CBSE Guess paper class X English 2008 3

Roll.No. Code.No. 101/2

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Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100

General Instructions :

(i) This paper consists of four sections

Section A Reading 20 marks

Section B Writing 30 marks

Section C Grammar 20 marks

Section D Literature 30 marks

(ii) Attempt all questions.

(iii) Do not write anything in the question paper.

(iv) All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you.

(v) Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section.

(vi) Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.

(vii) Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.

SECTION A – (Reading)

1 Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow

Crocodiles will never openly attack, and they will not even defend their own eggs; directly you attempt to land into the water they go. It is unwise, however, to stand too close to the riverbank, especially at dusk. The crocodile does not lunge out at you with its jaws; instead, having observed you carefully from midstream, he will swim submerged into the shallow, and with scythe like movement of his tail he sweeps into the water. One of the African boys in the park had been taken like this a few days before we arrived, and it was no rare thing, we were told, for the baby elephants to meet their end in just this way when they come down the river to drink. Then the mother elephant goes raging along the bank quite powerless to retaliate.

The crocodile itself has mortal enemies, and not many of the sixty or seventy eggs, which the female lays like a turtle, in the hole in the sand banks are destined to survive. Having laid her eggs the mother covers up the hole and then sometimes departs. This is the moment for the monitor lizard to creep out of the undergrowth, to scrape the sand away and then to gorge on these eggs. Even if the nest remains undiscovered the young crocodiles which hatch out of these eggs need a good deal of luck to survive. They come struggling to the surface of the sand, little ten inch long rubbery things and make directly

for the water hissing and snapping as they run.

1.1 Complete the given summary of the passage using one word only. (4)

It is not (i)___________ to stand too close to the riverbank. There may be a crocodile (ii) _________ you. Crocodiles (iii) ___________ their victims (iv)­_____________. They lie (v) _____________________ in the shallow and (vi)_____________________ with a (vii)__________ movement of the tail (viii) _______________their prey into the water.

1.2 Complete the following sentences as briefly as possible

a) The phrase “mortal enemy” means_________________________. (1)

b) A female crocodile lays its ______________________ eggs. (1)

c) The young crocodiles are __________________________ in size. (1)

d) A monitor lizard feeds on _______________________ (1)

2. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

1 A forgotten hilly district in northern Orissa, known more for its rough roads and grinding poverty, has produced at least 22 world-class hockey players for India and dozens who play at the national level. On the Athens Olympic team were three men from Sundergarh — Captain Dilip Tirkey, fellow defender William Xalco and midfielder Ignace Tirkey. Ignace’s younger brother plays in the national junior team.

2 The hockey hour is upon the villagers and a local tournament is about to begin. The prize is a fattened goat — or khasi — after which the tournament is named and it is through hundreds of events like this that Sundergarh’s most unusual heritage stays alive. An hour before the match, the field is overrun by dozens of little boys — all wannabe Dilips between five and eight years, their faces shining and their sweaty little bodies a blur as they run barefoot on the rocky ground. Some have barely entered the village school but they know their hockey. In this tribal belt a child’s first toy is a hockey stick. Not just the number of bullocks he owns judges an eligible groom, but also by the goals he scores. Weddings are solemnized with an over field face-off between families.

3 In 2003, the 1500 tribal villages of Sundergarh hosted over 200 hockey tournaments. “We play hockey at the drop of a hat,” laughs former Olympian, Michael Kindo. “And sometimes, even when the hat doesn’t drop.” Nobody can pinpoint exactly when and how hockey came to Sundergarh. But scholars believe that it was the Christian missionaries who introduced it as they swarmed into the tribal region in the 1860s. Whenever schools were set up, they included hockey as an extra-curricular activity. This sport was introduced, as everything required for the sport was available in the forests. Even today, youngsters in the interiors of the district make their own hockey sticks by bending a bamboo shoot, binding one end to create a curve and slow heating it over fire. Youngsters in Lulkidihi village, which has produced the largest number of stars, make a ball by wrapping cloth around a wood apple.

4 Kindo believes there is a very good reason Sundergarh has taken to the sport — because members of the 36 tribes that make up the district have the build, temperament and even, he says, the DNA. These descendants of ancient hunter-gatherers are said to have immense stamina, keen eyesight and patience. “We tribals are short, but we have strong legs and can stay bent over a stick for hours,” says Kindo. In a sport that focuses on a small, fast-moving ball, the sharper the eyesight the better.

5 However, only about 5 percent of the state’s budget is set apart for sports. Facilities at the government run Panposh Academy are dismal. Kindo hopes to have more stadia, local and civic tournaments. Hockey is to Sundergarh what cricket is to rest of India — a passion, an aspirational sport that helps the tribals get jobs and earn a living.

2.1 Fill in the summary using a word for each blank: (½×6=3)

Hockey (a) _____ in the hearts of the people of the village so much so that a game of hockey is played at the drop of a hat. A hockey stick very often (b) _______ a child’s first toy. It is also (c) ______ to note that hockey plays an important role even in (d) _______ an eligible groom. The tribals who constitute Sundergarh owe it to the missionaries who (e) ________ the game there. (f) _______ there are a number of international and national players, very little money is being set apart for hockey in the sports budget.

2.2 Complete the following sentences: (1×2=2)

(a) Hockey caught on more than other sports as ___________

(b) Sundergarh is known more for its ____________ than hockey.

2.3 Answer the following questions : (2×2=4)

(a) How do the youngsters make hockey sticks and balls?

(b) What are the qualities that the tribals have that contribute to being good at hockey?

2.4 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following: (1×3=3)

(a) came in large numbers (para 3)

(b) a person’s nature and character (para 4)

(c) sad/depressing (para 5)

SECTION B – (Writing)

3. You are Kartik Basu, head boy of your school. A group of your school students are involved in a literacy project. As your school is offering a scholarship for the economically deprived children, you are required to put up a notice on the school notice board informing other students to bring their learners for a basic qualifying test to be held on 12 February. Write the notice in 50 words. 5

4. Ramganesh has invented a new software for learning languages. You can see his notes below.


Cirrus Electronic Systems – provide – multi-lingual software solution – launched – “India Speaks” – Helps to learn any Indian language from another language – learn 15 languages from 210 combinations – possess 4 parts – 150 terms – day to day needs – 400 sentences covered – helps get around everywhere

He writes a postcard to his friend Ravi about it. Use the information to write the postcard. Do not exceed 50 words. Copy the format of postcard given below in your answer sheet 5

5. You are the youth secretary of your school. You have to mobilize some students for a social service campaign against illiteracy in a colony your school has adopted. Write a speech to be given in the assembly, mentioning the facts pertaining to illiteracy in India and also extolling virtues of literacy. Your aim is to invite the students to join in large numbers for this campaign. 10

Text Box: Average no. of hours spent6. Given below is a graph. Prepare an article for the school magazine interpreting the data and giving your reactions for the benefit of the students. Emphasize the need to promote reading, suggesting suitable measures. 10 10

SECTION C (Grammar)

7. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blank number 5

Natural asphalt lakes are found in many part eg. part – parts

of the world, one of a largest sites (a) _____________

is on the island of Trinidad which more (b) _____________

than 100 million tons have been mining (c) _____________

Asphalt starts out deepest in the ground (d) _____________

by crude oil. Heat, pressure and oxygen (e) _____________

drives by the volatile constituents of the (f) _____________

oil and transform it into asphalt. Then if (g) _____________

fissures existed in overlying rock, the asphalt (h) _____________

escapes to the surface. Because the tropical sun (i) _____________

the asphalt forms a hard crust, who is (j) _____________

cut into blocks and exported.

8. In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and that which comes after it in your answer sheet: 3

A man / to school eg: man went to

to his son admitted there. (a) _____________

The Principal asked the boy he had (b) _____________

learned something already. Before boy (c) _____________

could answer, father quickly (d) _____________

replied that his son learnt (e) _____________

how walk and talk. (f) _____________

9. Look at the newspaper items below. Then use the information in the headlines to complete the paragraphs. 4


London: Britain temporarily _______________________ in Tehran on Wednesday after shots were fired at it from the street.


Kathmandu: A Nepalese, class 12 student, Ayusha Shresta 17, _______________ 2002 pageant held in Seol, South Korea


Baghdad: A car bomb exploded today at a police station in Baghdad’s main police compound in Rasafa district _______________, a US Military spokesman said.


Ace striker of the world cup winning Indian Junior Hockey team, Deepak Thakur _________________________ by his home state, Himachal Pradesh

10. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one is done for you as an example. 4

Eg: a long/ India has/ conservation of / history of / forests

India has a long history of conservation of forests.

(i) closed seasons/ many communities/ follow traditional practices / of forest dwellers / of maintaining / and fisherpeople

(ii) as no hunting/ the wildlife population / its numbers/ or fishing/ during this time/ can recoup/ is allowed

(iii) have been / and social customs / because of / many species/ centuries/ conserved / such religious / through the

(iv) of living beings / conservation of/ large mammals/ to maintain/ will help / the entire web

11. Read the following advertisement and use the information to complete the paragraph by writing suitable words / phrases in each blank. Do not add any new information. 4

There are crash courses for (a) __________________ at Excellent Education. On joining this course you can hope to (b) ____________________. Classes (c) ______________.

There are (d) _______________________________ South Mumbai Centre. Separate (e) _________________ are also available.

SECTION D (Literature)

12. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:

“The technique was fine, of course

But it lacked a certain force”

“Oh!” the nightingale confessed

Greatly flattered and impressed

(i) Who speaks the first two lines? 1

(ii) Which ‘technique’ is referred to here? 1

(iii) How did the listener react to these words? 2

13. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:

Angels of rain and lightning; they are spread

On the blue surface of thine airy surge

Like the bright hair uplifted from the head

Of some fierce Maenad, even from the dim verge

(i) What are described as ‘angels of rain and lightning’? 1

(ii) Explain the poetic device used in the above lines. 2

(iii) In what way does the West Wind act in this closing night? 1

14. How did the frog train the nightingale? What happened to her in the end? Your answer should not exceed 75 words. 4

15. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

SCROOGE: From now one I’m going to be one of your most persistent

guests. I’ve changed my boy, you’ll see.

(i) Who is Scrooge speaking to? 1

(ii) Why is Scrooge going to be his persistent guest? 1

(iii) What else does Scrooge do to show change in his attitude? 1

(iv) What was Scrooge’s attitude in his previous meeting with the addressee? 2

16. Babuli says that there was an “abominable lull around” when he reached his village. What was it like usually on Babuli’s homecoming? What had brought about the changed situation? 5

17. You are a scientist and were a member of the team which captured Cutie Pie. Write a letter to your friend on how excited you were on capturing him and how it upset you when he became sick and was forgotten. 8

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