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FEG - IGNOU

    FEG-01

    Bachelor’s Degree Programme

     (BDP)

    ASSIGNMENT

    2009-10

    FOUNDATION COURSE IN ENGLISH-01

    (FEG-01)

     School of Humanities

    Indira Gandhi National Open University

    Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068

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    FOUNDATION COURSE IN ENGLISH-1 (FEG-01)

    Programme: BDP/2009-10

    Course Code: FEG-01

Dear Student,

    You are required to do one assignment for the Foundation Course in English-01. It is a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) and carries 100 marks. It covers four blocks of the

    course.

Aims: The TMA is primarily concerned with assessing your proficiency in English. You

    should not reproduce chunks of information from the passage(s) but effectively use the

    skills of reading and writing that you may have acquired during the course of study to

    compose your answers. These assignments aim to teach as well as to assess your

    performance.

Guidelines: You will be required to answer the questions on reading comprehension,

    vocabulary, grammar and composition. For the question on transcribing phonetically,

    you may consult an appropriate dictionary.

    As in day-to-day life, planning is important in attempting the assignment as well. Read the assignment carefully; go through the units on which the questions are based; jot down

    some points regarding each question and then re-arrange them in a logical order. In the

    essay-type answer, pay attention to your introduction and conclusion. The introduction

    must tell you how to interpret the given topic and how you propose to develop it. The

    conclusion must summarize your views on the topic.

Make sure that your answer:

a) is logical

    b) is written in simple and correct English

    c) does not exceed the number of words indicated in your questions

    d) is written neatly and clearly.

Please remember that it is compulsory to submit your assignment before you can

    take the Term End Examination. Also remember to keep a copy of your assignment

    with you and to take a receipt from your Study Centre when you submit the

    assignment.

Last Date for Submission of Assignment:

     stFor June Examination 31 March thFor December Examination 30 September

    Good Luck!

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    )

    Assignment

    Course Code: FEG-01 Foundation Course in English 1 (FEG-01Assignment Code: FEG 1/TMA/2009-10

    Max. Marks: 100

    Answer all the questions

1 Read the passage below and answer the questions:

    Okonkwo was well-known through the nine villages and even beyond. His fame

    rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had

    brought honour to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat. Amalinze was the

    great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten, from Umuofia to Mbaino. He

    was called the Cat because his back would never touch the earth. It was this man

    that Okonkwo threw in a fight which the old men agreed was one of the fiercest

    since the founder of their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and

    seven nights.

    The drums beat and the flutes sang and the spectators held their breath. Amalinze

    was a wily craftsman, but Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water. Every

    nerve and every muscle stood out on their arms, on their backs and their thighs,

    and one almost heard them stretching to breaking point. In the end Okonkwo

    threw the Cat.

    That was many years ago, twenty years or more, and during this time Okonkwo‟s

    fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harmattan. He was tall and huge, and his

    bushy eyebrows and wide nose gave him a very severe look. He breathed heavily,

    and it was said that when he slept, his wives and children in their out-houses

    could hear him breathe. When he walked, his heels hardly touched the ground and

    he seemed to walk on springs, as if he was going to pounce on somebody. And he

    did pounce on people quite often. He had a slight stammer and whenever he was

    angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He

    had no patience with unsuccessful men. He had no patience with his father.

    (Source: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe)

    i Why had Okonkwo become famous? (1)

    ii Which paragraph describes the fight between Okonkwo and Amalinze? (1)

    iii Which one quality in each wrestler is highlighted by the writer? (1)

    iv Pick out phrases that describe Okonkwo‟s: (3) a. physical appearance;

    b. manner of walking;

    c. speech.

    v What did Okonkwo think of his father? Why? (2)

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vi Choose the most suitable heading for the passage and give the reason for your

    choice. (2)

vii The word „founder‟ used in the passage is formed by adding the suffix „-er‟ to the

    verb „found‟. Say which of the following verbs can be changed into nouns by

    adding the suffix „-er‟: (5)

     find direct protect export murder

     spray narrate plead select edit

2 The following passage contains a set of instructions on how to use a mosquito

    repellent. However there is one mistake in each instruction. Pick out the mistake

    and write the correction. One mistake has been corrected for you as an example.

     (5)

     Directions for use:

    i Each pack contain 5 double coils. contains

    ii Remove one double coil and pulled out ___________________

    the two coils gently.

    iii Don‟t use too much force. They should ___________________

    break.

    iv A stand was provided in the pack. Insert ___________________

    its point into the small slot in the centre

    of the coil.

    v Light the outer end of the coil, blows out ___________________

    the flame and allow the coil to smoulder.

    vi Close all windows and doors and kept the ___________________

    coil burning for 20 minutes.

3 Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful

    sentences to complete the narration which follows. The first sentence has been

    arranged for you. (10)

i from sores / and / on my head / as a boy / on my legs / I suffered terribly

    ii at the hospital / I was / where I went / for treatment / one of the best known

    patients / twice a day

    iii that I first met / called Satvik Sinha / it was / a boy / who became / at the hospital

    / my friend

    iv on my legs / passionately / in spite of / I became / fond of football / sores

    v kicking / and soon / to play with / we started / a tennis ball around / we were

    allowed / a real football

    vi one of these / that / my second fight / it was / football matches / I was led into / as

    a result of

i As a boy I suffered terribly from sores on my legs and my head.

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    4a Transcribe the following words, using phonetic symbols: (5)

i Pure

    ii Sing iii Numb 4b Rewrite the following sentences as per the directions given: (5) iv About

    v Woman i You will miss the bus unless you hurry up.

    (Use „if …not‟)

ii Can anyone count the stars in the sky?

    (Change into passive voice)

iii A passer-by said, “Can you tell me the way to the station?”

    (Change into indirect speech)

iv I got very wet in the rain. I had an umbrella.

    (Combine into one sentence using „though‟)

v The day went on. The weather got worse.

    (Combine into one sentence using „as‟)

    5 Write a composition in about 300 words on one of the topics given below:

    (20)

    i A good law in the country

    ii The Internet has many advantages, but it has some disadvantages as well.

    iii If you were compelled to leave your country, which other country would

    you choose and why?

    iv Ways of preventing further damage to the environment.

    6 Write a dialogue in about 150 words, taking about ten turns, on any one of the

    following topics: (10)

i You need to buy a present to give your friend. Your father suggests you

    should buy a book; you want to buy something else.

    ii Your husband/wife wants to join you on a business trip. You think you‟ll

    be distracted. Persuade him/her not to come.

    iii When you get off the plane you can‟t find your luggage. Complain to the

    airline official and find out what‟s happened to it.

    7 Mark the stress in the following words: (5)

    politics political

    number numerical

    academy academic

    democratic democracy

    great greatness

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8 Choose a verb with either the present perfect or past simple for these sentences.

    (10)

    agree appear continue disappear have

    move reach show solve write

    i Research ………………… that cycling can help patients overcome their illnesses. ii The rabbit just …… …………… in my garden one day last week. iii With this promotion, I feel that I ……………… a turning point in my career. iv Oh, no! My car … ………………!

    v Quite early in the negotiations, they … ……… to lower the prices. vi In 1788 he ………………… his last great work in Vienna. vii There‟s not much more to do, now that we …………… the main problem. viii Throughout the summer of 1980 Mahender ……………to divide his time

    between Delhi and Mumbai.

    ix When he was 13, his parents ………………… to the United States. x Seema ______________ her friendship with her husband despite the separation.

9 Rewrite the sentences in direct speech or indirect speech. (5)

i “Sarika has so many things to do,” said Tina, “that she doesn‟t know where to

    begin.”

    ii “We may come for the meeting tomorrow,” said the workers. iii Bina told Jiya that her sister was going to visit her on Saturday.

    iv Miss Vinita said, “the Chao Praya River provides the Thai people with water for

    consumption and irrigation.”

    v Pratap told us that we hadn‟t missed much as the match had just begun.

10 Choose the correct word from the box below to fill in the blanks. Make necessary

    grammatical changes: (10)

     say tell talk speak

    i Can you _________ her to be quiet; I can‟t work with all this noise. ii I hope this teacher ________loud and clearly. I didn‟t hear a word of what the last

    lecturer __________.

    iii How many languages do you _____________?

    iv How much Shreya __________! I hope someone would ___________ her to stop.

    v The sign__________ that the road is closed. Let‟s ________ to the guard before

    we proceed.

    vi There‟s a ________ on “Child Abuse‟ in room no. 22. Rohit __________ that he

    would like to attend.

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    FEG-02

     Bachelor’s Degree Programme

     (BDP)

    ASSIGNMENT

    2009-10

    FOUNDATION COURSE IN ENGLISH-02

    FEG-02

     School of Humanities

    Indira Gandhi National Open University

    7

Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068

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    FOUNDATION COURSE IN ENGLISH-2 (FEG-02)

    Programme: BDP/2009-10

    Course Code: FEG-02

Dear Student,

    You are required to do one assignment for the Foundation Course in English-02. It is a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) and carries 100 marks. It covers four blocks of the

    course.

Aims: The TMA is primarily concerned with assessing your writing and study skills.

    You should not reproduce chunks of information from the units but effectively use the

    skills that you may have acquired during the course of study to compose your answers.

    These assignments aim to teach as well as to assess your performance.

Guidelines: You will be required to write a paragraph, an essay, reports, make notes and

    summarize.

    As in day-to-day life, planning is important in attempting the assignment as well. Read the assignment carefully; go through the units on which the questions are based; jot down

    some points regarding each question and then re-arrange them in a logical order. Pay

    attention to your introduction and conclusion. The introduction must tell you how to

    interpret the given topic and how you propose to develop it. The conclusion must

    summarize your views on the topic.

Make sure that your answer:

e) is logical

    f) is written in simple and correct English

    g) does not exceed the number of words indicated in your questions

    h) is written neatly and clearly.

Please remember that it is compulsory to submit your assignment before you can

    take the Term End Examination. Also remember to keep a copy of your assignment

    with you and to take a receipt from your Study Centre when you submit the

    assignment.

T

    he completed assignment should be sent to the Coordinator at the Study Centre allotted to you.

    Last date for submission of Assignment

     stFor June Exam 31 March thFor December Exam 30 Sept

    Good Luck!

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    )

    Assignment

    Course Code: FEG-02

    Assignment Code: FEG 2/TMA/2009-10 Foundation Course in English 2 (FEG-02Max. Marks: 100

    All questions are compulsory.

    1 Read the following passage and make notes on it in the appropriate format. (15)

    In the culture of its origin, the Aztec, chocolate was referred to as the food of the gods.

    Thus it is not surprising in modern civilization that dark chocolate is good for the heart.

    This discovery has two different, even contradictory, aspects to it. In the modern West,

    chocolate has become an integral part of dating and courtship etiquette. Chocolate has

    become part of dining habits; a box of mints or petit four after dinner is de regeur for fine

    dining. But now, if the latest medical research is to be accepted, chocolate is acquiring

    functions which go far beyond the lover‟s gesture and the gastronome‟s delight.

A study published by the American Heart Association states that dark chocolate can

    actually lower blood pressure. This action is a function of compounds, called flavonids,

    found in chocolates. Chocolates thus serve not only to win heart but they are good for

    heart in general. No wonder the Aztecs, in their wisdom, held that chocolates were

    something that could be offered to the gods. From sheer delight, chocolate is poised to

    become a medicine. This will bring a smile to the faces of chocolate manufacturers and

    chocolate lovers. This joy should not take away from what actually the medical research

    is saying. Not all kinds of chocolates are good for the heart, but only dark chocolate is.

    This point is not without importance.

Most of the common brands of chocolates that are readily consumed off the shelves are

    not of the dark variety. They are what is known in the trade as “milk chocolate”, which

    means that the cocoa content in those chocolates is low. In India, milk chocolates are

    chocolates mixed with other ingredients like nuts and fruits are so popular that dark

    chocolates are difficult to find, Dark chocolates, like most good things of life, are an

    acquired taste. Not many take to the pleasantly bitter taste of the dark brown chocolate.

    Most prefer the sweetened form. The Aztecs would have turned up their noses at such a

    concoction. They drank their chocolate, and they drank it in its dark unsweetened form.

Despite modern man‟s fascination with it, chocolate retains some of its ancient mysteries.

    This is invoked in the name given to the latest discovery of the house of Valrhon. The

    name is the Sanskrit word „manjari‟ meaning bouquet. It is made from 100 per cent

    criollo beans, from a single plantation in the Indian Ocean, the location of which is a

    house secret.

    2 Write a summary of the paragraph in about 120-150 words. Give an appropriate title to

    the passage. (15)

    3 Write a paragraph in about 100-150 words on any one of the following topics: (10) i A historical place that interests you.

    ii Your favourite part of town.

    iii A change you would like to make in your life.

    iv I can‟t live without my mobile phone now.

    4 Write a composition in about 250-300 words on any one of the following: (20)

i Ways to make our cities/towns safe, pollution free and vibrant.

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