Class – X
Subject – English Paper
Max. Marks: 80Time: 2 hrs.
_____________________________________________________________________________ Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately. You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes. This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers. Attempt all four questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]. You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.) 
Write a composition (350 - 400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Me and my big mouth!
(b) Write about a time when you were late for an important function. What lesson on punctuality did you learn?
(c) Every home should adopt a pet animal. Express your views either for or against this statement.
(d) Write an original short story which illustrates the truth of the statement, One lie leads to another.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select one of the following: 
(a) Your class was taken to visit an Old Age Home where you spent half a day with the residents. Write a letter to a friend telling him/her what you saw, how you felt and in what way you have changed since the visit. (b) Write a letter to the CEO of UTV television channel complaining about the quality of the programmes telecast. Suggest ways to improve the programmes. Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:- The story of Robinson Crusoe, few people know, is based on a real life incident. The son of a cobbler, Alexander Selkirk was a wayward young man, with little respect for authority. Abject conditions at sea and the cruelty of the captains made the sailors miserable in those days. It was not surprising that Alexander became rebellious and malevolent when he became a sailor. In 1704, he was Sailing Master on a ship; when it anchored for repairs near the desolate island of Juan Fernandez about 650 kilometres west of Chile. They were looking for gold, which they often got by plundering other ships. In the days that followed, Alexander hatched a conspiracy. He instigated the other sailors to leave the ship and remain on the island. They would declare a mutiny. Perhaps, Alexander reasoned, that the Captain would accept their demands if he believed that his men would refuse to sail otherwise. Unfortunately for Alexander, the crew played the Judas. The Captain, getting to know of Alexander's part in the planned mutiny, left him behind on the island as he was a bad influence on the men. He was provided with a few necessities, among them, a copy of the Bible. Alexander marooned on an island populated only by wild cats and goats became adept at hunting and his food soon comprised of fish, turtles and meat. He also made clothes with goat skin. Although a cobbler's son, he could not make shoes. Running barefoot after goats had hardened the soles of his feet. He read the Bible again and again and slowly took to reading it aloud. He spoke and sang to the cats and learnt to milk goats. Once, during his stay on the island, a Spanish ship anchored near the island and the crew rowed in. Alexander was petrified and hid in the thick foliage. In those days Spain and England were at daggers drawn. Fortunately the Spaniards left after a brief rest. In February, 1709, two English ships sailed in to collect fresh water and shoot goats. Alexander rushed to them for succour. He looked strange with his unkempt hair, beard and goat skin clothes. His rescuers understood him with great difficulty. His speech had changed a great deal. His vocabulary had shrunk and he had to grope for words. They did, however, manage to understand his story finally. Alexander took a job as a sailor on one of the ships and reached London in 1711. He returned home with a large fortune. However, he ran out of his fortune in two years and had to return to sea. Alexander's adventure became well-known. Eight years later, Daniel Defoe gave the story a new shape with many twists, calling it The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. It was now the story of a man who was shipwrecked on an island and lived alone for an unbelievable twenty eight years. (a) Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.  i. Instigated ii. Marooned iii. Unkempt
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words: i. Explain the phrase, 'with little respect for authority.'  ii. Why did Alexander become reckless and malevolent when he became a sailor?  iii. What was the conspiracy that Alexander hatched? Why did he do so?  iv. How did the crew play the Judas?  v. Why was Alexander petrified when the crew of the Spanish ship rowed in?  vi. Mention two points of difference between Alexander's actual story and Defoe's version.  (c) In about 60 words of your own, give an account of Alexander's adventure on the island.  (d) Give a title to your summary in 3(c). Give a reason to justify your choice.  Question 4 (a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in the brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. Example: (0) was
There (0) _______ (be) some confusion in the doorway. A man (1) ______ (get) into the compartment (2) ________ (stammer) an apology. Then the doctor (3) ________ (bang) and the world was (4) ________shut again. I (5) _________ (return) to my berth. The guard (6) ________ (blow) his whistle and we (7) _______ (move) off. Once again I (8) _____ (has) a game to play.
(b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words. 
i. The elderly man prepared himself for a life _after______ retirement. ii. Do you take his word __for___mine?
iii. Ramya is very concerned __of____her father’s health.
iv. Altaf had many books and papers scattered all __over_____the room. v. The Phoenix is a legendry bird that rises ___from____its ashes. vi. The police pulled the briefcase from _______the table.
vii. The mob rushed onto the pavement, everyone seemed angry_________ everyone else. viii. The old woman looked _________the cupboard, searching for the photograph. (c) Joint the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
(i) Sonia asked a riddle. I was unable to solve it.
(ii) John helped Thomas. Thomas will always be grateful. (iii) Rajan is a great Cricketer. He is also popular. (iv) Adnan sang a wonderful song. It became a hit. 
(d) Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.
(i) We had not even walked one kilometre when they stopped us. (Begin: Hardly …………………)
(ii) The memory is so vivid that I will never forget it. (Use “too” in place of “so‟) (iii) That need not happen.
(Rewrite: using does.)
(iv) Food and sleep were all we cared about. (Begin: All …………………….) (v) We sat there face to face with our accuser.
(Begin: There ...............................)
(vi) Herbert consulted his parents before accepting the job offer. (Begin: Herbert did not ………..) (vii) Put your tools away, the children may fall over them
(viii) It was the last time he saw his wife. (Begin: Never……………………) 
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