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ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part – A (40 Marks)

                                                                 Reading                                                         (20 Marks)

Read the passage given below. (10)

1.We live in an age of wonders and miracles. It has been called the ‘Age of Science’, and different aspects of our life that have changed in the preceding centuries have been attributed to science. This is completely true, but it is only one side of the coin. The flip side is that as we have advanced more and more, something fundamental to humanity has been left behind. Values such as empathy and concern for our fellow human beings are gradually being eroded due to the onslaught of our ever-evolving lifestyles, aided by the marvels of technological advancement.

2. Take the example of the Internet. On the one hand, access to information and knowledge at the click of a button is a boon to everyone making our lives much simpler. On the other, it has severely limited actual contact with teachers, friends, and elders. Thus, the learning that a person gain is incomplete as he or she cannot easily take the advice that another person can give on the basis of knowledge and practical experience that is at his or her disposal.

3. Today, a small child can access and navigate the Internet with ease that still astounds those from the older generation. But what is even more astounding is the neglect of the basic human traits of friendship, society, relationships, and family values. Owing to all the technological advancements and the gadgets available today, children often miss out on the most enriching of childhood experiences such as playing outdoor games with friends, which apart from being immensely enjoyable and physically exhilarating, also develops traits such as teamwork and discipline from an early age.

4. But now when the concept of friends is gradually being limited to virtual friends, one shudders to think of the implications for the personality development of a child because the time spent with computers or mobile phones for entertainment can never really substitute for the holistic benefits of outdoor play.

5. As for me I think this age of rapid development has created at least as many problems as it has solved. The reason is that the basic goal of life, the pursuit of happiness, has now been replaced by the pursuit of money. Money and happiness are considered analogous in our present society but actually are not so. In this mindless pursuit of money, nobody has time now to appreciate the beauty of life, which consists of a simple act of kindness to someone in a time of need.

6. So there is an urgent need to stop for a moment and think about where we are actually heading- is it development or destruction? Do we have to wait until people have grown so much apart from each other that we cannot see the suffering of our own species due to our mindless greed, or can we still mend our ways?

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.      (1 x 10 = 10)

(i) According to the passage it is like one side of the coin to say that life has changed owing to science as

(a) age of science has brought wonders and miracles.

(b) different aspects of life have changed due to science.

(c) there is another side of the coin to look at.

(d) this side of coin is true and sufficient to look at.

(ii) Choose the option that best captures the central idea of the passage from the given quotes.

 

 (a) Option 1                (b) Option 2              (c) Option 3             (d) Option 4

 (iii) Internet hampers the holistic growth of a child by

(a) encouraging human traits of friendship, society, and family.

(b) enriching childhood experiences of outdoor games.

(c) providing virtual friends and gadgets.

(d) developing teamwork and discipline.

(iv) Which of the following lists the values that humans have lost with advancement?

1.Materialism

2. Kindness

3. Concern

4. Empathy

5. Respect

6. Equality

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 5 and 6

(c) 1,5 and 6

(d) 2,3 and 4

 (v) Which of the values are being lost due to technological advancement?

(a) Kindness

(b) Empathy

 (c) Concern

(d) All of these

(vi) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Understanding Society

 (b) Technological Advancement- The Flip Side

(c) Not All is Good

(d) Is this Development?

 (vii) According to the passage, happiness today has become analogous to

(a) kindness

 (b) selfishness

(c) money

(d) power

(viii) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘navigate’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) You can…………. this site by subject or by alphabet.

(b) Andrew had been his confidante and mentor whose guidance had helped him……….. his role properly.

(c) The improvement of Missouri is far more difficult to……….. than the Mississippi-was begun by Congress in 1832.

(d) She was more comfortable on the ground crawling than trying to …………  the shaking earth on her feet.

(ix) According to the passage the true happiness lies in

(a) simple act of kindness

(b) rapid development

(c) multi- billion dollar skyscrapers

(d) pursuit of money

(x) What does older generation wonder about?

(a) How to access internet and the gadgets.

(b) How can small children easily navigate through internet.

(c) Where have they lost the morals and virtues.

(d) How to inculcate morals and virtues in the younger generations.

(xi) What are the benefits of playing outdoor games as mentioned in the passage?

(a) Enjoyable

(b) Physically exhilarating

(c) Develops traits such as teamwork and discipline

(d) All of the above

(xii) Choose the option that incorrectly states the meaning of ‘analogous’, as used in the passage.

1.To be equal

2. To be similar

3. To be comparable

4. To perform a similar function

5. To be related

6. To be symmetrical

(a) 1 and 2           (b) 3 and 4         (c) 5 and 6           (d) 1 and 5

2. Read the passage given below. (10)

1.If you went only by the number of shopping malls in the country, you would think the brick-and-mortar retail space in India is booming. By the end of this year, India will have more than 87 million square feet of shopping space in its malls. The country already has 570 functional malls, with this number has doubled over the last five years.

2. There is, however, one problem: buyers are no longer doing their shopping at malls. What looked like India’s great retail growth story is turning out to be a tale of empty shopping complexes and stalled projects, with developers giving up midway instead of trying to make these projects profitable. The culprit, data suggests, could be online shopping.

3. A report by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India pegs the growth rate of e-commerce in India at 40-50% in the next five years. Physical stores are the ones bearing the brunt of massive discounts and comfort that e-commerce has brought to the desks and palms of the youngsters who no longer feel it necessary to visit a retail outlet to buy something. According to the report, 80-85% of the space in the new malls is lying vacant. This problem is being faced by mall owners across the board, starting with metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, followed by Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. In each of these cities, mall rentals fell by more than 40% owing to fewer footfalls.

4. At the same time, online shopping grew by over 350% in just one year, the report adds. “Apart from convenience, rising fuel price, security reasons, online discounts and availability with abundance of choices are keeping consumers indoors,” said DS Rawat, Secretary General of ASSOCHAM.

5. Even then, revenues continue to come in for some of the malls. The reason: anchor stores. Anchor stores arc those specialised stores that offer exclusive products generally not available online. Brands like Zara, H&M and even Starbucks are acting as anchor stores for mall owners, who are rushing to sign them, at times with revenue sharing models and larger exclusive spaces.

6. Evidently, the surge of online retail has also forced mall owners to set their priorities straight, as watching movies and dining out remains among the last few things that people cannot get delivered to their doorstep. “The arrival of the mall syndrome has accelerated the growth of cineplexes as multiplexes are the anchor tenants in most of these malls,” Shravan Shroff, managing director, Shringar Cinemas.

Only 17% of Indians are online as of now, a low number compared to other countries. However, these numbers are soon set to swell up exponentially as India hits the mark of 300 million people online before the year ends, leaving mall owners as well as retailers with the mammoth task of luring people away from their computers and phones to physical stores at a time when developers are slowing down on projects.

Historical and projected growth of online retail in India ($ billions)

On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any ten of the following questions. (1 x 10=10)

(i) What does the given passage highlight?

(a) Increasing number of mall in India.

(b) Growth of online retail in India.

(c) Impact of online retail on malls.

(d) The strategies that malls must utilise to increase footfall.

(ii) In the line, “… a tale of empty”, the word “Tale” DOES NOT refer to

(a) a story

(b) a situation

(c) a report

(d) an account

(iii) How does online retail growth affect shopping malls?

 (a) They are empty.

(b) Mall projects are stalled.

(c) No focus on making business profitable.

 (d) Both (a) and (b)

(iv) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the ways in which the e-commerce industry had taken over malls.

1.Discounts

2. Offers

3. Travelling

4. Security

5. Choices

6. Convenience

(a) 1,2 and 3             (b) 4,5 and 6

(c) 1,2 and                (d) All of these

 (v) Lower footfall resulted in

 (a) vacant malls 

(b) fall in mall rentals

(c) shutting down of malls

(d) construction of multiplexes in malls

(vi) Choose the option that lists the statement that is not true according to the given graph.

(a) Between the years 2013 and 2020, online shopping has seen exponential growth.

(b) Online shopping became a part of the Indian shopping market in 2009.

(c) Online shopping saw consistency between 2009-2012.

(d) Online shopping drastically changed the shopping scenario after 2012.

 (vii) What are keeping the buyers inside their houses?

(a) Rising fuel price

(b) Online discounts

(c) Abundance of choices

 (d) All of these

(viii) What are Anchor stores?

(a) Stores that sell customized products.

(b) Stores that provide all kinds of stuff at one place.

(c) Stores that sell a product that is not available online.

 (d) Stores that offer various options of a product.

(ix) What depicts that the growing retail story of India is problematic?

(a) Reduction in footfall.

(b) Dependence on anchor stores.

(c) Malls remaining empty.

(d) Difficulty faced by mall owners in paying rent.

(x) According to the survey, which industry is bound to grow in the next five years?

(a) Cineplexes

(b) Food

(c) E-commerce

(d) Anchor stores

(xi) Apart from metropolitan cities which other cities were studied in the survey?

(a) Itanagar and Pune

(b) Chennai and Mysore

(c) Chandigarh and Jaipur

(d) Ahmedabad and Hyderabad

(xii) What Mammoth tasks will the retailers have to take?

(a) Of luring people into malls.

(b) Of using the mall space efficiently.

(c) Of opening more and more anchor stores.

(d) Of starting up a new business.

                                            Literature Textbooks                                    (10 Marks)

3. Read the extract given below carefully and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

 I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota near the control tower. I went and asked a woman in the control centre where I was and who the other pilot was. I wanted to say ‘Thank you’. She looked at me very strangely, and then laughed. ‘Another aeroplane? Up there in this storm? No other aeroplanes were flying tonight. ‘Yours was the only one I could see on the radar.”

(i) The pilot asked the woman in the control tower about …………….

(a) his friend

(b) other plane and its pilot

(c) weather

(d) breakfast

(ii) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.I was a pilot

2. His plane had malfunctioned while flying.

3. He had entered a storm.

4. He was helped by a black aeroplane.

5. He was very adventurous and courageous.

6. He wanted to learn flying from the other pilot of the black aeroplane..

(a) 1 and 3           (b) 2 and 6         (c) 4 and 5          (d) Only 6

(iii) Why was the narrator shocked after hearing the woman’s word?

 (a) Because she told him that no other plane was flying that night.

(b) Because she told him that his plane was only plane seen on radar.

(c) Because she told him that no plane has landed on the airport.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(iv) What is old Dakota?

(a) A town from where the pilot took off.

(b) A town where the pilot landed.

(c) The name of the plane the pilot had been flying.

(d) The other aeroplane.

 (v) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s(F) and opinion/s (O) given below.

(a) F-1,3 and 0-2,4

(b) F- 2,3 and 0-1,4

(c) F-3,4 and 0-1,2

(d) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

Or

And did you cut down on the sweet things as I told you? “Oh, I did for a bit, but he seemed to be so weak I had to relent. He does love cream cakes and chocolates so, can’t bear to refuse him. I looked down again at the little dog. That was the trouble.

(i) What sweet things are being referred to in the extract?

(a) Cream cakes and chocolates

(b) Biscuits and toffees

(c) Sugar and ice creams

(d) Sweetbreads

 (ii) Why does the speaker enquire if the sweet things have been cut down?

(a) Because these were essential for Tricki.

(b) Because these were spoiling Tricki’s health.

(c) Because these things will be helpful for Tricki’s recovery.

(d) None of the above

(iii) What is the meaning of the phrase ‘cut down’?

(a) To regain the quantity of something.

(b) To reduce the quantity of something.

(c) To increase the quantity of something.

(d) To balance the quantity of something.

(iv) Choose the answer that lists the correct option about the trouble with the dog.

(a) Option 1                (b) Option 2                               (c) Option 3                    (d) Option 4

 (v) What does the given line tell us about Mrs. Pumphrey?

 (a) She was very rich

(b) She pamphered Tricki

(c) She did not like the doctor

(d) Both (a) and (b)

4. Read the extracts given below and answer the following questions. (1 x 5 = 5)

Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.

(i) Of what change does the poet mention here?

 (a) Change of mood

(b) Change of desire

(c) Change of nature

(d) Change of weather

(ii) What changed made the poet feels that the day was rued?

 (a) Fight with roommate

(b) A professional rejection

(c) His illness

(d) Can’t say

(iii) How has the poet mood changed?

(a) From sadness to happiness

 (b) From anger regret

(c) From happiness to sadness

 (d) From anger to tore happiness

 (iv) The word that DOES NO anything about the poet’s mood is

(a) change               (b) saved

(c) heart                   (d) rued

(v) What is the rhyme scheme of the given extract?

(a) aabb            (b) abab             (c) acbc            (d) free verse

Or

 He hears the last voice at night

The patrolling cars and stares with his brilliant eyes

At the brilliant stars.

(i) ‘He’ in the above stanza is …………. 

(a) lion              (b) tiger

(c) bear             (d) hyena

(ii) The word ‘stares’ DOES NOT have a meaning similar to

(a) study

(b) gape

(c) vacant

(d) gaze

 (iii) The tiger’s eyes shine like stars because he is ………….

(a) hopeful

(b) enigmatic

(c) sad

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(iv) Who has composed the above lines?

(a) Robert Frost

(b) Robin Klien

(c) Walt Whitman

(d) Leslie Norris

 (v) Which of the following may not be a purpose of patrolling cars that the animal sees?

(a) To set him free.

(b) To check for any problems.

(c) To make sure all animals are calmly sleeping.

(d) To make sure that the place is clean for the next day.

                                                    Grammar                                                  (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

What we call life is a very complex affair. It is not simply eating, reproducing and finally dying. Every creature (i) …………. these. Man has to lead a highly complicated life. It is like (ii) …………. through a maze and coming out. He is an economic being and a social animal. He has to earn, make a home, look after his people and (iii)………….   to his obligations to the society and the Government. So, in order to be successful he has to develop certain qualities.

(i)(a) is doing               (b) will do                   (c) does                    (d) do

(ii) (a) gone                  (b) going                    (c) went                    (d) making

(iii) (a) attend               (b) attends                 (c) will attend            (d) attending

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Jackie in his children comics for the environment (i) ………….comic strip. He could understand that frogs indicate a healthy ecosystem. He also understood that the environmental pollution prevalent in his time (ii) …………  on them. The next box was something about frog and princess which (iii) ……………  was very irrelevant to the issue.

(i)(a) saw the given                       (b) see the above

(c) had seen the                            (d) have been seeing

(ii) (a) have a lasting                     (b) has been having a lasting affect

(c)has a lasting effect                    (d) is having a lasting effect

(iii) (a) for him                               (b) according to he

(c) to him                                       (d) according to him

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 x 4 = 4)

(i) Water has a moderating effect on temperature,…………. summer and midday heat, and winter and midnight cold.

 (a) diminished

(b) having diminished

 (c) being diminished

 (d) diminishing

(ii) They could easily afford to stay at the best hotels, ………… they preferred to stay at small family-run guesthouses.

(a)as            (b) yet         (c) for           (d) therefore

(iii) The police found…………. counterfeit money as well as guns at the gang’s headquarters.

(a) a large amount of

 (b) several more

(c) only a few

(d) a number of

(iv) While the battle ………….out in the open, the technological capability of the coalition forces …………them to lead.

(a) had been fought, was giving

(b) was fought, would give

(c) was being fought, gave

 (d) would have been fought, will give

(v)  ………….of the area managers is going to report his total sales to head office two weeks.

(a) All, each

(b) Any, all

(c) Every, several

(d) Each, every

(vi) …………. how careful I try to be throughout the month, I always seem to run out of money before I get paid.

(a) Whenever

(b) Even though

(c) No matter

(d) In case

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                               Writing                                           (10 Marks)

8. For the past seven days, you were late for work due to some unavoidable issues at home. Write a letter to your manager explaining the situation, why you were late for work for several days. (100-120 words) (5)

Or

You live in a room in college which you can share with another student. However, there are many problems with this arrangement and you find it very difficult to work. Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college explaining the situation and requesting an earliest redressal. (100-120 words)

9. The bar chart shows the scores of teams A, B and C over four different seasons. Write an analytical paragraph on the given data in about 100-120 words. (5)

Scores by Team per Season

Or

The table illustrates the proportion of monthly household income five European countries spend on food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment. Using the given data, write an analytical paragraph in 100-120 words.

Proportion of Household Income of Five European Countries Spend on Food and Drink, Housing, Clothing and Entertainment

 

                                                Literature Textbooks                                        (30 Marks)

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) How does the boy feel at the loss of his ball? (The Ball Poem)

(ii) Where does Lomov visit in formal clothes? What is the purpose of his visit?

(iii) Why did Valli keep standing in front of the door?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each.            (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) ‘Anil walked away. I followed casually’. Why do you think the narrator followed Anil?

(ii) Why did Griffin go to Iping in the cold season?

(iii) Why the lawyer was sent back to New Mullion? Who went with him?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (3 x 2 =6)

(i) According to the poet, what do ‘fire and ice’ represent? Do you agree with him?

(ii) What tells you that Anne loved her grandmother?

(iii) Describe the magnificent views of the tea estate with reference to the lesson, ‘Tea from Assam’. (Glimpses of India)

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.          (3 x 2=6)

(i) How did Matilda come to know about the reality of the diamond necklace?

(ii) What other interests, besides science, did Richard Ebright pursue? What opinion did Mr. Weiherer, his social studies teacher, have about Ebright?

(iii) Why did Bholi not want to go to school?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

What message does Anne convey through her diary?

Or

Valli posed herself to be very confident when the conductor offered her help to ride the bus. Later on she felt shy when all laughed at her.

What does this tell you about Valli’s character? What do we learn from her character?

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Do you think that over-pampering by Mrs. Pumphrey was the main reason for Tricki’s ailment? Explain.

Or

The hack driver appears to be humble, cooperative, and friendly but as a matter of fact, he is not. Explain this fact in the context of the story ‘The Hack Driver’ that appearances can be deceptive.

Answers

1. (i) (b) different aspects of life have changed due to science.

(ii) (b) Option 2

(iii)(c) providing virtual friends and gadgets

(iv) (d) 2, 3 and 4 Oh)

(v)(d) All of these

(vi) (b) Technological Advancement- The Flip Side

(vii) (c) money

(viii) (a) You can this site by subject or by alphabet.

(ix) (a) simple act of kindness

(x) (b) How can small children easily navigate through internet.

(xi) (d) All of the above

(xii) (c) 5 and 6

2. (i) (c) Impact of online retail on malls.

(ii) (a) a story

(iii)(d) Both (a) and (b)

(iv) (d) All of these

 (v) (b) fall in mall rentals

(vi) (b) Online shopping became a part of the Indian shopping market in 2009.

(vii) (d) All of these

(viii) (c) Stores that sell product that is not available online.

(ix) (b) Dependence on anchor stores.

(x) (c) E-commerce

(xi) (d) Ahmedabad and Hyderabad

(xii) (a) Of luring people into malls.

3. (i) (b) other plane and its pilot

(ii) (b) 2 and 6

(iii) (d) Both (a) and (b)

(iv) (c) The name of the plane the pilot had been flying

 (v) (d) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

Or

(i)(a) Cream cakes and chocolates 

(ii) (b) Because these were spoiling Tricki’s health.

(iii)(b) To reduce the quantity of something.

(iv) (b) Option 2

 (v) (d) Both (a) and (b)

4. (i) (a) Change of mood

 (ii) (d) Can’t say

(iii) (a) From sadness to happiness

 (iv) (c) heart

(v) (b) abab

Or

(i) (b) tiger            (ii) (c) vacant           (iii)(d) Both (a) and (c)            (iv) (d) Leslie Norris

(v) (a) To set him free.

5. (i) (c) does                        (ii) (b) going                                (iii) (a) attend

6. (i) (a) saw the given          (ii) (c) has a lasting effect           (iii) (d) according to him

7. (i) (d) diminishing              (ii) (b) yet                                    (iii) (a) a large amount of

(iv) (c) was being fought, gave         (v) (d) Each, every            (vi) (c) No matter

8. A-197. New deluxe Apartment

Pune

December 14, 20XX

The Manager

POR enterprises

Pune

Subject Reason for getting late

Sir/Madam

I am writing to explain why I was late to the office for the last week. But first I would like to apologize to you for failing to show up at work on time during these past few days.

During the last week, I needed to take my elderly mother to a clinic in the morning as she had suffered a heart attack and needed immediate medical attention. To complicate the situation even further, my elder Ulm had been out of the town for almost the whole last week for some professional training, arranged by his °thee. Therefore, I alone had to take care of all kinds of household works, including cooking and cleaning, at home for my whole family So, as you can see from the explanation above, my whole last week has been very hectic which caused me to arrive late at my work. Rest assured that I will be at work on time from now on

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

Ajeet Chauhan

Or

Hostel Number F

 Dehradun

10 August, 20XX

Accommodation Officer

ABC University

Dehradun

Subject Problems with a roommate

Sir/ Ma’am

My name is Aisha Khurana and I live in room F-202, which is shared with another student. I am writing this letter to notify you of my concerns about my current roommate who is making my stay in the college hostel difficult. I am having unavoidable and unmanageable problems due to her activities and those are impacting my study badly.

My previous housemate was rational, extremely cooperative, and inclined to study. However, my present roommate is the complete opposite. She is always throwing parties in the room without any prior information. She also plays loud music in the late hours. She is two years senior to me and I cannot protest her irrational behaviours due to which my studies are being hampered.

My semester final is approaching and I would like you to shift either me or my roommate to another room I do not mind the room type as long as it is quiet and favourable for studies.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

Aisha Khurana

9.                                                    Expertise of Team B

The given bar chart shows the scores of three teams, A, B, and C. in four consecutive seasons. It is evident from the chart that team B scored far higher than the other two teams over the seasons, though their score decreased as a whole over the period.

In 2002, the score of team B far exceeded that of the other two teams, standing at 82 points compared to only 10 for team C and 5 for team A Over the next two years, the points for team B decreased, dropping to 43 by 2004, but they still remained above the points for the other teams.

However, though team A and C’s points were lower, they were rising. Team A’s points had increased by 600% from 2002 to reach 35 points by 2004, nearly equal to team B. Team C, meanwhile, had managed only a small increase over this time. In the final year, team B remained ahead of the others as their points increased again to 55, while team A and C saw their point scores reverse and drop to 8 and 5, respectively.

Or

Dependence on Fast food

The table shows the amount of household income that five countries in Europe spend per month on foul items Overall, it is evident that all five countries spend the majority of their income on food and drink and housing, but much less on clothing and entertainment.

Housing is the largest expenditure item for France, Germany, and the UK, with all of them spending around one-third of their income on this, at 31%, 33%, and 37%, respectively. In contrast. they spend around a quarter on food and drink. However, this pattern is reversed for Turkey and Spain, who spend around a fifth of their income on housing, but approximately one-third on food and drink.

All five countries spend much less on the remaining two items For clothing, France and Spain spend less than 10%, while the other three countries spend around the same amount, ranging between 11% and 15%. At 19%, Germany spends the most on entertainment, whereas UK and Turkey spend approximately half this amount, with France and Spain’s spending between those other three countries.

10. (a) (i) The boy was very much troubled at the loss of his ball His ball falls into the water. He was very upset as he had a long association with the ball which cannot be brought with a new ball.

(ii) Lomov goes to the house of Chubukov in a formal dress. The purpose of his visit is to ask for the hand of Chubukov’s daughter Natelya in marriage.

(iii) Valli keeps standing in front of the door as there were no playmates of her age on the street. So, she used to keep on watching the street outside her house.

(b) (i) The narrator followed And as his purpose of robbing Anil had not been served. He followed Anil to gain his trust and look for an opportunity that may help him give shape to his plans.

(ii) Griffin wanted to work on his scientific discoveries, besides this, he was a lawless person. He wanted a place where no one could disturb him. So, he go to (ping in the cold season.

(iii) The lawyer was sent back to New Mullion to serve a summons on Lutkins. He had failed in his mission earlier. This time another man who had worked with Oliver Lutkins was also sent with him.

11. (a) (i) According to the poet ‘fire’ represents ‘desire’ and ‘ice’ represents ‘hatred’. I agree with the poet as both have the capability of destroying life. Desire like fire spreads and hatred fills one’s whole life with poison ultimately leading to death and destruction.

 (ii) Anne’s statement that no one could understand her intensity of love for her grandma tells that she loved her grandmother a lot. Moreover, the touching gesture of lighting one candle for her grandmother during Anne’s birthday is also a touching reminder of her love for her grandmother.

(iii) In the 16th century, tea came to Europe and was drunk more as a medicine than as a beverage. Assam has the largest concentration of tea plantations in the world. There are large groups of women with bamboo baskets on their backs. They pluck the newly sprouted tea leaves from the plants and store them in the baskets.

(b) (i) After many years, one day Matilda met Madame Forestier, who was surprised to see the change in Matilda. Matilda told her that it was all due to her necklace. Then Madame Forestier told Matilda that her necklace was false and cheap. That is how Matilda came to know the reality of the diamond necklace.

(ii) Other than science, Richard Ebright was interested in collecting rocks, coins, and fossils and was also interested in star-grazing and astronomy. He was also a good debater, canoeist, and expert photographer. Mr. Weiherer felt that Richard not only was interested in his experiments but also kept his mind open for other things and put in that extra effort to attain success.

(iii) Bholi did not want to go to school because she did not know anything about school. She became frightened as their old cow, Lakshmi had been brought out of the house and sold away. She did not wish to go to school but her father forced her and took her to school.

12. Anne’s diary presents a remarkable description of the last two years in the life of a thirteen-year-old girl. This diary was a birthday present to her wherein she confided her innermost feelings The diary became her confidant. She expressed her heart and revealed her inner self through the diary to find the comfort and support that she needed in the saddest moments of her life.

Through her diary Anne points to the fact that all of us have to pass through various stages of transition during our life cycle. At every stage, we need companions to confide with whether in the form of parents, siblings, relatives, friends, soul-mates, or colleagues. But most of us being introverted and shy by nature might prefer to choose a diary as a safe and trustworthy companion. She also seems to express the desire for parents and elders to be more accomodating, friendly, and liberal especially with teenagers so that they can be nurtured well.

Or

Valli posed to be very confident in front of the conductor when he offered her help to ride the bus. This shows her confidence, intelligence, and careful nature. But when everybody laughed at her, she felt shy. This shows that even though she was confident, she was innocent too. Being aware of the fact that she was travelling for the first time, she was taking every precaution not to be fooled by anybody.

Although she should not have travelled alone yet it was wise on her part to behave confidently. Sometimes, situations arise when a child has to travel or live alone. In such a situation, it is necessary for children to get training in order to be self-confident. She teaches us to be confident, compassionate, and sympathetic towards others.

13. Undoubtedly, over-pampering by Mrs. Pumphrey was the main reason behind Tricki’s ailment. She fed him thrice a day or even more with fatty foods such as chocolates, cream cakes, etc. All this over-feeding made Tricki inactive, fat, unhealthy, and listless. He indulged in no physical activity at all. Whenever he became slow, he was given more to eat. This led to his serious ailment.

 In our attempt to show our love, we sometimes tend to cause more harm than good. The same thing happened with Mrs. Pumphrey. She had a great fondness for the dog and hence overfed him. She forgot that excess of everything is bad and made him sick by overfeeding him. If she had not overfed Tricki, he would have been a healthy and active pet. In addition, he would not have been hospitalized. Thus, it is because of over-pampering by Mrs. Pumphrey that Tricki was suffering from a serious ailment.

Or

Appearances are not always true, they can be deceptive. At times a person on the first meeting appears to be friendly, cooperative, and understanding but as time unfolds a different story is revealed. In the story ‘The Hack Driver’, when the lawyer comes to the city for the first time he is very happy to meet the hack driver, in fact, the hack driver himself is Oliver Lutkins. The hack driver seemed to be single countrymen ready to help the lawyer. The hack driver showed affectionate behaviour. He left a favourable impression on the narrator’s mind. But very soon lawyer was able to realize that the hack driver himself was Oliver Lutkins. It is so foolish to find that a wise person like a lawyer is be fooled by simple countrymen.

 

 

 

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 SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                 Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part-A (40 Marks)

                                                                  Reading                                            (20 Marks)

1.Read the passage given below. (10)

1.In life, we sometimes have disagreements with people. When this happens, the important thing is to try not to let a calm discussion turn into a heated argument. But of course, this is easier said than done.

2. The way you begin the conversation is very important. Imagine you are a student sharing a flat with another student who you think isn’t doing her share of housework. If you say, ‘Look, you never do your share of the housework’, the discussion will very soon turn into an argument. It’s much more constructive to say something like, ‘I think we’d better have another look about how we divide up the house “

3. If you’re the person who is wrong, just admit This is the easiest and best way to avoid an argument just apologize and move on. The other person will have more respect for you in the future if you do that.

4. Don’t exaggerate. Try not to say things like ‘You always come home late when my mother comes to dinner’ when perhaps this has only happened twice. This will just make the other person think you’re being unreasonable, and will probably make him or her stop listening to your arguments.

5. Sometimes we just can’t avoid a discussion turning into an argument. But if you do start arguing with someone, it is important to keep things under control.

6. Don’t raise your voice. Raising your voice will just make the other person lose their temper too. If you find yourself raising your voice stop for a moment and take a deep breath. If you can talk calmly and quietly, you’ll find your partner will be more ready to think about what you are saying.

7. It is also very important to stick to the point. Try to keep to the topic you are talking about. Don’t bring up old arguments, or try to bring in other issues. Just concentrate on solving one problem, and leave the other things for another time.

8. If necessary call ‘Time out’. If you think that an argument is getting out of control, then you must say, ‘Listen, I’d rather talk about this tomorrow when we’ve both calmed down. You can then continue the discussion the next day when both of you are less tense and angry. That way there is much more chance that you will be able to reach an agreement. You’ll also probably find that the problem is much easier to solve.

9. Some people think that arguing is always bad. This is not true. Conflict is a normal part of life, and dealing with conflict is an important part of any relationship. If you don’t learn to argue properly, then when a real problem comes along, you won’t be prepared to face it together. Think of the smaller arguments as training sessions. Learn how to argue cleanly and fairly. It will help your relationship become stronger and last longer.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.      (1 x 10 = 10)     

(i) What is easy to suggest but quite difficult to do?

(a) To have disagreements with people.

 (b) Not to let a peaceful discussion change into a heated argument.

(c) Never raise your voice

(d) To have heated argument with friends.

(ii) Which of the following steps should one follow to stop arguing, according to the passage?

1.Keeping calm

2. Leaving the room

3. Stop talking

4. Don’t raise your voice

5. Stick to your point

6. Time out

(a) 1,2 and 3          (b) 4,5 and 6         (c) 1,3 and 5          (d) 2,4 and 6

(iii) In case we are wrong what should we do to avoid argument?

 (a) Be silent

(b) Exaggerate

(c) Respect

 (d) Apologize

 (iv) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) How Not to Argue?

(b) Discussion Vs Argument

(c) Stopping an Argument

(d) How to Control Arguments?

(v) What happens if a complaint is exaggerated?

(a) The other person thinks you are unreasonable

(b) The other person think that you are overbearing

(c) The other person finds you stupid

(d) The other person stops paying any attention to you

(vi) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘agreement’ as used in the passage, to fill in the blank space.

(a) This………. was proposed to the General Assembly in 1870.

(b) Dean was beginning to have serious………. about the trip.

(c) It is a willing ……….  to a set of values and procedures and a standard of conduct.

(d) In discussing nutrition, there is often …………..  on the nature of the problems.

 (vii) Which activities can help to keep arguments under control?

(a) Learning to remain calm

(b) Learning to apologize

(c) Taking a break from the argument

(d) All of these

 (viii) How does ‘Time Out help’ in argument?

(a) Both people in the argument become calm

(b) One can easily come to an agreement

 (c) Argument is easily solved

(d) All of these

(ix) The second paragraph suggests that

(a) we must share our workload

(b) how we start a discussion is very important

 (c) our words can hurt people

 (d) we must use words that do not presuppose an argument

 (x) What must one do while arguing?

 (a) Bring other topics into the argument

(b) Raise your voice

(c) Stop exaggerating

(d) Blaming one another

(xi) We can strengthen relationships by…………. 

(a) learning to argue clearly

(b) learning to remain calm

(c) learning to argue fairly

(d) learning to avoid arguments

(xii) Choose the option that correctly states the meanings of ‘exaggerate, as used in the passage.

1.To make it large

2.To underestimate it

3. To overvalue it

4. To overestimate it

5. To undermine it

6. To understand it as important

(a) 1,3 and 6             (b) 2 and 4            (c) 2 and 5          (d) 3,4 and 6

2. Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Data released by India’s food quality regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) earlier, shows that nearly 25% of samples of edible goods it tested this year were found to be adulterated or in violation of prescribed standards.

2. The samples included milk and dairy products, spices, cereals as well as branded food products. A total of 85,729 samples were sent, so far. FSSAI carried out the testing following a spike in complaints from consumers over quality and adulteration, said an agency official.

3. According to the data, 20,390 samples of the 85,729 sent to the agency were found to be non-conforming to prescribed standards. While agency officials maintain that Food Safety Officers in each state regularly test samples to check for compliance and also take recourse in cases of violations according to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, experts claim that poor enforcement on the ground and a lack of awareness plague the process.

4. Consumer activist Bijon Mishra said the lengthy legal procedure involved in penalizing violators provides an opportunity to the accused to keep doing business. “Law enforcement is very poor. It takes years to finalize a case and by that time, sellers keep on making profits. Moreover, people are also not aware. Hardly anybody complains about adulteration,” he added.

5. Umesh Sharma, an advocate, said enforcement of rules is very poor on the ground. “The issue is directly related to public health and the government should take serious initiatives to implement food safety rules,” he said. Data from the agency shows an abysmal conviction rate.

6. In 2017, the Law Commission had issued a set of recommendations regarding the issue. The panel had recommended that IPC Sections 272 (dealing with adulteration of food and drinks) and 273 (dealing with the sale of noxious food and drinks) be amended to make adulteration a serious crime. It was also recommended that depending on the gravity of the offence, punishment can include life imprisonment and the minimum sentence should be six months’ jail term.

7. The panel, headed by former Supreme Court judge BS Chauhan, also wanted amendments to Section 357 of the Criminal Procedure Code so that courts can older compensation for victims.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.     (1 x 10 = 10)      

(i) What did the data revealed by FSSAI show?

(a) Branded food contains cancer-causing adulterants

(b) Food items consumed violate the food quality standards

(c) With food adulteration, food quality checks have increased

(d) Food adulteration has grown exponentially over the years

(ii) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the punishments set for offenders.

1.Life imprisonment

2. Fine

3. Sentence of 6 months

4. Death sentences

5. Public shaming

(a) 1,2 and 3          (b) 1,4 and 5       (c) 1,3 and 4          (d)2,3 and 5

(iii) What was the reason behind the survey?

(a) The increasing number of complaints regarding quality and adulteration

(b) Increasing mortality rate

 (c) For consumer awareness

 (d) Increasing malnutrition

(iv) Which amendments were added to regulate the quality of food in India?

(a) IPC 271

(b) IPC 272

(c) 1PC 273

(d) Both (b) and (c)

(v) What do the experts claim regarding the data?

(a) Quality of food is as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006

(b) The poor enforcement on the ground and a lack of awareness results in adulteration

(c) The procedure of penalization is very lengthy

 (d) The officials are corrupted to the core allowing the penalized to escape

(vi)  ………… allows the penalized to continue their business.

(a) Poor law enforcement

(b) Higher connections

 (c) Lengthy process

(d) The scope of the business

(vii) What does Umesh Sharma suggest?

(a) Revision of the acts making them stricter

 (b) Strict initiatives to implement food safety rules

(c) Involving a third party for solving the issue

(d) To apply strict action against the violators

(viii) Which of the following recommendations were made by the law commission regarding the issue?

(a) Adulteration became a serious crime

(b) Depending on the gravity of the offence, punishment can include life imprisonment

(c) Minimum sentence should be six months’ jail term

(d) All of the above

 (ix) The panel head also called for

(a) checking of the food safety officers

(b) video data of all safety tests

(c) compensation for the victims

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(x) Which food items became the sample of the survey?

(a) Milk and milk products

(b) Spices

 (c) Cereals

(d) All of these

(xi) The agency officials claim that

(a) there is a reduction in the number

(b) they are regularly test samples to check for compliance

(c) take recourse in cases of violations

(d) Both (b) and (c)

(xii) Which of the following DO NOT define adulteration?

(a) Added food coloring to food items.

 (b) Using chemicals in food.

(c) Making food items that are not organic.

(d) Using unnatural ways to enhance the quality of food.

                                              Literature Textbooks                                        (10 Marks)

3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

I wrote the three pages Mr. Keesing had assigned me and was satisfied. I argued that talking is a student’s trait and that I would do my best to keep it under control, but that I would never be able to cure myself of the habit since my mother talked as much as I did.

(i) Mr. Keesing asked Anne to write…………. 

(a) an essay on herself

(b) an essay on chatterbox

(c) an essay on her friend

(d) an essay on her family

(ii) Anne argued that …………

(a) talking was a necessary trait for any student.

(b) sleeping was a necessary trait for any student.

(c) cleaning was a necessary trait for any student.

(d) thinking was a necessary trait for any student.

(iii) Who was Mr Keesing?

(a) Anne’s relative

 (b) Anne’s teacher

(c) Anne’s counsellor

(d) Anne’s principal

(iv) Choose the option that lists the set of sentences that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.Anne Frank was very talkative.

2. She was punished for her talkative nature.

3. She had inherited that trait from her mother.

4. Mr, Keesing was satisfied with her essay.

5. Anne was punished thrice.

6. She was failed by Mr, Keesing.

(a) Only 6              (b) 1 and 2

(c) 3 and 4            (d) Only 5

 (v) Pick the option that correctly classifies facts (F) and opinion/s (O) of the students below.

 (a) F- 1,2 and 0-3,4             (b) F-3,4 and 0-1,2

(c) All are facts                     (d) All are opinions

Or

As I moved off, Mrs. Pumphrey, with a despairing cry, threw an armful of the little coats through the window. I looked in the mirror before I turned the corner of the drive; everybody was in tears.

(i)Where was the speaker going?

 (a) To the hospital

(b) To the church 

(c) To the cemetery

(d) To attend a meeting

(ii) Why was everybody in tears?

(a)Because the speaker will never return.

 (b) Because the speaker was ill.

(c) Because Tricki was being hospitalized.

 (d) Because Tricki will never return.

(iii)Who was Mrs. Pumphrey in the above lines?

(a) Tricki’s owner

(b) Speaker’s friend

(c)Tricki’s helper

(d)Speaker’s relative

(iv)Why was Tricki sent to the hospital?

 (a) Because Tricki refused to eat anything.

(b) Because Mrs. Pumphrey was worried about Tricki’s health.

(c) Because Tricki had bouts of vomiting.

(d) All of the above

(v) The extract uses the phrase ‘with a despairing cry. Which of the following expressions is incorrect with respect to the word ‘despairing’?

(a) Option 1

 (b) Option 2

(c) Option 3

(d) Option 4

4. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

Belinda embraced him, Mustard licked him,

No one mourned for his pirate victim.

Ink and Blink in glee did gyrate

Around the dragon that ate the pirate.

(i) Which of the following is NOT true, according to the passage?

(a) Belinda loved her pets.

(b) The Dragon was a coward.

(c) Ink and Blink are brothers.

(d) Everyone was happy.

(ii) Why did Belinda embrace her pet?

(a) Because he saved everyone’s life 

(b) Because of his nature

(c) Because of his behaviour

(d) Because he was different from other pets.

 (iii) Whom did the dragon ate?

(a) Belinda’s friend

(b) Belinda’s relative

 (c) Pirate

 (d) None of

 (iv) The rhyme scheme of the given lines is

(a) Abaab

(b) Abcb

(c) abed

(d) Aabb

(v) Which of the following words indicates the happiness felt by everyone?

(a) Embraced

(b) Glee

(c) Licked

(d) Mourned

Or

Don’t eat that chocolate Amanda!

Remember your acne, Amanda!

Will you please look at me when

I’m speaking to you, Amanda!

(i) Why is Amanda not looking at the speaker?

(a) Because she is lost in her thoughts.

(b) Because she is not paying attention to the speaker.

(c) Because she is not paying attention to the instructions.

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(ii) The speaker is so worried about acne. What does it show?

(a) This shows importance is given to physical beauty

(b) This shows her concern towards Amanda.

(c) This shows Amanda’s carelessness.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(iii) Which word in the extract means the same as to gaze’?

(a) To admire

(b) To look

(c) To beautify

(d) To show concern

(iv) Why is Amanda getting scolded in the above extract?

(a) Due to having chocolates

(b) Due to her behaviour

(c) As she is not paying attention to the speaker

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(v) Who is the speaker in the above lines? 

(a) Amanda’s mother

(b) Amanda’s sister

 (c) Amanda’s teacher

(d) Amanda’s grandmother

                                                             Grammar                                                       (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

In the last hundred years, travelling (i) …………much easier and very comfortable. In the 19th century, it (ii)………… two or three days to cross North America by a covered wagon. The trip (iii) ………… very rough and often dangerous. Things changed a great deal in the last hundred and fifty years. Now you can fly from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of hours.

(i)(a) has become            (b) became          (c) becomes           (d) will become

(ii) (a) took                       (b) takes              (c) take                   (d) will take

(iii) (a) is                          (b)was                  (c) has been            (d) would

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Himani was sitting with her mother when her father entered. He (i) ………..a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. Beside her, her mother was delighted to see them. Before Himani could say anything, her father happily (ii)………..  that he got both of them for his best girls. Suddenly, Himani (iii)………. She whispered to her mother that dad had broken something and was trying to hide it.

(i)(a) was carrying            (b) had                     

(c) came along with          (d) has been carrying

(ii) (a) exclaimed              (b) asked them         

(c) told them                     (d) said

(iii) (a) reminded of           (b) remembered something     

(c) got a hint                     (d) had a remembrance

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 x 4 = 4)

(i) According to the schedule, the teachers have to come together……….. other week to discuss the problems of their students.

(a) any

(b) some

(c) each

(d) every

(ii) Children have difficulty……….. numbers………… two until the age of three or four.

(a) in grasping, as many as

(b) to grasp, as big as

(c) grasping, greater than

(d) having grasped, fewer

(iii) Although the scientific community had hoped that the field of transplantation ……….. the shortage of organ donors has curtailed research.

(a) has progressed

(b) would progress

(c) must have progressed

(d) is progressing

(iv) In some ways, we know little more about the planets than …………..  the ancients who worshipped them.

(a) had done

(b) have done

(c) did

(d) would do

(v) A lot of people want to become surgeons, but make the grade.

(a) few

(b) not much

(c) very little

(d) any

(vi) While the parades for the opening of Parliament were being rehearsed, the President a sobering message for his countrymen.

(a) prepared

(b) has prepared

(c) was preparing

(d) is preparing

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Writing                                           (10 Marks)

8. You have recently had ear surgery and are on a rest period. Some construction work had started by your neighbour while you were away. The noise from the work is loud and it disturbs you. You had tried to tell them to postpone the work for some time but to no avail. Write to the housing president regarding the situation. You are Akshat/Akshara. (100-120 words). (5)

Or

You were supposed to go on an interview in a few weeks, but you have since found out you cannot go on the date arranged. Write a letter to the potential employer explaining your situation and why you cannot go on the date arranged. (100-120 words).

9. The chart shows Indian students traveling to a foreign destinations for further studies to selected destinations between 2014 and 2017. Write an analytical paragraph on the given data in about 100-120 words. (5)

British Emigration of Selected Destinations 2014-2017

Or

The graph below shows how people buy music. Analyze the given data and write an analytical paragraph in 100-120 words.

Percentage of total music by methods

                                                                    Literature Textbooks                            (30 Marks)     

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

 (i) How is the wildlife of coorg?

(ii) What could Amanda do if she were a mermaid?

 (iii) What does courage mean to Mandela?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

 (i) Why did Hari Singh approach Anil?

(ii) What did the Griffin do inside the store?

(iii) Why did Bholi refuse to marry Bishamber at last?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (3 x 2 = 6)

 (i) What does Anne Frank tell about her family in her diary?

(ii) What did the Buddha do after he had attained enlightenment? Why?

(iii) Write the message given by the poet of the poem ‘Fire and Ice’.

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.                     (3 x 2 = 6)

(i) What was Loisel’s reaction to his wife’s desire for a new dress?

 (ii) How did the author feel upon reaching the town of New Mullion to serve summons? Who befriended him there?

(iii) What was Tricki’s ailment? How did it worry Mrs. Pumphrey?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

The narrator knew that he could not fly up due to storm and lack of fuel but still, he continued”. What do you gather about the narrator from the above lines?

Or

 ‘The Hundred Dresses-II’ gives out what a man should be. Wanda by her behaviour towards Peggy and Maddie shows her exalted character as is seen in her letter. How far would you agree with her and justify such a behaviour in all persons as essential?

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

“She suffered incessantly, feeling herself born for all delicacies and luxuries. She suffered from the poverty of her apartment, the shabby walls and the worn chairs. All these things tortured and angered her.”

It was Mme Loisel’s disposition invites her doom. Comment.

Or

“Money can’t make a man as much as education can” Elaborate the line with reference to ‘The thief’s story.

Answers

1. (i) (b) Not to let a peaceful discussion change into a heated argument.

(ii) (b) 4,5 and 6

(iii)(d) Apologise

(iv) (d) How to Control Arguments?

(v)(a) The other person thinks you are unreasonable

(vi) (c) It is a willing   to a set of values and procedures and a standard of conduct.

(vii) (d) All of these

(viii) (d) All of these

 (ix) (b) how we start a discussion is very important

(x) (c) Stop exaggerating

(xi) (d) learning to avoid arguments

(xii) (c) 2 and 5

2. (i) (b) Food items consumed violate the food quality standards

(ii) (a) 1,2 and 3

(iii)(a) The increasing number of complaints regarding quality and adulteration

(iv) (d) Both (b) and (c)

(v)(b) The poor enforcement on the ground and a lack of awareness results in adulteration

(vi) (c) Lengthy process

(vii) (b) Strict initiatives to implement food safety rules

(viii) (d) All of the above

(ix) (d) Both (a) and (c)

(x) (d) All of these

(xi) (d) Both (b) and (c)

(xii) (c) Making food items that are not organic.

3. (i) (b) an essay on chatterbox

(ii) (a) talking was a necessary trait for any student

(iii)(b) Anne’s teacher                                       

(iv) (a) Only 6

(v) (d) All are opinions

Or

(i)(a) To the hospital                (ii) (c) Because Trick, was being hospitalized

(iii) (a) Tricki’s owner               (iv) (d) All of the above

 (v) (d) Option 4

4. (i) (c) Ink and Blink are brothers. (ii) (a) Because he saved everyone’s life

(iii) (c) Pirate                                                    (iv) (d) Aabb

(v) (d) Mourned

Or

(i)(d) Both (a) and (c)         (ii) (a) This shows importance is given to physical beauty.

(iii) (b) To look                     (iv)(d) Both (a) and (c)

(v) (a) Amanda’s mother

5. (i) (b) became                              (ii)(a) took                                   (iii) (b) was

6. (i) (a) was carrying                     (ii)(c) told them                           

(iii) (b) remembered something

7. (i) (d) every               (ii) (c) grasping, greater than   (iii)(b) would progress

(iv) (d) would do           (v)(c) very little                          (vi) (c) was preparing

8. B-35, Anna Complex

Kerala

March 23, 20XX

The Housing President

Anna Complex

Kerala

Subject Problems with the neighbour

Sir/Madam

I am Akshat from B-35 of the housing complex. I am writing this letter to inform you about the uncomfortable, and sometimes unbearable, noise which keeps coming from the ongoing construction work at my neighbour’s house.

In other situations, the construction work would have not been as much an issue problem. But this time, my situation is such that it cannot be ignored. I had recently had ear surgery which required me to take a rest and be away from the noise. While being aware of this, the neighbors started their construction work which is very loud and is hampering my recovery. I had tried to tell them to postpone their construction till my recovery time but they refuse to compromise.

Therefore. I would like to request you to interfere in the matter and ask them to postpone the construction work till 15th April so that I can recover properly.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

 Akshat

Or

C-109, Amba Apartments

Vasant Vihar

Delhi

24 October, 20XX

The Human Resource Manager

MNC enterprises

Delhi

Subject Inability to come for the interview on the date arranged

Sir/ Ma’am

l am writing to request you to reschedule my interview at a later date. I need to go to Australia during the first week of November to attend some emergency office work which unfortunately contradicts my earlier schedule to meet you in a formal interview for the position of assistant manager in your company. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this.

I am supposed to meet you to further discuss my candidacy for the position of assistant manager in your reputed organization after 9th November. However, I was assigned a new project recently and my current employer expects me to visit our Australian office during the first week of November. Considering the situation, I am hoping that you would agree to meet me at your convenient time. I will be ready to meet you any day and any time after 9th November if it suits you.

My sincere apologies for the request but I can assure you that I am really looking forward to meeting you in a formal interview as planned. I consider your company as one of the best places to work in and I hope that I would be able to prove my worth once hired.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

Rohan Khanna

9.                                              Emigration of Indian Students

Brain drain is not a new concept. Every year during the times of admissions. thousands of students Ise4 the country to pursue higher education in foreign nationalities. The bar chart shows the number of Indian students who emigrated to five destinations over the period 2014 to 2017. It is evident from the chart that throughout the period, the most popular place to move to was Australia.

Emigration to Australia stood at just over 40.000 people in 2014, which was approximately 6.000 higher than for Spain, and twice as high as the other three countries. Apart from a jump to around 52.000 in 2016. it remained around this level throughout the period The next most popular country to move to was Spain, though its popularity declined over the time frame to finish at below 30,000 in 2017 Despite This the figure was still higher than for the remaining three countries. Approximately 20.000 people emigrated to New Zealand each year, while the USA fluctuated between 20-25,000 people over the period.

Although the number of visitors to France spiked to nearly 35,000 in 2015, it was the country that was the least popular to emigrate to at the end of the period, at just under 20.000 people The number however still remains in thousands

Or

Trends in Buying Music

In this busy and crowded world, music has become an agency for us to be happy and relaxed. Its importance is very well depicted by the new music and new applications for music streaming being introduced every day. The given graph illustrates the trends in music buying habits between 2011 and 2018.

The data presents three different methods of buying music: streaming downloading and buying CDs. Overall, both downloads and physical sales of music have steadily declined The latter has slumped since 2011. while the downturn for the former began in 2014 However, there has been a sharp rise in people streaming music since 2013. In 2011, the majority of music sales were of CDs, at 55% of all sales. In contrast, streaming was not common at all Also, although people had started to download music, it only represented 35% of sales. As sales of CDs began to fall, the era of downloads began Downloading soon overtook physical sales in mid-2013. During the same period. with newer technology streaming doubled to 10% and started to grow more dramatically.

10. (a) Coorg has bountiful and vaned wildlife. It has fish like Mahseer, birds like kingfisher, and animals like Malabar squirrel, macaque, slender loris, and elephant.

(ii) If Amanda were a mermaid, then she would drift slowly on a languid emerald sea. She would be the sole inhabitant of the relaxed green sea and would move slowly on it.

(iii) Mandela says that courage is not the absence of fear but it is the triumph over fear The brave man is not the one who does not feel afraid. But, he is the one who conquers that fear.

(b)(i) Had Singh was a thief who did not have much luck recently. He approached Anil with the intention of robbing him as he seemed to be an easy-going and simple man

(ii) Inside the story Griffin opened boxes and wrappers and dressed in warm clothes. He ate and drank to his heart’s content. In the end, he laid down on the pile of quilts to sleep.

(iii) In the end, Bholi refused to marry Bishamber because he was greedy and mean. She refused to allow him to garland her and told him that he was an unworthy person.

11. (a) (i) Anne Frank tells that she has a very lovely and caring family. Her parents and her elder sister love her a lot. There are about thirty people nearby her whom she can call her friends. She has loving aunts and a good home but she wants to have a true friend with whom she can share feelings and thoughts.

(ii) The Buddha attained enlightenment after meditating for seven days under a big tree. As he got wisdom under that tree, he called it the Bodhi Tree. He decided to share his understandings and preachings with people so that he can make them free from their sorrows.

(iii) The message that the poet is trying to give is that nothing in this world is eternal The poet first concludes that the world must end in fire after considering his personal experience with desire and passion, the emotions of fire. But at the same time ice or hatred can also bring total destruction to this world. We should thus, not forget this supreme reality and keep ourselves away from all selfish matters.

 (b) (i) The Loisels had been invited to a party at the Minister’s residence. When Matilda told her husband that she wanted a new dress to wear, first of all he asked her to wear whatever she possessed. When she got angry and refused to go to the party at all, he finally agreed to let her buy a new dress.

(ii) The author was rejoicing at the prospect of being sent to New Mullion, which he expected to be a sweet simple village. But he was disappointed to find the streets covered with mud and lined with pale-colored shops. He met a red-faced cheerful man hack driver or Oliver Lutkins who befriended him.

(iii) Mrs. Pumphrey gave tricky little extra between meals i.e., malt, cod-liver oil, etc. He was not given any physical exercise. This was the reason for Tricki’s ailment. It made Mrs. Pumphrey so much worried that she had to call the veterinary surgeon, Dr. Herriot for his treatment.

12. The narrator of the chapter ‘The Black Aeroplane’ was stuck in a situation wherein even though his plane did not have enough fuel, he did not lose hope. He knew that he could not fly up nor he could fly around the clouds due to the paucity of fuel. Yet he decided to take a risk and entered his plane into the clouds because he wanted to visit his family at breakfast. This shows him to be a courageous and family-loving person. Even though he knew that it was risky to enter the cloud, he did so to save his fuel. However, his decision could have landed him in deep trouble if the pilot of the strange black aeroplane had not helped him to safety. Further, the pilot comes out as a grateful person. He goes to the women at the control tower specifically to thank the person who helped him out of a difficult situation.

Or

Wanda Petronski’s letter highlights the greatness that every man should try to achieve. Her letter gives us a view of her nature as simple. loving, caring, and friendly human being. She gifts her drawings to Peggy and Maddie though they tease her a lot. It shows how amiable she would have been. Such an act as displayed by Wanda requires a lot of courage and patience.

Not every person can do that. Instead, people would definitely hate their bullies and would display their dislike but Wanda shows polite and peaceful traits of her character. By answering in a polite and friendly manner, Wanda displays to be a humble person.

In our society, it is very difficult to find such a character but such traits are a must to be a good human being. Here, in our society, people tease others with indifferent behaviours and remarks, which is not a sign of good culture. We all should try to have or acquire such traits in our character so that everyone could praise us and we can live peacefully.

13. It is truly said that it was because of Mme Loisel herself who invited her doom. Mme Loisel belongs to a family of clerks. Her existence is quite average. They live on meager income, enough for basic needs, but not to fulfill her aspirations. She gets married to a clerk and is so caught up with her dreams of wealth and pleasure that she is out of touch with the truths of her real life.

In order to keep up appearances just to flatter her pride, she blows up four hundred francs on a gorgeous dress. Still not contented, she goes on borrowing a necklace from her friend. And, all of this is just to impress the wealthy and the rich with her beauty and glamour even if on loan. No doubt, her pride is flattered and her wish of fine dining, expensive dresses, and jewels satisfied but at a great price. Unfortunately, the necklace was lost and the couple had to give up their entire inheritance and borrow as well to replace it. Repayment of the debt took away the next ten years of their youth. They live poor. All the household chores and cares of a life of poverty visit them. Hence, her disposition invites her doom.

Or

‘Money cannot make a man as much as education can’ holds absolutely true. However, one focuses more on money as it can buy all the luxuries and needs of life. Yet it is not enough to buy knowledge, civilized thinking, skills, and abilities. Education allows one to keep up with the fast-moving world and lays the platform for all to work upon one’s goals.

The above lines hold true in the story ‘The thief’s story’ wherein a thief pretends to be Had Singh to rob a kind and an honest fellow Anil. Anil, who is a struggling writer slowly starts educating Han Singh while the latter is waiting for the right opportunity to rob Anil. After stealing the money, Hari plans to go away forever but cannot as he desires a life of respect which he could get if he stays under Anil. He prioritizes being literate over a certain amount of money. Thus, it is evident through the story that education can help us achieve our goals.

 

 

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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time 3 hrs                                                                            Max. Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part -A (40 Marks)

                                                                       Reading                                              (20 Marks)

1.Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Like Bunny and me, perhaps you too are beginning to think twice before having people over for lunch or dinner. Soaring food prices of everything from tomatoes to tapioca, from potatoes to pumpkins, are part of the problem, but only part.

2. The real problem is diets. Many, if not most, of the people you know, gender and age no bar, are on some sort of diet. To further complicate matters, everyone’s on a different diet from everyone else. In middle-class India, everyone is becoming health-conscious, diets are the latest fad, and going on a special designer diet is even more fashionable than snapping selfies with your latest model customized iPhone.

3. There’s one diet, called the Atkins diet, in which people will eat only proteins (meat, fish, eggs) and veggies, but no cereals or carbs, as carbohydrates are referred to in diatese, the special language in which dieters speak to each other. 

4. Then there are people who’ll eat all carbs, but won’t eat wheat because wheat has gluten in it. There are diehard non-vegetarians who become vegetarian on Tuesday or during certain phases of the moon. There are vegans who are not only pure vegetarian but won’t eat any animal products, like cheese or paneer, though food cooked in ‘ash ghee’ is presumably exempt.

5. There’s even something called the paleo diet or caveman’s diet, in which you are only allowed to eat what our prehistoric ancestors ate before they invented agriculture. So, paleo will eat only meat (one Woolly Mammoth Butter Masala coming up), and berries, and other stuff that grows in the wild.

6. The keto diet is the latest low-carb craze to hit the active scene. In truth, it’s been around for a while-decades, in fact, and has been used in the treatment of children with epilepsy-but the term is now finding mainstream health following. On the plus side, it offers fast weight loss, and on the minus side……. well, according to Australian nutritionist Susie Burrel, there really isn’t much on the minus side.

7. The keto (short for ketogenic) diet works when your body produces ketones from broken-down fats in the liver for energy, rather than relying on insulin to convert carbohydrates. The body enters a state of ketosis-in layman’s terms, using fat rather than sugar for energy.

8. Will diets spell the doom of the shared dinner table? Not at all. There’s one form of diet, popularised by the likes of Anna Hazare, that’ll solve the problem. It’s a special diet called ‘fasting’, so-called because the fast is exactly that: it’s so fast it’s over almost as soon as it’s begun. The fast feast will provide the perfect social evening, guaranteed to reduce both food bills and waistlines. And, best of all, friends can get together without worries that one day diet will do us apart.

On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any ten of the following questions.    (1x 10 = 10)

(i) According to the passage, why do we need to think twice before inviting someone for dinner?

(a) Soaring prices

(b) Lack of time

(c) Different diets of everyone

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(ii) For what reason are people attracted towards different diets?

(a) They are becoming fashionable.

(b) They are becoming health conscious.

(c) They come under peer pressure.

(d) They want to become thin.

 (iii) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘diehard’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) He never held office again, but he was…………. in support of the causes which he had at heart.

(b) You don’t have to be a………… video game fan to buy a Game Boy.

(c) Digital scrapbook supplies are………… for scrapbooking with your computer.

(d) Despite this being such an electronically driven age, it should come as no surprise that some old habits………..  

(iv) Why do people avoid wheat?

(a) They are allergic to it

(b) It contains an amount of carbohydrates

(c) It contains gluten

(d) It is not a protein

 (v) Which of the following lists the tone and mood of the author in the given passage?

1.Serious

2. Humorous

3. Defending

4. Sarcastic

5. Cautious

6. Loveable

(a) 1 and 6           (b) 2 and 5           (c) 3 and 4            (d) 2 and 4

 (vi) How was the Keto-diet used earlier?

(a) For the treatment of obesity-related problems.

 (b) For the treatment of children with epilepsy.

(c) For weight loss.

(d) For treatment of diabetics

 (vii) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) The Differing Diets

(b) What’s your Diet?

 (c) Perfect Meal for a Get-Together

(d) Food Tantrums!

(viii) What type of diet does the passage suggest?

(a) Fasting              (b) Keto

(c) Paleo                 (d) Atkins

(ix) What is diabetes?

(a) A special diet and the words associated with it

(b) A language used by dieticians

(c) A language used by dieters

(d) A language talking of a special diet

(x) How does keto-diet work?

(a) It reduces the storage of fat.

(b) It do not rely on insulin for conversion of carbohydrates.

(c) It uses fat instead of sugar for energy.

(d) Both (b) and (c)

(xi) What do people generally avoid in Atkins diet?

(a) Carbohydrates                  (b) Proteins

(c) Vegetables                         (d) Wheat

(xii) Choose the option that incorrectly states the meaning of ‘conscious’, as used in the passage.

1.To be careful

2. To be aware

3. To be knowledgeable

4. To have experience

5. To have ethics

6. To be alarmed

(a) 1,2 and 3         (b) 4,5 and 6          (c) 1,3 and 5            (d) 2,4 and 6

2. Read the passage given below. (10)

1. According to the majority of Americans, women are every bit as capable of being good political leaders as men. The same can be said of their ability to dominate the corporate boardroom. And according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders.

2. So why, then, are women in short supply at the top of government and business in the United States? According to the public, it’s not that they lack toughness, management chops or proper skill sets. It’s also not all about work-life balance. While previous survey findings have shown that career interruptions related to motherhood may make it harder for women to advance in their careers, relatively few adults in the new survey point to this as a key barrier.

3. When it comes to characteristics that apply specifically to political and business leadership, most Americans don’t distinguish between men and women. But among those who do draw distinctions, women are perceived to have a clear advantage over men in some key areas.

4. Many adults (34%) think that female politician are better at working out compromises than their male counterparts. Only 9% say men are better. Women are perceived to have an edge over men when it comes to being honest and ethical (34% say women are better at this; 3% say men are better at it). They also have a somewhat narrower advantage over men when it comes to working to improve the quality of life and standing up for what they believe in despite political pressure.

5. Just as in the political realm, the public does not see major differences between men and women on key business leadership qualities. Where they do see gaps, women have a clear advantage over men on honesty and ethics, providing fair pay and benefits, and offering mentorship to young employees.

6. The pipeline for female leaders seems to be widening. Women have made significant gains in educational attainment in recent decades, better positioning themselves not only for career success but also for leadership positions.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.            (1x 10 = 10)

(i) What does the majority of Americans accept?

(a) Women suffer partiality into positions.

(b) Women have been unable to get to the top position because of society

(c) Women are much more capable of handling top positions.

(d) Men do not justify their positions.

(ii) Which characteristics of women make them leaders equivalent to men?

(a) Proper skills sets

(b) Compassion and organization

(d) All of these

(c) Managerial power

(iii) In the line “… as capable of being”, the capability DOES NOT include

(a) Political leadership

(b) Boardroom positions

(c) Training and mentorship

(d) Speed and quantity

(iv) With respect to the characteristics that are needed for political and business leadership, females

(a) are at a lower position to men

(b) are at a higher position

(c) are on equal footing

 (d) can’t be compared to men

(v) The passage clearly DOES NOT indicate that

(a) many women don’t have time to take other jobs because of family responsibilities.

(b) American people are against-female leaders.

(c) women have made many education attainments in previous years.

(d) motherhood is not a key barrier for women to advance in their careers.

 (vi) What does the passage tell us about female politicians?

(a) They have a higher ability at working out compromises.

(b) They are more honest and ethical.

(c) They have higher standards.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(vii) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the thing at which women have an advantage;

1.Pressures

2. Honesty

3. Ethics

4. Management

5. Leadership

6. Improvement

(a) 1,2 and 3

 (b) 4,5 and 6

 (c) 1,2 and 4

(d) All of these

 (viii) In which fields do the women have an advantage over men?

(a) Honesty and ethics

(b) Providing fair pay and benefits

 (c) Offering mentorship to young employees

 (d) All of these

(ix) What did the previous surveys state regarding women?

(a) Women have to leave their careers for motherhood.

(b) Women have to face double standards.

 (c) Women have to twice as hard to prove themselves.

(d) Women are not as educated for the top positions.

(x) Where do the people see gaps between men and women?

 (a) In how women are more suited to top positions over men.

(b) In how women are harassed to prove herself.

 (c) In how men are more suited to top-level positions.

(d) In how both stand on equal footing.

(xi) What was the result of the comparisons drawn in the survey research?

(a) Many old people believe that women can’t become good mangers.

(b) Most males think that women are not tough enough to handle higher positions.

(c) Most companies are hesitant to hire women at top positions.

 (d) Women have key advantages over men.

(xii) What does the author mean by ‘The pipeline for female leaders seems to be widening’?

(a) More and more women are taking leadership roles.

(b) Opportunities for women have grown significantly.

(c) With awareness, women are getting educated.

(d) Women have the power to control society.

                                                          Literature Textbooks                                      (10 Marks)

3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

It was only when 1 began to learn that my boyhood freedom was an illusion when I discovered as a young man that my freedom had already been taken from me, that I began to hunger for it. At first, as a student, I wanted freedom only for myself, the transitory freedoms of being able to stay out at night, read what I pleased and go where I chose.

 Later, as a young man in Johannesburg, I yearned for the basic and honourable freedoms of achieving my potential, of earning my keep, of marrying and having a family – the freedom not to be obstructed in a lawful life.

(i) ‘I’ here refers to ………….

(a) Oliver Tambos                 (b) Yusuf Dadoos

(c) Bram Fischers                  (d) Nelson Mandela

(ii) Why was freedom an illusion for him?

 (a) Because he was born in an apartheid country.

(b) Because he was not free to educate himself.

(c) Because he was not free to many and have a family.

(d) All of the above

(iii) From where did his hunger for freedom begin?

(a) Childhood                  (b) Adolescence

(c) Adulthood                 (d) Old age

 (iv) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.I was the first President of South Africa.

2. I fought for the freedom of his community.

3. I supported the supremacy of one race over the other.

4. The concept of freedom changed with age for ‘I’.

5. As a young man, I wanted to get married.

6. I was a very meek personality.

(a) 3 and 4                 (b) 1 and 2             (c) 5 and 6            (d) 3 and 6

 (v) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s(F) and opinion/s (O) given below.

 (a) F-1 and 0-2,3,4           (b) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

(c) F-2,3 and 0-1,4            (d) F- 1,3 and 0-2,4

Or

Brilliant scientist though he was, Griffin was rather a lawless person. His landlord disliked him and tried to eject him. In revenge, Griffin set fire to the house. To get away without being seen he had to remove his clothes. Thus, it was that he became a homeless wanderer, without clothes, without money, and quite invisible – until he happened to step in some mud and left footprints as he walked!

(i) How can you say that Griffin was a brilliant scientist?

(a) As he carried on various experiments.

(b) As his experiments were used for common people.

(c) As he carried on various experiments to prove that the human body could become invisible.

(d) All of the above

(ii) How did he reach to the position of invisibility?

(a) He swallowed certain drugs.

(b) As a mistake during one of his experiments.

(c) He drank chemicals.

(d) None of these

(iii) Choose the answer that lists the correct option about Griffin’s discovery

(a) Option 1                 (b) Option 2                      (c) Option 3                  (d) Option 4

 (iv) Griffin was disliked by ………….

(a) his Landlord                     (b) Mr Hall

 (c) Constable Jaffers            (d) Clergymen

(v) Why was he wandering on the streets?

(a) Because he had set fire to his landlord’s house.

(b) Because he was shifting to another place.

(c) Because he was poor.

(d) Because he was travelling.

4. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions. (1x 5=5)

I would not intrude on him,

A dime, another ball, is worthless.

Now He sense first responsibility

In a world of possessions.

(i) Who does not want to intrude on him?

(a) The poet                        (b) The boy

 (c) Boy’s friend                 (d) Boy’s mother

 (ii)The loss of the ball teaches the boy ……………..

(a) Sense of responsibility

(b) To be carefree

 (c) To be materialistic

(d) None of these

(iii)A world of possessions means………….  

(a) World of deception

(b) World of fantasy

(c) World of materialism

 (d) World of reality

 (iv)Which word in the above extract is an antonym of ‘abandoning’?

(a) Worthless            (b) Responsibility 

(c) Possessions          (d)Intrude

(v)What does ‘dime’ represent here?

(a) Money                         (b) Moral lesson

(c) Another ball                (d) Loss

Or

He should be lurking in shadow,

Sliding through long grass,

Near the water hole,

Where plump deer pass.

(i)The fact that he is ‘lurking in shadow’ tells us that he is

(a) in the cage

(b) free

(c) in his natural habitat

(d) hungry

(ii)In the given lines, the tiger is near the water hole because

(a) he is thirsty

(b) he is hiding

(c) he is resting

(d) he is waiting for his prey

(iii)The stanza in the context of the poem, presents

(a) the nature of tigers

 (b) a contrast between tigers in zoo’s and natural habitats.

(c) the strength and weaknesses of a tiger.

(d) the importance of every animal.

(iv)The word in the passage that does not indicate the movement is

(a) lurking                   (b) sliding

(c) pass                        (d) plump

(v)Which poetic device is used in the last line of the given extract?

 (a) Personification

(b) Alliteration

(c) Metaphor

(d) Repetition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grammar                                       (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

Information technology (i) ………….  the way we access information. Since its introduction in the 1980s, the internet has become cheap and commonplace. Some people (ii)………..   this as an opportunity to deal with problems like unemployment. They (iii)………….   that the government should provide free internet access to people looking for a job. I do not agree with this point of view for several reasons.

(i)(a) had changed       (b) has changed           (c) changes                  (d) will change

(ii) (a) saw                   (b) will see                   (c) had seen                 (d) saw

(iii) (a) argue               (b) argued                    (c) will argue               (d) are arguing

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Mr. Swami’s secretary told him that Mr. Rangarajan was on the line. He (i)………… if he had received the fax. Swami told his secretary that he did not know anything about it and asked him to check the fax machine. (ii) …………  the secretary informed Swami that there was fax which says that he had not replied to the e-mail sent to him last week. There was a request to reply (iii) …………. 

(i)(a) wants to knew          (b) wanted to know         

(c) wants to know              (d) wanting to knew

(ii) (a) As he checked        (b) After he checks            

(c) Because he check       (d) As he was checking

(iii) (a) as early                  (b) very soon                      

(c) at the earliest               (d) in the early time

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 x 4 = 4)

(i) As the tree was too high to climb, the mischievous boys …………their ball down only by throwing sticks at it.

(a) would have knocked

(b) were able to knock

(c) will have to knock

(d) may have knocked

 (ii) The truth is, I’m not…………. pleased with Mike’s grades this year.

(a) a little

 (b) a lot

(c) at least

(d) at all

(iii) I’m ready to do anything, I can do to help you……….. your hardship.

(a) overcome

(b) overcoming

(c) to have overcome

(d) having overcome

(iv) She keeps saying that she has got ……….  patience with kids, but forgets that she didn’t have ………..before she gave birth to her own kids.

(a) too many, any

(b) such, none

(c) enough, as much

(d) so, some

(v) My mother is making a steady recovery from flu and……….. hospital by next week.

 (a) should be able to leave

(b) is leaving

(c) has left

(d) will have left

(vi) Frost occurs in valleys and on low grounds……….. on adjacent hills.

(a) more frequently than

 (b) as frequent as

(c) too frequent

(d) frequently enough

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                   Writing                                                                    (10 Marks)

8. You are Raashi, a resident of Noida. You are a subscriber of a monthly magazine named Femina. Lately you have not been receiving the copies of the magazine. Write a letter to the circulation Manager, Femina explaining the situation regarding the non-receipt of copies in about 100-120 words. (5)

Or

You eat at your college cafeteria at lunch time every day. However, recently you saw the condition of it which made you think that it needs some improvements. Write a letter to the college authority explaining the situation in about 100-120 words.

9. The following pie-chart shows the kinds of book categories preferred by students of age group 7-12 years. Using the data provided, complete the paragraph. (5)

Or

The chart given below shows the value of one country’s exports in various categories during 2015 and 2016. The table shows the percentage change in each category or exports in 2016 compared with 2015.

                                                                 Literature Textbooks                                                      (30 Marks)

  1. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) How did the young seagull’s mother trick him into taking his first flight?

(ii) What does Buddha tell Kisa Gotami to do?

 (iii) What do ‘Fire’ and ‘Ice’ stand for?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each.                (2 x 2 = 4)       

(i) Why Matilda did not want to see her rich friends?

(ii) Who was Richard A. Weiherer? How did he help Richard Ebright?

(iii) What suggestions were given by Dr Herriot to Mrs Pumphrey at the initial stage?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (3 x 2 = 6)

(i) Give a brief description of Maddie.

(ii) How do Coorg’s location and natural features add to the diversity of India?

(iii) Explain the qualities of the post office employees. (Letter to God)

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.       (3×2=6)

(i) Why was Matilda always unhappy?

(ii) Bholi found a ray of hope in her teacher. Justify.

(iii) Why do you think that Lutkin’s neighbours were anxious to meet the lawyer?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Man is a social animal. He has some obligations to society. Nelson Mandela says In life, every man has twin obligations.” What twin obligations does Mandela mention? How can one fulfill these obligations?

Or

It is a common observance that more attention is paid to unimportant issues at the cost of important ones. The play ‘The Proposal’ beautifully portrays this fact. Suggest some steps how we can avoid this unhealthy practice.

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Give a brief character sketch of Anil highlighting his qualities. (The Thief’s Story)

Or

How did Richard Ebrights’ not winning anything at his first fair act as motivation?

Answers

1. (i) (d) Both (a) and (c)

(ii) (a) They are becoming fashionable.

(iii)(b) You don’t have to be a video game fan to buy a Game Boy.

(iv) (c) It contains gluten

(v)(d) 2 and 4

(vi) (b) For the treatment of children with epilepsy.

(vii) (c) Perfect Meal for Get-Together

(viii) (a) Fasting

(ix) (c) A language used by dieters

(x) (d) Both (b) and (c)

(xi) (a) Carbohydrates

(xii) (a) 1,2 and 3

2. (i) (c) Women are much more capable of handling top positions.

 (ii) (b) Compassion and organisation

(iii)(d) Speed and quantity

(iv) (c) are on equal footing

(v)(b) American people are against-female leaders.

(vi)(d) Both (a) and (b)

(vii) (d) All of these

(viii) (d) All of these

 (ix) (a) Women have to leave their careers for motherhood.

(x) (a) In how women are more suited to top positions over men.

(xi) (d) Women have key advantages over men.

(xii) (a) More and more women are taking leadership roles.

3. (i) (d) Nelson Mandela

(ii) (d) All of the above

(iii)(c) Adulthood

(iv) (d) 3 and 6

(v) (b) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

Or

(i)(c) As he carried on various experiments to prove that human body could become invisible.

(ii) (a) He swallowed certain drugs

(iii)(b) Option 2 (Invisible)

 (iv) (a) his Landlord

 (v) (a) Because he had set fire to his landlord’s house.

4.(i) (a) The poet

(ii)(a) Sense of responsibility

(iii)(c) World of materialism

(iv)(c) Possessions

(v) (a) Money

Or

(i)(c) in his natural habitat

(ii) (d) he is waiting for his prey

(iii)(b) a contrast between tigers in zoo’s and natural habitat.

(iv) (d) plump

(v) (b) Alliteration

5. (i) (b) has changed                    (ii) (d) saw                      (iii) (a) argue

6. (i) (b) wanted to know               (ii) (a) As he checked     (iii) (c) at the earliest

7. (i) (b) were able to knock                         (ii)(d) at all

(iii) (a) overcome                                         (iv) (c) enough, as much

(v) (d) will have left                                      (vi) (a) more frequently than

8. B-143

Shivalik Street

Noida

April 14, 20XX

The Circulation Manager

 Femina Magazine

14/5 Supertech Enclave

Noida

Subject Not receiving the copies of Femina Magazine

Sir/Madam

I am a subscriber of the monthly Femina Magazine with the subscription number 102XXXXX. I am writing this letter to inform you that I have not been receiving the copies of the magazine for the past 3 months. The last copy that I had received was issued on 12th January, 20XX.

Initially, the copies were not delivered on time but now it is not being delivered at all. Regarding this issue. I had a word with the delivery boy and he told me that there was an issue from the circulation department’s end.

I had also contacted your helpline number but the issue had not yet being fixed. I would appreciate if you could look into the issue and make sure that I get the copies on time. Looking forward to your speedy action.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

Raashi

Or

186, Dharma Hostel

Dehradun

10 August. 20XX

College authorities

Imperial College

Dehradun

Subject The condition of the cafeteria

Sir/ Ma’am

I am writing in connection with our college cafeteria whose condition seems to be very bad. The cafeteria itself is modern, spacious, and attractive. The newly painted murals of the seaside give the seating area an open, airy, outdoor feeling which makes it very pleasant to eat meals there.

However, it is not very well-maintained. The corners of the cafeteria are covered with dirt and dust and the tables are not properly cleaned. Apart from maintenance. there is a very limited selection of food items available Not only is the selection provided unhealthily, but also not filling, which comes as a massive problem for hostel students like myself. Further, since this is a student cafeteria, prices need to be low. We have unfortunately seen too much price hikes in the last two years.

I am sure if we offer a wider range of foods, at better prices, the cafeteria will continue to run profitably as more students choose to eat there.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

Sharen Garg

9.                                                          Books and Students

In the modern technological world, we all accept the fact that more and more students are getting dependent on e-books. Although, the medium of books have changed, the kind of books liked by children does not seem to change drastically. They still love their comic books with a limited number of themes.

The given data clearly depicts that students between the age of 7-12 still prefer superhero based comic books. Just like the earlier times when the super hero comic books of Marvel and DC were loved. 30 % of the students today are more inclined to it. Funny books are also preferred by a significant number of students followed by novels prescribed by the school with 25% and 15 % students spending time reading them. Apart from them, short story books and mythology based comic books are also equally loved by students.

While there are many options that are emerging daily for reading, children still stick to their favorite visual books with certain heroic or comic themes for entertainment.

Or

Country Exports Data in 2015-2016

The bar chart and table give information about a country’s export earnings from five groups of products in 2015 and 2016. It is noticeable that export revenues one of the five product categories increased over the period. While petroleum products were the highest-earning exports in both years, the textile industry saw the most significant growth in earnings.

 Export earnings from petroleum products rose from around $61 billion in 2015 to $63 billion in 2016. Income from engineered goods reached a similar level. The country’s export earnings from these goods went up to approximately $62 billion in 2016.

From 2015 to 2016, there was an increase in export revenue from textiles, with earnings rising from roughly $25 billion to over $30 billion. By contrast, there was almost no change in the amount of money earned from agricultural products, which remained at just over $30 billion. Finally, the only decline in income, occurred in the gems and jewellery product group, where export earnings fell by from about $ 43 billion to approximately $40 billion in 2016.

10. (a) (i) To make the young seagull fly, his mother trick him. She flew very near to him with a fish in her beak. The young seagull who was extremely hungry jumped forward to catch the fish from his mother’s mouth. He was falling but suddenly his wings stretched and he found himself flying.

(ii) When Kisa Gotami went to Buddha to ask for medicine, he told her to get a handful of mustard seeds which must be taken from a house where no one has lost a child, husband, parent or friend.

(iii) In the poem, ‘Fire’ is associated with greed, cruelty, and lust. whereas ‘Ice’ is associated with rigidity, hatred, coldness, and indifference.

(b) (i) Matilda did not want to see her rich friends because she suffered from an inferiority complex. She was married to a simple clerk, whereas her friends were rich and prosperous.

(ii) Richard A Weiherer was Richard Ebright’s Social Studies teacher and adviser to the debating and Model United Nations Club. He helped Ebright by opening his mind to new ideas. He encouraged him and boosted his research.

(iii) Dr. Herriot suggested Mrs. Pumphrey to cut down on the sweet things and not to give extra food to Tricki. He also suggested her to give him more exercises and keep him on a very strict diet.

11. (a) (i) Maddie was a poor girl who usually wore somebody’s hand-me-down clothes. Although she did not like Peggy making fun of Wanda, she did not say anything as she was afraid that Peggy would start making fun of her too. Peggy’s friendship was important to her as Peggy was the most liked girl in the school. Maddie was not really a cruel girl, she only lacked courage.

(ii) Coorg’s location and natural features add to the diversity of India as it is beautifully located and described as a piece of heaven that must have drifted from the kingdom of God It has rolling hillsides with a pollution-free river and forests teeming with wildlife. Further, it has coffee and spice plantations, quite different from the rest of India.

(iii) The post office employees represented the people who believed in helping others. They were kind and helpful. They cooperated with each other and contributed to their best of their capability just to keep Lencho’s faith in God. They had love, concern, compassion, and empathy for Lencho.

(b) (i) Matilda was always unhappy because she had been born into a simple family of clerks and married also to a clerk. Thus ,her desires to be rich or distinguished or of becoming known were never fulfilled which caused her to be unhappy

(ii) Bholi’s family had always neglected her. They ignored her and made fun of her all the time. It was her teacher who gave her importance and boosted her confidence. She not only comforted her but also treated her with affection to bring hope to Bholi. Thus, her teacher became a ray of hope for Bholi.

(iii) Lutkins took the lawyer all across the New Mullion in search of Lutkins himself. He successfully fooled the lawyer. During this process of deception, almost all the people in the town got to see the lawyer. His neighbours were the only people in town who had missed seeing the lawyer Thus, lutkins neighbours wanted to meet him.

12. Man is a social animal and has some social obligations to society. Nelson Mandela understood the importance of being social. Mandela talks about twin obligations to his family, to his parents, to his wife and children. This is the first and the most important obligation that every man has to fulfill in his life. Another obligation is to his people, to his community and to his nation.

He emphasises that in civil society, each one of us should fulfill these obligations. It is the responsibility of the government to provide an atmosphere where a person can fulfill these obligations But in a country like South Africa, it was not possible to fulfill these obligations because of discrimination It was an era of oppression and torture for the black Africans in their own country. They were not allowed even the basic freedom of living a dignified life.

Or

In the play, ‘The Proposal’ both Natalya and Lomov are found draging up small matters and wasting their time arguing on who is correct. Lomov who had visited Natalya’s home to propose her to marriage forgot about the important issue and argued with her on unimportant issues. This marriage proposal, which was priority for him, became unimportant as they start arguing again and again.

In such a scenario, it is best to first set our priorities right. One must ignore the unimportant issues and not pay too much attention on trivialities. It will not only save our time and energy but will lead to success in life. If Lomov and Natalya would have focused on the priority i.e. the marriage proposal, the disruption created due to small irrelevant issues could have been avoided.

13. Mil was a young man of 25 years. He was an easy-going, kind and simple man. He was a writer and wrote books as well as contributed to magazines. His income was not regular. He did not give any importance to materialism. He was an extravagant man, who would spend money lavishly on his friends.

He was sympathetic towards Hari Singh and did not throw him out of his house when he could not cook well. He trusted a stranger and gave him the keys. He was a nice person as he gave Hari Singh a chance to improve He did not say anything to Hari Singh on knowing about his guilt, rather gave him a fifty rupee note with a promise to give him regularly.

Or

Richard Ebright from a very young age showed deep curiosity in butterflies and insects. He had collected many species of butterflies found in his hometown. However, the real motivation for him to become a scientist came when he was in seventh grade. In the country science fair he had entered with a project. His project was slides of frog tissues that he showed under a microscope. In this fair, he failed miserably as he did not get anything while all others had won something. It was then. Ebright got to know what real science was He realized that while he had taken slides of tissues all other participants had tried real experiments This motivated him to look forward towards new ideas and suggestions from Dr. Urquhart.

From then, he moved forward in his continuous research and experimentations that lead to his success He not only won honours and prizes locally but also excelled internationally. Thus, one can say that his not winning anything at his first fair acted as motivation.

 

 

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 SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

 

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                       Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

                                                            Part-A (40 Marks)                                                               

1. Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Children today live in a world where smartphones are ubiquitous. For them, access In smartphones is natural and they are eager to have their own. There are many discussions about the ideal age for children to have their first smartphone. Obviously, every child is different and so are their circumstances. However, experts agree on the need for children to be mature and understand the scope of what they have in their hands. Children must be able to understand the dangers of sharing too many details of their life and personal data on the Internet.

2. They have to be aware that information published online remains publicly available and can be easily found. Last but not the least, they need to understand that following good manners matters: in other words, what in the online world is known as ‘netiquette’ is important. Experts usually agree on the fact that children may have reached the point of maturity necessary to have their own smartphone around 11-12 years.

3. Nonetheless, mobiles will require parental supervision for many reasons: to protect children, to teach them how to properly use smartphones, to avoid possible problems and finally to take responsibility for its eventual misuse.

When looking at some statistics, we discovered from a recent study that 56% of children between 10 and 13 years have a smartphone, but most surprising is that 25% of children between 2 and 5 years also have one. Do kids need to have a smartphone at such a young age?

4. In contrast, according to another survey. 25% of parents believe that a child under 12 years must have a basic phone, 54% think that having a mobile phone is suitable for children between 13 and 15 years and 66% believe that children under 16 should not have a smartphone.

5. Among the advantages parents find in mobile phones for kids is that they can call their parents in case of emergency. Many parents give their children a very basic feature phone when they begin to walk home from school alone. But children ask their parents for a smartphone because their classmates already have one. But smartphones are not for socializing purposes only.

6. Children can learn a lot through their mobile, especially because, as parents, we teach them to take advantage of mobile educational opportunities. The age at which kids should have their own smartphone can be a difficult decision for parents, but you have to measure the advantages and disadvantages in each particular case.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.      (1 x 10 = 10)     

(i) Why is access to mobile phone natural for today’s youth?

(a) Because smartphones are fashionable.

(b) Because education is completely online.

 (c) Because everything they need is given to them in the smartphone.

(d) Because they need to keep pace with the world.

(ii) Choose the option that best captures the central idea of the passage.


(a) Option 1                         (b) Option 2                    (c) Option 3                           (d) Option 4
 

 (iii) Children having smartphone must be aware that

(a) they must maintain manners.

(b) they need to be mature.

 (c) their public information is publically available all the time.

 (d) their personal information is at risk.

(iv) What is netiquette?

(a) Manners to be maintained while using smartphones.

(b) Manners to be maintained while using the internet.

(c) New mannerism emerging with newer technology.

(d) The ways in which one must use social media sites.

(v) Which of the following lists the prerequisites to owning a smartphone?

1.Popularity

2. Maturity

3. Awareness of dangers

4. Social media presence

5. Knowledge of scope

6. Respect for elders

(a) 1,3 and 5             (b) 2,3 and 5             (c) 1,4 and 6                 (d) 2,4 and 6

 (vi) What does older generation wonder about?

(a) How to access the Internet and the gadgets.

(b) How can small children easily navigate through the internet.

(c) Where have they lost the morals and virtues.

(d) How to inculcate morals and virtues in the younger generations.

 (vii) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Need of Smartphones

(b) Smartphones a Necessary Evil

(c) What is the Perfect Age for Children to Own Smartphones?

(d) Is Smartphones Degrading our Lives?

(viii) What are the benefits of having mobile phones as mentioned in the passage?

(a) Socialising

(b) Educational opportunities

(c) Emergency calling

(d) All of these

(ix) What is the necessity of parental supervision on smartphones?

(a) To protect children

(b) To teach children how to properly use smartphones

(c) To take responsibility of any misuse

 (d) All of the above

(x) According to the passage, what is the perfect age of giving smartphones to children?

(a) 12 years

(b) 13-15 years

(c) 16 years

 (d) Can’t say

(xi) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘supervision’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) The state is held by state superintendent, who is elected for a term of four years.

(b) Successive editions of this work were produced under its author’s in 1740, 1748, 1758 and 1766.

(c) The postal and telegraph services are by the national government.

(d) Here he filled the post of editor till his death and had the power to   all works issued from the Caxton Press.

(xii) Choose the option that incorrectly states the meaning of ‘scope’, as used in the passage.

(1) Opportunity or possibility

(2) The extent of the area

(3) Assess or investigate

 (4) Features and functions

(5) Freedom

(6) Width

 (a) 2 and 6

(b) 1 and 5

 (c) 3 and 4

(d) 1 and 3

2. Read the passage given below. (10)

1. A new survey by the Ministry of Health has found distressingly high levels of malnutrition among Indian children and adolescents. Only 6.4% of children surveyed under the age of 2 had received a minimum acceptable diet. One in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 was stunted, which means that they were at a low height for their age. One in four adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 was thin for their age.

2. Conducted between 2016 and 2018, the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey collected data on the nutritional status of a representative sample of 1.1 lakh children and adolescents from the ages of 0 to 19 years from 29 states and Delhi.

3. The study measures the nutritional status of children in three age groups: 0-4, 5-9 and 10-19 using different techniques. For children under two years of age, the parameter measured was “minimum acceptable diet”, a WHO standard that is a composite of two indicators: Dietary diversity or whether the child ate foods from four of seven food groups in the past day and Meal frequency or how often the child was fed in a day. While for adolescents, Body Mass Index was used.

4. Correlating both sets of data, it found better nutritional outcomes among those consuming non-vegetarian diets. More significantly, there is a strong correlation between the consumption of eggs and better nutritional status in most states, particularly among younger children.

5. These findings are significant in light of the debate over whether eggs should be served in lunches in government schools and Anganwadis. Several studies have shown consumption of eggs turns children healthier. Children whose mothers Were vegetarian were more likely to be stunted than children whose mothers consumed eggs or meat, in all three age groups.

6. It must be noted, however, that there are several other factors at play in determining rates of stunting, including the child’s area or residence, sanitation practices, the mother’s education, and the wealth of the child’s family.

7. Taken together, malnutrition appears highly correlated with lack of consumption of eggs and meat across age groups. There are several anomalies, as would be expected, given that this is state-level data and nutrition and dietary habits vary from district to district, these merit closer study.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions. (1 x 10 = 10)

(i) What does the given passage highlight?

(a) Stunting in India

(b) Malnutrition amongst children and adolescents

(c) The need of inclusion of eggs

(d) Benefits of eggs

(ii) What did the study show?

(a) Only 6.4% children under 2 years received proper diet.

(b) One out of five children aged 5-9 had low height.

 (c) One out of four adolescents were thin.

(d) All of the above

 (iii) The survey was called

(a) Nutritional survey by the Ministry of Health

(b) Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey

(c) minimum acceptable diet

(d) nutritional status

(iv) The survey divides children into…………. categories.

(a) four

(b) two

(c) three

(d) five

(v) Choose the option that lists the correct answers for the following.

1.Taran is a young boy of 4 who loves to eat eggs but his mother hates eggs and any kind of meat.

2. Karim is Taran’s neighbour who hates eggs, but his entire family would eat eggs anytime of the day.

(a) Taran and Karam have higher risks of stunting.

(b) Taran has higher risk of stunting while Karim has a lower risk.

(c) Both Taran and Karan are not at any risk of stunting.

(d) Karim has higher risk of stunting than Taran.

(vi) What is dietary diversity?

(a) A WHO standard composite of two indicators.

(b) A chart of whether the child ate foods from four of seven food groups in the past day

(c) How often the child was fed in a day.

(d) The amount of food items that a child needs to take for proper growth.

(vii) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the factors that affect stunting.

1.Diet

2. Sanitation

3. Residence

4. Education

5. Financial status

6. Meal frequency

(a) 1 and 2                (b) 3 and 6

(c) 4 and 5                 (d) All of these

 (viii) What is the significance of the debate?

 (a) It highlights the needs to introduce eggs in school meals.

(b) It highlights the need to eat eggs.

(c) It highlights that eggs make children healthier.

(d) All of the above

(ix) According to the passage, what are the anomalies of the study?

(a) It is state-level data.

(b) Nutrition and dietary habits vary from district to district.

(c) Data is limited to poor states.

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(x) The minimum accepted diet comprises of

(a) Dietary diversity

(b) Meal frequency

(c) Body Mass Index

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(xi) Who showed better nutritional outcomes?

(a) Non-vegetarians

(b) Vegetarians

(c) Eggitarians

(d) Both (a) and (c)

(xii) What does the passage conclude?

(a) Every study comprises of anomalies.

(b) Children must be fed nutritionally fulfilling diet.

(c) Malnutrition is related to consumption of eggs and meat.

(d) The stunting of children depends upon the nutritional status of the mother.

                                           Literature Textbooks                                                  (10 Marks)

3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5=5)

One of the employees, who were a postman and also helped at the post office, went to his boss laughing heartily and showed him the letter to God. Never in his career as a postman had he known that address. The postmaster – a fat, amiable fellow – also broke out laughing, but almost immediately he turned serious and tapping the letter on his desk, commented, “What faith! I wish I had the faith of the man who wrote this letter. Starting up a correspondence with God!”

(i) The postman laugh heartily because …………… 

(a) he saw a letter addressed to him.

(b) he saw a letter addressed to God.

(c) he saw a letter addressed to the angel.

(d) he saw a letter addressed to the PM.

(ii) Which characteristic of the postmaster is highlighted in the given lines?

(a) Fat and amiable

(b) Slim and unfriendly

(c) Stubborn and jovial

(d) Short-tempered

(iii) Why the postmaster turned serious?

(a) Because he realised that Lencho was asking for money.

(b) Because he realised that Lencho need government’s help.

(c) Because he realised that he had immense faith in God.

(d) Because he had an important task to do.

(iv) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.The man was Lencho.

2. Lencho needed money to sow his crops.

3. The Postmaster wanted to break the man’s faith.

4. The letter was written to an imaginary entity.

5. The postmaster was a very friendly person.

6. Lencho hated God.

(a) 1 and 4          (b) 2 and 5           (c) 3 and 6           (d) 1 and 6

(v) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s(F) and opinion’s (O) given below.

(a) F- 2 and 0.1,3,4

(b) F-1,2 and 0-3,4

(c) F-I,3 and 0-2,4

 (d) F-2,3 and 0.1,4

Or

So he did and did he ever! Beginning in Kindergarten, Ebright collected butterflies with the same determination that has marked all (P32) his activities. He also collected rocks, fossils and coins. He became an eager astronomer, too. Sometimes star-gazing all night.

(i) Who is ‘he’?

(a) Richard Ebright                (b) A Scientist

(c) A Photographer               (d) Both (a) and (b)

(ii) What more did he collect besides butterflies?

(a) Fossils                                (b) Rocks

(c) Coins                                  (d) All of these

 (iii) What does the writer mean by ‘so he did and did he ever!’?

(a) That Ebright was forever determined.

(b) That Ebright continued his scientific research forever.

(c) That Ebright became a scientist.

(d) That Ebright was always curious.

(iv) What did he do sometimes at night?

(a) Read books

 (b) Perform experiments

(c) Take a look on his butterflies

 (d) Gazed at the stars

(v) The extract uses the phrase, ‘marked all his activities’. Which of the following expressions is incorrect with respect to the word ‘marked’?

 (a) Only 3             (b) 3 and 4           (c) 1 and 2           (d) 2 and 3

4.Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5= 5)

I am an Orphan, roaming the street

I pattern soft dust with my hushed, bare feet.

The silence is golden, the freedom is sweet

(i) In the above extract who wants to be an orphan?

(a) Amanda

(b) Amanda’s mother

(c) Amanda’s teacher

(d) Amanda’s grandmother

 (ii) Why does she dream to be an orphan?

(a) Because she thinks that orphans lead a care-free life.

(b) Because she thinks that no one pester them with instructions.

 (c) Because she wanted to get away from her parents.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(iii) Which of the given words DO NOT describe how the speaker is feeling in the given lines?

 (a) Peaceful

(b) Satisfied

(c) Joyous

(d) Free

(iv)The speakers desire to ‘Pattern soft dust with my hushed, bare feet. ‘ Reveal that

(a) she wants to get dirty

(b) she wants to live life on the streets

(c) she wants to be free to do as she wishes

 (d) she loves to draw

(v)Which poetic device has been used in the above lines?

 (a) Paradox

(b) Irony

(c) Alliteration

(d) Metaphor

Or

Belinda paled, and she cried Help! Help!

But Mustard fled with a terrified yelp,

Ink trickled down to the bottom of the household,

And little mouse Blink strategically mouse holed.

(i) Why did Belinda become pale?

(a) To see the bravery of Custard

(b) To see the pirate

(c) Due to fear

 (d) Due to her illness

(ii)The given lines indicate that Belinda and her pets

 (a) feared pirates

(b) were cowards

 (c) were cunning

 (d) were stupid

(iii) The word ‘Terrified’ DOES NOT have a meaning similar to

(a) be scared

 (b) struck with horror

(c) be alarmed

(d) be cunning

(iv) ‘Strategically mouse-holed’ conveys

(a) a plan to pet a mouse

 (b) a plan to hide in a mouse hole

(c) a plan to make a hole for a mouse

 (d) a plan to hid the mouse hole

(v) Which of the following words DO NOT indicate the emotions of Belinda and her pets?

(a) Paled

(b) Cried

(c) Bottom

 (d) Fled

                                                      Grammar                                                         (10 marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

A doctor (i)………… the habit of talking to the trees on the roadside as he took his walks in the evening. He would (ii) …………. to kiss the trees lovingly and whisper kind words to them. This (iii) ………. an odd but beautiful sight. It was indeed a noble act in this wicked world. One day he was very upset to see one of his trees cut down. The nature lover was so upset that he collapsed on the road.

(i)(a) has              (b) had            (c) with           (d) have

(ii) (a) bend        (b) bent           (c) bended      (d) bending

(iii) (a) is              (b) was            (c) has been   (d) used to be

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Nancy was talking to Sam when she (i)……….. she did not care that Esther is mad at her. According to her, when she will be famous, people will be begging to become her friend. Sam told Nancy that her statement was a big leap to go from telling people that you are going to be famous and being actually famous. He added that she (ii)…………   having a small group of friends instead of having a big pool of acquaintances. Nancy smirked and told Sam that (iii) …………  fame had already changed her.

(i)(a) said that                                   (b) told that

(c) replied that                                  (d) exclaimed that

(ii) (a) had always told that               (b) has always liked

(c) had always wanted to                 (d) wanted to

(iii) (a) for her                                   (b) According to people

(c) to her it look as though               (d) as though she

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 x 4 = 4)

(i)………….  two-thirds of the energy an average person spends every day supports the body’s metabolic activities.

(a) Much of

(b) Provided

(c) At least

(d) So

(ii) In his book the psychiatrist Martin Grot john claims that ………… a baby begins to smile and laugh,……….. intelligent he or she is likely to prove it.

(a) the earlier, the more

(b) as early, as much

 (c) earlier, more

(d) the earliest, the most

(iii) If there had been any delay in getting her to hospital, the consequence of the event………… fatal.

(a) will have been

(b) is

(c) would be

 (d) could have been

(iv) Once the occupying forces  ………….. , many seemingly innocent people were accused of having collaborating with the enemy.

(a) were leaving

(b) have left

(c) will leave

(d) had left

(v) One gathers from the press that a large majority of the people are not in favor of the impeachment proceedings, and, frankly, I’m not …………..

(a) either

(b) too

(c) also

(d) as well

(vi) I listened to some news on ………….  radio about ………….  man arrested for embezzlement last Tuesday.

(a) every, the

(b) the, no article

 (c) a, the

(d) the, the

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                                        Writing                                        (10 Marks)

8. You have been offered a job, asking you to start next week. You want the job very much but, because of a previous commitment, you want to delay the start for another two weeks. Write to the Manager, accepting the job, but explaining your situation and asking for the change to your start date. You are Harishit/ Harshita. (100-120 words) (5)

Or

 Your university lecturer gave you an assignment. You won’t be able to submit your assignment on time. Write a letter to your lecturer asking for an extension. In this letter describe the situation, explain why your assignment will be late and say when you will be able to hand in your assignment. ( 100-120 words)

9. The table below shows the results of a survey that asked 6800 Indian adults (aged 16 years and over) whether they had taken part in different cultural activities in the past 12 months. Write an analytical paragraph on the given data in about 100-120 words. (5)

Participation in cultural activities, by age

Dancing, singing, playing musical instruments and acting. 

Or

The pie charts show the electricity generated in Germany and France from all sources and renewables in the year 2009. Using the given data, write an analytical paragraph in 100-120 words.

                                                              Literature Textbooks                                       (30 Marks)

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) What makes writing in a diary a strange experience for Anne Frank?

(ii) lie senses first responsibility’. What responsibility is referred here? (The Ball Poem)

(iii) Give a brief description of Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) Why could the narrator-lawyer not find Lutkins?

(ii) Matilda’s husband is kind and loving. Do you agree? Give examples in support of your answer.

(iii) Why was Ramlal worried about Bholi and not about his other children?

11.(a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (3 x 2 = 6)

(i) Describe the young Seagull’s first attempt of fly.

(ii) Is the purpose of someone constantly giving instructions to Amanda being fulfilled? Explain.

(iii) What legacy have the colonial powers left to the district of Coorg?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.(3 x 2 = 6)

(i) What actually proved to be the most important step from Ebright’s mother’s side that opened the world of science to him?

(ii) What extra did Mrs Pumphrey start to give Tricki and why?

(iii) Was the narrator’s purpose of robbing Anil successful? Was Anil the only one who was robbed or did Hari also rob himself of something?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Lencho in his ignorance blames the very people who contribute to help him financially. Imagine a situation wherein the postmaster confronts Lencho after his blame to the people at the post office keeping in mind that the postmaster’s attitude towards Lencho’s belief and faith.

Or

India is known for its old traditions. There is unity in diversity. It is all because we the Indians never forget our culture and tradition. We always cherish the traditional practices. Do you agree? Give your views with reference to the lesson ‘Glimpses of India’.

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Griffins unlawful activities devalue his scientific discovery. Explain with instances from the text.

Or

“Where there is a will, there is a way.” Ebright had a will to become a scientist but did not have enough resources. How does will and curiosity help us in becoming a successful Person in our life? Elaborate with reference to Ebright.

Answers

1. (i)(a) Because smartphones are fashionable

(ii) (c) Option 3

(iii)(c) their public information is publically available in the time

(iv) (b) Manners to be maintained while using the Internet

(v) (b) 2,3 and 5

(vi) (b) How can small children easily navigate through the internet

(vii) (c) What is the Perfect Age for Children to Own Smartphones?

(viii) (d) All of these

(ix) (d) All of the above

(x) (d) Can’t say 

(xi) b) Successive editions of this work were produced under its authors …………   in 1740, 1748, 1758 and 1766.

(xii) (a) 2 and 6

2. (i) (b) Malnutrition amongst children and adolescents

(ii)(d) All of the above

(iii)(b) Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey

(iv) (c) three

(v)(b) Taran has higher risk of stunting while Karim has a lower risk.

(vi) (b) A chart of whether the child ate foods from four of seven food groups in the past day.

(vii) (d) All of these

(viii) (a) It highlights the needs to introduce eggs in school meals.

(ix) (d) Both (a) and (c)

(x) (d) Both (a) and (b)

 (xi) (a) Non-vegetarians

(xii) (c) Malnutrition is related to consumption of eggs and meat.

3. (i) (b) he saw a letter addressed to God.

(ii)(a) Fat and amiable

(iii)(c) Because he realised that he had immense faith in God.

 (iv) (c) 3 and 6

(v) (a) F- 2 and 0-1,3,4

Or

(i) (d) Both (a) and (b)

(ii) (d) All of these

(iii)(b) That Ebright continued his scientific research forever.

(iv) (d) Gazed at the stars

(v) (b) 3 and 4

4. (i) (a) Amanda

(ii) (d) Both (a) and (b)

(iii)(b) Satisfied

(iv) (c) she wants to be tree to do as she wishes

(v)(d) Metaphor

Or

(i)(b) To see the pirate

(ii)(b) were cowards

(iii) (d) be cunning

(iv) (b) a plan to hide in a mouse hole

 (v) (c) Bottom

5. (i) (b) had                            (ii) (a) bend                                        (iii) (b) was

6. (i) (a) said that                    (ii) (b) has always liked                      (iii) (c) to her it look as though

7. (i) (c) At least                       (ii) (a) the earlier, the more                (iii) (d) could have been

(iv) (d) had left                          (v) (a) either                                     (vi) (d) the, the

8. 8-305, Anna Complex

Bangalore

May 28. 20XX

The Manager

PQR enterprises

Bangalore

Subject Acceptance of the job offer and delay in joining

Sir/Madam

I am absolutely honored to learn from your email that you have finalized my joining in your company as an executive I consider it a great leap towards my future career and I will serve my position with my best effort. However, I am writing to seek your permission for a delay on the joining date.

I am afraid I cannot join on 15th June, the date you expect me to start. After I formally notified my current employer a month ago, they welcomed my decision. However, they have recently requested an extension to handover the projects I am currently working on and train a colleague I am already committed to a project with my current employer and will need another week to finish it. Thus, the new request from my manager forces me to work another two weeks with them.

I hope you would allow me to finish my commitment to the current employer and let me join your company on 1st July.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

Harshit

Or

Lilavati hostel

Delhi

14 October, 20XX

Mr. Ajay Thakur

ABC University

Delhi

Subject : Extension of the submission date of the assignment

Sir/ Ma’am

I am Rohan Khanna. a student from the Business Studies department in your university I am writing to seek your permission for an extension to submit my assignment that I am supposed to hand over before 24th October 20XX.

Right after you gave us the task on 7th October, I started working on mine. However, I suddenly caught a severe seasonal flu. I took advice from a doctor and he prescribed some medicines and complete bed rest. I avoided attending classes and visiting the library to avoid spreading the flu virus.

Fortunately, I am doing better now and hope to get over the flu in a couple of days but I am afraid I will not be able to submit my assignment on time due to my illness. I, therefore, request an extension to hand over my work to you. I am quite positive that I can submit my assignment before 28th October 20XX.

I would be indebted if you permit to present my assignment before the 28th instead of the 20th of October.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

Rohan Khanna

9.                                                            Cultural Participation

The table illustrates the results of research undertaken in India with adults aged from 16-74 to assess their involvement in a variety of cultural activities over a 12-month period. Overall, it is evident that participation in any performance and crafts were the most popular for all age groups.

The highest participation in any activities was seen in the 16-24 age group, with 35% and 30% respectively doing performance and visual arts In contrast, other activities were much lower, particularly those computer-based, at only 10%.

Turning to the older age groups, the highest participation rate seen for 25-44 years olds was in performance, at 22%. A similar rate was evident for the most popular activity for the 45-74 age groups crafts. Again, the popularity of computers and writing was very low for older groups.

Taking all age groups together, it can be seen that performance and crafts were the most Popular whereas cultural purchases and visual arts were slightly less popular at 16% and 15% respectively

Or

The four pie charts compare the electricity generated between Germany and France during 2009, measured in billions of kWh. Overall, it can be seen that conventional thermal was the main source of electricity in Germany, whereas nuclear was the main source in France The bulk of electricity in Germany, whose total output was 560 billion kWh, came from Conventional thermal, at 59.6% In France, the total output was lower, at 510 billion kWh and in contrast to Germany, Conventional thermal accounted for just 10.3%, with most electricity coming from nuclear power (76%).

Renewables accounted for quite similar proportions for both countries, ranging between 14% – 17% of the total electricity generated. In Germany, most of the renewables consisted of wind and biomass, totaling around 75%, which was far higher than for hydroelectric (17.7%) and solar (6.1%). The situation was very different in France, where hydroelectric made up 80.5% of renewable electricity, with biomass, wind, and solar making up the remaining 20%.

10. (a) (i) Anne considered writing in a diary a strange experience for her as she had never written before. Moreover, it seemed to her that at a later point in time neither she nor anyone else would be interested in reading about the musings of a 13-year-old girl.

(ii) The responsibility referred here is to stand up or bear the loss through self-understanding and trying to console oneself on his own as the boy who lost his ball was trying to do.

(iii) Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov is a landowner in the story. He is in search for a good match for his daughter. He is a good selector of words. We find an immediate change in his behaviour. This shows his cunningness.

(b)(i) The narrator-lawyer could not find Lutkins because the hack driver Bill who seemed to be helping him find the person was Lutkins himself. Bill fooled him as the lawyer had never seen or met Lutkins.

(ii)Yes, Matilda’s husband is kind and loving as he spends a huge saving to buy a pretty dress for his wife so that she could attend a big party. When the costly necklace is lost, he spends all his savings and even borrows to repay it.

(iii) All other children of Ramlal were healthy and good-looking. Bholi was the only girl who was neither intelligent and nor good-looking. She was a simpleton. That is the reason, Ramlal was worried for Bholi.

11. (a) (i) During the first attempt to fly, the young Seagull took a little run forward to the brink of the ledge but became afraid when he attempted to flap his wings. He was terrified by the great expanse of the sea and felt certain that his wings would never support him. So, he bent his head and ran away to his little hole.

(ii) No, Amanda does not fulfill any of the instructions. She, in fact, sulks and becomes moody. She does not listen to the person and does not care to follow them. However, she also cannot ignore them as she knows that the person is important and is only thinking of her betterment.

(iii) Colonial presence in the Coorg region is evident from the legacy of bungalows and coffee plantations that the region has inherited from them. It is believed that Coorgis are descendant of the Greek or Arab and the culture of these regions is strongly evident in the martial traditions and their marriage and religious ceremonies.

(b)(i) Ebright’s mother gut him a children’s book called ‘The Travels of Monarch X’. This book told how monarch butterflies migrated to Central America. This was the most important step from Ebright’s mother’s side that opened up the world of science to Ebright as it aroused his interest in butterflies and science.

(ii) Mrs. Pumphrey thought that Tricki was suffering from malnutrition, as he was weak and listless. So, she started to give him extra snacks like cod-liver oil and malt between the main meals and Horlicks after dinner to make him stronger. She also continued with his cream cakes and chocolates.

(iii) Yes, Hari Singh was successful in robbing Anil. But Anil was not the only one who was robbed at that time. Han had robbed himself as well. He had lost the chance of receiving education and being literate. He had robbed Anil monetarily, but he had robbed himself of the chance for a better and brighter future, which was much more valuable.

12. Lencho goes to collect the remaining money and is directed to the postmaster’s office.

Lencho: Sir, is there any letter for Lencho?

Postmaster: No, Mr. Lencho, there isn’t But I would like to have a word with you if you have time.

Lencho: But, there should be a letter (getting visibly angry). You people at the post office are a bunch of crooks. Last time also, you took my money. Now, also you are lying to me. You people…

Postmaster: Mr. Lencho that is what I wanted to talk to you about. All of the staff at the post office are honest workers. We are strictly told, not to open any packages or letters or mails It is against our ethics. Your blame on us is not justified.

Lencho: If it is so, then where did the rest of my money go? It was supposed to be 100 pesos, but I received only 70 pesos God cannot send me less money, so where did it go? Obviously, you all took it.

Postmaster: Mr. Lencho, God did not have any money, so he asked me to give the money to you. I did not have such a huge amount of money. So, we all collected as much as we could and gave it to you in place of God. We even collected 30 pesos to you as God has asked us. But we all are really hurt by your blame.

Lencho: So, God asked you to help me and you could as much as you did. In addition, you even collected the 30 pesos for me. And I blamed you. 

Postmaster: Yes.

Lencho: Then I must say that I am deeply embarrassed and apologetic for my behaviour. I had no idea of the situation and acted in defence. Please accept my apologies I am utterly grateful to you all for your kindness.

Or

There is no doubt that India is known for its old traditions which they have still retained irrespective of their location. There exists a unity in diversity which allows an amalgamation of other cultures into the tradition which have been cherished for so long. The short stories in ‘Glimpses of India’ justify this.

The author of ‘A Baker from Goa’ cherishes the traditional practices in Goa. He recalls his encounter with the traditional bakers of Goa. The baker in the story represents the class of traditional professionals who are still keeping the old practices alive. Lucio Rodrigues tells us about the baker who was and still is an important part of their lives. He recalls his old Portuguese times when people cherished traditional bread making. The author does not live in Goa but he still remembers the old days and the traditions of Goa.

Similarly, the story ‘Coorg’ tells us about Coorgis who are the descendants of the Greeks or Arabs. These people are scattered here and there but they have not lost their identity. They still retain the traditional values of their clan in an amalgamated form. They have become a part of the Indian landscape.

13. Griffin was a great scientist who had actually made a major discovery of invisibility. However, his value as a scientist deteriorates with his illegal activities. He used his discovery for his own benefit. He committed thefts and burglaries, beat and robbed innocent persons. People were afraid of him and could not recognize his achievement. His angry and violent nature made him an eccentric scientist.

If he would have been tolerant and patient, he could have earned fame and respect. His discovery could have been used for the welfare of the people. But his success went to his head and he revealed his real nature gradually. He came out as devilish and became a disaster for himself as well as his society. His actions, therefore, bought dishonour and disrepute to him instead of fame and respect. One can definitely say that Griffins unlawful activities devalue his scientific discovery.

Or

It is rightly said that “Where there is a will, there is a way.” When we are willing to do something, resources are automatically generated. We get help from every corner. The life of the scientist Richard Ebright is a true example of this. Ebright had a will to become a scientist but did not have enough resources. His will and curiosity was satisfied by his mother till his school education. When he did not win any prize in the science fair, his will to succeed became stronger. He moved ahead and will firm determination worked towards his experiments.

His hard work was rewarded and he started winning many prizes over the years. With his will and dedication, he even got a chance to work in a well-equipped advanced Army Laboratory and focus on his research. His will to work and curiosity overcame the lack of resources and helped him in becoming a successful scientist.

 

 

 

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Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                             Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part – A (40 Marks)

                                                                   Reading                                     (20 Marks)

1.Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Even international students whose first language is English can find themselves struggling to understand an alien academic culture. The problems are very familiar. Students’ first problem is often with listening skills. They may feel nervous about this and it is certainly a steep learning curve. They need a structured listening experience, for instance how to pick out the main ideas. They also need help with academic reading — how to approach an article or book, how to skim, read and make notes.

2. However, while a student’s confidence in listening skills grows, it is in the area of academic writing where more serious cultural differences become apparent. Much of British education is based on essay writing, but this may be a demanding task for students from other cultures. Suddenly, they are faced with the need to express their own ideas, develop their opinions and evaluate different issues, all in polished English. For some, the concept of originating this kind of written discourse can prove problematic, and they may find themselves scoring low marks because of plagiarism, or reproducing someone else’s ideas. In Britain, plagiarism is regarded as academic theft, though this is not always the case in other countries. Students are expected to do research in a library before tackling an assignment, and simply regurgitating lecture notes is also not acceptable.

3. The best way to overcome these hurdles is to be prepared. The first step is to take a test to assess the English language skills needed to cope with the issues of academic culture.

4. If an accredited test indicates that a student’s language skills are not sufficient to embark on a university degree, the next step is to consider pre-sessional courses, generally at the university where the student will take a degree. These can last from three weeks to an academic year, so it is wise for students to be realistic about their needs. It is generally accepted that approximately 200 hours of study are needed to improve on one bad score on some tests. Some of the ‘new’ universities that formed from polytechnics in 1992 are experimenting with new styles of pre-sessional and foundation courses. Elspeth Jones, Director of the Centre for Language Study at Leeds Metropolitan University explains, “Our courses are monthly, and so students from parts of the world with a different academic year can enroll at any time.”

5. She feels that language training in new universities is generally more flexible than in older institutions. “Universities like ours can take students with lower language test grades and can put them through a programme that will bring them up to the required standard, though we cannot guarantee how long it will take.”

On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any ten of the following questions.     (1×10= 10)

(i) Which problem do the international students face?

(a) Listening skills

(b) Struggle of understanding English

(c) Writing in English

(d) Speaking in English

(ii) Academic writing includes

(a) how to approach an article

 (b) how to read a work

(c) how to make notes

 (d) All of these

(iii) Which of the following lists the ways in which a student can overcome the hurdles faced by international students?

1.Preparations

2. Test

3. Realistic

4. Writing practice

5. Pre-sessional courses

6. Listening practice

(a) 2,4 and 6

(b) 1,2 and 6

(c) 1,3 and 5

(d) 3,4 and 5

(iv) Why is an essay writing a demanding task?

 (a) One needs to develop ideas and evaluate issues in polished English

(b) One needs to research in the library

(c) One cannot rewrite lecture notes

(d) All of the above

(v) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Overcoming Language Hurdles

(b) Language Training

(c) British English- Ways to Cope

(d) Emergence of New Kind of Courses

(vi) Which is the first step to overcome the hurdles associate with language?

(a) To learn the language

(b) To assess the language skills needed

(c) To take pre-sessional courses

(d) To revise the basics of language

(vii) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘flexible’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) Paul Jones said that it was a………… law of nature that those who will not risk, cannot win.

(b) Tony Robbins once said that you should stay ………… to your decisions.

 (c) Being a goalie in hockey requires a great deal of speed and  …………..

(d) Trees which are more………. can withstand stronger winds than those trees that are very rigid.

(viii) How are pre-sessional courses of new universities better?

(a) Students can enroll anytime

(b) It takes students of all levels

 (c) It teaches in minimum time

(d) It is very versatile

(ix) British education is based on

(a) essay writing

(b) listening and speaking skills

(c) the knowledge of grammar

 (d) writing projects

(x) What is plagiarism?

(a) Incorrect usage of grammar

(b) Using formal language in essay writing

(c) Reproducing someone else’s ideas

(d) Academic theft

(xi) What is the period of the pre-sessional course?

(a) 1 year            (b) 3 months to a year            (c) One month             (d) 6 months

(xii) Choose the option that incorrectly states the meaning of ‘accredited’, as used in the passage.

1.To credit

2.To thank

3. Officially recognised or authorised.

4. To give license

5. Of quality

6. To give an appointment

(a) 1 and 2             (b) 3 and 4            (c) 5 and 6              (d) 3 and 6

2. Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Right from literacy, accessibility to schools, and household expenditure on education, the rural-urban gap remains significant. There is a digital divide, too, with just 4% of the rural households having access to computers as compared to 23% in urban areas. These and other trends on a rural-urban gap in education are revealed in the details of a survey conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

2. The report on “Household Social Consumption: Education” surveyed 1.13 lakh households spread across over 8,000 villages and 6,000 urban blocks between July 2017 and June 2018. The study involved 1.52 lakh students across different levels of study.

3. On accessibility, while 92.7% of the rural households have a primary school within 1 km as compared to 87.2% in urban areas, the situation gets skewed as only 38% of the rural households have access to secondary school as compared to 70% in the urban areas on similar parameters.

4. While accessibility to a neighborhood school at the primary level is not an issue in rural areas, the gross attendance ratio is also satisfactory with nearly 100% of boys and girls in rural as well as urban areas attending classes. However, in sync with reduced accessibility, there is a gap at a secondary level between rural and urban settings. The all-India literacy rate among persons aged 7 years and above is 77.7%. However, for the same age group, the rural literacy is 73.5% and for urban areas, it is 87.7%.

5. The digital divide between rural and urban households is stark with just 4% of the rural population having access to computers. The report highlighted that while only 15% surveyed population in the rural cluster has internet access, 42% of the students in the urban areas have access to the internet.

6. At the school level while the majority of the urban households had shown a preference for private schools, it’s the opposite for rural households. The report highlights that 76.1% of the rural children are attending a primary and middle school run by the government, while only 38% of the urban children are attending government schools. However, for graduate and above studies, 49.7% of rural students are attending classes in government institutions as compared to 41% of the urban counterparts in government institutions.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.        (1 x 10=10)     

(i) What shows that the rural-urban gap is significant?

(a) Right from literacy

 (b) Accessibility to schools

(c) Household expenditure on education

 (d) All of these

(ii) Which fact proves that there is a digital divide in the country?

(a) Rural areas have no access to Internet services

(b) Only 4% of rural areas have computers while in urban it is 23%

(c) Rural areas cannot afford digital or online education

(d) Only 15% of rural areas have access to the interne

(iii) In the line “…digital divide”, the word divide DOES NOT refer to

 (a) gap                       (b) split

(c) sects                      (d) organise

(iv) The survey conducted by the NSO covered

(a) over 6000 households in total.

(b) over 8000 households in total.

(c) over 8000 rural and 6000 urban households.

(d) over 1.52 lakh rural and 1.13 urban households.

 (v) Choose the option that lists the correct answers for the following:

1.Rajan is a 14-year-old boy who has been going to one of the best school near his locality which uses digital means to impart education.

2. Raman is a 12 year old boy who goes to the government school nearest to his home, but he is unable to get full study material because of the lack of a digital device.

(a) The given cases show how literacy has become central agenda of the government.

(b) The given cases show a huge gap in urban literacy rate.

(c) The given cases show the reduction in the digital divide.

(d) The given cases present gap in skill based resources in the rural-urban setup.

(vi) What data shows that the rural-urban gap is visible at the secondary level of education?

(a) Only 38% households of rural areas have access to secondary schools

(b) More than 70% household in urban areas have access to secondary schools

 (c) The literacy rate of rural areas is 73.5% and for urban it is 87.7%

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(vii) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the factors that indicate the rural-urban gap.

1.Right to literacy

2. Accessibility to schools

3. Household expenditure

4. Digital divide

5. Employment opportunities

6. Infrastructure’ development

(a) 1 and 2             (b) 3 and 4               (c) 5 and 6              (d) All of these

(viii) In which level of education is the condition of the rural households better?

(a) Secondary level

(b) Primary level

(c) Senior secondary level

(d) University level

(ix) What does the Household Social Consumption: Education focus on?

 (a) Rural-urban gap in education

(b) Backtracking of the online education

(c) How digital divide is more evident in education

(d) Need for making technology more affordable

(x) In which aspect is the condition of education in the urban and rural households equal?

(a) On accessibility of primary schools

 (b) On accessibility of secondary schools

 (c) On gross attendance ratio of both girls and boys

 (d) On digital access of computers and Internet

(xi) Majority of urban households show preference to

(a) home schooling

(b) government schools

(c) private schools

(d) Both (a) and (c)

 (xii) The “Household Social Consumption: Education” survey found that

(a) the country is still majority composed of illiterate masses.

(b) there is a stark divide in the secondary education received by children visa-a-vis rural-urban divide.

(c) the country has to implement major changes to reduce the digital divide.

(d) the country has transformed into a digital economy while majority of its population do not have digital access.

                                                                    Literature Textbooks               (10 Marks) 

3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: (1 x 5 = 5)

At twelve, he was sent away for schooling in the Hindu sacred scriptures and years later he returned home to marry a princess. They had a son and lived for ten years as befitted royalty. At about the age of twenty-five, the prince here to fore shielded from the sufferings of the world, while going out on hunting, chanced upon a sick man, then an aged man, then a funeral procession, and finally a monk begging for alms. These sights so moved him that he at once became a beggar and went out into the world to seek enlightenment concerning the sorrows he had witnessed.

(i) Who does ‘he’ refer to here?

(a) Buddha

(b) Sick man

(c) Monk

(d) An aged man

(ii) What did the prince see while he was out on hunting?

(a) He saw a sick and aged man

(b) He saw a funeral procession

(c) He saw a monk begging for alms

(d) All of these

(iii) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.He was Lord Buddha.

2. He was kept away from the sorrows of life.

3. He was just ten years old when he left the kingdom.

4. He became a beggar because he was dethroned.

5. He gained enlightenment.

6. His son was ten years old when he left the kingdom.

(a) 3 and 4             (b) 1 and 4             (c) 2 and 5              (d) 2 and 6

(iv) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s(F) and opinion/s (O) given below.

(a)F- 1,3 and 0-2,4

(b) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

(c) F-2,3 and 0-1,4

(d) F-1 and 0-2,3,4

(v) He decided to seek ………….

 (a) self-consciousness

(b) enlightenment

 (c) cure for people from pain

 (d) helpless people from sorrow

Or

There was a fifty rupee note between his fingers. My heart sank. I thought I had been discovered.” I made some money yesterday,” he explained. “Now you’ll be paid regularly.”My spirits rose. But when I took the note, I saw it was still wet from the night’s rain. “Today we’ll start writing sentences,” he said. He knew. But neither his lips nor his eyes showed anything.

 (i) Why did the narrator’s heart sink?

(a) He thought that Anil might know that he had stolen the money.

(b) He thought that Anil might be sad from his behaviour.

(c) He thought that Anil wouldn’t trust him anymore.

(d) All of the above

 (ii) What did Anil say to Hari Singh on knowing about his guilt?

(a) He said that Hari Singh will be paid regularly.

 (b) He said that Hari Singh will be punished for his offence.

(c) He said that he will educate Had

(d) He didn’t say anything.

(iii) Which personality trait of Anil transformed Hari Singh?

(a) Honesty

(b) Kindness

(c) Empathy

(d) Humbleness

(iv) Choose the answer that lists the correct option regarding Hari’s expression.

 (a) Option 1                         (b) Option 2                   (c) Option 3                   (d) Option4

(v) Hari Singh felt guilty because………….. 

(a) he stole the money from Anil.

(b) he broke the trust of Anil.

(c) he was not kind like Anil.

 (d) Both (a) and (b)

4. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions. (1 x 5 = 5)

Pistol in his left hand, pistol in his right,

And he held in his teeth a cutlass bright,

His beard was black, one leg was wood;

It was clear that the pirate meant no good.

(i) Who has entered Belinda’s house?

(a) A tiger

(b) A pirate

(c) The police

(d) A dog

(ii) The pirate held the cutlass in

 (a) his right hand

(b) his left hand

(c) his teeth

(d) his belt

 (iii) How did the pirate look?

 (a) Dangerous

(b) Ghostly

(c) Heroic

(d) Friendly

(iv) The phrase ‘meant no good’ means………… 

(a) he was there to steal things.

(b) he could harm Belinda and her pets.

(c) he was there to kidnap Belinda.

(d) he wanted to hide in the tower.

(v) The rhyme scheme of the given lines is …………

 (a) abab

(b) aabb

(c) abca

(d) aaab

Or

So they show their relations to me and I accept them,

They bring me tokens of myself,

they evince them plainly in their possession

I wonder where they get those tokens,

Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them?

(i) Whom does ‘they’ refer to here?

(a) Animals                      (b) Human beings

(c) Plants                          (d) None of these

 (ii) Explain the line, They bring me tokens of myself’

(a) Animals remind him of true values of the human nature like innocence and kindness.

(b) Animals remind him the true values of life.

(c) Animals do not have the desire to own anything.

(d) None of the above

(iii) Which of the following is not a token that they show?

(a) Selfishness             (b) Respect

(c) Satisfaction            (d) Equality

(iv) The word ‘evince’ DOES NOT have a meaning similar to

(a) show                             (b) reveal

(c) possession                   (d) display

(v) What relations do the animals display to the poet?

(a) Relationship of similarity

(b) Relationship of dissimilarity

 (c) Relationship of opposition

(d) None of these

                                    Grammar                                                  (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow.             (1 x 3 =3)

Lack of skills is the main reason that (i)………… jobless people from (ii)………… a job. Instead of (iii) ……….  free internet to the people, the government should organise training programme for the jobless.

(i)(a) prevent                (b) prevented            (c) prevents            (d) will prevent

(ii) (a) finding               (b) founding               (c) finds                    (d) found

(iii) (a) offers                 (b) offering                (c) will offer             (d) are offered

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Rita is chilling out with her neighbor and best friend, Charlie. She is (i)………… about the kid in school who said a lot of mean thing about km. While doing so, she asks him about why he never hit him. Charlie replied that he had observed that when a person (ii)………… somebody, there is a tendency that the other person will try to hit back. Rita is speechless. She (iii) …………a shrewd judge of human nature.

(i)(a) asking him                      (b) telling him              (c) informing him           (d) talking to him

(ii)(a) tries to hit                       (b) hits                            (c) tried a hit                   (d) try to hit

(iii) (a) told him that he was        (b) tells him that he is    (c) call him that      (d) says to him

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 x 4 = 4)

(i) She held the bag………….. even though her arm hurt………… 

(a) tight; badly                (b) tightly; bad

(c) tight; bad                   (d) tightly; badly

(ii) David………… across a field one sunny morning, when he noticed a bird stumbling awkwardly.

(a) was strolling                 (b) is strolling

 (c) strolled                         (d) has strolled

(iii) To err is………… to forgive is divine.

(a) humanity                     (b) mankind

(c) human                           (d) inhumanity

(iv) It…………. Buddy and Jack chasing after some cat. They must have knocked over the trash barrel.

(a)can’t have been

(b) should have been

(c) must have been

 (d) ought to have been

 (v) If only he …………….  informed us beforehand, none of this confusion would have happened.

(a) has been                   (b) had been

(c) hadn’t had                (d) had

(vi) Aristotle is known to have announced his belief many times to the effect that………….  man is a political animal is pretty obvious.”

(a) this            (b) that              (c) the               (d) a

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                                  Writing                                                            (Mark 10)

8. You ordered an item from an online store and it has arrived damaged Write a letter to the retailer explaining the situation how you received the damaged product. (100-120 words) (5)

Or

Your Internet connection has been slow and intermittent for the past few days. You have tried calling customer care. They always assure that the problem will be resolved but no action had been taken and you have been receiving resolved messages. Write a letter to your internet service provider explaining the situation and requesting an earliest redressal. (100-120 words)

9.The following pie-chart shows how internet users aged 16+ prefer to access the internet at home and at other places. Write an analytical paragraph on the given data in about 100-120 words. (5)

Or

The chart given below shows how frequently people in the USA ate fast food in restaurants between 2003 and 2013. Using the given data, write an analytical paragraph in 100-120 words.

                                                        Literature Textbooks                                      (30 Marks)

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2×2=4)

(i) How did Valli save up money for her first journey? Was it easy for her?

(ii) Do you think Amanda’s mother is a nagging woman? How do you know?

(iii) The class-mates of Anne Frank were shaking with fear and nervousness. Why?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each.                (2×2=4)

(i) What results were expected if Ebright’s theory of cell revolution is proved correct?

(ii) Why did Griffin decide to slip into a big London store?

(iii) The narrator was happy though he had not found Lutkins. Why?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (3×2=6)

(i) What side of nature do the ‘crow’ and the ‘hemlock’ present?

 (ii) How can you say that the conductor was a good-natured jolly fellow? Support your answer with examples. (Madam Rides the Bus)

(iii) How did the hailstorm shatter Lencho’s hope and dreams?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.    (3×2 = 6)

(i) Griffin was not a true scientist as he misused his scientific discovery. Illustrate this point by giving two incidents from the story.

(ii) What was the cause of Matilda’s ruin? How could she have avoided that?

(iii) In the end of the lesson Mrs. Pumphery says “This is a triumph of surgery.” Why?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

“Freedom is an essential virtue that is valued equally by both humans and animals”. Justify the statement with reference to the poem ‘A Tiger in a Zoo’.

Or

All parental acts are for the betterment of the children”. It is true. However, one has to make efforts through trials and errors shedding of one’s early hesitations and fears to succeed in any enterprise. Justify this statement by taking points from the lesson ‘His First Flight’.

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Bholi took a stand and succeeded in overcoming the social barriers. Discuss how did this change came in Bholi?

Or

In life, people who easily trust others are sometimes made to look foolish. One should not be too trusting. Describe how Oliver Lutkins made a fool of the young lawyer.

Answers

1. (i) (b) Struggle of understanding English

(ii) (d) All of these

(iii)(c) 1, 3 and 5

(iv) (d) All of the above

(v) (b) Language Training

(vi) (b) To assess the language skills needed

(vii) (d) Trees that are more can withstand stronger winds than those trees that are very rigid.

(viii) (a) Students can enroll anytime

(ix) (a) essay writing

(x) (c) Reproducing someone else’s ideas

(xi) (b) 3 months to a year

(xii) (b) 3 and 4

2. (i) (d) All of these

(ii) (b) Only 4% of rural areas have computers while in urban it is 23%

(iii)(d) organise

(iv) (c) over 8,000 rural and 6,000 urban households.

(v) (b) The given cases show a huge gap in urban literacy rate.

(vi) (d) Both (a) and (b)

(vii) (d) All of these

(viii) (b) Primary level

(ix) (a) Rural-urban gap in education

(x) (a) On accessibility of primary schools

(xi) (c) private schools

(xii) (b) there is a stark divide in the secondary education received by children visa-a-vis rural-urban divide.

3. (i) (a) Buddha

(ii) (d) All of these

(iii)(a) 3 and 4

(iv) (c) F-1,4 and 0-2,3

 (v) (b) enlightenment

Or

(i)(d) All of the above

 (ii) (d) He didn’t say anything.

(iii)(b) Kindness

(iv) (c) Option 3

(v) (d) Both (a) and (b)

4. (i) (b) A pirate

(ii) (c) his teeth

(iii) (a) Dangerous

(iv) (b) he could harm Belinda and her pets.

 (v) (b) aabb

Or

(i)(a) Animals

(ii)(a) Animals remind him of true values of human nature like innocence and kindness.

(iii)(a) Selfishness

(iv) (c) possession

(v) (a) Relationship of similarity

Or

5.(i) (c) prevents                        (ii) (a) finding                           (iii) (b) offering

6. (i) (d) talking to him               (ii) (a) tries to hit                      (iii) (b) tells him that he is

7. (i) (a) tight; badly                   (ii) (a) was strolling                 (iii) (c) human

(iv) (c) must have been             (v) (d) had                               (vi) (b) that

8. A-197, New Millennium Apartment

Sector-21

Mumbai

September 26 20XX

The retailer

Amazon seller

Mumbai

Subject Damaged product received

Sir/Madam

I recently ordered a Kitchenmax blender from your online shop, and was disappointed to discover that the glass portions of the appliance had been smashed during transit.

I would have expected the package to be wrapped more effectively in order to avoid incidents such as this, but there was almost no padding material in the box I would like you to arrange for the return of the item or to process a full refund as soon as is convenient since the blender was intended to be a gift for an occasion that has already passed. The order number was 10(3564686, and it was delivered on 24/09/2017.

If you need to book a time for a courier to collect the parcel, you can contact me at this email address (xyz@gmail.com).

Thanking You

Yours faithfully,

Ajay Chowdhary

Or

8-47, Shakti Apartment

Rohini

Delhi

10 August, 20XX

Arielmax Broadband Services

Delhi

Subject : Problems with internet connection

Sir/ Ma’am

I have been a satisfied customer of yours for over a year, but recently my connection has become intermittent. Even when it is working, it is so slow that it is unusable.

I have actually informed your customer service department of this via phone on two separate occasions, and the problem has now been ongoing for around ten weeks. On both the occasions, I received a message that the query has been resolved. However, no improvement was seen in the connection.

Therefore, I would like to request that an engineer be sent to my property since all attempts to resolve the issue remotely have failed. If you could contact me at this email address (xyz@gmail.com) to arrange a suitable time, that would be great.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

Rajiv Malhotra

9. This graph shows the results of a survey in which people aged 16 and over were asked about their preferred devices for accessing the internet. The question referred to going online at home and in other Places. Participants mentioned four main devices in their answers: a smartphone, a laptop. a tablet and a desktop computer.

From the pie chart, it is clear that the majority of participants prefer to use smartphones and laptops, with just a three percent difference between the two Nearly a third of participants prefer to go online with a smartphone. Thirty percent like to use a laptop. A desktop computer accounts for fourteen percent of users’ preferred devices Only a small minority prefer a device other than these main four.

In conclusion, since mobile and portable devices are the most popular choices, it is clear that many, participants are accessing the internet outside their homes. The desktop computer is the least popar01 the four main devices. In the future, we can probably expect to see more and more people accessing the internet with smartphones as their preferred choice.

Or

Dependence on Fast Food

With the changing lifestyle, it is becoming difficult for us to COOK meals at home every day. We prefer going out to our favorite fast-food restaurant at least once in a week or a month. This tendency of eating fast food is clear evidence in the above graph which shows the frequency of eating at a fast-food restaurant among the people of the USA.

Overall, most people of the USA preferred going to a fast-food restaurant either once a week or once or twice a month throughout the timeframe. At the same time, there were only a few people who went to the fast-food chains every day or did not go at all. The number seems to change almost negligently. For all three years. i.e. 2003, 2006, 2013, Americans preferred fast food only once or twice in a month or week resting somewhere around 30-35%. The Americans who either ate fast food every day to never at all always remained below 5%.

Among the Americans. there were people who would eat at fast-food chains several times a week and some also ate at fast-food chains only a few times a year. Given that the data did not change much. we can say that the love for fast food remains the same

10. (a) (i) Valli saved up money for her first journey by resisting every temptation to buy toys, balloons, peppermints, etc She also suppresses a strong desire to ride the merry-go-round at the village fair. It was not at all easy for her

(ii) Amanda’s mother is definitely a nagging woman We know this as she keeps ordering Amanda not to do one thing or the other. For example, Amanda is not allowed to bite her nails, eat chocolates, hunch her shoulders and sit in a slouching way, etc.

(iii) The classmates of Anne Frank were shaking with fear and nervousness because it was time to move to the next class. The students did not know who would be kept back and who would be promoted

(a)(i)If Ebright’s theory proves to be correct, it would become a big step in understanding the processes of life. It might lead to new ideas for preventing some types of cancer and diseases.

(ii)Griffin decided to slip into a big London store because the season was mid-winter, due to which it became difficult to wander around without clothes in London.

(iii) The narrator didn’t like city life. But his ride through the village made him very happy He was overjoyed to meet the hack driver. So he was happy though he had not found Lutkins

11. (a) (i) The ‘crow’ and the ‘hemlock’ present a negative side of nature. A crow is a black harsh-voiced bird while hemlock is a tree that bears poisonous fruit. The poet has used these dark, depressive. sorrowful side of nature to reflect his own mood.

(ii) The conductor of the bus was a good natured fellow, with pleasant manners. He was concerned that such a small girl was travelling to town alone and took care that she was comfortably seated-When Valli objected to being treated as a child, he took it in good spirit and jokingly addressed he’ ‘Madam’.

(iii) The rain that was welcomed by Lencho, all of sudden, changed into hailstorm. It rained for an hour. The whole corn field was turned white due to snow. It was totally destroyed. The hail destroyed everything. Lencho’s hope changed into despair and badly shattered his dreams of better future It left him helpless and starving for the remaining year.

(b)(i) Griffin was not a true scientist as he did not use his discovery of how to make himself invisible for, good uses. He lost control of himself and behaved like a criminal. First, he set fire to his landlord s house and ran away. Then, he stole food without paying for it in a London store. Besides, he robbed the owner of a theatrical company and stole money from a clergyman’s desk.

(ii) The cause of Matilda’s ruin was her dissatisfaction with whatever life offered her. She was always spa unhappy. She felt that she was born for all the delicacies and luxuries of life. She disliked being Ir him current circumstances. She could have avoided this ruin by bringing content with whatever she had.

 (iii)Mrs. Pumphrey’s dog, Tricki had fallen ill and had to be admitted for treatment to Dr Herriot’s hospital. Dr. Herriot gave him a lot of water and exercise which helped Tricki to recover. When Mrs. Pumphrey went to meet him, Tricki jumped into her lap and started licking her face. Seeing him fully recovered, Mrs. Pumphrey called it a ‘triumph of surgery’

12. Freedom is an essential virtue that is valued equally by both animals and human beings. It is a natural instinct of every living being. Each and everyone loves freedom and does not want to live in confinement. This is especially visible when a wild animal is caged. The animals feel free in their natural habitat and any attempt to confine them is not justified. The tiger, as presented in ‘A Tiger in a Zoo’ roams around the jungle and preys/kills at will. He knows how to attack his prey. He may sometimes also terrorize the villagers but would rarely kill them.

The same tiger is enraged and depressed when he is put behind the bars He moves to and fro the distance of the cage trying to while away his time. He is helpless and generally ignores the visitors. His loss of freedom and grief is visible when he stares the brilliant stars in the sky.

Or

There is no doubt at all in saying that “All parental acts are for the betterment of the children”. A parent always wishes that they may teach each and every skill to their children so that they succeed in their life. If the child don’t act accordingly they indulge in scolding, taunting and humiliating them to shed off their fears and hesitation. This is exactly what the parents of the young seagull did. They had been successful in teaching the young seagull’s elder brothers and sisters and also tried to do the same with him.

When the young seagull could not overcome his fear and hesitation on his own, the mother seagull did everything to force him to fly. She went flying around him with a piece of fish in her back. It was her attempt to tempt her starving son and she did succeed. The young seagull did dive at the fish and ultimately overcame his fears.

13. Bholi, was the youngest daughter of her house. She was not only ignored by everyone but also ill-treated for being ugly. She was a slow learner and a retarded child. Her parents always neglected her and she was a nuisance for them. However under pressure she was sent to a school where she came across her teacher. Her teacher was no ordinary teacher. She not only boosted Bholi’s confidence but also gave her the affection Bholi had never received. The teacher’s care and affection brought a change in Bholi.

When her marriage was fixed with an old man, Bishamber who asked for dowry, she refused to marry him. Her behaviour revealed her confidence. She took a stand and succeeded in overcoming the social barriers and generalisations that were put on her. Her education made her capable enough to refuse and even claim to educate other children.

Or

It is truly said that people who easily trust other are sometimes made to look foolish. In the story, the Hack Driver, Oliver Lutkins made a fool of the young lawyer, when he reached New Mullion to look for Lutkins. Lutkins openly takes the lawyer all over the village to keep him occupied till he left.

He also had to ensure that the lawyer did not speak or question anyone else about him or he would be caught. He therefore told the lawyer that Lutkins never paid anybody a cent and so if he tried to collect money from him in his fancy clothes he would be suspicious and get away.

In this way, Lutkins was always the first to enter a place and prevented the lawyer from directly meeting and speaking to the people. He would then most probably take the people into his confidence so that no one let out the secret of his true identity. He even involved his mother in his plan.

In this way, not only did Lutkins prevented the lawyer from finding Oliver Lutkins but also made a fool out of him just because of his trusting nature. Therefore, one should not be too trusting.

 

 

 

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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                           Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part – A (40 Marks)

                                                           Reading                                                         (20 Marks)

1.Read the passage given below. (10)

1.Parents are changing the plots of classic fairy-tales when reading them aloud because of violence) and political incorrectness. Traditional fables such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Ginger Bread Man’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ were deemed the worst offenders, with parents linking some of their endings to horror films.

2. The poll which was commissioned by Music Magpie included 2000 parents and revealed that one in four took creative liberties when sharing fairytales with their children to suit their beliefs and ideologies. Meanwhile, another 16% confessed to banning them altogether.

3. While these classic tales might seem playful and innocent on the surface, a closer look at the plot, lines, and characters reveals some problematic traits. For example, in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The child is eaten alive by a wolf, only to be saved by a hunter who cuts her out of the animal’s stomach with an axe’. ‘The Three Little Pigs’ also reaches a rather gory conclusion with the pigs murdering a wolf and eating it. Lest we forget ‘The Ginger Bread Man’, whose protagonist is also eaten by a fox. It is an ending that’s hard for parents to swallow, with one of them labeling it as ‘too cruel’ in the survey.

4. However, deeper analysis into some of the nation’s most popular tales unveiled even further issues with regards to political correctness. One in four parents found it inappropriate that ‘Cindrella has to do all of the cleanings in her home while another 25% argued that ‘sleeping beauty’ poses a consent issue, given that prince charming kisses the princess while she is asleep. Meanwhile, 27% believe that ‘Pinocchio’ encourages children to tell lies while one in four claims that ‘The Ugly Duckling’ in which an abused duckling is only accepted by society after he has grown into a swan, advocates body shaming.

5. Some of these stories have been around for generations. ‘But times have charged and there are elements to these classics which for some don’t really fit into society as they once did. We all agree that stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends. Reading stories also helps children with their confidence levels, coping with emotions, and language learning.

6. So stories are a great way to learn in a natural way as there is no teaching involved in it. The learners learn from simply reading the story. The choice of stories must be judicious.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.     (1 x 10 = 10)  

(i) Why are parents changing the plots of classic fairy-tales?

(a) To teach moral lessons

(b) To entertain their children

 (c) Because they feel that the original tales are inappropriate

(d) Because they want to teach their children about consent

(ii) What makes the tales inappropriate?

(a) Discrimination

(b) Violence

(c) Abuse

(d) Its values

(iii) What kind of liberty are the parents taking?

(a) To change the characters

(b) To change the story to suit their ideology

(c) To ignore many parts do the story

(d) To understand the story through different themes

(iv) Which of the following issues have been found by parents in the deeper analysis of the fairytales?

1.Body shaming

2. Abuse

3. Hygiene

4. Consent

5. Racism

6. Telling lies

(a) 1,2 and 3             (b) 4,5 and 6            (c) 1,4 and 6           (d) 2,3 and 5

 (v) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘poses’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) The king stopped a short distance from them as if expecting them to launch into a battle despite their relaxed …………

(b) A friendly wagtail …………  for the camera on the giant lily pad.

(c) If you are wearing special outfits, be sure to choose  …………. that accentuate them.

(d) This barbaric trade …………a serious threat to the survival of the wild chimpanzee.  

(vi) What problem was found with Pinocchio?

(a) It taught children how to tell lies

(b) It taught children about body shaming

(c) It ignored the ideas of consent

(d) It promoted violence

(vii) According to the passage, the plot of the storyline

(a) can be used to teach the do’s and don’ts of the society

(b) does not fit into the present society

(c) focuses on their ideas and ideologies

(d) are very cruel and gory

(viii) The choice of stories must be

(a) judicious

(b)appropriate

(c) advocate growth

(d) All of these

 (ix) What is the expectation of the readers from classic tales?

(a) To be playful and innocent

(b) To entertain while teaching moral values

 (c) To be peaceful and innocent

(d) To only entertain

(x) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Reading with Caution

(b) Judicious Reading

(c) Violent Fairytales

(d) Are Fairytales Innocent?

(xi) Why are stories important for children?

(a) Boosts confidence levels

(b) Help in coping with emotions

(c) Language learning

(d) All of these

(xii) Choose the option that incorrectly states the meaning of ‘confessed’ as used in the passage.

1.Admit

2. Declare

3. Acknowledge

4. Reveal

5. Contradict

6. Affirm

(a) Only 3             (b) Only 5         (c) Only 2            (d) Only 6

2. Read the passage given below.                                         (10)

1.The automobile industry in India is the world’s fourth-largest. India was the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of cars and the seventh-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in 2019. The Indian automotive industry (including component manufacturing) is expected to reach 16.16-18.18 trillion (US$ 251.4-282.8 billion) by 2026. The industry attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) worth US$ 24.21 billion during April 2000 to March 2020 according to the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

2. Two-wheelers and passenger vehicles dominate the domestic Indian auto market. Passenger car sales are dominated by small and mid-sized cars. Two-wheelers and passenger cars accounted for 80.8 percent and 12.9 percent market share, respectively, accounting for a combined sale of over 21.55 million vehicles in FY20. The CAGR during FYI 6-FY20 is 1.29 percent.

3. The Government aims to develop India as a global manufacturing and Research and Development (R&D) hub. It has set up National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) centres as well as National Automotive Board to act as a facilitator between the Government and the industry. Under (NATRiP), five testing and research centres have been established in the country since 2015. NATRiPs proposal for “Grant-In-Aid for test facility infrastructure for Electric Vehicle (EV) performance Certification from NATRIP Implementation Society” under FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India) scheme was approved by Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) on January 03, 2019.

4. The Indian Government has also set up an ambitious target of having only EVs being sold in the country. The Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, has shortlisted 11 cities in the country for the introduction of EVs in their public transport system under the FAME scheme. The first phase of the scheme was extended to March 2019 while in February 2019, the Government approved the FAME-II scheme with a fund requirement of Rs 10,000 crore (US$ 1.39 billion) for FY20-22. Under Union Budget 2019-20, Government announced to provide an additional income tax deduction of Z 1.5 lakh (US$ 2146) on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs.

5. EV sales, excluding e-rickshaws, in India witnessed a growth of 20 per cent and reached 1.56 lakh units in FY20 driven by two-wheelers. The Government of India expects the automobile sector to attract US$ 8-10 billion in local and foreign investment by 2023.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions          (1 x 10 = 10)  

(i) Which industry is the fourth-largest industry in the world?

(a) Complete automobile

(b) Food

(c) Two-wheeler

(d) Four wheeler

(ii) Which achievement of India does the passage highlight?

(a) India becoming the largest manufacturers of cars

(b) India becoming the seventh-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in 2019

(c) India becoming the largest car dealership market

(d) India becoming the home to the maximum number of car owners

(iii) What do the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade highlight?

(a) India is the home to the maximum number of two-wheelers

(b) India’s car market is expanding at an exponential rate

(c) India had received a considerable amount of FDI

(d) India growing as a car manufacturer

(iv) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the initiatives taken by the government to promote the automobile industry.

1.Established NATRIP and a NAB]

2. Set up 5 testing and research centers

3. Introduction of EV’s in their public transport.’

4. Reduction in tax on loans for EV’s

(a) 1 and 2             (b) 3 and 4            (c) 1 and 3           (d) All of these

 (v) Choose the option that lists the statement that is NOT TRUE.

(a) The automobile industry is the world’s fourth-largest industry.

(b) Two-wheeler and passenger vehicles dominate the domestic markets.

 (c) The Ministry of Heavy Industries, has shortlisted I I cities in the country.

(d) E-rickshaws did not witness any growth.

 (vi) In which field does the government of India want to grow?

(a) R and D

(b) Automobile component manufacturing

(c) Complete automobile manufacturing

(d) Grading and testing facilities of automobiles

(vii) The government wants to establish

(a) National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project centres

(b) National Automotive Board

 (c) An institute focused purely on R&D

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(viii) What was the NATRIP’s proposal?

(a) Setting up of testing centers

(b) To provide Aid for test facility infrastructure for Electric Vehicle (EV) performance certification

(c) To adopt faster manufacturing vehicles in India

(d) MI of the above

(ix) According to the passage, which vehicles dominate the Indian markets?

(a) Two-wheelers

(b) Auto-Rickshaws

(c) Passenger vehicles

 (d) Both (a) and (c)

 (x) Indian people prefers which type of passenger cars

(a) XUV’s

(b) SUV’s

(c) Small and middle-sized cars

(d) All of these

(xi) Which fiscal year shows the highest growth level?

(a) FY16

(b) FY17

(c) FY18

(d) FY19

(xii) What does para 4 focus on?

(a) The growth of the Indian automobile industry

(b) The purpose of NATRiP

(c) The need of Foreign Direct Investment in the automobile industry

 (d) The ambitious target of having only the EVs being sold in the country.

                                                 Literature Textbooks                                            (10 Marks)

3.Read the extracts given below and attempt ANYONE, by answering the questions that follow. (5×1)

Suddenly I came out of the clouds and saw two long straight lines of lights in front of me. It was a runway! An airport! I was safe! I turned to look for my friend in the black aeroplane, but the sky was empty. There was nothing there. The black aeroplane was gone. I could not see it anywhere.

(i) The pilot saw when he came out of the clouds …………….

(a) a bird

(b) runway lights of an airport

(c) an airplane

 (d) None of these

 (ii) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.I was struck in stormy clouds.

2. 1 landed safely because of his courage.

3. One of the rangers at the airport helped him.

4. The black aeroplane was just an imaginary existence.

5. The pilot remembered a rumor regarding the black aeroplane.

6. The pilot wanted to thank the black aeroplane.

 (a) 1 and 2            (b) 3 and 5             (c) 4 and 6      (d) All of these

(iii) Why did the narrator turn back?

(a) To see his friend in the black airplane

 (b) To help his friend

(c) To show runway to his friend

(d) To say thank you to his friend

 (iv) What does ‘sky was empty’ mean in this extract?

(a) No bird was visible in the sky

(b) There was no other aeroplane in the sky

(c) The weather was stormy, therefore empty

 (d) The black aeroplane had landed

(v) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s(F) and opinion/s (O) given below.

(a) F- 1, 3 and 0- 2, 4

(b) F- 3 and 0-1, 2, 4

(c) F-I,2 and 0- 3.4

(d) All are opinions

Or

It was necessary to pay this frightful debt. She would pay for it. They sent away the maid, they changed their lodgings; they rented some rooms in an attic. She learned the odious work of a kitchen… she seemed old now. She had become a strong, hard woman, the crude woman of a poor household.

(i) Choose the answer that lists the correct option that represents the condition of Matilda.

 (a) Option 1      (b) Option 2   (c) Option 3  (d) Option 4

 (ii) What had made her ‘crude’?

(a) Her circumstances

(b) Poverty and constant struggle

(c) Misunderstandings with her husband

(d) All of the above

(iii) Which of the following statement is true about Matilda, according to the passage?

 (a) The dreams of Matilda were broken because of her carelessness.

(b) Matilda had hidden the necklace thinking it to be real.

(c) The dreams of Matilda were never fulfilled because of her overambition.

 (d) Matilda was envious of her friends and thus deliberately lost her jewellery.

(iv) What amount of debt was there on Matilda?

(a) 36,000 Francs

(b) 18,000 Francs

(c) 40,000 Francs

(d) 30,000 Francs

(v) Why such conditions were faced by her?

(a) Because she had lost the precious ring

(b) Because she had lost the precious necklace

(c) Because her husband lost his job

 (d) Because of her behaviour with others

4. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

Custard the dragon had big sharp teeth,

And spikes on top of him and scales underneath,

Mouth like a fireplace, chimney for a nose,

And realio, trulio daggers on his toes.

Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears,

And Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs,

Mustard was as brave as a tiger in a rage,

But Custard cried for a nice safe cage.

(i) The lines written in the given extract is written by

(a) Robert Frost

 (b) Ogden Nash

(c) Walt Whitman

(d) Rohin Klien

(ii) The rhyme scheme of the given lines is

 (a) aabb;ccdd

(b) abaab;cdcd

(c) abcd;abcd

(d) abcb;bcdc

(iii) The given lines bring out the contrast between

(a) the dragon and other pets

(b) the dragon’s appearance and nature

(c) the size of the pets and their nature

(d) reality and appearance

(iv) What are the other pets likely to say to the dragon?

(a) ‘Wow! You are so big’

(b) ‘You must not be angry at us’

(c) You are just like Percival’

 (d) ‘Please protect us’

(v) The given lines tells us about

(a) the fears of the dragon

(b) Belinda’s household

(c) the need of bravery

(d) the unity among Belinda’s pets

Or

Don’t bit your nails. Amanda!

Don’t hunch your shoulders, Amanda!

Stop that slouching and sit up straight. Amanda!

(i) Who is giving instructions to Amanda?

(a) Teacher

(b) Grandmother

(c) Mother

(d) Miter

 (ii) What does Amanda do to her shoulders?

(a) Stretches             (b) Hunches           (c) Keep them loose          (d) None of these

 (iii) What is Amanda’s sitting posture?

(a) Sitting straight

(b) Bending on the chair

(c) Slouching

(d) Not sitting at all

(iv) What is the literary device used in the third line?

(a) Metaphor

 (b) Alliteration

(c) Personification

(d) Simile

(v) The speaker wants Amanda to………….. 

(a) learn good habits

(b) listen carefully

(c) follow the instructions

(d) sit in a correct posture

                                                             Grammar                                                           (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

The Delhi Police (i)………… a gang of robbers who (ii)……….. a bank of r 20 crores. The arrested identified as brothers who (iii) ………..  to Punjab and had committed many robberies there.

(i)(a) catch                          (b) had caught            (c) caught           (d) will catch

(ii) (a) were robbing            (b) robbed                  (c) would rob       (d) rob

(iii)(a) belonged                  (b) were belonging     (c) belongs          (d) belong

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Tommy was over (i)………… home. He tells his father that he had been feeling as if he had been inside forever. He (ii)………….   he can’t go to the movie theater or pizza parlor. Moreover, he misses his classmates. After listening to his son, Tommy’s father tells him that Anne Frank and her family spent 2 years in an attic. This (iii) ……………  Tommy. Looking at his expression, Tommy’s father added that he expected this reaction.

(i) (a) with staying at               (b) by stay at        

(c) because of his stay            (d) as he was staying at

(ii) (a) told that                 (b) says that           (c) exclaims that             (d) adds that

(iii)(a) horrifies                 (b) shatters            (c) upsets                        (d) frightened

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct options for any four of the six sentences given below.(1 x 4 = 4)

(i) Once upon a time there a man called Damocles.

(a) lived

(b) was living

(c) was alive

 (d) live

(ii) He gave me a lecture in which he pointed an error in the book.

(a) by          (b) with       (c) out       (d) in

 (iii) Everyone………… save the natural resources of the earth.

(a)might      (b) must           (c) could           (d) dare

(iv) Only one of the boys………. not done the home-work given yesterday.

(a) can        (b) could             (c) has             (d) Have

(v) It is time we………… with determination.

(a) act         (b) acted             (c) will act        (d) have acted

(vi) A speed limit is the ……….. legal speed that you can travel on the road.

(a) highest  (b) biggest          (c) maximum   (d) longest

                                                                Part – B                                     (40 Marks)            

                                                                Writing                                     (10 Marks)

8.You are enrolled in a study abroad course in another country. Your accommodation was arranged by the course provider, and there is a major problem with the accommodation. Write a letter to the course provider explaining your situation. (100-120 words) (5)

Or

An old car was left on the street near your street several weeks ago. The car is now causing a problem for residents. Write a letter to the Council explaining the situation and asking for immediate action.

9. Read the following outline and write an analytical paragraph in 100-120 words. (5)

Recent studies have shown a rapid conversion of impaired glucose tolerance to diabetes in the southern states of India, where the prevalence of diabetes among adults has reached approximately 20% in urban populations and approximately 10% in rural populations.

Or

The following table shows details about the Internet activities for six categories for different age groups. Write an analytical paragraph for the table given in around 100-120 words.

                                                          Literature Textbooks                                 (30 Marks)

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

 (i) Give reason for Lomov’s decision to marry Natalya.

(ii) How did Custard face the pirate?

(iii)What were the ideals which Mandela set for the future of South Africa in his swearing-in ceremony?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each.             (2 x 2 =4)

 (i) What did the hack driver tell the narrator about Lutkin’s mother?

(ii) Richard became a collector at an early age. Why?

(iii)How did Mrs. Pumphrey react to the advice of the doctor?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following question in 40-50 words each. (3 x 2 = 6)

(i) Why did the poet not offer the boy money to buy another ball? (The Ball Poem)

(ii) Which competition was held in the school? Explain two dresses of Wanda Petronski in brief.

(iii)Is bread-making still popular in Goa? How do you know? (Glimpses of India)

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.     (3 x 2 = 6)

(i) What made the two boys in London feel surprised? (Footprints Without Feet)

(ii) How does Bishamber react upon seeing Bholi’s face?

(iii)Was Hari Singh successful in robbing Anil? Was Anil the only one who was robbed or did Hari also rob himself of something?

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Lencho called the post office employees’ ‘a bunch of crooks’. What does it show about his attitude towards men? Was he not a person of humility, appreciation and gratefulness? Elaborate.

Or

Anne Frank had heard that ‘Paper has more patience than people.’ Her act of diary writing proved to be so.

Why do you feel Anne Frank think that she could confide more in her diary than in the people?

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Our inability to accept our circumstances may lead to an unhappy life. Analyze with reference to the story ‘The Necklace.’

Or

After reading the story ‘Bholi’, what do you understand about the social evil that is still deep-rooted in our society? Throw light on how dowry is a negation of a girl’s dignity. Suggest some measures that can be adopted to eradicate this evil from our society.

ANSWERS:-

1. (i) (c) Because they feel that the original tales are inappropriate

(ii) (b) Violence

(iii)(b) To change the story to suit their ideology

(iv) (c) 1, 4 and 6

(v)(d) This barbaric trade …………  a serious threat to the survival of the wild chimpanzee.

(vi) (a) It taught children how to tell lies

(vii)(b) does not fit into the present society

(viii) (d) All of these

(ix) (a) To be playful and innocent

(x) (b) Judicious Reading

(xi) (d) All of these

(xii) (b) Only 5

2. (i) (a) Complete automobile

(ii) (b) India becoming the seventh-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in 2019

(iii)(c) India had received a considerable amount of FDI

(iv) (d) All of these

(v)(a) The automobile industry is the world’s fourth largest industry.

(vi) (a) R and

(vii)(d) Both (a) and (b)

(viii) (b) To provide Aid for test facility infrastructure for Electric Vehicle (EV) performance certification

(ix) (d) Both (a) and (c)

(x) (c) Small and middle-sized cars

(xi) (c) FY18

(xii) (d) The ambitious target of having only the EVs being sold in the country.

3. (i) (b) runway lights of an airport

(ii) (b) 3 and 5

(iii)(a) To see his friend in the black airplane

 (iv) (b) There was no other aeroplane in the sky

(v) (b) F- 3 and 0-1,2.4

Or

(i) (a) Option 1

(ii) (b) Poverty and constant struggle

(iii)(c) The dreams of Matilda were never fulfilled because of her overambition.

(iv) (b) 18,000 Francs

(v) (b) Because she had lost the precious necklace

4. (i) (b) Ogden Nash

(ii) (a) aabb;ccdd

(iii)(b) the dragon’s appearance and nature

(iv) (c) You are just like Percival’

(v) (b) Belinda’s household

Or

(i) (c) Mother

(ii)(b) Hunches

(iii)(c) Slouching

(iv) (b) Alliteration

(v) (a) learn good habits

5. (i) (c) caught

(ii) (b) robbed             

(iii) (a) belonged

6. (i) (a) with staying at

(ii) (d) adds that           

(iii) (d) frightened

7. (i) (a) lived

(ii) (c) out

(iii) (b) must

 (iv) (c) has

(v)(b) acted

(vi) (a) highest

8. 450, Sector – 20

Mumbai

March 15, 20XX

The course provider

 PQR institute of higher education

Netherlands

Subject Problems with accommodation

Sir/Madam

I am Rahul Chaturvedi, a new student who had joined your reputed institute for an MBA course. Before joining the institute, I had requested for accommodation which received approval with the volunteers promising me a good dwelling. However, things are not as per my expectation.

These are some of the problems that I want to highlight with you. Firstly, as I am vegetarian so I had requested for single accommodation with a small kitchen facility. However. I had been offered shared accommodation with no separate kitchen even after making a payment for it. Moreover, my room partner is completely non-vegetarian. Additionally, it is being told to me that accommodation would be a service apartment with basic facilities such as pillow, bed-sheet and quilt. But, none of these facilities was available.

Therefore, I would request to kindly change my accommodation as per agreed before coming here. I would be grateful to you if my request is being taken in consideration on an urgent basis. I am looking forward to hearing soon from you.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully,

Rahul Chaturvedi

Or

C-109, Dharma Colony

 Delhi

23 November 20XX

Council Members

Dharma Housing Corporation

 Delhi

Subject Inconvenience caused by an old car

Sir/ Ma’am

I am a resident of C-106, Dharma Colony and would like to draw your attention to an old parked car near my house.

Since the past 2 months, this car is parked near my home. It seems to be very old and dirty, and its number plate is XXXXXXXXX. In addition, it has flat tires and several dents at rear. Initially I thought it belonged to someone in the colony but upon questioning found that it doesn’t.

We have limited parking lots in our area and one of them is occupied by this car permanently. In this way it is causing trouble for us to find parking nearby as well as on the street where it is parked is very narrow and curved. Further, it is very dirty and dingy making it a home to many diseases. Therefore, I would appreciate if it is promptly removed from the place. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

Raveena Khurana

9. India, a country experiencing rapid socio-economic progress and urbanization, carries a considerable share of the global diabetes burden. Studies in different parts of India have demonstrated an escalating prevalence of diabetes not only in urban populations but also in rural populations as a result of the urbanization of lifestyle parameters. The prevalence of prediabetes is also high.

Recent studies have shown a rapid conversion of impaired glucose tolerance to diabetes in the southern states of India, where the prevalence of diabetes among adults has reached approximately 20% in urban populations and approximately 10% in rural populations. Due to the considerable disparity in the availability and affordability of diabetes care, as well as low awareness of the disease, the glycemic outcome in treated patients is far from ideal. Lower age at onset and a lack of good glycemic control are likely to increase the occurrence of vascular complications. The economic burden of treating diabetes and its complications is considerable. It is appropriate that the Indian Government has initiated a national program for the management and prevention of diabetes and related metabolic disorders. Lifestyle modification is an effective tool for the primary prevention of diabetes in Asian Indians. The primary prevention of diabetes is urgently needed in India to curb the rising burden of diabetes.

Or

Internet and Age

The given table suggests the internet activities of seven age groups ranging from teens to those in their seventies for six different kinds of activities. The table shows that the younger generation mum interested in online games and news, while the older generation spends time on the Internet to research and buy products.

It is evident from the table that teens mainly use the internet for games. news and downloads. They are more interested in searching for people or friends or doing any product research. The middle-age group (people in 20$ to 60s), on the other hand, is highly interested in getting the news. doing product research and buying products. The internet activity which gets the least time is searching for people. All the age groups spend less than 30% of their internet time on the same. The amount of time spent on downloads decreases with age and gets as low as 6% (for people in the 70s).

10. (a) (i) Lomov justifies his decision and says that if he goes for ideal or real love, then he will never get married. He says that Natalya is an excellent housekeeper. He must lead a quiet and regular life.

(ii) Custard faced the pirate boldly. He jumped up, snorting like an engine, clashed his tail, and attacked the pirate with a clatter, a clank, and a jangling squirm (sound of a hard object falling on each other) just like a robin bird attacks a worm.

(iii) The ideals that Mandela set for the future of South Africa in his swearing-in ceremony were to liberate all the people from poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender, and other discriminations.

(b) (i) The hack driver told the young lawyer that Lutkin’s mother was quite a terror. She was nine feet tall and four feet thick. She had the agility of a cat.

(ii) Richard was the only child of his parents. He had no company at home to play with. So, he started collecting things in his spare time. He would collect coins, fossils, rocks and butterflies as a hobby.

(iii) Mrs. Pumphrey agreed with the advice of the Doctor but she found it to be very difficult. Though it seemed that she would be strict on the dog.

11. (a) (i) The poet watched the boy who had plunged in grief at the loss of his ball. He did not offer the boy money to buy another ball as he felt that another ball could not console the boy. The poet also wanted the boy to realize the epistemology of loss.

(ii) There was a drawing competition in the school in the competition all boys had to draw a motorboat and all girls had to make sketches of a dress.

Each dress of Wanda was different from other as one of the dresses was in a brilliant jungle green color and the other was the red sash.

(iii) Yes, bread-making is still popular in Goa. We can see the mixers, the molders, and those who bake the loaves. Most of their festivals and other occasions will become meaningless without the loaves of bread. For example, the ladies of the house prepare sandwiches on the occasion of their daughter’s engagement.

(b) (i) The two boys in London were surprised to see the muddy footprints of a barefooted man but the man was not visible. They wondered whose footprints they were and what was a barefooted person doing on the steps of a house in the middle of London in wintertime.

(ii) Upon having a look at Bholi’s face, Bishamber said that he would marry with Bholi only if her father Ramlal paid him five thousand rupees. Even when Ramlal offers to pay two thousand, Bishamber stays stuck to his demand of five thousand to marry Bholi.

(iii) Yes, Hari Singh was successful in robbing Anil. Anil was not the only one who was robbed at that time. Hari had robbed himself as well. He had robbed Anil monetarily but he had robbed himself of the chance for a better and brighter future, which was much more valuable.

12. Lencho called the post office employees a bunch of crooks as he thought that they had stolen his money sent by God. He was not correct in his assessment of the employees. It shows that he had a negative attitude towards mankind. He was not a fair judge of man’s nature.

 It seems he was too naive to have the sense of humility, appreciation and gratefulness to his fellow humans. He hurt the feelings of the post office employees unintentionally. He was a simple man who had immense faith in God but could not think of any help from men. His anger attitude towards them shows that he did not have any faith in men. He did not credit the post office employees for their help out of ignorance

Or

Anne Frank had heard that ‘Paper has more patience than people.’ Her act of diary writing proved to be so. Anne got a diary as a gift on her thirteenth birthday. First, she didn’t like the idea of writing diary at all. But then she felt like writing because she had to get all kinds of things off her chest. She felt lonely, bored and depressed, though she had loving parents and a sister. She was a shy and introvert type of a girl. She did not have a true friend. Even though she had a happy family but somehow, she could not confide in them.

She wanted someone with whom she could share her secrets. She found a real friend in her diary ‘Kitty’. Moreover, she realised the truth lying in the fact that paper has more patience than people. She did not plan to let anyone else read her diary, unless she ever found a real friend. So she could confide in more ideas in her diary than in people because according to her people are not always interested in listening to what you are telling them. But diary does so and even conceals all your secrets.

13. In order to lead a happy and peaceful life, it is very important that we accept our circumstances because our inability to accept our circumstances may lead to an unhappy life. In the story The Necklace’ the female protagonist Matilda was an extremely beautiful lady who expected too much from life. Unfortunately, she was married to a very simple and ordinary man who could not provide her all the materialistic luxuries which she wanted.

As a result, she suffered in her life. Her lofty aspirations and unrealistic dreams caused her ruins. If Matilda would have been satisfied with what she had, she would have saved herself from the unfortunate circumstances that destroyed her lifestyle. In her desire to look luxurious, she loaned a gorgeous diamond necklace from her rich friend and had lost it. If she had not loaned the precious and expensive necklace she would not have become an old and a crude woman of a poor household.

Or

Dowry is one of the many social evils that is still deep-rooted in our society. It is the negation of a girl’s dignity. Bholi was rejected due to her looks by Bishamber. However, he was ready to marry her if he was given a considerable sum of money as dowry.

We should remove this evil practice from our society. Dowry should be neither given nor taken. It is that evil practice that puts a girl in an inferior and submissive position. Education is one tool that can help us in eradicating this evil practice. Stringent laws should be formulated against the dowry system. Moreover, parents should stop treating their daughters as burdens. The girls should be educated and made socially aware in order to fight this evil. Just like Bholi who gained her confidence upon getting educated from her teacher, all girls will also gain strength to fight this evil practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                       Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part A (40 Marks)

READING (20 marks)

1.Read the passage given below.

1.A youngster quit Facebook in December after spending over three years on social networking sites. With that one act, he bid a silent adieu to more than 300 contacts that he had added to his account during the period. Last week a new feature on Facebook called timeline forced him to reconsider the pros and cons of being on the networking site.

2. “Everyone has some skeletons in their closet and I am just not comfortable with Facebook digging out and displaying all the facts of my life on a bulletin board”, says this youngster who joined the network in July 2013.

3. Facebook, you see, had compressed the time, he spent on the site and arranged it in chronological order. And while he initially liked the new neatly organized scrapbook-like feature, he wasn’t happy to reveal posts from the past, those that, until recently, were hidden under layers and layers of recent updates. Just clicking on a date on the timeline could transport his friends back in time and enable them to view every embarrassing comment, link, or photo he had posted on his profile.

4. “I think it’s a recipe for disaster,” he says. “In 2013, I had some wall posts, which seemed appropriate at a time, but now after a lapse of four years, I have moved on and don’t want them to be openly displayed for all to see.”

5. And he is not alone. Many users, worried about how the Facebook activity could Possibly affect their offline lives, are choosing to commit ‘Facebook Suicide’. While some have privacy concerns, others feel that the site that was meant to bring them closer to their friends actually does the opposite – it reduces their friendship to something superficial.

6. “Poking and liking are not enough to keep a friendship going”, says a business analyst, Having quit Facebook three years ago, he prefers meeting is ‘real’ friends face to face, instead of reading their trite posts online. “On Facebook, people hype everyday issues including what they ate and where they went on a daily basis”, says this analyst who continues to use Twitter.

7. “Facebook has become a time sink and it could not justify the time I spent on it, lie says, “I spend more time calling up friends or relatives over the phone now I also go out and meet people whenever possible and have a good offline life. I do not regret the change. “Today, Facebook has 800 million users of which 37 million are Indians. The site has become an online identity for most, and many of those who decided to quit cannot overcome the withdrawal symptoms and return. Facebook, fully aware of its addictive powers, facilitates this return by allowing users to ‘deactivate’ their accounts but continues to store information on its servers so that they can return from their ‘break’, whenever they wish.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.          (1 x 10 = 10)

(i) Which feature of Facebook was responsible for the action of the youngster?

(a) Poking                  (b) Liking

(c) Gif’s                       (d) Timeline

(ii) Why are people generally not comfortable with the new feature?

(a) Facebook digging out and displaying their past

(b) Facebook providing their data to other sites

(c) Facebook making their data available to all

(d) All of the above

(iii) How did the timeline feature work?

(a) It categorized all the data into their types

(b) It put all data in chronological order

(c) It put together all activity into a video

 (d) It set reminders for posts

(iv) Why is Facebook called ‘A recipe for disaster’?

(a) It displays the deleted matter

(b) It makes every post public

(c) It displays the past that was relevant then but not now

(d) They use the data for further advertisement

 (v) What are the concerns regarding Facebook?

(a) Privacy

(b) Disrupts communication

(c) Creates superficial friendships

 (d) All of these

(vi) What did the youngster do with his Facebook account?

(a) He updated it

(b) He deleted it

(c) He deactivated it

(d) He made it private

 (vii) Which of the following characteristics can be apt for the lives of the people who had quit Facebook?

1.Embarrassing

2. Peaceful

3. Real

4. Nostalgic

5. Social

6. Addictive

(a) 2 and 4               (b) 3 and 5          (c )3 and 6              (d) 1 and 5

(viii) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘time’ as used in the passage, to fill in the blank space.

(a) It also defines his/her aims and establishes the………..  needed to achieve them.

(b) A comprehensive……….. of the modern Portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine are available.

(c) In fact, if you take a look at the………… of skiing, you will see that the earliest skis were discovered in Russia in 6300 BC.

(d) The teacher showed the students how to create their historical………….  to show the events in order.

(ix) For what reason did the business analyst quit Facebook?

(a) It bought forward false data regarding her friends

(b) Fear of leakage of private information

(c) She prefers meeting friends face to face

(d) She is not as tech-savvy

 (x) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Quitting Facebook

(b) Facebook: Stay or Quit

(c) Can you Quit Facebook?

(d) Facebook- A Digital Drug

(xi) What shows that Facebook is aware of its addictive powers?

(a) It deactivates feature

(b) It act of storing information in its servers

 (c) Allowing users to rejoin the app

(d) All of the above

(xii) Choose the option that correctly states the meanings of ‘digging out’, as used in the passage.

1.To get something out of something.

2. To accelerate any act or event.

3. To find out a secret.

4. To look for something old.

5. To find something that you have not used or seen for a long time.

6. To present embarrassing information or photo.

(a) 2 and 3                        (b) Only 4                               (c) 1 and 6                      (d) Only 5

2. Read the given passage below. (10)

1.Tourism, for millennia, has been a perpetual industry. Though initially unorganized and highly chaotic, it retained a place in each nook of history. The present tourism scenario in India is on the rise, with destinations grabbing eyeballs globally and domestically. Being the youngest nation in the world, it’s no wonder that the aggregate of “millennial’s” spend more time and money on travel than previous generations. This could be huge for the economy of various states that rely majorly on tourism, if only it were sustainable.

2. Unsustainability prevails throughout the country, in states with higher domestic tourist inflow than foreign. The Dev Bhoomi is a prime example. No matter how popular, Uttarakhand tourism is loop-holed through and through.

3. Approx. 80% of tourists arrive to complete the infrastructure Dham Yatra. Such unchecked tourism puts immense pressure on natural and Infrastructure facilities. The extreme shortage of accommodation in correspondence with thriving footfalls has led to the construction of illegal buildings, the majority of which exist on riverbanks. With an increasing number of tourists coming in through private vehicles to save “transportation money”, pollution levels are rising, increasing temperatures in return. With unlawful construction and pollution on riverbanks, the Ganges could cause direct harm to local species in Rishikesh and Haridwar.

4. Around 10,000 hilly areas are being convened for the construction of roads alone. We know, roads are basic infrastructure, but the Forest Conservation Act requires a project developer to plant trees in a non-forest/degraded forest area equal to or twice the trees it’s clearing respectively, to compensate which does not happen.

5. The India State of Forest Report illustrates how Uttarakhand is losing its forest cover, which has indirect development through tourism, at its core. The Government and private tour operators may think they can deny allegations, but the charts speak for themselves.

6. We, as consumers of the tourism industry, hold the power to cause a massive stir in this context. According to research conducted, Uttarakhand’s mass tourism comprises people between 25-35 years of age, with higher education, out with either family or friends and enough average income contribute to the local economy.

7. Regardless of what figures say, if we look forward to sustainable tourism being the target market, it leaves little choice to the rest of the hierarchy. Consciously making efforts to be responsible tourists and thinking of how to provide for the local community/environment in a way — tiny or big, could act as a catalyst in obliterating this ruckus due to ignorance. After all, there can only ever be seven Deadly Sins and wanderlust isn’t one of them.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.        (1 x 10 = 10)   

(i) In the line ” ………….to cause a massive stir”, the word ‘stir’ DOES NOT refer to

(a) problems

 (b) change

(c) developments

(d) difference

(ii) Unsustainability in tourism can be blamed on

(a) Government apathy

(b) Domestic tourists

(c) Foreign footfall

(d) Illegal constructions

(iii) What characteristics did the files of tourism show in its earlier stages?

(a) Developing

(b) Unsustainable

(c) Unorganised

(d) All pervasive

 (iv) What does the given passage try to highlight?

(a) Tourism is unsustainable

 (b) The natural landscape of Uttarakhand must be preserved

(c) Tourism is the main source of income for various states

(d) All of the above

(v) Why is there a pressure on Natural and infrastructural facilities?

(a) More vehicular transports

(b) Setting up of livelihoods in the regions

 (c) Unchecked footfall

(d) Deforestation

(vi) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the result of the pressures of large number of tourists.

1.Higher education

2. Illegal infrastructural constructions

3. Rise in pollution

4. Aforestation

5. Preservation of local species of Nora and faunal

6. Increase in local economy

(a) 2 and 3               (b) 1 and 6            (c) 4 and 5            (d) 1 and 4

(vii) The pressures of large tourists results in

(a) Illegal infrastructural constructions near river banks

 (b) Rise in the levels of pollution

 (c) Direct impact on the local species of flora and fauna

(d) All of the above

(viii) What does the Forest Conservation act vouch for?

(a) For preservation of local species of flora and fauna

(b) To plant trees in a non-forest area equal the trees cut for construction

(c) Construction only in the non forest or degraded forest area

(d) Both (b) and (c)

(ix) Choose the option that lists the statement that is TRUE.

(a) Economically backward countries will benefit from unsustainable tourism.

(b) Wanderlust is one of the seven Deadly sins.

(c) The tourism industry recognises sustainability as an important factor.

(d) Development of a country is heavily dependent on tourism.

(x) Which places of Uttrakhand see maximum damage?

(a) Rishikesh and Haridwar

(b) Dehradun and Manali

(c) Mussoorie and Nainital

(d) Char dham

(xi) Which place is the Major Tourist Destination?

(a) Srinagar

(b) Rishikesh

(c) Dehradun

(d) Mussoorie

(xii)  The Tourist statistics showed that in Uttrakhand

(a) Domestic footfall and international footfall are almost similar.

(b) Domestic footfall is much greater than international footfall.

(c) International footfall is much higher than domestic footfall.

(d) Footfalls depend on religious inclinations of people.

                                           Literature Textbooks                                                      (10 Marks)

3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1x 5=5)

The following Sunday Lencho came a bit earlier than usual to ask if there was a letter for him. It was the postman himself who handed the letter to him while the postmaster, experiencing the contentment of a man who has performed a good deed, looked on from his office. Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence — but he became angry when he counted the money. God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.

(i) Why was Lencho not surprised on seeing the money?

(a) Because he had firm faith in God.

(b) Because he was confident of getting the money.

(c) Because he knows the post-office employees.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(ii) Choose the option that lists the set of sentences that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.Lencho had firm faith in God.

2. The Postman had raised the money for Lencho.

3. The people at the post office stole the money.

4. Lencho was angry with God.

5. Lencho was desperate for help.

6. Postman wanted to make fun of Lencho.

7. Lencho did not believe the postman.

(a) 1,2 and 5           (b) 3,4 and 6             (c) 2,6 and 7              (d) 1,3 and 5

(iii) What was the belief of Lencho?

(a) God couldn’t make a mistake in counting the money.

 (b) God couldn’t deny what he had requested.

 (c) Money was stolen.

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(iv) Who handed the letter to Lencho?

(a) The postman

(b) The postmaster

(c) Lencho’s wife

(d) Lencho’s children

(v) Pick the option that correctly classifies facts (F) and opinion/s (O) of the students below.

 (a) F-2, 3 and 0-1,4

(b)F-1,2 and 0-3,4 

(c) F-2 and 0-1,3,4

(d) F-1,3 and 0-2,4

Or

It was a prosperous farmer’s household and there was plenty to eat and drink. All the children except Bholi were healthy and strong. The sons had been sent to the city to study in schools and later in colleges, of the daughters Radha, the eldest, had already been married.

(i) Choose the answer that lists the correct option about the condition of Bholi’s father.

 (a) Option 1                 (b) Option 2              (c) Option 3             (d) Option 4

 (ii) How many of his children were healthy and strong?

(a) His five out of seven children were healthy and strong.

(b) His six out of seven children were healthy and strong.

(c) His four out of seven children were healthy and strong.

(d) His all children were healthy and strong.

(iii) Find out a word from the extract which means the same as ‘affluent’.

(a) Plenty

(b) Prosperous

(c) Healthy

(d) Strong

 (iv) The extract uses the phrase ‘plenty to eat. Which of the following expressions is incorrect with respect to the word ‘plenty’?

 (a) Option 1          (b) Option 2          (c) Option 3             (d) Option 4

(v) What is the rhyme scheme of the given lines?

(a) Abcb              (b) Abed           (c) Abab             (d) Abba

4. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

But if it had to perish twice

I think I know enough of hate

to say that for destruction ice

Is also great.

(i) What is the poet not likely to say?

(a) I wish I was an animal’

(b) ‘We should always keep a pet’

(c) ‘Animals are much better than us’

(d) ‘We should make more zoo’s for animals’

 (ii) According to the poet, what ‘ice’ symbolizes?

(a) Hatred                   (b) Coldness

(c) Rigidity                  (d) All of these

 (iii) What does the word ‘perish’ mean in the above lines?

(a) Cease to exist or die

(b) Disappear

(c) Hopeless

(d) Inferior

(iv) What does the poet think?

(a) He thinks of love

 (b) He thinks of beauty

(c) He thinks of hate

 (d) He thinks of nature

 (v) What is great for destruction?

 (a) Fire             (b) Ice             (c) Hate           (d) Love

Or

I think I could turn and live with animals,

they are so placid and self-contained I

stand and look at them long and long.

(i) Who has composed the above lines?

(a) Robert Frost                   (b) Ogden Nash

(c) Walt Whitman                (d) Leslie Norris

 (ii) What does the poet say about animals?

(a) They are self-contained

(b) They are placid

(c) They are calm and peaceful

(d) All of these

(iii) Trace a word from the extract that means ‘Serene’.

(a) Placid

(b) Self-contained

(c) Turn

 (d) Stand

 (iv) The poet wants to live with animals because of their……….. 

 (a) peaceful nature

 (b) they are contented

(c) self-contained

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(v) The word ‘turn’ in the first line implies……….. 

(a) new beginnings in life

(b) new directions in life

(c) new happenings in life

(d) None of these 

                                                                Grammar                                    (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 4 = 4)

From the coffee houses to the sixteenth century to the modern-day cafes, coffee has(i)…………   a significant impact on the lifestyles of people from all walks of life. Coffee (ii)…………  an important role in many societies around the world today. It (iii) ………… a long way to become the most popular beverage in the world today.

 (i) (a) has            (b) having             (c) had                 (d) did

(ii) (a) playing       (b) playing            (c) play                (d) plays

(iii)(a) came         (b) has come        (c) is coming        (d) will come

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3=3)

Tarun saw his old father talking to Anil. He (i)……….  Anil that his wife was angry at him. When Anil asked him about the reason, he (ii)…………  he has no idea. He further added that she (iii) ………… she was angry and just gave him silent treatment. He also said that earlier it bothered him but now he found it funny like a mini vacation.

(i) (a) hear him say            (b) listened to him say

(c) heard him telling          (d) noticed him saying

(ii) (a) refused that             (b) questioned that

(c )ordered that                  (d) replied that

(iii) (a) never told him why (b) seldom say that

(c )often tell him                (d) never asked him

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1×4= 4)

(i) The examiner who is the first man to fly in space was.

(a) ask                    (b) questioned

(c) asked                (d) know

(ii) She said, “I  have a computer to prepare for the presentation.”

(a) had                   (b) may

(c) need to             (d) must

(iii) Mousami said, “I did my duty with justice”.

(a) full of                (b) complete

 (c) new                 (d) little

(iv) He said, “I am telling you truth.”

 (a) a          (b) an            (c) the             (d) None of these

(v) The Indian Meteorological Department on Monday an alert.

(a) issue    (b) issued      (c) will be issuing           (d) had issued

(vi) The winds gust up to 50-70km/hour.

(a)shall (b) will             (c) could            (d) may

Part – B (40 Marks)

                                                             Writing                                           (10 Marks)                 

8. You have been invited to attend an admissions interview for a prestigious college. Unfortunately, you cannot come at the proposed time due to an exam. Write a letter to the admissions tutor explaining your situation (100-120 words). (5)

Or

You and your friends ate a meal at a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, and you were extremely pleased with the experience. Write a letter to the restaurant manager explaining the entire situation. (100-120 words)

9. Below given are three pie charts showing the consumption habits of India, China, and World overall. Write an analytical paragraph describing the pie charts (100-120 words). (5)

Or

Below is the graph that illustrates tiger population in India. Referring to the same write the analytical paragraph for Gautam in 100-120 words.

                                                Literature Textbooks                                            (30 Marks)

10. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) What was unusual about the dress of Wanda?

(ii) What happened in the first decade of the twentieth century? (Nelson Mandela)

(iii) Why did everyone make fun of the dragon? (Tale of Custard the Dragon)

(b)Answer any two of the following questions in 20-30 words each.                    (2 x 2=4 )

(i) Why was the lawyer not happy with his job? (The Hack Driver)

(ii) How was Griffin a lawless man?

(iii)What conditions did Anil put forward before appointing Hari Singh as a servant?

11. (a) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each. (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) Why does Anne provide a brief sketch of her life?

(ii) How does frost present nature in his poem ‘Dust of Snow’?

(iii) Which pan of the town did Valli see after the train station?

(b) Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words each.        (2 x 2 = 4)

(i) Do you think Tricki was happy to go home? What do you think will happen now?

(ii) What activities did Ebright interested in?

(iii) Do you think M. Loisel had an enjoyable evening at the ball? Give reasons for your answer.

12. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

The poor seagull was so scared that he couldn’t even fly-a talent that should have come naturally to him. What lesson do we learn from the life of the young Seagull?

Or

“…when the hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the freedom of my people. It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that animated my life…”

 How did the desire for the freedom of his people change Nelson Mandela’s life?

13. Answer the following question in 100-120 words. (5)

Do you think people like Anil and Had Singh are found only in fiction or are there such people in real life?

Or

Why was the lawyer sent to New Mullion? Why could the lawyer not complete his work on that day? (The Hack Driver)

ANSWERS:-

1. (i) (d) Timeline

(ii) (a) Facebook digging out and displaying their past

(iii)(b) It put all data in chronological order

(iv) (c) It displays the past that was relevant then but not now

(v)(d) All of these

 (vi) (b) He deleted it

(vii)(b) 3 and 5

(viii) (d) The teacher showed the students how to create their historical   to show the events in an order

(ix) (c) She prefers meeting friends face to face

(x) (c) Can you Quit Facebook?

(xi) (d) All of the above

(xii) (d) Only 5

2. (i) (a) problems

(ii) (b) Domestic tourists

(iii)(b)Unorganised

(iv) (a) Tourism is unsustainable

(v)(c) Unchecked footfall

(vi)(a) 2 and 3

(vii) (d) All of the above

(viii)(b) To plant trees in a non-forest area equal the trees cut for construction

(ix)(c) The tourism industry recognises sustainability as an important factor.

(x) (a) Rishikesh and Haridwar

 (xi) (C) Dehradun

(xii) (b) Domestic footfall is much greater than international footfall

3. (i) (d) Both (a) and (b)

(ii)(b) 3,4 and 6 

(iii) (d) Both (a) and (b)

 (iv) (a) The postman

 (v) (d) F-1,3 and 0-2, 4

Or

(i) (a) Option 1

(ii) (b) His six out of seven children were healthy and strong

(iii)(b) Prosperous

(iv) (a) Option 2

(v) (c) Abab

4. (i) (d) We should make more zoo’s for animals’

(ii) (d) All of these

(iii)(a) Cease to exist or die

(iv) (c) He thinks of hate

(v) (b) Ice

Or

(i) (c) Watt Whitman

(ii) (d) All of these

(iii)(a) Placid

(iv) (a) peaceful nature

(v) (b) new directions in life

5. (i) (c) had

 (ii) (d) plays

 (iii) (b) has come

6. (i) (c) heard him telling

(ii) (d) replied that

(iii) (a) never told him why

7. (i) (c) asked

(ii) (d) must

 (iii)(b) complete

(iv) (c) the

(v)(b) issued

(vi) (d) may

8. 450, Vilippuram District

Tamil Nadu

June 1, 20XX

The Admissions tutor

Delhi University

Subject: Inability to come to the interview on the set date

Sir/Madam

Thank you very much for your letter dated 15th May inviting me for an interview at your college on Wednesday 14th June at 10 am.

However, I am extremely sorry to inform you that I will be unable to come to an interview at that time because I have a math exam that morning. I really cannot miss this exam I really want to be a part of your reputed institute and thus wish to attend the interview with you.

Is it possible that I could come to the interview any day after that. I would also like to know how long the interviews will last and also whether I will be required to do any tests during it.

Once again I apologize for not being able to attend the interview at the time that you wanted and I hovel will be able to meet with you at another time I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully,

Abhishek Devarajam

Or

138, Viraj Vihar

Prayag raj

10 August, 20XX

Restaurant Manager

Hashtag Cafe

Allahabad

Subject Satisfactory service

Sir/ Ma’am

I am writing to express my satisfaction and admiration regarding the outstanding food and service we have enjoyed in your restaurant, “Hashtag Cafe” last Sunday. Thank you for making our event more special.

It was one of my friend’s birthday so we decided to celebrate it at your restaurant. We visited your restaurant on 29th July, at around 7.30 pm. due to its convenient location and a good reputation for delicious food. I am glad that we picked your place.

Five of us enjoyed the unique fusion of Indian and western food for dinner and a special truffle cake from your restaurant. It was really worth the money we paid. The service of the waiters was also marvelous.

We also realized how preciously you treat your customers when my friend got a chocolate box as a birthday gift on behalf of your restaurant. That truly made our day. I hope the authorities of your restaurant will always ensure this excellent service and food to all its guests.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully.

 Sabista Thakur

9.                                            Food Habits

With the sedentary lifestyle, it is not surprising that people are more inclined towards depending on processed food instead of healthy home-cooked ones. The given pie charts depict types of food consumption as compared in two countries- India and China. In general, it was found that processed food is the major type of food eaten across the world.

Processed food comprises as high as 41% of the global consumption. In China and India as wet-processed foods are consumed the most, the rate of consumption being 34% and 39% respectively. On the other hand, vegetables and fruits constitute only 29% of consumers globally, 32% in China and only 23% in India. For Indians, animal food accounts for 27% of their diet, exceeding Chinese food consumption by a striking 12%. However, nuts and seeds comprise almost one-fifth of Chinese food habits. This is way more than the global consumption of 4% and 11% of India.

Overall, world food consumption largely comprises processed food.

Or

                                                                 The Roar is Back

The tiger is an iconic species whose dwindling population has worried our whole country. To conserve its population, many programmes and projects were initiated by the country and it seems that the projects had worked well. The given graph shows the increasing number of the tigers.

Poaching, one of the greatest dangers resulting in the decline was the first thing addressed. Cameras were set at different location where there were an abundance of tigers. Forest areas were also converted into reserved regions where no poaching was allowed. To do so, approximately 5.22 km of foot surveys were made to make sure that the area could remain a habitat of the species. As a result, the declining number started climbing. The population of the tigers increased from 1411 in 2006 to 1706 in 2010 and then to 2226, 2967 in 2014 and 2018, respectively. The regions that saw the growth includes Madhya Pradesh where the tiger populations in 2018 is 526. The other states with high number of tigers are Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam with 524, 442, 312, 284, 190, and 190 respectively.

Given all these data, the tiger conservation projects and programmes have been quite successful in preventing the animal from becoming extinct and preserving their natural habitat.

                                                 Literature Textbooks                                    (30 Marks)

10. (a) (i) The unusual thing about the dress of Wanda was that she always wore a faded blue dress that didn’t fit her well. It was neat but it was wrinkled all over and required good ironing.

(ii) In the first decade of the twentieth century. the whites in South Africa erected a system of racial domination over the blacks, known as ‘apartheid’

(iii) Everyone in the house makes fun or used to laugh at the dragon because he always cried for a safe cage, whereas others used to boast about their bravery.

(b) (i) The lawyer was not happy with the job because he was made to deliver summons, instead of preparing legal briefs. For that task, he had to go to dirty and shadowy corners of the city.

(ii) Griffin was lawless because he had committed many anti-social deeds. He set fire to his landlord’s house and ran away, he stole from a London store, from a theatrical company and also stole money from a clergyman’s house to pay his bills.

(iii) Before appointing Hari Singh as a servant, Anil told him that he would not give Hari a regular salary. He had to cook food for both and then only he would feed him.

11. (a) (i) Anne provides a brief sketch of her life as a good introduction helps to draw the reader’s attention Moreover, it gives background information about the topic. By providing a brief sketch of her life. Anne gives an overview of herself, her family, and her surroundings. This helps the reader to develop a connection with her.

(ii) Robert Frost loves nature. The crow and the hemlock tree are associated with bad omens. However. Frost has depicted them in a way that they cheer him up. His hidden message is that everything around us in nature is beautiful.

(iii) Valli saw a busy and well laid-out shopping street after the train station. The bus turned and entered a wider thoroughfare. There were big and bright-looking shops. There was a shiny display of clothes and other articles along with a big crowd.

(b)(i) The way in which Tricki jumped on Mrs Pumphrey’s lap and showed affection towards her indicates that Tricki was very happy to go home. I think that from now on Mrs Pumphrey will mend her ways and keep Tricki healthy.

(ii) Richard Ebright apart from being interested in Science, had many other hobbies. He was a champion debtor, a public speaker and a good canoeist. He was an overall-outdoor person He also was an expert photographer. Specifically of nature and scientific exhibits.

(iii) I think M Loisel didn’t enjoy much at the ball. In fact, he was not much interested in such parties. He had come there for the sake of his wife’s happiness. So when his wife was dancing with enthusiasm, intoxicated with pleasure, he waited for her since midnight.

12. Just like the young seagull, most of us are generally afraid to take risks in life and try out new things. A seagull is a bird and it is meant to fly. However, fear made him hesitate to fly. The young seagull was constantly encouraged by his parents to fly He was even scolded and taunted when he showed reluctance, but he could not overcome his fear. Similarly, fear has the same effect on our minds also It hampers our progress. We should remember that when the young seagull finally overcame his fear and took his first flight, he felt extremely ecstatic and triumphant. True success comes only to those who fight their demons.

The lesson that we learn is that before starting a new work. there are always problems. but losing hope or confidence is not the solution. We should try our level best and never give up the struggle in despair

Or

The desire for the freedom of his people totally animated Nelson Mandela’s life He was transformed from a frightened young man into a bold one. The desire turned a law-abiding attorney into a criminal.

A family loving husband was turned into a man without a home, changed a life-loving man into a monk. Mandela was no more virtuous as self-sacrificing, but he could not even enjoy poor and limited freedom. He felt robbed when he came to know that his people were not free. He felt the slavery of his people as slavery of his own. It was this desire for the freedom of his people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that changed his life. He was allowed freedom when he knew his people were not free. Freedom was indivisible. The chains on any one of his people were the chains on all of them and the chains on all his people were the chains on him also. He felt the pain and fought for them.

13. I don’t think that people like Anil and Han Singh are found only in fiction. There are such people in real life also although they are rare in today’s society yes, they do exist. The first reaction of people if someone is caught stealing is that they will try to punish him. But it should be realized that humans are bound to make errors but that shouldn’t set them loose a chance to rectify their mistake and change for good.

There are some people in real life like Anil who give a chance to that person to reform. Honestly, this is the only way to bring anyone to right path rather than punishing severly and thus making him a criminal forever.

Or

The lawyer used to work as an apprentice with a law firm. He had to serve summons on witnesses as a part of his job. He was sent to New Mullion to serve summons on Oliver Lutkins. a prime witness in a law case. When he reached the town and was making enquiries about Lutkins, he met a hack driver who was in fact Lutkins and took him to many places like Beincke’s. Gustaff’s barber shop, Gray’s barber shop, poolroom and his mother’s farmyard.

At every place they went in (first the hack driver and then the lawyer went), people said that he had not come there or just missed him by five minutes. The hack driver told the lawyer that Lutkins owed him money also and thus he appeared a genuine and helpful person to the lawyer. Thus, Lutkins, very cleverly fooled the lawyer and he (the lawyer) was not able to complete his work that day.

 

 

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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2020-21)

ENGLISH – Language and Literature

CLASS-X (Rationalized syllabus)

Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                      Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1.This paper is divided into two parts: A and B. All questions are compulsory.

2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.

3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

Part A (40 Marks)

                                                                   READING                                   (20 marks)          

 Read the passage given below.

1.The world is big but in a sense, it starts from me. Knowledge and awareness about my own self has to precede my knowledge of things other than me. If I want the external environment to appreciate value. I need to do it by myself, first. In order to make the atmosphere around me green, I have to be green myself, in belief and action.

2. From dusk to dawn and dawn to dusk, our every activity leaves its footprint on the environment and ecology. It is a 24 x 7, eternal phenomenon. A laboured consciousness of having to go green in all possible areas is required in each one of us. It is, after all, our own self-interest and that of our descendants. The conscious application of change a few is going to become a habit and one’s culture in due course. Though we read and hear a lot off green initiatives, we hardly tweak our routines to suit the larger picture.

3. Greenery in the surroundings prevents dust and noise pollution. The way we water and manure plants also matter. Water is also a fast depleting resource. Sprinklers are one example to use and conserve it. Compost from biowaste can be used as manure for the plants which is cost—effective and eco-friendly. We can also contribute to the preservation of water bodies by not dumping our garbage in them. The use of public transport systems in the place of individual modes can reduce carbon footprint.

4. ‘Reuse’, ‘Recycle, ‘Re – engineer’ and ‘Renew’ are the mantras. Let us appreciate, support and contribute our might to the promotional efforts of the community in this direction. Remember, my ecology is also the community, society, and the nation that I care for which in turn cares for me. In other words, all these seemingly outward initiatives done for others are going to make my life more comfortable ultimately.

5. I have to be, therefore, concerned about what sort of environment I am responsible for, for my own sustenance, livelihood, and progress. As long as my impact is positive, my presence will be welcome. If it is otherwise, I am going to be shunned. It is either ‘Embrace’ or ‘Embarrass’.

6. Green initiatives are anti—scorch earth. Air, water, and soil need to be conserved for the thriving of mankind in the future. The increasing onslaughts on the quality of air and soil need to be reversed. The indiscriminate exploitation of water — consumable water is only 0.3% of freshwater — needs to be stopped. The earth ought not to shrink further, continue to breathe easy. Mother earth looks for only love and cares from her children and nothing more in return for all the wealth she has so generously showered on us.

On the basis of your reading answer any ten of the following questions.       (1 x 10 = 10)    

(i) The writer emphasises on knowing the

(a) external environment

(b) atmosphere

(c) world

(d) self

(ii) Choose the option that best captures the central idea of the passage from the given quotes.


(c) Option 3                           (d) Option 4                 
(a) Option 1                          (b) Option 2

(iii) Which of the following are the ways in which we can help in maintaining the environment?

1.Planting trees

2. Using bio manures

3. Using power saving devices

4. Carpooling

5. No more building

6. Reducing research

 (a) 1 and 2            (b) 1,2,3 and 4            (c) 1.5 and 6             (d) All of these

(iv) The societal behaviour can help in maintaining the environment if we

 (a) plant trees                                         (b) use bio-manure

(c) realise social obligation                   (d) All of these

(v) Our life can become more productive if we

 (a) focus on our environment

(b) reuse, recycle and renew

(c) do more promotional efforts

(d) Both (a) and (b)

(vi) Why should one be concerned about the environment?

(a) For better sustenance

(b) For the betterment of culture

(c) For betterment of self

(d) For future generations

(vii) How does the author want to impact his environment?

(a) Negatively

(b) Positively

(c) Neutrally

(d)Socially

(viii) According to the author, ones ecology includes

 (a) flora and fauna

(b) community, society and nation

(c) everything that surround you

(d) one’s own self

(ix) Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?

(a) Knowledge and Awareness

(b) Green Initiatives

(c) Making the Green Initiative a part of our Lives

(d) Environment Conservation

(x) The phrase “contribute our might” refers to the contribution towards

(a) saving the flora and fauna

(b) reducing pollution

(c) development of the nation

(d) maintenance of the environment

(xi) Select the option that makes the correct use of ‘thriving’ as used in the passage, to fill in space.

(a) It is a centre of trade and sport.

(b) Fruit farming is an industry.

(c) Try a large variety of fruit dishes in an environment that is small yet cozy at the same time.

 (d) Villanueva is a clean and place.

(xii) Choose the option that correctly states the meaning of ‘might’, as used in the passage.

1.A very small amount

2. Power

3. Ability

4. Permission

5. Request

(a) I and 2            (b) 2 and 3            (c) 3 and 4            (d) 1 and 4

2. Read the passage given below carefully.                                                                        (10)

1.Coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s. The name ‘corona virus’ is derived from the Latin corona, meaning crown or halo. The new type of coronavirus outbreak came to light on 31st December 2019 when China informed the World Health Organization of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan city in Hubei Province. Subsequently, the disease spread to more Provinces in China and to the rest of the world. The WHO has declared it a pandemic. The virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease is now called COVID-19.

2. Some of the symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and trouble breathing. These symptoms are very much like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have a weak immune system, like elderly people.

3. The virus appears to spread mainly from person to person. The transmission occurs when someone comes into contact with an infected person. For example, a cough, sneeze, or handshake could cause transmission. There is no specific vaccine or medication to cure the disease, but generally, symptoms will go away on their own. A set of preventive measures are usually followed in case someone gets infected. This includes keeping infected people in quarantine for a certain period, generally fourteen days.

To protect you from the virus, here are six recommendations to follow: 

  • Avoid contact with people who are already infected. .
  • Wash your hands well and regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands. .
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people touch a lot. .
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

Data of Top Five Countries (As on 25th August 2020)

Affected with Corona Virus

Answer any ten of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read.     (1 x10 =10)

(i) The word ‘corona’ in Latin means ………….

(a) square                 (b) crown or halo

(c) crowd                  (d) round

(ii) When did China inform about the new virus?

(a) On 31st Dec 2019

(b) On 30th Dec, 2019

(c) On 30th Nov, 2019

(d) On 31st Dec, 2019

(iii) The first case of this virus was reported in

(a) The Hubia city of China

(b) Beijing, China

(c) New Delhi, India

(d) Hubei Province of Wuhan city in China

(iv) What does the word ‘Pandemic’ mean in the passage?

(a) A disease prevalent over a city

(b) A disease prevalent over a state

(c) A disease prevalent over a whole country of the world

(d) A disease prevalent over a few cities

(v) What is the name of the virus which causes corona?

(a) SAARC-CoV-19

(b) COVID-19

(c) SAARS-CoV-19

(d) SARS-COV-2

 (vi) Which organization declared the virus as a pandemic?

(a) World Health Department

(b) World Health Organisation

(c) World Health Organisation

(d) World’s Health Organisation

(vii) ………….  is one of the symptoms of COVED- 19

(a) Sore throat                       (b) High BP

(c) High Blood Sugar             (d) Rashes on the skin

(viii) According to the passage, which country has the maximum coronavirus cases?

(a) India                                 (b) Pent

(c) United States of America (d) Brazil

(ix) Based on your understanding of the passage, choose the option that lists the ways in which we can protect ourselves tram the ‘iris.

 (a) 1,4 and 5

(b) 2,5 and A

(c) 1.3 and 4

(d) 3,2 and 6

 (x) Which of the following is TRUE regarding the passage?

(a) It suggests a cure to the disease.

(b) It tell us about the new pandemic.

 (c) According to it, the pandemic is natural.

(d) China has reported the highest number of cases of infected people.

(xi) The quarantine suggested in the passage is for the period of

(a) 10 days                (b) 14 days

(c) 7 days                   (d) 1 month

 (xii) According to the passage, who are more at risk of the disease?

(a) Old people

(b) Weak people

(c) Children

(d) All of these

                                                     Literature Textbooks                        (10 Marks)                        

3. Read the extracts given below and attempt ANYONE, by answering the questions that follow. (1 x 5= 5)                   

(A)

I had to go to dirty and shadowy corners of the city to seek out my victims. Some of the larger and more self-confident ones even beat me up.

(i) Who is ‘I’ in the given lines?

(a) A lawyer

(b) A police officer

(c) A peon

(d) A doctor

 (ii) Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.

1.He was a lawyer.

2. He was loved by everyone.

3. He loved his work.

4. He wanted to go to his hometown.

5. He was beaten up by criminals.

6. He was in training period.

(a) 2,3 and 5                     (b) 2 and 4

 (c) 3 and 5                       (d) 1,4 and 6

(iii) Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s (F) and opinion/s (O) given below.

(a)F-2,3 and 0- 1,4               (b) F-1,2,3, 4

(c) 0- 1, 2,3.4                         (d) F-2 and 0- 1,3,4

(iv) The narrator had to go to a

(a) village

(b) luxurious hotels

(c) dirty and shadowy corners of the city

 (d) sophisticated site in city

(v) What does ‘seek out’ mean here?

(a) To answer

(b) To interpret

(c) To look/find

(d) To understand

Or

(B) “Natalya Stephenova is an excellent housekeeper, not bad looking, well-educated. What more do I want? But I’m getting noise in my ears from excitement. (Drinks) And it’s impossible for me not to marry. In the first place, I’m already 35—a critical age so to speak. In the second place, I ought to lead a quiet and regular life”.

(i) Who is the speaker of the given lines?

(a) Chubukov                             (b) Ivan

(c) Ivan’s brother                      (d) Chubukov’s friend

(ii) When the speaker says, ‘What more do I want?’, he means that

(a) he wants to get married soon.

(b) Natalya is a good match for him.

(c) he and Natalya are both quarrelsome.

(d) Natalya would add to his glory.

(iii) What does the given lines tell us about the speaker?

(a) He suffered from many illnesses

(b) He lived a very social life

(c) He wanted a beautiful wife

(d) He lived a very quiet and regular life

(iv) The statement that is TRUE about the speaker, according to the passage is

(a) He is an old man.

(b) He suffers from attacks of excitements.

(c) He wants to make Natalya his business partner.

(d) He wants to travel to the world.

(v) The extract uses the phrase, And it’s impossible for me ‘ Which of the following expressions is incorrect with respect to the word ‘impossible’?

 (a) Option 1             (b) Option 2              (c) Option 3             (d) Option 4

4. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (1 x 5 = 5)

(A)                                                          Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued. (Dust of snow)

(i) What is the poet likely to say before the event?

(a) ‘Go away’

(b) ‘I am glad to meet you’

(c) ‘This is so beautiful’

 (d) ‘I am very happy today’

(ii) What has changed the poet’s mood?

(a) Dust of snow

(b) The hemlock tree

(c) The beauty of the crow

(d) The natural landscape

(iii) How has the poet’s mood changed?

(a)Regret-wonder                               (b) Sad-anxiety

(c) Sorrowful-happy                          (d) Wonder- Happy

(iv) How was the poet’s day going before?

(a) Very happy

(b) Very regretful

(c) Very pleasant

(d) Very sad

(v) Name the poetic device used in the line “Has given my heart”.

(a) Alliteration

(b) Metaphor

(c) Oxymoron

(d) Simile

Or

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with

the mania of owning things.

Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that

lived thousands of years ago,

(Animals)

(i) The word that DOES NOT indicate characteristics of human beings is

(a) selfishness            (b) dissatisfied                (c) peaceful             (d) materialistic

(ii) Why does the poet get sick?

(a) Because humans are very religious

(b) Because humans commit crimes and then cry

(c) Because humans commit crimes

 (d) Because humans do crimes in the name of god

(iii) What does the poet mean by ‘a mania of owing things’?

(a) A hunger for riches

(b) A madness of living in luxury

(c) A never-ending desire to possess things

(d) A limited material resource

(iv) What does the poet tell us about ‘they’?

(a) They are all equals

(b) They are not materialistic

(c) They are not hypocrites

(d) All of these

(v) Name the poetic device used in the given lines?

(a) Simile              (b) Alliteration

(c) Oxymoron          (d) Anaphora

                                                         Grammar                                                          (10 Marks)

5. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of options that follow. (1 x 3 = 3)

Dear Darshan, I have some wonderful news for you. Charan (i) …………..  at last. He (ii)…………  with us for five days now. He looks very different, but he (iii) …………… a lot, so it is not surprising. He had become much thinner and he has lost the good looks that he had when he was a little boy.

(i)(a) returned              (b) had returned             (c) is returning       (d) will return

(ii)(a) is                        (b) is going to be            (c) will be               (d) ought to be

(iii) (a) had suffered     (b) was suffering            (c) suffered            (d) suffers

6. Choose the correct options to fill in the blanks to complete the narration. (1 x 3 = 3)

Ram and Shivani were talking to their grandfather. He (i)……….  about our ancestors. He told them that they were not different from them. He also told them that according to research, learning from the first-hand experience like visiting the museum helps One retain information for a long time. To this, Shivani (ii)………….  she remembers what she (iii)………….  evolution at the Natural History Museum last year.

(i) (a) was scolding them                    (b) was telling them

(c) was enquiring from them               (d) was teaching them

(ii) (a) added that                                (b) replied that

(c )said that                                        (d) answered that

(iii) (a) heard about                             (b) gained about

(c) learnt about                                   (d) had seen about

7. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct option for any four of the six sentences given below. (1 X 4 = 4)

(i) He said that he…………… get up early in the morning.  

(a) must                      (b) would            (c) can