Class - X
Time : 2 hours Maximum Marks : 60
Total No. of Pages : 7
The Question Paper is divided into 3 sections :
Section A : Reading 20 Marks
Section B : Writing 20 Marks
Section C : Grammar 20 Marks
General Instructions :
1. All questions are compulsory.
2. You may attempt any section at a time.
3. All questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
(Reading - 20 Marks)
1. Read the poem given below.
THE BUILDERS BY HENRY W. LONGFELLOW
All are architects of fate.
Working in these walls of Time;
Some with massive deed and great,
Some with ornaments of rhyme.
For the structure that we raise,
Time is with material filled;
Our todays and yesterdays,
Are the blocks with which we build.
Truly shape and fashion these;
Leave no yawning gaps between;
Think not, because no man sees, Such things will remain unseen.
Build today, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure
Shall tomorrow find its place.
Given below is the summary of the poem. Fill in the blanks with suitable words to complete the summary. Use only one word for each blank. ½x10=5
The poet says that men are (a)_____________of their fortune. They work within the boundaries of (b)__________which men fill up with their (c)__________ of varied range and types. Infact the building (d)_____________for the fate are todays and (e)__________which shape up the fortune leaving no (f)________. Further the poet emphasises that one should keep working without thinking of who (g)_________. By doing so we can build today as strong, (h)________ and firm base which will provide (i)________, ascent to the (j)______________ and that is a golden fortune.
2 Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow by choosing the answers from the given options. 1x5=5
Our scriptures, sages and seers have told us that the goal of life is happiness. But real happiness or bliss cannot be found in the outside world. It is to be experienced within us, and unless a person has it, he will not feel satisfied, no matter how much material comfort or wealth he may enjoy. He will always desire more. But once he starts experiencing the inner ecstasy, irrespective of what he has or does not have, he will feel totally satisfied.
A parable is told of a man who, living in a small house found the stay of his mother-in-law irksome; Circumstances at home not being congenial, he sought the advice of a saint who, to his surprise, told him to keep his chicken inside the house. Later, he asked his geese, goats and cows, too, in succession, to be huddled inside. The man wondered at this because his problems swelled. The saint then directed him to drive the animals away. Carrying out his instructions, the man suddenly felt there was more space in the house and peace too. Conditions remained the same but it was the mind that produced the change.
(I) The man in the parable was not happy because__________ .
(a) he had a small house.
(b) he had many geese, cows and goats.
(c) his mother-in-law was staying with him.
(d) his children were quarrelsome.
(II) The man sought the advice of the saint to ___________________
(a) make the atmosphere satisfying.
(b) to get rid of his mother-in-law.
(c) to send the children to the saint.
(d) get a bigger house to accommodate all.
(III) The saint advised the man to__________.
(a) keep the chickens inside the house.
(b) keep his geese, goats and cows inside the house.
(c) drive the animals away after a period of time.
(d) all of the above.
(IV) The expression, “his problems swelled” in paragraph (2) of the above passage means________
(a) his problems lessened.
(b) his problems increased.
(c) his problems remained same.
(d) none of the above.
(V) The ultimate goal of life, as per the passage is ________.
to be happy.
to feel happy from wihin us.
to enjoy material comfort. to feel satisfied.
3. Read the passage given below and complete the sentences that follow. 1x5=5
Many people in Europe think that they are very civilised and the people of Asia are quite barbarous. Is this because the people of Europe put on more clothes than the people of Asia and Africa? But clothes depend on the climate. In a cold climate men put on more clothes than in a hot climate. Or is it because the man with a gun is stronger than the man without a weapon and is therefore more civilised than him ? Whether he is more civilised or not, the man who is weak dare not tell him that he is not or else he might get shot !
You know that only a few years ago there was a great war. Most of the countries of the world were in it, and everyone of them was trying to kill as many people on the other side as possible. The English men were trying their best to kill the Germans and the Germans were killing Englishmen. Millions of people were killed in this war and many thousands were maimed for life. You must have seen many of these war- wounded people in France and elsewhere. Do you think it was a very civilised or sensible thing for people to kill each other like this? It is just like two savages fighting in the jungles.And if the savages are called barbarous, how much more barbarous are the countries that behave in that way ?
So, it is not easy to understand what civilisation means. Fine buildings, fine pictures and books and everything that is beautiful are certainly signs of civilisation. But an even better sign is a fine man who is unselfish and works with others for the good of all.
(I) According to the author, the difference between the Europeans on the one hand and the Asians and Africans on the other is __________.
(II) The outcome of the war referred to in paragraph (2) was __________. (III) According to the author civilisation means __________. (IV) The better signs of civilisation are __________. (V) The word in paragraph 2 which means “wounded” is __________.
4.Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow by choosing the correct answers from the given options :- 5
Internationalism, Dr. Radhakrishnan insisted, gave more scope to global amity and spirituality. The 20th century will go down in history as the century of war and peace. World wars were fought and later men tried to establish World peace. War is “pale fear”, says Homer. It is a disgrace, it is detestable. Civil war is more hateful than the war between nations. Peace is the harmonising of men in their differences. This is the meaning of international understanding or human reconciliation. He paid a high tribute to the United Nations Organization. The main task of the UNO is to save humanity from the scourge of war. Radhakrishnan was terrified to see the piling up of armaments and nuclear weapons. He emphatically said a nation state has to be subordinated to the larger concept of world community.
Nationalism is not the highest concept. It is in the mind, it is the will of the universe; it is the purpose of god. “I have no doubt that the world shall become one, “ said a confident Radhakrishnan.
(I) According to Dr. Radhakrishnan, “Internationalism” leads to _________
(b) war and peace
(d) global friendship and spirituality.
(II) ‘Peace’ is ________
(a) war fought and won.
(b) peaceful existence of people in a country.
(c) harmonising the men in their differences.
(d) a concord.
(III) The main function of UNO is___________
(a) to save humanity from the scourge of war.
(b) to pile up armaments and nuclear weapons of all the nations.
(c) to monitor the stock of armaments.
(d) to help the poor nations.
(IV) “War is Pale Fear”, says_______
(c) Dr. Radhakrishnan
(V) The word in the passage which means ‘suffering’ is _______________
(c) scourge (d) amity.
(Writing - 20 Marks)
5.Write a bio -sketch of Dhyan Chand’ in about 80 words with the help of the notes provided below. 4
Born :- Allahabad, 29th 1905.
Sports & Career : - Joined army in 1921, started playing hockey.
• Member of Indian Hockey Team for Amsterdam Olympics in 1928.
• scored 11 out of 28 goals scored by the Indian Team.
• captain of the Olympic Hockey Team in Berlin Olympics in 1936.
* scored 101 goals at Olympic Games.
• scored 300 goals in other International matches.
Honours & Awards :- Honoured with the ‘Olive Crown’ at the Berlin Olympics.-- known as Hockey Wizard.
Died : - -- 3rd December, 1979.
6.You are Lee Pang of Darjeeling. During the Christmas holidays, you happen to visit several places in south India. You were very much impressed by their culture, traditions,manners, food, clothing etc. You found that there is a lot of difference between the culture, traditions etc of South India and your traditions, culture etc. This shows India is a land of ‘Unity in Diversity’. You decide to send an e-mail to your pen friend, George of Berlin describing the “Incredible India”. Write the e-mail in about 120 words using your own ideas and the ideas from the unit, ‘Travel & Tourism’ of your MCB.
7. You are Suraj/Saroj, secretary of Mother Teresa Club of your school. This club provides social service to the people of your locality. Your Principal had sent a group of 20 students of this club to one of the orphanages of your city to create an awareness of healthy living and also to carry out some programmes for the orphans. After the completion of this assignment, you have to give a report to the Principal mentioning how you spent the day with them and what all activities were carried out during the programme. Write the report in about 150 words. 8
(Grammar - 20 Marks)
8. Complete the passage given below by choosing the correct answers from the given options :-
In many modern countries, it (a)__________ sometimes (b)__________ fashionable to think that by free education for all, (c)__________ rich or poor, clever or stupid, one can (d)__________ problems of the society and (e)__________ a perfect nation. We can (f)__________ that free education for all is not (g)__________. We find that in such a case there are a far (h)__________ number of people with university degrees than there are jobs for them to fill. ½x8=4
(a) (i) was (ii) is (iii) has (iv) were
(b) (i) thought (ii) feel (iii) think (iv) considered
(c) (i) for (ii) whether (iii) or (iv) some
(d) (i) create (ii) solve (iii) evolve (iv) solution
(e) (i) become (ii) making (iii) create (iv) forge
(f) (i) prove (ii) showed (iii) commit (iv) talk
(g) (i) needed (ii) enough (iii) sufficient (iv) required
(h) (i) larger (ii) large (iii) largest (iv) larging
9. Complete the following passage by using the information given below and also by choosing the correct options from the list given -
Bishnois - always- nature worshippers- 1730 A.D. - Maharaja Abhay Singh’s men -- fell Khejri trees - Amrita Devi -- hug a tree --protested --insisted -- to cut her head first -- men obliged -- Amrita -- a legend.
Bishnois have (a)_________ . In 1730 A.D. Maharaja Abhay Singh’s (b)________ fell Khejri trees. Amrita Devi, a true Bishnoi, (c)_________ and expressed her protest. She insisted that if they wanted to cut the tree (d)_______________.The unrelenting men of the Maharaja obliged her and the woman became a legend. 1x4=4
(i) always been regarded as nature worshippers.
(ii) always being regarded as nature worshippers.
(iii) always knew nature worshippers.
(iv) always known nature worshippers.
(i) men coming to
(ii) men started
(iii) men began to
(iv) men came to
i) hug a tree
(ii) hugging a tree
(iii) hugged a tree
(iv) hugs a tree
(i) they may cut her head first.
(ii) they would have to cut her head first.
(iii) they can cut her head first.
(iv) they shall cut her head first.
10.The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correct word as given in the
example against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. ½x8=4
Parents and children in the primary eg. and of
or the secondary schools is looking (a) _____ _____
out for part-time jobs who they can (b) _____ _____
manage to do when children be away (c) _____ _____
at school. Manage canteens of their (d) _____ _____
own child’s school will gave them a (e) _____ _____
very good opportunity. When children are to (f) _____ _____
leave they will also have an break as (g) _____ _____
the canteen will not worked when (h) _____ _____
the school is closed.
11.Complete the following news reports accompanying the following headlines by filling in the blanks. 1x4=4
(a) SAINA WINS LAST GOLD FOR INDIA IN CWG.
Saina __________ in Badminton for India in common Wealth Games 2010, New Delhi.
(b) 2 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ARRESTED
Two suspected terrorists __________ near Calcutta airport, a senior police official said, reports UNI.
(c) DON’T STUDY TOO MUCH, SAYS PSYCHOLOGIST
A German Psychologist __________ too much.
(d) LUDHIANA GIRL SELECTED TO IAF
Ludhiana Girl, Raveena Sandhu __________ to be a pilot in the Indian Air Force.
12. Rearrange the jumbled words to make meaningful sentences. 1x4=4
(a) is a tribute/children’s Day/to/ childhood/celebration.
(b) are the world’s/its best hope/ most valuable resources/children/and/for the future.
(c) have their/own ways/ different countries/ of celebrating/children’s Day
(d )camping trips/ In China,/ such as /schools hold/activities/