CBSE Sample paper class X English 2008 1


Class - X


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.


Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow (12 marks)


1) Ask people whether credit cards are a necessity or a luxury and most would probably turn them a necessity these days. Credit cards are considered a boon for the ready convenience they confer on the user-you don’t have to worry about carrying enough cash when you go shopping or to a restaurant. Just flash your card, sign and walk out.

2) But there are many who criticize credit cards for the ‘easy money’ syndrome they generate. It is true that many people fall into a debt trap-thanks to the extensive use of their credit cards. But if you are careful with your expenses, they can be a handy thing to have around. Hence, you need to consider the term ‘responsible usage’ and understand the actual significance of living on credit.

3) Remember that using a credit card does not mean ‘free’ credit. In effect, what you are doing is merely postponing the payment. While it looks real good to have to pay only one or two thousand a month on your card, remember that you’re paying interest on the amount that you ‘revolve’ from one billing cycle to the next.

4) But there’s one precaution we should add. Always settle a credit card bill in full for two good reasons. First and foremost, if you’re not able to pay up now, you should not have spent it in the first place. Second, the credit charges tends to be extremely high, ranging from two percent to three percent per month.

5) There is no shortage of cards on offer. Almost every bank has launched a card; so the biggest hurdle you face is in trying to choose from amongst them.

6) So, how does one choose among the various cards on offer? “The factors for choosing a card revolve around certain differentiating features that one card may offer and the others don’t, like acceptability, eligibility, fees, other charges, credit period, cash advance, etc.”

7) The cards which carry the Master or Visa affiliation are more widely accepted across the country compared to Diners and American Express cards. Similarly global credit cards are valid even outside India. If you travel regularly within or outside India, these cards would probably suit you the best, due to their acceptability across various outlets.

8) If your credit card is more of a functional accessory while you shop or entertain in your home town, you will want a higher credit limit. Here, foreign and private banks will give you a higher limit. But if you are a value-for-money person who likes the convenience offered by a card, but will alternate between paying by cash and card you could consider credit cards offered by the public sector banks. Their entry fees are typically lower. Moreover, if you need them, you get longer credit periods and lower credit charges. But you may not get a very high credit limit.

9) Many offers now a days carry more than one card, and another circumstances, you could use them to segregate your expenses. For example, if your employer reimburses you for certain travel and entertainment expenses, it would be a good idea to charge all official expenses to one card and all personal expenses to the other card. This will help your card for your official expenses easily.

10) It’s all very well to be a member of the plastic age. Like all good things in life, a credit privilege has to be enjoyed.

A2.1 On the basis of the reading of the passage, complete the following summary by filling in the suitable words or phrases in the blanks. (4 marks)

To use a credit card all you need to do is, show it and (a) ………………. They can be used at a shop or a restaurant. People using credit cards often fall into debts because of (b)……………….. To use a credit card responsibly, it is important to understand the fact that a credit card only (c)……………….. It can be difficult to decide which credit card one wants because (d)………………..

A2.2 Taking information from the passage, write down one advantage and one disadvantage of credit cards. (2 marks)

A2.3 The table below summarizes the types of credit cards available and the types of people they suit best. Complete the table by choosing appropriate phrases from the passage. (2 marks)

Types of Credit Cards

Suit people who

Reason for choice

1. Global credit cards


Accepted across various outlets.

2. Credit cards offered by foreign and private banks.


Provide a higher credit limit.

3. Credit cards offered by public sector banks.



A2.4 Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following from the paragraphs indicated. (4 marks)

(a) attitudes / social problem (Para 2)

(b) problem or difficulty (Para 5)

(c) separate or set apart from the rest (Para 9)

(d) repay or refund (Para 9)

A2. Read the following poem carefully. (8 marks)


Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest, who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day.

Sound sleep by night; study and ease;
Together mixt ; sweet recreation:
And innocence, which most does please
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.

A2.1 Below is the summary of the poem. Complete it by writing the missing word I phrase against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. (½ x 10 = 5 marks)

The poet's (a) to live in his (b) ............... place cultivating his (c) .......and tending his (d) .... He hopes to spend his days (e) .....and quietly mixing (f) ......with relaxation. After death he doesn't want to be (g) ....He hopes to leave the (h) ...stealthily with not even a (i) ................. marking the place of his (j) ......

A2.2 The poet uses certain expressions in the poem to suggest something to the reader. There are some suggestions given below. Choose one suggestion that best fits each of the expressions in the table, and write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheet . (½ x 6= 3 marks)

Expressions form the poem

What they mean

1. Wish and care
2. Paternal acres
3. Slide soft away
4. Steal from the world
5. Not a stone
6. Unlamented

(a) ......
(b) .......
(c) ........
(d) .........
(e) ........
(f) .......

land inherited
pass by

without being mourned
steal from someone
carry a stone
not mourned over death


B.1. You are working for an advertising agency. Draft A NOTICE for the company, which is launching a new toothpaste to all its member giving their views how to launch this product in a sensational way (Word limit -50 words) 5

B2 Suppose you are Anurag Verma. You come across an advertisement about a guided/package tour to Uttaranchal. Write a postcard in not more than 50 words to Blue Hill Adventure Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd. to enquire about the package tour for your family of four.(5 marks)

B3. Read the following extract:-

New Delhi: Health Minister A. Ramadoss has said that all villages affected by chikungunya fever would get Rs.10,000 to prevent mosquito breeding and to spread awareness among people even as 17,000 suspected cases of the viral disease have been reported so far this year.

The heavy rains in the country have aggravated the spread of chikungunya fever. Write an article for the local newspaper, highlighting the importance of personal as well as community hygiene in order to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, in about 150 words. 10 marks

B4. As a citizen who is aware of happenings in your country, you are concerned about the increase in road accidents in the metropolitan cities of India. Interpret the data given below and using your own ideas, write a letter in about 150 words to the newspaper ‘The Chronicle’. You are Arun / Anita. (10 marks)


C1. 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 as given below against the correct blank number. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied (1/2 x 8 =4 marks)

After our stay in Russia , I return with e.g. return .. returned

e.g. return .. returned

my son to visit my family for India.


We flew by the magnificent expanse of


the Himalayas in New Delhi . The plane


arrives after dark and by the time


we reach my uncle's house it was


were very tiring to do much talking


or to pay much attend to our surroundings.


C2. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done as an example.
Write the correct sentences in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. (3 marks)
place to place / because I / I travel / move from / like to

I travel because I like to move from place to place.
(a) me / the sense / it gives / of freedom / enjoy / 1
(b) and / it pleases / of responsibilities / me / be / to / duties / rid /
(c) odd people / I / moment / who / amuse me / meet / for a /

C .3 Given below is a conversation.Complete the dialogue in any suitable way. (4 marks)

Teacher : Where (a)………………..the recess?

Yash : I was playing with my friends .

Teacher : (b)…… permission/ if you had ,I would have gladly given it to you

Yash: Do (c) ……….even during recess?

Teacher : yes you have to .see ,if you want to stay here you (d) ……………… rules of school. Do you understand ?

Yash : Yes sir I am sorry. It (e)………………future again.

C4. Look at the newspaper items below. Then use the information in the headlines to complete the paragraphs. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentence. (4 MARKS)


Continuous buying of gold by investers has____________________________ the precious metal to a record____________________________ at $495.90 an ounce.


Stressing the importance of education in bridging the rural-urban gap,the Prime Minister has called upon all state governments and parents____________________of children for progress of the country.


At the annual meeting of Uttar Pradesh Pensioners Association held in Lucknow yesterday the pensioners expressed__________at____________of their long outstanding demands by the government.


Five persons,including three employees of IOC_______________to death in a fire following a blast in the IOC refinery near Panipat late last night.

C.5.Look at the notes given below. Then use the information to complete the paragraph by writing suitable words or phrases in each blank. Do not add any new information. Write only the correct answers against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. (5 marks)

Solar family expands-Planetoid Sedna spotted-most distant object orbiting the sun-discovered by Spitzer's piercing infrared rays-till now shrouded in mystery. Pluto - not as big as Sedna.

New Member in the Solar Family

Our solar family (a)……. . Seventy-four years after Pluto was discovered, scientists b)……… a planetoid, , Sedna

which is the most distant object ever detected orbiting the sun.. Space telescope Spitzer's piercing infrared rays (c)….. possible. Otherwise, Sedna (d) …….. shrouded in the mysterious vastness of space. Moreover , Sedna (e)….. than Pluto


D.1. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheets in one or two sentences only. Remember to number the answers correctly. (4 marks)

For all aaverred, I averred, I had killed the bird

That made the breeze to blow.

a)Which bird is being referred to? How was it killed? (1 mark)

b)Why did the other people believe the bird made the breeze blow? (2 marks)

c)What does the bird symbolize? (1 mark)

D.2. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. (5 marks)

‘O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,

And I must pause till it come back to me.’

a)Who is the speaker? Who is he speaking to? (1 mark)

b)Explain ‘brutish beasts’. (2 marks)

c)What is the speaker trying to do? Is he successful in his attempt? (2 marks)

D3. Read the extract given below and answer the following questions. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to number the answers correctly. (4 marks)

"Without proper training such as I
- And few others - can supply,
You'll remain a mere beginner
But with me you'll be a winner."

(a) Who is the speaker? What trait of the speaker is brought about in these lines? (2)
(b) What was the reaction of the listener? How did it affect her fate? (2)

D4. Though Cutie-Pie escaped from prison, he was unable to go to his planet immediately. Why? Your answer should not exceed 75 words. (4 marks)

D.5. Give the central idea of the poem 'Ode to the West Wind'. (5 marks

D6. As he waits endlessly for news of his daughter and knows that he has committed a sin by abusing Ali, Postmaster reflects on his journey of life and his apprehensions. Describe his feelings in about 150 words . (8 marks)


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