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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Set 6 with Solutions

Students must start practicing the questions from CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English with Solutions Set 6 are designed as per the revised syllabus.

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Set 6 with Solutions

Time : 3 Hours
Maximum Marks : 80

General Instructions:

  1. This Question paper contains THREE sections-READING, GRAMMAR & WRITING and LITERATURE.
  2. Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.

Section – A
Reading Skills (20Marks)

Reading Comprehension Through Unseen Passages
Question 1.
Read the following text. (10)
1. Parents are changing the plots of classic fairy tales when reading them aloud because of violence and political incorrectness. Traditional fables such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Ginger Bread Man’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ were deemed the worst offenders, with parents linking some of their endings to horror films.

2. The poll which was commissioned by Music Magpie included 2000 parents and revealed that one in four took creative liberties when sharing fairytales with their children to suit their beliefs and ideologies. Meanwhile, another 16% confessed to banning them altogether.

3. While these classic tales might seem playful and innocent on the surface, a closer look at the plot, lines and characters reveals some problematic traits. For example, in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The child is eaten alive by a wolf, only to be saved by a hunter who. cuts her out of the animal’s stomach with an axe’. ‘The Three Little Pigs’ also reaches a rather gory conclusion with the pigs murdering a wolf and eating it. Lest we forget ‘The Ginger Bread Man’, whose protagonist is also eaten by a fox. It is an ending that’s hard for parents to swallow, with one of them labelling it as ‘too cruel’ in the survey.

4. However, a deeper analysis of some of the nation’s most popular tales unveiled even further issues with regard to political correctness. One in four parents found it inappropriate that ‘Cindrella has to do all of the cleanings in her home while another 25% argued that ‘sleeping beauty’ poses a consent issue, given that prince charming kisses the princess while she is asleep. Meanwhile, 27% believe that ‘Pinocchio’ encourages children to tell lies while one in four claims that ‘The Ugly Duckling’ in which an abused duckling is only accepted by society after he has grown into a swan, advocates body shaming.

5. Some of these stories have been around for generations. ‘But times have changed and there are elements to these classics which for some don’t really fit into society as they once did. We all agree that stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends. Reading stories also helps children with their confidence levels, coping with emotions, and language learning.

6. So stories are a great way to learn in a natural way as there is no teaching involved in it. The learners learn from simply reading the story. The choice of stories must be judicious.

Answer the following question, based on the passage above.
(i) Select the option that depicts what the writer projects, with reference to the following. (1)
The choice of stories must be judicious (Paragraph 6)
(a) doubt
(b) caution
(c) denial
(d) sadness
Answer:
(b) caution

(ii) Supply one point to justify the following in about 40 words. (2)
The choice of stories must be judicious.
Answer:
Stories play a vitai role in the growth and development of children. The books the children read and the characters they get to know can become friends and help in shaping their character. Reading stories also helps children with their confidence levels, coping with emotions and language learning. Hence, the choice of stories must be judicious.

(iii) According to the writer, in paragraph 4 he says ‘…. ‘The Ugly Duckling’ in which an abused duckling is only accepted by society after he has grown into a swan..'(i) The vice that this story promotes is …………… .
Answer:
body shaming

(iv) The passage includes some words that are opposites of each other. From the sets (a) – (e) below, identify two sets of synonyms: (1)
(a) Commission and ban
(b) Innocent and worst
(c) Reveal and unveiled
(d) Encourages and advocates
(e) Emotions and traits
Answer:
(c) and (d)

(v) Complete the following with a phrase from Paragraph 5. (1)
Because of the change in ideologies, some
Answer:
elements of classics do not fit the present day beliefs.

(vi) The writer mentions ‘…a closer look at the plot, lines, and characters reveals
some problematic traits.1 Mention any two examples to support the statement in about 40 words. (2)
Answer:
Two examples to support the statement are
(a) The story of Cinderella was found to be problematic by some parents as she did most of the household work with no help from others.
(b) The classic Tale of Sleeping Beauty represents the consent issue where she was kissed without her knowing, let alone consent.

(vii) Which issues have been highlighted to be problematic in the Classic fairytales? (l)
(a) Consent
(b) Body shaming
(c) Violence
(d) All of these
Answer:
(d) All of these

(viii) What kind of liberties are modern-day parents taking? (1)
Answer:
Modern-day parents no longer stick to the morals taught at the end of the classic stories. They are taking the liberty to change the story to suit their ideology.

Question 2.
Read the following text. (10)
1. The automobile industry in India is the world’s fourth-largest. India was the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of cars and the seventh-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in 2019. The Indian automotive industry (including component manufacturing) is expected to reach ₹16.16 – 18.18 trillion (US $ 251.4-282.8 billion) by 2026. The industry attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) worth US $ 24.21 billion from April 2000 to March 2020 according to the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

2. Two-wheelers and passenger vehicles dominate the domestic Indian auto market. Passenger car sales are dominated by small and mid-sized cars. Two-wheelers and passenger cars accounted for 80.8 percent and 12.9 percent market share, respectively, accounting for a combined sale of over 21.55 million vehicles in FY20. The CAGR during FYI 6-FY20 is 1.29 percent.

3. The government aims to develop India as global manufacturing and Research and Development (R and D) hub. It has set up National Automotive Testing and R and D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) centres as well as National Automotive Board to act as a facilitator between the government and the industry. Under (NATRIP), five testing and research centres have been established in the country since 2015. NATRIPs proposal for “Grant-In-Aid for test facility infrastructure for Electric Vehicle (EV) performance Certification from NATRIP Implementation Society” under FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India) scheme was approved by Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) on 3rd January, 2019.

4. The Indian Government has also set up an ambitious target of having only EVs sold in the country. The Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, has shortlisted 11 cities in the country for the introduction of EVs in their public transport system under the FAME scheme. The first phase of the scheme was extended to March 2019 while in February 2019, the government approved the FAME-II scheme with a fund requirement of Rs 10,000 crore (US $ 1.39 billion) for FY20 – 22. Under Union Budget 2019 – 20, government announced providing an additional income tax deduction of ₹ 1.5 lakh (US $ 2146) on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs.

5. EV sales, excluding e-rickshaws, in India witnessed a growth of 20 percent and reached 1.56 lakh units in FY20 driven by two-wheelers. The Government of India expects the automobile sector to attract US $ 8 – 10 billion in local and foreign investment by 2023.

Answer the following questions, based on the passage above. (10)
(i) Complete the sentence appropriately. (1)
As per the passage, the Government of India wants to grow in …………….. .
Answer:
R&D, i.e. Research and Development.

(ii) Select the appropriate words to fill in the blanks. (1)
We can infer that the ……………. (Department/Institute) for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade highlights that India has received a considerable amount from ………………. . (FDI/R and D).
Answer:
Department, FDI

(iii) Based on your understanding of the passage, list the initiatives taken by the government to promote the automobile industry. Answer in about 40 words. (2)
Answer:
The following initiatives have been taken by the government to promote the automobile industry:
(a) Established NATRiP and a NAB. .
(b) Set up 5 testing and research centres.
(c) Introduction of EVs in their public transport.
(d) Reduction in tax on loans for EVs.

(iv) Why has the government set up NATRIP and National Automative Board? (1)
Answer:
The government set up NATRIP and National Automative Board to act as a facilitator between the government and industry.

(v) What was the NATRIP’s proposal? (1)
Answer:
NATRIP proposed to provide aid for test facility infrastructure for Electric Vehicle (EV) performance certification

(vi) Which word can substitute the word ‘ambitious’ in the following sentence from Paragraph 4. (1)
He is smart, intelligent and an ambitious medical student.
(a) Aspiring
(b) Ideal
(c) Dreamy
(d) Arrogant
Answer:
(a) Aspiring

(vii) What does the Indian Government want to establish? (2)
Answer:
The Indian Government wants to establish the following
(a) National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project centres ‘
(b) National Automotive Board

(viii) Select the correct option to complete the following sentence. (1)
Para 4 focuses on the ambitious target of having …………….. .
(a) only the EVs being sold in the country
(b) only the 2 wheeler’s sold in the country
(c) the overall growth of the automobile industry
(d) foreign Direct Investment in the automobile industry
Answer:
(a) only the EVs being sold in the country.

Section – B
Writing Skills and Grammar(20Marks)
Grammar (10)

Question 3.
Complete ANY TEN of twelve of the following tasks, as directed.
(i) Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the bracket, for the given portion of the letter. (1)
Subject : Repair of the road in Cheran Nagar
Sir,
I would like to bring to your notice that the people in and around Cheran Nagar ………….. (face) difficulties in travelling back and forth because of the bad condition of the roads there.
Answer:
have been facing

(ii) Identify the error in the given sentence and supply the correction. (1)
Measles are a highly contagious, vaccine preventable infectious disease caused by a virus.’
Use the given format for your response.

Answer:

(iii) I shared some information with Jasmine about my father. Report Jasmine’s question. (1)
“Does your father always come home late?”
Answer:
Jasmine asked me if my father always came home late.

(iv) Read the dialogue between Susan and Jenny. (1)
Susan : Why have you not brought my party dress?
Jenny : I haven’t brought it because I had gone to my uncle’s house with my parents, so I forgot to keep it.
Select the correct option to complete the narration of the dialogue.
Susan asked Jenny, …………………. Jenny said that she hadn’t brought it as she
had gone to her uncle’s house with her parents so she had forgotten to keep it.
(a) why she had not brought her party dress?
(b) why she did not bring her party dress?
(c) why she does not brought her party dress?
(d) why she didn’t brings her party dress?
Answer:
(a) why she had not brought her party dress?

(v) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option. (1)
I want to buy a soft drink. Can you lend me ………………. .(the/any/a) Euro?
Answer:
a

(vi) Read the given sentence from an article. Identify the error and supply the correction in the sentence. (1)
With the introduction of industrialisation, the small scale manufacturing industry or cottage industry had took a severe hit.
Use the given format for your response.

Answer:
(c)

Error Correction
Took Taken

(vii) Select the option that identifies the error and supplies the correction for the following line. According to tradition, Gautam Buddha sat in meditation in the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. (1)

Option Error Correction
(a) sat sit
(b) tradition traditions
(c) in under
(d) at in

Answer:
(c)

Error Correction
in under

(viii) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the sentence. (1)
They ……………….. in an apartment right now because they can’t find a cheap house.
(a) have been living
(b) are living
(c) had been living
(d) were living
Answer:
(b) are living

(ix) Read the conversation below and complete the sentences by reporting the conversation correctly. (1)
Shilpa : Can I borrow your English textbook?
Jaya : Sure you can. But when will you return it
Shilpa asked Jaya (a) ……………….. Jaya replied that she could and asked her when she would return it.
Answer:
if she could borrow her English textbook

(x) Complete the given narrative by filling in the blank with the correct option. (1)
No one even noticed when I got home. They ……………… the big game on TV
(a) had all been watching
(b) have all watched
(c) had all watched
(d) were all watching
Answer:
(d) were all watching

(xi) Complete the line from a song, by filling the blank with the correct option.
“Like the horn you played in Catholic school the city ………………. open its mouth and cry out. Don’t worry ’bout nothing. (1)
(a) can
(b) would
(c) will
(d) must
Answer:
(c) will

(xii) Identify the error in an online advertisement. (1)
Silver Gym
New Delhi
Make your body stronger. Become the member today!
Use the given format for your response.

Answer:

Writing (10)

Note : All details presented in the questions are imaginary and created for assessment purpose.
Question 4.
A. You are Swarnima Dey of 143, Palm Avenue, Kolkata. While walking home from school, you saw the flyers stuck all over the walls with the following message. (5)

“Learn to swim – the best exercise your body can do”
College Square Swimming Club, Kolkata,

You are interested to join a swimming club of repute in your town. Write a letter to the Secretary, College Square Swimming Club, Kolkata in not than than 120 words, enquiring about the details about membership and other terms and conditions of the club.
Or
B. You bought a refrigerator two months ago from Mohan Sales, Ashok Vihar, Bengaluru. It developed certain problems regarding its functioning and you have to write a letter of complaint to the Manager. Sign yourself as Shashi Shah. (120 words)
Answer:
A.
143, Palm Avenue
Kolkata
25th June, 20XX

The Secretary
College Square Swimminq Club
Kolkata

Subject : Enquiry about membership

Sir/Ma’am .
This is to inform you that I came across your advertisement through flyers and posters distributed near my school. I have been interested in learning swimming for quite some time and was attracted to your courses as well as the fact that you have award winning coaches. Hence, I would like to know about the details of the membership of your club and a few more things before I take a decision.

Kindly send me the following details:
• Availability of swimming coaches
• Monthly charges
• Duration of training
• Other terms and conditions

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the details as soon as possible so that I can get myself registered at your swimming club.

Thanking you in advance

Yours faithfully
Swarnima Dey

Or
B.
61, Pratap Enclave
Bengaluru
2nd March, 20XX

The Manager
Mohan Sales
Ashok Vihar
Bengaluru

Subject : Faulty Refrigerator

Sir/ Ma’am
This is in regard to the brand new refrigerator that I bought last month from your shop, Please refer to the invoice number ABC/1234 dated 2nd February, 20XX. The refrigerator was working fine at the time of purchase and continued to function properly for nearly twenty days. Of late, it has developed certain problems regarding its functioning.

The cooling has stopped completely and it is also making a lot of noise. Mohan Sales enjoys a great reputation and goodwill in the market. However, this experience has left me utterly disappointed. Since the refrigerator is still in the warranty period, I would request you to either repair or replace the product at the earliest. I am enclosing a copy of the invoice for your reference. Hoping for an early response.

Thanking you

Yours sincerely
Shashi Shah ,
Enel. Copy of Invoice

Question 5.
A. Given alongside is a graph that pertains to the percentage of the population living below the poverty line across different states of India in two years, 1973 – 74 and 1999-2000. Use the information provided to write a paragraph on the age-old problem of poverty in India in about 120 words. Mention the regional trends and the way the scenario has changed over the years. (5)

B. Read the following report and write an analytical paragraph based on it, in 120 words.

Recent studies have shown a rapid conversion of impaired glucose tolerance to diabetes in the southern states of India, where the prevalence of diabetes among adults has reached approximately 20% in urban populations and approximately 10% in rural populations. Because of the considerable disparity in the availability and affordability of diabetes care, as well as low awareness of the disease, the glycemic outcome of treated patients is far from ideal.
Answer:
A.
Poverty : A Perennial Problem in India
Poverty in India has manifested itself in many ways. It has become one of the major ever-continuous problems that our country faces today. Be it landless labourers, street cobblers, rag pickers, vendors or beggars, all of them fall under the category of ‘poor’. Even though there has been a decrease in the population of people living below the poverty line, the problem still persists. The given bar graph compares the percentage of the population living below the poverty line across different states of India in the years, 1973-74 and 1999-2000.

The decrease in the poor population is very evident in all the states. It comes as an encouraging note that in two of the states the decline has been drastic. Gujarat has seen a decrease of 23% of the poor population from 48% to 15% in the space of about 26 years. A similar decrease of 36% is seen in West Bengal from 63 % to 27% within the same time gap. At the same time, many states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have shown a slow decline. They account for 70% of the poor stratum of the society in 1999-2000. Thus, a lot needs to be done to completely eradicate this social evil from the country.
Or
B.
The Indian Diabetic Burden
India, a country experiencing rapid socio-economic progress and urbanisation, carries a considerable share of the global diabetes burden. Studies in different parts of India have demonstrated an escalating prevalence of diabetes not only in urban populations but also in rural populations as a result of the urbanisation of lifestyle parameters. The prevalence of prediabetes is also high. Recent studies have shown rapid conversion of impaired glucose tolerance to diabetes in the Southern states of India where the Prevalence of diabetes among adults has reached approximately 20% in urban populations and approximately 10% in rural populations.

Due to the considerable disparity in the availability and affordability of diabetes care, as well as awareness of the disease, the glycemic outcome in treated patients is far from ideal. Lower age at onset and a lack of good glycemic control are likely to increase the occurrence of vascular complications. The economic burden of treating diabetes and its complications is considerable. Lifestyle modification is an effective tool for the primary prevention of diabetes in India. The primary prevention of diabetes is urgently needed in India to curb the rising burden of diabetes.

Section – C
Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text (40 Marks)

Question 6.
Read the given extracts and answer the questions for ANY ONE of the two, given. (10)
A. He came with a big party of relations with him for the wedding. A brass-band playing a popular tune from an Indian film headed the procession, with the bridegroom riding a decorated horse. Ramlal was oveijoyed to see such pomp and splendor. He had never dreamt that his.

(i) The given extract depicts an Indian wedding about to happen. Whose wedding is it? Does the wedding take place? Elaborate in about 40 words with reference to the extract. (2)
Answer:
(i) It is the day of Bholi’s wedding to Bishambher. No, the wedding doesn’t take place. As soon as Bishambher saw Bholi’s face, he threatened to not marry her if not given a dowry of ₹ 5000. Ramlal pleads to him and arranges the money but seeing all this, Bholi refuses to marry.

(ii) What had Ramlal never dreamt? (1)
Answer:
That his fourth daughter would have such a grand wedding.

(iii) State True or False. (1)
None of the terms (a) – (d) can be applied to the statement – He came with a big party of relations with him for the wedding.
(a) A hypothesis – a proposed explanation for a phenomenon
(b) An assumption – something that is assumed to be true without proof or taken for granted.
(c) A hyperbole – exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
(d) A statement – a definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing
Answer:
False; A statement

(iv) Which phrase would correctly substitute ‘splendor’ in the given sentence from the extract? (1)
Ramlal was overjoyed to see such pomp and splendor.
Answer:
magnificent appearance

Or
B. “Natalya Stephenova is an excellent housekeeper, not bad looking, well-educated. What more do I want? But I’m getting noise in my ears from excitement. [Drinks] And it’s impossible for me not to marry. In the first place, I’m already 35 – a critical age, so to speak. In the second place, I ought to lead a quiet and regular life.” (The Proposal)

(i) When the speaker says, ‘What more do I want?’, he means that (1)
(a) he wants to get married soon.
(b) Natalya is a good match for him.
(c) he and Natalya are both quarrelsome.
(d) Natalya would add to his glory.
Answer:
(b) Natalya is a good match for him.

(ii) What do the given lines tell us about the speaker? (1)
Answer:
The given lines tell us that the speaker wanted to live a regular life.

(iii) The statement that is true about the speaker according to the passage is (1)
(a) he is an old man.
(b) he suffers from attacks of excitements.
(c) he wants to make Natalya his business partner.
(d) he wants to travel to the world.
Answer:
(b) he suffers from attacks of excitements.

(iv) What happens to Lomov when he is in excited state? Elaborate in about 40 words. (2)
Answer:
When Lamov is in an excited state his heartbeat increases, lips start to tremble and there is a twitch in his right eyebrow. When he goes to sleep in such a state, something pulls him from the left side and he jumps like a lunatic.

Question 7.
Read the given extract and answer the questions for ANY ONE of the two, given. (5)
A.
If ever you should go by chance
To jungles in the East;
And if there should to you advance
A large and tawny beast,
If he roars at you as you’re dyin’
You’ll know it is the Asian Lion …. (How to Tell Wild Animals)

(i) Fill in the blank with ONE word only.
A person’s heart begins to beat when the lion roars because …………….. . (1)
Answer:
they are scared

(ii) What does the poet mean by ‘Jungles in the East’? (1)
(a) Forests in East direction
(b) Forests of India
(c) Forests in Asian countries
(d) Forest in the East of London
Answer:
(c) Forests in Asian countries

(iii) What does the poet say about the Asian Lion in this extract? Answer in about 40 words. (2)
Answer:
The poet says that the Asian Lion is a large beast. He is brownwish yellow in colour and is found in the forests of the eastern countries of the world. Its roar is very loud and terrifying.

(iv) Which genre is most appropriate for the poem? (1)
Answer:
The poem ‘How to Tell Wild Animals’ is a humorous poem. It depicts the ways to identify different dangerous animals which may not be practical but when read the approaches evoke fun and laughter.

Or
B. Some say that the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
to say that for destruction ice
is also great
and would suffice. (Fire and Ice)

(i) Complete the sentence with the appropriate option. According to the poet, fire refers to (1)
(1) violent desires
(2) passions
(3) jealousy
Codes
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 1, 3 and 2
(c) 1, 2
(d) All of these
Answer:
(d) All of these

(ii) What does the poet wants to convey through the poem? (2)
Answer:
Through the poem ‘Fire and Ice’, the poet wants to convey that the world will come to an end either by fire or by ice. Fire, here stands for desire and greed and ice here stands for hatred and rigidity.

(iii) Identify the most likely tone of the poet in the given lines: (1)
‘to say that for destruction ice
is also great’
Answer:
Sarcastic tone is used by the poet in the given lines.

(iv) How does Robert Frost caution the common man? (1)
Answer:
Robert Frost cautions the common man and says that he should not forget the bitter reality that everything in this world is transitory and death is inevitable. So man should avoid being too desirous or too indifferent.

Question 8.
Answer ANY FOUR of the following two questions, in about 40 – 50 words. (4 × 3 = 12)
(i) Do you think the tiger in the poem had lost its natural instinct due to captivity? Support your response with evidence from the poem ‘A Tiger in the Zoo’. (3)
Answer:
I believe that the tiger in the poem had lost its natural instinct due to captivity. His strength, courage and all other instincts are futile as they are never put to use while he is imprisoned in the four walls of concrete.

Although the tiger is angry on being confined in a cage, he does not roar as he usually does in the open to show his anger. Instead of it, he displays his anger quietly.

(ii) The ‘yellow hair’ is a symbol in the poem. Briefly support the statement with reference to the poem ‘For Anne Gregory’. (3)
Answer:
The yellow hair possessed by Anne Gregory is a symbol of the physical beauty which tempts people to only focus on the physical aspect of things. In the poem, it distracts the men so much so that they love Anne Gregory for her physical beauty and not her internal beauty.

(iii) Why did Anne think she could confide more in her diary than in people? (From the Dairy of Anne Frank) (3)
Answer:
Anne thought that she could confide more in her diary than people because she felt that paper had more patience than people to listen to her thoughts. So, it was easier for her to write all kinds of thoughts in her diary which she had in her mind.
Moreover, she did not have any trustworthy friend with whom she could share her secrets.

(iv) How did Valli save up money for her first journey? Was it easy for her? (Madam Rides the Bus) (3)
Answer:
Valli saved up money for her first journey by not spending money on toys and eatables. She controlled herself from buying these things. ‘
No, it was not easy for her at all. Even at the village fair, she resisted the temptation to be on the merry-go round. Thus, she was able to save sixty paise for her first bus journey.

(v) What made the woman in the control centre look at the narrator strangely? (The Black Aeroplane – Two Stories About Flying) (3)
Answer:
The woman in the control centre looked at the narrator strangely because the narrator asked her about a black aeroplane, whereas the airport’s radar screen showed no plane except the narrator’s plane in the sky during that stormy night.

Question 9.
Answer ANY TWO of the following three questions, in about 40 – 50 words. (2 × 3 = 6)
(i) Do you think it is a significant detail in the story that Anil is a struggling writer?
Does this explain his behaviour in any way? (The Thief’s Story) (3)
Answer:
Yes, it is a significant detail that Anil is a struggling writer. He had no regular source of income. Consequently, he used to spend according to his pocket, when he had money he would celebrate and when he didn’t have money, he borrowed it. This fact somewhere explains the kindness and sympathy with which he treats Hari. His condition is to some extent similar to Hari’s. Just like Hari, he also struggles to get proper meals. He understands Hari’s condition and thus, helps Hari.

(ii) “Griffin was rather a lawless person.” Comment. (Footprints Without Feet) (3)
Answer:
Griffin was a brilliant scientist but he was a lawless person. After becoming invisible because of his experiment, he not only set his landlord’s house on fire but also robbed a theatrical shop in London, as well as the clergyman in Iping . He also hit the villagers including Mrs Hall, her husband, Constable Jaffers, etc. With his criminal bent of mind, he used his invisibility for his own benefit.

(iii) What are the subtle ways in which the lady manages to deceive Horace Danby into thinking she is the lady of the house? Why doesn’t Horace suspect that something is wrong? (A Question of Trust) (3)
Answer:
The lady’s confident walk, her familiarity with the dog Sherry, her act of touching up her make-up and the ease with which she picks a cigarette from the right place are enough to deceive Horace into thinking that she was the lady of the house. Horace does not suspect anything as he was too frightened to think properly.

Question 10.
Answer ANY ONE of the following two questions, in about 100 – 120 words, (1 × 6 = 6)
A. You have been asked to write a paragraph describing how Mandela’s understanding of freedom changed with age and experience. Write this presentation draft in about 120 words with reference to the chapter ‘Nelson Mander-Long Walk to Freedom’.
Or
B. You have been chosen to address a podcast on the topic ‘Nature has many wonders that people take for granted and never pay attention to it.’ Prepare the draft of the podcast in not more than 120 words, with reference to the poem ‘Fog’. You may begin this way:
Good Afternoon, everyone!
Today I’d like to focus my talk on Nature. (…………..)
Answer:
A. After reading ‘Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom’, I came to know that Mandal’s understanding of freedom changed a lot with age and experience. When he was a child, freedom for him meant doing things that he wanted to do because he was born free. He thought that as long as he obeyed his father and followed the rules of his tribe, he was free in every way. As he grew up, he realised that the freedom he enjoyed as a child was just an illusion. No he did not have any freedom. When he was a student, the freedom was just for himself. As a result, he developed a desire to gain freedom for his community. Mandela slowly realised that not only his freedom but the freedom of all blacks was curtailed. With this understanding, he developed a hunger for freedom for his people and started working on it.
Or
B. Good Afternoon, everyone!
Today I’d like to focus my talk on nature. We all have heard about the wonders of nature. In our busy lifestyles, do we spare a minute or two to observe these wonders. I believe most of you will answer in the negative. It is a fact that we take for granted the wonders of nature and never pay attention to them.

I recently read a poem titled ‘Fog’ by Carl Sandburg. Carl differs with the perspective that I just shared. He is the one who is amazed at the wonders of the beautiful nature and takes utmost pleasure in nature and its phenomenon. One such natural phenomenon that captures his attention is ‘Fog’. He is so amazed by fog that he not only wrote a poem about it but also thought of its resemblance with other things. On close attention, he found that fog is similar to a cat. He even describes this resemblance (the way a cat moves and sits) in his poem.

The fact that such a resemblance was found by Carl shows how connected he is to nature that we all have taken for granted. His poem acts as a motivation for all of us who do not pay attention to nature.

I hope we all get inspired from Carl and take out some time to quietly look around us. It would come as no surprise if we find interesting similarities in everyday life.

Thanks for listening to me!

Question 11.
Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 100-120 words. (1 × 6 = 6)
A. Bholi is a child different from others. This difference makes her an object of neglect and laughter.
Imagine that Bholi writes a diary entry exploring the theme of discrimination, in the context of her own experience.
Write this diary entry, as Bholi, in about 120 words.
Or
B. Richard Ebright displayed a well-rounded personality. Do you agree? Elucidate in the context of ‘The Making of a Scientist’ keeping in mind the value points given below.
Answer:
A.
5th June, 20XX
9:15 PM
Dear Diary,
I am feeling very down today. You know, everyone makes fun of me because I have a weak mind and a stammer. I am also called ugly as I have pock marks on my face. What hurts me the most is that my family members also tease me and neglect me! I don’t feel like talking to anyone now as I have become an object of neglect and laughter. It’s a pity that I have to suffer all this because of no fault of mine. I am slow to understand things because I fell from the cot when I was small. My face turned ugly as a result of the pock-marks I got due to smallpox.

I hope somebody comes to my rescue and helps me to become a brave and confident girl ready to face the world.
Take care!
Bholi

Or
B. Richard Ebright displayed a well-rounded personality from his childhood. His genius was obvious by the time he was in second grade. He not only collected butterflies but also collected rocks, fossils and coins. He had managed to collect all the twenty-five species of butterflies that were found in his hometown and had classified them.

Science was not his only passion. He was an active member of his school’s debating club and Model United Nations Clubs and was also an effective debator and public speaker. He was an enthusiastic canoeist and an all-round outdoor person with a keen interest in photography. Because of his interest and hobbies, it was simple for him to devote time and energy to many other interests. He was a champion, not because of his desire to win for the sake of winning but for attempting to do his best. All of these qualities make him a well-rounded personality.


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