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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH – Language and Literature (Code 184) 
CLASS-X 
 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.      Maximum Marks : 80 
 
General Instructions: 
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C.  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: Reading 
 
20 Marks 
Q1 Read the passage carefully. 
 
Red Cross: How Hope Evolved 
 
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in 
the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 270,000 
troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either 
dead, injured, or missing, many of whom were simply left to die on the 
battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, 
searching for items they could sell, or simply taking in the horrors of the 
battle .A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who 
was traveling in Solferino  witnessed all this.  
Jean Henri Dunantwitnessed the atrocities of war as well as the  countries 
not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been 
injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organized a group of volunteers to 
help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or 
write letters to the families of those who were dying and he urged the public 
to create an organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of 
which side they fought for during times of war. After that moment, he wrote 
the book, A Memory of Solferino, which urged the public to create an 
organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side 
they fought for during times of war. His writing inspired countless others to 
rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red 
Cross. 
The modern-day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to disaster 
relief and epidemic treatment. This effort continues to this day. One of the 
easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to 
donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But, 
donating blood isn't the only way you can help out—the Red Cross also 
encourages donating your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross 
wants everyone to know.  
(https://www.rd.com/true-stories/red-cross-origin/) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH – Language and Literature (Code 184) 
CLASS-X 
 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.      Maximum Marks : 80 
 
General Instructions: 
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C.  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: Reading 
 
20 Marks 
Q1 Read the passage carefully. 
 
Red Cross: How Hope Evolved 
 
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in 
the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 270,000 
troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either 
dead, injured, or missing, many of whom were simply left to die on the 
battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, 
searching for items they could sell, or simply taking in the horrors of the 
battle .A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who 
was traveling in Solferino  witnessed all this.  
Jean Henri Dunantwitnessed the atrocities of war as well as the  countries 
not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been 
injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organized a group of volunteers to 
help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or 
write letters to the families of those who were dying and he urged the public 
to create an organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of 
which side they fought for during times of war. After that moment, he wrote 
the book, A Memory of Solferino, which urged the public to create an 
organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side 
they fought for during times of war. His writing inspired countless others to 
rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red 
Cross. 
The modern-day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to disaster 
relief and epidemic treatment. This effort continues to this day. One of the 
easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to 
donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But, 
donating blood isn't the only way you can help out—the Red Cross also 
encourages donating your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross 
wants everyone to know.  
(https://www.rd.com/true-stories/red-cross-origin/) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer the 
following questions-  
a. How many soldiers fought in the battle of Solferino on June 24? 
i. 270,000     ii. 40,000    iii. 230,000     iv. 23,000  
 
b. What is the correct order of the information given below: 
I. Dunant organised a camp of volunteers. 
II. Emperor Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I fought a battle. 
III. The book ‘A Memory of Solferino was written. 
IV. Dunant travelled in Solferino. 
 
           (i)  IV, III, II, I      (ii)   I, II, III, IV     (iii)  II, I, IV, III    (iv)  II, IV, I, III 
 
c.  The writer of 'A Memory of Solferino’ was: 
 
i. Emperor Napoleon III 
ii. Franz Joseph I 
iii. Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. International Red Cross 
 
d. The modern day Red Cross does not deal with: 
 
i. Blood donation 
ii. Disaster Relief 
iii. Epidemic Treatment 
iv. Writing a book 
 
e. The most appropriate sub-heading to para 2 of the passage is: 
 
i. How International Federation of Red Cross Evolved! 
ii. Functions of Red Cross 
iii. The Contributions of Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. The Battle of Solferino  
 
f. The aid provided by Dunant’s volunteers during the battle of Solferino 
was: 
 
I. to help bring water and food to the injured 
II. to assist with medical treatment 
III. to write a book 
IV. to give relief in epidemic 
 
          (i) I and III    (ii)  III and IV   (iii) I and II   (iv) II and III 
 
g. You can donate your blood and your _________ to Red Cross. 
 
h. Jean Henri Dunant participated in the war.( True/ False) 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH – Language and Literature (Code 184) 
CLASS-X 
 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.      Maximum Marks : 80 
 
General Instructions: 
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C.  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: Reading 
 
20 Marks 
Q1 Read the passage carefully. 
 
Red Cross: How Hope Evolved 
 
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in 
the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 270,000 
troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either 
dead, injured, or missing, many of whom were simply left to die on the 
battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, 
searching for items they could sell, or simply taking in the horrors of the 
battle .A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who 
was traveling in Solferino  witnessed all this.  
Jean Henri Dunantwitnessed the atrocities of war as well as the  countries 
not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been 
injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organized a group of volunteers to 
help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or 
write letters to the families of those who were dying and he urged the public 
to create an organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of 
which side they fought for during times of war. After that moment, he wrote 
the book, A Memory of Solferino, which urged the public to create an 
organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side 
they fought for during times of war. His writing inspired countless others to 
rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red 
Cross. 
The modern-day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to disaster 
relief and epidemic treatment. This effort continues to this day. One of the 
easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to 
donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But, 
donating blood isn't the only way you can help out—the Red Cross also 
encourages donating your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross 
wants everyone to know.  
(https://www.rd.com/true-stories/red-cross-origin/) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page | 2 
 
 
On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer the 
following questions-  
a. How many soldiers fought in the battle of Solferino on June 24? 
i. 270,000     ii. 40,000    iii. 230,000     iv. 23,000  
 
b. What is the correct order of the information given below: 
I. Dunant organised a camp of volunteers. 
II. Emperor Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I fought a battle. 
III. The book ‘A Memory of Solferino was written. 
IV. Dunant travelled in Solferino. 
 
           (i)  IV, III, II, I      (ii)   I, II, III, IV     (iii)  II, I, IV, III    (iv)  II, IV, I, III 
 
c.  The writer of 'A Memory of Solferino’ was: 
 
i. Emperor Napoleon III 
ii. Franz Joseph I 
iii. Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. International Red Cross 
 
d. The modern day Red Cross does not deal with: 
 
i. Blood donation 
ii. Disaster Relief 
iii. Epidemic Treatment 
iv. Writing a book 
 
e. The most appropriate sub-heading to para 2 of the passage is: 
 
i. How International Federation of Red Cross Evolved! 
ii. Functions of Red Cross 
iii. The Contributions of Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. The Battle of Solferino  
 
f. The aid provided by Dunant’s volunteers during the battle of Solferino 
was: 
 
I. to help bring water and food to the injured 
II. to assist with medical treatment 
III. to write a book 
IV. to give relief in epidemic 
 
          (i) I and III    (ii)  III and IV   (iii) I and II   (iv) II and III 
 
g. You can donate your blood and your _________ to Red Cross. 
 
h. Jean Henri Dunant participated in the war.( True/ False) 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Q2 Read the passage carefully-   
      
The Road to Success 
 
1. The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop 
called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, 
and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called 
determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a 
driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!  
2. In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are 
certain to arise. The bumps in the road are unavoidable, but you’ll never 
get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The 
difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re 
prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will 
become stepping-stones.  
3. The key thing to realize is that working harder is same as working 
smarter. How do you work smarter? You just need to have the right skills. 
People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved 
self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really 
cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been 
generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want 
to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about 
the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and 
use them as stepping-stones.  
 
4. “Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the 
rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our 
attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice 
and not chance.  
5. Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude 
is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar 
premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with 
perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember 
sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement 
they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude underline the grandeur 
of a truly rewarding rich life. 
6. Success can be measured from two standpoints—the external and the 
internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. 
Internally it the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the 
completion of a task or fulfillment of desire.  
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following 
questions in 30-40 words each:   
                                    
(a) What qualities lead one to the place called success? 
(b) What is the difference between disaster and triumph? 
(c) How can one have a better future? 
(d) Describe two ways to measure success. 
 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following: 
          
 (a) The synonym of ‘victory’ as given in paragraph 2 is ____________ 
       (i) Planning    (ii) Preparation   (iii) Triumph   (iv) Challenges 
 
(b)  The synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5 is ______________ 
(c)  The antonym of ‘Defeat’ as given in paragraph 6 is _____________ 
      (i)  Recognition (ii) Achievement (iii) Completion (iv) Success 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2x4=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x4=4 
 
 
 
 
 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH – Language and Literature (Code 184) 
CLASS-X 
 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.      Maximum Marks : 80 
 
General Instructions: 
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C.  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: Reading 
 
20 Marks 
Q1 Read the passage carefully. 
 
Red Cross: How Hope Evolved 
 
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in 
the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 270,000 
troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either 
dead, injured, or missing, many of whom were simply left to die on the 
battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, 
searching for items they could sell, or simply taking in the horrors of the 
battle .A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who 
was traveling in Solferino  witnessed all this.  
Jean Henri Dunantwitnessed the atrocities of war as well as the  countries 
not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been 
injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organized a group of volunteers to 
help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or 
write letters to the families of those who were dying and he urged the public 
to create an organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of 
which side they fought for during times of war. After that moment, he wrote 
the book, A Memory of Solferino, which urged the public to create an 
organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side 
they fought for during times of war. His writing inspired countless others to 
rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red 
Cross. 
The modern-day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to disaster 
relief and epidemic treatment. This effort continues to this day. One of the 
easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to 
donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But, 
donating blood isn't the only way you can help out—the Red Cross also 
encourages donating your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross 
wants everyone to know.  
(https://www.rd.com/true-stories/red-cross-origin/) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page | 2 
 
 
On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer the 
following questions-  
a. How many soldiers fought in the battle of Solferino on June 24? 
i. 270,000     ii. 40,000    iii. 230,000     iv. 23,000  
 
b. What is the correct order of the information given below: 
I. Dunant organised a camp of volunteers. 
II. Emperor Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I fought a battle. 
III. The book ‘A Memory of Solferino was written. 
IV. Dunant travelled in Solferino. 
 
           (i)  IV, III, II, I      (ii)   I, II, III, IV     (iii)  II, I, IV, III    (iv)  II, IV, I, III 
 
c.  The writer of 'A Memory of Solferino’ was: 
 
i. Emperor Napoleon III 
ii. Franz Joseph I 
iii. Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. International Red Cross 
 
d. The modern day Red Cross does not deal with: 
 
i. Blood donation 
ii. Disaster Relief 
iii. Epidemic Treatment 
iv. Writing a book 
 
e. The most appropriate sub-heading to para 2 of the passage is: 
 
i. How International Federation of Red Cross Evolved! 
ii. Functions of Red Cross 
iii. The Contributions of Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. The Battle of Solferino  
 
f. The aid provided by Dunant’s volunteers during the battle of Solferino 
was: 
 
I. to help bring water and food to the injured 
II. to assist with medical treatment 
III. to write a book 
IV. to give relief in epidemic 
 
          (i) I and III    (ii)  III and IV   (iii) I and II   (iv) II and III 
 
g. You can donate your blood and your _________ to Red Cross. 
 
h. Jean Henri Dunant participated in the war.( True/ False) 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Q2 Read the passage carefully-   
      
The Road to Success 
 
1. The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop 
called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, 
and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called 
determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a 
driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!  
2. In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are 
certain to arise. The bumps in the road are unavoidable, but you’ll never 
get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The 
difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re 
prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will 
become stepping-stones.  
3. The key thing to realize is that working harder is same as working 
smarter. How do you work smarter? You just need to have the right skills. 
People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved 
self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really 
cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been 
generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want 
to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about 
the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and 
use them as stepping-stones.  
 
4. “Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the 
rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our 
attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice 
and not chance.  
5. Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude 
is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar 
premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with 
perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember 
sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement 
they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude underline the grandeur 
of a truly rewarding rich life. 
6. Success can be measured from two standpoints—the external and the 
internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. 
Internally it the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the 
completion of a task or fulfillment of desire.  
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following 
questions in 30-40 words each:   
                                    
(a) What qualities lead one to the place called success? 
(b) What is the difference between disaster and triumph? 
(c) How can one have a better future? 
(d) Describe two ways to measure success. 
 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following: 
          
 (a) The synonym of ‘victory’ as given in paragraph 2 is ____________ 
       (i) Planning    (ii) Preparation   (iii) Triumph   (iv) Challenges 
 
(b)  The synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5 is ______________ 
(c)  The antonym of ‘Defeat’ as given in paragraph 6 is _____________ 
      (i)  Recognition (ii) Achievement (iii) Completion (iv) Success 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2x4=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x4=4 
 
 
 
 
 
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(d) The antonym of ‘deep’ as given in Paragraph 3 is ____________ 
 Section B: Writing & Grammar 30 Marks 
Q3) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q5) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You are Neha/Nihal Singh, Computer In-charge of Army Public School. 
Your school wishes to buy 20 computers and computer accessories from 
Apple Inc., Nehru Place, New Delhi. Draft a letter placing an order for the 
same.  (100-150 words)    
OR 
The government has urged the people of India to realize the dream of 
‘Clean India’. Write an article describing the measures that people can take 
for a cleaner and greener India. You are Anju/Amit Kumar (100-150 words) 
 
Complete the following story- (150-200 words)    
Once there was an old man. He had four sons. They always quarreled with 
one another. One fine day…………………………… 
OR 
 
 
Taking cue from the picture given above, write a story in 150-200 words 
For Visually Impaired candidates only- 
Kunal- good student- determined- scored good marks- examination- 
got late- helping an old man- teacher scolded- later appreciated- gave 
exam- stood first 
 
Complete the paragraph given below by filling in the blanks choosing the 
correct option from those that follow-  
 
Elephants (a) _____ the largest land mammals. Three species of elephants 
(b) _____ living today. Elephants (c) ________other Elephantidae were 
once classified with other thick skinned . The elephant’s gestation period is 
22 months, (d) _________ longest for any land animal. 
 
 
  (a) (i) is                (ii) are                       (iii) was                     (iv) were 
  (b) (i) are living   (ii) have been living  (iii) had been living  (iv) will be 
living  
(8) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(10) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x4=4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH – Language and Literature (Code 184) 
CLASS-X 
 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.      Maximum Marks : 80 
 
General Instructions: 
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C.  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: Reading 
 
20 Marks 
Q1 Read the passage carefully. 
 
Red Cross: How Hope Evolved 
 
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in 
the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 270,000 
troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either 
dead, injured, or missing, many of whom were simply left to die on the 
battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, 
searching for items they could sell, or simply taking in the horrors of the 
battle .A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who 
was traveling in Solferino  witnessed all this.  
Jean Henri Dunantwitnessed the atrocities of war as well as the  countries 
not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been 
injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organized a group of volunteers to 
help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or 
write letters to the families of those who were dying and he urged the public 
to create an organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of 
which side they fought for during times of war. After that moment, he wrote 
the book, A Memory of Solferino, which urged the public to create an 
organization which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side 
they fought for during times of war. His writing inspired countless others to 
rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red 
Cross. 
The modern-day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to disaster 
relief and epidemic treatment. This effort continues to this day. One of the 
easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to 
donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But, 
donating blood isn't the only way you can help out—the Red Cross also 
encourages donating your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross 
wants everyone to know.  
(https://www.rd.com/true-stories/red-cross-origin/) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page | 2 
 
 
On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer the 
following questions-  
a. How many soldiers fought in the battle of Solferino on June 24? 
i. 270,000     ii. 40,000    iii. 230,000     iv. 23,000  
 
b. What is the correct order of the information given below: 
I. Dunant organised a camp of volunteers. 
II. Emperor Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I fought a battle. 
III. The book ‘A Memory of Solferino was written. 
IV. Dunant travelled in Solferino. 
 
           (i)  IV, III, II, I      (ii)   I, II, III, IV     (iii)  II, I, IV, III    (iv)  II, IV, I, III 
 
c.  The writer of 'A Memory of Solferino’ was: 
 
i. Emperor Napoleon III 
ii. Franz Joseph I 
iii. Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. International Red Cross 
 
d. The modern day Red Cross does not deal with: 
 
i. Blood donation 
ii. Disaster Relief 
iii. Epidemic Treatment 
iv. Writing a book 
 
e. The most appropriate sub-heading to para 2 of the passage is: 
 
i. How International Federation of Red Cross Evolved! 
ii. Functions of Red Cross 
iii. The Contributions of Jean Henri Dunant 
iv. The Battle of Solferino  
 
f. The aid provided by Dunant’s volunteers during the battle of Solferino 
was: 
 
I. to help bring water and food to the injured 
II. to assist with medical treatment 
III. to write a book 
IV. to give relief in epidemic 
 
          (i) I and III    (ii)  III and IV   (iii) I and II   (iv) II and III 
 
g. You can donate your blood and your _________ to Red Cross. 
 
h. Jean Henri Dunant participated in the war.( True/ False) 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page | 3 
 
Q2 Read the passage carefully-   
      
The Road to Success 
 
1. The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop 
called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, 
and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called 
determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a 
driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!  
2. In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are 
certain to arise. The bumps in the road are unavoidable, but you’ll never 
get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The 
difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re 
prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will 
become stepping-stones.  
3. The key thing to realize is that working harder is same as working 
smarter. How do you work smarter? You just need to have the right skills. 
People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved 
self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really 
cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been 
generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want 
to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about 
the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and 
use them as stepping-stones.  
 
4. “Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the 
rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our 
attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice 
and not chance.  
5. Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude 
is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar 
premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with 
perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember 
sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement 
they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude underline the grandeur 
of a truly rewarding rich life. 
6. Success can be measured from two standpoints—the external and the 
internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. 
Internally it the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the 
completion of a task or fulfillment of desire.  
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following 
questions in 30-40 words each:   
                                    
(a) What qualities lead one to the place called success? 
(b) What is the difference between disaster and triumph? 
(c) How can one have a better future? 
(d) Describe two ways to measure success. 
 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following: 
          
 (a) The synonym of ‘victory’ as given in paragraph 2 is ____________ 
       (i) Planning    (ii) Preparation   (iii) Triumph   (iv) Challenges 
 
(b)  The synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5 is ______________ 
(c)  The antonym of ‘Defeat’ as given in paragraph 6 is _____________ 
      (i)  Recognition (ii) Achievement (iii) Completion (iv) Success 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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(d) The antonym of ‘deep’ as given in Paragraph 3 is ____________ 
 Section B: Writing & Grammar 30 Marks 
Q3) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q4) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q5) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You are Neha/Nihal Singh, Computer In-charge of Army Public School. 
Your school wishes to buy 20 computers and computer accessories from 
Apple Inc., Nehru Place, New Delhi. Draft a letter placing an order for the 
same.  (100-150 words)    
OR 
The government has urged the people of India to realize the dream of 
‘Clean India’. Write an article describing the measures that people can take 
for a cleaner and greener India. You are Anju/Amit Kumar (100-150 words) 
 
Complete the following story- (150-200 words)    
Once there was an old man. He had four sons. They always quarreled with 
one another. One fine day…………………………… 
OR 
 
 
Taking cue from the picture given above, write a story in 150-200 words 
For Visually Impaired candidates only- 
Kunal- good student- determined- scored good marks- examination- 
got late- helping an old man- teacher scolded- later appreciated- gave 
exam- stood first 
 
Complete the paragraph given below by filling in the blanks choosing the 
correct option from those that follow-  
 
Elephants (a) _____ the largest land mammals. Three species of elephants 
(b) _____ living today. Elephants (c) ________other Elephantidae were 
once classified with other thick skinned . The elephant’s gestation period is 
22 months, (d) _________ longest for any land animal. 
 
 
  (a) (i) is                (ii) are                       (iii) was                     (iv) were 
  (b) (i) are living   (ii) have been living  (iii) had been living  (iv) will be 
living  
(8) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(10) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Q6) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q7) 
 
 
 
 
 
  (c)  (i) with           (ii) also                     (iii) and                      (iv) but 
  (d) (i) a                 (ii)  an                       (iii) which                  (iv) the 
 
The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each 
line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet 
against the correct blank number. 
                                                      Error     Correction 
Tsunami is a series in waves                        (a) _______  _______ 
generated in a body from water                   (b) _______  _______   
through an impulsive disturbance                 (c) _______  _______ 
causing damage to property or loss of life.   (d) _______  _______ 
 
Rearrange the following sets of  words and phrases to form meaningful 
sentences-                          
a. of/ the world’s /sugar cane / in Asia / over 40 percent / is 
produced  
b. can be /used as fuel / ethyl alcohol / for cars / extracted / 
sugar cane / from  
c. not the /only thing / can power/ automobiles / gasoline is / 
that  
d. can be / alternative /energy source / an / hydrogen/ also  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Section C - Literature 
 
30 Marks 
Q8 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow.  
“He should be lurking in shadow, 
Sliding through long grass 
Near the water hole 
Where plump deer pass.”    
     
a. The poem, “A Tiger in the Zoo” is written by 
(i) Leslie Norris    (ii) William Blake       
(iii) Peter Niblett(iv) Robert Frost 
 
b. The tiger should be lurking in the shadow 
(i) for his prey      (ii) for taking rest 
(iii) for leisure   (iv) for scaring others 
c. The deer frequents the water hole to ________________________ 
d. The phrase ‘lurking in the shadow’ here means ________________ 
 
OR 
“I agreed that it was pretty disrespectful treatment. We did, however, 
search the house. Since it was only one storey high, Bill went round it, 
peering in at all the windows. We examined the barn and stable.” 
a. Who does ‘I’ refer to-  
(i) Sinclair Lewis     (ii) Carol Lewis       
(iii) Oliver Lutkins(iv) Leslie Norris 
b. What was Bill’s profession? 
(i) Lawyer      (ii) hack driver      
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