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English An Alien Hand Class 7

Class 7 : Sample Paper - 7, English, Class 7 Class 7 Notes | EduRev

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Section – A (Comprehension) 
 
I. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                            (12 marks)  
 
1. I hadn’t decided whether I liked Afghanistan or not. I knew my father did, though he had been here for only four 
months, working as an engineer at the Irrigation Project. My brother and I had stayed back in Delhi with my uncle 
and aunt. We had come to spend our holidays with my parents in the small town of Kunduz, not far from the Russian 
border. We had visited the historical place of Balk over the weekend, and were on our way back when everything 
began to oppress me: the stillness of the wild rocky mountainside, bare of any vegetation; the ghostly craters of 
rocks and stones; the dust and the heat. I felt uncomfortable. I looked at my brother, sitting next to me in the car. 
Suddenly he said, “Look at this side. Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits?” 
2. Without taking his eyes off the road before him, father said, “I haven’t been long enough in Afghanistan but I think 
that the people of Afghanistan are rather friendly and hospitable.” I met his eyes in the rear view mirror. He smiled 
at me and added “Oh, don’t look so frightened, Puja.” My father slowed down and brought the car to a halt on the 
right. “Nothing to worry about,” he assured us. “I’m checking the rear wheels.” He got out of the car. 
3. “Do you want some water, Puja?” asked Mother. I nodded and extended my hand, while my eyes travelled past her, 
up the road. What I saw made me drop the cup. I continued to stare past my mother’s surprised face at two men 
rushing towards our car.  They were coming straight at us. I shrieked and pointed at them. “Dacoits! Dacoits!” My 
mother turned around to stare at them. They were shouting, “Advia!” My mother shrieked too. “Papa, dacoits! 
They’re coming straight at us. Come back. We have to leave. Start the car, Papa. Hurry! Please!”  My brother said. 
Sudhir banged the door and shouted at us, “Shut the doors. Wind up the window glass, fast.” 
4. The taller of the two had already reached the bonnet. His left hand slid over the metal and touched my mother’s 
window. He shouted something. “Lock the door, Ma. You must lock the door. Bring your window up, Puja. Do you 
hear?” my brother shouted. I wanted to move, wind up the window, but I couldn’t. By that time, I had realized my 
mistake and started raising the window glass. The hands were caught by the upward moving glass. He grabbed it, 
and clung to it, trying to push it down with great force. 
5. The glass inched up slowly, painfully. The man yelled and withdrew his hands. He shouted at my mother. His words 
sounded like’ Advia’. Then from behind him, the other one emerged. Then grabbing my arm, he pushed himself 
forward and he roared, “Advia, Advia, Advia!” As the car gathered speed he fell into a run beside it, still holding onto 
the window frame with his left hand. And then his hands were gone, his hands were gone, his hands, his face and his 
voice. I did not turn to look back. But Sudhir did. He cried excitedly, “We licked them. I was on the verge of crying as 
I fought the voice still running through my head, “Advia, Advia.” “Pa,” I said finally, “I would like to look up the word 
‘Advia’. I wonder what it means.” My father returned from the bedroom with a thick dictionary. It did not take him 
long to find the word, but it took him almost a minute to read it. His face was pale and his eyes looked troubled as 
he said in a flat voice “Advia means ‘medicine’.” 
 
 
 
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Section – A (Comprehension) 
 
I. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                            (12 marks)  
 
1. I hadn’t decided whether I liked Afghanistan or not. I knew my father did, though he had been here for only four 
months, working as an engineer at the Irrigation Project. My brother and I had stayed back in Delhi with my uncle 
and aunt. We had come to spend our holidays with my parents in the small town of Kunduz, not far from the Russian 
border. We had visited the historical place of Balk over the weekend, and were on our way back when everything 
began to oppress me: the stillness of the wild rocky mountainside, bare of any vegetation; the ghostly craters of 
rocks and stones; the dust and the heat. I felt uncomfortable. I looked at my brother, sitting next to me in the car. 
Suddenly he said, “Look at this side. Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits?” 
2. Without taking his eyes off the road before him, father said, “I haven’t been long enough in Afghanistan but I think 
that the people of Afghanistan are rather friendly and hospitable.” I met his eyes in the rear view mirror. He smiled 
at me and added “Oh, don’t look so frightened, Puja.” My father slowed down and brought the car to a halt on the 
right. “Nothing to worry about,” he assured us. “I’m checking the rear wheels.” He got out of the car. 
3. “Do you want some water, Puja?” asked Mother. I nodded and extended my hand, while my eyes travelled past her, 
up the road. What I saw made me drop the cup. I continued to stare past my mother’s surprised face at two men 
rushing towards our car.  They were coming straight at us. I shrieked and pointed at them. “Dacoits! Dacoits!” My 
mother turned around to stare at them. They were shouting, “Advia!” My mother shrieked too. “Papa, dacoits! 
They’re coming straight at us. Come back. We have to leave. Start the car, Papa. Hurry! Please!”  My brother said. 
Sudhir banged the door and shouted at us, “Shut the doors. Wind up the window glass, fast.” 
4. The taller of the two had already reached the bonnet. His left hand slid over the metal and touched my mother’s 
window. He shouted something. “Lock the door, Ma. You must lock the door. Bring your window up, Puja. Do you 
hear?” my brother shouted. I wanted to move, wind up the window, but I couldn’t. By that time, I had realized my 
mistake and started raising the window glass. The hands were caught by the upward moving glass. He grabbed it, 
and clung to it, trying to push it down with great force. 
5. The glass inched up slowly, painfully. The man yelled and withdrew his hands. He shouted at my mother. His words 
sounded like’ Advia’. Then from behind him, the other one emerged. Then grabbing my arm, he pushed himself 
forward and he roared, “Advia, Advia, Advia!” As the car gathered speed he fell into a run beside it, still holding onto 
the window frame with his left hand. And then his hands were gone, his hands were gone, his hands, his face and his 
voice. I did not turn to look back. But Sudhir did. He cried excitedly, “We licked them. I was on the verge of crying as 
I fought the voice still running through my head, “Advia, Advia.” “Pa,” I said finally, “I would like to look up the word 
‘Advia’. I wonder what it means.” My father returned from the bedroom with a thick dictionary. It did not take him 
long to find the word, but it took him almost a minute to read it. His face was pale and his eyes looked troubled as 
he said in a flat voice “Advia means ‘medicine’.” 
 
 
 
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Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
Q1. Puja was very scared and feeling uncomfortable. Give two instances from the passage. (2) 
Q2. ‘Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits’. Why was it the perfect hiding place for dacoits? (1) 
Q3. Why did the father slow down the car? (1) 
Q4. ‘What I saw made me drop the cup’. Who is ‘I’ and what made him/her drop the cup? (1.5) 
Q5. Quote a line from the passage which shows that Sudhir was terrified. (1) 
Q6. ‘He grabbed it, and clung to it’. What is ‘it’ and why did he grab it? (1.5) 
Q7. Why did Puja’s father take a whole minute to read the meaning of ‘Advia’? (1) 
Q8. Give a suitable title to this passage. (1) 
Q9. Find out words from the passage that mean the same as the following: (2) 
1. Welcoming and friendly (para 2) 
2. To stop (para 2)                                                                                                                                                                                             
3. Look carefully (para 3) 
4. To scream (para 3) 
  
II. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                           (10 marks)  
 
 
1. ‘Go and speak to your aunts and uncles, my dears,’ said Mrs. Tulliver, looking anxious. She wanted to whisper to 
Maggie to go and have her hair brushed. ‘How do you do? I hope you are good children, are you?’ said Aunt Glegg, 
in a loud forceful way, as she took their hands, hurting them with her large rings, and kissing their cheeks much 
against their desire. ‘Well, my dears,’ said Aunt Pullet, ‘your hair grow wonderfully fast. I doubt they’ll outgrow their 
strength’, she added, looking over their heads with a sad expression at their mother. ‘I think the girl has too much 
hair. I’d have it thinned and cut shorter, sister, if I was you; it isn’t good for her health. It’s that as makes her skin so 
brown, I shouldn’t wonder.’  ‘No, no,’ said Mr. Tulliver, ‘the child’s healthy enough- there’s nothing wrong with her’. 
2. A dreadful feeling was gathering in Maggie’s heart. 
‘Maggie,’ said Mrs. Tulliver calling Maggie to her and whispering in her ear,’ go and get your hair brushed. I told you 
not to come in without going to Martha first, you know I did.’ 
‘Tom, come out with me,’ whispered Maggie, pulling his sleeve as she passed him, and Tom followed willingly 
enough. 
3. Tom followed Maggie upstairs into her mother’s room, and saw her go at once to a drawer from which she took out 
a large pair of scissors. 
‘What are they for, Maggie?’ said Tom,  
Maggie answered by seizing her front locks and cutting them straight across the middle of her forehead. 
 
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Section – A (Comprehension) 
 
I. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                            (12 marks)  
 
1. I hadn’t decided whether I liked Afghanistan or not. I knew my father did, though he had been here for only four 
months, working as an engineer at the Irrigation Project. My brother and I had stayed back in Delhi with my uncle 
and aunt. We had come to spend our holidays with my parents in the small town of Kunduz, not far from the Russian 
border. We had visited the historical place of Balk over the weekend, and were on our way back when everything 
began to oppress me: the stillness of the wild rocky mountainside, bare of any vegetation; the ghostly craters of 
rocks and stones; the dust and the heat. I felt uncomfortable. I looked at my brother, sitting next to me in the car. 
Suddenly he said, “Look at this side. Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits?” 
2. Without taking his eyes off the road before him, father said, “I haven’t been long enough in Afghanistan but I think 
that the people of Afghanistan are rather friendly and hospitable.” I met his eyes in the rear view mirror. He smiled 
at me and added “Oh, don’t look so frightened, Puja.” My father slowed down and brought the car to a halt on the 
right. “Nothing to worry about,” he assured us. “I’m checking the rear wheels.” He got out of the car. 
3. “Do you want some water, Puja?” asked Mother. I nodded and extended my hand, while my eyes travelled past her, 
up the road. What I saw made me drop the cup. I continued to stare past my mother’s surprised face at two men 
rushing towards our car.  They were coming straight at us. I shrieked and pointed at them. “Dacoits! Dacoits!” My 
mother turned around to stare at them. They were shouting, “Advia!” My mother shrieked too. “Papa, dacoits! 
They’re coming straight at us. Come back. We have to leave. Start the car, Papa. Hurry! Please!”  My brother said. 
Sudhir banged the door and shouted at us, “Shut the doors. Wind up the window glass, fast.” 
4. The taller of the two had already reached the bonnet. His left hand slid over the metal and touched my mother’s 
window. He shouted something. “Lock the door, Ma. You must lock the door. Bring your window up, Puja. Do you 
hear?” my brother shouted. I wanted to move, wind up the window, but I couldn’t. By that time, I had realized my 
mistake and started raising the window glass. The hands were caught by the upward moving glass. He grabbed it, 
and clung to it, trying to push it down with great force. 
5. The glass inched up slowly, painfully. The man yelled and withdrew his hands. He shouted at my mother. His words 
sounded like’ Advia’. Then from behind him, the other one emerged. Then grabbing my arm, he pushed himself 
forward and he roared, “Advia, Advia, Advia!” As the car gathered speed he fell into a run beside it, still holding onto 
the window frame with his left hand. And then his hands were gone, his hands were gone, his hands, his face and his 
voice. I did not turn to look back. But Sudhir did. He cried excitedly, “We licked them. I was on the verge of crying as 
I fought the voice still running through my head, “Advia, Advia.” “Pa,” I said finally, “I would like to look up the word 
‘Advia’. I wonder what it means.” My father returned from the bedroom with a thick dictionary. It did not take him 
long to find the word, but it took him almost a minute to read it. His face was pale and his eyes looked troubled as 
he said in a flat voice “Advia means ‘medicine’.” 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
Q1. Puja was very scared and feeling uncomfortable. Give two instances from the passage. (2) 
Q2. ‘Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits’. Why was it the perfect hiding place for dacoits? (1) 
Q3. Why did the father slow down the car? (1) 
Q4. ‘What I saw made me drop the cup’. Who is ‘I’ and what made him/her drop the cup? (1.5) 
Q5. Quote a line from the passage which shows that Sudhir was terrified. (1) 
Q6. ‘He grabbed it, and clung to it’. What is ‘it’ and why did he grab it? (1.5) 
Q7. Why did Puja’s father take a whole minute to read the meaning of ‘Advia’? (1) 
Q8. Give a suitable title to this passage. (1) 
Q9. Find out words from the passage that mean the same as the following: (2) 
1. Welcoming and friendly (para 2) 
2. To stop (para 2)                                                                                                                                                                                             
3. Look carefully (para 3) 
4. To scream (para 3) 
  
II. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                           (10 marks)  
 
 
1. ‘Go and speak to your aunts and uncles, my dears,’ said Mrs. Tulliver, looking anxious. She wanted to whisper to 
Maggie to go and have her hair brushed. ‘How do you do? I hope you are good children, are you?’ said Aunt Glegg, 
in a loud forceful way, as she took their hands, hurting them with her large rings, and kissing their cheeks much 
against their desire. ‘Well, my dears,’ said Aunt Pullet, ‘your hair grow wonderfully fast. I doubt they’ll outgrow their 
strength’, she added, looking over their heads with a sad expression at their mother. ‘I think the girl has too much 
hair. I’d have it thinned and cut shorter, sister, if I was you; it isn’t good for her health. It’s that as makes her skin so 
brown, I shouldn’t wonder.’  ‘No, no,’ said Mr. Tulliver, ‘the child’s healthy enough- there’s nothing wrong with her’. 
2. A dreadful feeling was gathering in Maggie’s heart. 
‘Maggie,’ said Mrs. Tulliver calling Maggie to her and whispering in her ear,’ go and get your hair brushed. I told you 
not to come in without going to Martha first, you know I did.’ 
‘Tom, come out with me,’ whispered Maggie, pulling his sleeve as she passed him, and Tom followed willingly 
enough. 
3. Tom followed Maggie upstairs into her mother’s room, and saw her go at once to a drawer from which she took out 
a large pair of scissors. 
‘What are they for, Maggie?’ said Tom,  
Maggie answered by seizing her front locks and cutting them straight across the middle of her forehead. 
 
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4. Snip! Went the great scissors while Tom was speaking, and he couldn’t help feeling it was rather good fun: Maggie 
would look so queer. ‘Here Tom, cut it behind for me,’ said Maggie, excited by her own daring and anxious to finish 
the deed.  And the locks fell heavily on the floor, and Maggie stood cropped in an uneven manner, but with a sense 
of clearness and freedom, as if she had emerged from a wood into the open plain. 
Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
 Q1. ‘I doubt they’ll outgrow their strength who is ‘I’ and ‘they in the above lines? What do you understand by ‘outgrow 
their strength’?  (2) 
Q2. Do you think the aunts were popular among the children? Quote two examples from the passage.    (2)                                                                                                                                                
Q3. How was Mr. Tulliver’s behaviour towards Maggie different from Mrs. Tulliver’s behaviour? Give examples from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 passage.                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
Q4. What did Tom feel when Maggie was cutting her hair?                                                                          (1)                                                                     
Q5. Why do you think Maggie cut her hair?                                                                                 (1) 
Q6. Give a suitable title to this passage?                                                                                                              (1) 
Q7. Find out the words from the passage which mean the same:                                                                  (1) 
  1. Nervous (para 1) 
  2. Strange (para 4) 
 
Section – B (Literature) 
PART –A  
 
1. How can we justify hunting by animals?                                                                                                                                          (1)                                  
2. Why did the dog refuse going to school?                                                                                                                                         (1) 
3. Why do people hunt? How can hunting be controlled?                                                                                                                (2) 
4. How can we say that Ravanna was a hypocrite? What plan did he make to teach Ram a lesson?                                        (2) 
5. Why did Mareecha stop Ravanna from going ahead with his plan? Did he succeed in this attempt? Why or why not?  (2) 
6. The dog spoke about values such as kindness to be taught as part of the school curriculum. How far do you agree with 
this?                                                                                                                                                                                                             (2) 
7. 'Mr. L seems to be confused throughout his conversation with the dog.' Justify this statement with two suitable examples. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
PART –B 
1. Why did Perseus sympathize with Medusa when he saw her sleeping? Did this feeling remain for long? Why or why not?                              
(1.5) 
2. Polydectes was both cunning and cruel. Do you agree? Give suitable reasons to support your answer.                        (2) 
3. Does 'sacrifice' play any role in 'Philip Alone'? How?                                                                                                              (1.5) 
4. 'Philip's blindness proved to be dangerous for him.' Give two instances from the story to prove this statement.      (2) 
5. What plan did Taro and Jiro make to trick the lord? Did they succeed in their plan?                                                        (2) 
 
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Section – A (Comprehension) 
 
I. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                            (12 marks)  
 
1. I hadn’t decided whether I liked Afghanistan or not. I knew my father did, though he had been here for only four 
months, working as an engineer at the Irrigation Project. My brother and I had stayed back in Delhi with my uncle 
and aunt. We had come to spend our holidays with my parents in the small town of Kunduz, not far from the Russian 
border. We had visited the historical place of Balk over the weekend, and were on our way back when everything 
began to oppress me: the stillness of the wild rocky mountainside, bare of any vegetation; the ghostly craters of 
rocks and stones; the dust and the heat. I felt uncomfortable. I looked at my brother, sitting next to me in the car. 
Suddenly he said, “Look at this side. Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits?” 
2. Without taking his eyes off the road before him, father said, “I haven’t been long enough in Afghanistan but I think 
that the people of Afghanistan are rather friendly and hospitable.” I met his eyes in the rear view mirror. He smiled 
at me and added “Oh, don’t look so frightened, Puja.” My father slowed down and brought the car to a halt on the 
right. “Nothing to worry about,” he assured us. “I’m checking the rear wheels.” He got out of the car. 
3. “Do you want some water, Puja?” asked Mother. I nodded and extended my hand, while my eyes travelled past her, 
up the road. What I saw made me drop the cup. I continued to stare past my mother’s surprised face at two men 
rushing towards our car.  They were coming straight at us. I shrieked and pointed at them. “Dacoits! Dacoits!” My 
mother turned around to stare at them. They were shouting, “Advia!” My mother shrieked too. “Papa, dacoits! 
They’re coming straight at us. Come back. We have to leave. Start the car, Papa. Hurry! Please!”  My brother said. 
Sudhir banged the door and shouted at us, “Shut the doors. Wind up the window glass, fast.” 
4. The taller of the two had already reached the bonnet. His left hand slid over the metal and touched my mother’s 
window. He shouted something. “Lock the door, Ma. You must lock the door. Bring your window up, Puja. Do you 
hear?” my brother shouted. I wanted to move, wind up the window, but I couldn’t. By that time, I had realized my 
mistake and started raising the window glass. The hands were caught by the upward moving glass. He grabbed it, 
and clung to it, trying to push it down with great force. 
5. The glass inched up slowly, painfully. The man yelled and withdrew his hands. He shouted at my mother. His words 
sounded like’ Advia’. Then from behind him, the other one emerged. Then grabbing my arm, he pushed himself 
forward and he roared, “Advia, Advia, Advia!” As the car gathered speed he fell into a run beside it, still holding onto 
the window frame with his left hand. And then his hands were gone, his hands were gone, his hands, his face and his 
voice. I did not turn to look back. But Sudhir did. He cried excitedly, “We licked them. I was on the verge of crying as 
I fought the voice still running through my head, “Advia, Advia.” “Pa,” I said finally, “I would like to look up the word 
‘Advia’. I wonder what it means.” My father returned from the bedroom with a thick dictionary. It did not take him 
long to find the word, but it took him almost a minute to read it. His face was pale and his eyes looked troubled as 
he said in a flat voice “Advia means ‘medicine’.” 
 
 
 
2 
 
 
 
 
Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
Q1. Puja was very scared and feeling uncomfortable. Give two instances from the passage. (2) 
Q2. ‘Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits’. Why was it the perfect hiding place for dacoits? (1) 
Q3. Why did the father slow down the car? (1) 
Q4. ‘What I saw made me drop the cup’. Who is ‘I’ and what made him/her drop the cup? (1.5) 
Q5. Quote a line from the passage which shows that Sudhir was terrified. (1) 
Q6. ‘He grabbed it, and clung to it’. What is ‘it’ and why did he grab it? (1.5) 
Q7. Why did Puja’s father take a whole minute to read the meaning of ‘Advia’? (1) 
Q8. Give a suitable title to this passage. (1) 
Q9. Find out words from the passage that mean the same as the following: (2) 
1. Welcoming and friendly (para 2) 
2. To stop (para 2)                                                                                                                                                                                             
3. Look carefully (para 3) 
4. To scream (para 3) 
  
II. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                           (10 marks)  
 
 
1. ‘Go and speak to your aunts and uncles, my dears,’ said Mrs. Tulliver, looking anxious. She wanted to whisper to 
Maggie to go and have her hair brushed. ‘How do you do? I hope you are good children, are you?’ said Aunt Glegg, 
in a loud forceful way, as she took their hands, hurting them with her large rings, and kissing their cheeks much 
against their desire. ‘Well, my dears,’ said Aunt Pullet, ‘your hair grow wonderfully fast. I doubt they’ll outgrow their 
strength’, she added, looking over their heads with a sad expression at their mother. ‘I think the girl has too much 
hair. I’d have it thinned and cut shorter, sister, if I was you; it isn’t good for her health. It’s that as makes her skin so 
brown, I shouldn’t wonder.’  ‘No, no,’ said Mr. Tulliver, ‘the child’s healthy enough- there’s nothing wrong with her’. 
2. A dreadful feeling was gathering in Maggie’s heart. 
‘Maggie,’ said Mrs. Tulliver calling Maggie to her and whispering in her ear,’ go and get your hair brushed. I told you 
not to come in without going to Martha first, you know I did.’ 
‘Tom, come out with me,’ whispered Maggie, pulling his sleeve as she passed him, and Tom followed willingly 
enough. 
3. Tom followed Maggie upstairs into her mother’s room, and saw her go at once to a drawer from which she took out 
a large pair of scissors. 
‘What are they for, Maggie?’ said Tom,  
Maggie answered by seizing her front locks and cutting them straight across the middle of her forehead. 
 
3 
 
 
4. Snip! Went the great scissors while Tom was speaking, and he couldn’t help feeling it was rather good fun: Maggie 
would look so queer. ‘Here Tom, cut it behind for me,’ said Maggie, excited by her own daring and anxious to finish 
the deed.  And the locks fell heavily on the floor, and Maggie stood cropped in an uneven manner, but with a sense 
of clearness and freedom, as if she had emerged from a wood into the open plain. 
Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
 Q1. ‘I doubt they’ll outgrow their strength who is ‘I’ and ‘they in the above lines? What do you understand by ‘outgrow 
their strength’?  (2) 
Q2. Do you think the aunts were popular among the children? Quote two examples from the passage.    (2)                                                                                                                                                
Q3. How was Mr. Tulliver’s behaviour towards Maggie different from Mrs. Tulliver’s behaviour? Give examples from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 passage.                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
Q4. What did Tom feel when Maggie was cutting her hair?                                                                          (1)                                                                     
Q5. Why do you think Maggie cut her hair?                                                                                 (1) 
Q6. Give a suitable title to this passage?                                                                                                              (1) 
Q7. Find out the words from the passage which mean the same:                                                                  (1) 
  1. Nervous (para 1) 
  2. Strange (para 4) 
 
Section – B (Literature) 
PART –A  
 
1. How can we justify hunting by animals?                                                                                                                                          (1)                                  
2. Why did the dog refuse going to school?                                                                                                                                         (1) 
3. Why do people hunt? How can hunting be controlled?                                                                                                                (2) 
4. How can we say that Ravanna was a hypocrite? What plan did he make to teach Ram a lesson?                                        (2) 
5. Why did Mareecha stop Ravanna from going ahead with his plan? Did he succeed in this attempt? Why or why not?  (2) 
6. The dog spoke about values such as kindness to be taught as part of the school curriculum. How far do you agree with 
this?                                                                                                                                                                                                             (2) 
7. 'Mr. L seems to be confused throughout his conversation with the dog.' Justify this statement with two suitable examples. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
PART –B 
1. Why did Perseus sympathize with Medusa when he saw her sleeping? Did this feeling remain for long? Why or why not?                              
(1.5) 
2. Polydectes was both cunning and cruel. Do you agree? Give suitable reasons to support your answer.                        (2) 
3. Does 'sacrifice' play any role in 'Philip Alone'? How?                                                                                                              (1.5) 
4. 'Philip's blindness proved to be dangerous for him.' Give two instances from the story to prove this statement.      (2) 
5. What plan did Taro and Jiro make to trick the lord? Did they succeed in their plan?                                                        (2) 
 
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PART –C  
 
1. Did the lady succeed in bribing death in the poem 'Death and the Lady'? Explain.                                         (1) 
2. Do you think the soldier in the poem 'Soldier, Soldier' was dishonest? Why or why not?                            (1) 
3. Where did ‘the Owl and the Pussycat’ get the ring from? Why did they need the ring?                               (1) 
4. Which poem from 'C2- Folk Songs' did you like the most and why?                                                                  (1) 
 
Section – C (Grammar) 
 
I. Put the verbs given in the brackets in the appropriate tense.                                                           (16x0.5=8) 
 1. It _______________ (rain) all week. I hope it stops by Saturday because I ___________ (want) to go to the beach. 
Shhhhh! Be quiet! John ___________ (sleep). 
2. I'm sorry I can't hear what you _________________ (say) because everybody _______________ (talk) so loudly. 
3. When I ________________ (arrive) home last night, I discovered that Jane ______________ (prepare) a beautiful 
candlelight dinner. 
4. My English is really getting better. I _________________ (try) to learn the language since 1985. 
5. Since computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980's, technology ________________ (change) a great 
deal. The first computers ______________(be)  simple machines designed for basic tasks. 
6. After I graduate, I __________________ (attend) medical school and become a doctor. I have wanted to be a doctor all 
my life. 
7. Margie just called and said she would be here at 8 o'clock. By the time she gets here, we _________________ (wait) for 
her for two hours. 
8. Since when you ________________________ (learn) to ski? __________ you ____________ (think) I can be as good as 
you at skiing? 
9. How much ___________________ he _____________________ (earn) last week? 
10. You look really great! ________________ you _________________(work)  out at the fitness center recently? 
 
II. Use Since/For to complete the following sentences:                                                                                   (0.5X8=4) 
1. I have been learning English _________ six months. 
2. I have lived in my house ____________ twenty years 
3. How long has it been _______________ you’ve been on holiday? 
4. How long did you go on holiday _______________? 
5. I worked there _____________ five years. 
6. He hasn't spoken even a word to me ______________ the last meeting. 
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Section – A (Comprehension) 
 
I. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                            (12 marks)  
 
1. I hadn’t decided whether I liked Afghanistan or not. I knew my father did, though he had been here for only four 
months, working as an engineer at the Irrigation Project. My brother and I had stayed back in Delhi with my uncle 
and aunt. We had come to spend our holidays with my parents in the small town of Kunduz, not far from the Russian 
border. We had visited the historical place of Balk over the weekend, and were on our way back when everything 
began to oppress me: the stillness of the wild rocky mountainside, bare of any vegetation; the ghostly craters of 
rocks and stones; the dust and the heat. I felt uncomfortable. I looked at my brother, sitting next to me in the car. 
Suddenly he said, “Look at this side. Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits?” 
2. Without taking his eyes off the road before him, father said, “I haven’t been long enough in Afghanistan but I think 
that the people of Afghanistan are rather friendly and hospitable.” I met his eyes in the rear view mirror. He smiled 
at me and added “Oh, don’t look so frightened, Puja.” My father slowed down and brought the car to a halt on the 
right. “Nothing to worry about,” he assured us. “I’m checking the rear wheels.” He got out of the car. 
3. “Do you want some water, Puja?” asked Mother. I nodded and extended my hand, while my eyes travelled past her, 
up the road. What I saw made me drop the cup. I continued to stare past my mother’s surprised face at two men 
rushing towards our car.  They were coming straight at us. I shrieked and pointed at them. “Dacoits! Dacoits!” My 
mother turned around to stare at them. They were shouting, “Advia!” My mother shrieked too. “Papa, dacoits! 
They’re coming straight at us. Come back. We have to leave. Start the car, Papa. Hurry! Please!”  My brother said. 
Sudhir banged the door and shouted at us, “Shut the doors. Wind up the window glass, fast.” 
4. The taller of the two had already reached the bonnet. His left hand slid over the metal and touched my mother’s 
window. He shouted something. “Lock the door, Ma. You must lock the door. Bring your window up, Puja. Do you 
hear?” my brother shouted. I wanted to move, wind up the window, but I couldn’t. By that time, I had realized my 
mistake and started raising the window glass. The hands were caught by the upward moving glass. He grabbed it, 
and clung to it, trying to push it down with great force. 
5. The glass inched up slowly, painfully. The man yelled and withdrew his hands. He shouted at my mother. His words 
sounded like’ Advia’. Then from behind him, the other one emerged. Then grabbing my arm, he pushed himself 
forward and he roared, “Advia, Advia, Advia!” As the car gathered speed he fell into a run beside it, still holding onto 
the window frame with his left hand. And then his hands were gone, his hands were gone, his hands, his face and his 
voice. I did not turn to look back. But Sudhir did. He cried excitedly, “We licked them. I was on the verge of crying as 
I fought the voice still running through my head, “Advia, Advia.” “Pa,” I said finally, “I would like to look up the word 
‘Advia’. I wonder what it means.” My father returned from the bedroom with a thick dictionary. It did not take him 
long to find the word, but it took him almost a minute to read it. His face was pale and his eyes looked troubled as 
he said in a flat voice “Advia means ‘medicine’.” 
 
 
 
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Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
Q1. Puja was very scared and feeling uncomfortable. Give two instances from the passage. (2) 
Q2. ‘Isn’t it a perfect hiding place for dacoits’. Why was it the perfect hiding place for dacoits? (1) 
Q3. Why did the father slow down the car? (1) 
Q4. ‘What I saw made me drop the cup’. Who is ‘I’ and what made him/her drop the cup? (1.5) 
Q5. Quote a line from the passage which shows that Sudhir was terrified. (1) 
Q6. ‘He grabbed it, and clung to it’. What is ‘it’ and why did he grab it? (1.5) 
Q7. Why did Puja’s father take a whole minute to read the meaning of ‘Advia’? (1) 
Q8. Give a suitable title to this passage. (1) 
Q9. Find out words from the passage that mean the same as the following: (2) 
1. Welcoming and friendly (para 2) 
2. To stop (para 2)                                                                                                                                                                                             
3. Look carefully (para 3) 
4. To scream (para 3) 
  
II. Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow:                                           (10 marks)  
 
 
1. ‘Go and speak to your aunts and uncles, my dears,’ said Mrs. Tulliver, looking anxious. She wanted to whisper to 
Maggie to go and have her hair brushed. ‘How do you do? I hope you are good children, are you?’ said Aunt Glegg, 
in a loud forceful way, as she took their hands, hurting them with her large rings, and kissing their cheeks much 
against their desire. ‘Well, my dears,’ said Aunt Pullet, ‘your hair grow wonderfully fast. I doubt they’ll outgrow their 
strength’, she added, looking over their heads with a sad expression at their mother. ‘I think the girl has too much 
hair. I’d have it thinned and cut shorter, sister, if I was you; it isn’t good for her health. It’s that as makes her skin so 
brown, I shouldn’t wonder.’  ‘No, no,’ said Mr. Tulliver, ‘the child’s healthy enough- there’s nothing wrong with her’. 
2. A dreadful feeling was gathering in Maggie’s heart. 
‘Maggie,’ said Mrs. Tulliver calling Maggie to her and whispering in her ear,’ go and get your hair brushed. I told you 
not to come in without going to Martha first, you know I did.’ 
‘Tom, come out with me,’ whispered Maggie, pulling his sleeve as she passed him, and Tom followed willingly 
enough. 
3. Tom followed Maggie upstairs into her mother’s room, and saw her go at once to a drawer from which she took out 
a large pair of scissors. 
‘What are they for, Maggie?’ said Tom,  
Maggie answered by seizing her front locks and cutting them straight across the middle of her forehead. 
 
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4. Snip! Went the great scissors while Tom was speaking, and he couldn’t help feeling it was rather good fun: Maggie 
would look so queer. ‘Here Tom, cut it behind for me,’ said Maggie, excited by her own daring and anxious to finish 
the deed.  And the locks fell heavily on the floor, and Maggie stood cropped in an uneven manner, but with a sense 
of clearness and freedom, as if she had emerged from a wood into the open plain. 
Write the answers in your own words unless the question specifically asks you to quote from the 
passage. 
 
 Q1. ‘I doubt they’ll outgrow their strength who is ‘I’ and ‘they in the above lines? What do you understand by ‘outgrow 
their strength’?  (2) 
Q2. Do you think the aunts were popular among the children? Quote two examples from the passage.    (2)                                                                                                                                                
Q3. How was Mr. Tulliver’s behaviour towards Maggie different from Mrs. Tulliver’s behaviour? Give examples from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 passage.                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
Q4. What did Tom feel when Maggie was cutting her hair?                                                                          (1)                                                                     
Q5. Why do you think Maggie cut her hair?                                                                                 (1) 
Q6. Give a suitable title to this passage?                                                                                                              (1) 
Q7. Find out the words from the passage which mean the same:                                                                  (1) 
  1. Nervous (para 1) 
  2. Strange (para 4) 
 
Section – B (Literature) 
PART –A  
 
1. How can we justify hunting by animals?                                                                                                                                          (1)                                  
2. Why did the dog refuse going to school?                                                                                                                                         (1) 
3. Why do people hunt? How can hunting be controlled?                                                                                                                (2) 
4. How can we say that Ravanna was a hypocrite? What plan did he make to teach Ram a lesson?                                        (2) 
5. Why did Mareecha stop Ravanna from going ahead with his plan? Did he succeed in this attempt? Why or why not?  (2) 
6. The dog spoke about values such as kindness to be taught as part of the school curriculum. How far do you agree with 
this?                                                                                                                                                                                                             (2) 
7. 'Mr. L seems to be confused throughout his conversation with the dog.' Justify this statement with two suitable examples. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (2) 
PART –B 
1. Why did Perseus sympathize with Medusa when he saw her sleeping? Did this feeling remain for long? Why or why not?                              
(1.5) 
2. Polydectes was both cunning and cruel. Do you agree? Give suitable reasons to support your answer.                        (2) 
3. Does 'sacrifice' play any role in 'Philip Alone'? How?                                                                                                              (1.5) 
4. 'Philip's blindness proved to be dangerous for him.' Give two instances from the story to prove this statement.      (2) 
5. What plan did Taro and Jiro make to trick the lord? Did they succeed in their plan?                                                        (2) 
 
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PART –C  
 
1. Did the lady succeed in bribing death in the poem 'Death and the Lady'? Explain.                                         (1) 
2. Do you think the soldier in the poem 'Soldier, Soldier' was dishonest? Why or why not?                            (1) 
3. Where did ‘the Owl and the Pussycat’ get the ring from? Why did they need the ring?                               (1) 
4. Which poem from 'C2- Folk Songs' did you like the most and why?                                                                  (1) 
 
Section – C (Grammar) 
 
I. Put the verbs given in the brackets in the appropriate tense.                                                           (16x0.5=8) 
 1. It _______________ (rain) all week. I hope it stops by Saturday because I ___________ (want) to go to the beach. 
Shhhhh! Be quiet! John ___________ (sleep). 
2. I'm sorry I can't hear what you _________________ (say) because everybody _______________ (talk) so loudly. 
3. When I ________________ (arrive) home last night, I discovered that Jane ______________ (prepare) a beautiful 
candlelight dinner. 
4. My English is really getting better. I _________________ (try) to learn the language since 1985. 
5. Since computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980's, technology ________________ (change) a great 
deal. The first computers ______________(be)  simple machines designed for basic tasks. 
6. After I graduate, I __________________ (attend) medical school and become a doctor. I have wanted to be a doctor all 
my life. 
7. Margie just called and said she would be here at 8 o'clock. By the time she gets here, we _________________ (wait) for 
her for two hours. 
8. Since when you ________________________ (learn) to ski? __________ you ____________ (think) I can be as good as 
you at skiing? 
9. How much ___________________ he _____________________ (earn) last week? 
10. You look really great! ________________ you _________________(work)  out at the fitness center recently? 
 
II. Use Since/For to complete the following sentences:                                                                                   (0.5X8=4) 
1. I have been learning English _________ six months. 
2. I have lived in my house ____________ twenty years 
3. How long has it been _______________ you’ve been on holiday? 
4. How long did you go on holiday _______________? 
5. I worked there _____________ five years. 
6. He hasn't spoken even a word to me ______________ the last meeting. 
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7. She’s been waiting ___________ 12.30 for you! 
8. They’ve wanted to see the movie ___________ a long time. 
 
III. Complete the following Conditional sentences:                                                                                         (7x1=7) 
(a) The pizza will be tasty if _______________________________________. 
(b) You will lose this book if _______________________________________. 
(c) If it doesn’t snow, _______________________________________. 
(d) Get ready quickly if _______________________________________. 
(e) If she wants to reach on time, _______________________________________. 
(f) We shall be very happy if _______________________________________. 
(g) I will be very pleased if _______________________________________. 
 
IV. There is one error in each line of the paragraph given below. Identify the errors and correct them.                                                                    
(8x0.5=4) 
 Incorrect Word Correct Word 
 
If she came to me for help, I will certainly a)        _________ ___________ 
 
do whatever I can to help him. b) _________ ___________ 
 
She has always helps me in my c) _________ ___________ 
 
time of need. I hopes that she  d) _________ ___________ 
 
don’t have to face any problem. I think e) _________ ___________ 
 
An true friend always takes care f) _________ ___________ 
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