English sample / Model paper for class 10 with solution- Set 8- 2020

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English sample / Model paper for class 10 Set 17- 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 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.

                                                Section: A                         20 Marks

Q.1 Read the Passage carefully.    (8)


 A very popular and the most desired word rupee has been derived from a divine language Sanskrit. It has two words Rupya or Rupa. The meaning of both of these words is silver. The very early coins, before the second century B.C., were all made of silver but the coins were neither of any standard weight nor had any face or value printed on them. The silver coin was first called rupia by Sher Shah Suri. The last silver coins were minted in 1940 with the face of King George VI on them. The year 1942 was a great revolutionary one because it was the first time when silver coin was altogether replaced by a cupro-nickel one.


 Money was invented by man to get power but now money has become more powerful than man. All over the world, money and power go together. The more money a person has, the more successful he is judged to be. A rich man is accepted by society even if he is corrupt or evil.  

The man works hard to earn more and more money and saves a lot of it. He thinks that money will give him more freedom to enjoy him and to have lots of fun. He thinks he will not be anyone’s slave but he his own master. But soon he becomes the slave of money. The more he has, the more he wants. He is never satisfied with what he has got but always wants something more even though he knows that in the end, he cannot carry anything with him. Money can buy everything but it cannot buy peace or happiness or a ticket to heaven.         

Based on your reading of the above passage, complete the notes given below:        1*8=8

(a)What money can do?

(b)  What money cannot do?

(c)The word rupee is a derivative from which words of which language?

(d)What do the words mean?

 (e)What did man intend to gain after inventing money?

(f) Unfortunately what became the result?.

(g) What should man realize in the present context?

(h) What does it show that man is never satisfied?

Q.2 Read the following passage carefully: (12)


   1      A recent study of dining habits reveals how far standards have slipped. The majority of Britons no longer eat together as a family, but of those who do four out of 10 can’t see anything wrong with bringing their laptops, iPads and smartphones to the table.

  2       Indeed, the new social savagery is everywhere and not just at the dining table. lust step into the street and the communal atmosphere has gone. Most pedestrians are in their private bubbles, either speaking on their mobiles or wearing headsets – perhaps so they don’t have to listen to others speaking on theirs.

  3       At parties – originally designed to promote friendship and romance – the direct experience is being intercepted by smartphone as partygoers are too busy announcing their presences at the event and checking on the progress and whereabouts of their peers. In restaurants, theatres, libraries, school speech days, at home en famille, people are distracted by a brightly-lit device that seems to hold the promise of something better.

   4       It is a generational thing, of course. The worst offenders are teenagers – in terms of the group who are the most distracted because this is the generation who never knew life when it was ‘real’. The five in the continuous future. They have no experience of subtlety, nuance or considered responses – only of instant, illiterate and ill-considered ones. The gratification teen crave is not the warm smile of affection or the approving comment from another human, but the sense of achievement they gain from electronic validation, Emails, texts and updates pinging in reassure them they are alive and popular and abreast of the rolling social news. Malachy Guinness. 28, who co-runs Bright Young Things Tuition, comes from a family famed for their exquisite manners. Says Malachy: ‘My mother gets very cross when I keep taking calls and texting but I say, the great thing about my smartphone is it allows me to work on the move. So I can either see more of you and continue working while I do so, or stay in the office and see less of you’

  5       Malachy is actually a victim, rather than a beneficiary, of new technology. If it was not available, people would not be enslaved to it. We, the pitying onlookers, are victims, too. The rudeness is rarely intentional. It is not that the worst offenders do not care about the effect their intrusive shouting into mobiles, for example on trains, has on others. They often are simply unaware of it.

   6       A good way to tackle such impolite gestures would be; like in a train/bus: If someone is shouting indiscretions into their phone for more than a few minutes, record it with your own phone then play it back to them. When they hear their own voice booming out at them from the seat behind, they are more than startled. They get the message and bring their call to a halt.

  7       The worst place to take a call is in church, second worst the theatre, the third during a speech and the fourth in a restaurant. If you know you are likely to have an urgent call, genuinely urgent, while in a restaurant, warn your companions before, put your phone on vibration and then go out to take the call in the street or lobby.

 8      The real status symbol is to not answer your mobile but to have an underling do it for you, stack up to the messages and let you respond to them at your leisure. If there is a real emergency, they can deal with it in the time-honoured way that real emergencies can always use to be dealt with. Daily Telegraph.

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

(a) Why do most families in Britain not eat together?

(b) How has technology impacted the life of youngsters?

(c) Why does the writer use the term ‘social savagery’?

(d) How do the present generation and working people justify electronic advancement?

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

 (a) promote

(i) to run                                                      (ii) to canvass for

(iii) to break                                               (iv) to make ahead

(b) intercepted

(i) to come in between                            (ii) to break

(iii) to speak in between                        (iv) to throw

(c) offender

(i) one who does good deeds                 (ii) a sports person

(iii) one who commits mistakes           (iv) a brave person

(d) gratification

(i) happiness                                              (ii) Sadness

(iii) awkwardness                                    (iv) sense of fulfilment

                                        Section: B                                 30 Marks

Q.3 You got a luxury two-bedroom suite reserved in ‘River View Hotel’, Manali through M/s Span Travels, New Delhi. When you went to Manali, the manager of the hotel offered an ordinary room and pleaded that the previous occupants of the luxury two-bedroom suite had not vacated that. You had to live in an ordinary room. Your advance booking was confirmed. Write a letter of complaint to the travel agency asking for the proportionate refund. (8)


You are Aseem/Seema of class X. You are disturbed to see the poor plight of girls as they are not given equal rights and privileges. You decide to write an article for your school magazine on the topic, ‘Girl child needs a good education the support’. Look at the visuals given below and give suggestions to improve the position of the girl child for the social and economic develop country. (100-120 words) Let us give our girls a chance to learn and grow

Q.4 Complete the following story- (150-200 words)

A young man applies for the job – is told no vacancy – disappointed, goes out -notices a pin on the floor – picks up – called by the officer – offered a high post. (10)

Q.5 Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones given below (1*4=4)

Is your glass half-full or half-empty? On (a) _____days when nothing in your life seems to be going right, it (b) _____be really tough to see the silver lining among all those clouds However, it’s during these times when the (c) _____  to see the good in even the worst situations is so important. An optimistic attitude (d) _____ not only your mental health, but your physical well being as well.

(a) (i) some                 (ii) those                      (iii) few                      (iv) these

(b) (i) can                    (ii) might                     (iii) will                       (iv) must

(c) (i) wish                   (ii) desire                     (iii) chance                 (iv) ability

(d) (i) benefitted         (ii) will benefit             (iii) benefits                (iv) benefitting

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

Bharatnatyam dancer Geeta Chandran, for      e.g.,       for                    with 

 a dimple in place, is a beauty woman. (a)          _______             _________

She speaks in a language from passion and       

                                                                    (b)          _______             _________

abiding commitment to his muse.       (c)           _______            _________

Her popularity had earned her a         (d)          _______             _________

good fan following.

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

(a) protection / vegetarianism /from/ diseases/ coronary/ offers

(b) it/ helps/of/management/the / diseases / the / gastro-intestinal/in

(c) is/it/for/suitable/insulin/non-insulin/ dependent/dependent / and /diabetics

 (d) use /as/a/part/major/their/of/Nephrologists/ it/diet

                                  Section: C                                       30 Marks

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

The climb to the Brahmagiri hills brings you into a panoramic view of the entire misty landscape of Coorg. A walk across the rope bridge leads to the sixty-four-acre island of Nisargadhama. Running into Buddhist monks from India’s largest Tibetan settlement, at nearby Bylakuppe, is a bonus

(a) Name the hills mentioned in the passage.

(b) What can one see from the hills?

(c) What is Nisargadhama?

(d) Where is the largest Tibetan settlement in India?


He threw around her shoulders the modest wraps they had carried whose poverty clashed with the elegance of the ball costume. She wished to hurry away in order not to be noticed by the other women who were wrapping themselves in rich furs.

 (a) Who is she?

 (b) What was the cause of her inferiority complex?

(c) How can you say that Mr Lisle was a loving husband?

(d) Why do you think the tendency to show off becomes a curse for Matilda?

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

a. What two actions did Bholi take to stop her marriage to Bishamber?
b. Mme. Lisle lost the necklace that Mme. Forest fire had Lent her. If it would have been you at mine. Losels’ place, what would have been your first and foremost step?
c. Why did Griffin not get a suitable house to live in?
d. Is the purpose of someone constantly giving instructions to Amanda being fulfilled? Explain.
e. Express your views on the title of the poem, ‘The Ball Poem’.
f. How did the dust of snow affect the poet?

Q10. Describe Richard Ebright’s various achievements in science, particularly his great work on the monarch butterflies. Who did Ebright look to for getting fresh ideas and suggestions? (8)


Draw a character sketch of Oliver Lutkins as told by the hack driver, Bill.

Q11. Justify the title of the play ‘The Book that Saved the Earth’. (8)


Attempt the character sketch of the hack driver?