CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative Set 3
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Time allowed: 3 hours
Maximum marks: 80
❖ The question papers divided into three sections :
Section A : Reading 20 marks
Section B : Writing and Grammar 30 marks
Section C : Literature 30 marks
❖ All questions are compulsory.
❖ You may attempt any section at a time.
❖ All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
SECTION-A : READING
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
1. Have you ever been to a beach ? Did you see a man with a headset pointing a long pole at the ground ? If so, you might have seen a person using a metal detector. People use these devices to find metal.
Metal detectors make magnetic waves. These waves go through the ground. The waves change when they hit metal. Then the device beeps. This lets the person with the device know that a metal is close.
2. The first metal detectors were meant to help miners. They were big. They cost a lot of money. They used a lot of power. And worst of all, they didn’t work well. People kept trying to make them better. It took sometime before it was perfected.
3. Metal detectors got smaller. Now they are light and cheap. They also work better. That is why people bring them to the beach. They can look for rings in the water. They can look for phones in the sand. Metal detectors help them find these things. They usually just find junk though.
4. Metal detectors also protect people. They help to keep guns out of some places. They are in airports. They are in courthouses. Some schools use them. They help guards look for weapons. Guards use special wands to find metal on a person.
5. These devices save lives in other ways too. During wars, people plant bombs in the ground. When the war ends, they don’t clean up their messes. This is unsafe for the people who live in those places. Others use metal detectors to find bombs. They remove them and help the people.
6. These devices also make clothes safer. It sounds funny, but it’s true. Most clothes are made in big factories. There are lots of needles in these places. Needles break from time to time. They get stuck in the clothes. They would poke people trying them on. They don’t though. That’s because our clothes are scanned for metal. Isn’t that nice ? Let’s hear it for metal detectors. They make the world a safer place.
1.1. Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read : [1 x 8 = 8]
(i) Which were the two problems with the first metal detectors ?
(ii) How is the main idea best described in the second paragraph ?
(iii) How do metal detectors make clothing safer ?
(iv) Why were metal detectors first used ?
(v) How do metal detectors help soldiers ?
(vi) Why do people bring metal detectors to the beach ?
(vii) How did metal detectors get better over time ?
(viii) In what manner is the metal detector used,in the war ?
(ix) Name three other places where metal detectors are used.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
1. Neil Armstrong, the most famous of the astronauts on Apollo 11, has been called the ultimate professional. He was hired to do a job. He did the job and then he went home and kept quiet about it. In 40 years, he gave two interviews. But how can the man who first set foot on the Moon, a hero to millions of people, remains such a mystery ?
2. People like Armstrong often develop their interests at a young age. He followed a career built on a passion for flying that he developed in his childhood in the 1930s. He learnt to fly before he had graduated from high school in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He then did a course in aerospace engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, sponsored by the United States Navy, which meant that Armstrong was obliged to serve as a naval pilot for three years. He saw action almost immediately, flying 78 missions in the war in Korea.
3. He left the Navy in 1952 and two years later got a job with the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory where he flew experimental aircraft. He reached speeds of 6,615 kilometres an hour and altitudes of over 200,000 feet. When he decided to become an astronaut is not clear. Certainly, it was not his ambition to be famous. An extremely talented pilot, his aim was simply to push the boundaries of flight.
4. He was selected for a space plane pilot training programme in 1960 but shortly after news began to circulate that NASA was looking for astronauts for their Apollo programme. Incredibly excited, he applied for the job and in 1962 was accepted. The rest, as they say, is history.
5. When the astronauts returned from the Apollo 11 Moon landing of July 1969, Armstrong was a worldwide celebrity and could have done anything he wanted—TV shows, public speaking. Instead, he became a teacher at the University of Cincinnati and at the weekend went flying to get away from all the attention. He subsequently worked for two private avionics firms until he retired in 2002. In , 40 years he only gave two interviews. Why ? Certainly he felt fortunate to have had the chance to fulfil his dream but he did not feel any more special than the thousands of people who worked on the Apollo space programme. He was just the pilot.
2.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in about 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) Why was Neil Armstrong considered as an ultimate professional ?
(ii) Why Neil Armstrong can be called a mystery ?
(iii) Where did his passion of flying take him on the first mission ?
(iv) What are the jobs that Neil Armstrong opted out for teaching in Cincinnati ?
(v) What makes Neil Armstrong different from other celebrities of his stature ?
2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the following blanks with appropriate words/phrases. [1 x 2 = 2]
(i) People like Armstrong often develop their interests
(ii) An extremely talented pilot, his aim was simply
(iii) At the weekend Neil Armstrong went flying
2.3. Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same as below:
[1 x 2 = 2]
(i) Grateful (paragraph 2)
(ii) Elevations (paragraph 3)
(iii) Privileged (paragraph 3)
SECTION-B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR
(Attempt all question from this section)
(a) You are Mohammed Tariq, the purchase manager of Colour World, a store that specialises in paints and is now in need of fresh supply of paints from National Paints. Place your order of enamel, synthetic and white paints. Add details as necessary. 
(b) You have received 1,000 cartons of Tube lights but 100 cartons of them are damaged. Write a complaint letter to the supplier stating the fact and ask for a quick replacement.
(Goods received in a damaged condition)
Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues given below. Give a suitable title to the story.
Jim had a busy day at school preparing for the school .cultural program. Jim was active in the extra-curricular activities that made him the envy of many… 
Rohit, a teenage boy, in love with gadgets was sent by his father to spend his summer holidays in the village near Dehradun. Rohit was not pleased with this idea, because…
Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer-sheet against the correct blank numbers.
[1 x 4 = 4]
(a) You………..park your car on the bends, it is illegal.
(ii) must not
(iv) may not
(b) She may agree………. you, who knows?
(c) We must tidy our classroom as our teacher………….. us to.
(iv) ask for
(d) You have to help me as it is too………….work for me.
(e) you see the balloon, it’s right there?
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word, in any four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in the space provided. [1 x 4 = 4]
Rearrange any four of the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) And/his/ for/ beach/a/ Omar/classmates/ clean-uparrived
(b) Asked/ to/ pairs/in/work/ the/ students/teacher
(c) Ms.Kapoor/ Mr. Johnson/ students/ told/for/the/to/trash/for/bags/ ask
(d) spied/ an/ Omar/shoe/old/ and/put/he/the / trash/shoe/a/bag
(e) unusual/noticed/then/ Omar/ shells/Ms.Kapoor/near
SECTION-C : LITERATURE
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answer in your answer sheets in one or two lines only. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) “We are not complaining, Sir”.
(i) Whose words are these and to whom are they addressed ?
(ii) What are they not complaining about ?
(iii) Why is the author talking to the boys ?
(iv) Find the synonym of the word ‘grumble.’
(b) “But must I confess how I liked him”
(i) Whose words are these and who is he talking about ?
(ii) Why did the poet like the snake ?
(iii) How was it unusual for the poet to like the snake ?
(iv) Find the synonym of the word ‘admit’.
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) Why did Nicola and Jacopo ask the author to go to the cafe while they went in the Red-roofed villa ?
(ii) Why was Patol Babu initially disappointed when they handed him the dialogue ?
(iii) What happened to the pride declaration of Ozymandias ?
(iv) Discuss Abel Merriweather’s entry while the family are in’mourning.
(v) What are the immediate words of Antony after Caesar is stabbed ?
Attempt any one out of the two following long answer type questions in 100-120 words. 
(a) Patol Babu believed in rehearsing well before his shot. Explain.
(b) Show how the poet regrets hitting the snake in the poem ‘Snake’.
(a) Answer the following question based on the prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words. 
The Diary of a Young Girl
(i) Discuss Anne Frank’s diary remarks on the past and warns about the future.
(ii) Discuss how Anne Frank gets aware of her Jewish heritage and the need to maintain it even after the war.
(b) Answer the following question based on the prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words.
The Story of My Life
(i) The story of my life. Discuss Helen Keller’s visit to the Perkins Institute and her experiences.
(ii) Discuss the motif of nature that recurs in “The Story of My Life.”
1.1 (i) The two problems with the first metal detectors were that they were too big and did not work well.
(ii) The second paragraph explains how metal detectors work.
(iii) Metal detectors make sure that broken needles don’t get into clothing by scanning them.
(iv) The metal detectors were initially used to help miners.
(v) They help soldiers find hidden bombs.
(vi) Metal detectors help people find valuable items.
(vii) They became cheaper, became lighter and began to work better.
(viii) Metal detectors are used to clear the mess after war and find bombs that been planted.
(ix) Metal detectors are used in school, courthouses and airports.
2.1 (i) Neil Armstrong was considered an ultimate professional because whenever he was hired to do a job, he did and never spoke about it.
(ii) Neil Armstrong can be called a mystery because he just gave 2 interviews in a span of 40 years and never spoke about it.
(iii) After his graduation and as a navy pilot, he flew 78 missions in the war in Korea.
(iv) He could have been in TV shows, public speaking or anything he wanted but he chose to be a teacher in the University of Cincinnati.
(v) Neil Armstrong felt fortunate to be a part of Apollo Space Mission but he did not feel special or different from the others. This characteristic makes him different.
2.2 (i) People like Armstrong often develop their interests at a young age.
(ii) An extremely talented pilot, his aim was simply to push the boundaries of flight.
(iii) At the weekend Neil Armstrong went flying to get away from all the attention.
2.3 (i) obliged
15, Bamboo Market,
1st September, 20x x
National Paints Co. Ltd.
672, Mount Road, Chennai- 2
Sub. : Order for various paints.
Thank you for your quotation and the price list. We are glad to place our order with you for the following items:
Since the above goods are required immediately as our stock is about to exhaust very soon, we request you to send the goods through your vehicle as the carriage inward is supposed to be borne by you.
We shall arrange payment within ten (10) days to comply with the terms. Please send all commercial and financial documents along with the goods. We reserve the right to reject the goods if received late.
Mohammed Tariq Purchase Manager,
Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru-43
5th March, 20 xx
Sales & Service Division Lighting World Ltd,
Sub.: Complaint for goods received in a damaged condition.
I want to thank you for your prompt delivery of the ordered Tube lights. Unf ortunately, on opening the carton, we found 100 cartons of Tubelights in a damaged condition. We are not sure whether the damage has been caused by poor handling or wrong packing.
While placing the order, I clearly mentioned that we required these goods quickly and to be handled ‘with care’ while delivery. Although we received the goods in time but 100 cartons of damaged goods caused serious problems to the need of our valued customers. :
Please take back the 100 cartons of damaged goods and provide replacement before 15th April, 20x x, to enable us to satisfy our customers’ need.
We are looking forward to hear you with the said replacement.
Jim had a busy day at school preparing for the school cultural program. Jim was active in the extra¬curricular activities that made him the envy of many. As popular as he was, Jim was a very good person. He was courteous and polite to the teachers and all the elders. At the same time he was friendly and helpful to his friends and his classmates.
Rahul did not like this. He was extremely jealous and displeased with all the attention Jim was getting. He was always waiting for an opportunity to bring him down. One day when Jim was about to go to school after the practice, he found that he had a flat tyre in the bicycle he used every day to come to school. When he looked closer he found that the tyre had been slashed. He guessed who might have done that but Jim had always avoided any altercation with Rahul.
He did not complain to the authorities but took the cycle and started walking to get it repaired. On the way, he suddenly saw a crowd that had gathered on the road and he went closer to see what the fuss was all about. He saw Rahul lying down hurt and all were discussing and taking pictures with very few trying to help him. Jim rushed to Rahul’s side, carried him and took him in an auto to the hospital close by. Rahul was taken to the emergency room and given the treatment.
Rahul was soon released and he was ashamed that he had been mean to Jim and asked Jim to forgive him. Rahul, on that day, realised that it was better to make friends than enemies.
My Adventurous Journey
Rohit, a teenage boy, in love with gadgets was sent by his father to spend his summer holidays in the village near Dehradun. Rohit was not pleased with this idea because it meant that he would be cut off from all that he loved. He would be left without his smartphone which hC used so much that he almost got a hunch back peering endlessly at phone. This surely was not a great idea. But he had no choice and so off he went on the train and then had to take a rickety bus to his grandmother’s place.
He was, at first, not so happy but soon the smell of the pine trees blended with pure air and the azure skies to behold made him forget the phone. He soon started admiring the scene, the colours of flowers and the cheerful chatter of the people around him. And suddenly, there was a loud noise and within a splutter the bus’ engine died and along with it Rohit’s phone connection. Rohit’s immediate reaction was to panic and he got out of the bus along with others and walked here and there hoping he would get the signal but not a dot of it could be seen.
Others in the bus, especially a teenage boy who had been observing him, befriended him. His name was Susheel. Susheel took him to the close by local hotel where home food was served. Rohit enjoyed the company and Susheel asked if he was interested in trekking to their village which was not far away. Rohit thoroughly enjoyed the trek and didn’t miss his phone even a bit.
(a) must not
(a) Omar and his classmates arrived for a beach clean-up.
(b) The teacher asked the students to work in pairs.
(c) Ms. Kapoor told the students to ask Mr. Johnson for trash bags.
(d) Omar spied an old shoe and he put the shoe in a trash bag.
(e) Then Omar noticed unusual shells near Ms. Kapoor.
(a) (i) These words are spoken by Nicola, one of the two brothers in the story ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’. Nicola is speaking these words to the author and his friend.
(ii) The brothers are not complaining about working hard even though they are tired and responding to the author’s question as to why they are working in spite of looking tired.
(iii) The author who is in Verona keep seeing these boys often doing different jobs and he is concerned that two very young boys are working so hard.
(iv) The synonym of the word ‘grumble’ is complain.
(b) (i) These words are written by the poet D.H. Lawrence and he is talking about the snake.
(ii) The poet began to like the familiarity of the snake coming every day to drink water from the water trough and go back into the Earth, like a guest.
(iii) The poet clearly knows that when a human sees a snake, the first response expected from him is to kill the snake but the poet likes the snake and does not want to kill it, at least initially.
(iv) The synonym of the word ‘admit’ is confess.
The brothers do not want the author to see what they were really doing. They wanted to keep
their visit to their sick sister a secret from the author as they did want him to find it.
(i) The brothers do not want the author to see what they were really doing. They wanted to keep their visit to their sick sister a secret from the author as they did want him to find it.
(ii) Patol Babu who loved acting was thrilled when he got a role to play in a movie but when he was handed the dialogue he saw that, just the word, ‘oh/ was written in it, which made his world crash and wondered that the movie folks were making a joke of him.
(iii) The king of kings, the mighty Ozymandias who looks down upon all the world whether they were mighty or not, of whom others despaired; now lies in ruins with nothing at all to credit for what he once was.
(iv) Abel Merryweather comes down the stair rather merrily, not as expected by the grandchildren and they are stunned and shocked to see him and wonder if he is the real person or his ghost. Abel, on the other hand, wonder why his family looks ashen and jump away from him and they slowly begin asking how he is and all the while he had been lying down in a headache.
(v) Antony declares that Caesar who had been mighty with all his conquests, glories, triumphs and spoils has finally shrunk to receive a Tittle measure’ of land as his grave. He goes on to challenge the senators stating that if they were to find fault in Antony, they can kill him too while they reek of Caesar’s blood.
(a) Patol Babu starts off with a little impatience, however, when he is told it might take another half an hour before his shot, he goes to the quiet little side street when the shopkeepers had gone to watch the shooting. He wondered why no one rehearsed but we find that he took a lot of pain in rehearsing his line. He cleared his throat, enunciated the syllable in every possible manner and expressed physical reactions such as flinging out his arms, twist his face in pain, the body crouching in pain and surprise at contact. He performed all this in front of a large glass window. He prepared with anticipation and suppressed excitement as he went on to take shot half an hour later.
(b) The poet had been watching the snake come every day to drink water from the water trough where he was staying. He enjoyed the quiet companionship of the snake as it seemed constant in the mornings for the poet which became a pattern. The poet goes through a number of thoughts which vary from killing the snake or just let it be. Though he was amazed by the snake making use of his hospitality as an everyday occurrence, one day he picked a stick and hits it and the moment he does that he regrets thinking how can he be so mean and vulgar and started despising himself for having listened to the voices of human education. He feels that there was no need to hit the snake and is burdened by the thoughts of regret that hangs like an ‘albatross,’ wishing the snake might come back.
(a) (i) Anne Frank’s diary is not just about the past. It holds true for the present and the future. It is about Nazi Germany, later about Bosnia, Albania, China, Chechenia and above all, it is about us. The diary reflects both the past and the present. Today, we cannot turn a blind eye to racism and discrimination. We need to stand up against acquiescence. There is so much of dehumanising of other human beings going on. Anne Frank’s diary stands as a symbol of the spirit of creativity that thrives despite hatred and horror. It also gives us a signal of what can happen if we allow hate to grow, it will create another disaster in our times. The truth is that Anne died in abject misery with all hopes gone. The desire to love and be loved is all taken away at a young age.
On the other hand, the story defies logic and unlike other persons in hiding, Anne did not cower under boredom or melancholy. She rises above the surroundings, makes inward journeys to expand her horizons. Her voice becomes universal. She holds a beacon and becomes a guardian of the human spirit. She inspires us and make us believe that there can be a better world in spite of all that impedes it.
(ii) As Anne grows she becomes exceptionally self-aware. While things are not as neat as she writes them in her diary, she understands the situation when she grows up a great deal more in the next few months. Anne becomes reflective and honest with herself since she went into hiding.
Another indication that things have changed since 1942 is Peter and Anne’s discussion about being Jewish. This is one of the few entries in the book that discusses Jewish identity. Peter has obviously thought a great deal about what it means for him to be a Jew; he concludes that life would be easier without his Jewishness and plans to conceal his heritage after the war. Anne has apparently never given any thought to this. Although she is like Peter as her Jewishness does not form a central part of her identity but she would not ‘ conceal her heritage like him. To do so would be dishonest and she does not want to be
dishonest. Anne’s sentiment is interesting for a number of reasons. For one, it shows how strong her character is. But it also shows that she has not considered what her life would be , without her Jewish heritage because she does not fully understand just how serious it is for
her to be Jewish in Europe at this time. Her optimism gives hope to all the readers for a world where everyone is valued for who he or she is.
(b) (i) Helen went to Boston by train with her mother and her teacher Miss Sullivan who narrated to her everything she saw outside the window. In Boston, Helen went to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where she quickly made friends with the other blind children, who used the ‘ manual alphabet just like her. Also, they visited numerous historical sites, like Bunker Hill, so Helen could have lessons in history. Helen made many friends in Boston, but she recalls Mr. William Endicott and his daughter most fondly, remembering visiting their home at Beverley Farms.
Her first journey up north to Boston then stretches her world far beyond the limits she initially perceived for herself, proving that her ailment cannot set any boundaries to confine her. Things like the ocean and the snow were previously only in her imagination, but on 1 these journeys to north, Helen can use her education to experience and interpret them at last.
She notes on how wonderful it was to be around children just like her, who know the struggles she faces as a person who cannot see. While Helen has wonderful companions in her family and her teachers, there is something truly heartening about being around people who can not only sympathise, but also truly understand the way Helen operates.
(ii) A recurring motif in this memoir is Helen’s relationship with nature. She is happiest when interacting with the natural world, and we see this when she moves among the fall foliage , at Fern Quarry, when she visits the Niagara Falls she discusses her fascination with learning physical geography and visiting Central Park while living in New York. Nature is something that Helen has always been able to experience, even when many other things in her world were closed off to her. Her senses of touch and smell are enough to give her a full idea of the beauty and power of the outdoors and being outside soothes her in a way that a manmade environment cannot.
After the Perkins Institute closed for the summer, Miss Sullivan and Helen went to spend ‘ their vacation on Cape Cod at Brewster. Helen had longed to see the ocean for so long because of a book she had read and it was just as powerful as she imagined. When she went in for the first time, she slipped on a rock and was pulled around by some waves, but her , teacher grabbed her before long and it did not taint her fascination with the sea. Her favourite memories of that summer are sitting on the seashore, smelling the sea air.
Her fascination with nature gives the reader yet another hint to stay connected to nature more than ever before.
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