English sample / Model paper for class 10 with solution- Set 5- 2020

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English sample / Model paper for class 10 with solution- Set 5- 2020

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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

Q.1. Read the Passage Carefully.                      (12)                              

Village Fairs

Mahatma Gandhi used to say that if we want to see real India we should go to the village. Similarly, if we want to See the real spirit of’ Indian life, we shall have to go to see villagers celebrating their fairs. Last year I was invited by a friend to see a fair in his village. Though this fair was not an annual affair; last year it assumed more importance and attracted a large number of visitors because one of’ our senior ministers had very kindly consented to inaugurate it. The minister’s consent “as not an unusual thing since it was an election year.
The village was situated at a distance of about ten miles from Delhi. I travelled by cycle and reached my friend’s house at about noon. It was a cloudy day and the countryside looked beautiful. The minister arrived in time. He was preceded and followed by a number of policemen. In the life of villagers visits by such dignitaries are a very unusual affair. Everyone bowed in deep respect and I was wondering whether the atmosphere created by the presence of the minister was in tune with the gay spirit of the fair.
After the ceremonial departure of the minister, villagers seemed to heave a sigh of relief. They came in increasingly large numbers. They were in their colourful best. Men, women and children were very happily advancing towards the Mela grounds near the tomb of a Muslim saint. Many stalls had sprung up. There were toy sellers and sweetmeat sellers. Every child was forcing his parents to buy toys. The toys the sweetmeats were dust laden as every blow of wind laid a fresh coat of dust on them. There were no roads, only dusty pathways led to the stalls and the fairground.
4’. Some distance from the stalls I saw a juggler performing his tricks. The simple-minded villagers watched his tricks with open-mouthed wonder and felt besides themselves with joy at every new trick. Another group of villagers was enjoying the feast of a rope dancer. Children and women were availing themselves of swinging in the air on ropes tied to the trees. Everywhere and in every heart there was joy. The colourful dress of children and women and their songs added to the beauty of the fair.

Near the tomb, I saw about half a dozen Muslim holy men sitting quietly and receiving the homage of’ the simple villagers who gathered there every year to invoke the blessing of the great saint to keep the evil spirits away from their fields. A group of villagers formed a circle danced hand in hand around the tomb. A couple of women also took part in it.
As evening fell, the fair came to an end. 1’he villagers dispersed as easily as they had gathered. There were no traffic jams, no policemen to control mischief-makers and no voluntary agencies to look after the missing children. Everybody in the village knew one another and there was no fear of loneliness. This show of brotherhood among the villagers deserves to be followed by city-dwellers.

 Answer the following questions briefly :     (1*4= 4)

1.How did the villagers behave when the minister arrived? Why did they do so?
2. Describe the village fair scene.
3. What were the people doing near the tomb?
4. How was the disposal scene different from those in cities?

II. Choose the most appropriate option:

1. Dignitaries visiting a village is an unusual affair because:

(A) They don’t like villagers                                 (B) they are interested in inaugurations only

(C) Village fairs are not frequent                          (D) their usual Visits are during elections only

2. After the departure of the minister:

( A) the villagers went back to their home          (B) the villagers came in large number to the fair

(C)every one bowed in deep respect                    (D) no one spoke loudly

3. When a village fair comes to an end, there are:

(A) traffic jams            (B) policemen             (C) no mischief-makers           (D) fearful

4.The word from the passage which means the opposite of ‘homage’ is

(A) respect                  (B) tribute                  (C) contempt               (D) reverence

Q.2 Read the following passage Carefully:

A Sleepy Little Town

It was at Gunupur, a sleepy little town in Koraput, that I had gained my first acquaintance with any river. It was the Vamsadhara. It remained shallow and as transparent as glass almost all through the season that I was there. Numerous tiny fish swam with or against its placid current and played hide and seek amidst the pebbles at its bottom.

Gazing at them for hours on end, sitting on the sandy river bank, was a great help to me. I could wash away my anguish and disgust over life. All the disgust, as well as anguish, was caused due to my guardians. They insisted on my taking to as irrational an occupation as learning how to read and write. I had already lived five long years without facing the slightest challenge to my existence on account of my ignorance of reading and writing. What was their relevance then? Would the sweetmeats taste sweeter if I could read? Would the rainbow or the hills or the river look more charming if I could write?

I had gained a delightful acquaintance a few days earlier. He was Appu. We talked on several vital issues such as how a little imp residing in an old, abandoned well behind Appu’s hut popped up from time to time at night with the sole purpose of making faces at Appu, or how a shooting star which had fallen on the hilltop was still smouldering when Appu’s father went up and lighted a bidi from the last flame coming from it, and so on and so forth, in the course of which I asked him, ‘Have you Learnt the alphabet?’

‘Which son of a father in this wide world would dare to make me do that sort of thing? ‘He challenged his arms akimbo. The next moment he shouted, ‘Runaway boy, escape with your dear Life!’ and sprinted off like a shooting star.

Surprised, I looked in every direction. There was no sign of any wolf or tiger or demon or ghoul anywhere around. The only living soul, birds and a few animals apart, was a tall, fair and heavily moustached man. Holding something like a sword, he walked through the bushy meadow beyond the sand. He took no notice of me and entered a solitary one-room house with a tin roof, surrounded by shrubs.

Appu, back in a few minutes, enlightened me about the stranger. Inside that little house detached from the locality, the man engaged in the strange act of butchering goats; once in a while, for a change, he caught hold of a boy and dragged him in and finished him off in a trice. Appu stared and caressed his neck while passing on the last bit of information in a whisper.

One day at noon, Appu and I proceeded towards that dreadful cabin. We practically rolled all the way on the ground so that nobody saw us. The door was ajar. We peeped in; the floor was swampy with a thick plaster of blood. The sight and smell were depressing. Who knew how much blood had flowed from the goats, and how much from the missing boys?

1.Answer the following questions briefly:     (1*8=8)

(a) How old was the narrator?

(b) What was the reason for his anguish and disgust?

(c) Write the phrase in para 3 that tells that Appu was a friend of the narrator whose company made him happy.

(d) What do you think ‘a little imp’ is? (Choose) A tiny creature with magical powers/A wizard with a dirty face.

(e) How was the narrator able to see numerous tiny fish playing hide and seek inside the river?

(f) How did he spend most of his time?

(g) According to the writer sitting on the sandy river bank is a great help but how?

(h) Explain “Runaway boy, escape with your dear life.”

                                        Section : B                                30 Marks

Q.3. In the recent staff meeting, a decision was taken to place an order with M/s Punjab Book Depot, Nai Sadak, Delhi, for the supply of books for the school library. As the librarian, Lord Mahavira Public School, Panipat, place an order for the supply of the books. (8)


You are Bimal/Rimla, a social worker, and freelance writer, much concerned about the discriminatory treatment is given to females since their birth, in Indian society. Write an article in 150-200 words throwing light on this problem and giving suggestions for putting an end to it.

Q.4. Write a story in 150-200 words referring to the picture given above. A B C, the first three letters of the English alphabet comprise a lot. Imagine these three letters as friends and write a story about them. (10)

Q.5. Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below. Write your answers in the space given below : (1*4=4)

When electricity flows (1.1)…………… a wire, tiny particles called electrons (1.2)……………… wire. Each electron has a very small electric charge. (1.3) ………….. the electrons arrive, they (1.4)   electricity.

1.1 (a) in                      (b) through                  (c) from                       (d) into

1.2 (a) move into         (b) move in                 (c) move through       (d) move from

1.3 (a) As                     (b) Because                 (c) Anyhow                  (d) When

1.4 (a) produced         (b) have produced     (c) produce               (d) is producing

Q.6. The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line against which a blank is given. Write the incorrect word and the correction in the space provided. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied.                    (1*4=4)     

                                                                                                  Incorrect     Correct

On the way back, one of his men fall, into                  e.g.,         fall              fell

a coma. Soon, a blizzard hit him. Scott was               (a)          _______           _________

left with none other alternative but to pitch his        (b)         _______            _________

 tent and waiting for the blizzard to pass.                 (c)           _______           _________

Unfortunately the blizzard grown fiercer.                  (d)         _______             _________

Q.7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done for you as an example.(1*4=4)





                                   Section: C                            30 Marks

Q.8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow.

No use to say ‘0 there are other balls’:

Ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy

As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down

All his young days into the harbour where

His ball went.

(a) Who composed the above lines?

(b) The poet thinks it improper to say to the boy ‘0 there are other balls’ because of ____ _. 

(c) The boy’s reaction to the loss of his ball shows that _______.  

(d) To the poet, the loss is not important enough _______.


It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that animated my life that transformed a frightened young man into a bold one that drove a law-abiding attorney to become a criminal.

(a) What animated the narrator’s/author’s life?

(b) Who is the law-abiding attorney here?

(c) How did `he’ become a criminal?

(d) When and what transformation took place in Mandela?

Q.9. Answer any five of the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.

1.Why did Anil decide to pay Hari Singh regularly?
2. How does Dr Herriot treat Tricky?
3. The tiger in the poem ‘A Tiger in the Zoo’ has some obvious limitations, describe them in contrast to its natural habitat.
4. How does Anne feel about her father, grandmother, Mrs Kuperus and Mr Keesing?
5. What is the theme of the poem — ‘How to Tell Wild Animals’?
6. What was the main cause of `Trick’s ill-health’?

Q.10. What experiments did Ebright do about monarch butterflies?


Why do you think the lawyer was happy to take summons to New Mullion? How did the lawyer develop a perception about Lukens? If you would have been in the lawyer’s place, what would have been your reaction towards Bill’s statements?             

11. Attempt a character-sketch of Noodle highlighting the values projected by him.


Why do you think the lawyer was happy to take summons to New Mullion? How did the lawyer develop a perception about Lukens? If you would have been in the lawyer’s place, what would have been your reaction towards Bill’s statements?              

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