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Time: 3 hrs
Maximum Marks: 80
1. This question paper is divided into three sections
- Section A : Reading
- Section B : Writing Skill and Grammar
- Section C : Literature : Textbooks and Long Reading Text (Novel)
2.All the questions are compulsory.
3.All the questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order
Section (A) Reading
Read, the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.
The literary tradition of India goes back to more than 3000 years and during this period Sanskrit occupied a pre-eminent position. Sanskrit played a key role in providing continuity to Indian civilization. With the exception of Tamil, all other languages in India have borrowed liberally from the Sanskrit vocabulary. Ancient India knew two scripts—Kharoshthi and Brahmi. Kharoshthi was written from right to left and was prevalent in Gandhara (Eastern Afghanistan and North Punjab). Brahmi was written from left to right. It is this script which became the script of the Sanskrit language. Birch barks and palm leaves were the original writing materials.
Sanskrit was the language of the Aryans who belonged to the Indo-European group of races, and Sanskrit thus belonged to the Indo-European group of languages. Classical Sanskrit developed from the Vedic period between 500 BC and about AD 1000. The ‘Veda’ is derived from the root word vid, meaning knowledge—signifying knowledge par excellence which later became sanctified as sacred knowledge.
The Vedas are said to be divided into two sections, ‘Mantra’ and ‘Brahmana’. ‘Mantra’ means that which is thought out by the mind. ‘Brahmana’ means the explanation of the Brahmin. The four Vedas are the Rigveda, the Samaveda, the Yajurveda and the Atharvaveda.
The earliest text, Rigveda, has many things in common with the Iranian Zend Avesta and is written in verse. It is the earliest specimen of the Indo-European language divided into 10 cycles or mandalas; it has 1028 hymns. The Rigvedic hymns are, in the words of Rabindranath Tagore, “a poetic testament of a people’s collective reaction to the wonder and awe of existence.” They are poems of praise to the beauty of the Earth and nature and its power.
As the Aryans settled down and a ritualistic religion developed, the need was felt for a hymn which could be sung and set to tune. Thus arose the second compilation, the Sama Veda. ‘Sama’ means song or melody. The text consists of 1875 verses, chiefly borrowed from the Rigveda.
- …… is the script of the Sanskrit language.
- What is the meaning of the word ‘Veda’?
- What were the two scripts of ancient India?
- Why did Sanskrit occupy a pre-eminent position?
- What was the direction in which Brahmi was written?
- Sanskrit belonged to the group of languages.
- When did classical Sanskrit develop?
- The content of the Rigveda is in form.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.
“Total commitment is not just hard work, it is total involvement. Building a rock wall is back-breaking work. There are some people who build rock walls all their lives. And when they die, there are miles of walls, mute testimonials to how hard those people had worked.”
He continued, “But there are other men who, while placing one rock on top of another, have a vision in their minds, a goal. It may be a terrace with roses climbing over the rock wall and chairs set out for lazy summer days. Or the rock wall may enclose an apple orchard or mark a boundary. When they finish, they have more than a wall. It is the goal that makes the difference. Do not make rocketry your profession, your livelihood — make it your religion, your mission. To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal Individuals like myself are often called ‘workaholics’. I question this term because that implies a pathological condition or an illness. If I do that which I desire more than anything else in the world and which makes me happy, such work can never be an aberration.
Total commitment is a crucial quality for those who want to reach the very top of their profession. The desire to work at optimum capacity leaves hardly any room for anything else. I have had people with me who would scoff at the 40-hours-a-week job they were being paid for. I have known others who used to work 60, 80 and even 100 hours a week because they found their work exciting and rewarding. Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women. Are you able to manage the stresses you encounter in your life? The difference between an energetic and a confused person is the difference in the way their minds handle their experiences. Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. All of us carry some sort of a super-intelligence within us. Let it be stimulated to enable us to examine our deepest thoughts, desires and beliefs.
Once you have done this, you also need good health and boundless energy. Climbing to the top demands strength, whether to the top of Mount Everest or the top of your career. People are born with different energy reserves and the one who tires first and burns out easily will do well to reorganize his or her life at the earliest.
- Explain the difference in attitudes between the two kinds of people who build brick walls.
- What is required of those people who want to reach the very top of their profession?
- How can we distinguish between an energetic and a confused person?
- Describe Dr Kalam’s recommendation for a person who burns out easily.
- Which word in paragraph 1 means the same as ‘formal statements’?
- Which word in paragraph 4 means the same as ‘ideal’?
- The word in paragraph 1 which is a synonym of the word ‘dedication’ is……..
- The word in paragraph 4 which is an antonym of the word ‘clear’ is……… Section
(B) Writing Skill and Grammar
You are Naman/Nalini. Today while travelling in a bus you saw a thief snatch a lady passenger’s gold chain. The thief quickly deboarded the bus. Using your own ideas and ideas from the MCB unit ‘People’, write a diary entry in 100-120 words expressing what you felt and how you wanted to help. You may use the clues given below.
Travelling in a bus – crowded – chain snatching – thief ran away – lady crying – no police – unsafe public transport
You are Abhishek/Abhilasha of class IX, the Head of the School Environment Club. You observe that people do not segregate garbage so that it can be effectively disposed of. Write an article in 100-120 words on the topic ‘Reduce, Recycle, Reuse’. Use the visual given below, your own ideas and ideas from the MCB unit ‘Environment’.
Write a story based on the following clues in 200-250 words.
Puja’s apricot tree – every year basket full of fruits – but this summer – barely a handful – no juice – no flavour – tree ready to die – leaves dried – Puja sad – lesson on life and death – planted seed – plant grew – Puja happy.
Complete the story using the beginning given below in 200-250 words. Also give a suitable title to it.
Once a smart-looking young man visited the office of a business firm to seek employment. The manager, though pleased with his bearing, said that there was no vacancy for a clerk. The young man was disappointed
Fill in the blanks with the word that you consider to be the most appropriate.
(a)……..Delhi decided (b)……..visit Chennai last year. While standing outside their Beach Hotel, they (c)…….the tide rising high. (d)…….they could react, they (e)……swept away (f) ……..the waves. It was the Tsunami.
The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line against which a
blank is given. Identify the incorrect word and write it along with the correction in the -answer sheet. The first one has been done for you as an example.
Yesterday morning I finished one business at the bank one some
and was returning in pick my motorbike which I had left (a)………… ………..
in the parking lot outside. Suddenly he realized that I had (b)……….. ………..
lost the bike key. Upset, I searched about it in the bank. A bank (c)……….. ……….
employee tried to help me find it and in vain. (d)………. ………..
Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.
The first one has been done for you as an example.
watching TV / on Exercise / while you are / the following ways / the American Council / suggests / to exercise
The American Council on Exercise suggests the following ways to exercise while you are watching TV.
- the remote / the channel / to change / get up / from the couch / instead of using
- the room during / walk up / the stairs / or around / and down / commercial breaks
- a treadmill / use / you watch / while / you can / TV
Section (C) Literature (Textbooks)
Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow.
“No nightingale did ever chant More welcome notes to weary bands Of travelers in some shady haunt.
Among Arabian Sands”
- To whom does ‘weary bands’ refer?
- Why did the poet compare the notes to that of a nightingale?
- What kind of song was the singer singing?
- How did the song affect the poet?
“She was a good-looking lady who was usually always smiling. Even today, I cannot forget the worried expression on her face.’’
- Who is ‘she’ in the above extract?
- Why was there a worried expression on her face?
- Why did the narrator’s grandmother feel dependent and helpless?
- What did the narrator’s grandmother decide to do after this incident?
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each.
- Why was Gas ton initially not willing to buy the villa?
- “I make the netted sunbeam dance.” What does ‘the netted sunbeam’ mean? How does it dance?
- What does Per some think of the needy and poor people?
- What did Jessie tell John about her father, Col Allyn
- Why was the Chieftain of Ulva’s Island in a hurry? Who tried to help him?
Answer any one of the following questions in 100-120 words.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Elucidate this quote with reference to the story ‘A Dog Named Duke’, explaining the value of love, which provides strength and courage.
The Professor answered with a phrase that was to become familiar to all of us- “No Sergeant. It’s all a matter of intelligent reading”. Showing off one’s knowledge is a vice, not a virtue. Elaborate.
Long Reading Text (Novel)
Answer any one of the following questions in 150-200 words from the novel of your
What idea did you form about the kingdom of Brobdingnag from Gulliver’s description?
Comment on the character of the Yahoos as observed by Gulliver in the novel.
Three Men in a Boat
Describe the friends’ experience about ‘The Pride of the Thames’.
Give a character-sketch of biggs’ boy.
- The word ‘Veda’ means ‘Knowledge’ or ‘Sacred Knowledge’.
- The two scripts of ancient India were Kharoshthi and Brahmi.
- Sanskrit occupied a pre- eminent position as it played a key role in providing continuity to Indian civilization.
- Brahmi was written from left to right.
- Classical Sanskrit developed during the Vedic period between 500BC and AD1000.
- The difference in attitudes between the two kinds of people who build brick walls is with respect to their vision or goal. The first type of people do not have a goal while the second type of people have a goal in their mind while they are doing their work.
- The people who want to reach the very top of their profession should have total commitment to their work.
- We can distinguish between an energetic and a confused person by the way their minds handle their experiences.
- A person who burns ant easily should reorganize his or her life at the earliest.
- The word ‘testimonials’ in para 1 means the same as ‘formal statements’.
- The word ‘optimum’ in paragraph 3 means the same as ideal.
Tuesday, 1st Aug. 20XX
was travelling in a local bus today which was very crowded with the standing passengers being crowded against one another. An incident in it left me shocked. A young lady with a gold chain round her neck was standing next to me near the door. She was busy playing a game on her mobile phone when a thief snatched her chain. The bus had just started from a stop. She cried for help and requested passengers to catch the thief, but by that time he had got down from the running bus. On hearing her cries, the driver stopped the bus, but it was of no use. There was no policeman nearby and the thief had already managed to disappear in the busy market through which the bus was passing at that time. Passengers could only console the lady for her loss.
I have realized how unsafe public transport is and have decided to be cautious while travelling the next time.
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
by Abhishek, Class IX-B
We city dwellers generate an enormous amount of garbage every day. It causes pollution of the atmosphere, pollution of the water bodies which may carry it and also pollution of the soil when it is buried by the municipal authorities. Further, the large amount of waste generated poses a big problem to the municipality for its safe disposal. Therefore, segregating the waste at source into dry waste and wet waste ‘ will help in reducing the amount of waste which goes into landfills as garbage. The wet waste can be used for producing compost and much of the dry waste can be recycled for reusing it in another form. Our motto should be ‘Reduce, Recycle, Reuse’.
The first step for this is to reduce our waste by segregating it into wet and dry. The second step is to recycle our waste. By recycling we can make useful stuff from the waste, which leads to the third step i.e. reusing the recycled material. All this can help solve the issues of waste management and protecting our environment.
Puja had a beautiful apricot tree in her garden. Every year, the tree would produce a basket full of fruits, much to the delight of Puja and her family.
However, to everyone’s surprise, this summer it gave barely a handful of apricots. The apricots had no juice. The usual flavor was also not there. The tree was on the verge of death. Its leaves had started yellowing. Puja used to watch the dying tree every afternoon, sitting by the window-sill. The leaves soon dried and the tree was a skeleton of trunk and branches.
Puja cried bitterly upon the death of her ‘favorite companion’. Since childhood, Puja had spent most of her spare time playing around it and ‘talking’ to the tree. Its death left a void in her heart. Then, her grandma explained her the cycle of life and death. Whatever comes into the world has to go one day. Nothing is permanent and the cycle goes on. Puja understood and planted an apricot seed near to where the tree had stood. In due course of time, a plant sprouted. Puja’s happiness knew no bounds.
A Young Man Rewarded Once a smart-looking young man visited the office of a business firm to seek employment. The manager, though pleased with his bearing, said that there was no vacancy for a clerk in his firm. The young man was disappointed and turned to leave. As he was passing out of the doorway, he saw a pin lying near it which he at once picked up. He gave the pin to the receptionist so that it could be used.
he manager saw this and was favorably impressed by the young man’s tidiness and attention to small matters. He made up his mind that the applicant was too good to be allowed to go away. So, he called him back and engaged him as a clerk in his office. The young man was very happy on getting the job and decided to give his best to his new job. The young man worked very systematically. Everyone praised him for his hard work. He also followed a set of principles which was appreciated by everyone. This young man in due course of time rose to be the head of the firm. It was his love of order and economy that brought him success in life.
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- Getup from the couch instead of using the remote to change the channel.
- Walk up and down the stairs or around the room during commercial breaks.
- You can use a treadmill while you watch TV.
- The term weary bands’ refers to travelers who are tired due to their long journey through the Arabian
- The poet compared the notes to that of a nightingale because the reaper’s song was melodious like that of a nightingale.
- The singer, a solitary girl reaping the harvest, was singing a sad and lonesome song.
- The song affected the poet so much that he carried its music with him even long after he had passed the valley where he had heard the girl singing.
- ‘She’ in the extract is the grandmother of the narrator.
- There was a worried expression on her face as she was unable to read the episode of her favorite serial story in the weekly magazine Karmaveera.
- The narrator’s grandmother felt dependent and helpless because she was illiterate.
The narrator’s grandmother decided that she would learn the Kannada alphabet from the next day on wards, keeping the Saraswati Pooja day during Dassara as the deadline for learning how to read it.
- Gas ton was not interested in buying the villa initially as he knew that his wife Jeanne wanted to buy it
for her parents to stay there. He was also irritated by the fact that Jeanne’s parents would bring her sister’s children with them to live in the villa.
- The sun’s rays filtering through the leaves and bushes make a net-like pattern on the brook. Hence, it is referred as ‘netted sunbeam’. They are reflected on the surface of the water and appear to be dancing as the water flows in the brook.
- Per some believed that people act as though they were poor and needy only to have the Bishop call on them and help them. They knew that the Bishop was a kind-hearten person and they wanted to take advantage of that feeling of the Bishop.
- Jessie told John that her father, Col Allyn, was a strict and disciplined man. She further added that being a nobleman (an Earl), her father would never allow her to speak to a common man.
The chieftain of Ulva’s Island had eloped with Lord Ullin’s daughter against her father’s wish. He was in a hurry as he did not wanted to get caught by Lord Ullin’s men. A boatman on the shore of the loch tried to help him.
This quote is certainly true in the story ‘A Dog Named Duke’ . Here the dog is an epitome of love. The ‘ sight of his master (Charles Hooper) excites the dog to such an extent that we find him quivering.
He cannot talk to him nor can he understand his silence and misery.
The dog manages to enable his master to take steps towards recovery. Hooper is so found of Duke that he musters up all his courage and decides to try to walk on his feet again. In return, he derives his strength from Duke’s love for him. Finally, he recovers and resumes his work. But the dog passes away, leaving Hooper alone forever.
Showing off one’s knowledge is a vice and not a virtue. Learning is a continuous process and what one knows may not be known to others. The true essence of knowledge is to share it with others. One should not be proud of one’s knowledge and must refrain from boasting about it to others. He who has knowledge remains humble in all circumstances and is never proud and boastful of his knowledge.
In the story, The Man Who Knew Too Much’, Private Quelch was wrong in showing off his knowledge. He should have acted humbly and shared his knowledge with his peers. Then he would have earned the respect and admiration of his peers and avoided punishment.
The Kingdom of Brobdingnag sat at the southern end of the island, surrounded on three sides by the ocean and on one side by impassable mountains. The country had 51 cities, the largest of which was Lorbrulgrud. The king’s palace in Lorbrulgurd was a mass of buildings about 7 miles around.
Gulliver and Glumdalclitch often went out to see the primary temple of the city, which was both beautiful and 3000 feet in height. However, Gulliver was not amazed as he expected it to be larger. The King’s kitchen was also amazing as it was 600 feet high. Gulliver was also most impressed by the sight of the Brobdingnagian King’s military guard on parade in detachments of 500. The horses too were enormous – around 600 feet high.
Apart from the prosperity of the Kingdom, Gulliver also witnessed the poverty that marked the place. There were giant beggars, horribly deformed, with lice crawling all over them.
The Yahoos are the human-like creatures that Gulliver encounters in the country of the Houyhnhnm’s during his fourth voyage. Not recognizing their link with humanity, Gulliver describes the Yahoos as animals “deformed, their heads and breasts were covered with thick hair but the rest of their bodies were bare. They had no tails and often stood on their hind feet.” He concludes, “I never beheld in all my travels so disagreeable an animal.”
Although they are human in form and feature, the Yahoos are actually animals. They are filthy and they stink. They are omnivorous but seem to prefer meat and garbage. Significantly, they eat nearly everything prohibited by Christian food codes. Gulliver observes that they are “the most filthy, noisome and deformed animals which nature ever produced ” and they are “cunning, malicious, treacherous and revengeful.”
The Yahoos, however, are not merely animals; they are animals who are naturally vicious and represent mankind depraved. Swift describes them in deliberately filthy and disgusting terms, often using metaphors drawn from dung. In terms of their evolution, the words used to describe the Yahoos are “degenerating by degrees.” Three Men in a Boat
Once J along with his friends hired a boat during their stay for two days at Oxford. They decided for a double sculling skiff that was called The Pride of the Thames’. It was made from a very old piece of wood that looked as though it had been recently dug out from somewhere. J thought that it might be a Roman relic of a coffin set on the river water for rowing. Disputes arose that this ancient chunk of wood might have belonged to even before the ice-age. When they proposed for a whitewash or a tar of the boat, the owner was quite offended with their remarks.
They stopped arguing with the owner, fastened the so-called boat together with some pieces of string, wrapped it with a bit of wallpaper and pasted over the shabbier places. They said their prayers and resumed their journey over the Thames. It was only a charge of thirty-five shillings for hiring the boat for six days. The wooden piece called as The Pride of the Thames’ only reflects the underlying tone of humour in the entire incident.
Briggs’ boy, the son of the greengrocer who used to supply the three friends, enjoyed making mischief. He was quite talented in securing the services of the most abandoned and unprincipled errand boys that lived. If there was any evil act in the neighborhood, it was sure to be connected with Briggs’ boy. In the case of the Coram Street murder, it was promptly concluded by the people living in the street where Jerome lived that Briggs’ boy was at the bottom of it. When the luggage for their boating journey was piled at the door, Briggs’ boy came there, seeking to make some fun and mischief. Soon he called other people, saying that Jerome, George and Harris were moving out of the house. Some young gentlemen from the boot shop and the empty can superintendent from The Blue Posts made some comments about crossing the Atlantic. Soon a crowd collected. It stayed until the three friends found a cab and departed. Thus, Briggs’ boy was full of mischief and villainy.
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