English sample / Model paper for class 10 Set 16- 2020

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English sample / Model paper for class 10 Set 16- 2020


ENGLISH- Language and Literature (code 184)


Time allowed : 3 Hrs                               Maximum Marks : 80

General Instructions:

1.This Paper is divided into three sections. All questions are compulosry.
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.

                                              Section: A                            20 Marks

Read the passage carefully.  (12)


It is simple: when you buy a product, we check its manufacturing or expiry date. But we rarely check the ingredients. For example, most shampoos and soaps contain the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is carcinogenic, most toothpaste has very high sugar content, deodorants contain aerosols which deplete the ozone layer and harm the skin, and washing soaps dog drains and does not degrade easily. In short. almost all ‘washing and cleaning’ agents, including toothpaste, contain surfactants (like SLES or SLS) and other harmful chemicals that contribute to carbon emissions during their manufacture.

So, using a herbal hair wash powder or a shampoo that has no SLS will keep your hair and you healthier. Substitute ayurvedic tooth powders for toothpaste. If you are inclined, you can make your own washing soap at home for use in a washing machine, which is far more eco-friendly than the ready-made detergents (recipes are available on the Net). And always remember, If you are eating something that your grandmother or mother cannot make at home, then you are inviting trouble. Each time you buy and eat fast food, plastic packets are being used without being recycled.


Similarly, there is indiscriminate use of electronic products: each member of the family has his own laptop, music player, mobile phone and sometimes, even separate TV set. True, it has become a necessity today to possess these gadgets, but there is a way of using them effectively. Turn off appliances when they are not in use. If you are downloading a movie, do it when you are awake and can switch off the computer and the Internet once it is done. This will not only save power but will also make your appliances work efficiently.

Mobile phones take up much more battery power when they are in vibration mode than when the ringtone is on. Keep brightness to a minimum, and switch off your Bluetooth at times when you are not sharing files. After charging the phone, switch off the charger. Over-charging means wastage of electricity and it also impairs the life of appliances be it iPods, mobile phones or laptops.

I. Read the given questions and write the answer in about 30-40 words. (2*4=8)

1.What do products such as soaps, shampoos and toothpaste contain that is harmful to humans?
2. Why are herbal products considered better?
3. How can we ensure the efficient use of electronic products?
4. How can we ensure that our mobiles last for a long time?

II. Choose the word which is closest in meaning to the words given below. (1*4=4)

 (a) Carcinogenic

(i) causing cancer                          (ii) causing TB

(iii) causing skin disease             (iv) causing eye infection

 (b) degrade

(i) lower down                                (ii) break into

(iii) break up                                   (iv) to bring together

 (c) indiscriminate

(i) throwing out                              (ii) confused

(iii) wide                                            (iv) aimless

(d) impairs

  (i) improve                                      (ii) cause

(iii) to pair                                         (iv) to become worse

Q.2 Read the passage carefully.       (8)

Something is coming

“Something is coming uphill”, said Mother Wolf, twitching one ear. “Get ready.” The bushes rustled a little in the thicket and Father Wolf dropped on his haunches under him, ready for his leap.  Then, if you had been watching, you would have seen the most wonderful thing in the world – the wolf checked in mid-spring.  He made his leap before he saw what he was jumping at, and then he tried to stop himself.  The result was that he had shot up straight into the air for four or five feet, landing almost where he had left the ground.  “Man!” he snapped.  “A man’s cub. Look!”

Directly in front of him, holding on a low branch, stood a naked brown baby who could just walk – as soft and as dimpled a little atom as ever came to a wolf’s cave at night.  He looked up into Father Wolf’s face and laughed.

“Is that a man’s cub?” said Mother Wolf.  “I have never seen one.  Bring it here.  How little!  How naked!  How bold!”  she said softly.  The baby was pushing his way between the cubs to get close to the warm hide. “Aha! He is taking his meal with the others.  And so this is a man’s cub.  Now, was there ever a wolf that could boast of a man’s cub among her children?”

“I have heard now and again of such a thing, but never in our pack or in my time,” said Father Wolf. “He is altogether without hair, and I could kill him with a touch of my foot. But see, he looks up and is not afraid.”

The moonlight was blocked out of the mouth of the cave, for Shere Khan’s great square head and shoulders were thrust into the entrance. Tabaqui, behind him, was squeaking: “My lord, my lord, it went in here!”

“Shere Khan does us great honour,” said Father Wolf, but his eyes were very angry. “What does Shere Khan need?”

“My quarry. A man’s cub went this way,” said Shere Khan. “Its parents have run off. Give it to me.”

(a)  Why did Father Wolf drop on his haunches?

(b)  Why did he stop in the middle of his jump?

(c)   What did a man’s club look like?                               

(d)   What did it do to keep itself warm?

(e)    What is meant by the word ‘bold’? (para 3)

      (i)      brave                                                    (ii) smart

     (iii)     bright                                                   (iv) thrust

(f)    What is meant by the word ‘spring’? (para 1)

      (i)       coil                                                         (ii) jump

      (iii)    cushion                                                  (iv) bed

(g)    What is meant by the word ‘altogether’? (para 4)

      (i)       combined                                            (ii) cleverly

      (iii)    completely                                           (iv) quiet

(h) What is the opposite of the word ‘uphill’?

      (i)      bottom                                                 (ii) plain

     (iii)     valley                                                   (iv) downhill

                      Section: B                                                   30 Marks

Q.3 Phillip is a student of IX Standard. He happened to read the following article is a newspaper. He decided to write a letter to the Editor of the Indian Times giving his strong views on the health hazards caused by pesticides. Using an idea from the unit on ‘Health and Hygiene’, together with your own ideas, write the letter. (8)


It’s there in your water, milk, fruits, vegetables, eggs meat, flour and now soft chinks. For sometimes now evidence about the harmful effect of pesticides has been mounting from brainless babies in one part of the country and cancer cases in the other part. It’s been an unending saga of death and misery.


Q.4 Read the following prompt and weave a story an about 150 words. Provide a suitable title also.

The moment Hari stepped down from the train he was greeted at the platform by the people of his small town. They had gathered there with garlands and a band…..

Q.5. Complete the paragraph given below by filling in the blanks choosing the correct option from those that follow.    (4)

Disturbances in the eco-system have led (a) ______ a significant decline in the number (b) _____migratory birds which used to fly across (c)_________ Himalayas in (d)  _________winter months to warm marshy areas around Kolkata.

 (a) (i) to       (ii) from           (iii) with                (iv) in

 (b) (i) for      (ii) of               (iii) from               (iv) on

(c) (i) a          (ii) an               (iii) the                  (iv) on

 (d) (i) the     (ii) some          (iii) few                 (iv) many     

Q.6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correct in your answer sheet against the corrrect blank number.

                                                                                                 Incorrect          Correct 

You would use your cell phone on the campurs      e.g.,       would               could

but it shall be switched off during the training       (a)          _______            _________

sessions. Before you join you are requiring            (b)          _______            _________

to have the medical check-up. You are                   (c)           _______            _________

 expected to comply to all the rules.                       (d)          _______            _________

Q.7 Rearrange the following words and phrases to form a meaningful sentence. The first one has been done as an example
(a) have/making/humans/heed/times/ pre-historic/the drawings/since

(b) earliest/were/the/pointed/drawing tools/ sticks/stones/or

(c) Today/variety/have/wide/we/a/of/ colours/pencils/and/pens

(d) an/is/drawing/activity/artistic

Section: C                                                   30 Marks

Q.8 Read the extract given below and answers the questions that follow. (1*4=4)

There was no answer, the radio was dead too. I had no radio, no compass, and I could not see where I was, I was lost in the storm. Then, in the blank clouds quite near me, I saw another aeroplane. It had no lights on its wings, but I could see it flying next to me through the storm. I could see the pilot’s face–turned towards me. I was very glad to see another person. He lifted one hand and waved.

 (a) From where did the narrator expect an answer?

(b) why did he not receive any answer?

(c) Where was he lost?

(d) What problem did T face in the storm?


So the more they look like monarchs, the less likely they are to become a bird’s dinner.

(a) Who are ‘they’ referred to here?

(b) Why are they less likely to become a bird’s dinner?

 (c) What was the objective of Ebright’s science fair project?

(d) Why do you think a visit to a science fair helped.  Richard to become a great scientist?

Q.9 Answer any five of the following question in 30 to 40 words each. (2*5=10)

1.What happened when the author turned the aeroplane twelve degrees west towards England?
2. Mr Keesing is a kind, but strict teacher. Explain.
3. What is the theme of the poem —’The Ball Poem’?
4. What changes occurred in Mime Lisle after 10 years?
5. What two actions did Bholi take to stop her marriage to Bishamber?
6. Though Horace planned everything meticulously, why did he fail?

Q10. How did the hack driver outwit and befool the lawyer (the narrator)? What impression do you form of the narrator after both visits to New Mullion? (8)


Why did Griffin enter the big London store? What did he do there? How he was finally obliged to leave it?

Q11.‘Though Peggy and Maddie made fun of Wanda, she gifted them her special drawings.’ In the light of this statement write a character-sketch of Wanda Petronski. (8)


What did Rajvir see during his train journey.’ by was he more excited than his friend Pranjol?