The Dying Detective Prose Vocabulary Section PDF TNPSC G2/2A


May 11, 2022, By Careericons

In this article, we have complied with very important information on the "The Dying Detective Prose Written by Arthur Conan Doyle" for the current TNPSC Group 2, 2A 2022 Preliminary Examination. Get complete study material for all General English syllabus wise with subject topics which help to clear this preliminary exam 2022.

This article provides you with.

  1. Vocabulary Parts of prose The Dying Detective,&
  2. Where to study information for all other prose & supplementary.

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The importance of reading this prose "The Dying Detective" written by "Arthur Conan Doyle" is clearly described in the revised new syllabus as shown below,

  1. This prose comes under the "Part-C" of the General English New Revised Syllabus.
  2. It's also noticed separately in the "List of Prose & Supplementary". Where it consists of 14 prose and supplementary & this prose is listed as number 5.

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  1. List of 14 Prose & Supplementary's - Click Here
  2. Name of the Author, &
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Let us discuss & read the prose "The Dying Detective" written by Arthur Conan Doyle (Which is also a prose in Unit - 7 of 10th standard of Tamil Nadu Samacheer Books) in detail with all examples of model questions asked in the previous TNPSC examinations.

"The Dying Detective - Arthur Conan Doyle"

"Vocabulary Section of prose" - The Dying Detective By Arthur Conan Doyle

What are Homophones, explain give some examples?

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. The text has many homophones such as : see-sea, hear-here, knew-new.

C. Complete the following sentences by choosing the correct options given.

  1. Niteesh bought a ………………. (knew/new) cricket bat.
  2. The shepherd ………………… (herd/heard) the cry of his sheep.
  3. Lakshmi completed her baking ……………….. (course/coarse) successfully.
  4. Priya has broken her …………….. (four/fore) limbs.
  5. Leaders of the world must work towards the ……………… (peace/piece) of the human race.


  1. new
  2. heard
  3. course
  4. fore
  5. peace

Use the given examples and make sentences of your own.

Commonly confused words

1. brought – past participle of bring.

E.g. Anitha had brought a book from the library.

Kavitha brought sweets on her birthday.

2. bought – past participle of buy.

E.g. Lalitha had bought a new dress last week.

Avinash bought a new Hero cycle.

3. affect – to have an effect on.

E.g. The pet's death affected his master.

The fever affected Dhanush's studies.

4. effect – anything brought about by a cause or agent; result.

E.g. Both El Nino and La Nina are opposite effects of the same phenomenon.

The effect of ozone layer depletion is catastrophic.

Some Commonly confused words

English has a lot of commonly confused words. They either look alike or look and sound alike, but have completely different meanings and usage. Here are some examples from the text.

brought (v) - past participle of bring. E.g. Anitha had brought a book from the library.

bought (v) - past participle of buy. E.g. Lalitha had bought a new dress last week.

affect (v) - to have an effect on. E.g. The pet's death affected his master.

effect (n) - anything brought about by a cause or agent; result. E.g. Both El Nino and La Nina are opposite effects of the same phenomenon.

D. Complete the tabular column by finding the meaning of both the words given in the boxes. Use them in sentences of your own.

pocket(n)-a small bag sewn into or on clothing to keep carry small things

packet (n)-a paper or cardboard container, typically one in which goods are sold

Santa filled his pocket with candies.

Maheswari carried a packet of ribbons.

fond(adj.)-having an affection or liking for

found(v)-having been discovered by chance or unexpectedly

Puppies are fond of soft balls.

Rosalin found a 100 rupee note on her way back home.

lost (v)

last (adj.)

She lost her necklace.

The last lesson is an interesting story.

paused (v)

passed (v)

The speaker paused a while to check the mike.

Years passed but the man remained the same.

pitcher (n)

picture (n)

She brought water in a pitcher.

The picture is not clear.

Listening Activity:

E. Listen to the story and answer the questions given below

“Something is very wrong,” says the detective.

“I know!” says Ms. Gervis. “It is wrong that someone has stolen from me!”

The detective looks around Ms. Gervis’ apartment. “ at is not what I am talking about, ma’am. What is wrong is that I do not understand how the robber got in and out.”
Ms. Gervis and the detective stand in silence. Ms. Gervis’ eyes are full of tears. Her hands are shaking.
“The robber did not come through the window,” says the detective. “These windows have not been opened or shut in months.”

The detective looks at the fireplace. “The robber did not squeeze down here.”

The detective walks to the front door. He examines the latch. “And since there are no marks or scratches, the robber definitely did not try to break the lock.”

“I have no idea how he did it,” says a bothered Ms. Gervis. “It is a big mystery.”

“And you say the robber stole nothing else?” asks the detective. “No money, no jewelry, no crystal?”

“That’s right, detective. He took only what was important to me,” Ms. Gervis says with a sigh. “There is only one thing I can do now.”

“And what is that?” the detective asks with surprise.

“I will stop baking cakes,” Ms. Gervis says. “They are mine to give away. They are not for someone to steal.”

“You can’t do that!” says the detective with alarm. “Who will bake those delicious cakes?”

“I am sorry. I do not know,” says Ms. Gervis.

“I must solve this case immediately!” says the detective.

1. Where does this story take place?
(a) in a bakery
(b) at the police station
(c) in Ms. Gervis’ house
(d) in Ms. Gervis’ apartment

(d) in Ms. Gervis’ apartment

2. Near the beginning of the story, “Ms. Gervis’ eyes are full of tears. Her hands are shaking.” How does Ms. Gervis probably feel?
(a) She is upset
(b) She is tired
(c) She is hungry
(d) She is confused

(d) She is confused

3. What makes the detective sure that the robber did not come through the windows?
(a) The windows are locked
(b) The windows face the police station
(c) The windows have not been used in months
(d) The windows are too small for a person to fit through

(c) The windows have not been used in months

4. What else was stolen from the apartment?
(a) crystal
(b) jewelry
(c) money
(d) nothing

(d) nothing

5. “And the robber definitely did not use the front door.” Which is the best way to rewrite this sentence?
(a) “And the robber may not have used the front door.”
(b) “And the robber probably did not use the front door.”
(c) “And the robber was not able to use the front door.”
(d) “And the robber certainly did not use the front door.”

(d) “And the robber certainly did not use the front door.”

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6. What does Ms. Gervis do with her cakes?
(a) She eats them
(b) She sells them
(c) She hides them
(d) She gives them away

(d) She gives them away

7. What does the detective seem to think will happen if he solves the mystery?
(a) Ms. Gervis will start baking cakes again
(b) Ms. Gervis will bake him extra cakes
(c) Ms. Gervis will give him her secret recipe
(d) Ms. Gervis will give him money and jewels

(a) Ms. Gervis will start baking cakes again

8. Do you like mysteries? What is your favorite kind of story? Explain.

Yes, I do.
I like detective stories. Lena Tamilvanan and Rajesh Kumar are good detective story writers.
The novels written by them are gripping and sustain the readers interest till the last page.

Speaking Activity:


A review is a critical assessment of a book, play, film, an event, etc. published in a newspaper or magazine.

Review process: (present it in info graphics)

  • First, choose the piece/work (a book, movie, an article or event).
  • Read the selected piece (a book/an article) or watch it (a movie/an event) cautiously until you understand it thoroughly.
  • Focus on the main idea of the piece and its purpose.
  • Critically evaluate the work.
  • Make a note of all that is worthy of analysis.
  • Summarise it in a brief way.
  • Present it orally or in written form.

F. Exercise

1. Present the review of a movie that you have watched recently.

Review of Super Deluxe Movie I saw Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe opens with a shot of Vaembu (Samantha) lying beside someone on a bed. The camera slowly moves around the room, pulling you in the direction it travels. Soon you realise that it’s not the camera, but the director Thiagarajan Kumararaja who has lured you into his world.

And this world has eccentric characters like Arputham (Mysskin), who believes that he is god’s right hand because he was the only one who survived the Tsunami when millions died. Kumararaja doesn’t stop there. His thoughts are out-of-the-world (literally), outlandish, and outstanding.

There are 4 parallel plots taking place at the same time, involving the lives of Shilpa (Vijay Sethupathi), Leela (Ramya Krishnan), and Arputham (Mysskin), Vaembu (Samantha) and Mugil (Fahadh Faasil), and another one involving four boys. The best part about the writing is that these plotlines don’t merge at one point.

One sub-plot becomes an influencing factor in another, but after that, they part ways. The way the events unfold is interesting and makes the movie more engrossing. The trademark qualities NalanKumarasamy and Mysskin’s writing is seen at a lot of places. A lot of humourous portions belong to Nalan’s ‘crazy’ world. Who else can write a scene where a man dies while having sex? On the other hand, towards the end, there a sequence involving Mysskin, set in a subway, with green lighting.

What more do we need to figure out that this has been written by Mysskin himself?

PS Vinod and Nirav Shah’s visuals have an ever-lasting effect on us. The wise usage of ffame- within-frame shots through doors, windows, and alleys creates a sense of being trapped, and this has been used for all major characters. The wise usage of vintage tracks of Ilayaraja falls on point.

Yuvan Shankar Raja makes sure we feel the heat and soul of the scenes through his brilliant background scores and apt silences. The walls on all the houses and a police station, “the make-shift flower pot on one of the apartments, the borders of sarees, the costumes of the characters, are all blue in colour. While this is supposed to create a stable feel, the characters are all unstable. This irony has been effectively used to elevate our cinematic experience. Vaembu and Mugil’s story becomes melodramatic after a point of time.

And the biggest issue with the film is that they have the maximum screentime. Even the way their conflict gets resolved looks implausible. But, the way the terrific FahadhFaasil and Samantha act, these issues are covered up. Shilpa’s characterization brings out the best in Vijay Sethupathi, but not Vijay Sethupathi. Apart from the main leads, BhagavathiPerumal and Master Aswanth, have done their job well and scored in their plot points. On the flip side, the second half could have been a bit more crisp, due to the three hours runtime.

2. Give the review of a book that has interested you a lot.

’ Review of the most interesting book I read The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian The pace of change in China over the last fifteen years has been extraordinarily fast; the pace at which its literature reaches us in translation shamefully slow. Chinese dissident writer Ma Jian is already known in the English-speaking world for his award-winning travel memoir of rural China in the 1980s, Red Dust. Since the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong in 1997, he has been living with his partner and translator in London.

The Noodle Maker, the first of Jian’s novels to appear in English, is set soon after the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, already ancient history to today’s young entrepreneurs, artists, and university students. Reading The Noodle Maker now has some of the blurred effects of a time-lapsed photograph- -it is a hard-hitting satire of a cultural moment that has already come and gone. Only a reviewer intimate with today’s China could judge to what extent its critique is still sharp. Perhaps this question of timeliness should be irrelevant.

The Noodle Maker is fiction, after all, constructed with a good deal of artfulness on the frame of a drunken evening shared between a professional writer and his best friend, a professional blood donor. The professional blood donor considers himself a practical man; he boasts of the excellent pay and perks he receives as rewards for being bled for the benefit of the nation.

Each Sunday he brings good food and drinks to the writer, who is, of course, a poverty-stricken idealist. Their discussion is interwoven with the stories the professional writer is crafting based on people he has known: an actress who stages her own suicide; her boyfriend, a painter with a talking three-legged dog

(the novel’s most reliable narrator); a literary editor humiliated by the success of his wife, an acclaimed novelist; a father trying to abandon his retarded daughter; an entrepreneur whose success with a musically-enhanced crematorium gives him the confidence to bum his own mother alive. Each of these characters is manipulated not only by the noodle-making hands of the professional writer, but by a ruthless society, which with its new “Open Door Policy” has imported some superficial commercial elements of Westemness, yet still maintains a stranglehold on personal freedom.

(“Imported” products as symbols of moral weakness, hypocrisy, and corruption are a satiric mantra throughout the book.) Fans of the absurdity and dark humour of Milan Kundera’s portraits of life behind the Iron Curtain will appreciate these same elements in Ma Jian’s work-though Kundera is a good deal lighter on his feet and the clever and humorous aspects of The Noodle Makerstruck this reviewer as heavy-handed.

As fiction that comments on social and political reality, The Noodle Maker is far less emotionally engaging than Yu Hua’s Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, which tells the life of another professional blood donor, and is a character-driven social realist novel in the old nineteenth-century Dickensian mode, though written in a crisp contemporary style.

It tells us about China, but something convincing about people, too. For all its postmodern strands, the heart of The Noodle Maker (like all satire?) is in a kind of journalism, so that ultimately its success depends on whether or not it still tells a timely truth.

3. Review an event which your school has hosted recently.

A school is a place where we get to know about different activities for the first time. Participating in these activities is always memorable and exciting. My favorite school event is the “Mental Maths Competition”. This event is held once a year. One student is selected from each section of a class. Then they are teamed up with other students to form three teams.

This competition is basically to enhance mental skills. Students have to answer these questions in a time span of seconds. Questions are not repeated at all and students have to be very quick in understanding the questions, in calculations, and then answering it. Last year I was also selected as one of the finalists. Our team A and team C reached the final rounds. The winning round lasted for thirty questions as both teams were not ready to give up. In the end, team C couldn’t answer a question and we answered it to win the event.

We were highly appreciated and were given certificates and shields. Winning is always exciting and encouraging. I would always like to participate in this event again because this event helps me in enhancing my mental skills and to speed up my mental calculations.

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Read the story carefully and answer the questions asked below

"A Mystery Case"

For a man of ease, John Mathew kept an arduous schedule. On Wednesdays, for example, he was awakened at 9.00 and served breakfast in bed by Emanuel, his chef. Next came a quick fitness session with Basky, his personal trainer. Then, at 10.30, John Mathew answered his mail, returned phone calls and rearranged his social calendar helped by Louise, his secretary. At noon, John Mathew drove his Jaguar to the station and took a commuter train into Guindy for his weekly lunch with Lalli and Lolly, his two oldest and dearest friends. Then, on to a little shopping. The 4:05 nonstop would bring him back to Tambaram. As John Mathew drove up to the house at 5:00, Basky would have already set up the massage table and warmed the scented oils for a soothing herbal wrap. It was a gruelling life but John seemed to thrive on it. On this Wednesday, however, there was an unexpected change of plans. Today John's shopping errand involved taking his diamond bracelet into the jeweller's for cleaning. He threw the expensive jewel into his purse and proceeded on to lunch.

As John waved his friends good-bye and exited the restaurant, he sensed he was being followed. The feeling continued until he reached Tenth Avenue. Then, as he joined the throng of shoppers, John felt a hug. Within a split-second, a man riding pillion on a bike rode past him, grabbing his purse. He couldn't guess who the culprit was?

G. Match the following.

  1. A man of ease – Emanuel - 4
  2. John's trainer – Lalli and Lolly - 5
  3. Mathew's secretary – John Mathew - 1
  4. John's chef – Louise - 3
  5. Mathew's friends – Basky - 2

H. State whether the given statements are true or false. If false correct the statements.

1. Mathew is a very busy man.

Answer: [true]

2. He woke up very late in the morning.

Answer: [true]

3. He always had lunch with his family.

Answer: [False] He always had lunch with Lalli and Lolly, his two oldest and dearest friends.

4. He exercised with Louise every day.

Answer: [true]

5. He preferred handling mail by himself.

Answer: [true]


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Part - C: Literary Works

1. List of Prose & Supplementary with "Where To Study" in Tamil Nadu Samacheer Kavli School Books:

Important "LIST OF PROSE" for General English Section of TNPSC GROUP 2 & 2A 2022 PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

SI. NO Name of the Prose and Supplementary Name of the Author Where to Study
1 His First Flight Liam O'Flaherty 10th, Unit-1 - Prose
2 The Tempest Tales From Shakespeare 10th, Unit-1 - Supplementary
3 The Last Lesson Alphonse Daudet 10th, Unit-6 - Prose
4 The Little Hero of Holland Mary Mapes Dodge 10th, Unit-6 - Supplementary
5 The Dying Detective Arthur Conan Doyle 10th, Unit-7 - Prose
6 Learning the Game (Book Extract) Sachin Tendulkar 9th, Unit-1 - Prose
7 The Cat and the Painkiller (An Extract from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) Mark Twain 9th, Unit-4 - Supplementary
8 Water – The Elixir of Life Sir C.V.Raman 9th, Unit-5 - Prose
9 The Story of a Grizzly Cub William Temple Hornaday 9th, Unit-5 - Supplementary
10 Sir Isaac Newton Nathaniel Hawthorne 8th, Unit-3 - Prose
11 My Reminiscence Rabindranath Tagore 8th, Unit-4 - Prose
12 The Woman on Platform 8 Ruskin Bond 8th, Unit-1 - Supplementary
13 The Nose Jewel C.Rajagopalachari 8th, Unit-1 - Prose
14 A Birthday Letter Jawaharlal Nehru 9th, Unit-7 - Prose

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