CBSE Class X English Model Test Paper 2010 | CBSE Class X English Model Paper 2010

CBSE Class X ENGLISH- (Communicative) Model Paper 2010

Time : 3 hours M.M. : 100

General Instructions:
(i) This paper consists of four sections –
Section A – Reading 20 Marks
Section B – Writing 30 Marks
Section C – Grammar 20 Marks
Section D – Literature 30 Marks
(ii) Attempt all questions
(iii) Do not write anything in the question paper.
(iv) All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
(v) Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section.
(vi) Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
(vii) Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question.


Q.1 Read the following poem carefully : (8 Marks)


When I was a young man, I followed the gold,
Deep in a mineshaft, all muddy and cold.
Deep in the dark, with a flickering light
And never a nugget to gladden my sight-
But it’s way, hey! Now I am old,
The mornings were silver, the sunsets were gold.
When I was a young man, I followed the sea.
Cold, wet and shivering often I’d be;
Rocked in the crow’s nest or rolled down below
Or sweating my soul out where the Gulf traders go-
But it’s a way, hey! Now I am old,
The oceans were sapphires, the beaches were gold.
Now I am an old man, I sit in the sun;
Thinking and dreaming of things that I have done,
Remembering laughter, forgetting the pain
And I’d go out and do it all over again –
Way, hey, lift it along!
What good is your life if it isn’t a song?
1.1 Read the following summary. Complete it by writing the missing word/ phrase against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. (½x10=5 Marks)
In the poem, the poet recalls his (a) …. fondly even though his
experiences were not always (b) …. Recalling the days gone
by, he has no regrets, as he regards each job as (c) ….He
mentiones having been a (d) …. and a (e) …. As a miner, he
never found any nuggets but found gold in the (f) …. and (g)
….To him, the oceans sparkled like (h) …. Even as he toiled in
the heat, he thought of it as just another (i) ….. As on old man
he feels the he would (j) …. if he had the chance.
1.2 Complete the following statement on the basis of your reading of the poem. Write your answer in the answer sheet against the correct blank number: (1×3= 3 Marks)
(a) The two words in stanza I that describe his discomfort as a
miner are ……… .
(b) As an old man, his time is usually spent ……………………….
(c) The last line of the poem conveys a sense of ……. . ………….
Q.2 Read the following passage carefully : (12 Marks)


It was the festival of spring. From the wintry shades of narrow lanes and alleys emerged a gaily clad humanity. Some walked, some rode on horses, others sat, being carried on bamboo and bullock-carts. One little boy ran between his parent ’s legs, brimming over with life and laughter.
Come, child, come,” called his parents, as he lagged behind, arrested by the toys in the shops that line the way. He hurried towards his parents, his feet obedient to the call, his eyes, still lighting on the receding toys. As he came to where they had stopped, to wait for him, he could not suppress the desire of his heart, even though he well knew the old stare of refusal in their eyes.

I want the toy,” he pleaded His father looked at him in his usual forbidding way. His mother, melted by the free spirit of the day, was tender, and giving him her finger to catch, said: “Look, child, what is there before you”!.

The faint disgust of the child’s unfulfilled desire was soon quelled by the pleasure of what was before him. They had left the dusty road on which they had walked so far and entered a footpath in a field.

It was a flowering mustard field, pale like melting gold as it swept across miles and miles of even land, a river of yellow liquid light, ebbing and falling with each fresh eddy of wild wind, and straying at places into broad rich tributary streams, yet, running in a constant sunny sweep towards the distant horizon. Where it ended, on a side stood a dense group of low, mud-walled houses put into relief both by the lower forms of a denser crowd of yellow-robed men and women and by a highpitched sequence of whistling, creaking, squeaking, roaring, humming noises that rose from it across the groves.

The child looked up at his father and mother, filled with the shrill joy and wonder of this vast glory and felt that they, too, wore the evidence of this pure delight in their faces. He left the footpath and plunged headlong into the field, prancing like a young colt, his small feet chiming with the fitful gusts of wind that came winnowing through the fragrance of more distant fields.

A group of dragon flies were bustling about on their gauzy purple wings, intercepting the flight of a lone black bee or butterfly in search of sweet perfume from the hearts of the flowers. The child followed them in the air, with his gaze, till one of them would fold its wings and sit down: and he would try to catch it. But it would go, fluttering, flipping, hovering into the air, when he had almost caught it in his hands. One bold black bee, having evaded capture, sought to tempt him by whining round his ear and nearly settled on his lips, when his mother made a cautionary call: “Come, child come, on the foot-path.” He ran towards his parents gaily and walked abreast of them for a while, being, however, soon left behind, attracted by the little insects and worms along the foot-path that were coming out teeming from their hiding places to enjoy sunshine.
2.1 Read the following summary of the beginning of the story, and fill in each of the spaces with ONE WORD ONLY. Write the answers in your answer sheets against the correct question/blank number. (½x6 = 3 marks)
It was spring festival. People were coming out of the streets, some on foot and others on various forms of (a) ……. . A little boy
(b) …… his parents. He was
(c) ……… to the toys in the shops. He wanted to have them. But he saw
(d) ……….. writ large in the eyes of his parents. His mother
(e) …… him to look at beautiful things ahead. In this way dissatisfaction gave way to (f) ……. .
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, attempt the following questions as briefly as possible. Write the answer in your answer sheets against the correct question/blank number. (1×5= 5 marks)
(a) After leaving the dusty road, the child and hid parents ……….
(b) ‘Where it ended …………. What does ‘it’ refer to here?
(c) Men and women dressed in yellow stood against the background of………… .
(d) What did the boy see in the basis of his parents?
(e) The child could not catch any dragon fly because …………. .
2.3 Find words/phrases from the passage that mean the same as the following (1×4=4M)
(i) going back from the observer ………………………
(ii) feeling of dislike ………………………………………..
(iii) a current of air or water ………………………………..
(iv) side by side …………………………………………


Q.3 Use the notes given below to draft a message to Mrs. R. Ali, Head of Social Sciences, from the Principal. Write the message in not more than 50 words in your answer sheet. (5 Marks)

! National level Social Sciences Seminar for students.
! Venue – Indira Gandhi Stadium
! May 2-9 , including weekend
! Entries – Submitted by March 10, 20xx
! Payment – Rs. 20 per entry
! Refreshments – provided for students and teachers who
! Get names
4. Your parents have gone to Kanpur to attend a wedding at 65/04, Karim Ganj. In the meantime you received an interview call from Mumbai for the post of a lecturer on 15th June. You have given the keys of the house to a neighbour of yours. Ask your parents to collect the keys from the neighbour. You are leaving shortly. As a friend of yours is also accompanying you, you would spend three days sight-seeing in Mumbai after the interview. Write a postcard and sign your name as Ajay Gupta, address: 230, Model Town, Ludhiana. [Word Limit: 60 words] (5 Marks)
5. You are Kavi/Kavita. You saw the following advertisement in a magazine for youth. Upset by the misleading language, you decide to write an article entitled ‘HEALTH IS A TREASURE WITH NO SHORTCUTS’. Using ideas from the unit an ‘Health and Medicine’ and your own ideas, write the article in about 200 words. (10 Marks)

Hey! Good times are here to stay
Eat what you want and top it up with one of our magic
‘WEIGHT LOOSS’ pills. Guaranteed to make you lose all the
unwanted weight within day, Chocolate, Junk food, Fried and
Fatty foods are now O.K.!
No exercise required …. no sweat ….. just great looks!

4. You had made the following itinerary when you visited Mumbai withyour parents

8th May 6.00 P.M. – Departure from Delhi by Dehradun Express
9th May 5.00 P.M. – Arrival at Mumbai
10th May (Morning) – Visit to Laxmi Garden
(Evening) – Gateway of India, Chaupati, seeing the sea in moonlight.
11th May (Morning) – Elephanta caves (Evening) – Shopping at Crawford market, Maharashtra Kala Kendra
12th May (Morning) – Departure to Goa by bus Using the itinerary given above, write a letter to your friend Manish Srivastava describing what things you saw in Mumbai and how you enjoyed your visit to Mumbai. Do not exceed 175- 200 words. (10 Marks)


C1. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied. (½x8 = 4 Marks)
Andhra Pradesh, is one state e.g., One a
abounding of natural wonders, (a) ——— ———-
rich in culture heritage and, (b) ——— ———-
most and all, excellent picnic (c) ——— ———-
spots. Andhra Pradesh on this day (d) ——— ———-
retain much of its regal glory (e) ——— ———-
or old worldly charm. Geographically(f) ——— ———-
a state enjoys a strategic (g) ——— ———-
location. Most of this stands on (h) ——— ———-
the high Deccan plateau.
C2. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done as an example. Write the correct sentences in your answer sheet against the correct blank number .(1×3= 3 Marks)
Eg.,very important/facial expressions/to us/ are
(a) someone you can see/ easier it is / think of how much/ talking
to you/ to understand/on the telephone/compared to listening
(b) to tell apart/ are easy/happy/ and sad faces
(c) and there are/we can mould our faces/ of other ways/dozens
C3. Given below is a conversation between David and his friend, Meenu. Complete the dialogue in any suitable way. Write the correct answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the whole sentence. (1×4=4 M)
David : Is this 269897640?
Meenu: Yes (a) ………………………………… ?
David : To Meenu. I am her friend David.
Meenu: David! It’s Meenu (b) ………………………….?
David : I’m calling from the airport. I’m here for a visit.
Meenu: That’s great. (c) ………………………….. ?
David : I wanted to give you a surprise.
Meenu: When did you arrive? (d) ……………………. ?
David : I just got here and I’m alone.
C4. Given below are sentences showing how surgery was performed in olden days. Complete the following paragraph filling in the blanks with suitable words and phrases. Do not copy the whole sentence. Write your answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. The first one has been one for you as on example. (1×4=4 Marks)
(a) Young men worked as apprentices to quacks.
(b) Anyone had surgical practice.
(c) For treatment they adopted rough methods.
(d) They caused many deaths.
(e) Advancement in surgery has discarded those methods.
A young men
(a) was apprenticed to quack. Surgery
(b)….by almost anyone. Crude methods of treatment
(c)…. Many deaths
(d)…. thus. Now those crude methods
(e)…. due to progress in surgery.
C5. Krishma got the grades given below. She asked her teacher to give her a written report on her abilities and achievements. Given below is a part of the report her teacher wrote. Based on the grades complete the following sentences with suitable words or phrases. Do not add any other information. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. (5 Marks)
Krishma is a very bright girl who shows great application and diligence in class. Her special
(a) ……… and computer Science where
(b) ….. this year. She should, however,
(c) …….. in the languages.
(d) ………. and is able to work (e) ………


12&13, Below are given three extracts from different poems. Read the extracts carefully and answer the questions that follow. Attempt any two (2X3=6 Marks)
(I) Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Be through my lips to unawakened earth.
(a) Point out the figure of speech used in the first line.
(b) Metaphorically, if ‘ashes’ stands for dead thoughts, what does’ sparks’ stand for?
(c) Why has the earth been referred to as ‘unawakened’? (II) And a solitary loon Wept, beneath the summer moon. Toads and teals and tiddlers, captured By her voice, cheered on, enraptured.
(a) Who is the solitary loon? Why is she weeping?
(b) What is a ‘teal’?
(c) Who was ‘enraptured’ and why?
(III) Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice, Parting with his poison-flash of diabolic tail in the dark room. Questions:
(a) Who does ‘him’ refer to?
(b) Why did he come inside the house?
(c) Why does the poet refer to this tail as ‘diabolic’?
14. The poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is based on the
theme of loving God’s creation and Christian concept of sin. Justify . (75-100 words) (4 Marks)
The mirror in the poem ‘Mirror’ is cruel. Do you agree? Support your answer with textual evidence in 75-100 words.
15. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (4 Marks)
“Father is not mean any more and he says you are never coming back here, and from now on we’ll always be together”.
(a) Who is the speaker? What is the context? (2)
(b) Whose childhood is referred to here? How do these lines justify his present behaviour? (2)
16. In the play ‘Julius Caesar’ how and why does Antony prove to the citizens that Caesar was not ambitious? (75-100 words) (4 Marks)
Julius Caesar decides to stay at home and not go to the Senate but later he changes his mind and goes there. Why? (75-100 words)
17. What did Ch-tsal come to know about human beings from C.H. Winters? How did it come to his help later when his feathers and whiskers grew? (75- words)
What forced the grandmother to decide to undertake the journey through the Kruger Park? How did the grandfather react to it? (75- words) (4 Marks)
18. Suppose Miriam has come to know about the tragic end of her father. She also comes to know about his endless wait for her letter. Feeling sorry for her father and blaming herself for his sufferings and pain, she writes a page in her diary. Supposing yourself to be Miriam, write this page in 150-175 words. (8 Marks)
Imagine you are Babuli’s mother. The division of the family property has left you heart broken. The family tree, that was nurtured with care has been axed down. Unable to bear the distress and grief, write a letter to your brother giving voice to your feelings. (Word limit : 150-175 words)


1. Familiarise yourself with the text thoroughly.
2. Do not give wrong facts.
3. If possible, prepare a rough draft of the matter to be written in long questions in Section B.
4. Practice as many sample papers as possible and get them checked by your respective teacher.
5. Prepare topics like direct-indirect speech, active-passive voice, news paper headlines, guided composition, etc. very attentively as they are very scoring.
6. Learn the word meanings given in the text book and also the different figures of speech particularly from the poetry section.
7. Keep your English simple and easy to understand.

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One Comment

  1. suneeta kulkarni says:

    you should publish the answers also so that we can do self study.

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