Maximum Marks: 90 Time : 3 hours Instructions: The question paper is divided into four sections. Section A: Reading Section B: Writing Section C: Grammar Section D: Literature 20 marks 25 marks 20 marks 25 marks
Section A (Reading – 20 Marks)
Q1. Read the following passage carefully : LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL My childhood had always been a sheltered one. My parents along with my teachers, tried to instill good ethics in me. But ‗sharing‘ was one moral value which I was never comfortable with. ―Why should I give?‖ was my question. Little joys During one vacation to my hometown, I was at the railway station with my parents. As we were waiting for a train, something caught my attention. Two small children, perhaps siblings, were seeking alms nearby. Though they appeared at ease , I was shocked by their overall untidiness. When they approached us, my father promptly gave the older one, a girl, some money. Those were the days when I was constantly reminded of the virtues of ‗sharing‘ things with others. So, when my mother nudged me, I knew why and the look my mother gave me, confirmed. I had a pack of my favourite chocolates in my pocket and, even though I pretended to have forgotten about it, she remembered them. I was devastated. With a heavy heart I fished out one and placed reluctantly on the outstretched hand of the girl. She flashed a smile and the duo moved on. But my gaze never left them as I wanted to know about the fate of my chocolate. After a while I saw her unwrap it. She then did something which moved me. Without a moment‘s hesitation, she put the chocolate in her brother‘s mouth and watched his face brighten up as he savoured it. Her action puzzled me. Why did she not eat it herself? Regret and shame overcame me when I realized that I had Page 1 of 11 (10 marks)
deliberately given only one chocolate. I quickly decided to give her one more chocolate voluntarily. Strangely, my action made me feel better than I had thought. As our train approached the station, the girl rushed to give me something . It was a small paper doll which she had made with the wrapper of the chocolates. I was speechless. Was she trying to convey a ―Thank you‖? That little girl taught me the joy of sharing and also answered one big question of ‗Why should I give ?‘ I now ask ‗Why not‘, as sharing is all about loving . Happiness abounds when shared. Years have rolled by and I still cherish that valuable lesson I learnt during that vacation. Sometimes life teaches us things we fail to learn from classrooms. I still think of that girl and her brother and wonder where they would be now..... those sparkling eyes and beautiful smile. (i) Complete the sentences on the basis of your reading of the passage: (a) (b) As a child, the author learnt moral values from _______. The author saw two siblings begging when she was on her way _____. The author‘s mother forced her to _________. Before parting the girl presented _______to the author. The author interpreted the little girl‘s act as a way of _____.
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Pick out the statements which are true. (a) The author‘s mother instructed the author to give two chocolates to the children. The author felt ashamed because of her mean-mindedness The author learnt that sharing gives joy from a lesson taught in school The little girl derived happiness by making her brother eat the chocolate given by the author.
Find words from the passage which mean the same as: (a) (b) (c) clumsy and unclean (para 2) extended (para 3) keep alive in memory (para5) (5 marks)
Read the following passage carefully : The Chief executive of McDonald‘s, the world‘s largest fast-food chain, died of a suspected heart attack. Jim Cantalupo, 60, was taken ill during a
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meeting of franchise owners in Orlando, Florida, the company said. His death was a severe blow to McDonald‘s at a time when the...