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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – X 
 
Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) The question paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. 
Section A:  Reading      20 marks 
Section B: Advance writing skills   25 marks 
Section C: Literature     25 marks 
(ii) Attempt all questions. 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we 
see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. not bad for someone who 
struggled at school. 
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely 
talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward, as a quiet child. As a 
schoolboy, he work didn’t scream ‘genius’ and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile to 
the idea that the student they had known, with the great scientist he later became. 
After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduate with an 
unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the 
Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the 
age of just 26, whist still at the patent office, he published three papers that changed the way 
we all view the world. 
By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein reputation as one of the 
greatest scientists of all times was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein 
produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the working of the 
universe. 
In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest position at the 
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although 
he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War he 
later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure 
and became an icon of genius. 
a) The phrase that means, ‘difficult to accept’ is __________. 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – X 
 
Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) The question paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. 
Section A:  Reading      20 marks 
Section B: Advance writing skills   25 marks 
Section C: Literature     25 marks 
(ii) Attempt all questions. 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we 
see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. not bad for someone who 
struggled at school. 
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely 
talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward, as a quiet child. As a 
schoolboy, he work didn’t scream ‘genius’ and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile to 
the idea that the student they had known, with the great scientist he later became. 
After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduate with an 
unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the 
Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the 
age of just 26, whist still at the patent office, he published three papers that changed the way 
we all view the world. 
By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein reputation as one of the 
greatest scientists of all times was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein 
produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the working of the 
universe. 
In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest position at the 
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although 
he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War he 
later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure 
and became an icon of genius. 
a) The phrase that means, ‘difficult to accept’ is __________. 
 
 
 
 
b) The major anxiety of Einstein’s parents was that he ____________. 
c) Einstein was a ___________ student. 
d) Einstein had to leave Germany because he ________________. 
e) ‘He was not so much a backward, as a quiet child’, means that Einstein was ______________. 
f) His first job was at the _____________. 
g) He published three papers at ____________. 
h) His story of general relativity described _______________. 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Justin was always prepared. His motto was, ‘Never throw anything out you never know when 
it might come in handy. ‘His bedroom was full of bent tennis rackets, detailed basketballs and 
games with missing pieces. His parents pleaded with him to clean out his room. 
“What use is a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?” his father asked. But Justin simply smiled 
and repeated his motto. “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in 
handy.” When Justin was away from home, he always carried his blue backpack. He liked to 
think of it as a smaller version of his bedroom – a place to store the many objects that he 
collected. It was so worn and stretched that it hardly resembled a backpack anymore. It was 
full of the kind of things that seemed unimportant, but when used with a little imagination, 
might come in handy. Justin had earned a reputation for figuring things out and getting 
people out of otherwise hopeless situations. Many of his classmates and neighbours sought 
him out when they needed help with a problem. On the first day of school, his friend Kenny, 
came looking for Justin. “Do you think you have something in your bag that could help me 
remember my locker combination?” he asked. “I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. I 
have science class in two minutes and if I’m late on the first day it’ll make me look bad for the 
rest of the year.” Kenny looked genuinely worried. “Relax,” Justin said, taking his backpack off 
and unzipping the top. “Remember how you borrowed my notebook kin homeroom to write 
the combination down? Well, I know how we can recover what you wrote.” He took the 
notebook and a soft lead pencil out of his bag. The page that Kenny had written on had left 
faint indentation on another page in the notebook. Justin held the pencil on its side and 
rubbed it lightly over the indentations. Slowly but surely the numbers of the locker 
combination appeared in while, set off by the grey pencil rubbings. 
a) Why Justin’s bedroom was in a messy condition? 
b) What was the idea behind Justin’s motto? 
c) In what sense was Justin’s backpack a smaller version of his bedroom? 
d) How did Justin help Kenny get out of his difficulty? 
e) What is meant by the word ‘handy’? (para 1) 
i. useful 
ii. good 
iii. reliable 
iv. profitable 
f) What is meant by the word ‘motto’? (para 2) 
i. feature 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – X 
 
Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) The question paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. 
Section A:  Reading      20 marks 
Section B: Advance writing skills   25 marks 
Section C: Literature     25 marks 
(ii) Attempt all questions. 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we 
see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. not bad for someone who 
struggled at school. 
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely 
talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward, as a quiet child. As a 
schoolboy, he work didn’t scream ‘genius’ and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile to 
the idea that the student they had known, with the great scientist he later became. 
After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduate with an 
unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the 
Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the 
age of just 26, whist still at the patent office, he published three papers that changed the way 
we all view the world. 
By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein reputation as one of the 
greatest scientists of all times was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein 
produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the working of the 
universe. 
In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest position at the 
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although 
he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War he 
later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure 
and became an icon of genius. 
a) The phrase that means, ‘difficult to accept’ is __________. 
 
 
 
 
b) The major anxiety of Einstein’s parents was that he ____________. 
c) Einstein was a ___________ student. 
d) Einstein had to leave Germany because he ________________. 
e) ‘He was not so much a backward, as a quiet child’, means that Einstein was ______________. 
f) His first job was at the _____________. 
g) He published three papers at ____________. 
h) His story of general relativity described _______________. 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Justin was always prepared. His motto was, ‘Never throw anything out you never know when 
it might come in handy. ‘His bedroom was full of bent tennis rackets, detailed basketballs and 
games with missing pieces. His parents pleaded with him to clean out his room. 
“What use is a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?” his father asked. But Justin simply smiled 
and repeated his motto. “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in 
handy.” When Justin was away from home, he always carried his blue backpack. He liked to 
think of it as a smaller version of his bedroom – a place to store the many objects that he 
collected. It was so worn and stretched that it hardly resembled a backpack anymore. It was 
full of the kind of things that seemed unimportant, but when used with a little imagination, 
might come in handy. Justin had earned a reputation for figuring things out and getting 
people out of otherwise hopeless situations. Many of his classmates and neighbours sought 
him out when they needed help with a problem. On the first day of school, his friend Kenny, 
came looking for Justin. “Do you think you have something in your bag that could help me 
remember my locker combination?” he asked. “I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. I 
have science class in two minutes and if I’m late on the first day it’ll make me look bad for the 
rest of the year.” Kenny looked genuinely worried. “Relax,” Justin said, taking his backpack off 
and unzipping the top. “Remember how you borrowed my notebook kin homeroom to write 
the combination down? Well, I know how we can recover what you wrote.” He took the 
notebook and a soft lead pencil out of his bag. The page that Kenny had written on had left 
faint indentation on another page in the notebook. Justin held the pencil on its side and 
rubbed it lightly over the indentations. Slowly but surely the numbers of the locker 
combination appeared in while, set off by the grey pencil rubbings. 
a) Why Justin’s bedroom was in a messy condition? 
b) What was the idea behind Justin’s motto? 
c) In what sense was Justin’s backpack a smaller version of his bedroom? 
d) How did Justin help Kenny get out of his difficulty? 
e) What is meant by the word ‘handy’? (para 1) 
i. useful 
ii. good 
iii. reliable 
iv. profitable 
f) What is meant by the word ‘motto’? (para 2) 
i. feature 
 
 
 
 
ii. principle 
iii. (golden) rule 
iv. Belief 
g) What is meant by the word ‘Worn’? (para 2) 
i. dusty 
ii. ugly 
iii. shabby 
iv. tired 
h) What is meant by the word ‘faint’? (para 2) 
i. invisible 
ii. unclear 
iii. unconscious 
iv. weak 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You saw the below poster in a magazine and you were deeply moved by the way human 
beings not only use animal skin and bone to make accessories like bags, shoes, belts, 
jewellery, etc. but also to test cosmetics and medicines. Write a letter to the editor of ‘The 
Daily News’, expressing your views on the subject in 100-200 words. 
 
4. Write a story in 150-200 words with a title using the following hints. 
An old man – sitting on a beach – remembering old, past days of life – now doesn’t find life 
interesting – suddenly meets his long time beloved – feels a strange sort of attraction 
towards her – likes to start his life again with her. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate word / 
phrases from the given options. 
Blue is (a) _______________ colour of light (b) ________________ violet and green on the visible 
spectrum. Blues vary (c) ______________ shade or tint; darker shades of blue contain black or 
grey, while lighter tints contain white. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) a the an this 
(b) among between in within 
(c) at on In with 
 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – X 
 
Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) The question paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. 
Section A:  Reading      20 marks 
Section B: Advance writing skills   25 marks 
Section C: Literature     25 marks 
(ii) Attempt all questions. 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we 
see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. not bad for someone who 
struggled at school. 
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely 
talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward, as a quiet child. As a 
schoolboy, he work didn’t scream ‘genius’ and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile to 
the idea that the student they had known, with the great scientist he later became. 
After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduate with an 
unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the 
Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the 
age of just 26, whist still at the patent office, he published three papers that changed the way 
we all view the world. 
By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein reputation as one of the 
greatest scientists of all times was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein 
produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the working of the 
universe. 
In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest position at the 
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although 
he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War he 
later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure 
and became an icon of genius. 
a) The phrase that means, ‘difficult to accept’ is __________. 
 
 
 
 
b) The major anxiety of Einstein’s parents was that he ____________. 
c) Einstein was a ___________ student. 
d) Einstein had to leave Germany because he ________________. 
e) ‘He was not so much a backward, as a quiet child’, means that Einstein was ______________. 
f) His first job was at the _____________. 
g) He published three papers at ____________. 
h) His story of general relativity described _______________. 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Justin was always prepared. His motto was, ‘Never throw anything out you never know when 
it might come in handy. ‘His bedroom was full of bent tennis rackets, detailed basketballs and 
games with missing pieces. His parents pleaded with him to clean out his room. 
“What use is a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?” his father asked. But Justin simply smiled 
and repeated his motto. “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in 
handy.” When Justin was away from home, he always carried his blue backpack. He liked to 
think of it as a smaller version of his bedroom – a place to store the many objects that he 
collected. It was so worn and stretched that it hardly resembled a backpack anymore. It was 
full of the kind of things that seemed unimportant, but when used with a little imagination, 
might come in handy. Justin had earned a reputation for figuring things out and getting 
people out of otherwise hopeless situations. Many of his classmates and neighbours sought 
him out when they needed help with a problem. On the first day of school, his friend Kenny, 
came looking for Justin. “Do you think you have something in your bag that could help me 
remember my locker combination?” he asked. “I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. I 
have science class in two minutes and if I’m late on the first day it’ll make me look bad for the 
rest of the year.” Kenny looked genuinely worried. “Relax,” Justin said, taking his backpack off 
and unzipping the top. “Remember how you borrowed my notebook kin homeroom to write 
the combination down? Well, I know how we can recover what you wrote.” He took the 
notebook and a soft lead pencil out of his bag. The page that Kenny had written on had left 
faint indentation on another page in the notebook. Justin held the pencil on its side and 
rubbed it lightly over the indentations. Slowly but surely the numbers of the locker 
combination appeared in while, set off by the grey pencil rubbings. 
a) Why Justin’s bedroom was in a messy condition? 
b) What was the idea behind Justin’s motto? 
c) In what sense was Justin’s backpack a smaller version of his bedroom? 
d) How did Justin help Kenny get out of his difficulty? 
e) What is meant by the word ‘handy’? (para 1) 
i. useful 
ii. good 
iii. reliable 
iv. profitable 
f) What is meant by the word ‘motto’? (para 2) 
i. feature 
 
 
 
 
ii. principle 
iii. (golden) rule 
iv. Belief 
g) What is meant by the word ‘Worn’? (para 2) 
i. dusty 
ii. ugly 
iii. shabby 
iv. tired 
h) What is meant by the word ‘faint’? (para 2) 
i. invisible 
ii. unclear 
iii. unconscious 
iv. weak 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You saw the below poster in a magazine and you were deeply moved by the way human 
beings not only use animal skin and bone to make accessories like bags, shoes, belts, 
jewellery, etc. but also to test cosmetics and medicines. Write a letter to the editor of ‘The 
Daily News’, expressing your views on the subject in 100-200 words. 
 
4. Write a story in 150-200 words with a title using the following hints. 
An old man – sitting on a beach – remembering old, past days of life – now doesn’t find life 
interesting – suddenly meets his long time beloved – feels a strange sort of attraction 
towards her – likes to start his life again with her. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate word / 
phrases from the given options. 
Blue is (a) _______________ colour of light (b) ________________ violet and green on the visible 
spectrum. Blues vary (c) ______________ shade or tint; darker shades of blue contain black or 
grey, while lighter tints contain white. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) a the an this 
(b) among between in within 
(c) at on In with 
 
 
 
 
 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number. 
The first on has been done as an example. 
Error Correction 
The year 2012 marks the 50
th
 anniversary for e.g. _____ _____ 
the James Bond films. The first James Bond a) _____ _____ 
movie title ‘Dr. No.’ was released in 1962.  b) _____ _____ 
Numerous events was held for fans   c) _____ _____ 
over the world.     d) _____ _____ 
7. Read the conversation given below and completer the paragraph that follows: 
Manager: I suppose you can read. 
Mr. Foreman: I know it sounds funny but I can’t. 
Manager: That’s the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever heard. 
Mr. Foreman: Actually I have never had the opportunity to learn. 
The manager told Mr. Foreman that (a) _____________. Mr. Foreman replied that he knew (b) 
____________. At that the manager remarked that (c) _________________. Mr. Foreman told him that 
he had never had the opportunity to learn. 
 
Section – C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“The whole universe is built up through love and the grief of separation is inescapable”. 
a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy? 
b) What pain has the speaker gone through? 
c) What does the word ‘inescapable’ mean? 
Or 
Now the frog puffed up with rage. 
“Brainless bird – you’re on the stage. 
Use your wits and follow fashion. 
Puff your lungs out with your passion”. 
a) Why was the frog puffed up with rage? 
b) Give the opposite of ‘Brainless’? 
c) What happened when the nightingale puffed up her lungs? 
9. Answer the following question in 30-40 words: 
a) How does Mrs. Slater plan to outshine the Jordons? What does it reveal about her 
character? 
b) What was the motive behind Mrs. Packletide’s decision to shoot a tiger? 
c) What is more powerful than ‘marble’ and ‘gilded monuments’? 
d) What was the reason behind Ali’s unshakeable faith that he would receive a letter from 
Miriam one day? 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – X 
 
Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) The question paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. 
Section A:  Reading      20 marks 
Section B: Advance writing skills   25 marks 
Section C: Literature     25 marks 
(ii) Attempt all questions. 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we 
see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. not bad for someone who 
struggled at school. 
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely 
talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward, as a quiet child. As a 
schoolboy, he work didn’t scream ‘genius’ and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile to 
the idea that the student they had known, with the great scientist he later became. 
After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduate with an 
unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the 
Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the 
age of just 26, whist still at the patent office, he published three papers that changed the way 
we all view the world. 
By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein reputation as one of the 
greatest scientists of all times was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein 
produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the working of the 
universe. 
In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest position at the 
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although 
he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War he 
later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure 
and became an icon of genius. 
a) The phrase that means, ‘difficult to accept’ is __________. 
 
 
 
 
b) The major anxiety of Einstein’s parents was that he ____________. 
c) Einstein was a ___________ student. 
d) Einstein had to leave Germany because he ________________. 
e) ‘He was not so much a backward, as a quiet child’, means that Einstein was ______________. 
f) His first job was at the _____________. 
g) He published three papers at ____________. 
h) His story of general relativity described _______________. 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Justin was always prepared. His motto was, ‘Never throw anything out you never know when 
it might come in handy. ‘His bedroom was full of bent tennis rackets, detailed basketballs and 
games with missing pieces. His parents pleaded with him to clean out his room. 
“What use is a fish tank with a hole in the bottom?” his father asked. But Justin simply smiled 
and repeated his motto. “Never throw anything out, you never know when it might come in 
handy.” When Justin was away from home, he always carried his blue backpack. He liked to 
think of it as a smaller version of his bedroom – a place to store the many objects that he 
collected. It was so worn and stretched that it hardly resembled a backpack anymore. It was 
full of the kind of things that seemed unimportant, but when used with a little imagination, 
might come in handy. Justin had earned a reputation for figuring things out and getting 
people out of otherwise hopeless situations. Many of his classmates and neighbours sought 
him out when they needed help with a problem. On the first day of school, his friend Kenny, 
came looking for Justin. “Do you think you have something in your bag that could help me 
remember my locker combination?” he asked. “I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. I 
have science class in two minutes and if I’m late on the first day it’ll make me look bad for the 
rest of the year.” Kenny looked genuinely worried. “Relax,” Justin said, taking his backpack off 
and unzipping the top. “Remember how you borrowed my notebook kin homeroom to write 
the combination down? Well, I know how we can recover what you wrote.” He took the 
notebook and a soft lead pencil out of his bag. The page that Kenny had written on had left 
faint indentation on another page in the notebook. Justin held the pencil on its side and 
rubbed it lightly over the indentations. Slowly but surely the numbers of the locker 
combination appeared in while, set off by the grey pencil rubbings. 
a) Why Justin’s bedroom was in a messy condition? 
b) What was the idea behind Justin’s motto? 
c) In what sense was Justin’s backpack a smaller version of his bedroom? 
d) How did Justin help Kenny get out of his difficulty? 
e) What is meant by the word ‘handy’? (para 1) 
i. useful 
ii. good 
iii. reliable 
iv. profitable 
f) What is meant by the word ‘motto’? (para 2) 
i. feature 
 
 
 
 
ii. principle 
iii. (golden) rule 
iv. Belief 
g) What is meant by the word ‘Worn’? (para 2) 
i. dusty 
ii. ugly 
iii. shabby 
iv. tired 
h) What is meant by the word ‘faint’? (para 2) 
i. invisible 
ii. unclear 
iii. unconscious 
iv. weak 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You saw the below poster in a magazine and you were deeply moved by the way human 
beings not only use animal skin and bone to make accessories like bags, shoes, belts, 
jewellery, etc. but also to test cosmetics and medicines. Write a letter to the editor of ‘The 
Daily News’, expressing your views on the subject in 100-200 words. 
 
4. Write a story in 150-200 words with a title using the following hints. 
An old man – sitting on a beach – remembering old, past days of life – now doesn’t find life 
interesting – suddenly meets his long time beloved – feels a strange sort of attraction 
towards her – likes to start his life again with her. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate word / 
phrases from the given options. 
Blue is (a) _______________ colour of light (b) ________________ violet and green on the visible 
spectrum. Blues vary (c) ______________ shade or tint; darker shades of blue contain black or 
grey, while lighter tints contain white. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) a the an this 
(b) among between in within 
(c) at on In with 
 
 
 
 
 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number. 
The first on has been done as an example. 
Error Correction 
The year 2012 marks the 50
th
 anniversary for e.g. _____ _____ 
the James Bond films. The first James Bond a) _____ _____ 
movie title ‘Dr. No.’ was released in 1962.  b) _____ _____ 
Numerous events was held for fans   c) _____ _____ 
over the world.     d) _____ _____ 
7. Read the conversation given below and completer the paragraph that follows: 
Manager: I suppose you can read. 
Mr. Foreman: I know it sounds funny but I can’t. 
Manager: That’s the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever heard. 
Mr. Foreman: Actually I have never had the opportunity to learn. 
The manager told Mr. Foreman that (a) _____________. Mr. Foreman replied that he knew (b) 
____________. At that the manager remarked that (c) _________________. Mr. Foreman told him that 
he had never had the opportunity to learn. 
 
Section – C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“The whole universe is built up through love and the grief of separation is inescapable”. 
a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy? 
b) What pain has the speaker gone through? 
c) What does the word ‘inescapable’ mean? 
Or 
Now the frog puffed up with rage. 
“Brainless bird – you’re on the stage. 
Use your wits and follow fashion. 
Puff your lungs out with your passion”. 
a) Why was the frog puffed up with rage? 
b) Give the opposite of ‘Brainless’? 
c) What happened when the nightingale puffed up her lungs? 
9. Answer the following question in 30-40 words: 
a) How does Mrs. Slater plan to outshine the Jordons? What does it reveal about her 
character? 
b) What was the motive behind Mrs. Packletide’s decision to shoot a tiger? 
c) What is more powerful than ‘marble’ and ‘gilded monuments’? 
d) What was the reason behind Ali’s unshakeable faith that he would receive a letter from 
Miriam one day? 
 
 
 
 
10. As the central character of the poem The Mirror, write a letter to your best friend sharing 
your fear of ageing. 
Or 
Louisa Mebbin blackmailed Mrs. Packletide and managed to accumulate a lot. As Louisa write 
a letter to your friend expressing your happiness at having achieved so much and how you 
did it. 
Attempt question no. 11 or 12. 
11. How does Anne’s Maths teacher, who punished her with extra home-work give up his dislike 
for Anne? Explain. 
Or 
Write a detailed character-sketch of Mr. Keesing. Anne’s Maths teacher. 
12. Helen says that she tries not to let the bitter memory of ‘The Frost King’ restrict her efforts at 
writing. What was this memory and why was it bitter? 
Or 
Write a detailed character-sketch of Helen’s father. 
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