
(4) Her ability to read with her fingers did not depend on the feel of print.
(5) As Rose grew up in a family of deaf and dumb people, she learned to read
Braille in order to help them.
(6) Psychologist Novomeisky found that she was able to identify the color and
shape of patches of light projected on the screen.
(1) The word `patches' refers to
(a) rays (b) waves (c) spots (d) lines
(2) Find a single word in paragraph 2 which means the same as `thick bandages
over her eyes'.
(3) Find a synonym for `pick out' in the first paragraph.
(4) The texture of silk is smooth. The texture of granite is {.
(5) What is Braille?
12. (a) Write two paragraphs of 100 words each on the topic : (Marks 16)
Why should India go for renewable energy sources?
12. (b) Write two coherent paragraphs of 100 words each on :
\The best ways of protecting the environment" (Marks 16)

13. (a) Write a letter of job application to the Manging Director of Computex Ltd applying
for the Post of General Manager. Add a suitable resume to your letter. (Marks 16)
13. (b) Write a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, complaining about the noise
problems caused by the constant use of loud speakers in your residential area. In
your letter, o®er four suggestions as well, to solve the problems you have described.

14. (a) Write a set of eight instructions to be followed by pedestrians when they walk on
busy roads. (Marks 16)
14. (b) Write a set of eight instructions to be observed \to avoid accidents while driving".
(Marks 16)

15. (a) Rearrange the following jumbled sentences into a coherent paragraph : (Marks 16)
(i) When there is a language barrier, communication i s accomplished through sign
(ii) Body language transmits ideas and thoughts by certain actions.
(iii) Many of these symbols of whole words are very picturesque and exact and can
be used internationally.
(iv) Ever since humans inhabited the earth, they have made use of various forms
of communication.
(v) Other forms of non-linguistic language can be found in Braille, signal °ags,
Morse code and smoke signals
(vi) A nod signifies approval while shaking the head indicates a negative reaction.
(vii) Generally their expression of thoughts and feelings has been in the form of oral
(viii) Nonetheless verbalization is the most common form of communication.
15. (b) Rearrange the following jumbled sentences into a coherent paragraph : (Marks 16)
(i) In the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angles in U.S.A. many women athletes took
(ii) The festival of Olympic games was held in 1896.
(iii) It was a great disappointment both to her parents and to the country as a
(iv) In 1984, Olympic games, our Indian heroine P.T. Usha, in 100 & 200 meters
races narrowly missed the bronze medal.
(v) The first time, the woman athletes took part in the Olympics was in 1922 and
their number has steadily increased over the years.
(vi) In that 1984 Olympic games, Indian team of men and women participated in
several events such as long jump, shot put, weight lifting, 100, 200, 400 and
600 mts. dashes.
(vii) Since then Olympic games are held, once in four years in different parts of the
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