I love going back to those school days – snatching those question papers from the younger cousins when they return home after their exams and rushing through them,mentally calculating how much you remember and rejoicing in that glory! Aah, bliss πŸ™‚

I am esp. loyal to languages, because there is no limit to let your imagination loose in both framing the paper and answering the same! No prescribed formulas, no theories the questions have to be based on, and most importantly doesn’t remind us that we have forgotten them all long back – the definitions of prepositions, conjunctions etc.. may be another story πŸ˜‰

And so, when I got a chance to be there in one of the government schools where we teach on the day of their English exam, I was overjoyed.Β  The fact that the question paper [Class 7] was so beautifully set just added to my happy mood πŸ˜€Β  There were questions which really taught the children such beautiful morals and values.Β  See these and you would know for yourselves πŸ™‚

For about seventeen years, she led sheltered life in the convent. Then one day she happened to see the slums of Kolkata. Her heart went out to the people living there. She decided to work for the improvement of their conditions. With only five rupees in her pocket, this brave woman learned a few basic medical skills and began to live among the poor.Β  She started her first school in the slums in 1948 and then, there was no looking back!

And the questions which followed this paragraph were:

  • The above passage is about a Social Worker. Name her.
  • Give the names of some more Social Workers that you know.
  • What steps would you take for the improvement of people in slum areas?
  • How do you help the poor in your surroundings?

Nice ones, isn’t it?

This is one poem [just a part of the whole poem was in the paper actually] which I really really love and was a beautiful inclusion in the question paperΒ  πŸ™‚

Not gold but only men can make

A people great and strong;

Men who for truth and honor’s sake

Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,

Who dare while others fly…

They build a nation’s pillars deep

And lift them to the sky.

The questions which followed:

  • Write the names of people who worked for strong India.
  • How can you help our nation become stronger?

I loved this paper, and got one copy to treasure it for long πŸ™‚ Do you like going back to those exam papers too? What are your favourite papers to solve now?