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THE INDIAN HEIGHTS SCHOOL
Revision Worksheet (2013 – 14)
English – X
NAME : DATE:10.9.13
SECTION – A
Q.1 Read the following passage carefully:
Last week a friend of mine called up sounding distraught. Given that she is generally a ‘glass in half-full’ sort of person. I thought that there must be a major crisis in her life. As it turns out, I was right. She was suffering a serious case of mid-life crisis, sparked off by a visit to a five-star hotel too.
It happened thus. She walked in and found a gaggle of excitable 20-somethings gibbering excitedly amongst themselves. They were still gathered around the sink when she emerged to wash her hands. And then, lipstick liberally re-applied, they started trooping out when one of them stopped and asked: “Whose bag is that?”
Without missing a beat, the other replied, pointing to my hapless friend , “That’s aunty’s.”
Yes, you heard right. It was that dreaded ‘a’ word – Aunty.
My friend, a well-preserved woman in her 40s, is used to seeing people do double-takes when she reveals her age and assuring her that she looks at least a decade younger. So, the ‘aunty’ bit was a fell blow that left her catatonic for the rest of the evening.
When she called me the next morning, she still sounded devastated. Did she really look so old that 20-something young women would refer to her as ‘aunty’? Did this mean that she was well and truly middle-aged now? Were the best years of her life over? Was she now on a slippery slope heading inexorably downwards?
I have to confess that I wasn’t terribly sympathetic. As someone who acquired her first niece at the age of 12 (in my defense, my sister is 15 years older than me). I have become accustomed to being called ‘masi’ or ‘bua’ over the years. So what, I asked my friend, was the big deal about being called ‘aunty’? After all, technically speaking, she could have given birth to any of those young 20-somethings. And her kid’s friends called her ‘aunty’ anyway, right?
That wasn’t the point, said my friend. “Standing there at the sink, I had this sudden epiphany. Now when people looked at me, they no longer saw me as an attractive woman. They saw an ‘aunty’. And as I stood there, I realized that soon nobody would see me at all.”
Yes, that’s a fear that all of us harbor at some level, don’t we? That as age takes its toll and nature wreaks its worst on us, we will turn into invisible woman. The women whom nobody pays attention to; who are looked through at parties; ignored as they try to make purchases at a store. The women whom nobody leaps up to open the door for. The women nobody wants to chat up or flirt with. In other words – the women who fit into the ‘aunty’ category.
And, for obvious reason, this is especially hard for women who have been considered beautiful or sexy in their dewy youthfulness. They are used to being the centre of attention in any room they walk into. They are accustomed to being treated with deference. They are used to being objects of desire. They are conditioned to think of themselves as special. So suddenly being reduced to ‘aunty’ status comes as something of a shock.
And to an extent, it was this “Beautiful Woman’ syndrome that lay at the root of my friend’s trauma. It was a bit like the jolt an actress feels when she’s first told that she was not being tested for the heroine’s role, but for the role of the hero’s mother.
But part of it was also down to the fact that ours is the generation of women who refuse to age. We are unwilling to let nature take its course when it comes to our appearance. Instead, we rely on extreme medical procedures to keep looking young for as long as we can.
Ours is the generation that embraces Botox and Fillers, treating them as lunch-time procedures. Ours is the generation that treats cosmetic surgery as an essential beauty aid, treating face-lifts as extreme facials. And not surprisingly, our is a generation that looks much younger than our mothers did at our age.
We exercise and diet so that we weigh the same as we did in our 20s. We wear the same clothes as our grown-up daughters. We colour our hair every five weeks to get rid of those graying roots. We slather on the anti-ageing cream last thing at night.
We look in the mirror in the morning and we see a young person staring back at us. Yes, the jaw line is a little slack, there is incipient creeping of the neck, and the laugh lines run a little bit deeper. But hey, nobody would put us down for 40-somethings. We don’t look a day over 35!
And then, you walk into a five-star hotel loo and a 20-something calls you ‘aunty’. That’s when you know that the game is well and truly over. You have tipped irrevocably into middle age – and there is no coming back.
1.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage complete the following:
(a) The author’s friend was distraught because………………….
(b) The author thought that…………………………………………
(c) The author wasn’t very sympathetic because………………..
(d) All women fear that after a certain age they…………………
(e) Our generation looks much younger than our mothers did at our age because……………………………………………………..
(f) The game is over – The author means………………………...
1.2 Write the contextual meaning of the following words:
Q.2 Read the following poem carefully:
We’ve just left the dinner table, when I hear music coming from my daughter’s computer. It surprises me that my daughter Ida is listening to music from a time she refers to as the very old days. “What are you playing?” I ask. “Its Phil Collins”, is her prompt reply, while she shows how, with a few strokes, she can download almost any song from the Internet. Times have certainly been changing since I scratched my first Beatles record. Tactfully I don’t mention that I had bought the record she’s listening to before she was born. The concept of a phonograph record belongs to bygone age and I don’t want to spoil the pleasure she’ll get from discovering her “own” new favourite musician.
The music brings memories flooding back. I have sudden urge to bring back my record collection from the attic, where is has mouldered for almost a decade. Only one thing stops me : my turntable succumbed to the damp air in a cellar where I stored it for a good ten years. No, I don’t care if turntables are ancient technology : I will find one. And I will restore my long lost record collection – which took up a good amount of shelf space – to its former glory. Buying something as un-cool as a turntable takes courage and planning. I find a promising TV and radio store in the phone book but I am expecting a mountain of questions from the clerk, who will most certainly have been born and raised after the demise of the turntable.
Read the following questions and write the option you consider the most appropriate n your answer sheet:
(a) Old days here refers to………………..
(i) a few day ago (ii) a time in the past
(iii) a time very long ago (iv) a time when the writer was young
(b) Times have been changing means………………………
(i) Time has changed from morning to evening
(ii) With advancement in science and technology things have changed
(iii) The way things are done, is being changing
(iv) None of the above
(c) The writer decides not to tell his daughter about the record because……………………………………………..
(i) She will not understand what a record is
(ii) He did not have the record with him for showing it to people
(iii) He did not want to spoil the fun she was having.
(iv) He wanted to keep it as a surprise.
(d) The writer’s record collection was stored in……………….
(i) A shelf (ii) the cellar
(iii) the old cupboard (iv) inside a box
(e) The meaning of the word mouldered is ……………………
(i) Covered with dirt or filth
(ii) Slowly decay or disintegrate
(iii) Shaped into something particular
(iv) A reason for doing something
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