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ENGLISH 
 Class VIII 
General Instructions : 
• All the questions are compulsory. 
• You may attempt any section at a time. 
• All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
• This question paper consists of four sections : 
Section A  - Reading - 20 marks 
Section B - Writing - 25 marks 
Section C - Grammar - 20 marks 
Section D - Literature - 25 marks 
Section – A (Reading – 20 marks) 
A.1 Read the given passage carefully. [5×1=5] 
 Facebook is an excellent networking platform. It has been 
redefining one of the most beautiful relationship in the world-  
friendship. How can anyone have 5,000 'friends'? A recent 
research reveals that our brain cannot accept more than 150 
friends.  
For our elders, a friend was one whom you met once in a while if not everyday, 
instantly remembered his/her birthday, and at least knew what he/she looked like. 
But the Facebook has clearly thrown those definitions to the wind. Now people have 
befriended whom they have not even met. They don't know what they look like, 
leave alone a certain kind of fondness for a certain person before you consider him to 
be your buddy.  
In today's world, it is difficult to explain to the young ones that acquaintances are not 
friends and chatting or posting pictures on the site cannot guarantee a life long 
friend. When their Facebook chums are not there in their hour of need, the 
disillusioned youngsters will be heart-broken.  
Source: The Hindustan Times 
 
 Read the questions. Choose the correct option and write it. 
 i) Which relationship is redefined by Facebook?  
 (a) parents - children    (b) sister - sister  
 (c) friendship     (d) teacher – student 
ii) Who was a friend for our elders?  
 (a) whom you met once in a while  (b) whom you meet everyday  
 (c) don't know what he looks like   (d) with whom you go on holiday 
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ENGLISH 
 Class VIII 
General Instructions : 
• All the questions are compulsory. 
• You may attempt any section at a time. 
• All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
• This question paper consists of four sections : 
Section A  - Reading - 20 marks 
Section B - Writing - 25 marks 
Section C - Grammar - 20 marks 
Section D - Literature - 25 marks 
Section – A (Reading – 20 marks) 
A.1 Read the given passage carefully. [5×1=5] 
 Facebook is an excellent networking platform. It has been 
redefining one of the most beautiful relationship in the world-  
friendship. How can anyone have 5,000 'friends'? A recent 
research reveals that our brain cannot accept more than 150 
friends.  
For our elders, a friend was one whom you met once in a while if not everyday, 
instantly remembered his/her birthday, and at least knew what he/she looked like. 
But the Facebook has clearly thrown those definitions to the wind. Now people have 
befriended whom they have not even met. They don't know what they look like, 
leave alone a certain kind of fondness for a certain person before you consider him to 
be your buddy.  
In today's world, it is difficult to explain to the young ones that acquaintances are not 
friends and chatting or posting pictures on the site cannot guarantee a life long 
friend. When their Facebook chums are not there in their hour of need, the 
disillusioned youngsters will be heart-broken.  
Source: The Hindustan Times 
 
 Read the questions. Choose the correct option and write it. 
 i) Which relationship is redefined by Facebook?  
 (a) parents - children    (b) sister - sister  
 (c) friendship     (d) teacher – student 
ii) Who was a friend for our elders?  
 (a) whom you met once in a while  (b) whom you meet everyday  
 (c) don't know what he looks like   (d) with whom you go on holiday 
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iii) How are the friends of Facebook?  
 (a) not even met them    (b) don't know how they look like  
 (c) not there in your hour of need   (d) all of the above 
iv) Why are youngsters called 'the disillusioned youngsters'?  
 (a) they have more friends on Facebook  (b) they have false idea of friendship  
 (c) they have no friend on Facebook  (d) they want to meet their friends 
v) Which of the following word means 'acquaintance'?  
 (a) friend  (b) neighbour  (c) familiar person   (d) classmate  
A.2 Read the passage carefully. Then answer each of the questions by choosing 
the correct option. 
[5×1=5] 
 Positive Attitude 
The desire to change the personality of others to suit us is just as futile as trying to 
change a mogra into a rose. Every individual possesses a particular set of thoughts, 
beliefs and attitudes. It is not just difficult but virtually impossible to change others. 
Studies have shown that if we change our own behaviour towards others, 80 percent 
of the problems we face in life, would not be there.  
Our ability to accept another's personality and value system reflects our attitude 
towards life. The story of the two friends- the mogra and the rose-sets an example. 
The mogra was taken by surprise when the gardener, grew a rosebush next to it. It 
could not help admiring the beauty of the red rose. Soon they became friends despite 
the thorns on the stalk on which the rose grew. If the mogra were to look down upon 
the rose for its thorns, they would never have become friends. The rose too could 
have objection to many things about the mogra. The mogra was weak. It could 
hardly stand against the wind and harsh weather. The rose, like a true friend, would 
protect the mogra by sheltering it with its sturdy branches and tough leaves. It also 
took great care that its own thorns did not prick the delicate body of the mogra. In 
short, the two friends underplayed the shortcomings of each other and lived happily 
ever after.  
 
 a) The author of this passage is a 
 i) doctor   ii) coordinator  iii) motivator  iv) solicitor  
b) The word ‘futile’ means 
 i) useful   ii) successful   iii) pointless   iv) purposeful 
c) Our ability to accept another's personality reflects our 
 i)  weakness   ii)  attitude    iii)  magnanimity   iv)  tolerance  
d) The mogra could not help doing this 
 i) hate the rose  ii)  ignore the rose  iii) admire the rose   iv)  neglect the rose  
e) In order to tackle 80 percent of our problems in life, we must learn to change 
 i) our surroundings  ii)  ourselves   iii) our friends   iv)  others  
 
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ENGLISH 
 Class VIII 
General Instructions : 
• All the questions are compulsory. 
• You may attempt any section at a time. 
• All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
• This question paper consists of four sections : 
Section A  - Reading - 20 marks 
Section B - Writing - 25 marks 
Section C - Grammar - 20 marks 
Section D - Literature - 25 marks 
Section – A (Reading – 20 marks) 
A.1 Read the given passage carefully. [5×1=5] 
 Facebook is an excellent networking platform. It has been 
redefining one of the most beautiful relationship in the world-  
friendship. How can anyone have 5,000 'friends'? A recent 
research reveals that our brain cannot accept more than 150 
friends.  
For our elders, a friend was one whom you met once in a while if not everyday, 
instantly remembered his/her birthday, and at least knew what he/she looked like. 
But the Facebook has clearly thrown those definitions to the wind. Now people have 
befriended whom they have not even met. They don't know what they look like, 
leave alone a certain kind of fondness for a certain person before you consider him to 
be your buddy.  
In today's world, it is difficult to explain to the young ones that acquaintances are not 
friends and chatting or posting pictures on the site cannot guarantee a life long 
friend. When their Facebook chums are not there in their hour of need, the 
disillusioned youngsters will be heart-broken.  
Source: The Hindustan Times 
 
 Read the questions. Choose the correct option and write it. 
 i) Which relationship is redefined by Facebook?  
 (a) parents - children    (b) sister - sister  
 (c) friendship     (d) teacher – student 
ii) Who was a friend for our elders?  
 (a) whom you met once in a while  (b) whom you meet everyday  
 (c) don't know what he looks like   (d) with whom you go on holiday 
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iii) How are the friends of Facebook?  
 (a) not even met them    (b) don't know how they look like  
 (c) not there in your hour of need   (d) all of the above 
iv) Why are youngsters called 'the disillusioned youngsters'?  
 (a) they have more friends on Facebook  (b) they have false idea of friendship  
 (c) they have no friend on Facebook  (d) they want to meet their friends 
v) Which of the following word means 'acquaintance'?  
 (a) friend  (b) neighbour  (c) familiar person   (d) classmate  
A.2 Read the passage carefully. Then answer each of the questions by choosing 
the correct option. 
[5×1=5] 
 Positive Attitude 
The desire to change the personality of others to suit us is just as futile as trying to 
change a mogra into a rose. Every individual possesses a particular set of thoughts, 
beliefs and attitudes. It is not just difficult but virtually impossible to change others. 
Studies have shown that if we change our own behaviour towards others, 80 percent 
of the problems we face in life, would not be there.  
Our ability to accept another's personality and value system reflects our attitude 
towards life. The story of the two friends- the mogra and the rose-sets an example. 
The mogra was taken by surprise when the gardener, grew a rosebush next to it. It 
could not help admiring the beauty of the red rose. Soon they became friends despite 
the thorns on the stalk on which the rose grew. If the mogra were to look down upon 
the rose for its thorns, they would never have become friends. The rose too could 
have objection to many things about the mogra. The mogra was weak. It could 
hardly stand against the wind and harsh weather. The rose, like a true friend, would 
protect the mogra by sheltering it with its sturdy branches and tough leaves. It also 
took great care that its own thorns did not prick the delicate body of the mogra. In 
short, the two friends underplayed the shortcomings of each other and lived happily 
ever after.  
 
 a) The author of this passage is a 
 i) doctor   ii) coordinator  iii) motivator  iv) solicitor  
b) The word ‘futile’ means 
 i) useful   ii) successful   iii) pointless   iv) purposeful 
c) Our ability to accept another's personality reflects our 
 i)  weakness   ii)  attitude    iii)  magnanimity   iv)  tolerance  
d) The mogra could not help doing this 
 i) hate the rose  ii)  ignore the rose  iii) admire the rose   iv)  neglect the rose  
e) In order to tackle 80 percent of our problems in life, we must learn to change 
 i) our surroundings  ii)  ourselves   iii) our friends   iv)  others  
 
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A.3 Read the passage carefully.  
 HELPING OTHERS IS REAL KINDNESS 
1. To feel for others and to do righteous acts of help to living creatures is indeed 
real kindness. If one can stop a heart from breaking, if one can ease the aching in 
one's life or cool one's pain, he has not lived in vain.  
2. To some, helping others is a matter of faith. An elderly stranger went to a 
hospital in Petersbrough, New Hampshire and performed countless tasks: 
sweeping, dusting, building ramps, removing lint from the place where clothes 
are washed, etc. for four months. He never revealed his identity. Only after he 
had left the place the hospital staff realised that he was the former Vice President 
of the Peninsular Railroad, a private railway company in the USA.  
3. All along the route of the funeral procession of Lord Shaftesbury, a well-known 
social reformer of England, stood groups of people (whom he had helped in one 
way or the other) to pay homage to him. Thousands of people hailing from all 
classes of society held aloft banners with the words that he had helped them in 
their hour of suffering. Instances of this type are many.  
4. In India saints and sages throughout the ages have preached and practised the 
gospel of service to the sick and the suffering, the distressed and the 
downtrodden. In every town in India there are a few sympathisers of the 
suffering who pay the tuition fees of poor students, give them books and 
stationery, pay sustenance allowances to needy widows and arrange their 
daughters' marriages, give blankets in winter and umbrellas in monsoons. Added 
to them are many persons who have given up their everything for the service of 
humanity and joined service organisations.  
 
A3.1 Complete the following sentences. Write your answer in your answer sheet. (8×1=8) 
 (a) According to the author real kindness is ________and ________. 
(b) The life of a person is not in vain if ________. 
(c) The hospital staff could identify the elderly gentleman ________ 
(d)  Groups of people paid their homage to Lord Shaftesbury because ________ 
(e)  In India saints and sages have rendered their services to _______ and ________. 
(f)  In India everywhere there are people who help others by ________. 
 
A3.2 Find words from the passage for the following which have the same 
meaning as the following. Write your answer in your answer sheet. 
(4×½=2) 
 (a) virtuous, holy (para 1)  
(b) a group of people moving forward in an orderly line (para 3)  
(c) delivered sermons (para 4)  
(d) troubled, affiicted (para 4) 
 
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ENGLISH 
 Class VIII 
General Instructions : 
• All the questions are compulsory. 
• You may attempt any section at a time. 
• All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
• This question paper consists of four sections : 
Section A  - Reading - 20 marks 
Section B - Writing - 25 marks 
Section C - Grammar - 20 marks 
Section D - Literature - 25 marks 
Section – A (Reading – 20 marks) 
A.1 Read the given passage carefully. [5×1=5] 
 Facebook is an excellent networking platform. It has been 
redefining one of the most beautiful relationship in the world-  
friendship. How can anyone have 5,000 'friends'? A recent 
research reveals that our brain cannot accept more than 150 
friends.  
For our elders, a friend was one whom you met once in a while if not everyday, 
instantly remembered his/her birthday, and at least knew what he/she looked like. 
But the Facebook has clearly thrown those definitions to the wind. Now people have 
befriended whom they have not even met. They don't know what they look like, 
leave alone a certain kind of fondness for a certain person before you consider him to 
be your buddy.  
In today's world, it is difficult to explain to the young ones that acquaintances are not 
friends and chatting or posting pictures on the site cannot guarantee a life long 
friend. When their Facebook chums are not there in their hour of need, the 
disillusioned youngsters will be heart-broken.  
Source: The Hindustan Times 
 
 Read the questions. Choose the correct option and write it. 
 i) Which relationship is redefined by Facebook?  
 (a) parents - children    (b) sister - sister  
 (c) friendship     (d) teacher – student 
ii) Who was a friend for our elders?  
 (a) whom you met once in a while  (b) whom you meet everyday  
 (c) don't know what he looks like   (d) with whom you go on holiday 
(2/7) 
 
 
iii) How are the friends of Facebook?  
 (a) not even met them    (b) don't know how they look like  
 (c) not there in your hour of need   (d) all of the above 
iv) Why are youngsters called 'the disillusioned youngsters'?  
 (a) they have more friends on Facebook  (b) they have false idea of friendship  
 (c) they have no friend on Facebook  (d) they want to meet their friends 
v) Which of the following word means 'acquaintance'?  
 (a) friend  (b) neighbour  (c) familiar person   (d) classmate  
A.2 Read the passage carefully. Then answer each of the questions by choosing 
the correct option. 
[5×1=5] 
 Positive Attitude 
The desire to change the personality of others to suit us is just as futile as trying to 
change a mogra into a rose. Every individual possesses a particular set of thoughts, 
beliefs and attitudes. It is not just difficult but virtually impossible to change others. 
Studies have shown that if we change our own behaviour towards others, 80 percent 
of the problems we face in life, would not be there.  
Our ability to accept another's personality and value system reflects our attitude 
towards life. The story of the two friends- the mogra and the rose-sets an example. 
The mogra was taken by surprise when the gardener, grew a rosebush next to it. It 
could not help admiring the beauty of the red rose. Soon they became friends despite 
the thorns on the stalk on which the rose grew. If the mogra were to look down upon 
the rose for its thorns, they would never have become friends. The rose too could 
have objection to many things about the mogra. The mogra was weak. It could 
hardly stand against the wind and harsh weather. The rose, like a true friend, would 
protect the mogra by sheltering it with its sturdy branches and tough leaves. It also 
took great care that its own thorns did not prick the delicate body of the mogra. In 
short, the two friends underplayed the shortcomings of each other and lived happily 
ever after.  
 
 a) The author of this passage is a 
 i) doctor   ii) coordinator  iii) motivator  iv) solicitor  
b) The word ‘futile’ means 
 i) useful   ii) successful   iii) pointless   iv) purposeful 
c) Our ability to accept another's personality reflects our 
 i)  weakness   ii)  attitude    iii)  magnanimity   iv)  tolerance  
d) The mogra could not help doing this 
 i) hate the rose  ii)  ignore the rose  iii) admire the rose   iv)  neglect the rose  
e) In order to tackle 80 percent of our problems in life, we must learn to change 
 i) our surroundings  ii)  ourselves   iii) our friends   iv)  others  
 
(3/7) 
 
 
A.3 Read the passage carefully.  
 HELPING OTHERS IS REAL KINDNESS 
1. To feel for others and to do righteous acts of help to living creatures is indeed 
real kindness. If one can stop a heart from breaking, if one can ease the aching in 
one's life or cool one's pain, he has not lived in vain.  
2. To some, helping others is a matter of faith. An elderly stranger went to a 
hospital in Petersbrough, New Hampshire and performed countless tasks: 
sweeping, dusting, building ramps, removing lint from the place where clothes 
are washed, etc. for four months. He never revealed his identity. Only after he 
had left the place the hospital staff realised that he was the former Vice President 
of the Peninsular Railroad, a private railway company in the USA.  
3. All along the route of the funeral procession of Lord Shaftesbury, a well-known 
social reformer of England, stood groups of people (whom he had helped in one 
way or the other) to pay homage to him. Thousands of people hailing from all 
classes of society held aloft banners with the words that he had helped them in 
their hour of suffering. Instances of this type are many.  
4. In India saints and sages throughout the ages have preached and practised the 
gospel of service to the sick and the suffering, the distressed and the 
downtrodden. In every town in India there are a few sympathisers of the 
suffering who pay the tuition fees of poor students, give them books and 
stationery, pay sustenance allowances to needy widows and arrange their 
daughters' marriages, give blankets in winter and umbrellas in monsoons. Added 
to them are many persons who have given up their everything for the service of 
humanity and joined service organisations.  
 
A3.1 Complete the following sentences. Write your answer in your answer sheet. (8×1=8) 
 (a) According to the author real kindness is ________and ________. 
(b) The life of a person is not in vain if ________. 
(c) The hospital staff could identify the elderly gentleman ________ 
(d)  Groups of people paid their homage to Lord Shaftesbury because ________ 
(e)  In India saints and sages have rendered their services to _______ and ________. 
(f)  In India everywhere there are people who help others by ________. 
 
A3.2 Find words from the passage for the following which have the same 
meaning as the following. Write your answer in your answer sheet. 
(4×½=2) 
 (a) virtuous, holy (para 1)  
(b) a group of people moving forward in an orderly line (para 3)  
(c) delivered sermons (para 4)  
(d) troubled, affiicted (para 4) 
 
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Section – B (Writing – 25 marks) 
 
B.1 Avinash, a very intelligent student of your school has met with an accident and is 
fighting for his life in the hospital. He urgently needs blood. As the president of the 
Red Cross Society of your school draft a notice asking the students to donate blood 
to save his life. (word limit – 50 words) 
[5] 
B.2 Given below is a conversation between Rahul and Shweta. Shweta is about to leave 
for her college so she leaves a message for her mother. Write the message in the 
answer sheet given to you. (word limit – 50 words) 
[5] 
 Rahul :  Hello ! Is this 508866 ? 
Shweta  :  That’s right, Rahul Bhaiya. I’m Shweta. How are you ? 
Rahul  :  Fine Shweta, where’s mom? 
Shweta :  She has gone out for shopping. 
Rahul :  Ok, tell her that my papers are over which I have fared well, but I can’t 
  come home as my practicals are yet to be held. The dates of the  
  practicals are not yet announced. 
Shweta :  Anything else, Bhaiya? 
Rahul :  Yes Shweta, also tell her that I need two thousand rupees to purchase  
  some books. 
Shweta  :  Ok, I’ll. Take care. 
Rahul :  Bye. 
 
B.3 You are Saksham / Sakshi. One of your friends who is living in Delhi always dreams 
of going abroad. Write a letter to your friend telling him why your country is the 
best. (word limit 120 words) 
[7] 
B.4 You are Atul, a resident of A-2, Rohini, New Delhi. There is no bus-stop within the 
radius of 2.5km from the apartments causing a lot of inconvenience to residents. 
Write a letter to the editor drawing attention of the concerned authorities towards 
the problem. You may take the help of the following hints. (word limit 120 words) 
* difficulty to residents   
* to walk down both morning and evening. 
* chainsnatching and eveteasing  
[8] 
 
Section – C (Grammar – 20 marks) 
 
C.1 In the following paragraph, one word has been omitted in each line. Write 
the missing word along with the word that comes before and that comes 
after, in your answer sheet. 
[8×½=4] 
 Last night / I was going to bed 
I / scared. This resulted in a disturbed 
sleep or you can say I had a / sleep. 
Even in the short / horrifying dreams  
a) ________ ________ 
b) ________ ________ 
c) ________ ________ 
d) ________ ________ 
 
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ENGLISH 
 Class VIII 
General Instructions : 
• All the questions are compulsory. 
• You may attempt any section at a time. 
• All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order. 
• This question paper consists of four sections : 
Section A  - Reading - 20 marks 
Section B - Writing - 25 marks 
Section C - Grammar - 20 marks 
Section D - Literature - 25 marks 
Section – A (Reading – 20 marks) 
A.1 Read the given passage carefully. [5×1=5] 
 Facebook is an excellent networking platform. It has been 
redefining one of the most beautiful relationship in the world-  
friendship. How can anyone have 5,000 'friends'? A recent 
research reveals that our brain cannot accept more than 150 
friends.  
For our elders, a friend was one whom you met once in a while if not everyday, 
instantly remembered his/her birthday, and at least knew what he/she looked like. 
But the Facebook has clearly thrown those definitions to the wind. Now people have 
befriended whom they have not even met. They don't know what they look like, 
leave alone a certain kind of fondness for a certain person before you consider him to 
be your buddy.  
In today's world, it is difficult to explain to the young ones that acquaintances are not 
friends and chatting or posting pictures on the site cannot guarantee a life long 
friend. When their Facebook chums are not there in their hour of need, the 
disillusioned youngsters will be heart-broken.  
Source: The Hindustan Times 
 
 Read the questions. Choose the correct option and write it. 
 i) Which relationship is redefined by Facebook?  
 (a) parents - children    (b) sister - sister  
 (c) friendship     (d) teacher – student 
ii) Who was a friend for our elders?  
 (a) whom you met once in a while  (b) whom you meet everyday  
 (c) don't know what he looks like   (d) with whom you go on holiday 
(2/7) 
 
 
iii) How are the friends of Facebook?  
 (a) not even met them    (b) don't know how they look like  
 (c) not there in your hour of need   (d) all of the above 
iv) Why are youngsters called 'the disillusioned youngsters'?  
 (a) they have more friends on Facebook  (b) they have false idea of friendship  
 (c) they have no friend on Facebook  (d) they want to meet their friends 
v) Which of the following word means 'acquaintance'?  
 (a) friend  (b) neighbour  (c) familiar person   (d) classmate  
A.2 Read the passage carefully. Then answer each of the questions by choosing 
the correct option. 
[5×1=5] 
 Positive Attitude 
The desire to change the personality of others to suit us is just as futile as trying to 
change a mogra into a rose. Every individual possesses a particular set of thoughts, 
beliefs and attitudes. It is not just difficult but virtually impossible to change others. 
Studies have shown that if we change our own behaviour towards others, 80 percent 
of the problems we face in life, would not be there.  
Our ability to accept another's personality and value system reflects our attitude 
towards life. The story of the two friends- the mogra and the rose-sets an example. 
The mogra was taken by surprise when the gardener, grew a rosebush next to it. It 
could not help admiring the beauty of the red rose. Soon they became friends despite 
the thorns on the stalk on which the rose grew. If the mogra were to look down upon 
the rose for its thorns, they would never have become friends. The rose too could 
have objection to many things about the mogra. The mogra was weak. It could 
hardly stand against the wind and harsh weather. The rose, like a true friend, would 
protect the mogra by sheltering it with its sturdy branches and tough leaves. It also 
took great care that its own thorns did not prick the delicate body of the mogra. In 
short, the two friends underplayed the shortcomings of each other and lived happily 
ever after.  
 
 a) The author of this passage is a 
 i) doctor   ii) coordinator  iii) motivator  iv) solicitor  
b) The word ‘futile’ means 
 i) useful   ii) successful   iii) pointless   iv) purposeful 
c) Our ability to accept another's personality reflects our 
 i)  weakness   ii)  attitude    iii)  magnanimity   iv)  tolerance  
d) The mogra could not help doing this 
 i) hate the rose  ii)  ignore the rose  iii) admire the rose   iv)  neglect the rose  
e) In order to tackle 80 percent of our problems in life, we must learn to change 
 i) our surroundings  ii)  ourselves   iii) our friends   iv)  others  
 
(3/7) 
 
 
A.3 Read the passage carefully.  
 HELPING OTHERS IS REAL KINDNESS 
1. To feel for others and to do righteous acts of help to living creatures is indeed 
real kindness. If one can stop a heart from breaking, if one can ease the aching in 
one's life or cool one's pain, he has not lived in vain.  
2. To some, helping others is a matter of faith. An elderly stranger went to a 
hospital in Petersbrough, New Hampshire and performed countless tasks: 
sweeping, dusting, building ramps, removing lint from the place where clothes 
are washed, etc. for four months. He never revealed his identity. Only after he 
had left the place the hospital staff realised that he was the former Vice President 
of the Peninsular Railroad, a private railway company in the USA.  
3. All along the route of the funeral procession of Lord Shaftesbury, a well-known 
social reformer of England, stood groups of people (whom he had helped in one 
way or the other) to pay homage to him. Thousands of people hailing from all 
classes of society held aloft banners with the words that he had helped them in 
their hour of suffering. Instances of this type are many.  
4. In India saints and sages throughout the ages have preached and practised the 
gospel of service to the sick and the suffering, the distressed and the 
downtrodden. In every town in India there are a few sympathisers of the 
suffering who pay the tuition fees of poor students, give them books and 
stationery, pay sustenance allowances to needy widows and arrange their 
daughters' marriages, give blankets in winter and umbrellas in monsoons. Added 
to them are many persons who have given up their everything for the service of 
humanity and joined service organisations.  
 
A3.1 Complete the following sentences. Write your answer in your answer sheet. (8×1=8) 
 (a) According to the author real kindness is ________and ________. 
(b) The life of a person is not in vain if ________. 
(c) The hospital staff could identify the elderly gentleman ________ 
(d)  Groups of people paid their homage to Lord Shaftesbury because ________ 
(e)  In India saints and sages have rendered their services to _______ and ________. 
(f)  In India everywhere there are people who help others by ________. 
 
A3.2 Find words from the passage for the following which have the same 
meaning as the following. Write your answer in your answer sheet. 
(4×½=2) 
 (a) virtuous, holy (para 1)  
(b) a group of people moving forward in an orderly line (para 3)  
(c) delivered sermons (para 4)  
(d) troubled, affiicted (para 4) 
 
(4/7) 
 
 
 
Section – B (Writing – 25 marks) 
 
B.1 Avinash, a very intelligent student of your school has met with an accident and is 
fighting for his life in the hospital. He urgently needs blood. As the president of the 
Red Cross Society of your school draft a notice asking the students to donate blood 
to save his life. (word limit – 50 words) 
[5] 
B.2 Given below is a conversation between Rahul and Shweta. Shweta is about to leave 
for her college so she leaves a message for her mother. Write the message in the 
answer sheet given to you. (word limit – 50 words) 
[5] 
 Rahul :  Hello ! Is this 508866 ? 
Shweta  :  That’s right, Rahul Bhaiya. I’m Shweta. How are you ? 
Rahul  :  Fine Shweta, where’s mom? 
Shweta :  She has gone out for shopping. 
Rahul :  Ok, tell her that my papers are over which I have fared well, but I can’t 
  come home as my practicals are yet to be held. The dates of the  
  practicals are not yet announced. 
Shweta :  Anything else, Bhaiya? 
Rahul :  Yes Shweta, also tell her that I need two thousand rupees to purchase  
  some books. 
Shweta  :  Ok, I’ll. Take care. 
Rahul :  Bye. 
 
B.3 You are Saksham / Sakshi. One of your friends who is living in Delhi always dreams 
of going abroad. Write a letter to your friend telling him why your country is the 
best. (word limit 120 words) 
[7] 
B.4 You are Atul, a resident of A-2, Rohini, New Delhi. There is no bus-stop within the 
radius of 2.5km from the apartments causing a lot of inconvenience to residents. 
Write a letter to the editor drawing attention of the concerned authorities towards 
the problem. You may take the help of the following hints. (word limit 120 words) 
* difficulty to residents   
* to walk down both morning and evening. 
* chainsnatching and eveteasing  
[8] 
 
Section – C (Grammar – 20 marks) 
 
C.1 In the following paragraph, one word has been omitted in each line. Write 
the missing word along with the word that comes before and that comes 
after, in your answer sheet. 
[8×½=4] 
 Last night / I was going to bed 
I / scared. This resulted in a disturbed 
sleep or you can say I had a / sleep. 
Even in the short / horrifying dreams  
a) ________ ________ 
b) ________ ________ 
c) ________ ________ 
d) ________ ________ 
 
(5/7) 
 
 
disturbed me. Many times I screamed so / that 
my mother woke up. She was / nervous 
to find me screaming as I do not usually / 
any such thing in / sleep. 
e) ________ ________ 
f) ________ ________ 
g) ________ ________ 
h) ________ ________ 
C.2 The sentences given below are incorrect. Rewrite the sentences with 
corrections. Incorrect words are underlined. 
[4×½=2] 
 a) John is working hardly to get good marks. 
b) Supposing if you fail, what do you plan to do ? 
c) After a great deal of research, the scientist made a fascinated discovery. 
d) This is nothing than carelessness. 
 
C.3 Rearrange the following group of words to form meaningful sentences. [4×½=2] 
 a) as a practitioner of ahimsa / to speak / the truth / Gandhiji promised 
b) residential community / modestly in / a self-sufficient / he lived 
c) Gandhiji wore / and shawl / the traditional / Indian dhoti 
d) vegetarian / simple and / food / he ate 
 
C.4 Fill in the blanks with correct form of the verbs given in the bracket. [4×½=2] 
 a) A number of priceless works of art ________ in the earth quake, last week. 
(destroy) 
b) No record _________ of the visit he claimed to have made to Japan. (exist) 
c) Because my visa had expired I _________ (prevent) from re-entering the 
country. 
d) A number of films __________ within the next few days. (release) 
 
C.5 Read the set of instructions given below and complete the paragraph that 
follow: 
[4] 
 HOW TO ACQUIRE PEACE OF MIND 
• stop worrying 
• make a timely decision about your problems 
• set your targets within the bounds of capabilities 
• do not postpone the work you have to do today 
• Use your spare time properly by adopting a hobby 
To find peace of mind, worrying should be stopped. A timely decision (a) ________ 
problems. The targets (b) ________ within the bounds of one’s capabilities. The 
work that should be done today (c) ________. The spare time (d) ________ by 
adopting a hobby. 
 
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