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### HS2161 TECHNICAL ENGLISH – II Anna university previous year question paper for second semester BE students

Saturday, October 29, 2011 ·

B.E./B.Tech. DEGREE EXAMINATION, MAY/JUNE 2009.
Second Semester
Civil Engineering
HS 2161 — TECHNICAL ENGLISH – II
(Common to all branches of B.E./B.Tech.)
(Regulation 2008)
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
PART A — (10 × 2 = 20 marks)
1. Match the words in column A with their meanings in column B : (4 × 2
1 = 2)
A B
(a) nutrition (i) organism able to live both
on land and in water
(b) indispensable (ii) part for whole
(c) amphibian (iii) necessary
(d) holistic (iv) nourishment
(v) seeing as a whole
2. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions : (4 × 2
1 = 2)
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II ––––––––––––– Jaipur was passionately
interested ––––––––––––– mathematics. He sought to create a gigantic
observatory that was more accurate and permanent than the brass
instruments ––––––––––––– his day. He constructed five astronomical
observatories ––––––––––––– India.
3. Write purpose statements for TWO of the following : (2 × 1 = 2)
(a) Refrigerator
(b) Washing machine
4. Use TWO of the following words in sentences of your own and show the
difference in stress shift : (2 × 1 = 2)
(a) Object
(b) Conduct
(c) Rebel.
5. Fill in the blanks with suitable forms of words given : (8 × 4
1 = 2)
(a) science
(b) industrial
(c) mathematician
(d) electricity
6. Give the numerical expressions for the following : (4 × 2
1 = 2)
e.g. a bottle with a capacity of 10 liters — a ten-liter capacity bottle
(a) A budget estimate of 5 lakhs
(b) A project for 3 years
(c) A motor bike of 100 kilograms
(d) A journey of 2500 kilometers.
7. Rewrite the following in reported speech : (1 × 2 = 2)
The officer said, “We have to complete the task today.”
8. Give an extended definition of cell phone in four sentences : (4 × 2
1 = 2)
9. Supply the appropriate prefix for the following words to match their
meanings : (4 × 2
1 = 2)
(a) ––––––––––––– zero: less than zero.
(b) ––––––––––––– sonic: having a speed greater than that of sound.
(c) ––––––––––––– tension: abnormally high blood pressure.
(d) ––––––––––––– red: having a wave length just below the red end of the
spectrum.
10. Give four instructions to withdraw money from an ATM.

PART B — (5 × 16 = 80 marks)
11. Read the following passage and answer the questions given at the end :
Learning is a process that every single human being undergoes. It is not just a
yearly or even monthly process, but a day-to-day one as well. We observe
people around us-how they speak and act. In learning about others, we learn
about ourselves in the bargain, and also how it is best to interact with other
people. We learn the true meaning of terms such as integrity, kindness,
sincerity, dedication, love, acceptance, appreciation, humility and
encouragement only from honest actions. Not just from words.
As students, we expect to learn these life lessons on campus — both within and
outside the classroom. Students play such an instrumental role in influencing
and educating fellow students. Sadly, it is very difficult to find students true to
their beliefs, firm in the stands they take and confident of their values. Many
take the easy way out, rather than being whom they truly are, which is not as
easy as it sounds. They slide into the easiest getaways camouflaged in the form
of a group of close friends.
Yet why do these students feel such a sense of loneliness? Why is it that even
though they appear to have things figured out, they are all still so alone? All
that I choose to boldly say is that if being different means that you stand alone,
then do not be afraid to be the only one brave enough to be the person everyone
is secretly wishing that he/she was.
The real dilemma in our educational system is that many students are afraid
to be who they really are. They have been taught by people around them that it
is not acceptable to laugh at things that other people do not think are funny,
that it is not proper for them to think differently from their parents and most
importantly, that it is not right to voice your own opinion.
Sooner or later, you will look upon yourself wondering how much you have
accomplished in life. However successful you may become, it is only the
satisfaction of embracing what really makes ‘‘you’’ and appreciating what you
really feel, that will make you genuinely happy. That is education at its best.

(a) Choose the correct answer : (5 × 1 = 5)
(i) What do we gain by learning about others?
(1) We learn about the environment
(2) We learn about the world
(3) We learn about our true self
(4) We do not learn much.
(ii) What helps us to understand the meaning of kindness?
(1) Dishonest actions (2) Sincere actions
(3) Serious actions (4) Daring actions.
(iii) Most students suffer a sense of loneliness because
(1) They do not study well
(2) They do not have enough friends
(3) They do not get good education
(4) They are afraid of themselves.
(iv) What is the best education, according to the author?
(1) That which helps you to get a job
(2) That which helps you to earn a lot of money
(3) That which makes you understand your true self
(4) That which makes you satisfied.
(v) Who could be the author of the passage?
(1) A student (2) A parent
(3) A teacher (4) A spiritual leader.
(b) Mention whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE :
(6 × 1 = 6)
(i) Learning is common to all human beings.
(ii) We do not learn the meaning of life from words alone.
(iii) Students cannot educate other students.
(iv) It is simple to find out who we really are.
(v) To be different means to dress strangely.
(vi) Most of our students are not courageous.

(c) Choose the definition which best suits the given words as they are used
in the text : (5 × 1 = 5)
(i) Instrumental
(1) musical (2) mechanical
(3) interesting (4) important.
(ii) Slide
(1) Unchanged (2) Fall into
(3) Changed gradually (4) Rise up.
(iii) Camouflaged
(1) Comforted (2) Decorated
(3) Controlled (4) Disguised.
(iv) Dilemma
(3) Solution (4) Action.
(v) Figured out
(1) Understood (2) Appreciated
(3) Discovered (4) Imagined.
12. Write two coherent paragraphs on ONE of the following : (1 × 16 = 16)
(a) The problems and benefits of technology.
Or
(b) The best ways of protecting the environment.
13. (a) Write a letter of job application for the post of General Manager to the
Managing Director of a leading company. Add a suitable rèsumè to your
letter. (1 × 16 = 16)
Or
(b) Suppose you are the Collector of a district. The Secretary of a College
Student Union has invited you as the chief guest for the annual students
function. Write a letter of acceptance to the secretary. Also send your
curriculum vitae along with the letter for the purpose of introducing the
chief guest at the time of the function. (1 × 16 = 16)

14. Write a set of eight recommendations for ONE of the following (1 × 16 = 16)
(a) To maintain vehicles in good condition.
Or
(b) To reduce unemployment problem.
15. Rearrange ONE set of the following jumbled sentences into a coherent
paragraph : (1 × 16 =16)
(a) (i) Secondly, we can heat the steel above a certain critical
temperature, and then allow it to cool at different rates.
(ii) We can alter the characteristics of steel in various ways.
(iii) Annealing has a second advantage.
(iv) In the process known as annealing, we heat the steel above the
critical temperature and permit it to cool very slowly.
(v) This causes the metal to become softer than before, and much
easier to machine.
(vi) At this critical temperature, changes begin to take place on the
molecular structures of the metal.
(vii) It helps to relieve any internal stresses, which exist in the metal.
(viii) In the first place, steel, which contains very little carbon, will be
milder than steel, which contains a higher percentage of carbon.
Or
(b) (i) Engineering is the use of scientific principles to achieve a planned
result.
(ii) The distinctions between science, engineering, and technology are
not always clear.
(iii) Generally, science is the reasoned investigation or study of nature
aimed at discovering enduring relationships among elements of the
world.
(iv) In this sense, scientists and engineers may both be considered
technologists, but scientists less so.
(v) This knowledge then may be used by engineers to create artifacts,
such as semiconductors, computers, and other forms of advanced
technology.

(vi) However, technology broadly involves the uses and application of
knowledge both formally and informally, to achieve some practical
result.
(vii) It generally employs formal techniques, i.e., some set of established
rules of procedure such as the scientific method.
(viii) For example, science might study the flow of electrons in electrical
conductors.