CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative Set 5
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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. Paint is a substance, usually a liquid, that is applied to surfaces as a protective coating or decoration. Opaque paints colour and completely hide the material under them. Translucent paints coat the material without hiding its characteristics.
2. Almost all solid materials can be painted. Paints are used as protection against rust, weathering and chemical corrosion. Brightly coloured paints are used as warnings, identifying, for example, pipes that are dangerously hot. Liquid paints have two main parts; a pigment and a vehicle. Pigments are finely ground powders that give the paint colour and opacity.
3. In addition, pigments may also affect the texture, water resistance, penetration and wearing characteristics of a paint. Pigments remain in solid form in a paint; they do not dissolve in the vehicle which is a liquid that act as a base for the pigment. This means the pigment is merely suspended in the vehicle. The vehicle usually consists of a binder and a solvent. The binder is the part of the vehicle that holds the paint film together and makes it adhere to a surface.
4. The solvent, also called thinner, is on the other hand a substance that reduces the consistency of paints so that the paints can be applied or removed easily. Solvents are usually volatile and evaporates completely leaving a solid film of pigment and binder on the surface. Turpentine, mineral spirits, solvent naphtha, grain alcohol and water are common paint solvents. Solid or powder paints differ from other kinds in that they contain no vehicle.
5. Until the late 19th century, pigments and binders had to be mixed by the painter. Ready-mixed paints were developed in the 1860s and gained wide acceptance in the 1880s. Since that time improvements in the quality of ready-mixed paints have been made continuously. By the mid-20th century, the development of synthetic resins and rubbers caused a sudden increase in the numbers and kinds of paints available. The synthetic-based paints often did the job faster, better and more easily than earlier paints. Among the many other types of synthetic-based paints were latex household paints for both interior and exterior use; acrylic automobile enamels; heat-resistant paints; fluorescent paints and powder paints.
1.1. Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read: [1 x 8 = 8]
(i) What is used to hide material under them ?
(ii) What are paints used for ?
(iii) What are the main parts of paint ?
(iv) What makes the paint stick to the surface ?
(v) What helps the paint to be applied smoothly ?
(vi) What are some of the common solvents ?
(vii) When were readymade paints made and accepted ?
(viii) Why are powder paints unique ?
(ix) What did synthetic paints do?
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
1. Having a dog helps a child learn how to act responsibly. As a dog owner, the child must take care of the animal’s daily needs. A dog is completely dependent on its owner for all its needs, including the need for good health and a safe environment. Furthermore, the owner must take responsibility for the safety of the dog and the safety of the people it comes into contact with. If the child forgets any of these duties and responsibilities or ignores any of the dog’s needs, the dog will suffer. This teaches the child that his responsibility to the dog is more important than his desire to play with his toys, talk on the phone or watch TV. This is true not only for the care of a dog, but also for the care of oneself, another person, or one’s job.
2.Another lesson that a child can learn from having a dog is how to be empathetic. Empathy is the ability to put oneself in another person’s or in this case another creature’s situation and imagine that person’s or creature’s feelings or problems. A dog cannot express itself with speech, so its owner must learn how to interpret its behaviour. Is the dog frightened, aggressive or sick? The result of learning to read a dog’s behaviour is that the child develops empathy. This leads to the child becoming a more considerate and caring person.
3.Being considerate and caring are important characteristics in a good friend. A dog gives unconditional love to its owner. A dog will not stop loving its owner because of a little anger, indifference or neglect. The dog will wait patiently for its owner to pat its head and say a few kind words. This acceptance of the negative qualities and appreciation for the positive qualities of its owner provide a wonderful model of how to be a good friend. A child soon realises that his dog will ’ always listen to him, will always be ready to play with him will always protect him, and will always forgive him. A child who has learned to be a good friend of his dog, will have learned to be good friend too.
4. These are some of the most important lessons a child will ever learn. The benefits of owning a dog will last the child’s entire lifetime. The understanding and appreciation of responsibility, empathy and friendship that a child develops from the experience of having a dog will help him or her grow ’ into a reliable, caring and mature adult.
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) How does having a dog make a child responsible ?
(ii) How does the child learn to prioritise the responsibility ?
(iii) How does the child learn empathy ?
(iv) How does the child learn to become a good friend ?
(v) Sum up the benefits of owning a dog for the child.
2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill any two of the following blanks with
appropriate words/phrases. [1 x 2 = 2]
(i) A dog is completely dependent on its owner for all its needs, including the need for……..
(ii) ……..is the ability to put oneself in another person’s or in this case another creature’s, situation and imagine that person’s or creature’s…….
(iii) The dog will……….for its owner to pat its head and say a few kind words.
2.3. Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same as below:
[1 x 2 = 2]
(i) Accountability (Paragraph 1) :
(ii) Unreserved (Paragraph 3)
(iii) Dependable (Paragraph 4)
SECTION-B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR
(Attempt all question from this section)
(a) You are Rajesh Kumar from Jubilee Hills incharge of an NGO Manna that helps local women in training and employment in sewing and making products and you had purchased 25 sewing machines from Singer Sewing machines and found 10 of them to be defective. Write a letter to the Manager of Singer Sewing Machines,People’s Hospital Road, Pragathi Nagar-Kukatpally, Hyderabad – 500072 complaining of the defects and asking for replacements. 
(b) You are Soumya/Sushil of Clarence High School, Richards Town, Bengaluru-5 interested in joining the Association of Bangalore Amatuer Astronomers, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Sankey Road, Bengaluru-560001 (Karnataka). You wish to join the club. Write a letter to the Director, enquiring about the venue, duration, activities, transportation etc. Invent other necessary details.
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.
The dreaded day arrived, Sam was not prepared at all. He was excited that he will experience some freedom… 
It was early January, the new year had begun with a blast and soon the Peters were off to a voyage on a cruise ship to…
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) Ben writes quickly. He’s……….finished his essay.
(b) I’ve……….to London. I went there in June.
(c) You can see all the information………..the screen.
(d) Could you let me know…………..Friday at the latest.
(e) Natasha ………..play the piano when she was four.
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) was/ as/ watching/ I / the/ him/ ran/suddenly/ away/ ran
(b) week/ accident/ last/ the/happened
(c) washing/ 1/ was/ hair/ the/ when/ my/ rang/ phone
(d) person/the/talked/we/was/ to/ friendly/ very
(e) not/ is/ this/ train/ which/ on/ 1/ travel/normally/ the
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) ‘Gainst death and all obvious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room.
(i) Who is the ‘you’ that is referred to ? –
(ii) What does the poet predict ?
(iii) What does ‘pace forth’ talk about ? .
(iv) What is the figure of speech in ‘your praise shall still find a room ?’
(b) “It would never do for them to find you in colours.”
(i) Identify the speaker and the listener.
(ii) Who is referred to as ‘them’ in the above statement ?
(iii) Explain ‘in colours’.
(iv) What is the context of the above remark ?
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) How the wall has become a part of the mirror’s heart ? What separates them ?
(ii) When and why did Ali’s attitude change ?
(iii) What kind of computer fascinated Michael and his dad? Why ?
(iv) What message does the poet want to convey in Ozymandias ?
(v) What did Patol Babu do for a living after having been retrenched ?
Attempt any one out of the two following long answer type questions in 100-120 words. 
(a) What are psycho-drive games ? Describe the four games played by Michael.
(b) How did Mark Anthony outdo a great orator like Brutus and turn the mob against him ?
(a) Answer the following question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words. 
The Diary of a Young Girl
(i) What impression does one get on the manner in which the Gestapo treat the Jews ?
(ii) What are your impressions on Mr. Keesing, Anne’s Math teacher?
(b) Answer the following question based on the prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words.
(i) Write a note on Helen Keller’s education.
(ii) Describe Christmas before and after Miss Sullivan came in Helen’s ‘The Story of My Life’.
1.1 (i) Opaque paints are used to completely hide the material under them.
(ii) Paints are used as protection against rust, weathering and chemical corrosion.
(iii) Liquid paints have two main parts; a pigment and a vehicle.
(iv) The binder is the part of the vehicle that holds the paint film together and makes it adhere to a surface.
(v) The solvent, also called thinner, is a substance that reduces the consistency of paints so that the paints can be applied or removed easily and smoothly.
(vi) Turpentine, mineral spirits, solvent naphtha, grain alcohol and water are common paint solvents.
(vii) Ready-mixed paints were developed in the 1860s and gained wide acceptance in the 1880s.
(viii) Powder paints are unique because they have no vehicle in them.
(ix) The synthetic-based paints often do the job faster, better and more easily than other paints.
2.1. (i) The child becomes responsible as he or she needs to take care of the animal’s every need and it is totally dependent on its owner for its good health and environment.
(ii) If the child forgets or ignores any of the dog’s needs, the dog will suffer. This teaches the child that his responsibility to the dog is more important than his desire to play with his toys, talk on the phone or watch TV.
(iii) A dog cannot express itself with speech, so the child learns how to interpret its behaviour. Is the dog frightened, aggressive or sick ? The result of learning to read a dog’s behaviour is that the child develops empathy.
(iv) The unconditional love shown by the dog and the fact that it does not react to anger, indifference or neglect helps the child to become a good friend.
(v) The benefits of owning a dog will last for the child’s entire lifetime. The understanding and appreciation of responsibility, empathy and friendship that a child develops from the experience of having a dog will help him or her grow into a reliable, caring and mature adult.
2.2. (i) A dog is completely dependent on its owner for all its needs, including the need for good health and a safe environment.
(ii) Empathy is the ability to put oneself in another person’s or in this case another creature’s situation and imagine that person’s or creature’s feelings or problems.
(iii) The dog will wait patiently for its owner to pat its head and say a few kind words
2.3. (i) Responsibility
5th February, 20 xx
Singer Sewing Machines,
People’s Hospital Road,
Pragathi Nagar, Kukatpally,
Hyderabad – 500072
Sub.: Complaint of faulty sewing machines
We bought 25 sewing machines from you on 12th January, 20xx and paid ? 30,000/- as advance. I, now, find that ten of the machines have the following faults:
The machine stops working after half an hour and won’t work again for at least an hour. It is commonly understood under the law that the goods you supply must be fit for the purpose. As there was a problem with the goods already when I bought them, I request that you give me a full refund or replace all the ten sewing machines.
I have enclosed a copy of the receipt in support of my claim.
I hope that this issue will be sorted out at your end at the earliest.
Clarence High School,
25th March, 20 x x
Sub.: Application for membership
Association of Bengaluru Amatuer Astronomers,
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium,
Sankey Road, Bengaluru- 560001.
Dear Sir /Madam
I am writing this letter with the intention of becoming a member of your esteemed organisation. I’m a great admirer and lover of astronomy and I believe I could be an extremely productive member of the group if given a chance.
I have been interested in watching the skies and learning about them and to kindle my interest my father had got me a rudimentary telescope to observe the skies and now I would like to take my interest to the next level.
I, therefore, urge you to consider my application for membership and kindly grant me the same.
How I Became Organised
The dreaded day arrived, Sam was not prepared at all. He was excited that he will experience some freedom but he was a little nervous when he went to the hostel. He was not good in doing chores. He had his mom and dad to do everything for him. He spent his holidays frolicking as he decided to do ‘ arts and not engineering or medicine which needs a lot of work. Some of his friends were busy studying and being anxious about getting into the right college.
None of this affected Rohit for he was fairly intelligent and above all believed in enjoying life. Now > here he was in a hostel as he chose St. Joseph’s College far from home. It meant freedom but also meant doing your own chores and getting things done.
He was not a fan of putting things in order and keep his clothes cleaned and ironed, as I said earlier, , it was done by his parents. The day he landed in the college hostel, he met his roommate Rohan who was a nice cheerful boy.
As college started, Sam realised that unless he managed time he was going to be in a mess, as there ( were assignments and projects to be done. He enjoyed it but it was time consuming and with all that work, he often returned to a messy bed.
Rohan’s side was clean and tidy and Sam wondered how he managed that. He geared himself up one day and decided to make changes, first in himself and then, the room and in all that he did. He found that it was so much better with organisation and he had enough time for fun too.
It was early January, the new year had begun with a blast and soon the Peters were off to a voyage on a cruise ship to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Did you immediately think that the family was off to Mauritius or other exotic islands ? Mr. Peter was of the opinion that India has incredible landscapes that need to be explored by all the Indians and hence the trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands started.
The family was excited to experience the voyage and the trip to the islands. The day finally arrived and family got abroad and were led to their luxury cabins. The kids Kenneth and Ashirah were thrilled to their own bunk beds with lights and comfy mattresses. The cabin was wonderful. The family settled and put their luggage away and were ready to go on deck. The children and the father got to the deck and soon the siren blew announcing the departure from the port. The mother soon started to experience sea sickness though it was the mildest swaying of the ship on the seas.
The children enjoyed every bit of the cruise, the swimming pools, the library, the mini theatre where they watched their favourite animated movies. They made friends, relished the sea food, the sea breeze, the gaming arena, soap football and many more activities that kept them occupied for two and half days and soon they were at Port Blair, ready to alight and have more fun. Mrs. Peter was glad to be on land again.
(a) As I was watching him, the man suddenly ran away.
(b) The accident happened last week.
(c) I was washing my hair when the phone rang. ‘
(d) The person we talked to was very friendly.
(e) This is not the train on which I normally travel.
(a) (i) The ‘you’ in the poem refers to the poet’s friend.
(ii) The poet predicts that his friend’s praise live forever through his rhyme.
(iii) ‘Pace forth’ talks about the fame of the friend that will spread all around the world.
(iv) The figure of speech used in these words is personification.
(b) (i) The speaker is Mrs. Slater and the listener is her daughter Victoria.
(ii) ‘Them’ refers to Mrs. and Mr. Jordan.
(iii) Victoria is wearing colourful clothes whereas she should be wearing a simple mourning dress.
(iv) The above remark is made as Victoria’s grandfather is dead.
(i) The wall has become a part of the mirror’s heart because it will always be there and its reflection on the mirror is also permanent. They are separated either by the faces or the darkness.
(ii) Ali, whose primary goal was hunting with success at all times finds himself in a position to change his attitude when his daughter Miriam gets married and moves to another place. He soon experiences loneliness and pangs of separation. He turns remorseful and realises that the world is made of both love and sorrow. He quits hunting and spends most of his time in waiting for his daughter’s letter.
(iii) Michael had a Pentium 150 MHz processor complete with RAM, CD ROM, speakers, printers modem and scanner. He had all the games: Tornado, Me Babash, Black Belt etc. He and his dad could not resist any of the new gadgets or gizmos that came to the market.
(iv) The poet conveys a definite message that one day or the other, kingdoms and one’s power and glory will be ravaged with time. The poet’s desires that all of humanity understand that even the mighty and the powerful cannot escape. Time does not discriminate between a king and a beggar.
(v) Patol Babu, after being retrenched, opened a variety store which he had to wind up after five years. He further worked in a Bengali firm but had to quit due to the high handedness of the boss. After that he became an insurance salesman for ten years and later became a scrap iron dealer.
(a) Psycho-drive games are played as an interaction between the man who plays them and the computer with a virtual reality visor and glove that can bring about a change in what we see. Better still, the action can be controlled by our thoughts. In the story, Michael plays four psycho¬drive games, one after the other. We are taken to the imaginary world of the ‘Wildwest’ and get to see the dusty towns, castles, dragons and dungeons. Sebastian plays the second Sheriff in ‘Wildwest’, the second knight in ‘Dragonquest’ a prisoner in ‘Jail-break’ and a victim in ‘Warzone’. The last game is the most interesting, as the actions of the two, Sebastian and Michael are more organised and in coordination with each other. There is a real thrill with the guns booming and the bombs exploding. In time, they make it to the waiting helicopter which soars into the sky. Both are unhurt. Michael gets his reward. His score touches 40,000,000 winning the jackpot. He cracks the game saving Sebastian this time. In the end, they both communicate in reality and become friends forever. Sebastian asks Michael to keep the games as a token of love and gratitude, moreover, he had earned them.
(b) Mark Anthony proves to be a great orator than Brutus by kindling the mob’s passion rather than reason and logic. He evokes basic passions such as pity and sympathy for Caesar among them. He proves that Caesar was not ambitious and ruthless as portrayed by Brutus and the other conspirators. He worked all his life for the welfare of the people rejecting the crown thrice and showed his love for his people. He uses the mob’s passion to flame over Brutus and his conspirators. He diverts their focus away from his true goals by proving that they were liars and murderers. He plays the role perfectly well which benefited him later.
(a) (i) Gestapo had the power and authority vested in them to treat the Jews in the most inhuman way possible. Anne makes entries in her diary stating that the Jews were taken to a big camp where they got almost nothing to eat and much less to drink as water was available only for one hour a day. Conditions were very hard with only one toilet and a sink for thousands of people. The heads of men and women were often shaved off. Mr. Alfred Dussel told the residents of the Secret Annexe that many Jews were taken to their dreadful fate. Every night, the grey green military vehicle cruised around the streets and knocked at every door asking if Jews were there. If found hiding or residing, they were taken away from that place. It was similar to the slave-hunting of the early days. The Jews they found were taunted, bullied and beaten until they dropped. They did not spare any one, be it babies, children, women, elderly, pregnant or sick. They were often huddled into the vehicles and filled beyond their capacities treated not at all like human beings. They were all supposed to be sent to their death.
(ii) Mr. Keesing was considered as a very strict teacher but he was not rigidly strict. He expected discipline and silence in his class while he was teaching, which is acceptable. We can see from Anne’s entries that she was talkative which disturbed Mr. Keesing. He punished her by giving her extra homework and asks her to write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox.’ Anne responds by writing a convincing essay and continued to talk. He further asked her to write essays on ‘Quack, Quack, Quack’ and ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox.’ Anne takes it in her stride, takes help from a friend and writes convincingly essays that talking is a trait that is in her just as her mother making it a genetic characteristic for which she cannot be blamed. Mr. Keesing takes her point of view in a lighter vein and does not reprimand her in the class and even allows her to talk in the class. This was unexpected for Anne as she always thought Mr. Keesing to be very strict. He understands that it would be wrong in asking Anne to stop talking and give her punishments. He reads the poem that Anne wrote to the class and acknowledges it. From these instances we can see that Mr. Keesing can be fun- loving too and not as strict as Anne considers him to be.
(b) (i) Helen Keller (1880 -1968) was a great humanitarian who overcame the challenges of being blind and deaf. Keller’s education began on March 3,1887 when she met Anne Sullivan whom her parents hired to teach her. The relationship she formed with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, continued for over 50 years. With the help of Sullivan, by the time she was seven years old, Keller had learned to finger-spell words and use over 60 hands gestures to communicate her thoughts, ideas, wants and desires. She also learned to read braille and print letters in a block style. She read several classical works, including the Bible, Shakespeare’s Lamb’s Tales, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women among many others. By the time she was nine years old, she was speaking and reading lips.
Keller’s formal education began in 1888, when she enrolled in the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where she studied for four years. Some of the subjects she studied there were arithmetic, geography and French. She attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York and in 1896, she studied at The Cambridge School for Young Ladies to prepare for matriculation at Radcliffe College. She graduated from Radcliffe in 1904 and made history by becoming the first deaf and blind person to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and also to be a graduate cum laude. While at Radcliffe, her teacher, friend and companion Anne Sullivan had interpreted lectures and course materials for her.
Keller was a lifelong learner and was a voracious reader of braille books. She continued learning about politics, philosophy, poetry, history, economics, German, Latin and French. Throughout her life, she received several honorary degrees. She became the first to receive one from Harvard University. In addition to Harvard, she received honorary degrees from India, Germany; Temple University, Witwatersrand and Johannesburg, South Africa and the Universities of Glasgow, Scotland.
(ii) In ‘The Story of My Life’ Helen Keller recounts her life before and after “the most important day in all my life” that being the day Annie Sullivan arrives. The book is an autobiographical account of Helen’s first twenty-two years in which Helen attempts to provide inspiration to those who find life’s struggles almost unbearable. Before Anne’s arrival and despite her frustrations, Helen describes Christmases as “a delight.” It is the “smells… and tidbits” that Helen enjoys the most rather than the actual event itself and Helen admits that she is never inspired to rise particularly early in the morning to receive presents.
Helen’s life changes dramatically after Anne Sullivan’s arrival. Helen talks about the family’s first Christmas with Miss Sullivan. Having learnt “language,” Helen can now enjoy the subtleties and “mystery” of Christmas. Now, it is Helen who lies awake at night and who wakes the family early in the morning on Christmas day and who delights in the discovery of presents everywhere. It is the canary that Anne gives her that makes her “cup of happiness overflow.” Therefore, even though Helen loved Christmas before she learnt to communicate effectively, how different it became after Anne entered her life.
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