CBSE Class X English Subject Sample Paper | CBSE Class X Sample Paper

CBSE Class X Sample Paper-English Subject

General Instructions:
1. 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
2. Attempt all questions.
3. Do not write anything in the question paper.
4. All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
5. Attempt all questions in each section before going on, to the next section.
6. Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
7. Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.

1. Read the following passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 12
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Emotional honesty means expressing your true feelings. To be able to be emotionally honest we must first be emotionally aware. This emotional awareness is related to our emotional intelligence. It is our emotional intelligence which gives us the ability to accurately identify our feelings.
Emotional intelligence may also give us the ability to decide when it is in our best interest to be emotionally honest by sharing our real feelings. There are times when it is not healthy or safe for us to be emotionally honest. In general though, I believe we would be better off individually and as a society if we would be more emotionally honesty.
If we are more emotionally honest with ourselves we will get to know our
‘true selves’ on a deeper level. This could help us become more self-accepting. It could also help us make better choices about how to spend out time and who to spend it with.
Children start out emotionally honest. They express their true feelings freely and spontaneously. But the training to be emotionally dishonest begins at an early age. Parents and teachers frequently encourage or even demand that children speak or act in ways which are inconsistent with the child’s true feelings. The child is told to smile when actually she is sad. She is told to apologise when she feels no regret. She is told to say ‘thank you’, when she feels no appreciation. She is told to ‘stop complaining’ when she feels mistreated. She may be told to kiss people good night when she would never do so voluntarily. She may be told it is ‘rude’ and ‘selfish’ to protest being forced to act in ways which go against her feelings.
Also, children are told they can’t use certain words to express themselves. I have seen more than one parent tell their child not to use the word ‘hate’, for example. And of course, the use of profanity to express one’s feelings is often punished, sometimes harshly. In some cases the parent never allows the children to explain why they feel so strongly.
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1. What is emotional honesty ? 1
2. What helps us to identify our feelings accurately ? 1
3. What are the benefits of emotional honesty ? 2
4. How does a child’s emotional honesty disappear when he grows up ? 2
5. Who are the people who make the child speak inconsistent with his or her
true feelings ? 2
6. How do the children express their feelings ? 2
7. Give the antonyms of the following words from the passage. 2 x 1 = 2
i) Polite
ii) ii) generous

Q. 2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : (8 marks)
1. Set in the declining but still green Western Ghats in the South-West of Karnataka, Coorg is the heart of India’s coffee country. Coffee is the world’s most heavily traded commodity after crude oil. Coorg boasts a land area four times larger than Hong Kong and seven times the area of Singapore. Most of it is under tree cover because unlike tea plants, the coffee bush requires shade.
2. India is acknowledged as the producer of the finest mild coffees. With their tropical climate, high altitude, abundant rainfall and fertile soil, Coorg and the neighbouring Chickmangalur districts in Karnataka have consistently produced and exported high quality coffee for over 150 years. The coffee output of these two districts accounts for 70 percent of the total coffee produced in the country. Coorg coffee is valued for its blue colour, clean beans and fine liquoring qualities and hence is in demand in the international markets.
3. In March and April, the coffee blossom time in Coorg, when blossoms transform into berries, the bushes are cropped. The cherry-red fruit is then pulped; the seeds separated, dried and sent for curing. Coorg or Kodagu is the district which is one of the largest producers of pepper, cardamom and honey in the world.
4. Not much is known about the early history of Coorg. Recorded history is available only from 1600 A.D. onwards when Kodava Rajas ruled over the region and established their capital at Mercara by constructing a mud-walled fort. The martial Kodavas troubled Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, who ruled the Mysore region in the 18th century, by way of sporadic rebellions. But in 1785, Tipu’s large army marched into Kodagu and devastated the kingdom. Fourteen years later, with the help of the British, who defeated Tipu Sultan following the historic siege of Srirangapatana in 1799, Coorg regained independence and under the leadership of Raja Veerarajendra rebuilt the capital. Later in 1834, the British exiled its ruler Chikkaveera Rajendra and assumed administrative charge of the district. The British left India in 1947, leaving behind a legacy of coffee plantations, colonial buildings and well-planned road networks.
2.1 Complete the following : (1×4=4 marks)
a. The tea plants are unlike coffee plants as the latter _______________ .
b. Coorg coffee is internationally acclaimed for its _______________________ .
c. Coorg is famous not only for coffee but also for _____________________ .
d. After crude oil, coffee is the ___________________ .
2.2 Complete the table given below. (1×4=4 marks)
Year Events
(a) ___________________
1785 A.D.
(c) ___________________
1834 A.D. Recorded history of Coorg available from
(b) ___________________
Coorg regained independence
(d) ___________________
SECTION – B Writing ( 30 marks)

Q. 3. You are Sumit/Sunita. You attended a science exhibition, ‘Self-sufficient India’. Write a postcard to your friend, Amit, 21, D.H. Eoad, Chennai in not more than 50 words about the exhibits and how you were benefited by them. Copy the format given below and write the postcard in your answer sheet. (5 marks)
Q. 4. The following is a telephonic conversation between Arun and Rakesh’s mother. As she was leaving home she leaves a message for her son. Write the message in not more than 50 words. (5 marks)
Arun : Can I speak to Rakesh ?
Rakesh’s mother : Rakesh is not at home. He has gone for tuition and will be back only at 6 p.m.
Arun : Can I leave a message ?
Mother : Oh, sure.
Arun : Please inform him that he has to stay back after class tomorrow for his
Q. 6. You are a member of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in your locality. The following Pie-chart reflects the attitude of the people towards animals. In response to this, write an article to be published in the forthcoming issue of ‘The Week’ on how animals are ill-treated and what can be done to prevent it. As Ramesh/Ranjini, write the article in 150 – 200 words. (10 marks)

(Hints :
* 50% people believe animals are exploited for selfish ends
* 35% people have indifferent attitude towards animals
* 15% people believe, that animals are man’s slaves
Q.6. Atomic energy and technology has revolutionised life. It has developed in improving the quality of life in various spheres such as health, environment, agriculture eyc, Using your own ideas and ideas from the unit Science of MCB write a letter to the editor of a national daily in about 200 words about the improvements due to science and technology. (10 marks)
SECTION – C Grammar (20 marks)
Q. 7. Look at the notes given below. Use the information to complete the paragraph by writing suitable words or phrases in each space. Do not add any new information. Write only the correct answers against the correct blank numbers in your answer sheet. (1×4=4 marks)
Corals – rain forests of seas – rise in temperature – damages them –
inability to gather nutrients – carbon in atmosphere – another danger –
marine life among reef – fallen
Coral reefs (a)___________________________________ . They are damaged (b) ______________________ . So they are (c) ______________________ nutrients. Carbon build-up is even more (d) ____________________ than rise in temperature. This has led to the fall in marine life.
Q. 8. Complete the following passage with one word in each blank. Write the correct answers against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentences. (½×8=4 marks)
One of the most significant pilgrim centres (a) __________________ the country, Varanasi, (b) _______________________ famous for its temples and ghats. It is located (c) _____________________ the river Ganges. The waterfront is decorated (d) ________________ hundreds of lovely ghats, (e) ___________________ city houses the famous Kasi Viswanath Temple. Pilgrims flock the ghats (f) _________________ the ritual bath. A popular belief is that (g)____________________ who die in Varanasi are liberated (h) ___________________ the cycle of birth and death.
.Q.9.. Read the conversation given below and complete the passage that follows. Write the answers against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentences. (1×4=4 marks)
Customer : Can I have a small bottle of tomato sauce ?
Shopkeeper : Sorry, I have only big bottles.
Customer : When will it be available ?
Shopkeeper : I can give it to you tomorrow.
Customer : Thank you, then I will get it tomorrow.
The customer asked the shopkeeper (a) ____________________ of tomato sauce. The shopkeeper said that he only had big bottles of tomato sauce. The customer wanted to know (b) ______________________ . The shopkeeper said that (c) ___________________________ . The customer thanked him and said that (d) ___________________________ .
Q. 10 Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences to complete the paragraph. Write each sentence in the space provided. One has been done for you as an example. ( 3 Marks)
The most important task/is to defend/an air attack/of the Air Force/by an enemy/ the country against.
Example. The most important task of the Air Force is to defend the country against an air attack by an enemy.
a. When the enemy/these important places/ destroy the enemy planes/ our important places/send planes to attack/our planes must/before they can destroy/

b. We can/the enemy planes/the approach of /if we know about/do this only/
c. We have/the approach of an aeroplane/called Radar to/of equipment/from a distance/a special kind/find out about/.

Q. 11 In the following paragraph, one word has been omitted in each line. Mark the place where you think a word has been omitted with a ‘/’ . Write the omitted word in the space provided. The first correction has been done for you as an example. (5 MARKS)
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Air Force aims/ protecting important at
Area and places, known vital points. _________ (a) __________
Air Force protects these places _________ (b) __________
By shooting the enemy planes _________ (c) __________
They come to destroy these vital points. _________ (d) __________
The Air force planes can fly the _________ (e) __________
Enemy country and destroy _________ (f) __________
Enemy’s planes. Then the enemy has few _________ (g) __________

Q. 12. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Number the answers correctly. (4 MARKS)
It ate the food it ne’er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through !
a. What is ‘it’ referred to here ? 1
What difficulty did the mariners face before ‘it’ arrived ? 2
How did the mariners’ fate change after ‘its’ appearance 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet. Remember to number the answers correctly.

To get there we had to go through the Kruger Park. We knew about the Kruger Park. A kind of whole country of animals — elephants, lions, jackals, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, all kinds of animals.
(a) Where were they going and why? 2
(b) Mention an incident during the journey which shows grandmother’s courage. 2
c) What all precautions they had to take ?1
Q.13. They clicked Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. (4 marks)
their tongues.
With every movement that the scorpion made
his poison moved in the mother’s blood, they said.
May he sit still, they said.
(a) Name the poem and the poet. (1)
(b) Who are ‘they’? (1)
(c) Why do they hope that the scorpion would sit still? (1)
(d) What do these words tell us about them? (2)
. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. (4 marks)
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
(a) Who is the speaker? (1)
(b) Why did the other sailors give him evil looks? (2)
(c) Why was the bird hung around his neck? (2))
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Q. 14. How do the superstitious villagers react when the narrator’s mother is stung by a scorpion ? Write your answer in 75 -100 words. (4 marks)
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
(a) Who is the speaker? (1)
(b) Why did the other sailors give him evil looks? (2)
(c) Why was the bird hung around his neck? (1)
Q. 15. Scrooge had everything he wanted but was always gloomy and bitter. Bob Crachit, his underpaid clerk, was cheerful and happy. Compare and contrast the characters of Scrooge and Crachit as they appear in the play, “A Christmas Carol”. Answer in about 75 words. (4 marks)
Do you think the title of the story ‘The Tribute’ is a suitable one? justify with instances ? ]
Q. 16. “When we arrived we were like him — my first-born brother and I.” Describe the condition of the refugees in ‘The Ultimate Safari’ when they first arrived at the refugee camp. Write your answer in 50 – 75 words. (4 marks)
It was like the Butcher’s knife going to stone to sharpen itself. The story ‘The Tribute’ contains a number of references to the work of a butcher. Why does Babuli so often have these thoughts? []

Q. 17. Reaching home in Bhubaneshwar after the partition of the property, Babuli feels calm and relieved. That night he makes a diary entry on his experiences in his village and what prompted him to pay the tribute to his brother. As Babuli, write the diary entry in 150 – 175 words. (8 marks)
Imagine you are the narrator, now grown up. Write a letter to a friend describing about your growing up in the refugee camp and your determination to go back to your village? (8 MARKS)

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