May 20, 2013 | 08:13 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
9-10/SSC Examination: English First Paper
Part A : Reading Test (40 Marks)
Read the passage carefully and answer the questions following It.
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Women's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February 1909.
In 1910, the Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which Included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first 'The International Women's Day' on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.
Since those early years, The International Women's Day has become important all over the world for women in developed and developing countries alike.
The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nation's women's conferences, has asked for coordinated efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political and economic process. Increasingly, The International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the rights
1. Choose the best answer from the alternatives. 1x5= 5
The country which included first three female legislators in her assembly was________.
(i)France (ii) America
(iii) Fiji (iv) Finland
The Russian women went on a strike in February 1913 for ___________.
(1) bread (ii) peace
(iii) bread and peace (iv) voting right and peace
To establish women rights an extra-ordinary role was played by______________.
(i) rich women (ii) educated women
(ill) common women (iv) aristocratic women
Russian women observed their first The International Women's Day in___________.
(i) January 1913 (ii) February 1913
(iii) January 1911 (iv) February 1912
To protest against war rallies in the month of March were held In____________.
(i) America (11) Europe
(iii) Asia (iv) Australia
2. Write whether the statements are true or false. If false, give the correct answer. 1x5=5
The rights of vote for women were prevailing in 1909.
The International Women's Day bears immeasurable significance.
The women's movement started in Asia.
Women raised their voice because they wanted equal rights as men.
The ordinary women struggled for women's right.
3. fill in each gap in the following passage with a suitable word from the box. There are more words than necessary. 5x10=5
attended observe fined absented notice celebration
assistance given took unanimously showing establishment
The First National Women's Day (a)__________was held across the United States on 28 February, 1909 according to a declaration (b) __________ by the Socialist Party of America. The (c) ___________ of a women's day international in character by Socialist International in 1910 was for the purpose of (d) ____________ honour, to the movement for women's rights and to give (e) ________ in achieving vote rights for women. 100 women from 17 countries (f) ________ part in the conference and (g) __________ greeted the proposal. Of the women (h) __________ the conference, three were elected to the Finish parliament. No date was (i) __________ to (j) ___________ the day.
4. Read the passage in A again. Write a paragraph using the clues in the box below. The passage should not exceed 70 words.
5. Read the passage in A again. Now, answer the following questions in your own words. 1x5=5
What did the meeting aim at?
What were the two voices of women's rallies?
What does The International Women's Day signify?
Why was the Copenhagen meeting held?
Who first decided to celebrate the Women's Day?
6. Fill in each gap with a suitable word of your own, based on the information from the text in A. .5x10=5
The Socialist Party of America (a)__________the National Women's Day and accordingly they (b)________the day across the United States in 1909. Women's Day international in character was (c)_________in Copenhagen in 1910 as a mark of (d)__________for the movement for
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