CBSE Calss X First Term Sample Question Papers For Sept 2011 Exams

English – Communicative
Maximum marks: 80
Time-3 hours

The question paper is divided into three sections.
Section A: Reading comprehension 20 marks
Section B: Writin 20 marks
Section C:Grammar 20 marks
Section D: Literature 20 marks

SECTION- A (Reading -20 Marks)
Q 1 Read the following passage carefully: (5 Marks)
We are in a rush. We are making haste. A compression of time characterises our lives. As time-use researchers look around, they see a rushing and scurrying everywhere.
Instant services rule, pollsters use electronic devices during political speeches to measure opinions before they have been fully formed; fast food restaurants add express lanes. Even reading to children is under pressure. The volume “One Minute Bedtime Stories” consists of traditional stories that can be read by a busy parent in only one minute.
Time is a gentle deity, said Sophocles. Perhaps it was, for him. These days it cracks the whip. We humans have chosen speed and we thrive on it – more than we generally admit. Our ability to work fast and play fast gives us power. It thrills us. And if haste is the accelerator, multitasking is the overdrive.

A sense of well being comes with this saturation of parallel pathways in the brain. We choose mania over boredom every time. “Humans have never opted for slower,” points out the historian Stephen Kern. We catch the fever –and cramming our life feels good.
There are definite ways to save time, but what does this concept really mean? Does time saving mean getting more done? If so, does talking on a cellular phone at the beach save time or waste it? Does it make sense to say that driving saves ten minutes from your travel budget while removing ten minutes from your reading budget?
These questions have no answers. They depend on a concept that is ill formed; the very idea of time saving. Some of us say we want to save time when we really want to do more and faster. It might be simpler to recognize that there is time and we make choices about how to spend it, how to spare it, how to use it and how to fill it.
Time is not a thing we have lost. It is not a thing we ever had. It is what we live in.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate options from the ones given below:
1)What Sophocles said is outdated because
a)humans today believe in leading a fast paced life
b)life today must be lived
c)humans have no other choice but to chase time
d)humans have admitted that time today is precious

2)Electronic poll devices, instant services, fast food restaurants signify
a)human desire to save time
b)time cracking the whip
c)our need to work fast as it gives us power
d)all of the above

3)According to the author we wish to save time because
a)we hope to be more efficient and capable
b)we wish to accomplish more in a short period of time
c)we wish to make appropriate choices
d)time saved is time earned

4)A word that means the same as ‘filled to capacity’ is

5)The passage
a)advocates the need to accelerate time so that we can meet our requirements
b)recognizes the need to rush and scurry all the time
c)advises us to recognize time and decide what to do with it
d)appreciates those who invest time wisely

Q 2 Read the following passage carefully: (5 Marks)
A recent trip to Lucknow was an instant eye-opener and a more instant stimulus to introspection.
The realization of self degradation started from the station itself. All set to fight the autowallah in Lucknow and accuse him of being a rude fleecer, I was stopped mid-sentence by his demeanour. He was mild, polished and totally agreeable to whatever I would pay him. He was sure I would not pay less than what the fare should be because he felt I had enough money to do so. Of course the respectful way he spoke to me took me completely off guard, and made me a wee bit ashamed. The aggression which one has to display all the time in Delhi, I realized was not needed here. In fact, it was shocking for the autowallah to encounter a presumptuous woman yearning for a fight.
That’s what Delhi does to you. It takes away your polish. Unlike Delhi, Lucknow prefers to stay away from hysterical momentum. It takes an easy pace of life, teaches residents to stay cool, enjoy food, take siestas and work without hitting the breakneck speed barrier. It has set its priorities right. It nurtures its young and it loves its old.
In Delhi, morning walkers go for expensive paraphernalia. You need to drive at least five kms to hunt for a park. Back in Lucknow simply walk out of your house and your walk begins. No traffic and no pollution.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage, complete the following sentences. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.
1)The author was all set to fight with the autorickshaw driver in Lucknow as ……………
2)Your personality in Delhi becomes ……………………………………………….
3)Morning walkers in Lucknow require ………………………………….
4)The word in the passage that means the same as rude is …………….
5)The trip to Lucknow was an eye opener for the author because she realised …….

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Downloat Following Subject Sample question Paper for Fist Term September 2011 Examination

English Lang. & Lit.
Hindi – A
Hindi – B
Social Science (Revised)

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