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Class X 
English Communicative (101) 
Sample Question Paper 2018-19  
 
Time allowed: 3 Hours                 Max. Marks: 80 
General Instructions: 
I. The question paper is divided into three sections : 
 
SECTION A : Reading  20 MARKS 
SECTION B : Writing and Grammar 30 MARKS 
SECTION C : Literature 30 MARKS 
II. All questions are compulsory. 
III. You may attempt any section at a time. 
 
All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
 
 
SECTION-A 
 (Reading) 
 
20 
 
1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, 
tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport 
after football. 
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes that the game 
derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served 
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned 
club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar 
schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-
century nobles realised it was a great sport. 
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a handkerchief, naturally. 
It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord?s in London. The oldest permanent fixture is the annual 
Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the 
first match, though history doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his 
bowling was. 
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in Melbourne. The 
match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature of playing over five days was deemed 
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia?s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The 
Oval in London – that led to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. 
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English 
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Class X 
English Communicative (101) 
Sample Question Paper 2018-19  
 
Time allowed: 3 Hours                 Max. Marks: 80 
General Instructions: 
I. The question paper is divided into three sections : 
 
SECTION A : Reading  20 MARKS 
SECTION B : Writing and Grammar 30 MARKS 
SECTION C : Literature 30 MARKS 
II. All questions are compulsory. 
III. You may attempt any section at a time. 
 
All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
 
 
SECTION-A 
 (Reading) 
 
20 
 
1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, 
tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport 
after football. 
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes that the game 
derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served 
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned 
club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar 
schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-
century nobles realised it was a great sport. 
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a handkerchief, naturally. 
It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord?s in London. The oldest permanent fixture is the annual 
Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the 
first match, though history doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his 
bowling was. 
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in Melbourne. The 
match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature of playing over five days was deemed 
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia?s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The 
Oval in London – that led to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. 
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English 
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.1 
 
 
 
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams 
with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The 
Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The international one-day game is a late twentieth-
century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and 
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(344words)  
 
Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read. 
 
a. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate? 
b. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws? 
c. Which match did Lord Byron play? 
d. When was the first international match played? 
e. Which countries played that match? 
f. Why the matches between Australia and England were titled “The Ashes”? 
g. In which format is the Cricket world cup played? 
h. When did the ODIs begin? 
i. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as „exhausting?? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 
1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the desire to put those 
whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from every kind of petty discomfort 
and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence called politeness requires only an 
inclination to make them happy temporarily, while they are in our presence, and when this 
can be done without any sacrifice on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal 
comfort. 
 
2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised person. Politeness is 
the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be implemented in every walk of life. 
When we deal with people elder to us we are polite. But, an honest polite person is polite 
with everyone, people of lower status, workers and even children. Not only with humans 
but also with animals we must be polite as they are our helpers. 
 
3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with practice. The greatest 
enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you have to sacrifice your ego. It is 
difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have to imply politeness in your thinking, speech 
and actions. Actions work more than words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness 
will reduce your stress and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, 
you protect your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come 
across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves. 
 
4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in the street or in 
the drawing- room, at home or at school, in the company of friends or of strangers. There is 
also to be considered the great diversity of social etiquette which distinguishes one country 
from another. 
 
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Class X 
English Communicative (101) 
Sample Question Paper 2018-19  
 
Time allowed: 3 Hours                 Max. Marks: 80 
General Instructions: 
I. The question paper is divided into three sections : 
 
SECTION A : Reading  20 MARKS 
SECTION B : Writing and Grammar 30 MARKS 
SECTION C : Literature 30 MARKS 
II. All questions are compulsory. 
III. You may attempt any section at a time. 
 
All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
 
 
SECTION-A 
 (Reading) 
 
20 
 
1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, 
tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport 
after football. 
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes that the game 
derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served 
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned 
club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar 
schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-
century nobles realised it was a great sport. 
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a handkerchief, naturally. 
It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord?s in London. The oldest permanent fixture is the annual 
Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the 
first match, though history doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his 
bowling was. 
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in Melbourne. The 
match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature of playing over five days was deemed 
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia?s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The 
Oval in London – that led to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. 
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English 
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.1 
 
 
 
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams 
with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The 
Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The international one-day game is a late twentieth-
century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and 
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(344words)  
 
Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read. 
 
a. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate? 
b. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws? 
c. Which match did Lord Byron play? 
d. When was the first international match played? 
e. Which countries played that match? 
f. Why the matches between Australia and England were titled “The Ashes”? 
g. In which format is the Cricket world cup played? 
h. When did the ODIs begin? 
i. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as „exhausting?? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 
1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the desire to put those 
whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from every kind of petty discomfort 
and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence called politeness requires only an 
inclination to make them happy temporarily, while they are in our presence, and when this 
can be done without any sacrifice on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal 
comfort. 
 
2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised person. Politeness is 
the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be implemented in every walk of life. 
When we deal with people elder to us we are polite. But, an honest polite person is polite 
with everyone, people of lower status, workers and even children. Not only with humans 
but also with animals we must be polite as they are our helpers. 
 
3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with practice. The greatest 
enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you have to sacrifice your ego. It is 
difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have to imply politeness in your thinking, speech 
and actions. Actions work more than words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness 
will reduce your stress and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, 
you protect your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come 
across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves. 
 
4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in the street or in 
the drawing- room, at home or at school, in the company of friends or of strangers. There is 
also to be considered the great diversity of social etiquette which distinguishes one country 
from another. 
 
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5. Politeness, besides being a duty that we owe to others, is a valuable possession for 
ourselves. It costs nothing, and yet may in many cases bring much profit. The great 
advantage of this excellence of conduct was very clearly expressed by Dr. Johnson, when 
he said that the difference between a well-bred and an ill- bred man is that one immediately 
attracts your liking, the other your dislike. (378 words) 
(Abridged from:http://www.shareyouressays.com/3444/563-words-short-essay-on-politeness and 
http://syedasrarahmed.blogspot.in/2012/02/importance-of-politeness.html) 
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in 
about 30-40 words each                                                                                         
a. Why is politeness called as limited part of benevolence? 
b. List some of the persons we should be polite to? 
c. Why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite? 
d. What are the benefits of being polite? 
e. Which are the rules of behaviour to be observed? 
 
2X4=8 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the following blanks with 
appropriate words/phrases.                                                                          
a. Politeness is an art of choosing  . 
b. An honest polite person is polite with  . 
c. To others, we  . 
 
1X2=2 
2.3 
Find out the words that mean the same as under. Attempt any two of the following:  
 
a. insignificant (Paragraph 1) 
b. manners (Paragraph 4) 
c. civil (Paragraph 5) 
 
1x2=2 
SECTION  B 
 WRITING AND GRAMMAR 
 
 
 
 
 
3. 
You are Sonal/ Samkit of Vidyanjali Public School, Lucknow. You have seen an advertisement in 
„The Times of India? related to new batches of „Astronomy Club? initiated by National Science 
Centre, Lucknow starting from the coming fortnight .You wish to join the Club. Write a letter to 
the Director, enquiring about the venue, duration, fee- structure, activities, transportation etc. 
Invent other necessary details (100-120 words, 8 Marks) 
 
OR 
 
You are the In-charge of the Medical Section of Gyanodaya Public School, Nehru Vihar, Alwar. 
Your stock of medicines is about to finish .Write a letter to the Director of Jambo Medicare, Delhi, 
ordering medical items like glucose, crocin, bandages, tincture ,pain-healers, ointments etc. Ask for 
discount on bulk order .Invent other necessary details. (100-120 words ) 
8 
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Class X 
English Communicative (101) 
Sample Question Paper 2018-19  
 
Time allowed: 3 Hours                 Max. Marks: 80 
General Instructions: 
I. The question paper is divided into three sections : 
 
SECTION A : Reading  20 MARKS 
SECTION B : Writing and Grammar 30 MARKS 
SECTION C : Literature 30 MARKS 
II. All questions are compulsory. 
III. You may attempt any section at a time. 
 
All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
 
 
SECTION-A 
 (Reading) 
 
20 
 
1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, 
tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport 
after football. 
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes that the game 
derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served 
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned 
club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar 
schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-
century nobles realised it was a great sport. 
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a handkerchief, naturally. 
It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord?s in London. The oldest permanent fixture is the annual 
Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the 
first match, though history doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his 
bowling was. 
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in Melbourne. The 
match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature of playing over five days was deemed 
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia?s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The 
Oval in London – that led to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. 
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English 
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.1 
 
 
 
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams 
with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The 
Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The international one-day game is a late twentieth-
century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and 
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(344words)  
 
Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read. 
 
a. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate? 
b. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws? 
c. Which match did Lord Byron play? 
d. When was the first international match played? 
e. Which countries played that match? 
f. Why the matches between Australia and England were titled “The Ashes”? 
g. In which format is the Cricket world cup played? 
h. When did the ODIs begin? 
i. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as „exhausting?? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 
1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the desire to put those 
whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from every kind of petty discomfort 
and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence called politeness requires only an 
inclination to make them happy temporarily, while they are in our presence, and when this 
can be done without any sacrifice on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal 
comfort. 
 
2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised person. Politeness is 
the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be implemented in every walk of life. 
When we deal with people elder to us we are polite. But, an honest polite person is polite 
with everyone, people of lower status, workers and even children. Not only with humans 
but also with animals we must be polite as they are our helpers. 
 
3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with practice. The greatest 
enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you have to sacrifice your ego. It is 
difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have to imply politeness in your thinking, speech 
and actions. Actions work more than words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness 
will reduce your stress and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, 
you protect your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come 
across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves. 
 
4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in the street or in 
the drawing- room, at home or at school, in the company of friends or of strangers. There is 
also to be considered the great diversity of social etiquette which distinguishes one country 
from another. 
 
3 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Politeness, besides being a duty that we owe to others, is a valuable possession for 
ourselves. It costs nothing, and yet may in many cases bring much profit. The great 
advantage of this excellence of conduct was very clearly expressed by Dr. Johnson, when 
he said that the difference between a well-bred and an ill- bred man is that one immediately 
attracts your liking, the other your dislike. (378 words) 
(Abridged from:http://www.shareyouressays.com/3444/563-words-short-essay-on-politeness and 
http://syedasrarahmed.blogspot.in/2012/02/importance-of-politeness.html) 
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in 
about 30-40 words each                                                                                         
a. Why is politeness called as limited part of benevolence? 
b. List some of the persons we should be polite to? 
c. Why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite? 
d. What are the benefits of being polite? 
e. Which are the rules of behaviour to be observed? 
 
2X4=8 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the following blanks with 
appropriate words/phrases.                                                                          
a. Politeness is an art of choosing  . 
b. An honest polite person is polite with  . 
c. To others, we  . 
 
1X2=2 
2.3 
Find out the words that mean the same as under. Attempt any two of the following:  
 
a. insignificant (Paragraph 1) 
b. manners (Paragraph 4) 
c. civil (Paragraph 5) 
 
1x2=2 
SECTION  B 
 WRITING AND GRAMMAR 
 
 
 
 
 
3. 
You are Sonal/ Samkit of Vidyanjali Public School, Lucknow. You have seen an advertisement in 
„The Times of India? related to new batches of „Astronomy Club? initiated by National Science 
Centre, Lucknow starting from the coming fortnight .You wish to join the Club. Write a letter to 
the Director, enquiring about the venue, duration, fee- structure, activities, transportation etc. 
Invent other necessary details (100-120 words, 8 Marks) 
 
OR 
 
You are the In-charge of the Medical Section of Gyanodaya Public School, Nehru Vihar, Alwar. 
Your stock of medicines is about to finish .Write a letter to the Director of Jambo Medicare, Delhi, 
ordering medical items like glucose, crocin, bandages, tincture ,pain-healers, ointments etc. Ask for 
discount on bulk order .Invent other necessary details. (100-120 words ) 
8 
4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues given in the boxes 
below. Give a suitable title to the story. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OR 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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5. Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given 
below. Write the answers in your answer –sheet against the correct blank numbers. 
  
A. Sanitation and hygiene are also important (a)  the well – being of society 
and biodiversity conservation. 
B. The government has (b)  a programme. 
C. It aims to develop (c)  riverfronts. 
D. It will solve the problem of pollution (d)  the rivers. 
E. The need has been (e)  for a long time. 
 
 (a ) (i) by (ii) from  (iii) for           (iv) into 
 (b ) (i) initiates (ii) initiated (iii) initiate    (iv) initiating  
 (c ) (i) an (ii) a (iii) in     (iv) the 
(d ) (i) in                     (ii) on                     (iii) onto                           (iv) by 
(e)  (i) feeling             (ii) feel                    (iii) felt                            (iv) have felt 
 
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6. In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line .Write the missing word, in any 
four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the word that comes before and the word that 
comes after it in the space provided .  
                                                                                        Before         Missing Word       After 
Himachal Pradesh a good place for Eco Camp       Eg. Pradesh       is                           a 
Pine Hill Eco Camp one of the ecotourism resorts  (a)   ______       ___________        ____ 
near Barog Himachal Pradesh. Ecotourism is         (b)   ______       ___________        ____ 
gaining popularity each passing day as more          (c)   ______      ___________         ____ 
and more people want get away from the               (d)   ______      ___________         ____ 
hectic schedules. This become a favourite tourist  (e)   ______       ___________         ____ 
spot.  
  
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On October 4, we all were decorating our house to celebrate the most long awaited festival, 
Diwali. My heart was filled with excitement to meet my father after a long gap of six years. 
But a call from the army headquarters left us stunned… 
 
Jasmine, Ali and two other friends decided to go on a picnic to a beach. They packed their 
bags and were quite excited. They reached the picnic spot and came across a small child 
who was crying ……….. 
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Class X 
English Communicative (101) 
Sample Question Paper 2018-19  
 
Time allowed: 3 Hours                 Max. Marks: 80 
General Instructions: 
I. The question paper is divided into three sections : 
 
SECTION A : Reading  20 MARKS 
SECTION B : Writing and Grammar 30 MARKS 
SECTION C : Literature 30 MARKS 
II. All questions are compulsory. 
III. You may attempt any section at a time. 
 
All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
 
 
SECTION-A 
 (Reading) 
 
20 
 
1. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, 
tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport 
after football. 
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes that the game 
derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served 
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned 
club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar 
schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-
century nobles realised it was a great sport. 
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a handkerchief, naturally. 
It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord?s in London. The oldest permanent fixture is the annual 
Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the 
first match, though history doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his 
bowling was. 
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in Melbourne. The 
match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature of playing over five days was deemed 
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia?s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The 
Oval in London – that led to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. 
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English 
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.1 
 
 
 
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams 
with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The 
Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The international one-day game is a late twentieth-
century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and 
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(344words)  
 
Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read. 
 
a. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate? 
b. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws? 
c. Which match did Lord Byron play? 
d. When was the first international match played? 
e. Which countries played that match? 
f. Why the matches between Australia and England were titled “The Ashes”? 
g. In which format is the Cricket world cup played? 
h. When did the ODIs begin? 
i. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as „exhausting?? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x8=8 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 
1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the desire to put those 
whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from every kind of petty discomfort 
and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence called politeness requires only an 
inclination to make them happy temporarily, while they are in our presence, and when this 
can be done without any sacrifice on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal 
comfort. 
 
2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised person. Politeness is 
the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be implemented in every walk of life. 
When we deal with people elder to us we are polite. But, an honest polite person is polite 
with everyone, people of lower status, workers and even children. Not only with humans 
but also with animals we must be polite as they are our helpers. 
 
3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with practice. The greatest 
enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you have to sacrifice your ego. It is 
difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have to imply politeness in your thinking, speech 
and actions. Actions work more than words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness 
will reduce your stress and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, 
you protect your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come 
across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves. 
 
4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in the street or in 
the drawing- room, at home or at school, in the company of friends or of strangers. There is 
also to be considered the great diversity of social etiquette which distinguishes one country 
from another. 
 
3 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Politeness, besides being a duty that we owe to others, is a valuable possession for 
ourselves. It costs nothing, and yet may in many cases bring much profit. The great 
advantage of this excellence of conduct was very clearly expressed by Dr. Johnson, when 
he said that the difference between a well-bred and an ill- bred man is that one immediately 
attracts your liking, the other your dislike. (378 words) 
(Abridged from:http://www.shareyouressays.com/3444/563-words-short-essay-on-politeness and 
http://syedasrarahmed.blogspot.in/2012/02/importance-of-politeness.html) 
 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in 
about 30-40 words each                                                                                         
a. Why is politeness called as limited part of benevolence? 
b. List some of the persons we should be polite to? 
c. Why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite? 
d. What are the benefits of being polite? 
e. Which are the rules of behaviour to be observed? 
 
2X4=8 
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the following blanks with 
appropriate words/phrases.                                                                          
a. Politeness is an art of choosing  . 
b. An honest polite person is polite with  . 
c. To others, we  . 
 
1X2=2 
2.3 
Find out the words that mean the same as under. Attempt any two of the following:  
 
a. insignificant (Paragraph 1) 
b. manners (Paragraph 4) 
c. civil (Paragraph 5) 
 
1x2=2 
SECTION  B 
 WRITING AND GRAMMAR 
 
 
 
 
 
3. 
You are Sonal/ Samkit of Vidyanjali Public School, Lucknow. You have seen an advertisement in 
„The Times of India? related to new batches of „Astronomy Club? initiated by National Science 
Centre, Lucknow starting from the coming fortnight .You wish to join the Club. Write a letter to 
the Director, enquiring about the venue, duration, fee- structure, activities, transportation etc. 
Invent other necessary details (100-120 words, 8 Marks) 
 
OR 
 
You are the In-charge of the Medical Section of Gyanodaya Public School, Nehru Vihar, Alwar. 
Your stock of medicines is about to finish .Write a letter to the Director of Jambo Medicare, Delhi, 
ordering medical items like glucose, crocin, bandages, tincture ,pain-healers, ointments etc. Ask for 
discount on bulk order .Invent other necessary details. (100-120 words ) 
8 
4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues given in the boxes 
below. Give a suitable title to the story. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OR 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10 
5. Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given 
below. Write the answers in your answer –sheet against the correct blank numbers. 
  
A. Sanitation and hygiene are also important (a)  the well – being of society 
and biodiversity conservation. 
B. The government has (b)  a programme. 
C. It aims to develop (c)  riverfronts. 
D. It will solve the problem of pollution (d)  the rivers. 
E. The need has been (e)  for a long time. 
 
 (a ) (i) by (ii) from  (iii) for           (iv) into 
 (b ) (i) initiates (ii) initiated (iii) initiate    (iv) initiating  
 (c ) (i) an (ii) a (iii) in     (iv) the 
(d ) (i) in                     (ii) on                     (iii) onto                           (iv) by 
(e)  (i) feeling             (ii) feel                    (iii) felt                            (iv) have felt 
 
4 
6. In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line .Write the missing word, in any 
four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the word that comes before and the word that 
comes after it in the space provided .  
                                                                                        Before         Missing Word       After 
Himachal Pradesh a good place for Eco Camp       Eg. Pradesh       is                           a 
Pine Hill Eco Camp one of the ecotourism resorts  (a)   ______       ___________        ____ 
near Barog Himachal Pradesh. Ecotourism is         (b)   ______       ___________        ____ 
gaining popularity each passing day as more          (c)   ______      ___________         ____ 
and more people want get away from the               (d)   ______      ___________         ____ 
hectic schedules. This become a favourite tourist  (e)   ______       ___________         ____ 
spot.  
  
4 
On October 4, we all were decorating our house to celebrate the most long awaited festival, 
Diwali. My heart was filled with excitement to meet my father after a long gap of six years. 
But a call from the army headquarters left us stunned… 
 
Jasmine, Ali and two other friends decided to go on a picnic to a beach. They packed their 
bags and were quite excited. They reached the picnic spot and came across a small child 
who was crying ……….. 
5 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. 
Rearrange any four of the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences. 
                                                                                                   
( a ) rain water / flooding / helps/ harvesting / in / chances of / reducing  
( b ) storm / helps/ also/better/ water/ it / water management / in 
( c ) plant growth / in/storing /rainwater / can/ help / improving 
( d ) is/ from / stored/ natural and/ pollutants /rain water /free/ man- made 
(e) out/ the/street/ earthquake/another/on/people/ came/ fearing/ 
 
1x4=4 
 
SECTION C 
LITERATURE 
 
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8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answer in your 
answer sheet in one or two lines only.         
                                               
(a) "We do many things, sir”, Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully. 
i. What does the speaker mean by “We do many things”, sir? 
ii. Whom is he addressing to? 
iii. Why was Nicola serious? 
iv. Find the synonym of “looked”. 
 
OR 
 
(b) CAESAR: Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but 
once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. It seems to me most strange that men should fear; 
Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come. 
 
i. Whom does Caesar console and why? 
ii. Which quality of the speaker is revealed here? 
iii. Explain: Cowards die many times before their deaths. 
iv. Give the synonym of „Gallant?. 
 
1x4=4 
9. Answer any four of the following Questions in 30-40 words each.    
                 
i. Although Calpurnia revealed her fear after nightmare yet Caesar decided to go to senate house. 
Why?  
ii.“Pen is mightier than sword”. Elucidate with reference to the poem „Not Marble Nor Gilded 
Monuments?.  
iii. Why was the, „Writer?s inspiration Bureau? formed? 
vi. What message is conveyed by Vikram Seth through the poem „The Frog and the Nightingale?? 
v. How does the story „Two Gentlemen of Verona? give hope to the society? 
 
2x4=8 
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