English Language and Literature Past Year Paper SA-1(Set-3)- 2016, Class 10, CBSE Class 10 Notes | EduRev

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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I, (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH (L&L) 
Class: X 
Maximum Marks: 70                     Time: 3Hrs. 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
 Section A : Readings    20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing & Grammar   25 Marks 
 Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text 25 Marks 
 
SECTION A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Reading the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
(1) Mother Teresa was a humanitarian. This means she did things to help out other 
people. Her entire life was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the 
helpless. 
 
(2) Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. This city is 
now called skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her 
mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and decided at a young age to devote her life 
to God. She joined the sister of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary in India. 
She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to learn English at the Loreto Abby. 
 
(3) A year later she started her missionary work is Darjeeling, India. She learned the local 
Language, Bengali, and taught at the local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun 
and took the name, Teresa. She taught for many years in India, becoming the 
headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta. 
 
(4) When she was 36 years old, she felt the call the from God to help poor of India. She 
received some basic medical training and then set out of help the sick and the needy. This 
wasn’t an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and 
help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for 
food. 
 
(5) Soon other women joined her and she formed the missionaries of Charity. Mother 
Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take 
care of “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the tepers, all those 
people who feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for throughout society.” 
 
(6) It wasn’t an easy task to build such an organization and to keep the focus on the 
poorest people. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace Prize for work 
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a 
threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to sainthood, within 
the Catholic church. She worked almost up until her death on September 5, 1997. 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I, (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH (L&L) 
Class: X 
Maximum Marks: 70                     Time: 3Hrs. 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
 Section A : Readings    20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing & Grammar   25 Marks 
 Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text 25 Marks 
 
SECTION A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Reading the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
(1) Mother Teresa was a humanitarian. This means she did things to help out other 
people. Her entire life was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the 
helpless. 
 
(2) Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. This city is 
now called skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her 
mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and decided at a young age to devote her life 
to God. She joined the sister of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary in India. 
She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to learn English at the Loreto Abby. 
 
(3) A year later she started her missionary work is Darjeeling, India. She learned the local 
Language, Bengali, and taught at the local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun 
and took the name, Teresa. She taught for many years in India, becoming the 
headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta. 
 
(4) When she was 36 years old, she felt the call the from God to help poor of India. She 
received some basic medical training and then set out of help the sick and the needy. This 
wasn’t an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and 
help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for 
food. 
 
(5) Soon other women joined her and she formed the missionaries of Charity. Mother 
Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take 
care of “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the tepers, all those 
people who feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for throughout society.” 
 
(6) It wasn’t an easy task to build such an organization and to keep the focus on the 
poorest people. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace Prize for work 
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a 
threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to sainthood, within 
the Catholic church. She worked almost up until her death on September 5, 1997. 
 
 
 
 
(a) Why do you think Mother Teresa was called a humanitarian? 
(b) When and where was mother Teresa born? 
(c) Why did she go to Ireland? 
(d) When did Agnes Gonxha Bajaxhiu Change her name to Teresa? 
(e) When did she decide to help the poor in India? 
(f) What hardships did she face while helping the poor? 
(g) What is the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as described by Mother Teresa? 
(h) Why was Mother Teresa honoured with the Nobel peace Prize? 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
The story of the Asian elephant once highly revered and domesticated for work and 
warfare is far from happy. Far from the estimated population of hundreds of thousands of 
elephants centuries ago, according to the world Wildlife Fund for nature, it’s estimated 
that between 25,000 and 32,000 Asian elephants are now left in the world. Since 1986, 
the Asian elephant has been listed as endangered by the International Union for 
conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). 
Today in Thailand, according to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), their numbers 
are between 3,5500 to 5,000 and currently ‘the notion of extinction is no longer just a 
concern; it’s the new reality’. 
In 1989, the traditional of using elephants in industry ended, mainly due to irresponsible 
over logging. The collapse of the industry created huge problems for the mahouts who 
had to find a way to pay for the care and upkeep of their elephants. 
Elephants eat upto 200 kilograms a day and on hot days need about 200 litres of water. 
With the ban on logging, mahouts had to find other ways to support their huge charges. 
This is why mahouts began begging in the streets and turned to illegal logging and to 
tourism via trekking, rides or entertainment. 
Along the Tai-Burma border illegal logging  still occurs. It is dangerous environment 
where landmines are still hidden, the risk of fines is always presents and injury or death 
could be just around the corner. TO get the most form the elephants they are often given 
amphetamines to reduce their appetite and increase their work output. Not only does this 
take a horrific toll on the elephants, it cannot for long also and many elephants simply die 
of overwork and starvation. 
The tourism industry may be a viable alternative but it can be a tricky one, because there 
is always a risk of exploitation when animals and commercialization meet. 
The Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation says it believes responsible elephant 
tourism can help to save the elephants throughout Asia but only if the camps maintain the 
highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental 
enrichment.’ 
(a) Why did the industry stop using elephants? 
 (b) What problems did it create for the mahauts? 
 (c) Why is illegal logging dangerous along Thai-Burma border? 
 (d) Why are some elephants given amphetamines? 
 (e) What is meant by the word, ‘reversed’? (para 1) 
 (i) loaded 
 (ii) used 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I, (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH (L&L) 
Class: X 
Maximum Marks: 70                     Time: 3Hrs. 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
 Section A : Readings    20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing & Grammar   25 Marks 
 Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text 25 Marks 
 
SECTION A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Reading the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
(1) Mother Teresa was a humanitarian. This means she did things to help out other 
people. Her entire life was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the 
helpless. 
 
(2) Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. This city is 
now called skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her 
mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and decided at a young age to devote her life 
to God. She joined the sister of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary in India. 
She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to learn English at the Loreto Abby. 
 
(3) A year later she started her missionary work is Darjeeling, India. She learned the local 
Language, Bengali, and taught at the local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun 
and took the name, Teresa. She taught for many years in India, becoming the 
headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta. 
 
(4) When she was 36 years old, she felt the call the from God to help poor of India. She 
received some basic medical training and then set out of help the sick and the needy. This 
wasn’t an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and 
help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for 
food. 
 
(5) Soon other women joined her and she formed the missionaries of Charity. Mother 
Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take 
care of “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the tepers, all those 
people who feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for throughout society.” 
 
(6) It wasn’t an easy task to build such an organization and to keep the focus on the 
poorest people. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace Prize for work 
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a 
threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to sainthood, within 
the Catholic church. She worked almost up until her death on September 5, 1997. 
 
 
 
 
(a) Why do you think Mother Teresa was called a humanitarian? 
(b) When and where was mother Teresa born? 
(c) Why did she go to Ireland? 
(d) When did Agnes Gonxha Bajaxhiu Change her name to Teresa? 
(e) When did she decide to help the poor in India? 
(f) What hardships did she face while helping the poor? 
(g) What is the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as described by Mother Teresa? 
(h) Why was Mother Teresa honoured with the Nobel peace Prize? 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
The story of the Asian elephant once highly revered and domesticated for work and 
warfare is far from happy. Far from the estimated population of hundreds of thousands of 
elephants centuries ago, according to the world Wildlife Fund for nature, it’s estimated 
that between 25,000 and 32,000 Asian elephants are now left in the world. Since 1986, 
the Asian elephant has been listed as endangered by the International Union for 
conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). 
Today in Thailand, according to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), their numbers 
are between 3,5500 to 5,000 and currently ‘the notion of extinction is no longer just a 
concern; it’s the new reality’. 
In 1989, the traditional of using elephants in industry ended, mainly due to irresponsible 
over logging. The collapse of the industry created huge problems for the mahouts who 
had to find a way to pay for the care and upkeep of their elephants. 
Elephants eat upto 200 kilograms a day and on hot days need about 200 litres of water. 
With the ban on logging, mahouts had to find other ways to support their huge charges. 
This is why mahouts began begging in the streets and turned to illegal logging and to 
tourism via trekking, rides or entertainment. 
Along the Tai-Burma border illegal logging  still occurs. It is dangerous environment 
where landmines are still hidden, the risk of fines is always presents and injury or death 
could be just around the corner. TO get the most form the elephants they are often given 
amphetamines to reduce their appetite and increase their work output. Not only does this 
take a horrific toll on the elephants, it cannot for long also and many elephants simply die 
of overwork and starvation. 
The tourism industry may be a viable alternative but it can be a tricky one, because there 
is always a risk of exploitation when animals and commercialization meet. 
The Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation says it believes responsible elephant 
tourism can help to save the elephants throughout Asia but only if the camps maintain the 
highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental 
enrichment.’ 
(a) Why did the industry stop using elephants? 
 (b) What problems did it create for the mahauts? 
 (c) Why is illegal logging dangerous along Thai-Burma border? 
 (d) Why are some elephants given amphetamines? 
 (e) What is meant by the word, ‘reversed’? (para 1) 
 (i) loaded 
 (ii) used 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) respected 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (f) What is meant by the word, ‘notion’? (para 2) 
 (i) idea 
 (ii) game 
 (iii) uproar 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (g) Which would in para 3 meant the same as ‘downfall’? 
 (i) upkeep 
 (ii) collapse 
 (iii) control 
 (iv) outcome 
 
 (h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘safe’. (para 5) 
 (i) hidden 
 (ii) output 
 (iii) dangerous  
 (iv) overwork 
 
SECTION B (WRITING & GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
Q3. Whenever we face a serious problem, we indulge in a blame game. We either blame 
others for our destiny. We hardly acknowledge our misdoing or take action to change the 
situation. Using the hints given below, together with your own ideas, write an article in 
about 100 – 200 words for your school magazine on “Blame – Game’.   (5) 
  
Trouble times – tendency to blame others – curse own fate – pessimistic attitude – 
think positively – acknowledge own actions – learn from mistake – rectify the situation. 
 
Q4. Write a story in about 150 – 200 words beginning with the following line and give it a 
suitable title.           (10) 
 ‘as soon as I tasted the food in the dhaba, I was reminded of a delicacy that was cooked by 
my grandma many years back. Her death had taken with it the secret of that one special 
ingredient in the dish, of which only she was aware …. This tasted so much like…. 
   
Q5. Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the 
following passage. Write the answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank 
numbers. Do not copy the whole passage.       (3) 
 The Buddhists do not worship the Buddha as (a) ___________ God but accept him as a great 
teacher. They (b) ____________ his teachings as a guide for (c) ______________ lives and as a 
way of understanding the world. 
 (a) (i) the  
 (ii) a  
 (iii) an  
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I, (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH (L&L) 
Class: X 
Maximum Marks: 70                     Time: 3Hrs. 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
 Section A : Readings    20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing & Grammar   25 Marks 
 Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text 25 Marks 
 
SECTION A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Reading the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
(1) Mother Teresa was a humanitarian. This means she did things to help out other 
people. Her entire life was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the 
helpless. 
 
(2) Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. This city is 
now called skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her 
mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and decided at a young age to devote her life 
to God. She joined the sister of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary in India. 
She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to learn English at the Loreto Abby. 
 
(3) A year later she started her missionary work is Darjeeling, India. She learned the local 
Language, Bengali, and taught at the local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun 
and took the name, Teresa. She taught for many years in India, becoming the 
headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta. 
 
(4) When she was 36 years old, she felt the call the from God to help poor of India. She 
received some basic medical training and then set out of help the sick and the needy. This 
wasn’t an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and 
help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for 
food. 
 
(5) Soon other women joined her and she formed the missionaries of Charity. Mother 
Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take 
care of “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the tepers, all those 
people who feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for throughout society.” 
 
(6) It wasn’t an easy task to build such an organization and to keep the focus on the 
poorest people. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace Prize for work 
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a 
threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to sainthood, within 
the Catholic church. She worked almost up until her death on September 5, 1997. 
 
 
 
 
(a) Why do you think Mother Teresa was called a humanitarian? 
(b) When and where was mother Teresa born? 
(c) Why did she go to Ireland? 
(d) When did Agnes Gonxha Bajaxhiu Change her name to Teresa? 
(e) When did she decide to help the poor in India? 
(f) What hardships did she face while helping the poor? 
(g) What is the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as described by Mother Teresa? 
(h) Why was Mother Teresa honoured with the Nobel peace Prize? 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
The story of the Asian elephant once highly revered and domesticated for work and 
warfare is far from happy. Far from the estimated population of hundreds of thousands of 
elephants centuries ago, according to the world Wildlife Fund for nature, it’s estimated 
that between 25,000 and 32,000 Asian elephants are now left in the world. Since 1986, 
the Asian elephant has been listed as endangered by the International Union for 
conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). 
Today in Thailand, according to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), their numbers 
are between 3,5500 to 5,000 and currently ‘the notion of extinction is no longer just a 
concern; it’s the new reality’. 
In 1989, the traditional of using elephants in industry ended, mainly due to irresponsible 
over logging. The collapse of the industry created huge problems for the mahouts who 
had to find a way to pay for the care and upkeep of their elephants. 
Elephants eat upto 200 kilograms a day and on hot days need about 200 litres of water. 
With the ban on logging, mahouts had to find other ways to support their huge charges. 
This is why mahouts began begging in the streets and turned to illegal logging and to 
tourism via trekking, rides or entertainment. 
Along the Tai-Burma border illegal logging  still occurs. It is dangerous environment 
where landmines are still hidden, the risk of fines is always presents and injury or death 
could be just around the corner. TO get the most form the elephants they are often given 
amphetamines to reduce their appetite and increase their work output. Not only does this 
take a horrific toll on the elephants, it cannot for long also and many elephants simply die 
of overwork and starvation. 
The tourism industry may be a viable alternative but it can be a tricky one, because there 
is always a risk of exploitation when animals and commercialization meet. 
The Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation says it believes responsible elephant 
tourism can help to save the elephants throughout Asia but only if the camps maintain the 
highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental 
enrichment.’ 
(a) Why did the industry stop using elephants? 
 (b) What problems did it create for the mahauts? 
 (c) Why is illegal logging dangerous along Thai-Burma border? 
 (d) Why are some elephants given amphetamines? 
 (e) What is meant by the word, ‘reversed’? (para 1) 
 (i) loaded 
 (ii) used 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) respected 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (f) What is meant by the word, ‘notion’? (para 2) 
 (i) idea 
 (ii) game 
 (iii) uproar 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (g) Which would in para 3 meant the same as ‘downfall’? 
 (i) upkeep 
 (ii) collapse 
 (iii) control 
 (iv) outcome 
 
 (h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘safe’. (para 5) 
 (i) hidden 
 (ii) output 
 (iii) dangerous  
 (iv) overwork 
 
SECTION B (WRITING & GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
Q3. Whenever we face a serious problem, we indulge in a blame game. We either blame 
others for our destiny. We hardly acknowledge our misdoing or take action to change the 
situation. Using the hints given below, together with your own ideas, write an article in 
about 100 – 200 words for your school magazine on “Blame – Game’.   (5) 
  
Trouble times – tendency to blame others – curse own fate – pessimistic attitude – 
think positively – acknowledge own actions – learn from mistake – rectify the situation. 
 
Q4. Write a story in about 150 – 200 words beginning with the following line and give it a 
suitable title.           (10) 
 ‘as soon as I tasted the food in the dhaba, I was reminded of a delicacy that was cooked by 
my grandma many years back. Her death had taken with it the secret of that one special 
ingredient in the dish, of which only she was aware …. This tasted so much like…. 
   
Q5. Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the 
following passage. Write the answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank 
numbers. Do not copy the whole passage.       (3) 
 The Buddhists do not worship the Buddha as (a) ___________ God but accept him as a great 
teacher. They (b) ____________ his teachings as a guide for (c) ______________ lives and as a 
way of understanding the world. 
 (a) (i) the  
 (ii) a  
 (iii) an  
 
 
 
 
 (iv) 
 
 (b) (i) make  
 (ii) take 
 (iii) an 
 (iv) their 
 
 (c) (i) my 
 (ii) our 
 (iii) their 
 (iv) everyone’s 
 
Q6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the correction against the correct number in your answer sheet as 
given in the example.         (4) 
         Incorrect correct 
 Seizing the Naga in the throat, he would let e.g. in  by 
 The egg slide down its gullet to a delight of  (a) _________ _________ 
 The onlookers. He repeat the performance (b)  _________ _________ 
 At the next street or the bazaar. The  (c)  _________ _________ 
 Show went upon from morning to evening. (d) _________ _________ 
 
Q7. Read the dialogue given below and then complete the report that follows. Write your 
answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers.   (3) 
 Rahul : Do you about any dramatics club that I can join? 
 Jai : I don’t there is any dramatics club in our town. 
 Rahul : We should start one in our school. 
 Rahul asked jai (a) _________ that he could join. Jai replied that (b) _________ to which Rahul 
responded (c) _________. 
 
SECTION C (LITERATURE & LONG READING TEXT 25 Marks) 
Q8. Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. 
 “As for the girl. “she said” although just one or two sketches were submitted by most, one 
girl _________ and room thirteen should be proud of her _________ this one girl actually drew 
one hundred designs _________ all different and all beautiful”.    (3) 
 (i) Who is ‘she’ in these lines?     
 (ii) Who had submitted one hundred designs? 
 (iii) What does the word ‘Proud’ mean? 
      OR 
 “I had no idea where to spend the night.”       (3) 
 (a) Who said this to whom? 
 (b) What is the relevance of this statements? 
 (c) Identify the word which means the same as ‘plan’. 
 Answer the following questions in about 30 – 40 words. 
Q9a. Why does Anne want to keep a dairy?       (2) 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I, (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH (L&L) 
Class: X 
Maximum Marks: 70                     Time: 3Hrs. 
 
Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
 Section A : Readings    20 Marks 
 Section B : Writing & Grammar   25 Marks 
 Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text 25 Marks 
 
SECTION A (READING 20 Marks) 
1. Reading the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:     (8) 
(1) Mother Teresa was a humanitarian. This means she did things to help out other 
people. Her entire life was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the 
helpless. 
 
(2) Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. This city is 
now called skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her 
mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and decided at a young age to devote her life 
to God. She joined the sister of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary in India. 
She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to learn English at the Loreto Abby. 
 
(3) A year later she started her missionary work is Darjeeling, India. She learned the local 
Language, Bengali, and taught at the local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun 
and took the name, Teresa. She taught for many years in India, becoming the 
headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta. 
 
(4) When she was 36 years old, she felt the call the from God to help poor of India. She 
received some basic medical training and then set out of help the sick and the needy. This 
wasn’t an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and 
help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for 
food. 
 
(5) Soon other women joined her and she formed the missionaries of Charity. Mother 
Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take 
care of “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the tepers, all those 
people who feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for throughout society.” 
 
(6) It wasn’t an easy task to build such an organization and to keep the focus on the 
poorest people. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace Prize for work 
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a 
threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003, the first step on the path to sainthood, within 
the Catholic church. She worked almost up until her death on September 5, 1997. 
 
 
 
 
(a) Why do you think Mother Teresa was called a humanitarian? 
(b) When and where was mother Teresa born? 
(c) Why did she go to Ireland? 
(d) When did Agnes Gonxha Bajaxhiu Change her name to Teresa? 
(e) When did she decide to help the poor in India? 
(f) What hardships did she face while helping the poor? 
(g) What is the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as described by Mother Teresa? 
(h) Why was Mother Teresa honoured with the Nobel peace Prize? 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:   (12) 
The story of the Asian elephant once highly revered and domesticated for work and 
warfare is far from happy. Far from the estimated population of hundreds of thousands of 
elephants centuries ago, according to the world Wildlife Fund for nature, it’s estimated 
that between 25,000 and 32,000 Asian elephants are now left in the world. Since 1986, 
the Asian elephant has been listed as endangered by the International Union for 
conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). 
Today in Thailand, according to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), their numbers 
are between 3,5500 to 5,000 and currently ‘the notion of extinction is no longer just a 
concern; it’s the new reality’. 
In 1989, the traditional of using elephants in industry ended, mainly due to irresponsible 
over logging. The collapse of the industry created huge problems for the mahouts who 
had to find a way to pay for the care and upkeep of their elephants. 
Elephants eat upto 200 kilograms a day and on hot days need about 200 litres of water. 
With the ban on logging, mahouts had to find other ways to support their huge charges. 
This is why mahouts began begging in the streets and turned to illegal logging and to 
tourism via trekking, rides or entertainment. 
Along the Tai-Burma border illegal logging  still occurs. It is dangerous environment 
where landmines are still hidden, the risk of fines is always presents and injury or death 
could be just around the corner. TO get the most form the elephants they are often given 
amphetamines to reduce their appetite and increase their work output. Not only does this 
take a horrific toll on the elephants, it cannot for long also and many elephants simply die 
of overwork and starvation. 
The tourism industry may be a viable alternative but it can be a tricky one, because there 
is always a risk of exploitation when animals and commercialization meet. 
The Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation says it believes responsible elephant 
tourism can help to save the elephants throughout Asia but only if the camps maintain the 
highest level of elephant care, food requirements, hygiene and environmental 
enrichment.’ 
(a) Why did the industry stop using elephants? 
 (b) What problems did it create for the mahauts? 
 (c) Why is illegal logging dangerous along Thai-Burma border? 
 (d) Why are some elephants given amphetamines? 
 (e) What is meant by the word, ‘reversed’? (para 1) 
 (i) loaded 
 (ii) used 
 
 
 
 
 (iii) respected 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (f) What is meant by the word, ‘notion’? (para 2) 
 (i) idea 
 (ii) game 
 (iii) uproar 
 (iv) killed 
 
 (g) Which would in para 3 meant the same as ‘downfall’? 
 (i) upkeep 
 (ii) collapse 
 (iii) control 
 (iv) outcome 
 
 (h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘safe’. (para 5) 
 (i) hidden 
 (ii) output 
 (iii) dangerous  
 (iv) overwork 
 
SECTION B (WRITING & GRAMMAR 25 Marks) 
Q3. Whenever we face a serious problem, we indulge in a blame game. We either blame 
others for our destiny. We hardly acknowledge our misdoing or take action to change the 
situation. Using the hints given below, together with your own ideas, write an article in 
about 100 – 200 words for your school magazine on “Blame – Game’.   (5) 
  
Trouble times – tendency to blame others – curse own fate – pessimistic attitude – 
think positively – acknowledge own actions – learn from mistake – rectify the situation. 
 
Q4. Write a story in about 150 – 200 words beginning with the following line and give it a 
suitable title.           (10) 
 ‘as soon as I tasted the food in the dhaba, I was reminded of a delicacy that was cooked by 
my grandma many years back. Her death had taken with it the secret of that one special 
ingredient in the dish, of which only she was aware …. This tasted so much like…. 
   
Q5. Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the 
following passage. Write the answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank 
numbers. Do not copy the whole passage.       (3) 
 The Buddhists do not worship the Buddha as (a) ___________ God but accept him as a great 
teacher. They (b) ____________ his teachings as a guide for (c) ______________ lives and as a 
way of understanding the world. 
 (a) (i) the  
 (ii) a  
 (iii) an  
 
 
 
 
 (iv) 
 
 (b) (i) make  
 (ii) take 
 (iii) an 
 (iv) their 
 
 (c) (i) my 
 (ii) our 
 (iii) their 
 (iv) everyone’s 
 
Q6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the correction against the correct number in your answer sheet as 
given in the example.         (4) 
         Incorrect correct 
 Seizing the Naga in the throat, he would let e.g. in  by 
 The egg slide down its gullet to a delight of  (a) _________ _________ 
 The onlookers. He repeat the performance (b)  _________ _________ 
 At the next street or the bazaar. The  (c)  _________ _________ 
 Show went upon from morning to evening. (d) _________ _________ 
 
Q7. Read the dialogue given below and then complete the report that follows. Write your 
answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers.   (3) 
 Rahul : Do you about any dramatics club that I can join? 
 Jai : I don’t there is any dramatics club in our town. 
 Rahul : We should start one in our school. 
 Rahul asked jai (a) _________ that he could join. Jai replied that (b) _________ to which Rahul 
responded (c) _________. 
 
SECTION C (LITERATURE & LONG READING TEXT 25 Marks) 
Q8. Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. 
 “As for the girl. “she said” although just one or two sketches were submitted by most, one 
girl _________ and room thirteen should be proud of her _________ this one girl actually drew 
one hundred designs _________ all different and all beautiful”.    (3) 
 (i) Who is ‘she’ in these lines?     
 (ii) Who had submitted one hundred designs? 
 (iii) What does the word ‘Proud’ mean? 
      OR 
 “I had no idea where to spend the night.”       (3) 
 (a) Who said this to whom? 
 (b) What is the relevance of this statements? 
 (c) Identify the word which means the same as ‘plan’. 
 Answer the following questions in about 30 – 40 words. 
Q9a. Why does Anne want to keep a dairy?       (2) 
 
 
 
 
Q9b. What is the famous saying associated with crocodiles and what does it mean?  (2) 
Q9c. How and why did Max come inside Ausable’s room?     (2) 
Q9d. What was the curious episode at clergyman’s house?     (2) 
 
 Answer one of the following questions in about 80 – 100 words. 
Q10. Bringing up teenagers can be both a challenge and fun. How for do you agree? Express 
your views with reference to Amanda’s life. 
      OR 
 Herriot was always concerned about Tricki’s health. He often warned Mrs. Pumphrey to 
sick to a balanced diet for Tricki. What value of Herriot are highlighted through this? 
Explain. 
 
 Answer one of the following questions in about 100 – 200 words. 
11. ‘Paper is more patient than man’. How did Anne apply this saying in her life? Explain in 
your own words. 
      OR 
 Who were Mouschi and Boche? Describe their relationship with other each other. 
      OR 
 Helen had a natural affinity with natural even before Miss Sullivan came in her life. 
Illustrate with an example from the text what does it reveal about her character? 
 
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