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CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

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CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

Time allowed: 3 hours
Maximum marks: 80

General Instructions:
Read the instructions very carefully and strictly follow them:

The Question Paper is divided into three Sections:
Section A – Reading Skills 20 Marks
Section B – Writing Skills with Grammar 30 Marks
Section C – Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text 30 Marks
General Instructions:

  1. All questions are compulsory.
  2. You may attempt any Section at a time.
  3. All questions of that particular Section must be attempted in the correct order.

Section A – Reading 20 Marks

Read the passage given below carefully:
1. I rested for a moment at the door of Anand Bhawan, on Market Road, where coffee- drinkers and tiffin-eaters sat still at their tables, uttering low moans on seeing me. I wanted to assure them, “Don’t mind me, you hugging the cash box – you are a coward, afraid even to breathe. Go on, count the cash, if that is your pleasure. I just want to watch, that’s all. If my tail trails down to the street, if I am blocking your threshold, it is because, I’m told, I’m eleven feet tip to tail. I can’t help it. I’m not out to kill – I’m too full. I found a green pasture full of food on my way. I won’t attack until I feel hungry again. Tigers attack only when they feel hungry, unlike human beings who slaughter one another without purpose or hunger.”

2. To the great delight of children, schools were being hurriedly closed. Children of all ages and sizes were running helter-skelter, screaming joyously, “No school, no school. Tiger, tiger !” They seemed to welcome me. I felt like joining them. So I bounded away from the restaurant door. I walked along with them, at which they cried, ‘The tiger is coming to eat us; let us get back to school!”

3. I followed them through their school gate while they ran up and shut themselves in the school hall securely. I climbed up the steps of the school, saw- an open door at the far end of a veranda, and walked in. It happened to be the headmaster’s room. I noticed a very dignified man jumping on the table and heaving himself up into an attic. I walked in and flung myself on the cool floor, having a special liking for cool stone floors.

4. As I drowsed, I was aware of cautious steps and hushed voices all around. I was in no mood to bother about anything. All I wanted was a little moment of sleep; the daylight was very bright.

1.1 On the basis of the reading of the passage, answer the following questions briefly: 2 × 4 = 8
(a) How did the diners at Anand Bhawan react on seeing the tiger?
Answer:
The diners at Anand Bhawan, the coffee-drinkers and tiffin-eaters sat still at their tables and uttered low moans on seeing the tiger.

(b) When do tigers attack? In this context, how are human beings different from tigers?
Answer:
The tigers attack when they are hungry. Human beings on the other hand slaughter one another without purpose or hunger.

(c) Why were children happy and even enjoying being scared?
Answer:
The children were happy as the schools were being hurriedly closed. They were screaming joyously, ‘No school’. They seemed to welcome the tiger in their joy and were shouting and laughing.

(d) What was the tiger’s opinion about the man at the cash counter? What did the tiger assure him?
Answer:
The tiger thought the man to be a coward, afraid even to breathe and assured him to continue counting the cash as he just wanted to watch.

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

1.2 Choose the most appropriate meaning of the given word from the options provided: 4
(a) Identify the word which means the same as ‘hugging’, (para 1)
(i) counting
(ii) hiding
(iii) rubbing
(iv) holding tightly in the arms
Answer:
(iv) holding tightly in the arms

(b) Identify the word which means the same as ‘delight’, (para 2)
(i) pleasure
(ii) fear
(iii) sorrow
(iv) nervousness
Answer:
(i) pleasure

(c) Identify the word which means the same as ‘dignified’, (para 3)
(i) tall
(ii) honourable
(iii) terrified
(iv) tired
Answer:
(ii) honourable

(d) Identify the word which means the same as ‘heaving up’, (para 3)
(i) hiding
(ii) running away
(iii) climbing
(iv) raising
Answer:
(iv) raising

Question 2.
Read the passage given below:

Hunger pangs in India may have just gotten worse

1. Dire straits. Despite improvements in sanitation and access to water, which could be the reasons for nutritional deficiency, child malnutrition levels have in fact increased in several states over the past 5 years. Thus, economic reasons may be at the root of the decline.
CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions 1
2. What do the NFHS findings indicate? In a number of large states, the proportion of children under 5 who are underweight has risen, compared to the previous National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round in 2015 – 16. Even relatively advanced states like Gujarat and Maharashtra have recorded a slide in the nutritional well-being of their children since 2015. This is contradictory to what should ideally happen in a growing economy, since rising prosperity should improve access to food. The ground situation in 22 states and union territories was captured in phase-I of the survey – which was interrupted by the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

3. Could this be a fallout of the pandemic? The NFHS surveyors had started fanning out to households across the country since mid-2019. The exercise of reaching out to over 6,00,000 households was likely to last a year, but those plans were disrupted in March. Thus, the phase-I results have nothing to do with covid-19 and are an indication of India’s nutritional state before March. If anything, the prevalence of hunger is only expected to have shot up in subsequent months. The first official glimpse of covid’s economic impact may thus get captured in phase-II, which will cover key states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The results will be out by May 2021.- By Ajai Sreevatsan

On the basis of your understanding of the passage, answer any eight questions from the twelve that follow: 1 × 8 = 8
(a) Malnutrition and hunger among children in India is:
(i) increasing
(ii) decreasing
(iii) improving
(iv) marginal
Answer:
(i) increasing

(b) Nutritional deficiency is caused by:
(i) lack of sanitation
(ii) low birth weight
(iii) no access to portable water
(iv) both (i) and (iii)
Answer:
(iv) both (i) and (iii)

(c) Based on the graph, which state had the highest proportion of stunted children in the year 2015 – 16:
(i) Telangana
(ii) Bihar
(iii) Maharashtra
(iv) Gujarat
Answer:
(ii) Bihar

(d) Contradictory to an ideal growing economy, nutritional well-being of children has seen a …………………… since 2015.
(i) decline
(ii) rise
(iii) growth
(iv) no movement
Answer:
(i) decline

(e) Nutritional deficiency among children should have improved because of:
(i) rising prosperity
(ii) improved sanitation
(iii) economic expansion
(iv) less access to water
Answer:
(i) rising prosperity

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

(f) The word ‘interrupted’ in Para 2 does not mean the same as:
(i) obstructed
(ii) disrupted
(iii) hindered
(iv) continuous
Answer:
(iv) continuous

(g) On the basis of graph, there is not much difference in the proportion of stunted children in 2019 – 20, in the states of:
(i) Bihar and Telangana
(ii) Gujarat and Maharashtra
(iii) West Bengal and Telangana
(iv) Gujarat and Bihar
Answer:
(ii) Gujarat and Maharashtra

(h) The exercise to reach out to 6,00,000 homes was likely to last:
(i) 12 months
(ii) 8 months
(iii) 2 years
(iv) 6 months
Answer:
(i) 12 months

(i) The phase-I results indicate India’s nutritional status:
(i) after March
(ii) before March
(iii) post covid-19
(iv) gradual rise
Answer:
(ii) before March

(j) The prevalence of hunger seems to have ………………….. post the covid-19 months.
(i) remained the same
(ii) gone up
(iii) come down
(iv) improved
Answer:
(ii) gone up

(k) Choose the option that lists the statement that is NOT TRUE.
(i) The proportion of children under 5 who are underweight has risen in many states.
(ii) Phase-I of the survey was interrupted by the pandemic.
(iii) The economic impact of covid is visible in phase-I of the survey;
(iv) The results of phase-II are likely to be out by May 2021.
Answer:
(iii) The economic impact of covid is visible in phase-I of the survey;

(l) The word ‘subsequent’ means the same as:
(i) thereafter
(ii) prior
(iii) previous
(iv) former
Answer:
(i) thereafter

Section B – Writing Skills with Grammar 30 Marks

Question 3.
The recent increase in crimes against people of the Northeast, especially in the cities, has highlighted the growing problem faced by the community. Fear of violence continues to worry them. Write a letter in 100 – 150 words to the Editor of The Times of India expressing your concern over the recent death of a young student resulting from a racial comment against people from Northeast. Suggest what steps the government should take to solve this problem. You are Aanchal/Aryan, resident of A-12, East of Kailash, New Delhi. 10
Hint – racial comments, attacks – rude behaviour, hurt feelings of our own fellow citizens – disharmony – dents the image of our country – steps to solve this problem.
Or
Question 3.
Slums are spreading more than the planned townships. The life in the slums is miserable. Crowded living, lack of drinking water, insanitary conditions, poor power supply etc. are causing a lot of suffering to the people. Write a letter in 100 – 150 words to the editor of a national newspaper drawing attention of the concerned authorities to this problem and asking for a proper solution. You are Udit/Udita, 26 Latouche Road, Kanpur. 10
Answer:
A-12
East of Kailash
New Delhi

15th July, 20xx

The Editor
The Times of India
New Delhi

Subject: Increasing crimes against people of North-East

Sir
Through the medium of your esteemed newspaper I wish to express my concern over the recent death of a young student resulting from a racial comment against people from the Northeast.

India is a land of diverse cultures, customs and traditions. This diversity strengthens our nation and teaches us to be tolerant and respect each other. But the recent increase in crimes against the Northeast community is a major cause of worry. The fear of violence and racial discrimination has made them feel alienated from the mainstream in life especially in the cities. The concerned authorities, especially the government should enforce laws to prohibit racial discrimination. The Northeast region, its culture, diversity, language should be brought to the mainstream by including it in the text of school curriculum. Government should take steps to popularize the rich handicraft of Northeast which is also eco-friendly.

I hope you will publish my letter in your reputed newspaper so that the concerned authorities can take necessary steps to solve the problem.

Yours sincerely
Aanchal/Aryan

Or,
26, Latouche Road
Kanpur

18th march, 20xx

The Editor
The Daily Times
Kanpur

Subject: Pathetic conditions in Slum areas

Sir,
Through the medium of the columns of your esteemed newpaper, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the pathetic condition of slums and would request for a proper solution to their problems.

As we are aware that slums are spreading more widely and faster than the planned townships. The life in these slums is miserable. Congested living, lack of drinking water, insanitary and unhygienic conditions, poor power supply etc. are causing a lot of sufferings to the people who dwell in the slums. The concerned authorities have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to their woes and miseries.

It is my earnest appeal to the concerned authorities to take up measures to solve their numerous problems. These squatter settlements can be improved through urban planning. This would involve taking up the initiative to replace the slums with high-rise tower blocks of small affordable flats. Though the cost of this would be very high and considering the magnitude of the problems faced by the slum dwellers, it is imperative that the government takes up initiatives in their favour.

I hope you will publish my letter in your newspaper so that the attention of the concerned authorities is drawn towards this problem.

Yours Sincerely
Udit/Udita

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

Question 4.
Attempt ANY ONE of the following in 100 – 120 words.
[A] The chart below displays data showing that the number of deaths due to violence has considerably increased in recent years. Write a paragraph analyzing the given data. 8
CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions 2
Or
[B] Read the following excerpt from an article that appeared in a local daily.
Advertisements have become a big business. They are promoted by celebrities and leave a great impact on all people. It is felt that the Celebs should be responsible for the products they endorse.
Write a paragraph to analyse the given argument.
You could think about what alternative explanations might weaken the given conclusion and include rational evidence that would strengthen/ counter the given argument. 8
Answer:
[A] The bar graph shows death a result of violence has been on an incessant rise. This graph makes it evident that rising cases of deaths due to intolerance and violence have been on a steady rise in the last two decades. In the year 2000 deaths due to violence was 2.5 which rose up to 7.5 in the year 2020. This gives us a clear picture in this present day and age of the horrific actions and events that are not only prevalent but are on a rise in the society in which we live. In the past the number of deaths had risen from 4.5 to 6.5 between the year 2010 – 2015. This steep rise is very disturbing and alarming. Steps to rectify the frightening situation needs to be taken on an urgent basis.
Or,
[B] Advertisements are indeed a big business. Many celebrities promote various products wherein they make claims of the authenticity of the product confidently. There are people who actually buy products as they are being endorsed by their favorite celebrity. Since celebrities promote products in exchange for major monetary gains, they are morally liable if the product is not what it was made out to be. By endorsing products that are not up to the mark the Celebrities exploit their followers’ trust in them and misuse their popularity. Though it is the moral duty of the celebrities to behave responsibly but in case they choose to give priority to the monetary gains, there must be some regulations and monitoring process so that people are not misled by celebrities whom they idolise.

Question 5.
Read the passage given below and fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options. 1 × 4 = 4
Today a good (a) ………………….. varieties of tea and tea brands are available in the market. Green tea is popular (b) ………………….. China and the Far East. In Japan, the tea ceremony is a traditional way of greeting guests, (c) ………………….. is a social occasion. Tea is the most commonly (d) ………………….. beverage in Japan.
CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions 3
Answer:
(a) (ii) many
(b) (iii) in
(c) (i) and
(d) (ii) drunk

Question 6.
The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line against which a blank has been given. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer- sheet against the correct blank number as given in the example. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied.
CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions 4
Answer:
(a) who … which/that
(b) an … the
(c) to … by
(d) in … out/us

Question 7.
Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences. One has been done for you as an example. 1 × 4 = 4
For example: beach vacations / was / an attraction / coconut water / long ago/ during / Long ago coconut water was an attraction during beach vacations.
(a) these days/ of trade/ Delhi/ for/ has become/ but/a centre/ tender coconuts/
(b) its demand/value/due to/has increased/of the fruit/the food/
(c) has been/ fuelled/ by growing awareness/ the demand/ health benefits/ coconut water’s/of /
(d) and calories/ low/ is/ coconut water/ in/ sugar/
Answer:
(a) But Delhi has become a centre of trade for tender coconuts these days,
(b) Its demand has increased due to the food value of the fruit.
(c) The demand has been fuelled by growing awareness of coconut water’s health benefits.
(d) Coconut water is low in sugar and calories.

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

Section – C Literature Text & Supplementary Reading Text 30 Marks

Question 8.
Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. 1 × 4 = 4
The house – the only one in the entire valley – sat on the crest of a low hill. From this height one could see the river and the field of ripe corn dotted with the flowers that always promised a good harvest.
The only thing the earth needed was a downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho —who knew his fields intimately – had done nothing else but see the sky towards the northeast.
“Now we’re really going to get some water, woman.”
The woman, who was preparing supper, replied: “Yes, God willing.”
The older boys were working in the field, while the smaller ones were playing near the house until the woman called to them all: “Come for dinner”. It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the northeast huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body, and when he returned he exclaimed: “These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. The big drops are ten-cent pieces and the little ones are fives”.

(a) What qualities of Lencho’s character are brought out in the passage?
Answer:
Lencho’s deep knowledge of his fields and his faith in himself are his qualities brought out in the passage.

(b) What was peculiar about the house in which Lencho lived?
Answer:
The peculiarity about Lencho’s house was that it was the only house in the entire valley.

(c) What did Lencho wish throughout the morning?
Answer:
Throughout the morning Lencho’s only wish was for a downpour or atleast a shower.

(d) What does the word ‘intimate’ in the passage mean?
Answer:
The word ‘intimate’ means ‘closely’ or ‘wholly’.
Or
He hears the last voice at night,
The patrolling cars,
And stares with his brilliant eyes
At the brilliant stars.
(a) Who is he?
Answer:
‘He’ is the tiger.

(b) What is the last voice he hears at night?
Answer:
The last voice, he hears at night is of patrolling cars,

(c) Why does the poet use the word ‘brilliant’ for the tiger’s eyes and the stars?
Answer:
The tiger’s eyes shine in the dark like the stars shine in the night sky. To show the similarity between the two shiny objects the poet uses the word ‘brilliant’.

(d) What is his frame work of mind in these lines?
Answer:
The tiger is rather subdued and disinterested in his surroundings at that moment.

Question 9.
Answer the following questions in 30 – 40 words each. 2 × 5 = 10
(a) Mandela had the ‘hunger for freedom’? How did it change his life?
Answer:
Mandela longed for freedom since his boyhood. He deperately wanted freedom. But as a student he wished freedom only for himself. Gradually his hunger for freedom increased many fold. It became the greater hunger for the freedom of his people. This changed him and he joined the African National Congress.

(b) Who rescued the first pilot of Dakota and how?
Answer:
When the writer’s aeroplane Dakota was lost in the storm he saw another aeroplane that came for his rescue. It had no light on its wings. Dakota followed the mysterious plane that guided it through the mountains of black clouds and took the writer safely across the clouds.

(c) What special characteristic of Mijbil did Maxwell learn after he took him to the bathroom?
Answer:
Maxwell learnt Mijbil’s love for water. In the bathroom Mijbil went wild with joy in the water for half an hour. He plunged and rolled in the water shooting up and down the length of the bathtub under-water making a lot of splashes.

(d) What was the cause of Matilda’s ruin?
Answer:
Matilda would have saved herself and her husband a great deal of trouble and could have prevented her ruin if only she had the courage to confess to Mme Forestier, that she had lost the necklace. If Matilda had been truthful with Mme Forestier she could have known then that the diamonds were fake and would not have gone ahead and replaced them with real diamonds that cost Matilda her ruin. But Matilda chose to hide the truth from her friend and so she had to face a great deal of hardships and had to lead a horrible life for ten years all because of her own mistakes. Matilda suffered because she was a discontented woman who lacked the courage to speak the truth.

(e) Justify, in brief, the title of the play “The Proposal”?
Answer:
The title of the play “The Proposal” is justified because essentially the theme of the play is about Lomov’s marriage proposal to Chubukov’s daughter Natalya. He does end up in a silly argument with the father and daughter but the moment his intention about the proposal is revealed everything becomes normal.

Question 10.
Answer the following question in about 100 – 150 words. 8
“Never mind,” she said, “I can get on by myself,” You don’t have to help me,” said Valli to the conductor. She shows extraordinary courage in making the bus journey all alone. Taking inspiration from Valli’s character, write how ability and courage to take risk are essential to fulfill one’s dream.
Or
We are proud of India for its rich culture and diversity. Explain with reference to the descent, culture and traditions of the people of ‘Coorg’.
Answer:
Valli’s earnest wish was to ride on the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town. Her meticulous planning and strong will power made her plan and execute the journey successfully. She saved money, gathered the required information and waited patiently for the eighth time to go on her journey. Her courage, confidence and dignity on the journey made the conductor call her ‘Madam’. The journey taught her to be independent and to get to know about the outside world. It also taught her to interact with different kinds of people. She shows extraordinary courage in making the journey alone. Valli teaches us an important lesson in life, that is never to give up and make all efforts and take risks to chase our dreams.
Or,
Coorg, or Kodagu, lies midway between Mysore and the coastal town of Mangalore. Coorg is a land of rolling hills inhabited by a proud race of martial men, beautiful women and wild creatures. The fiercely independent people of Coorg are possibly of Greek or Arabic descent. As one story goes, a part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled here when return became impractical. These people married amongst the locals and their culture is apparent in the martial traditions, marriage and religious rites, which are distinct from the Hindu mainstream. The theory of the Kodavu people’s Arab origin draws support from the long black coat called ‘Kuppia’ with an embroidered waist belt that they wear. This resembles the ‘Kuffia’ worn by the Arabs.

The Coorg regiment is one of the most decorated in the Indian Army, and the first chief of the Indian army General Cariappa was a Coorgi. The Coorgi people’s tradition for valour and bravery has been recognized in modern India by honouring the Coorg regiment as the most decorated in the Indian Army. Also the first chief of the Indian Army, General Cariappa was a Coorgi and Kodavus are the only people in India permitted to carry fire arms without a licence. Coorg also houses the largest Tibetan settlement of Buddhist monks at the island of Nisargadhama. Many surprises wait to be discovered by visitors searching for the heart and soul of India, at Coorg.

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper 2015 (Delhi) with Solutions

Question 11.
Answer the following question in about 100 – 120 words. 8
“Put the fear out of your heart and you will be able to speak like anyone else.” These words of encouragement from the teacher highlight that change of social attitude and encouragement can help a child like Bholi to become confident and face the world bravely. Taking help from the lesson, ‘Bholi’ write how the social attitude towards Bholi made her an introvert. What should be done to help such children to face the world bravely?
Or
‘Over-pampering is not only bad for humans but also for animals’. Prove this statement in the light of the lesson ‘A Triumph of Surgery’.
Answer:
Bholi had remained a backward child and her entire body was disfigured due to an attack of small pox at the age of two. She stammered when she spoke. New clothes were never made for Bholi. No one even cared to mend or wash her clothes. Her parents attitude towards her was very hostile.

Love, care and sympathetic treatment to the mentally and physically challenged children can work wonders and if they are shown neglect and indifference they tend to become introverted and shy like Bholi.

Such children need social and parental attention and encouragement so that they come out of their complex. Bholi’s teacher helped in transforming Bholi into a bold and confident person ready to face the world bravely. Her teacher makes her confident enough to fight for her own right and not be taken for granted by a mean, greedy and contemptible man like Bishamber. Kind words, love and a sympathetic pat help such children to regain confidence, enable them to compete with others and ultimately help them become socially acceptable.
Or,
Tricki, a small dog, was pampered by his rich mistress. He was overfed by her to such an extent that he became hugely fat, like a bloated sausage. Since he was never refused food, he became greedy and could tackle a meal at any hour of the day and night. Inspite of repeated warnings of Dr. Herriot, Mrs. Pumphrey could not help pampering him. Finally, Tricki became very ill. He would eat nothing, even refused his favourite dishes and had bouts of vomiting. He spent all his time lying on a rug, panting. It was only after Dr. Herriot got him out of Mrs. Pumphrey’s house and kept him away from his overpampering mistress that the little dog recovered and was transformed into a lithe, hardmuscled animal.


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