FALL 2007 Marks: 30
ENG101 – ENGLISH COMPREHENSION (Session – 3 ) Time: 120min
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Exam Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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Alexander the Great had placed himself before the relief at Persepolis, the richest city in all
Persia. He had just come through rooms in which beautiful tapestries covered the walls.
Earlier he had seen, in one of the several palatial residences, caskets made from Lebanon
cedar, their wooden sides engraved, and decorated with gold and silver. He had admired the
high ceilings, supported by fluted columns that held aloft carvings of bulls and griffins.
Now he carefully studied the figures that had been chiseled into the outer stone walls. The
dress on some of the figures represented the attire in lands that Alexander had already
claimed for himself. The costumes on yet other carved figures represented people in lands
that were still part of the vast Persian Empire. These were lands that Alexander planned to
conquer. The people shown taking tributes to the Persian King were people whom Alexander
intended to subjugate.
Alexander the Great was eager to move on to these distant lands, but his colleagues, who had
downed large amounts of wine, stumbled around in a drunken stupor. Their inebriated
minds stirred up within them a desire for revenge. They wanted to make the Persians pay for
the damage a former Persian king, Xerxes, had done after invading Athens, more than 150
years earlier. Goaded by these drunken men and beguiled by members of his harem,
Alexander the Great ordered the burning of Persepolis.
Men and women, holding aloft flaming torches, raced up and down the terraces of Persepolis.
Flames ignited the wooden beams of the palaces once built by Xerxes. Looters fought off the
heat of the inferno in order to drag out gold vessels, and to tear silver rings from heavy
When the fires had died out, all that remained were the tall stone columns and the exquisite
stone carvings on the outer walls. Alexander the Great had left, for discovery by future
visitors, the Persian soldiers who were untouched by the leaping flames. These “Immortals”
still march today in precise formation across the chiseled stone remains of Persepolis.
For Teacher’s use only
Question 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
Question 11 12
Question No: 1 ( Marks: 2 )
Use the information in the given passage to answer these questions:
Which Persian city did Alexander the Great set afire?
Question No: 2 ( Marks: 3 )
How did the Persians decorate the tall columns of Persepolis?
Question No: 3 ( Marks: 2 )
The burning of Persepolis was intended as?
Question No: 4 ( Marks: 3 )
Are the ruins of Persepolis something you would like to see? Briefly comment.
Question No: 5 ( Marks: 10 )
Write a précis of the given passage. (Précis should be precise and must not have
quotes from the passage)
Question No: 6 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
Choose the best option from the choices given below:
Which of the following did Alexander the Great not find at Persepolis?
tapestries hanging on walls
none of the above
Question No: 7 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
Which of the following did Alexander’s men take from Persepolis?
both a and b
Question No: 8 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
Alexander the Great set fire to Persepolis because Xerxes put a torch to:
Question No: 9 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
The Persians brought cedar from _____________________ to Persepolis.
Question No: 10 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
Griffin is a creature from Greek mythology.
Question No: 11 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one
What Persian king had set Athens afire?
Question No: 12 ( Marks: 4 )
A synonym is a word with a similar or identical meaning to another. Give one synonym for
each of the words given below (the first letter each word has been given to help you).
e.g. Necessity e……… essential
1. commiserate c….……
2. protest c………..
3. venture s………..
4. sympathy k……….