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The question paper is divided into four sections:
Section A: Reading Comprehension, 15 marks
Section B: Writing, 15 marks
Section C: Grammar, 15 marks
Section D: Literature, 35 marks
Marks are indicated against each question.
Q.1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by writing the options that you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet. (5 Marks)
Imagine 100 people walking on a beach in the middle of the night, stopping every once in a while to search for turtle eggs and hatchlings! I was a part of this walk recently in the heart of Chennai in Tamil Nadu! Our aim was to take them to the safety of a ‘hatchery’.
As we trudged along the beach, we came across the tractor-like tracts of a turtle that must have come ashore to lay her eggs. The tracks are unmistakable. These are caused by the feet and back flippers of the turtle as it drags itself across the sand. But try as we might, we could not locate the nest that the turtle must have dug to drop its eggs. An hour later, we came across another set of tracts, and this time located the nest.
As our expert guides dug, a wave of excitement went through the group…one by one, turtle hatchlings emerged from the hole. They began walking and we guided them to the sea so they could swim off. We found and released 87!
This night exercise has been a part of the unique “turtle walk” organized by conservationists in Chennai for the last 20 years! Every year when the nesting season of the Olive Ridley turtles comes around, people gather to patrol the beach every night. They ensure that no one digs up the eggs or hatchlings to eat them, and when they find eggs, they transfer them to a safe enclosed hatchery.
Why do they need to do this? Because the Chennai beach is visited by thousands of people, and by dogs, and the turtles could easily be disturbed or dug up.
Another threat faced by the hatchling is the lighting across the beach. When they emerge from the nest, these turtles look for the brightest part of the horizon and head there. In natural conditions, this would be the sea. In Chennai, however, it is now brighter inland than at the sea! Chennai’s turtle volunteers spend hours every night to ensure that this does not happen.
1. The Olive Ridley turtles come ashore
(a) to lay eggs in nests
(b) to enjoy the sand on the shore
(c) to save themselves from bigger sea animals
(d) to take rest
2. The author and others were looking for turtle eggs to
(a) dig up the eggs and to eat them
(b) keep them in show cases
(c) transfer them to a safe enclosed hatchery
(d) transfer them to a safe cage
3. Turtle eggs and hatchlings are in danger of
(a) being dug up and eaten by people and dogs
(b) being destroyed by children
(c) being disturbed by bright light
(d) being crushed by walkers on the beach
4. The hatchlings do not head towards the sea on their own because
(a) they are too young to know the direction
(b) they are attracted towards the bright lights inland
(c) they are afraid of going to the sea
(d) the sea waves are very strong
5. the word in the passage which means the same as “people engaged in protection of
valued resources” is
Q.2. Read the following passage and write the options that you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet. (5 Marks)
Ever wondered about those tall structures that are landmarks along every shore all over the world? Lighthouses. We see them in pictures and in movies and along every seashore. Tall, stately structures looking out to sea, warning the incoming ships of approaching land.
Did you know what served as a lighthouse in the early years? The locals from the area would light a fire at a height to warn boats of any impending dangers like rocks or even land. The early constructors of lighthouse included the Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians.
How do you think these lighthouses showed the way to incoming ships? Those were the days when technology had not taken over the world. The lighthouses used lamps to guide the ships. However, these lamps could throw light only as far as a few miles into the sea. It was only much later that mirrors, prisms, electricity and the automatic working of a lighthouse came to be. It is indeed amazing what these stately structures out in lonely locations across the world mean to the sailors as they near land after days out at sea.
Did you know that the Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? It was located on the island of Pharos in Egypt and it was built in 290 BC. The lighthouse used fire at night and reflected the sunrays during the day to warn sailors of land. This monument is a legacy in the world today although it was destroyed by several earthquakes that hit it in the 1300s.
Today, in its place stands a fort built in 1480 using the marble and stones from the lighthouse, a breathtaking structure that came down ravaged by nature.
1. Lighthouses are built
(a) to show direction to the ships
(b) to warn the ships of approaching land or rocks
(c) to show technological development
(d) to keep a check on the ships at the sea
2. Lighthouses used only fire in the early years because
(a) electricity was yet to be discovered
(b) technology was not used
(c) automatic lighthouses had stopped working
(d) sailors wanted only fire to be used
3. The fort built in 1480 is unique because
(a) it is a legacy in the world today
(b) it was destroyed by several earthquakes
(c) it is a breathtaking structure savaged by nature
(d) it was built with the marble and stones from the destroyed lighthouse
4. The lighthouse of Alexandria
(a) is located on the island of Pharos in Egypt
(b) was destroyed in the 1300’s
(c) helps sailors today
(d) used electricity at night
5. An important building/ structure that is easy to recognize is called a
(a) stately structure
(b) tall structure
Q.3. Read the poem given below and answer the questions by writing the options that you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet. (5 marks)
In London Town
It was a bird of paradise
Over the roofs he flew
Children clapped their hands and cried:” How nice!
Look- his wings are blue!”
His body was of ruby red
His eyes were burning gold
All the grown-up people said
“What a pity the creature is not dead,
For then it could be sold”
One was braver than the rest,
He took a loaded gun
Aiming at the emerald chest
He shot the creature through the breast,
Down it fell in the sun.
It was not heavy, it was not fat
And folk began to stare
“We cannot eat it, that is flat!
And such outlandish feathers as that
Why, who could ever wear?”
They flung it in to the river brown
“A pity the creature died!”
Thus they said in London town
But all the children cried.
1) “Children clapped and cried” shows that
(a) they were celebrating
(b) they were happy and excited
(c) they were very sad and emotional
(d) they were shouting at each other
2) The grown ups were materialistic as
(a) they wanted to eat the bird and sell its feathers
(b) they wanted to throw the bird into the river
(c) they wanted to sell the bird for a huge sum
(d) they wanted to kill the bird to save their town
3) The adults do not have
(a) the innocence of children
(b) the wealth of the world
(c) peace of mind
(d) cruel feelings
4) The children were different from the grown ups as the children
(a) were kind and liked the bird just as it was
(b) they liked the bird for its colourful feathers
(c) wept when the bird died
(d) they stared at the outlandish bird in distaste
5) The word ‘outlandish’ here means
(a) Out of land
(b) Unusual and strange
(Writing- 15 Marks)
Q.4. Your younger brother Sahil spends time and money on the latest electronic gadgets like I- pods, playstations, mobiles, DVD’sets. He also spends most of his time playing games on these gadgets. Write a letter advising him against the wastage of money and also the risk he is running to his health due to too much indulgence with these gadgets. Also ask him to play outdoor games (100 words) OR
You are Sumit Arora, living at 315, F-Block, Happy Gardens, New Colony, Delhi. This is a residential colony but has become a thoroughfare for speeding vehicles. Many cases of accidents have been reported. Write a letter to the President, RWA of the Colony to construct speed breakers in the colony for safety (100 words).
Q.5. Children are the future of the nation. Schools and parents play a very important role in the development of the all-round personality of a child. Write an article on the topic “Role of School in a Child’s Life”. (120 words) (6 marks)
Hints: Importance of school for a child—Shaping of physical & mental health- development of right attitude—character building—providing opportunities to develop talents in each child.
Delhi is hosting the Common Wealth Games, 2010. You, as a student, want to make Delhi a better city so that the foreign delegates enjoy being in your city and take back pleasant memories of their stay in the city. Prepare a speech encouraging your school mates to follow certain guidelines for the event in 120 words.
Hints: Follow the tradition of “Atithi Devo Bhava” – accord warm welcome – always eager to guide – act as volunteers to guide people and traffic – spread awareness about keeping city clean.
Q.6. Your school organised a cultural programme with the help of the local artists for raising funds to help an association for disabled children of your city. Write a report in 60 words for your school magazine. (3 Marks)
Here is a story that is to be published in the school magazine. Unfortunately it has been left unfinished. Complete the story by adding a few points of your own:-
Pooja was coming out of her history class. She saw Ms. Mary, her teacher, walking in the corridor. Suddenly two boys came running and pushed Ms. Mary and……….
Q.7. Choose the most appropriate option from the ones given below to complete the following passage. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the whole passage. (1X3= 3 Marks)
We (a) _________ not be anxious about our life, food (b)______________ clothing, because heavenly father takes care (c)_____________ everybody’s necessities.
This, (d)____________ , does not mean (e)________________ we stop working and (f)____________ that He will provide for us.
a) i)can ii) should iii)could iv) would
b) i) but ii) and iii) though iv) yet
c) i) in ii) for iii) of iv) to
d) i) therefore ii) however iii) rather iv) but
e) i) if ii) whether iii) what iv) that
f) i) hope ii) hoping iii) hoped iv) hopes
Q.8. The underlined words in the following passage have not been used appropriately. Replace them by choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below the passage. Write your answers in your answer sheet with the correct number. Do not copy the whole passage. (1×3= 3 Marks)
Residents of neighbouring colonies could be seen (a) packed their valuables and moving out to safer areas. As an (b) emergent measure, five companies of police were posted in the adjoining colonies for the (c) protect of the life and property of the residents.
(1X3= 3 Marks)
(a) (i) pack (ii) packing (iii) packet (iv) packer
(b) (i) emergence (ii) emergency (iii) emerged (iv) emerging
(c) (i) protection (ii) protected (iii) protecting (iv) protector
Q.9. Read the following dialogue and then complete the report by choosing the correct options given below. Write your answers in your answer sheet with correct blank number. Do not copy the dialogue and the report.
(1X3= 3 Marks)
Shylock: I am unwell.
Duke: What can I do for you, Sir?
Shylock: Will you take me to the doctor?
Duke: Yes, Sir.
Shylock told the Duke (a)______________. The Duke asked respectfully (b)___________. Shylock asked the Duke (c)__________¬¬¬_________.The Duke replied in the affirmative.
(a) (i) that he is unwell (ii) that I am unwell
(iii) that he was unwell (iv) If he was unwell
(b) (i) what he could do for him (ii) what could he do for him
(iii) what he can do for him (iv) if he could do for him
(c) (i) would he take him to the doctor (ii) if he would take him to the doctor
(iii) that he could take him to the doctor (iv) if he would take me to the doctor
Q.10. Complete the following passage by choosing the correct passive form of the verbs given in brackets from the alternatives given. Write your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. (1X3=3 Marks)
People of Delhi (a)___________(loot) and massacred by the soldiers of Nadir Shah in 1739. It (b)____________ (write) in history that many important buildings (c)____________(destroy) by him.
(a) (i) are looted (ii) were looted (iii) had been looted (iv) have been looted
(b) (i) is written (ii) were written (iii) have written (iv) had written
(c) (i) had destroyed (ii) have destroyed (iii) were destroyed (iv) was destroyed
Q.11. Complete the dialogue by choosing the correct alternative from those given below. Write your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. (1X3=3 Marks)
The teacher asked his student about (a)_______________ on extra reading. The student said that he read for at least two hours everyday. The teacher enquired (b)______________. The student told him that he was interested in comics. The teacher advised him to read the newspapers also but the student said that he did not know (c)______________ since it contained many items.
(a) (i) how much time do you spend? (ii) what time you spend
(iii) how much time he spent (iv) which time he spent
(b) (i) which books did interest most. (ii) which books interested him most
(iii) which are books interested in (iv) what books interested him the most
(c) (i) what to do with it (ii) what he read in the newspaper
(iii) where to read in a newspaper (iv) what to read in a newspaper
Q.12. A. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below:
“They called her name and she didn’t move. I suddenly realized she hadn’t heard.” Says Isabel Glennie. For quite a while Evelyn managed to conceal her growing deafness from friends and teachers. But by the time she was eleven her marks had deteriorated and her headmistress urged her parents to take her to a specialist. It was then discovered that her hearing was severely impaired as a result of gradual nerve damage. They were advised that she should be fitted with hearing aids and sent to a school for the deaf. “Everything suddenly looked black.” says Evelyn.
1) Evelyn concealed her growing deafness because:
(a) she wanted to learn music
(b) she felt her marks would increase
(c) she did not want to disturb her parents
(d) she was probably too proud to reveal her defect
2) Evelyn’s mother discovered her growing deafness when:
(a) Evelyn was playing the piano
(b) Evelyn’s marks deteriorated
(c) Evelyn did not respond to her name being called
(d) Evelyn was taken to a specialist
3) “Everything suddenly looked black” because
(a) It was confirmed that Evelyn had become deaf
(b) she had to use hearing aids and attend a school for the deaf
(c) the doctor discovered that she had nerve damage
(d) Evelyn’s parents were advised to remove her from her school
4) Evelyn’s hearing was ‘impaired’ means:
(a) her hearing was weakened
(b) she needed hearing aids
(c) she could not talk properly
(d) she could hear only some words
B. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below:
He was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires. He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple, then took the teacher apart. Margie had hoped he wouldn’t know how to put it together again, but he knew how all right, and after an hour or so, there it was again, large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked.
1) ‘Took the teacher apart’ means:
(a) took the teacher to one side
(b) opened up the machine
(c) broke the computer
(d) sliced open the teacher
2) How do you know the inspector was a friendly man?
(a) He was a round little man with a red face
(b) He had a whole box of tools with dials and wires
(c) He took the teacher apart
(d) He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple
3) What had Margie hoped for?
(a) The inspector would give her a bag of dials and wires
(b) The inspector would not know how to repair the computer
(c) The inspector would repair the computer
(d) The inspector would remove the geography sector completely
4) Find a word from the above passage which is the opposite of beautiful:
Q.13. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternatives from those given below (Attempt any two) (3×2=6marks)
Now in memory comes my mother,
As she used in years agone,
To regard the darling dreamers
Ere she left them till the dawn:
O! I feel her fond look on me
As I list to this refrain
Which is played upon the shingles
By the patter of the rain.
1) The mother is not with the poet because
(a) She is in the poet’s memory
(b) She is dead
(c) She lives somewhere else
(d) She has gone to sleep
2) ‘Refrain’ means:
(a) repeated part of a poem or a song
(b) a beautiful sound
(c) a sound made by an animal
(d) a sound made by stones
3) “I feel her fond look on me” means
(a) The mother disliked him
(b) The mother loved him
(c) The mother did not care for him
(d) The mother looked at him
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavement grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
(1) The poet wants to go to Innisfree
(a) to spend his holidays
(b) to do a lot of work there
(c) to enjoy the peace and beauty of the place
(d) to look after his crops
(2) In the ‘deep heart’s core’ means:
(a) the poet believes that his heart is deep
(b) the poet has a strong heart
(c) the poet feels deeply about going to Innisfree
(e) the poet is very upset
(3) The poet standing on “pavements grey” means that he is:
(a) standing on a city road
(b) in a boat
(c) visiting a temple
(d) standing near a harbour
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.
(1) The Roads stand for
(a) highways and important paths
(b) trails in the wood
(c) opportunities and choices
(d) difficulties in life
(2) What does the poet mean by “has made all the difference” ?
(a) he has become successful
(b) he regrets his decision
(c) he has been unsuccessful
(d) choice often shapes our lives
(3) The poet’s sigh expresses his:
(b) happiness and relief
(d) regret and anger
Q.14. Answer any two of the following questions in 40-50 words in your answer sheet (2X3=6 Marks)
(1) What did the country inspector do to improve Margie’s performance in Geography?
(2) Bismillah Khan loved India and Benaras the most. Justify it by giving two instances from the text.
(3) Kezia made a birthday present for her father but it proved to be a disaster for her? How? Explain.
(4) What two ‘important’ and ‘earth shaking’ decisions did the doctor take while he was looking into the mirror?
Q.15. Answer the following question in about 80 words (5 Marks)
Albert Einstein is called a scientific genius. Write down his achievements and comment on his genius.
Do you agree with Margie that schools today are better than the schools in the chapter ‘The fun they had’ Give proper arguments in favour of your answer.
Q.16. Answer the following question in about 80 words. (4 Marks)
Toto was an adventurous monkey. How did he almost boil himself alive? How was he saved?
How did the little swallow carry out the wishes of the Happy Prince?
Q.17. Answer the following questions in about 40-50 words. Attempt any two.(3X2=6 Marks)
(1)How was the Kingdom of Fools different from other places?
(2) What happened to Mahendra during the full moon night?
(3) How was the child lost in the fair?