Assignment No. 2
Total Marks: 20
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Q1. Writers use different techniques to bring their characters to life. They use these techniques to translate their vision of people using words. Some extracts from different writings are given below. In each paragraph, identify the technique used by the writer for “character representation”.
Choose an appropriate technique from the following:
- In action
- In speech
- By direct statement
- By choice of words and picking out a particular feature or detail
- By associating the character with a point of view
Q2. One vital concept of reading comprehension is to evaluate texts. Two passages have been given to evaluate the writer’s intention regarding running on a treadmill. Read the passages carefully and compare them by answering the multiple choice questions given below. (2*5=10 Marks)
The treadmill began to whir, and I gripped its handlebars as the belt started moving me backwards. All I could do now was run — or begrudgingly barrel forward — toward an outdated screen that showed me the terrain I was supposed to be running on. It was made of red squares stacked up, one on top of another: the higher stacks were supposed to be steep hills, and the lower ones, valleys. I tried to picture them as burning coals to see if that would make me speed up or at least feel like this exercise was somehow connected to nature — even one of its cruel parts.
The treadmill began to whir, and my heart sped up faster than the belt could go. Instead of pressing “select” on my remote control to escape into a TV show, I had just selected “Power Run.” A sleek screen with a simple set of red lines showed me the terrain on which I was running. Those red lines looked like a pulse, and they got me to run farther and faster than I could ever run when I’m outside, worried about weather, cars, or other people. It may not have looked like I was going anywhere that night, but I had just broken out of a ten-year slump.