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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Language and Literature Paper 7
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Time: 3 Hours
Maximum Marks: 80
- The paper consists of 3 sections: A, B, C.
- Attempt all the questions.
- Don’t write anything on the question paper.
- Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
- All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
- Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question paper. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.
- Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
(Reading – 20 Marks)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (8)
1. These days, it is not unusual to see people listening to music or using their electronic gadgets while crossing busy roads or traveling on public transport, regardless of the risk involved. I have often wondered why they take such risk: is it because they want to exude a sense of independence, or it that they want to tell the world to stop bothering them? Or is it that they just want to show how cool they are?
2. Whether it is a workman or an executive, earphones have become an inseparable part of our lives, sometimes even leading to tragicomic situations. The other day, an electrician had come to our house to fix something. We told him in detail what needed to be done. But after he left, I found that the man had done almost nothing. It later turned out that he could not hear our directions clearly because he had his earphones on.
3. Hundreds of such earphone addict commute by the Delhi Metro every day. While one should not begrudge anyone, their moments of privacy or their love for music, the fact is ‘iPod oblivion’ can sometimes be very dangerous. Recently, I was travelling with my wife on the Delhi Metro. Since the train was approaching the terminus, there weren’t too many passengers. In our compartment, other than us, there were only two women sitting on the other side of the aisle. And then suddenly, I spotted a duffel bag. The bomb scare lasted for several minutes. Then suddenly, a youth emerged from nowhere and picked up the bag. When we tried to stop him, he looked at us, surprised. Then he took off his earpieces, lifted the bag, and told us that the bag belonged to him and that he was going to get off at the next stations.
4. We were stunned but recovered in time to ask him where he was all this while? His answer was: he was in the compartment, leaning against the door, totally immersed in the music. He had no clue about what was going on around him. When he got off, earplugs in his hand, we could hear strains of the song.
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any eight if the following questions in brief: (1 x 8 = 8)
(a) Why did the electrician not carry out the work properly?
(b) Why were the people in the compartment doubtful about the bag?
(c) Why did anyone not come to claim the bag?
(d) Why were the passengers stunned?
(e) What does the author say about the people who indulge in their love for music?
(f) What is not an unusual sight for the author?
(g) What has the narrator wondered about the people who use earphones while crossing busy roads?
(h) What else came in author’s mind about such people?
(i) Find a word in paragraph 3 which means ‘to travel’.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (12)
1. Every event a person sees and every noise he hears are in ever instance part of a life that has been created for him as a unit. Whether major or insignificant, no event in the universe happens by coincidence. No flower blooms or fades by chance. No man comes into existence or dies out of pure coincidence. No man becomes sick by mistake and neither does his sickness develop in an uncontrolled manner. In each case, these occurrences are especially predestined by God, from every moment they were created.
2. Destiny is something that you have been creating unconsciously. You can also create it consciously. You can rewrite it; all that we do in the form of a spiritual process is just that. If you can touch the core within you, if you can experience that the source of creation is within you and then shift your focus on yourself, you can rewrite your own destiny. This is true as far as I know.
3. All the time your focus is scattered because what you consider as ‘myself is your house, your car, your wife, your children, your education, your position, and your other identities. If I strip you of all these things, including your body and mind, which are just accumulations, you will feel like a nobody.
4. Once you become a true individual, your destiny is yours. Individual comes from ‘indivisible’ – it cannot be divided any more. It cannot be here and there. Why people in the spiritual process, who are in a hurry for spiritual growth, are not getting into marriage, children and relationships, because the moment you have a wife or a husband, you fall into a trap. ‘Me’ gets identified with the others. The significance of Sanyasi and Brahmachatya is just shifting your focus on you. When I say ‘you’, it is just ‘you’, neither your body nor your mind.
5. If you are unable to be like that, you just choose one identity. When you say ‘you’, make it you and your Guru. You attach yourself to the Guru without any hesitation because you can get as entangled as you want with him but he is not going to get entangled. The moment you are ‘ripe’ you can drop the attachment. With other relationships, it is never so. Even if you want to get free, the others will not let you go.
6. So, just create a longing to grow, to dissolve and to know. What has to happen will happen. Once you become an individual, your destiny becomes yours. Once your destiny is happening in awareness, the next step will happen by itself, because life within you has the intelligence to choose freedom.
2.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions . in brief: 2×4 = 8
(a) According to the writer, how can you rewrite your own destiny?
(b) Why are ‘spiritual’ people not getting into marriage, children and relationship?
(c) Why should you attach yourself to the Guru without any hesitation?
(d) Why is our focus scattered when we have possessions and relationships?
(e) What are the occurrences that are predestined by God?
2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following: (1 x 4 = 4)
(a) Each event is ………. by God.
(b) Destiny is created by us ……….
(iii) both (i) & (ii)
(iv) none of these
(c) The word in para 4, which means ‘involved in complication’ is ………..
(d) In para 3, the word which means ‘attention’ is ……….
(e) Life within us has the ………… to choose freedom.
(Writing & Grammar – 30 Marks)
Write a letter to Friends Sports, Krishna Nagar placing an order for sports articles to be supplied to your school, VSPK International, Rohini. You are Karan, Sports Secretary. (8)
Your school is celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5th September. You are Prince/Lovika, Head Boy/Girl of your school. You and your council of members have decided to give a lavish lunch to the teachers on this day. Place an order for your requirement with “Spicy Eleven Restaurant’ which is a restaurant of repute.
Write a story in about 150-200 words from the following outline. (10)
Hints: Rohan walking with his dog Jackie/saw a woman/asked for help about his missing son/Rohan shocked on her disappearance/neighbour told/ghost woman
Develop a story with the help of the following opening line.
There lived a woodcutter in a forest. He was very poor ………..
Fill in any four gaps by choosing the most appropriate words from the qptions given below. (1 x 4 = 4)
A republic (a) ………… essentially a nation-wide in which supreme, political power vests (b) ……….. the people and in elected representatives given a mandate (c) ……….. govern by those people. The word republic is derived from (d) ……….. Latin phrases ‘respublica’ meaning ‘a public thing’. India’s constitution begins with (e) ………… introduction called the Preamble.
(a) (i) is (ii) are (iii) was (iv) were
(b) (i) of (ii) in (iii) with (iv) to
(c) (i) to (ii) on (iii) at (iv) of
(d) (i) a (ii) the (iii) an (iv) some
(e) (i) a (ii) an (iii) the (iv) their
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against any four lines of the passage. (1 x 4 = 4)
Rearrange any four of the following groups of words and phrases to form meaningful sentences: (1 x 4 = 4)
(a) a deep / impairment / agony / physical / causes / mental
(b) a deep / it gives / complex / birtb / to / inferiority
(c) of life / gets / the mainstream / the person / ftom alienated
(d) in withdrawal / finds / and self pity / he / solace
(e) Assam / flows / through / Brahmaputra / the great
(Literature : Textbook & Long Reading Text – 30 Marks)
Read the extract and answer the following questions. (1 x 4 = 4)
Chubukon: To court? You can take it to court and all that! You can! I know you; you’re just on the look-out for a chance to go to court and all that. You pettifogger! All your people were like that! All of them!
(a) What threat has been given to the speaker?
(b) How has the listener been blamed for?
(c) What does he say about the family of the listener?
(d) Why is the listener called a pettifogger?
Over many days and months, Valli listened carefully to conversations between her neighbours and people who regularly used the bus, and she also asked a few discreet questions here and there. This way she picked up various small details about the bus journey. The town was six . miles from her village. The fare was thirty paise one way-
(a) How did Valli pick up details about the bus journey?
(b) Why did thirty paise seem ‘a fortune’ to Valli?
(c) How did the queries help her?
(d) How far was the town from her village.
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: (2 x 4 = 8)
(a) How do you know that Lencho was a hard working farmer?
(b) Seagull was very excited when he saw his mother bringing food for him. How and why did he express his happiness?
(c) How did flowers affect the work of Horace?
(d) Why did Matilda not like to visit her rich friends?
(e) Why does Anne Frank feel diary writing, a strange experience?
Answer any one of the following questions in about 100-120 words: (8)
The people of Coorg are famous for their hospitality and valour. Explain.
Give the character sketch of the invisible scientist.
Answer any one of the following questions in about 200-250 words: (10)
Why do you think it was important for Anne and her sister to challenge their minds during the trying time of their confinement?
The diary is a reflection of Anne’s courage and a belief in the goodness of people. Explain.
Discuss the main theme of “The Story of My Life” written by Helen Keller.
How did Helen Keller make the world more accessible to physically disabled people?
1.1. (a) The electrician did not carry out the work properly because he could not hear out directions clearly due to wearing earphones.
(b) The people in the compartment were doubtful about the bag because as the train neared its terminus, they saw an unattended duffel bag which could have a bomb inside.
(c) Nobody came to claim the bag because the bag belonged to youth who was so absorbed in hearing music from his earphones that he had no idea what was going on around him.
(d) The passengers were stunned because the youth had not been visible anywhere near the bag earlier.
(e) The author says that we should not resent such people and the people wanting privacy.
(f) Seeing people listening to music, while crossing the busy road, or travelling on public transport is not an unusual sight for the author.
(g) That either they want to excude a sense of independence or they want to tell the world to stop bothering them.
(h) They just do so to show that how cool they are.
2.1. (a) According to the writer, we can rewrite our own destiny by touching the core within ourselves and experiencing that the source of creation is within us.
(b) Spiritual people are not getting into a relationship because they think that they will fall into the trap of being identified with the others and not keeping the focus on themselves only.
(c) We should attach ourselves to our Guru without any hesitation because we can get as entangled as we want with him but he is not going to get entangled.
(d) Our focus is scattered when we have possessions and relationships because what we consider as ourselves is actually our possessions and relationships, besides our other identities.
(e) Whether major or insignificant, no event in the universe happens by coincidence. No flower blooms or fades by chance. No man comes into existence or dies out of pure coincidence. No man becomes sick by mistake and neither does his sickness develop in an uncontrolled manner. In each case these occurrences are especially predestined by God, from the every moment they were created.
2.2. (a) (iii) pre-decided
(b) (iii) both (i) & (ii)
(c) (iii) entangle
(d) (iii) focus
(e) (ii) intelligence
21st July, 20xx
Krishna Nagar, Delhi
Sub: Order for sports articles for the school Dear
As the Sports Day of the school is being held next month, we want you to supply the following sports articles to the school as soon as possible so that the students can practice for the various sports tournament.
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Please send the goods to the school on any weekday between 8 am to 5 pm. You are also requested to send the bill after allowing the discount permissible for schools. Payment will be made after the consignment is received and checked by the Games Department of the school. Please ensure the quality of the consignment. If the goods are found to be substandard the whole consignment would be returned. Find enclosed herewith a DD. No. 107358 for ₹ 15000.
St. Marks School
1st Sept., 20xx
Spicy Eleven Restaurant
Sub: Order for lunch on Teacher’s Day
As you know that Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September every year. On this occasion we students like to thank our teachers in a special way.
The student council is planning to make some lavish lunch arrangements for our teachers. Kindly send us the following items:
- Spring roll – 10 plates
- DaalMakhni – 10 plates
- ShahiPaneer – 10 plates
- Butter Naan – 20 plates
- Lachcha Prantha – 10 plates
The party starts at 12:30 pm. I will be grateful if you could have the above items delivered at the school reception by 12 noon.
Send your invoice along with the items. Your payment will be made instantly. Please ensure that the butter naan and Lachcha Prantha are packed in a thermal container so that they remain hot at the time of serving.
One evening, Rohan was walking in the park with his dog, Jackie. Suddenly he heard a shriek from the comer of the park. As he went in the direction of the shriek, he came across a woman who appeared to be sitting on the bench in the park and crying. He went towards her.
“Did you see my Monu?” She asked. “He’s about five”.
“No, I am sorry. I did not see any child,” Rohan answered.
She grabbed his arm and started crying very loudly. Rohan tried to pull away but it was of no use. Rohan saw Jackie looking at the woman with terror and trying to pull Rohan away. Rohan somehow managed to free his hand from the grasp only to find that the woman had suddenly disappeared. He could not believe at the woman’s disappearance and ran from there. Rohan narrated the entire incident to her aunt who lived nearby. His aunt told him that there was a woman who used to live in the neighbourhood with her husband and son. One day her husband left for work and died in an accident. Her only hope was her son, Monu but unfortunately, Monu was kidnapped from the park and never returned. The woman died of broken heart. From that day on, her ghostly figure has been wandering and searching for her son in the park.
There lived a woodcutter in a forest. He was very poor. He could earn a meagre income. Once when he was cutting an oak tree, a fairy appeared there. She asked him Jo spare the tree. The woodcutter agreed. He put down his axe. The fairy was pleased and promised to grant him and his wife three wishes. Listening to this he became very happy. The woodcutter came back to his house. Then he asked his wife, “Is the dinner ready?” The woodcutter further said, “On no! Iam very hungry. I wish I had a big bun!”
Immediately a big bun appeared on the table. The woodcutter’s wife was surprised. Then the woodcutter told her the whole story about the fairy and the three wishes that she had given. At this, his wife cried “oh, what a fool you are! You have wasted one precious wish. At once, she cursed her husband and said, “I wish this bun was on the end of your nose!”
At that very moment, the bun flew and stuck to he woodcutter’s nose. Both were dumbstruck but did not understand what to do. Now the woodcutter’s wife tried to pull it away. But she did not succeed. Now they wished the bun to go to the table. Instantly, the bun came back into the place on the table. In this way, all their three wishes got wasted. They felt sad. But there was no other option. They silently ate the big bun and went to bed.
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(a) Physical impairment causes a deep mental agony.
(b) It gives birth to a deep inferiority complex.
(c) The person gets alienated from the mainstream of life.
(d) He finds solace in withdrawal and self-pity.
(e) The great Brahmaputra flows through Assam.
(a) Lomov is threatening to go the court for the oxen meadows.
(b) The listener has been blamed for being a pettifogger.
(c) The family of Lomov are pettifoggers.
(d) The listener had the habit of giving importance to trivial things.
(a) Valli would listen carefully to the conversation between her neighbours and people who regularly rode on the bus. She would ask a few questions which helped her to pick up details.
(b) Thirty paise seemed a big fortune to Valli because she was a poor girl.
(c) The queries helped her to get small details about the journey.
(d) The town was 6 miles from her village.
(a) Lencho was a hard working farmer as he worked very hard like an animal in the field. His house was the only one in the entire valley. He made every effort to get money to sow the field for next harvest.
(b) The sight of the food maddened young Seagull. He cried ga, ga, ga begging her to get some food. When he saw his mother coming towards him he uttered a joyful scream. He leaned out eagerly tapping the rock with his feet.
(c) The smell of the flowers made Horace Danby sneeze because he was suffering from hay-fever. He carefully arranged his tools. Again he felt his nose tickle. He sneezed loudly as the smell of the flowers came to him again. In this way, the flowers hindered horace in his work.
(d) Matilda had married a petty office work clerk. She got annoyed at her poor condition. She loved to have forks, jewels and silver dishes in vain. She dared not visit even her friendly schoolmate’s house which was richly furnished lest she should be full of despair.
(e) Anne Frank feels diary writing, a strange experience, due to two reasons. The first reason is that it is her first chance to write the diary, she has never written anything before. Second reason is that no one would be interested in reading the thoughts of a school going girl of thirteen.
Coorgis are very hospitable. They tell their guests stories of valour of their sons and fathers. Coorg soldiers are brave. Coorg Regiment is one of the most decorated one in the Indian army. The first General of Independent India, General Cariappa, was a Coorgi. Coorgis are the only people who are permitted to carry firearms without a licence. People visiting Coorg always feel at home there and enjoy the panoramic view of the whole landscape of Coorg. The visitors get pleasure in riding over the elephants and the fresh smell of coffee plantation. The residents are always eager to tell the tales of vigour, bravery and courage only related to their sons and fathers. These people show the utmost courage and exemplary bravery during the war period.
Griffin was a brilliant scientist. He had carried out a number of experiments to develop the skills of making human body transparent and making it invisible. He swallowed rare drugs and his body became transparent. He could have easily used this knowledge of his for the welfare of society but he was a lawless scientist. He hit the shopkeeper and stole his money. At the inn he entered the clergy man’s study and stole money from his desk. Thus he proved to be an eccentric scientist who used his scientific knowledge for wrong doings and posed a threat to the society. He hit Mrs. Hall on the face. He pushed her and her husband out of the room. He misused his scientific discovery.
Anne adored her father. In her eyes, he was perfect, modest, loving a peace maker. He took care of his daughters, and his intention was that his daughters had continuous supplies of books to study. When they left their house they stuffed as many books as they could in Miep’s bags and Jan’s deep pockets. Margot filled his satchel with school books. On 29 October, 1942, Anne wrote that her father has brought the plays of Goethe and Schiller from the big cupboard and was reading out to her. The sisters and Peter learnt shorthand by a correspondence course and Bep brought office work for them to do. Anne took a huge liking to mythology and especially the Gods of Greece and Rome. Miep brought new books for them every Saturday. In order to give them something to do which was also education, Otto Frank applied for a prospectus from teacher’s institute at Lesiden. He presented Anne with a Bible on St. Nicholas Day, so she had enough knowledge about the Testament also. Even at the height of her infatuation for Peter Anne found relief in studies. The girls studied in the hope that they would be able to go to schools after the war. Their reading was a safety valve, it made them forget their tragic circumstances, the fear of death. It was a mental challenge and kept them active in an isolated state and not fall a victim to despair. It made them feel normal in an abnormal world they were living. Education helped Anne write her diary and express her thought well.
Confined to a secret Annexe for two years, with fear, hunger, boredom and a constant threat of discovery and death a constant companion, the bravest of the people would have given in to despair and grief. Anne’s diary is an amazing proof of a sensitive courageous girl, only thirteen in the beginning. Her time spirit always appeared at every crisis. The war, the atrocities against her people, her own miserable state, did not dampen her hopes and belief in the goodness of people. At every step, she pulled herself up and never gave up her goals, her ambition to live and be known as a writer. Her annexe was a ‘paradise’ compared to how the Jews, who were not in hiding, must be living. Her work, her hopes, her love and courage, all these things helped her to keep her head above water, kept her away from complaining. Like any normal person she longed for freedom and fresh air but she believed there were enough compensations for their sufferings. She firmly believed that if you are happy, you will make others happy too. “He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery. She hoped that the hatred of Jews would pass away and the good people will rule the world. On June 6, 1944, when the invasion of Holland by the Allies was at its height, she felt that “friends were approaching” and she and her sister might go to school in September and October. It is said that she died peacefully, feeling that nothing bad was happening to her.”
Helen Keller is a revered figure in American popular culture. She still managed to get education and become a writer and activist, even though she was stuck deaf and blind by illness at the age of 19 months. This book has become one of the greatest American autobiographies, since it is the inspiring story of a courageous individual who overcame tremendous odds. Helen struggled hard to break through this silent and dark prison that engulfed her. Her teacher Anne Sullivan provided her impetus, she devised innovative instructional methods but it was Helen who had to struggle and respond. Her relentless struggle to spell, understand abstract concepts, to read and speak is beyond the capability of any normal human being. Helen learned many languages like French, German and tried to decipher many Braille systems and finally after a relentless struggle managed to graduate with honours from Radcliffe College. The catalogue of her achievements is long – she authored various books, articles, became an activist, pacifist, and socialist. “The Story of My Life” seems a model for what the physically disabled can accomplish and also changed the mindset of people who assumed that the physically disabled people are also mentally disabled.
In the story of Helen’s early life, the physically disabled were put in institutions or in asylums and often assumed to be mentally disabled as well. Efforts to teach them to overcome their disabilities or lead normal lives were extremely limited. But Helen was lucky to have parents and teacher, Miss Sullivan who guided her through her deprivations. Even Helen’s relatives and friends thought that Helen could never be taught. Helen succeeded because her family, her teacher focused on her abilities not on her deprivations. In those days such teachers were rare, there was hardly any embossed book and thought Helen had a tough time with battling problems that were physical as well as man-made, she emerged to triumph over her incapabilities. The examination system, the mode of lectures, the classrooms were not suitable. Despite so many obstacles, Helen graduated with honours from Radcliffe College. Her book “The Story of My Life” has become a symbol of hope and positivity for generations. Helen is regarded as a heroic figure who overcame great hardship to accomplish impressive goals both personally and publicly.
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