English Communicative Past Year Paper SA-1(Set-4) - 2016, Class 10, CBSE Class 10 Notes | EduRev

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Y15F5MA 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I (2016 – 2017) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
Class – X 
Time: 3 hours                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided 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 complete the sentences that follow:     (8) 
Little brown bird we see hopping boldly on city streets is the most widespread and most 
often in conflict with people. In facts, house sparrows are one of the most widespread 
animals on this planet. This is so because they are exceptionally good at taking advantage 
of the opportunities we supply. 
Living in close quarters with us, house sparrows can get under our skin when they get into 
our houses and stores, crowd other birds at feeders or birdbaths, or simply hang around in 
large numbers in public places. 
The common house sparrow, once seen everywhere in large numbers has become scarce 
in many areas, and this is causing concern not only to bird lovers but also to scientists. 
Formerly, miners used to carry canaries down into the mines with them. If the canaries 
showed signs of distress, it indicated that there were poisonous gases in the air, and the 
miners would immediately leave the mine. Increasing soil pollution has made it nearly 
impossible for these avian to survive on the worms of grains lying around. The pesticides 
have polluted the food chain making sparrow susceptible to slow poisoning or extinction 
in near future. 
Today, if the sparrows are in the distress, it could be a warning to human residents. The 
declining bird population could mean that air pollution levels in the metropolises are rising 
dangerously or since sparrows are grain eaters, it could indicate that the grains that the 
people are consuming contain higher dosages of perticides than before. In some countries 
like Britain, the quality of the environment is graded according to the number of bird 
species found in the locality. The survival of sparrows is crucial not only to create a balance 
in food chain but also for bird lovers to cherish those happy days of their life and giving the 
next generations to relive such moments of childhood. 
(a) Canaries were used by miners ____________. 
(b) If the sparrows are in distress ____________. 
(c) The declining bird population could mean that the air pollution levels ____________. 
(d) The grains that the people are consuming contain ____________ than before. 
(e) In some countries like Britain the number of bird species found in the locality is used 
to show the quality of the ____________. 
(f) The distress in canaries indicated ____________. 
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Y15F5MA 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I (2016 – 2017) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
Class – X 
Time: 3 hours                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided 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 complete the sentences that follow:     (8) 
Little brown bird we see hopping boldly on city streets is the most widespread and most 
often in conflict with people. In facts, house sparrows are one of the most widespread 
animals on this planet. This is so because they are exceptionally good at taking advantage 
of the opportunities we supply. 
Living in close quarters with us, house sparrows can get under our skin when they get into 
our houses and stores, crowd other birds at feeders or birdbaths, or simply hang around in 
large numbers in public places. 
The common house sparrow, once seen everywhere in large numbers has become scarce 
in many areas, and this is causing concern not only to bird lovers but also to scientists. 
Formerly, miners used to carry canaries down into the mines with them. If the canaries 
showed signs of distress, it indicated that there were poisonous gases in the air, and the 
miners would immediately leave the mine. Increasing soil pollution has made it nearly 
impossible for these avian to survive on the worms of grains lying around. The pesticides 
have polluted the food chain making sparrow susceptible to slow poisoning or extinction 
in near future. 
Today, if the sparrows are in the distress, it could be a warning to human residents. The 
declining bird population could mean that air pollution levels in the metropolises are rising 
dangerously or since sparrows are grain eaters, it could indicate that the grains that the 
people are consuming contain higher dosages of perticides than before. In some countries 
like Britain, the quality of the environment is graded according to the number of bird 
species found in the locality. The survival of sparrows is crucial not only to create a balance 
in food chain but also for bird lovers to cherish those happy days of their life and giving the 
next generations to relive such moments of childhood. 
(a) Canaries were used by miners ____________. 
(b) If the sparrows are in distress ____________. 
(c) The declining bird population could mean that the air pollution levels ____________. 
(d) The grains that the people are consuming contain ____________ than before. 
(e) In some countries like Britain the number of bird species found in the locality is used 
to show the quality of the ____________. 
(f) The distress in canaries indicated ____________. 
 
 
 
 
(g) The sparrows are one of the most widespread birds ____________. 
(h) The word from the passage which means ‘extreme anxiety sorrow’ is ____________. 
 
2. Read the passage carefully.         (12) 
For hundreds of year’s people have conveyed some message through the type of clothing 
they wore. Long ago people started wanting to stand out from the crowd and be different 
from other people by means of changing their clothes. Some examples of this standing out 
become very popular and were followed by more people. This was the moment when 
fashion appeared. Nowadays, fashion is sometimes defined as a “constantly changing trend, 
favoured for frivolous rather than practical logical, or intellectual reasons”. Nevertheless, 
it is necessary to say that at the present moment fashion has a deeper influence on the life 
of people and possesses more than just frivolous reasons for its existence. Clothing has 
become an integral part of self-realization of every person. The harmony attained by the 
combination of the inner world of a person and his “exterior” makes it very hard to say that 
fashion is just about looks. Clothing is basically a covering designed to be worn on a 
person’s body. This Covering is a need, a necessity that is dictated by the norms of social 
conduct. This necessity brings a lot of variety into the lives of people and makes their image 
more complete. It is not about people serving fashion; it is about fashion being a slave of 
people. 
The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it; therefore it 
becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term – personal 
identity. Lately a lot is being heard about personal identify and its meaning in the life of 
every single person on the planet. The choice of hair, height, skin and gender. Clothing 
nowadays is a medium of information about the person wearing it. It is a cipher; a code 
that needs a decryption in order to understand what kind of person is underneath it. The 
present time offers a great variety of these ciphers and therefore gives people a large 
number of opportunities to reveal their identify. As every piece of clothing carries a strong 
message about its owner, every owner “nests” a certain value in it depending on his 
temperament, mindset or today’s mood. Therefore, the clothes of a person are a mean of 
communication with the outside world. It is a way of telling people about the “state” and 
the “status” of its owner. 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the question given 
below:              (4) 
(a) How would you define fashion? 
(b) How can clothes become a reflection of the person who is wearing them? 
(c) How can the clothes of a person be a means of communication with the outside 
world? 
(d) How can the choice of clothes and accessories be useful to someone? 
2.2 Answer the following questions by selecting the correct options:     (4) 
(a) Find the word from the passage which means the same as having silly or unsuitable 
behavior: 
(i) Identity 
(ii) frivolous 
(iii) status 
(iv) perception 
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Y15F5MA 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I (2016 – 2017) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
Class – X 
Time: 3 hours                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided 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 complete the sentences that follow:     (8) 
Little brown bird we see hopping boldly on city streets is the most widespread and most 
often in conflict with people. In facts, house sparrows are one of the most widespread 
animals on this planet. This is so because they are exceptionally good at taking advantage 
of the opportunities we supply. 
Living in close quarters with us, house sparrows can get under our skin when they get into 
our houses and stores, crowd other birds at feeders or birdbaths, or simply hang around in 
large numbers in public places. 
The common house sparrow, once seen everywhere in large numbers has become scarce 
in many areas, and this is causing concern not only to bird lovers but also to scientists. 
Formerly, miners used to carry canaries down into the mines with them. If the canaries 
showed signs of distress, it indicated that there were poisonous gases in the air, and the 
miners would immediately leave the mine. Increasing soil pollution has made it nearly 
impossible for these avian to survive on the worms of grains lying around. The pesticides 
have polluted the food chain making sparrow susceptible to slow poisoning or extinction 
in near future. 
Today, if the sparrows are in the distress, it could be a warning to human residents. The 
declining bird population could mean that air pollution levels in the metropolises are rising 
dangerously or since sparrows are grain eaters, it could indicate that the grains that the 
people are consuming contain higher dosages of perticides than before. In some countries 
like Britain, the quality of the environment is graded according to the number of bird 
species found in the locality. The survival of sparrows is crucial not only to create a balance 
in food chain but also for bird lovers to cherish those happy days of their life and giving the 
next generations to relive such moments of childhood. 
(a) Canaries were used by miners ____________. 
(b) If the sparrows are in distress ____________. 
(c) The declining bird population could mean that the air pollution levels ____________. 
(d) The grains that the people are consuming contain ____________ than before. 
(e) In some countries like Britain the number of bird species found in the locality is used 
to show the quality of the ____________. 
(f) The distress in canaries indicated ____________. 
 
 
 
 
(g) The sparrows are one of the most widespread birds ____________. 
(h) The word from the passage which means ‘extreme anxiety sorrow’ is ____________. 
 
2. Read the passage carefully.         (12) 
For hundreds of year’s people have conveyed some message through the type of clothing 
they wore. Long ago people started wanting to stand out from the crowd and be different 
from other people by means of changing their clothes. Some examples of this standing out 
become very popular and were followed by more people. This was the moment when 
fashion appeared. Nowadays, fashion is sometimes defined as a “constantly changing trend, 
favoured for frivolous rather than practical logical, or intellectual reasons”. Nevertheless, 
it is necessary to say that at the present moment fashion has a deeper influence on the life 
of people and possesses more than just frivolous reasons for its existence. Clothing has 
become an integral part of self-realization of every person. The harmony attained by the 
combination of the inner world of a person and his “exterior” makes it very hard to say that 
fashion is just about looks. Clothing is basically a covering designed to be worn on a 
person’s body. This Covering is a need, a necessity that is dictated by the norms of social 
conduct. This necessity brings a lot of variety into the lives of people and makes their image 
more complete. It is not about people serving fashion; it is about fashion being a slave of 
people. 
The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it; therefore it 
becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term – personal 
identity. Lately a lot is being heard about personal identify and its meaning in the life of 
every single person on the planet. The choice of hair, height, skin and gender. Clothing 
nowadays is a medium of information about the person wearing it. It is a cipher; a code 
that needs a decryption in order to understand what kind of person is underneath it. The 
present time offers a great variety of these ciphers and therefore gives people a large 
number of opportunities to reveal their identify. As every piece of clothing carries a strong 
message about its owner, every owner “nests” a certain value in it depending on his 
temperament, mindset or today’s mood. Therefore, the clothes of a person are a mean of 
communication with the outside world. It is a way of telling people about the “state” and 
the “status” of its owner. 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the question given 
below:              (4) 
(a) How would you define fashion? 
(b) How can clothes become a reflection of the person who is wearing them? 
(c) How can the clothes of a person be a means of communication with the outside 
world? 
(d) How can the choice of clothes and accessories be useful to someone? 
2.2 Answer the following questions by selecting the correct options:     (4) 
(a) Find the word from the passage which means the same as having silly or unsuitable 
behavior: 
(i) Identity 
(ii) frivolous 
(iii) status 
(iv) perception 
 
 
 
 
(b) Write the antonym of disagreement. 
(i) integral 
(ii) necessity 
(iii) harmony 
(iv) variety 
(c) Find the word from the passage which means the same as natural predisposition. 
(i) fashion 
(ii) identity 
(iii) decryption 
(iv) temperament 
(d) Find the word from the passage which means the same as in vogue. 
(i) clothes 
(ii) accessories 
(iii) fashion 
(iv) intellectual 
 
SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR (25 Marks) 
 
3. You are Arun/Aarti, 112 Bank street Agra. In 100 – 200 words, write a letter to the Editor, 
of a national daily about your views on the topic – Lack of pure drinking water takes a toll 
on many lives which we waste also though unconsciously.       (5) 
 
4. Renuka was writing the following story for her school magazine. However, she was 
unable to complete it. Complete it in about 150 – 200 words. 
As Ritu moved of the mall, she realized that her younger brother was not with her. She 
rushed back to the shop she had visited last….       (10) 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.          (3) 
A New study has found out that dogs possess certain human-like social skills that (a) 
____________ chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not have. May be that is why they are 
termed man’s best friend. Researchers at the university of Porto explained that dogs have 
(b) ____________ quality called ‘emotional contagion’, which (c) ____________ them to respond 
and react to people’s emotions. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) Also Even Too And  
(b) A The These An 
(c) Allow allowed allows Allowing 
 
6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write 
the error and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blanks 
number. The first one has been done as an example.        (4) 
  
 
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Y15F5MA 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I (2016 – 2017) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
Class – X 
Time: 3 hours                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided 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 complete the sentences that follow:     (8) 
Little brown bird we see hopping boldly on city streets is the most widespread and most 
often in conflict with people. In facts, house sparrows are one of the most widespread 
animals on this planet. This is so because they are exceptionally good at taking advantage 
of the opportunities we supply. 
Living in close quarters with us, house sparrows can get under our skin when they get into 
our houses and stores, crowd other birds at feeders or birdbaths, or simply hang around in 
large numbers in public places. 
The common house sparrow, once seen everywhere in large numbers has become scarce 
in many areas, and this is causing concern not only to bird lovers but also to scientists. 
Formerly, miners used to carry canaries down into the mines with them. If the canaries 
showed signs of distress, it indicated that there were poisonous gases in the air, and the 
miners would immediately leave the mine. Increasing soil pollution has made it nearly 
impossible for these avian to survive on the worms of grains lying around. The pesticides 
have polluted the food chain making sparrow susceptible to slow poisoning or extinction 
in near future. 
Today, if the sparrows are in the distress, it could be a warning to human residents. The 
declining bird population could mean that air pollution levels in the metropolises are rising 
dangerously or since sparrows are grain eaters, it could indicate that the grains that the 
people are consuming contain higher dosages of perticides than before. In some countries 
like Britain, the quality of the environment is graded according to the number of bird 
species found in the locality. The survival of sparrows is crucial not only to create a balance 
in food chain but also for bird lovers to cherish those happy days of their life and giving the 
next generations to relive such moments of childhood. 
(a) Canaries were used by miners ____________. 
(b) If the sparrows are in distress ____________. 
(c) The declining bird population could mean that the air pollution levels ____________. 
(d) The grains that the people are consuming contain ____________ than before. 
(e) In some countries like Britain the number of bird species found in the locality is used 
to show the quality of the ____________. 
(f) The distress in canaries indicated ____________. 
 
 
 
 
(g) The sparrows are one of the most widespread birds ____________. 
(h) The word from the passage which means ‘extreme anxiety sorrow’ is ____________. 
 
2. Read the passage carefully.         (12) 
For hundreds of year’s people have conveyed some message through the type of clothing 
they wore. Long ago people started wanting to stand out from the crowd and be different 
from other people by means of changing their clothes. Some examples of this standing out 
become very popular and were followed by more people. This was the moment when 
fashion appeared. Nowadays, fashion is sometimes defined as a “constantly changing trend, 
favoured for frivolous rather than practical logical, or intellectual reasons”. Nevertheless, 
it is necessary to say that at the present moment fashion has a deeper influence on the life 
of people and possesses more than just frivolous reasons for its existence. Clothing has 
become an integral part of self-realization of every person. The harmony attained by the 
combination of the inner world of a person and his “exterior” makes it very hard to say that 
fashion is just about looks. Clothing is basically a covering designed to be worn on a 
person’s body. This Covering is a need, a necessity that is dictated by the norms of social 
conduct. This necessity brings a lot of variety into the lives of people and makes their image 
more complete. It is not about people serving fashion; it is about fashion being a slave of 
people. 
The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it; therefore it 
becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term – personal 
identity. Lately a lot is being heard about personal identify and its meaning in the life of 
every single person on the planet. The choice of hair, height, skin and gender. Clothing 
nowadays is a medium of information about the person wearing it. It is a cipher; a code 
that needs a decryption in order to understand what kind of person is underneath it. The 
present time offers a great variety of these ciphers and therefore gives people a large 
number of opportunities to reveal their identify. As every piece of clothing carries a strong 
message about its owner, every owner “nests” a certain value in it depending on his 
temperament, mindset or today’s mood. Therefore, the clothes of a person are a mean of 
communication with the outside world. It is a way of telling people about the “state” and 
the “status” of its owner. 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the question given 
below:              (4) 
(a) How would you define fashion? 
(b) How can clothes become a reflection of the person who is wearing them? 
(c) How can the clothes of a person be a means of communication with the outside 
world? 
(d) How can the choice of clothes and accessories be useful to someone? 
2.2 Answer the following questions by selecting the correct options:     (4) 
(a) Find the word from the passage which means the same as having silly or unsuitable 
behavior: 
(i) Identity 
(ii) frivolous 
(iii) status 
(iv) perception 
 
 
 
 
(b) Write the antonym of disagreement. 
(i) integral 
(ii) necessity 
(iii) harmony 
(iv) variety 
(c) Find the word from the passage which means the same as natural predisposition. 
(i) fashion 
(ii) identity 
(iii) decryption 
(iv) temperament 
(d) Find the word from the passage which means the same as in vogue. 
(i) clothes 
(ii) accessories 
(iii) fashion 
(iv) intellectual 
 
SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR (25 Marks) 
 
3. You are Arun/Aarti, 112 Bank street Agra. In 100 – 200 words, write a letter to the Editor, 
of a national daily about your views on the topic – Lack of pure drinking water takes a toll 
on many lives which we waste also though unconsciously.       (5) 
 
4. Renuka was writing the following story for her school magazine. However, she was 
unable to complete it. Complete it in about 150 – 200 words. 
As Ritu moved of the mall, she realized that her younger brother was not with her. She 
rushed back to the shop she had visited last….       (10) 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.          (3) 
A New study has found out that dogs possess certain human-like social skills that (a) 
____________ chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not have. May be that is why they are 
termed man’s best friend. Researchers at the university of Porto explained that dogs have 
(b) ____________ quality called ‘emotional contagion’, which (c) ____________ them to respond 
and react to people’s emotions. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) Also Even Too And  
(b) A The These An 
(c) Allow allowed allows Allowing 
 
6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write 
the error and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blanks 
number. The first one has been done as an example.        (4) 
  
 
 
 
 
 
        Error  correction 
It was the dull cloudy day    e.g. the  a 
When we saw an Indian trotted   (a) _______  _______ 
For the camp. He was attired   (b) _______  _______ 
In a dark blue dress. We had no idea on   (c)  _______  _______ 
What his purpose were.    (d) _______  _______ 
 
7. Rearrange the following words/phrases to make meaningful sentences.     (3) 
(a) reading/of/greatest/the habit/of/resources/is/one/mankind/of the 
(b) guest/a/book/borrowed/is/house/like/a/in the 
(c) use/not/books/show/are/for/for/and 
 
Section C: Literature (25 Marks) 
 
8. Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow: 
She added simply, “I don’t know what they do. I do not ask. Work is scares in Verona. But 
whatever it is, I know do it well”.           (3) 
(a) Who is ‘she’? 
(b) What are ‘they’ working for? 
(C) Which word in the extract is the antonym of ‘enough’? 
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- 
(a) What does the mirror reflected? 
(b) why is mirror is called cruel? 
(c) What does the word, ‘unmisted’ mean? 
 
9. Answer the following questions in about 30 - 40 words each. 
(a) What according to the poet, will outlive marble and glided monuments and how?    (2) 
(b) Mrs. Packletide can be described as a proud and vain woman. Give two instances to 
support the statement.            (2) 
(c) What did Ali do every morning?           (2) 
(d) How does Mrs. Slater plan to outshine the Jordans? What does it reveal about her 
character?              (2) 
 
10. Answer one of the following question in about 80 – 100 words: 
“Materialism makes for shaky relationships’. Do you agree with the statement? Explain 
with reference to the keep play, ‘The Dear Departed’, highlighting the values required by 
the two sister.             (4) 
OR 
The Poem, The Frog and the Nightingale highlights the fact that lack of confidence can lead 
to disaster. Keeping this in mind, elaborate the statement: ‘If you accept yourself, the whole 
world accepts you’.             (4) 
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Y15F5MA 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I (2016 – 2017) 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE 
Class – X 
Time: 3 hours                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided 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 complete the sentences that follow:     (8) 
Little brown bird we see hopping boldly on city streets is the most widespread and most 
often in conflict with people. In facts, house sparrows are one of the most widespread 
animals on this planet. This is so because they are exceptionally good at taking advantage 
of the opportunities we supply. 
Living in close quarters with us, house sparrows can get under our skin when they get into 
our houses and stores, crowd other birds at feeders or birdbaths, or simply hang around in 
large numbers in public places. 
The common house sparrow, once seen everywhere in large numbers has become scarce 
in many areas, and this is causing concern not only to bird lovers but also to scientists. 
Formerly, miners used to carry canaries down into the mines with them. If the canaries 
showed signs of distress, it indicated that there were poisonous gases in the air, and the 
miners would immediately leave the mine. Increasing soil pollution has made it nearly 
impossible for these avian to survive on the worms of grains lying around. The pesticides 
have polluted the food chain making sparrow susceptible to slow poisoning or extinction 
in near future. 
Today, if the sparrows are in the distress, it could be a warning to human residents. The 
declining bird population could mean that air pollution levels in the metropolises are rising 
dangerously or since sparrows are grain eaters, it could indicate that the grains that the 
people are consuming contain higher dosages of perticides than before. In some countries 
like Britain, the quality of the environment is graded according to the number of bird 
species found in the locality. The survival of sparrows is crucial not only to create a balance 
in food chain but also for bird lovers to cherish those happy days of their life and giving the 
next generations to relive such moments of childhood. 
(a) Canaries were used by miners ____________. 
(b) If the sparrows are in distress ____________. 
(c) The declining bird population could mean that the air pollution levels ____________. 
(d) The grains that the people are consuming contain ____________ than before. 
(e) In some countries like Britain the number of bird species found in the locality is used 
to show the quality of the ____________. 
(f) The distress in canaries indicated ____________. 
 
 
 
 
(g) The sparrows are one of the most widespread birds ____________. 
(h) The word from the passage which means ‘extreme anxiety sorrow’ is ____________. 
 
2. Read the passage carefully.         (12) 
For hundreds of year’s people have conveyed some message through the type of clothing 
they wore. Long ago people started wanting to stand out from the crowd and be different 
from other people by means of changing their clothes. Some examples of this standing out 
become very popular and were followed by more people. This was the moment when 
fashion appeared. Nowadays, fashion is sometimes defined as a “constantly changing trend, 
favoured for frivolous rather than practical logical, or intellectual reasons”. Nevertheless, 
it is necessary to say that at the present moment fashion has a deeper influence on the life 
of people and possesses more than just frivolous reasons for its existence. Clothing has 
become an integral part of self-realization of every person. The harmony attained by the 
combination of the inner world of a person and his “exterior” makes it very hard to say that 
fashion is just about looks. Clothing is basically a covering designed to be worn on a 
person’s body. This Covering is a need, a necessity that is dictated by the norms of social 
conduct. This necessity brings a lot of variety into the lives of people and makes their image 
more complete. It is not about people serving fashion; it is about fashion being a slave of 
people. 
The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it; therefore it 
becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term – personal 
identity. Lately a lot is being heard about personal identify and its meaning in the life of 
every single person on the planet. The choice of hair, height, skin and gender. Clothing 
nowadays is a medium of information about the person wearing it. It is a cipher; a code 
that needs a decryption in order to understand what kind of person is underneath it. The 
present time offers a great variety of these ciphers and therefore gives people a large 
number of opportunities to reveal their identify. As every piece of clothing carries a strong 
message about its owner, every owner “nests” a certain value in it depending on his 
temperament, mindset or today’s mood. Therefore, the clothes of a person are a mean of 
communication with the outside world. It is a way of telling people about the “state” and 
the “status” of its owner. 
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the question given 
below:              (4) 
(a) How would you define fashion? 
(b) How can clothes become a reflection of the person who is wearing them? 
(c) How can the clothes of a person be a means of communication with the outside 
world? 
(d) How can the choice of clothes and accessories be useful to someone? 
2.2 Answer the following questions by selecting the correct options:     (4) 
(a) Find the word from the passage which means the same as having silly or unsuitable 
behavior: 
(i) Identity 
(ii) frivolous 
(iii) status 
(iv) perception 
 
 
 
 
(b) Write the antonym of disagreement. 
(i) integral 
(ii) necessity 
(iii) harmony 
(iv) variety 
(c) Find the word from the passage which means the same as natural predisposition. 
(i) fashion 
(ii) identity 
(iii) decryption 
(iv) temperament 
(d) Find the word from the passage which means the same as in vogue. 
(i) clothes 
(ii) accessories 
(iii) fashion 
(iv) intellectual 
 
SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR (25 Marks) 
 
3. You are Arun/Aarti, 112 Bank street Agra. In 100 – 200 words, write a letter to the Editor, 
of a national daily about your views on the topic – Lack of pure drinking water takes a toll 
on many lives which we waste also though unconsciously.       (5) 
 
4. Renuka was writing the following story for her school magazine. However, she was 
unable to complete it. Complete it in about 150 – 200 words. 
As Ritu moved of the mall, she realized that her younger brother was not with her. She 
rushed back to the shop she had visited last….       (10) 
 
5. Read the paragraph given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
words/phrases from the given options.          (3) 
A New study has found out that dogs possess certain human-like social skills that (a) 
____________ chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not have. May be that is why they are 
termed man’s best friend. Researchers at the university of Porto explained that dogs have 
(b) ____________ quality called ‘emotional contagion’, which (c) ____________ them to respond 
and react to people’s emotions. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) Also Even Too And  
(b) A The These An 
(c) Allow allowed allows Allowing 
 
6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write 
the error and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blanks 
number. The first one has been done as an example.        (4) 
  
 
 
 
 
 
        Error  correction 
It was the dull cloudy day    e.g. the  a 
When we saw an Indian trotted   (a) _______  _______ 
For the camp. He was attired   (b) _______  _______ 
In a dark blue dress. We had no idea on   (c)  _______  _______ 
What his purpose were.    (d) _______  _______ 
 
7. Rearrange the following words/phrases to make meaningful sentences.     (3) 
(a) reading/of/greatest/the habit/of/resources/is/one/mankind/of the 
(b) guest/a/book/borrowed/is/house/like/a/in the 
(c) use/not/books/show/are/for/for/and 
 
Section C: Literature (25 Marks) 
 
8. Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow: 
She added simply, “I don’t know what they do. I do not ask. Work is scares in Verona. But 
whatever it is, I know do it well”.           (3) 
(a) Who is ‘she’? 
(b) What are ‘they’ working for? 
(C) Which word in the extract is the antonym of ‘enough’? 
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- 
(a) What does the mirror reflected? 
(b) why is mirror is called cruel? 
(c) What does the word, ‘unmisted’ mean? 
 
9. Answer the following questions in about 30 - 40 words each. 
(a) What according to the poet, will outlive marble and glided monuments and how?    (2) 
(b) Mrs. Packletide can be described as a proud and vain woman. Give two instances to 
support the statement.            (2) 
(c) What did Ali do every morning?           (2) 
(d) How does Mrs. Slater plan to outshine the Jordans? What does it reveal about her 
character?              (2) 
 
10. Answer one of the following question in about 80 – 100 words: 
“Materialism makes for shaky relationships’. Do you agree with the statement? Explain 
with reference to the keep play, ‘The Dear Departed’, highlighting the values required by 
the two sister.             (4) 
OR 
The Poem, The Frog and the Nightingale highlights the fact that lack of confidence can lead 
to disaster. Keeping this in mind, elaborate the statement: ‘If you accept yourself, the whole 
world accepts you’.             (4) 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Answer one of the following questions in about 150 – 200 words: 
How did people outside the Annexes suffer because of the war and consequent shortages? 
             (10) 
OR 
What impression do you form the Gestapo and their treatment of the Jews after reading 
‘Diary of a young Girl’? 
 
 
12. What is implied by the following lines ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’? Explain with reference 
to ‘The story of My Life’.          (10) 
OR 
‘Tough people outlast tough situations.’ Describe the fighter instinct in Helen.   (10)  
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