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(1)
(10)
General Instructions :
1. This paper consists of four sections : A, B, C & D.
2. Attempt all the questions.
3. Don't write anything on the question-paper.
4. Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
5. All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answersheet
provided to you.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question-paper. Marks will be
deducted for exceeding the word limit.
7. Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
SECTION-A (READING)     (20 MARKS)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
STRESS BUSTERS
(1) "The most obvious way to avoid examination stress is to be fully
prepared" is an oft-repeated advice from the experienced elders. They
ignore two facts : first, the most stressed students are the highest
achievers who set unrealistic goals for themselves; second, asking
students to relax is easier said than done.
(2) "Is there no way to calm the tired nerves that seem to accompany
examinations and the resultant exam blues?" ask the anxious
students. Well, there are no pills, quick-fix methods or sure-shot ways
to combat stress. However, certain steps, if followed properly, can
yield the desired results.
(3) You must discuss your anxiety with family or friends. When you
express a feeling or emotion, its intensity automatically goes down,
making it easier for you to cope.
CLASS : VIII
ENGLISH 
Time : 3.00 hrs.
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(1)
(10)
General Instructions :
1. This paper consists of four sections : A, B, C & D.
2. Attempt all the questions.
3. Don't write anything on the question-paper.
4. Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
5. All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answersheet
provided to you.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question-paper. Marks will be
deducted for exceeding the word limit.
7. Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
SECTION-A (READING)     (20 MARKS)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
STRESS BUSTERS
(1) "The most obvious way to avoid examination stress is to be fully
prepared" is an oft-repeated advice from the experienced elders. They
ignore two facts : first, the most stressed students are the highest
achievers who set unrealistic goals for themselves; second, asking
students to relax is easier said than done.
(2) "Is there no way to calm the tired nerves that seem to accompany
examinations and the resultant exam blues?" ask the anxious
students. Well, there are no pills, quick-fix methods or sure-shot ways
to combat stress. However, certain steps, if followed properly, can
yield the desired results.
(3) You must discuss your anxiety with family or friends. When you
express a feeling or emotion, its intensity automatically goes down,
making it easier for you to cope.
CLASS : VIII
ENGLISH 
Time : 3.00 hrs.
(4) Usually, anxiety sets off a chain reaction where students imagine
what would happen if they don't get good marks, which adds to their
nervousness. Psychologists advise that you should distract yourself
by talking to a friend, going for a run, or watching television as soon
as these thoughts begin.
(5) Studying long hours at a stretch does not translate into being well
prepared for the exams. Non stop studying brings down the mind's
ability to remember and recall. So always take a short break before
hitting the books.
(6) Deep breathing with your eyes closed while focussing on your body
slows the physiological response to stress and brings down muscular
and mental tension. It stabilises the biochemical response of the body
by controlling hormonal secretions induced by anxiety. You can do
breathing exercises just before you begin a paper and start writing. It
will help focus your thoughts better and prevent panic attacks.
(7) You must have a high corbohydrate-low fat diet. Fats in the diet make
the body sluggish. So it's best to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
While limiting the tea and coffee intake to not more than three cups a
day.
(8) These tips should help you make it through the trauma of answering
papers.
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following
statements.
(a) In order to avoid exam stress, one _______________.
(b) The highest achievers are sometimes the most stressed ones
because _______________.
(c) It is easy to cope with anxiety by sharing it with family or friends
as by doing this, _______________.
(d) One can distract oneself by talking to a friend (i) _______________
or (ii) _______________
(e) One must avoid non stop studying because it brings
down _____________________________________.
8
1
1
1
1
1
Page 3


(1)
(10)
General Instructions :
1. This paper consists of four sections : A, B, C & D.
2. Attempt all the questions.
3. Don't write anything on the question-paper.
4. Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
5. All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answersheet
provided to you.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question-paper. Marks will be
deducted for exceeding the word limit.
7. Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
SECTION-A (READING)     (20 MARKS)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
STRESS BUSTERS
(1) "The most obvious way to avoid examination stress is to be fully
prepared" is an oft-repeated advice from the experienced elders. They
ignore two facts : first, the most stressed students are the highest
achievers who set unrealistic goals for themselves; second, asking
students to relax is easier said than done.
(2) "Is there no way to calm the tired nerves that seem to accompany
examinations and the resultant exam blues?" ask the anxious
students. Well, there are no pills, quick-fix methods or sure-shot ways
to combat stress. However, certain steps, if followed properly, can
yield the desired results.
(3) You must discuss your anxiety with family or friends. When you
express a feeling or emotion, its intensity automatically goes down,
making it easier for you to cope.
CLASS : VIII
ENGLISH 
Time : 3.00 hrs.
(4) Usually, anxiety sets off a chain reaction where students imagine
what would happen if they don't get good marks, which adds to their
nervousness. Psychologists advise that you should distract yourself
by talking to a friend, going for a run, or watching television as soon
as these thoughts begin.
(5) Studying long hours at a stretch does not translate into being well
prepared for the exams. Non stop studying brings down the mind's
ability to remember and recall. So always take a short break before
hitting the books.
(6) Deep breathing with your eyes closed while focussing on your body
slows the physiological response to stress and brings down muscular
and mental tension. It stabilises the biochemical response of the body
by controlling hormonal secretions induced by anxiety. You can do
breathing exercises just before you begin a paper and start writing. It
will help focus your thoughts better and prevent panic attacks.
(7) You must have a high corbohydrate-low fat diet. Fats in the diet make
the body sluggish. So it's best to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
While limiting the tea and coffee intake to not more than three cups a
day.
(8) These tips should help you make it through the trauma of answering
papers.
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following
statements.
(a) In order to avoid exam stress, one _______________.
(b) The highest achievers are sometimes the most stressed ones
because _______________.
(c) It is easy to cope with anxiety by sharing it with family or friends
as by doing this, _______________.
(d) One can distract oneself by talking to a friend (i) _______________
or (ii) _______________
(e) One must avoid non stop studying because it brings
down _____________________________________.
8
1
1
1
1
1
(f) Two benefits of deep breathing with one's eyes closed are _________
(i) it ______________________________ and
(ii) it ______________________________
(g) During exams, one must take ______________________________ diet.
1.2. Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following:
(a) clear / easily seen (para 1) _______________
(b) high strength (para 3) _______________
(c) to fight against / to oppose (para 2) _______________
(d) distressing/unpleasant experience (para 8) _______________
2. Read the following poem carefully.
My parents kept me from children who were rough
And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.
Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the streams.
I feared more than tigers their muscles likeiron
And their jerking hands and their knees right on my arms.
I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys
Who copied my lisp behind me on the road.
They were flexible they sprang out from behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud
And I looked another way, pretending to smile
I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled.
2.1. Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate
option from the ones given below :
(a) The poet's parents kept him away from the children who -
(i) were rough (ii) used harsh words
(iii) wore torn clothes (iv) all the above
(b) When the poet went to school, the street children used to -
(i) run in the streets (ii) climb steep hills
(iii) both (i) & (ii) (iv) dance in the rain
2
1
½×4=2
5
1×5=5
Page 4


(1)
(10)
General Instructions :
1. This paper consists of four sections : A, B, C & D.
2. Attempt all the questions.
3. Don't write anything on the question-paper.
4. Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
5. All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answersheet
provided to you.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question-paper. Marks will be
deducted for exceeding the word limit.
7. Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
SECTION-A (READING)     (20 MARKS)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
STRESS BUSTERS
(1) "The most obvious way to avoid examination stress is to be fully
prepared" is an oft-repeated advice from the experienced elders. They
ignore two facts : first, the most stressed students are the highest
achievers who set unrealistic goals for themselves; second, asking
students to relax is easier said than done.
(2) "Is there no way to calm the tired nerves that seem to accompany
examinations and the resultant exam blues?" ask the anxious
students. Well, there are no pills, quick-fix methods or sure-shot ways
to combat stress. However, certain steps, if followed properly, can
yield the desired results.
(3) You must discuss your anxiety with family or friends. When you
express a feeling or emotion, its intensity automatically goes down,
making it easier for you to cope.
CLASS : VIII
ENGLISH 
Time : 3.00 hrs.
(4) Usually, anxiety sets off a chain reaction where students imagine
what would happen if they don't get good marks, which adds to their
nervousness. Psychologists advise that you should distract yourself
by talking to a friend, going for a run, or watching television as soon
as these thoughts begin.
(5) Studying long hours at a stretch does not translate into being well
prepared for the exams. Non stop studying brings down the mind's
ability to remember and recall. So always take a short break before
hitting the books.
(6) Deep breathing with your eyes closed while focussing on your body
slows the physiological response to stress and brings down muscular
and mental tension. It stabilises the biochemical response of the body
by controlling hormonal secretions induced by anxiety. You can do
breathing exercises just before you begin a paper and start writing. It
will help focus your thoughts better and prevent panic attacks.
(7) You must have a high corbohydrate-low fat diet. Fats in the diet make
the body sluggish. So it's best to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
While limiting the tea and coffee intake to not more than three cups a
day.
(8) These tips should help you make it through the trauma of answering
papers.
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following
statements.
(a) In order to avoid exam stress, one _______________.
(b) The highest achievers are sometimes the most stressed ones
because _______________.
(c) It is easy to cope with anxiety by sharing it with family or friends
as by doing this, _______________.
(d) One can distract oneself by talking to a friend (i) _______________
or (ii) _______________
(e) One must avoid non stop studying because it brings
down _____________________________________.
8
1
1
1
1
1
(f) Two benefits of deep breathing with one's eyes closed are _________
(i) it ______________________________ and
(ii) it ______________________________
(g) During exams, one must take ______________________________ diet.
1.2. Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following:
(a) clear / easily seen (para 1) _______________
(b) high strength (para 3) _______________
(c) to fight against / to oppose (para 2) _______________
(d) distressing/unpleasant experience (para 8) _______________
2. Read the following poem carefully.
My parents kept me from children who were rough
And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.
Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the streams.
I feared more than tigers their muscles likeiron
And their jerking hands and their knees right on my arms.
I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys
Who copied my lisp behind me on the road.
They were flexible they sprang out from behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud
And I looked another way, pretending to smile
I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled.
2.1. Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate
option from the ones given below :
(a) The poet's parents kept him away from the children who -
(i) were rough (ii) used harsh words
(iii) wore torn clothes (iv) all the above
(b) When the poet went to school, the street children used to -
(i) run in the streets (ii) climb steep hills
(iii) both (i) & (ii) (iv) dance in the rain
2
1
½×4=2
5
1×5=5
(c) The street children were very strong. This is indicated by –
(i) their thighs showed through rags.
(ii) their muscles like iron
(iii) they were flexible
(iv) they threw words like stones
(d) The street children used to hide behind -
(i) hedges (ii) sheds
(iii) hills (iv) trees
(e) The poet's longing was to -
(i) attack the street children (ii) forgive them
(iii) throw mud at them (iv) make fun of them
3. Read the following passage carefully –
ANIMAL BUILDERS
Animals are great builders, using simple materials but employing sound
engineering principles. Man has long used suspension bridges made of
ropes of steel and concrete, which bear loads in tension. The webs of spiders
provide the most vivid examples of animal structures built entirely in tension.
Spider-web silk is so strong that many species of birds use it to build their
nests. It has a stiffness index which is 30 times less than that of steel, yet
has a stretching strength one and a half times as much as that of steel.
Unlike steel, silk stretches to more than twice its original length before
breaking.
Beavers are natural engineers. They use tree branches to construct dams,
the divided end being pressed into the walls. This apparently serves to
collect stress from a broad area and to focus it into a single trunk embedded
in the layers of earth at the bottom of the stream. The dams of the beavers
have an angle of 45
0
 on the downstream side. This enables the structure to
bear not only its own weight acting downward but also resist the lateral
pressure of water acting on the upstream side.
3.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following
5
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(1)
(10)
General Instructions :
1. This paper consists of four sections : A, B, C & D.
2. Attempt all the questions.
3. Don't write anything on the question-paper.
4. Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
5. All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answersheet
provided to you.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question-paper. Marks will be
deducted for exceeding the word limit.
7. Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.
SECTION-A (READING)     (20 MARKS)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
STRESS BUSTERS
(1) "The most obvious way to avoid examination stress is to be fully
prepared" is an oft-repeated advice from the experienced elders. They
ignore two facts : first, the most stressed students are the highest
achievers who set unrealistic goals for themselves; second, asking
students to relax is easier said than done.
(2) "Is there no way to calm the tired nerves that seem to accompany
examinations and the resultant exam blues?" ask the anxious
students. Well, there are no pills, quick-fix methods or sure-shot ways
to combat stress. However, certain steps, if followed properly, can
yield the desired results.
(3) You must discuss your anxiety with family or friends. When you
express a feeling or emotion, its intensity automatically goes down,
making it easier for you to cope.
CLASS : VIII
ENGLISH 
Time : 3.00 hrs.
(4) Usually, anxiety sets off a chain reaction where students imagine
what would happen if they don't get good marks, which adds to their
nervousness. Psychologists advise that you should distract yourself
by talking to a friend, going for a run, or watching television as soon
as these thoughts begin.
(5) Studying long hours at a stretch does not translate into being well
prepared for the exams. Non stop studying brings down the mind's
ability to remember and recall. So always take a short break before
hitting the books.
(6) Deep breathing with your eyes closed while focussing on your body
slows the physiological response to stress and brings down muscular
and mental tension. It stabilises the biochemical response of the body
by controlling hormonal secretions induced by anxiety. You can do
breathing exercises just before you begin a paper and start writing. It
will help focus your thoughts better and prevent panic attacks.
(7) You must have a high corbohydrate-low fat diet. Fats in the diet make
the body sluggish. So it's best to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
While limiting the tea and coffee intake to not more than three cups a
day.
(8) These tips should help you make it through the trauma of answering
papers.
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following
statements.
(a) In order to avoid exam stress, one _______________.
(b) The highest achievers are sometimes the most stressed ones
because _______________.
(c) It is easy to cope with anxiety by sharing it with family or friends
as by doing this, _______________.
(d) One can distract oneself by talking to a friend (i) _______________
or (ii) _______________
(e) One must avoid non stop studying because it brings
down _____________________________________.
8
1
1
1
1
1
(f) Two benefits of deep breathing with one's eyes closed are _________
(i) it ______________________________ and
(ii) it ______________________________
(g) During exams, one must take ______________________________ diet.
1.2. Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following:
(a) clear / easily seen (para 1) _______________
(b) high strength (para 3) _______________
(c) to fight against / to oppose (para 2) _______________
(d) distressing/unpleasant experience (para 8) _______________
2. Read the following poem carefully.
My parents kept me from children who were rough
And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.
Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the streams.
I feared more than tigers their muscles likeiron
And their jerking hands and their knees right on my arms.
I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys
Who copied my lisp behind me on the road.
They were flexible they sprang out from behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud
And I looked another way, pretending to smile
I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled.
2.1. Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate
option from the ones given below :
(a) The poet's parents kept him away from the children who -
(i) were rough (ii) used harsh words
(iii) wore torn clothes (iv) all the above
(b) When the poet went to school, the street children used to -
(i) run in the streets (ii) climb steep hills
(iii) both (i) & (ii) (iv) dance in the rain
2
1
½×4=2
5
1×5=5
(c) The street children were very strong. This is indicated by –
(i) their thighs showed through rags.
(ii) their muscles like iron
(iii) they were flexible
(iv) they threw words like stones
(d) The street children used to hide behind -
(i) hedges (ii) sheds
(iii) hills (iv) trees
(e) The poet's longing was to -
(i) attack the street children (ii) forgive them
(iii) throw mud at them (iv) make fun of them
3. Read the following passage carefully –
ANIMAL BUILDERS
Animals are great builders, using simple materials but employing sound
engineering principles. Man has long used suspension bridges made of
ropes of steel and concrete, which bear loads in tension. The webs of spiders
provide the most vivid examples of animal structures built entirely in tension.
Spider-web silk is so strong that many species of birds use it to build their
nests. It has a stiffness index which is 30 times less than that of steel, yet
has a stretching strength one and a half times as much as that of steel.
Unlike steel, silk stretches to more than twice its original length before
breaking.
Beavers are natural engineers. They use tree branches to construct dams,
the divided end being pressed into the walls. This apparently serves to
collect stress from a broad area and to focus it into a single trunk embedded
in the layers of earth at the bottom of the stream. The dams of the beavers
have an angle of 45
0
 on the downstream side. This enables the structure to
bear not only its own weight acting downward but also resist the lateral
pressure of water acting on the upstream side.
3.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following
5
questions by choosing the most appropriate option from the ones
given below.
(a) Animal can be called 'engineers' in real sense because they :
(i) build their nests by engineering methods
(ii) employ engineering techniques/principles
(iii) have engineering minds
(iv) all the above
(b) The best examples of structures built in tension are -
(i) spider-webs (ii) spider-web silk
(iii) dams of beavers (iv) steel dams
(c) Silk is very elastic as it -
(i) enlarges itself (ii) is stretchable
(iii) doubles up on pulling (iv) breaks while pulling
(d) The dams of the beavers have an angle of 45
0
 on the –
(i) upstream side (ii) downstream side
(iii) straight stream side (iv) low stream side
(e) Beaver's structures have the capacity to -
(i) bear their own weight
(ii) resist the lateral pressure of water
(iii) withstand all pressuress
(iv) both (i) & (ii)
SECTION -B (WRITING)     (25 MARKS)
4. (a) Read the following telephonic conversation between Vineet and Bimal.
Bimal has to go out for some official work. So he leaves a message for
his boss, Mr. Gupta. As Bimal, write the message in not more than 50
words and put it in a box.
Vineet : Is it Gupta Electronics?
Bimal : Yes, what can I do for you?
Vineet : I want to talk to Mr. Gupta.
1×5=5
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