CBSE class 10 English language and literature – All india question paper set 1
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – II
(Language and Literature)
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 70
General Instructions :
(i) The Question paper is divided into three sections :
Section A — Reading 20 marks
Section B — Writing and Grammar 25 marks
Section C — Literature : Textbooks and
Long Reading Text 25 marks
(ii) All questions are compulsory.
(iii) Marks are indicated against each question.
? Please check that this question paper contains 8 printed pages.
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate.
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 questions.
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before
? 15 minute time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the
answer-book during this period.
SECTION A – (Reading) 20 marks
1. Read the passage given below : 8
Then all the windows of the grey wooden house (Miss Hilton used to
live here. She expired last week), were thrown open, a thing I had never
At the end of the day a sign was nailed on the mango tree : FOR SALE.
Nobody in the street knew Miss Hilton. While she lived, her front
gate was always locked and no one ever saw her leave or saw anybody go
in. So, even if you wanted to, you couldn’t feel sorry and say that you
missed Miss Hilton.
When I think of her house I see just two colours. Grey and green. The
green of the mango tree, the grey of the house and the grey of the high iron
fence that prevented you from getting at the mangoes.
If your cricket ball fell in Miss Hilton’s courtyard you never got it
back. It wasn’t the mango season when Miss Hilton died. But we got back
about ten or twelve of our cricket balls.
The house was sold and we were prepared to dislike the new owners
even before they came. I think we were a little worried. Already we had
one resident of the street who kept on complaining about us to our parents.
He complained that we played cricket on the pavement; and if we were not
playing cricket, he complained that we were making too much noise
One afternoon when I came back from school Pal said, ‘‘Is a man and
a woman. She pretty pretty, but he ugly like hell.’’ I didn’t see much. The
front gate was open, but the windows were shut again. I heard a dog
barking in an angry way.
One thing was settled pretty quickly. Whoever these people were
they would never be the sort of people to complain that we were making
noise and disturbing their sleep.
A lot of noise came from the house that night. The radio was going at
full volume until midnight when the radio station closed down. The dog
was barking and the man was shouting. I didn’t hear the woman.
2/1 3 P.T.O.
On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, complete the
statements that follow : 1?8=8
(a) Nobody went into Miss Hilton’s house because her front _________ .
(b) Her house had only two colours, (i) ______, and (ii) _______ .
(c) The high iron fence did not let the boys get __________ .
(d) They never got it back if their __________ fell into her courtyard.
(e) The boys were ready to dislike the ____________ .
(f) One resident of the street always ___________ .
(g) The new owners
4 Nature is a great teacher. A river never stops flowing. If it finds an
obstacle in its way in the form of a heavy rock, the river water fights
to remove it from its path or finds an alternative path to move
ahead. This teaches us to be progressive in life, and keep the
fighting spirit alive.
5 Snakes are worshipped as they eat insects in the field that can hurt
our crops, thus protecting the grains for us. In fact, whatever we
worship is our helper and makes our lives easy for us. There are
many such examples in nature, but we are not ready to learn a
lesson. Overcome with greed, we are destroying nature. As a result,
we face natural disasters like droughts, floods and landslides. We
don’t know that nature is angry with us.
6 However, it is never too late to learn. If we learn to respect nature,
the quality of our life will improve.
2.1 Answer briefly the following questions : 2?4=8
(a) What are we taught in our childhood and growing up years ?
(b) Why should we respect our parents and teachers ?
(c) What message do we get when we worship nature ?
(d) How does a river face an obstacle that comes in its way ?
2.2 Give the meanings of the words given below, as used in the passage,
with the help of the options that follow : 1?4=4
(e) guided (Para 1)
(f) explore (Para 2)
(g) valuable (Para 2)
2/1 5 P.T.O.
(h) harmony (Para 3)
SECTION B – (Writing Skills with Grammar ) 25 marks
3. The road that leads to your market is broken and full of potholes.
Mosquitoes and flies breed there. Write a letter in 100 – 120 words to the
editor of a local newspaper drawing attention of the concerned authorities
to get the road repaired. You are P.V. Prabhu/Prabha, 112, Aram Nagar,
Write an article in 100 – 120 words on ‘A library is good for all — the old
and young’. You are P.V. Prabhu/Prabha. Use the following clues :
? best place in the school
? reference books, help books, newspapers, etc.
? don’t have to buy expensive ones
? books to relax ? novels, plays, etc.
? books ? treasure of knowledge
? spend leisure hours
4. Write a story in 150 – 200 words based on the following outline : 10
A stag, thirsty — a pool of clear water — reflection — saw his horns —
proud of them — his thin legs — ashamed — hunter’s dogs — ran — horns
caught in a tree — dogs very near — pulled his horns free — ran for his
life — legs saved him.
Complete the story in 150 – 200 words which begins as the following :
It was my fifteenth birthday. My parents were very happy. Some of
my class-fellows had agreed to come. ……….
5. Complete the paragraph given below by filling in the blanks with the help
of the options that follow : 1?3=3
Very few people (a) _______ loneliness. It seems to me that most
people (b) _______ scared of (c) _______ left on their own.
(a) (i) enjoy (ii) enjoys (iii) enjoyed (iv) enjoying
(b) (i) is (ii) am (iii) are (iv) was
(c) (i) be (ii) being (iii) been (iv) having
6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is an error in each
line. Write the error and its correction as shown in the example. 1?4=4
I met her by chance then I e.g. then when
went to getting some medicine (a) __________ ___________
which Sister Amy use to give. (b) __________ ____________
It was amazing for meet Mother. (c) __________ ____________
I start loving just her presence. (d) __________ ____________
7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful
sentences : 1?3=3
(a) accept / his pupil / Swami / Sethu as / did not /
(b) only 14 / very / years old / he was / young /
(c) heart / not / but / did / lose / Sethu /
2/1 7 P.T.O.
(Literature : Textbooks and Long Reading Text) 25 marks
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow : 1?3=3
‘‘Never shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’’
(a) Whom are these lines addressed to ?
(b) What would throw a young man into despair ?
(c) What does the word, ‘ramparts’ here mean ?
‘‘Why, you’re in evening dress ! Well, I never ! Are you going to a ball or
what ? Though I must say you look better ….’’
(a) Who is speaking and to whom ?
(b) Why is the person spoken to in an evening dress ?
(c) What does the word, ‘ball’ mean here ?
9. Answer the following questions in 30 – 40 words each : 2?4=8
(a) What do we learn about the financial condition of the bakers of Goa ?
(b) In the poem ‘Trees’, where are the trees ? What are their roots,
twigs, etc trying to do ?
(c) Which book did Ebright’s mother get for him ? How did it change his
(d) How did M. Loisel try to make his wife happy ?
10. Answer the following question in 80 – 100 words : 4
Once we decide to achieve something, so many difficulties come in our way.
With focused attention we can make that achievement. How did Valli
succeed in fulfilling her desire of riding a bus ?
School education turned Bholi from a dumb cow into a bold girl. How did
she save her father from a huge expense and become his support in his old
11. Answer the following question in 150 – 200 words : 10
How did Helen Keller get out of the traumatic experience of ‘Frost King’ ?
What do you know about Mr. Keith as Helen Keller’s teacher ?
How is Anne more mature than Peter ? Describe her feelings for him.
Anne’s diary is as important for Anne as any other character in the
annexe. What is your opinion