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Class 10th CBSE English 15 Questions 80 Marks

Class 10th CBSE English 15 Questions 80 Marks

Class 10th CBSE English 15 Questions 80 Marks

                                         Subject: ENGLISH
Grade: X                                                     Max.Marks:80
Date : 29/08/11                                                      Duration: 3 hrs

General Instructions:-

  • The question Paper has 4 Sections .
  • Each section carries 20 Marks
  • Section A : Reading
  • Section B : Writing
  • Section C : Grammar.
  • Section D: Literature
  • Do not copy the questions .



                                  Section – A (Reading)  20  Marks
1.Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:                       (5x1=5)
The French anthropologist Louis Dumont would have been 100 years of age on August  1, 2011.  Although criticised, his interpretation of the Indian society cannot be ignored.
After World War II , Louis Dumont’s anthropological oeuvre marked a new area  for the sociology of India, and his work, although internationally acclaimed is still open to debate.
Dumont was born in Thessaloniki , (Greece ) in 1911 and died in Paris in 1998.  He was first a students of the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss at the  Institute of Ethonology of the Museum of Man in Paris form 1936 to 1939, and later joined the Museum for Arts and Popular religious festival in Southern France.  Yet, later he was to receive international fame and recognition for his work on India.
Dumont was a prisoner of war in Germany (1940-45), where he started learning Sanskrit with the German Indologist and Jain scholar Walther Schubring. After the war, he went to South India and did fieldwork among the Kallar in Tamil Nadu.  In 1957, he published a monograph on A South Indian Subcaste: Social Organization and Religion of the Pramalai Kallar ,which marked a profound change in the paradigm of the sociology of India.
--The Hindu
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate options from the ones given below:

2.  Read the passage carefully:                                                                                         (5x1=5)
A Patriotic Pilgrimage
Zumbo, our sturdy Gorkha driver, seemed to be in love with his voice. When he was not telling us what to see in Sikkim, he was reeling off Hindi songs, old ones mostly.
It was unusually warm in Gangtok that morning . Zumbo took no time speeding past the city limits and was soon climbing towards Nathu La pass.  The roads became narrow, winding and sometimes, slushy; at times it became part of the cavernous cliff edges.  There was a pattern in Zumbo’s singing. It became loud every time the road became a weathered ribbon.
Nathu La ,one of the three trading posts between  India and China, and which connects Sikkim  with Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, is just 54 km from Gangtok.  But it’s the treacherous climb , to over 14, 150 ft, and the bone-chilling weather that makes the drive to Nathu La thrilling.
Throughout the winding road, we had for company boisterous water  falls, heavy misty and snow-covered peaks in the distance . When we crossed the 15th Mile Sikkim police checkpost, we stopped for a while.  It was cold and a hot cup of tea did wonders.  A few bends later I was snapped out of my reverie. “Saab, that’s the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary , “ Zumbo said, pointing to a  board on a slope. “ This is home to the red panda and the blood pheasant (the state animal and bird respectively).And you have  a whole lot of  invaluable herbs and plants.” An icy breeze wafted in from the lowered car window, forcing me to pull it up instantly.
At certain parts the road was being widened.  Workers, in that biting cold , were going about their work with zeal.  “This is going to be a highway connecting Gangtok to Lhasa and beyond, to Manasarovar. It will be complete in three years time. , “ Zumba told me. Apart from the occasional Army truck , a stray dog or porters with loads strapped to their backs , there was hardly any movement on the road.

Answer these questions after reading the passage carefully:


3. Read the following poem  carefully:                                                               (5x1=5)
Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
Why do ye fall so fast
Your date is not so past,
But you may stay here awhile
To blush and gently smile.
What, were ye born to be
An hour or half’s delight
And so bid good night?
T’was pity Nature brought ye forth
Merely to show your worth
And lost you quite.
But you are lovely leaves, where we
May read how soon things have
Their end, though ne’er so brave;
And after they have shown their pride
Like you awhile, they glide
Into the grave.
-Ben  Jonson
On the basis of your reading of the poem complete the sentences that  follow:

4. Read the passage carefully:                                                                                         (5x1=5)
Did you know that the industrial products we use aren’t just a combination of mechanics and industrial material? An entire creative thought process goes into designing these products. An exhibition in Bangalore ,title , Connecting concepts , explores design as a creative acitivity.  Organised by Srishti School of Art , Design and Technology in association with Premsela Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, The Netherlands Architecture Institute, and Design Cooperation Brainport and curated by Danish industry designer Ed Van Hinte , “ Connecting Concepts” displays products behind which ,unique and clever ideas have been invested.
Traditional techniques which have been incorporated in new products and the evolution of ideas has resulted in path –breaking designs.  Ed explained the importance of the design process. “ The process behind the creation of a product is much more than the finished product itself. The Netherlands is known for its unique industry design. The design process of a country can provide a deeper cultural understanding of a country.  The geographical location of Netherlands, for instance , has led to the evolution of certain traits in the people. The country lies below sea level, which explains the stubbornness and determination inherent in the Danish.  This determination is found in the way industrialists experiment with design despite industries being fewer in number . Graphic designers receive a lot of Government funding.
-The Hindu
Answer these questions on the basis of  your reading of the passage :

Section B (Writing)  20 Marks
5.  Given below are the details of  Santosh Hegde , Lokayukta . Using the details write a short description of him in about 80 words for your class magazine.                                     (1x4=4)

Born on 16 June, 1940- Nitte Village of Karkala Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District- Law Degree-Government Law College, Bangalore- Presently University Law College, Bangalore- completed his graduation in law-joined the Bar in January 1966- appointed- the Advocate General of Karnataka in February 1984 - continued till 1988.
Appointed- Additional Solicitor General of India in November 1989 -  In November 1998-  appointed as Solicitor General of India- the only person to be – appointed-Karnataka so far.
After retirement from the Supreme Court in June 2005, , Justice Hegde-appointed- Chairperson, Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi on 6.7.2005 and functioned in that position . August 2006- was appointed as Lokayukta of Karnataka State from  August 2006 for  5 years.
Conferred Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Mangalore in February 2005; by the Karnataka State Open University Mysore in March, 2009.
6. International schools are mushrooming all over the place. They seem to be offering hi-fi facilities to students. They try and lure parents and children promising them international education . With inputs from the lesson ‘Education’ write an article expressing your opinion about the topic.                                                                                                            (1x8=8)
7. You are Aniruddh . You have won the Presidency Challenge Cup , War of Words trophy for the current year. You write a diary entry describing your feelings, your preparations , the support and guidance you received etc.                                                                 (1x8=8)
8. Complete the passage given below by choosing the most appropriate options.(1/2x8=4)
If  I (a)_____(know) that  they were honest, I’d have gladly lend them the money. Unless you (b)______(be )very sure of  someone’s intentions , you cannot lend him /her  your hard-earned money.  But for the want of money they (c)_____(ruin). If I really (d)________(perceive) that they were so desperately in need of money, I (e)________
(do) my best for them. If I (f)________(read ) their diary before, I  would have known the whole truth.  Unless you (g)______(spend) time with someone you (h) ________ (judge) them

9.  Read the following conversation and complete the passage that follows:          (1x4=4)
The fox opened the door and said to the stork ,” Please come in and share my food ?”
The fox served the soup in shallow bowls so that the poor stork stayed hungry.
The selfish fox asked , “ why haven’t you taken your soup?”
The stork replied , “ It was very kind of you to invite me for dinner today. Please come to my house tomorrow for dinner.”
The fox opened  the door and (a)______. The fox served the soup in shallow bowls so that poor stork stayed hungry. The selfish fox asked the stork (b) _________ . The stork replied that (c) ______ and further requested (d)_____________________.
10. The following passage has not been edited . There is an error in each line.  Write the incorrect word and the correction in the blanks given below. Number the blanks correctly.                                                                                                                            (1 x4=4)
                                                                                    Incorrect word             Correction
A bionic eye who allows the blind to see has been   a. ______              _________ 
approved after through testing. The test has                  b.______                      __________
demonstrated but the device is safe                              c.______                      __________
while could mean that it eventually becomes           d.______                 __________
routinely available at  the NHS.
11. Rearrange the following words /phrases to form meaningful sentences.                     (1x4=4)
a. only/people/advertising/join/crazy/do
b. plague/clichés/avoid/like/let’s
c. their work /set/answer/every /a serious /through/work/researcher/asks/question/that/out/to /through
d.  Indu Balachandran’s /insight/the /ad world/book/ interesting/ humorous/provides /into/an
12. Given below is a set of instructions for making ‘Khubanii Ka Meetha’. On the basis of instructions given complete the following paragraph.                                         (1x4=4)
 1. Wash apricots and soak in 2 cups of water overnight.
2. Remove apricots, add sugar to water and cook to make a syrup.
3.Slit apricots, remove the seeds and keep them aside.
4.Add apricots to the syrup and cook until thick.
5. Add lemon juice –remove from fire.
6. Break the seeds gently and remove the almonds.
7. Boil them and peel the skin.
8. Serve  with unsweetened whipped cream.
Apricots (a)_____and soaked in two cups of water overnight.  The apricots (b)________and sugar is added to water and (c)_________to make a syrup. The apricots (d)_______________
and seeds are removed .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Apricots are added to the syrup and cooked until thick.  Lemon juice is added  and removed from fire. The seeds are broken  gently  and the almonds are removed . They are served with  unsweetened whipped cream.

Section D (Literature ) 20 Marks
13.A. Read the extract and answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate options.                                                                                                                (1x3=3)
A woman bends over me ,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

i.because they make people beautiful.
ii.they hide the blemishes of people with their soft light .
iii. they hide the blemishes and make people look beautiful in their soft glow
iv. they can’t talk

i.the reality is too harsh for her to bear.
ii.she is desperately looking for someone to comfort her .
iii. she wants to be told that she is still beautiful
iv. she can hide her signs of greying in their light.
For several days Ali had not come to the post office . There was no one with enough sympathy or understanding to guess the reason , but all were curious to know  what had stopped the old man. At last he came again, but it was a struggle for him to breathe and on his face were clear signs of approaching end. That day he could not contain his impatience.

ii. had gone to attend a marriage.
iii.was in the hospital.
iv. was not keeping well for so many days.

i.everybody made fun of him
ii. he was very ill and knew that his end was near.
iii. he had lost hope of receiving a letter from his daughter.
iv. being ill he could not wait in the post office for the letter any longer.
c.The people at the post office were ..
i.very helpful
ii.worried about Ali’s health
iii.understood Ali’s feelings
iv.selfish and heartless.
14. Answer any four out of the following questions in 30-40 words .                      (2x4=8)
a.Bring out the irony in the title of the play ‘The Dear Departed’.
b. How could Mrs. Packletide face the camera with a light heart though she had not killed the tiger?
c. Do you think the nightingale is ‘brainless’? Give reasons for your answer.
d.Why does the poet in the poem ‘Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments’ refer to time as being sluttish?
e.Although Nicola and Jacopo are young boys , the author refers to them as gentlemen. Why does he do so?          
15. Answer any one of the following in about 150 words.                                              (6x1=6)
Mr. Abel Merry Weather  writes a letter to his friend , James explaining his decision to get married as well as the  disgraceful behaviour of  his daughters and his sons –in-law. Write the letter  in about 150 words.
“Tortured by doubt and remorse , he sat down in the glow of the charcoal sigri to wait. Who is tortured by doubt and remorse ? Why ? What is he waiting for ?



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