English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice Test
Time: One hour Maximum Marks: 40
Write a letter to the District Collector of your locality requesting him or her to be the Chief Guest of an event ‘Fine Art Fest’, a cultural programme to be held next week in your school. 
- Write, as the Secretary of the Arts Club, a Notice to be displayed on your school notice board about an event to be held next week in your school. 
- You are the Principal of the school mentioned above. Write an email to the Principal of a neighbouring school inviting him/her to the event cited above. 
- In the passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given. Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. 
Example: The thief ………. (0) (run) away when he heard footsteps approaching. Answer: (0) ran
The Destructors …1…. (be) published in Britain in 1954 and Greene …2…. (consider) it to be one of the best three pieces he had ever written. A gang of boys …3…. (live) in a destructed, …4…. (bomb) out London neighbourhood after WWII are joined by a “cultured” boy from a different class and different neighbourhood who convinces them to utterly destroy the house of the “Old Misery”, the only house in the neighbourhood …5…. (survive) the Blitz intact. The educated boy (he is even familiar with the building’s architect) has apparently been planning this for quite a while. In the vicious dynamics of children’s companionship, which are wonderfully…6…. (depict) here, the other boys …7…. (follow) the boy’s lead and the story …8…. (go) on to describe the act of destruction in detail, up to the very moment that the old man returns home and witnesses his life’s devastation.
b. Fill in each blank with an appropriate word. 
- She chose this saree in preference ……another.
- The purchasing power ………..money has depreciated.
- The front seats are reserved…………special guests.
- He is giving French lessons ………… exchange for English lessons.
- The office staffs were seated ………… the bottom of the table.
- Many Italian words are derived ………….Latin.
- The army was alerted to deal …………. the disorder in the city.
- He was annoyed ………….her for wasting his time.
c. Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so. 
- Mishmash is, undoubtedly, very shrewd. He will fall into my trap.
- Mr. Hedge is too stubborn. He will not listen to advice.
- Our team will win the match. It is certain.
- There is an increase in violent incidents currently. The police have tightened security.
d. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence. 
- Why did Anushka fail to pass the test? (Change the voice)
- “Did he understand your instructions for tomorrow?” she asked. (Begin: She asked ….)
- The Principal chided him for the misbehaviour and fined him too. (Begin: Not only…..)
- It was raining too heavily to conduct the match. (Use: so….that)
- As soon as the MP started to speak, the crowd turned violent. (Begin: No sooner….)
- King Lear’ is one of the most famous tragedies of Shakespeare. (Use: good)
- Having seen the tiger rushing towards it, the deer fled. (Begin: The deer….)
- I am not supposed to answer the question. (Provide a suitable question tag)