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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – 1 (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
CLASS: X 
Time: 3 hrs.           M.M: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divide into three sections. 
 Section A : Reading   20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing and Grammar 25 Marks 
 Section C :  Literature   25 Marks 
 
SECTION – A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
It’s becoming very dangerous to sit in the sun. If you have a fashionable suntan, it doesn’t 
necessarily mean that you have lots of outdoor activities but it does mean that you’re in 
the greater danger of getting skin cancer and cataract. The ozone layer, which protects us 
from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, is progressively deteriorating. 
The national of the world came together to sigh a global treaty, the Vienna Convention for 
the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The agreement came into force in 19888 and the 
subsequent Montreal Protocol and Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became 
effective in 1989. Currently over 180 countries are parties to the Montreal Protocol. The 
parties to the consumption of eight major halocarbons. The protocol also provides a ten-
year delay in this timetable for those developing countries consuming less than 0.3 
kilogram per capita. 
In February 1992, a scientific report said that people in Canada, Northern Europe and 
Russia were in serious danger. In 1985, the news of destruction of the Ozone layer in the 
south pole alarmed people in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, there are now three 
times more cases of skin cancer than in the past. In New Zealand, teacher tell school 
children to wear hats and not to sit in the sun. What causes the destruction of the ozone 
layer? Mostly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Aerosol sprays, refrigerators, air conditioners, 
as well as industrial chemicals which, send chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
Governments are now trying very hard to ban the use of CFCs, but it will be expensive and 
difficult to do so. After the first ozone alarm in the southern hemisphere, ecologists all 
over the world asked governments to take strict measures immediately. Some 
government did, but not seen enough. Other countries believe that they have problems 
which are more important. Now stricter measures are going to be taken, but already a lot 
of damage has been done. 
(a) What is dangerous to the skin? 
(b) Which global treaty was signed by the nations of the world? 
(c) Which country is taking steps to deal with the problem? 
(d) What may a fashionable suntan cause? 
(e) What does the word ‘deteriorating; in the passage mean? 
(f) What did the parties to the protocol decide on? 
(g) Which countries are in serious danger as per 1992 report? 
(h) Why are students told to wear hat and not to sit in the sun in New Zealand? 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – 1 (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
CLASS: X 
Time: 3 hrs.           M.M: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divide into three sections. 
 Section A : Reading   20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing and Grammar 25 Marks 
 Section C :  Literature   25 Marks 
 
SECTION – A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
It’s becoming very dangerous to sit in the sun. If you have a fashionable suntan, it doesn’t 
necessarily mean that you have lots of outdoor activities but it does mean that you’re in 
the greater danger of getting skin cancer and cataract. The ozone layer, which protects us 
from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, is progressively deteriorating. 
The national of the world came together to sigh a global treaty, the Vienna Convention for 
the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The agreement came into force in 19888 and the 
subsequent Montreal Protocol and Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became 
effective in 1989. Currently over 180 countries are parties to the Montreal Protocol. The 
parties to the consumption of eight major halocarbons. The protocol also provides a ten-
year delay in this timetable for those developing countries consuming less than 0.3 
kilogram per capita. 
In February 1992, a scientific report said that people in Canada, Northern Europe and 
Russia were in serious danger. In 1985, the news of destruction of the Ozone layer in the 
south pole alarmed people in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, there are now three 
times more cases of skin cancer than in the past. In New Zealand, teacher tell school 
children to wear hats and not to sit in the sun. What causes the destruction of the ozone 
layer? Mostly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Aerosol sprays, refrigerators, air conditioners, 
as well as industrial chemicals which, send chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
Governments are now trying very hard to ban the use of CFCs, but it will be expensive and 
difficult to do so. After the first ozone alarm in the southern hemisphere, ecologists all 
over the world asked governments to take strict measures immediately. Some 
government did, but not seen enough. Other countries believe that they have problems 
which are more important. Now stricter measures are going to be taken, but already a lot 
of damage has been done. 
(a) What is dangerous to the skin? 
(b) Which global treaty was signed by the nations of the world? 
(c) Which country is taking steps to deal with the problem? 
(d) What may a fashionable suntan cause? 
(e) What does the word ‘deteriorating; in the passage mean? 
(f) What did the parties to the protocol decide on? 
(g) Which countries are in serious danger as per 1992 report? 
(h) Why are students told to wear hat and not to sit in the sun in New Zealand? 
 
 
 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
Tell someone that you are how its works is probably one of the most interesting things on 
earth. It is fascinating and almost magical how money appeared on our planet. Unlike 
most developments we enjoy, which can be trace back to a source, civilization or inventor 
money appeared in places then unconnected all over the world in remarkable similar 
way. 
Consider the American Indians using Wampum, West Africa trading in decorative metallic 
objects called Manillas as the Fijians economy based on whales teeth, some which are still 
legal tender, add to that shells, amber, ivory, decorative feathers, cattle including oxen 
and pigs, a large number of stones including jade and quartz which have all been used for 
trade across the world, and we get a taste of the verity of accepted currency. 
There is something charming and childlike imagining primitives societies, our ancestors, 
using all these colourful forms of money. As long as every one concerned can agree on a 
value, this is a sensible thing for a community to do. 
After all, the person who has what you need might not what you have to trade. Money 
solves that problem neatly. Real value with each exchange, and everyone gaining form the 
convenience. The idea is really inspired which might explain why so many diverse minds 
came up with it. 
“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, 
and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling 
money and its issuance, “said President James Madison. 
Money, money, money, it’s always just been there, right? Wrong. Obviously it’s issued by 
the government to make it easy for us to exchange things. Wrong again! 
Truth is most people don’t realise that the issuing of money is essentially a private 
business, and that the privilege of issuing money has been a major bone of contention 
throughout history. 
While we might feel powerless in trying to stop the manipulation of money for private 
profit at our expense, it is easy to forget that we collectively give money its value. We 
have been taught to believe printed pieces of paper have special value, and because we 
know others believe this too, we are willing to work all our lives to get what we are 
convinced others will want. 
(a) What is fascinating and atmost magical on our planet? 
 (b) Which currencies did the American Indians and West African use? 
 (c) What is something charming and childlike to imagine? 
 (d) What problem did the money solve? 
  
(e) What is meant by the word, convention? (para 1) 
 (i) conference 
 (ii) fair 
 (iii) wave 
 (iv) competition 
  
(f) What is meant by the word fascinating?(para 2) 
(i) beautiful 
(ii) valuable 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – 1 (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
CLASS: X 
Time: 3 hrs.           M.M: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divide into three sections. 
 Section A : Reading   20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing and Grammar 25 Marks 
 Section C :  Literature   25 Marks 
 
SECTION – A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
It’s becoming very dangerous to sit in the sun. If you have a fashionable suntan, it doesn’t 
necessarily mean that you have lots of outdoor activities but it does mean that you’re in 
the greater danger of getting skin cancer and cataract. The ozone layer, which protects us 
from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, is progressively deteriorating. 
The national of the world came together to sigh a global treaty, the Vienna Convention for 
the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The agreement came into force in 19888 and the 
subsequent Montreal Protocol and Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became 
effective in 1989. Currently over 180 countries are parties to the Montreal Protocol. The 
parties to the consumption of eight major halocarbons. The protocol also provides a ten-
year delay in this timetable for those developing countries consuming less than 0.3 
kilogram per capita. 
In February 1992, a scientific report said that people in Canada, Northern Europe and 
Russia were in serious danger. In 1985, the news of destruction of the Ozone layer in the 
south pole alarmed people in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, there are now three 
times more cases of skin cancer than in the past. In New Zealand, teacher tell school 
children to wear hats and not to sit in the sun. What causes the destruction of the ozone 
layer? Mostly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Aerosol sprays, refrigerators, air conditioners, 
as well as industrial chemicals which, send chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
Governments are now trying very hard to ban the use of CFCs, but it will be expensive and 
difficult to do so. After the first ozone alarm in the southern hemisphere, ecologists all 
over the world asked governments to take strict measures immediately. Some 
government did, but not seen enough. Other countries believe that they have problems 
which are more important. Now stricter measures are going to be taken, but already a lot 
of damage has been done. 
(a) What is dangerous to the skin? 
(b) Which global treaty was signed by the nations of the world? 
(c) Which country is taking steps to deal with the problem? 
(d) What may a fashionable suntan cause? 
(e) What does the word ‘deteriorating; in the passage mean? 
(f) What did the parties to the protocol decide on? 
(g) Which countries are in serious danger as per 1992 report? 
(h) Why are students told to wear hat and not to sit in the sun in New Zealand? 
 
 
 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
Tell someone that you are how its works is probably one of the most interesting things on 
earth. It is fascinating and almost magical how money appeared on our planet. Unlike 
most developments we enjoy, which can be trace back to a source, civilization or inventor 
money appeared in places then unconnected all over the world in remarkable similar 
way. 
Consider the American Indians using Wampum, West Africa trading in decorative metallic 
objects called Manillas as the Fijians economy based on whales teeth, some which are still 
legal tender, add to that shells, amber, ivory, decorative feathers, cattle including oxen 
and pigs, a large number of stones including jade and quartz which have all been used for 
trade across the world, and we get a taste of the verity of accepted currency. 
There is something charming and childlike imagining primitives societies, our ancestors, 
using all these colourful forms of money. As long as every one concerned can agree on a 
value, this is a sensible thing for a community to do. 
After all, the person who has what you need might not what you have to trade. Money 
solves that problem neatly. Real value with each exchange, and everyone gaining form the 
convenience. The idea is really inspired which might explain why so many diverse minds 
came up with it. 
“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, 
and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling 
money and its issuance, “said President James Madison. 
Money, money, money, it’s always just been there, right? Wrong. Obviously it’s issued by 
the government to make it easy for us to exchange things. Wrong again! 
Truth is most people don’t realise that the issuing of money is essentially a private 
business, and that the privilege of issuing money has been a major bone of contention 
throughout history. 
While we might feel powerless in trying to stop the manipulation of money for private 
profit at our expense, it is easy to forget that we collectively give money its value. We 
have been taught to believe printed pieces of paper have special value, and because we 
know others believe this too, we are willing to work all our lives to get what we are 
convinced others will want. 
(a) What is fascinating and atmost magical on our planet? 
 (b) Which currencies did the American Indians and West African use? 
 (c) What is something charming and childlike to imagine? 
 (d) What problem did the money solve? 
  
(e) What is meant by the word, convention? (para 1) 
 (i) conference 
 (ii) fair 
 (iii) wave 
 (iv) competition 
  
(f) What is meant by the word fascinating?(para 2) 
(i) beautiful 
(ii) valuable 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) attractive 
 (iv) republic 
 
 (g) What is meant by the word ‘intrigue’?(Para 6) 
 (i) plot 
 (ii) interest 
 (iii) interval 
 
 (h) What is meant by the word ‘convenience’?(para 5) 
 (i) comfort 
 (ii) escape 
 (iii) clown 
 (iv) transport 
 
SECTION: B (WRITING AND GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
3. It is difficult to balance co-curricular activities, academics, passion, and hobbies. A child 
gets hard passage among these. You have faced and experienced them. Share your views 
in the form of a letter to the editor of an educational magazine in 100 – 200 words. You 
are Arun/Aarti, 112, Bank street, Agra.       (5) 
 
4.   Using the hints given below develop a story in about 150 – 200 words.  (10) 
 Fictional characters come alive – David Copperfield meets Swamination –  
 Common discussion – hatred for school – loved to hang out with friends – 
 Bunked classes – emotional bonding due to loss of mother. 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.       (3) 
 At (a) __________ moment, there was a flash of light (b) __________. Priya and Taarak looked 
up in alarm. It was (c) __________ to discern the face but the voice was unmistakable. 
  
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) The  That A Some  
(b) The left Below The right Above 
(c) difficult easy possible Rare 
 
6. In the following paragraph one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing 
word a long with the words that come before and after it. The first one has been done as 
an example.           (4) 
  
Panchatantra is collection of tales and 
fables. 
e.g. is a Collection 
The stories in Panchatantra are believed 
have 
(a) __________ __________ __________ 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – 1 (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
CLASS: X 
Time: 3 hrs.           M.M: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divide into three sections. 
 Section A : Reading   20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing and Grammar 25 Marks 
 Section C :  Literature   25 Marks 
 
SECTION – A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
It’s becoming very dangerous to sit in the sun. If you have a fashionable suntan, it doesn’t 
necessarily mean that you have lots of outdoor activities but it does mean that you’re in 
the greater danger of getting skin cancer and cataract. The ozone layer, which protects us 
from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, is progressively deteriorating. 
The national of the world came together to sigh a global treaty, the Vienna Convention for 
the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The agreement came into force in 19888 and the 
subsequent Montreal Protocol and Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became 
effective in 1989. Currently over 180 countries are parties to the Montreal Protocol. The 
parties to the consumption of eight major halocarbons. The protocol also provides a ten-
year delay in this timetable for those developing countries consuming less than 0.3 
kilogram per capita. 
In February 1992, a scientific report said that people in Canada, Northern Europe and 
Russia were in serious danger. In 1985, the news of destruction of the Ozone layer in the 
south pole alarmed people in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, there are now three 
times more cases of skin cancer than in the past. In New Zealand, teacher tell school 
children to wear hats and not to sit in the sun. What causes the destruction of the ozone 
layer? Mostly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Aerosol sprays, refrigerators, air conditioners, 
as well as industrial chemicals which, send chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
Governments are now trying very hard to ban the use of CFCs, but it will be expensive and 
difficult to do so. After the first ozone alarm in the southern hemisphere, ecologists all 
over the world asked governments to take strict measures immediately. Some 
government did, but not seen enough. Other countries believe that they have problems 
which are more important. Now stricter measures are going to be taken, but already a lot 
of damage has been done. 
(a) What is dangerous to the skin? 
(b) Which global treaty was signed by the nations of the world? 
(c) Which country is taking steps to deal with the problem? 
(d) What may a fashionable suntan cause? 
(e) What does the word ‘deteriorating; in the passage mean? 
(f) What did the parties to the protocol decide on? 
(g) Which countries are in serious danger as per 1992 report? 
(h) Why are students told to wear hat and not to sit in the sun in New Zealand? 
 
 
 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
Tell someone that you are how its works is probably one of the most interesting things on 
earth. It is fascinating and almost magical how money appeared on our planet. Unlike 
most developments we enjoy, which can be trace back to a source, civilization or inventor 
money appeared in places then unconnected all over the world in remarkable similar 
way. 
Consider the American Indians using Wampum, West Africa trading in decorative metallic 
objects called Manillas as the Fijians economy based on whales teeth, some which are still 
legal tender, add to that shells, amber, ivory, decorative feathers, cattle including oxen 
and pigs, a large number of stones including jade and quartz which have all been used for 
trade across the world, and we get a taste of the verity of accepted currency. 
There is something charming and childlike imagining primitives societies, our ancestors, 
using all these colourful forms of money. As long as every one concerned can agree on a 
value, this is a sensible thing for a community to do. 
After all, the person who has what you need might not what you have to trade. Money 
solves that problem neatly. Real value with each exchange, and everyone gaining form the 
convenience. The idea is really inspired which might explain why so many diverse minds 
came up with it. 
“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, 
and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling 
money and its issuance, “said President James Madison. 
Money, money, money, it’s always just been there, right? Wrong. Obviously it’s issued by 
the government to make it easy for us to exchange things. Wrong again! 
Truth is most people don’t realise that the issuing of money is essentially a private 
business, and that the privilege of issuing money has been a major bone of contention 
throughout history. 
While we might feel powerless in trying to stop the manipulation of money for private 
profit at our expense, it is easy to forget that we collectively give money its value. We 
have been taught to believe printed pieces of paper have special value, and because we 
know others believe this too, we are willing to work all our lives to get what we are 
convinced others will want. 
(a) What is fascinating and atmost magical on our planet? 
 (b) Which currencies did the American Indians and West African use? 
 (c) What is something charming and childlike to imagine? 
 (d) What problem did the money solve? 
  
(e) What is meant by the word, convention? (para 1) 
 (i) conference 
 (ii) fair 
 (iii) wave 
 (iv) competition 
  
(f) What is meant by the word fascinating?(para 2) 
(i) beautiful 
(ii) valuable 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) attractive 
 (iv) republic 
 
 (g) What is meant by the word ‘intrigue’?(Para 6) 
 (i) plot 
 (ii) interest 
 (iii) interval 
 
 (h) What is meant by the word ‘convenience’?(para 5) 
 (i) comfort 
 (ii) escape 
 (iii) clown 
 (iv) transport 
 
SECTION: B (WRITING AND GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
3. It is difficult to balance co-curricular activities, academics, passion, and hobbies. A child 
gets hard passage among these. You have faced and experienced them. Share your views 
in the form of a letter to the editor of an educational magazine in 100 – 200 words. You 
are Arun/Aarti, 112, Bank street, Agra.       (5) 
 
4.   Using the hints given below develop a story in about 150 – 200 words.  (10) 
 Fictional characters come alive – David Copperfield meets Swamination –  
 Common discussion – hatred for school – loved to hang out with friends – 
 Bunked classes – emotional bonding due to loss of mother. 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.       (3) 
 At (a) __________ moment, there was a flash of light (b) __________. Priya and Taarak looked 
up in alarm. It was (c) __________ to discern the face but the voice was unmistakable. 
  
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) The  That A Some  
(b) The left Below The right Above 
(c) difficult easy possible Rare 
 
6. In the following paragraph one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing 
word a long with the words that come before and after it. The first one has been done as 
an example.           (4) 
  
Panchatantra is collection of tales and 
fables. 
e.g. is a Collection 
The stories in Panchatantra are believed 
have 
(a) __________ __________ __________ 
 
 
 
 
Been writing by Vishnu Sharma as early 
3rd 
(b)  __________ __________ __________ 
Century B.C A king ancient India requested (c) __________ __________ __________ 
Vishnu Sharma teach his son morals and 
value 
(d) __________ __________ __________ 
 
7. Read the conversation given below and complete the paragraph that follows:  (3) 
 Teacher  : Did you brush your hair this morning? 
 Asha  : Yes, I did, but the wind blew it about while I was coming to school. 
 Teacher : Wear a hair band tomorrow. 
  The teacher asked Asha (a) __________. Asha replied that (b) __________, but the wind 
(c) __________ while she had been coming to school. The teacher advised her to wear a hair 
band the next day. 
 
SECTION: C (LITERATURE 25 Marks) 
8. Read one of the extract given below and answer the question that follow: 
 “We shall not be long, sir. Perhaps only an hour. May be you’d like to go the café in the 
village for a drink? They disappeared beyond the corner of the wall. 
(a) What discovery did the narrator make? 
(b) Why did ‘we’ suggest to the narrator make? 
(c) What does the phrase, ‘shall not be long’ mean? 
      OR 
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.         (3) 
Whatever I see I swallow immediately 
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. 
I am not cruel, only truthful –  
 The eye of little god, four – cornered. 
 (a) By saying, “I am silver and exact”, what does the mirror claim to be? 
 (b) How is the mirror unmisted by love or dislike’? 
 (c) What does the word, ‘preconceptions’ mean? 
 
 Answer the following questions in about 30 – 40 words each. 
9a. Why were Aunt Elizabeth and her husband Uncle Ben coming to Mrs. Slater’s house?    (2) 
9b. How was the tiger ‘killed’ by Mrs. Packletide?          (2) 
9c. Why was the postmaster bewildered when Lakshmi Das told him that Ali and died three 
months before?             (2) 
9d. What message do you get from the play, ‘The Dear Departed’?       (2) 
 
 Answer one of the following questions in about 80 - 100 words: 
10. Even at the time when the grandfather is supposedly dead, the sisters are trying to pull 
each other down. With reference to the play, The dear Departed, mention the traits that 
the sisters displayed. Do you approve of them? Give a reasoned answer.     (4) 
       OR 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – 1 (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
CLASS: X 
Time: 3 hrs.           M.M: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divide into three sections. 
 Section A : Reading   20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing and Grammar 25 Marks 
 Section C :  Literature   25 Marks 
 
SECTION – A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
It’s becoming very dangerous to sit in the sun. If you have a fashionable suntan, it doesn’t 
necessarily mean that you have lots of outdoor activities but it does mean that you’re in 
the greater danger of getting skin cancer and cataract. The ozone layer, which protects us 
from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, is progressively deteriorating. 
The national of the world came together to sigh a global treaty, the Vienna Convention for 
the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The agreement came into force in 19888 and the 
subsequent Montreal Protocol and Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became 
effective in 1989. Currently over 180 countries are parties to the Montreal Protocol. The 
parties to the consumption of eight major halocarbons. The protocol also provides a ten-
year delay in this timetable for those developing countries consuming less than 0.3 
kilogram per capita. 
In February 1992, a scientific report said that people in Canada, Northern Europe and 
Russia were in serious danger. In 1985, the news of destruction of the Ozone layer in the 
south pole alarmed people in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, there are now three 
times more cases of skin cancer than in the past. In New Zealand, teacher tell school 
children to wear hats and not to sit in the sun. What causes the destruction of the ozone 
layer? Mostly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Aerosol sprays, refrigerators, air conditioners, 
as well as industrial chemicals which, send chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
Governments are now trying very hard to ban the use of CFCs, but it will be expensive and 
difficult to do so. After the first ozone alarm in the southern hemisphere, ecologists all 
over the world asked governments to take strict measures immediately. Some 
government did, but not seen enough. Other countries believe that they have problems 
which are more important. Now stricter measures are going to be taken, but already a lot 
of damage has been done. 
(a) What is dangerous to the skin? 
(b) Which global treaty was signed by the nations of the world? 
(c) Which country is taking steps to deal with the problem? 
(d) What may a fashionable suntan cause? 
(e) What does the word ‘deteriorating; in the passage mean? 
(f) What did the parties to the protocol decide on? 
(g) Which countries are in serious danger as per 1992 report? 
(h) Why are students told to wear hat and not to sit in the sun in New Zealand? 
 
 
 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
Tell someone that you are how its works is probably one of the most interesting things on 
earth. It is fascinating and almost magical how money appeared on our planet. Unlike 
most developments we enjoy, which can be trace back to a source, civilization or inventor 
money appeared in places then unconnected all over the world in remarkable similar 
way. 
Consider the American Indians using Wampum, West Africa trading in decorative metallic 
objects called Manillas as the Fijians economy based on whales teeth, some which are still 
legal tender, add to that shells, amber, ivory, decorative feathers, cattle including oxen 
and pigs, a large number of stones including jade and quartz which have all been used for 
trade across the world, and we get a taste of the verity of accepted currency. 
There is something charming and childlike imagining primitives societies, our ancestors, 
using all these colourful forms of money. As long as every one concerned can agree on a 
value, this is a sensible thing for a community to do. 
After all, the person who has what you need might not what you have to trade. Money 
solves that problem neatly. Real value with each exchange, and everyone gaining form the 
convenience. The idea is really inspired which might explain why so many diverse minds 
came up with it. 
“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, 
and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling 
money and its issuance, “said President James Madison. 
Money, money, money, it’s always just been there, right? Wrong. Obviously it’s issued by 
the government to make it easy for us to exchange things. Wrong again! 
Truth is most people don’t realise that the issuing of money is essentially a private 
business, and that the privilege of issuing money has been a major bone of contention 
throughout history. 
While we might feel powerless in trying to stop the manipulation of money for private 
profit at our expense, it is easy to forget that we collectively give money its value. We 
have been taught to believe printed pieces of paper have special value, and because we 
know others believe this too, we are willing to work all our lives to get what we are 
convinced others will want. 
(a) What is fascinating and atmost magical on our planet? 
 (b) Which currencies did the American Indians and West African use? 
 (c) What is something charming and childlike to imagine? 
 (d) What problem did the money solve? 
  
(e) What is meant by the word, convention? (para 1) 
 (i) conference 
 (ii) fair 
 (iii) wave 
 (iv) competition 
  
(f) What is meant by the word fascinating?(para 2) 
(i) beautiful 
(ii) valuable 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) attractive 
 (iv) republic 
 
 (g) What is meant by the word ‘intrigue’?(Para 6) 
 (i) plot 
 (ii) interest 
 (iii) interval 
 
 (h) What is meant by the word ‘convenience’?(para 5) 
 (i) comfort 
 (ii) escape 
 (iii) clown 
 (iv) transport 
 
SECTION: B (WRITING AND GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
3. It is difficult to balance co-curricular activities, academics, passion, and hobbies. A child 
gets hard passage among these. You have faced and experienced them. Share your views 
in the form of a letter to the editor of an educational magazine in 100 – 200 words. You 
are Arun/Aarti, 112, Bank street, Agra.       (5) 
 
4.   Using the hints given below develop a story in about 150 – 200 words.  (10) 
 Fictional characters come alive – David Copperfield meets Swamination –  
 Common discussion – hatred for school – loved to hang out with friends – 
 Bunked classes – emotional bonding due to loss of mother. 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.       (3) 
 At (a) __________ moment, there was a flash of light (b) __________. Priya and Taarak looked 
up in alarm. It was (c) __________ to discern the face but the voice was unmistakable. 
  
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) The  That A Some  
(b) The left Below The right Above 
(c) difficult easy possible Rare 
 
6. In the following paragraph one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing 
word a long with the words that come before and after it. The first one has been done as 
an example.           (4) 
  
Panchatantra is collection of tales and 
fables. 
e.g. is a Collection 
The stories in Panchatantra are believed 
have 
(a) __________ __________ __________ 
 
 
 
 
Been writing by Vishnu Sharma as early 
3rd 
(b)  __________ __________ __________ 
Century B.C A king ancient India requested (c) __________ __________ __________ 
Vishnu Sharma teach his son morals and 
value 
(d) __________ __________ __________ 
 
7. Read the conversation given below and complete the paragraph that follows:  (3) 
 Teacher  : Did you brush your hair this morning? 
 Asha  : Yes, I did, but the wind blew it about while I was coming to school. 
 Teacher : Wear a hair band tomorrow. 
  The teacher asked Asha (a) __________. Asha replied that (b) __________, but the wind 
(c) __________ while she had been coming to school. The teacher advised her to wear a hair 
band the next day. 
 
SECTION: C (LITERATURE 25 Marks) 
8. Read one of the extract given below and answer the question that follow: 
 “We shall not be long, sir. Perhaps only an hour. May be you’d like to go the café in the 
village for a drink? They disappeared beyond the corner of the wall. 
(a) What discovery did the narrator make? 
(b) Why did ‘we’ suggest to the narrator make? 
(c) What does the phrase, ‘shall not be long’ mean? 
      OR 
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.         (3) 
Whatever I see I swallow immediately 
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. 
I am not cruel, only truthful –  
 The eye of little god, four – cornered. 
 (a) By saying, “I am silver and exact”, what does the mirror claim to be? 
 (b) How is the mirror unmisted by love or dislike’? 
 (c) What does the word, ‘preconceptions’ mean? 
 
 Answer the following questions in about 30 – 40 words each. 
9a. Why were Aunt Elizabeth and her husband Uncle Ben coming to Mrs. Slater’s house?    (2) 
9b. How was the tiger ‘killed’ by Mrs. Packletide?          (2) 
9c. Why was the postmaster bewildered when Lakshmi Das told him that Ali and died three 
months before?             (2) 
9d. What message do you get from the play, ‘The Dear Departed’?       (2) 
 
 Answer one of the following questions in about 80 - 100 words: 
10. Even at the time when the grandfather is supposedly dead, the sisters are trying to pull 
each other down. With reference to the play, The dear Departed, mention the traits that 
the sisters displayed. Do you approve of them? Give a reasoned answer.     (4) 
       OR 
 
 
 
 
 The frog emerges as a villain and crafty creature in the poem ‘The Frog and the 
Nightingale’.                (4) 
  
11. The human spirit to live, triumphs in every circumstance? Discuss in the light of ‘Diary of 
a Young Girl’.           (10) 
       OR 
 Write a detailed character – sketch of Anne Frank.     (10) 
       OR 
 Elaborate how and when did Helen realise that she was different from other people? 
            (10) 
       OR 
 Give a character sketch of Helen as a nature lover.     (10)  
   
 
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